Multiple screens, the stress of countless hashtags, the threat of computers exploding — in recent weeks Eurovision fans have been working overtime to keep up with all of the national selection shows. But as Eurovision 2017 draws closer, Super Saturdays are slowly slowing down.
Tonight we still have four national selections to dig our teeth into. Lithuania, Sweden and Iceland will pick their finalists, while Estonia will name their ambassador for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv.
Dreams will be crushed. Hopes will be dashed. And that’s just among Eurofans. Welcome to the Super Saturday Part IV!
National selections schedule: 4 March 2017
Estonia: Eesti Laul 2017 final (18:30 CET)
Ten acts qualified from two semi-finals. And they’re all going to need to bring their A-game as they move into the significantly larger Saku Suurhall — the host venue of Eurovision 2002.
The winner will be determined through two rounds of voting. Both the audience and the jury will vote in the first round and decide which three acts advance to the superfinal. The winner among those three will be determined by televote only.
Kerli — the Estonian pop star who has previously topped the Billboard Club Songs chart in the United States — won our poll in a landslide, earning 37% of all votes. That put her well ahead of runner-up (and Eurovision 2015 singer) Elina Born. Koit Toome (another Eurovision veteran) and his duet partner Laura finished third with 17%
End time: 20:00 CET
Second part: 20:35 CET
End time: 21:45 CET
Live stream: ERR
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Lithuania: Eurovizijos atranka 2017 semifinal (20:00 CET)
After an almost two-month search for the heir to Donny Montell’s throne, Eurovizijos atranka 2017 is slowly, but surely drawing to its end. Its penultimate show — the semi-final — airs tonight, with the eight remaining acts competing for six spots in the final.
The six qualifiers will be decided by a combination jury votes — which in turn will be a combination of Lithuanian and international juries — and by the audience.
End time 21:50 CET
Live stream LRT Lituanica Live
Sweden: Melodifestivalen 2017 Andra Chansen (20:00 CET)
Andra Chansen, aka the Second Chance round, will see the eight acts from the previous four semi-finals given a final opportunity to qualify for the final next week.
The eight acts have been divided into four duels. The winner of each duel will be determined solely by televote and proceed to Friends Arena in Stockholm for the March 11 final.
Our jury has named De Vet Du, Axel Schylström, Boris René and Loreen as the favourites to qualify for the next week’s final. According to your votes, the winners should be De Vet Du, Lisa Ajax, Boris René and Loreen. And according to the audience inside the arena during Friday’s dress rehearsal, it should also be De Vet Du, Lisa Ajax, Boris René and Loreen who advance.
End time: 21:30 CET
Live stream: SVT Play
Follow our Sweden Eurovision news here.
Iceland: Söngvakeppnin 2017 semifinal 2 (20:45 CET)
Last week Rúnar Eff, Aron Hannes and Arnar Jónsson & Rakel Pálsdóttir made the final of Söngvakeppnin 2017. Tonight six more acts will compete for the three remaining spots in the last stage of the contest. The three qualifiers will be decided by televote only.
According to our poll Svala Björgvinsdóttir, Aron Brink and Linda Hartmanns should qualify for the final.
Last week technical problems left the first three acts suffering in the sound department. That led one act to issue a formal complaint. We’re hoping RUV has managed to sort out its sound for tonight to avoid a similar debacle.
End time: 22:40 CET
Live stream: RÚV Live
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— William Lee Adams (@willyleeadams) February 15, 2017
Which shows will you be watching? Who are your favourites to win? And do you think Estonia has a Eurovision winner in its mix? Let us know in the comments box below!