National final songs, artist and dates - all you need to know
So there has been a LOT of activity already for Eurovision 2019 and it can be hard to keep up with the latest songs and national final dates.
Below is a summary of the artists or songs confirmed, where national finals and nations are at, and what dates you need to keep in mind.
Artists confirmed for Eurovision
Albania’s national final has been held and was won by Jonida Malaqi with ‘Ktheju Tokes’. You can get the details and see her winning song here.
Armenia have internally selected their contestant Srbuk. You can view her music here (though her song has yet to be released): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoPGm_XKIb-QsENTlasnTCQ/featured
Cyprus have announced Tamta will represent them after being internally selected. Alex P, who was responsible for Fuego and La La Love, is the writer and producer of the song. The song has not been released but you can see Tamta’s previous work here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2CHXtd1F3yxCFi_PO5SawQ
What’s happening in January?
5th – Lithuania
Eurovizija heats begin. There are 49 songs that will take part in four heats.
Some songs have been released. You can find them here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoCxE1WVUfw&list=PLg-Z1S06iAEm6wYGEiGDtx5lpksBynXxn
Ther first heat will be at 8PM Lithuanian time and live streaming available here: https://www.lrt.lt/mediateka/tiesiogiai/lrt-televizija
7th – Czech Republic
Artists announced with national final to happen within January
12th – France
Destination Eurovision – Semi Final One
(19 – Semi Final Two and 26 - Final)
One minute snippets available here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtlN-Ff1AivzUjTNLf-_wqQ/videos
Semi final allocations here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France_in_the_Eurovision_Song_Contest_2019
19th – Hungary
A Dal – Heat One
There are three heats of the Hungarian national final each featuring 10 songs each. Out of the 30 songs 24 have been released which you can access here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqDDSydieHp-mQS92FOee7Q2HafkLs2K3
21st – San Marino
Artist and song announcement
25th – Norway
Artists and songs for Melodi Grand Prix announced. MGP final will be 2 March.
26th – Malta
X Factor final – The Maltese entry this year will be the winner of their X Factor competition. They are down to 12 acts.
28th – Eurovision semi final allocation draw
31st – Estonia
First semi final of Eesti Laul – Estonia’s National Final.
(2 February – Second Semi Final and 16 February – the final)
All songs have been released and are available here: https://menu.err.ee/879116/eesti-laul-2019-in-english
Spain released snippets of 17 songs that the Spanish public and jury voted on and 10 have made it through to their Eurovision Gala. The date of the gala is TBC.
You can listen to the 10 snippets here: http://www.rtve.es/television/eurovision/
Other nations with artists and songs announced
Seven artists have been announced so far (Sheppard, Kate Miller-Heidke, Mark Vincent, Electric Fields, Aydan, Courtney Act and Leea Nanos).
Courtney Act’s song has been released: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6VbWUz55pA
A snippet of Electric Fields has also been released by SBS: https://twitter.com/SBSEurovision/
We would expect the next three artists and all remaining songs will be released in January.
The artists for Sanremo have been announced (including Il Volo) and the final of the contest (where the winning artist can choose to go to Eurovision) takes place on the 9 February. Artist details here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italy_in_the_Eurovision_Song_Contest_2019
Latvia held a public and jury vote to reduce an original shortlist of 33 songs down to 16. These were announced in December and you can view all 16 songs here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R837qZLFsXA&list=PLXUoUkVrvITFUHRLMETUEpoCLXdZdXOyB
Their national final, Supernova, will take place in February.
Their national final takes place on the 9 February and their artists have been announced. Details here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montenegro_in_the_Eurovision_Song_Contest_2019
23 songs have been released for the semi finals of Selectia Nationala, wi tthe final taking place in February. You can view all songs here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLxO8-C91Lp92cKYFRR8YZe4dbJ06I4RFZ&v=d7GTKp9mobY
Melodifestivalen will take place in February, and although we won’t hear any songs before the live shows, the artists have all been announced including some familiar faces. Details of artists and their background available here: https://www.escxtra.com/2018/11/27/sweden-who-are-the-melodifestivalen-2019-artists-and-songwriters/