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A look at the songs of Balkan superstar Željko Joksimović

From Zack: At ESC UNITED, we want to put the focus back on the totality of the entries.  That means we want to honor everyone involved, particularly the composers.  After asking our readers for their thoughts on the composers that we should retrospectively cover, we got some great feedback and will be featuring some of them this week.  Our next featured …

Ireland: Vote for your favorite NF song(s)

Ireland is only a few days away from picking their representative for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. For three years in a row Ireland was able to qualify for the Final show and have every intention continuing that trend. As in previous years, 5 acts will perform their entries on the “Late Night Show” where juries and televotes will pick …

Greece is sending “Alcohol is free” to Malmo

Greece just concluded their National Final where for songs for battling each other to represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo this upcoming May. The Greek have spoken and Koza Mostra feat. Agathonas is going to fly the flag with their song and motto “Alcohol is free”. The band was the favorite going into the Final as per …

Hera Björk (Iceland 2010) at theViña del Mar International Song Contest

Hera Björk who represented Iceland at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo became one of the six finalist in the prestigious Viña del Mar International Song Contest. She is going to perform “Because You Can”. The biggest music festival in Latin American will take place February 24 to March 1. Some big names are scheduled to perfom including Elton …

Interview with Vasco Cardoso, Ruben Pacheco, and Michael James Down, co-writers of Moldova National Selection entry “A Brighter Day” by Tatiana Heghea

ZACK:  I say shame-free that if there is one country I’m always excited about, it’s MOLDOVA!  They always bring a fun quirky number to the Eurovision stage.   So when the 24 entries were announced for the 2013 Moldova national selection, I was excited to see some familiar names, particularly Tatiana Heghea, who was one of the back-up singers for …

“Alcohol is free” should win the Greek NF

The ESC UNITED readers were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite song in the Greek Final. Tonight, four acts will battle for the prestigious spot to represent Greece in Malmo this upcoming May. A clear majority believes that Koza Mostra feat. Agathonas should win it all with their song “Alcohol is free”. A whooping 39% of voters say this …

Bulgaria: Song presentation today at 14:45 CET

Today is the song presentation in Bulgaria. Elitsa & Stoyan will perform the 3 songs at BNT’s Sunday show “NedeliaX3” at 14:45 CET. Elitsa & Stoyan are no strangers to the Eurovision fans as they represented Bulgaria in 2007 where they finished 5th, Bulgaria’s best result to date. The show can be watched online via the following links: Webcast BNT: …

Marco Mengoni is flying the flag for Italy

During the Sanremo Final show it was announced that Marco Mengoni is going to represent Italy in Malmo. The 24 year old singer rose to fame in 2009 when the Italian X-Factor. But that was only the beginning of his quite impressive career. In 2010 Marco placed third in the Sanremo Festival and also won an MTV Europe award. There …

Latvia says “Here We Go” with PER!

PER and “Here We Go” won Dziesma 2013 tonight.  With two songs in the finals, both of which were fan favorites, it seemed almost a sure shot that PER had the best chance of representing Latvia at Malmo.  Still, many are shocked that early favorite Samanta Tina and “I Need A Hero” will not be representing Latvia. PER was one …

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