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Moldova: Anna Odobescu – Stay

Having culled the most creative entries after the live-check round, Moldova opted to send Anna Odobescu to Tel Aviv with the song Stay. You know your song is a bit dull when the backing singers find the time to talk …

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Iceland: Hatari – Hatrið mun sigra

Iceland have gone and selected the anti-capitalist, BDSM-Techno/Punk band, Hatari, to represent the nation in Tel Aviv. No doubt they'll be cashing in on their anti-capitalist stance in the run-up to Eurovision. It's difficult to know how to view Hatari: …

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Belgium: Eliot – Wake Up

Belgium has released their song for Tel Aviv and Eliot is telling us to Wake Up. I don't think I'm alone in questioning the suitability - and accuracy - of Wake Up as the title of Eliot's song. It is …

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Lithuania: Jurijus – Run With The Lions

Over in Lithuania, Jurijus won Eurovizija 2019 with the song Run With the Lions. The debate in the comments has so far focussed on which Baltic male-pop song is best. I tend to think both offer something different. Estonia serves …

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Denmark: Leonora – Love Is Forever

For the first time in several years I didn't bother watching Melodi Grand Prix, such was the lack of interest. The market leader, Leonara, won with the multilingual song, Love is Forever. What struck me after watching Love is Forever …

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Hungary: Joci Pápai – Az én apám

Joci Pápai lands his second A Dal victory and returns to Eurovision with the song Az én apám. When Joci Pápai represented Hungary in 2017, he finished 9th overall on the televote and 17th with the international juries. I think Az én apám …

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Germany: S!sters – Sister

In what was the strongest national final so far, Germany selected S!sters with the song Sister to represent the nation in Tel Aviv. What struck me about Sister was the evocative chord structure during the verses. It sounds like it …

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Romania: Ester Peony – On a Sunday

Two favourites were toppled in Romania with Ester Peony winning Selecția Națională 2019 with the song On a Sunday. It's a sad day when Wiwi has more influence over Romania's Eurovision selection than the actual population of Romania. Nevertheless, Laura Bretan's …

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