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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 …

Which national selection was the best in 2017?

Ahh, national selections. The lifeblood of the Eurovision enthusiast, the catalyst for countless debates, the endless source of all of the drama we have come to crave over the years in our beloved contest. Internal selections can, and often do, throw up some true gems with a guaranteed path to Eurovision stardom, but it’s the multi-song showcases that really grab …

Who do #YOU want to win Eurovision 2017?

We have finally made it to this point of the year, an exciting time for all – all 43 entries fighting to win this year’s Eurovision Song Contest have been released! Because of this, there’s only one question on everyone’s lips… Who is likely to see the end credits rolling over their entry late on May 13th? There are of …

ESC United’s revotes: Albanian reviews and results!

Rezarta Smaja – “Pse prite gjatë” Kai:  I’m a big Rezarta Smaja fan but after hearing her new song it felt like some evil person popped my balloon with a pin and took off my pointy party hat and stamped on it. I was so upset. Not upset because it was bad, but because it was not what I wanted. …

ESC United’s NF Revotes: Albania reviews, part 1

Good evening to all of our readers! As you might have read a while ago, we of ESC United will be hosting revotes for many national selection shows. These revotes will on one hand consist of reviews and votes from a few of our writers, while forum members and visitors may vote in a poll to simulate a televoting segment. …

Podcast: Good news for Albania, sad news for Russia

Get ready for another episode of our Podcast, the last one of 2016.   Today’s topics include: Russian army choir – Eurovision 2009 interval act – loses 64 members in plane crash tragedy. Albania chooses Lindita and her song “Botë”. Armenia selects Artsvik for Eurovision after marathon national selection. Eurovision in Concert tickets will go on sale very soon. Our …

More Festivali i Këngës This Evening

Last night, the first 12 performers took the stage in Albania’s Festivali i Këngës, and tonight, the other half will be performing. As with last night, the show can be viewed here http://rtsh.al/rtsh-live/RTSH-HD.html at 20:35 CET, and Kai & I will be on this page then to help you through the show and offer some commentary. We can’t wait, so see you then! …

Festivali i Këngës Begins Tonight

Get your live streams ready and Google Translate open because tonight is the first night of Albania’s national final for Eurovision, the first of the season, long running music festival Festivali i Këngës. Participants this year include past fan favorites, a couple former Eurovision entrants, and a bunch of new names we’re so excited to be introduced to. Stay tuned to this …

Festivali i Këngës: Meet the Candidates (Part 1)

For whatever reason, artists in Albania’s Festivali i Këngës are sometimes given short shrift with regards to speculation and picking pre-show favorites. To help you along in finding artists to get yourself excited for, we’ve compiled a (two-part) “scouting report” if you will to help you research, or in some cases jog your memory about, the candidates. Albulena Jashari: She …

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