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March 4, 2023

Sweden: Melodifestivalen 2023 Semi Final results

Today the Semi Final of the Swedish national final Melodifestivalen has taken place. Since heat 1 there have been two songs advancing direct to the final, and two songs to the Semi Final.    There were eight songs competing against each other. Almost every qualifier has competed in Melodifestivalen before. The qualifiers were the duo Nordmann (Melodifestivalen 2008), Theoz (Melodifestivalen 2022), Mariette (Melodifestivalen 2020), and newcomer Kiana.    These are the full results    

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Pasha Parfeny will return to the contest for Moldova

Pasha Parfeny won Etapa Națională, the Moldovan national final. He will therefore represent Moldova in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool. The song is called “Soarele şi luna”and was written by Iuliana Parfeni and composed by Pasha himself and Andrei Vulpe.  It is not the first time represents Moldova. did it before in and became. Moldova will sing in the second half of the first semifinal. Here are the full results:   Pasha Parfeny, “Soarele şi luna”, 24 pts. Sunstroke Project, “Yummy mommy”, 18 pts. Aliona Moon, “Du-mă”, 17 pts. Surrorile Oroianu, “Bade, bădişor, bădiţă”, 15 pts. Donia, “Red zone”, 11 pts. OL, “Why you play it cool”, 7 pts. Corina Ivanov, “When love is real”, 7 pts. Cosmina, “Indestructible”, 7 pts. Victor Gulick, “Let’s dance”, 5 pts. Nördika, “Damn and down”, 5 pt.   Here you’ll find the video of the live performance:

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Serbia: Pesma za Evroviziju ’23 will have it’s final

Tonight Serbia will also select a song for the Eurovision Song Contest. Through the national final Pesma za Evroviziju, which contains 16 songs, a 50/50 jury/televoting jury will select the song. The show starts at 21:05 CET and you can watch it on YouTube. You will find the entries below: 1 Stefan Shy Od jastuka do jastuka 2 Boris Subotić Nedostupan 3 Nadia Devojka tvog dečka 4 Duo Grand Viva la vida 5 Nađa Moj prvi ožiljak na duši 6 Frajle Neka, neka 7 Hurricane Zumi Zimi Zami 8 Chegi & Braća Bluz Band Svadba ili kavga 9 Dzipsii Greh 10 Luke Black Samo mi se spava 11 Filip Baloš Novi plan, drugi san 12 Princ Cvet sa istoka 13 Filarri Posle mene 14   Gift Liberta 15 Empathy Soul Project Indigo 16 Zejna Rumba Boris Subotić was 10th in last year’s semifinal.Hurricane won the 2020 national final with “Hasta la vista”. Due to COVID19 the festival was cancelled and Hurricane got a 2nd chance with “Loco Loco” in 2021. Note that the girls are not the girls of the original group, but new singers.Chegi & Braća Bluz Band were 10th in last year’s final.Gift became 13th last year.Zejna took part in last year’s national final and became 14th.

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Iceland: Söngvakeppnin final to be held

Iceland will select their entry tonight through the Söngvakepnnin final. Five songs from the two semifinals will be sung. The rule for the semifinal was that all of them should be sung in Icelandic. For now, they will all be sung in a language of choice. However, this year at least four of the songs are in English. The show starts at 20.45 CET and you can watch it here. The songs are: 1 Sigga Ozk Dancing lonely 2 Bragi Sometimes the world is against you 3 Celebs Doomsday dancing 4 Diljá Power 5 Langi Seli & Skuggarnir OK None of the participants has ever taken part in Söngvakeppnin before.

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Moldova selects a song

Tonight Moldova will select an entry. Will it be one of the returning artists we see back in Liverpool? Ten songs will compete in Etapa Națională. The show starts at 18:00 CET and you can watch it here, on YouTube and on Facebook. These are the participants: 1 Donia Red zone 2 OL Why you play it cool 3 Victor Gulick Let’s dance 4 Surrorile Osoianu Bade, bădişor, bădiţă 5 Cosmina Indestructible 6 Nördika Damn and down 7 Aliona Moon Du-mă 8 Sunstroke Project Yummy mommy 9 Pasha Parfeny Soarele şi luna 10 Corina Ivanov When love’s real Surorile Osoianutook part in 2017 together with Ethno Republic. They were the winners together with Sunstroke Project, but televoting decided that Sunstroke Project was the entry.Aliona Moon represented Moldova in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest with “A milllion”.Sunstroke Projectrepresented Moldova in 2010 with Olia Tira and the song “Run away”, and in 2017 with “Hey mamma!”. Beside, they took part in the 2015 national selection with Michael Ra (3rd).Pasha Parfeni took part in 2007 (internal selection), 2010 (2nd), 2012 (1st, represented Moldova with the song “Lautar”), 2020 (2nd). Besides, he wrote the Eurovision entry for Aliona Moon (2013).

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Portugal: Festival Da Canção has it’s 2nd semifinal

Portugal continues the national final Festival Da Canção tonight. The tradition is that there will be two semifinals and a final. Every semifinal contains 10 songs, the final will have 12. That means that from tonight’s semifinal, five songs will go through to the final via televoting, one chosen by an expert jury. The show will be broadcast on 22:00 CET and you can watch it here and here. These are the participating songs: Edmundo Inácio, “A festa” The Happy Mess, “O impossível” Teresinha Landeiro, “Equanto é tempo” Bandua, “Bandeiras” Bárbara Tinoco, “Goodnight” Inês Apenas, “Fim do mundo” Ivandro, “Povo” Dapunksportif, “World needs therapy” Lara Li, “Funâmbula” Voodoo Marmalade, “Tormento”   Bárbara Tinoco was 2nd in the 2020 national final.Lara Li took part in 1980 (semifinal) and 1986 (final).

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Sweden: semifinal time!

After four heats, Sweden finds it’s semifinal. All the songs that became 3rd and 4th will compete tonight. The show will start at 20:00 CET and you can watch it here. The songs are: Theoz, “Mer av dig” Mariette, “One day” Victor Crone, “Diamonds” Tennessee Tears, “Now I know” Elov & Beny, “Raggen går” Melanie Wehbe, “For the show” Nordman, “Släpp alla sorger” Kiana, “Where did you go?”   Theoz became 7th last year.Victor Crone took part in 2015 and reached the 2nd chance round, together with Behrang Miri. In 2020 he became 9th. In 2019 he represented Estonia with the song “Storm”.Nordman became 5th in 2005 and 6th in 2008.Mariette became 3rd in 2015, 4th in 2017, 5th in 2018 and 10th in 2020.

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Germany: Lord Of The Lost has won Unser Lied Für Liverpool

The annual German selection has taken place tonight. A lot of new talent has performed tonight, but the ultimate winner was Lord Of The Lost with “Blood & Glitter”. The Gothic band isn’t fully unknown troughout Europe, as they have toured with the popular Metal band Iron Maiden.  The tour resulted in multiple hit singles, and even in giving it a shot on the Eurovision stage. They were given a tough spot, as they had to compete against the popular Ikke Hüftgold who won the TikTok wildcard.   This year’s jury for Unser Lied Für Liverpool was fully made out of former Eurovision artists, like Jamala, The Roop’s frontman Vaidotas, and Gjon’s Tears. Their favorite act of the night was Will Church with “Hold On”. Their least favorite act was Ikke, who had only recieved 10 points. The public didn’t agree with that, as Ikke was the second most voted-on artist of the night. Will Church on the other hand only got eight points. In the end Lord Of The Lost won, with a 78 point difference. They will represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest. Because Germany is one of the Big Five countries, they are already qualified for the final on may 13th.  You can find the National Final performance here: You can find the jury score, and televote score over here:   

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