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Saturday Summary – Your weekly news update

Saturday Summary – Your weekly news update

Another week passed and we are ready to give you the first summary of the year 2019. If you think, you missed something important over the past week, we’re here to get you up-to-date with all the latest Eurovision news. On the following pages, you’ll find everything you need to know. Loreen wins #ESC250 for the seventh time! Eurovision fans celebrate the end of the year by voting their favorite Eurovision entries and the Top 250 get revealed on New Year’s Eve on ESCRadio. Loreen made it to the Top for the seventh time. Get the full list here: #ESC250: Loreen wins Eurovision Top 250 2018 for the seventh time!
Throwback Thursday: When Andrea told us to get out of her life

Throwback Thursday: When Andrea told us to get out of her life

When I was asked to write a Throwback Thursday article for Montenegro, there was just one song I could choose. Andrea Demirovi膰’s “Just Get Out of My Life”. This energetic, catchy entry is now ten years old and I decided it would only be right to dedicate my article to this robbed masterpiece! Discovering this Montenegrin bop I began watching Eurovision in 2013, so when I became a fan of the show I decided to listen back to some of the previous years of the contest to see what I’d missed out on for eight years of my life! When I got to the 2009 contest, I stumbled across this song. When I first listened to it, I was sure it must had qualified. And finished quite high in the final too. But, when I found out this song didn’t even qualify I was mortified! There’s nothing about this song not to love. However, when I looked more into this song I discovered why it had probably failed. It had opened the first semi-final of the contest. Unless you’re a real fan of the contest, you don’t really realise there are even semi-finals in Eurovision unless you stumble upon them …
Did you hear? Eurovision tidbits, week 52

Did you hear? Eurovision tidbits, week 52

What better way to start off the new (calenda) year than with a brand new collection of tidbits from all corners of the Euroverse? As we all know; a lot of things tend to happen on New Year’s Eve, and this edition was no different! However; first things first! The twins are here! After months of stunning us with a flood of the most amazingly gorgeous pregnancy photos, Barei gave birth to her twin baby boys last week! We all send our warmest congratulations to the family, and shout a big “Welcome!” to the little ones! View this post on Instagram Jam谩s sent铆 un amor tan verdadero… Gracias por vivir junto a m铆 la mejor aventura de mi vida @ruben_soundcook Never felt such a true love… Thank you for living with me the best adventure of my life 馃挏 #love #twins #maternity A post shared by Barei (@bareimusic) on Dec 27, 2018 at 12:22pm PST She said yes! During their Christmas holiday in Dubai, Eric Saade proposed to his girlfriend, influencer Nicole Falciani. According to both their Instagrams, she said “YES!” We will keep you up to date on further developments! View this post on Instagram I SAID YEEEEEEEEEEEEEES 馃拲 …
#ESC250: Crunching the numbers of the tenth annual Eurovision Top 250 vote!

#ESC250: Crunching the numbers of the tenth annual Eurovision Top 250 vote!

On Monday (31 December), Loreen was crowned the winner of the 2018 Eurovision Top 250 vote for the seventh year in a row, with her 2012 winning song “Euphoria”. However, amongst all the entries there were many little pockets of facts and statistics that we’ve delved into to deliver to you! The show may be over for another year, but it’s time to look at the statistics of the 2018 Eurovision Top 250 vote. Which country made the most appearances? It comes with no surprise that the country that had the most entries in the Top 250 was Italy with 15 entries – one up from the 14 entries they had last year. The highest placing Italian entry on the chart was Il Volo’s 2015 entry, “Grande Amore”, which finished in 6th place. Italy was followed by Israel and Sweden – both with 12 entries – and Norway, with 11 entries. At the other end of the table, three countries failed to get a single entry into the Top 250 – Andorra, Malta and Morocco. Monaco, San Marino, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovakia and Yugoslavia all had one entry on the chart. In terms of which country had the highest percentage …
ESCXTRA Awards: The winner of the NMF’s Best Single Award is Eleni Foureira with “T贸mame”!

ESCXTRA Awards: The winner of the NMF’s Best Single Award is Eleni Foureira with “T贸mame”!

There is just one award left to give out. You have voted for ten categories, including the NMF’s Best Single of 2018. You had six options to vote for. And the winner is… Second award for Eleni Foureira With her victory in the NMF’s Best Single Award, Eleni Foureira becomes the only singer to win two awards this year. She and her broadcaster CyBC previously won the award for Best Internally Selected Song. After her Eurovision success, Eleni Foureira decided that reggaeton flavoured releases would suit her best. After “Caramela”, she released “T贸mame” in late October. The song soon shot to #1 in Greece. Like CyBC, Eleni Foureira knows that you should never change a winning formula. So when Eleni needed a new single, she once again teamed up with Alex Papaconstantinou to write “T贸mame”. Full of Spanish flavour – and Spanish phrases – Eleni Foureira established herself a steady force on the reggaeton market. Lisbon delivers top two Of the six nominees, three took part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Two of those three made it to the top two. Eleni Foureira of course won the award, but Mikolas Josef finished in a respectable second place. Eleni’s “T贸mame” …
XTRA Debate: What determines a Eurovision ‘legacy’?

XTRA Debate: What determines a Eurovision ‘legacy’?

There are only a few hours of 2018 left. In some nations within the Eurovision family (good morning Australia!) 2019 has already commenced. While we reminisce over the good, the bad, and the ugly that the last 12 months has brought to us individually, it also gives a moment to reflect on the Eurovision Song Contest. We celebrate the addition of 43 new songs, countless national final entries. However, some acts and songs stand out above the rest. An untouchable, legendary status. However, what makes these performances so legendary? As I’m writing this, a proportion of the ESCXTRA team are glued to some form of device to follow along with the live results of the ESC250 countdown. We are showing our delight at songs that scored well, did not rank as highly as we suspected. There have definitely been a few surprises! Anecdotes for staging ideas or initial reactions. It’s like a jumbo-packed, all-day Eurovision event through decibels and pixels. The simplest, but cheapest answer From a clinical, common sensical viewpoint – all songs are within the Eurovision legacy. There is only one entry from Spain that performed on the Kyiv stage in 2017, for example. Each song that competes, …
#ESC250: Loreen wins Eurovision Top 250 2018 for the seventh time!

#ESC250: Loreen wins Eurovision Top 250 2018 for the seventh time!

What is December 31st most famous for? No, not New Year’s Eve… but the Eurovision Top 250! Today, the tenth edition of the popular event takes place. The results of the vote are broadcast on escradio.com and hosted by songfestival.be. Stay tuned for all the results right here when the show begins at 11am CET! 2018 does indeed mark the tenth year that Eurovision Top 250 has been held and for the past six years, Loreen has been the victorious one winning every year since 2012 with her Eurovision-winning “Euphoria”. Last year, she was joined in the top 5 by Salvador Sobral (Portugal 2017), Jamala (Ukraine 2016), Il Volo (Italy 2015) and Blanche (Belgium 2017). The oldest entry in last year’s top 10 was Sertab Erener’s winner from 2003, “Everyway That I Can”. Italy however proved they’ve had a successful Eurovision history overall with the most entries in the top 250 – 14. But now onto this year… Will anyone be able to end Loreen’s six-year winning streak at number 1? The results Below are the results, live updated, including the variations in placing with last year’s top. An entry with the “(New)” mention is an entry that was not in the 2017 top 250, so either under …
ESCXTRA Awards: The winner of the Super Trooper Award is Brendan Murray!

ESCXTRA Awards: The winner of the Super Trooper Award is Brendan Murray!

Just two more awards to go this year. We’ve already revealed eight award winners. The penultimate award we’re going to give out is that of the Super Trooper of 2018. And the winner is… X Factor leads Brendan to glory Back in 2017, he entered the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland. His mentor, Louis Walsh, made sure Brendan Murray had an adventure at the contest. He took part with “Dying To Try”, but couldn’t make it through to the final. Now, in 2018, the 21 year old plumber entered X Factor in the United Kingdom. After a difficult audition, Brendan Murray ended up in Louis Tomlinson’s category. Brendan and Louis managed to get along really well. He managed to make it to the semi-final, where he ended up as #5 in the competition. Brendan Murray now wins the ESCXTRA Super Trooper Award for an outstanding achievement in this past year. After seemingly failing to make a career out of the Eurovision Song Contest, he picked up the pieces and decided to give music another go. Entering X Factor brought Brendan the hope that his music career could come back to life. Biggest victory of the year Brendan Murray seems to …
Saturday Summary 鈥 This week鈥檚 Eurovision news headlines

Saturday Summary 鈥 This week鈥檚 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鈥檒l 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.  Jonida Maliqi wins Festivali i K毛ng毛s 57 After two nights, a shortlisting process and a three-hour final, Jonida was crowned the winner of Festivali i K毛ng毛s 57 with her song 鈥淜theju tok毛s鈥 Jonida Maliqi wins Festivali i K毛ng毛s 57!
ESCXTRA Awards: The winner of the Best Album Award is “From Vienna With Love” by Conchita!

ESCXTRA Awards: The winner of the Best Album Award is “From Vienna With Love” by Conchita!

We’re getting closer to the end of the year and to the end of these awards. It’s time to reveal the eighth winner of an ESCXTRA Award. Today, it’s time for the Best Album Award. And the winner is… Conchita’s most powerful album? Two of the albums on our nomination list consisted mainly of covers. Conchita’s and Alex C’s album. Conchita did his album with the Wiener Symphoniker. A symphonic album full of piercing vocals and wonderful instrumentation was the result of their collaboration. Conchita released this new album in October of this year. He managed to clim to #1 in the Austrian charts with it. It includes not only classics, such as “The Sound of Music”, but also a modern classic like Conchita’s Eurovision winning song, “Rise Like a Phoenix”. When we reviewed the album earlier this year, our final summary said exactly this: “We often throw around the word ‘anthemic’ but with Conchita it has meaning. There is always an authentic thread running through her music. “From Vienna With Love” is a stunning continuation of growth and a strengthening of that thread. It shouldn’t be lost on people that Conchita has chosen a selection of songs that have …
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