Oliver Lewis

XTRA Debate: Considering welfare in the Eurovision Song Contest?
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XTRA Debate: Considering welfare in the Eurovision Song Contest?

Over the decades, the contest has become a space of inclusivity. Women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and disabled persons have all been accommodated and celebrated. However, despite these progressive traits, does the contest need to reconsider the role of welfare, health and safety and safeguarding for fans, acts and…
No JESC return for Montenegro in 2019
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No JESC return for Montenegro in 2019

While North Macedonia have confirmed participation for this year’s Junior Eurovision, RTCG have confirmed Montenegro sadly won’t be making an appearance in Poland. Head of Delegation for Montenegro, Sabrija Vulic, explained to Eurofestivales: We are not going to participate in the Junior Eurovision Festival 2019, the reason is that we…
Looking and reflecting on a Eurovision decade: 2010-2019
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Looking and reflecting on a Eurovision decade: 2010-2019

Last week marked the end of a Eurovision decade, which sounds weird. We started the 2010s on the May 25th in Oslo, where the infamous ‘epic sax guy’ aka Sergey Stepanov greeted us into the decade. We ended the Eurovision decade with Miki’s Spanish anthem (with some flatpack real estate…
XTRA Debate: Which televoting sequence is best for Eurovision?
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XTRA Debate: Which televoting sequence is best for Eurovision?

It is now almost expected that every year, the Eurovision Song Contest changes or amends something to keep the show fresh and engaging for an audience. Some have been less obvious to audiences, like amending the jury vote to an ‘exponential’ model last year. This year, one of the biggest…
XTRA Debate: Should we have more or less access to rehearsals?
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XTRA Debate: Should we have more or less access to rehearsals?

As of yesterday, we have seen the first rehearsal of every semi-finalist fighting for a place in the final. However, does our consumption of rehearsal content lead to a detrimental impact for the acts and contest as a whole? The oddness of rehearsal week To me, rehearsal week is a…
XTRA Debate: Should Eurovision continue to be a ‘contest’?
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XTRA Debate: Should Eurovision continue to be a ‘contest’?

The ‘Eurovision Song Contest’. Three words that for over 60 years has generally kept the same meaning. A group of songs from across the continent perform, then a group of people vote on it, a country wins, the cycle continues. However, does the competitive component of the event undermine the…
XTRA Debate: Reading performance from the semi running order?
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XTRA Debate: Reading performance from the semi running order?

Last week, the EBU announced running order for the Eurovision 2019 semi-finals. Like almost every Eurovision fan, after listening to the songs in order you can establish which song may stand out or is dampened by its musical neighbour. However, it’s a much trickier job to work out potential performance…
Meet the ESCXTRA Team! Part 35 – OLIVER
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Meet the ESCXTRA Team! Part 35 – OLIVER

As our team continues to grow, it means there are more of us that you can get to know! Therefore, we will continue to bring back our “Meet the ESCXTRA team” feature each time we have someone new for you to meet. What is our personal Eurovision story? Why did…
Serhat’s ‘Say Na Na Na’ written in five minutes!
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Serhat’s ‘Say Na Na Na’ written in five minutes!

In a recent interview with INFE Cyprus, Serhat revealed how he came to represent San Marino in this year’s contest. He revealed several fascinating nuggets of information, but most surprisingly that his entry for Tel Aviv ‘Say Na Na Na Na’ was written in just five… yes five minutes! Serhat…
Mahmood: Soldi will contain ‘no additions in English’
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Mahmood: Soldi will contain ‘no additions in English’

Italian representative Mahmood has ruled out including any English lyrics to his Eurovision performance of Soldi. In an interview with FanPage.it yesterday, the Sanremo winner explained his confident in the current combination of languages. However, he noted that the inclusion of a third could be excessive: I believe that Soldi…
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