Category Archives: NATIONAL FINALS

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU September 29

Iceland gears up for Eurovision 2015

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND – Icelandic national broadcaster RÚV decided to organize Söngvakeppnin again next year. The call for the songs is now opened and it will last until 20th of October. The authors of music and lyrics must have Icelandic citizenship or at least a resident and domiciled on Iceland from September 1st this year and […]

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 […]

PHOTO: TIMES OF MALTA September 28

Will Malta follow the steps of Christina Scuccia?

TIMESOFMALTA.COM REPORTS – A group of six Ursuline nuns will be singing a catchy pop tune Philip Vella wrote and composed about their experiences raising abandoned children at the Sliema crèche at this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest. The nuns’ song ‘Love and Let Go’ is one of 48 songs that have been shortlisted for […]

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Malta 2015: preliminary qualifiers announced

VALLETTA, MALTA – Familiar names announced last night in Malta regarding the 2015 national selection which will take place earlier this year due to the joint staging with Junior Eurovision. Gianluca Bezzina (2013), Glen Vella (2011), Olivia (2007), Miriam Christina (1996), Ludwig Galea (2004), Daniel Testa (JESC participant in 2008) and many former national finalists […]

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Exclusive / Serbia 2015: National Final details

BELGRADE, SERBIA – Vladimir Graić Graja author of Serbian winning entry and Saša Mirković, Marija Šerifović ex manager will be in charge of national final where next Serbian entry will be chosen. Graja will pen three songs for various performers which will be chosen in association with Mr Mirković. Those three will perform different songs […]

PHOTO: LRT.LT September 25

National Finals for Lithuania and Belarus

Lithuania and Belarus confirmed their intentions to hold national finals to decide their entries and artists for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Regarding Belarus dates, format and details of the national final are not announced but BTRC told oikotimes.com they might be ready for everything about the selection by next week. Regarding Lithuania, LRT is […]

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 […]

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FYR Macedonia 2015: almost 200 submissions

SKOPJE, FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA – Portal dnevnik.mk published an article about upcoming Skopje Festival. It seems that a bit less than 200 songs came to the address of MRT and according to Valentino Skenderovski, who is the artistic director of the festival, most of the participants have already been chosen. But Mr Skenderovski […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU September 22

Malta 2015: Dr. Bezzina back in Eurovision run

VALETTA, MALTA – On November 22nd, in Marsa, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest (MESC) will take place and the 28th Maltese Eurovision entrant will be chosen. Though the list of participants hasn’t been published yet, some names are starting to appear on the net. A few weeks ago, we’ve learned that Ira Losco (the silver […]

PHOTO: SVT.SE September 22

Missed the MF 2015 changes? here they are!

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Sweden is gearing up for the 2015 edition of Melodifestivalen, the second Eurovision Song Contest as it is called by many Eurovision fans. The dates are not known yet but we know the complete changes that will apply in the show. There will be 28 competing songs instead of 32 Every semifinal […]

PHOTO: KRISTIJAN TEODOROV September 20

FYR Macedonia 2015: who’s entering Skopje Fest?

SKOPJE, FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA – As things now stand, FYR Macedonia will be the first country to select their representative for the next years contest. As it was revealed couple months ago, it will be done via Skopje Fest after three internal selections. National selection is planned for November 13th, and as it […]

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 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 […]

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: 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: OIKOTIMES.COM September 12

Memories from Cyprus National Final 2006 (Gallery)

NICOSIA, CYPRUS – Back in 2006 oikotimes.com collaborated with the official sponsor of Eurovision 2006, Cosmote, to bring the best fan coverage of the event. One of our projects was the coverage of the Cypriot national final. During the national selection our representative in Cyprus attended the event at the CyBC studios and made wonderful […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU September 10

Albania 2015: RTSH calls for songs

TIRANA, ALBANIA – RTSH kicked off the preparations for the 53rd edition of Festivali i Këngës, through which Albania will ultimately decide the artist and the song for the 60th Eurovision Song Contest. The deadline for song submissions is October 15th. Authors are asked by the Albanian national broadcaster to submit their songs to Radio […]