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XTRA Opinion: Our running order for semifinal 2

XTRA Opinion: Our running order for semifinal 2

Yesterday, we took a look at our ideal running order for the first semifinal. Opening with Finland, closing it with Greece, the first semifinal turned out to be quite a challenge to shape perfectly for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Miki and Nick like a challenge, though! So here is our ideal running order for the second semifinal in Tel Aviv! Opening with Sw… No, we didn’t make a typo up there. We’re opening with Sw… But we weren’t quite sure whether to pick Sweden or Switzerland. Now, #1 is a slot where you can see how strong a song is. Like we said for semi 1, both Robin Bengtsson and Alexander Rybak opened their shows. That is why both Luca Hänni and John Lundvik could provide good openers there. The past four semi openers have been written by Swedes, so let’s do that again… Except both “She Got Me” and “Too Late For Love” have Swedish credits. It’s a very close call, but we eventually decided to open with Switzerland. Lots of ‘identity’ in here The next couple of songs in this half all have quite an identity. It’s not like we have a lot of similar songs in …
Xtra Debate: 1st September? What’s the point?!

Xtra Debate: 1st September? What’s the point?!

We are now on April Fools Day. As is tradition many spoof stories about Eurovision arise! But here at Xtra we want to take a different approach to proceedings by discussing the other “First of the Month” that’s close to our hearts. That being “Eurovision New Year” or 1st September to you locals out there. What even is Eurovision New Year? The “1st September Rule” is a key Eurovision rule. Any song that is released by any artist after the 1st September is eligible to be chosen by respective broadcasters around Europe to represent the said nation at the following year’s contest. This is primarily to do with having a commercial advantage more than a strict hard date as was the case a few years back. The compositions (lyrics and music) must not have been commercially released before 1 September 2018 (the Release Date). In case the composition has been made available to the public, for example, but not limited to, on online video platforms, social networks or (semi-) publicly accessible databanks and/or performed publicy, for example but not limited to during concerts, the Participating Broadcaster must inform the ESC Executive Supervisor, who shall have authority to evaluate whether the …
XTRA Opinion: Our running order for semifinal 1

XTRA Opinion: Our running order for semifinal 1

Every now and then, we all dream of being part of the producing team behind the Eurovision Song Contest. One of those jobs is to come up with a running order for the contests. Why not dream? Time for us to make our own running orders! Today, it’s time for the first semifinal. Like last year, Miki and Nick decided to sit together and come up with our own running order. A strong opener When kicking things off, you need to look at the opener first of all. Looking at the past few openers, it’s fair to say that you want a happy opener or at least an uptempo tune. There have been strong openers, such as Robin Bengtsson’s “I Can’t Go On” and semifinal winner “That’s How You Write A Song” by Alexander Rybak, but also non-qualifiers like “I Want Your Love” or “X My Heart”. That is why we’re also opening with an uptempo tune: Finland. Pop and something different The first half has a couple of remarkable entries. Just think of Poland’s Tulia or the Slovenian entry “Sebi”. It’s a vast contrast with the efforts Cyprus and Belarus are delivering. It will therefore be key to give …
Eurovision 2019: The musicals coming to a stage near you!

Eurovision 2019: The musicals coming to a stage near you!

The Eurovision Song Contest has long been loved by the musical theater community but never has a Eurovision song inspired a full musical theater production. (Well sort of… If ABBA never won Eurovision we probably wouldn’t have gotten the magic that is Mama Mia…) I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t help but notice that several of our entries this year sound like they belong in a musical. But what shows would they belong in? Find out… “The Dream: The Musical” Croatia’s Roko has a powerful voice MADE for the stage. In “The Dream: The Musical,” a young revolutionary comes to power to bring peace across Europe particularly between Ukraine and Russia. The young Ukrainian born protagonist moves up the ranks in Russia’s government and after the passing of Putin becomes Russia’s unexpected President. When he gives his first national address to the public, the audience is mixed. The crowd is skeptical of his experience and vision, but when he steps out to address the crowd they are captivated with his oratory glory: We have lived the darkest night. Waiting for The day. Now the time for us is right. To arise and say. I dream of love. You …
Alesia Michelle’s 2019 Eurovision Acts to WATCH!

Alesia Michelle’s 2019 Eurovision Acts to WATCH!

These are the acts to look out for in Tel Aviv, Israel. Whether they make it to the final or not. These are my top acts to WATCH!
Analysing 12 years of Eurovision odds: Is the contest becoming more predictable?

Analysing 12 years of Eurovision odds: Is the contest becoming more predictable?

This is an updated version of an article published in March 2018 In recent years, I’ve perhaps had a slightly unhealthy obsession with Eurovision odds and continue to do so. I often believe that they can’t be that wrong when it comes to the results at Eurovision itself. In the weeks before their respective contests, I was convinced France had it in the bag in 2011, Armenia the same in 2014, Russia in 2016 and Italy in 2017. They were all such strong favourites that surely they would follow in the footsteps of other strong favourites such as Alexander Rybak and Loreen? Nevertheless, this didn’t turn out to be the case. Are odds really a good indicator of the eventual results? For many fans, betting odds are considered the most important ranking when it comes to predicting where entries will finish in May. Fan forum rankings or YouTube views can always be skewed by either the often atypical taste of Eurovision fans or the size of the populations of the participating countries. Yet, with odds, people have to put their money where their mouth is. They have to think with their head rather than follow their heart. To discover how good …
Why America Shouldn’t Participate in Eurovision (A Series)

Why America Shouldn’t Participate in Eurovision (A Series)

The reasons are clear. My position has not changed, but as an American Eurovision fan, the question is constantly thrown my way.
Czech Republic’s ČT must be applauded for being Eurovision pioneers with ESCZ

Czech Republic’s ČT must be applauded for being Eurovision pioneers with ESCZ

Yesterday, Lake Malawi became the second winners of Eurovision Song CZ, the Eurovision Song Contest selection format launched by ČT for the first time ahead of the 2018 contest. Eurovision Song CZ uses a format never seen before and the Czech broadcaster must be applauded for their innovation. It all started with a surprise comeback After five years away from the world’s biggest entertainment show, ČT launched a surprise comeback in 2015. Of course, with the Czech public having very limited interest in the competition, it was natural for the broadcaster to opt for a series of internal selections. The internal selection of Gabriela Gunčíková in 2016 secured the Czech Republic their first ever Eurovision grand final appearance. In 2018, ČT took another leap forward, launching their first national final since 2008. But this wasn’t an ordinary national final. Instead, Eurovision Song CZ, or ESCZ, was held purely online. It was the first of its kind: innovative and, most importantly, successful. Mikolas Josef easily broke the Czech Republic’s record finish, placing sixth in Lisbon with the undeniable pop hit Lie to Me. Noticeably; it was a break away from the three internally selected ballads in the preceding years. “Most excitement per euro” It is understandable …
Getting around the Eurovision 2019 Host City ‘Tel Aviv’

Getting around the Eurovision 2019 Host City ‘Tel Aviv’

Hey Everyone, hope you are all having a good 2019 so far. I certainly had a good one. To start my year off, I went to visit Tel Aviv ahead of the  contest in May. In this post, I will be writing my experience travelling in and out of Tel Aviv. Please note that everything mentioned below is of my own experience and  please take my opinions and experience with a grain of salt. Any further insights and tips that Eurovision fans should know travelling into Tel Aviv would certainly be welcome. Arriving in Ben Gurion Airport This trip to Tel Aviv was a present from my parents (quick shout out to Mum and Dad for supporting my Eurovision work!!!), so I chose to fly with Easyjet. Leaving the UK is normal, flew from Luton Airport. Upon arriving at Ben Gurion, all passengers that arrive will head into Terminal 3 for immigration. If you are flying a Low Cost Carrier (LCC) such as Easyjet, Wizzair, Ryanair, Israair etc. you will be taking a bus from your aircraft into Terminal 3. If you are flying with other carriers, you could be landing in Terminal 3 and it’s just walking to immigration control. When I got to immigration control, there are two different queues one for Israeli passports and one for other passports. Going through immigration control was okay. It took about 20 minutes but it’s not bad. I did notice that they do have E-Passport Gates. I’m not sure if non-Israeli passport holders are able to use them. If you have the answer to this, it would be very beneficial to know for everyone travelling to Tel Aviv. Getting around Tel Aviv There are various ways, in which you are able to travel in Tel Aviv. During my visit in Tel Aviv, I personally …
Stats time: The winners and losers of the Eurovision 2019 semifinal allocation draw

Stats time: The winners and losers of the Eurovision 2019 semifinal allocation draw

Yesterday, the semifinal allocation draw for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 took place in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. This can give us some insight into how the semifinals could go – who has the most “common voters” in their semifinal? We’ve taken a look into the stats to find out who will benefit most from the semifinal allocation draw. Keep reading to see how your country could be benefitted! 1. 1st Half vs. 2nd Half It’s commonly thought that performing in the 2nd half of a semifinal gives you an advantage over those performing in the 1st half. This may be the case for the final, but for the semifinal it makes little difference which half you perform in. In the last 5 years, only two semifinals have not shown a ratio of 50:50 qualifiers between the 1st and 2nd halves. In 2015, 6 countries qualified from the 2nd half of both the semifinals. This means that we really don’t need to pay much attention to which half each country draws. Unless you’re an uptempo song landing into a half full of ballads, you’re really not advantaged or disadvantaged either way. 2. So what should we pay attention …
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