Category Archives: NATIONAL FINALS

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 […]

PHOTO: DANIEL D'ANASTASI / PBS October 20

Video / Watch the full version of MESC 2015 semifinalist entries

VALLETTA, MALTA – Today PBS revealed the full versions of all songs for the semifinal of Malta’s Eurovision Song Contest 2015 which takes place on 21st and 22nd of November. Listen to the songs below and guess the winner! Glen Vella – Breakaway (Kevin Borg & Simon Gribbe) Trilogy – Chasing a Dream (Paul Abela & Joe Julian Farrugia) Karen DeBattista – 12, […]

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 […]

CYPRUS CYBC October 20

Cyprus 2015: 60 songs announced for the preliminaries

NICOSIA, CYPRUS – The national broadcaster of Cyprus announced the 60 songs qualified to the preliminaries of the national selection for Vienna’s Eurovision Song Contest. Various known singers in Greece and Cyprus from talent shows and previous national selection are participating. 01. Yuri Melikov – Victorious (Yuri was a finalist in The Voice Greece) 02. […]

SLOVENIA RTVSLO October 17

Slovenia 2015: EMA to be used for Vienna’s representative

LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA – Slovenia will select it’s next representative again via national final EMA. It was just published on their official Facebook page that full rules will be published in the first days of November. So we will have to wait for two weeks until we get all informations. Slovenia qualified for the Grand Final […]

MOLDOVA 2013 ESC O MELODIE PENTRU EUROPA October 15

Moldova 2015: two semifinals and a final for Vienna

CHISINAU, MOLDOVA – This year, the Moldovan broadcaster TRM decided to go international and welcomes all international artists to apply for their national final to be held on the 28th of February. This year, TRM made an aspiring change in their national selection calling all performers all over the world to be a part of […]

CYPRUS CYBC October 14

Cyprus 2015: National Final date revealed!

NICOSIA, CYPRUS – Cypriot national broadcaster e-mailed the participants of the auditions for the preliminary phase of the national selection informing them on the date of the national final: it’s February 1st. The Cypriot national broadcaster cancelled collaboration with MAD TV Cyprus on the official excuse that there were low submissions for the national marathon […]

MARY BURNE October 14

Former X Factor contestant Mary Byrne bids for Vienna

HERALD.IE REPORTS (DUBLIN, IRELAND) – Former X Factor contestant Mary Byrne is looking to represent Ireland at the Eurovision next year. Mary (54), from Ballyfermot, said that she jumped at the opportunity. “Eurovision is one of my guilty pleasures,” Mary told the Herald. “It’s an honour to have been put forward.” RTE have decided to […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU October 13

Cyprus 2015: MAD TV & CyBC break alliance

NICOSIA, CYPRUS – Despite the desperate efforts of CyBC to disrepute oikotimes.com when we made the announcement that MAD TV Cyprus and CyBC broke alliance on Eurovision, today the Cypriot national broadcaster actually confirmed the information. CyBC claims that due to low number of submissions there is no point to collaborate with MAD TV Cyprus […]

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, […]

PHOTO: RAI.IT October 09

Sanremo 2015: everything you need to know

SANREMO, ITALY – From February 10th to 14th, the 65th edition of the “Festival della Canzone Italiana di Sanremo” will take place in this charming Ligurian town. Our host will be Carlo Conti. RAI has recently introduced the festival handbook, and some changes can be read. First, the festival will still be split between two […]

PHOTO: YANNIS PAPOUTSAKIS / OIKOTIMES.COM October 09

Belarus 2015: Rybak begins auditions

BELTA.RU REPORTS (MINSK, BELARUS) Well-known Norwegian singer of the Belarusian descent Alexander Rybak is looking for a singer for the Eurovision 2015 national selection competition. The Eurovision 2009 winner posted a video message for Belarusian singing talents online, BelTA has learned. Auditions will be held in Mogilev, Grodno, Minsk and Brest on 19-22 October. Alexander […]

SARA MEJS October 09

FYR Macedonia 2015: changes in Skopje Fest line up

SKOPJE, FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA – We are one month away from the first National selection of the season – Skopje Fest. The list of participants that was previously announced is now changed a bit. Two performers are out and two new are in. Sara Mejs will replace Tanja Carovska and she will sing […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU October 08

Iceland revokes 2015 rule on gender balance

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND – In 2015, the Icelandic national selection show “Söngvakeppnin” will take place for the 22nd time. As soon as the rules were published, a few weeks ago, several artists openly disagreed with RÚV, the national broadcaster. The new “50% gender equality” rule was quickly criticized by two former Eurovision entrants. Friðrik Ómar Hjörleifsson […]

PHOTO: DANIEL D'ANASTASI / PBS October 03

Malta 2015: Twenty promising acts announced (Video)

VALLETTA, MALTA – With a very careful selection, aimed to bring the best ever selection in the island of knights, Maltese national broadcaster announced tonight the 20 semi-finalists for the 2015 edition of MESC which will take place earlier this year, as PBS will use the magnificent JESC stage setting for the national selection as […]

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 01

Hungary 2015: A Dal submissions due on November 15

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – Hungarian national broadcaster announced they are kicking off their national selection for the 60th edition of Eurovision Song Contest. MTVA calls for artists and authors to submit songs until November 15th. Although the A Dal 2015 format is not clear yet it seems that the semifinals will be skipped and they are […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU September 30

Austria 2015: National Selection details revealed

VIENNA, AUSTRIA – Austrian national broadcaster and 2015 Eurovision host, ORF, has announced it will organise a national selection for its representative for next year’s competition. The national selection will be held over four shows in February. Famous Austrian singers as well as personalities from the music industry will search for the best musical talent […]