Saturday summary: This week’s Eurovision news headlines

A revamped Festivali i Këngës in Albania as the 2019 season draws ever closer

Albania made a triumphant return to the Eurovison Song Contest final this year in Lisbon, with Eugent Bushpepa giving the Balkan nation their third-best result in Eurovision history. Only Rona Nishliu and Anjeza Shahini had finished higher than Mall‘s 11th place in Portugal.

Now changes are underway to make Festivali i Këngës entries more Eurovision-friendly. All 22 acts will perform on both the first night and the second night of the three-night festival. The second night will consist artists being able to use a backing track and make full use of staging effects to enhance their entry, showing the potential of their song in a Eurovision enviroment.

OGAE United Kingdom take victory in the 2018 OGAE Song Contest

The Song Contest is the oldest of the four annual OGAE contests. First held in 1986, it is a competition in which all OGAE clubs can participate. Participating Eurovision fan clubs can send one song, as long as it is an original song that hasn’t taken part in any Eurovision selection or contest, released in the last two years, sung in a national language and performed by a national citizen.

It was OGAE United Kingdom’s selection of Scared of the Dark by Steps that earned the UK victory in this year’s contest. Eleni Foureira, representing Greece, placed second with Vasilissa. Ireland rounded out the top three, represented by Kodaline and Follow Your Fire. Check out the full results below!

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Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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