Author Archives: Ghassan Al Kaziri (UAE)

UKRAINE NTU September 19

Breaking News: Ukraine withdraws

KYIV, UKRAINE – Ukrainian national television just announced that the country will not participate in Eurovision 2015 due to financial and military reasons. The ongoing warfare with rebels supported by Russia and the bad economic situation of the country, forces NTU to withdraw from the contest for at least one year, as NTU aims to […]

AUSTRIA ORF September 19

Eurovision 2015: Host(s) announcement on mid December

VIENNA, AUSTRIA – Local newspaper Kourier.at reports that ORF will announce the host(s) of 2015 Eurovision Song Contest on December 15th. So far we have Andi Knoll declaring his own interest to take the job and Conchita declaring her interest to take over the Green Room The newspaper also explains that ORF aims to a […]

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, […]

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 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 […]

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: EUROVISION.TV / EBU September 11

Eurovision 2015 motto: Building Bridges

VIENNA, AUSTRIA – One more big surprise came from Eurovision Song Contest 2015’s preparations. ORF and EBU announce the slogan of the 60th edition of the show which is “Building Bridges”, a motto resulted after hundred ideas proposed to the host broadcaster. PKP BBDO agency is behind the motto which eventually will be visualised into […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU September 11

Eurovision 2015: 33 confirmed participants so far

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – By October 10th the participating countries interested to enter the 60th Eurovision Song Contest have to submit the official paperwork. So far we have information that 33 countries declared official interest and / or submitted the paperwork for the Vienna Eurovision Song Contest. Albania Austria (Host Country) Armenia Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Bosnia […]

PHOTO: OIKOTIMES.COM September 11

Eurostars nominated in preliminary MTV EMA 2014 phase

GLASGOW (SCOTLAND), UNITED KINGDOM – Once again several Eurovision stars are nominated in regional MTV EMA categories. In the preliminary phase people regionally choose their national artist and then a final voting with the best from those countries will battle for the big award of European Act of the year. Among them we see the […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU September 09

Denmark 2015: 687 songs submitted for DMGP

The best songwriters from Denmark and other European countries have sent songs for the Danish Melodi Grand Prix 2015 Now, the Danish national broadcaster will listen to them and decide which song will succeed Basim’s Eurovision entry which was streamed 2,6 million times and shown 3 million times on YouTube. Danish national broadcaster will set […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU September 08

Cascada celebrate 10 years

BERLIN, GERMANY – In 2013 Cascada represented Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest and despite their failure remain popular across the world. This year the group celebrates 10 years! Lead singer Natalie commented their latest single recently saying: “Blink was sent to us by a colleague in the US and we felt in love with […]

ARMENIA ARMTV September 06

The 10 lucky junior Armenians selected

YEREVAN, ARMENIA – From 87 submissions Armenian national broadcaster announced last night the ten lucky ones who will compete on September 14th for the ticket to Malta’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. They are: 01. Narek Vardanyan – “Ashun” 02. Mary Kocharyan – “Chi kareli” 03. Elina & Arman – “Galaxy” 04. Karen Ohanyan & Mika […]

PORTUGAL RTP September 04

Breaking News: RTP withdraws interest

LISBON, PORTUGAL – Although Portuguese national broadcaster was very close to participate and return in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, today RTP stated to regional fan site, they will not submit the official documents and therefore they will not participate in Malta’s JESC edition. Unfortunately the junior fans of the contest will not share the […]

PHOTO: SVERIGESRADIO.SE August 31

Sweden 2015: First Melodifestivalen act known (Video)

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – SVT can now start the 2015 edition of Melodifestivalen as the excitement gears up with the selection of the first act for the semifinals. Eight newcomers participated in the annual Svensktoppen Nästa organised by SVT and the winner is Kalle Johansson with the song “Den där dan”. Now Kalle and SVT will […]

PHOTO: EVENTFOTO GÖTEBORG August 28

Gallery: Eurostars perform at RIX FM Festival

GÖTHENBURG, SWEDEN – Various Eurovision stars performed at the annual Rix FM Festival this year. Helena Paparizou, Sanna Nielsen, Amanda Fondell, Eric Saade, Basim, Robin Stjernberg, got on stage and gave outstanding performances. In the following pictures by Eventfoto Göteborg we can see some of their hot moments.

STUDENTS CRUISE IN TURKEY August 25

Official: Turkey not returning to Eurovision

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – Although there were last week rumours about Turkey’s return in the Eurovision Song Contest – since TRT aired a bulletin claiming that by September there will be final decision – TRT confirmed today what oikotimes.com posted on May 14 – read it here. Tonight, one more confirmation of what we posted comes […]

PHOTO: YANNIS PAPOUTSAKIS / OIKOTIMES.COM August 23

Eurostars accept ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (part 3)

One more day of unstoppable Eurovision stars accepting he ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In this post we see Eurostars like Dino Merlin (Bosnia & Herzegovina 1999, 2011), Nina Badric (Croatia 2012), Tanja (Estonia 2014), Olivia Newton John (United Kingdom 1974), Eldar Qasimov (Azerbaijan 2011), Lulu (United Kingdom 1969), Twiins (Slovakia 2011), Kurt Calleja (Malta 2012), […]

MANGA August 21

TRT to announce decision upon Eurovision participation soon

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – Rumours rumours rumours. Turkey is withdrawing again, Turkey is entering Eurovision. This artist will represent Turkey 2015, that singer will go and so on. The usual saga every year with countries like Turkey, Greece and Italy (for those who remember how we, the websites, cover the Eurovision Song Contest). Turkey withdraw after […]

CONCHITA WURST August 21

Ice bucket challenge accepted by Eurostars

Eurovision stars (with a big delay the truth is) joined the ALS Ice Bucket challenge originally started by Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg. How does it work? Each challenger invites his friends to do the same video within 24 hours so the donation can take place. Conchita Wurst, Duncan James, Kalomoira, Marco Mengoni and Ruth Lorenzo […]