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.

Roberto Bellarosa to represent Belgium in Malmö

Roberto Bellarosa (c) RTBF

For the second time in a row Belgium has chosen their representative for the Eurovision Song Contest internally. Today the TV channel RTBF announced that Roberto Bellarosa, winner of the casting show The Voice will represent the country in Malmö. More details about the song selection will be revealed on November 20th.

The Lithuanian jury picks three more favourites for the semi-finals

The participants for the second Lithuanian heat 2012 ©  Justinas Stacevičius, LRT

Last night the Lithuanian TV viewers were once again asked to vote among eight songs presented to them - just as the jury would be doing. We already know which three songs the jury ended up preferring, but it will be almost another week before we know if the TV viewers agreed.

First three songs qualified for the semi-finals in Lithuania... probably

The participants for the first Lithuanian heat 2012 ©  LRT

After having presented a total of 33 acts LRT started its first preliminary heat tonight. 8 songs competed in a show that offered a song by a former Eurovision songwriter and as a special treat for Eurovision fans also a song about last year's winner Loreen.

Lithuania kicks off its search for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest representative

Chill Out, Have No Doubt © Justino Stacevičiaus

The first heat took place this Saturday with a two hour show that was broadcast by LRT. It was a pre-recorded presentation show where seventeen acts were introduced to the audience, however the songs they performed were not their own songs but well known hits. There was no voting.

Many familiar faces take the stage for Battle Rounds at The Voice of Spain

Eurovision artists at La Voz © telecinco.es

Mirela, Paco Arrojo, Anael, Jorge González and Mónica Guech had something in common so far as that all of them had participated in the national selection to represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest. From now on, they are rivals in the Spanish edition of the talent show, The Voice.

2549 songs submitted to Melodifestivalen - lowest number for years

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Early Tuesday morning was the deadline for sending entries to the swedish national selection Melodifestivalen 2013. A total of 2549 songs were counted which could be compared to 3485 songs that was sent in last year.

No Star für Malmö next year - Germany wants to go for a different national final concept in 2013

German flag © http://www.eurovision.tv/img/upload/flags/big/germany.jpg

There have been speculations for several weeks, but now it is official. There will be no fourth edition of the German national final "Unser Star für …". As it was announced the private TV channel ProSieben will end the cooperation with the national broadcaster ARD – at least temporarily.

Hosting cities of Melodifestivalen 2013 announced - Karlskrona, Karlstad and Skellefteå are back

Friends Arena @ Sweden Arena Mangement

Today the swedish broadcaster SVT revealed the hosting cities of the national selection Melodifestivalen 2013. The MF-tour will start with the first Semifinal in Karlskrona on 2 February and end with the final in Friends Arena on 9 March. The host city of ESC 2013 Malmö will be the host of the fourth Semifinal.

Belgian Candidate Songs for the 2012 Junior Eurovision Song Contest Revealed

Belgian 2012 Junior Candidates © Ketnet.be

The nine songs that will take part in the national selection have been released through the website of the children's television channel, Ketnet, where the music videos of all the entrants can be watched. All candidates will have a professional training program with the best coaches in their field.

Georgia on our minds for Junior Eurovision

2012 Georgia Junior Eurovision ©  GPB; Bzikebi Studios

Georgia have selected three girls and one boy to represent them at the 2012 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Amsterdam.  The band currently do not have a name and at the moment are being referred to as the 'fantastic four'. 

Friends Arena to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest? – Already chosen for Melodifestivalen 2013

Friends Arena @ Sweden Arena Mangement

Earlier this week it was confirmed by swedish broadcaster SVT that the national selection Melodifestivalen is to be held in the new Friends Arena on the 9 of March 2013. As Sweden is tipped high among the bookmakers it looks like SVT is preparing for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest by announcing that Melodifestivalen will be held there.

Iris to sing Would You? for Belgium at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

Iris to represent Belgium at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

After a long row of national finals we have come to an end with the Belgium selection being held tonight. The Belgium TV viewers decided that Iris will be representing them at this year's Eurovision Song Contest with the song Would You?

Festival Da Cançao 2012 – Get To Know The Participants

Festival Da Cançao 2012 © RTP

This year's festival will be a tribute to the Portuguese most traditional music genre, fado, which a few months ago was added to UNESCO's list of World's Intangible Cultural Heritage. Without having heard the candidate songs, we know that the 12 competing acts will have at least this common feature.

Who will represent Greece at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest - Running order and songs now available

Eleftheria Eleftheriou ©  ERT

The four songs competing to represent Greece at this year's Eurovision Song Contest have been released by the broadcaster for online listening. They will compete for the ticket to Baku on the 12th of March. Who do you think will get it? See the new videos and make up your mind.

Pastora Soler will sing Quédate Conmigo for Spain at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

Pastora Soler Spanish national final © TVE

After an exciting evening the Spanish song for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest is now known. Three entries were competing for the win and the decision was made by a mixed system of televoting and jurors. Quédate Conmigo was the favourite from the beginning and there were no surprises in the result.

Melodifestivalen 2012: Top Cats and Thorsten Flinck the last selected finalists

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Tonight Sweden held it's Second chance heat which is the last heat before the final in Globen on the 10th of March. This was a new chance for the 3rd and 4th placed songs from the four previous heats to qualify to the final.

Sofi Marinova to represent Bulgaria at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

Sofi Marinova on stage in Bulgaria ©  BNT

Minutes ago the Bulgarian national final finished with the result that Sofi Marinova would represent the country at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Love Unlimited. The show featured several of the participants she will be up against in Baku.

Listen to the Four Candidate Songs to Represent Greece at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

Loucas Yiorkas (c) Eurovision.tv

The Greek broadcaster, ERT, has officially revealed this morning on its website the four candidate songs to represent the country in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. On Thursday, we will know who will sing each of these entries and the the grand finale will take place on 12th of March.

Eva Boto Wins EMA and Will Sing Verjamem for Slovenia at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

Eva Boto EMA 2012 © RTVSLO

Tonight, Slovenia decided its representative and song for Baku at the final of EMA 2012 among the two acts selected from Misija Evrovizija. Some of the former Slovenian Eurovision entrants were there as special guests of the show and also participants from Misija Evrovizija and a Eurovision winner.

Joan Franka chosen as the Dutch hope for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

Joan Franka on stage in the Dutch national final ©  TROS

7 years in a row now without qualifying for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. That is the unfortunate Dutch destiny at the Eurovision Song Contest. Today it was decided that it will be up to Joan Franka to change that with the song You And Me

 

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