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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. Confirmation of artists We have received confirmation from a few broadcasters that their artists for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest has been confirmed. Hooverphonic 🇧🇪 Hooverphonic to represent Belgium in Eurovision 2021 VICTORIA 🇧🇬 Victoria to represent Bulgaria at Eurovision 2021 Eden Alene 🇮🇱 Eden Alene to represent Israel at Eurovision 2021 Vincent Bueno 🇦🇹 Vincent Bueno to return to represent Austria in 2021 Tim, Costa & Julian discussed their thoughts about the first ten acts confirmed for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. You are able to watch the video below:
From also-rans to Eurovision superpowers: How Bulgaria, Cyprus and Israel transformed their fortunes

From also-rans to Eurovision superpowers: How Bulgaria, Cyprus and Israel transformed their fortunes

Bulgaria. Cyprus. Israel. What do these nations have in common? Three of the most south-easterly participating nations at the Eurovision Song Contest? Tick. They all have wonderful weather and beaches? Tick. Three nations that show that you can turn around Eurovision fortunes with some clever thinking and direction? Big tick! Making a change in selection process Bulgaria, Cyprus and Israel have all experienced a run of at least four consecutive non-qualifications. Bulgaria achieved six-in-a-row between 2008 and 2013 whilst Cyprus and Israel suffered a run of four consecutive non-qualifications between 2006 to 2009 and 2011 to 2014 respectively. Yet, since 2015 these three nations have qualified for the Eurovision final on every single occasion they’ve participated. Just how does a nation manage to bounce back from a poor run of results? If you ask BNT, CyBC and IBA/KAN, it’s all about making a change in your selection process and perhaps taking a bit more control in proceedings to steer the ship back onto the right tracks. Bulgaria: Only one final appearance in ten years Bulgaria had one of the most dismal records in the contest up until 2016, with just a solitary qualification with “Water” by Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan …
🇬🇧 Slideback Sunday: A pop song with a message

🇬🇧 Slideback Sunday: A pop song with a message

Another Sunday, another slideback. Today we’ll revisit United Kingdom’s 1991 entry “A Message to Your Heart” and see what the team thinks of this topical plea wrapped in a catchy pop song package. I’ve followed every contest obsessively since I first became a fan, but I think a lot of Eurovision fans can relate to having less exposure to entries of the past. “A Message to Your Heart” is one of the few pre-2000 UK entries that I’ve listened to, but it’s always stuck with me. Is it the best vocal performance? Definitely not. Is the song original? Not in the slightest. In fact, it might be ticking the most Eurovision boxes thematically in its cry for a better world. It’s catchy though, and that’s all I really need in a pop song. Samantha looks every bit the Popstar Barbie and the performance isn’t bad. The disconnect between the lyrics and the vibe of the entry may throw some people off but we’ve forgiven much more questionable decisions in the name of Eurovision, haven’t we? About the song “A Message to Your Heart” was written by Paul Curtis who previously penned the country’s 1975, 1984, and 1990 entries. It finished …
National finals revisited: From Erika Vikman to Elvana Gjata [Part 1]

National finals revisited: From Erika Vikman to Elvana Gjata [Part 1]

The national final season is officially over. With a final Super Saturday and the results of San Marino’s two way battle, we finished with a bang last week. However, we all know that some songs have been left in the fields of the season… We’ve had to leave them behind to instead move on with songs other people liked best. So, we take a trip down a short memory lane. It’s only been a few months, but we want to highlight some of our favourites. In the next four weeks, we’ll revisit the Eurovision national finals, with each of our partaking editors sharing one of their favourites. Today, we’ll see Matt Baker, Tom Ryan, Wivian Renee Kristiansen, Nathan Picot and Nick van Lith sharing their favourites… Check it out below and click through to the next pages to see them all! Nick van Lith:Erika Vikman – Cicciolina (Finland) When Finland decided to return to an open national final, I expected them to come up with diversity and a very interesting line-up. I was not wrong. Finland managed to deliver: There was something in there for everyone. For me, it was that one song: Cicciolina by Erika Vikman. Sure, the topic …
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. EBU releases official statement regarding Eurovision 2020 Yesterday the European Broadcasting Union released an official statement regarding the preparation for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest 2020. EBU releases official statement regarding Eurovision 2020
XTRA Odds: A first look at the Eurovision 2020 favourites

XTRA Odds: A first look at the Eurovision 2020 favourites

Last year, we introduced XTRA Odds to you all. In recent years, bookmakers have become more and more important in our Eurovision world. We can see who the favourites are and who’s not going to have to worry about the expenses of hosting Eurovision next year. So, we’ve brought our feature back. Welcome to XTRA Odds! Until the contest arrives, we’ll be providing you with a weekly update of what the bookmakers see as likely winners in Rotterdam. We’ll be posting these articles every week. This way, we hope to provide you with a good insight in how the favourites change from week to week. Where does the money go? This first article will be all about our baseline measurement. Now, with Russia’s song out, we have all 41 entries taking part at the Eurovision Song Contest. So today, we’ll see the first update of the year. How do these work? Now, before we kick off with our baseline measurement, we need to look at how these odds work. Basically, the lower your odds, the higher the chance of victory. A quick example: Currently, Bulgaria are noted as the favourites to win. They have odds of 6/1. That means that …
When should we expect the Eurovision 2020 running order announcement?

When should we expect the Eurovision 2020 running order announcement?

Just under seven years ago, the EBU revealed the first-ever producer-determined running order draw following the introduction of the rule ahead of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. With the EBU confirming that preparations for the contest are continuing as planned, we are now awaiting the reveal of the running order for the 2020 Eurovision semi-finals, we’ve taken a look at exactly when the announcement has happened in every contest since the rule’s introduction. Looking through the archives To do this, we’ve simply looked through eurovision.tv‘s archives and found the following data: The date of each year’s semi-final running order announcementThe date of each year’s mid-March head of delegations meeting. This tends to run over a Sunday to Tuesday period, we have taken the Monday with it widely agreed as the key date during the meeting.The date of day one of each year’s rehearsal schedule. Our findings ContestOrder RevealDays After DeadlineDays Before Rehearsals🇮🇱 Tel Aviv 20192 April22 days (11 March)32 days (4 May)🇵🇹 Lisbon 20183 April22 days (12 March)26 days (29 April)🇺🇦 Kyiv 201731 March18 days (13 March)30 days (30 April)🇸🇪 Stockholm 20168 April25 days (14 March)24 days (2 May)🇦🇹 Vienna 201523 March7 days (16 March)49 days (11 May)🇩🇰 Copenhagen 201424 …
Spotify Chart Update – March 11th, 2020! Who got the most total streams so far?

Spotify Chart Update – March 11th, 2020! Who got the most total streams so far?

Now with 32 songs available on Spotify, it’s good to take a weekly look at the Spotify stream. In this first update of 2020, we gonna take a look at the total streams of the Eurovision songs this year. From next week on, we will focus on the growth week for week, so that also newly released songs have a chance to chart. When multiple versions are being part of the streaming number, there is a star next to the streams. Spotify Charts March 22th, 2020 – 8pm CET! #CountryArtistSongTotal Streams1ItalyDiodatoFai rumore13,687,8672SwedenThe MamasMove2,984,9303NorwayUlrikkeAttention2,622,3054IcelandDaði FreyrThink About Things1,581,2675SpainBlas CantóUniverso1,298,4216LithuaniaTHE ROOPOn Fire1,195,6937GermanyBen DolicViolent Thing733,4038AustraliaMontaigneDon’t Break Me710,2389The NetherlandsJeangu MacrooyGrow578,41910BelgiumHooverphonicRelease Me481,92911FinlandAkselLooking Back417,54712The United KingdomJames NewmanMy Last Breath397,81213UkraineGo_ASolovey357,351*14Czech RepublicBenny CristoKemama350,76715LatviaSamanta TinaStill Breathing344,99516FranceTom LeebThe Best In Me334,08217IsraelEdenFeker Libi323,94618GreeceStefaniaSUPERG!RL303,38519SerbiaHurricaneHasta La Vista302,05320RomaniaRoxenAlcohol You301,33421DenmarkBEN & TANYES293,53722PolandAlicjaEmpires266,36723ArmeniaAthena ManoukianChains On You237,38224EstoniaUku SuvisteWhat Love Is172,93225SwitzerlandGjon’s TearsRépondez-moi166,93926PortugalElisaMedo De Sentir153,22127BulgariaVICTORIATears Getting Sober144,49328BelarusVALDa Vidna108,77229MoldovaNatalia GordienkoPrison99,29830AustriaVincent BuenoAlive74,54931CyprusSandroRunning39,22432San MarinoSenhitFREAKY!20,626 *includes the streams of the original and revamp version In total streams, Italy is a big lead. “Fai rumore” has been out for a while and still is a big hit in many countries. Most of the Top charting countries are from countries with big national finals with many viewers and song being received well by fans and the …
🇲🇰 Slideback Sunday: We Went too far.. No there’s no way back…

🇲🇰 Slideback Sunday: We Went too far.. No there’s no way back…

It’s Sunday once again, and this means its time for another Slideback Sunday. In honour of North Macedonia releasing their 2020 Eurovision entry today, we will be looking back at one of my favourite entries from North Macedonia. Lost and Found by Eye Cue. When I started to delve into Eurovision more, one of the more countries I was interested in was North Macedonia (formerly known as FYR Macedonia). I was heartbroken in 2016 when ‘Dona’ NQ’ed, I was really sad when ‘Dance Alone’ NQ’ed. Once Eye Cue was announced, I had an optimistic feeling towards North Maceonia’s participation in 2018. When ‘Lost and Found’ was released, I instantly fell in love with the track, and it instantly shot up my ranking. After I saw the initial reaction of their performance, I knew there and then that they will probably not qualify again. Despite this, I’ve followed Eye Cue after their Eurovision participation, I even saw them a few times at Eurovision events. I still love them and I love their songs, and I cannot wait for them to release a full-length album. What do the others think? Nick When North Macedonia all of a sudden went for a very …
🇸🇲 Senhit: ‘I’m back. I’m ready. I will enjoy everything’

🇸🇲 Senhit: ‘I’m back. I’m ready. I will enjoy everything’

Earlier this week, I had the genuine pleasure of meeting San Marino’s hope for Eurovision success in Rotterdam: Senhit. Even though I spent no more than an hour with the singer and her team, we covered a broad range of topics for an in-depth discussion. This includes her Eurovision experience nine years ago, her evolution of musical style, her thoughts on the 2020 contest, diversity and, of course, her 2020 entry. Hello Senhit! Would you like to introduce yourself to our readers? My name is Senhit (spelt with an ‘H’!). I’m from Italy, but I will represent San Marino for the second time at the Eurovision Song Contest, in Rotterdam. And I’m very happy and very glad because when they called me 2011 I have to be honest to you, I underestimated the contest because I didn’t know that it was so big. I enjoyed it though and it was an amazing opportunity. I met so many people and it was very good. A very big dream for me. You know, the fact that the contest allows people to sing together and the only language is music was, for me, a very beautiful and special opportunity. So after almost 10 …
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