Category Archives: NATIONAL FINALS

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, […]

ESTONIA 2013 ESC EESTI LAUL LOGO September 17

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 […]

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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 […]

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 04

Böyük Sehne show for Azeri selection in 2015 too?

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – Azeri national broadcaster Ictimai TV has just comfirmed that a trip to Vienna next year is in their agenda. Still they didn’t say anything about the way how their next representative will be chosen. This year it was done via Böyük Sehne show, but it did not bring a good result, what […]

SPAIN 2014 ESC PARTICIPANTS September 03

Will Spain follow “The Hit” selection format too?

MADRID, SPAIN – Spain will be in Vienna, and is close to have chosen its selection process according to many websites. In order to get a real promotional platform and get the audience more involved in the selection of the 2015 entrant and entry, a reality TV series should be used (a bit like “Operación […]

PHOTO: YANNIS PAPOUTSAKIS / OIKOTIMES.COM September 02

Sweden 2015: SVT opens Melodifestivalen submissions

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Swedish songwriters and authors have been given the green light to submit their songs as the Swedish broadcaster SVT opens the search for its national selection, Melodifestivalen 2015. After Sanna Nielsen’s incredible success at this year’s Eurovison Song Contest, SVT is keen to keep up its success by going for the immensely […]

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: EUROVISION.TV / EBU August 30

Germany 2015: National Final date announced

HANNOVER, GERMANY – German national broadcaster will decide its entry and artist for Vienna’s Eurovision Song Contest on march 5th at the TUI Arena in Hannover through “Unser Song für Österreich”. It is the same arena where Cascada won the ticket to Malmoe’s Eurovision edition back in 2013. There will also be a wildcard round […]

IRA LOSCO & GIANLUCCA BEZZINA August 26

Ira Losco highly rumoured to return in Eurovision

VALLETTA, MALTA – With the deadline for submission to the Malta Eurovision 2015 this thursday and friday, rumours are highly spreading on the island. One of them is the rumoured returnal of no less then Ira Losco! The singer narrowly missed to win Eurovision back in 2002 with 7th wonder, a composition by Philip Vella […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU August 13

Ireland 2015: New format for Eurosong

DUBLIN, IRELAND – Former Westlife star Nicky Byrne looks set to be the new host of Eurosong. RTE bosses are in talks to bring back The Hit next year – and use it as the way of selecting our Eurovision entry. Montrose are understood to want to scrap the Late Late Show selection process after […]

SVENSKTOPPEN NASTA August 12

MF 2015: Svensktoppen Nästa participants announced

The eight finalists of Sweden’s Svensktoppen Nästa contest have been announced yesterday with their songs also released. The winner of the contest will participate in the Swedish Eurovision national selection, Melodifestivalen next year. A total of 130 participants took part in the selection rounds of the contest, hosted by Sweden’s most popular P4 radio station. […]

AUSTRIA 2013 ESC GENERIC August 07

Austria 2015: National Final for the host country

VIENNA, AUSTRIA – Since ORF announced the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest host city and venue, the national broadcaster moved a sep further to announce how the host country entry and singer will be decided: through a national final marathon which will commence in January and will conclude with a final in March. It was in […]