The official allocation draw for the Semi Finals will take place on January 29th at 13:00 CET in Lisbon. Here the allotments of the Semi Final 1 and Semi Final 2 will be assigned to the 37 countries which have to go through the Semi Finals, while the Big 5 countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and United Kingdom) and the host country Portugal are set for the Grand Final already. Beside of the allocation of the Semi Finalists, it will be also determined in which Semi Final the Big 5 countries as well as the host country will have the right to vote.
One of the good news these days is that ESC winner Salvador Sobral has left the hospital in good conditions. He was suffering of heavy heart problems and received a transplantation. We hope that he will recover soon and wishing the best.
In almost four months’ time we will witness the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest! For the first time in history Portugal has won this prestigious competition. Portugal has always tried so hard to win the competition or at least to achieve one of the top places. Unfortunately, the juries and later the televoters did not see Portugal to win for decades.
The Eurovision Song Contest is very popular in Malta. The enthusiasm is enormous and therefore every year it’s more than obvious that there are great talents with great songs, even stronger than before. And one day Malta is going to host the ESC on the beautiful island.
For years the Swiss broadcaster is zealously organizing a national final, even if the outcome has been disappointing in the last three years. Switzerland could not qualify for the Grand Final since 2014. This year’s national final is going to be broadcasted on February 4th live from the SRF studio in Zurich. The host will be Sven Epiney, as in previous years.
Nobody expected that France is going to have a national final ever again. The French broadcaster France 2 has made this dream to reality. There were 18 candidates, from which there are nine left. Those nine entrants are going to compete against each other to win the ticket to Lisbon.
The Hungarian selection format A Dal has proven as very successful over the years. Many good perfomers and songs could have been detected and the placements for Hungarian entries are more than satisfactory.