ESC 2023 – Selezioni Nazionali – 2ª 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’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’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

🇱🇻 Latvia • 🇱🇹 Lithuania • 🇲🇹 Malta • 🇲🇩 Moldova • 🇳🇱 The Netherlands🇳🇴 Norway • 🇵🇱 Poland • 🇵🇹 Portugal • 🇷🇴 Romania • 🇸🇲 San Marino • 🇷🇸 Serbia • 🇸🇮 Slovenia • 🇸🇪 Sweden • 🇨🇭 Switzerland

• Country: 🇱🇻 Latvia

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Supernova 2023
  • Selection date(s): Semi-final: ?? February 2023 Ι Final: ?? February 2023
  • Host venue: LTV studios, Rīga
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: Latvijas Televīzija (LTV)
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Voting system:
  • Selection entrant: –
  • Selection song:
  • Selected songwriter(s):

• Final performance: 

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

Latvia will compete at Eurovision Song Contest 2023. They will select both artist and song for Eurovision 2023 at Supernova 2023. That’s all we know at the moment about Supernova 2023.

1.Background.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.Supernova 2023.

2.1.1.Format.

2.1.2.Competing entries.

2.1.3.Shows.

2.1.4.Semi-final.

2.1.5.Final.

2.1.6.Ratings.

2.2.Preparation.

2.3.Promotion.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Semi-final.

3.2.Voting.

3.2.1.Points awarded to Latvia.

3.2.2.Points awarded by Latvia.

3.2.3.Detailed voting results.

• Country: 🇱🇹 Lithuania

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Pabandom iš naujo! 2023
  • Selection date(s): Heats:Ι Semi-finals:Ι Final: – 
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: LRT
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Voting system:
  • Selection entrant: –
  • Selection song:
  • Selected songwriter(s):

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 3º SF 1: –
  • Final result: –

1.Background.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.Pabandom iš naujo! 2023.

2.1.1.Format.

2.1.2.Competing entries.

2.1.3.Shows.

2.1.3.1.Heat 1.

2.1.3.2.Heat 2.

2.1.3.3.Heat 3.

2.1.3.4.Semi-final 1.

2.1.3.5.Semi-final 2.

2.1.3.6.Final.

2.1.4.Ratings.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Semi-final.

3.2.Final.

3.3.Voting.

3.3.1.Points awarded to Lithuania.

3.3.2.Points awarded by Lithuania.

3.3.3.Detailed voting results.

• Country: 🇲🇹 Malta

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Artist: Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2023 (10ª) Ι Song: Internal selection
  • Selection date(s): MESC 2023: Quarter-final 1: 13 January 2023, Quarter-final 2: 20 January 2023, Quarter-final 3: 27 January 2023, Quarter-final 4: 3 February 2023 Ι  Semi-final9 February 2023 Ι Final: -; Song selection: 11 February 2023
  • Host venue: Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre, Ta’ Qali, Malta
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: PBS
  • Participants – Number of entries: 16 songs will compete in the Final (Quarter-finals: 10 songs will compete in Quarter-final 1, 10 songs will compete in Quarter-final 2, 10 songs will compete in Quarter-final 310 songs will compete in Quarter-final 4, Semi-final24 songs will compete in the Semi-final, 16 songs will qualify for the Final)
  • Voting system:
  • Selection entrant: –
  • Selection song:
  • Selected songwriter(s):

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 6º SF 2: –
  • Final result: –

Malta is set to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The Maltese entry for the 2023 contest will be selected through the national final Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2023, organised by the Maltese broadcaster Public Broadcasting Services (PBS). The competition will consist of four quarter-finals, a semi-final and a final, to be held in January and February 2023.

1.Background. Prior to the 2023 contest, Malta has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest thirty-four times since its first entry in 1971. Malta briefly competed in the Eurovision Song Contest in the 1970s before withdrawing for sixteen years. The country had competed in every contest between their return in 1991, and 2022. Malta’s best placing in the contest thus far was second, which it achieved on two occasions: in 2002 with the song “7th Wonder” performed by Ira Losco and in the 2005 contest with the song “Angel” performed by Chiara. In 2022, Malta failed to qualify for the final with the song “I Am What I Am” performed by Emma Muscat.

The Maltese national broadcaster, Public Broadcasting Services (PBS), broadcast the event within Malta and organised the selection process for the nation’s entry. The broadcaster opted to select the Maltese entry for the 2022 contest during a national selection show titled Malta Eurovision Song Contest, a process that will be continued for their 2023 entry.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2023. Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will be the national final format developed by PBS to select the Maltese entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. The competition will consist of four quarter-finals, a semi-final and final held between 13 January 2022 and 11 February 2022. All shows will be broadcast on Television Malta (TVM), as well as on the broadcaster’s website tvm.com.mt.

2.1.1.Format.

2.1.2.Competing entries. Artists and composers were able to submit their entries between 17 October 2022 and 31 October 2022. Songwriters from any nationality were able to submit songs as long as the artist were Maltese or possessed Maltese citizenship. Artists were able to submit as many songs as they wished, however, they could only compete with one in the quarter-finals. 2022 Maltese Eurovision entrant Emma Muscat was unable to compete due to a rule that prevented the previous winner from competing in the following competition. The fourty songs selected to compete in the quarter-finals were announced on 21 November 2022.

Among the selected competing artists are former Eurovision entrants Fabizio Faniello who represented Malta in the 2001 and 2006 contests, Jessika who represented San Marino in the 2018 contest, Francesca Sciberras who represented Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2009, and Eliana Gomez Blanco who represented Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019.

Artist Song Songwriter(s)
Aidan Reġina” (Queen) Aidan Cassar, Boban Apostolov
Andre “Broken Hill” Toby Farrugia, David Cassar Torreggiani
Bradley Debono “Blackout” Christina Magrin
Brooke “Checkmate”
Cheryl Balzan “La La Land” Toby Farrugia, David Cassar Torreggiani
Chris Grech “Indescribable” Chris Grech, Edward Mifsud
Christian Arding Eku ċar” (Clear echo) Jan van Dijck, Emil Calleja Bayliss
Clintess Lura qatt” (Never backwards)
Dan “It’ll Be OK” Daniel Muscat Caruana
Dario “Pawn in a Game” Henric Pierroff, Sandra Nordstrom
Dario Bezzina “Bridle Road” Martin Alenmark, Darren Michaels, Charlie Mason
Dominic and Anna “Whatever the Wind May Blow” Alexander Silver Darter, Michael Berger, Will Taylor, Jonas Gladnikoff
Eliana Gomez Blanco “Guess What”
Fabrizio Faniello “Try to Be Better”
Francesca Sciberras “Masquerade” Macro Debono, Rita Pace
Geo Debono “The Mirror” Daniele Moretti, Natasha Turner, Niall Mooney
Giada “I Depend on You”
Greta Tude “Sound of My Stilettos”
Haley “Tik Tok”
Ian “On My Own” Melanie Georgiou
Jake “Love You Like That” Michael James Down, Jonas Gladnikoff, Primoz Poglajen
James Louis “Dream” James Mifsud
Jason Scerri “Anything Can Happen” Jason Scerri
Jessika “Unapologetic”
John Galea “Trailblazer”
Kirstie “Girls Get Down”
Klinsmann Piranah” (Piranha)
Lyndsay “Haunted” Primoz Poglajen, Jonas Gladnikoff, Michael James Down, Will Taylor, Sara Ljunggren, Johnny Sanchez
Maria Christina “Our Flame” Erik Horvath, Rickard Bonde Truumeel, Ylva Persson, Linda Persson, Emil Calleja Bayliss
Maria Debono X’allegrija” (What joy)
Marie Claire “Thankful” Thorghy Landgren, Thomas Rodin, Rickard Bonde Truumeel, Ylva Persson, Linda Persson, Emil Calleja Bayliss
Mark Anthony Bartolo “Tears” Mark Anthony Bartolo
Matt Blxck “Up” Matthew Caruana
Maxine Pace “Alone” Shaun Farrugia, Steve Manovski
Mike Leħen fiċ-ċpar” (A voice in the fog) Cyprian Cassar, Cliff Casha
Nathan “Creeping Walls” Dominic Cini, Jonas Gladnikoff, Emil Calleja Bayliss
Ryan Hili “In the Silence”
Stefan Xuereb “What Do You Want?” Matthew James Borg, Aidan O’Connor, Richard Micallef
Stefan Galea “Heartbreaker” Stefan Galea, Muxu, Rikki Lee Scicluna
The Busker “Dance (Our Own Party)” Matthew James Borg, David Meilak, Sean Meachen, Jean Paul Borg

2.1.3.Semi-final.

2.1.4.Special evening.

2.1.5.Final.

2.1.6.Ratings.

2.2.Song selection.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Voting.

3.1.1.Points awarded to Malta.

3.1.2.Points awarded by Malta.

3.1.3.Detailed voting results.

4.Notes.

• Country: 🇲🇩 Moldova

• National selection:

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

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 9º SF 1: –
  • Final result: –

1.Background.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.Internal selection.

2.2.Preparation.

2.3.Promotion.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Semi-final.

3.2.Final.

3.3.Voting.

3.3.1.Points awarded to Moldova.

3.3.2.Points awarded by Moldova.

3.3.3.Detailed voting results.

• Country: 🇳🇱 The Netherlands

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Selecione Interna 2023
  • Selection date(s): Artist: 1 November 2022 Ι Song:
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: AVROTROS
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Voting system:
  • Selection entrant: Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper
  • Selection song:
  • Selected songwriter(s): Mia Nicolai. Dion Cooper, Duncan Laurence, Jordan Garfield

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 8º SF 1: – 
  • Final result: –

The Netherlands is scheduled to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool, United Kingdom, having internally selected Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper to represent the country.

1.Background. Prior to the 2023 contest, the Netherlands has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest sixty-two times since its debut as one of seven countries to take part in the inaugural contest in 1956. Since then, the country has won the event five times: in 1957 with the song “Net als toen” by Corry Brokken, in 1959 with the song “‘n Beetje” by Teddy Scholten, in 1969 as one of the four countries to tie for first place with “De troubadour” by Lenny Kuhr, in 1975 with “Ding-a-dong” by Teach-In, and in 2019 with “Arcade” by Duncan Laurence.[1] Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004 contest, the Netherlands has featured in nine finals. The country ended last on five occasions, most recently in the second semi-final of the 2011 contest. In 2022, the nation qualified for the final and finished 11th with “De diepte” by S10.

The Dutch national broadcaster, AVROTROS, broadcasts the event within the Netherlands and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. The Netherlands has used various methods to select the Dutch entry in the past, such as the Nationaal Songfestival, a live televised national final to choose the performer, song or both to compete at Eurovision. However, internal selections have also been held on numerous occasions. Since 2013, the broadcaster has internally selected the Dutch entry for the contest. In 2013, the internal selection of Anouk performing “Birds” managed to take the country to the final for the first time in eight years and placed ninth overall. In 2014, the internal selection of the Common Linnets performing “Calm After the Storm” qualified the nation to the final once again and placed second, while the internal selection of Duncan Laurence in 2019 managed to achieve a Dutch victory for the first time since 1975. For 2023, the broadcaster opted to continue selecting the Dutch entry through an internal selection.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1Internal selection. Following S10’s eleventh place in the final in 2022 with “De diepte“, AVROTROS revealed that they would continue to internally select both the artist and song for the Eurovision Song Contest. A submission period was opened by the broadcaster on 17 May 2022 where artists and composers were able to submit their entries until 31 August 2022. Each artist and songwriter was able to submit a maximum of three songs, which were judged by a selection commission consisting of AVROTROS general director Eric van Stade, television presenter and author Cornald Maas, singer and television presenter Jan Smit, radio DJs Hila Noorzai, Carolien Borgers and Sander Lantinga.

AVROTROS announced Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper as the Dutch entrants on 1 November 2022. Their entry, which will be released at a later date, was co-written by Duncan Laurence (winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019) and Jordan Garfield. Nicolai and Cooper’s entry were selected from four entries shortlisted among nearly 400 submissions received by the broadcaster, one of which was performed by Dani van Velthoven, winner of the eleventh season of the reality singing competition The Voice of Holland.[5][6] Some controversy emerged after the selection, as it was alleged that Nicolai had already been informed she would represent the country right after the opening of the submission period, which AVROTROS claimed to be false.

2.2.Promotion.

3.At Eurovision. The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will take place at the Liverpool Arena in Liverpool, United Kingdom, and will consist of two semi-finals held on 9 and 11 May, and the final on 13 May 2022. According to the 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 the two semi-finals to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final.

3.1.Semi-final.

3.2.Final.

3.3.Voting.

3.3.1.Points awarded to Netherlands.

3.3.2.Points awarded by Netherlands.

3.3.3.Detailed voting results.

• Country: 🇳🇴 Norvegia

• National selection:

  • Selection process: ‘Norsk’ Melodi Grand Prix – MGP 2023 (Norwegian Melodi Grand Pris) 
  • Selection date(s): Semi-finals: 14 February 2023 Ι Last chance: Ι Final:
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s): Arianrhod «Arian» Engebø, Stian «Staysman» Thorbjørnsen
  • Host broadcaster: NRK
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Voting system:
  • Selection entrant: –
  • Selection song: –
  • Selected songwriter(s): –

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 16º SF 1: –
  • Final result: –

Norway is preparing for Eurovision Song Contest 2023. They will select both artist and song for Eurovision 2023 at Melodi Grand Prix 2023. MGP 2023 will consist of several semi-finals and a final. The shows will be held from 14 January 2023 and will be hosted by Arianrhod Engebø and Stian “Staysman” Thorbjørnsen.

Melodi Grand Prix 2023 is set to be the 61st edition of the Norwegian music competition Melodi Grand Prix (MGP). The contest is held annually and serves as the country’s preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest. MGP is organised by Norway’s public broadcaster NRK and will consist of several semifinals to be held in January and February 2023. The grand final is set to take place in February 2023. The winner of the competition will represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.

1.Background. About one month after the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, NRK officially opened for songwriters to submit entries for Melodi Grand Prix 2023. The submission window closed on 18 September 2022. The competition is open to all songwriters, and each songwriter can submit up to three songs. Each song should have at least one Norwegian contributor, in order to “prioritise and promote the Norwegian music scene”. In addition to the open submission, NRK will also look for possible entries through targeted search and direct dialogue with the Norwegian music industry, and through songwriting camps due to be held in August 2022.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.Melodi Grand Prix 2023.

2.1.1.Semi-finals and Last chance round.

2.1.2.Final.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Semi-final.

3.2.Voting.

3.2.1.Points awarded to Norway.

3.2.2.Points awarded by Norway.

3.2.3.Detailed voting results.

• Country: 🇵🇱 Polonia

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Tu bije serce Europy! Wybieramy hit na Eurowizję 2023 (Here beats the heart of Europe! We choose the hit for Eurovision)
  • Selection date(s): 26 February 2023
  • Host venue: Studios 4 and 5 of TVP in Warsaw.
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: TVP (TVP2, TVP Polonia, TVP Rozrywka, TVP VOD.)
  • Participants – Number of entries: 10
  • Voting system:
  • Selection entrant: –
  • Selection song: –
  • Selected songwriter(s): –

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 14º SF 2: –
  • Final result: –

Poland is set to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The Polish broadcaster Telewizja Polska (TVP) will organise the national final Tu bije serce Europy! Wybieramy hit na Eurowizję in order to select the Polish entry.

1.Background. Prior to the 2022 Contest, Poland had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twenty-three times since its first entry in 1994.[2] Poland’s highest placement in the contest, to this point, has been second place, which the nation achieved with its debut entry in 1994 with the song “To nie ja!” performed by Edyta Górniak. Poland has only reached the top ten on two other occasions, when Ich Troje performing the song “Keine Grenzen – Żadnych granic” finished seventh in 2003, and when Michał Szpak performing the song “Color of Your Life” finished eighth in 2016. Between 2005 and 2011, Poland failed to qualify from the semi-final round six out of seven years with only their 2008 entry, “For Life” performed by Isis Gee, managing to take the nation to the final during that period. After once again failing to qualify to the final in 2011, the country withdrew from the contest throughout 2013. Since returning to the contest in 2014, Poland managed to qualify to the final each year before failing to qualify to the final between 2018 and 2021. In 2022, Ochman brought Poland back to the final, eventually finishing 12th with his song “River”.

The Polish national broadcaster, Telewizja Polska (TVP), broadcasts the event within Poland and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. The broadcaster opted to select the Polish entry for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest during a national selection show titled Tu bije serce Europy! Wybieramy hit na Eurowizję: a process that will be continued for their 2023 entry.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.Tu bije serce Europy! Wybieramy hit na Eurowizję. Tu bije serce Europy! Wybieramy hit na Eurowizję (“The heart of Europe beats here! We choose the hit for Eurovision”) will be the national final organised by TVP in order to select the Polish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. The show will be held on 26 February 2023.

2.1.1.Format. Ten entries are set to compete in the national final where the winner will be determined over two rounds of voting: the first round will select the top three songs and the second round (superfinal) will select the winner. Results during both rounds will be determined by a 50/50 combination of votes from a five-member professional jury and a public vote. Each juror will distribute each entry between 1 to 10 points in the first round, and 1 to 3 points in the second round. The sum of all jury scores will be converted into percentages, while viewers were able to cast a single vote per phone number via SMS. An average of the percentages of the jury and televotes for the songs will be presented during both rounds of the voting. In the event of a tie, the tie will be decided in favour of the entry that received the highest score from the jury.

2.1.2.Competing entries. TVP opened a submission period for interested artists and songwriters to submit their entries between 19 September 2022 and 15 January 2023. TVP will select 10 finalists: at least 9 finalists will come from the submitted entries, while TVP reserves the right to select the final finalist (a wildcard) from outside of the submissions.

2.1.3.Final. The final will take place on 26 February 2023. In the first round of voting, the top three entries will qualify for the second round based on the 50/50 combination of votes from a five-member jury and a public vote. In the second round, the public and jury vote will select the winner.

2.1.4.Controversy.

2.2.Promotion.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Voting.

3.1.1.Points awarded to Poland.

3.1.2.Points awarded by Poland.

3.1.3.Jury vote issues.

3.1.4.Detailed final results.

• Country: 🇵🇹 Portogallo

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Festival da Cançao (57ª Festival RTP da Canção) 2023
  • Selection date(s): Semi-finals: 25 February 2023, 4 March 2023 Ι Final: 11 March 2023
  • Host venue: Studio 1 RTP, Lisbon
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: Rádio e Televisão de Portugal – RTP (Antena 1, RTP1
    RTP Internacional, RTP África, RTP Play) 
  • Participants – Number of entries: 20 (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; 12 songs will compete in the Final)
  • Voting system: Semi-finals: First round: 5 songs selected by 50/50 jury/televoting. Second round: 1 song selected by televoting; Final: 50% televoting, 50% jury
  • Selection entrant: –
  • Selection song: –
  • Selected songwriter(s): –

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 10º SF 1: –
  • Final result: –

Portugal is set to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The Portuguese broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) will organise the national final Festival da Canção 2023 in order to select the Portuguese entry for the 2023 contest.

1.Background. Prior to the 2023 contest, Portugal has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fifty-three times since its first entry in 1964. Portugal had won the contest on one occasion: in 2017 with the song “Amar pelos dois” performed by Salvador Sobral. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004, Portugal had featured in only seven finals. Portugal’s least successful result has been last place, which they have achieved on four occasions, most recently in 2018 with the song “O jardim” performed by Cláudia Pascoal. Portugal has also received nul points on two occasions; in 1964 and 1997. The nation qualified to the final in 2022 and placed ninth with the song “Saudade, saudade” performed by Maro.

The Portuguese national broadcaster, Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP), broadcasts the event within Portugal and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. RTP confirmed Portugal’s participation in the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest on 2 September 2022.[2] The broadcaster has traditionally selected the Portuguese entry for the Eurovision Song Contest via the music competition Festival da Canção, with exceptions in 1988 and 2005 when the Portuguese entries were internally selected. Along with their participation confirmation, the broadcaster revealed details regarding their selection procedure and announced the organization of Festival da Canção 2023 in order to select the 2023 Portuguese entry.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.Festival da Canção 2023. Festival da Canção2023 is set to be the 57th edition of Festival da Canção that selects Portugal’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. The competition will consist of two semi-finals on 25 February and 4 March 2023 with twenty entries competing in total, leading to a twelve-song final on 11 March 2023.

2.1.1.Format. The format of the competition will consiste of three shows: two semi-finals and the final. Each semi-final will feature ten competing entries from which six will advance from each show to complete the twelve song lineup in the final. Results during the semi-finals will be determined by the votes from a jury panel appointed by RTP and public televoting; the first five qualifiers will be based on the 50/50 combination of jury and public voting where both streams of voting assign points from 1–8, 10 and 12 based on ranking, while the sixth qualifier will be determined by a second round of public televoting from the remaining entries. Results during the final will be determined by the 50/50 combination of votes from seven regional juries and public televoting, which will be opened following the second semi-final and closed during the final show. Both the public televote and the juries assign points from 1–8, 10 and 12 based on the ranking developed by both streams of voting.

2.1.2.Competing entries. Twenty composers will be selected by RTP through two methods: fifteen invited by RTP for the competition and five selected from 667 submissions received through an open call for songs. The composers, which both create the songs and select its performers, are required to submit the demo and final versions of their entries by 31 October and 30 November 2022, respectively. Songs could be submitted in any language. The selected composers were revealed on 9 November 2022, while the competing artists and songs are set to be revealed on 19 January 2023.

 
Artist Song  Songwriter(s) Selection
André Henriques Invited by RTP
April Ivy

(Mariana Barreiros Dos Santos Gonçalves)

Invited by RTP
Bandua Invited by RTP
Bárbara Tinoco Invited by RTP
Churky

(Diogo Rico)

Invited by RTP
Cláudia Pascoal

(Cláudia Rafaela Teixeira Pascoal)

Invited by RTP
Dapunksportif Invited by RTP
Edmundo Inácio Open call winner
Inês Apenas Open call winner
Ivandro

(Joaquim Paulo)

Invited by RTP
Jacinta

(Maria Jacinta Bola Ramos)

Invited by RTP
Mimicat

(Marisa Isabel Lopes Mena)

Open call winner
Moyah Open call winner
Neoh Soho Invited by RTP
Quim Albergaria Invited by RTP
SAL Invited by RTP
Teresinha Landeiro

(Teresa Landeiro)

Invited by RTP
The Happy Mess

(Miguel Ribeiro, Joana Duarte, Zé Vieira, João Pascoal, Alfonso Carvalho, Hugo Azevedo)

Invited by RTP
Voodoo Marmalade Open call winner
You Can’t Win, Charlie Brown

(Afonso Cabral, David Santos, Pedro Branco, Salvador Menezes, João Gil, Tomás Sousa)

Invited by RTP

2.1.3.Semi-finals.

2.1.4.Final.

2.1.5.Ratings.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Semi-final.

3.2.Final.

3.3.Voting.

3.3.1.Points awarded to Portugal.

3.3.2.Points awarded by Portugal.

3.3.3.Detailed voting results.

• Country: 🇷🇴 Romania

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Selecția Națională 2023
  • Selection date(s): –
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: TVR
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Voting system:
  • Selection entrant:
  • Selection song:
  • Selected songwriter(s): –

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 13º SF 2: –
  • Final result: –

1.Background.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.-.

2.1.1.Competing entries.

2.1.2.Semi-finals.

2.1.3.Final.

2.1.4.Ratings.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Voting.

3.1.1.Points awarded to Romania.

3.1.2.Points awarded by Romania.

3.1.3.Jury vote issues.

3.1.4.Detailed final results.

• Country: 🇸🇲San Marino

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Una Voce Per San Marino 2023 (A voice for San Marino)
  • Selection date(s): Emerging acts semi-finals: – Ι Sammarinese artists final: – Ι Second chance: – Ι Emerging acts final: – Ι Final: –
  • Host venue: Semi-finals: Teatro Titano, Città di San Marino, San Marino Ι Final: Teatro Nuovo, Dogana, San Marino
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: SMRTV
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Voting system:
  • Selection entrant: –
  • Selection song: –
  • Selected songwriter(s): 

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 7º SF 2: –
  • Final result: –

San Marino will participate in Eurovision Song Contest 2023. They will select both artist and song for Eurovision 2023 at Una Voce per San Marino. That’s all we know at the moment about Una Voce per San Marino.

1.Background.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.Una voce per San Marino.

2.1.1.Emerging acts auditions.

2.1.2.Semi-finals.

2.1.3.Sammarinese artists final.

2.1.4.Second chance.

2.1.5.Emerging acts final.

2.1.6.Established artists.

2.1.7.Final.

2.2.Promotion.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Performances.

3.2.Voting.

3.2.1.Points awarded to San Marino.

3.2.2.Points awarded by San Marino.

3.2.3.Jury vote issues.

3.2.4.Detailed final results.

• Country: 🇷🇸 Serbia

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Pesma za Evroviziju ’23 (Песма за Евровизију ’23)
  • Selection date(s): –
  • Host venue: -, Beograd, Serbia
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: RTS / PTC (RTS1, RTS Planeta, rts.rs)
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Voting system:
  • Selection entrant: –
  • Selection song: –
  • Selected songwriter(s): –

• Final performance: 

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

Serbia is set to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The Serbian national broadcaster, Radio Television of Serbia (RTS), will organise a national final in order to select the Serbian entry for the 2023 contest.

1.Background. Prior to the 2023 contest, Serbia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fourteen times since its first entry in 2007, winning the contest with their debut entry “Molitva” performed by Marija Šerifović. Since 2007, eleven out of fourteen of Serbia’s entries have featured in the final with the nation failing to qualify in 2009, 2013 and 2017. Serbia’s 2022 entry, “In corpore sano” performed by Konstrakta, qualified to the final and placed fifth.

The Serbian national broadcaster, Radio Television of Serbia (RTS), broadcasts the event within Serbia and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. Between 2007 and 2009, Serbia used the Beovizija national final in order to select their entry. However, after their 2009 entry, “Cipela” performed by Marko Kon and Milaan, failed to qualify Serbia to the final, the broadcaster shifted their selection strategy to selecting specific composers to create songs for artists. In 2010, RTS selected Goran Bregović to compose songs for a national final featuring three artists, while in 2011 Kornelije Kovač, Aleksandra Kovač and Kristina Kovač were tasked with composing one song each. In 2012, the internal selection of Željko Joksimović and the song “Nije ljubav stvar” secured the country’s second highest placing in the contest to this point, placing third. In 2013, RTS returned to an open national final format and organized the Beosong competition. The winning entry, “Ljubav je svuda” performed by Moje 3, failed to qualify Serbia to the final. In 2015, RTS selected Vladimir Graić, the composer of Serbia’s 2007 winning entry “Molitva”, to compose songs for a national final featuring three artists. RTS internally selected the Serbian entries in 2016 and 2017 with the decision made by RTS music editors. In 2018 and 2019, RTS returned to using the Beovizija national final in order to select their entry, managing to qualify to the final on both occasions. In 2022, RTS returned to organising a national final under the name Pesma za Evroviziju ’22.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.Pesma za Evroviziju ’23. RTS will organise a national final in order to select the Serbian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.

2.1.1.Competing entries. Artists and songwriters are able to submit their entries between 1 September 2022 and 15 November 2022. Artists are required to be Serbian citizens and submit entries in one of the official languages of the Republic of Serbia, while songwriters of any nationality are allowed to submit songs. At the closing of the deadline, a selection committee consisting of RTS music editors will review the submissions and select the entries that will proceed to the national final.

2.1.2.Semi-finals.

2.1.3.Final.

2.1.4.Ratings.

2.1.5.Controversies.

2.1.5.1.Vote rigging allegations.

2.2.Promotion.

2.3.Send-off ceremony.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Voting.

3.1.1.Points awarded to Serbia.

3.1.2.Points awarded by Serbia.

3.1.3.Detailed voting results.

4.Notes.

• Country:🇸🇮 Slovenia

National selection:

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

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 5º SF 1: –
  • Final result: –

1.Background.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.-.

2.1.1.Format.

2.1.2.Competing entries.

2.1.3.Semi-finals.

2.1.4.Final.

2.2.Ratings.

2.3.Promotion.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Semi-final.

3.2.Voting.

3.2.1.Points awarded to Slovenia.

3.2.2.Points awarded by Slovenia

3.2.3.Detailed voting results.

• Country: 🇸🇪 Svezia

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Melodifestivalen 2023
  • Selection date(s): Heat 1 (Scandinavium, Göteborg, 4 February 2023), Heat 2 (Saab Arena, Linköping, 11 February 2023), Heat 3 (Sparbanken Arena, Lidköping,18 February 2023), Heat 4 (Malmö Arena, Malmö, 25 February 2023), Semi-final (Hägglunds Arena, Örnsköldsvik, 4 March 2023), Final (Friends Arena, Solna, 11 March 2023)
  • Host venue: Farah Abadi, Jesper Rönndahl
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: SVT
  • Participants – Number of entries: 28
  • Voting system: Heats and Semi-final: 100% public vote (Age groups: 3-9, 10-15, 16-29, 30-44, 45-59, 60-74, 75+, Telephone), Semi-final: 50 % Jury International, 50 % Televote, Final: 50% public vote, 50% jury vote
  • Selection entrant: –
  • Selection song: –
  • Selected songwriter(s): –

• Final performance: 

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

Sweden will participate in Eurovision Song Contest 2023. They will select both artist and song for Eurovision 2023 at Melodifestivalen 2023. Melodifestivalen 2023 will follow the same format as 2022. 7 songs will compete in each of the four heats; 2 will qualify directly to the final and another 2 will qualify to the semi-final. At the semi-final, the 8 songs will be split in two groups, and the best 2 songs from each group qualify for the final. Hosts of all shows will be Jesper Rönndahl and Farah Abadi.

1.Background.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.Melodifestivalen 2023.

2.1.1.Heats.

2.1.2.Final.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Voting.

3.1.1.Points awarded to Sweden.

3.1.2.Points awarded by Sweden.

3.1.3.Detailed voting results.

• Country: 🇨🇭Svizzera

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Internal selection 2023
  • Selection date(s): –
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: Swiss Broadcasting Corporation – SRG SSR (Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF), Radio télévision suisse (RTS), Radiotelevisione svizzera di lingua italiana (RSI), Radiotelevisiun Svizra Rumantscha (RTR))
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Voting system:
  • Selection entrant: –
  • Selection song:
  • Selected songwriter(s): –

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 4º SF 1: –
  • Final result: –

1.Background.

2.Before Eurovision.

2.1.Internal selection.

3.At Eurovision.

3.1.Semi-final.

3.2.Final.

3.3.Voting.

3.3.1.Points awarded to Switzerland.

3.3.2.Points awarded by Switzerland.

3.3.3.Detailed voting results.