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Take me to your Eurovision heaven: Who is your favourite winner?

Take me to your Eurovision heaven: Who is your favourite winner?

What’s another year? To celebrate Eurovision’s supposed 60th anniversary, the BBC are asking the public to choose which of the 62 winners from the 59 contests is their “all time favourite”. Making your mind up You have until 13:00cet on Monday 20 April to register your vote. You can listen to all the songs and tick your choice on the voting page here. The UK’s BBC Radio 2 will count down the Top 20 between 18 and 22 May, whilst the temporary Radio2 Eurovision station will reveal a full Top 40. Both are available online worldwide. Why me? What makes an “all time favourite”? How will different Eurofans interpret the phrase? We’re not specifically asked for the most momentous, the most important, the ‘best’, but simply the “favourite”, whatever makes a song as such. In terms of this poll’s outcome, a lot, depends on the demographic of the voter, which will in turn depend on how the poll is promoted. Being a UK poll, and given that Radio 2 has a listener base 82% of which are over 35, it would be no surprise to see a winner from yesteryear crowned as the all time favourite. Unless this poll becomes hijacked …
I stand behind PKN, shame about their song

I stand behind PKN, shame about their song

After seeing reactions to Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät winning Uuden Musikiin Kilpailu last Saturday, I decided it was time for an editorial. Not because I want to defend Aina Mun Pitää, but because I want to defend Finland for choosing PKN for Vienna. I’ve asked a few of my Eurovision friends for opinions as well, so many thanks to Sigrún Huld Skúladóttir,Daniel Cobbett and Padraic Devlin for sharing their views with me. Let me just explain that last sentence. I dislike the song. It’s not my cup of tea, I have only managed to listen to the entire song once. That’s how bad I think the song is. That however doesn’t change the fact that Finland has chosen Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät for Vienna. The country stands behind these four guys. The country stands behind Aina Mun Pitää. In a nine song final, over 35% of the votes went to Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. And for Eurovision fans out there, there’s just one thing to do: Deal with it. Now I know, Finland had a brilliant line-up for their national selection, fans went crazy for the likes of Satin Circus and Siru, but they also seemed to forget that Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät is a solid name …
Drawing the new draw?

Drawing the new draw?

Yesterday, we saw the draw for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest semifinals. After a few countries had been drawn, one thing became clear: whereas the predictability in semifinal two is nowhere to be found, semifinal one is full of expected qualifiers (the likes of Greece, Russia, Romania). That brought me to this editorial: What can we do to prevent predictability and truly break up notable voting allies in the future? I spent a while thinking on how we can do that. Clearly the pots don’t do what they’re supposed to do. Eurovision.tv stated the following about the dividing of the pots: To create more excitement, like past years, the 33 countries have been allocated to 5 pots based on voting patterns from the previous ten years. Let’s have a look at an example pot from yesterday. Pot 4 was the most interesting for me, so let’s have a look. Pot 4 consisted of: Belgium The Netherlands Cyprus Greece Ireland San Marino So we see two notable ‘pairs’ in this group: Greece and Cyprus versus Belgium and The Netherlands. Yesterday’s draw could have provided the following split: Belgium – The Netherlands – Ireland in semifinal one, Greece – Cyprus – San …
Glen Bartlett completes 24 hour Eurovision Marathon

Glen Bartlett completes 24 hour Eurovision Marathon

Glen Bartlett and the team of W12P have just completed their mammoth 24 hour broadcast, in aid of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. As of 11.00 GMT this morning, the team had raised a total of £1,620.97 – surpassing their original target of £500 by £1,120!.   Glen was joined in the studio throughout the marathon by Eurovision friends and fans including escXtra’s very own Nathan Waddell and Eurovoix.com’s  Hana Leakey who also completed the 24 hour challenge. In the early hours of the morning, Glen was also joined by our very own and Meanwhile in Europe host Emma Backfish who gave us a taster of what we can expect to hear on her radio show, sampling the best music around Europe. The entire show was broadcast on Oystermouth Radio and online although listeners were able to watch the action direct from the studio via a live webcam. If you were unable to donate during the show, you can still do so by visiting this Justgiving page and pledging whatever you can. escXtra would like to congratulate Glen on completing the marathon and raising so much money for a fantastic cause!  
Glen Bartlett’s 24 Hour Eurovision Marathon

Glen Bartlett’s 24 Hour Eurovision Marathon

Glen Bartlett has just kicked off his 24 Hour Eurovision marathon, broadcasting live on Oystermouth Radio and online. The noble cause Glen is raising money for is Beat Blood Cancer: Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. The charity has been around for more than fifty years, fighting blood cancer in the UK. Their research involves fighting blood cancer as well as preventing blood cancer. During the live show, Glen will be joined by a number of Eurofans including escXtra’s own Nathan Waddell, who will be dropping by to support Glen in his challenge. You can listen live to the 24 hour show by clicking here or clicking the play button to the right hand side of this page. Click here to support Glen and W12P by donating whatever you can
22 reasons why 2014 rocked

22 reasons why 2014 rocked

2015 has kicked off, most likely with a massive hangover for most Eurovision fans… yes, let’s face it, it is expected (if not required) that Eurovision fans be heavy drinkers. But as we say our last goodbyes to 2014, it’s time to have a look at the reasons why 2014 was an absolutely fabulous year! 1. Because Poland…   2. Because Spain was on the verge of another civil war between Ruth-istas and Brequette-istas… 3. Because people appeared from a disco ball… 4. Because Ruth Lorenzo did win and her reaction was slightly out of proportion…   5. Because Romania’s performance made a lot of sense… 6. No, really… 7. Because Valentina *finally* qualified for the final… and she decided to take the lyrics of her song quite literally… 8. Because Copenhagen’s Eurovision village always had the best atmosphere… 9. Because Molly reacted like this when Lise seemed to have a bit of awkward knowledge about her gran… 10. Because every Sanna fan was on the verge of a nervous breakdown when it wasn’t clear who had won Melodifestivalen… 11. But then they were able to breath again… Of course, Ace’s fans were a bit less amused… 12. Because Lithuania …
2014 Eurovision Review

2014 Eurovision Review

Watch this 2014 Eurovision Review and re-live some moments that shaped this year's World of Eurovision.
The Common Linnets: A miraculous success story

The Common Linnets: A miraculous success story

As the year is coming to an end, it’s time to look back on the most memorable moments of the Eurovision year 2014. The first topic we’re going to discuss: The Common Linnets. What went right for them, but more, what on earth went so wrong before, during and after the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen…? It’s 12 March. Five months before this day, Dutch broadcaster AvroTros reveals The Common Linnets as their entry for Copenhagen. In itself, doesn’t say much, but the names going behind that group say so much to all Dutch fans. Possibly one of the biggest stars in the country, Ilse DeLange, has formed a country music ensemble to honour the great names of country music. In that group are so many talented musicians: not only Ilse, but also the Americans Jake Etheridge, Matthew Crosby and his brother, Rob Crosby. A famous Dutch guitar player is also part of it: JB Meijers. And then there’s that last name we all know: Waylon. A rather successful artist with a few albums to his name, but not matching up to the name Ilse has created for herself. An odd duo doing Eurovision with country music. What to expect? …
I’m a Junior Eurovision convert – what a shame I’m not a kid any more

I’m a Junior Eurovision convert – what a shame I’m not a kid any more

I was 13 years old when the first edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest hit screens across the continent. I was already an avid follower of the main contest and I was incredibly excited about the spin-off that would feature people of my age; more than ever I would be able to live through these kids and believe that it could be me up there living the dream. As someone in my early teens I was bang in the middle of the target audience for the show – so on paper, given how much I loved the adult version of Eurovision, it was maybe surprising that I completely detested it. I think as somebody the same age as the contestants myself I was insulted that somebody somewhere thought that this garbage was what I wanted to watch. I felt patronised that all this kiddy-pop was being thrown at me as some sort of runner-up prize because the real contest was too beyond my years. After that first contest my interest rapidly declined, and I never again watched a contest in full. I had an awareness of what was happening and the songs that were doing well, and nothing I …
The Songs That Didn’t – 2014 in Review [Part 6]

The Songs That Didn’t – 2014 in Review [Part 6]

As things are really beginning to get started with Eurovision 2015, we now present you with our last instalment of the 2014 Songs That Didn’t series! Let’s have a final look back at those songs that got left behind that we can’t help but wonder about. Part 6 concludes with Aoife Geraghty’s turn to tell us about songs she thinks should have joined us in Copenhagen this year. Let’s look at our final five countries consisting of selections from Slovenia, Switzerland, Moldova, Albania and Lithuania.   Slovenia Muff – Let Me Be (Myself) Tinkara’s Round definitely had a certain charm about it; maybe it was just the flute (that resonated with the Irish in me!), the spiralling camera shots at the NF (that did make me a bit woosy) or just the the person behind it. Tinkara seemed like a really nice person, even staying back to speak to my Xtra colleuges after rehearsals in Copenhagen! But who else from the Slovenian NF missed out by being heard by the millions of ESC viewers last May? Well I took a liking to Muff’s Let Me Be (Myself). A slow tempo, deep tones, easy to listen to, drummy tune – taking a leaf out of Emmelie DeForest’s …
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