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Russia: Dima Bilan hints at wanting a third try at Eurovision

Russia’s sole victor in the Eurovision Song Contest, Dima Bilan, has hinted that he would be interested in returning for a third time to the contest if the selection of the Russian candidate was opened back up to the public. The Russian representative for Eurovision has been selected internally each year since 2013, with Channel One and VGTRK rotating the …

Survival of the Hippest – Country Spotlight: CZECH REPUBLIC

Located in the centre of Europe is a dapper, but critically overlooked country that has made a lot of progress over the years since their return. After back-to-back successes it is time to assess the chances of the Czech Republic. Before we start,  a disclaimer: This post is an editorial and therefore heavily prone towards subjectivity. Also, swearing, strong opinions …

Riverdance marks 25th anniversary of Eurovision performance with global tour

In April 1994, Michael Flatley, Jean Butler and their talented group of dancers took to the Eurovision stage in Dublin as that year’s interval act. What would follow would become another iconic moment in the contest’s history, and the competition birthed another international sensation in unlikely circumstances. Now, 25 years on from that performance, the Irish dance phenomenon is marking …

Malta: X Factor will again decide Eurovision representative for 2020

After missing out on the final in 2017 & 2018, Malta finally made it back into the final earlier this year in Tel-Aviv. TVM has decided to once again go the same path, and will once again pick their participant through X Factor. Normally, when it comes to picking out an entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, most countries either …

Spain: Blas Canto to represent Spain in Rotterdam

The 27 year old Blas Canto was selected internally by RTVE, the national broadcaster of Spain. In a statement released a few minutes ago, RTV said “Blas Cantó is a singer with a broad interpretive and scenic record, a magnificent live show and extensive experience both on television and on stage. In addition, he has the love and support of …

Sometimes It Feels Like It’s Meant To Be Broken – Country Spotlight: BELGIUM

This post is an editorial and therefore heavily prone towards subjectivity. Also, swearing. Anything stated beyond this point is a personal opinion belonging to the author and does not necessarily represent the views of ESC United as a whole or other editors. In this series, Belgian ESC United correspondent Boris Meersman takes a closer look at upcoming contest, and muses …

Aly Ryan adds San Marino and possibly Poland to her Eurovision 2020 campaign

German singer and Unser Lied für Israel participant Aly Ryan caused quite the stir last month when she dropped that she would never participate in the German national selection again, and promptly said no. According to her numerous tweets on the subject, the only way Germany would get Aly Ryan’s approval is if they internally select her. But since then …

Denmark Announces Change to DMGP 2020: Public to Determine 3 of the Competing Entries Themselves

Danish broadcaster DR has revealed a shakeup in their process for choosing their next representative at Eurovision. The broadcaster says that they wish to increase the breadth of music present in DMGP 2020, and that the songs themselves will have a life that is longer than before. DR’s hope is that they can increase the variety of songs competing in …

Belgium: Hooverphonic dish out more participation details

The morning after the announcement, Hooverphonic appeared on Radio 2’s morning show “De Madammen” to talk about their budding participation. Their interview with Siska Schoeters was rife with juicy details. Here’s the lowdown of what they discussed: The band, consisting of Alex Callier, Raymond Geerts and Luka Cruysbergs revealed that they were first approached during the summer of 2018 – …

Belgium: Smash hit band Hooverphonic to represent Belgium at Eurovision 2020

IT IS ON! Eurovision season has finally kicked off and has done so in style. The Belgian representative for Eurovision 2020 is none other than HOOVERPHONIC, the erstwhile trip hop sensation from Sint-Niklaas.     Hooverphonic are one of the most famous, successful Flemish pop bands. The group, currently consisting of Alex Callier, Raymond Geerts and Luka Cruysberghs, scored many …

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