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TONIGHT: Eurovision 2017 Semi-Final 1

Panic stations everyone – it’s finally that time of the year! Tonight is officially the first live show of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 live from the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine! 18 countries will perform live on television across Europe and worldwide in the hopes to secure one of ten golden tickets for Saturday’s grand final, and we …

Montenegro celebrate the Balkans with star-studded party

One of the joys of Eurovision and being at the contest is the sheer number of celebrations that take place across the host city during the contest’s two weeks. On Thursday night, one of the most glamorous parties took place as Montenegro’s delegation and tourist board held a celebration for Slavko Kalezić and invited the other Balkan countries’ artists along …

Poll: Who will qualify from Semi-Final 1?

We’ve seen and heard the rehearsals for all countries in the first semi-final, teaser clips have been released and full videos of the performances are now available. So it’s the perfect time to ask the all-important question – which songs will qualify from the first semi-final? We’ve created a poll with all 18 participants in the semi-final and you can …

Which rehearsal is the most promising? Day 1

So the first day of rehearsals from Kyiv have concluded and this year’s Eurovision Song Contest has already surprised, excited and shocked us in equal measure. With only nine songs performed today, we’ve already had horse men on ladders, wild hair twirling, spinning platforms and some long, long, long notes and big vocals. Of course, for those of you not …

Live Stream & Blog of Semi-Final 1 Rehearsals (Day 1)

Goooood morning Europe! We are live in Kiev, Ukraine for the first day of rehearsals for Eurovision 2017!  Today, countries in the first half of Semi-Final 1 will rehearse (Sweden, Georgia, Australia, Albania, Belgium, Montenegro, Finland, Azerbaijan, Portugal). Be sure to follow our LiveStream and LiveBlog where we will be keeping you posted with all of the events happening today! …

Nathan Trent takes on Elhaida Dani

This year’s Austrian representative, Nathan Trent, has recently been covering some previous Eurovision songs. The latest song he has taken on is the 2015 song from Albania, Elhaida Dani “I’m Alive”. Elhaida ended in 17th place in the final in Vienna, Nathan will be hoping to go 17 placed better and take the Eurovision crown back to Vienna after trips to …

Lindita (Albania) Interview: “We all have battles we fight for”

We recently had a chance to meet Lindita, who are going to represent Albania at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine this May. During our chat, Lindita talked about why she chose to sing in English over Albanian and what Singing means to her. In case you didn’t know, the talented singer is already getting ready to work …

Scandalous Selections Part 2: How DO You Do A National Final?

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. In my previous article, I discussed how Sweden, Slovenia and Spain managed to select songs which were far from being the televoters’ favourites despite there being nominal 50% jury/50% televote voting systems. What …

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