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March 4/5: six shows you cannot miss

ESTONIA – 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 final will take place on 4 March 2017 at the Saku Suurhall in Tallinn. The five entries that qualified from each of the two preceding semi-finals, all together ten songs, will compete during the show. The winner will be selected over two rounds of voting. In the first round, a jury (50%) and public televote (50%) will determine the top three entries to proceed to the super final. In the super final, the winner will be selected entirely by a public televote. The running order was revealed on 21 February 2017. You can watch the show at 18:30 CET here.

ICELAND – Söngvakeppnin 2017 will be the twelfth edition of Söngvakeppnin, the music competition that selects Iceland’s entries for the Eurovision Song Contest. The second semi-final will take place on 4 March 2017, where six of the competing acts will present their songs to the public. The top three entries decided solely by televoting will advance to the final. You can watch the show at 20:45 CET at http://www.ruv.is/ruv

LITHUANIA – 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.

SWEDEN – Melodifestivalen 2017, organised by Sveriges Television (SVT), will be the sixteenth consecutive edition of the contest in which the competition will take place in different cities across Sweden. The four semi-finals will be held at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg (4 February), the Malmö Arena in Malmö (11 February), the Vida Arena in Växjö (18 February) and the Skellefteå Kraft Arena in Skellefteå (25 February). The Second Chance round will take place at the Saab Arena in Linköping on 4 March while the final will be held at the Friends Arena in Stockholm on 11 March. An initial 28 entries will compete in the semi-finals, with seven entries taking part in each show. The top two entries from each semi-final advance directly to the final, while the third and fourth placed entries advance to the Second Chance round. The bottom three entries in each semi-final will be eliminated. An additional four entries will qualify to the final from the Second Chance round, bringing the total number of competing entries in the final to 12. Second Chance round will take place at Saab Arena in Linköping on 4 March. The duels were revealed following the fourth semi-final on 25 February 2017. You can watch the show on February 4th at 20:00 CET at http://www.svtplay.se

PORTUGAL – The final will take place at Coliseu dos Recreios in Lisbon on 5 March 2017, hosted by Sílvia Alberto and Catarina Furtado. In the Final eight entries will participate. The winner will be determined by the televote and the votes from regional juries.

ROMANIA – Romania will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 after having been forced to take a one-year break in 2016 when they got disqualified. The song that will represent Romania will be chosen through the national preselection Selecția Națională 2017. The final will take place on 5 March 2017, at Studioul Pangratti, in Bucharest, and will be hosted by Iuliana Tudor and Dan Helciug, while Ioana Voicu will be the greenroom correspondent. The winner will be determined solely by the public vote. Guest performers for the final include Manel Navarro, SunStroke Project and Timebelle along with ABBA tribute band Arrival.

More events next week

Later the day of Demy’s announcement as performer at Eurovision, ERT revealed that Dimitris Kontopoulos (the selected songwriter) will write three songs for Demy, that they will compete in a national final with video clips at late February 2017 where the Greek public, would select their favorite song. Voting to select the song at the national final would be conducted through 100% televoting and SMS texting by the public. The three songs are in English language and each one of the songs are in different genres. The first song is a ballad, the second one is a dance song and the third is surprise, Demy said at 19 January, when she was invited by ERT tο gave her first interview after the announcement as the representative of country at Eurovision. The official video clips will be recorded in both Greece and Ukraine, especially in the city of Odessa, in order to show the hellenism of the city and to build bridges of friendship between the two countries. Later, ERT annouced the date of the national final, being the 6th of March, with presenters the journalist Elena Bouzala and the actor-commedian Antonis Loudaros. In February 28, 2017 the titles of the songs were announced. Τhe representative of Cyprus, Hovig will be the guest of the night, singing the Cypriot entry, “Gravity”. Ιnitially, ERT announced that the winning song will be selected by 100% televoting. Later, it was announced that for the first time, together with the public, the song will select by a jury of Greek communities of the Diaspora. In particular, their vote will give representatives of communities from Belgium, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Germany, Armenia, Italy, Australia, Austria and Ukraine. The quota on the ballot will be 70% public (via televoting) and 30% jury. Watch the show on March 6th at 21:00 CET at http://www.ert.gr

The Australian artist chasing Eurovision glory at the world’s biggest song contest is about to be announced, on Tuesday 7 March. For the first time ever, Australia’s artist and song will both be revealed at the same time in an intimate live performance at a secret location in Melbourne – hosted by SBS’s Eurovision commentator, host, expert and enthusiast Julia Zemiro. The artist reveal will be broadcast LIVE on SBS Facebook from 5.30pm. Stay tuned to the SBS Facebook page for updates and a countdown to the announcement moment! Who will it be? Will a group, male solo, or female solo take the stage?

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