As we inch closer to the Eurovision song submission deadline, there’s an influx of national finals, and as the dedicated Eurovision fans that we all are, we can’t help but tune into some of the shows to see if our favourites win. This weekend proves to be a big one, so if you’re lucky enough to be in Europe, don’t make plans this weekend, or if you’re Australian like me, make sure you get to bed early enough so waking up at around 4am is less brutal.
I promised a big weekend, and here it is. There’s a total of 6 shows, with Hungary and Lithuania both continuing their national final processes, while Ukraine, Sweden, Switzerland and Latvia join the Eurovision party. This guide will hopefully give you an overview of each show to help you decide what you may want to watch this weekend – a small taster of what to expect.
Let’s start off with the usual culprits, Lithuania and Hungary, and then discuss Sweden and Ukraine. In part two of What’s On This Weekend, we’ll recap Latvia and Switzerland, with the latter choosing their Eurovision entry on Sunday.
Lithuania – 4th February
We’ve now heard all the entries that were submitted to the Lithuanian broadcaster, minus the couple that decided to pull out last minute. Now that all four heats are complete, the selection is moving on to the next stage, which will feature all the qualified acts. This weekend, we’ll be seeing 12 of the 24 qualified acts.
To refresh your memory, here are the acts performing this week:
With such a range of choice of national finals this weekend, this could be the one we miss this week. As for the format of the show, we aren’t too sure how this will be different to the heats, so if you’ve already seen or heard the songs, it may not be worth tuning into.
Hungary – 4th February
Hungary’s national final also continues this week, with the third and final heat. In this heat, there will be 10 acts, and 6 will qualify into the semi-finals. Here are the 10 acts:
Kyra Fedor – Got to Be a Day
Enikő Muri – Jericho
Benjámin Pál – Father’s Eyes
Joci Pápai – Origo
Gigi Radics – See It Through
Orsi Sapszon – Hunyd le Szemed
Soulwave – Kalandor
The Couple – Vége van
TOTOVA – Hosszú idők
Zävodi + Olivér Berkes – #háttérzaj
These ten acts have not yet taken to the stage, so if you’ve been following the Hungarian national final, it’s worth a watch. So far, 6 acts from heat one and 6 acts from heat two have been chosen, so the final 6 will join the already chosen 12 in the semi-finals which begin on the 11th of Feb.
Sweden – 4th February
Sweden’s Melodifestivalen is one of the most anticipated national finals of Eurovision season, even to the point that the national final is often more popular in Sweden than Eurovision is. As such, many will choose to tune in, and this is also due to the fact that Sweden’s broadcaster is so secretive about the entrants. Curiosity will get the better of a lot of people, I’m sure, but at least you know Sweden will be putting on a good show.
Despite the secrecy, we do know who will be participating in this first heat. Here are the acts:
Boris René – Her Kiss
Adrijana – Amare
Dinah Nah – One More Night
De Vet Du – Road Trip
Charlotte Perrelli – Mitt liv
Ace Wilder – Wild Chold
Nano – Hold On
It will be the choice of many this weekend, and I can see why. It’s a seemingly good line-up (I say seemingly, as we haven’t actually heard the songs yet!), with fan favourite Ace Wilder, former Eurovision winner Charlotte Perrelli and Melfest favourites Dinah Nah and Boris René.
The expert jury consists of composer and producer Konstantin Meladze, 2016 Eurovision winner and singer-songwriter Jamala and Andriy Danylko, who you may know as Verka Serduchka! The show may be worth watching just for Verka alone, but Melfest proves to be tough TV competition!