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Withdrawal skandal – Ten Eurovision gems that never happened

Withdrawal skandal – Ten Eurovision gems that never happened

Throughout the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, many songs were chosen. And some were then withdrawn. We all know the famous Belarussians who had the tendency to withdraw their entries about five times before coming up with their final answer in the past years, but there have been many more who did the same! Time for me to dive into the history of withdrawn entries and come up with the ten I like best. Some of these songs have received great attention in the past few years, but there are some others who I had never even heard of. The history of Eurovision once again turns out to be full of drama, emotion and hidden gems no one has ever heard of. Now that is a SKANDAL! Most of these entries did indeed get their hands on the Eurovision ticket, but some didn’t even get the chance to do that: Disqualifications before the national final for the favourite, countries to fully withdraw or other, sometimes less clear, motives… Let’s take a look then, we’ll start at #10 and count down to the ultimate song that never made it!
The Best of the Worst – Peter’s nul points countdown

The Best of the Worst – Peter’s nul points countdown

“Nul points” is the stuff of Eurovision folklore. Despite never actually being uttered on stage at the contest, it has become a phrase that has transcended the contest and entered into popular culture. Reserved for the very worst of the worst, the absolute pits, only a handful of songs in the history of the contest have ever been unlucky enough to “earn” this accolade. Many have said that it’s better to get zero points than two or three, and this maybe be true – it’s certainly a very exclusive club. Since the expansion of the contest to include semi-finals and around 40 countries to potentially received votes from, some thought the days where a contest could produce a song that fails to register any score at all were long over, but just last month in Vienna, not one but two songs managed this dubious feat. A lot of fans thought they didn’t deserve their fate, but what of the other songs that have scored nothing over the years? Were they really as bad as history would have you believe? To answer this question, I’ll be counting down in two parts some of the songs that in my completely factual opinion …
Editor Predictions for Semi Final 2

Editor Predictions for Semi Final 2

Here are the predictions from our editors on who we think will qualify in Tonight’s 2nd Semi Final: AOIFE ALEKAS DAN EDWARD Lithuania Ireland Azerbaijan Sweden Norway Israel Iceland Slovenia Czech Republic Montenegro Lithuania Sweden Azerbaijan Norway Israel Slovenia Latvia Montenegro Poland Czech Republic Lithuania Ireland Iceland Norway Latvia Azerbaijan Sweden Slovenia Switzerland Montenegro Sweden Norway Azerbaijan Israel Slovenia Malta Montenegro Switzerland Latvia Cyprus LIAM NATHAN NICK RINOR Sweden Norway Israel Slovenia Latvia Lithuania Iceland Czech Republic Poland San Marino Montenegro Norway Czech Republic Israel Latvia Azerbaijan Sweden Slovenia Poland Portugal Sweden Azerbaijan Norway Slovenia Latvia Czech Republic Poland Lithuania Montenegro Portugal Ireland Norway Sweden Israel Azerbaijan Iceland Montenegro Slovenia Latvia Cyprus RODRIGO SIMON DIMITRIS PETER Sweden Norway Montenegro Israel Latvia Azerbaijan Slovenia Czech Republic Cyprus Portugal Ireland Montenegro Norway Israel Latvia Azerbaijan Sweden Cyprus Slovenia Lithuania Sweden Norway Azerbaijan Malta Iceland Israel Czech Republic Slovenia Switzerland Poland Lithuania Montenegro Norway Israel Latvia Azerbaijan Sweden Cyprus Slovenia Poland And with our predictions, here is the team’s combined list of qualifiers for the 2nd semi final: Azerbaijan Cyprus Czech Republic Israel Latvia Montenegro Norway Poland Slovenia Sweden
Semifinal 2: Exit poll after dress rehearsal

Semifinal 2: Exit poll after dress rehearsal

Earlier today we had the first dress rehearsal of semifinal two, performed to a packed audience of thousands of families and children. We took advantage of this and sent our roving reporter Edward Montebello out into the crowds after the show to hear the first reactions of the man (or woman, or child) outside the hall about the hopefuls battling to take one of the remaining ten spots in Saturday’s final. Check it out below
Editor Predictions for Semi Final 1

Editor Predictions for Semi Final 1

Here are the predictions from our editors on who we think will qualify in tonight’s 1st Semi Final: AOIFE ALEKAS DAN EDWARD Albania Belarus Belgium Denmark Estonia Greece Hungary Moldova Russia Serbia Albania Armenia Belgium Denmark Estonia Finland Georgia Greece Russia Serbia Albania Armenia Belarus Belgium Denmark Estonia Georgia Greece Romania Russia Belgium Denmark Estonia Finland Georgia Greece Hungary Romania Russia Serbia LIAM NATHAN NICK RINOR Albania Belgium Estonia Finland Georgia Greece Moldova Romania Russia Serbia Albania Armenia Belgium Denmark Estonia Finland Georgia Moldova Romania Russia Albania Belarus Armenia Belgium Denmark Estonia Greece Hungary Romania Russia Albania Armenia Belgium Estonia Georgia Greece Hungary Romania Russia Serbia RODRIGO SIMON MAX PETER Albania Armenia Belgium Denmark Estonia Georgia Greece Romania Russia Serbia Albania Armenia Belgium Estonia Georgia Greece Hungary Romania Russia Serbia Albania Belgium Denmark Estonia Georgia Greece Moldova Netherlands Romania Russia Armenia Belgium Denmark Estonia Georgia Greece Hungary Romania Russia Serbia And with our predictions, here is the team’s combined list of qualifiers for the 1st semi final:
What do the juries want?

What do the juries want?

It is the time of year where every Eurovision fan makes themselves jury and judge of the contest. There’s a poll, ranking video or scoring chart around every anticipatory corner. But spare a thought for those who have been given the responsibility for 50% of their nation’s vote. No, not government officials or SIM card distributors, but five men and women that comprise each national jury. By the time Europe sits down to watch each of the shows, national juries have already had the chance to rank the songs and therefore scrap the winning chances of a number of songs and can significantly boost others. Today’s announcement of the jury members is of no interest beyond the fan community, but it will have a impact on the results seen by the millions of casual fans and viewers casting their televotes later this month. How the juries come to their ranking is supposedly by considering the criteria below, but the public conversation between the new kids in the class- Australia’s jurors – indicates the wealth of wriggle room there is within these criteria. The jurors are told to look out for: vocal capacity the performance on stage the composition and originality …
The London Eurovision Party 2015 – a mini-Eurovision experience

The London Eurovision Party 2015 – a mini-Eurovision experience

The London Eurovision Party has established itself as a highlight of the pre-contest season, but it was this reviewer’s first time in attendance, as the festivities were hosted for a second year in Café de Paris just off Leicester Square. It really is a great setting for the event; the chandeliers, curtains and grand staircases allowed us Eurofans to pretend to be sophisticated for the night, whilst the intimate stage and sizeable dancefloor allowed both the party songs and mellow moments to shine. An impressive gathering of 16 contestants from this year came to play for the British fans, including some of the big favourites for this year. That’s not counting the “special guests” although it would have been easy enough to forget to mention them as most didn’t really add much to the show. The obvious exception to this is of course reigning champion Conchita Wurst, for whom the night felt like something of a triumphant homecoming, as it was at last year’s London party that many fans started to sense that she could go the distance, and as she reprised her winning song, the Eurovision family greeted her warmly. Other than that, X Factor / Swiss / Moldovan …
Take me to your Eurovision heaven: Who is your favourite winner?

Take me to your Eurovision heaven: Who is your favourite winner?

What’s another year? To celebrate Eurovision’s supposed 60th anniversary, the BBC are asking the public to choose which of the 62 winners from the 59 contests is their “all time favourite”. Making your mind up You have until 13:00cet on Monday 20 April to register your vote. You can listen to all the songs and tick your choice on the voting page here. The UK’s BBC Radio 2 will count down the Top 20 between 18 and 22 May, whilst the temporary Radio2 Eurovision station will reveal a full Top 40. Both are available online worldwide. Why me? What makes an “all time favourite”? How will different Eurofans interpret the phrase? We’re not specifically asked for the most momentous, the most important, the ‘best’, but simply the “favourite”, whatever makes a song as such. In terms of this poll’s outcome, a lot, depends on the demographic of the voter, which will in turn depend on how the poll is promoted. Being a UK poll, and given that Radio 2 has a listener base 82% of which are over 35, it would be no surprise to see a winner from yesteryear crowned as the all time favourite. Unless this poll becomes hijacked …
I stand behind PKN, shame about their song

I stand behind PKN, shame about their song

After seeing reactions to Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät winning Uuden Musikiin Kilpailu last Saturday, I decided it was time for an editorial. Not because I want to defend Aina Mun Pitää, but because I want to defend Finland for choosing PKN for Vienna. I’ve asked a few of my Eurovision friends for opinions as well, so many thanks to Sigrún Huld Skúladóttir,Daniel Cobbett and Padraic Devlin for sharing their views with me. Let me just explain that last sentence. I dislike the song. It’s not my cup of tea, I have only managed to listen to the entire song once. That’s how bad I think the song is. That however doesn’t change the fact that Finland has chosen Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät for Vienna. The country stands behind these four guys. The country stands behind Aina Mun Pitää. In a nine song final, over 35% of the votes went to Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. And for Eurovision fans out there, there’s just one thing to do: Deal with it. Now I know, Finland had a brilliant line-up for their national selection, fans went crazy for the likes of Satin Circus and Siru, but they also seemed to forget that Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät is a solid name …
Drawing the new draw?

Drawing the new draw?

Yesterday, we saw the draw for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest semifinals. After a few countries had been drawn, one thing became clear: whereas the predictability in semifinal two is nowhere to be found, semifinal one is full of expected qualifiers (the likes of Greece, Russia, Romania). That brought me to this editorial: What can we do to prevent predictability and truly break up notable voting allies in the future? I spent a while thinking on how we can do that. Clearly the pots don’t do what they’re supposed to do. Eurovision.tv stated the following about the dividing of the pots: To create more excitement, like past years, the 33 countries have been allocated to 5 pots based on voting patterns from the previous ten years. Let’s have a look at an example pot from yesterday. Pot 4 was the most interesting for me, so let’s have a look. Pot 4 consisted of: Belgium The Netherlands Cyprus Greece Ireland San Marino So we see two notable ‘pairs’ in this group: Greece and Cyprus versus Belgium and The Netherlands. Yesterday’s draw could have provided the following split: Belgium – The Netherlands – Ireland in semifinal one, Greece – Cyprus – San …
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