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Malta: Matthew Anthony "The song is something that MESC has never had in its finals"

Malta’s selection for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is just around the corner, so it’s high time we got to meet some of the hopefuls fighting to represent the islands in Lisbon. First up is Matthew Anthony, a young performer with a lot to prove to the Maltese public when the country selects on 3rd February! Hello Matthew! First of …

Bulgaria: Kristian Kostov wins EBBA Public Choice Award

Topping off a fantastic 2017 for the young Bulgarian star, Eurovision 2017’s runner-up Kristian Kostov has taken the prestigious Public Choice Award at this year’s European Border Breakers Awards. The accolade, which is chosen by the public to honour the next rising star in Europe, has previously been won by stars such as Dua Lipa, The Baseballs, Eurovision’s own The …

Armenia: Five more songs enter the fray

Each day this week, Armenia’s broadcaster is revealing the songs taking part in this year’s selection for Lisbon, Depi Evratesil. Another day, another reveal, as five more songs have been unleashed onto the hyped Eurovision fanbase once again. Will any of today’s five songs prove to be the vital hit for Armenia? The five acts and their entries that were …

Czech Republic: Eddie Stoilow "During my 9 year stay in Malta, I experienced a huge attention to the contest!"

Photo credit: Karel Vojkovský It’s been a long time since there was enough interest in Eurovision in the Czech Republic for there to be a national final, so it’s a major relief to see its return in 2018! One of the bands participating in the largely internet-based selection is Eddie Stoilow, and they took the time to chat to us …

Montenegro: Five participants for Montevizija

This evening RTCG, the Montenegrin national broadcaster, have revealed the names of the five participants that will compete on February 17th for the right to represent the country in Lisbon this May. The five participants in Montenegro’s first selection since 2008 are (composers in brackets); Ivana Popović Martinović – Poljupci (Slavko Milovanović) Katarina Bogićević – Neželjena (Aleksandra Milutinović) Lorena Janković …

Ukraine: Vidbir 2018 participants confirmed

Ukraine, still on a high from their successful hosting of Eurovision 2017 and a strong-fought national selection for the home contest in Kyiv, will once again be looking to put in a strong performance on the international stage in Lisbon. Today, the national broadcaster UA:PBC in conjunction with commercial network STB have announced the participants in the 2018 edition of …

Cyprus: Helena Paparizou turns down chance to represent country

Fans of the competition have been in hot anticipation today after rumours emerged that Helena Paparizou, the Greek champion of Eurovision 2005, may have been in positive talks to represent Cyprus in the competition in Lisbon. While these were just rumours, INFE Greece has confirmed that these talks did in fact take place, but with a disappointing outcome; Helena Paparizou …

Belarus: Sofi Lapina withdraws from selection amid controversy

Belarus’ selection has taken a dramatic twist today, after an open letter signed by seven of the participants in the selection has ultimately seen one of the participants withdraw their entry! The controversy surrounds Alekseev, whose entry “Forever” fails the EBU rule regarding the performance or release of songs before 1st September 2017. Regardless of this, the public broadcaster of …

Reaction Video: Malta MESC 2018 Songs

Editor-in-Chief Matt continues the Reaction Video series, a journey through the National Final season. In an attempt to bring the readers a raw and uncensored experience, the intent is to watch and/or listen to the entries live on cam for the first time. Malta has had mixed success in recent years as far as their qualification is concerned. After having …

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