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Finland: Saara Aalto’s Eurovision journey continues…

Saara Aalto, who was chosen to represent Finland through an internal selection, prepared three songs for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The first song, Monsters, was revealed on February 9. The second candidate song, Domino, was revealed on February 15. After her first candidate song was revealed, she received huge amounts of recognition on social media and Eurovision news …

Iceland: The results of Söngvakeppnin 2018!

Tonight, we had the second semi-final of the Icelandic preselection, Söngvakeppnin 2018. It was the last semi-final, and the final will be taking place on next Saturday! Stay tuned for the results from the final next week with esc#YOUnited.com!  The 6 acts that competed tonight were, in the following order: Aron Hannes – Golddigger Áttan – Hér með þér Dagur Sigurðsson – Í …

Success Comes From Within? The EU Effect in Eurovision

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. Tomorrow, barring any major surprises, the UK will select their entry for 2018 which will be the last time that the UK participates in Eurovision as a member of the European Union (EU). …

Melodifestivalen Voting Changes: Too Much Power to the People?

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. Today the official Melodifestivalen Twitter account announced that the decision had been made to change the jury voting system used since 1999 from a 12-10-8-6-4-2-1 system to a Eurovision-style 12-10-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. This means that …

Sacrifice: Mia and the Lithuanian national selection

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. If there is one thing that Eurovision fans love, it is the resilience that national selection artists possess.  For many of us watching these artists that have yet to represent their country on …

National Finals: The Route To Success?

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. Last year, I wrote an article which showed that, for the last ten years, it seems to make little difference whether an entry was selected via a national final or through internal selection. …

Let The Public Decide… Or Not?

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. The trees are up, you’ve heard the same old songs one hundred times already and you’ve not even got to open THIS year’s pair of socks from some almost-forgotten aunt, yet the 2018 …

EDITORIAL: (Sarcastically) Predicting the upcoming Eurovision season

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.   Seven years ago, an issue of Science Magazine published an article regarding research conducted by faculty at the Physics Department at Northeastern University in the United States.  The study found that although …

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