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Sweden: High expectations for Melodifestivalen 2019 (Part 2)

To read part one of our rumour round-up, click HERE. With the announcement of this year’s Melodifestivalen stars set to take place tomorrow morning, we take a look at the strongest rumours and potential artists to fight for Sweden’s ticket to Tel Aviv! Who do #YOU want to see? Lina Hedlund The name alone may not be familiar, but the …

Sweden: High expectations for Melodifestivalen 2019 (Part 1)

It’s all gearing up in Sweden for the next edition of Melodifestivalen. Tomorrow the official artists and song titles announcement is expected, and the Eurovision community can’t wait! What do we know so far?  The 58th edition of the competition will be held between 2nd February and 9th March 2019. Gothenburg, Malmö, Leksand & Lidköping will host the semi-finals while Nyköping will host the second …

Latvia: LTV releases audition videos, vote for your Favorites (Eurovision 2019)

The Latvian broadcaster LTV has released the live audition tapes for Supernova, their National Final set to take place next February. The winner of Supernova will move on to represent Latvia at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel. At total of 33 songs have made the live audition Stage. The songs were performed in front of a …

Brendan Murray eliminated from X Factor UK

After tonight’s show the Irish representative during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 has been eliminated during the semi-finals of X Factor UK. During tonight’s show he sang “Run”, a Snow Patrol song. It has been a very turbulent journey for him. Brandon reached the bottom 2 during the 2nd week of the show and was saved after he won the …

The push to a culture of safety at the Eurovision Song Contest

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.   Injury prevention. When I am not captivated by all things Eurovision, this is my day job. As a researcher, epidemiologist, and professor at a university located in the Southern United States, this …

Latvia: Auditions begin for Supernova 2019

The Latvian national final Supernova is becoming one of the most anticipated events of the Eurovision calendar with its smart mix of sleek, modern production values, its sense of humour and its diverse, eclectic mix of songs fighting for the Latvian ticket. It seems that the competition is getting ready for another big year in 2019, with the official Instagram …

Kazakhstan: Will the EBU open discussion on Eurovision participation?

Kazakhstan’s hopes of joining the adult Eurovision Song Contest may have been thrown a lifeline today as the executive supervisor of the contest Jon Ola Sand suggested discussion would begin, at a Junior Eurovision press conference earlier today. The online Q&A session held by Belarusian national broadcaster BTRC posed the question asked by a Kazakh fan of the contest, with …

Greece: What exactly is going on?

Over the past few weeks as the Eurovision season starts to dawn upon us, a lot of rumours have started to fly around; but it is Greece who seems to be getting the most attention as there are some big names rumoured to be flying the flag for the country in next year’s contest in Tel Aviv. Greece has had …

Austria: Internal selection in December

It seems that Austria will once again be one of the trendsetters for Eurovision, with the Austrian news agency Klein’s Zeitung reporting today that an internal selection will be held next month to choose the artist and song for Tel Aviv. In an article detailing the retirement of ORF’s head of entertainment Edgar Böhm, one of his last acts in …

Azerbaijan begin their 2019 search!

Perennial Eurovision favorites Azerbaijan are getting started on their entry for 2019! A report from INFE Azerbaijan has confirmed that they are beginning their search for their next artist and song on November 20th. The process appears to be based on a series of casting calls, but full details of their method this year remain unclear. We also do not …

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