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Portugal: Semifinal 1 of Festival da Canção Takes Place!

Semifinal 1 of FdC has concluded in Portugal! Tonight, we heard the first half of the songs, and we have our first four qualifiers for the final two weeks from now! Tonight’s lineup was as follows: Ana Cláudia – “Inércia” João Campos – “É o que é” Soraia Tavares – “O meu sonho” Calema – “A dois” Conan Osíris – …

TONIGHT: Super Saturday 2019

There’s always one weekend in the Eurovision calendar that promises to deliver, and that special weekend is upon us – it’s Super Saturday 2019! And this year, it’s a whopper. No less than eleven selection shows are taking place across Europe to make it the busiest night by far of this year’s selection calendar. Tonight sees the return of a …

Do Semis Really Matter? – The Importance of a Good Semi Result

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. It occurred to me last week, during the results live stream after the second semi-final of Destination Eurovision, that the debate had centred on which of the two semi-final winners would be the …

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 …

Italy: Luisa Sobral turns down invitation to enter San Remo

Luisa Sobral, the composer of the entry “Amar pelos dois” which brought Portugal their first ever Eurovision victory in 2017 with her brother Salvador, has revealed in a wide-ranging interview with Portuguese online newspaper Observador that she was invited to perform in this year’s edition of the San Remo festival but turned down the chance. The jazz singer-songwriter and composer …

RTP loses 4 Million Euros From Hosting Eurovision

As reported by ESC Portugal, the Portuguese broadcaster RTP spent 20 million Euros on the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Unfortunately that is more than they received back in revenue, which runs at 16 million Euros, therefore ending up with a loss of four million euros. Unrelated to Eurovision, the broadcaster also reportedly lost a significant amount of money during the World …

Lisbon LIVE – Portugal, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Italy & France reviews (Day 6)

Yesterday’s last two sessions were exciting ones for the Eurovision community as it was the first chance we had to see the performances from this year’s pre-qualified finalists; our host nation Portugal and the Big 5 countries of United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Italy and France. Did #YOU miss their rehearsals? Make sure to check out our live stream archives and …

Lisbon 2018: Updates as the stage nears completion

It’s a very exciting moment in the Eurovision sphere of influence, as the dust settles on the pre-parties of Amsterdam, London, Madrid, Tel Aviv, Moscow and Riga and the calm fortnight before the storm stretches out in front of us. How could we possible keep ourselves entertained in this time? Well, we can start to imagine what the contest will …

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