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National selections: Timing is everything?

Earlier this week, the Maltese broadcaster made the surprising announcement that they would be holding the first NF of the 2015 season, and that it would take place on November 22nd, just one week after the same country invites child singers from across the continent for Junior Eurovision. Then, Macedonia decided that they wanted to be first and announced that …

Conchita: Eurovision’s new star

Routinely, the Eurovision Song Contest’s winner gets at least a few weeks of exposure and a major hit across the charts of Europe before fading back into silence, perhaps until the next year’s contest or the release of their post-Eurovision album. Granted, in the last few years the winner has gained more and more exposure as the contest’s popularity increases …

Scottish independence – and what it’d mean for Eurovision

It’s a highly contentious issue and one of the major talking points in British politics and current affairs. In just over two months Scotland will take to the polls and vote on a referendum to decide on secession from the United Kingdom. Should Scotland become the world’s youngest country there would be a lot of issues that need ironing out …

Graz vs. Innsbruck vs. Vienna – Candidate cities in the spotlight!

The views expressed in this editorial are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of ESC United, its editorial board, its readers, or any other person, entity, or organization. We might just be a few weeks away from getting to know where the 60th Eurovision Song Contest will take place! While we’re waiting, …

Israel: An uncertain future

ישראל, דוז פואה? When it comes to Eurovision, Israel certainly hasn’t been on a roll recently. But for now, let’s go back to 1973 – the year the Middle Eastern country made its debut in the contest. Having been picked by the Israeli broadcaster, the singer Ilanit (with her song Ey Sham) had the honour of being the first Israeli representative …

The Eurovision entries that broke the mould

The views expressed in this editorial are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of ESC United, its editorial board, its readers, or any other person, entity, or organization. Ask the average person what kind of music they hear at Eurovision and they would probably all give you the same answer. “Cheesy pop”, …

Is Eurovision too expensive?

The views expressed in this editorial are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of ESC United, its editorial board, its readers, or any other person, entity, or organization. Eurovision is expensive. The contest this year cost about €30 million to host. Malmo cost a modest €12 million. According to the New York …

Czech Republic: Eurovision’s enigma

The content of this editorial does not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of ESC United, its editorial board or its readers. No sooner had the end credits finished for the contest in Copenhagen before fans begun speculation on what the next year would bring and, as is tradition, many have turned to possible rumours of returning or debuting countries …

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