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  • Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece) 20:00 on May 13, 2017 8:00 pm Permalink |  

    Eurovision May 13: EuroPrediction 2017 results for the Grand Final 

    UKRAINE – The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final is taking place on May 13th and in few hours we will know the winner of this year’s edition. In the meantime 14,088 unique voters cast their top ten for the Grand Final. Italy and Portugal are proclaimed the favourites to win tonight.

    GRAND FINAL 14,088 VOTERS

    ONLINE JURIES COMBINED EUROVISION
    01. Italy
    02. Portugal
    03. Bulgaria
    04. Sweden
    05. Belgium
    06. United Kingdom
    07. Moldova
    08. Israel
    09. France
    10. Hungary
    01. Portugal
    02. Italy
    03. Bulgaria
    04. United Kingdom
    05. Moldova
    06. Romania
    07. Belgium
    08. Belarus
    09. Denmark
    10. Hungary
    01. Portugal
    02. Italy
    03. Bulgaria
    04. United Kingdom
    05. Moldova
    06. Belgium
    07. Sweden
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  • Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece) 19:15 on May 11, 2017 7:15 pm Permalink |  

    Eurovision May 11: EuroPrediction 2017 results for the Second Semi Final 

    UKRAINE – The Second Semi Final is set for May 11th and the online voters of oikotimes.com have cast their votes along with the international jury members appointed by the website. Here are the detailed predictions followed at the end of the show with the comparison from the official voting announcement.

    FIRST SEMI FINAL 5,587 VOTERS

    ONLINE JURIES COMBINED EUROVISION
    01. Belgium
    02. Sweden
    03. Azerbaijan
    04. Portugal
    05. Finland
    06. Cyprus
    07. Australia
    08. Iceland
    09. Armenia
    10. Greece
    01. Portugal
    02. Azerbaijan
    03. Finland
    04. Sweden
    05. Australia
    06. Georgia
    07. Armenia
    08. Greece
    09. Iceland
    10. Latvia
    01. Sweden
    02. Belgium
    03. Azerbaijan
    04. Portugal
    05. Finland
    06. Australia
    07. Cyprus
    08. Armenia
    09. Iceland
    10. Greece
    01. Moldova
    02. Azerbaijan
    03. Greece
    04. Sweden
    05. Portugal
    06. Poland
    07. Armenia
    08. Australia
    09. Cyprus
    10. Belgium

    SECOND SEMI FINAL 4,446 VOTERS

    ONLINE JURIES COMBINED EUROVISION
    01. Bulgaria
    02. Estonia
    03. FYR Macedonia
    04. Denmark
    05. Switzerland
    06. Israel
    07. Hungary
    08. Serbia
    09. Austria
    10. The Netherlands
    01. Austria
    02. Norway
    03. Malta
    04. Romania
    05. Ireland
    06. Hungary
    07. Bulgaria
    08. Estonia
    09. Belarus
    10. Denmark
    01. Bulgaria
    02. Austria
    03. Estonia
    04. Norway
    05. Denmark
    06. Romania
    07. Ireland
    08. Hungary
    09. FYR Macedonia
    10. Malta
    01. Bulgaria
    02. Romania
    03. Hungary
    04. Denmark
    05. Israel
    06. Belarus
    07. The Netherlands
    08. Norway
    09. Croatia
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  • Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece) 19:53 on May 9, 2017 7:53 pm Permalink |  

    Eurovision May 09: EuroPrediction 2017 results for the First Semi Final 

    UKRAINE – The First Semi Final is set for May 9th and the online voters of oikotimes.com have cast their votes along with the international jury members appointed by the website. Here are the detailed predictions followed at the end of the show with the comparison from the official voting announcement.

    FIRST SEMI FINAL 5,587 VOTES

    ONLINE JURIES COMBINED EUROVISION
    01. Belgium
    02. Sweden
    03. Azerbaijan
    04. Portugal
    05. Finland
    06. Cyprus
    07. Australia
    08. Iceland
    09. Armenia
    10. Greece
    01. Portugal
    02. Azerbaijan
    03. Finland
    04. Sweden
    05. Australia
    06. Georgia
    07. Armenia
    08. Greece
    09. Iceland
    10. Latvia
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    04. Portugal
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  • Newsdesk (Europe) 02:10 on April 27, 2017 2:10 am Permalink |  

    Eurovision 2017: oikopanel reviews and votes – the top five! 

    EUROPE – The annual oikopanel review and votes for the Eurovision Song Contest participants begins. Today we present you the top five as voted by the editors and affiliates of oikotimes.com: Fotis Konstantopoulos, Morten Kaiser, Luka Popovic, Jaime Solloso, Victor Cruz Lafuente, Olivier Rocher, Anastasia Bachas, David Hache, Geoff Lozano, Fred Medeiros, Darren Tompsett, Kyirakos Gold and Elias. Let’s see though how our editors feel about the overall participants in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

    Geoff Fontignie Lozano from Belgium

    I think that this year there are really strong contestants and also some disappointments as usual. Seems that Italy and Francesco Gabbani is taking the lead like Il Volo in 2015. Hot favourite everywhere , Francesco presents a song with lots of joy and lots of quality. Again Italy took this contest seriously and I’m pretty sure that they will win the contest if the “professional” juries don’t kill him like they did with Il volo or Sergey last year. For that reason he is one of my favourite.

    We also have a lot of ballads this year but for me Bulgaria is the best so far. For the second year I a row , this country take the contest with a lot of serious and bring us a talented young artist with a song that catch my heart the first time I listened to it. Being Russian, I also think that he will benefit the support of the Russian diaspora and also the rest of the Russian-friendly countries. For sure, like last year, Bulgaria is my personal 12 points this year.

    About dark horses , I will mention Belgium with a fresh and modern song and a really special deep voice that will impress I hope the juries. My point of view is that Belgium , if juries don’t give so much points to Italy , will benefit the same way Jamala did last year, and maybe win the contest. My second dark horse is FYR Macedonia with that song who drive me crazy everytime I want to go out and I just hope that this girl will give to her country a nice result. I also love the Romanian concept with the mix between rap and yodel ! Amazing !

    I’m not impress by Sweden this year , for me it’s too swedish and we have listen a too much songs like this. About who disappointed me the most , let’s mention Spain because well the song is just not representative of what spanish market can offer to Europe and the song is just too cheap . About San Marino ? really can’t you find someone else than Valentina ? or just make that male singer sing alone ? I don’t support that entry at all! Anyway I think that this contest will be as representative as his slogan , I mean a lots of musical diversity … and that’s why it will be note boring at all !

    Kyriakos Gold from Australia

    This year is a combination of many bad copies and few good tunes. I cringe when I listen to a song that is nice enough but reminds me of a not so old top ten tune (see Germany) as nice as it may be (see Switzerland). I also struggle to find a song that is clearly a winner – I don’t believe that Eurovision is solely a song contest, I think performance and stage presence has equal parts of the magic 12 points (look out for Greece and Romania), so I will hold before I see the rehearsals. J’adore the Balkan invasion this year: top ten effort by FYROM, awesome “army of lovers” style for Slavko, a great job by Serbia and a total favourite by Bulgaria. I just don’t think Europe will embrace the Balkans; call it politics.

    I do in general love the entries of France, Moldova (oh so fresh), Azerbaijan and Armenia – but not strong enough to win. The Italian monkey business also doesn’t get my douze points – although I think it’s well… a sizeable contender for the trophy. It is a great cheeky and fresh song, but it only makes sense once reading the subtitles. Yes, the language barrier is real. Sweden is very catchy yet predictable pop and Cyprus needs to spin it just a tad faster to be a little more George Michael.

    I don’t get the Portuguese love. The song reminds me of moon river, yawn ZZZZzz. Spain is a total train wreck and San Marino… well points for trying. Great PR exercise for Russia, amazing comms job but a wheelchair is not the babooskas (sorry Yulia). Finally, Belgium gets my 12 points, this song is uber sexy, very modern. I just hope Blanche can do it justice on stage but, I won’t hold my breath.

    Darren George from the United Kingdom

    The contest has not yet started but with all this drama over the last few months you would have thought it had! This years entries have surprised me, the countries that I normally like have submitted awful entries such as Russia, Moldova, Belarus and Australia and countries that I don’t normally like have submitted amazing songs for example over the last few years I haven’t liked the Italian entry but I must say this year Italy has grown on me and they are definitely get 12 points from me. Everyone is saying that Italy is going to win but with last years surprise with Ukraine winning I feel that it’s anybody could take the trophy. I do feel that I have picked the favourites in my 12th 10th and 8th points.

    I adore FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Israel I can really see myself dancing to those songs in Euroclub. Some of the worst out of the bunch have to be Lithuania, Georgia, Portugal, Finland and Hungary which I’m sorry bore me to tears! What were the people in their countries thinking of selecting horrible songs?!?!?!

    I am really interested in where my country the United Kingdom will finish. I don’t hate the song but then again I don’t love it and the fact that the UK have had help from a previous Eurovision winner this could be interesting seeing who will actually give the uk points?!?! Exciting stuff. So as you can see I have given away a lot of 12 points and the reason for this is that those lucky seven countries have submitted some amazing songs! Some I think could go on to win and some I just truly love.

    The countries that have scored between 5-1 points are my least favourite, they don’t excite me and some entries really do bore me so I’m hoping that those songs don’t qualify to the final, obviously Spain will be in the final!
    Everyone’s votes are different as we are all different people so the points really reflect the logo celebrating diversity!

    I am very excited for this years contest in Ukraine, I have read a few of people’s views saying it’s a bad year but i think there is a lot of variety for everyone in Europe and it’s going to be an entertaining show. Despite what happened to Russia (which was a shame) the show must go on. So good luck to everyone in the contest I’m so exited! Who is going to win The Eurovision Song Contest 2017! Europeans start your voting and may the best country win!

    OIKOPANEL 2017 TOP FIVE

    01. ITALY 143 12 12 12 12 10 12 7 10 12 12 12 8 12
    02. GREECE 111 10 8 4 10 10 10 6 12 8 7 7 7 12
    03. BULGARIA 110 10 7 10 5 10 7 8 6 12 8 12 8 7
    04. AZERBAIJAN 109 12 6 10 4 8 5 6 12 10 12 10 7 7
    05. FRANCE 107 3 7 8 8 12 10 6 10 10 6 8 7 12
     
    • Olivier Rocher (France) 20:29 on May 1, 2017 8:29 pm Permalink

      As a member of the Oikopanel I can tell that each one of us has been free to express his opinion (as usual). For example, though a Greece based website, I don’t like the disapointing Greek entry and could freely award that country very average points. Sorry you disagree with the panel’s vote, but at least you could respect our work and don’t doubt our freedom of speech. Merci!

    • polopaiti 13:55 on April 27, 2017 1:55 pm Permalink

      Greece second? Seriously? The song is awful. This Greek website is not objective AT ALL!!!!

  • geoff Fontignie Lozano (Belgium) 12:38 on March 2, 2017 12:38 pm Permalink |  

    Portugal 2017: watch our review of the finalists and vote in our poll 

    PORTUGAL – Festival da Canção 2017 will be the 51st edition of Festival da Canção, the music competition that selects Portugal’s entries for the Eurovision Song Contest. For the very first time, RTP abolished the language restrictions, so that artists may submit songs in any language(s), even without Portuguese. On 5 December 2016, RTP revealed the names of the sixteen composers that were invited to participate. The final will take place at Coliseu dos Recreios in Lisbon on 5 March 2017, hosted by Sílvia Alberto and Catarina Furtado. In the Final eight entries will participate. The winner will be determined by the televote and the votes from regional juries. (source: http://www.wikipedia.org)

     
  • geoff Fontignie Lozano (Belgium) 18:00 on March 1, 2017 6:00 pm Permalink |  

    Estonia 2017: Geoff reviews Eesti Laul finalists; have a say in our poll 

    ESTONIA – Eesti Laul 2017 will be the ninth edition of the Estonian national selection Eesti Laul, which will select Estonia’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The competition will consist of 20 entries competing in two semi-finals on 11 and 18 February 2017 leading to a ten-song final on 4 March 2017. The final will take place on 4 March 2017 at the Saku Suurhall in Tallinn. The five entries that qualified from each of the two preceding semi-finals, all together ten songs, will compete during the show. The winner will be selected over two rounds of voting. In the first round, a jury (50%) and public televote (50%) will determine the top three entries to proceed to the super final. In the super final, the winner will be selected entirely by a public televote. The running order was revealed on 21 February 2017.

     
  • Fred Medeiros (United Kingdom) 23:06 on February 21, 2017 11:06 pm Permalink |  

    Denmark 2017: Fred & Darren review the DMGP entries; have a say in our poll 

    DENMARK – Denmark will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Danish broadcaster DR will organise the national final Melodi Grand Prix 2017 in order to select the Danish entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine.

    Melodi Grand Prix 2017 will be the 47th edition of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, the music competition that selects Denmark’s entries for the Eurovision Song Contest. The event will be held on 25 February 2017 at the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, hosted by Annette Heick and Johannes Nymark.

    Ten songs will in one show where the winner will be determined over two rounds of voting. In the first round, the top songs based on the combination of votes from a public vote and a five-member jury panel will qualify to the super-final. In the super-final, the winner will be determined as well by the combination of votes from the public and the jury panel. The jury panel will consist of five Danish Eurovision fans.

    The final will take place on 25 February 2017. In addition to the performances of the competing entries, Danish Eurovision Song Contest 2000 winners Olsen Brothers will perform as the interval act.

     
  • geoff Fontignie Lozano (Belgium) 18:06 on February 21, 2017 6:06 pm Permalink |  

    Norway 2017: Geoff reviews MGP entries; have a say in our poll 

    NORWAY – Norway will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Norwegian broadcaster Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK) will organise the national final Melodi Grand Prix 2017 in order to select the Norwegian entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine. Melodi Grand Prix 2017 will be the 55th edition of the Norwegian national final Melodi Grand Prix and will select Norway’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. In the aim of improving Norway’s chances of victory, international juries will be reintroduced into the Melodi Grand Prix format; international juries were previously used to select Norway’s entries in 1985 and 1995, which resulted in the selection of songs that went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest. Ten songs will compete during the final on 11 March 2017.

     
  • A. Alexandrovic (Swiss) 16:11 on February 20, 2017 4:11 pm Permalink |  

    Denmark 2017: listen to the songs and vote for your favourite 

     
  • Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece) 19:46 on February 15, 2017 7:46 pm Permalink  

    Eurovision 2017: time to vote for your favourite among the First Ten entries available 

    EUROPE – In the first round of the First Ten 2017 poll, oikotimes.com asked you which of the ten already selected artists have the best chances in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, a poll which was won by Albanian entrant Lindita Halimi. Time for the second phase of the First Ten 2017 poll asking you which of the ten already selected songs has the best chances / your favourite preference for the Kyiv Eurovision edition. Ten countries have selected their songs for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. This is an overview of all the selected songs so far. Countries who have selected their entries are Albania, Belarus, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. You can vote up to three favourite entries of yours.

     
  • geoff Fontignie Lozano (Belgium) 10:32 on February 15, 2017 10:32 am Permalink  

    Hungary 2017: Geoff reviews the finalists; vote in our poll 

    HUNGARY – Hungary will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The local Media Services and Support Trust Fund (MTVA) and the Hungarian broadcaster Duna Media Service Provider will organise the national final A Dal 2017 in order to select the Hungarian entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine. A Dal 2017 will be the sixth edition of the Hungarian national selection A Dal, which will select Hungary’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The competition will consist of 30 entries competing in three heats, two semi-finals, and a final. The hosts are Levente Harsányi, Krisztina Rátonyi, and Csilla Tatár. The final will take place on 18 February 2017 where the eight entries that qualified from the semi-finals will compete. The winner of the competition will be selected over two rounds of voting. In the first round, the jury determines the top four entries that will advance to the second round. The voting system for the four jurors will be different from the method used in the heats and semi-finals. Each juror will announce their scores after all songs had been performed rather than assigning scores following each performance, and the jurors will rank their top four entries and assign points in the following manner: 4 (lowest), 6, 8 and 10 (highest).

     
  • A. Alexandrovic (Swiss) 02:06 on February 15, 2017 2:06 am Permalink  

    Poland 2017: listen to the Krajowe Eliminacje entries and vote in our poll 

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  • A. Alexandrovic (Swiss) 17:58 on February 9, 2017 5:58 pm Permalink  

    Germany 2017: listen to the full version of the Unser Song entries and vote online 

     
  • Olivier Rocher (France) 11:47 on February 4, 2017 11:47 am Permalink  

    Malta 2017: Olivier reviews MESC finalists; have a say in our poll 

     
  • Norman Burdon (Canada) 18:38 on January 26, 2017 6:38 pm Permalink  

    Finland 2017: Emma leads both YLE online pre-voting and oikotimes poll 

    FINLAND – Emma is the online pre-voting favourite according to YLE voters, results of which revealed this afternoon. Earlier today the running order for the final was revealed as well. Emma is also the favourite of the oikotimes.com panel at the moment as you can see below.

    The final of the competition is scheduled to take place on 28 January 2017 at Espoo Metro Areena, in Espoo. The winning entry will be determined by public voting and the votes from international jury panels.

    Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2017 will be the sixth edition of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), the music competition that selects Finland’s entries for the Eurovision Song Contest.

    Yle opened a submission period between 1 September 2016 and 5 September 2016 in order for interested parties to submit their entries. At least one of the writers and the lead singer(s) had to hold Finnish citizenship or live in Finland permanently in order for the entry to qualify to compete. The submitted songs were not allowed to exceed three minutes, but could contain lyrics in any language. A panel of experts appointed by YLE selected entries for the competition from the received submissions. Yle filmed promotional music videos for each of the competing entries.

     
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