Ulrikke, Athena Manoukian and The Roop
Ulrikke (Norway 2020), Athena Manoukian (Armenia 2020) and The Roop (Lithuania 2020)

3 new artists and 5 new songs for Rotterdam

It was another busy national final weekend in Europe: Armenia, Lithuania and Norway selected their Eurovision Song Contest 2020 representatives and entries during televised national finals and Belgium and France released their participating songs.

On Saturday 15 February, Armenia's Athena Manoukian, Lithuania's The Roop and Norway's Ulrikke won their national selections and became their country's representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. With them, 3 new songs got added to the roster for Rotterdam.

Combined with the Sunday reveal of Tom Leeb's The Best In Me for France and Hooverphonic's Release Me for Belgium on Monday 17 February, the number of released songs for Rotterdam is now at 11.

From national selection to Eurovision artist

Armenia: Athena Manoukian - Chains On You

Athena Manoukian has won the Armenian national selection Depi Evratesil 2020 with 168 points. The points were determined by equal parts international jury, AMPTV jury and public televote. ERNA came in 2nd with 120 points and Vladimir Arzumanyan in 3rd with 118 points. Athena received 60 of her votes from the international jury, 58 from the AMPTV jury and 50 from the public televote.

READ MORE: It’s Athena Manoukian for Armenia!

Lithuania: The Roop - On Fire

The Roop received 12 points from the professional jury, as well as from the viewers at home for a total of 24 points. Monique finished second with a total of 20 points, and Monika Marija came in 3rd with 15 points.

The Roop describe their musical style as a mix of pop-rock and indie. According to the band, their song On Fire relates to being in a state of excitement, feeling passionate, engaged and full of energy.

READ MORE: Lithuania chooses The Roop for Rotterdam

Norway: Ulrikke - Attention

Ulrikke Brandstorp (24) from Sarpsborg became well known to the Norwegian people when she came second in the TV show Stjernekamp (NRK) in 2018. Later, she was featured in Addresse: Tel Aviv (a show about Eurovision), charity show Håp i ei gryte and Idrettsgallaen, where she paid tribute to ski athletes Marit Bjørgen and Ole Einar Bjørndalen with an emotional performance.

READ MORE: Attention! Ulrikke to represent Norway in 2020

Neighbours Belgium and France released their songs

Belgium: Hooverphonic - Release Me

After being played for the first time on Belgian radio in the early morning of Monday 17 February, Hooverphonic officially premiered the music video of Release Me on our YouTube channel. The trio will represent Belgium on 12 May, in the 2nd half of the 1st Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. And find out below what connects 'Release Me' to Italy's Eurovision 2017 entry Occidentali's Karma.

READ MORE: Hooverphonic premiers official music video for Release Me

France: Tom Leeb - The Best In Me

Broadcast live from the Eiffel Tower in Paris, French public broadcaster FT presented their song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Tom Leeb will sing the French-English ballad The Best In Me during this year’s Grand Final on Saturday 16 May in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

READ MORE: France brings out The Best In Me with Tom Leeb

National semi-final results

Iceland

After Ísold & Helga and DIMMA moved on to the Icelandic final, Daði & Gagnamagnið, Iva and Nína will go to the last round after the second semi-final.

READ MORE: Daði & Gagnamagnið, Iva and Nína move on to the Icelandic final

Finalists of Söngvakeppnin 2020, Iceland's national selectionRÚV

Sweden

Sweden's national selection Melodifestivalen travelled north, to Luleå. Here, the 3rd semi-final took place where 7 seven more acts competed for 2 final spots. The happy winners: Mohombi and Mariette!

READ MORE: Mariette and Mohombi to Melodifestivalen final again!

Mohombi and Mariette, finalists in MelodifestivalenSVT

Ukraine

Another 8 acts performed during the second semi-final of Vidbir 2020. David Axelrod (11 points), KHAYAT (14 points) and TVORCHI (16 points) have qualified for the national final on Saturday 22 February.

READ MORE: David Axelrod, KHAYAT and TVORCHI move on to Ukraine’s final

Qualifiers Vidbir 2020 semi-final 2UA:PBC

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