ESC 2023 – Selezioni Nazionali – 1ª Semi-Finale

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La selezione dei partecipanti all’Eurovision Song Contest spetta alle emittenti televisive competenti dei singoli stati. A loro spetta la scelta del metodo di selezione: una selezione interna (quindi cantante e/o brano vengono scelti dall’emittente stessa), come accade solitamente per San Marino o Australia, oppure può organizzare un festival musicale (il pubblico sceglie un vincitore che viene invitato a partecipare all’Eurovision Song Contest), come accade in Norvegia (Norsk Melodi Grand Prix), Svezia (Melodifestivalen), Italia (Festival di Sanremo), Grecia (Ellinikós Telikós) e molti altri. Il vincitore dell’eventuale festival però non è obbligato a partecipare all’Eurovision Song Contest né tanto meno è obbligato ad esibirsi con la canzone vincitrice, ad esempio Iva Zanicchi ha vinto il Festival di Sanremo nel 1969, in coppia con Bobby Solo, con la canzone “Zingara”, ma all’Eurovision Song Contest si presentò da sola con il brano “Due grosse lacrime bianche”. Con il tempo buona parte delle emittenti sta abbandonando la selezione interna in favore del festival musicale.

I partecipanti non devono obbligatoriamente avere vincoli di nazionalità (ad esempio nel 1988 la Svizzera vinse con la cantante canadese Céline Dion) e le canzoni non hanno restrizioni riguardanti la lingua (anche se nelle prime edizioni vigeva un obbligo di cantare in una delle lingue ufficiali del proprio paese).

L’Eurovision Song Contest 2023 sarà la 67ª edizione dell’annuale concorso canoro. Il concorso si svolgerà presso la Liverpool Arena di Liverpool, nel Regno Unito, dopo che l’Ucraina, vincitrice dell’edizione precedente in seguito alla vittoria della Kalush Orchestra con “Stefania”, è stata dichiarata non in grado di ospitare il concorso a causa dell’invasione russa del territorio ucraino; sarà la nona edizione della manifestazione musicale a svolgersi in terra britannica, dopo le edizioni del 1960, 1963, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1982 e 1998.

A seguito della vittoria ucraina all’edizione 2022, ospitata dalla città italiana di Torino, l’EBU-UER ha invitato il paese, come da tradizione, a ospitare l’evento l’anno seguente, divenendo così la terza edizione della manifestazione musicale a svolgersi in Ucraina dopo quelle del 2005 e del 2017. Tuttavia, alla luce dell’invasione russa del territorio ucraino, è stato ipotizzato che un paese facente parte dei Big Five (Francia, Germania, Italia, Regno Unito e Spagna) avrebbe ospitato l’evento in cooperazione con l’emittente UA:PBC. A stretto giro ha seguito l’interesse ad ospitare l’evento di diversi paesi tra cui il Belgio (RTBF), l’Italia (Rai), i Paesi Bassi (NPO/AVROTROS), la Polonia (TVP), il Regno Unito (BBC) e la Svezia (SVT). Originariamente anche la Spagna (RTVE) aveva mostrato interesse a ospitare l’evento ma il 14 giugno 2022 ha ufficialmente ritirato la sua candidatura.

Il 17 giugno 2022 l’EBU-UER tramite un comunicato ha annunciato che l’Ucraina non sarebbe stata in grado di ospitare l’evento, facendone così la prima edizione dal 1980 a non essere ospitata dal paese vincitore, e che sarebbero state avviate discussioni con la BBC per una potenziale organizzazione nel Regno Unito, secondo classificato nell’edizione 2022.

Il 25 luglio successivo l’EBU-UER ha annunciato che il Regno Unito, con un’organizzazione congiunta tra BBC e UA:PBC, avrebbe organizzato la manifestazione, confermando inoltre che l’Ucraina avrebbe avuto un posto automatico nella finale in qualità di vincitrice dell’edizione precedente.

Dopo che l’EBU-UER ha annunciato che sarebbero iniziate le discussioni con la BBC, a stretto giro ha seguito l’interesse a ospitare l’evento di venti città britanniche: Aberdeen (P&J Live), Belfast (SSE Odyssey Arena), Birmingham (Resorts World Arena e Utilita Arena Birmingham), Brighton (Brighton Centre), Bristol (YTL Arena), Cardiff (Principality Stadium), Darlington (Darlington Arena), Derry (Millennium Forum), Edimburgo (Highland Hall), Glasgow (OVO Hydro), Leeds (First Direct Arena), Liverpool (Liverpool Arena), Londra (O2 Arena, Copper Box e Wembley Arena), Manchester (Manchester Arena), Newcastle (Utilita Arena), Nottingham (Motorpoint Arena), Prudhoe, Sheffield (Sheffield Arena), Sunderland (Stadium of Light) e Wolverhampton (Molineux Stadium, Dunstall Park e Civic Halls).

Il 5 agosto la BBC e l’EBU-UER hanno annunciato e presentato il bando per ospitare la manifestazione, tramite il quale tutte le città interessate avrebbero potuto presentare ufficialmente la propria candidatura. Le prime città ad annunciare una mancanza d’interesse sono state Cardiff (citando la lista già ampia degli eventi previsti all’interno della città), Derry (che avrebbe appoggiato la candidatura di Belfast in assenza di una sede adatta), Nottingham (poiché la città non rispettava i criteri di disponibilità),[46] Brighton (per la mancanza di una sede idonea) e Sunderland (per la mancanza di disponibilità della sede proposta).

Il 12 agosto la BBC e l’UER hanno annunciato che la scelta era stata ristretta alle città di Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle e Sheffield. Queste città sono passate alla seconda fase della selezione, dove hanno avuto tempo fino all’8 settembre per sviluppare un dossier dettagliato, che rispettava tutte le necessità per ospitare il concorso, da sottoporre alla valutazione della BBC, che avrebbe successivamente visitato le città candidate.

Il 27 settembre la BBC e l’EBU-UER hanno comunicato che la scelta era stata ristretta ulteriormente alle città di Glasgow e Liverpool, che rispettavano tutte le necessità del concorso, scartando di conseguenza Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle e Sheffield.

Il successivo 7 ottobre, durante il programma di BBC One The One Show, è stato confermato che la sede dell’Eurovision Song Contest 2023 sarebbe stata la Liverpool Arena dell’omonima città.

Eurovision Song Contest 2021 ← Eurovision Song Contest 2022 → Eurovision Song Contest 2023 Contest

🇦🇱 Albania • 🇦🇲 Armenia • 🇦🇺 Australia • 🇦🇹 Austria • 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan • 🇧🇪 Belgium🇭🇷Croatia • 🇨🇾 Cyprus • 🇨🇿 Czech Republic • 🇩🇰 Denmark • 🇪🇪 Estonia • 🇫🇮 Finland • 🇬🇪 Georgia • 🇬🇷 Greece • 🇮🇸 Iceland • 🇮🇪 Ireland • 🇮🇱 Israel 

• Country: 🇦🇱 Albania

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Festivali i Këngës 61 (Festivali i Këngës në RTSH 2022)
  • Selection date(s): Semi-finals: 19 December 2022, 20 December 2022, 21 December 2022 Ι Final: 22 December 2023
  • Host venue: Palace of Congresses, Tirana, Albania
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH)
  • Participants: 26
  • Participants – Number of entries: 26
  • Voting system: Jury selects the top 3 of the festival and two prizes for young and alternative groups and established artists, televoting will select Albania’s representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.
  • Selection entrant:
  • Selection song:
  • Selected songwriter(s):

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 1º SF 1:
  • Final result:

Albania is set to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Its entry will be selected by a separate voting during the national selection competition Festivali i Këngës, which will be organised by Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) in December 2022.

1.Background. Prior to the 2023 contest, Albania participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 18 times since its first entry in 2004. The nation’s highest placing in the contest, to this point, was the fifth place, which was achieved in 2012 with the song “Suus” performed by Rona Nishliu. Albania accomplished its second-highest placing when first participating in 2004, with the song “The Image of You” performed by Anjeza Shahini, finishing in seventh place. During its tenure in the contest, the nation failed to qualify for the final seven times, with the 2016 and 2017 entries being the most recent non-qualifiers. After 2017, Albania managed to qualify for the final in the three following contests. In 2022, the nation failed to qualify for the final, placing 12th and scoring 58 points with the song “Sekret” performed by Ronela Hajati, marking Albania’s eighth non-qualification.

The Albanian national broadcaster, Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH), broadcasts the contest within Albania and organises Festivali i Këngës as the national selection format for the contest. Following the nation’s debut in 2004, RTSH has consistently selected the Albanian performers and songs through the latter event, which features a competition among artists and songs. The broadcaster confirmed Albania’s intention to participate in the 2023 contest on 3 June 2022, with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) reaffirming the nation’s participation on 20 October.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.0.Artist selection. The Albanian representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will be selected during the 61st edition of Festivali i Këngës, an annual music competition in Albania organised by the national broadcaster Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH). A jury will select the top three of the festival and award two prizes for young and alternative groups and established artists, while a separate televoting will select Albania’s entry for Eurovision.

2.1.Festivali i Këngës 61. The Festivali i Këngës 2022 will be the 61st edition of the annual Albanian music competition Festivali i Këngës. It will be organised by Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH).

2.1.0.Format. The 61st edition of Festivali i Këngës will be organised by Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) in order to determine Albania’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

2.1.1.Eurovision entry selection. The edition marks significant changes to the voting system of the festival. Since 2017, the winner of the festival, and simultaneously the Albanian Eurovision representative, had been selected solely by a jury vote. The 100% jury system proved to be controversial, with the organizers being accused of nepotism and corruption. In early September 2022 it was reported that RTSH had decided to select the winner of the festival using a system containing a public vote. On 28 October 2022, the voting system of Festivali i Këngës was confirmed: the Top 3 and two prizes would be, as usual, selected by the jury, but the winner of the festival would not recieve an official invitation to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, as in the previous years. Instead, the Albanian Eurovision representative will be selected by a separate televoting system.

2.1.2.Contestants. RTSH opened an application period for interested artists and composers to submit their applications from 3 June 2022. The provisional list of 26 artists was published on 27 October 2022 to compete in the semi-finals of the contest.

Artist Song Songwriter(s)
2 Farm

(Klevis Bega (Kastro Zizo), Renan Berati (Mr Shvejk), Red Mazi)

“Atomike”

Kelvis Bega, Renan Berati, Redvis Mazi

Alban Kondi & Lorela Karoshi “Melodi”

Alban Kondi

Albina Kelmendi “Duje”

Enis Mulla, Eriona Rushiti

Anduel Kovaçi “Malli”

Irkenc Hyka

Arsi Bako “Sonte dua të jem me ty”

Osman Mula, Evis Mula

Melodajna Mancaku “Gjysma e zemrës sime”

Alban Ramosaj, Marko Polo

Elsa Lila “Evita”

Elsa Lila

Enxhi Nasufi “Burrë”

Andrei “Alandy” Vornicu

Erma Mici “Kozmosi i dashurisë”

Erma Mici

Evi Reçi “Ma kthe”

Ervin Gonxhi, Vojsava Alla

Fabian Basha “Një gotë”

Alban Kondi, Fabian Basha

Fifi

(Filloreta Raçi)

“Stop”

Filoreta “Fifi” Raçi

Franc Koruni “Në pritje”

Franc Koruni

Genti Hoxha

(Gent Hoxha)

“Ajër”

Jeris Kaso, Elio Shuli

Gjerg Kaçinari “Dje”

Gjerg Kaçinari

Luna Çausholli “Jetën ta fal”

Endri Shani, Pandi Laço

LYNX (Aurel Gjini, Endrik Beba, Eno Gjoni, Renato Rexha) “Nëse ke besim”

Lynx

Manjola Nallbani “Dua”

Kledi Bahiti, Manjola Nallbani

Permit of Stay (Ergys Meta, Aulon Kreshpaj, Herton Meta) “Fobia”

Ergys Meta

Petrit Çarkaxhiu “Emri yt mirësi”

Petrit Çarkaxhiu

Rezarta Smaja “N’Eden”

Eriona Rushiti

Rovena Dilo “Motit”

Aldo Shqalshi, Rovena Dilo

Sara Kapo “Para teje”

Sara Kapo

Serxhio Hajdini “Vështirë”

Serxhio Hajdini

Urban Band (Andi Tanko, Jurgen Cara, Dritan Hekurani, Sajmir Tatushi) “Në çdo hap”

Klodian Rexhepaj, Florian “Kelly” Carkanji

Vanesa Sono “Aroma jonë”

Vanesa Sono

3.At Eurovision. According to Eurovision rules, all participating countries, with the exception of the host nation and the “Big Five”, consisting of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final

3.1.Controversy.

3.2.Voting.

3.2.1.Points awarded to Albania.

3.2.2.Points awarded by Albania.

3.2.3.Detailed voting results.

• Country: 🇦🇲 Armenia

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Internal selection
  • Selection date(s): Artist: Ι Song:
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: ARMTV (AMPTV)
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Voting system:
  • Selection entrant:
  • Selection song:
  • Selected songwriter(s):

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 17º SF 1:
  • Final result:

1.Background.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.Internal selection.

2.2.Promotion.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Semi-final.

3.2.Final.

3.3.Voting.

3.3.1.Points awarded to Armenia.

3.3.2.Points awarded by Armenia.

3.3.3.Detailed voting results.

4.After Eurovision.

• Country: 🇦🇺 Australia

• National selection:

  • Selection process:
  • Selection date(s):
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: SBS
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Voting system:
  • Selection entrant:
  • Selection song:
  • Selected songwriter(s):

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 8º SF 2: 
  • Final result:

1.Background.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.-.

2.1.1.Competing entries.

2.1.2.Final.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Voting.

3.1.1.Points awarded to Australia.

3.1.2.Points awarded by Australia.

3.1.3.Detailed voting results.

• Country: 🇦🇹 Austria

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Internal selection 2023
  • Selection date(s): Artist:Ι Song:
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: ÖRF
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Voting system:
  • Selection entrant:
  • Selection song:
  • Selected songwriter(s):

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 13º SF 1:
  • Final result:

1.Background.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.Internal selection.

2.2.Promotion.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Semi-final.

3.2.Voting.

3.2.1.Points awarded to Austria.

3.2.2.Points awarded by Austria.

3.2.3.Detailed voting results.

• Country: 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan

• National selection: 

  • Selection process: Internal selection 2023
  • Selection date(s): Artist: – Ι Song:
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: İTV
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Voting system:
  • Selection entrant:
  • Selection song:
  • Selected songwriter(s):

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 4º SF 2:
  • Final result:

1.Background.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.Internal selection.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Voting.

3.1.1.Points awarded to Azerbaijan.

3.1.2.Points awarded by Azerbaijan.

3.1.3.Jury vote issues.

3.1.4.Detailed final results.

• Country: 🇧🇪 Belgium

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Eursong 2023
  • Selection date(s): Introduction shows: 9 January 2023, 10 January 2023, 11 January 2023, 12 January 2023, 13 January 2023 Ι Final: 14 January 2023
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: VRT
  • Participants: –
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Voting system:
  • Selection entrant:
  • Selection song:
  • Selected songwriter(s):

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 16º SF 2: –
  • Final result: –

Belgium is set to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The Flemish broadcaster, Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT), will organise Eurosong 2023 in order to select the Belgian entry for the 2023 contest.

1.Background. Prior to the 2023 contest, Belgium had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest sixty-three times since its debut as one of seven countries to take part in 1956. Since then, the country has won the contest on one occasion in 1986 with the song “J’aime la vie” performed by Sandra Kim. Following the introduction of semi-finals for 2004, Belgium had been featured in eight finals. In 2022, Jérémie Makiese represented the nation with the song “Miss You”, qualifying for the final and placing nineteenth.

The Belgian broadcaster for the 2023 contest, who broadcasts the event in Belgium and organises the selection process for its entry, is Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT). The Belgian participation in the contest alternates between two broadcasters: the Flemish VRT and the Walloon Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française (RTBF). Both broadcasters have selected the Belgian entry using national finals and internal selections in the past.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.Eurosong 2023. Eurosong 2023 will be the national final that will select Belgium’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. The competition will consist of five daily introduction shows from 9 to 13 January 2023, and a live final on 14 January 2023, which will take place in the Palais 12 in Brussels, hosted by Peter Van de Veire and broadcast on Eén.

2.1.1.Competing entries. On 21 September 2022, VRT announced that it would not be holding an open submissions process, and would instead consult a wide group of record labels and managers regarding the availability of potential candidates. Host Peter Van de Veire had stated to Belgian media previously that open submissions would be allowed, but VRT had changed the decision due to a high volume of interested participants, which inundated the broadcaster, who eventually decided none of the open submissions will be considered. The five artists were selected by an A&R (Arts and Repertoire) team consisting of music experts from VRT. It was reported by Belgian media that VRT had invited names such as Laura Tesoro, Niels Destadsbader and The Starlings to participate in the selection. The participants of the selection were revealed on 8 November 2022. Among the competing artists is Tom Dice (as part of The Starlings), who represented Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010.

Artist Song Songwriter(s)
Ameerah

(Astrid Roelants)

Chérine

(Cherine Mroue)

Gala Dragot

(Gala Aliaj)

Gustaph

(Stef Caers)

Hunter Falls

(Tchiah Ommar Abdulrahman)

Loredana

(Loredana De Amicis)

The Starlings

(Tom Dice en Kato Callebaut)

2.1.2.Final.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Voting.

3.1.1.Points awarded to Belgium.

3.1.2.Points awarded by Belgium.

3.1.3.Detailed voting results.

• Country: 🇭🇷 Croatia

• National selection:

  • Selection process: DORA 2023. (Hrvatski izbor za pjesmu Eurovizije)
  • Selection date(s):
  • Host venue: Marino Cvetković Sports Hall, Opatija, Croatia
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: HRT
  • Participants: –
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Voting system: 10 Regional Juries (Rijeka, Pula, Osijek, Čakovec i Varaždin, Split, Vukovar, Knin i Šibenik, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Zagreb): 50%, Public Vote: 50%
  • Selection entrant:
  • Selection song:
  • Selected songwriter(s):

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 11º SF 1: –
  • Final result:

Croatia is preparing for Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool, Regno Unito. They will select both artist and song for Eurovision 2023 at Dora 2023. That’s all we know at the moment about Dora 2023.

1.Background.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.Dora 2023.

2.1.1.Voting.

2.1.2.Competing entries.

2.1.3.Final.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Semi-final.

3.2.Voting.

3.2.1.Points awarded to Croatia.

3.2.2.Points awarded by Croatia.

3.2.3.Detailed voting results.

• Country: 🇨🇾 Cyprus

National selection:

  • Selection process: Internal selection 2023
  • Selection date(s): Artist: 17 October 2022 Ι Song:
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: CyBC
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Voting system:
  • Selection entrant: Andrew Lambrou (Άντριου Λάμπρου)
  • Selection song: –
  • Selected songwriter(s): Jimmy Jansson, Thomas Stengaard, Jimmy Thörnfeldt, Marcus Winther-John (Τζίμι Γιάνσον, Τόμας Στένγκααρντ, Τζίμι Θόρνφελντ, Μάρκους Γουίνθερ-Τζον)

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 9º SF 2: –
  • Final result: –

Cyprus is set to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool, United Kingdom, having internally selected Andrew Lambrou to represent the country.

1.Background. Prior to the 2023 contest, Cyprus has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 38 times since the island country made its debut in the 1981 contest. Its best placing was at the 2018 contest where Eleni Foureira placed second with “Fuego“. Before that, Cyprus’s best result was fifth, which it achieved three times: in the 1982 competition with the song “Mono I Agapi” performed by Anna Vissi, in the 1997 edition with “Mana Mou” performed by Hara and Andreas Constantinou, and the 2004 contest with “Stronger Every Minute” performed by Lisa Andreas. Cyprus’ least successful result was in the 1986 contest when it placed last with the song “Tora Zo” by Elpida, receiving only four points in total. However, its worst finish in terms of points received was when it placed second to last in the 1999 contest with “Tha’nai Erotas” by Marlain Angelidou, receiving only two points. After returning to the contest in 2015 following their absence in 2014 due to the 2012–13 Cypriot financial crisis and the broadcaster’s budget restrictions, Cyprus has qualified for the final of all the contests until 2022, when “Ela” performed by Andromache failed to advance from the semi-finals.

The Cypriot national broadcaster, CyBC, broadcasts the contest within Cyprus and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. Cyprus has used various methods to select its entry in the past, such as internal selections and televised national finals to choose the performer, song or both to compete at Eurovision. In 2015, the broadcaster organised the national final Eurovision Song Project, which featured 54 songs competing in a nine-week-long process resulting in the selection of the Cypriot entry through the combination of public televoting and the votes from an expert jury. Since 2016, however, the broadcaster has opted to select the entry internally without input from the public. On 28 May 2022, it was reported by OGAE Greece that the label Panik Records had signed an agreement with CyBC in order to select the Cypriot artist for 2023 through a Greek-Cypriot talent show based on the British reality television music competition All Together Now. However, such plans were pushed back to 2024 with the broadcaster switching to an internal selection.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.Internal selection. CyBC continued to internally select the Cypriot entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, in conjunction with Panik Records. On 17 October 2022, CyBC announced that they had selected Australian-Cypriot singer Andrew Lambrou to represent Cyprus in Liverpool. Lambrou had previously attempted to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2022, placing seventh in the national final Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022 with the song “Electrify”.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Voting.

3.1.1.Points awarded to Cyprus.

3.1.2.Points awarded by Cyprus.

3.1.3.Detailed voting results.

• Country: 🇨🇿Cezch Republic

• National selection:

  • Selection process:
  • Selection date(s):
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: ČT
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Voting system:
  • Selection entrant: –
  • Selection song:
  • Selected songwriter(s):

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 18º SF 2: –
  • Final result: –

1.Background.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.-.

2.1.1.Competing entries.

2.1.2.Final.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Semi-final.

3.2Final.

3.3.Voting.

3.3.1.Points awarded to the Czech Republic.

3.3.2.Points awarded by the Czech Republic.

3.3.3.Detailed voting results.

• Country: 🇩🇰Danimarca

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2023
  • Selection date(s): 11 February 2023
  • Host venue: Arena Næstved, Næstved, Denmark
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: DR
  • Participants – Number of entries: 8 songs will compete
  • Voting system: 100 % Televoting
  • Selection entrant:
  • Selection song:
  • Selected songwriter(s):

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 12º SF 1: –
  • Final result: –

Denmark has confirmed that they will participate in Eurovision Song Contest 2023. They will select both artist and song for Eurovision 2023 at Melodi Grand Prix 2023.

1.Background.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2023.

2.1.1.Format.

2.1.2.Competing entries.

2.1.3.Final.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Semi-final.

3.2.Voting.

3.2.1.Points awarded to Denmark.

3.2.2.Points awarded by Denmark.

3.2.3.Detailed voting results.

• Country: 🇪🇪Estonia

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Eesti Laul 2023 (Estonian Song, The Song of Estonia)
  • Selection date(s): Semi-final 1: ?? January 2022, Semi-final 2: 14 January 2023 I Final: 11 February 2023
  • Host venue: Saku Suurhall, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: ERR
  • Participants – Number of entries: 12 songs will compete in the Final (10 songs will compete in Semi-final 1, 6 songs will qualify for the Final; 10 songs will compete in Semi-final 2, 6 songs will qualify for the Final)
  • Voting system: Semi-finals: In the first round of voting, five qualifiers will be determined by 50% jury and 50% televoting
    In the second round of voting, one more qualifier will be chosen by 100% televoting; Final: Three superfinalists will be determined by 50% jury and 50% televoting. In the Superfinal, the winner will be determined by 100% televoting.
  • Selection entrant:
  • Selection song: –
  • Selected songwriter(s):

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 12º SF 2: –
  • Final result: –

Estonia is set to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The Estonian broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR) will organise the national final Eesti Laul 2023 in order to select the Estonian entry for the 2023 contest.

1.Background. Prior to the 2023 contest, Estonia had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twenty-six times since its first entry in 1994, winning the contest on one occasion in 2001 with the song “Everybody” performed by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004, Estonia has, to this point, managed to qualify to the final on seven occasions. In 2021, “The Lucky One” performed by Uku Suviste failed to qualify Estonia to the final where the song placed thirteenth in the semi-final.

The Estonian national broadcaster, Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR), broadcasts the event within Estonia and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. ERR confirmed Estonia’s participation at the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest on 1 August 2022.[2] Since their debut, the Estonian broadcaster has organised national finals that feature a competition among multiple artists and songs in order to select Estonia’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. The Eesti Laul competition has been organised since 2009 in order to select Estonia’s entry and on 13 September 2022, ERR announced the organisation of Eesti Laul 2023 in order to select the nation’s 2023 entry.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.Eesti Laul 2023. Eesti Laul 2023 will be the fifteenth edition of the Estonian national selection Eesti Laul, which will select Estonia’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.

2.1.1.Format. The format of the competition includes two semi-finals on 14 and 16 January 2023 and a final on 11 February 2023. Ten songs will compete in each semi-final and the top five from each semi-final will qualify to complete the ten song lineup in the final. The results of the semi-finals will be determined by the 50/50 combination of votes from a professional jury and public televoting for the first four qualifiers, and a second round of public televoting for the fifth qualifier. The winning song in the final will be selected over two rounds of voting: the first round results will select the top three songs via the 50/50 combination of jury and public voting, while the second round (superfinal) will determine the winner solely by public televoting.

2.1.2.Competing entries. On 13 September 2022, ERR opened the submission period for artists and composers to submit their entries up until 20 October 2022 through an online upload platform. Each artist and songwriter was only able to submit a maximum of five entries. Foreign collaborations were allowed as long as 50% of the songwriters were Estonian. A fee was also imposed on songs being submitted to the competition, with €50 for songs in the Estonian language and €100 for songs in other languages; both of the fees were doubled for entries submitted from 17 October 2022. 217 submissions were received by the deadline, of which 92 were in Estonian. A 16-member jury panel selected 20 semi-finalists from the submissions and the selected songs were announced during the ETV entertainment program Ringvaade on 1 and 2 November 2022. The selection jury consisted of Ahto Kruusmann, Alar Kotkas, Andres Aljaste, Carola Madis, Ingrid Kohtla, Janika Sillamaa, Karl-Erik Taukar, Kristiina Kraus, Lenna, Margus Kamlat, Marta Püssa, Ott Lepland, Robert Linna, Silver Lass, Simon Jay and Vaido Pannel. Wiiralt were originally supposed to perform their entry “Salalik” together with Ultima Thule, but the band withdrew after it’s member Riho Sibul passed away unexpectedly in November 2022.

Among the competing artists was previous Eurovision Song Contest entrant Robin Juhkental, who represented Estonia in 2010 as part of the group Malcolm Lincoln together with Manpower 4. Andres Kõpper (member of Meelik), Annett x Fredi, Bonzo, Elysa, Inger, Mia, Sissi and Wiiralt have all competed in previous editions of Eesti Laul. Elysa’s entry is written by Stig Rästa, who represented Estonia in 2015, and the entry from M els is co-written by Stefan Airapetjan, who represented Estonia in 2022. Janek’s entry is written by Kjetil Mørland, who represented Norway in 2015.

Artist Song Songwriter(s)
Alika

(Alika Milova)

“Bridges” Alika Milova, Wouter Hardy
Andreas Poom “Why Do You Love Me” Andreas Poom, Alan Roy Scott, Julia Sundberg
Anett x Fredi

(Anett Kulbin,Frederik Küüts) 

“You Need To Move On” Frederik Küüts, Anett Kulbin, Jason Hunter
Bedwetters (Joosep Järvesaar, Mihkel Mõttus, Karl-Kristjan Kingi, Kaspar Koppel, Rauno Kutti) “Monsters” Joosep Järvesaar, Mihkel Mõttus, Rauno Kutti, Kaspar Koppel, Karl-Kristjan Kingi, Claus Peneri, Kris Evan-Säde
Carlos Ukareda  “Whiskey Won’t Forget” Carlos Ukareda, Gevin Niglas, Chris Roberts
Ellip “Pretty Girl” Pille-Riin Karro, Meelis Meri
Elysa 

(Elisa Kolk)

“Bad Philosophy” Stig Rästa, Vallo Kikas, Elisa Kolk, Anne Gudrun Michaelsen, Alex Ghinea
Inger 

(Inger Fridolin)

“Awaiting You” Inger Fridolin, Oliver de la Rosa Padilla, Sofia-Liis Liiv
Janek 

(Janek Valgepea)

“House of Glass” Janek Valgepea, Kjetil Mørland
Kaw “Valik” Gevin Niglas, Jesse Keihäsvuori
Linalakk & Bonzo 

(, Andrus Albrecht Bonzo’)

“Aeg” Liina Tsimmer
M els “So Good At What You Do” Stefan Airapetjan, Andreas Poom, Hugo Martin Maasikas, Gevin Niglas
Meelik “Tuju” Andres Kõpper, Meelik Samel, Rain Parve, Martin Petermann
Merlyn 

(Merlyn Uusküla-Hein, Merka)

“Unicorn Vibes” Merlyn Uusküla, Llauri Lembinen
Mia (Kersti Kukk) “Üks samm korraga” Kersti Kukk
Neon Letters & Maiko

( , Maiko Tammik)

“Tokimeki” Aap-Eerik Lai, Johanna Holvandus, Maiko Tammik
Ollie 

(Oliver Mazurtšak)

“Venom” Oliver Mazurtšak
Robin Juhkental “Kurbuse matused” Robin Juhkental
Sissi

(Sissi Nylia Benita)

“Lighthouse” Sissi Nylia Benita
Wiiralt & Ultima Thule (Marta Arula, Vahur Krautman, Martin Saaremägi, Sander Nõmmistu, Mihkel Uba, Siim Türnpuu, Hans K. Pikani & Riho Sibul, Raul Vaigla, Tõnis Mägi, Toomas Rull, Kalle Vilpuu, Aare Põder) “Salalik” Martin Saaremägi, Vahur Krautman

2.1.3.Shows.

2.1.3.1.Semi-finals. Two semi-finals will take place on 12 and 14 January 2023 at the Viimsi Artium in Viimsi. In each semi-final ten songs will compete for the first four spots in the final with the outcome decided upon by the combination of the votes from a jury panel and a public televote, with the remaining qualifier decided by an additional televote between the remaining non-qualifiers.

2.1.3.2.Final. The final will take place on 11 February 2023 at the Tondiraba Ice Hall in Tallinn. The five entries that qualified from each of the two preceding semi-finals, all together ten songs, will compete during the show. The winner will be selected over two rounds of voting. In the first round, an international jury (50%) and public televote (50%) will determine the top three entries to proceed to the superfinal. In the superfinal, the winner will be selected entirely by a public televote.

2.1.3.3.Ratings.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Voting.

3.1.1.Points awarded to Estonia.

3.1.2.Points awarded by Estonia.

3.1.3.Detailed voting results.

4.Notes.

• Country: 🇫🇮Finland

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu – UMK 2023 (Contest for New Music)
  • Selection date(s):
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: Yleisradio – Yle (Yle TV1, Yle Areena, Yle Radio Suomi, Yle X3M)
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Voting system: Public votes (75%), International jury (25%)
  • Selection entrant:
  • Selection song:
  • Selected songwriter(s): 

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 1º SF 2: –
  • Final result: –

Finland will compete at Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool, Regno Unito . They will select both artist and song for Eurovision 2023 at Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2023.

1.Background.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2023.

2.1.1.Competing entries.

2.1.2.Final.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Voting.

3.1.1.Points awarded to Finland.

3.1.2.Points awarded by Finland.

3.1.3.Detailed voting results.

• Country: 🇬🇪Georgia

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Artist: The Voice of Georgia 2023 (The Voice საქართველო, The Voice Sakartvelo – Season 5) Ι Song:
  • Selection date(s): Artist: 8 December 2022 –  — — 2023 Ι Song:
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: GPB
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Voting system:
  • Selection entrant: –
  • Selection song:
  • Selected songwriter(s):

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 5º SF 2: –
  • Final result: –

Georgia is set to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in the United Kingdom. On 23 August 2022, Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) announced that the Georgian representative would be chosen through the upcoming fifth season of The Voice Georgia, broadcast on 1TV. It is not yet known whether the competing song will also be chosen through the show.

1.Background. Prior to the 2023 contest, Georgia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fourteen times since their first entry in 2007. The nation’s highest placing in the contest, to this point, has been ninth place, which was achieved on two occasions: in 2010 with the song “Shine” performed by Sofia Nizharadze and in 2011 with the song “One More Day” performed by Eldrine. The nation briefly withdrew from the contest in 2009 after the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) rejected the Georgian entry, “We Don’t Wanna Put In”, for perceived political references to Vladimir Putin who was the Russian Prime Minister at the time. The withdrawal and fallout was tied to tense relations between Georgia and then-host country Russia, which stemmed from the 2008 Russo-Georgian War. Georgia has, to this point, failed to qualify to the final on seven occasions.

The Georgian national broadcaster, Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB), broadcasts the event within Georgia and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. Georgia has selected their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest both through national finals and internal selections in the past. In 2013 and 2014, GPB opted to internally select the Georgian entry, in 2015, the Georgian entry was selected via a national final, and in 2016, the artist was internally selected while the song was chosen in a national final. For their 2017 participation, the entry was selected through a national final. In 2018 the artist was internally selected. In 2019, the entry was fully selected through Georgian Idol, and the show was used again to select the singer the following year. However, after the 2020 contest was cancelled, the broadcaster reverted to an internal selection in 2021, sending the same artist set to take part in 2020. In 2022, another internal selection was made, with the band Circus Mircus and their song “Lock Me In” being chosen to represent Georgia. The entry failed to qualify from the second semi-final, placing 18th with 22 points.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.The Voice of Georgia: 

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Voting.

3.1.1.Points awarded to Georgia.

3.1.2.Points awarded by Georgia.

3.1.3.Jury vote issues.

3.1.4.Detailed final results.

• Country: 🇬🇷Greece

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Internal selection 2023
  • Selection date(s): Artist: – Ι Song:
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: ERT
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Voting system:
  • Selection entrant:
  • Selection song: –
  • Selected songwriter(s): 

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 15º SF 1: –
  • Final result: –

1.Background.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.Internal Selection.

2.2.Promotion.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Performances.

3.2.Voting.

3.2.1.Points awarded to Greece.

3.2.2.Points awarded by Greece.

3.2.3.Detailed voting results.

• Country: 🇮🇸Iceland

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Söngvakeppnin 2023 (Söngvakeppni sjónvarpsins, The Television’s Song Contest)
  • Selection date(s): Semi-final 1: 18 February 2023, Semi-final 1 25 February 2023 I Final: 04 March 2023
  • Host venue: Semi-finals: Laugardalshöll, Reykjavík, Final: RVK Studios, Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV)
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Voting system: Semi-finals: 50% Jury voting, 50% Televoting; Final: 50% International Jury, 50% Televoting; Superfinale: 100% Televoting
  • Selection entrant:
  • Selection song: –
  • Selected songwriter(s):

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 14º SF 1: .
  • Final result: –

Iceland has confirmed that they will participate in Eurovision Song Contest 2023. They will select both artist and song for Eurovision 2023 at Söngvakeppnin 2023.

1.Background.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.Söngvakeppnin 2023.

2.1.1.Format.

2.1.2.Competing entries.

2.1.3.Semi-finals.

2.1.4Final.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Semi-final.

3.2.Final.

3.3.Voting.

3.3.1.Points awarded to Iceland.

3.3.2.Points awarded by Iceland.

3.3.3.Detailed voting results.

• Country: 🇮🇪Ireland

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Eurosong 2023: The Late Late show Special
  • Selection date(s):
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: RTÉ
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Voting system:
  • Selection entrant:
  • Selection song: –
  • Selected songwriter(s): 

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 10º SF 2: –
  • Final result: –

Ireland is preparing for Eurovision Song Contest 2023. They will select both artist and song for Eurovision 2023 at Eurosong 2023.

1.Background. Prior to 2016, the Irish representative for the Eurovision Song Contest was chosen annually through a national song competition called Eurosong. From 2009 to 2015 and since 2022, the Eurosong final has been held as a special edition of The Late Late Show. The five finalists perform their songs live on the show, with voting done as a 50–50 split between regional juries and a public televote. The show also includes celebrity interviews, guest performances, and a panel of Eurovision experts who discuss the performances with Tubridy.

2.Before Eurovision. 

2.1.Eurosong 2023.

2.1.1.Competing entries.

2.1.2.Final.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Voting.

3.1.1.Points awarded to Ireland.

3.1.2.Points awarded by Ireland.

3.1.3.Detailed voting results.

• Country:🇮🇱Israel

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Internal selection 2023
  • Selection date(s): Artist: 10 August 2022 Ι Song:
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: KAN/IPBC (Reshet 13, רשת 13)
  • Judges:
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Voting system:
  • Selection entrant: Noa Kirel (נועה קירל
  • Selection song: –
  • Selected songwriter(s): 

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 2º SF 12: –
  • Final result: –

Israel is set to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in the Liverpool, United Kingdom, having internally selected Noa Kirel to represent the country. Noa Kirel’s song for Eurovision 2023 has not been released yet.

1.Background. Prior to the 2023 contest, Israel has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest forty-four times since its first entry in 1973. Israel has won the contest on four occasions: in 1978 with the song “A-Ba-Ni-Bi” performed by Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta, in 1979 with the song “Hallelujah” performed by Milk and Honey, in 1998 with the song “Diva” performed by Dana International and in 2018 with the song “Toy” performed by Netta Barzilai. Since the introduction of semi-finals to the format of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004, Israel has, to this point, managed to qualify to the final eleven times, including three top ten results in 2005 with Shiri Maimon and “Hasheket Shenish’ar” placing fourth, in 2008 with Boaz and “The Fire In Your Eyes” placing ninth, and in 2015 with Nadav Guedj and “Golden Boy” placing ninth, in addition to the victory in 2018. In 2022, Michael Ben David with the song “I.M” failed to qualify for the final.

The Israeli national broadcaster, Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC/KAN), has been in charge of the nation’s participation in the contest since 2018. KAN confirmed Israel’s participation in the contest on 21 February 2021. Between 2015 and 2020, the Israeli entry was selected through the reality singing competition HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion (“The Next Star for Eurovision”) in collaboration with Keshet and Tedy Productions, while in 2022, KAN cooperated with Reshet to select the Israeli entry through the reality singing competition The X Factor Israel. On 13 June 2022, KAN announced that they would not continue their cooperation with Reshet and would independently conduct an internal selection to select the artist that would represent Israel instead. This marked the first time since 2014 that Israel had used an internal selection, and the first time that KAN selected the Israeli entry without collaborating with other broadcasters.

2.Before Eurovision. 

2.1.Internal selection. The Israeli representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 was internally selected by KAN. A special committee consisting of members from KAN, music editors and external representatives each suggested two artists from 78 initially considered based on airplay on Gimel and Galgalatz, and nominees for Singer of the Year and Group of the Year awards in 2019, 2020 and 2021.[8][9] Among artists that were considered included Mergui, Ella-Lee Lahav, Noa Kirel, Static & Ben-El Tavori and Ran Danker. The members of the committee were Ofri Gopher (Director of KAN Music Stations), Yuval Cohen (Creative Director and Deputy Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019), Kobi Nussbaum (Head of Production at KAN), Sharon Drix (culture and entertainment director of KAN), Tali Katz (Head of Delegation for Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest), Tal Argaman (DJ and music editor at KAN 88), Yossi Gispan (lyricist), Eden Darso (singer-songwriter), Avia Farchi (MTV Israel presenter) and Leon Feldman (music editor and presenter). On 11 July 2022, KAN announced that Noa Kirel had topped the list with Mergui placing second. Despite Kirel stating the following day that she and her team had yet to make a decision, Israeli television channel HaHadashot 12 reported in early August 2022 that the invitation had been accepted by the singer, which was later confirmed during a press conference held at the Hotel Carlton in Tel Aviv on 10 August 2022.

Kirel was given artistic freedom from the Israeli broadcaster due to being an experienced artist. In early September 2022, it was reported that the Israeli song will be created in a songwriting camp that will allow songwriters to work with each other to create their entry. Composers like Doron Medalie, Ron Beaton, Jordi, Nitzan Kaykov, Itay Shimoni, and Eitan Peled are all rumoured to take part in the camp, organised by Kirel’s management team. In late September 2022, Kirel revealed the Israeli budget for the contest will be around $900,000: 1/3 of which coming from KAN, and the rest being covered by her team. The singer also spoke about being offered songwriters from all over the world but deciding to stick with a local Israeli team for Eurovision, adding that her song will contain “all kinds of ethnic, Mediterranean and even Israeli directions”.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Voting.

3.1.1.Points awarded to Israel.

3.1.2.Points awarded by Israel.

3.1.3.Detailed voting results.