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Newsletter: Submission Deadline Zooms Written by on February 29, 2020

Twelve entries to be unveiled this week as the next wave of  countries decide on their songs for Eurovision 2020. John Lucas looks over tonight’s shows in the latest edition of the ESC Insight newsletter.

Tonight’s Shows


Croatia’s national selection Dora 2020 will air tonight, with 16 acts competing to represent the country in Rotterdam. Unusually, none of the songs have been released in full before the show, so you can hear them all for the first time from 20.05 CET on HRT.

Estonia will air the Grand Final of Eesti Laul 2020 tonight, live from the Saku Suurhall in Tallinn. 12 acts will compete for a place in the final, with Jaagup Tuisk’s ‘Beautiful Lie‘ considered the pre-show favourite. You can stream the final live from 18.30 CET on Etv.

Iceland will conclude their national selection Söngvakeppnin 2020 tonight, with five finalists still in the race. Indie pop outfit turned viral sensations Daði & Gagnamagnið look like the ones to beat, although new age singer Iva could provide strong competition. The final airs from 20.45 CET on RUV.

Moldova will select their artist for 2020 in a one-night edition of O melodie pentru Europa this evening. Contenders include past entrants Pasha Parfeny and Natalia Gordienco. The latter performed alongside Arsenium in 2006. Her song Prison was composed by Dimitris Kontopoulos, Philipp Kirkorov, Sharon Vaughn, the songwriting team behind Sergey Lazarev’s Scream last year. You can tune in from 19.00 CET on TRM.

In addition, Portugal will air the second semi final of Festival da Canção from 21.00 CET on RTP. Serbia will also air the second semi final of Beovizija 2020 on RTS at the same time, while Sweden will present the Andra Chansen (second chance) round of Melodifestivalen from 20.00 CET on SVT.


Romania will choose their song for Rotterdam in a single-artist edition of Selecția Națională on Sunday evening. Popular local singer Roxen has been internally selected, and will perform five songs for TV viewers and a panel of jurors. The show airs from 20.00 CET on TVR.

Serbia’s national selection also concludes on Sunday evening, with 12 finalists competing for a combination of televotes and jury points. 2016 representative Sanja Vučić’s female vocal trio Hurricane are well fancied with their song ‘Hasta La Vista’. The show airs from 21.00 on CET.


Israel will select the song that Next Star 2020 winner Ede Alene will perform on Monday night, when the 19 year old singer presents four potential entries in a one-off show entitled HaShir HaBa L’Eurovizion. You can follow along from 20.30 CET on KAN.

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About The Author: John Lucas

A writer and content marketing professional with a passion for getting lost in strange cities and a strange fascination with micro states, John has been with ESC Insight since 2015 and has also had his writing featured in publications including The Guardian, Popjustice and So So Gay. Tweetable @JLucas86.

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