Saturday 22 February EurovisioN Selection Shows

As of tonight, we’ve only three Saturday’s of national selections left. And this evening — 22 February — is thankfully a little less intense than the past two weeks.

Here are all the details you need for 2020’s seventh Saturday of national selections. We’ll be checking in with semi-finals in Portugal and Sweden and finals in Ukraine and Slovenia.

You can follow all the results on wiwibloggs (and via our Twitter@wiwibloggs and Instagram wiwibloggs) throughout the evening. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening, when it’s on and how to watch.

Saturday 15 February: Eurovision 2020 Selection Shows

Ukraine’s Vidbir 2020

Grand Final

Time: 18:00 CET to 21:25 CET

It’s the national final that fell into complete disarray in 2019 when winner Maruv pulled out of Eurovision for contractual reasons. She triggered a domino effect which saw the remaining acts turn down the opportunity too, forcing Ukraine to withdraw. This year the country’s back with a clean slate. Tonight’s final will see six acts compete for the ticket to Rotterdam. The semi-final winners were Krutь and Tvorchi but it’s not unheard of for everything to get switched up on grand final night.

Click to Watch Vidbir 2020 Grand Final on YouTube

For additional viewing instructions, click here.

Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2020

Semi-Final Four

Time: 20:00 CET to 21:30 CET

It’s one of the most anticipated national selections of the season. And 2020 sees Melodifestivalen return for its 60th edition. As with all four semis, tonight’s big prize will be two spots in the grand final for the top acts, with the next two getting passes to Andra Chansen. The remaining three will be eliminated. Hanna Ferm, Victor Crone and Nanne Grönvall all feature on this evening’s line-up.

Click to Watch Melodifestivalen 2020 Semi-Final Four

For additional viewing instructions, click here.

Slovenia’s EMA 2020

Grand final

Time: 20:00 CET to 22:00 CET

After the convoluted EMA FREŠ wildcard round, we’ve finally reached the grand final of Slovenia’s Slovenia’s EMA 2020 selection. As in prior years, there will be two rounds. The first will see all 12 finalists perform with a jury selecting two acts to go forward to a superfinal. There, televotes alone will determine the winner. Big names include Tinkara Kovač, Lina Kuduzović and Gaja Prestor.

Click to Watch EMA 2020 Grand Final 2020

For additional viewing instructions, click here.

Portugal’s Festival da Canção 2020

Semi-Final One

Time: 22:48 CET to 01:01 CET

Portugal’s Festival da Canção 2020 returns for yet another year. And once again it’s an eclectic mix. Tonight will see eight acts compete in the first semi. Four of these will go on to the final. Those with the most buzz include Bárbara Tinoco and Blasted.

Click to Watch Festival da Canção 2020 Semi-Final One

For additional viewing instructions, click here.

Which show will you watch? Let us know in the comments.

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Tibor
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Tibor

Blasted Mechanism is out.
Barbara Tinoco, Throes + the Shine, Filipe Sambado and Elisa have passed to the final.
Congratulations! These are good choices. It was a hard semi.

Mia
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Mia

Yay “Movimento” qualified!!! 😀

Tibor
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Tibor

Yay indeed! But they were really good. Leaving them behind would have been a shame.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

The lead singer from that song “Movimento” was holding an ice pack to his muscles after that performance. One could say he literally worked his crotch off for that qualification. 😛

Tibor
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Tibor

You mean the rapper/dancer. The lead singer was the drummer, wasn’t he? 😛

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Too many “heads”. Sorry, it’s late. 😛

Tibor
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Tibor

Not as late as during Sanremo.

James
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James

Sanremo would run past 9am here in the Philippines at this very moment.

Kosey
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Kosey

Really interesting! I think this is the stronger semi, so the winner could be one of those 4!

Tibor
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Tibor

Never underestimate Dino D’Santiago (i.e. Kady). But I suppose you’re right, we may have heard the Eurovision entry tonight.

Mia
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Mia

They did their best with kinda dead audience, that was funny contrast lol

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

I can’t believe Blasted Mechanism didn’t make it.
Filipe Sambado was my #16 before the contest and I saw nothing tonight to change my mind. Oh well.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Owhhh… Rebellion didn’t qualify!! That’s a real shocker!

James
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James

I’m not. The entry didn’t feel gripping live and the way the semifinal stage is set up made it difficult for the group to create that visual impact I was hoping they would make despite the studio limitations (as mentioned in another thread).

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

It was also the only song in English. Might have been a factor.

Andi
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Andi

Indeed. The Portuguese are very proud of their language.

James
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James

We’ve seen two English songs get to the final since 2017. “Walk Away” was better received by the televote and one of the regional juries as I recall. The country-pop song from 2018 though was borderlining at best on both counts (memories a bit fuzzy since it’s been so long).

Tibor
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Tibor

The chorus wasn’t really impactful, that’s true. And they might have been hurt by the smaller stage (which I usually prefer to the bigger one in the final).

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

I would have liked to have seen it on the bigger stage though. Is any microstate feeling like a rebellion? San Marino? 😛

Kosey
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Kosey

Movimento was my clear favorite, that song just makes me want to move!
I was a bit underwhelmed by Blasted Mechanism, I was hoping for it to be a bit more anarchic.
And Barbara Tinoco, I really approached it with an open-mind, but that song encompasses just about every single one of my worst nightmares. It reminds me of the awful shows my parents used to drag me to in the 80s. I had to physically turn it off, I just couldn’t bear it, sorry!

Tibor
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Tibor

Such a good semi, I really can’t pick only four qualifiers. So I will bite my nails and wait instead.
My guess: One out of Filipe Sambado, Barbara Tinoco, Blasted Mechanism, Elisa and Throes + the Shine will not make it. The other four will. Personally, I would leave Barbara Tinoco behind, but I know for a fact that this will not happen.

Tibor
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Tibor

Second half was also great. Blasted Mechanism’s singer is in fact a singer, his singing sounded really good, not so sure about the rapped chorus though. Elisa looked and sounded very good, and I love what they can do with the small stage, making disappear the audience for her performance was really effecive. JJaZZ were a bit nervous, but had the best prop. And Throes + the Shine have actually a rapper who is also a dancer with a nipple piercing and a drummer who is also a singer. They’re still my favourites.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Owh wow. Very strong Festival da Canção Semi 1!! I didn’t expect that tonight! High quality stuff. Such a tough decision for Portugal!

Tibor
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Tibor

Halfway through Festival da Cançao’s first semi. Meera was vocally a bit questionable, Filipe Sambado’s styling was GORGEOUS, Ian Mucznik was very old-school and personally I still don’t get the charm of Barbara Tinoco’s entry (sorry), but she did well.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Omg, Barbara is so cute.

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EMA in Slovenia just recently finished, and… Slovenia’s participant is going to be Ana Soklic.

Tibor
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Tibor

I’m a bit surprised that the result in Ukraine is so clear, I half expected a split vote. But as I said, I had no real favourite. So I’m all good.

Tibor
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Tibor

Go_A also wins the televote
2. Khayat 3. Krut’ 4. Tvorchi 5. David Axelrod 6.Jerry Heil
So it’s Go_A to Rotterdam. Congratulations!

Gurl
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Gurl

Welcome to my top 1, Ukraine!

Tibor
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Tibor

Go_A wins the jury vote in Ukraine.
2. Krut’ 3. Khayat 4. David Axelrod 5. Tvorchi 6. Jerry Heil

Banana
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Banana

No way. Terrible choice.

Andi
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Andi

Wonderful choice! #TeamSolovey !!

CoochieStank
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CoochieStank

Khayat better win <3 <3

M_K
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M_K

I don’t speak Slovene… so could someone explain the joke behind the bleeding presenter?

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

That was a joke? :S

Dreamer
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Dreamer

Any alternative link to watch EMA? Cause it is buffering as hell on my laptop. :'(

M_K
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M_K

Works perfectly here. There’s also an RTVSLO app for smartphones and tablets.

Dreamer
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Dreamer

It is OK now. 🙂

Kirby
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Kirby

Off-topic: Do you think the coronavirus issues may affect Eurovision next May? Have you heard anything?

Joe
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Joe

How so? As with any time you’re in a large public space surrounded by strangers, go on the assumption that the smart people got vaccinations and if anyone’s looking sickly they probably shouldn’t have schlepped all the way to Rotterdam in the first place.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

There are no issues with the actual contest so far. Everyone’s travel plans and quarantine restrictions are always their own. Advice: Keep a watch on the EU’s quarantine restrictions for now, especially if coming in from outside the EU.

Kirby
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Kirby

National Finals are the best! They’re truly an appetizer before Eurovision itself. I have a collection of favorite natiinal selection entries. Internal selections suck: sometimes they tease and hype them a lot and then the unveiling is a huge disappointment (salut, France!). Everyone should be doing NS.

Fatima
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Fatima

Thanks Padraig and wiwibloggs for this coverage. When I first started watching the contest we could never have imagined that it would be possible to watch selection shows of other countries with such ease.

Alex
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Alex

99 or Call For Love & Man Like U are my winners

Whisker
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Whisker

Why is Vidbir taking so long? There are only 6 entries.

Fatima
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Fatima

That’s a good thing though. They’ll get a good airing and won’t be forgotten by casuals when voting comes live.

James
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James

It airs on a commercial TV network that heavily relies on advertisers to buy ad spots from the show to keep it profitable for them to continue. Hence we see a lot of paid in-show advertisements in Vidbir that adds to it being long.

Whisker
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Whisker

Thanks @Fatima and @James.

Nicky91
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Nicky91

you like ethnic songs yet generic english songs are like overall majority in here 🙁

#BringOwnLanguageRuleBack

Isa
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Isa

Where did this come from?

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

22:48 CET is a very specific start time, Portugal!
I expect you to be punctual!

Whisker
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Whisker

LOL!

Charles
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Charles

Portugal and punctuality …two Ps that dont know each other …

Mia
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Mia

Until 01:01 CET
Hope I will see Throws+The Shine around 00:23 CET 😀

Hey hey I
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Hey hey I

The voting starts at 23:45 CET

yodenman
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yodenman

What’s happened to the UK. How close are we to the big reveal.

Fatima
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Fatima

Good point yodenman. I just hope that the Lorraine Kellys, Philip Schofields and Daily Mail commenters are taking notice of the prominence that other countries are giving to the contest this month. Then they won’t be so surprised when those countries defeat us in May.

James
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James

Likewise for San Marino. Ireland has been teasing, although much of it has been coming from their creative director for this year.

Joe
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Joe

The countries I’m most interested in hearing about are the UK, Ireland, and San Marino, the first two to see if they can improve and the latter to see if they can build on their momentum and not let Serhat be a fluke. So naturally we know diddly about any of them.

AndersP
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AndersP

I reckon it’ll be on the deadline day. Maybe it’s because they’ve got someone amazing… or maybe it’s Electro Velvet the redemption!

Leo
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Leo

I think Krut would win this year’s Vidbir
It seems she has a lot of support behind her and if she can pull it live I think the juries would give her high marks

La la love
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La la love

I’m probably gonna watch Melodifestivalen but until then imma watch Vidbir

CoochieStank
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CoochieStank

Please let Khayat win it’s the best one <3

CoochieStank
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CoochieStank

Splish splash your opinion is trash