So the big news this week in Eurovision is that Maruv won in Ukraine, then decided not to go to Tel Aviv because of issues between her and the broadcaster, and now Ukraine’s participation itself is uncertain. So this week’s quiz is, at first, a Ukrainian trivia quiz. But that’s not all, there were other selections in Denmark and Lithuania, and the semi-final stage has concluded over in Sweden. Plenty of goings-on means plenty of questions, so what trivia have you remembered from the past week?
Every question in this quiz is related to ESCXtra articles published during the last week. Maybe also a few days either side. Perhaps it was something being reported, maybe it is some information that our writers left in the article. Very occasionally it’ll require a little bit of Eurovision knowledge outside of that. The majority of the answers will have been on this website very recently.
In any case, I hope you’ll join us and have an attempt at the very latest in Eurovision trivia. It’ll also serve as a useful reminder of the headlines you have been reading this week.
The biggest issue of this week in Eurovision started when Maruv won Vidbir 2019, to represent Ukraine in Eurovision. What was her song called?
Soon after winning, it emerged that Maruv would have to sign a contract with the broadcaster, complying with their wishes to represent them in Eurovision. She and the broadcaster did not reach this agreement but what was the issue that led to contract talks failing?
To clarify. Maruv has claimed she has not visited Crimea since 2014, and she accepted the clause about not performing in Russia. Having already performed in Russia itself wasn't an issue. The reason the talks failed is that they could not resolve differences over the other parts of the contract, which Maruv felt put her too much under the control of the broadcaster, she said it will 'enslave me'.
Most recently, it's possible that Ukraine might withdraw. In recent years, they have also missed one Eurovision contest, when was that?
They withdrew in 2015 due to financial difficulties. They of course won the contest they returned in, in 2016.
Away from Ukraine, the London Eurovision Party is getting more acts announced. One non-British act so far has been announced having last represented their country in Eurovision over 5 years ago. Who is this?
She represented Poland in 2011. So far, the other acts that are not performing in Tel Aviv are British, SuRie and Holly Tandy, from 2018 and this year's You Decide respectively.
The titles of the Georgian entries were revealed this week. One of them is being performed by two acts, which one?
It means 'Go Ahead', and I'm sure the two singers performing it will be trying to 'get ahead' of the other.
A fairly successful past Eurovision artist has been revealed to be singing backing vocals for Michael Rice's 'Bigger Than Us', quite a coup for the United Kingdom. Who is it?
All options were from Eurovision 2002, and it is Sahlene who is giving the UK her services.
Which of the following acts in Sweden's Melodifestivalen's fourth heat qualified for Andra Chansen - which takes place next week?
I will use this space to express my (somewhat expected) displeasure at Sweden dismissing Pagan Fury like that. Not enough Crusader Kings II players overlapping with Melodifestivalen fans.
Over in Denmark, Leonora won with 'Love Is Forever'. What sport does she play - and has won awards for - when she's not singing?
Very multi-talented for a 20-year old.
After the release of all the Melodifestivalen songs onto Spotify, which topped the chart?
Jurijus is representing Lithuania in Tel Aviv. What animal does his song title say he is running with?
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