National selection

The national finals resulting in each participating country picking its entry for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest have started. Don't miss out on the latest news.

Portugal reveals the names of the ten artists who will participate in Festival Da Canção

Festival da Canção © rtp.pt

The Portuguese broadcaster RTP has confirmed this afternoon the names of the ten artists and their song titles for the upcoming national selection, Festival da Canção. Among them there are some familiar faces such as Rui Andrade, Catarina Pereira and Carla Ribero.

Böyük Səhnə kicks off in Azerbaijan - Ten qualifiers for the second heat

Dilara Kazimova © ITV

Last evening the first semi-final of Böyük Səhnə, the Azerbaijani national selection for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest took place. The fourteen candidates performed in front of an expert jury and ten of them qualified to the second heat to be held next Sunday.

Lithuanian results revealed - Martynas Kavaliauskas has to leave the competition

Martynas Kavaliauskas (c) Eurovision.tv

Today the Lithuanian broadcaster announced the final results of last Saturday's Eurovizijos edition. As they assumed irregularities in the televoting the announcement of the results was postponed and not as usual at the end of the show. Martynas Kavaliauskas was eliminated, the four other artists will perform again next Saturday.

NDR reveals the 10 candidates for the 8th spot in the German final

Unser_Song_fur_Danemark_c_NDR.jpg

The German broadcaster NDR has finally revealed the ten names who will compete for the last spot in the German final on February 27th. In a special club concert in Hamburg the German public will decide who will get the chance to compete with seven other acts in the show Unser Song für Dänemark.

8th round of Lithuanian preselection Eurovizijos - five acts and technical problems

Lithuania Eurovision logo ©  LRT

Tonight the Lithuanian preselection marathon held its 8th round to search the country's representative for Copenhagen. The five remaining artists performed two songs each. At the end one act should have been eliminated. Due to technical problems on the verification of the televoting the announcement of the results was postponed to Monday.

Melodifestivalen 2014 heat 2: Sanna Nielsen and Panetoz voted to the final tonight

Sanna Nielsen & Panetoz

The quest to find the next representant for Sweden at the Eurovision Song contest in Copenhagen continued tonight with the second heat of Melodifestivalen in the city of Linköping. This time the qualifying acts to the final were Sanna Nielsen and Panetoz.

Seven acts confirmed for the Slovenian national selection EMA

EMA14 (c) RTVSLO

Today the Slovenian broadcaster RTVSLO announced that seven acts will compete in their national selection EMA to represent Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen. Among the names there is also Omar Naber who participated at the 2005 edition in Kiev.

TVE releases the five finalist songs for the Spanish selection

Spanish Finalists 2014 © TVE

TVE has today released the audio files of the five candidate songs to represent Spain in Copenhagen. Every day this week, one of the candidates will participate in a digital meeting hosted by the broadcaster on its official Eurovision website where the artists will answer questions from fans.

Dziesma 2014: first six finalists chosen in Latvia

Dziesma 2014 First six finalists © LTV

This evening Latvia began its quest to select the entry that will represent them at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest and twelve acts were competing for one of the six spots in the final. The slogan of the selection was 'Made In Latvia' and only Latvian authors were allowed to enter the competition.

Söngvakeppnin 2014: Greta and Gissur makes the final

Greta Mjöll Samúelsdóttir and Gissur Páll Gissurarson wins first Icelandic heat 2014 ©  RUV

Tonight, Iceland kicked off their selection with the first of two semi-finals held before the grand final. Out of the five acts competing tonight, two made it through to the final while the remaing ones will have to hope to be saved by the jury later on.

Sweden: YOHIO and Ellen Benediktson through to the final in Melodifestivalen 2014

Yohio & Ellen Benediktson

The popular national selection Melodifestivalen started tonight when Sweden picked two out of the ten finalists in the first heat that was held in Malmö Arena. In the end it was the favourite YOHIO together with the more unknown Ellen Benediktson who were the ones with most votes from the viewers.

Big names among the authors invited to take part in Festival Da Canção

Festival da Canção © rtp.pt

The Portuguese broadcaster RTP has revealed the names of the ten composers invited to write the ten entries that will participate at the upcoming Festival Da Canção. Among them are several known names whose songs have represented different countries in recent editions of the Eurovision Song Contest.

New potential entries presented and one more act eliminated in Lithuania tonight

Monika Linkytė © LRT

As usual every Saturday, a new Eurovizijos show took place this evening where each of the seven remaining candidates presented a new song out of the sixteen potential entries. The least voted act was VIG Roses thus they had to leave the competition.

Revealed: the snippets of the three French finalist songs

French finalists 2014 © France3

Today the snippets of the three entries competing to represent France at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest was released. We have to wait until Sunday to listen to the full songs, but what is clear is that they are three very powerful songs, each with their unique style.

TVE presents the five candidates to represent Spain at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest

Spanish Finalists 2014 © TVE

After two years of internal choice, TVE returns to the national selection format to pick the Spanish representative for Copenhagen. Today the names of the five artists in the run, have been announced: Brequette, Jorge González, La Dama, Raúl and Ruth Lorenzo. The final will be held in February.

The Lithuanian finalists performed for the first time some potential Eurovision entries

Eurovizijos hosts 2014 © J.Staceviciaus

After several weeks seeing the artists singing covers, this evening Eurovizijos went through to a new stage and the eight remaining acts performed for the very first time eight out of the sixteen songs competing for the Lithuanian ticket to Copenhagen. 

Finland: Hanna Sky is the second finalist of UMK

Hanna Sky, UMK 2014

Tonight we saw the second heat of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, the Finnish preselection for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. Six acts competed for the second spot in the final in Espoo on February 1st. Who would follow the band Softengine who already was sent to the final last week? At the end Hanna Sky was the lucky one while for MAKEA UMK is over.

Azerbaijan: National final on 2nd March

Azerbaijan flag ©  EBU

Azerbaijan will once again select its hopeful for the next Eurovision Song Contest through a talent show which is called Boyuk Sehne. The national final is scheduled for 2nd March, but a number of pre-selection shows will take place before that. 

Louise Wolff and Jacob Riising to host Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2014

Jacon Riising and Louise Wolff ©  DR

Danish broadcaster today announced the two hosts that will guide the viewers through the national selection Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on the 8th of March. The two very experienced hosts Louise Wolff and Jacob Riising have gotten the task. 

Malta: Ira Losco & Gianluca as possible hosts for national selection

Gianluca and Ira Losco

Former Maltese Eurovision artists; Ira Losco and Gianluca Bezzina were approached by the Maltese national broadcaster PBS to host next month's Maltese national selection, which will take place at the Malta Fairs & Convention Centre in Ta' Qali.

 

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