The Eurovision calendar is our version of the telly guide that comes in the weekend papers. Except it’s here all the time. 24/7, just like we are.
Times shown are UK (GMT for now)
|Boris Cvetanovski||Flying to Berlin|
|Kalina Velkovska||Love and Light|
|Lara Ivanova||Flower of Sorrow|
|Voting||50% international jury
50% online voting
Image Credits: ESCUnited.
Hosted by Ryan Tubridy
RTE’s Head of Delegation Michael Kealy said:
I am very excited by the return of a Eurovision National Final on The Late Late Show and the prospect of giving the public a greater say in selecting our entry for Italy. Every year the Eurovision gets bigger and more competitive than ever and given the enormous exposure and huge financial rewards for the winner I’m hopeful that we will attract a very high calibre of songwriter and performer.
Image Credits: RTE.
Pull up a very long drink. It’s time for the song festival to end all song festivals. You’ll need patience, as they name the winner around midnight – at the earliest. There’s always plenty of general dicking about on the way to that announcement.
Once again RAI has said the winner gets first refusal on a Eurovision ticket.
Here’s how it goes:
First up, we get 20 songs from so-called big artists. We’ve heard them already this week, at least twice. This time, it’s a blood bath as 17 lose all hope when a three-way split between televoters, the press jury and RAI’s demoscopic jury vote them out. They also count results from the week.
We arrive at a top three.
There’s usually an enormous amount of talking and filler before they perform again in a super final. The same three-way split picks the winner.
There’s a press conference where the winner either says they will or won’t go to Rotterdam – or they take time to decide, but it’s usually a yes.
We all go to bed.
|Watch live on UA:FIRST|
|Alina Pash||“Tini zabutykh predkiv” (Тіні забутих предків)|
|Barleben||“Hear My Words”|
|Cloudless||“All Be Alright”||Yurii Kanalosh, Anton Panfilov, Mykhailo Shatokhin|
|Michael Soul||“Demons”||Michael Soul, Vlad Freimann, Andrey Katikov, Ilia Paliakou|
|Our Atlantic||“Moia liubov” (Моя любов)|
Televote and Jury will decide the winner of this venerable old contest live from Opatija.
|Forgive me (oprosti)||Mia Negovetic|
|Guilty pleasure||Mia Dimšic|
|Here for love||Bernarda|
|I found you||Eric Vidovic|
|If you go away||Ella Oreskovic|
|In the darkness||ToMa|
|Malo kasnije||Roko Vuskovic|
|Moli za nas||Marko Bošnjak|
|My next mistake||Jesse|
|No war||Elis Lovric|
|Stay on the bright side||Zdenka Kovacicek|
|Voli me do neba||Tia|