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February 18/19: what and where to watch tonight

EMA 2017 is the 21th edition of the Slovenian national final format Evrovizijska Melodija (EMA). The competition used by RTV Slovenija to select Slovenia’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The competition is broadcast on TV SLO1, Radio Val 202, Radio Koper, Radio Maribor and online via the broadcaster’s RTV 4D platform. On 20 January 2017, Amaya announced that she’d be withdrawing from the competition on the advice of her record label. The 2nd semi-final of EMA 2017 takes place on 18 February 2017. Four acts progress to the final of February 24th. The eight competing entries first face a public vote where the top two songs will advance to the final. An additional two qualifiers will be selected from the remaining six entries by the jury. Watch the show here at 20:00 CET.

You can watch the second Ukrainian semi final here at 18:00 CET. The selection of the competing entries for the national final and ultimately the Ukrainian Eurovision entry will take place over three stages. In the first stage, artists and songwriters have the opportunity to apply for the competition either through an online application form or by attending a scheduled audition during designated dates. Applicants also have the option of entering an online wildcard selection, the winner of which will gain direct entry into the competition’s final show. The second stage will consist of three televised semi-finals to be held in February 2017, which will feature eight to twelve acts competing in each show. Two to three acts will be selected to advance from each semi-final based on the 50/50 combination of votes from a public televote and an expert jury. The third stage will be the final on 25 February 2017 and will feature the eight to 12 qualifying acts from the semi-finals and the winner of the online wildcard selection. The overall winning entry will be determined via the 50/50 combination of votes from a public televote and an expert jury.

You can watch the Hungarian final at 19:30 CET here. The final will take place on 18 February 2017 where the eight entries that qualified from the semi-finals will compete. The winner of the competition will be selected over two rounds of voting. In the first round, the jury determines the top four entries that will advance to the second round. The voting system for the four jurors will be different from the method used in the heats and semi-finals. Each juror will announce their scores after all songs had been performed rather than assigning scores following each performance, and the jurors will rank their top four entries and assign points in the following manner: 4 (lowest), 6, 8 and 10 (highest).

You can watch the 7th Heat of Lithuania’s national selection here at 19:00 CET. Lithuania will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The artist and song that will represent Lithuania in the 2017 contest will be selected through a national final, “Eurovizijos” dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka, organised by the Lithuanian broadcaster Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT), culminating in a final on 11 March 2017.

You can watch the third semi final of Melodifestivalen at 20:00 CET here. Sweden will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT) will organise the national final Melodifestivalen 2017 in order to select the Swedish entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine. The winning song will compete for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 to be held in Kiev, Ukraine. Sweden will compete in the first semi-final of Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on the 9th of May and will have to place within the top 10 out of the 18 in their semi-final in order to qualify and compete in the final on 13 May. The third semi-final will take place on 18 February 2017 at Vida Arena in Växjö.

You can watch the Polish national final at 20:30 CET here. The final winner of Krajowe Eliminacje 2017 will be decided by 50% jury 50% tele voting. Find out more about the participants their entries and the fan poll here.

You can watch the second semi final of Estonia’s Eesti Laul at 20:35 CET here. Estonia will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Estonian broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR) will organise the national final Eesti Laul 2017 in order to select the Estonian entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine. Eesti Laul 2017 will be the ninth edition of the Estonian national selection Eesti Laul, which will select Estonia’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The competition will consist of 20 entries competing in two semi-finals on 11 and 18 February 2017 leading to a ten-song final on 4 March 2017. The format of the competition will include two semi-finals on 11 and 18 February 2017 and a final on 4 March 2017. Ten songs will compete in each semi-final and the top five from each semi-final will qualify to complete the ten-song lineup in the final. The results of the semi-finals will be determined by the 50/50 combination of votes from a professional jury and public televoting. The winning song in the final will be selected over two rounds of voting: the first round results will select the top three songs via the 50/50 combination of jury and public voting, while the second round (super final) will determine the winner solely by public televoting. The second semi-final will take place on 18 February 2017. Ten songs will compete for five spots in the final with the outcome decided upon by the combination of the votes from a jury panel and a public televise.

You can watch the Maltese national final at 20:50 CET here. Malta will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Maltese broadcaster Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) will organise the national final Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2017: in order to select the Maltese entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine. From the television series Strada Stretta to the final session of the Eurovision Song Contest and the path of a courageous woman battling cancer but putting forward a positive message in this contest which is much sought-after by the Maltese audience. The presenters of the final session will be facing a stiff challenge as this will be their first experience. Daniel Azzopardi is well-known for his role as Guido in the high-popular TVM series Strada Stretta. He will be accompanied by Charlene Mercieca, a courageous woman who has been bravely fighting cancer. Charlene Mercieca, who has undergone cancer, will be one of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest presenters and wants to put forward a positive message. She is a highly positive person who has undergone difficult periods throughout her life and wants to reflect her difficulties by giving a message in the opposite manner, that of moving from a difficult to a positive life. 16 songs were chosen to compete in the 2017 contest, which will be held on February 18.  For the first time the decision will be taken by the public through televoting. Carefully explaining the televoting system, John Bundy, the new Head of Maltese Delegation, said that every fixed or mobile line may be used to cast just one vote. This meant that if more than one call is made from a line, all the calls will be charged but the vote will not be valid.

You can watch the semi final of Latvia’s Supernova at 20:25 CET here. Latvia will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Latvian broadcaster Latvijas Televīzija (LTV) will organise the national final Supernova 2017 in order to select the Latvian entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine. Between 16 and 20 songs will be selected to compete in the national final, which will consist of four shows: two heats, one semi-final and a final. In the heats and the semi-final, four entries will be selected to advance from each show: two entries will be selected based on a public televote and two entries will be selected by a jury panel. Four songs will ultimately qualify to compete in the final on 26 February 2017 where a public vote will exclusively select the winner. The semi-final will take place on 19 February 2017. Four entries will qualify to the final. The eight competing entries will first face a public vote where the top two songs will advance. An additional two qualifiers will be selected from the remaining six entries by the jury.

You can watch the first semi final of Portugal’s national selection at 22:15 CET here. Portugal will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Portuguese broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) will organise the national final Festival da Canção 2017 in order to select the Portuguese entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine. Festival da Canção 2017 will be the 51st edition of Festival da Canção, the music competition that selects Portugal’s entries for the Eurovision Song Contest. 16 entries will participate in the 51st Festival da Canção. Half of the competing performers, the artists drawn to perform in the first semi-final, were revealed on 18 January 2017. The remaining competing artists were announced on 26 January 2017. Among the competing artists is former Eurovision Song Contest entrant Rui Drumond, who represented Portugal in the 2005 Contest as part of 2B. The 51st Festival RTP da Canção will consist of two semi-finals and the Final, each with eight entries in competition. The first semi-final will take place at RTP’s studios in Lisbon on 19 February 2017, hosted by Sónia Araújo and José Carlos Malato. In the first semi-final eight entries will participate, and of these eight, four will advance to the Final. The qualifiers will be determined by the televote and the votes of an expert jury appointed by RTP.

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About Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece) (2122 Articles)
This passion begins in 1984, in 1996 I established oikotimes as a printed pamphlet and in 2001 as a website turned eventually into Eurovision. The best thing happened is that I got to know some great friends.

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