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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 …

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 …

London Eurovision Party postponed

The London Eurovision Party, one of the biggest traditional pre-parties for Eurovision each year, has been postponed as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic and following an update on the current situation from the British government. The event was due to be held on Sunday 29th March at the Café de Paris in London. The pre-party joins Pre-Party ES …

Forum Ranking Game: Lithuania hold off Switzerland to top ranking for fourth week

Over on our forum, our readers and fans of the Eurovision Song Contest have continued to vote for their favourite entries week on week, with all but five of the entries eligible to receive points in the previous seven-day cycle. Now, it’s time to find out what the results of the latest ranking are! In first place, we find Lithuania‘s …

COVID-19: Eurovision build-up continues to be affected

It is hard to ignore the difficult moment that the world finds itself in at this moment, with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continuing to affect daily life in Europe and beyond. Of course, Eurovision is no different or separate from this, and the effects of the outbreak on the contest are already starting to show. Pre-parties in Madrid and Tel …

Russia: Little Big complete Eurovision 2020 line-up with “Uno”

Russia’s long-awaited entry for Eurovision 2020 has been revealed on “Evening Urgant”, this evening’s late-night chat show hosted by Eurovision 2009 host Ivan Urgant. The song matches up with a snippet heard during the band’s reveal on Russian evening news last week, with the music video reminiscent of a kitsch 70s Eurovision performance and featuring an eye-catching leg dance from …

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