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Eurovision 2016 – The winners who didn't win

Eurovision 2016 – The winners who didn't win

What a show we had last night. Dami Im in a landslide after the juries, but being overtaken by Jamala in the last seconds, seconds before it became clear that, despite winning the televote, Sergey Lazarev didn’t manage to overtake the Ukrainians. It’s quite understandable that these three countries took up most of our attention last night. There are however more winners than just Jamala, Dami and Sergey. A day after the Grand Final, I’m going to take a look at these winners who didn’t win in the article below, as they deserve to be mentioned. Bulgaria When Bulgaria announced their comeback to the contest, there really wasn’t an entire lot of hope for them. I mean, Bulgaria qualified for the final just once and they announced to be sending a returning artist who… didn’t qualify. Poli and her team then revealed If Love Was A Crime and turned themselves into a fan favourite. Qualifying for the final was already quite an achievement for Poli, but bookmakers kept having her around fifteenth. For Bulgaria to eventually end up in fourth place, basically as the best of the rest, is quite the achievement. A fourth place is Bulgaria’s best ever result and …
Charts react to Eurovision

Charts react to Eurovision

Here we go with our yearly summary of iTunes charts reaction from around Europe and Australia to yesterday’s Grand Finale of the Eurovision Song Contest. Unlike most previous years, we have quite interesting results here as Ukraine is not a conventional chart-topper, so there are a few surprises. One song performed yesterday is doing exceptionally well across the charts in Europe and Australia. See for yourself. United Kingdom 1 Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling! 20 United Kingdom 31 Sweden 40 Australia 54 Heroes (winner 2015) 62 Russia 78 Spain 93 Ukraine 96 Bulgaria Australia 2 Australia 3 Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling! 52 Belgium 89 Russia Austria 2 Sweden 3 Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling! 5 Austria 20 Russia 24 Australia 30 Ukraine 32 The Netherlands 34 France 38 Poland 48 Belgium 50 Latvia 53 Spain 54 Cyprus 55 Hungary 56 Lithuania 60 Italy 66 Israel 67 Heroes 71 United Kingdom 99 Germany Belgium 1 Belgium 2 Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling! 11 Sweden 13 France 19 Russia 20 Australia 27 Ukraine 37 Austria 46 The Netherlands 53 Poland 56 Heroes 60 Spain 69 Bulgaria 74 Latvia Denmark 1 Justin Timberlake – …
Jamala sends a strong message to all those in pain

Jamala sends a strong message to all those in pain

Jamala says that her song is about all mankind suffering from pain. In a reply to escXtra, the 2016 Eurovision winner said that the song 1944 is not about only her personal story but everyone can relate to his/her own tragic experience in life. She mentioned a few such as the Holocaust. Jamala said that when she was writing the song that managed to win Eurovision for Ukraine for the second time, she was listening to Schindler’s List soundtrack. Infact this powerful track was her driving force to transmit a strong message in Europe’s favourite show. Europe has sent a strong message after Ukraine’s victory in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. At the end of the winner’s press conference EBU Eurovision Supervisor Jon Ola Sand gave a few details to the Ukrainian delegation as the country is expected to host the forthcoming edition. Watch Jamala celebrating her victory and her comments to escXtra
Editor predictions for the Grand Final

Editor predictions for the Grand Final

As with both semi-finals, our editors have predicted the top five for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, taking place in just hours. We scored an 8/10 on the first semi, but the second semi was much better: 10/10. Here’s how our editors think it will end tonight. Who will be in the top five? And who will come last? Simon 1. Sweden 2. Russia 3. Ukraine 4. Armenia 5. Italy Last: United Kingdom Danny 1. Russia 2. Australia 3. Sweden 4. Ukraine 5. Latvia Last: Spain Wivian 1. Armenia 2. Sweden 3. Ukraine 4. Australia 5. Russia Last: Hungary Nick 1. Russia 2. France 3. Australia 4. Armenia 5. Malta Last: Azerbaijan Nathan 1. Sweden 2. Armenia 3. Ukraine 4. Russia 5. Australia Last: Germany Rodrigo 1. Ukraine 2. Russia 3. Armenia 4. Australia 5. Sweden Last: Germany Brent 1. Australia 2. Ukraine 3. Russia 4. Armenia 5. Sweden Last: Czech Republic Rinor 1. Armenia 2. Ukraine 3. Russia 4. Australia 5. Latvia Last: Germany Sophie 1. France 2. Russia 3. Latvia 4. Ukraine 5. Armenia Last: Georgia Alekas 1. Armenia 2. Russia 3. Ukraine 4. Latvia 5. Australia Last: United Kingdom Matteo 1. Ukraine 2. Russia 3. Sweden 4. Armenia 5. Australia Last: Germany Combined If we combine those predictions, we would get the following top five and last place …
Grand Final exit poll after dress rehearsal

Grand Final exit poll after dress rehearsal

It’s just few hours before the 61st Eurovision Song Contest grand final.  Last night we had the second dress rehearsal (jury show) for the grand final. The Globen arena was packed with a colourful audience. We took advantage of this and sent our roving reporter Edward Montebello out into the crowds after the show to hear the first reactions of the man (or woman, or child) on the street about the hopefuls from the show. Who they predict to win Eurovision? Watch until the end, you might be surprised!  
Live blog: First final dress rehearsal

Live blog: First final dress rehearsal

Welcome all to our coverage of the first dress rehearsal for the grand final! It’s the first time we’ll get to see how the songs will line up together in the running order as revealed last night, and our first look at the show. Join us on our live stream at escxtra.com and on Twitter @escXtra. Meanwhile follow our thoughts on our live blog below – enjoy!  
Running order of Saturday's grand final revealed

Running order of Saturday's grand final revealed

During tonight’s qualifiers’ press conference, the 10 winners of semi final 2 picked which half of Saturday’s final they will be performing in. Shortly after the draw, work began on putting together the best possible running order of the grand final. A group of representatives from both the Swedish national broadcaster, SVT and the European Broadcasting Union, EBU, have worked hard in the hours after the press conference on presenting a running order that will allow every song it’s best opportunity to shine in Saturday’s final. Based on whether the artist drew the first or second half of the final, this group has done their best to put together arunning order that will ensure that the viewers all around Europe, and the rest of the world, will get to enjoy a great show on Saturday.  SVT and EBU have just announced the running order for the final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest: Belgium Czech Republic The Netherlands Azerbaijan Hungary Italy Israel Bulgaria Sweden Germany France Poland Australia Cyprus Serbia Lithuania Croatia Russia Spain Latvia Ukraine Malta Georgia Austria United Kingdom Armenia What do you think? Who gains the most from this running order?
Watch: Jamala says that everyone can relate with her song

Watch: Jamala says that everyone can relate with her song

Another exciting night ended with ten qualifiers. Many of the artists were mobbed away but escXtra managed to catch up with Jamala who kept Ukraine’s perfect record in qualification. You can see it in her eyes, Jamala was so emotional to speak about her song. Watch her reaction below
Editor Predictions for Semi Final 2

Editor Predictions for Semi Final 2

As with the first semi final, we’ve predicted who we think will qualify in tonight’s semi final. We correctly predicted eight out of the ten finalists in Tuesday’s semi final – with Iceland & Estonia being the two that we incorrectly predicted. This is how our editors think tonight will go: Combined: Ukraine Bulgaria Australia Serbia Latvia Israel Belgium Georgia Lithuania Poland Last Place: Switzerland
Second semi-final exit poll after dress rehearsal

Second semi-final exit poll after dress rehearsal

Last night we had the second dress rehearsal (jury show) for the second semi-final. The audience was almost full with members of the public allowed to watch the show. We took advantage of this and sent our roving reporter Edward Montebello out into the crowds after the show to hear the first reactions of the man (or woman, or child) on the street about the hopefuls from the show. Here is what they had to say:
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