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Bill Martin, co-writer of “Puppet on a String” and “Congratulations,” passes away at age 81

Bill Martin, one of the United Kingdom’s most famous songwriters and music publishers, passed away at age 81 this past weekend. The co-writer of the Eurovision 1967 winning “Puppet on a String” (performed by Sandie Shaw) and Eurovision 1968 runner-up “Congratulations” (performed by Cliff Richard) was also behind some of the most memorable pop singles of the 1960s and 1970s. …

Alan Merrill passes away at age 69 due to coronavirus complications

American singer, guitarist and songwriter Alan Merrill, who co-wrote Co-Co’s entry “Wake Up” for the United Kingdom’s A Song for Europe 1976, has passed away yesterday at age 69 due to complications from the coronavirus. Merrill’s daughter Laura Merrill announced his passing in a heartbreaking post on Facebook yesterday afternoon, stressing that a pandemic and the lockdowns that she and …

Crime is a Disease. Eurovision 1977 is the Cure.

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. Hands up those of you who are going stir crazy because of the COVID-19 enforced social distancing! Alright, quite a few of you out there in Eurovision fan land. How about to pass …

Georgia: Barbara Samkharadze releases debut single “Ocean Side”

As the world shuts down and we begin to get to grips with and document the social distancing resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, one young artist has released her debut single, an appropriate for our times soulful piano ballad about withdrawing from a watching world and hunkering down to regroup. Titled “Ocean Side,” the self-penned song by 18-year-old Georgian Idol …

A List to Think About – Eurovision entries with “Thing” in the title

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. Song. That’s what Academy Award winning actor / Australian Rugby League team owner / Leeds United fan / telephone thrower Russell Crowe said when sharing Daði & Gagnamagnið’s “Think About Things,” winner of …

iCard ends Bulgarian sponsorship deal

This morning brought the inevitable news that Eurovision fans were dreading – Eurovision 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus and will return in 2021. In the hours since, we have learned from a few broadcasters and artists how they intend to proceed for Eurovision 2021, and today also brought us the news that iCard, the electronic money …

My Lovely Horse: Eurovision 1988 director moves on to the contest’s most famous parody

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. Right! It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Everybody’s Irish! Kiss the Blarney Stone (whatever and wherever that is)! Grab your pints of Guinness, let’s go out and party and dye the Chicago River green… oh. …

Azerbaijan: “Cleopatra” is out now!

The second last song reveal of the Eurovision 2020 season has arrived, and it is Azerbaijan’s Efendi and her straddling of modern sensibilities with traditional instrumentation on “Cleopatra.” Samira Efendi (now performing formally as Efendi) was revealed as the entrant a couple weeks ago, and the rumor mill had been swirling lately that her song was to be called “Cleopatra.” …

Albania: Arilena Ara’s Eurovision 2020 entry to be called “Fall from the Sky”

Albania’s representative for Eurovision 2020, Arilena Ara, announced on her social media that her entry will not be called “Shaj,” but will be called “Fall from the Sky” instead. After winning Festivali i Këngës 58 with “Shaj” on December 22, 2019, Ara had mentioned that the lyrics were originally in English, but were translated into Albanian for the national selection. …

Team Reviews: Our Thoughts on San Marino

It was one of the more unusual artist reveals of the Eurovision 2020 season, where the time of the reveal was constantly moved about (19:30, then noon being referred to as 12:00 a.m., which is midnight). But Senhit was, on Friday, March 6, 2020, named as San Marino’s representative for Eurovision 2020, returning to the contest after representing the microstate …

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