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It's The First Super Saturday Of The Season
It’s The First Super Saturday Of The Season

Tonight is the first Super Saturday of the season with a total of 7 countries across Europe involved in Eurovision selection processes. Tonight sees Finland and Switzerland select their Eurovision entrant, while Hungary and Lithuania continue their search with Iceland and Latvia kicking theirs off.

Here is a break down of all of the national selections tonight in the order of when they start:

  • Finland – UMK 2014 Final – 20:00 CET
  • Lithuania – Eurovizijos Show 8 – 20:00 CET
  • Sweden – Melodifestivalen Semi Final 1 – 20:00 CET
  • Switzerland –  Die grosse Entscheidungs Show Final – 20:10 CET
  • Hungary – A Dal Heat 2 – 20:20 CET
  • Latvia – Dziesma Semi Final 1 – 20:20 CET
  • Iceland – Söngvakeppnin Sjónvarpsins 2014 Semi Final 1 – 20:30 CET

Below is a break down of all of the shows tonight.

Finland – UMK 2014 Final

Tonight Finland Decides
Tonight Finland Decides

Tonight see’s Finland select their entrant for Eurovision 2014. A total of 8 artists will be competing in the show all hoping to represent Finland on stage in Copenhagen this May. Last week saw the semi final where 6 acts were selected to make it through to tonight’s show.

The running order for tonight’s show is:

  1. Softengine – Something better
  2. Hanna Sky – Hope
  3. MIAU – God/Drug
  4. Lauri Mikkola – Going down
  5. MadCraft – Shining bright
  6. Mikko Pohjola – Sangyn reunalla
  7. Clarissa ft. Josh Standing – On top of the world
  8. Hukka ja Mama – Selja

The voting process has been open since Monday, with both televote and online voting. The online vote is open to international voters as well, you can vote by clicking here. There is no clear favourite going into tonights show with a number of entrants that can be seen as potential winners.

You can watch the show live from 20:00 CET, click here. I will be tweeting through the final, you can follow the tweets at @Eurovoix

Switzerland – Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow Final

It’s The Final

Switzerland joins Finland tonight in selecting their Eurovision entrant. Tonight sees the culmination in one of the longest Eurovision searches in Europe. Back in September the online round of the selection kicked off with SRF and RTR. In a change to previous years a live check was held, where a jury whittled the finalists down based upon live vocals and performances.

The 6 acts that have made it through to the final are:

  • Christian Tschanz – Au Paradis
  • 3ForAll – Together Forever
  • Nino Colonna – La Luce Del Cuore
  • Yasmina Hunzinger – I Still Believe
  • Natacha & Stéphanie – Une Terre Sans Vous
  • Sebalter – Hunter Of Stars

The winner of tonight’s show will be decided by a 50% jury and 50% televote. The acts will also not only be performing their own songs but also covers of past Eurovision entries.

You can watch the final from 20:10 CET here.

Hungary – A Dal Heat 2

Heat 2 From 20:20 CET
Heat 2 From 20:20 CET

Hungary continues their selection tonight with the second heat of A Dal. A total of 10 songs will once again face the jury and the public, with only 6 songs making it through to the semi final stage.As with last week 3 songs will be saved by the jury before the public are allowed to vote. The remaining 7 songs will then go forward to the televote, with a further 3 songs being saved by the public, the remaining 4 songs are left behind.

The running order for tonight’s show is:

  1. Heni Dér – Ég veled
  2. Belmondo – Miért ne higgyem
  3. Joni – Waterfall
  4. 2Beat or Not 2Beat – Come On Babe (Meg akarom mondani)
  5. Bogi – We All
  6. Tamás Vastag – Állj meg világ
  7. Saci Szécsi and Böbe Szécsi – Born To Fly
  8. Lilla Polyák – Karcolás
  9. Muzikfabrik – This Is My Life
  10. András Kállay-Saunders – Running

You can watch the show live from 20:20 CET, click here.

Iceland – Söngvakeppnin Sjónvarpsins 2014 Semi Final 1

Semi Final 1 Tonight
Semi Final 1 Tonight

The first semi final for Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2014 in Iceland kicks off tonight from 20:30 CET. A total of 5 acts will be taking part in tonight’s show where a televote will decide the 3 acts that make it to the final on February 15.

The running order for tonight’s show is:

  1. Sverrir Bergmann – Dönsum burtu blús (Dance the blues away)
  2. Greta Mjöll Samúelsdóttir – Eftir eitt lag  (After one song)
  3. Gissur Páll Gissurarson – Von (Hope)
  4. Ásdís María Viðarsdótti – Amor
  5. Vignir Snær Vigfússon – Elsku þú (Love You)

You can read our interviews with the entrants by clicking on their names, and listen to their songs by clicking on the song name.

The semi final can be watched live on RUV from 20:30 CET, click here.

Latvia – Dzeisma 2014 – Semi Final 1

Dzeisma Kicks Off Tonight

Latvia commences Dziesma 2014 tonight with a total of 12 songs competing for six places in the final. A combination of public and jury vote will decide the six that will make it to Ventspils on February 22.

The 12 acts taking part tonight are:

  1. DJ Dween and Sabīne Berezina – Dejo tā
  2. Crazy Dolls – Bučas
  3. Tamara Rutkovska – I’m Happy
  4. Niko – Here I Am Again
  5. Ivo Grīsniņš Grīslis – I’ve Got
  6. Aarzemnieki – Cake To Bake
  7. Oskars Deigelis – Just Stop
  8. Samanta Tīna – Stay
  9. MyRadiantU – Going All The Way
  10. Aminata Savadogo – I Can Breathe
  11. Dāvis Matskins – I Need More
  12. Olga and Līgo – Saule riet

Fans who watched last year’s Latvian selection will recognise Samanta Tina, she came second behind PER with the song “I Need A Hero”. International viewers are also able to vote online, for more information click here.

You can watch the show live from 20:30 CET here.

Lithuania – Eurovizijos Show 8

The Search Continues
The Search Continues

Lithuania continues their search for their 2014 Eurovision entrant, with 6 artists competing for just 5 places in the next round of the contest. Tonight will see the acts performing 2 songs each, the jury and public will decide on the 5 acts getting through to the next round. Whilst the songs will be decided on an online vote.

The running order for tonight’s show is:

  1. Ieva Zasimauskaitė – You Found Me & It’s All About A Boy
  2. Mia – Blowing Out Cobwebs & Attention
  3. Vaidas Baumila – It’s Not Too Late & Last Date
  4. Monika  Linkytė – World’s Apart & Look At Me Now
  5. Martynas Kavaliauskas – Breakaway & Dying
  6. Vilija Matačiūnaitė – Is This The Way (You Want Me) & Let’s Share That Love Tonight

You can watch the show live from 20:00 CET, click here.

Sweden – Melodifestivalen Semi Final 1

Melodifestivalen 2014 Is Here
Melodifestivalen 2014 Is Here

Melodifestivalen the biggest Eurovision selection process gets underway tonight with the first semi final in Malmo. The semi final is full of names familiar to Eurovision fans and Melodifestivalen fans alike. As usual 8 artists will be performing, 2 songs will qualify direct for the final, while 2 will go through to Andra Chansen.

The voting takes place in two parts, the first part sees voting on all 8 of the songs, the result of this vote is announced, with the bottom entrants removed. The second round vote then sees the remaining 5 songs voted on again. The votes from both rounds are added together to give the final results and determine who goes to the final, who goes to Andra Chansen and who is left behind.

The running order for tonight’s show is:

  1. Yohio – To The End
  2. Mahan Moin – Aleo
  3. Linus Svenning – Bröder
  4. Elisa Lindström – Casanova
  5. Alvaro Estrella – Bedroom
  6. Ellen Benediktson – Songbird
  7. Sylvester Schlegel – Bygdens son
  8. Helena Paparizou – Survivor

You can watch the show live from 20:00 CET, live here. Callum Nowacki will be tweeting through the event, you can follow him at @C_NowackiESC. You can also now listen to the 2 minute 30 second versions of all the songs tonight, click here.

We wish you all the best tonight and enjoy the selections.

9 thoughts on “Super Saturday: 2 National Finals, 5 National Selections”

  1. Switzerland:

    Switzerland has always been one of my favorite participating countries in Eurovision. I like / love a lot of their entries but I think it’s better from next year on to select their entries internally. This final is not exactly of a high level, but it isn’t as bad as some might say. However, there are only 2 songs above the rest:

    Yasmina Hunzinger – I still believe (A very beautiful and convincing ballad.)
    3 For All – Together forever (An enormously catchy and happy song. It sounds as if this could be a Romanian entry. It is the only song of these six finalists that has such an recognizable melody and that could be a hit. And that’s a big plus at Eurovision.)

    I don’t like “Hunter of stars” by Sebalter at ll. I think it has a very irritating melody. For me, it’s the worst song in this final.

    Good luck Switzerland!

    1. I think Hunter of the Stars might be too alternate sadly to do well at Eurovision, and the title isn’t clear enough through the song, compared to the more catchy “together forever” and “I still believe”, both are more memorable than Sebalter. I think Eurovision Times will have a feast slaughtering whatever the Swiss choose for Eurovision, I can see the sophisticated snobs will straight away they’ll detest “I still believe” or “Together forever”. What a pity…

  2. Latvia:

    As usual a weak semi-final in Latvia. There are only four songs that I really like.

    This are my favorites for tonight:

    – Aarzemnieki – Cake to bake (Such a sweet, fun, catchy and happy song.)
    – Niko – Here I am again (Very good and energetic song. Even better than his entry from last year.)
    – Olga & Līgo – Saule riet (Nice song that resembles “Wake me up” by Avicii.)
    – Samanta Tina – Stay (Strong song by a good singer who should’ve represented Latvia last year with the beautiful song “I need a hero” instead of the ridiculous “Here we go” by PeR.)

    Good luck Latvia!

  3. Iceland:

    And once again it’s crystal clear that we can always count on Iceland for quality entries. Again a very strong semi-final. I like 4 out of 5 songs very much en they all can go to the final if it was up to me. “Von” by Gissur Páll Gissurarson is my absolute favorite this week. Such an amazing ballad that gives me goosebumps. On the other hand I absolutely detest “Amor” by Ásdís María Viðarsdóttir. It’s such an annoying and irritating song. I hope it comes last.

    Good luck Iceland!

  4. Hungary:

    I think this semi-final is stronger than the one from last week. But I hope for a much better outcome this week. Last week I disagreed with all the finalists of the televoters.

    This are my favorites for tonight:

    – Bogi – We all
    – Joni – Waterfall
    – Lilla Polyák – Karcolás
    – MuzikFabrik – This is my life
    – Saci & Böbe Szécsi – Born to fly
    – Tamás Vastag – Állj meg világ

    “Running” by Kállay Saunders is a good song but too much overrated imo.

    Good luck Hungary!

  5. Finland:

    Just like last year a strong final with 6 very good song.

    My favorites for tonight:

    – Clarissa feat Josh – Top of the world (Very strong and catchy song. It has hit written all over it. It would make the perfect entry for Finland.)
    – Hanna Sky – Hope (Very good song with a universal theme.)
    – Hukka ja Mama – Selja
    – Lauri Mikkola – Going down (Strong and good sung ballad.)
    – Madcaft – Shining bright (Normally not really my style, but I think it’s a fun song.)
    – Mikko Pohjola – Sängyn reunalla

    One of these six and Finland has a worthy entry for Copenhagen!

    “God / drug” by MIAU is such a messy song and would be a wrong choice in my opinion just like “Something better” by Softengine. Not a bad song but generic, not remarkable enough. And besides there are thousands of other songs like this out there which are much better and more remarkable.

    Good luck Finland!

    1. I think Mikko is favourite to win in Finland, its such a moving ballad, but then I do find it a tad forgetful, I think i’d go for “on top of the world”, which sadly again most eurovision times people will hate, because they’re “anti-fanwankers”

  6. Sweden:

    Finally, it’s that time of the year again: Melodifestivalen 2014 will start tonight! It promises to be a very strong year for the Swedish national final with many big names. And the first heat seems an instant hit. Strong semi-final without bad songs. Talk about a smashing opening.

    I hope:

    To the final:

    – Ellen Benediktson – Songbird (What a beautiful song and what an amazing voice. The song has some similarities to the wonderful “Porslin” by Anna Järvinen from last year. I hope Ellen obtains a much better result because she deserves it.)
    – Helena Paparizou – Survivor (In this heat it’s all about Helena Paparizou without a doubt. What a fantastic performer and what an amazing and powerful song. I think it’s even far better than her winning entry for Greece in 2005 “My number one”. She should win this semi-final hands down. But is she popular enough to win?)

    To the second chance round:

    – YOHIO – To the end (I’ve never been a fan of the work by Andreas Johnson but this is the very first song by him that I think is good. It’s a very strong song but yet less recognizable than “Heartbreak hotel” from last year which I loved. It has some similarities to the fantastic “Tell the world I’m here” by Ulrik Munther last year.)
    – Elisa Lindstrom – Casanova (Very good and catchy song and very well sung.)

    Eliminated:

    – Alvaro Estrell – Bedroom (Good song but has a lot of similarities to “Moves like Jagger” by Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera.)
    – Linus Svenning – Broder (I’m a huge fan of the work by Fredrik Kempe but like every composer / lyricist he has his good and less good song. Personally I think this is one of his less good song. It’s certainly not a bad song but I don’t like his voice and it seems he can’t hit all the right notes. I also have to admit that his look scares me a bit. This song is going to get a lot of sympathy votes. And that’s something I don’t like at all. I think the song should stand on his own. If the song is strong enough it will reach it’s goal.)
    – Mahan Moin – Aleo
    – Sylvester Schlegel – Bygdens son

    I think:

    To the final:

    – Helena Paparizou – Survivor
    – YOHIO – To the end

    To the second chance round:

    – Alvaro Estrell – Bedroom
    – Linus Svenning – Broder

    Eliminated:

    – Elisa Lindstrom – Casanova
    – Ellen Benediktson – Songbird
    – Mahan Moin – Aleo
    – Sylvester Schlegel – Bygdens son

    Good luck Sweden!

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