Belgium's extra selection stage took place on a sleepy Sunday morning in VivaCité Studio 2 in Mons. After a better than expected interest in Eurovision, RTBF needed to cut its final 30 down to a lucky 14 for their final. Would the flavour of this final be English or French?
Following a rather mysterious announcement via Twitter earlier tonight, the BBC have revealed that for the first time since 1994, they have made an internal selection in choosing the United Kingdom entry for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.
And there we have it! The last three acts have been chosen by the Icelandic public tonight, and with Sjonni's Friends, Jógvan and Magni winning their heat, the line up for the final of Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins is now complete.
Croatia's new approach to selecting an act for Düsseldorf continued tonight, as a further six acts were chosen for the next stage. Like last week, the 12 hopefuls were covering songs they hoped would do enough to get them a little further. Five would be announced on the night, with the sixth lucky winner being announced next week.
Today the Moldavian jury held a live audition for the 57 contestants that advanced from the preliminary selection phase. The jury has selected 25 finalists for the Moldavian national selection for Eurovision 2011, which will be held on the 26th of February. Among the finalists are Natalia Barbu (2007)and Zdob si Zdub (2005).
With two heats behind us and four direct qualifications handed out, seven more acts fought tonight for the last guaranteed spots in the final. All 21 Norwegian songs have now been on stage bringing us significantly closer to know who will represent the country in Düsseldorf in May.
Belgium's song is being chosen this year by French language broadcaster RTBF. Approaching things from a different angle, their current field of 30 songs is being whittled down to 14 in a Sunday morning programme.
Croatia's Dora festival continues tonight, in a bid to win Eurovision in May. Twelve singers aim to follow six lucky performers from last week, by getting through to the next stage taking place over the next two weekends.
Spain just finished their first heat of Destino Eurovisión in the search for who can wave the Spanish flag in Düsseldorf. Out of the 12 acts presented, David Sancho, Auryn, Lucía Pérez, Gio and Da Igual managed to convince the jury and audience to advance to the national semi-final, but for the seven others, the journey ended here.
Greek-German songstress Vicky Leandros has been awarded a prestigious title by the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg, it was announced in various Luxemburgisch media today. Grand Duke Henri bestowed upon her the title "Commander of the Order of Merit of the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg".
Suspense is mounting as the last places in the Icelandic final on the 12th of February are up for grabs this coming Saturday. There are, as in previous heats, some well known names to look out for, but the entry by the late Sjonni Brink shouldn't be underestimated in terms of sympathy votes.
Within a matter of hours the first show of Destino Eurovisión is going to start. The twelve participants will perform hits from the Eurovision Song Contest. You can watch it tonight at 22:15 CET on TVE-1 where the artists will sing songs like Fly On The Wings Of Love, Wild Dances and Non Ho L'Età and of course several Spanish entries.
Various Eurovision sites have been citing young tenor Amaury Vassili as this year's French entrant for the contest. Reports in the french media have yet however to confirm the story. According to numerous media sources as late as today, it's still a two horse race between Amaury Vassili and Emma Daumas.
From a total of 93 songs submitted to the Moldovan slection, a jury consisting of composers, musicians and TV producers, had chose to move forward to a second stage, whereby 60 songs will be heard live (acapella) by the jury.
The Belgian group Clouseau, who represented their country in 1991 with Geef Het Op have long been massive favourites in their home country. Their status has been further cemented by the announcment that company VMM is to produce a musical about the band.
Latvian press have just confirmed that one of the most popular artists of the Latvian music scene, Mārtiņš Freimanis, has tragically passed away aged just 32 years old. The star was well know to Eurovision fans after his participation for Latvia in 2003 as part of the trio F.L.Y. when they sang Hello From Mars on home soil.
Armenian national broadcaster ARM TV had announced that they were searching for a song for Emmy, and have just recently revealed more information and dates surrounding the selection of the song that will send her on her way to Düsseldorf.
After numerous semifinal heats, Azerbaijan has minimized the number of participiants still in the running from 9 to 5. Official broadcaster İçtimai TV is currently preparing for yet another extra semifinal heat to be held tomorrow.