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February 18, 2023

Iceland: two finalists known

Iceland has had it’s first semifinal. Out of five songs, two finalists were chosen. Note that it’s not all over for the other three, as the jury will provide a wildcard for the final to one of the non qualifiers. You will find the titles of the winning songs in bold letters: Benedikt sings “Þora” Diljá sings “Lifandi inni í mér” Celebs sing “Dómsdagsdans” Bragi sings “Stundum snýst heimurinn þér” Móa sings “Glötuð ást”      

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It’s Monika Linkytė for Lithuania

Monika Linkytė won the Lithuanian national final Pabandom iš naujo tonight. She will sing the song “Stay” which is written and composed by Monika herself with Chris Noah. Monika took part before in Eurovision in 2015. Together with Vaidis Baumila she sang “This time”. The duo reached the final back in those days and became 18th there. Lithuania will perform in the half of the semifinal. Here are the full results of the Lithuanian final: Monika Linkytė, “Stay”, 22 pts. Rūta Mur, “So low”, 22 pts. Beatrich, “Like a movie”, 16 pts. Petunija, “Love of my life”, 11 pts. Paulina Paukštaitytė, “Let me think about me”, 11 pts. Gabrielus Vagelis, “Sauksmas”, 10 pts. MoonBee, “Rumor”, 8 pts. Justė Kraujelytė, “Need more fun”, 6 pts. Mario Junes, “Do what you do”, 5 pts. Il senso, “Sparnai”, 5 pts.  

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Sweden chooses Melodifestivalen heat 3 qualifiers

Tonight’s third heat of the Swedish super show Melodifestivalen has come to an end, and we have a result! The first qualifiers were Marcus & Martinus. The Norweigan brothers brought an EDM pop called “Air’, with a budget spent on lots of lasers. Since it’s rehearsal earlier this week, the brothers have skyrocketed to the 2nd place in the betting odds. Will they win Melodifestivalen 2023?   The second qualifier is Paul Rey with “Royals”! We’ve known him since 2020, where “Talking In My Sleep” got him to 6th place in the final. In 2021 he gave it another shot, with “The Missing Piece” where he went on from Andra Chansen to the final.    The Semi Finalists of this week are Nordman & Melanie Wehde! Will they make it to the final? We will know it in 2 weeks.

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Lithuania selects a Eurovision entry!

After two heats and two semifinals, tonight Lithuania will select a Eurovision entry. Out of ten songs, the entry will be chosen by 50% jury and 50% televoting. The show starts at 20:00 CET and you can watch it here and on YouTube. The competing songs are: 1 Mario Junes Do what you do 2 MoonBee Rumor 3 Justė Kraujelytė Need more fun 4 Paulina Paukštaitytė Let me think about me 5 Beatrich Like a movie 6 Rūta Mur So low 7 Il Senso Sparnai 8 Petunija Love of my life 9 Gabrielus Vagelis Sauksmas 10 Monika Linkytė Stay Justė Kraujelytė was there last year and became 6th.Petunija took part in 2016 (heats) and 2022 (semifinal).Gabrielus Vagelis took part in 2013 (semifinals), 2017 (5th), 2020 (semifinals), 2021 (semifinals).Monika Linkytė took part in 2010 (10th), in 2011 (4th), in 2014 (heats) and represented Lithuania in 2015 together with Vaidas Baumila with the song “This time”.

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Iceland: Söngvakeppnin will start tonight

Tonight the Icelandic national final Söngvakeppnin will start. You are able to watch the first of two semifinals. Two songs will be selected, two others next week. In the end, a wildcard will be given to a 5th song. The show will start at 20:45 CET and you can watch it here. The songs in tonight show will all be sung in Icelandic. For the final, however, artists have the right to sing their song in English. These are tonights titles: Bragi sings “Stundum snýst heimurinn þér” Móa sings “Glötuð ást” Benedikt sings “Þora” Celebs sing “Dómsdagsdans” Diljá sings “Lifandi inni í mér”   None of tonights singers had previously participated in any national final before.    

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Sweden: 3rd heat of Melodifestivalen is there

The very popular Swedish national selection Melodifestivalen will have it’s 3rd heat tonight. Seven songs will compete, two will head directly to the final while two other songs will go to the semifinal. The show starts at 20:00 and you can watch it here. The competing songs are: Paul Rey sings “Royals” Casanovas sing “Så kommer känslorna tillbaka” Melanie Wehbe sings “For the show” Nordman sings “Släpp alla sorger” Laurell sings “Sober” Ida-Lova sings “Låt hela stan se på” Marcus & Martinus sing “Air”   Paul Rey became 6th in the 2020 final. A year later he became 12th. Nordman became 5th in 2005 and 6th in 2008.

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