Sandwiched in between the two busiest weekends of the season, this Saturday sees us enter something of a lull in the national final calendar. Tonight fans will have three shows to choose from and we’ll finish the night with one more Eurovision 2021 entry to add to our Rotterdam playlist.
Here are all the details you need for 2021’s seventh Saturday of national selections. We’ll be checking in with semi-finals in Portugal and Sweden while Slovenia will reveal its 2021 song in a special edition of EMA. 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 27 February: Eurovision 2021 Selection Shows
Slovenia’s EMA 2021
Time: 20:00 CET to 21:10 CET
The original plan was to use EMA 2021 as a national final to select Ana Soklič’s song from a small shortlist. But, due to the pandemic, the show will now be used to premiere Ana’s song for Rotterdam. As well, it will cover Ana’s preparations for both EMA and Eurovision. The special will also commemorate Slovenia’s 60th anniversary of its first appearance at Eurovision.
Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2021
Time: 20:00 CET to 21:30 CET
Melodifestivalen 2021 continues with semi-final four. 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. This third semi features names like The Mamas and Eric Saade.
Click to Watch Melodifestivalen 2021 semi-final four
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Portugal’s Festival da Canção 2021
Time: 22:07 CET to 01:00 CET
Portugal’s Festival da Canção 2021 returns for its second semi-final. And once again it’s an eclectic mix. Tonight will see ten acts compete for five places in the final. They’ll join the five qualifiers from last week.
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Which show will you watch? Let us know below.
Feel a bit sad for Graciela – really enjoyed the song and her performance tonight. My other 4 got through so happy days!
I dare to say no performance in FdC left me more satisfied than Graciela’s. But this semi had already some established favorites, so it was hard for her to break through.
Really a rare occasion when my top 5, top 5 of the prediction poll and actual 5 qualifiers are one and the same. Congrats, everyone! Also, good job Taina, Ariana and Graciela. 🙂
No surprises: Deslandes, EU.CLIDES, Joana, Pedro and Neev are in the final of FdC.
I love Lucia Moniz so much, that was the most excited I’ve been all night.
Lúcia, that is.
It was great to see the beautiful Lúcia Moniz singing in FdC, “O Meu Coração Não Tem Cor” is one of my favorite Portuguese entries.
My overall favourite – please tell me, what did she say after her performance? I definitely heard the word Oslo.
I only got a piece of that, but she was talking about her experience and how someone of her team (the head of delegation maybe?) was saying that she should focus on enjoying the occasion and not put much attention on the fact there was a contest going on. She was very positive about her Eurovision experience.
Tibor is probably sleeping with his belly full of home-made cookies, but he would be glad to hear that I boarded Graciela’s train. That was a cool performance.
Deslandes and Neev will qualify, I would like if Graciela, Joana and one between Tainá, EU.CLIDES and Pedro join them.
A good show overall. I think that Neev won this for me (gave me shivers), but Carolina was also really emotional (and I liked black and white aesthetics). I quite liked Joana and Pedro too. I actually didn’t mind EU.CLIDES sitting the whole time, as the song is really minimalist and hypnotic. I hope he qualifies. The most pleasant surprise for me was Ariana, but I’m not sure if the song is strong enough to qualify from a semi this strong. Actually, I think I liked 8 songs from this semi.
PS. Yeah, Taina was quite sweet too. I like her Brazilian accent. I am just afraid that in a voting for a minimalist female ballad in Portuguese, Carolina has a bit stronger case. But I did like both.
I’m afraid Neev hasn’t the same effect on me, though I partially blame the lousy camerawork. The problem is that if they take a page from Duncan’s playbook, the performance will end up too similar, it’s not an easy year to have a cute guy singing an emotional song while playing in a piano without comparisons.
I also liked the b&w aesthetics in Carolina’s performance, but her outfit was quite ugly, I hope she changes it for the final.
And I guess we agree about Ariana, she’s a very charming performer. Too bad the song does nothing for me.
I definitely see similarities between Duncan and Neev, but I guess I really fall for that style when done right. If that was a duel, I guess that Duncan would give me *even bigger* shivers, but they are not competing each other, so… I think that Neev would still stand out big-time, with Blas being his only possible competitor this year (so far, but we’ll see). 😉 Yeah, Carolina’s outfit wasn’t flattering at all, especially not the bottom part of the dress. She promised a big 60s diva dress in the interview and I’m afraid that wasn’t it. Still, she… Read more »
Believe it or not, I just got moderated for the second time in a row. I just hope that the comment below appears as fast as my upper one (that’s why the second post was moderated to compliment Taina. It’s because it would’ve been repetitive when both appeared). 🙂
In short – I guess I like the ”emotional piano ballad” style and yes, Carolina’s dress wasn’t the best, to put it nicely. 🙂
I’m more a “emotional guitar ballad” kind of girl, but you know “Arcade” was one of my favorites, so this is definitely not a problem to me.
And you’re right about Tainá, competing in the same lane as Carolina is complicated. I’ve also noticed on Youtube comments that some Portuguese are not fond of the idea of having the Brazilian accent in the contest. Anyway, I look for her music, because her voice is delightful. Hopefully she and Gaia (the half-Brazilian representative in Sanremo) will get some attention here soon.
I second that!
Speaking of that green suit, do you know how did Fabia Maia qualify last week? Sure, she did well vocally, but in a big group of slow female ballads in Portuguese, hers is arguably the one with least progression and variation.
I don’t get the love for it either. I don’t even like the vocals.
If another slow ballad had to go through, I’d pick Irma instead. Not to mention that it should have been mema.
I would put mema, Miguel and Irma ahead of her without thinking twice. I would even go with Tibor’s muse IAN.
We’ll know better if RTP releases the complete results someday.
Whatever it is, I hope you get better. Hugs. 🙂
Oh, I hope it’s nothing serious! At least FdC gave you some medicine, it was a good night.
Meanwhile, in Portugal… half the songs were already performed and I wonder if EU.CLIDES may be punished by jury and audience after spending the whole performance sitting on a chair. Joana Alegre did a great job, I think she’s in. I hope there’s still a chance for Tainá, but I would like to read an un-biased opinion about her performance.
After this live performance, i think Tainá has a chance
It was very sweet, right? Maybe too subtle for a contest, but she sold it very well.
Yeah, after the second batch of performances, I also think she won’t make it. I wouldn’t mind if she pulls a surprise though.
I think this was the best semi final from Sweden The Mamas or Eric for the winning ticket. I was shocked Tess came 5th, at least Andra Chansen. This was the best dance song in its genre this MF season
I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but “Voda” (after the revamp) was MUCH better than this. Ana sounds incredible, but the song makes me cringe quite a bit.
Really, you have a singer with a voice like that and hundreds of songs to choose from and this is the best one?
tbh the fact they said that it’s not going to be a ballad, but it is a ballad makes me think that someone else got the song they wished they would have.
I don’t think they even considered those other songs, since this one is composed by Ana’s longtime collaborator, who made Voda as well. I have no idea why those other composers were even invited to send their songs in the first place, if they never stood a real chance?!
So pleased that Clara gets another go, I thought she deserved it. Efraim was great too. The Mamas and Eric were a different class. All in all, the right results for me.
Yey, Eric qualified DTF (I knew he would, but still good to confirm!) 😉
Edit: So did The Mamas. Congrats, well deserved! 😉
Can’t wait to listen to their songs. I’m Team Mamas for now cuz I’d love them to get a second chance.
Comedic interval act on stage by Per, Pernilla and the blond boy was simply hilarious! Job well done, Sweden! 🙂
I loved it, it was so all over the place hahaha, amazing job from them!
Wait, what? We will have 2 “Amen”s this year? 😀 (Vincent Bueno & Ana Soklic)
Talk about coincidence. I think this is the first time since 2015 that we’ve had two songs with the same song title competing in the same year
2 songs called “Amen” in the same contest.
And once again, in two different semis!
Yeah, I was checking if they were in the same semi, but that would be too much of a coincidence!
You know what that means…THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE.
Considering I can’t remember Vincent’s song from last year, I guess I’ll be on team Ana. But I couldn’t listen to her song properly, the streaming cut a little bit of it.
It’s on Eurovision’s official channel on Youtube
That was fast! Thank you, I’ll watch in moments, when Melfest ends.
I don’t think they’ll change it, it’s not that big of a deal. Unless of course we have a gigantic coincidence and their song is very similar…
Yeah! 2 songs called Amen! It’s like Warrior in 2015!!
And 3 overall (Israel did that title 26 years ago!)
Melfest DTV 4 – The Mamas and Eric Saade were the best ones and paired with them being the biggest names, they’ll certainly go DTV.
AC is between Tess, Efraim and Sannex.
Omg the mamas were so good!!!
Those things looked pre-recorded to me.
Is there a specific reason why you didn’t create a seperate article for Slovenia?
Erm, it’s not the 60th anniversary of Slovenia appearing in Eurovision. They only started appearing from the mid 90’s
Yeah, Slovenes originate from the 90s. LOL
Although it HAS been 60 years since the first Yugoslav entry, which was in Slovene
Actually the 196 was sung in Serbo-Croatian, it was only composed by a Slovene.
No kidding! Maybe just thinking it was Jose Prizek conducting that confused it.
It’s a light Saturday today. I’m interested to see what Slovenia will bring for their song.
So exited for Eric performance tonight, I hope we will see him on Eurovision 10 years after
“… commemorate Slovenia’s 60th anniversary”… More like “celebrate”, from what I know death people are commemorated
commemorating means to mark or celebrate something or someone, including the dead and Slovenia 60th eurovision anniversary.
Yes I think we are the country with the longest tradition (I think we only withdrew 2 times as an independent country – 1994 and 2000 and that was because the poor results did not allow us to compete and not because we didn’t want to) 🙂
1995 is their best, in my opinion.
Maja Keuc in 2011 and Alenka Gotar in 2007 slayed musically and visiually
I’m thinking Ana might go jazz. I’m thinking Eurovision fans might roll their eyes. I’m thinking I put it straight into my top five. 😉
She was in mine last year. What an amazing voice!
Not sure if she will. Then again all we know is she isn’t coming with a ballad simmilar to last year’s.
I wouldn’t be opposed to Jazz though, especially if she sneaks some saxophone in there. Doubtfull but it’d be a fun surprise.
yeah I don’t think it’s jazz. I tbh have no idea what she will serve, I know it won’t be a ballad, but I also don’t think she will have a dance song. I’m thinking dark mid-tempo song or something
Are you not a Eurovision fan?
melfest was so disappointing this year
It’s always is, isn’t it? Every year we read comments like this. Still..
It doesn’t have the wow factor this year. None of the songs have blown me away. In terms of winners, I’d be happy with Tusse or The Mamas, ok with Dotter, and unhappy with Saade. Charlotte Perrelli is my favourite, but I know she can’t win.
Don’t expect too much from my country Slovenia. It may be good, but it may also be just meh (it won’t be worse than Germany though I can promise you that:) ) .. we’ll have to wait, but please keep your expectations low.:)
Have faith in your country! 🙂
Ana is a fantastic singer and I’m expecting something out of the box from her.
I actually didn’t mind the song after the revamp. I moved it up into my top 15 but yeah, singer-wise….she was my 2nd favourite and I definitely think she could’ve handled a more competitive song.
In my opinion. Ana’s performance in EMA was the most impressive vocal display from last season.
Tonight I will take advantage of the fact there is not many shows and will take a break from having loads of screens by watching Melfest and then in the gap beetwen Melfest and Festval da Cancao I will watch Slovenia’s song on Youtube/Spotify!