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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 …

Belarus: Who is in the next round?

One of the most weird and wonderful stages of any national final season is the Belorussian auditions round, where the hopefuls for the selection meet in Minsk and sing their hearts out, one by one, for the assembled judges. It has thrown up zombie shows, questionable vocals and erm, unique concepts in previous years, and the latest round of Belorussian …

JESC: Belarus to host 2018 contest

In an unusual announcement, the EBU have announced that Belarus will host the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. In recent years the winner of the previous year’s contest is offered first refusal to host, today it has been announced that the winner of the 2017 contest will not get to host the contest (unless Belarus win). This news isn’t going …

TONIGHT: Eurovision 2017 Semi-Final 2

It’s only been two days since the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 kicked off in dramatic style (I know, some of us are still reeling over Finland!) but we have to dust ourselves down and get going, because 18 more countries are set to take to the Eurovision stage! Tonight’s 18 acts can be found below; ?? SERBIA – Tijana Bogićević …

Poll: Who will qualify from Semi-Final 2?

We’ve seen and heard the rehearsals for all countries in the second 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 second semi-final? We’ve created a poll with all 18 participants in the semi-final and you can pick ten …

Which rehearsal is the most promising? Day 4

Day four has already been and gone, and we’ve had space boats, fireworks, a one-man duet and of course, the long awaited return of Valentina Monetta. This rounds off the semi-finals, and boy, do Ukraine have two amazing shows in store for us! Of course, for those of you not in the press centre, we can only convey so much …

Why Do We Care About Running Orders?

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. Eurovision has its “facts” when it comes to running order; there are death spots and there are places which make people go “ooo, they’ve got the perfect spot”. Surely success doesn’t depend that …

TONIGHT: Eurovision PreParty Riga 2017

The national finals may have stopped and some of the news may have dried up (apart from the Russia-Ukraine situation!) but that doesn’t mean that Eurovision is on hold for the next few months! Tonight, the first preview party of this year’s contest will take place in Riga, Latvia, with performances from a number of Eurovision 2017 artists as well …

The "Expert" Panel 2017 - Reviewing Belarus

The ESC United Expert Panel is back. The Editorial team got to enjoy all 43 entries of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, review and rank them accordingly. Needless to say, this is all subjective and you may totally disagree with us. Which is why we included a poll and in the end we’ll compare the reader’s results to our results. …

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