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X Factor: British viewers in shock as Slavko Kalezic makes next round

As one of the biggest talent shows in the United Kingdom, if not beyond, The X Factor has always delighted, enthralled and enraged British viewers in equal measure since its first edition back in 2004. Over the years, the Simon Cowell-devised singing competition has had an influence on Eurovision in the UK with many former contestants turning to the contest …

[UPDATE] San Marino: 2018 press conference set for Tuesday

This article has been updated. The original article follows, with the update below. Following the semi-finals in Kyiv, we exclusively revealed that all was not well for the San Marino camp and Eurovision, with the director general of SMRTV Carlo Romeo stating that “there is no place for microstates in this contest”. This followed a third consecutive non-qualification for the …

Hungary confirms A Dal details

Hungary’s national broadcaster MTVA has confirmed that A Dal is returning for 2018, and has now revealed the all-important dates for next year’s competition! The competition, which has fast become one of the highlights of the selection calendar, will kick off on January 20th 2018 with the first of three heats of ten songs each. Following three weekends of heats, …

Hungary and Serbia confirm national finals

Lots of fans were on pins and needles regarding Hungary’s participation in Lisbon, but the news finally came in today as MTVA, the Hungarian national broadcaster, confirmed that they will be present in Portugal and that, once agian, their representative will be chosen via national final – A Dal. Since its introduction in 2012, Hungary has qualified on every occasion and …

United Kingdom: BBC opens submission period for 2018

The United Kingdom has kicked off their search for a 2018 star earlier than usual, with the British broadcaster, BBC, announcing an open submission from the public today. The announcement continues a recent trend of early plans set in place by the BBC in a stark contrast to the previously late announcements regarding the UK entry for Eurovision. In a …

Joy Fleming (Germany 1975) passes away

Sadly, Joy Fleming, a joyous, spirited Eurovision alum has passed away at the age of 72. Fleming represented Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 1975 with the inspirational, high-energy “Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein,” which you can (and absolutely should) listen to below.   escYOUnited and the entire Eurovision community send our condolences to her family and friends. May …

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Ralph Siegel planned to fund return?

It appears that another unlikely combination might have appeared at the competition next year in Lisbon, with rumours surfacing that Bosnia & Herzegovina’s return to the contest could’ve been entirely funded by none other than Ralph Siegel, serial Eurovision composer and institution of the event. The plans for the comeback were revealed by legendary Bosnian singer Hanka Paldum who Siegel …

Kosovo: EBU play down chances of debut

  The hopes for a Kosovan debut in Lisbon have been dashed today with the release of a statement from the national broadcaster, RTK, echoing the sentiments of EBU releases in recent days. The Kosovan broadcaster has confirmed that the Balkan territory will not be making their Eurovision bow in Portugal, in a lengthy and fiery statement released today. Mentor …

Sweden: Melodifestivalen dates & venues confirmed!

SVT, the Swedish broadcaster in Sweden has announced the dates and venues for the upcoming Melodifestivalen season. Dates and venues as follows :- 03/02/2018: Semi-final 1 – Karlstad, Löfbergs Arena 10/02/2018: Semi-final 2 – Gothenburg, Scandinavium 17/02/2018: Semi-final 3 – Malmö, Malmö Arena 24/02/2018: Semi-final 4 – Örnsköldsvik, Fjällräven Center 03/03/2018: Andra chansen (Second chance) – Kristianstad, Kristianstad Arena 10/03/2018: Final – Stockholm, Friends Arena Tickets …

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