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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 2

SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 2

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season continues with the second quarter-final.

Each quarter-final features 12 songs that qualified from the previous round, drawn at random, and the top six in each quarter-final will qualify for the semi-final stage. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries.



Want to know more? You can read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here.

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Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

“Soldi” by Mahmood is the winner of the 15th annual edition of ChatVote, the traditional event held by escgo! and the #esc chatroom to find our favourite song ahead of each year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

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After 44 years, the Netherlands win Eurovision!

The winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is "Arcade" by Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands - ending a 44-year wait for the country dating back to Teach-In and "Ding-A-Dong" in 1975. In an incredibly exciting results presentation, Sweden won the jury vote...

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 escgo! on Twitter

Our chatroom's favourites tonight were... Ana Soklič in Slovenia and Go-A in Ukraine. Are we getting mainstream in our old age?! 😯 #ema2020 #vidbir2020

Jakob Karlberg. Where Lake Malawi meets Lake Mälaren. #melfest
https://t.co/KA2UK1RQlt

Tone Damli 🇳🇴
KaYra 🇱🇹
Faith Kakembo 🇸🇪
Akuvi 🇳🇴
TOKIONINE 🇦🇲
Monika Marija 🇱🇹
Didrik & Emil 🇳🇴
Renate 🇪🇪
Kristin Husøy 🇳🇴
MEANDI 🇱🇹
Matti Matt 🇮🇸
Raylee 🇳🇴

What do these people have in common? They need YOUR votes in Heat 3 of SongHunt 2020! Vote now:

https://t.co/4lwhvBadG3

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The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season continues with Heat 8.

Each heat features 12 songs, comprising nine of our chatters’ favourites from the national final shows and three editors’ choices. This week, we, the escgo! team, saved three songs that were previously eliminated in the SongHunt heats, to give them a last chance. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries.


Want to know more? You can read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here

Say last last last! Running order for ESC 2019 revealed

Say last last last! Running order for ESC 2019 revealed

The running order for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest has just been announced!

As has been the case for several years now, the running order has been determined not by a random draw but by the producers, the aim being “to create the most exciting television shows possible and ensure each act will stand out”.

The first semi-final will be opened by last year’s runner-up nation Cyprus. The unusual visuals of Australia and Iceland are placed back to back in the second half, while the show will close with a blast of colour thanks to San Marino and Serhat’s “Say Na Na Na”.

1. Cyprus
2. Montenegro
3. Finland
4. Poland
5. Slovenia
6. Czech Republic
7. Hungary
8. Belarus
9. Serbia
10. Belgium
11. Georgia
12. Australia
13. Iceland
14. Estonia
15. Portugal
16. Greece
17. San Marino

The second semi-final is topped and tailed by perennial rivals Armenia and Azerbaijan. The current bookmakers’ favourite, Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands, is given a prime slot near the end of the running order, with the other favourites – Switzerland, Sweden and Russia – evenly spaced throughout the show.

1. Armenia
2. Ireland
3. Moldova
4. Switzerland
5. Latvia
6. Romania
7. Denmark
8. Sweden
9. Austria
10. Croatia
11. Malta
12. Lithuania
13. Russia
14. Albania
15. Norway
16. The Netherlands
17. North Macedonia
18. Azerbaijan

Now that we have the running order, stay tuned for the launch of our annual Line-Up Check series, in which our editors Shi, Felix and Martin turn their attention to each of the participating entries in turn. Debates and disagreements guaranteed!

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Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

“Soldi” by Mahmood is the winner of the 15th annual edition of ChatVote, the traditional event held by escgo! and the #esc chatroom to find our favourite song ahead of each year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

read more

After 44 years, the Netherlands win Eurovision!

The winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is "Arcade" by Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands - ending a 44-year wait for the country dating back to Teach-In and "Ding-A-Dong" in 1975. In an incredibly exciting results presentation, Sweden won the jury vote...

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 escgo! on Twitter

Our chatroom's favourites tonight were... Ana Soklič in Slovenia and Go-A in Ukraine. Are we getting mainstream in our old age?! 😯 #ema2020 #vidbir2020

Jakob Karlberg. Where Lake Malawi meets Lake Mälaren. #melfest
https://t.co/KA2UK1RQlt

Tone Damli 🇳🇴
KaYra 🇱🇹
Faith Kakembo 🇸🇪
Akuvi 🇳🇴
TOKIONINE 🇦🇲
Monika Marija 🇱🇹
Didrik & Emil 🇳🇴
Renate 🇪🇪
Kristin Husøy 🇳🇴
MEANDI 🇱🇹
Matti Matt 🇮🇸
Raylee 🇳🇴

What do these people have in common? They need YOUR votes in Heat 3 of SongHunt 2020! Vote now:

https://t.co/4lwhvBadG3

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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 1

SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 1

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season enters the next stage with Quarter-Final 1.

Each quarter-final features 12 songs that qualified from the previous round, drawn at random, and the top six in each quarter-final will qualify for the semi-final stage. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries.



Want to know more? You can read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here.

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

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Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

“Soldi” by Mahmood is the winner of the 15th annual edition of ChatVote, the traditional event held by escgo! and the #esc chatroom to find our favourite song ahead of each year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

read more

After 44 years, the Netherlands win Eurovision!

The winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is "Arcade" by Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands - ending a 44-year wait for the country dating back to Teach-In and "Ding-A-Dong" in 1975. In an incredibly exciting results presentation, Sweden won the jury vote...

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Our chatroom's favourites tonight were... Ana Soklič in Slovenia and Go-A in Ukraine. Are we getting mainstream in our old age?! 😯 #ema2020 #vidbir2020

Jakob Karlberg. Where Lake Malawi meets Lake Mälaren. #melfest
https://t.co/KA2UK1RQlt

Tone Damli 🇳🇴
KaYra 🇱🇹
Faith Kakembo 🇸🇪
Akuvi 🇳🇴
TOKIONINE 🇦🇲
Monika Marija 🇱🇹
Didrik & Emil 🇳🇴
Renate 🇪🇪
Kristin Husøy 🇳🇴
MEANDI 🇱🇹
Matti Matt 🇮🇸
Raylee 🇳🇴

What do these people have in common? They need YOUR votes in Heat 3 of SongHunt 2020! Vote now:

https://t.co/4lwhvBadG3

Load more tweets...

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season continues with Heat 8.

Each heat features 12 songs, comprising nine of our chatters’ favourites from the national final shows and three editors’ choices. This week, we, the escgo! team, saved three songs that were previously eliminated in the SongHunt heats, to give them a last chance. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries.


Want to know more? You can read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here

SongHunt 2019 – Heat 7

SongHunt 2019 – Heat 7

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season continues with Heat 7.

Each heat features 12 songs, comprising nine of our chatters’ favourites from the national final shows and three editors’ choices. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries.



Want to know more? You can read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here.

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

Join the Chat!

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

Join the Chat!

Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

“Soldi” by Mahmood is the winner of the 15th annual edition of ChatVote, the traditional event held by escgo! and the #esc chatroom to find our favourite song ahead of each year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

read more

After 44 years, the Netherlands win Eurovision!

The winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is "Arcade" by Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands - ending a 44-year wait for the country dating back to Teach-In and "Ding-A-Dong" in 1975. In an incredibly exciting results presentation, Sweden won the jury vote...

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Our chatroom's favourites tonight were... Ana Soklič in Slovenia and Go-A in Ukraine. Are we getting mainstream in our old age?! 😯 #ema2020 #vidbir2020

Jakob Karlberg. Where Lake Malawi meets Lake Mälaren. #melfest
https://t.co/KA2UK1RQlt

Tone Damli 🇳🇴
KaYra 🇱🇹
Faith Kakembo 🇸🇪
Akuvi 🇳🇴
TOKIONINE 🇦🇲
Monika Marija 🇱🇹
Didrik & Emil 🇳🇴
Renate 🇪🇪
Kristin Husøy 🇳🇴
MEANDI 🇱🇹
Matti Matt 🇮🇸
Raylee 🇳🇴

What do these people have in common? They need YOUR votes in Heat 3 of SongHunt 2020! Vote now:

https://t.co/4lwhvBadG3

Load more tweets...

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season continues with Heat 5.

Each heat features 12 songs, comprising nine of our chatters’ favourites from the national final shows and three editors’ choices. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries.


Want to know more? You can read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here.

Weekend round-up: Melodifestivalen and the race to the finish line

Weekend round-up: Melodifestivalen and the race to the finish line

All the internal selections are in, all the national finals are complete, and we don’t think there’ll be any more countries withdrawing – which means we now have the 41 songs that will compete in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest!

The (extended) last weekend of the national final season began with Belarus on Thursday night, although their final was really little more than a televised internal selection, since it was only voted on by a seven-person jury. That jury was more than generous with their votes, never venturing below 7/10 for any song, and – in a move almost designed to remove all drama from the occasion – their votes were revealed after each song. With the very second song receiving 69 out of a possible 70 points, it seemed near impossible that it would be caught, and so it proved. Belarus will therefore be represented in Tel Aviv by “Like It” performed by Zena, or even ZENA. She co-hosted last year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest and was born – brace yourselves – on 17 September 2002. Ouch.

As is so often the case, the national final season came to a close with Melodifestivalen in Sweden. Like most years, we were in Stockholm for the festivities – though we’ve fallen out of the habit of actually attending the show ever since it moved to Friends Arena. Not necessarily out of any loyalty to Globen, but let’s be honest, it’s not quite the same, is it…? One thing remains unchanged with every Stockholm trip, though, and that’s the schlager mood you encounter right from your arrival at the airport:

After six weeks with a few shocks and surprises (and the glorious reappearance of legends like Arja Saijonmaa and Ann-Louise Hanson), it’s a shame in a way that the final ended up being such a foregone conclusion. Not so much for the Swedes themselves, who have a strong entry in John Lundvik‘s “Too Late For Love”, a song that ought to continue the country’s record of success in the contest this decade. But for the new voting system, designed to eliminate the problems with the “flat” televoting in recent years that essentially meant the international juries decided the winner because the differences between the televoting scores were so small.

The new idea of dividing the televote into jury-style scores based on age categories did indeed have the desired effect of spreading out the televoting totals – from 85 at the top to 8 at the bottom. But that was rendered moot by the fact that John Lundvik received every single jury 12 and won the public vote quite comfortably too. We’re looking forward to seeing how the system works in a properly competitive year, because it seems like a step in the right direction.

As if that wasn’t enough, the period from Thursday to Sunday gave us presentations of internal selections from (deep breath) Switzerland, the Netherlands, San Marino, Ireland, Austria, Poland, Azerbaijan, North Macedonia, Russia, Malta, Armenia and Israel. Good grief! It’ll take a while to unpack everything we’ve encountered so late in this national final season, but at least all these late announcements mean we shouldn’t be thoroughly bored of all the songs by mid-April, and that’s probably to be applauded overall.

So what’s next for escgo! and the ESC on-season?

  • The SongHunt continues! Now in Heat 6, please do click and give us YOUR votes to help us find the best non-winning song of the 2019 national final season.
  • April will see the 14th annual edition of the ChatVote, in which our #esc chatters decide which song is their favourite from the forthcoming contest – accompanied by preview nights and semi-finals.
  • We’ll also soon be launching our line-up check series, in which our team of Shi, Felix and Martin forensically pick their way through all 41 entries. Your opinion may vary – ours often does too.

And of course, our legendary #esc chat will be there throughout for you to join us and talk about all things Eurovision and beyond. See you there!

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Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

“Soldi” by Mahmood is the winner of the 15th annual edition of ChatVote, the traditional event held by escgo! and the #esc chatroom to find our favourite song ahead of each year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

read more

After 44 years, the Netherlands win Eurovision!

The winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is "Arcade" by Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands - ending a 44-year wait for the country dating back to Teach-In and "Ding-A-Dong" in 1975. In an incredibly exciting results presentation, Sweden won the jury vote...

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Our chatroom's favourites tonight were... Ana Soklič in Slovenia and Go-A in Ukraine. Are we getting mainstream in our old age?! 😯 #ema2020 #vidbir2020

Jakob Karlberg. Where Lake Malawi meets Lake Mälaren. #melfest
https://t.co/KA2UK1RQlt

Tone Damli 🇳🇴
KaYra 🇱🇹
Faith Kakembo 🇸🇪
Akuvi 🇳🇴
TOKIONINE 🇦🇲
Monika Marija 🇱🇹
Didrik & Emil 🇳🇴
Renate 🇪🇪
Kristin Husøy 🇳🇴
MEANDI 🇱🇹
Matti Matt 🇮🇸
Raylee 🇳🇴

What do these people have in common? They need YOUR votes in Heat 3 of SongHunt 2020! Vote now:

https://t.co/4lwhvBadG3

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SongHunt 2019 – Heat 6

SongHunt 2019 – Heat 6

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season continues with Heat 6.

Each heat features 12 songs, comprising nine of our chatters’ favourites from the national final shows and three editors’ choices. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries.



Want to know more? You can read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here.

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

Join the Chat!

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

Join the Chat!

Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

“Soldi” by Mahmood is the winner of the 15th annual edition of ChatVote, the traditional event held by escgo! and the #esc chatroom to find our favourite song ahead of each year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

read more

After 44 years, the Netherlands win Eurovision!

The winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is "Arcade" by Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands - ending a 44-year wait for the country dating back to Teach-In and "Ding-A-Dong" in 1975. In an incredibly exciting results presentation, Sweden won the jury vote...

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Our chatroom's favourites tonight were... Ana Soklič in Slovenia and Go-A in Ukraine. Are we getting mainstream in our old age?! 😯 #ema2020 #vidbir2020

Jakob Karlberg. Where Lake Malawi meets Lake Mälaren. #melfest
https://t.co/KA2UK1RQlt

Tone Damli 🇳🇴
KaYra 🇱🇹
Faith Kakembo 🇸🇪
Akuvi 🇳🇴
TOKIONINE 🇦🇲
Monika Marija 🇱🇹
Didrik & Emil 🇳🇴
Renate 🇪🇪
Kristin Husøy 🇳🇴
MEANDI 🇱🇹
Matti Matt 🇮🇸
Raylee 🇳🇴

What do these people have in common? They need YOUR votes in Heat 3 of SongHunt 2020! Vote now:

https://t.co/4lwhvBadG3

Load more tweets...

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season continues with Heat 5.

Each heat features 12 songs, comprising nine of our chatters’ favourites from the national final shows and three editors’ choices. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries.


Want to know more? You can read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here.

Weekend round-up: Seven more countries select for Tel Aviv

Weekend round-up: Seven more countries select for Tel Aviv

We made it! The last Super Saturday of the 2019 national final season passed without too much stream-juggling stress, and we’re now in the home straight as far as the ESC 2019 selection process is concerned.

Saturday night began with Finland, where DJ Darude and vocalist Sebastian Rejman offered up three songs. The combined jury and televote opted overwhelmingly for “Look Away”, which is co-written by the two performers.

Iceland was one of the most eagerly anticipated shows of the week, as fans waited to see if the usual superfinal of two songs would lead to anti-voting against controversial band Hatari. While their opponent in that head-to-head duel, Friðrik Ómar, did make up a lot of ground compared with his showing in the first round, it wasn’t enough to overcome the might of “Hatrið mun sigra” (“Hate Will Prevail”), which promises to be the kind of thing to feature on Eurovision clip shows for decades to come.

Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix kicked off with a slight delay as local hero Jakob Ingebrigtsen was in action in the European Athletics Indoor Championships. He won the 3,000 metres as expected, and the Norwegian final was no less of a procession, as bookmakers’ favourites KEiiNO scored a comfortable televoting victory in each of the superfinal rounds – the only obstacle coming when the international juries appeared to be less keen. Once they were out of the way, though, there was no stopping “Spirit In The Sky”.

The final in Moldova ticked away in the background with a useful YouTube stream helping those of us who were trying to juggle all the shows. Despite being comprehensively beaten in the televote, jury support means that Anna Odobescu will fly the Moldovan flag in Tel Aviv with the dramatic “Stay”.

And as always, Portugal brought up the rear, keeping us entertained into the small hours of the morning with the 2019 edition of Festival da Canção. It was another triumph for the pre-favourite, as Conan Osíris won over the juries this time having failed to do so in the semi-final. Together with a televote victory, that was easily enough to give “Telemóveis” (“Mobile Phones”) the ticket to represent last year’s host nation.

Georgia gave us a pleasant surprise on Sunday evening when it transpired that the final of Georgian Idol would also include the songs in contention to be the Eurovision entry. Oto Nemsadze will seek to return the Caucasian nation to the ESC grand final for the first time since 2016 with his version of “Sul tsin tare” (“Go Ahead”).

And Serbia completed another busy weekend with the final of Beovizija 2019. Although Nevena Božović only placed third with the public vote, she had already built up a sufficient lead with the juries that her “Kruna” (“Crown”) could no longer be caught. Having narrowly failed to reach the ESC grand final in 2013 as a member of Moje 3, Božović will be hoping her luck is considerably better in Tel Aviv this May.

Alongside the raft of internal selection reveals still awaiting us, there are just two national finals left this year: the jury-only show in Belarus on Thursday night and, of course, the final of Melodifestivalen on Saturday. Stay tuned to our social media where we’ll be sharing a few highlights from the Stockholm experience – and don’t forget to join us in the #esc chat to enjoy the shows together and vote on the songs!

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Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

“Soldi” by Mahmood is the winner of the 15th annual edition of ChatVote, the traditional event held by escgo! and the #esc chatroom to find our favourite song ahead of each year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

read more

After 44 years, the Netherlands win Eurovision!

The winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is "Arcade" by Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands - ending a 44-year wait for the country dating back to Teach-In and "Ding-A-Dong" in 1975. In an incredibly exciting results presentation, Sweden won the jury vote...

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Our chatroom's favourites tonight were... Ana Soklič in Slovenia and Go-A in Ukraine. Are we getting mainstream in our old age?! 😯 #ema2020 #vidbir2020

Jakob Karlberg. Where Lake Malawi meets Lake Mälaren. #melfest
https://t.co/KA2UK1RQlt

Tone Damli 🇳🇴
KaYra 🇱🇹
Faith Kakembo 🇸🇪
Akuvi 🇳🇴
TOKIONINE 🇦🇲
Monika Marija 🇱🇹
Didrik & Emil 🇳🇴
Renate 🇪🇪
Kristin Husøy 🇳🇴
MEANDI 🇱🇹
Matti Matt 🇮🇸
Raylee 🇳🇴

What do these people have in common? They need YOUR votes in Heat 3 of SongHunt 2020! Vote now:

https://t.co/4lwhvBadG3

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SongHunt 2019 – Heat 4

SongHunt 2019 – Heat 4

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season continues with Heat 4.

Each heat features 12 songs, comprising nine of our chatters’ favourites from the national final shows and three editors’ choices. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries.



Want to know more? You can read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here.

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

Join the Chat!

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

Join the Chat!

Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

“Soldi” by Mahmood is the winner of the 15th annual edition of ChatVote, the traditional event held by escgo! and the #esc chatroom to find our favourite song ahead of each year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

read more

After 44 years, the Netherlands win Eurovision!

The winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is "Arcade" by Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands - ending a 44-year wait for the country dating back to Teach-In and "Ding-A-Dong" in 1975. In an incredibly exciting results presentation, Sweden won the jury vote...

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Our chatroom's favourites tonight were... Ana Soklič in Slovenia and Go-A in Ukraine. Are we getting mainstream in our old age?! 😯 #ema2020 #vidbir2020

Jakob Karlberg. Where Lake Malawi meets Lake Mälaren. #melfest
https://t.co/KA2UK1RQlt

Tone Damli 🇳🇴
KaYra 🇱🇹
Faith Kakembo 🇸🇪
Akuvi 🇳🇴
TOKIONINE 🇦🇲
Monika Marija 🇱🇹
Didrik & Emil 🇳🇴
Renate 🇪🇪
Kristin Husøy 🇳🇴
MEANDI 🇱🇹
Matti Matt 🇮🇸
Raylee 🇳🇴

What do these people have in common? They need YOUR votes in Heat 3 of SongHunt 2020! Vote now:

https://t.co/4lwhvBadG3

Load more tweets...

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season continues with Heat 3.

Each heat features 12 songs, comprising nine of our chatters’ favourites from the national final shows and three editors’ choices. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries.


Want to know more? You can read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here.

Weekend round-up: Joci Pápai, jury politics and ginormous props

Weekend round-up: Joci Pápai, jury politics and ginormous props

“Super” Saturday, you say? There were only six streams to juggle this week – child’s play compared with last Saturday night! Nevertheless, it was a busy few hours in the Eurovision world and in our #esc chat.

Of course, the weekend technically began on Friday already with the final in Germany; you can read our news article here and Felix’s personal take on the unexpectedly vociferous reaction to S!sters’ victory here.

First up on Saturday was Ukraine. First up in terms of start time, at least – no other broadcaster is so capable of stretching a six-song final into nearly four hours of television. It wouldn’t be a Ukrainian final without a healthy dose of drama, and this time it was the jurors’ veiled (and not-so-veiled) attacks on the participants with a Russian background or a career in Russia. ESC 2016 winner Jamala was particularly pointed in her questioning of eventual winner Maruv, to the extent that it still isn’t clear whether “Siren Song” will actually be the Ukrainian entry in Tel Aviv despite taking victory last night thanks to first place with the televote (and second place with the jury, despite their criticisms). Rumours and counter-rumours abound, but it seems like Maruv is being asked to abandon her upcoming tour and promotional activities in Russia if she wants the Ukrainian ticket to ESC. Which begs the question: Why invite artists to take part in your national final if you know they have a Russian career that might render them ineligible? Unless you’re trying to score some cheap points on national television – but that would be a terribly cynical interpretation of the situation.

After several weeks of heats and semi-finals, A Dal 2019 came to an end with the usual jury-determined superfinal of four entries that went forward to the public vote. After representing Hungary in Kyiv two years ago, Joci Pápai finds himself making a quick return to the competition this year with “Az én apám” (“My Father”). No violinists or folk dancers though – yet.

It’s rare for our #esc chat to have the same taste as a country’s public and jury vote, but we weren’t far off when it came to Denmark. Our favourites were “League Of Light” by Julie & Nina (essentially S!sters’ Greenlandic cousin) and “Love Is Forever” by Leonora (essentially the offspring of Zoë’s “Quel filou” and “Loin d’ici“). Those two also ended up topping the Danish poll – the only difference being that Leonora took a narrow victory in the end, whereas we would rather have seen Julie & Nina in Tel Aviv – but a chat score of 6.50 for “Love Is Forever” makes it one of our higher-ranked winners of the 2019 season. Quite how they intend to transport her giant chair all the way from Denmark to Israel is another matter.

It’s unfortunate for Lithuania that they tend to get lost in the mix a little on busy Super Saturday nights, but at least their final continued after the others so we could all tune in for the results. Having withdrawn one of her two finalists to give the other one a better chance, poor Monika Marija landed in second place behind the jury and televote favourite on the night, “Run With The Lions” by Jurijus. Co-songwriter Ashley Hicklin has a Eurovision pedigree encompassing both Tom Dice and Axel Hirsoux, so quite what that means for Lithuania’s chances on the Tel Aviv scoreboard is anyone’s guess!

And with that, dear Eurovision friends, another busy weekend of national final action comes to an end. No Sunday night show for us all to recover with this week, so instead we have a few days to recharge our batteries before the Serbian semi-finals on Wednesday and Thursday. Don’t forget to join us in the #esc chat for them and all of next weekend’s shows!

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Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

“Soldi” by Mahmood is the winner of the 15th annual edition of ChatVote, the traditional event held by escgo! and the #esc chatroom to find our favourite song ahead of each year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

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After 44 years, the Netherlands win Eurovision!

The winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is "Arcade" by Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands - ending a 44-year wait for the country dating back to Teach-In and "Ding-A-Dong" in 1975. In an incredibly exciting results presentation, Sweden won the jury vote...

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Our chatroom's favourites tonight were... Ana Soklič in Slovenia and Go-A in Ukraine. Are we getting mainstream in our old age?! 😯 #ema2020 #vidbir2020

Jakob Karlberg. Where Lake Malawi meets Lake Mälaren. #melfest
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KaYra 🇱🇹
Faith Kakembo 🇸🇪
Akuvi 🇳🇴
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Monika Marija 🇱🇹
Didrik & Emil 🇳🇴
Renate 🇪🇪
Kristin Husøy 🇳🇴
MEANDI 🇱🇹
Matti Matt 🇮🇸
Raylee 🇳🇴

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A confident result: It’s S!sters for Germany!

A confident result: It’s S!sters for Germany!

Causing headaches for typographers all around the continent, the duo S!sters (NB. not actually sisters) won tonight’s German final with the song “Sister”.

The non-siblings proved to be the favourite of the televoters and the expert jury alike, with a low score from the international fan jury insufficient to dislodge them from top spot overall.

Although initial fan reaction to “Sister” appears to be mixed, it was at least our third-favourite in the chat on the night, with a pretty strong average score of 6.78 out of 10. However, our chatters would have preferred Aly Ryan (6.83) or especially Lilly Among Clouds (7.27) to be going home with the ticket to Tel Aviv.

We’ll have some in-depth reaction to the German result in the next few days, but for now, as we gear ourselves up for tomorrow’s Super Saturday onslaught, sit back and enjoy the song!

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Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

“Soldi” by Mahmood is the winner of the 15th annual edition of ChatVote, the traditional event held by escgo! and the #esc chatroom to find our favourite song ahead of each year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

read more

After 44 years, the Netherlands win Eurovision!

The winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is "Arcade" by Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands - ending a 44-year wait for the country dating back to Teach-In and "Ding-A-Dong" in 1975. In an incredibly exciting results presentation, Sweden won the jury vote...

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 escgo! on Twitter

Our chatroom's favourites tonight were... Ana Soklič in Slovenia and Go-A in Ukraine. Are we getting mainstream in our old age?! 😯 #ema2020 #vidbir2020

Jakob Karlberg. Where Lake Malawi meets Lake Mälaren. #melfest
https://t.co/KA2UK1RQlt

Tone Damli 🇳🇴
KaYra 🇱🇹
Faith Kakembo 🇸🇪
Akuvi 🇳🇴
TOKIONINE 🇦🇲
Monika Marija 🇱🇹
Didrik & Emil 🇳🇴
Renate 🇪🇪
Kristin Husøy 🇳🇴
MEANDI 🇱🇹
Matti Matt 🇮🇸
Raylee 🇳🇴

What do these people have in common? They need YOUR votes in Heat 3 of SongHunt 2020! Vote now:

https://t.co/4lwhvBadG3

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