Copenhagen 2014

For all the news about the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest taking place in the Danish capital city of Copenhagen.

Conchita: “I have to set this clear… it’s not official”

Conchita: “I have to set this clear… it’s not official”

Whilst in the UK ahead of her appearance tonight at Heaven, in London, Conchita Wurst appeared on Friday night’s edition of the dinner time magazine television programme, The One Show, aired on BBC 1, to discuss several topics including the extreme European reactions to her win, the tour with Lady Gaga and how the character came about. As magazine shows go, The One Show follows the book – lots of topics of public interest! Today, it so happened that Conchita Wurst joined Sophie Ellis-Bextor, who was once rumoured to be a UK participant at Eurovision, on the sofa to discuss all sorts of topics. A few conversations were had with Conchita and we have picked out some of the important quotes below. About the Lady Gaga story which came to light earlier this week: “Well, I have to set this clear now because I heard [the rumours] too and I was calling my manager and I said “check your emails, what is this about? What is this?” and he said well “I’m sorry we don’t have an official…” Upon being asked if she would support Lady Gaga on tour, Conchita replied: Are you kidding? Of course!” When trying to convince …
Conchita Wurst goes to Heaven

Conchita Wurst goes to Heaven

Returning to London, where she has performed at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern during Eurofest and at the London Eurovision Party at Cafe de Paris, Conchita Wurst is back to London and will perform tonight at Heaven. The venue has seen a number of great artists on its stage, Kylie Minogue, Miley Cyrus and Rita Ora, to name a few and now it’s time for Conchita to prove herself in front of an audience that will not be (mostly) formed of Eurovision fans. Rise Like A Phoenix entered the UK Official Singles Chart last Sunday (May 18) at number 17. Wurst is now looking to consolidate her popularity with the British public. A specific time has not been announced but we would expect, based on previous experience, that her performance will start at some point past midnight.
Another successful West End Eurovision

Another successful West End Eurovision

The famous West End Eurovision made its return yesterday evening to the Dominion Theatre. Sponsored by the Make A Difference (MAD) Trust, the event gathered the best of the talent of London’s West End in an evening of theatre and Eurovision. The cast of 9 of the best shows in the West End made an effort to poise the celebrity panel, which included BBC’s Eurovision commentator, Graham Norton, former X-factor contestant, Rylan Clark, comedy actress Caroline Quentin and Birds of a Feather’s Leslie Joseph, the cast jury (members each competing act that did not take part in the competition) and the audience, an interesting mix of fans of the contest and people in the theatre industry. The show was opened by the cast of We Will Rock You doing a rendition of “Show Must Go On”, which got the crowd warmed up and ready for the excitement that the night was sure to bring. The evening was hosted by Richard Gauntlett, who explained what the whole thing is about. MAD is the theatre industry’s HIV and AIDS counterattack, providing support and prevention services in the UK and Southern Africa, as well as specialist support for industry professionals experiencing hardship due to …
Another three confirmations for 2015

Another three confirmations for 2015

Following our series of confirmations for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, we can now bring you more news. Three more countries have confirmed for Austria. First of all, Norway has confirmed its participation. Secondly, also Iceland expects to participate. They have not made the final decision yet, contrary to other reports, but RÚV’s Sigrún Hermannsdóttir states: No decisions have been made at this point, but we expect to participate in 2015. The third country we can now reveal to be represented in Austria is Germany. NDR’s Iris Bents told us: Yes, Germany will be there for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. We hope to bring you more confirmations in the next few days!
Conchita Wurst to go on tour with Lady Gaga?

Conchita Wurst to go on tour with Lady Gaga?

After having received support from big stars all over the world, such as Cher and Lady Gaga, Conchita Wurst has now taken the next step in her career. The most recent Eurovision winner will go on tour with American super star Lady Gaga, according to The Huffington Post. According to the newspaper, the American singer has asked Conchita Wurst to be the opening act of the European part of her tour, at least in Istanbul in September. Conchita would become part of Gaga’s artRAVE tour.
Two more countries confirmed for 2015

Two more countries confirmed for 2015

Since our article yesterday, two more countries have confirmed participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Both Hungary and Denmark have said they’ll be there in Austria. Hungary confirmed participation in the evening news bulletin last night. The broadcaster said they will once again be using the successful A Dal format, which scored them three final places and two top 10 positions since its introduction in 2012. This year’s host broadcaster DR confirmed to us in an e-mail that Denmark will also participate in Austria, as expected. Camilla Jensen told us: Denmark expect to participate in the ESC 2015.  escXtra.com will keep you updated as more countries will confirm for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.
The Common Linnets

The Common Linnets

Dutch duo The Common Linnets, consisting of Ilse DeLange and Waylon, decided it was time to let Europe hear what country music is all about. After being asked for Eurovision, where they finished in 2nd place, it was time for their album! The self-titled album has been doing well in charts, but what do we think? 01: Calm after the Storm The album starts with the song we all know from Eurovision. This album version however is half a minute longer than the Eurovision (and radio) version, mainly because of a different intro. The new intro works, as you get the sense of the rhythm before the two singers start singing. The vocal harmonies in this song work, but the most important element when listening to this is JB Meijers’ guitar solo, after about 2 minutes. 02: Hungry Hands This really is the classic Ilse DeLange tune. If you’re familiar with Ilse’s work, you’ll recognise this. It goes back to her older albums, where she did songs such as So Incredible. It’s a good way to get familiar with country music, with this being a ‘European’ way of doing country music. 03: Arms of Salvation Talking about uptempo! Here’s another one, but this is …
Responses from broadcasters regarding participation

Responses from broadcasters regarding participation

Now that the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 has come to an end, escXtra.com decided it was time to have a look at next year. Who will be there in Austria? We contacted all broadcasters and can now bring you the first part of the responses. First of all, the winner of the first contest will be there for the 60th anniversary. Switzerland’s broadcaster SRF told us they’d definitely be going to Austria next year. Secondly, the United Kingdom has more or less confirmed participation. In an e-mail to us they stated: We want to restore our winning ways!! A number of other countries has also confirmed participation, being hosts Austria and both Finland and Sweden, who have announced to keep UMK and Melodifestivalen as their selection procedures. Also Armenia and Ireland have confirmed participation. Andorran broadcaster RTVA has said they will not go to Austria. Furthermore, we can also tell you that, even though it’s not surprising, Czech Republic will most likely not return to the contest. Kamila Kaislerova told us: It is unlikely to return to the Eurovision Song Contest due bad interest of viewers. Some other countries have not yet given their final word on participation in Austria. San Marino will probably decide soon, both Italy and Slovenia will wait until the Autumn …
Suzy: I’d do it again… with a big ballad

Suzy: I’d do it again… with a big ballad

Suzy promises a new album and hints at future Eurovision endeavors
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