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Eurovision 2017: Is Kiev safe for LGBT+ People?

As things are gearing up for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, many LGBT+ people are asking “Are Ukraine & Kyiv safe for me?” IGLA-Europe has ranked Ukraine as one of the worst places in Europe for LGBT+ people to live in. escunited.com has teamed up with Gay Alliance Ukraine to bring up an awareness about the current situation with regards to …

Why Do We Care About Running Orders?

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. Eurovision has its “facts” when it comes to running order; there are death spots and there are places which make people go “ooo, they’ve got the perfect spot”. Surely success doesn’t depend that …

A History of Eurovision: 1066 to 1217

Whilst it is believed by many to have begun in 1956 in Switzerland, the Eurovision Song Contest has, in fact, existed in one form or another for a number of years. Recent research by Prof. A. Prillis from Valetta University has uncovered a surprising sequence of events throughout the ages. It seems that the contest can be traced as far …

(Over-)Analyzing the Semifinal Draw

The opinions expressed here are solely the views of the author; it speaks for neither escYOUnited as a site, the EBU, nor any delegation nor writers therein.   Now that the semifinal draw has been released, the Eurovision world is abuzz asking who’s gotten a boost and who’s gotten the short end of things. Let’s take a look at each semi …

Scandalous Selections Part 2: How DO You Do A National Final?

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. In my previous article, I discussed how Sweden, Slovenia and Spain managed to select songs which were far from being the televoters’ favourites despite there being nominal 50% jury/50% televote voting systems. What …

How much can we trust the initial news source?

Wishing the best for Salvador Sobral (Portugal) – But how much can we trust the initial news source? 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. On March 15, 2017, Flash.PT alongside many other Portuguese online gossip websites, posted news reports …

Scandalous Selections Part 1: What Happened This Year?

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. 2017 seems to have certainly had its fair share of controversial National Final decisions. The first to really hit the headlines was the Spanish selection “Objetivo Eurovisión 2017” where the jury votes and …

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