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[UPDATE] San Marino: 2018 press conference set for Tuesday

This article has been updated. The original article follows, with the update below. Following the semi-finals in Kyiv, we exclusively revealed that all was not well for the San Marino camp and Eurovision, with the director general of SMRTV Carlo Romeo stating that “there is no place for microstates in this contest”. This followed a third consecutive non-qualification for the …

Hungary confirms A Dal details

Hungary’s national broadcaster MTVA has confirmed that A Dal is returning for 2018, and has now revealed the all-important dates for next year’s competition! The competition, which has fast become one of the highlights of the selection calendar, will kick off on January 20th 2018 with the first of three heats of ten songs each. Following three weekends of heats, …

Eurovision 2018: More countries confirm selection plans

As we approach the dark nights of the Eurovision national final season, countries across the continent have been gearing up their preparations for the upcoming contest in Lisbon. Casting and submission calls have been thrown open in recent days by a number of broadcaster which means we are not too far away from hearing the first potential entries of the …

Hungary and Serbia confirm national finals

Lots of fans were on pins and needles regarding Hungary’s participation in Lisbon, but the news finally came in today as MTVA, the Hungarian national broadcaster, confirmed that they will be present in Portugal and that, once agian, their representative will be chosen via national final – A Dal. Since its introduction in 2012, Hungary has qualified on every occasion and …

Hungary: MTVA silence on participation

A recent slice of worrying news for Eurovision fans has forums and Facebook groups buzzing with rumours after the Hungarian broadcaster MTVA refused to confirm their intentions for Eurovision 2018. In a blog post on the ESC Hungary website, the broadcaster states that all information regarding participation would be revealed with the full list of Eurovision participants in November, bucking …

United Kingdom: BBC opens submission period for 2018

The United Kingdom has kicked off their search for a 2018 star earlier than usual, with the British broadcaster, BBC, announcing an open submission from the public today. The announcement continues a recent trend of early plans set in place by the BBC in a stark contrast to the previously late announcements regarding the UK entry for Eurovision. In a …

Joy Fleming (Germany 1975) passes away

Sadly, Joy Fleming, a joyous, spirited Eurovision alum has passed away at the age of 72. Fleming represented Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 1975 with the inspirational, high-energy “Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein,” which you can (and absolutely should) listen to below.   escYOUnited and the entire Eurovision community send our condolences to her family and friends. May …

Eurovision 2017: Laura Groeseneken to represent Belgium

It’s only September (!) but the first artist that will represent their country in Lisbon next May has been announced. Solo singer Laura Groeseneken will represent Belgium, eurovision.tv announces. As fans might know, Belgium has not one but two broadcasters in the European Broadcasting Union. Both stations alternate in selecting an artist and song to send to the Eurovision Song …

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Ralph Siegel planned to fund return?

It appears that another unlikely combination might have appeared at the competition next year in Lisbon, with rumours surfacing that Bosnia & Herzegovina’s return to the contest could’ve been entirely funded by none other than Ralph Siegel, serial Eurovision composer and institution of the event. The plans for the comeback were revealed by legendary Bosnian singer Hanka Paldum who Siegel …

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