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WATCH: ESCXTRA’s LEP press afternoon livestream

WATCH: ESCXTRA’s LEP press afternoon livestream

For the 7th consecutive year, ESCXTRA are the proud media sponsor of the London Eurovision Party. This afternoon, we had the chance to catch up with many of the acts attending the event at Café de Paris. Below you can watch the full livestream of this afternoon!
Jonida Maliqi is coming to the London Eurovision Party!

Jonida Maliqi is coming to the London Eurovision Party!

Albania is traditionally the first nation to select its entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest and this year was no exception as Jonida Maliqi was selected with her song “Ktheju tokës” before 2019 had even begun. With Festival i Këngës taking place so early, Albania use the time to their advantage to craft a new version of the winning entry ready for Eurovision. It is this new version of “Ktheju tokës” which Jonida Maliqi will be performing in Tel Aviv in May, but first she will be taking to the iconic Café de Paris stage to perform to the intimate London crowd.  Jonida Maliqi will represent Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song “Ktheju tokës”. Albania returns to the London Eurovision Party “Ktheju tokës”, meaning Return to the Land in English, has remained fully in the Albanian language whilst the instrumentation to the ethnically-infused pop rock song has been improved and sounds even stronger than before. Oh Jonida Maliqi will be following in the steps of Elhaida Dani who performed her popular entry “I’m Alive” at the event in 2015 ahead of the contest in Vienna, Austria.  Only a few tickets remain The final tickets were released …
Mahmood brings his “Soldi” to the London Eurovision Party!

Mahmood brings his “Soldi” to the London Eurovision Party!

The next act to be confirmed for the London Eurovision Party is one of this year’s ultimate Eurovision favourites: Mahmood from Italy will travel to Leicester Square to perform his “Soldi” in front of the ecstatic crowd at Café de Paris. With his appearance at the iconic West End venue, Mahmood will follow in Francesco Gabbani’s footsteps. Mahmood will represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song “Soldi”. A rising star in Italian music Mahmood can best be described as an enormous rising star on the horizon of Italian pop music. After taking part in X Factor back in 2012, Alessandro Mahmoud has steadily been building a career in his home country. In 2016, he starred as one of the Nuove Proposte in the Festival di Sanremo, taking part alongside now established names and their past two Eurovision entrants Ermal Meta and Francesco Gabbani. In late 2018, the revamped Giovani category in the Festival di Sanremo gave Mahmood the opportunity to fight for the crown together with the big names. He managed to take the contest by storm and won it immediately. Mahmood will also now follow in the footsteps of Francesco Gabbani who performed his popular …
Duncan Laurence is first act from The Netherlands to perform at the London Eurovision Party

Duncan Laurence is first act from The Netherlands to perform at the London Eurovision Party

Duncan Laurence, who will represent the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel, with the song “Arcade” will be the first artist ever from his nation to perform at the London Eurovision Party when the event hits the British capital on Sunday 14th April. Taking to the stage at the iconic West End venue of Café de Paris, Leicester Square, the Dutch act will feel the love from the intimate UK crowd ahead of representing his nation this May.  From The Voice to Eurovision Duncan Laurence competed on The Voice of Holland in 2014, making up part of Ilse DeLange’s team. Incidentally, Ilse recommended Duncan and his song to the Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS having also previously represented the Central European nation herself, finishing in second place as part of The Common Linnets. Arcade has already made waves in The Netherlands, peaking in the top 10 of the Top 100. Ilse has also announced that she will travel to Israel as part of the team supporting Duncan.  Tickets now sold out A very small amount of tickets will be released on Saturday 30th March at 10am which have currently been held for production. Duncan Laurence is the …
John Lundvik is not too late for London’s love!

John Lundvik is not too late for London’s love!

Having beaten 27 other artists to the Eurovision ticket representing Sweden, John Lundvik will preview his entry “Too Late for Love” in front of the London audience – having also co-written the UK entry this year! John Lundvik will represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song “Too Late for Love”. Second time lucky for Lundvik In his second consecutive participation at Melodifestivalen, John Lundvik built off the success he had in 2018 where he made the final with his song “My Time” and finishing in third place. Returning to the competition this year with “Too Late for Love”, John Lundvik fought off tough competition in both his semifinal and the final from Bishara to earn the right to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Sweden have appeared at the London Eurovision Party every year since 2015 when Måns Zelmerlöw presented the UK fans with “Heroes” before he went on to win the Eurovision trophy in Vienna, Austria. Frans, Robin Bengtsson, Benjamin Ingrosso, Felix Sandman and Christer Björkman have all stood on the Café de Paris stage as well. Tickets now sold out A very small amount of tickets will be …
Melodifestivalen winner Anna Bergendahl will perform at the London Eurovision Party 2019!

Melodifestivalen winner Anna Bergendahl will perform at the London Eurovision Party 2019!

Ahead of the final wave of ticket sales this weekend, more and more acts for the London Eurovision Party 2019 are being confirmed. Next up is Melodifestivalen 2010 winner Anna Bergendahl, thanks to OGAE UK! Anna Bergendahl represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 and returned to the final of Melodifestivalen this year. She’s gonna shine, she’s gonna glow! Stockholm-born Anna rose to fame after placing fifth in the 2008 season of Swedish Idol. She has since become a two-time Melodifestivalen finalist, winning the competition in 2010 with This Is My Life and reaching the final once again this year with Ashes To Ashes. Ashes To Ashes has seen major success in Sweden since its release last month, hitting the top 20 in the official Swedish singles chart. Anna co-wrote the song with Thomas G:Son, Bobby Ljunggren and Erik Bernholm. We can’t wait to welcome Anna to the stage at London’s Café de Paris on 14 April, where she’ll perform Ashes To Ashes to an international audience for the very first time! Alasdair Rendall from OGAE UK said: “All of us at OGAE UK are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the London Eurovision Party – one of the …
Ireland’s Sarah McTernan will be bringing “22” to the London Eurovision Party!

Ireland’s Sarah McTernan will be bringing “22” to the London Eurovision Party!

Following months of anticipation and speculation, RTÉ (the national public broadcaster of Ireland) announced that Sarah McTernan will be flying the Irish flag at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. But before she gets to Tel Aviv, she will be performing “22” at Leicester Square’s iconic Café de Paris on Sunday 14th April for the London Eurovision Party. She follows Ryan O’Shaugnessy’s performance at the event last year. Sarah McTernan will represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song “22”. From number 22… to number 3-4 Coventry Street After months of speculation, the Irish broadcaster RTÉ finally announced that Sarah McTernan will represent Ireland in Tel Aviv with “22” earlier this month. 25-year-old Sarah McTernan rose to fame after taking part in The Voice of Ireland in 2015. She competed in Rachel Stevens’ team and eventually finished third. Following this she released her debut single “Eye of the Storm“, written by Ylva and Linda Persson. “22” was written by an international team, consisting of Janieck, Marcia “Misha” Sondeijker and Roulsen. Sarah will compete in the first half of the second semi-final on the 16th of May.  Last year, the Irish entrant Ryan O’Shaughnessy brought his entry “Together” to …
Victor Crone will bring his Storm from Estonia to the London Eurovision Party!

Victor Crone will bring his Storm from Estonia to the London Eurovision Party!

After battling through a semifinal and a Grand Final in Eesti Laul, Victor Crone won the Estonian ticket to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Tel Aviv, Israel with his song “Storm”. Co-written by Estonian favourite Stig Rästa, the Swedish born artist impressed the televoters at home and now will look to impress the UK fans at the London Eurovision Party Victor Crone will represent Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song “Storm”. Second country lucky for Victor Crone East Laul 2019 wasn’t the first national final that Victor Crone had taken part in. The Swedish vocalist took part in Melodifestivalen 2015 as part of Behrang Miri’s entry “Det rår vi inte för” which made it to the second chance round of the competition.  “Storm” was one of 24 entries shortlisted as part of Eesti Laul 2019 and qualified from the first semifinal winning the televote and being the second choice of the juries. However, it was a much trickier field in the grand final. Victor Crone won the televote by a comfortable margin but wasn’t one of the favourites of the jury, narrowly scraping into the ‘superfinal’ round by just 1 point. The superfinal is decided …
Latvia’s Carousel will be bringing “That Night” to the London Eurovision Party!

Latvia’s Carousel will be bringing “That Night” to the London Eurovision Party!

Following their victory in this year’s edition of Supernova, folk-pop duo Carousel will be flying the Latvian flag at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 but before the duo head of to Tel Aviv, they will be making a stop at Leicester Square’s iconic Café de Paris on Sunday 14th April for the London Eurovision Party! Carousel will represent Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song “That Night”. Shine bright like a supernova This year’s Supernova provided one of the most eclectic and interesting selections of songs this Eurovision season. In the end, it was the intimate and tender stylings of duo Carousel who emerged triumphant following a mix of jury, online, televoting & Spotify streaming with “That Night”. The duo, formed of Sabīne Žuga and Mārcis Vasiļevskis, have been active in the local music scene since 2015. The duo will also be the headline act for Riga’s pre-party, alongside fellow Supernova finalist Edgars Kreilis. In all the hustle and bustle of pre-party season, “That Night” will provide a moment of warmth and calmness. Latvia have been guests at the London Eurovision Party on a number of occasions as Triana Park, Justs and Aminata have all performed at …
Poland’s Tulia will be bringing their Fire of Love to the London Eurovision Party!

Poland’s Tulia will be bringing their Fire of Love to the London Eurovision Party!

Following the release of their entry for Tel Aviv 2019, Poland’s Tulia will be performing “Pali się (Fire of Love)” at the London Eurovision Party. They will be joining Poland’s 2011 entrant Magdalena Tul at Leicester Square’s Café de Paris on Sunday 14th April! They follow Gromee and Lukas Meijer, who represented Poland in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Light Me Up”. Take me there, be the air I need to survive Tulia is a four-piece group consisting of Patrycja Nowicka, Dominika Siepka, Joanna Sinkiewicz and Tulia Biczak. The group’s unique sound combines classic Polish white voice folk music with gritty rock production. Forming in 2017, they gained popularity with their cover of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence”, which has now been viewed over three million times. Other well-received covers include Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters“, which now has almost 5 million views on YouTube. In 2018, the group won three awards at the prestigious Polish Song Festival in Opole. They also appeared at numerous summer festivals and played their first sold out tour. The group recently received a platinum award for their self-titled debut album. Pali się (Fire of Love) was taken from the November deluxe edition …
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