6 Songs To Watch In Eurovision 2016!

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So the Eurovision has once again graced our screens for 2017. We ‘ve already been treated to the two semi-finals where 20 acts made it through to the Grand Final tonight! And there was even a marriage proposal for Macedonia’s entrant, Jana Burceska from her boyfriend Alexander.

 

 

Watch out for these six entrants at tonight’s final:

 

Portugal

 

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Potugal’s entry Amar Pelos Dois sung by Salvador Sobral and written by his sister Luisa Sobral is a soaring jazz-style ballad. Think male Bessie Smith or Billie Holiday. It had a wonderful reception at the first semi-final and is the current favourite with the bookies to claim Eurovision glory. Stunning, understated and very polished.

 

 

Bulgaria

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Bulgaria’s entry this year is Beautiful Mess sung by Kristian Kostov. A beautiful ballad with wonderful, modern, understated monochrome staging. Quite R ‘n’ B staging. Beautiful Mess is simply beautiful. Written by Sebastian Arman, Borislav Milanov, Joacim Petsson, Alexander V. Bley, Johan Alkanaes.

 

 

Cyprus

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Cyprus’ entry is Gravity sung by Hovig, who has previously been involved in writing Euphoria for Loreen. Gravity is catchy, a real earworm. I adore the staging from start to finish. It’s incrediby well put together. Written by Thomas G: Son.

 

 

The United Kingdom

Lucie Jones’ Never Give Up On You written by Eurovision winner Emmelie de Forest is the UK’s best chance in a while in the contest. A soaring ballad, beautiful staging and could definitely get top 10 or even top 5.

 

Australia

 

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lia’s entry Don’t Come Easy sung by Australia’s X Factor winner Isaiah Firebrace is a strong ballad sung with amazing power and control. A great chance of making top 10. Written by DNA (David Musumeci and Anthony Egizii) and Michael Angelo.

 

Sweden

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Sweden’s Entry I can’t go on sung by Robin Bengtsson is catchy, wonderfully staged from start to finish and the styling is great. Written by David Krouger, Hamed “K-Ono” Pirouzpanah and Robin Stjernberg.

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My Seven Tips For Eurovision Glory 2016!

The Eurovision’s semi-finals are complete and tonight we will have a new champion. Here is my seven tips for Eurovision 2016 glory!:

 

 

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Poland

 

 

Australia

 

Armenia

 

 

Malta

 

 

Lithuania

 

 

 

Sweden Wins The Eurovision 2015

Sweden won the 60th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday in Austria. 28-year-old Stockholm singer Mans Zelmerlow claimed top honours with the song “Heroes”.

He was presented with the trophy by Conchita Wurst who won the contest last year with the song Rise Like A Phoenix and said following his win,

“I’m so extremely happy. I want to thank all of you for voting and supporting me. I just want to say that we are all heroes, no matter who we love, who we are or what we believe in. We are all heroes.”

From the Eurovision website later:

“It was absolutely amazing. I didn’t hear it when they first said it. I thought Russia or Italy would win it. But then I did it, and I was so happy. My feelings are now all over the place. I am so proud, so excited, so full of joy.”

Top six were as follows:

1st: Sweden
2nd: Russia
3rd: Italy
4th: Belgium
5th: Australia
6th: Latvia

Congratulations Sweden.

Watch the winning performance below:

My Top Five Tips For Eurovision Glory 2015!

So we failed to get to the final of the 60th Eurovision. Sniff. Ireland would have been in this list too (And not just because I’m biased I swear. :-)) It would have been six songs because six I really liked. Still I think we could have another really good winner this year and I’m looking forward to it tomorrow night. Check out my tips for Eurovision glory 2015!:

Belgium

Loïc Nottet from Belgium is singing Rhythm Inside. It’s really quite catchy and quite modern too. A definite strong contender.

Australia

Guy Sebastian is Australia’s first entry for Eurovision with Tonight Again. Again very catchy, has a Bruno Mars vibe. Really strong.

Austria

The Makemakes are representing the host country with their song I Am Yours in a bid to win the contest two years running after the success of the wonderful Conchita Wurst last year. It has a wonderful subtle feel, quite bluesy. Really like it.

Cyprus

John Karayiannis is representing Cyprus with a beautiful song called One Thing I Should Have Done. Possibly a dark horse in it.

Serbia

Bojana Stamenov is representing Serbia with Beauty Never Lies. It’s got a great message and is a really good song as well.

Best of luck everyone! 🙂

Eurovision’s Greatest Hits!

Tonight I watched Eurovison’s Greatest Hits. It was really fun. 🙂 Presented by our very own Graham Norton and Sweden’s Petra Mede, the night was a trip down Eurovision memory lane with performances from Johnny Logan, Riverdance, Conchita Wurst, Dima Bilan, Loreen, Brotherhood Of Man, Dana International, Nicole, Bobbysocks!, Lordi, Natasha St-Pier, The Olsen Brothers, Rosa Lopez, Anne-Marie David, the Herreys and Emmelie De Forest. The acts also performed together at the end. Graham also spoke to first winner of the contest Lys Assia and we had Eurovision memories scattered throughout the night. Also I must mention the style which me and my sister were discussing during the show. Conchita Wurst’s purple dress with a cinched in belt at the waist was stunning. Also loved Nicole’s Stevie Nicks-esque look, Dana International’s amazing outfits especially her performance outfit for Diva which had a whole hippie flavour to it, Loreen’s gothic outfit (Seriously that girl knows how to do gothic! :-)) and the girls in Brotherhood Of Man’s chic androgynous looks. Also it was wonderful to see Dima Bilan. I have a long-time crush on that man! 🙂

Look at some photos from the event below:

To watch the show go to:

http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10398784/

Or

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p02llhdd/eurovisions-greatest-hits-03042015

Listen To Ireland’s 2015 Eurovision Entry Playing With Numbers!

Recently I blogged about the fact that Molly Sterling would be representing us at the Eurovision in Vienna this year with the song Playing With Numbers. It is such understated brilliance. Of course I voted in the Eurosong for this song to go! It’s got this whole authentic pop/rock/piano-driven vibe and you know some years you want to cringe with the entries but not this year. I love this song! 🙂

Listen to our entry below:

Music Video

On The Late Late Show

Good luck Molly, Greg & all the team! 🙂

Listen To Electro Velvet’s UK Eurovision Entry Still In Love With You!

The UK recently selected their entry for the 2015 concert Electro Velvet with the jazzy number Still In Love With You. I’m not crazy about it and yet there’s something infectious about it. It might grow on me. I’ll let you know closer to the time if it has! And both Alex Larke and Bianca Nicholas can sing. Oh and I do think Alex Larke is pretty nice-looking. I like the vid and the quirkiness. It’s different but it’s not quite hitting me instantly. Unlike Alex’s looks which definitely hit me instantly! 🙂

“I feel incredibly privileged and humbled to be representing the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, for this massively historic 60th anniversary event. We have a fantastic song and will work as hard as is humanly possible to bring the contest home and make our great nation proud. It’s time to get this party started! See you in Vienna!”

– Alex Larke

“I am so proud to have been chosen to be a part of the world’s biggest song contest – Eurovision! It’s such an honour to represent the UK, especially in its 60th year too! I have never been to Austria before, and I can’t wait to get out to Vienna and do my best, and I hope to make the UK proud!”

– Bianca Nicholas