Eurovision news with attitude! Conversations inspired by the song contest — though not always limited to it. We're uploading our reviews and interviews from Eurovision 2020 as we look to 2021! Coming to you from London, but riffing on the world of music and pop culture at large. From the team behind Wiwibloggs.com.
Episode 77: Portugal confirms, Finland UMK 2021, why Samanta Tina is queen
Roll on, Eurovision 2021! This week we discuss Portugal's confirmation and new rules at Festival da Canção that allow for pre-recording backing; Finland's announcement that producers have chosen 7 acts for the final; Samanta Tina's songwriting camp with Aminata; Israel's ongoing song selection process for Eden Alene; the award-worthy nature of "Husavik" from the Eurovision movie; and some of this week's hottest new releases, including Serhat's "Di Na Na Na". You can follow links to the relevant articles below. Portugal confirms for Eurovision 2021 and opens entries for Festival da CançãoFinland: YLE promises versatile lineup as seven acts selected for UMK 2021Samanta Tina gets creative with Aminata at Eurovision songwriting campSimon Cowell's "50 States to Stardom" — a rival to the American Song ContestIsrael: Eden Alene receives 220 songs for national selection, 16 to be revealed next monthNetflix Eurovision song — does Husavik deserve a nomination?Serhat shares “Di Na Na Na” — the Spanish version of his Eurovision 2019 entry
Episode 76: Daði Freyr and Gagnamagnið return to Eurovision 2021 for Iceland
Iceland has confirmed that Daði Freyr and Gagnamagnið will return to Eurovision 2021 for Iceland. They were the bookies favourite to win ESC 2020 with their viral hit "Think About Things" and fans are thrilled they'll have another shot at snatching the trophy. The long-running national final Söngvakeppnin will rest for a year and Daði Freyr will instead develop his song in private. He's said he wants to write a joyous number and that he's writing with staging in mind. Read more at the links below.Eurovision 2021: Daði og Gagnamagnið will represent IcelandTaking a break: Iceland will not use Söngvakeppnin to select Daði og Gagnamagnið’s Eurovision 2021 song
Episode 75: Sweden's Anna Bergendahl wins OGAE Second Chance Contest
The Eurovision news just won't quit! This week we discuss the results of the OGAE Second Chance Contest, which finished with another win for Sweden with Anna Bergendahl. Our readers have been showing a lot of love for runners-up Erika Vikman from Finland and Elvana Gjatta from Albania. In other news, Montenegro won't be returning to Eurovision in 2021. Norway will once again stage a six-show national selection in Melodi Grand Prix. And our readers have named Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm as their favourite edition of the song contest over the past decade. Click on the links below to read the relevant article and read comments from our dear readers. OGAE Second Chance Contest 2020: Sweden wins with Anna BergendahlRTCG confirms that Montenegro will NOT return to Eurovision in 2021Save the date! Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2021 final set for February 20Poll results: Stockholm 2016 is your favourite Eurovision Song Contest of the 2010s
Episode 74: Iveta Mukuchyan, Steps, Duncan gets engaged, Junior Eurovision 2020 stage
Germany mistakenly included Iveta Mukuchyan in its Eurovision 2021 selection; Steps call ESC "a political contest"; Duncan Laurence, VAL and Mariette get engaged; some participants will film Junior Eurovision 2020 performances in Poland; and UMK chooses a new trophy for 2021 selection. You can read the relevant stories and comments on wiwibloggs.com at the links below.Germany: NDR says Iveta Mukuchyan was “mistakenly” included in ESC 2021 selectionIveta Mukuchyan reveals Germany considered her for Eurovision 2021UK: “It’s not a song contest, it’s a political contest” – H from Steps says group won’t compete at EurovisionA winning game! Duncan Laurence gets engaged to American songwriter boyfriendBelarus: Valeria and Vladislav of VAL get engaged atop scenic Montengro mountainSweden: Mariette gets engaged… and shares story of epic romantic proposalMelodifestivalen 2021 dates confirmed…along with tour cancellation amid pandemic restrictionsJunior Eurovision 2020: TVP reveals that some delegations will record their performances in PolandSpain’s broadcaster reveals specifications for Junior Eurovision 2020 standard stage design Celebrating 10 years of UMK – which design should be Finland’s new national final trophy?
Episode 73: Returning artists for Iceland, Russia and Cyprus at Eurovision 2021?
The rumour mill is spinning fast: Will Iceland, Russia and Cyprus choose returning artists for Eurovision 2021? Also: Sweden will reportedly cancel its Melodifestivalen tour. William and Deban discuss these posts from the Wiwibloggs web site and read your comments.Internal selection? Iceland’s Daði Freyr reschedules European tour, stoking Eurovision 2021 rumoursRussia confirms Eurovision 2021 participation…as fans ponder the fate of Little BigCyprus: No Fuego! Eleni Foureira has turned down Eurovision 2021Cyprus’ secret combination? Greek media reports Kalomira is in talks to return to Eurovision for 2021Sweden: SVT confirms that first 14 songs have been selected for Melodifestivalen 2021
Executive Producer Sietse Bakker on Eurovision 2021 tickets, logo, merchandise and THAT swan
Eurovision 2021 executive producer Sietse Bakker tells our Esma about the various scenarios for ESC 2021, how the ESC 2020 logo might change, when there will be more Eurovision ticket info...and explains THAT gorgeous swan.
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