Vienna 2015

For all the news about the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest taking place in the Austrian capital city of Vienna.

Full voting results of Melodifestivalen 2015 revealed

Full voting results of Melodifestivalen 2015 revealed

Following last Saturday’s Melodifestivalen final, SVT have just released the entire results for the 2015 edition of the show. With the introduction of the new app, artists received the highest totals we’ve ever seen, but we can confirm that it really was a landslide. The app was only available to vote in the first voting window of each semifinal, with Måns receiving 712,652 votes in Semifinal 4 – almost doubling the next nearest voting total. You can see the full results here on the SVT website and below. Stick with us at escXtra.com for a full analysis of these voting results later today. Semifinal One: Eric Saade – Sting: 413,556 + 35,324 = 448,880 Jessica Andersson – Can’t Hurt Me Now: 187,686 + 25,279 = 212,965 Andra Chansen: Dolly Style – Hello Hi: 138,255 + 16,961 = 155,216 Behrang Miri ft. Victor Crone – Det Rår Vi Inte För: 140,374 + 8,606 =148,980 Out: Elize Ryd & Rickard Söderberg – One By One: 101,433 + 27,928 = 129,361 Molly Pettersson Hammar – I’ll Be Fine: 82,207 (Eliminated in round one) Daniel Gildenlöw – Pappa: 44,483 (Eliminated in round one) Semifinal Two:  Mariette – Don’t Stop Believing: 472,908 + 28,219 = 501,127 Magnus Carlsson – Möt Mig i Gamla Stan: 441,477 …
Željko’s ballad for Knez finally revealed

Željko’s ballad for Knez finally revealed

Nearly five months after being announced as Montenegro’s entrant at Eurovision 2015, Knez has today released the audio of ‘Adio’, with which he’ll compete in the second semifinal on 21 May. You can hear it on SoundCloud here. ‘Adio’ was written by a most familiar Eurovision face, Željko Joksimović, and show’s its composers hallmarks. Balkan themes and sounds frame a simple but effective melody. However, ‘Adio’ has a slightly more upbeat tempo than previous Eurovision songs from Željko and there’s a key change too. For those of you born yesterday, Željko Joksimović earned second place for Serbia and Montenegro in 2004 with self-penned ‘Lane Moje’, before going on to author ‘Lejla’ for Hari Mata Hari competing for Bosnia in 2006. In 2008 he co-hosted the event in Belgrade, but was also the writer behind the home nation’s entry, ‘Oro’ by Jelena Tomašević. Most recently in 2012, Željko returned to the stage himself in Baku, finishing third with ‘Nije ljubav stvar’. Five years’ Željko’s senior, Knez has a long successful career already behind him but will be making his first foray into the Eurovision world in 2015.  
No politics here: Armenia changes song title

No politics here: Armenia changes song title

In what organisers describe as a move to “take away any suggestion of political intent behind the song”, Armenia’s entry to Eurovision 2015 has been retitled ‘Face the shadow’. The lyrics of the song, which formerly went by the subtle title ‘Don’t deny’, remain unchanged. In the drawn out period of announcements regarding the Genealogy project, the Armenian delegation made reference to the centenary of massacres of 1915. The song’s video, which remains unchanged, uses imagery designed to reflect upon this era. However, the official statement released suggests that ARMTV requested the song name change “to strengthen the concept of an anthem of peace, love and unity”, Gohar Gasparyan, Head of Delegation, was quoted as saying.
Anita and Michele build a chain of lights to Vienna

Anita and Michele build a chain of lights to Vienna

This morning, SMRTV has released the song Anita Simoncini and Michele Perniola will sing in Vienna. Their song will be called Chain Of Lights. As we’re used to by now, the Sammarinese entry has been composed by German Eurovision veteran Ralph Siegel, who was also responsible for all three of Valentina Monetta’s songs in Eurovision. The lyrics have been written by ‘John O’Flynn’: A pseudonym for Ralph Siegel’s colleague and team partner since ages, Bernd Meinunger. The success duo returns to Eurovision once more! The first song the two wrote together for Eurovision was Dschinghis Khan for Germany back in 1979, also composing the 1980, 1981 and 1982 German entries together. The last two Eurovision songs the two had together went down with less success: If We All Give A Little for Switzerland in 2006, performed by Six4One and Just Get Out Of My Life by Andrea Demirovic for Montenegro in 2009. Both Anita and Michele have a Eurovision history, both competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Michele Perniola represented San Marino in 2013, whereas Anita Simoncini did so in 2014 with her group The Peppermints. You can watch their song, Chain of Lights, below!
Daniel goes with Autumn Leaves in May

Daniel goes with Autumn Leaves in May

Daniel Kajmakoski has just released the final version of his Eurovision song. He’s changed the Macedonian Lisja Esenski to English and chooses to sing about Autumn Leaves in Vienna. The former X Factor winner won Skopje Fest way back in November. The singer announced changes to his song, but confirmation about singing in English only came later. That version has now been presented and you can watch the video for Autumn Leaves below!
ORF reveals full national final results

ORF reveals full national final results

Austrian broadcaster ORF have just revealed the voting details for their national final, Wer Singt Für Österreich?. The Makemakes convincingly won the show, getting over 50% of the votes in both televoting rounds. After an exciting jury voting, the televoting became a landslide for The Makemakes. After only just making it into first with juries, they also received twelve points from televoting: 51,15% of the Austrian people decided The Makemakes should represent Austria. Results of televoting round one: The Makemakes – I Am Yours: 51,15% DAWA – Feel Alive: 14,35% Zoe – Quel Filou: 11,32% Folkshilfe – Who You Are: 11,31% Johann Sebastian Bass – Absolutio: 8,92% Celina Ann – Utopia: 2,94% After a tie-break between Zoe and DAWA (Zoe received ten points from the jury, eight from televoting; DAWA the other way around), DAWA progressed to the superfinal. For that superfinal, host Mirjam Weichselbraun announced that ORF introduced the superfinal because they wanted over 50% of the Austrian public to stand behind their song. Funnily enough, that had already happened in round one without Mirjam even realising it. It was therefore no surprise that The Makemakes convincingly won the superfinal: The Makemakes – I Am Yours: 78% DAWA – Feel Alive: 22% As you see, The …
It’s “Tonight Again” for Guy Sebastian!

It’s “Tonight Again” for Guy Sebastian!

Second-last country to reveal its entry for this year Australia has premiered its song for Vienna tonight, with Guy Sebastian performing a newly-penned R&B-style single especially for Eurovision, called Tonight Again. You can watch it below:
Polina Gagarina shows her million voices

Polina Gagarina shows her million voices

Russia has revealed their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. After announcing pop star Polina Gagarina for Vienna this week, they’ve now revealed her song: A Million Voices. And yes, it’s another ballad! The song for peace has been written by basically the same team who were behind Dina Garipova’s 2013 entry, What If. The song has been written by Gabriel Alares, Joakim Björnberg, Katrina Noorbergen, Leonid Gutkin and Vladimir Matetsky. Looking at 2013, it’s Vladimir and Katrina joining the team with the other three returning to compose yet another Russian Eurovision ballad. You can watch the video for A Million Voices below!
“I’m Alive” released

“I’m Alive” released

The Albanian entry for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest is now officially released. “I’m Alive”, a powerful mid-tempo ballad, performed by Elhaida Dani will represent the nation in Vienna, Austria, on 19 May. The late release of the song came as a result of the withdrawal of “Diell”, the Festivali i Këngës 2014 winner and the initial selected song. Immediately after the withdrawal, Elhaida teamed-up with On Records, a music label from Kosovo to produce the newly selected “I’m Alive”. The song is produced by Zzap & Chriss and written by Sokol Marsi. The music video was directed by the Pro Video Albania, and its main concept is empowering women. You can watch the video below.
Elnur Huseynov to Vienna with ‘Hour Of The Wolf’

Elnur Huseynov to Vienna with ‘Hour Of The Wolf’

As expected, after month’s of speculation – it has been announced today that Elnur Huseynov will return to the Eurovision stage once more and represent Azerbaijan at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest with a song titled ‘Hour Of The Wolf.” In 2008, Elnur, alongside Samir were the first representatives of Azerbaijan, performing the song Day After Day in Belgrade and finishing in 8th place overall. Elnur has since continued his music career, most recently broadening his musical talents into neighboring country Turkey, where earlier this year he won the 2015 season of O Ses Türkiye (The Voice of Turkey). The announcement of Elnur’s participation had been reported by the media in Azerbaijan over the past few days, but it was officially confirmed this afternoon on Eurovision.tv that he would once again fly for the flag for Azerbaijan with big ballad Hour Of The Wolf.  (Yes another ballad to add to the list!) A music video for the song has already been filmed and will premiere tomorrow morning on Eurovision.tv’s YouTube channel.  In the meantime, his entry has been uploaded in full to his soundcloud page and can be heard below.  Let us know what you think in the comments!
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