Category Archives: NATIONAL FINALS

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 […]

FIRELIGHT REHEARSAL July 27

Malta 2015: Participants allowed to present a non Eurovision song

VALLETTA, MALTA – The selection process for the song that will represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest has been changed significantly. While it has previously been held in January or February, it has now been pushed forward to November. This means that it will be held a week after the Junior Eurovision competition, at […]

SWITZERLAND GENERIC July 18

Switzerland 2015: National Final date set

KREUZLINGEN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss national broadcaster SF announced details for the national selection and the date for the national final. The country wild decide its entry on January 31st. September 29th is the date when the online voting will begin and it will last till October 27th. The online voting and the expert jury combination […]

TIJANA DAPSEVIC July 15

FYR Macedonia decides on November 13th

SKOPJE, FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA – “The sooner the better” seems to be the early slogan of Eurovision 2015. We all thought Malta would be the first country to choose its entry this year but today, another country, often rumoured as being out of the line up next year, has made a surprising move. […]

CYPRUS CYBC July 14

Cyprus 2015: Big “Melodifestivalen” plans announced

NICOSIA, CYPRUS – The collaboration of CyBC and MAD TV Cyprus is now official and the organisers announced the details for the national selection format. The submissions should take place from Cypriots (living in the island or abroad) and they can collaborate with foreign authors. Performers though should be Cypriots only (residents of Cyprus or […]

FIRELIGHT BACKSTAGE July 11

Exclusive: Malta decides earlier this year

VALLETTA, MALTA – Schocking news tonight from Malta! PBS has issued out the regulations for the 2015 Eurovision! It was revealed that the National Selection will already be taking place on November 22nd and the semifinal one day earlier!!! With this surprise move PBS will surely have the first entry for the 2015 Eurovision! However […]

CYPRUS CYBC July 09

Exclusive: CyBC & MAD TV Cyprus join forces

NICOSIA, CYPRUS – Cypriot national broadcaster finalised the details for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest participation. On July 14th CyBC will announce the national selection plans and a surprise collaboration. CyBC will present the national selection which will be in collaboration with MAD TV Cyprus. The broadcaster will call for international authors to submit songs […]

DENMARK DR July 04

Denmark decides for 2015 on February 7th

AALBORG, DENMARK – The Gigantium Arena in Aalborg in Northern Denmark will host the Danish national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix in 2015 on February 7th, Danish broadcaster DR announced today. Head of Entertainment in DR Jan Lagermand Lundme, who where the Head of Show during Eurovision in Copenhagen, says that he wants to reset […]

SWITZERLAND 2014 ESC LOGO June 27

Swiss quest for #Eurovision 2015 kicks off

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Swiss national broadcaster is more than happy with the Eurovision 2014 results and they are happy enough to kick off their quest for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest edition. It was not only the good result for Sebalter but the viewing rates were more than satisfied for the national broadcaster. Sebalter got […]

SOURCE: OIKOTIMES.COM June 24

Melodifestivalen 2015 kicks off

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – SVT announced today the launch of Melodifestivalen 2015 by publishing the rules for the participation of the authors and singers. The procedure begins on September 1st with uploading of the songs at http://www.svt.se and ends on September 16th. The SVT jury will decide the 31 participants while the 32nd participant will be […]

NORWAY NRK June 18

Norwegian record labels furious with NRK

OSLO, NORWAY – It seems that the Norwegian record labels are furious with NRK and EBU because of a new ruling: EBU wants next year all songs to be part of the official album but also available as singles to download. Sony Music, Warner Music and daWorks are seriously thinking to boycott Melodi Grand Prix, […]

NORWAY NRK June 05

Norwegian quest for #Eurovision 2015 begins

OSLO, NORWAY – Two successful years in a row and Norway gears up for the next Eurovision Song Contest edition. NRK launched today the quest for the 2015 edition of Melodi Grand Prix through which the country decides its entry and artist for the ultimate music event of Europe. Music coordinator for the event, Vivi […]

FINLAND 2014 ESC UMK LOGO May 26

Finland 2015: UMK without jurors

HELSINKI, FINLAND – New Music Competition 2015 also known as Uuden Musiikin Kilpailun (UMK) will be again the Finnish way to select its entry for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest as YLE already confirmed. YLE is happy with 11th position of Softengine, their upcoming album and summer tour ahead. The changes for UMK 2015 are […]

PHOTO: FOTIS KONSTANTOPOULOS / OIKOTIMES.COM May 23

GREECE 2009: PHOTO & VIDEO MEMORIES FROM NATIONAL FINAL

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – The entire Eurovision Song Contest 2009 was for me a chapter named “Sakis Rouvas”. The ultimate Greek Apollo, the biggest star of the country whom I met and greeted for the very first time in my life. It all started with the early announcement of his participation in summer of 2008. Then […]