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

  • newWhy The BBC Needs Needs The X-Factor For Eurovision: You Decide
    Get ready for 'they're all X-Factor rejects! A plague on all your channels!" As the BBC reveals the six performers taking part in 'Eurovision: You Decide', Ewan Spence argues that the casting of former talent show stars is not only to be expected, it…

    17 hours ago 23 Jan 19, 11:43am
  • Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Wherever I Lay My Serhat
    Another returning Eurovision star, the rules of musical duel rules, and Luke Davies has some thoughts on language at the Contest. Ewan Spence and the Insight team cover the latest Eurovision details in this week's Insight News podcast.The post Euro…

    2 days ago 21 Jan 19, 10:54pm
  • Why Sweden Is Giving Three-Year-Olds The Melodifestivalen Vote
    A radical transformation of Melodifestivalen's app will now enable viewers aged up to three-years-old to sign in and vote for their favourite entries. Find out the what, how and why to the new changes to Melodifestivalen's voting system and the impro…

    4 days ago 19 Jan 19, 10:12pm
  • Eurovision Insight News Podcast: A Very Superstitious Song Contest
    An Ice Age star for Sanremo, San Marino goes to the CIA Answer Book, and Samantha Ross thinks about superstitions. Ewan Spence and the team cover the latest from the world of Eurovision in this week's Insight News podcastThe post Eurovision Insight…

    9 days ago 14 Jan 19, 11:03pm
  • Newsletter: Results, National Final Picks, And Our New Eurovision 2019 Logo
    Details of ticket sales, the allocation draw and more. Plus news from France, Czech Republic, Belgium and your weekly National Selection playlist...The post Newsletter: Results, National Final Picks, And Our New Eurovision 2019 Logo appeared first o…

    10 days ago 13 Jan 19, 8:22pm
  • How Melodifestivalen’s Running Order Creates More Stories And Successful Songs
    Nano opens, John Lundvik closes, and all of a sudden Anna Bergendahl is favourite. Find out why as Ben Robertson explains the Melodifestivalen running order and the impact it has on the story of the show. The post How Melodifestivalen’s Running Or…

    12 days ago 12 Jan 19, 1:17pm
  • Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Tickets! Logos! Slogans! Action!
    More results coming in from National Heats, the official logo and slogan are announced, and who wants to hear the music of 'Jon Ola Sandz'? Ewan Spence and the Insight team cover the latest news from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in t…

    16 days ago 8 Jan 19, 12:00pm
  • ESC Insight’s Musical Moments Of 2018: Part Two
    Previously some of the Insight team walked through their choices, now it's time to ask the rest of the team and the Friends of the Parish for their musical moments of 2018.The post ESC Insight’s Musical Moments Of 2018: Part Two appeared first on…

    22 days ago 2 Jan 19, 3:00pm

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


  • newCzech Republic: Ira Losco and ZiBBZ Reveal Their Eurovision Song CZ 2019 12 Points
    The third and fourth results of the jury voting for ESCZ 2019 have been revealed this evening. The 12 points in the Czech selection are being revealed this week, with 10 jurors revealing their top score in the voting. The results…The post Czech R…

    8 hours ago 23 Jan 19, 8:51pm
  • newLithuania: Sasha Song Fined 2,000 Euros for Eurovizijos Withdrawal
    Lithuanian artist Sasha Song has been fined for his no-show at the filming of Lithuania’s Eurovision selection show. Today filming took place for the 4th heat of the Lithuanian Eurovision selection show Eurovizijos nacionalinė atranka 2019, wher…

    8 hours ago 23 Jan 19, 8:40pm
  • newBelarus: MIHAI Joins National Selection For Eurovision 2019
    The former Romanian Eurovision participant will take part in the Belarusian national selection process for Eurovision 2019. We recently reported that Mihai Trăistariu (often known simply as MIHAI) has withdrawn from Romania’s selection for the upc…

    11 hours ago 23 Jan 19, 6:13pm
  • newPoland: TVP Opens Submissions Window for Eurovision Internal Selection
    TVP has made an open call for all songwriters and artists interested in participating in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Polish broadcaster TVP has opened the submissions window for their Eurovision entry, which will be internally selected this yea…

    16 hours ago 23 Jan 19, 12:52pm
  • newUnited Kingdom: Eurovision – You Decide Entries Revealed
    Today the BBC reveal the 6 potential entries for the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. For the fourth consecutive year, the BBC have chosen to hold a national selection titled “You Decide” however…The post…

    19 hours ago 23 Jan 19, 10:15am
  • newSpain: RTVE is Open To Returning to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
    The Head of Delegation for Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest, has stated that the Spanish broadcaster is open to returning to Junior Eurovision. Speaking at the press conference regarding Miki’s selection as the Spanish entrant for Eurovision 20…

    20 hours ago 23 Jan 19, 9:00am
  • newSan Marino: Song Reveal at End of February?
    San Marino RTV has hinted of a ‘surprise’ at the end of February following the announcement of Serhat as their participant for Eurovision 2019. Following the reveal of Serhat as the San Marinese entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019,…Th…

    22 hours ago 23 Jan 19, 7:30am
  • newMontenegro: Brings Onboard Founder of Beoviizja to Aid Montevizija 2019
    Darko Kamarit, one of the founders of Beovizija a producer at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 has been brought onboard by RTCG to work on Montevizija 2019. RTCG the Montenegrin broadcaster has invited Darko Kamarit to work on Montevizija, the natio…

    23 hours ago 23 Jan 19, 6:19am

ESC Daily

  • newPoland changes strategy and opts for internal selection for Tel Aviv
    TVP have announced that they are opting for an internal selection for Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv. It means Poland casts aside the national final ‘Krajowe Eliminacje’ which it used for the past three years. The nationality for the internal selec…

    16 hours ago 23 Jan 19, 1:16pm
  • newUK reveals their acts for Eurovision: You Decide
    The BBC have released the artists that are taking part in the 2019 edition of Eurovision: You Decide. The three songs that the six acts will be singing were as usual, revealed on the Ken Bruce Show ahead of the main show. Once again the [read more...…

    22 hours ago 23 Jan 19, 6:45am
  • Tayanna withdraws from Vidbir 2019
    The final field for Vidbir 2019, the national selection for Ukraine at Eurovision 2019, has been announced. Tayanna, who took part in the last two years as well, and both times came runner up, was among the 16 acts, until she took the unfortunate dec…

    1 day ago 22 Jan 19, 6:00pm
  • Monday Night: Scores for the weekend 19th/20th January
    Hungary began their search this weekend and Spain even selected their artist and song. So with 5 shows that have results this weekend, this article will bring you a bumper set of results.  Overview Hungary: A Dal (Heat 1)Saturday 19th of January 201…

    2 days ago 21 Jan 19, 7:00pm
  • Duncan Laurence represents The Netherlands in Tel Aviv
    Singer-songwriter Duncan Laurence will perform on behalf of The Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv. The Dutch song title for the schooled rock singer has not yet been made public. All details surrounding the Dutch entry in 20…

    3 days ago 21 Jan 19, 2:54pm
  • Serhat takes part at Eurovision for San Marino again
    Broadcaster San Marino RTV has invited Serhat to represent the country again at the Eurovision Song Contest. He participated in 2016 as well, when he represented the small republic with the song ‘I Didn’t Know’. Serhat was working on his new al…

    3 days ago 21 Jan 19, 10:36am
  • X-Factor Malta semi-final round up
    Petra, Michela, Nicole and Owen have all qualified for the grand final of X-Factor Malta. This is the first time that the Maltese broadcaster decided to use this format, and it is proving to be so popular, there is already a series 2. 4 people [read…

    3 days ago 20 Jan 19, 9:14pm
  • Miki grabs the Spanish ticket to Tel Aviv
    Miki won the Spanish special Eurovision Gala of Operación Triunfo and will perform the song ‘La Venda’ at the Grand Final on the 18th of May in Israel. The singer was victorious with 34% of the votes. You read back everything you need to know [r…

    3 days ago 20 Jan 19, 9:00pm

On Europe

  • newAn Open Letter To BBC Eurovision
    Dear BBC Eurovision, We need to talk, you and I. Yesterday’s reveal of the six hopeful recordings left a good many of us in Eurovisionia cold. Cold and not a little disappointed. We were left with that empty nagging sensation you get when a trouble…

    3 hours ago 24 Jan 19, 2:13am
  • newSo, I told you we’d have thoughts. I certainly do
    So Phil and his ears have been listening away to the six Song for Europe - sorry Eurovision: You Decide entrants for 2019.  Let's see what he has to say. Remember you can hear all six songs at the BBC's Eurovision Website any time you like. Bigger…

    10 hours ago 23 Jan 19, 7:19pm
  • new23 January – A bright light for you in my window
    Début entries? Don't you love them? That new country comes along with high hopes of success. They maybe can't believe they're mixing it with some of these countries that have participated since 1893. Of course, there was an experiment in 1993 when s…

    13 hours ago 23 Jan 19, 4:00pm
  • newEurovision – Let the battle of the Brits commence
    The future of the United Kingdom appears to be guided by a group of middle-aged men with a fragile grip on reality. Enough about Brexit, let's consider the six acts in the running to represent these sceptered isles at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest…

    18 hours ago 23 Jan 19, 11:00am
  • newIf it’s Tuesday, it must be Moldova
    When it comes to Moldova, the world of Eurovision has certain expectations. It's fair to say recent entries have stood out - and not always for the right reasons. The Moldavians plough a unique furrow when it comes to the contest of song. The final o…

    20 hours ago 23 Jan 19, 9:29am
  • 22 January – You give me wings
    You know sometimes when you look at song, and then realise it was in our favourite TV show over 25 years ago. It really makes you feel old. I was bumbling along nicely until I noticed today's song and its singer. Still a classic in several senses of…

    2 days ago 22 Jan 19, 4:00pm

ESC Plus

ESC Today

  • Romania: TVR returns to Eurovision 2017; participation confirmed
    TVR, the Romanian national broadcaster has confirmed to ESCToday that Romania will return to the Eurovision Song Contest next year. Yes we will see Romania return to our beloved contest...The post Romania: TVR returns to Eurovision 2017; participati…

  • Eurovision 2017: Which countries will compete in Kyiv?
    Preparations are in full swing for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest as Ukraine gears up to host the musicfest next year. Which countries will be joining the party? Will there...The post Eurovision 2017: Which countries will compete in Kyiv? appeared…

  • United Kingdom: Joe Woolford to participate in charity fundraiser
    Joe Woolford, half of this year’s United Kingdom Eurovision entry Joe & Jake, is heading back to his home town to take part in a fundraising event for treatmemt for...The post United Kingdom: Joe Woolford to participate in charity fundraiser appea…

  • Israel: Bonnie Tyler to perform in Tel Aviv in February 2017
    The British superstar Bonnie Tyler who also represented the United Kingdom in Eurovision 2013 will hold two shows in Tel Aviv in the beginning of February 2017. This will be the...The post Israel: Bonnie Tyler to perform in Tel Aviv in February 201…

  • Ukraine: ESC 2017 Committee hold a special meeting for upcoming preparations
    The Mayor of Kyiv Mr. Vitali Klitchsko, chaired a special meeting along with the 2017 Eurovision Organizing Comittee in Kyiv today, in order to discuss the preparations and organization of...The post Ukraine: ESC 2017 Committee hold a special meetin…

  • Australia: Dami Im will be Fighting for love on 21 October
    The 2016 Aussie Eurovision representative Dami Im will be releasing her latest single Fighting for love on 21 October. Dami Im represented Australia at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in...The post Australia: Dami Im will be Fighting for love on 21…

ESC Tips

  • newUnited Kingdom: Eurovision You Decide 2019 Lineup
    The BBC presented this year’s lineup of six artists and three songs on Radio 2 this morning and it’s fair to say the reaction was underwhelming. I’m sure we’ll be spoon-fed the usual trite superlatives by Mel, Måns and the panel of experts(?…

    10 hours ago 23 Jan 19, 7:06pm
  • newMelodifestivalen 2019: Preview Podcast
    We’re joined by Aftonbladet’s Tobbe Ek for another year of exclusive gossip in the run up to Melodifestivalen 2019.

    17 hours ago 23 Jan 19, 12:04pm
  • Spain: Miki – La Venda
    Miki won ‘Gala Eurovisión’ last night with the song La Venda. It’s a bright and cheerful Latin-based song and is exactly the sort of thing Spain should be sending to Eurovision given the current musical trends. But predictably Spain embarked t…

    3 days ago 21 Jan 19, 11:39am
  • Melodifestivalen 2019: Pre-Rehearsal Betting Preview
    We’re now entering the most chaotic period for Eurovision pre-selection betting as Melodifestivalen hots up alongside the many other nations choosing their representative for Tel Aviv. Over the last two years I’ve been fairly vocal about the fail…

    3 days ago 20 Jan 19, 9:21pm

Eurovision Times

  • newUnited-Kingdom: Songs Revealed!
    UK – The BBC has reveal the 6 artists and 3 songs that will take part in this year’s national selection, Eurovision You Decide. As usual the reveals took place via the Ken Bruce radio show on BBC Radio 2.  This is the line-up: Song 1: “Bigger…

    17 hours ago 23 Jan 19, 11:52am
  • Netherlands: It’s Duncan Laurence to Tel Aviv!
    Netherlands – Avrotros, the broadcaster in charge of the contest for the Netherlands, has revealed today that former The Voice contestant Duncan Laurence will represent them in Tel Aviv! The song is yet to be released. The rumors have been going wi…

    3 days ago 21 Jan 19, 4:04pm
  • San Marino: It’s Serhat to Tel Aviv!
    San Marino – SMRTV, the national broadcaster, has revealed today that they will celebrate their 10th year anniversary in the contest with another returnee: Serhat will represent them in Tel Aviv! Here is the official announcement:   Champion of th…

    3 days ago 21 Jan 19, 3:52pm
  • Portugal: FdC Songs Out!
    Portugal – RTP has revealed the 16 songs that will participate in this year’s  national final, Festival de Cançao 2019. Check out the songs and tell us your favorites! RTP has also revealed more information on the upcoming Festival de Cançao.…

    3 days ago 21 Jan 19, 3:18pm


  • newTVP open submission window for Eurovision 2019 internal selection
    After winning the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in late 2018, Poland’s TVP already made it rather clear that they wanted an internal selection for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019. Today, they have opened their submission window for all interes…

    7 hours ago 23 Jan 19, 9:44pm
  • newUnited Kingdom: Listen to the Eurovision: You Decide entries
    BBC revealed the six artists and three songs competing in this year’s Eurovision: You Decide. As in previous years, the songs were also premiered on the Ken Bruce show.W Eurovision: You Decide 2019 Michael Rice – Bigger Than Us (Laurell Barker, A…

    19 hours ago 23 Jan 19, 10:09am
  • newEurovision Trivia: The Weekly Quiz, from Saara Aalto to Miki
    Let’s get on the road for Eurovision weekly trivia as we look back at the first truly busy weekend of the Eurovision 2019 National Final season. There was a Hungarian A Dal heat, a Destination Eurovision semi-final from France, announcements from U…

    22 hours ago 23 Jan 19, 7:05am
  • Belarus calls for songs; entry to be selected on March 8th
    Belarus started their selection process today, by calling for songs. Participants can send in songs starting today via the TVR website till the end of January. The entry will then be decided on March 8th. The winner will be decided by 100% jury votin…

    1 day ago 22 Jan 19, 9:57pm

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…

    36 days ago 19 Dec 18, 11:44am
  • Moldova 2019 - Iurii Sadovnic și Formația Legenda - Robin Hood

    Moldova 2019 - Iurii Sadovnic și Formația Legenda - Robin Hood

    It's always an exciting moment in the Apocalypse household when the Moldovan songs are released, and this year certainly hasn't let us down. Of 30 songs submitted, 28 have made it to the audition stages (one of the other two being unfinished, and the…

    1 day ago 22 Jan 19, 11:20pm
  • 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
  • newThe United Kingdom-ers

    The United Kingdom-ers

    The UK have changed the format of their national final. Three songs, six singers competing in duals and ending the evening with a super final of three songs. In my opinion, a good concept and a bad concept. A good concept as you hear two different ve…

    8 hours ago 23 Jan 19, 9:39pm
  • ESC 2018 - a thriller to remember

    ESC 2018 - a thriller to remember

    It is all over and I find myself breathing again. Oh my, what a terrific voting we had in Lisbon. How beautifully the 12-pointers were spread out all over the place and how beautifully the televote then changed everything.This is just the way it is s…

    12 May 18, 11:40pm
  • 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
  • newPolonya: Eurovision Temsilcisi 8 Şubat’ta Açıklanacak!
    2014 ve 2015 hariç neredeyse katıldığı her yılda Krajowe Eliminacje adlı ulusal final ile Eurovision temsilcisini ve şarkısını seçen Polonya bu sene bir değişikliğe imza atarak temsilcisini direkt seçim yoluyla belirlemeye karar verdi…

    17 hours ago 23 Jan 19, 11:48am

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