Posts by Will

Eurovision suffers ratings drop in the UK

Saturday night’s 60th Eurovision Song Contest found itself losing some 2 million British viewers year on year. Grand Final coverage which ran for 4 hours on BBC One averaged 6.6 million viewers, becoming the lowest rating for the contest in 5 years.  Read more

Sweden wins 60th Eurovision Song Contest

Sweden have won this years 60th Eurovision Song Contest broadcast live from Vienna. The winning singer Måns Zelmerlöw performed Heroes written by Linnea Deb, Joy Deb and Anton Hård af Segerstad scoring 385 points. Russia finished second with Italy third. Read more

The Eurovisionary Carroll: Ronnie Carroll 1934 – 2015

Tributes have been paid following the death of the United Kingdom’s two time Eurovision representative Ronnie Carroll. At the age of 80 he was due to run as an independent candidate in the Hampstead & Kilburn Parliamentary constituency in the upcoming general election in Britain as The Eurovisionary Carroll. He was born Ronnie Cleghorn on… Read more

It’s 40 years today since Stockholm 1975!

Today marks the 40th anniversary since the 20th Eurovision Song Contest, held in the Swedish city of Stockholm on 22nd March 1975. Following Abba’s win the previous year the contest came to Sweden for the first time and Turkey made their debut. Sveriges Radio hosted their first Eurovision Song Contest following their victory the previous… Read more

Israel, Russia and Belgium present their entries for 2015

Israel’s Nadav Guedj is the ‘Golden Boy’, Belgium’s Loïc Nottet has the ‘Rhythm Inside’ and Russia’s Polina Gagarina will sing ‘A Million Voices’ on the Austrian stage this May. Israeli artist Nadav Guedj is just 16 years old and is heading to Vienna with the track Golden Boy. Written by Doron Medalie it is a distinctive… Read more

Czech Republic and Poland reveal their songs for Vienna

Neighbours the Czech Republic and Poland have revealed their songs heading to the Semi Finals in Vienna. The Czech duo Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta will perform Hope Never Dies while Poland’s Monika Kuszyñska will sing In the Name Of Love. The Czech Republic returns to the Eurovision in 2015 for the first time… Read more

Electro Velvet to represent the UK in Vienna

The BBC has unveiled their internally selected entry which is heading to the Final on Saturday 23rd May. Electro Velvet will perform the track Still in Love with You for the United Kingdom in Vienna.  Revealed on the BBC Red Button service tonight following the latest edition of The Voice UK, BBC Radio 1 DJ… Read more

Maraaya wins Evrovizijska Melodija 2015 in Slovenia

Tonight in Ljubljana the Slovenian entry for this years Eurovision was decided by public vote. With the song Here for you, Maraaya, a duo made up of Marjetka and Raay will now aim to follow in the footsteps of last years Finalist Tinkara Kovač. In tonights live show there were 8 finalists vying for a place in… Read more

Eurovision 2015: the acts we know so far

As we reach the last month of the year the Eurovision 2015 national finals and artist announcements are already well underway across Europe as we all gear up for the diamond jubilee contest. Here is our recap of all the acts and entries selected so far on the road to Vienna This Eurovision season we… Read more

Ireland: RTÉ request song submissions for Eurosong 2015

After four years of using a mentors system to choose their entry RTÉ have announced details for 2015 Eurovision endeavours. An open call for songs within the specific song contest criteria has been announced by the state broadcaster. In a departure from the system put in place in 2011, Ireland’s RTÉ have gone back to… Read more

ORF select “Building Bridges” as the Vienna 2015 slogan

This evening host broadcaster ORF has revealed the slogan for the 2015 Song Contest; "Building Bridges" which proceeds 2014’s #JoinUs and 2013’s We Are One. From 100’s of proposals submitted they picked the work of creative agency PKP BBDO. Each year the Eurovision Song Contest is redesigned with a slogan, colour-scheme and theme to suit the… Read more

Good Evening Vienna: host city for 2015 Eurovision revealed

Today contest organisers have announced that Vienna has beaten Graz and Innsbruck to be named the host city of next years 60th Eurovision Song Contest which will be staged at the Austrian capitals Wiener Stadhalle. After many months of speculation and a multi-city bidding process in the country the Austrian capital Vienna has been named… Read more

Eurovision 2015 dates officially confirmed

Today ORF and the EBU have confirmed the dates for next years 60th Eurovision Song Contest. Semi Final 1 is Tuesday 19th May, Semi Final 2 is Thursday 21st with the Grand Final to be held on Saturday 23rd May. These dates are one week later than the provisional dates initially suggested to be May… Read more

Eurovision 2014 Day 3 – Ireland’s first rehearsal

Can-Linn featuring Kasey Smith took to the stage in Copenhagen this afternoon. The Celtic influence was clear to hear and see on the set as a male Irish dance duo perform. Surely this could prove a good omen today; April 30th, the 20th anniversary of the debut of Riverdance After the unforgettable Irish national final this… Read more

Axel Hirsoux wins Eurosong 2014 Final in Antwerp

Tonight in front of thousands of screaming fans at the Antwerp Sportpaleis Axel Hirsoux was voted the winner of Eurosong 2014 and represents Belgium in Copenhagen with the song Mother. This evenings final featured a special performance from Belgium’s one and only winner Sandra Kim. Over the past couple of months the Belgian Eurosong programme… Read more

Melodi Grand Prix 2014: Norwegian final line up complete

Tonight in Oslo the last of this weekends three semi finals has brought the search for the Norwegian entry that one step closer. Completing the line up the last 3 acts through to next weeks MGP Final at Oslo Spektrum are Elisabeth Carew, El Cuero and Carl Espen. It’s been a busy weekend for Eurovision… Read more

Melodi Grand Prix 2014: first 3 acts advance to the final

Tonight in Oslo the first of three Semi Finals to help decide the successor to Margaret Berger was broadcast like on NRK. The first 3 acts through to next weeks MGP Final are Dina Misund, Linnea Dale and Mo. Hoping to hear many an announcement of "Norvège, douze points" in May tonight the first Melodi… Read more

BBC: Children of the Universe by Molly for United Kingdom

Following a series of mixed fortunes at Eurovision in recent years today the BBC confirmed it’s internal selection this year focussed on the new music strand BBC Introducing and named newcomer Molly as their choice for Copenhagen. Molly Smitten-Downes is 26 years old and from Leicestershire, England. She is an up and coming act who… Read more

Eurosong 2014: SIL and Yass through to the Belgian Final

Tonight SIL and Yass topped the combined votes of the public and panel in studio in the second of three Semi Finals in Eurosong 2014. They join Eva Jacobs and Udo in the final which takes place March 16th in the Sportpaleis Antwerp. Four acts perform and only two places in the final. Tonights Semi… Read more