PHOTO: VICTOR CRUZ LAFUENTE / OIKOTIMES.COM September 17

Norway 2015: 800 songs submitted to NRK

OSLO, NORWAY – NRK announced today they received 800 submissions for 2015 edition of Melodi Grand Prix, the show through which Norway decides upon its entry in the Eurovision Song Contest. Submissions are 30% increased from 2013 and NRK is happy to see great interest for the national selection. In terms of the submissions characteristics, […]

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Estonia 2015: Eesti Laul dates and info revealed

TALLINN, ESTONIA – Estonian national broadcaster announced the dates for the national selection, Eesti Laul 2015 kicking off the submission quest. Three shows (two semifinals and a final) are set for February 7, 14 and 21, respectively. Twenty songs will participate in the selection (ten in each semifinal) from which 10 will proceed to the […]

PHOTO: YANNIS PAPOUTSAKIS / OIKOTIMES.COM September 17

Sweden 2015: Less songs submitted but SVT satisfied

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – SVT announce they received 2,177 submissions for the 2015 Melodifestivalen, the show through which the country decides its entry, annually, for Eurovision Song Contest. 1,733 submitted for the selection by the expert jury of SVT while 444 will be given for public choice. Christer Björkman, executive producer for the show, said that […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU September 17

NERIT responds upon Eurovision future

ATHENS, GREECE – Many media wrongly translated and assumed the conclusion that the Greek national broadcaster is banned from Eurovision Song Contest 2015. The team of oikotimes.com asked Mr Bakker few days ago what’s going on with NERIT and Eurovision. His response was very clear: “To participate in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, a broadcaster […]

PHOTO: RTS September 17

Serbia returns to Eurovision; a wise choice?

BELGRADE, SERBIA – Yesterday, Serbian national broadcaster, RTS, stated that Eurovision 2015 is in the agenda, but still there is a slim possibility to pull out in last moment, again due to money issues. This news has spread through the net like a thunderbolt and fans do hope that eventually we all will see next […]

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Preliminary ‘yes’ from Slovenia for Vienna

LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA – Aleksander Radič, Slovenia head of delegation and member of the EBU reference group, exclusively told our website that Radiotelevizija Slovenija has submitted a preliminary application to the EBU, hoping to send an entrant to Vienna. A confirmation is expected by the October 10th deadline when countries can withdraw without financial penalty. Last […]

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San Marino to answer by October 11th

SAN MARINO CITY, SAN MARINO – According to OGAE Italy the news from San Marino are still in pending mode. The small Italian state has not decided yet upon Eurovision Song Contest 2015 and they reserve the right to give their final answer by October 11th when they will present their official 2014-2015 TV program. […]

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Video: Ani Lorak – Medlenno

KYIV, UKRAINE – Ukrainian diva Ani Lorak has just released her brand new song “Medlenno” (Slowly), a beautiful and powerful ballad. Despite a few scandals and in spite of what’s happening on her home soil, the singer’s career is still going full swing. Once again Ani is delivering a nice track that should cheer her […]

SERBIA RTS September 15

RTS confirms oikotimes news on Eurovision 2015

BELGRADE, SERBIA – Today, Radio Television of Serbia has made a preliminary application for participation at the Eurovision Song Contest that will be held in Vienna next year. As it is stated in the official announcement, financial reasons were the cause Eurovision fans across the world didn’t see Serbia this year in Copenhagen, unfortunately they […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU September 15

Malta 2015: Drop in number of Eurovision entries

TIMESOFMALTA.COM REPORTS – Fewer songs have been submitted than last year for the Malta Eurovision song contest, to be held in November instead of February. Sources in the music industry said the cut-off date for submissions – the end of August – had caught recording studios, authors and composers on the wrong foot. In previous […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU September 15

Video: Nina Badrić – Vetrenjače

ZAGREB, CROATIA – Croatian Eurostar, Nina Badrić, has released a new video for her single “Vetrenjače” (Windmills) filmed on the streets of New York City. In this upbeat performance, Nina dances around the streets of the Big Apple with a Pharell Williams T-shirt. The Croatian singer is also planning on releasing her first English-language album […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU September 14

Israel 2015: internal selection if IBA accepts participation

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – The anticipation of many fans about the Israeli participation in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest is soon to come to an end. Radio 88FM, part of IBA group seems to be chosen as the radio channel through which the Eurovision selection will be made, Channel 1 and WiWibloggs.com report today. IBA […]

PHOTOS: LTV.LV September 14

Cyprus 2015: more than 100 submissions

NICOSIA, CYPRUS – CyBC and MAD TV Cyprus are preparing the national selection for Cyprus’ return in the Eurovision Song Contest. More than 100 submissions reached the national broadcaster and ShowTime Cyprus presents the names that have submitted a song. They are: Zinon Zintilis (composer of past Eurovision entries) Constantinos Christoforou (composing a song for […]

PHOTO: NERIT.GR September 13

NERIT not eligible for Eurovision 2015?

ATHENS, GREECE – Since summer 2014 the Greek national broadcaster announced their interest to participate in Eurovision 2015. Since yesterday the plans are postponed as President and CEO of NERIT resigned due to claims for governmental intervention. Moreover, MAD TV – NERIT contract for outsourcing the national final production hasn’t been signed. But there is […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU September 13

Listen: Jessy Matador – Zuluminati

PARIS, FRANCE – We all remember the 2010 French entrant, Jessy Matador, and his booty shaking entry “Allez, Ola, Olé” that set fire to the Telenor Arena in Oslo. Since then, Jessy has kept working on his career, and even though we cannot consider him as a star in France (despite his three albums and […]

PHOTO: AMITA MOTION September 13

Video: Eurostar performances at Positive Energy Day

ATHENS, GREECE – Last night more than 60,000 people attended the 9th annual open air concert of Amita Motion’s Postive Energy Day at OAKA’s Wall of Nations, aired live by MAD TV. Several Eurostas performed during the event: Josephine (Greek NF, 2014), Kostas Martakis (Greek NF, 2008, 2014), Melisses (Greek NF, 2010), Eleni Foureira (Greek […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU September 13

Video: The Common Linnets – Give Me a Reason

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – In 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, the Dutch entry by the Common Linnets happily surprised everyone with their 2nd place in the final of the show, a song entry that we never thought it could do that well in Eurovision Song Contest. Now, the Eurovision 2014 runner ups released a brand new […]

PHOTO: OIKOTIMES.COM September 13

SVT to announce MF 2015 changes tomorrow

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Swedish national broadcaster holds a press conference tomorrow to announce several things for Melodifestivalen 2015 among which some changes in the format of the show, according to Aftonbladet.se. SVT had to challenge the fall of the viewership last year which touched the 800,000 viewers and the issue with the disappointed record labels […]

PHOTO: AMITA MOTION September 12

Gallery: Amita Motion’s Day of Positive Energy 2014

ATHENS, GREECE – Eurovision stars are performing at the OAKA’s Wall of Nations as we speak and MAD TV is streaming the show live here. In the meantime you can see the first photos from the event. Kostas Martakis, Ivi Adamou, Eleni Foureira, Freaky Fortune & Risky Kidd are making the audience frantic while Demy […]