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Norway: The results of the 1st Semi Final of Melodi Grand Prix!

Tonight took place the first semi-final of the 2023 Melodi Grand Prix, the show that determines the representative of the the Kingdom of Scandinavia, Norway, to the Eurovision Song Contest. 7 artists competed with then aim to win the three tickets that lead to the Grand Final on the 4th of February.

The hosts of the show were Arian Engebø and Stian Thorbjørnsen

The 7 contestants of the first semi-final were:

  1. Alessandra Mele – “Queen of Kings“
  2. Erik Næss – “Wave“
  3. Rasmus Thall – “TRESKO“
  4. Kate Gullbrandsen – “Tårer i paradis“
  5. Umami Tsunami featuring Kyle Alessandro, Kristian Haugstøyl & Magnus Winjum – “Geronimo“
  6. Ulrikke Brandstorp – “Honestly“
  7. Byron Williams Jr & Jowst – “Freaky For The Weekend“

After the performances of all the artists, the voting lines opened. The outcome was solely in the hands of the televoters.

The Norwegian public decided that the three best performances of the night were:

Umami Tsunami featuring Kyle Alessandro, Kristian Haugstøyl & Magnus Winjum – “Geronimo“

     Ulrikke Brandstorp –“Honestly“

Alessandra Mele – “Queen of Kings“

The next heat will take place next Saturday at 19:50 CET! You can watch MGP 2023 by clicking HERE.

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Denmark: On January 19th the announcement of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2023 entries!

The Danish Public Broadcaster DR will choose its entry for Eurovision 2023 once again through Dansk Melodi Grand Prix.

The submission deadline for entries was October 28th. According to sources inside DR, eight songs will be chosen to compete in the show, the winner of which will represent Denmark in Eurovision 2023, which will take place in Liverpool.

According to the Executive Producer of the show Erik Struve Hansen, the line up of this years version of the show is expected to be of high level, something that is also claimed by DR employees working on the Eurovision project.

The show, which for this year will not be consisted of semi-finals, will take place on February 11, 2023 in Næstved.

Denmark was represented in 2022 in Turin, Italy by the group REDDI and the song “The Show” but they did not manage to get the coveted ticket to the Grand Final after they were eliminated in the 13th place of the First Semi-Final with 55 points.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the latest updates on the Danish entry for Eurovision 2023 and more!

Finland: These are the clues for the fourth competing artist of UMK 2023!

Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu published earlier today through their official Instagram account the first clues regarding the fourth artist who is going to take part in the Finnish national selection.

  1. United States
  2. International artist
  3. Movie end titles

 

Δείτε αυτή τη δημοσίευση στο Instagram.

 

Η δημοσίευση κοινοποιήθηκε από το χρήστη UMK23 (@uudenmusiikinkilpailu)

The first speculations are about Lxandra who seems to satisfy the requirements. Lxandra is a Finn pop singer and songwriter. Most of her songs have been recorded in the USA and she now has an international carrier.

UMK‘s songs are going to be released from January 12th to January 20th,  one each day, while the artists are going to be announced on January 11th !

Previous UMK winners and  Finland‘s representatives at Eurovision 2022  were  The Rasmus  with the song “Jezebel” and they finished in the 21st  place in the Grand Final:

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the news about Finland’s participation in Eurovision 2023!

Source: uudenmusiikinkilpailu

Georgia: Member of the Junior Eurovision 2011 winner Candy group in The Voice of Georgia!

In the third round of the auditions of the Voice of Georgia, through which the next representative of Georgia in the upcoming Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool will emerge, a Junior Eurovision winner managed to shine.

Specifically, the contestant is Iru Khechanov, one of the members of the Candy group who achieved the second victory of the Caucasian nation at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 with the song Candy Music.

Iru Khechanov performed Loren Allred’s song “Never Enough” and managed to turn three out of four coach chairs.

Georgia that debuted in the Contest in 2007 and has only missed the 2009 edition, has not qualified to the grand final of the show since Eurovision 2016, when Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitaz with the song Midnight Gold ended up 20th with 104 points.

In 2022 in Turin of Italy Georgia was represented by Circus Mircus group and the song Lock Me In but achieved nothing more than finishing 18th and last in the second semifinal with 22 points.

https://youtu.be/zXiZAbqETvk

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Source: ESCUNITED

Denmark: A strong songs line-up for DMGP 2023!

Following the announcement of the hosts (here) of the selection show for Denmark’s Eurovision entry for 2023, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix executive producer Erik Struve Hansen gave a first insight into the nominations.

Through his Facebook account he announced that the sorting of the tracks submitted for DMGP 2023 has already begun, leaving very positive comments on the results so far.

Among the artists who have applied for the Danish national final is Shaya Hansen as she revealed very recently, and you can read more here.

The show consisted only of the Final will take place on February 11, 2023 in Næstved.

This Scandinavian kingdom was represented in 2022 in Turin, Italy by the group REDDI and the song “The Show” but they did not manage to get the coveted ticket to the Grand Final after they were eliminated in the 13th place of the First Semi-Final with 55 points.

Denmark has not reached the Eurovision final for two consecutive years. Do you think the songs that are abut to be presented in this year’s national final will bring them a better result in 2023 at Liverpool? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Stay tuned to Eurovision Fun for all the news about Denmark and all the 37 Eurovision 2023 countries in general!

North Macedonia: The country will NOT participate in Eurovision 2023!

It seems that yet another Balkan country, North Macedonia, will not take part in Eurovision 2023, that is set to take place in Liverpool, in May 2023.

According to a tweet by North Macedonia’s most popular Eurovision fan site, which was retweeted by ESC Discord, North Macedonia withdraws from the Contest due to financial reasons. This revelation comes as no surprise, given that as it transpired some weeks ago no budget whatsoever was allocated for the Contest by MRT.

However, MRT will broadcast the two nights of the semi-finals and the grand final of this year’s Eurovision on it’s platforms. MRT hopes that the economic situation will improve and the country will return to Eurovision 2024!

As we exclusively revealed yesterday, both Bulgaria and Montenegro will ALSO not take part in the 67th ESC. As of this time, only the following 34 countries have publicly confirmed their intentions to participate in the 2023 ESC:

Semi-finals (28 countries)

Albania
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belgium
Croatia
Cyprus
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
Georgia
Greece
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Latvia
Lithuania
Malta
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
San Marino
Serbia
Slovenia
Sweden
Switzerland

Final (Big Five & Ukraine)

France
Germany
Italy
Spain
Ukraine
United Kingdom

Countries that took part in ESC 2022 but have not expressed any intention about ESC 2023

Armenia
Czech Republic
Moldova

If the above three countries do not enter the Contest, ESC 2023 is set to become the ESC edition with the fewer participants since 2003. Semi-final(s) format was introduced in 2004 with just one semi-final, and was replaced with the two semi-finals’ setting in 2008 and onwards.

Source: MRT

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the details about the upcoming ESC!

Sweden: We could host Eurovision if Ukraine wins!

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra are the top favourites for the victory in the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday.
But if the war continues, it could be difficult for Kiev or any other cities in the country to held the competition next year. Therefore, Stockholm is now offered as the host city, with the Globe, Avicii Arena, as a possible arena for another Eurovision.

The Finance Mayor’s Council has contacted the Ukrainian ambassador

Stockholm, which is twinned with Kiev, has already offered the Ukrainian capital to help arrange sporting events that can no longer be held in Kiev.

Anna König Jerlmyr, Stockholm’s Finance Mayor, reported:

“This is a way to continue to show our support. We are used to hosting Eurovision and we last did it in 2016. Feeling that this experience was successful, we are happy to volunteer,”

 

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Source: Aftonbladet