Malta becomes the latest country to select for Eurovision 2018, while Sweden and Latvia kick off their search for Lisbon.
The Eurovision selection season continues tonight, with Malta selecting their song, while four more countries continue their search for Lisbon. The countries and start times are as follows:
- Lithuania – 20:00 CET
- Sweden – 20:00 CET
- Latvia – 20:25 CET
- Hungary – 20:30 CET
- Malta – 21:00 CET
Malta – Malta Eurovision Song Contest Final – 21:00 CET
Malta tonight selects their participant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. The sixteen artist that will take part in the show are:
- Aidan – Dai Laga
- Miriana Conte – Rocket
- Jasmine Abela – Supernovas
- Matthew Anthony – Call 2morrow
- Danica Muscat – One Step At A Time
- Dwett – Breaking Point
- Lawrence Gray – Love Renegade
- Richard & Joe Micallef – Song For Dad
- Tiziana Calleja – First Time
- Eleanor Cassar – Back To Life
- Rhiannon – Beyond Blue Horizons
- Brooke Borg – Heart Of Gold
- Christabelle Borg – Taboo
- Deborah C – Turn It Up
- Avenue Sky – We Can Run
- Petra – Evolution
This is also the order in which they will perform in. The final show will take place this in Ta’Qali this Saturday, February 3rd, where the winner will be decided as a mixed result of 50% televoting and 50% jury votes.
Maltese artist Claudia Faniello will perform as the interval act at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018 this Saturday. The Eurovision 2017 singer is set to sing three songs – “You Said”, “Miles Away”, and “One Fine Day”. The Analise Dance Studio will also take part in the opening sequence, as a large number of the dancers will perform both on-stage and off-stage.
A total of 129 songs were submitted to the selection to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest, which is a drop from 156 last year. In the end it was Claudia Faniello who flew the flag for the small island, and with her song “Breathlessly”, she came 16th in the semi-final with 55 points.
Watch the show live here.
Sweden – Melodifestivalen 2018 – Semi-Final One – 20:00 CET
Sweden kicks off Melodifestivalen tonight, as the first even artists taking to the stage for semi-final one. The show tonight will be live from Karlstad and kicks off six weeks of Sweden’s biggest television event. The 2018 edition of Melodifestivalen will be hosted by David Lindgren.
The running order for the show is as follows:
- Sigrid Bernson – “Patrick Swayze”
- John Lundvik – “My Turn”
- Renaida – “All the Feels”
- Edward Blom – “Livet på en pinne”
- Kikki Danielsson – “Osby Tennessee”
- Kamferdrops – “Solen lever kvar hos dig”
- Benjamin Ingrosso – “Dance You Off”
Two artists will be selected to go straight through to the final of Melodifestivalen 2018, while two will go through to Andra Chasen on March 3.
Watch live here.
Lithuania – Eurovizijos – Show Three – 20:00 CET
The fourth show in Lithuania’s selection process for Lisbon gets underway tonight. Thirteen acts will take to the stage vying for a place in the next stage of the competition. Of the twelve competing songs, just one will be performed in Lithuania.
Tonight’s show was pre-recorded earlier this week, meaning that the results of the jury voting is already known. The remaining 50% of the vote will be determined by public vote, after which half of the competing acts will qualify for the next stage.
The results of the jury voting is as follows:
- Jurgis Brūzga – For Love – 12 points
- Monika Marija – The Truth – 10 points
- Kotryna Juodzevičiūtė – That Girl – 8 points
- Marija – This Love – 8 points
- The Roop – Yes, I Do – 6 points
- Daintoas Varnas – Merry-go-round – 5 points
- Rūta Loop – Positive Thoughts – 4 points
- Rasa Kaušiūtė – The Silence – 3 points
- Marius Petrauskas – Kol Meilė Gyva – 2 points
- Silvija Pankūnaitė – Real – 1 point
- Ofelija – Butterfly – 0 points
- Rugilė Daujotaitė – Love Is The Flower of Life – 0 points
- El Fuego – I Do Believe – 0 points
The hosts of the show are Ugnė Skonsmanaitė and Mantas Stonkus. Watch the show live here.
Latvia – Supernova – Semi-Final One – 20:25 CET
Supernova makes its journey to Saturday night as the first semi-final takes place live from Riga.
A number of guest performers will feature during this evening shows. Latvian singer Dons, who attempted to represent the country in 2014 with the song “Pēdējā vēstule”, will perform his new single “Varenliels” during the show. Some familiar faces for Eurovision fans will also be present, with Aija Andrejeva (better known as Aisha) who represented the country in 2010 with “What For?” and Agnese Rakovska of Triana Park also being billed to perform.
The seven artists taking part in the first semi-final are:
- Katrina Gupalo & the Black Birds – Intoxicating caramel
- Rahu The Fool – Oh, longriver
- DVINES – More than meets the eye
- Agnese Stengrevics – You are my world
- Sudden Lights – Just fine
- Edgars Kreilis – Younger days
- Liene Greifane – Walk the talk
Two artists will qualify for the final from the first semi-final. The two artists will be selected by 50% jury voting and 50% public voting.
Watch the show live here.
Hungary – A Dal – Heat Three – 20:30 CET
Hungary will also continue their search for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 tonight with ten more acts competing in the third heat of A Dal. The ten acts competing tonight are:
- #yeahla feat. Viki Eszes – 1 szó mint 100
- Andy Roll – Turn the lights on
- Roland Gulyás – Hypnotized
- Ham ko Ham – Bármerre jársz
- Cintia Horváth & Tomi Balogh – Journey (Break your chains)
- Tamás Horváth – Meggyfa
- Maszkura és a tücsökraj – Nagybetűs szavak
- Nova Prospect – Vigyázó
- Nikoletta Szőke, Attila Kökény & Róbert Szakcsi Lakatos – Életre kel
- Reni Tolvai – Crack my code
From the ten participants, six will qualify for the next stage of the competition. Five of the qualifiers will be chosen through jury and public voting. The sixth qualifier will be chosen solely by public voting from the remaining songs.
The 2018 contest is the 7th edition of this Hungarian national selection format. The current line up also includes returning artists from every previous edition, for example Ádám Szabó from yesyes (A Dal 2013, 2015, 2017), Reni Tolvai (A Dal 2012, 2016) and Tamás Vastag (A Dal 2013, 2014) to name a few.
Watch the selection live from 20:30 CET here.