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.

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.

Romania: Paula Seling & Ovi publish national final entry - other names revealed as well

Paula Seling & Ovi ©  codrosu.ro

Paula Seling and Ovi who are in contention to represent Romania for the second time released their entry for the Romanian selection, Miracle. Twelve acts will make it to the final of the national selection which is scheduled for 1st March.

Portugal will once again choose its Eurovision entrant via Festival da Canção

Festival da Canção © rtp.pt

The traditional Portuguese selection show Festival da Canção is back, but it has been slightly revamped. There won't be jurors, the audience will be solely responsible for choosing the winner, and it will run over two evenings on the 8th and the 15th of March.

Eight acts made it through to the next phase in Lithuania – 16 songs available online

Lithuania Eurovizijos 2014 © B.Butauto BFL

A new Eurovizijos show was held last evening in Lithuania where one more act was eliminated and eight out of the nine participants moved forward to the next stage of the selection process. Furthermore, the Lithuanian broadcaster LRT has released the sixteen potential Eurovision entries.

Mei Finegold to sing for Israel in Copenhagen

Mei Finegold © Lior Nordman

Following an internal Eurovision committee meeting this week IBA has announced that they have chosen former “Kokhav Nolad” artist Mei Fineberg to represent them at the 59th Eurovision in May. The song she is to sing will be chosen internally from three options and be unveiled soon.

TVR reveals details of Romanian national selection and dates

TVR (c) TVR

TVR has announced its plans regarding the selection of the Romanian representative for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. Twelve acts will be picked by an internal jury from all the submitted songs to perform at the televised show which will be held on the 1st of March.

One more act eliminated in Lithuania - Nine names are still in the run

Aistė Pilvelytė © LRT

Lithuania continues the searching of their next Eurovision representative with a new Eurovizijos show that took place this weekend. A total of ten candidates competed to be among the nine acts which would proceed to the next phase of the national selection process.

Albania: 8 acts presented in the first show of Festivali i Këngës

TVSH

The first show of the 52nd Festivali i Këngës took place tonight at Tirana’s Pallati i Konverteve. Sixteen acts are in the run to win this prestigous Albanian festival and thus representing Albania in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.

First 2014 Eurovision entry known: Ukraine will sing Tick-Tock

Maria Yaremchuk ©  Day.kiev.ua

The 2014 season has started and the first entry is now known. 20 songs were competing in the national final in Ukraine, which resulted in Maria Yaremchuk winning the right to represent her country at the Eurovision Song Contest in May next year.

The running order of Melodifestivalen 2014 announced

Melodifestivalen 2014 logo ©  SVT

Last years favourite among the voting audience Yohio will be first out when Sweden starts its selecition procedure to the Eurovision Song Contest on the 1st of February. The 32nd and last performer in the fourth heat will be another hot favourite and audience pleaser - Anton Ewald.

Lithuanian hopefuls for 2014 revealed

Pop Ladies © V.Skaraičio (BFL)

The national selection season is about to kick off in Lithuania and this weekend the twenty shortlisted acts that will compete for the ticket to Copenhagen were revealed. The presentation took place at the special concert commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Lithuanian Eurovision debut.

Ukraine list their national finalists - all set for December 21st

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On the 21st of December Ukraine will pick its representative for next year's Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark. In the running for this honour is 20 candidates picked by a jury consisting of people involved in the music industry.

 

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