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Nightwish and Johanna Kurkela side project Auri drops new single “Pearl Diving”

Tuomas Holopainen and Johanna Kurkela, the royal couple of the Finnish rock and metal scenes, have dropped the first single from their joint progressive folk band Auri’s second album. Auri, which features Nightwish’s main composer and keyboardist Holopainen and multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley, as well as folk singer and Holopainen’s wife Kurkela, has been a successful progressive folk group since their …

Rock ‘n’ Roll Never Dies! Did Eurovision 2021 Resuscitate a Flagging Genre?

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. Additionally, the below editorial does not endorse the use of illegal drugs, and the below editorial stands by the EBU and Måneskin’s assertion that no illegal drugs were consumed on the evening of …

Finland: UMK will be back for Eurovision 2022

With the dust slowly settles over the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, Finland don’t want to waste any time and already released the rules for their national final. Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu will be used again in 2022 to find the best new Finnish song and performer. The winner of the competition will represent Finland in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest. Interested in …

Here is the running order for the Eurovision 2021 final!

With the semi-finals now complete, and the confirmation of which entry will perform in which half, the producer-selected running order for the grand final has just been revealed by the EBU! Here is where each country will be performing in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 on Saturday! 🇨🇾 Cyprus 🇦🇱 Albania 🇮🇱 Israel 🇧🇪 Belgium 🇷🇺 …

Who will qualify from Semi-Final 2? It’s time to predict the qualifiers!

All photos used in this article credited to the EBU/AVROTROS – Nathan Reinds, Andres Putting, Thomas Hanses. Yes, we know you are probably still reeling from the aftermath of Tuesday night, but Eurovision week moves quickly and today our attention turns to the second semi-final of this year’s contest! On Thursday evening, the second semi-final of the 2021 contest will …

Which is YOUR favourite rehearsal in each semi-final? Vote in our polls!

All photo credits: EBU/AVROTROS With the first four days of rehearsals now behind us, and each semi-final participant having had their first run through, the picture of Eurovision 2021 now looks at least a little clearer. So, we wanted to know how #YOU are feeling about the songs in this year’s semi-finals! Which act in each semi do #YOU feel …

Finland: A pyrotechnical display from Blind Channel

Rotterdam, 11 May 2021 Every psycho in the scene, raise your hands and follow me! Our favourite Finnish violent poppers, Blind Channel just rehearsed for the first time! Country: Finland (#FIN) Act: Blind Channel Song: “Dark side” Semifinal: Second (20/05/2021) Position in Running Order: 14/17 Blind Channel’s act is similar to the one we saw in the National Final.  The band …

Two-time Eurovision artist Fredi dies aged 78

Matti Siitonen, best known by his stage name Fredi, has died at the age of 78. The Finnish singer, comedian and presenter represented his country at Eurovision twice, first taking to the Eurovision stage in 1967 in Vienna with “Varjoon – suojaan”, finishing 12th. He returned to give the contest one of its most classic performances in 1976, with Fredi …

Eurovision 2021: Who do #YOU WANT to win?

We’re now finally at the stage where we have our completed line-up for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021! After a prolonged selection season, 39 countries remain in the running for the title in Rotterdam. With this now being the case, we want to launch one of our big polls of the year for YOUR personal preference. Which country do #YOU …

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