Eurovision 2021 National Final Schedule 16 January

National final season for Eurovision 2021 got off to a dramatic start with Albania’s Festivali i Këngës 59 in December. After a brief breather, the season steps up a gear tonight, Saturday 16 January.

Here are all the details you need for 2021’s first Saturday of national selections. Norway and Lithuania are the ones getting the ball rolling.

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 16 January: Eurovision 2021 Selection Shows

Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2021

Semi-Final One

Time: 19:50 CET to 21:50 CET

Norway’s MGP 2021 is holding onto the format first adopted last year. This evening’s show will see performances from four artists — Beady Belle, Jorn, Blåsemafian and Stina Talling. A series of duels will reduce this number to just one finalist. They’ll join the other semi-final qualifiers, one wildcard and six pre-qualified finalists in the grand final. KEiiNO and TIX — two of the automatic qualifiers — will also showcase their entry tonight.

Click to Watch Melodi Grand Prix 2021 Semi-Final One

For additional viewing instructions, click here.

Lithuania’s Pabandom is naujo!

Heat One

Time: 20:00 CET to 21:40 CET

Over in the Baltics, Lithuania has shortened Pabandom is naujo! yet again. The once bloated national selection — it ran for 10 weeks as recently as 2017 — has been slashed to just four episodes. Tonight’s first heat will see 10 acts battle for five semi-final slots. There are several familiar names including Twosome and Milita Daikerytė.

Click to Watch Pabandom is naujo! 2021 Heat One

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Una
Una
1 month ago

OK, so show has ended. I liked a lot Voldermars’ song. Then “Sit Down”. And surprisingly, Titas ir Benas’ “No”. Not my cuppa but they did well IMO.

Una
Una
1 month ago

Did Voldemars win the jury? So many “balai”. I don’t understand!!

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

I want to know too who was the interval act. Their song was better than all of the 10 competing tonight!!.

blueeyed
blueeyed
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Beissoul & Einius was the interval act

Kim
Kim
1 month ago

Who are the interval act on the Lithuanian show?

blueeyed
blueeyed
1 month ago
Reply to  Kim

Beissoul & Einius

Kim
Kim
1 month ago
Reply to  blueeyed

Thank you

Graham B
Graham B
1 month ago

Gutted that Jorn is out at this early a stage. I pray that he gets the Wild card pass, as Stina Telling’s live vocals were weak AF!

Alo
Alo
1 month ago

OK keiino performance wasn’t the best..
I think vocally it was great but everything was too dark and didn’t have any wow factor.

Lebanese esc fan
Lebanese esc fan
1 month ago
Reply to  Alo

They were holding back, it doesn’t make sense to go all out in a semifinal where nothing is at stake for them. The finale staging will be vastly different I’m sure.

Alo
Alo
1 month ago

The big issue for me was the lack of colours.. I mean they did already in tel Aviv black staging with green lights.. Maybe this time they should make something different to stand out even more.

Lebanese esc fan
Lebanese esc fan
1 month ago
Reply to  Alo

Yes I agree with you the staging was too dark indeed. Hopefully they can incorporate more colors in the Finale and make the performance more vibrant. Fingers crossed!

Kim
Kim
1 month ago

Loved the performance of Monument. If a full audience was in the arena, it would have been electrifying!

Kaitlin
Kaitlin
1 month ago

Happy NF season!

Kalla
Kalla
1 month ago

Does anyone know if you can watch on playback or just live? I wanted to watch Norway first, but will do the other way round if can only watch Lithuania live

Name
Name
1 month ago
Reply to  Kalla

I don’t think you can watch the playback for the Lithuanian one immediately. Can you for the Norwegian selection?

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Kalla

Maybe the show will be available on YT?

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Kalla

If I’m not mistaken, the Norwegian player allows it to pause the show. I assume you can watch it later, but I’m not sure because I’ve never tried. The Lithuanian player on the other hand, doesn’t allow you to pause. So if you want to try to watch both at the same time, the way to do it is to fit the Norwegian performances when the Lithuanian show goes to a break. Or you can just watch MGP and wait LRT uploading the performances to their Youtube channel. It would be great if all national finals got broadcasted on Youtube… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

An update: the Lithuanian show is on Youtube too, but unfortunately with the same issue that we can’t pause it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaIFZ6Zfpqs&ab_channel=Lietuvosnacionalinisradijasirtelevizija

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Great! I am watching it on the player. Additional information: it’s -19 degrees Celsius in Vilnius. That is *very cold*.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

LRT’s player freezed here right during the 1st song, so I ended up watching Beady Belle live in MGP. And she was very good. I wasn’t expecting to prefer her to Stinna.

Lebanese esc fan
Lebanese esc fan
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Yes, I agree I was slightly disappointed for Beady Belle because she performed and sang great. Elevate on the other hand I do like as a song but the live didn’t convince me and her second performance was even less convincing vocally :/

Last edited 1 month ago by Lebanese esc fan
Michaela Radová
Michaela Radová
1 month ago

is there any way to watch them both?=D does anyone knows when each of them is ending, so I could watch the rest of the second one? Thanks in advance and happy NF season! <3

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

PIN ends 21:40 CET time. I open two windows and watch them both, muting one while there’s no singing happening.

Michaela Radová
Michaela Radová
1 month ago
Reply to  Jamie

that makes sense! don´t know why I didn´t think of that =D Thanks for your help <3

Hellooooo
Hellooooo
1 month ago

I’ll see MGP, because the songs atract me more than the Parabandom’s ones. Also, I can’t wait to watch Keiino performance. Happy Selection season!!

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

Happy ACTUAL selection season! I always watch both shows before more selections start and you need to get picky.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Jamie

Right, Happy actual selection season!

Nicky
Nicky
1 month ago

Norway is a more exciting one

Lithuania’s NF not important, since we all know The Roop are gonna win

Una
Una
1 month ago

I’ll watch Pabandom this time. Never done it before. Will not understand anything either. It will be fun!!