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Lynne Kieran Passes Away

One-third of Austria’s entry into the 2000 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Rounder Girls, has died. Lynne Kieran, who, alongside band members, achieved Austria a 14th place, has passed away. Thoughts are with her family, friends and of course her band mates. Lynne Kieran, who lived a healthy life of 53 years, born in 1960 in London, has died …

Albania releases names of participants

The Albanian broadcaster RTSH released the names of the 16 participants taking part in Festivali i Këngës 52, the Albanian National Final show. On December 26 & 27 eight songs will be performed each night and unlike a normal Semi Final where some songs are eliminated, all acts will perform on the big Final night scheduled December 28th . Running Order …

Mercurial Minsk: Belarus’ Backpedaling NF History

When news broke that one of Belarus’ national finalists for Eurovision 2014 was disqualified, nobody was shocked. After all, Belarus has, by far, been one the most mercurial participants in the Eurovision Song Contest. With disqualifications, last-minute song changes, and presidential politics thrown into the mix, no Eurovision country compares to the Belarus’ fickle 11-year run. On 5 November, the …

Ukraine: The 20 national final participants are revealed

The Ukrainian national broadcaster NTU has announced the line-up for their upcoming national final. The public together with a jury will decide who will represent Ukraine in Copenhagen on the 21st of December. – Victor Romanchenko “At the edge of the abyss” – Anna Khodorovska “If there is love”  – Anatoly Shparov “Waiting for you” – NeAngely “Courageous” – Stas Shurins “Why” …

Eurovision Voting: How Do Televoters Decide?

Since Eurovision is a competition, it’s safe to assume the point is to win.  Accordingly, it’s important to consider what makes a winning song and that, of course, depends on the televote and jury vote.  So my question is: what motivates peoples’ votes?  There’s so much talk about Eurovision being biased and political but there doesn’t seem to be much …

Poll: Poland is back – Vote for your favorite entry

The Polish broadcaster TVP announced that they submitted their application to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. There are no news on how they are going to select their entry so please check back soon for additional updates. Many fans across the globe are celebrating this news as Poland withdrew in 2011 after a string …

Who will represent Israel in Copenhagen?

IBA, the Israeli broadcasting Association has announced that this year’s entry will not be selected using the familiar Kdam format. A special committee will internally select an artist who will present 3 songs during a special televised song selection, a private Kdam. The committee will consist of music professionals, IBA representatives and it will be supervised by a court judge …

Hungary: Dates for “A Dal” announced

The Hungarian broadcaster MTVA announced the dates for A Dal, the popular selection show for the Eurovision Song Contest.   January 25 – Heat 1 February 01 – Heat 2 February 08- Heat 3 February 15-  Semi-final 1 February 16- Semi-final 2 February 22- Final In addition, the jury which will have a 50% say in picking the winner consist …

Latvia announces Dziesma participants

The Latvian broadcaster LTV revealed the 24 participants that will compete next February to become the next representative of Latvia for the Eurovision Song Contest. Just like last year, the songwriters and song titles have been revealed and you can listen to the Demo version on the broadcasters website HERE The 24 entries are:   Is it possible, composer: Edgars …

Mija Martina flares up racist scandal

Just as the former Yugoslav countries have been shocked by the pro-Nazi chants by Croatian football player Josip Simunic, a new scandal flares up, involving a former Eurovision entrant! Simunic, after Croatia won the qualifying game for the World Cup in 2014 against Iceland, walked onto the stadium field and chanted a pro-Nazi chant used in the Croatian puppet state …

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