The Week Ahead…
Sweden may grab the headlines this weekend, but several other countries will also be continuing their Eurovision journeys over the coming days. Here’s what to look out for…
Czech Republic will announce their entrant for 2020 on Monday, when the results of the combined public and jury votes are revealed in a special online presentation.
Current frontrunners include actress and folk singer Olga Lounova, who has amassed over 600,000 YouTube views to date for her Aleena Gibson-penned ballad ‘Dark Water‘. Locally popular RnB artist Benny Cristo takes the lead on Spotify with his uptempo number ‘Kemama‘.
Italy‘s highly esteemed San Remo competition will also begin airing on Tuesday night, with events every evening leading to the Grand Final next Saturday, where their Eurovision entry is likely to be revealed. Participants will include Francesco Gabbani and Raphael Gualazzi, both of whom have represented Italy at Eurovision in recent years. Legendary performer Rita Pavone and regular fan favourite Elodie will also be in contention.
Global viewers can tune in via RAI online.
Lithuania will present the first Semi Final of Pabandom iš naujo! tonight, with nine artists set to be whittled down to just four qualifiers for the Grand Final, set to take place on Saturday 15th February.
The hopefuls include Heat 3 champions The Roop with their dramatic electro-dance confection On Fire, national selection staple Aistė Pilvelytė with her G:son penned schlager Unbreakable and Gabrielius Vagelis with Lithuanian-language ballad Tave čia randu.
The show airs at 20.00 CET on LRT 1.
Norway will broadcast the penultimate semi final of Melodi Grand Prix tonight, with another four artists competing for a single ticket to the final.
The contenders include ‘Over The Sea‘, a songwriting collaboration between Alexander Rybak and JOWST, performed by Magnus Bokn. Also hoping to make the cut are opera trio Nordic Tenors, electro-pop diva Oda Loves You and singer-songwriter Hege Bjerk.