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“Why Didn’t They Deliver Live?! They Did in the National Final!”

Leading up to the Greek national selection in 2015, I was drawn to Thomai Apergi’s “Jazz & Sirtaki,” a lively play on Greek folk music, predicting that she could walk the national final if her vocal on the night was even competent. It was not. Greece chose Maria-Elena Kyriakou’s “One Last Breath,” perhaps a less exciting song but better presented for an …

No host city yet… but should we be worried?

Over the last few weeks the number of fans seem to have turned into critics as the looming decision of the host city for 2017 plods on, day after day and week leading into week. Some have taken this as a signal that perhaps the organisational power of NTU and the Ukrainian government to host such a demanding event should …

The Guardian interviews ESC United

Matt Friedrichs is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of ESC United. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.     As you might be aware, ESC United is a community for the fans of the Eurovision Song Contest. We have readers from all over the world and we appreciate every single visitor coming to our side. …

Has Eurovision Changed For The Better?

Is Eurovision now over-produced? or is it a change for the better? In 1956 the Eurovision Song Contest was first broadcast when seven countries took part in Switzerland when Swiss singer Lys Assia won the contest. Since that day in Lugano the Eurovision Song Contest has gone through some major changes over the years, with the new changed being introduced …

Podcast: Dissecting the new Eurovision Voting System

The news about the change in the Eurovison voting system has hit the Eurovision community big time. It’s the biggest change in over forty years and it’ll take us some time to get used to the new scoreboard. We listened to your responses and shared them with the world. There are some really great comments as well as fantastic constructive …

Podcast: Austria, Denmark and Switzerland have chosen

A busy, busy week for all Eurovision fans. Switzerland, Austria and Denmark all have chosen their entries for Stockholm while a bunch of other countries continued their search by holding Semi Finals. Sweden, Hungary, Finland, Iceland, Ukraine and Lithuania all were busy with Eurovision this week and we all certainly appreciate it. But there is no way that you can …

Podcast: Four Semis and two Heats in one night

In todays ESC United  Know-It-Alls Podcast, we are going to review the songs from the many, many Semis that took place yesterday. Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Ukraine all selected a few songs and send the rest packing while Hungary and Lithuania are still narrowing down the field of acts through Heats. In case you didn’t have the opportunity to listen …

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