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The Xtra Files 2019: We review Azerbaijan’s ‘Truth’ by Chingiz

The Xtra Files 2019: We review Azerbaijan’s ‘Truth’ by Chingiz

Welcome to The Xtra Files, our new series which will give you an insight into what the team at ESCXTRA think of your favourite entries into this year’s contest! Today, we review Azerbaijan. Now that all the songs have been released, we are able to review each and every one of them. Our honest and brutal reviews will keep you entertained until the rehearsals start on 5 May! We will also each give a score out of 10 for every entry, and create an ESCXTRA leaderboard of the entries! The series continues today, with reviews of the Azerbaijani entry, ‘Truth’ by Hlynur, Oliver, Riccardo, Rigmo, Sara and Vincent. Let’s get started! The Reviews Hlynur Somehow this is in my top 10, I do like the beat and I am sure I will enjpy dancing to this. And I hope that the performance will in Tel Aivi will keep the funkinest and the glitter of the video. The down side of the song it does not really shut up at the end but continues repeating itself. Oliver Azerbaijan have something to prove this year after the nations first NQ in Lisbon. This is a very cool, modern song with a really …
XTRA VOTE 2019: Vote now for your Eurovision 2019 WINNER!

XTRA VOTE 2019: Vote now for your Eurovision 2019 WINNER!

Welcome back to XTRA VOTE 2019! Over the past couple of weeks, you have chosen your favourites from semi-final one and semi-final two. Now, they join the six automatic qualifiers in the grand final. Who will be your winner this year? Previous winners of XTRA VOTE include Måns Zelmerlöw for Sweden in 2015, Amir for France in 2016, Madame Monsieur for France in 2018 and Daneliya Tuleshova for Kazakhstan who won our first Junior Eurovision XTRA VOTE back in November! Make your vote count! It’s super easy to make your voice heard! Simply fill out the form below, giving 12 points to your favourite country, 10 points to your second favourite country and so on. Make sure you select a country no more than once otherwise your votes will be voided and not be counted. XTRA VOTE 2019: THE FINAL Here are your 26 finalists in our very own producer-decided running order… we even drew halves for each finalist first! 🇪🇸 SPAIN: Miki – La venda🇫🇷 FRANCE: Bilal Hassani – Roi🇸🇮 SLOVENIA: Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl – Sebi🇸🇪 SWEDEN: John Lundvik – Too Late for Love🇩🇪 GERMANY: S!sters – Sister🇮🇸 ICELAND: Hatari – Hatrið mun sigra🇳🇱 THE NETHERLANDS: Duncan Laurence – Arcade🇮🇹 ITALY: Mahmood …
Throwback Thursday: Italy did everything to me

Throwback Thursday: Italy did everything to me

This week’s Throwback Thursday sees us going ALL the way back to…well, 2018. Maybe not that far back. Here, we saw Italy’s Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro perform “Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente” (“You Didn’t Do Anything to Me”) in Lisbon, Portugal. Decisions, decisions Picking my favourite Italian song to cover for this feature was certainly a hard task. I’ve loved every entry since their return to the contest in 2011. Reading that, you’re probably thinking that I’m one of those annoying Italy stans, and you would be absolutely right. From dancing with a gorilla to staging an entire garden somewhere in Stockholm, I eventually went for the entry that is very close to my heart. That, of course, would be “Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente”. The song won Sanremo last year after beating Lo Stato Sociale and Annalisa in the Superfinal. However, it could’ve been a far different story, as Ermal and Fabrizio were in danger of being disqualified due to allegations of plagiarism. It was certainly a stressful moment for the duo, but thankfully, the case was cleared and they continued competing before winning the festival. The backstory “Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente” tells the ongoing story of …
XTRA VOTE 2019: Here are your ten Eurovision semi-final 2 qualifiers!

XTRA VOTE 2019: Here are your ten Eurovision semi-final 2 qualifiers!

For the past few days, you have been voting in your hundreds for your favourite entries in the second semi-final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Last night, voting closed and the results of the second semi-final of XTRA VOTE 2019 are in… 139 valid votes Overall, we received 145 sets of votes. Thank you all for voting in such high numbers! Unfortunately, 6 sets of votes did include a country more than once which is against our rules. As a result, these votes have been voided. Nevertheless, 139 valid votes remain! Your qualifiers! So without further ado, here are your XTRA VOTE 2019 semi-final 2 qualifiers. These are presented in no particular order! For reference, you can revisit the semi-final 1 results right here. 🇦🇱 ALBANIA 🇦🇱Jonida Maliqi – Ktheju tokës 🇲🇹 MALTA 🇲🇹Michela – Chameleon 🇷🇺 RUSSIA 🇷🇺Sergey Lazarev – Scream 🇮🇪 IRELAND 🇮🇪Sarah McTernan – 22 🇨🇭 SWITZERLAND 🇨🇭Luca Hänni – She Got Me 🇳🇱 THE NETHERLANDS 🇳🇱Duncan Laurence – Arcade 🇦🇿 AZERBAIJAN 🇦🇿Chingiz – Truth 🇸🇪 SWEDEN 🇸🇪John Lundvik – Too Late for Love 🇳🇴 NORWAY 🇳🇴KEiiNO – Spirit in the Sky 🇦🇲 ARMENIA 🇦🇲Srbuk – Walking Out Your non-qualifiers… Unfortunately, this does mean we lose our eight more countries from XTRA VOTE 2019. Here is a summary of the rest of the results. For your reference, the …
The Xtra Files 2019: We review Sweden’s ‘Too Late For Love’ by John Lundvik

The Xtra Files 2019: We review Sweden’s ‘Too Late For Love’ by John Lundvik

Welcome to The Xtra Files, our new series which will give you an insight into what the team at ESCXTRA think of your favourite entries into this year’s contest! Today, we review Sweden. Now that all the songs have been released, we are able to review each and every one of them. Our honest and brutal reviews will keep you entertained until the rehearsals start on 5 May! We will also each give a score out of 10 for every entry, and create an ESCXTRA leaderboard of the entries! The series continues today, with reviews of the Swedish entry, ‘Too Late For Love’ by Dimitris, Luke, Miki, Rodrigo, Ryan and Vincent. Let’s get started! The Reviews Dimitris I’m not a massive fan of Sweden’s entry this year, I have to admit it. I was not overly excited with Melodifestivalen in the first place (sue me) but at least it was a step-up from last year’s disaster. However, I have to admit that this was one of the least mediocre songs Sweden had to offer, which isn’t exactly a great thing. It’s not necessarily a bad song at all, but I’m just not loving it. I feel like for a while …
The Xtra Files 2019: We review Serbia’s ‘Kruna’ by Nevena Božović

The Xtra Files 2019: We review Serbia’s ‘Kruna’ by Nevena Božović

Welcome to The Xtra Files, our new series which will give you an insight into what the team at ESCXTRA think of your favourite entries into this year’s contest! Today, we review Serbia. Now that all the songs have been released, we are able to review each and every one of them. Our honest and brutal reviews will keep you entertained until the rehearsals start on 5 May! We will also each give a score out of 10 for every entry, and create an ESCXTRA leaderboard of the entries! The series continues today, with reviews of the Serbian entry, ‘Kruna’ by Dominik, Matt, Oliver, Rigmo, Vincent and Wiv. Let’s get started! The Reviews Dominik This years epic balkan ballad. After I took the time to listen to the song I really enjoyed it and I can see this possible qualifying for the final. It’s nothing new, of course, but these kind of songs are always a must in the contest and with the right performance and vocals this will be a nice entry at this years contest. Matt I’m missing the drama in the song. It’s just passing me by. I think we need more of a connection from Nevena. …
XTRA Debate: The great return of the songwriters?

XTRA Debate: The great return of the songwriters?

Is it time to regulate songwriters, and bring in new blood to Eurovision?
The Xtra Files 2019: We review the Netherlands’ ‘Arcade’ by Duncan Laurence

The Xtra Files 2019: We review the Netherlands’ ‘Arcade’ by Duncan Laurence

Welcome to The Xtra Files, our new series which will give you an insight into what the team at ESCXTRA think of your favourite entries into this year’s contest! Today, we review the Netherlands. Now that all the songs have been released, we are able to review each and every one of them. Our honest and brutal reviews will keep you entertained until the rehearsals start on 5 May! We will also each give a score out of 10 for every entry, and create an ESCXTRA leaderboard of the entries! The series continues today, with reviews of the Dutch entry, ‘Arcade’ by Dan, Lisa, Nathan W, Oliver, Ryan and Sara. Let’s get started! The Reviews Dan I had a good feeling about the Dutch entry this year, from the very moment AVROTROS announced Duncan as their representative back in January. However, I still don’t think I was prepared to hear something as good and as ‘perfectly produced’ as ‘Arcade’. From the hauntingly pleasing background vocals in its introduction, to it’s strong dazzling chorus, the song oozes class and has a quality that I feel no other song in this contest has the capacity to match. Production values aside, the lyrical …
Spotify Chart Update April 22nd, 2019 – Italy on top, Lithuania biggest winner of the week followed by Israel!

Spotify Chart Update April 22nd, 2019 – Italy on top, Lithuania biggest winner of the week followed by Israel!

Another week and some pre-parties passed and you had the chance to support your faves by listening to their songs. In one week all #ESC2019 songs combined reached more than 7 million streams on Spotify alone. Now with the last pre-parties ending in the upcoming week and Eurovision getting closer, we expect even bigger numbers in the next weeks. Here are all the songs ranked based on their last seven days. Ranking based on the past week: #+/-LWCountryArtistSongPast 7 DaysTotal101ItalyMahmoodSoldi2.070.05443.858.881202The NetherlandsDuncan LaurenceArcade1.350.6209.266.305303SwedenJohn LundvikToo Late For Love981.63313.540.240404NorwayKEiiNOSpirit In The Sky316.0574.316.819505SpainMiki NúñezLa Venda275.2126.706.670606SwitzerlandLuca HänniShe Got Me265.1011.948.980707FranceBilal HassaniRoi255.0238.193.927808CyprusTamtaReplay214.0361.712.745909MaltaMichelaChameleon115.011313.30110+111IcelandHatariHatrið mun sigra95.1521.156.83811-110GreeceKaterine DuskaBetter Love93.702772.60112012EstoniaVictor CroneStorm88.5481.430.08513013DenmarkLeonoraLove Is Forever88.5431.244.47714014RussiaSergey LazarevScream80.605673.34915015AzerbaijanChingizTruth80.324320.63316016BelgiumEliotWake Up78.886821.30917+118United KingdomMichael RiceBigger Than Us75.664622.15718+119GermanyS!stersSister73.971712.26719-217PortugalConan OsírisTelemóveis72.3631.247.28220020ArmeniaSrbukWalking Out64.282337.66621+122Czech RepublicLake MalawiFriend Of A Friend62.473742.10422+123AustraliaKate Miller-HeidkeZero Gravity59.537871.38823-221BelarusZENALike It58.033229.79824+125HungaryPápai JociAz Én Apám54.692664.50325-124SloveniaZala Kralj & Gašper ŠantlSebi53.675630.89626+127FinlandDarude ft. Sebastian RejmanLook Away51.029695.15427-126IrelandSarah McTernan2250.272176.47128+533LithuaniaJurijusRun With The Lions48.616109.47029-128RomaniaEster PeonyOn A Sunday45.539261.65830-129San MarinoSerhatSay Na Na Na42.353367.17431+435IsraelKobi MarimiHome42.173227.54632-230PolandTuliaFire Of Love (Pali się)41.310349.19733-132AlbaniaJonida MaliqiKtheju tokës38.029332.40534-331SerbiaNevena BozovicKruna37.804179.76635-134LatviaCarouselThat Night36.044136.38236036North MacedoniaTamaraProud33.618288.58237037CroatiaRoko BlaževićThe Dream31.467331.74338038AustriaPAENDALimits29.792282.59439039MoldovaAnna OdobescuStay28.972286.90440040MontenegroD-molHeaven28.61098.22641041GeorgiaOto NemsadzeKeep On Going13.30622.585 (# = current position, +/- = difference to past week, LW = position last week! streams taken April 21st – 7:30pm) The biggest winner of the past week was Lithuania, who raised five places compared to last week. Followed by Israel who placed four …
The Xtra Files 2019: We review Romania’s ‘On a Sunday’ by Ester Peony

The Xtra Files 2019: We review Romania’s ‘On a Sunday’ by Ester Peony

Welcome to The Xtra Files, our new series which will give you an insight into what the team at ESCXTRA think of your favourite entries into this year’s contest! Today, we review Romania. Now that all the songs have been released, we are able to review each and every one of them. Our honest and brutal reviews will keep you entertained until the rehearsals start on 5 May! We will also each give a score out of 10 for every entry, and create an ESCXTRA leaderboard of the entries! The series continues today, with reviews of the Romanian entry, ‘On a Sunday’ by Dimitris, Hlynur, Lisa, Matt, Miki and Ryan. Let’s get started! The Reviews Dimitris I absolutely enjoy Romania this year, despite all the controversy this song has been through when it was selected. It was clearly the best song in their mess of a selection. I might be the only one but I didn’t like Army of Love nor Dear Father, so I’m glad Ester was selected. It’s also an unusual entry for Romania and I love the dark vibes of the song. It’s not something that catches your attention immediately but it’s definitely gonna get your humming …
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