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Italy: Luisa Sobral turns down invitation to enter San Remo

Luisa Sobral, the composer of the entry “Amar pelos dois” which brought Portugal their first ever Eurovision victory in 2017 with her brother Salvador, has revealed in a wide-ranging interview with Portuguese online newspaper Observador that she was invited to perform in this year’s edition of the San Remo festival but turned down the chance. The jazz singer-songwriter and composer …

Brendan Murray survives sing off on X Factor UK

Ireland’s Eurovision 2017 contestant’s X Factor journey was on the brink of ending last night as Brendan Murray had to sing for his place on the show against LMA Choir, his rendition of “High and Dry” by Radiohead earned a great reaction from the audience and from his mentor former One Direction star Louis Tomlinson, who later apologised to Brendan …

Brendan Murray survives double elimination on first X Factor live show

He may not have made it through to the next round in Kyiv but Ireland 2017’s Brendan Murray has survived the first live show of this year’s X Factor UK, with a double elimination instead sending Armstrong Martins and Olatunji Yearwood home. Murray, who is being mentored on the show by former One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson, opted to perform …

Golden Boy: Brendan Murray to Judge’s Houses! The latest X Factor roundup

So, with the 2018 edition of The X Factor UK well underway we have had three Eurovision stars taking part; Brendan Murray (Ireland 2017), Cezar (Romania 2013), and Gaia Cauchi (Malta JESC Winner 2013). How did these artists get on over the weekend? Over recent weeks we have seen these three acts progress from the auditions, however, for one of …

Success Comes From Within? The EU Effect in Eurovision

This editorial is written from the opinion of the author and does not represent the views of the other editors, the EBU or escYOUnited as a whole. Tomorrow, barring any major surprises, the UK will select their entry for 2018 which will be the last time that the UK participates in Eurovision as a member of the European Union (EU). …

Melodifestivalen Voting Changes: Too Much Power to the People?

This editorial is written from the opinion of the author and does not represent the views of the other editors, the EBU or escYOUnited as a whole. Today the official Melodifestivalen Twitter account announced that the decision had been made to change the jury voting system used since 1999 from a 12-10-8-6-4-2-1 system to a Eurovision-style 12-10-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. This means that …

National Finals: The Route To Success?

This editorial is written from the opinion of the author and does not represent the views of the other editors, the EBU or escYOUnited as a whole. Last year, I wrote an article which showed that, for the last ten years, it seems to make little difference whether an entry was selected via a national final or through internal selection. …

Let The Public Decide… Or Not?

This editorial is written from the opinion of the author and does not represent the views of the other editors, the EBU or escYOUnited as a whole. The trees are up, you’ve heard the same old songs one hundred times already and you’ve not even got to open THIS year’s pair of socks from some almost-forgotten aunt, yet the 2018 …

Austria: Cesár Sampson to take centre stage in Lisbon!

Stepping out of the shadows and into the limelight is always a great feeling for any artist, and many over the years have done so in Eurovision, including Tijana Bogicevic (Serbia) and Imri (Israel) from the Kyiv contest. Now, Austria have confirmed their artist, and ORF have decided to promote one of Bulgaria’s recent backing singers as their main artist… …

X Factor: British viewers in shock as Slavko Kalezic makes next round

As one of the biggest talent shows in the United Kingdom, if not beyond, The X Factor has always delighted, enthralled and enraged British viewers in equal measure since its first edition back in 2004. Over the years, the Simon Cowell-devised singing competition has had an influence on Eurovision in the UK with many former contestants turning to the contest …

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