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UEFA Euro 2020 Final: England vs. Italy – with a Eurovision Twist!

After its postponement from last summer, group stages involving 24 teams, and some shock results in the knock-out stages, the final of the UEFA Euro 2020 soccer tournament is here. And don’t get salty with me about using soccer. The English invented the word. Anyway, it’s going to be England vs. Italy at the Euro 2020 Final to be held …

Applications now open for both Albanian and French National Selections

Today both France and Albania began soliciting entries and performers for their respective national finals, Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez! and Festivali i Këngës 60. With Barbara Pravi coming in 2nd at Eurovision 2021, and with Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez! being a ratings success, French national broadcaster France Télévisions opted to do it again. 🛑 L'appel à candidatures est …

Italy: Television and Music Icon Raffaella Carrà passes away at age 78

She was an icon for decades on Italian television. She was an icon on American movie screens. She was an icon in Spain, Latin America, the United Kingdom, and for the LGBTQ+ community, and it is with much sadness that we learned of the passing of Raffaella Carrà this morning at the age of 78. In a statement, her partner …

Eurovision Choir of Year Contest Postponed Indefinitely

In an interview with Italian fan site Eurofestival News, Interkultur’s project manager Ilda Memaj finally announced what most Eurovision Choir fans had feared but expected: that Eurovision Choir of the Year 2021 is cancelled, and that the competition in general is postponed indefinitely. “Unfortunately, the third edition of Eurovision Choir will no longer take place in 2021,” said Memaj. “As …

Eurovision Class of 2011: Where are they now? Semi-Final 2 Eliminated Contestants

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. Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, is in the history books, with Italy’s rock quartet Måneskin proving to be worthy victors, of the sort that may be the beginning of a new era …

Diane Warren Rescues Cow that Escaped from California Slaughterhouse

On Tuesday evening, 40 cows escaped from a slaughterhouse in the Southern California city of Pico Rivera. Of the 40, 38 were recaptured within two days, one was shot, and was one eventually found miles away at Whittier Narrows Park on Thursday evening and recaptured. The last cow to be found has an unlikely benefactor and savior: Grammy Winning songwriter …

Turkey: TRT’s General Manager İbrahim Eren Negotiating a Return to Eurovision

For all those Eurovision fans hoping for a Turkish return to the contest, an interview with Turkish Radio and Television Corporation’s (TRT) General Manager İbrahim Eren will offer a glimmer of hope. Turkey, whose last appearance at the contest was Can Bonomo’s 7th placed “Love Me Back” at Eurovision 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan, has been a much requested and long …

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 …

Junior Eurovision: Dino Jelusick disbands Animal Drive

On a post on both his Instagram and Facebook accounts, Croatia’s Junior Eurovision 2003 winner Dino Jelusick announced that his hard rock project Animal Drive has been ended. “With great regret we have to inform you that band Animal Drive no longer exists,” wrote Jelusick. Jelusick continued, “A few unpleasant and unforeseen circumstances, such as the multiple unduly postponement of …

Spain: Sweeping changes affecting Eurovision participation continue!

Last week, Spanish broadcaster Radiotelevisión Española’s (RTVE) new Executive President José Manuel Pérez Tornero promised a continued shake-up at the broadcaster and laid down a marker that thrilled many Eurovision fans: “We are going to take Eurovision very seriously,” he announced in a press conference. “We are the only Spanish public television that belongs to the EBU, we are interested …

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