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Not All Who Wander Are Lost – A Kazakh icon tries out for Eurovision 2005

The below editorial features the opinions and views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of #escYOUnited as a whole, Eurovision or the EBU. With talk of Kazakhstan potentially competing at Eurovision in the not-too-distant future after a debut appearance at the Junior version and awaiting word on a second attempt there, we go back to the …

Ukraine: Vidbir 2019 to conclude on February 23rd

The Ukrainian national broadcaster, despite recent rumours of debts, have confirmed that they are holding a national final for Eurovision 2019 in collaboration with commercial channel STB. The partnership, which is now in its fourth year, will see two semi-finals take place leading up to a national final on Saturday 23rd February. The contract between the two broadcasters appears to …

Valters Frīdenbergs, one half of Walters and Kazha (Latvia 2005), dies aged 30

Some desperately sad news has emanated from over in Latvia today, as it has been confirmed that one of the performers for Latvia at Eurovision 2005, Valters Frīdenbergs, has died of cancer at the age of 30. The singer, who finished 5th as part of the duo Walters and Kazha in 2005, had been battling the disease since 2016. Having had …

Ukraine: Participation in jeopardy as UA:PBC broadcast cut by government

With each year’s entry being one of the most anticipated and with two wins under their belt, Ukraine are one of the modern forces of Eurovision. However, there is a risk that this participation could once again be interrupted next year, following the government’s decision to pull funding and terminate the analogue broadcasts of UA:PBC. The host broadcaster of the …

Ukraine: Vidbir 2018 participants confirmed

Ukraine, still on a high from their successful hosting of Eurovision 2017 and a strong-fought national selection for the home contest in Kyiv, will once again be looking to put in a strong performance on the international stage in Lisbon. Today, the national broadcaster UA:PBC in conjunction with commercial network STB have announced the participants in the 2018 edition of …

The official #escYOUnited Drinking Game 2017

So we all love Eurovision for its songs, its glamour and the ridiculousness of the performances – and true Eurovision fans don’t need intoxication to enjoy the best show of the year – but for many people it’s just as important to throw a party and ultimately not remember the latter parts of the show. So for those of you …

Jon Ola Sand admits Kyiv is his “most difficult Eurovision”

Jon Ola Sand, the Norwegian TV executive who has been executive producer of Eurovision since the 2011 contest, has admitted that Kyiv’s hosting of the contest has been difficult and the “most challenging Eurovision yet”. Sand has confirmed that EBU officials have had to be a lot more hands on with the competition this year, as Ukrainian TV officials and …

Eurovision Village: All you need to know

While a lot of the action from the Eurovision Song Contest will be centred around the International Exhibition Centre, the press centre and everything the contestants can throw at us in the arena, there’s no doubting that for the average superfan of the contest, the transformation of the host city into a booming Eurovision metropolis is everything. The Eurovision village …

Eurovision 2017: Is Kiev safe for LGBT+ People?

As things are gearing up for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, many LGBT+ people are asking “Are Ukraine & Kyiv safe for me?” IGLA-Europe has ranked Ukraine as one of the worst places in Europe for LGBT+ people to live in. escunited.com has teamed up with Gay Alliance Ukraine to bring up an awareness about the current situation with regards to …

Ukraine: Stage bursts into life in Kyiv

The latest updates from the International Exhibition Centre in eastern Kiev, Ukraine, have finally given us the glory shot that fans have been craving since construction began; today the first full shot of the stage was released, alongside further pictures from yesterday’s visit of Viacheslav Kyrylenko, the vice president of Ukraine and various members of press. The stage is considerably …

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