Cancel your plans, order some takeaway and check your wi-fi connection — another night of Eurovision 2017 national selection shows is upon us. Tonight six countries will have us on the edge of our seats as their contestants sing-it-out for your hearts (and jury votes and televotes). Iceland stages its first semi-final, Sweden continues with its fourth and Lithuania will choose the remaining four of its eight semi-finalists. The stakes are higher in Ukraine, Moldova and Denmark, all of which will choose their act for Kyiv. Let another Super Saturday begin!
National selections schedule: 25 February 2017
Ukraine: National selection 2017 final (18:00 CET)
The host nation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will finally choose their representative this Saturday under the watchful eye of its jury, which includes reigning queen Jamala (who danced with interval act Manel Navarro during last week’s show). Who will make her move tonight?
Six acts will compete for the honour of representing Ukraine in their own country this May. The winner will be decided by a combination of votes from both jury and public. If our readers are anything to go by, then TAYANNA — a former member of the girl group Hot Chocolate — has this on lock. She earned more than half of all the votes in our poll. Talk about a landslide!
She also finished in first place with the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals…and also by a huge margin. As wiwiblogger William wrote:
Tayanna makes pain sound so beautiful. With her powerful vocals and a chorus that surges like a tsunami, she delivers an emotional tour de force — and one replete with the requisite Eurovision key change. The raw product is strong. With some tweaks and dramatic staging this could shoot to the Top 5 at ESC.
Kasia Mos, who will sing for Poland this year, and Alma, who will represent France, will both sing during tonight’s show. The French delegation has confirmed to wiwibloggs that Alma will not sing the Eurovision version of her song, as it’s not yet complete.
End time: 20:20 CET
Second part: 21:30 CET
End time: 00:20 CET
Follow our Ukraine Eurovision news here.
Moldova: O melodie pentru Europa 2017 final (18:35 CET)
The final show of Moldova’s O melodie pentru Europa takes place tonight, a day after the semi-final. Yesterday there were fourteen. Today there are eight. But only one of them will triumph and earn a ticket to Kyiv.
Eurovision 2010 act SunStroke Project are back — and it seems they’re back with a bang. In our poll conducted ahead of the semi-finals they earned 44% of the vote. They also finished in first place with the Wiwi Jury. wiwiblogger Robyn wrote:
The pop drop is proving difficult for potential Eurovision songs — just what do you do on stage during the long instrumental breaks? Sunstroke Project has discovered the solution: you send in Epic Sax Guy. It requires a bit of imagination with just the singer performing at the audition, but this should come together nicely at the semi-final.
The winner will be determined by both a professional jury panel and televote.
End time: 20:55 CET
Follow our Moldova Eurovision news here.
Denmark: Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2017 final (20:00 CET)
Tonight ten acts will compete for the honour to represent this Nordic country in Kyiv, where they will try to bring Denmark back to the grand final following two years of boy-band-induced elimination.
The winner will be determined through two rounds of voting. The jury and televote will choose the three artists who will go through to the superfinal. The winner among those three will be determined by televote only.
The Olsen Brothers, winners of the Eurovision Song Contest 2000, will perform as the interval act.
According to our readers, living doll Sada Vidoo should win Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2017.
End time: 22:00 CET
Live stream: DR TV1 Live
Follow our Denmark Eurovision news here.
Lithuania: Eurovizijos atranka 2017 Heat 8 (20:00 CET)
Seven weeks after this year’s Eurovizijos atranka kicked off, Lithuania will finally determine their eight semifinalists. Four were selected last week. Another four will join them this Saturday.
The future semifinalists will be decided by a combination of a public vote and a two-prong jury — which includes a Lithuanian and an international panel.
End time 21:40 CET
Live stream LRT Lituanica Live
Sweden: Melodifestivalen 2017 semifinal 4 (20:00 CET)
The last semi-final of Melodifestivalen airs tonight at 20:00 CET. The Skellefteå Kraft Arena will witness a clash of acts that include returning Melfest stars Jon Henrik Fjällgren and Wiktoria, and the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 queen Loreen.
The results will be determined solely by televote. Two acts will proceed straight to the final, while two more will get a second chance in the Andra Chansen round.
End time: 21:30 CET
Live stream: SVT Play
Follow our Sweden Eurovision news here.
Iceland: Söngvakeppnin 2017 semifinal 1 (20:45 CET)
Tonight the land of ice and fire launches the official search for their representative in Kyiv. After a disappointing result last year, when Greta Salóme shockingly failed to qualify for the grand final, Iceland will be vying to select a performer to avenge that trauma.
Six acts will compete for three spots in the final. The future three finalists will be determined entirely by televote.
According to your votes, Erna Mist Pétursdóttir should win the first semifinal of Söngvakeppnin 2017.
End time: 22:40 CET
Live stream: RÚV Live
Follow our Iceland Eurovision news here.
Which shows are you most excited about? Which shows you will skip and which will you build your evening around?
Be sure to let us know in the comments box below!
The single "Love Love Peace Peace" never came out following #Eurovision 2016. But now our t-shirts, vests and phone covers have. Designed by the team at wiwibloggs, they're perfect for the club, the concert or the pride parade. Show the world you believe in a future of peace and freedom. You know who you are – you are unity and you are unstoppable! Tons of colours and styles. Link in bio. #Eurovision2016 #cometogether #lovelovepeacepeace #peace #love #loveshirts #peaceshirts