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EDITORIAL: Why Jacques Houdek had the last laugh at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Cover photo: Andres Putting (EBU) 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. I would not be surprised to see Croatia’s entry from Jacques Houdek (“My Friend”) make the list of polarizing entries at Eurovision 2017.  Jacques chose a daring approach: …

Former JESC winner to compete on Britain’s Got Talent

Another episode from the auditions of British Got Talent will air tonight. It is expected that during tonight’s edition, Destiny Chukunyere, who won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 in Sofia, to appear in front of the judges. She decided to take part in the audition as it has been her dream to perform in front for the British …

Germany: The rise and fall of a promising rebirth

In a new series of articles, we begin to discuss the results of Eurovision 2017 and analyse where it went wrong for some countries, where it went right and ultimately what lessons we can take from another surprising year in the contest’s lifespan. Any opinions expressed in this, or any other upcoming articles with this disclaimer, represent only those of …

Portugal: Salvador continues Excuse Me tour tonight!

It’s been a whirlwind week for Salvador Sobral, the modest performer who stormed last weekend’s Eurovision Song Contest. Since his triumph many have compared him to being a national hero and he was heralded back to Lisbon by thousands of thankful Portuguese fans at the airport. Now that the dust has settled on the contest and we continue to pick …

Americans reacting to Eurovision 2017 songs

The Eurovision Song Contest is celebrated all across the European continent (plus Australia) and brings joy to a lot of people. But not that many Americans know about this fantastic spectacle. The popular YouTube channel FBE (Fine Brothers Entertainment) did another video with Adult Americans watching the contest sharing their thoughts. They previously released a similar video last year when several younger …

“This has nothing to do with the Logo deal”: The EBU responds to geoblocked YouTube content in the United States

In a communication with the EBU, ESC United has learned that issues of geoblocking Eurovision YouTube content in certain countries are not associated with the host broadcaster of each country, but rather regulations pertinent to viewing rights. In an email exchange, the EBU let us know that “there are still some countries, including USA, Brazil and Canada to which we …

EDITORIAL: Moving in the right direction for Spain and RTVE begins with not criticizing your own artist

Cover photo: Andres Putting (EBU) 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. After fantastic Top 10 results in 2012 and 2014 for Spain and its national broadcaster, RTVE, recent results in Eurovision has fallen short of expectations.  Such results culminated …

Portugal: RTP confirms Lisbon as 2018 host city

Fans of the contest who were around for the bidding process for the 2017 contest, which eventually went to Kyiv, noted that it was a long, drawn-out process, with the host city itself only confirmed in October 2016. Many fans took to social media to complain about the lengthy process leading up to Ukraine’s Eurovision. This year, things couldn’t be …

Alexander Rybak Covers Amar Pelos Dois

The 2009 Eurovision Song Contest winner has provided us with a surprise today. He has covered the 2017 Eurovision winner “Amar Pelos Dois”, and rewritten the lyrics in English. Rybak pays tribute to the first ever Portuguese winner, Salvador Sobral and his sister Louisa who wrote the song. Alexander Rybak won the Eurovision song contest for Norway in 2009 with …

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