Stockholm 2016

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

Melodifestivalen 2016: the call for songs is open.

Melodifestivalen 2016: the call for songs is open.

A new Eurovision season has started today – and SVT is already on the look for their song for Stockholm. The Swedish national broadcaster has just posted the rules for the 2016 Melodifestivalen and composers are invited to send in their songs until Wednesday 16th September, 08:59. As per last year’s contest, only 28 songs – and not 32 – will be part of the competition. One of the entry will come from the competition Svensktoppen nästa and will be known on September 6th, after the final will be held in Liseberg, Göteborg. Last year, Svensktoppen nästa gave the opportunity to Kalle Johansson to be part of the competition. The selection will be still divided into two contests: a regular one (for established composers) and a “public contest” that will select 5 songs from unknown composers. Being selected for the top 5 in the public contest does not give direct access to the competition, but puts the selected songs in the top 100 list of potential candidates for 2016. 50% of the songs will be composed or co-composed by a female author. You can find the full rule in english here.
Czech Republic confirmed for 2016?

Czech Republic confirmed for 2016?

After the Czech Republic’s comeback in Vienna, there was a question mark over whether the country would return to Eurovision when Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta failed to make the final with ‘Hope Never Dies.’ However, this morning an indication was given by a major Czech fansite that the Czech Republic will indeed be back in the contest next year in Stockholm. With a Facebook post simply saying “Czech TV will continue to attend Eurovision in 2016” they site unofficial sources but say that concrete news will be given soon with an official confirmation by Czech Broadcaster ČT. Česká televize bude pokračovat v účasti na Eurovizi i v roce 2016. Posted by Czech Eurovision Song Contest on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 Watch this space for more news on whether the Czechs will be returning for a 5th try at Eurovision. Meanwhile, enjoy the exclusive unplugged performance of ‘Hope Never Dies’ that Marta and Václav did for us at the London Eurovision Party.
The search for Sweden’s entry has already begun!

The search for Sweden’s entry has already begun!

Sweden is not only next year’s Eurovision host country but also one of the countries that possibly put the most effort in their national final. Melodifestivalen is a big thing for the Swedes and it’s no surprise that the search for the next Swedish representative has already started. The winner of this year’s music competition Svensktoppen nästa will get a wild card to participate in Melodifestivalen 2016. A jury built around the head of the Swedish delegation, Christer Björkman, has announced eight finalists who will compete in a final show on the Sunday 6 September. The winner of the contest will not only be chosen by the jury, but also by televoters who can already vote for their favorite artist from now on. Reason enough to have a look at the eight contestants – who knows, the next Eurovision hero might be one of them. Michael Fannon – “Kommer Tid,  Kommer Råd” (engl.: Time will tell) Sofia Sandberg-Albihn – “The Sunny Side” Smajling Swedes – “Goosebumps” Fanny Nilsson – “Alone” Jens Sporron – “Make A Mistake” Miss Winter – “The Road” Jawone – “Främling” (engl.: Stranger) Laila Adele – “Blame It All On You” All the songs are presented in …
Open call for entries shakes the FiK up

Open call for entries shakes the FiK up

Participation yet to be confirmed
No decision on national final format yet

No decision on national final format yet

Yesterday, rumours surfaced that German broadcaster NDR was saying farewell to their selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest. The one-night-but-three-round format would be exchanged for a Melodifestivalen-like competition, spread out over several weeks. NDR have now firmly denied all rumours. A report surfaced yesterday in which detailed information was given: Show hosts, show locations, show dates. It all seemed too good to be true. Did the Germans actually accidentally leak information before they were ready to give it? Well no. escXtra.com contacted NDR asking them about the matter. The broadcaster commented, short, but in clear words: It’s a pure invention. Someone must’ve been pulling a joke there. We’d say: Case closed. However, the idea that there might be changes to the format for Germany seem obvious. After the debacle with Andreas Kümmert, followed by Ann Sophie’s nil points in Vienna, several voices have spoken up to change the format which was deemed too complicated by many, including myself. Thomas Schreiber, responsible for Eurovision in Germany, has said that all information regarding the German selection for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will be released in due course. It does however seem likely that there will at least be some sort …
Eurovision till Globen för 2016

Eurovision till Globen för 2016

Stockholm venue confirmed to host next contest
Friends Arena and Tele2 Arena pull out of 2016 bid

Friends Arena and Tele2 Arena pull out of 2016 bid

Two of the most discussed possible venues for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest have withdrawn their bids, says Dagens Nyheter. Both Friends Arena and Tele2 Arena, both located in Stockholm, cannot meet the requirements of hosting Eurovision 2016. The main reason given for the withdrawal of the Tele2 Arena, the outright favourite to host 2016, seems to be the period of time in which the arena needs to be booked: four to six weeks seems to be too long for the football stadium. The only reason given for Friends Arena not hosting Eurovision is the fact that they simply do not want it. That leaves the question where to go now? If you’re hoping for Stockholm, fear not, there still is one bid left from the Swedish capital: Globen. The legendary Melodifestivalen and Eurovision 2000 host venue may still get the gig in 2016. However, there will be some tough competition as also the Scandinavium in Göteborg has expressed an interest. The third contender we know of at the moment is the Saab Arena in Linköping, a venue which could host up to 11,500 people for concerts. As was announced a few days after Måns Zelmerlöw won Eurovision 2015, Malmö …
Confirmations rolling in for Eurovision 2016

Confirmations rolling in for Eurovision 2016

We had some Belgian news this morning, but there’s more to report from Europe! Several countries have already confirmed their participation in Sweden and others have reportedly confirmed. It doesn’t need any explanation to say that Sweden will once again participate. They are next year’s host broadcaster and are yet to determine where the contest will take place. Obviously, they will use their highly successful Melodifestivalen for 2016. Even before Eurovision 2015, Hungary had confirmed their participation. Basically, when Boggie won A Dal back in February, it was said that A Dal would return in 2016. Since A Dal is not a competition on its own (like Sanremo or FiK), but purely a national final for Eurovision, we can therefore say that Hungary will be there in Sweden. This year’s host country Austria will also send an entry to Sweden, despite finishing without a single point this time. Speaking to Vienna.at, Alexander Wrabetz, chief at ORF, answered the question regarding an Austrian participant in Sweden as follows: Definitely. The ratings have shown us that Austria has become a Eurovision country again. Everyone here in Austria is proud of what we Austrians send out to the world, so yes, we will definitely …
VRT announces new national final

VRT announces new national final

Belgium has announced the first details of their way of selecting their 2016 Eurovision entry. VRT will have a new format with five artists. VRT has said they will look for five artists and songs. Their plan is to find these artists and songs themselves, but interested artists and songwriters can apply by sending an e-mail to [email protected] The last time VRT organised a national final, Axel Hirsoux was chosen for Copenhagen. His Mother failed to qualify. This year, the Walloon broadcaster RTBF internally chose Loïc Nottet to represent them in Vienna. The runner-up of The Voice Belgique surprised many when his song was revealed. Rhythm Inside qualified for the final and eventually finished in fourth, Belgium’s highest since 2003. VRT’s best result ever dates back to 2010, when Tom Dice finished in sixth.
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