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Kazakhstan: 30 young Junior Eurovision hopefuls vie for online votes!

Kazakh broadcaster Khabar Agency released the videos of thirty young Junior Eurovision hopefuls at midnight and are asking the public to view and vote for their favorite singer. Khabar Agency had received 684 entries for consideration from artists aged 9 to 14, with Khabar’s jury whittling down that number to 30. Junior Eurovision fans are welcome to go to Khabar’s …

Georgia: Ranina returns on September 11th! [Updated]

Updated August 21, 2020 – Ranina will now debut on Friday, September 11, 2020, according to TV-1’s Ranina page: https://1tv.ge/show/ranina/ All references to Ranina debuting on September 4th have been removed from Ranina’s official Facebook page since our original publication. Thanks to reader Andrzej for the update. * After a COVID-19 disrupted summer, Georgia’s plans for Junior Eurovision 2020 are …

Greece: Eurovision 2013 singer and musician Agathonas Iakovidis passes away at age 65

Greek singer and musician Agathonas Iakovidis, who sang and performed the baglama on Greece’s fan favorite Eurovision 2013 entry “Alcohol is Free” alongside Greek rock band Koza Mostra, passed away this morning of a heart attack at the age of 65. Though not known to have had any health conditions – indeed, his Facebook profile showed that he has been …

At Eurovision Baht ‘at: A List of Yorkshire Performers at the Contest

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. Now then, look ‘ere see thee! Saturday, August 1, 2020 is Yorkshire Day. A day to celebrate God’s Own County, eat Yorkshire Puddings, drink Theakston Old Peculier, put ferrets down your trousers, and …

ANDORRA: Susanne Georgi (2009) hints at a return in 2022

ANDORRA, 1 August 2020 Fresh off the presses, former Andorran participant Susanne Georgi-Puigcerdos (or known professionally under her maiden name Susanne Georgi), has strongly hinted in  Wiwibloggs’ podcast that Andorra may return to the contest in two years, with her as the representative. Georgi-Puigcerdos stated that she and the Andorran government had “a really good contact since the last time” …

Eurovision and the Grammys: Laura Rizzotto’s new accomplishment

Eurovision is commonly not considered to be “mainstream” event – that is to say, Eurovision entries are usually not considered popular outside of the event itself. But one thing the contest is good for is jumpstarting the careers of Eurovision artists. Just look at the success Loreen, ABBA, Eleni Foureira, Dami Im, Celine Dion, Conchita Wurst, and so many other …

Marching on in the Sunlight: the brief Leeds United career of an Irish pop star and Eurovision entrant

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. This past weekend, one of English soccer’s sleeping giants awoke from their slumber after 16 years and returned to the Premier League as winners of the English Championship, the second-tier league. For the …

Eurovision 2019 co-host convicted in Israeli court of four counts of tax evasion

The long-running legal saga of Israeli model and Eurovision 2019 co-host Bar Refaeli’s alleged tax evasion has finally come to an end with her being convicted of four counts of tax offences. Earlier today in court in Tel Aviv, Israel, Bar Refaeli and her mother Zipi were convicted on four separate charges of failure to pay taxes on income up …

KAN releases details about national final for Eden Alene’s 2021 entry

Israel was among the first group of countries to internally select their 2020 artist following the cancellation of the contest. Eden Alene was selected to represent Israel after she won the selection show The Next Star for Eurovision, which allows the crowd to “up vote” a singer’s performance – those with the highest vote percentages will move on in the competition. …

Australia withdraws from Junior Eurovision 2020

After today’s news that Wales will not participate at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Australia have also announced their withdrawal from the 2020 competition. A spokesperson from national broadcaster SBS today stated, “Due to the current restrictions and the ongoing uncertainty around this situation, Australia will not be competing in the Junior Eurovision Contest 2020. We have informed the …

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