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.

11 participants of Unser Song für Malmö revealed - a 12th to be announced before Christmas

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This morning the participating artists of the German national final Unser Song für Malmö were finally revealed. The line up consists of eleven acts and is a mixture of well-known popular artists and newcomers. A twelfth artist is still to be announced. According to the broadcaster NDR we will get to know the name before Christmas.

Jorge González among the finalists of The Voice in Spain

Jorge González © telecinco.es

After two months of qualifying rounds at the first season of The Voice (La Voz) in Spain, the four best voices that will compete in the final has now been chosen. Jorge González, who participated at the 2009 national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, is one of them.

Five acts to compete in the Austrian final on February 15th

Austrian finalists 2013 (c) ORF

Austria’s national broadcaster ORF announced that five acts will compete to represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö 2013. On February 15th the national final Österreich rockt den Song Contest will be staged in Vienna with a variety of different music styles. The winner will be chosen by televoting.

Money to 7 cities steal focus from 2013 Dansk Melodi Grand Prix

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2013 logo ©  DR

The past few days an uncomfortable case for DR has taken a lot of focus away from next months national final. The final show will be hosted in Herning, but 7 other cities spread over the country was offered to be a part of it. As promises failed DR first refused to compensate, but after media pressure the broadcaster changed their mind. 

First 2013 Eurovision entry: Alena Lanskaya wins in Belarus again

Alena Lanskaya ©  BTRC

As the first country Belarus tonight held its national final to select the entry that will, probably, represent them at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. Among 10 songs Alena Lanskaya won and is, as things stand right now, ready for Malmö. Tonight show featured performances from several former Eurovision participants.

Melodifestivalen 2013: Second half of the participants presented today

Melodifestivalen 2013 © svt.se

The conclusion was clear after the presentation of the first half of the participants in the 2013 edition of Melodifestivalen: Fans felt that SVT owed them some bigger and more experienced names. Would they get that today when the remaining artist was announced?

Germany’s song for Malmö to be chosen on February 14th

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Unser Song für Malmö (Our song for Malmö) - that is the official title of the German final for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. The show will be hosted in Hannover on February 14th. A number of 8-12 known acts will participate and the winner will be chosen in a three-part voting.

Melodifestivalen 2013: First half of the participants presented today

Melodifestivalen 2013 © svt.se

For many Eurovision fans the Swedish selection stands as something magical. The participating names are awaited with even more eager than a 5 year old looking forward to his Christmas presents. Few minutes ago the first half of these names were announced revealing several interesting names.

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?

 

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