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United Kingdom: Pearl Carr passes away at age 98

Pearl Carr, one half of one of the most revered husband and wife singing acts in the United Kingdom, passed away at age 98 at her home at Brinsworth House, London, yesterday on Sunday, February 16, 2020. Carr, who came in 2nd for the United Kingdom with her husband Teddy Johnson at Eurovision 1959 with “Sing, Little Birdie.” That song …

Iceland: Söngvakeppnin 2020 Semi-Final 2 – Daði & Gagnamagnið, Iva and Nina advance to Grand Final!

After Hatari’s shenanigans last year in Tel Aviv, Israel, it appears that Icelandic broadcaster Ríkisútvarpið (RUV) opted to pick ten of the nicest acts in the country for Söngvakeppnin 2020, making you feel a lot of sympathy for the acts who do not make it to the Grand Final. But choose Iceland must and from Semi-Final 2, returning synth-pop group …

11th time lucky? A look at Diane Warren’s Academy Award nominations

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. American songwriter Diane Warren is nothing short of a deity in the pantheon of pop music. She has written numerous classics you can name off-hand, won almost every award in the industry, and …

Team Reviews: Our thoughts on 70º Festival della Canzone Italiana di Sanremo 2020 (Part Three)

Alrighty then, it is the day of Sanremo, and plenty of national selections are a-stirring. However, which one of those is as iconic as the Sanremo Music Festival, the very contest that Eurovision was modeled after? All 24 Big Acts were released on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 and Wednesday, February 5, 2020, and Daniel, James, and Roy have reviewed them. In …

Team Reviews: Our thoughts on 70º Festival della Canzone Italiana di Sanremo 2020 (Part Two)

Alrighty then, ’twas the night before Sanremo, and plenty of national selections are a-stirring. However, which one of those is as iconic as the Sanremo Music Festival, the very contest that Eurovision was modeled after? All 24 Big Acts were released on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 and Wednesday, February 5, 2020, and Daniel, James, and Roy have reviewed them. By this …

Team Reviews: Our thoughts on 70º Festival della Canzone Italiana di Sanremo 2020 (Part One)

Alrighty then, ’twas the night before Sanremo, and plenty of national selections are a-stirring. However, which one of those is as iconic as the Sanremo Music Festival, the very contest that Eurovision was modeled after? All 24 Big Acts were released on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 and Wednesday, February 5, 2020, and Daniel, James, and Roy have reviewed them. By this …

Yugoslavia’s first Eurovision representative, Ljiljana Petrović, passes away at age 81

It was announced earlier today that Ljiljana Petrović, Yugoslavia’s debut entrant at Eurovision in 1961 with “Neke davne zvezde” (“Some ancient stars”), has passed away at the age of 81 at her home in Novi Sad, Serbia. Born in 1939, in Bosanski Brod (then part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, now Bosnia-Herzegovina), and raised in Novi Sad, Petrović started her …

United Kingdom: Fleur East rules out Eurovision 2020 participation

As long as the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) keeps its artist announcement from the public, the rumor mill will keep on spinning. And one of the biggest names on the British public’s wishlist for Eurovision, 32-year-old X Factor 2014 runner-up Fleur East, told BBC’s The One Show today that she is not the entry for the United Kingdom at Eurovision …

Take Tornike as he is: new details emerge about Georgia’s Eurovision 2020 entry

In an interview on Georgia’s TV-1 today, Georgia’s representative at Eurovision 2020 revealed several details about his entry. 32-year-old Tornike Kipiani, who won the right to represent the Caucasus nation at Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands by winning Georgian Idol on New Year’s Eve, told TV-1 that the name of his entry is “Take Me As I Am.” Tornike …

Armenia: 12 acts named for Depi Evratesil 2020!

Public Television of Armenia (ARMTV) announced today the 12 acts selected to perform at Depi Evratesil 2020, Armenia’s national selection for Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam. Armenia returned to its national final after one year off after internal selection Srbuk finished 16th in Semi-Final 2 at Eurovision 2019, failing to qualify for the Grand Final. The Depi Evratesil 2020 final will …

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