The day after - summing up a busy Eurovision Saturday
With seven Eurovision shows on around Europe yesterday, two being finals selecting for Copenhagen, there was a lot to keep track of.
Below you can get an overview of how things went down last night.
After two heats and a semi-final, it was time for the Finnish selection show UMK 2014 to come to an end, culminating in the selection of the Finnish representative for Copenhagen.
In the end, the band Softengine took the victory and will perform for Finland in May. Click the results to watch their performance!
It was a one night selection in Switzerland, as the representative was found through Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow 2014. The Swiss chose Sebalter, after a visit by Emmelie de Forest. Click the results to listen to the song!
In Sweden, the huge selection show Melodifestivalen kicked off with a tough semi-final in Malmö. Eurovision winner Helena Paparizou faced last year’s Melodifestivalen televote winner YOHIO, and a member of The Ark, who representented Sweden in 2007.
But while YOHIO took the first of two final spots, it was the unknown singer Ellen Benediktson who stole the other. Helena went to the Second Chance, while The Ark member Sylvester Schlegel ended his trip in Malmö. Full results and run down in the link.
It was the first of two semi-finals in Iceland. Five artists sang for a spot in the final, but only two could move on. In the end, the lucky two were Gréta and Gissur.
While three were eliminated, they still have a shot at the final as wildcards will be given.
The second heat of A Dal 2014 aired last night. Ten artists competed for a total of six spots in the final. András Kállay-Saunders, Bogi, and Joni qualified to the final based on the votes from the jury, while Lilla Polyák, Muzikfabrik, and Heni Dér were the SMS choices.
These artists will join the six qualifiers from last week and the six from the third heat next week, in one of two semi-finals on February 15 and 16.
After six weeks of elimination shows, Lithuania aired the seventh edition of their selection show. Each remaining artist sang two of the potential Eurovision entries, with some of the songs changing artists from previous weeks.
Ultimately, Ieva Zasimauskaitė gained the lowest points by both the jury and the public and was eliminated.
It was the first of two semi-finals for Dziesma 2014. Twelve artists sang for a chance for six spots in the final. The lucky qualifiers were: Niko, Olga & Līgo, Samanta Tina, MyRadiantU, Aminata Savadogo, & Aarzemnieki.
The second of the two semi-finals will air tonight at 20:40 CET.
To be continued
Next weekend, there’s plenty more Eurovision. Malta kicks it off Friday with a semi-final, before they select their representative Saturday night. On the same night, the semi-finals in Sweden, Lithuania, Hungary, and Iceland continue. The weekend ends on Sunday with the second part of the Belgian Eurosong casting.