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Looking back at the Eurovision host entries of the 21st century

Looking back at the Eurovision host entries of the 21st century

Today, AVROTROS confirmed that The Netherlands would select their entry for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest internally. This makes the Dutch the first host nation to select their entry internally since 1999, thus the first to do so since the turn of the millennium. That’s quite a statistic… right? Full national finals are the most common choice for host broadcasters Remarkably, the last time a host broadcaster selected their entry entirely behind closed doors was Israel’s IBA in 1999. In the twenty contests to take place this century so far, fifteen host entries were selected via a full national final in which the public selected both the artist and the song to represent them in their home contest. Of the remaining five, two of them chose to select their artist via a national selection with the song choice remaining in the broadcaster’s hands. Kobi Marimi won HaKokhav HaBa in 2019 and represented Israel in Tel Aviv with the internally selected “Home”. Seven years earlier, Sabina Babayeva won her national selection in Azerbaijan and broadcaster Ictimai TV internally chose “When The Music Dies” as her entry in Baku. How about handing over the song choice? The other three we’ve yet to …
🇮🇱 Experience Eurovision 2019 behind-the-scenes with Tim!

🇮🇱 Experience Eurovision 2019 behind-the-scenes with Tim!

It’s hard to believe that three months ago I was in Tel Aviv and was having the time of my life with a lovely bunch of people. Before the 2020 season comes into full swing, I just wanted to take this time to reflect on this amazing experience I had in Tel Aviv. Click through the pages below to find out more from what happened behind-the-scenes with myself and the ESCXTRA team! Going to Tel Aviv Of course, the first thing we have to do is to get to the host city. I travelled on the Friday prior to the start of rehearsals and I was really giddy and excited as it was the first time that I was going to experience Eurovision for the full two weeks of rehearsals and shows. I could not contain my excitement and I had to make sure I was prepared… I brought a lot of stuff with me! 50% got it right 😂😂😂 2x luggage and 1x Carry-On pic.twitter.com/4jknY4Y0eD— Timvision (@eurovisiontj) May 3, 2019 First day of rehearsals There’s no rest as after a brief few hours of settling in, it was already Saturday and the first day of rehearsals. It was my …
Saturday Summary – This weeks news recap

Saturday Summary – This weeks news recap

Another week passed and it’s time for another news recap of this weeks Eurovision headlines. As we are closing in on the start of the new season, the news is coming in fast. On the following pages is everything you need to know from the past seven days. Special Broadcast to announce ‘Host City’ is confirmed NPO is set to air a special broadcast on August 30, where we will find out the city that will have the honour to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in The Netherlands. NPO to air special broadcast to announce Eurovision host city next week
Meet the ESCXTRA Team! Part 41 – TOM R

Meet the ESCXTRA Team! Part 41 – TOM R

As our team continues to grow, it means there are more of us that you can get to know! Therefore, we will continue to bring back our “Meet the ESCXTRA Team” feature each time we have someone new for you to meet. What is our personal Eurovision story? Why did we want to be a part of this website? What are our favourite Eurovision songs of all-time? Also, how can you get in touch with us on social media? Read on to find out! Hey there! My name is Tom and I’m the youngest member of the ESCXTRA team, and I wrote my first article for the website a year ago so I thought it would be a fitting time to write my “Meet me” article! Being the youngest member of the team does mean that I can wind up the rest of the team about the fact that I still wasn’t even born when the semi-finals were introduced to the contest. But it also means I discovered Eurovision in its modern stage. Big LEDs, huge hits and lots of wind machines – but more about my discovery of the contest later. I’m currently studying for my GCSEs in 2021 …
Saturday Summary – This weeks news recap

Saturday Summary – This weeks news recap

Another week passed and it’s time for another news recap of this weeks Eurovision headlines. As you probably know, the Eurovision world is never asleep and there is always something happening. This is our weekly guide for you to never miss any news. On the following pages is everything you need to know from the past seven days. Moroccanoil announced as Presenting Partner for ESC2020! This week the EBU announced, that Moroccanoil will be the Presenting Partner for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in The Netherlands. The brand was already part of the styling at this year’s contest and will be responsible for the styling at the contest next year! Moroccanoil is Presenting Partner for Eurovision 2020
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. Eurovision: The Movie – Release date, cast and everything we know so far Last summer, news that Netflix had commissioned an original film been based on the Eurovision Song Contest set many hearts racing. One year later and still without any official announcement from Netflix themselves, this is what we know so far. Eurovision: The Movie – Release date, cast and everything we know so far
Meet the ESCXTRA Team! Part 40 – COSTA

Meet the ESCXTRA Team! Part 40 – COSTA

As our team continues to grow, it means there are more of us that you can get to know! Therefore, we will continue to bring back our “Meet the ESCXTRA team” feature each time we have someone new for you to meet. What is our personal Eurovision story? Why did we want to be a part of this website? What are our favourite Eurovision songs of all-time? Also, how can you get in touch with us on social media? Read on to find out! Hey, it’s meLook, I know this might be strange since I’ve been part of the site for a while But I never got around to doing this feature so I figured that I might as wellIt’s like I’ve stepped out of spaceAnd time and come aliveGuess this is what it’s all about Okay, that’s enough of that (for now). Hi, my name is Costa (F.K.A. Constantinos) and I’m a 21-year-old Londoner of Greek-Cypriot decent. I just graduated from the University of Exeter with a BSc in Politics & International Relations. I’m currently interning as a civil servant for the British government (fun!) and will be starting a role as a data analyst this Autumn. I joined …
Saturday Summary – This week’s Eurovision news headlines

Saturday Summary – This week’s Eurovision news headlines

Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix dates are confirmed Norway’s Head of Delegation has confirmed that Melodi Grand Prix 2020 will begin on January 11 2020, with Norway selecting their act on February 15 2020. Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix dates are confirmed
Throwback Thursday: I love my life… and Spain

Throwback Thursday: I love my life… and Spain

This Throwback Thursday is dedicated to a country with probably one of the most motivated fans in the contest… Spain! When I thought about the entries and about what entry I wanna write I had several amazing options to chose from. Spain is delivering bops every year and is definitely a country that always heats up the temperature in the arena. It all happened more than 12 years ago So how did I select the throwback entry? I wanted it to be personal, so I rather chose a song since I started watching the contest in 2003. In the time between 2003 and now Spain send many fan faves I could choose from, but should your throwback better be a song everybody loves or rather something, that means something especially to you? I went with the latter option. Since 2003 Spain topped my ESC ranking two times. This year and in 2007. As May 2019 isn’t really a throwback I went with the 2007 entry. When Spain topped my ranking in 2007 I was ready for my fifth Eurovision I’d watch live on TV and my addiction to the contest grew with each year. Most of the years before, Sweden …
Saturday Summary – This week’s Eurovision news headlines

Saturday Summary – This week’s Eurovision news headlines

Netherlands 2020: NPO to visit Rotterdam and Maastricht for extra meetings After several cities threw their hats into the ring, only two contenders remain in the race – Rotterdam and Maastricht. This week, NPO will visit both for further meetings. Netherlands 2020: NPO to visit Rotterdam and Maastricht for extra meetings
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