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🇲🇩 Slideback Sunday: Moldova’s dynamic debut
Features

🇲🇩 Slideback Sunday: Moldova’s dynamic debut

As the Euroverse slips into the most surreal spate of PED, let’s alleviate some of the symptoms with a slideback…
Slideback Sunday: Dreaming of Albania!
Editorials & Opinion

Slideback Sunday: Dreaming of Albania!

An Albanian seventeen year old was the filling in a Hadise and Alexander Rybak sandwich back in 2009. Holding her…
Throwback Thursday: An understated and underrated Danish gem
Features

Throwback Thursday: An understated and underrated Danish gem

Casting back twenty-three years takes us to Aud Wilken’s performance of ‘Fra Mols stil Skagen’. Ending up in 5th place,…
XTRA Debate: Dare to dream? The slogan nightmare
Features

XTRA Debate: Dare to dream? The slogan nightmare

Most Eurofans have greeted the Tel Aviv slogan with a torrent of indifference, but it’s perfectly decent and harmless, no?…
“Celebrating diversity” or perpetuating old stereotypes?
Features

“Celebrating diversity” or perpetuating old stereotypes?

The good/dark old days when BBC viewers were ‘treated’ to Terry Wogan’s commentary are long gone. While lauded for many…
Throwback Thursday: Sound the Siren for Estonia100
Features

Throwback Thursday: Sound the Siren for Estonia100

Estonia 100 This week marks 100 years since the original founding of Estonia as a sovereign nation. A host of…
XTRA Throwback Thursday: Uniquely Ukrainian
Features

XTRA Throwback Thursday: Uniquely Ukrainian

Happy Birthday Ukraine! Twenty-six today, and fresh as ever. This week’s XTRA Throwback Thursday celebrates Ukrainian Independence Day with an…
Meet the ESCXTRA team! Part 13 – SIMON
Features

Meet the ESCXTRA team! Part 13 – SIMON

This summer, we are running a series of feature articles that is slightly different to the norm. We think this…
San Marino for sale? The moral and financial price tags of Eurovision participation
Editorials & Opinion

San Marino for sale? The moral and financial price tags of Eurovision participation

San Marino RTV has refuted claims of a ‘pay-and-you’ll-go’ approach to its national selection, after accusations that they are requesting…
Albania selects Lindita for Kyiv
Kyiv 2017

Albania selects Lindita for Kyiv

Lindita Halimi has emerged victorious at Festivali i Kengës, earning the right to represent Albania at the 2017 Eurovision Song…
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