Things are going to be busy today with three countries making significant announcements relating to the selection of their acts for Stockholm. Sweden will be announcing the line-up of the four Melodifestivalen semi-finals, Finland will be announcing the acts participating in UMK, and San Marino will reveal details of its internally selected act.
Wiwibloggs will be following these announcements and will have full coverage of the news as it happens.
Sweden: Melodifestivalen running order revealed (10:00 CET)
Swedish broadcaster SVT will reveal the running order of the four Melfest semi-finals. They’ll be streaming the announcement live on the Periscope app.
The producer-determined Melfest running order usually gives clues as to which songs are considered the frontrunners. In 2015, the last song to perform in each semi went direkt till final, however in previous years, the acts in the final position weren’t always so lucky.
San Marino: entry revealed (11:00 CET)
The microstate of San Marino will reveal details of their internally selected entry at a press conference at 11:00, which will be streamed at SMRTV.
It’s rumoured that this year San Marino has gone for an artist (or artists!) from outside the microstate, with both Greece and Russia suggested. And we should not rule out neighbouring Italy, which has supplied several previous artists for San Marino.
Finland: Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) acts announced (12:00 CET)
Finland have been teasing us with short Instagram videos hinting at the identity of the 18 acts who’ll be competing in UMK. All will be revealed at midday when broadcaster YLE announces the 2016 line-up. The announcement will be streamed live at yle.fi.
There’s been a lot of speculation around the identity of the artists, with Saara Aalto, Eini, Mikael Saari, Sandhja, Tea & Kana and Pää-Äijät rumoured to be among the acts.
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