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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 …

Yulia Samoylova might perform in ESC via satellite, the EBU says

This afternoon, the EBU has released a statement saying that the chosen Russian representative, Yulia Samoylova, who has been banned from travelling to Ukraine, has the opportunity to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest – via a satellite connection. The EBU has offered the Russian broadcaster Channel One to let Yulia compete in the second semi-final through a satellite connection, and …

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 …

San Marino: Valentina & Jimmie release the making of their music video

Most of the Eurovision Fans around Europe are excited to watch Valentina performing again for San Marino. As previously announced this time she will be accompanied by Jimmie Wilson. The duet will be performing Spirit of the Night. As with previous participations, Ralph Siegel composed this entry, with lyrics by Jutta Staudenmayer and Steven Barnacle. The music video was filmed in …

Ukraine bans Yulia: International reaction

Today has seen the Eurovision Song Contest thrust into the limelight once more, although this time it has been for unsavoury reasons. Ukraine’s national security ministry, the SBU, this afternoon confirmed that Yulia Samoilova would not be permitted into Ukrainian territory to represent her native Russia in Eurovision in May. Since the confirmation, the news has spread far and wide …

Yulia Samoylova banned from Ukraine and ultimately Eurovision

Yulia Samoylova, who was internally selected to represent Russia in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv has been banned from Ukraine. That’s what the British BBC and Russian news outlet sputniknews have reported. She won’t be able to attend the contest. Samoylova held a concert on the Crimea peninsula in 2015 without getting permission from the Ukrainian government. The Ukrainian …

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