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The new Eurovision has arrived: armchair audiences, chosen tribes and digital engagement

The new Eurovision has arrived: armchair audiences, chosen tribes and digital engagement

You might have noticed that Costa made mention of rewatching all the contests since 1956 with a group of like-minded friends during the first lockdown in the United Kingdom. We are both a part of this group, along with some former ESCXTRA faces and some new friends from across the European continent. In fact, it was another of our group that inspired us to write this piece.  Before we undertook this ‘journey’, and trust us… it was a journey, we had only ever met sporadically for Eurovision-related adventures across the country, the continent and beyond! Some of the group had, of course, formed friendships aside from the contest but it was the contest which had united us all in the first instance.  Why is this important now? Tonight, we begin our mammoth journey across the continent to find our entries for Eurovision 2021. The contest will go ahead this year, this much we know. In which format? We aren’t sure. However, this is the new Eurovision. No matter what happens after 2021, in which we will regain live audiences and a real sense of togetherness at an event, armchair audiences, chosen tribes and digital engagement will persevere as the new …
🇫🇮 Aksel: “I’m sorry for all the confusion I caused!”

🇫🇮 Aksel: “I’m sorry for all the confusion I caused!”

Aksel is one of the seven artists competing at this year’s Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, Finland’s national selection for Eurovision Song Contest. We had the chance to talk with Aksel after today’s reveal. Last year you won UMK and now you are back for the second time. How do you feel about UMK21? I’m very excited actually and it’s going to be a tough competition. I’m really looking forward to it. Last year you said in an interview that you wouldn’t send a song, but you are taking part after all. I was having an interview about my new single and then the conversation moved to UMK. I was asked if I am taking part and I panicked and said I’m not taking part, even I was supposed to say “no comment”. What made you send a song in this year? The main reason is that last year I didn’t get to go. I thought there is no harm on sending a new song in. Overall it was a nice process last year and I got lots of new contacts.   Could you tell us a little bit about the song “Hurt”, how is it different from “Looking Back”? It’s a …
🇫🇮 Laura: “Play is about getting out of complicated relationship”

🇫🇮 Laura: “Play is about getting out of complicated relationship”

Laura is one of the seven artists competing at Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2021, Finland’s national selection to select their representative to Eurovision Song Contest. We had a chance to chat with her today, after it was announced she is taking part with the song “Play”. Welcome to UMK! What made you want to take part in Finland’s national selection? I’m super excited for that! I’ve been coming to Finland since I was a child and recently been doing other projects in Finland and this was a normal next step to take. I have also lived in Finland for a year now. Actually last year in Tampere, I got to see the UMK final and I fell in love with the competition, production and the people. I pulled myself together and sent one of my songs in and was lucky to get selected! Your most recent Eurovision entry “Verona” was a big fan favourite back in 2017. What kind of memories you have from that year? I have only good memories from that time. I just love Eurovision as a celebration of music and unity of people, regardless which country you come from or which language you speak. It was really …
🇸🇪 Slideback Sunday: When Roger Pontare celebrated indigenous culture in the land of pop

🇸🇪 Slideback Sunday: When Roger Pontare celebrated indigenous culture in the land of pop

The ’90s were a successful decade for Sweden in Eurovision. A couple of top 10 placings, two 3rd places and two victories, one of which brought us back to Stockholm. Following, Charlotte Nielsen’s victory, the contest was hosted in the Globen Arena for the first time. Roger Pontare had the honour of representing the host nation on home soil. The singer had already won Melodifestivalen back in 1994, with a duo with Marie Bergman. However, on 10th of March 2000 Pontare scored 227 points and by quite a large margin won Melodifestivalen with “När vindarna viskar mitt namn”. Like many many Swedish songs during the first half of the decade, the song was later translated into English for the contest – in this case Roger Pontare ‘s song was called “When Spirits Are Calling My Name”. The song is a celebrates the indigenous culture and people who are protecting their old culture and traditions. During the performance Roger Pontare wore traditional Sami costume and he was accompanied on a stage by a Cree Indian dancer, a Thule Eskimo and a Norwegian Sami. Finally, after revealing the results Sweden managed to score 88 points and finished 7th. A feast to the …
Our New Music Friday top 10 of 2020

Our New Music Friday top 10 of 2020

Over the past few days we at ESCXTRA have poured over the archives of New Music Friday releases throughout 2020. Here we have picked out ten of the best and asked the team to rank the contenders. So which songs made the cut and what was the team’s overall ranking? Let’s find out! 10. 🇺🇦 Luca Dayz ft. Snoop Dogg, Tina Karol & LOE – ‘Blow Your Mind’ – (25 Points) First up in our list of New Music Friday 2020… Not many people start their career and become famous after Eurovision, but it has become a favourite pastime of Ukrainian artists! After 14 years, Tina Karol is still showing us her love through music. In 2020 she meant it when she dropped ‘Blow Your Mind’ with none other than hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg! Wanting to branch out to the English markets, this tied in with release of her latest album Nayti Svoikh (Find Your Own). Earlier this month Tina showed her softer side in the gentle ballad ‘Heaven’. Outside of her own chart successes, Tina has been helping the next generation of talent, as a judge on The Voice Ukraine. As well as also helping pick Go_A for Eurovision …
Our #ESC250 2020 votes – Part 12 – Tim

Our #ESC250 2020 votes – Part 12 – Tim

With the announcement of this year’s Eurovision Top 250 results shortly, we really want to tell you all who our all-time Eurovision favorites are. In this series, our editors will be looking closely at their Top 3 entries (the ones that got 8,10,12 Points) and will also provide their honorable mentions (a song or two they really like, but did not make their ESC250 list). Today is the last edition of this feature. This time it is Tim’s turn to let you know who they voted for in this year’s edition of #ESC250. Tim: More years compared to the last one Normally, I would have all of my votes from the 2010’s. However, with the Eurovision Again initiative, I’ve learnt to appreciate older entries. So for the first time in a while, I’ve actually got countries in my Top Ten that are not from the 2010’s and 2000’s. Here are the first part of my votes: ABBA – Waterloo (Sweden, 1974)Katrina & The Waves – Love Shine A Light (United Kingdom, 1997)Duncan Laurence – Arcade (The Netherlands, 2019)Vincent Bueno – Alive (Austria, 2020)Tamara Todevska – Proud (North Macedonia, 2019)Dami Im – Sound of Silence (Australia, 2016)Beth – Dime (Spain, 2003) …
Our #ESC250 2020 votes – Part 11 – Lisa

Our #ESC250 2020 votes – Part 11 – Lisa

With the announcement of this year’s Eurovision Top 250 results shortly, we want to tell you all who our all time Eurovision favourites are. In this series, our editors will be looking closely at their Top 3 entries (the ones that got 8, 10, and 12 Points) and will also provide their honourable mentions (a song they really like, but did not make their ESC 250 list). Today, it is Lisa’s (@birdy87) turn to let you know who she voted for in this year’s edition of #ESC250. Lisa: Bops ’til you drop! Last year in my #ESC250 I made it clear it’s 100bpms or bust when it comes to my music taste. But my taste is as turbulent as my pulse on the dance floor. Which means this year I wanted to bring more of my favourites to the fore. So I went on an elaborate mission involving a spreadsheet, to work out what my top three favourites from every competing nation are and then whittled it down until I had ten of the best I regularly return to. With that in mind, get your banger klaxon ready as we delve into what should be on the next Eurovision party playlist …
Weekend Wrap-up: Your weekly news recap is here!

Weekend Wrap-up: Your weekly news recap is here!

Another week passed in the Eurovision universe and we had quite some news these past seven days. In our weekly Weekend Wrap-Up, we are going to look back at all the headlines over the past seven days so you are always up to date with the latest news. So let’s get straight into this! 🇦🇱 Anxhela Peristeri to represent Albania with “Karma” It’s almost tradition, that we get the Albanian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest around X-Mas and that it’s the first entry we get for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. Anxhela wowed the jury in Albania and won the ticket to represent her country in Rotterdam in 2021! 🇦🇱 Anxhela Peristeri to represent Albania at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest 🇪🇸 Pastora Soler and Al Bano unmasked on Spain’s ‘Mask Singer’ Two Eurovision stars were revealed on the current season of “Mask Singer” in Spain. None other than Pastora Soler (Spain 2012) and Al Bano (Italy 1976 & 1985) were revealed to be in the costumes this year. 🇪🇸 Pastora Soler and Al Bano unmasked on Spain’s ‘Mask Singer’
Our #ESC250 2020 votes – Part 10 – Costa

Our #ESC250 2020 votes – Part 10 – Costa

With the announcement of this year’s Eurovision Top 250 results shortly, we want to tell you all who our all time Eurovision favorites are.  In this series, our editors will be looking closely at their Top 3 entries (the ones that got 8, 10, and 12 Points) and will also provide their honorable mentions (a song they really like, but did not make their ESC 250 list). Today, it is Costa’s (@CherishedFruit) turn to let you know who he voted for in this year’s edition of #ESC250. Costa: So Southern As I told you all last year, I am a flake. My alliances and favourites change by the week, let alone by the year. Of course, there are some staples in my list that have been a constant the past few years, but I’m a firm believer in keeping it fresh. This is especially important this year, as I decided to score rank every single Eurovision song ever. This came as a result of fellow fans in the community deciding to host Zoom calls every week to watch past contests and rank them in our own scorecards. This started in March and has descended into chaos us curating our own …
🎄 Christmas songs released by Eurovision and National Final artists (2020 Edition)

🎄 Christmas songs released by Eurovision and National Final artists (2020 Edition)

Not long now, and it will be Christmas once again. With all of the preparations that you may have been making for Christmas, are you aware of the latest Christmas releases by your favorite Eurovision artists? If the answer is No; then fear not, as we have made a compilation of all the latest Christmas related releases by your favourite Eurovision and National Final artists for 2020. The list is spread through various pages, so make sure you click ‘Next’ when you reach the end of this page. Ulrikke – ‘Spend Christmas With Me First up on our list, is Norway’s Eurovision 2020 representative, Ulrikke, who is gracing us, with a full album of Christmas goodness. Her debut album also features a duet with A1 singer Ben Adams. 🇳🇴 Ulrikke releases debut album ‘Spend Christmas With Me’ Måns Zelmerlöw – ‘Alone On Christmas Eve’ Next on the list, is Eurovision 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw, with ‘Alone on Christmas Eve’. Upon the release, he says that he wanted to sing this song as he knows that not everyone can be with their loved ones due to the current circumstances. 🇸🇪 Måns Zelmerlöw drops new single ‘Alone On Christmas Eve’ Ben & …
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