In some countries the singers and even the songs have been determined already. I other countries the selection process is in full swing. This weekend will be a feast with 10 event! There will be three finals: Australia, Latvia and Italy will chose their Eurovision entries. In Norway, Lithuania, Ukraine, Iceland, Sweden, Malta and Poland there will be Semi Finals.
Australia– For the second time in ESC history will have a national final “Australia decides” in Gold Coast. Beside the hosts Joel Creasey and Myf Warhorst there will be some interesting guests such as last year’s Australian representative Kate-Millher Heidke, Måns Zelmerlöw (winner 2015 Sweden), Dami Im (Australian singer 2016) and Jordan Anthony (Australia’s representative in the Junior ESC). Among the 10 participants there will be the Australian super star Vanessa Amorosi. Here you can listen to all the Australian songs.
Italy– In the final night of the San Remo Festival, the winner is eligible to represent Italy in the ESC. Francesco Gabbani gives it another try as well as Raphael Gualazzi. Let’s see, who is making the race and who is willing to represent the Italian colours in Rotterdam.
Iceland– The Icelandic selection show is called “Söngvakepnin” and is very popular with very high viewing rates. In two semi finals, the Icelandics are able to determine their favourite singers for the Grand Final on 29 February.
Sweden– This is the second show in this year’s Melodifestivalen live from Gothenburg. This time, two former ESC representants are going to give it another try: Jan Johansen (1995 “Se på mig”) and Anna Bergendahl (2010 “This is my life”). Have a look at the 1 minute snippets:
Poland - Szansa na Sukces – Semi-final 2, 20.00 CET
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