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Belarus: Participation confirmed

The 19th country to confirm its participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 is Belarus! A number of Belarusian members of parliament had called for a withdrawal from the competition next year (presumably in the light of Conchita Wurst’s victory in Copenhagen last month) – however, it has been announced that the government decided to reject the proposal. The Belarusian …

United Kingdom: The rumour mill has begun already!

Despite the fact that the BBC’s head of delegation Guy Freeman indicated they would use BBC Introducing again in 2015 to select an entry, this hasn’t stopped some ‘well-known’ faces in the United Kingdom throwing their name into the mix for next year. The first two to pledge their willingness to represent their nation are serial reality TV personality Lauren …

Melodifestivalen 2015: Start writing your songs!

With Sanna Nielsen bringing home a bronze medal for Sweden in Copenhagen, it is now time to start searching for the next star. Between the 1-16th of September you can start submitting songs. You can either submit as a public entry (with no previous published works) or ordinary (with previously published works). Addition to that the winner from “Svensktoppen Nästa” …

Netherlands: The Charm The Fury for 2015?

The Charm The Fury, a heavy metal band from Amsterdam in the Netherlands have said in an interview with Hit The Floor Magazine that they want to represent the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015. Formed in 2010, the band are led by vocalist Caroline Westendorp and have a distinctly heavy sound compared to more symphonic Dutch bands …

2015: Are (FYR) Macedonia about to quit?

Worrying news once again from the Balkans – the national broadcaster of Macedonia, MRT, have been running an online poll since the start of June concerning the country’s participation in Eurovision 2015, with worrying results. The poll’s three options provide some optimism for Eurovision fans, with the broadcaster asking whether they should select an entry through Skopje Fest (a Macedonian …

UPDATE: Host city expected to be announced by August

ORF, Austria’s national broadcaster and host of Eurovision 2015, has officially confirmed that the host city for the contest will be announced by August 2014, considerably earlier in the year than DR’s announcement of B&W Hallerne in September 2013. As previously reported by ESC United, three cities are in contention for hosting Europe’s favourite television show; Graz (Stadthalle Graz), Innsbruck …

Monaco will NOT return in 2015

This doesn’t come as a surprise but TMC announced today that Monaco will not return to Eurovision, at least not in 2015. Monaco last participation was in 2006 when Severine Ferrrer failed to qualify for the Finals with her “Coco Dance”. With a population of around 36, 000 it is one of the smallest countries in Europe and the Monegasque …

2015: Vienna, Graz or Innsbruck?

According to the Austrian newspaper Der Standard, three cities have been shortlisted for hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Last week ORF announced that bids from 12 different venues had been received. Now it seems that the three cities still in contention for hosting the huge event next year are Vienna, Graz and Innsbruck. While Vienna (with its Wiener Stadthalle and other …

2015: What do we know so far?

Although the Eurovision Song Contest only wrapped up for this year around a month ago, preparations for the next contest in Austria are already in full swing. But what do we know about the 2015 edition so far? ORF have chosen their creative team already, which includes an Oscar winning director. 6 cities are currently in the running to host …

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