Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Year In Review: Jack's favourite songs of 2014!

2014 has been a fantastic year for music, hasn't it? I have enjoyed so many songs so I thought I'd share some of my favourites. Enjoy!!

6th: Samanta Tina - Stay
Samanta Tina has been trying for many years to represent Latvia and unfortunately 2014 wasn't her year. She placed 3rd in the Latvian national final. She always sounds and looks fantastic. This blogger would love to see her represent the Baltic nation. Her semi-final performance was perfect...

5th: Michael Rune feat. Natascha Bessez - Wanna Be Loved
Danish saxophonist Michael Rune and American beauty Natascha Bessez entered the Danish selection and came 2nd. I was gutted when they didn't win. Their song was fantastic. Amazing lyrics, great chorus and they could've been one of my favourites in Eurovision 2014. This is probably my most played song of 2014.

4th: Valentina Monetta - Maybe
Valentina Monetta finally brought San Marino into the final for the first time ever and Maybe will always have a special place in my heart. We have all followed Valentina on her 'Eurovision journey' and to see her successful, on the third attempt, well it was delightful! No one deserved it more than Vale! And I was lucky enough to interview her back in April. Check that out here.

3th: Ruth Lorenzo - Gigantes
Ruth Lorenzo released a fantastic album in October. My favourite song from that album is Gigantes along with her Eurovision entry, Dancing In The Rain. This blogger has loved Ruth since The X Factor 2008. Defiantly an amazing song that could've been top five in Eurovision and even a potential winner.....

2nd: The Common Linnets - Broken But Home
Conchita may have won Eurovision although The Common Linnets were the most successful following the contest, as their Eurovision song charted in 20 countries and even achieved #9 in the UK charts. It was absolutely awesome hearing their song on the radio. Meanwhile, many non-Eurovision fans even praised the song showing that there's more to the contest than just shouty ballads and bubblegum pop - they did a marvelous job. This blogger purchased their their album and my favourite song from that album was Broken But Home. The best album of 2014 of sure.

1st: Emma - La mia città! 
Many people won't agree with me here but La mia città is the best song of 2014 by far and without a doubt my favourite - I adore it! The Italian entry didn't fare very well in the contest though but I don't care, Emma did a marvelous job. Her song was a domestic hit and was certificated Gold. I LOVE THIS SONG!!

Thank you to everyone who has followed this blog throughout 2014 and has supported me. Happy New Year!

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Albania: “Diell” to be translated into English?

Elhaida Dani has revealed that she is most likely to translate Diell into English although it isn't official yet. Probably a good decision. The song will also undergo major changes and the finished product will be doubt be revealed in March. Should Elhaida Dani keep her song in Albanian or translate it into English, where more people will understand the lyrics?

Monday, 29 December 2014

Russia: Sergey Lazarev or Alexandra Vorobyova to be selected?

Russia is one of the few remaining countries who are yet to reveal any official details regarding their selection process. Although some media outlets reported some months ago that The Voice of Russia winner will go to Eurovision. This method was used in 2013, when Dina Garipova won the show and then was internally selected to represent the country. In the end she came 5th - will this method be used again? This years edition concluded a couple of days ago and Alexandra Vorobyova won with 55.4% of the votes. Will she be the chosen one? Listen to her cover of Chandelier.

Meanwhile, other rumours suggest that domestic popstar Sergey Lazarev will fly the Russian flag. Apparently he was asked to represent Russia in Copenhagen although decided not to accept the offer due to obvious reasons... He is rumoured every year but will it finally be true next year? Is it only speculation? Enjoy his latest single, and possible Eurovision entry, below:

Sergey Lazarev or Alexandra Vorobyova or someone else for Russia? Who knows...

Sunday, 28 December 2014


As expected, Elhaida Dani won the 53rd edition of Festivali i Këngës and therefore will indeed represent Albania in Vienna. Elhaida Dani won The Voice of Italy and also competed in Festivali i Këngës some years ago although wasn't as successful. Linda Halimi's song was probably my personal favourite but it wasn't to be. She came 3rd. RTSH put together a fantastic show tonight and the contest did consist of so many good songs. Did the best song win? Not sure, although the best voice defiantly won. With some work and an English translation - I bet Albania can be a contender however it didn't make an impression on me at first.. Hmm. But I wish her the best of luck! It is a good song and Italy are sure to award her points come May. The top three:

Listen to her song here:

What do you think? Is it FiK-ing amazing?

Slovenia: National final on 28th February!

Will Muff return?
EMA will once again be used to determine the Slovene entry for Eurovision 2015 and the national final has been set for 28th February. The participants are due to be revealed in the coming weeks. 12 acts are due to compete. Six acts will be invited to take park by RTVSLO and the other six will be chosen through open submissions. Moldova, Hungary and Lithuania will also choose their entry on the same date.

Albania: Alexander Rybak cancels Festivali i Këngës appearance!

Alexander Rybak was due to make an appearance in Albania's national final tonight although he's decided not to perform on the show because of recent events. MILKI's song was composed by Rybak and despite being tipped to win by a landslide, they only came 4th. However it's worth mentioning Accent didn't win the televote either, so it isn't just the juries who let him down. Straight after the results were announced in Belarus, he released a video stating:
I go on tour to many places around the world and everywhere Europeans say so much dirt about my homeland, Belarus. And I defend it, defend it. I say that it has a good system. And they say, “What kind of system? It’s all bought/ bribed” And I keep defending it. But I don’t even know anymore what I am defending. Every year, I meet the Belarussian delegation and they keep saying, “Sasha, please, write us a song. What do we need to do to win in Eurovision?” And so I wrote a song, spent so much time, so much money. I found some unique and talented girls and I wrote a song about pure and authentic Belarus, how I see it. And then the jury failed it. I even sacrificed by not celebrating Christmas with my parents. But it’s not even about that. Everywhere in Europe, people supported us; experts; fans of Eurovision, and here the jury decided to fail us. I saw this jury before. I’ve met everyone. I remember when I was sick, one guy from the jury came and said to take a picture, one chance with the kids. I smiled and took a picture and he said, “We will always support you.” And this is how they support, yeah? I really hope that I will never again see this jury because it will be very difficult to pretend that I’m happy and that I want to smile.
A sore loser? You decide..

Lithuania: 12 acts selected for Eurovizijos!

Lithuania's selection is almost underway and the twelve competing participating acts were presented last week.. You may recognise some names here as Mia, Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila all took part in the Lithuanian marathon last year and Mia even came 2nd. Here's the full line-up:
  • Liepa Mondeikaité
  • Neringa Šiaudikytė
  • Edgaras Lubys (Amberlife)
  • Mia
  • Vaidas Baumila
  • Monika Linkyté
  • Reda Striškaitė
  • Milita Daikeryté
  • Jurgis Bruzga
  • Wilma La
  • Tadas Juodsnukis
  • Rollikai
                      "Eurovizijos" dainų konkurso nacionalinė atranka will kick off on 3rd January where the acts will sing cover songs. I see Laurita didn't make it.....

                      Greece: Eleni Foureira interested in Eurovision?

                      Eleni Foureira is considering entering the Greek national final, which is scheduled for late February apparnetly. Her record label has asked to compete and she's said:
                      We need to find the most appropriate song, finding the right setting, to make everything right and say “go”.
                      The 27 year-old came 2nd in Greece's national final back in 2010 with Manos Pyrovolakis. This was their song:

                      Albania: Festivali i Këngës 53' tonight!

                      Albania will continue the national final season tonight as Festivali i Këngës concludes! I've had a quick listen to the songs and I have three immediate favourties. These are; Elhaida Dani, Lindita Halimi and Rezarta Smaja. Either of them winning would see this blogger very happy. Eighteen acts will participate and the winner will be chosen by a special jury alone.

                      Saturday, 27 December 2014

                      Austria: RIP Udo Juergens!

                      Onto some sadder news here. Austrian crooner and Eurovision winner, Udo Juergens, died on 20th December at the age of 80 due to acute heart failure. My thoughts naturally go out to his family, friends and fans. Let's remind ourselves of his Eurovision entry from 1966. RIP Udo.

                      Georgia: Five acts presented, songs out next week!

                      The participants for Georgia's upcoming national selection were revealed some days ago. Five acts are in the running and they are:

                      • Misha Sulukhia
                      • Nina Sublati
                      • Eter Beriashvili
                      • “Niutone”
                      • Edvard Meison

                      The songs will be revealed on New Years Eve. Voting will open the following day and the Georgian public will have two weeks to select their favourite song. The juries votes will be revealed during the national final on 14th January and then we'll have a winner! This blogger hopes Georgia gets their act together next year after such a poor result in Copenhagen....

                      Vienna 2015: Here are our hosts!

                      Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler, Arabella Kiesbauer and Conchita Wurst will host Eurovision 2015. Conchita will be in the greenroom. Mirjam Weichselbraun is a popular TV Presenter and actress. She has also presented several awards shows including the MTV European Music Awards. Alice Tumler speaks multiple languages including French and has presenting many shows in Austria. Arabella Kiesbauer's career started back in the 1980's and has hosted many shows in Germany and native Austria. Apart from presenting, she's also an Ambassador for Integration at the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Integration. This is the first time that four females will host the show... and I am sure they'll do a grand job!

                      Vienna 2015: 39 countries to participate!

                      Whilst this blogger was enjoying the winter sun, it was announced that a total of 39 countries will be present in Vienna. Ukraine's withdrawal is official. They won't participate after all. Nor will Croatia or Bulgaria. Many hoped Bulgaria would make a return, after being so successful in Junior Eurovision, although it wasn't to be. On a brighter note; the Czech Republic, Cyprus and Serbia are returning to our beloved contest. The Cypriot and Serbian selections are already underway. Israel will also be present following numerous withdrawal rumours. Here's the full line-up for next years contest:

                      Czech Republic 
                      FYR Macedonia
                      The Netherlands
                      San Marino
                      United Kingdom


                      Belarus held their national final last night where Uzari & Maimuna won the right to represent the country in Vienna. Listen to their song here. Is it time for Belarus to win Eurovision? Not with this song, I'm afraid. Many people love it, many hate it - I'm indifferent to this one. It looked pretty good live and he sounded great although I'm not sure if the song is strong enough. Fan favourites MILKI only managed a disappointing 4th place. Isn't it ironic that Alexander Rybak lost to a song with a violin instrumental? Belarus still reserve the right to change the song and even the artists (it's been done before...) before March!

                      Wednesday, 17 December 2014

                      MERRY CHRISTMAS!

                      It's the most wonderful time of the year.... this blogger wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas! I hope y'all have an amazing time! Unfortunately, I won't be able to update the blog until 27th December so I'll miss Belarus's national final but MILKI for the win! Until then ;-)

                      Tuesday, 16 December 2014

                      Review 2015: Switzerland's National Final!

                      Six acts qualified for the Swiss national final last week and I've decided to review them. I did the same last with the Swiss finalists and you can read that here. Enjoy.. and feel free to leave a comment as I'd love to hear what you guys think!

                      Deborah Bough - Take Me Back to 23
                      Deborah Bough is aiming to represent with Take Me Back to 23. An uptempo number - and her live vocals were fantastic! In 2013, Deborah was on The Voice of Switzerland and managed to make the final 12. Her song is catchy and I like it very much. Could she win? I'd like to think so but realistically, probably not! 8/12

                      Licia Chery - Fly
                      I must admit, I didn't really like Fly when I first heard it although it's grown on me. Licia's performance during the Expect Check was fantastic but I don't think it is strong enough to win.. 5/12

                      Tiziana - Only Human
                      Only Human is Tiziana's song and she's one of the favourites to win. It's a gentel ballad and a very pleasant one however there is a problem. She has her eyes closed most of the time when performing and therefore can't connect with the audience - could that cost her victory? She is popular though because she won The Voice of Switzerland 2014. Winner? If she performs it well, then yes! 7/12

                      Timebelle - Singing About Love
                      Timebelle consists of six members from four different counties; Switzerland, Serbia, Romania and Hungary. They're a multicultural band, y'all! I love their entry. Singing About Love is one of my favourites and I think they could win. That saxophone is fabulous and it's very catchy. 8/12

                      Andy McSean - Hey Now
                      Andy McSean is the only guy in Switzerland's national final - is this an advantage for him? His song, Hey Now, isn't necessarily my personal favourite but I think it will appeal to people and therefore could be a dark horse. I'm very much looking forward to seeing this live! Probably not a winner, though. 4/12

                      Mélanie René - Time To Shine
                      Time To Shine is another song I love! Mélanie René could be a winner if the stage presentation is good enough - I hope it will appeal to the Swiss public and juries. The Genevan born singer has actually appeared on Romanian television before and I hope she will win! Best of luck!! 8/12

                      Switzerland's selection is once again pretty decent! I'd be delighted if either Timebelle, Deborah Bough or Mélanie René won. I also wouldn't be too disappointed with Tiziana either however the other two aren't strong enough to win, but you never know with Switzerland... The Swiss entry will be chosen on 31st January and I cannot wait!!

                      Monday, 15 December 2014

                      Spain: Selection details to be announced in January!

                      Details regarding the Spanish selection for Vienna will be revealed next month. There's still a chance that a national final will be used to determine the Spanish representative but I'm hearing an internal selection is more likely at the moment. More details in January. I can't wait to see who they iwill send! Pastora Soler, ESDM and Ruth Lorenzo were all fantastic in my opinion so I'm very hopeful for another great entry from Spain.

                      Source - ESC+Plus

                      Sunday, 14 December 2014

                      Italy: Sanremo participants announced!

                      Following endless speculation, the line-up for Sanremo 2015 was revealed today! It's a very mixed and interesting line-up, that's for sure. Sanremo opened their doors for international artists to compete and therefore Lara Fabian will participate. Lara Fabian is a pleasant surprise - she represented Luxembourg in 1988 and finished 4th. I really didn't expect to see her compete. This blogger is mostly excited to hear the songs from Annalisa, Dear Jack, Nina Zilli, Nek, Anna Tatangelo and Lara Fabian.  One of them will represent Italy in Vienna but who? Here's the full list of participants:

                      • Annalisa Scarrone - Una finestra fra le stelle
                      • Malika Ayane - Adesso e qui
                      • Marco Masini - Che giorno è
                      • Chiara Galiazzo - Straordinario
                      • Gianluca Grignani - Sogni infranti
                      • Nek - Fatti avanti amore
                      • Nina Zilli - Sola
                      • Dear Jack - Il mondo explode
                      • Alex Britti - Un attimo importante
                      • Biggio & Mandelli (I soliti Idioti) - Vita d'inferno
                      • Moreno - Oggi ti parlo cosi
                      • Bianca Atzei - Il solo al mondo
                      • Raf - Come una favola
                      • Lara Fabian - Voce
                      • Grazia Di Michele & Platinette (Mauro Coruzzi) - Io sono una finestra
                      • Il Volo - Grande amore
                      • Anna Tatangelo - Libera
                      • Nesli - Buona fortuna amore
                      • Irene Grandi - Un vento senza nome
                      • Lorenzo Fragola - Siamo Uguali

                      ...and these acts will compete in the Newcomers Category. It's unlikely one of these will fly the Italian flag but it could happen!

                      • Serena Brancale - Galleggiare
                      • Giovanni Caccamo - Ritornerò da te
                      • Kaligola - Oltre il giardino
                      • Kutso - Elisa
                      • Enrico Nigiotti - Qualcosa da decidere
                      • Rakele - Io non lo so cos'è l'amore
                      • Amara - Credo
                      • Chanty - Ritornerai

                      Saturday, 13 December 2014

                      The Netherlands: Trijntje performs "Walk Along" live!

                      Last night, Trijntje Oosterhuis performed Walk Along live on The Voice of Holland. She gave a very strong performance. Ilse was clearly having a ball and the song topped yesterdays daily iTunes chart in The Netherlands. It's looking very good once again for the Dutchies! Watch her performance below:

                      NuVidz: Mariya Yaremchuk, Sergey Lazarev, Lidia Kopania, Modà feat. Emma!

                      Mariya Yaremchuk has ditched her hamster wheel and released a song which translates to Against The Wind. Mariya wrote the song when she was only 12 years old. It's very beautiful and it makes me wish Ukraine didn't withdraw... Sergey Lazarev is tipped to represent Russia next year with the song Breaking Away. Apparently, he was going to fly the Russian flag last year but pulled out last minute. Would he be a good choice? Lazarev is one of Russia's biggest stars at the moment. Meanwhile, the beautiful Lidia Kopania has released a new song. Pod słowami is a decent song with a fantastic video-clip to match. And the last song I'll share before Christmas is Come in un film by Modà and Emma Marrone. A fabulous song from these Italian superstars :-)

                      Spain: Edurne for Eurovision 2015?

                      The Spanish representative for Vienna will be announced very soon and Edurne is the hot favourite to be selected. She's been trending in Spain and Spanish press are speculating that she's been chosen to sucseed Ruth Lorenzo.. Edurne is not only a singer, but also a TV presenter. She has been hosting the Spanish show 'Todo va bien' but it's been confirmed she'll leave that role to focus on music. Many regard her as the Lady Gaga of Spain. She plans to record a new CD very soon and it will be produced by Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson. Interestingly, he composed Quédate conmigo and Más (Run). An announcement is due very soon!

                      Friday, 12 December 2014

                      Hungary: Full line-up complete for A Dal 2015!

                      Ildikó Keresztes
                      The full line-up for Hungary's upcoming selection has been revealed. A Dal will consist of 30 songs and then final 10 were revealed earlier today.

                      • Ádám Szabó – Give Me Your Love
                      • Bálint Gájer – That’s How It Goes
                      • Bori Magyar – Lead Me To Heaven
                      • Gergő Oláh – A tükör előtt
                      • Heni Dér – Ébresztő
                      • Ildikó Keresztes – Hazám hazád lehet
                      • Leander Rising – Lőjetek fel
                      • New Level Empire – Homelights
                      • Other Planet – Untold Story
                      • Passed – Mesmerize

                      Many familiar names are competing and these include; Fool Moon, Kati Wolf, Bogi, New Level Empire, Heni Dér, Ildikó Keresztes, Ádám Szabó.

                      Thursday, 11 December 2014

                      Ireland: Linda Martin would return to Eurovision!

                      Linda Martin is apparently interested in representing Ireland in Eurovision once again. She would only be willing to compete in the contest if Johnny Logan dueted with her, though. Here's what she said:
                      Believe it or not, for the hardcore Eurovision fans, the ultimate dream is Johnny Logan and myself doing a duet. Now that’s easier said than done, but of course I’d love to sing with Johnny, he’s a great pal of mine.
                      Hmm... Would you like to see her and Johnny Logan fly the Irish flag once again?

                      Source - escXtra

                      Austria: Conchita's “Rise Like A Phoenix” goes Platinum!

                      Austria's 2014 Eurovision winning song, Rise Like A Phoenix, has today gone platinum in Austria. Conchita Wurst's song has sold over 30,000 copies in Austria alone. Conchita was congratulated by Dr. Alexander Wrabetz, the General Director of ORF, and said this shows the importance of human tolerance and diversity. Congratulations, Conchita!!

                      Source and photograph - Tiroler Tageszeitung

                      The Netherlands: "Walk Along" revealed!

                      Trijntje Oosterhuis's song for Vienna is entitled Walk Along and was revealed this morning. Listen to it here. The general reaction seems to be very good - could the Dutch be contenders for victory next year? Regarding her participation, Trijntje said:
                      It is really cool that Anouk and The Common Linnets did it. Now i'm daring!I find it exciting, but it is also an honour to represent our country.
                      ..and regarding the song itself, she said:
                      It is really catchy. I guess it's different to what you usually expect from me, but I have an ambition to win and give it my all.
                      . This blogger loves her song! I think The Netherlands can achieve top ten in Vienna..

                      Wednesday, 10 December 2014

                      Switzerland: Final line-up complete!

                      This blogger is a bit behind regarding the Swiss selection. Opps. Anyway, the Expect Check round took place on Sunday and six finalists were chosen to compete in the Swiss national final on 31st January. I will review the songs at some point - Deborah Bough and Mélanie René are my immediate favourites though. It's actually not a bad bunch of songs.

                      • Andy McSean – Hey now (SRF/RTR)
                      • Timebelle – Singing about love (SRF/RTR)
                      • Tiziana – Only human (SRF/RTR)
                      • Licia Chery – Fly (RTS)
                      • Mélanie René – Time to shine (RTS)
                      • Deborah Bough – Take me back to 23 (RSI)

                      Hungary: Ten more acts revealed!

                      Ten more acts for A Dal 2015 were revealed today by the Hungarian broadcaster - therefore twenty semi-finalists are now known. Kati Wolf is aiming to represent Hungary with Ne engedj el! and I'm thrilled to see her back. Fool Moon are also retuning to the Hungarian selection. The reaming ten participants will be revealed soon.

                      • Kati Wolf - Ne engedj el
                      • Timi Antal - Woke up this way
                      • Gabi Szucs - Úgy sem felejtesz el
                      • Gergo Szakács - Ösz utca
                      • Proof of Life - Hol a határ
                      • Fool Moon - Back to right
                      • Pankastic! - Kicsi a világ, de nagy világ
                      • Zoltán Mujahid - Beside you
                      • Éliás Guyla Jr - Run to you
                      • Eva Katona-Zsombori - Fire

                      Tuesday, 9 December 2014

                      Spain: Internal selection for Vienna!

                      According to Detrasdelatele, the Spanish represenataive will be internally selected. An announcement is expected in the coming days. Spain selected their participants in 2012 and 2013 internally although reverted to an national final for Copenhagen. Pablo Alborán is rumoured every year.. will he finally be the chosen one?

                      Hungary: First ten acts presented, final on 28th February!

                      The grand final of A Dal 2015 will be held on 28th February. Heats will take place on 24th January, 31st January and 7th February - and the semi finals will be held on 14th February and 21st. February. Many are predicted it's only a matter of time until Hungary win the contest. Thirty acts in total will compete in the Hungarian selection and ten participating acts were revealed yesterday. These are:
                      • Chances - The night
                      • Boggie - Walls for nothing
                      • Bogi - World of violence
                      • Balácz Fargas-Jenser - Liar
                      • Karmapolis - The time is now
                      • MDC - Maniac
                      • Barbie - Listen to the universe
                      • Spoon - Keep marching on
                      • Saci & Böbe Szécsi - Our time
                      • Vera Tóth - Gyémánt
                      Kati Wolf has submitted a song - will she make the final cut?

                      Saturday, 6 December 2014

                      Belarus:15 finalists announced!

                      Auditions took place in Belarus on Thursday and Friday where 89 acts performed in front of a jury - and they picked the best 15 to compete in the upcoming national final on 26th December. Here they are:

                      Aliaksei Hros
                      Valeria Sadovskaya
                      UZARI & MAIMUMA
                      Yana Butskevich & Muzzart
                      Tasha ODI
                      Anastasia Malashkevich
                      Vital' Varanko

                      Many familiar names in the line-up once again including; Janet, Napoli, Alexey Gross, Gunesh and UZARI & MAIMUMA. Let's just say there was some unique acts in the auditions that didn't make it....

                      Friday, 5 December 2014

                      Estonia: Eesti Laul 2015 contestants revealed!

                      Elina Born will duet with Stig Rästa
                      Estonia's national final is fast approaching and today, the twenty participating acts were officially revealed!

                      • Daniel Levi – Burning lights (Daniel Levi Viinalass)
                      • The Blurry Lane – Exceptional (Kristina Bianca Rantala)
                      • Elina Born & Stig Rästa – Goodbye to yesterday (Stig Rästa)
                      • Liis Lemsalu & Egert Milder – Hold on (Liis Lemsalu, Madis Lett, Egert Milder, Henri Kuusk, Rob Montes)
                      • Kali Briis Band – Idiot (Alan Olonen)
                      • NimmerSchmidt – Kellega ma tutvusin? (Fredy Schmidt, Andero Nimmer)
                      • Miina – Kohvitassi lugu (Miina Rikka)
                      • Mari – Kolm päeva tagasi (Mariliis Jõgeva)
                      • Bluestocking – Kordumatu (Maria Soikonen)
                      • Demie feat. Janice – Kuum (Raimo Ugast, Jaanika Merelaht)
                      • Wilhelm – Light up your mind (Anett Kulbin, Paul Neitsov, Jorven Viilik)
                      • Luisa Värk – Minu päike (Mikk Tammepõld, Luisa Värk)
                      • Karl-Erik Taukar – Päev korraga (Karl-Erik Taukar, Mark-Eric Kammiste, Fred Krieger)
                      • Airi Vipulkumar Kansar – Saatuse laul (Urmas Kõiv, Anneli Kõiv)
                      • Elisa Kolk – Superlove (Vahur Valgmaa)
                      • Triin Niitoja & John4 – This is our choice (Jaanus Saago, Triin Niitoja)
                      • Kruuv – Tiiu talu tütreke (Allan Kasuk)
                      • Robin Juhkental & The Big Bangers – Troubles (Robin Juhkental & The Big Bangers)
                      • Elephants From Neptune – Unriddle me (Jon-Arnold Mikiver, Robert Linna, Rain Joona, Markko Reinberg)
                      • Maia Vahtramäe – Üle vesihalli taeva (Olav Osolin)

                      Listen to the songs here!

                      Thursday, 4 December 2014

                      The Netherlands: Song presentation on 11th December!

                      Trijntje Oosterhuis will release her Eurovision entry on 11th December. The song will be premiered on NPO Radio 2’s show Gouden Uren at 9:00 CET. Anouk said it's a "catchy and awesome song with great vocals." Maybe it's a little early to release their song? Eurovision is over five months away.. but I'm very excited and interested to see what Anouk and Trijntje have come up with. 

                      Belarus: MILKI's song revealed!

                      MILKI's song for Eurofest 2015, the Belorussian national final, has been released this morning. Alexander Rybak composed the song and you can listen to it here. It's already getting some hate but this blogger adores it! I'd love to see them represent Belarus. Auditions are currently being held and the national finalists will be announced very soon indeed. I'll do a little review once the finalists are chosen - as I won't be able to watch Belarus's national final on 26th December.

                      Wednesday, 3 December 2014

                      Georgia: National final set for 14th January!

                      Georgia will hold a national final on 14th January, to select their representative for Vienna. Anyone interested in competing has until 20th December to send in their songs. More details will be revealed later.

                      Tuesday, 2 December 2014

                      Spain: Pastora Soler stops music career due to confidence issues!

                      Pastora Soler announced on her Facebook page yesterday that she's taking a break from her music career, due to confidence issues. The 2012 Spanish representative is suffering from severe stage fright and actually fainted at the weekend in Malaga because of this.. Pastora also had to cancel some parts of her tour earlier in the year and it's now affecting her throat. Here's the statement in English:
                      I speak from a heart broken by pain, impotence and with this worry that I feel, and I feel that it will take a long time to forget. As I said last night, the respect for my audience is the biggest thing I’ve learnt in these 20 years. I put everything in my power to overcome this stage fright which came into my life on the 8th of March this year, and I thought it had passed, but last night it happened again in Malaga, in front of an audience to which I owe so much, and at a land that I feel my own, my strength failed me again, this time affecting even my throat. I can’t thank you enough for your love and understanding, and I have to tell you that I haven’t got any strength left to continue. I should have taken the decision to put my career aside a few months ago, but my desire to fight pushed me to go on. Today I have to announce my decision to leave my professional activity until I have regained my self-confidence.
                      I’m sorry with all my heart.
                      Pastora Soler
                      I naturally wish Pastora all the best and I really hope she will return to the music scene soon. #TodosConPastora.

                      Austria: Sixteen acts revealed!

                      Austria's selection will feature a total of sixteen acts and these acts were revealed earlier today. This blogger doesn't recognize any of these artists but I naturally wish them all the very best of luck. Live shows start in February, with the grand final set for 13th March. Only six acts will make the final itself.

                      • Celina Ann – I Never Loved A Man
                      • Clara Blume – Love & Starve
                      • Dawa – On The Run
                      • Folkshilfe – Seit a poa Tog
                      • Johann Sebastian Bass – Heart of Stone
                      • Kathi Kallauch – Das Leben ist zu kurz
                      • Kommando Elefant – Mein Design fürs Leben
                      • Lemo – So Leicht
                      • The Makemakes – Million Euro Smile
                      • Mizgebonez – Medley of Murmeltier and Fitnesstraining
                      • Renato Unterberg – Love
                      • Royal Kombo – Ram Pam Pam
                      • The Su’sis – This And That
                      • Tandem – Zeig Ihn Mir
                      • wo/Men – Happy
                      • Zoe – Adieu

                      Monday, 1 December 2014

                      Switzerland: "Expect Check" line-up complete!

                      On 7th December, eighteen acts will perform in front of a special jury all hoping to make the Swiss national final on 31st January. Only six will make the final. Unfortunately, Kitty Brucknell's song wasn't selected for the Expect Check round despite being a major favourite. This blogger was absolutely gutted - I was even lucky enough to interview her a few weeks ago.

                      • Arbresha - "Same Stars" SRF/RTR
                      • Bubble Beatz ft. Sandra Wild - "Run" SRF/RTR
                      • Thierry Condor - "Open Heart Surgery" SRF/RTR
                      • Dahï - "Destiny" SRF/RTR
                      • Simon Hafner - "There Was a Yesterday" SRF/RTR
                      • Andy McSean-"Hey Now" SRF/RTR
                      • San Dii - "iMagination" SRF/RTR
                      • Timebelle - "Singing About Love" SRF/RTR
                      • Tiziana - "Only Human" SRF/RTR
                      • Alenko - "Vu d'en haut" RTS
                      • Anach Cuan - "Hurdy Gurdy Girls" RTS
                      • Célia - "Letter to Myself" RTS
                      • Licia Chery - "Fly" RTS
                      • Mélanie René - "Time to Shine" RTS
                      • Shana Pearson - "Kevlar Heart" RTS
                      • The Vad Vuc - "Cocktail e fantasmi" RSI
                      • Deborah Bough - "Take Me Back to 23" RSI
                      • Elias ft. Zero In On - "Your Perfume" RSI

                        Sunday, 30 November 2014

                        Iceland: National final set for 14th February!

                        Some details regarding the upcoming edition of Söngvakeppnin, Iceland's national selection, have been revealed. Firstly, the semi finals will take place on 31st January and 7th February. The final will be held on Valentines Day aka 14th February. RÚV, the Icelandic national broadcaster, received a total of 258 songs - only 12 songs will make the contest.. The participants will be shortlisted and revealed within the next few weeks.

                        Thursday, 27 November 2014

                        San Marino: Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini internally selected!

                        Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini will represent San Marino in Viennal! Michele Perniola represented San Marino in Junior Eurovision 2013 and also revealed San Marino's votes in Copenhagen. Meanwhile, Sammarinese born Anita Simoncini recently participated in Junior Eurovision 2014 with The Peppermints. Perniola is 16 years of age although Simoncini is only 15, but she will be 16 in May and therefore is eligible to represent the tiny nation. San Marino's song will be revealed at later date, naturally. Good luck San Marino! Enjoy their Junior Eurovision songs below:

                        Source - ESCBubble

                        Wednesday, 26 November 2014

                        San Marino: Artist announcement tomorrow!

                        At 12:00 CET, a press conference will be held to reveal the 2015 Sammarinese representative. Who will succeed Valentina Monetta? We will find out very soon! I am confident San Marino won't disappoint us :-)

                        Hungary: Kati Wolf is aiming for Eurovision 2015!

                        It's recently been announced that Kati Wolf wants to return to Eurovision. She plans on entering the Hungarian national selection with Ne engedj el! Kati Wolf was a favourite among many to win Eurovision 2011, although only managed a rather unfortunate 22nd place. This blogger would definitely be delighted to see her return! 

                        Belarus: Over 110 acts submit songs for Vienna!

                        Over 110 songs have been received by BTRC for the upcoming Belarusian national final.  A number of well known acts are in the running to represent Belarus in the contest; these include Napoli, Switter Boys, Alexey Gross, Daria and Gunesh. As previously reported, The winner of Eurovision 2009, Alexander Rybak, has composed a song for a girlband her created - they will perform under the name Milki. You can already listen to some of the songs here.

                        Source and photograph -

                        Tuesday, 25 November 2014

                        Vienna 2015: "Building Bridges" logo revealed!

                        The themework for Eurovision 2015 has been revealed! I like it very much although it does remind me of just a little bit of Oslo 2010.. Jon Ola Sand said:
                        It is a great logo, a strong sign with recognition value and endless possibilities.
                        Do you guys like it?!

                        Photograph -

                        Sweden: Full line-up for Melodifestivalen 2015 revealed!

                        The line-up for Melodifestivalen 2015 is complete. And there are indeed some familiar faces among the Swedish hopefuls. Ellen Benediktson came 7th last year. Here are the hopefuls:

                        Semi final 3 - Östersund
                        • Andreas Weise – Bring Out the Fire
                        • Isa – Don’t Stop
                        • Kalle Johansson – För din skull
                        • Kristin Amparo – I See You
                        • Ellen Benediktson – Insomnia
                        • Jon Henrik Fjällgren – Jag är fri (Manne Liem Frije)
                        • Andreas Johnson – Living to Die
                        Semi final 4 - Örebro
                        • Caroline Wennergren – Black Swan
                        • JTR – Building It Up
                        • Midnight Boy – Don’t Say No
                        • Annika Herlitz – Ett andetag
                        • Hasse Andersson – Guld och gröna skogar
                        • Måns Zelmerlöw – Heroes
                        • Dinah Nah – Make Me (La La La)

                        Monday, 24 November 2014

                        Switzerland: RTS announces their six hopefuls!

                        The French language speaking Swiss broadcaster, RTS, today revealed the six songs that will advance to the Expect Check in December. Listen to the songs here! Will one of these represent Switzerland? I think it's highly unlikely but Mélanie René's song is cute.. These acts made it through to the next stage:
                        • Alenko – Vu d’en haut
                        • Anach Cuan – Hurdy gurdy girls
                        • Celia – Letter to myself
                        • Licia Chery – Fly
                        • Mélanie René – Time to shine
                        • Shana P. – Kevlar heart

                        Sweden: First fourteen Melodifestivalen acts revealed!

                        A press conference was held earlier today to reveal the participants for Melodifestivalen 2015. And the rumours were true, as Eric Saade will return to the selection. He's the hot favourite to win already, before a note has been sung.. Other well known names include Jessica Andersson (five time Melfest participant, most recently in 2010) and Linus Svenning (came 4th in Melodifestivalen 2014). The remaining fourteen names will be revealed tomorrow morning!

                        Semi final 1 - Gothenburg
                        • Jessica Andersson – Can’t Hurt Me Now
                        • Behrang Miri feat. Victor Fritz Crone – Det rår vi inte för
                        • Dolly Style – Hello Hi
                        • Molly Pettersson Hammar – I’ll Be There
                        • Elize Ryd & Rickard Söderberg – One By One
                        • Daniel Gildenlöw – Pappa
                        • Eric Saade – Sting
                        Semi final 2 - Malmo
                        • Mariette – Don’t Stop Believing
                        • Emelie Irewald – Där och då med dig
                        • Linus Svenning – Forever Starts Today
                        • Magnus Carlsson – Möt mig i Gamla stan
                        • Samir & Viktor – Groupie
                        • Neverstore – If I Was God For One Day
                        • Marie Bergman & Sanne Salomonsen – Nonetheless

                        Saturday, 22 November 2014

                        AMBER TO REPRESENT MALTA!

                        The Maltese representative for Vienna is ... AMBER! This blogger couldn't be happier!! Amber was the best choice without a doubt. She topped the jury and the televote. Christabelle came 2nd and Glen Vella achieved 3rd place. The Maltese national final was fantastic. The staging was fabulous and I reckon it's only a matter of time until Malta host Eurovision itself... hey, maybe it'll happen in 2016? Fan favourite Jessika only managed 9th place (she didn't sound the best) and poor old Karen didn't get a single point. Amber was actually a backing singer for Kurt Calleja in Baku and has tried several times before to get to Eurovision with Catch 22 in 2011, Answer with your Eyes in 2012, In Control in 2013 and Because I Have You in 2014... now she's victorious! Apparently the song itself might have a slight revamp before Vienna, which will no doubt make it even stronger. I just pray they won't change it all together!! The full results:
                        1. Warrior – Amber – 72 points
                        2. Rush – Christabelle – 47 points
                        3. Breakaway – Glen Vella – 39 points
                        4. Closed Doors – Chris Grech – 35 points
                        5. Still Here – Franklin – 26 points
                        6. Something In The Way – Daniel Testa – 24 points
                        7. Love and Let Go – Ekklesia Sisters – 23 points
                        8. The One That You Love – Lawrence Grey – 18 points
                        9. Fandango – Jessika – 18 points
                        10. Chasing A Dream – Trilogy – 12 points
                        11. It’s Ok – Deborah C – 12 points
                        12. Once In A While – Dominic – 11 points
                        13. Beautiful To Me – L-Aħwa – 11 points
                        14. 12, Baker Street – Karen Debattista

                        Amber will fly the Maltese flag :-)

                        Enjoy the live performance below:

                        Türkvizyon 2014: Kazakhstan are victorious!

                        Zhanar Dugalova from Kazakhstan won Türkvizyon yesterday. Tatarstan and Bashkortstan came 2nd and 3rd, respectively. The show wasn't without controversy -  Türkvizyon has been criticised for several reasons, such as voting irregularities during the semi final earlier this week. Izin korem reminds me of Armenia's 2009 entry. But the big question on everyone's lips is could Kazakhstan's win encourage them to participate in Eurovision? It's a long shot but you never know... The full results:

                        1. Kazakhstan – Zhanar Dugalova – Izin Korem – 225 points
                        2. Tatarstan – Aydar Suleyman – Altar chaba – 201 points
                        3. Bashkortstan – Zaman – Kubair – 199 points
                        4. Kyrgyzstan – Non-Stop- Seze bil - 196 points
                        5. Turkmenistan – Zuleyha Kakayeva – Shikga-Shikga Bilerzik – 192 points
                        6. Crimea – Darina Sinichkina – Gider isen – 186 points
                        7. Uzbekistan – Aziza Nizamova – Dunyo bolsin omon – 183 points
                        8. Yakutia – Ivanova Vladena Sakhaya – Kyn – 183 points
                        9. Azerbaijan – Elvin Ordubdali – Diverlin Yalnizligi – 177 points
                        10. Bosnia & Herzegovina – Mensur Salkic – Susuyorum- 176 points
                        11. Bulgaria – Ismail Matev – Vollara tashlara – 172 points
                        12. Moscow – Kazan World – Sine ketem – 170 points
                        13. Iran – Barish Grubu – Heydar baba – 167 points
                        14. Macedonia – Kaan Mazhar – Yolumu Bulurum- 166 points
                        15. Turkey – Funda Kilic – Hoppa – 128 points
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