After the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 was cancelled as a result of coronavirus precautions, several broadcasters have come up with replacement shows to air over the coming weeks. Austria’s alternative show Der kleine Song Contest, where all 41 Eurovision 2020 entries will be shown and reviewed, kicked off earlier this week.
The two episodes broadcast so far saw a jury of former Eurovision participants scoring two sets of 14 songs. In the end, it was Iceland and Malta that earned the most points and topped the scoreboard in their respective episodes.
The final batch of songs will be presented on Saturday. After this, the Austrian public will get the chance to vote for their favourite song between Iceland, Malta and the final jury winner.
Der kleine Song Contest: Results
- Iceland (75 points)
- The Netherlands (71 points)
- Bulgaria (71 points)
- United Kingdom (66 points)
- Belgium (63 points)
- Poland (61 points)
- Romania (61 points)
- Israel (60 points)
- Spain (55 points)
- Cyprus (50 points)
- Georgia (49 points)
- Armenia (42 points)
- San Marino (35 points)
- Belarus (17 points)
You can re-watch episode one here
- Malta (97 points)
- Sweden (86 points)
- France (69 points)
- Russia (67 points)
- Switzerland (64 points)
- Lithuania (57 points)
- Finland (56 points)
- Ireland (55 points)
- Azerbaijan (50 points)
- Slovenia (50 points)
- Croatia (45 points)
- Latvia (36 points)
- Portugal (30 points)
- Moldova (28 points)
You can re-watch episode two here
The third episode of Der kleine Song Contest will be broadcast on Saturday 18 April. The jury will review the following 13 countries:
- Czech Republic
- North Macedonia
Der kleine Song Contest – How does it work?
Der kleine Song Contest will be broadcast on 14, 16 and 18 April on ORF 1 at 20:15 CET. The three shows will pay tribute to the Eurovision 2020 entries and artists. Andi Knoll will present the official music videos of the 41 selected Eurovision 2020 entries to the Austrian audience over the three nights.
The show will have a competitive aspect too. A special jury consisting of 10 former Austrian Eurovision representatives will rate each song on a scale of 1 to 12 points (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12). They can award the same amount of points to different countries several times during the broadcast. Each night a winner will be determined by the jury. Then on the last night, the Austrian public will be invited to vote for their favourite out of the three jury winners.
Der kleine Song Contest jury:
- Waterloo (represented Austria in 1976 together with Robinson with “My Little World”)
- Simone (represented Austria in 1990 with “Keine Mauen Mehr”)
- Petra Frey (represented Austria in 1994 with “Für den Frieden der Welt”)
- Manuel Ortega (represented Austria in 2002 with “Say a Word”)
- Alf Poier (represented Austria in 2003 with “Weil der Mensch zählt”)
- Eric Papilaya (represented Austria in 2007 with “Get a Life – Get Alive”)
- Nadine Beiler (represented Austria in 2011 with “The Secret Is Love”)
- Conchita (won in 2014 with “Rise Like a Phoenix”)
- ZOE (represented Austria in 2016 with “Loin d’ici”)
- Cesár Sampson (represented Austria in 2018 with “Nobody but You”)
What do you make of the results so far? Who do you think will win the final show on Saturday? Let us know in the comments below!