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Australia: Eurovision participation secured until 2023

Australia’s national broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) has confirmed that the country will take part in Eurovision 2020… and 2021… and 2022… and 2023! The deal comes off the back of a successful national selection held this weekend in the Gold Coast, where Kate Miller-Heidke was chosen to represent the Oceanic nation in the song contest. SBS’ head of commissioning …

Australia Decides Kate Miller-Heidke Is Off To Tel Aviv!

In an unusual turn of events, Europe woke up this morning to the first EVER Australia Decides – Australia’s debut national selection for Eurovision! The time zones meant that we Europeans got to enjoy the show just after breakfast and boy did we love it! The show launched with a spectacular rendition of “Tonight Again” by Casey Donovan before our hosts, …

The ESCUnited Team celebrates #100DaysToEurovision

As of today, we are officially 100 days away from the Grand Final for the 64th edition of the contest, and in order to celebrate, the official Eurovision channel has issued a call to celebrate the occasion. The contest has been hosted by 26 different countries in it’s long history, and will be returning to Israel for the 3rd time …

Israel: Shalva withdraws, Icelandic Eurovision contestant slammed for anti-Semitic remarks

Iceland’s representative for Eurovision 1997, Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson, caused controversy yesterday when he made remarks considered to be anti-Semitic in an interview with radio station Rás 1. A leading voice in Iceland in the boycott of Iceland’s participation in Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel, Hjálmtýsson, who performed as Paul Oscar with 20th placed “Minn histi dans” in 1997, made comments that many …

Another Eurovision season, another debate on the return of the orchestra

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. The first national final of the Eurovision 2019 season began on December 20 with Festivali i Këngës 57. For many long-time fans, the Albania national final recalls the days of the past because …

Linear or Exponential: Why #YOU should care about the jury changes!

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. Just as we thought we were all set up for this year’s contest (only 15 days until the final guys!!), we find that the EBU has announced another change to the voting procedure. …

Eurovision 2018: The stage begins to take shape!

While the starts of this year’s contest have been making themselves known across the continent, and with the majority assembling in Amsterdam, the production crew of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest have been hard at work in the Altice Arena in Lisbon! Ola Melzig, a familiar name to many as the lead co-ordinator of the annual efforts to put together …

National Finals: The Route To Success?

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. Last year, I wrote an article which showed that, for the last ten years, it seems to make little difference whether an entry was selected via a national final or through internal selection. …

Portugal: RTP confirms Lisbon as 2018 host city

Fans of the contest who were around for the bidding process for the 2017 contest, which eventually went to Kyiv, noted that it was a long, drawn-out process, with the host city itself only confirmed in October 2016. Many fans took to social media to complain about the lengthy process leading up to Ukraine’s Eurovision. This year, things couldn’t be …

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