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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 …

Azerbaijan: Who are the fifteen acts in the running?

Earlier this week, the broadcaster responsible for Azerbaijan’s entry in Eurovision, İctimai Televiziya, confirmed the fifteen acts in the running to represent the Caucasian nation in Tel Aviv, with an internal selection pending for one of the artists. The fifteen acts who are in the frame to represent Azerbaijan are; Emiliya Yaqubova Samira Efendiyeva Maryam Shabanova Vlada Ahundova Tofig Hajiyev Huseyn …

Remembering the Eurovision stars we lost in 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, we remember and honor Eurovision stars who passed away this year. Stars whose participation and performances provided so much joy to Eurovision fans at the contest and beyond. Lys Assia In 2018, we lost the First Lady of Eurovision herself, Lys Assia. Born Rosa Mina Scharer in 1924, Assia started off as a dancer …

San Marino: “International artist” internally selected for Tel Aviv

An “international artist” has been internally selected to represent San Marino in Tel Aviv, according to the microstate’s national broadcaster San Marino RTV. The press release on the official website for the broadcaster indicates that there will be a press conference in the coming weeks that will detail further information on San Marino’s upcoming participation, however the song has already …

Greece: 1977 singer Marianna Toli has passed away

Not everything can be joy and happiness, and unfortunately we’re sorry to say, that the singer Marianna Toli has passed away, after years of struggle with cancer. Greece made their Eurovision debut back in 1974, and just a mere few years later, Marianna took part in the contest. In the year 1977, she took part in the contest back when …

Bosnia & Herzegovina wants to return to Eurovision but an immediate participation seems unlikely

Bosnia & Herzegovina has been absent from the Eurovision Song Contest for a number of years and a return to the contest may not be in the stars, at least not in the near future.  The Bosnian Head of Delegation Lejla Babović spoke to media outlet blix.ba advising that while a return to the contest is ultimately the final goal, …

Slovenia: EMA 2019 participants revealed (Eurovision 2019)

The Slovenian broadcaster has released the names of the 10 acts that are going to take part in EMA, the Slovenian National selection show.  After Lea Sirk’s successful participation in 2018, which brought Slovenia back to the Grand Final, the people in charge decided to keep the Selection system in place. A total of 103 entries were received which were …

Vidbir: Ukrainian artists announcement expected in January

Confirmation of the artists taking place in 2019’s edition of Vidbir is expected in “less than a month” by UA:PBC, with the corporation also posting a number of teasing tweets regarding which acts may be part of the Ukrainian selection. Less than in a month we will introduce the list of participants of #Vidbir2019 to start an exciting #Eurovision season …

Montenegro: Montevizija final set for February 9th

Montenegro’s national broadcaster RTCG has today confirmed that the national selection for the Balkan nation, Montevizija 2019, will take place on Saturday 9th February. The competition will see five participants fight for the Montenegrin spot at Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv, with the line-up including 2009 participant Andrea Demirović, who returns with an entry in Montenegrin alongside the other four …

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