Latest News

Welcome to our news aggregator. Here you will find all the latest news and information from the official channel as well as many of the fan media outlets who report on the contest throughout the year.

  • A Face for the Music: Eurovision presenters over the years
    Choosing a presenter for the Eurovision Song Contest can be a challenge for the Host Broadcaster since these individuals effectively become the face of the show. Fronting a large international primetime production, one of the biggest in the world, is…

    13 Oct 16, 3:00pm
  • Meet the Golden Girl of Eurovision - Lys Assia!
    The first ever Eurovision Song Contest took place 60 years ago in Lugano, Switzerland. Lys Assia became the first winner of the competition, representing Switzerland with her song Refrain. Lys is the only Swiss contestant to have ever won the Eurovi…

    11 Oct 16, 3:00pm
  • Celebrating Swedish success
    Sweden is one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest with six victories to date, coming second behind Ireland's record-breaking seven wins. Sweden has been in the top five countries in four of the last five contests including…

    7 Oct 16, 3:00pm
  • Who is your favourite presenter from the 1980s?
    Over the next few weeks we will be paying tribute to some of the presenters of the Eurovision Song Contest from over the years. Today we travel back in time to the 1980s. The decade is often remembered as a time of big hair, stonewashed denim, large…

    5 Oct 16, 3:00pm
  • Milestone Moments: 2014 - Conchita rises like a phoenix
    Austria has had mixed results in the Eurovision Song Contest over the years. The country has finished last on eight occasions and before 2014, Austria had not reached the top five since 1989. All that changed two years ago when Conchita Wurst scored…

    1 Oct 16, 7:30am
  • The top ten most watched videos in September
    There have been nearly two billion views on the official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel since it was was launched in 2007. The most popular video ever is the music video of Lena's winning entry for Germany from 2010, Satellite, which has rec…

    30 Sep 16, 3:00pm
  • Milestone Moments: 2012 - Euphoric excitement in the East
    In 2012 the Eurovision Song Contest travelled to Azerbaijan's capital Baku, the most eastern Eurovision host city to date. The venue for the competition, the Crystal Hall, was built especially for the contest in just under eight months. Singer Loree…

    29 Sep 16, 3:00pm
  • 17 countries to participate in Junior Eurovision in Malta
    17 countries are set to compete in the 14th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The contest, which is taking place in Valletta for the second time in 3 years on 20th November, will be hosted by Maltese public broadcaster PBS at the Medit…

    28 Sep 16, 12:03pm


ESC Insight

  • It’s The Hope That Gets You: Thoughts On The BBC, BMG, and Eurovision 2020
    With today's news that the BBC is collaborating with BMG to find the UK's Song for Europe in 2020, Ewan Spence sounds a note of caution in all of the optimism.The post It’s The Hope That Gets You: Thoughts On The BBC, BMG, and Eurovision 2020 appe…

    2 days ago 16 Sep 19, 12:36pm
  • Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Castaways with Ann Squires
    Podcaster, educator and long time home-based contest appreciator Ann Squires of ESC Armchair and the Keep Dancing Podcast joins Ellie Chalkley on Île de Bezençon to talk lost rave classics, the joy of niche linguistics, and keeping Georgia weird.T…

    5 days ago 13 Sep 19, 9:45am
  • Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Ahoy Rotterdam!
    As the Eurovision Song Contest says 'Happy New Year'', Ewan Spence rounds up the latest news, dates, and thoughts in the opening Insight News podcast of the season.The post Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Ahoy Rotterdam! appeared first on ESC Insig…

    17 days ago 1 Sep 19, 2:00pm
  • We’re All Off To Rotterdam… Host City Confirmed
    Following a live broadcast on Dutch television, the host city for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest has been confirmed as Rotterdam, with the live shows taking place on the 12th, 14th, and 16th of May.The post We’re All Off To Rotterdam… Host Cit…

    19 days ago 30 Aug 19, 10:01am
  • Eurovision Insight News Podcast: The Long Summer Of Waiting Continues
    Our latest Insight News podcast from the summer months of Eurovision. We're waiting for more details from The Netherlands on 2020, looking forward to Junior Eurovision 2019, and getting ready for the first selection shows of the season.The post Euro…

    35 days ago 14 Aug 19, 5:28pm
  • Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Castaways with Alice Beverton-Palmer
    The ESC Insight crew and friends are off to Île de Bezençon for the summer with their favourite Eurovision related songs and stories. Podcaster & social media maven Alice Beverton-Palmer joins Ellie Chalkley with a basket full of bangers, an inspir…

    55 days ago 25 Jul 19, 7:35pm
  • EuroNoize: No Borders, No Limits
    ESC Insight has been following the EuroNoize avant-garde song contest with great interest. Ellie Chalkley reflects on her experiences reporting on the contest from backstage, and considers what it means to be able to speak freely about music, politic…

    70 days ago 10 Jul 19, 2:04pm
  • Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Your First Eurovision Podcast For The Summer
    Our first summer news podcast from the Eurovision World. Looking back at Tel Aviv 2019, looking forward to 2020, and not forgetting about Eurovision Choir or Junior Eurovision 2019.The post Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Your First Eurovision Podc…

    82 days ago 28 Jun 19, 8:21pm

Junior Eurovision

  • Second round of tickets go on sale today!
    The second wave of ticket sales for the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest have gone on sale. The first tickets available for purchase were standing tickets and today the sale of seated tickets has started. Tickets are available from the website …

    6 Nov 17, 9:46am
  • Countdown to Tbilisi: Meet Malta's Gianluca
    Gianluca Cilia will represent Malta in the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the song Dawra Tond. The song depicts unity and positive energy and also makes references to popular traditional Maltese rhymes.

    5 Nov 17, 8:30am
  • Countdown to Tbilisi: Get to know Georgia's Grigol
    Grigol Kipshidze will represent the home team Georgia at the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The competition will take place in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, on Sunday 26th November. Grigol's song for Junior Eurovision is called Voice of the H…

    4 Nov 17, 8:30am
  • 10 things everyone should know about Georgia - Part Four
    Lizi Pop, who represented Georgia in the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest and will co-host the 2017 contest, continues to takes us on a journey through Georgia. In part four of Lizi's video blog we learn about the world of Georgian dance!

    3 Nov 17, 4:15pm
  • Countdown to Tbilisi: Italy's Choice
    Maria Iside Fiore was born in Carrara in 2004 and lives in Sarzana, Liguria, where she attends the musical section of the local junior high school. She plays clarinet and sings in the school choir. She will represent Italy in the 2017 Junior Eurovisi…

    3 Nov 17, 4:00pm
  • Countdown to Tbilisi: Macedonian singer Mina Blažev wants to dance through life!
    Mina Blažev will represent F.Y.R. Macedonia with the song Dancing Through Life. The singer was born in 2003 in Skopje. Her parents say that Mina first started singing before she could even speak! 

    1 Nov 17, 12:00pm
  • 10 things everyone should know about Georgia - Part Three
    Lizi Pop, who represented Georgia in the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest and will co-host the 2017 contest, continued to takes us on a journey through Georgia. In part three of Lizi's video blog we learn about Georgian food.

    31 Oct 17, 2:44pm
  • Countdown to Tbilisi: Nicole from Cyprus wants to be a star
    We are continuing to profile each of the participating acts in the forthcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest and today we focus on Cyprus. Nicole Nicolaou will represent Cyprus at the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Her song, I Wanna Be A Sta…

    29 Oct 17, 11:00am


  • Eurovision’20: Cornald Maas Named Creative Advisor
    Dutch commentator Cornald Maas has been named as a Creative Advisor for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Since first joining the commentary booth for the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004, Cornald Maas has gone on to become…

    18 days ago 31 Aug 19, 7:22pm
  • Eurovision’20: NPO To Ask For At Least 15 Million Euro Of Government Funds For Eurovision
    The Head of Dutch broadcaster NPO, has said that they will be making a case to the Dutch Government for a significant amount of funds for Eurovision 2020. Speaking on the talkshow Jinek, Shula Rijxman the Head of NPO, explained…

    18 days ago 31 Aug 19, 4:42pm
  • Estonia: Selects For Eurovision 2020 on February 29
    The Estonian entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be selected on February 29. The final of Eesti Laul 2020 will take place on February 29, with ERR revealing the schedule and rules for next years Estonian selection process.…

    19 days ago 30 Aug 19, 6:33pm
  • Eurovision’20: Aim For Tickets To Go On Sale Before Christmas
    Organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, have stated that their aim is for tickets for the contest to go on sale before Christmas. During the press conference regarding Rotterdam’s selection as host city for Eurovision 2020, it has been…

    19 days ago 30 Aug 19, 6:19pm
  • Full Details of the Maastricht Eurovision 2020 Bidbook Released
    The full details from the bidbook for Maastricht’s proposal to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 have been revealed this afternoon. Hours after the announcement that Maastricht was unsuccessful in its bid to host Eurovision 2020, the bidbook ha…

    19 days ago 30 Aug 19, 6:05pm
  • Serbia: Beovizija 2020 Song Submissions Window Opens
    RTS has opened the submissions process for artists wishing to compete in Beovizija 2020 and represent Serbia in Rotterdam. The Serbian national broadcaster has today opened the submissions window for Beovizija 2020. From today until November 15, inte…

    19 days ago 30 Aug 19, 5:43pm
  • Rotterdam To Host The Eurovision Song Contest 2020
    It’s official, Rotterdam will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in the Netherlands. The port city of Rotterdam will be the hosts for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, with Europe saying Ahoy to the next host city. The city of…

    19 days ago 30 Aug 19, 9:59am
  • Today: The Host City of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest is Revealed
    The host city of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in the Netherlands will be formally revealed today at 12:00 CEST. Maastricht or Rotterdam will be revealed at midday, as the host city for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The two…

    20 days ago 29 Aug 19, 11:00pm

ESC Daily

  • “More room for spontaneity and feeling at Eurovision 2020”
    Executive Producer Sietse Bakker has told Dutch media about his first plans for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. “There will be less scripted jokes and more room for spontaneity and feeling,” Bakker promises in an article of Algemeen Dagblad. Ba…

    2 days ago 16 Sep 19, 8:00am
  • United Kingdom will select 2020 Eurovision act internally
    The United Kingdom will not have a televised public selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. In contrast to recent years, the BBC will work together with record company BMG to find their act for Rotterdam. Since 2016, the BBC televised their n…

    2 days ago 16 Sep 19, 7:55am
  • Melodifestivalen 2020 hosts revealed
    Recently the dates and host cities for Sweden’s national selection Melodifestivalen were revealed, as well as the first participant of the line-up and now we know the hosts of the show. Linnea Henriksson, Lina Hedlund and David Sundin will host the…

    14 days ago 4 Sep 19, 6:08am
  • Rotterdam will host Eurovision 2020
    The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be held in the city of Rotterdam in The Netherlands. The EBU and Dutch host broadcaster AvroTros confirmed the selection on their official channels. Dates for the shows are Tuesday 12, Thursday 14 and Saturday 16…

    19 days ago 30 Aug 19, 1:58am
  • Jordan Anthony sings for Australia at Junior ESC 2019
    Australian broadcaster ABC have now announced that Jordan Anthony will represent the nation at Junior Eurovision this year, set to be held in Gliwice-Silesia, Poland. The 14-year-old singer rose to fame on the recent season of the Voice Australia, wh…

    19 days ago 30 Aug 19, 12:23am
  • SBS returns with national final format “Australia Decides”
    After a successful debut year for Australia Decides, broadcaster SBS and production partner Blink TV have now announced that the national selection will be returning in 2020. The show will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition centre on…

    20 days ago 29 Aug 19, 5:28am
  • Amanda Aasa selected for Melodifestivalen 2020
    The final of P4 Nästa has taken place in Linköping, where a total of eight finalists competed not only to win the contest, but potentially to become the first announced Melodifestivalen act for 2020. It can be the case that the winner of the radio…

    23 days ago 26 Aug 19, 1:14pm
  • Everything you need to know about Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam
    After Duncan Laurence won the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 on behalf of The Netherlands, the first steps towards hosting the contest in The Netherlands in 2020 have already been taken. Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam Ahoy has a show venue, with congress…

    26 days ago 23 Aug 19, 10:13am

On Europe

  • UK You decide? – Well actually, and thankfully, no
    It seems that once again the UK has decided to change tack for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Gone are the six songs that made up Eurovision: YOU Decide and in comes a very old idea, get someone else to write it and present it as the entry.  Fran…

    2 days ago 16 Sep 19, 7:24pm
  • 16 September – It’s like the crime weapon
    If you have a long memory, you'll know that Ireland has hosted our favourite TV show in the past. It was a long time ago, but if you remember those heady days, you'll remember them with fondness. Especially if you're Irish. The last time we were ther…

    2 days ago 16 Sep 19, 3:00pm
  • 15 September – I’m a dreamer
    Duets! Is there nothing more exciting than two people singing the same song. Will they perform in harmony? Will they try and out-do each others? Will they stand centimetres apart and shout? That's what makes them so watchable. An added bonus is if th…

    3 days ago 15 Sep 19, 3:00pm
  • 14 September – I dug you like you were treasure
    We all love a Swedish song. Well, for some fans the contest begins and ends with the country of the yellow cross on a blue field. Admittedly, they have put some choons forward in their time (Sweden that is, not the fans), but they're not alone in tha…

    4 days ago 14 Sep 19, 3:00pm
  • 13 September – The night I met you was crazy
    I often mention those unlucky songs that were a year too early. The song the year later won, or did really well. So the year-too-early ones may just have paved the way. If you cast your mind back to Portugal's glorious win in 2017, you might think ab…

    5 days ago 13 Sep 19, 5:15pm
  • 12 September – Healthy children go to school
    Is Eurovision a young person's game? Well, the junior that happens in November definitely is. But do you have to be a fresh-faced and eager teenager or twenty-something to get the most out of our favourite TV show? Of course, there's no discriminatio…

    6 days ago 12 Sep 19, 5:38pm

ESC Plus

  • newPoll: Who should represent Russia at Junior Eurovision 2019?
    A new poll has just been opened on our site! Vote for your favourite songs in the Eurovision style below: How It Works In the ESCplus Network polls, you can vote for your favourite songs following the Eurovision voting style, 12, 10, 8 – 1. If you…

    45 mins ago 18 Sep 19, 11:33am
  • newJunior Eurovision: Welsh finalists announced at ‘Chwilio Am Seren’
    S4C has just announced the six candidates that will perform at the final of ‘Chwilio Am Seren’. The finalists were selected following a mentoring stage where they also had to face a live performance at Swansea Quadrant Shopping Centre. Last wee…

    16 hours ago 17 Sep 19, 8:07pm
  • newSweden: 2545 songs submitted for Melodifestivalen
    Submission period for Melodifestivalen 2020 is over and SVT announced that they received 2545 songs for the next year’s contest! The next step will be taken by a jury who will pick 13 of the 28 entries while the 14 rest will be picked by SVT. We al…

    23 hours ago 17 Sep 19, 1:11pm
  • newSwitzerland: 515 songs submitted for Eurovision 2020
    The deadline for submitting songs to Switzerland has expired and the country’s public broadcaster, SRF, has announced that 515 songs have been submitted for Eurovision 2020.   Two juries will s…

    24 hours ago 17 Sep 19, 12:22pm
  • Junior Eurovision: Listen to the 11 Russian songs – Online voting open
    Karusel has published the 11 songs that will compete to represent Russia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The final will take place on Tuesday, September 24 live from Moscow. Online voting has been open to decide half of the final outcome.…

    1 day ago 17 Sep 19, 11:29am
  • Tonight: Welsh semifinal airs on S4C
    Today S4C will air the semifinal of the Welsh national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Today’s episode, which was recorded a few weeks ago, will show us the 12 candidates qualified from the mentoring performing in front of an…

    1 day ago 17 Sep 19, 8:00am

ESC Today

ESC Tips

  • That’s all folks…
    I hope you all had a great Eurovision 2019. I’d just like to thank everyone who contributed to the debate this year. I started betting on Eurovision back in 2006 with my first bet being placed on Lordi. The following year I picked out Molitva and a…

    19 May 19, 10:08am
  • Eurovision 2019: Grand Final Preview
    We’re now at the final stage of our five-month mega marathon of Eurovision betting. I can’t recall a year with so many twists and turns where at times the market was going stark raving bonkers. Similar events occurred last year and it’s all bec…

    18 May 19, 12:23pm
  • Eurovision 2019: Grand Final Running Order
    The Eurovision 2019 running order has just been published for tomorrow’s Grand Final: 1. Malta 2. Albania 3. Czech Republic 4. Germany 5. Russia 6. Denmark 7. San Marino 8. North Macedonia 9. Sweden 10. Slovenia 11. Cyprus 12. Netherlands 13. Greec…

    16 May 19, 11:35pm
  • Eurovision 2019 – Semi Final 2 Qualifiers
    The final lineup is now complete with tonight’s semi-2 qualifiers: Switzerland Sweden Azerbaijan Russia Malta Albania Denmark Norway North Macedonia Netherlands

    16 May 19, 9:24pm

Eurovision Times

  • UK: ‘Eurovision: You Decide’ Dumped
    UK – The BBC has confirmed that its national selection programme, Eurovision: You Decide, has been dumped for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and an exciting new partnership with the record company BMG will help select the UK’s representati…

    2 days ago 16 Sep 19, 6:49pm
  • Eurovision 2020: It’s Rotterdam!
    Eurovision 2020 – Not only did fans point out the incapacities of the Maastricht building, but the official site was updated a bit too early so, was there any doubt left? It’s official now at least, Eurovision 2020 will be held on the 12th, 14th,…

    19 days ago 30 Aug 19, 4:33pm
  • Australia: ‘Eurovision – Australia Decides’ is back for 2020
    Australia – Our Antipodean friends have decided to use the national section programme Eurovision – Australia Decides again after last year’s success of Kate Miller-Heidke. National broadcaster SBS has partnered with Blink TV and the show will t…

    20 days ago 29 Aug 19, 8:20am
  • ETSC 12: Discover the Winner!
    ETSC – Every year, the summer is the calm after the storm so it’s the perfect time to resume the highly anticipated the Eurovision Times Song Contest! Each one of you can represent an European country and get to send a song and then vote in a fak…

    20 days ago 29 Aug 19, 12:21am


  • newEurovision Trivia: So You Think You Know… Romania
    Eurovision Trivia becomes Romanian trivia as we head over to Eastern Europe to look at one of the most successful countries of the 21st century, a consistent qualifying country (except in recent years) that has yet never quite gone the distance to wi…

    6 hours ago 18 Sep 19, 6:00am
  • newThe finalists for Chwilio Am Seren have been revealed
    Earlier tonight, the twelve semi-finalists of Chwilio Am Seren fought for their place in next week’s big finale. Who are the lucky participants that are one step closer in having the chance to represent Wales in Gliwice-Silesia? From twelve partici…

    16 hours ago 17 Sep 19, 7:56pm
  • newDaniel Oliver releases new single ‘Grinding Money’ (feat. Emanuel)
    After participating this year at Söngvakeppnin, with ‘Samt Ekki’, Daniel Oliver has released his new single ‘Grinding Money’, where he spoke to ESCXTRA on how the track came about. Listen to Grinding Money Since his first solo appearance at…

    19 hours ago 17 Sep 19, 5:02pm
  • newAminata & Tautumeitas release new single “Dzīvot Citādāk”
    Aminata is back! With the help of folk group Tautumeitas, the Latvian Eurovision 2015 representative has released a new single titled “Dzīvot Citādāk” (“Live Differently”). Killing softness with fragility “Dzīvot Citādāk” brings in…

    20 hours ago 17 Sep 19, 4:44pm

Eurovision Quick Links

  • Malta 1996‘In A Woman’s Heart’, performed by...
    Malta 1996‘In A Woman’s Heart’, performed by Miriam Christine.Composition: Paul Abela.Lyrics: Alfred C. Sant.It’s quite clearly a product of the nineties. It’s a very safe implementation of R&B that takes no risks. And because of that I fin…

    26 Sep 18, 11:24am
  • In Memoriam: Daniel Gould
    Daniel Gould died suddenly on 14 December 2018. He was 43 years old. It was completely unexpected. I understand from Daniel’s family that the autopsy showed the cause of death was a blood clot resulting from a brain tumour. Six years ago Daniel had…

    19 Dec 18, 11:44am
  • Belarus 2019 - Eva Kogan - Run

    Belarus 2019 - Eva Kogan - Run

    Now here's a cautionary tale about electing not to sing in your own language. English may be something of a lingua franca in the musical world, but if you're going to attempt to try to sing in it, you should at least have something of a minimal grasp…

    8 Mar 19, 1:56pm
  • Schlagertastic 1980s: Number 45!!!

    Schlagertastic 1980s: Number 45!!!

    No.45: "Go" - Scott Fitzgerald (United Kingdom, 1988)To be honest, back in 1988 the teenage Schlagerboys were oblivious to the majesty of the United Kingdom entry; at the time we were distracted by Denmark. However, twenty eight years later we can o…

    16 Sep 16, 6:48pm
  • Closed for the Summer/Winter
    It’s been an interesting season with the Netherlands finally winning again. Now it’s time for a rest and to do other things. Read books, move house, seen interesting things and places. If you need me, I’m only a click away (not that anyone come…

    71 days ago 9 Jul 19, 8:06pm
  • ESC 2019: Hup Holland Hup

    ESC 2019: Hup Holland Hup

    They did it. After what felt like 200 years of waiting, the Netherlands finally broke through and got a fifth victory at the Eurovision Song Contest. After an outright terrible run of entries, somebody at Dutch television decided to shape up in 2013…

    19 May 19, 8:38pm
  • Ukraine: 2017 Selection Audition Locations Announced
    STB has announced the dates and locations for the auditions to compete in the Ukrainian Eurovision 2017 selection process.STB will once again be travelling around Ukraine ahead of the The post Ukraine: 2017 Selection Audition Locations Announced ap…

    13 Oct 16, 3:42pm

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