Author Archives: Ghassan Al Kaziri (UAE)

PHOTO: TRM.MD October 21

Moldova 2015: TRM invites international bidders

CHISINAU, MOLDOVA – TRM, Moldova’s public television announced the dates and information for the national selection. Here you can find all the information and rules for the national selection and the submissions, which are due on December 15th as previously reported. TRM invites also international artists to submit their entries for the national selection aiming […]

ICELAND RUV October 20

Iceland 2015: submission deadline extended

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND – The national broadcaster of Iceland announced an extension of the submission deadline for 2015 Söngvakeppnin, he show through which the country will decide upon its entry for the 60th Eurovision Song Contest. RÚV allows each author to submit up to two songs until October 20th. Today RÚV says they can do it […]

IVI ADAMOU 02 October 20

Cyprus 2015: Ivi Adamou to host national selection

NICOSIA, CYPRUS – After the morning announcement of the 60 preliminary qualifiers for the Cypriot national selection – you can find them all here – we now know the hostess of the preliminary shows and the final: The 2012 representative, Ivi Adamou! She will be accompanied by Despina Olympiou (2012), Alex Panayi (1995, 2000), Elena […]

PHOTO: YANNIS PAPOUTSAKIS / OIKOTIMES.COM October 16

New releases by Koza Mostra & Kállay-Saunders

ATHENS, GREECE – The new single of Koza Mostra who proudly represented Greece in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest is out. It’s titled “Bordello Originale” and is penned by Haris Romas and Elias Kozas. BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – András Kállay-Saunders who brought Hungary in the Eurovision Final top five with one of the best Eurovision entries […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU October 13

Ireland 2015: RTÉ calls for songs

DUBLIN, IRELAND – Irish national broadcaster as promised announced today October 13th the rules for submissions upon the 2015 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest selection. The public is invited to submit their entries and an RTÉ jury will decide who and how many will proceed to the national final. Michael Kealy, Executive Producer Eurovision, […]

ALISA KOZHIKINA October 11

Video: How’s the Russian song live performance?

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – Alisa Kozhikina is the 11 year old girl who will represent Russia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Dreamer”. Recently she performed her song live at the “Urgant Show” in Russian television and we had the chance to see the live performance of the song. Here though you can […]

ANA KHANCHALYAN October 10

Video / Candy Group’s Ana Khanchalyan covers “Euphoria”

TBILISI, GEORGIA – Ana Khanchalyan is member of the Candy Group, the girl band which won the 2011 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. She and her sister covered the 2012 Eurovision winner song “Euophoria” during the local TV show “Bravo”.

KRISIA MARINOVA TODOROVA October 09

JESC 2014: Bulgaria’s “Planet of the Children” video out

SOFIA, BULGARIA – Three young artists will represent Bulgaria on stage this year – singer Krisia Marinova Todorova with perform the song, whilst brothers Hasan and Ibrahim Ignatov will play piano for her. The song is titled “Planet of the Children” and besides a well produced video, the tune is simply one of the best […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU October 08

Video: interesting duet of 2014 Slovenian entry

LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA – Slovenian representative in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, Tinkara Kovač was recently guest in a special RTVSLO show in which she performed her Eurovision entry “Round and Round” but not alone. She was accompanied by Junior Eurovision 2014 entrant Ula Lozar, the young girl artist who’s the first ever Slovenian entrant in […]

ISRAEL 2013 ESC KDAM GENERIC October 04

Israel 2015: Next week a breath taking announcement!

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – IBA stopped various speculations circulating last week about participation in Eurovision Song Contest 2015 and the internal selected participant as wiwibloggs.com reported today. Yoav Ginai, director of the culture and entertainment department at the IBA, confirmed Israel’s participation in Vienna despite the turmoil with the upcoming shut down of IBA and […]

IRELAND 2013 EUROSONG PARTICIPANTS October 03

Ireland 2015: information on the web, speculations

DUBLIN, IRELAND – Last night some fan sites claimed Irish Daily Mail published information regarding the unchanged (after all) Irish national selection format. The team of oikotimes.com contacted the Irish national broadcaster and we were told that soon RTÉ will make announcements. Recently http://www.eurovisionireland.net had a contact with RTÉ and revealed that news will come […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU October 02

Montenegro 2015: Internal selection planned

PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO – RTCG revealed today that the country will decide internally for the 60th Eurovision Song Contest edition which will take place in Vienna. This is not unusual for Montenegro as most of its entries are selected internally. Only one time though the country qualified to the final and that was this year in […]

MARINA MAXIMILIAN October 01

Too much fuzz for nothing; Marina Maximilian says ‘no’

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – Israel Yahom reported that Marina Maximilian, highly tipped to take the job representing the country in the 60th Eurovision Song Contest, turned down the offer. According to the specific source from the three nominated artists now only Ester Rada and Asaf Avidan are remaining in the run of becoming Israel’s hope […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU September 29

RTÉ to make announcements on October 13th

DUBLIN, IRELAND – Irish national broadcaster revealed some information regarding their plans for Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Speaking to http://www.eurovisionireland.net, RTÉ’s Michael Kealy (Head of Delegation), said that the broadcaster is examining various formats, options and funding solutions for their upcoming national selection. Most likely we will have a full update on October 13th. It’s […]

PHOTO: JAN DANIELSSON / SVT September 29

Sweden 2015: MF hosts announced

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Today SVT announced the hosts for 2015 Melodifestivalen, the show through which Sweden will decide upon entry and artist for Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Sanna Nielsen and Robin Paulsson will host the shows this time. The announcement took place through a press conference this morning. Last week SVT announced he dates and […]

FYR MACEDONIA FLAG September 27

FYR Macedonia 2015: Skopje Fest participants announced

SKOPJE, FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA – MRT announced the 20 participants for the Skopje Fest, the show through which the country will decide its entry and artist for Vienna’s Eurovision Song Contest. On November 12th public and jury voting (50% split) will decide the lucky one. Vasil Zafircev will host the show accompanied by […]

CROATIA HRT September 26

Croatia will not return to Eurovision in 2015

ZAGREB, CROATIA – Although Croatian national broadcaster announced their return to Junior Eurovision Song Contest yesterday, today they informed the less that they are not returning to senior Eurovision Song Contest and will miss the 60th anniversary of the historic music event of Europe. One more year without them, unfortunately! DID YOU KNOW? Monaco, Ukraine, […]

PHOTO: YANNIS PAPOUTSAKIS / OIKOTIMES.COM September 26

BNT claims 41 countries submitted interest

SOFIA, BULGARIA – Bulgarian national broadcaster published on their official website that 41 countries submitted participation paperwork so far to the EBU for Vienna’s Eurovision Song Contest. This means that Israel, San Marino and Bulgaria are included in the list. Many websites and forum posts are happily claiming a big number of participants we have […]

PHOTO: SVT.SE September 25

Sweden 2015: Melodifestivalen dates announced

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – SVT just announced the dates for the 2015 edition of Melodifestivalen, the show through which the country will decide its entry and artist for Eurovision 2015. 07.02.2015 – SEMIFINAL 1 – Göteborg: Scandinvium 14.02.2015 – SEMIFINAL 2 – Malmö: Malmö Arena 21.02.2015 – SEMIFINAL 3 – Östersund: Östersund Arena 28.02.2015 – SEMIFINAL […]