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Weekend Summary – This week’s #Eurovision news headlines

Weekend 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. 🇲🇪 Montenegro withdraws from Eurovision Song Contest 2020 Montenegro public broadcaster RTCG has confirmed that it will not participate in the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest for financial reasons. 🇲🇪 Montenegro withdraws from Eurovision Song Contest 2020
XTRA Debate: Staging Emotions Part 1: Interiority on the Eurovision stage

XTRA Debate: Staging Emotions Part 1: Interiority on the Eurovision stage

We all know that staging is a huge part of the modern contest. Be it a slick dance routine, pyro, lighting effects or clever camerawork: staging makes the performance just as much as the song or act. This visual element of performance works to marry up with the song to become a strong overall package. Much like the song itself, effective staging can manipulate our emotions, incentivising us to vote for or against something. However, we rarely take the time to really consider the ways in which staging can dictate our emotional interpretation of a performance. The lyrics of a song certainly make us feel a certain way… Can staging have the same impact? In the first part of an exciting mini-series – Staging Emotions – we will consider how feelings/emotions are represented on the Eurovision stage. Through this, we will evaluate the ways in which emotions conjured through staging are key to connecting with juries and audiences alike. In recent years, there has been a move towards Eurovision entries depicting issues of interiority. General introversion, insecurity, anxiety, depression etc. It is fair to say we all have experienced one or more of these emotions and emotive states. Therefore, it …
XTRA Debate: Opening up to this years slogan

XTRA Debate: Opening up to this years slogan

Last week, another piece to the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 was made public. The EBU announced the official slogan: ‘Open up‘. How does it compare to previous years, and can we glean anything about the vibe of the 2020 contest from the multi-faceted slogan? Oliver: For me – ‘Dare to Dream’ was too abstract and bordering the overly pretentious. It asks more questions than it answers: Dare to dream winning Eurovision?Dare to dream hosting? What is the direct correlation between the slogan and the 2019 contest? Given Israel have both won and hosted the contest, in retrospect it seemed a strange slogan choice. Meanwhile, ‘Open Up’ is obviously funny for any English speaker who has a slightly filthy mind. Personally I would have paid to be a fly on the wall for that meeting. Just to see how many noticed the very obvious innuendo that has led to ALL the memes on the web. Insert endless jokes here! Vincent: I kinda agree. “Dare to Dream” is cliché while “Open up” at least has the innuendo going on. It’s like “All Aboard” in a way, inclusive but not cliché. But “All Aboard” worked because it was relevant to the theme. As …
Saturday Summary – This week’s #Eurovision news headlines

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. 🇳🇱 “Open Up”: The official slogan for Eurovision 2020! It has been revealed that the official slogan for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest will be… 🇳🇱 “Open Up”: The official slogan for Eurovision 2020!
XTRA Debate: Should Eurovision be more philanthropic?

XTRA Debate: Should Eurovision be more philanthropic?

A Eurovision ‘peace’ song has become cliché. Three minutes to depict a potential utopia, where everybody is or could be happy and how everything is or should be wonderful. It has become so common it was parodied in the 2016 interval act. However, should the contest go further than mere parody or cliché, and instead aim to be more philanthropic in its presentation and purpose?Global movements like Extinction Rebellion, increased plights for socio-economic equality and human rights have entered the periphery of public consciousness. Can the contest do more? Perhaps a more realistic question… should the contest do more? The idea and/or theme of ‘philanthropy’ can be read and interpreted in different ways. Here are three differing approaches to the same proposition: Problematising the ‘apolitical’ Eurovision is about promoting peace and civility across the continent. It is a carnivalesque spectacle, designed to provide universal entertainment through the form of music and performance. Politics are supposed to be put to the wayside, just for a few hours for three nights in May. However, as the years go on the contests insistence of the apolitical has increasingly become an uncomfortable position for myself and many fans. Indeed, whitewashing major problems in the …
Saturday Summary – This weeks #Eurovision news recap

Saturday Summary – This weeks #Eurovision news recap

Another week passed and lots of stuff happened in the Eurovision world. Every Saturday we look back at the news of the past week to keep you up-to-date. On the following pages, you will get the news that happened this past seven days. News about the Greek national selection Greece might return to having back the national final to select the Greek national representative for Rotterdam in 2020. Nothing is clear yet, but HoD revealed they are thinking about doing a national final. Greece: ERT to host two-stage national selection in 2020?
Saturday Summary – This week’s Eurovision news headlines

Saturday Summary – This week’s Eurovision news headlines

It’s Saturday once again and it means that it’s time to once again round off the latest news from the Eurovision world. More countries confirm their participation for Eurovision 2020 Italy has confirmed that it will be attending the party in Rotterdam. Italy confirms participation for Eurovision 2020 Latvia has confirmed their participation, with Supernova as their selection method. Latvia to choose its entry on February 8 Malta will also be participating in next year’s contest, with X Factor Malta finally confirmed as their selection method. Malta confirms participation for Eurovision 2020 Poland has also confirmed their participation. The way they will select their entry will be confirmed at a later date. Poland confirms participation in Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam
Saturday Summary – This week’s Eurovision news headlines

Saturday Summary – This week’s Eurovision news headlines

It’s Saturday once again and it means that it’s time to once again round off the latest news from the Eurovision world. Hooverphonic to represent Belgium at Rotterdam Belgium has kicked off the Eurovision season, by confirming that Hooverphonic will be their representative in Rotterdam. Hooverphonic will represent Belgium in Eurovision 2020
Saturday Summary – This week’s Eurovision news headlines

Saturday Summary – This week’s Eurovision news headlines

Another seven days have passed, and more news have been announced, why not have a read below of the latest Eurovision headlines! LRT confirm changes for Eurovizijos Atranka 2020 The Lithuanian broadcaster has confirmed the changes that will take place for Eurovizijos Atranka 2020. LRT confirm changes for Eurovizijos Atranka 2020
Meet the ESCXTRA Team! – Part 43 – Aline

Meet the ESCXTRA Team! – Part 43 – Aline

As our team continues to grow, it means there are more of us that you can get to know! Therefore, we will continue to bring back our “Meet the ESCXTRA Team” feature each time we have someone new for you to meet. What is our personal Eurovision story? Why did we want to be a part of this website? What are our favourite Eurovision songs of all-time? Also, how can you get in touch with us on social media? Read on to find out! ALINE VAN ROSSEM Good evening Europe, Australia and the rest of the world! My name is Aline Van Rossem. I am a girl born on September 5, 1998. I call myself a ‘small town girl in a big arcade’ because I am one of the smallest in the group with my 1m57. No worries, I am proud of my height because I can often be at the front of a stage during a Eurovision event! I describe myself as a passionate person who always looks positive at life, filled enthusiasm and a good dose of joy a. In addition to my great passion for the Eurovision Song Contest, I really love to dance. I have been …
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