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.

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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?!

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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


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

Friday 21 November 2014

Malta: National final tonight, fourteen qualifiers revealed!

The Maltese qualifiers were announced moments ago, and there's not really any surprises. Amber, Jessika, Karen Debattista, Ekklesia Sisters and Deborah C all managed to qualify for tomorrow night's final. Amber must win. Unfortunately, we lost six acts. Raquel was eliminated - I don't know why.. Her performance was one of the best tonight. Loved it. Ekklesia Sisters's (The Nuns) will no doubt do very well, possibly even win, but I've heard their performance was very poor. I don't think the juries will appreciate them but we'll see. The acts in red failed to make the final:

  • Lyndsay Pace – Home
  • Iona Dalli – Could Have Been Me
  • Franklin – Still Here
  • Christabelle – Rush
  • Jessika – Fandango
  • Chris Grech – Closed Doors
  • Karen Debattista – 12, Baker Street
  • Daniel Testa – Something In The Way
  • Glen Vella – Breakaway
  • Raquel – Stop Haunting Me
  • Domenique – Take Me As I Am
  • Lawrence Grey – The One That You Love
  • Deborah C – It’s Ok
  • Danica Muscat – Close Your Eyes
  • Corazon – Secretly
  • L-Ahwa – Beautiful To Me y
  • Amber – Warrior
  • Trilogy – Chasing A Dream
  • Dominik – Once In A While
  • Ekklesia Sisters – Love & Let Go

Italy: Marco Mengoni's "Guerriero" reaches #1 on iTunes!

The Italian superstar, Marco Mengoni, has released a brand new song today. Guerriero managed to reach #1 on iTunes in only 94 minutes, following its release. Impressive! His new songs has an electronic sound and interestingly it translates to Warrior. A good luck charm for Amber tonight? ;-)

Malta: Semi final tonight, 14 acts to progress!

Twenty songs. Fourteen qualifiers, One winner. Malta's semi final will be held tonight and it promises to be a fabulous show. Many fantastic and unique acts are in the running to represent the tiny island but this blogger has three ultimate favourites - Amber, Jessika and Raquel. But I think the winner will be either L-Aħwa or Ekklesia Sisters - although Amber could definitely challenge them. Or maybe Raquel could win? Her song is unique and many people seem to like it. I don't know but I did review all the songs individually, and y'all can check my reviews out here. Here's the running order for tonight. 
  1. Home – Lyndsay
  2. Could Have Been Me – Iona Dalli
  3. Still Here – Franklin
  4. Rush – Christabelle
  5. Fandango – Jessika
  6. Closed Doors – Chris Grech
  7. 12, Baker Street – Karen Debattista
  8. Something In The Way – Daniel Testa
  9. Breakaway – Glen Vella
  10. Stop Haunting Me – Raquel
  11. Take Me As I Am – Domenique
  12. The One That You Love – Lawrence Grey
  13. It’s Ok – Deborah C
  14. Close Your Eyes – Danica
  15. Secretly – Corazon
  16. Beautiful To Me – L-Ahwa
  17. Warrior – Amber
  18. Chasing A Dream – Trilogy
  19. Once In A While – Dominic
  20. Love & Let Go – Ekklesia Sisters
Good luck to everyone! I'll update this post later tonight with the results..

Thursday 20 November 2014

Czech Republic: Ewa Farna to be internally selected?

The world of Eurovision was shocked yet thrilled yesterday when the Czech broadcaster announced their return to the contest. A couple of polls have already been launched to see who the Czechs want to see represent their country in Vienna - and Ewa Farna seems to the clear favourtie!

Polish born Ewa Farna won’s poll with an impressive 70% of the votes. Meanwhile, she is winning another poll and people have stated that Poland would award them lots of points if she was chosen.. that's if Poland and Czech Republic are in the same semi final, of course! Even though the Czech broadcaster and media are happy about their return to Eurovision, unfortunately the public aren't as enthusiastic. 5,300 people took part in's poll and 94,7% said they won't follow Eurovision next year. Therefore only 5,3% will support their representative in Vienna. But anyway, if Czech Republic actually send something decent and do well - that could encourage interest in the future. This blogger believes Slovakia won't return though and Bulgaria will make a final decision within the next couple of weeks.

Belarus: National final on 26th December!

Belarus will hold their national final on 26th December. Fifteen acts will compete for the right to represent Belarus in Vienna. Auditions will be held on 4th and 5th December - the full list of participants will be released following day. A new girlband are set to compete, with a song composed by Alexander Rybak. I'm looking forward to hearing their song!

Sweden: Will Eric Saade return to Melodifestivalen?

Eric Saade is set to return to Melodifestivalen next year - according to Aftonbladet. The full list of participants will be revealed next week. Other acts likely to participant include Linus Svenning, Charlotte Perrelli, Sean Banan, Måns Zelmerlöv and Sara Li. Eric Saade represented Sweden in 2011 and achieved third place - maybe he will do even better next year?

NuVidz: Giorgia, Nicole Scherzinger, Alyona Lanskaya, Stephanie Nala!

Giorgia is one of Italy's most well respected singers and she released a new video-clip a few days ago. La mia stanza is very different when compared to her other songs. It's uptempo and does sound a little dated.. yet I like it! What do you think? This blogger is desperate to see her in Eurovision. I even featured her in my Wishlist Series earlier this year. Nicole Scherzinger performed Run on The X Factor last weekend and wow, her performance was stunning! It features on Nicole's new album and you can buy it here on iTunes. One of the best songs I've heard in a long time. I'm Alive is Alyona Lanskaya's latest song. She's heavily rumoured to return to Belarus's selection (which takes place on Boxing Day) and it's probable that I'm Alive is the song she will compete with. Hmmm, it's OK. Finally, you probably won't be familiar with Stephanie Nala but she's fantastic. She was eliminated in week two on The X Factor but I think Stephanie deserved to do so much better. Check out her covers of Wicked Games and Can't Hurry Love. Isn't she adorable?!


On this post I'll add the countries that have applied to compete in next years Eurovision! Broadcasters still have the right to withdraw still until the EBU's deadline. The current list of participants is as follows:

  •  Albania 
  •  Armenia 
  •  Austria 
  •  Azerbaijan 
  •  Belarus
  •  Belgium
  •  Cyprus
  •  Czech Republic 
  •  Denmark
  •  Estonia 
  •  Finland
  •  France 
  •  Georgia 
  •  Germany 
  •  Greece 
  •  Hungary
  •  Iceland
  •  Ireland
  •  Israel 
  •  Italy 
  •  Latvia 
  •  Lithuania
  •  Macedonia
  •  Malta 
  •  Moldova 
  •  Montenegro 
  •  Norway
  •  Poland
  •  Portugal 
  •  Romania 
  •  Russia
  •  San Marino
  •  Serbia 
  •  Slovenia 
  •  Spain
  •  Sweden
  •  Switzerland
  •  The Netherlands
  •  United Kingdom 
Updated on 20th November 2014!
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