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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. London Eurovision Party 2019 tickets are on sale tomorrow with Michael Rice the headline act The London Eurovision Party team have announced that tickets to this year’s event are on sale today! And the first invited guest act has been revealed! London Eurovision Party 2019 tickets are on sale tomorrow with Michael Rice the headline act!
Throwback Thursday: Love at first sign?

Throwback Thursday: Love at first sign?

When we think about Austria at Eurovision, we think about a country before and after Conchita Wurst. Well, at least that is how it works for me. It doesn’t matter if we like the second Austrian victory or not. The effort that the Austrian broadcaster has been putting into the contest have increased, and the quality of the songs they have been sending is the proof. One of those quality acts was “Running on air” by Nathan Trent. But it wasn’t love at first sign. At all. When the inddiference turns into love When the Austrian entry was revealed my first impression was: ok, last year they made a good bet, but this year they have no chances. There was not an imediate connection between me and the song, as it just felt flat. The kind of song that you don’t mind to hear, but certainly not something that I would die for. And this feeling stayed until the first rehearsals. Even though I wasn’t a fan of the song, I followed Nathan’s journey at Eurovision through several interviews. When you represent a country at Eurovision, you need to have in mind that you aren’t just a singer but also …
XTRA Debate: Why Australia Decides was exactly what SBS needed

XTRA Debate: Why Australia Decides was exactly what SBS needed

Australia and radio pop SBS first entered the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2015. They were invited to participate as a long standing associate member with a passion for the biggest entertainment show in these parts of the world. For their first ever competing entry, the broadcaster chose local star Guy Sebastian to fly their flag. His modern pop entry “Tonight Again” immediately brought them their first ever top five result. In the years to follow, the idea of modern pop songs seemed to be the key factor for Australia when internally selecting their entries. Dami Im’s ballad may not have been the most logical radio pick, but “Don’t Come Easy” and “We Got Love” by Isaiah Firebrace and Jessica Mauboy definitely were. Therefore, it is relatively safe to say that ever since their first entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, Australia’s entries can be described as radio pop. That in itself is not a bad word at all, if it weren’t for the fact that Australia’s entries came across as rather safe picks – especially the last two years. It seemed that they, in general were lacking the creativity. That also started to show in their results. Yes, they …
Poll: Who is your current Eurovision 2019 favourite?

Poll: Who is your current Eurovision 2019 favourite?

The season is starting slowly. With only a month to go until the deadline to hand in the entries, we still only have… eight. Perhaps even seven if Mahmood actually withdraws. Anyway, we want to know who your current #1 of Eurovision 2019 actually is in our new poll… King Miki? Contrary to what Bilal Hassani claims, it seems not he, but Miki is the current king of the contest. Spain’s entrant for Tel Aviv has won both previous polls convincingly. After nearly 55% on the first poll, the second poll ended up with “La Venda” winning with almost 46% of the vote. Surprisingly, second place this time went to Albania’s Jonida Maliqi. Her “Ktheju Tokës” finished last on our first poll, but surged to 25% of the vote in this second one, beating France’s Bilal Hassani and Czech Republic’s Lake Malawi. “Roi” scored 18% of the vote, whereas “Friend of a Friend” had to settle for 11%. Since the launch of that poll, four new songs have joined the field. The United Kingdom have chosen Michael Rice for the Eurovision Song Contest, where he will perform “Bigger Than Us”. Saturday was a proper Super Saturday with three new entries: …
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. Israeli billionaire to pay for Madonna’s Eurovision appearance? Israeli media outlet Y Net reported this week that the Israeli-Canadian billionaire, Sylvan Adams, is about to sign an agreement to bring 80’s Queen of Pop, Madonna, to Tel Aviv! Israeli billionaire to pay for Madonna’s Eurovision appearance?
XTRA Debate: Is there a problem with ‘bops’ in the Eurovision Song Contest?

XTRA Debate: Is there a problem with ‘bops’ in the Eurovision Song Contest?

For a long time, the Eurovision Song Contest has become synonymous with a party. A party for everybody, well before a set of Russian grannies made it homely and adorable. For any conventional party, an abundance of ‘bops’ are required to dance along to. However, has the success of both ‘Toy’ and ‘Fuego’ detrimentally warped our expectations for Eurovision 2019? As we welcome the new month, we enter the height of selection season. It is an exciting, yet strange time for fans. Songs are simultaneously being revealed to us, while also being knocked out of national finals across the continent. A musical revolving door, of sorts. With so many songs already released, in many ways we are just waiting for the next super Saturday wave to get us closer to confirmed acts. However, one trend I am noticing across the fandom is a craving for ‘bops’. Bop it!? A personal confession, I kind of hate the word ‘bop’. A quick reference to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) gives the definition of a ‘bop’ as ‘a dance to pop music; a party or other occasion for this style of dancing’. A colloquial term, the OED also reveals the first known usage …
Saturday Summary – This weeks headlines

Saturday Summary – This weeks headlines

We’re starting to get in the busy phase of this national final season. This week we got many new NFs songs, one brand new entry for the contest and two artist announcements! We help you to stay up-to-date on the next few pages 😉 Lake Malawi to represent the Czech Republic At the beginning of the week the Czech broadcaster revealed the full jury result, as well as the votes from the public. In the end Lake Malawi could get the most points and will represent the Czech Republic in Tel Aviv. Moreover, the Czech broadcaster also announced a big national final for 2020! A Friend of a Friend! Lake Malawi revealed as the Czech representatives for Eurovision 2019
Throwback Thursday: It’s all about Albania

Throwback Thursday: It’s all about Albania

In this week’s Throwback Thursday, we’re looking back through Albania’s history in the Eurovision Song Contest. There’s no difficulty for me to know which my favourite Eurovision entry from Albania is. There’s no doubt in my mind, the winner is clearly Juliana Pasha’s It’s All About You! From bowl-cuts to glamorous dos So, I originally got invested in Eurovision in 2008. Before then, I’d always watched Eurovision but never been a superfan. 2010 was the first year in which I began looking into the national finals. Festivali i Këngës wasn’t one that I paid particular attention to, but I remember first hearing Juliana’s Nuk mundem pa ty and really not thinking much of it. The thing I was actually most interested in whilst watching the performance was her bowl-cut hair. Then, the Eurovision version was revealed and I was blown away. What an absolute glow up – still one of the best Eurovision revamps of all time, and thank GOD for that hairstyle change! This made me so glad that it was It’s All About You that made it to Eurovision rather than one of Juliana’s previous Festivali i Këngës entries; she’d previously tried to represent Albania in 2008 and …
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 …
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