Eurovision Song Contest Society 2016 Watch
Semi Final 1 -10th May 2016
Semi Final 2 - 12th May 2016
GRAND FINAL - 14th May 2016
Last year, the 60th Eurovision Song Contest was won by Måns Zelmerlöw with his song “Heroes” that represented Sweden. And so we are heading to Stockholm for the 61st Contest this May.
This year promises to be a big year for the contest, with the number of participating countries tying the all time record of 43. Also for us in the UK this is the first time since 2010 that the BBC is letting us, the general public decide our entry:
This will be on the 26th of February during a TV show on BBC4 called You Decide. Where 6 acts (who are unknown currently) shall fight it out to be the first publically chosen act to represent us in years.
Oh and thanks to ManicPumpkin for letting me take over the thread for this year
ALBANIA: Eneda Tarifa - Fairytale
ARMENIA: Iveta Mukuchyan - LoveWave
AUSTRALIA: Dami Im - Sound of Silence
AUSTRIA: ZOË - Loin d'ici
AZERBAIJAN: Samra - Miracle
BELARUS: Ivan – Help You Fly
BELGIUM: Laura Tesoru – What's the Pressure
BOSNIA&HERZEGOVINA: Dalal & Deen feat. Anan Rucner and Jala - Ljubav Je
BULGARIA: Poli Genova - If Love Was a Crime
CROATIA: Nina Kraljic - Lighthouse
CYPRUS: Minus One - Alter Ego
CZECH REPUBLIC: Gabriela Gunčíková - I Stand
DENMARK: Lighthouse X - Soldiers of love
ESTONIA: Juri Pootsmann - Play
F.Y.R MACEDONIA: Kaliopi - Dona
FINLAND: Sandhja - Sing It Away
FRANCE: Amir - J'ai Cherche
GEORGIA: Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz - Midnight Gold
GERMANY: Jamie-Lee Kriewitz - Ghost
GREECE: Argo - Utopian Land
HUNGARY: Freddie - Pioneer
ICELAND: Greta Salome - Hear Them Calling
IRELAND: Nicky Byrne - Sunlight
ISRAEL: Hovi Star - Made of Stars
ITALY: Francesca Michielin - No Degree of Separation
LATVIA: Justs - Heartbeat
LITHUANIA: Donny Montell - I've Been Waiting For This Night
MALTA: Ira Losco – Walk on Water
MOLDOVA: Lidia Isac - Falling Stars
MONTENEGRO: Highway - The Real Thing
THE NETHERLANDS: Douwe Bob - Slow Down
NORWAY: Agnete - Icebreaker
POLAND: Michal Spzak - Color Of Your Life
ROMANIA: Ovidiu Anton - Moment Of Silence
RUSSIA: Sergey Lazarev – You Are The Only One
SAN MARINO: Serhat - I Didn't Know
SERBIA: ZAA Sanja Vucic - Goodbye
SLOVENIA: ManuElla -Blue and Red
SPAIN: Barei - Say Yay!
SWEDEN: Frans - If I Were Sorry
SWITZERLAND: Rykka - The Last of Our Kind
UKRAINE: Jamala - 1944
UNITED KINGDOM: Joe and Jake - You're Not Alone
Bold is when actual songs are getting decided upon, unbolded are earlier stages in the selection (mainly heats), and Bold+Red means that it's related to the UK selection.
National Finals that have already happened in spoiler
1st - SPAIN: Objectivo Eurovision (FINAL)
3rd - GEORGIA: Song Presentation Show
6th - FINLAND: Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2016 (Heat 1)
HUNGARY: A Dal (Quarter Final)
ICELAND: Songvakkeppnin 2016 (Heat 1)
LITHUANIA: Eurovizijos (Show 5)
SWEDEN: Melodifestivalen (Heat 1)
UKRAINE: Semi Final 1
7th - LATVIA: Supernova (Heat 1)
9-12th - ITALY: Sanremo (First 4 Shows)
12th - AUSTRIA: Wer Singt fur Osterreich (FINAL)
13th - DENMARK: Dansk Melodi Grand Prix (FINAL)
ITALY: Sanremo (FINAL)
SWITZERLAND: Die Grosse Entscheidungs Show (FINAL)
ESTONIA: Eesti Laul (Semi-1)
FINLAND: Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2016 (Heat 2)
HUNGARY: A Dal (Semi-1)
ICELAND: Songvakkeppnin 2016 (Heat 2)
LITHUANIA: Eurovizijos (Show 6)
SWEDEN: Melodifestivalen (Heat 2)
UKRAINE: Semi Final 2
14th - LATVIA: Supernova (Heat 2)
15th - GEORGIA: Song Announcement
20th - ICELAND: Songvakkeppnin 2016 (FINAL)
ESTONIA: Eesti Laul (Semi-2)
FINLAND: Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2016 (Heat 3)
HUNGARY: A Dal (Semi-2)
LITHUANIA: Eurovizijos (Show 7)
SWEDEN: Melodifestivalen (Heat 3)
21th - UKRAINE: FINAL
LATVIA: Supernova (Semi Final)
22nd - UNITED KINGDOM: SONG REVEAL (on Radio 2 9:30am)
23rd - MOLDOVA: O Melodi Pentru Europa 2016 (Semi-1)
25th - GERMANY: Unser Lied fur Stockholm (FINAL)
MOLDOVA – O Melodi Pentru Europa 2016 (Semi-2)
26th February: UNITED KINGDOM – You Decide (FINAL)
27th - FINLAND: Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2016 (FINAL)
HUNGARY: A Dal (FINAL)
MOLDOVA: O Melodi Pentru Europa 2016 (FINAL)
NORWAY – Melodi Grand Prix 2016 (FINAL)
SLOVENIA: EMA 2016 (FINAL)
LITHUANIA: Eurovizijos (Show 8)
SWEDEN: Melodifestivalen (Heat 4)
28th - LATVIA: Supernova 2016 (FINAL)
2nd - ARMENIA: Presentation of LoveWave
3rd - Australia: Song Presentation
4th - THE NETHERLANDS: Song Presentation
5th - ESTONIA: Eesti Laul (FINAL)
POLAND: National Final (FINAL)
RUSSIA: Song Presentation
LITHUANIA: Eurovizijos (Semi Final)
SWEDEN: Melodifestivalen (Andra Chansen Round)
6th - ROMANIA: FINAL
7th - FYR MACEDONIA: Song Presentation
9th - Croatia: Song Presentation
12th - LITHUANIA: Eurovizijos (FINAL)
SWEDEN: Melodifestivalen (FINAL)
FRANCE: Song Announcement
14th - AZERBAIJAN: Entry Announcement
10th – EUROVISION: Semi Final 1
12st – EUROVISION: Semi Final 2
14rd – EUROVISION: GRAND FINAL
Interested in watching some of the selections this year. My favourite song so far is Albania.
In terms of watching the selections, a lot of them are kicking off tonight. Probably the main one is Swedens Melodifestivalen as not only are they hosting this year, but it's also one of the best made national selections with (generally) good song quality. Not the below times are in CET, so e.g. 20:00 start time is 19:00 here.
Sweden: http://www.svt.se/melodifestivalen/se-program/ (20:00 - 21:30 CET)
Ukraine: http://eurovision.stb.ua/ (18:00-20:00 and 21:00-22:00 CET)
Hungary: http://www.mediaklikk.hu/m1-elo/ (19:40-21:45 CET)
Finland: http://areena.yle.fi/1-2806995 (20:00 - 21:30 CET)
Iceland: http://ruv.is/ruv (21:00 - 22:40 CET)
Lithuania: http://www.lrt.lt/mediateka/tiesiogiai/lrt-televizija (20:00 - ??? CET)
Most likely the main eurovision website will also be streaming some of these.
Oh and because I didn't announce it properly. Spain decided a few days ago to send Barei with Say Yay! to Stockholm!
Wishing May could come sooner!!
Apparently they're changing the voting system (again) this year? I tried to make sense of it but failed.
Now however the 1st half of the results will be spokespersons giving points for the JURY results in the fashion we are used to. While all the televoting 1-12pts per country are put into a massive pot and dispersed at the end. If you have seen any melodifestivalen finals it is basically the same system they use there. Do notice that while the system is therefore still 50/50 with respect to juries and televoters, it is infact different to normal as countries are now rewarded for being in either the juries top 10 OR the televoting top 10, so there is no "cancelling out" if one side of the 50/50 hates a song and the other half loves it.
It would infact have made small differences in past years, for example in 2015 Italy would have got 2nd place over Russia, and the UK would have been dead last....
There is one thing that does irk me with the new system, and they hid it away in the FAQ bit of the announcement. Basically if a country doesn't produce a valid televote (e.g. San Marino and Albania always...) then they will use some mathematical formula based off neighboring countries televoting scores to create/invent points for that country. So basically Italy gets to decide what San Marino does televoting wise from the sounds of it.... A similar thing will happen if a countries jury gets disqualified.
Oh and page is now updated, and if you are up at 9:30 tomorrow morning listen to Radio 2 to hear the 6 competing UK songs!!!
EDIT: Here's a recap of the 6 competing songs for us!
In terms of UK entry, I can honestly say that Joe and Jake - You're not alone, is the ONLY one I like with the potential to stretch in Stockholm. Will be an interesting watch none the least
Just sat through the entire German selection. So many poor, outdated songs and definitely not worth my time, but the best song won even if she looked terrible during it. I cant watch the UK selection tomorrow sadly, but I hope we select something good.
UK we are effectively screwed.
Jamie-Lee was my favourite over all, so I'm glad she won the super final. I'm not overly convinced this'll do too well in Stockholm though, it won't be overly memorable if given a bad slot in the order.
Tonight 19:30 on BBC4 is OUR National Final!!!
I personally have no clue who will win. The bookies seem to have Darline as the favourite, followed by Bianca, Karl, and Joe&Jake. I imagine it'll be down to who can actually sing live to be honest....
I'm pretty annoyed that Bianca didn't win. She had the best song and is the best singer. Joe and Jake are so forgettable! It's Josh Dubovie all over again!
I think Joe&Jake are a fair bit better than Josh though! Would say there were one of our better entries in the 201X's decade thus far, not that it takes much though..... I'm awaiting the full results of last nights show to be released, Bianca surely came a close 2nd. I'd be shocked otherwise
And is Bulgarian taking part this year?
Frankly Poli should have at least gone through to the final in 2011 Na Inat was far better than most performances...Bulgaria generally puts in decent songs but are constantly overlooked by rubbish from other countries...
Hopefully Poli could get into the final this year ^_^