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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…
Why Ukraine wants Odessa for Eurovision 2017
Kyiv 2017

Why Ukraine wants Odessa for Eurovision 2017

The announcement of host city for Eurovision 2017 has in itself been a stop-start and incident-ridden process. So we can…
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