What’s Up Weekly: 12 January

Each week, Eurovision-related news flows to the eyes and ears of the public. This now-biweekly aggregation summarizes the news and gives insight into the cogs turning in the Eurovision machine. With a new year comes the ramping up of the Eurovision 2020 national final season. Let’s see what the past two weeks have brought and what is still in store for the Eurovision community!

ESCTAKEOVER News

  • The site is looking for more fresh perspectives around the world! For more information on how you can contribute your own perspective on news to the Eurovision community, check out our call for applications.
  • In light of the events at the end of 2019 following Festivali i Këngës, the author invites everyone in the greater Eurovision community to stand #UNITED in camaraderie, respect, critical thought, and responsible reporting this decade for the betterment of everyone involved. Read more about the call here.

Eurovision 2020: Rotterdam

  • The Netherlands has chosen their representative! Surinamese singer-songwriter Jeangu Macrooy will be flying the flag for the home crowd. This follows months of anticipation following Duncan Laurence’s victory in Tel Aviv, including several discussions concerning Nightwish lead singer Floor Jansen that have since been put to rest.
  • Georgia has chosen their representative! After Georgian Idol (Saqartvelos varskvlavi) started all the way back in October, Tbilisi-based singer Tornike Kipiani has now emerged victorious. He sang a cover of Alice in Chains’ song “Love, Hate, Love“. His song will be composed by the Georgian team and released in the near future.
  • Italy has released the list of artists set to compete for a spot at the Eurovision final! Notable names at the 70th edition of Sanremo Festival include Raphael Gualazzi (second place at Eurovision 2011, “Madness of Love”), Francesco Gabbani (sixth place at Eurovision 2017, “Occidentali’s Karma”), and Achille Lauro (ninth place at Sanremo 2019, “Rolls Royce”). The festival website has also released the titles of the songs each act will sing. While no lyrics have been released as of yet, Lauro has been accused of fascism due to the relationship between the song title “Me ne frego” (I don’t care) with dictator Benito Mussolini’s brand of fascism.
  • Norway has selected six people to go to their national final so far. On Monday, Norway revealed the five acts pre-qualified for the Melodi Grand Prix final and the four acts that would compete on Saturday. After the show on Saturday, Raylee and her song “Wild” qualified for the final. The final will occur on 15 February, as reported on Eurovision.tv.
  • Swedish broadcaster SVT has released the running orders for the Melodifestivalen semi-final The opening numbers will be performed by The Mamas (backing choir for John Lundvik, “Too Late for Love”), Klara Hammarström, Mariette (Hansson), and Frida Öhrn, while Felix Sandman, Anna Bergendahl, Mohombi, and Hanna Ferm will close their respective semi-finals. The selection process begins on 1 February.
  • After two consecutive years of ultimate success on the Junior Eurovision stage, Poland will be bringing the Szansa na sukces format to the adult Eurovision stage. The final will take place on 23 February and will be broadcast on TVP.
  • Lithuania has released its list of performers and songs for their national selection, We Go Again! 2020. Among them is Monika Marija, who competed last year with “Light On” and who was among six qualifiers to the semi-final round on Saturday according to ESCUnited. The Lithuanian national selection will conclude on 15 February.
  • North Macedonia has announced on their official Twitter account that they will select internally. This is their second internal selection since their name was officially changed from Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Last year, their entry “Proud”, sung by Tamara Todevska, reached seventh place, winning the jury vote.
  • Latvia has announced a 26-entry long list of possible acts for their national final Supernova. Out of these songs, 8 of them will be shortlisted publicly on 16 January and will compete in the final on 8 February. The playlist for all the songs can be found on the LTV Supernova YouTube channel.
  • Serbia has released the names of the 24 songs and related performers slated to perform at Beovizija. The national selection process will occur some time in February, dates TBA.
  • General admission tickets for the Spanish pre-party on 10-11 April are still available! The two-day event price is 60€ plus fees. More information can still be found on the site.

Eurovision Universe

  • In Memoriam: Larry Gogan, decorated Irish Eurovision commentator. After he had commentated the show 19 times on the radio and 4 times on television, with a career spanning six decades, RTÉ considered his passing difficult considering other deaths within the broadcasting sphere and stated that the passings of Gogan and Britain-based Irish commentator Terry Wogan marked the end of an era in broadcasting. (This point has been corrected on 12 January to reflect Wogan’s working for the BBC as an Irishman.)

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