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Saturday Summary – This week’s Eurovision news headlines

Welcome to the latest edition of our news round-up series which takes a look back at the Eurovision news headlines from the past seven days. Here you’ll find all the important news. Whether you need to catch-up or to remind yourself what has happened in the Eurovision world, this is the article for you. Want to read more? You can access the full articles by clicking on them.  Sergey Lazarev to represent Russia with “epic ballad”? For few months there have been rumours of Sergey Lazarev making his Eurovision comeback in 2019. Now Russian newspaper Moskovskij Komsomolets reports that Sergey will represent Russia in Tel Aviv with “super-ballad, something grand and epic”. Sergey Lazarev to represent Russia with “epic ballad”?

INTERVIEW: Krista Siegfrids talks Eurovision fans, UMK, and K-pop!

Friday night saw the 7th birthday of popular London club night, Eurofest, and a high-energy performance from Krista Siegfrids. I caught up with the Finnish singer before the event. Krista, welcome to London. You’ve recently been touring a lot in places such as Dubai. Does travelling and performing in different locations change the way you approach a performance? Yeah, a little. It’s always a different audience. Sometimes you have an audience that is really loud and wild, and sometimes you have an audience that are listening and taking it in all in a different way. So yeah, always trying to feel the audience, what kind of types there are. But I know tonight’s Eurofest audience is probably going to be wild and loud. You’re going to have people at the front of the stage who are absolutely loving it. I love that! I love when they are singing along. I really enjoy that. Krista on stage at Eurofest I ask about changing a performance because you were the Finnish entry at Eurovision 2013 in Malmo, and famously made the bold choice to kiss another woman on stage at the end of your performance of “Marry Me“. Did you feel any …

Saturday Summary – This weeks news recap

The season is getting more and more into it. This week we had several announcements about artists taking part or when certain national finals will take place all over Europe. An overview of all the events can be found in our calendar. One the following pages you’ll find the news of the week. Two more acts for the Romanian national selection As previously rumored and reported by us, there are not just one, but two more songs joining the line-up of this year’s national final in Romania. Bella Santiago and Linda Teodosiu are the lucky one. As a result, they will compete with the previously announced acts. Romania: Bella Santiago and Linda Teodosiu get the wild cards

XTRA Debate: When should a winner release follow up material?

Last week, Netta revealed she is due to release the long-awaited follow-up single to ‘Toy’. The song, initially scheduled for the summer but pushed back to 2019, will be released almost a year on from ‘Toy’ being released. Compared to other recent winners of the contest, this timeframe is pretty late… But is there a correct schedule to release further musical material? There is no question of a doubt that Netta’s victory has been monumental. At the time of writing, the music video has over 103 million views, the most viewed video on the Eurovision Youtube channel by far. The use of looping, contemporary message of the song and the surrealist performance has led to chart success across the continent. This also includes a number one spot in the American charts! Despite this huge success and incredibly popular remix videos like below, we haven’t yet had any other original material. A decent argument can be made that a looping remix of songs is a form of original material, but I’ll park that for now. How have other winners negotiated the success of the winning song against a wider body of work? Capitalising success of a single? I think for all …

Saturday Summary – Your weekly news update

Another week passed and we are ready to give you the first summary of the year 2019. If you think, you missed something important over the past week, we’re here to get you up-to-date with all the latest Eurovision news. On the following pages, you’ll find everything you need to know. Loreen wins #ESC250 for the seventh time! Eurovision fans celebrate the end of the year by voting their favorite Eurovision entries and the Top 250 get revealed on New Year’s Eve on ESCRadio. Loreen made it to the Top for the seventh time. Get the full list here: #ESC250: Loreen wins Eurovision Top 250 2018 for the seventh time!

Throwback Thursday: When Andrea told us to get out of her life

When I was asked to write a Throwback Thursday article for Montenegro, there was just one song I could choose. Andrea Demirović’s “Just Get Out of My Life”. This energetic, catchy entry is now ten years old and I decided it would only be right to dedicate my article to this robbed masterpiece! Discovering this Montenegrin bop I began watching Eurovision in 2013, so when I became a fan of the show I decided to listen back to some of the previous years of the contest to see what I’d missed out on for eight years of my life! When I got to the 2009 contest, I stumbled across this song. When I first listened to it, I was sure it must had qualified. And finished quite high in the final too. But, when I found out this song didn’t even qualify I was mortified! There’s nothing about this song not to love. However, when I looked more into this song I discovered why it had probably failed. It had opened the first semi-final of the contest. Unless you’re a real fan of the contest, you don’t really realise there are even semi-finals in Eurovision unless you stumble upon them …

Did you hear? Eurovision tidbits, week 52

What better way to start off the new (calenda) year than with a brand new collection of tidbits from all corners of the Euroverse? As we all know; a lot of things tend to happen on New Year’s Eve, and this edition was no different! However; first things first! The twins are here! After months of stunning us with a flood of the most amazingly gorgeous pregnancy photos, Barei gave birth to her twin baby boys last week! We all send our warmest congratulations to the family, and shout a big “Welcome!” to the little ones! View this post on Instagram Jamás sentí un amor tan verdadero… Gracias por vivir junto a mí la mejor aventura de mi vida @ruben_soundcook Never felt such a true love… Thank you for living with me the best adventure of my life 💜 #love #twins #maternity A post shared by Barei (@bareimusic) on Dec 27, 2018 at 12:22pm PST She said yes! During their Christmas holiday in Dubai, Eric Saade proposed to his girlfriend, influencer Nicole Falciani. According to both their Instagrams, she said “YES!” We will keep you up to date on further developments! View this post on Instagram Happy New Year.. and …

#ESC250: Crunching the numbers of the tenth annual Eurovision Top 250 vote!

On Monday (31 December), Loreen was crowned the winner of the 2018 Eurovision Top 250 vote for the seventh year in a row, with her 2012 winning song “Euphoria”. However, amongst all the entries there were many little pockets of facts and statistics that we’ve delved into to deliver to you! The show may be over for another year, but it’s time to look at the statistics of the 2018 Eurovision Top 250 vote. Which country made the most appearances? It comes with no surprise that the country that had the most entries in the Top 250 was Italy with 15 entries – one up from the 14 entries they had last year. The highest placing Italian entry on the chart was Il Volo’s 2015 entry, “Grande Amore”, which finished in 6th place. Italy was followed by Israel and Sweden – both with 12 entries – and Norway, with 11 entries. At the other end of the table, three countries failed to get a single entry into the Top 250 – Andorra, Malta and Morocco. Monaco, San Marino, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovakia and Yugoslavia all had one entry on the chart. In terms of which country had the highest percentage …

ESCXTRA Awards: The winner of the NMF’s Best Single Award is Eleni Foureira with “Tómame”!

There is just one award left to give out. You have voted for ten categories, including the NMF’s Best Single of 2018. You had six options to vote for. And the winner is… Second award for Eleni Foureira With her victory in the NMF’s Best Single Award, Eleni Foureira becomes the only singer to win two awards this year. She and her broadcaster CyBC previously won the award for Best Internally Selected Song. After her Eurovision success, Eleni Foureira decided that reggaeton flavoured releases would suit her best. After “Caramela”, she released “Tómame” in late October. The song soon shot to #1 in Greece. Like CyBC, Eleni Foureira knows that you should never change a winning formula. So when Eleni needed a new single, she once again teamed up with Alex Papaconstantinou to write “Tómame”. Full of Spanish flavour – and Spanish phrases – Eleni Foureira established herself a steady force on the reggaeton market. Lisbon delivers top two Of the six nominees, three took part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Two of those three made it to the top two. Eleni Foureira of course won the award, but Mikolas Josef finished in a respectable second place. Eleni’s “Tómame” …

XTRA Debate: What determines a Eurovision ‘legacy’?

There are only a few hours of 2018 left. In some nations within the Eurovision family (good morning Australia!) 2019 has already commenced. While we reminisce over the good, the bad, and the ugly that the last 12 months has brought to us individually, it also gives a moment to reflect on the Eurovision Song Contest. We celebrate the addition of 43 new songs, countless national final entries. However, some acts and songs stand out above the rest. An untouchable, legendary status. However, what makes these performances so legendary? As I’m writing this, a proportion of the ESCXTRA team are glued to some form of device to follow along with the live results of the ESC250 countdown. We are showing our delight at songs that scored well, did not rank as highly as we suspected. There have definitely been a few surprises! Anecdotes for staging ideas or initial reactions. It’s like a jumbo-packed, all-day Eurovision event through decibels and pixels. The simplest, but cheapest answer From a clinical, common sensical viewpoint – all songs are within the Eurovision legacy. There is only one entry from Spain that performed on the Kyiv stage in 2017, for example. Each song that competes, …