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39 countries represented in Eurovision 2015

The EBU has confirmed that 39 countries will be represented at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, hosted between 19-23 May in Vienna, Austria. The number is two up on last year, representing the first increase in participation since Germany’s hosting in 2011. Amongst the participants is a surprising return from Czech Republic, who will take part for the first time …

Latvia are back with a vengeance in 2015

It seems Latvia – who have been out of the Eurovision final longer than any other country – are ready to show Europe what they can do! The Latvian broadcaster recently announced the Baltic nation would have a new selection process in 2015 entitled “Supernova”. The show takes Latvia away from the Eirodziesma format of recent years and invites soloists …

Three more countries confirm for 2015

Albania, Latvia and Romania have all invidually confirmed that they will be present at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, despite worries over the three countries due to budgeting issues or displeasure at recent results. Albania has announced that the usual selection process will take place. Festivali i Këngës will return for its 53rd edition this December and the winner will …

Latvia: Participation likely in Vienna

Latvian broadcaster LTV has allegedly confirmed to esctoday.com that it is likely to be taking part next year in Vienna, in spite of the fact Latvia has not made an appearance in the Eurovision final since Pirates of the Sea in 2008. Of course, official confirmation from the broadcaster still awaits and it is not yet certain how a Latvian …

UPDATE: Eurovision 2014 stars release new music

It’s been over two months since the grand final of the 59th Eurovision Song Contest took place in Copenhagen in May. Which artists have come up with new material since then? ESC United will give you an overview of new singles and albums released by this year’s Eurovision stars! Finland: Softengine The indie rockers from Finland achieved a very decent …

LIVE: First day rehearsals

ESC United is live at the Eurovision 2014 Press Centre, where we will give you updates throughout the day’s rehearsals. Come back regularly and refresh for updates. We’ll be documenting today’s events right as they happen, as well as our personal impression. As a reminder, we are not allowed to tape the actual rehearsals during the first round. Today’s rehearsal coverage …

The 2014 “Expert” Panel – LATVIA

Every year our “Expert” Panel comes together to judge all entries for the Eurovision Song Contest and they’re back to take apart the 2013 entries and rank them accordingly. While their characters and comments may be wacky, the scores are dead serious. All 7 panelists will comment on the song and rank them accordingly giving it points using a scale …

Aarzemnieki to represent Latvia in 2014

Dziesma 2014 has just come to an end and Latvia has chosen its winner. Aarzemnieki is going to fly the Latvian flag this upcoming May in Copenhagen, Denmark with “Cake to Bake”. You can listen to the entry below. [vsw id=”tON71QIre7U” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”] Aarzemnieki, Samanta Tina and Dons advanced to the Super Final where the juries and televoters were …

Latvia: Olga and Ligo should win tonight

Our readers voted on who they think should win Dziesma 2014 to become the next Latvian representative. As it turns out Olga and Ligo are the clear favorite with their song “Saule Riet”.  The song continues to win over a lot of Eurovision hearts but whether this is going to enough to win it all tonight remains to be seen. …

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