Stockholm 2016

For all the news about the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest taking place in the Swedish capital city of Stockholm.

Kaliopi presents power ballad for Stockholm

Kaliopi presents power ballad for Stockholm

Macedonia’s stall for Stockholm has been set out in style, as Kaliopi’s song, “Dona” has been presented. A rock-based power ballad, “Dona” has a slow and atmospheric start before allowing Kaliopi to show off her vocal power in the choruses. “Dona” was presented in a 90min show tonight, which strongly featured the events from her campaign in Baku 2012, where “Crno i belo” reached the final, achieving 13th place. Kaliopi is making her third attempt at a Eurovision campaign, having stalled in the pre-selection round of 1996. The first performance of “Dona” (short for Madonna”) took place on MRT and was launched with the official video rather than a live performance. The reason for this was that the video offered higher production standards than were possible in the TV studio. Macedonia will perform in the first half of the second semifinal. “Dona” is the only song in that show with no English. In fact, the only other song in semifinal 2 with a significant amount of lyrics in any language other than English is Jamala’s “1944”.  
Romania: Ovidiu Anton wins the ticket to Stockholm

Romania: Ovidiu Anton wins the ticket to Stockholm

Ovidiu Anton won the Romanian ticket to Stockholm after an exciting two and a half hour show. Ovidiu Anton won the Romanian final better known as Selecţia Naţionala with the song Moment Of Silence. Tonight’s final organised by TVR, featured six acts and Ovidiu Anton won the public’s heart as the outcome was solely decided by tele-voting. Ovidiu Anton led the tele-voting throughout the show and it was no surprise that he finally won the right to fly the Romanian flag in Sweden. Results: 1st place: Ovidiu Anton – Moment Of Silence 2nd place: Vanotek feat. The Code & Georgian – I’m Coming Home 3rd place: Florena – Behind The Shadows 4th place: Dream Walkers – Let It Shine 5th place: MIHAI – Paradisio 6th place: Doru Todoruţ feat. Irina Baianţ – The Voice This year’s Moldovan hopeful Lidia Isac appeared in the show in order to promote her Eurovision entry. The jury members who played an important role in last Friday’s semi-final, did also perform a couple of songs. The interval acts included 2013 Romanian entrant Cezar who gave a rendition of Conchita’s song Rise Like A Phoenix. Ovidiu Anton will represent Romania in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest on 12th May. The country is …
Live: Selecţia Naţionala… Romania decides

Live: Selecţia Naţionala… Romania decides

Tonight Romania is deciding for Stockholm. The Romanian final better known as Selecţia Naţionala will feature six acts who qualified from last Friday’s semi-final. While in the semi-final show there was a mixture of jury and public vote, tonight it’s solely in the hands of the public to select it’s entrant for Eurovision. TVR is expected to produce another exciting national final as Romania will try to pick up the song and artist who can give the country it’s first victory in Europe’s favourite show. The line-up for tonight: 1. Florena – Behind The Shadows 2. Doru Todoruţ feat. Irina Baianţ – The Voice 3. Dream Walkers – Let It Shine 4. Vanotek feat. The Code & Georgian – I’m Coming Home 5. Ovidiu Anton – Moment Of Silence 6. MIHAI – Paradisio Tonight’s show will kick-off at 19:30 CET on TVR. You can watch it via satellite (Hot Bird 13.0°E) or on webcast by clicking here Romania is one of the few countries which holds 100% qualification to the final.
Michał Szpak will represent Poland in Stockholm

Michał Szpak will represent Poland in Stockholm

Michał Szpak won the Polish ticket to Stockholm after winning Krajowe Eliminacje (Poland national final). During the one and a half hour show, the public selected Michał Szpak with the song Color of Your Life. Nine acts competed in the national final which TVP decided to organise this year. Szpak convincingly won with nearly 36% of the votes. The show opened by Monika Kuszyńska saw also Piasek, the 2001 entrant as a special guest in the show. This year’s national final was hosted by Eurovision commentator by Artur Orzech. The hot favourite not just only to win tonight but also to win Eurovision, Margaret did not impress by her live vocals and ended up in second place with 24% of the vote. 1994 Polish entrant, Edyta Górniak was also a favourite to represent Poland and finished in third place, with about 18%. Michał Szpak will represent Poland in the second semi-final on 12th May with the hope to qualify to the Eurovision grand final. Watch Michał Szpak national final performance
Estonia to hit Play with Jüri in Stockholm

Estonia to hit Play with Jüri in Stockholm

Estonia has chosen the winner of Eesti Laul 2016. Jüri Pootsmann managed to convince his country to hit Play. As a result, he will now represent Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest. Pootsmann already entered tonight’s show as the favourite to win the ticket to Stockholm, but that’s never a guarantee for success. He won the jury vote and then qualified for the superfinal, together with former Suntribe member Laura and Cartoon ft. Kristel Aaslaid. Jury runner-up Mick Pedaja just missed out on the superfinal. The result of the superfinal: Jüri Pootsmann – Play Laura – Supersonic Cartoon ft. Kristel Aaslaid – Immortality It will be the second year in a row that Estonia will be represented by a song written by Stig Rästa. Last year, he was on stage together with Elina Born to perform Goodbye To Yesterday, which eventually finished seventh in Vienna.
Melodifestivalen 2016 Final complete – who performs where?

Melodifestivalen 2016 Final complete – who performs where?

Is this the best Melodifestivalen final ever? That’s what we’re asking ourselves right now. Twelve cracking songs but only one can win! After tonight’s brilliantly entertaining Andra chansen show, we got our final four qualifiers to next week’s grand final. Christer Björkman presented the running order live on the Andra chansen stage tonight with hostess Gina Dirawi. Next week’s final will proceed as follows: Panetoz – “Håll om mig hårt” Lisa Ajax – “My Heart Wants Me Dead” David Lindgren – “We Are Your Tomorrow” SaRaha – “Kizunguzungu” Oscar Zia – “Human” Ace Wilder – “Don’t Worry” Robin Bengtsson – “Constellation Prize” Molly Sandén – “Youniverse” Boris René – “Put Your Love on Me” Frans – “If I Were Sorry” Wiktoria – “Save Me” Samir & Viktor – “Bada nakna” escXtra will be on the ground in Stockholm for the Melodifestivalen 2016 final, so stay tuned for all kinds of coverage this week direct from the host city of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016!
Live: Krajowe Eliminacje… Poland decides

Live: Krajowe Eliminacje… Poland decides

Tonight Poland will decide upon it’s entrant for Stockholm. Nine acts are in contention to represent the country in the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest. After a series of internal selections, Polish broadcaster TVP is resuming it’s national final better known as Krajowe Eliminacje. Tonight’s show will be opened by last year’s representative, Monika Kuszyńska. The show will be hosted by Polish Eurovision comentator Artur Orzech. The public will decide who should go to Eurovision and Monika will announce the result. The line-up for tonight: Natalia Szroeder – Lustra Edyta Górniak – Grateful Taraka – In the Rain Aleksandra Gintrowska – Missing Michał Szpak – Color of Your Life Margaret – Cool Me Down Kasia Moś – Addiction Dorota Osińska – Universal Napoli – My Universe The show starts at 21:25 CET and will be broadcasted on TVP. It can be followed on webcast by clicking here or via satellite on TVP (Hot Bird 13C)
Live: Melodifestivalen – Andra chansen: Halmstad

Live: Melodifestivalen – Andra chansen: Halmstad

Four semifinals have passed and we’re left with eight automatic finalists and another eight songs which have been handed a lifeline by the Swedish voting public by sending them through to tonight’s Andra chansen, the Second Chance round of Melodifestivalen 2016. Gina Dirawi is our host, the same as every week this year, but she will be joined by two co-hosts tonight, both former Melodifestivalen finalists. Ola Salo, former lead singer of The Ark – the winner’s of the Swedish ticket to Eurovision in 2007 with “The Worrying Kind”, and Peter Jöback, who has most recently played the title role of The Phantom of the Opera in both London’s West End and New York’s Broadway – and finished ninth in the Melodifestivalen 2010 final with “Hollow”. Each of the competing eight songs tonight has been paired with another to form a duel. The results of each duel will be kept secret until all eight songs have been performed and been voted on. At the end of the show, the running order will be presented and when we get to a gap in the order which requires an Andra chansen winner to be placed there, it will be filled in with …
Live: Eesti Laul 2016 Final

Live: Eesti Laul 2016 Final

Tonight, the final of Eesti Laul will take place in Saku Suurhall, the same location that hosted Eurovision 2002. Ten acts are still in the running, and the winner will proceed to represent Estonia in Stockholm. The best song will be selected over two rounds of voting: in the first round, a 50-50 combination of jury and televoting results will determine the three superfinalists. Out of these three superfinalists, the winner will be chosen by 100% televoting. The running order for tonight’s show is: Laura – Supersonic Go Away Bird – Sally Mick Pedaja – Seis Grete Paia – Stories Untold Kéa – Lonely Boy Jüri Pootsmann – Play Kati Laev & Noorkuu – Kaugel Sinust Cartoon feat. Kristel Aaslaid – Immortality  Meisterjaan – Parmupillihullus I Wear* Experiment – Patience The show begins at 18:30 CET and can be viewed on ERR’s official website or eurovision.tv. Preview tonight’s songs and see what our editors think right here and here.
Meet Sergey Lazarev and 'You Are The Only One'

Meet Sergey Lazarev and 'You Are The Only One'

33-year old Sergey Lazarev is finally going to represent Russia at Eurovision 2016 in Sweden. Lazarev is a very famous and popular singer in all Former Soviet countries and many fans have been impatiently waiting for him to represent Russia – this dream has come true in 2016. It’s a well-known fact that Sergey was offered to go to Eurovision more than once by many Russian producers and songwriters, but he has always rejected these offers for different reasons. The main one, for sure, was that he didn’t quite like the songs he was given. In 2016, though, his close friend, famous Russian producer and songwriter Philipp Kirkorov (who is considered to be the best Eurovision coach of Russia btw), offered Sergey a song, to which he couldn’t help but say “yes”. All his fans and many music experts were crying with happiness, as they think that Lazarev is the best choice that Russia could ever have made. It’s not a secret that Sergey has not participated in any selection process, as he was directly nominated by the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK). No protests arose against his candidature, as people really love him. What about his …
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