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When the music dies: Disqualified and rejected songs of the Eurovision Song Contest (Part 1)

Many countries elect to utilize a national final to determine which artist(s) and which song will represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest.  However, like so many things with Eurovision, you never know what’s going to happen, and in some cases, the song that is originally chosen can change.   This is the first of two articles that will explore …

Hungary – Listen to the songs Part 2

The Hungarian broadcaster MTV has released all 30 songs and for your convenience, we have them all ready for your viewing (and listening) pleasure. “A Dal” Finale will take place on March 2nd. The 30 songs will divided into three group and 6 songs from each group will move on to the Semi Finals. Click here to listen to the …

Interview with Anton Malmberg Hård (composer of Melodifestivalen 2013 entries “Begging” and “Heaertstrings”)

    We at OGAE RoW were lucky enough to interview Anton Malmberg Hård, composer of Melodifestivalen 2013 entries “Begging” (Anton Ewald) and “Heaertstrings” (Janet Leon).  These two entries have been considered early favorites to making it to the finals!   OGAE: Hello Anton.  First off, congratulations of having not one, but two songs make it to Melodifestivalen 2013! How …

“Wait! Did you see that?!”: Memorable stage screw-ups at the Eurovision Song Contest

    Those were the words that came out of my mouth during Spain’s performance from the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.  Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a figure dressed in black come onto stage and took part in the choreography.  As he ran off stage, I motioned to my friend, Michael, who nonchalantly replied, “Saw what?” …

Norway: Semi Final 1 – Three songs moving on.

  The first Norwegean Semi Final took place tonight. Seven songs battled for one of the three Final spots. The three finalists are:   1st Place: Gromth feat. Emil Solli-Tangen- “Alone” 2nd Place: Datarock- “The Underground” 3rd Place: Vidar Busk- “Paid My Way”   The question is, did Norway make the right decision? Are these the songs most deserving of …

Off center-stage: Backup singers in the 2000-2012 Eurovision Song Contests

  Current Eurovision Song Contest rules allow for up to six performers on stage.  Although the majority of the attention goes towards the lead artist, today I would like to honor a very essential component of almost every Eurovision Song Contest entry – THE BACKUP SINGERS.  Despite being an integral part of many performances, these talented artists on many occasions …

Moldova announced the 24 Finalists

  Singers and songwriters had to apply separately in the first round of the national selection.  This was done to find the best singer and song for the International audience. This is a unique and somewhat controversial approach but nevertheless the 24 Finalists have been chosen. Now these Finalists can choose between the 60 songs selected by a professional jury. …

Albania 2013 – Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko – Identitet

So, after we know a few entries already, tonight Albania decided who will represent this country on the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 which will be held in Malmö. After Rona Nishliu and Suus who finished on amazing 5th place (what is the best Albanian result on Eurovision since their debut on the Eurovision Song Contest 2004), tonight Albanian jury decided …

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