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Greece 2017: tomorrow the press conference

GREECE – Tomorrow at 12:30 CET, the Greek national broadcaster will present to the press, the team for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest: Demy, Dimitris Kontopoulos and Fokas Evangelinos. The broadcaster will explain the procedure of the national selection which is set for around end of February. It will be cleared that ERT internally selected Dimitris Kontopoulos and Fokas Evangelinos and not Demy directly. Demy was the choice of the Greek Dream Team to ERT which was approved. There will ... | read the full story here

January 24, 2017 6:47 am // 0 Comments

Tako Gachechiladze speaks out, TRM disqualifies Constantin, Sergiu Bolota releases his bid and Konstantin Meladze responds to allegations

ROMANIA – Sergiu Bolota releases We Were Young which will participate in the Romanian national selection. Sergiu composed the song along with Stig Rasta, the 2015 Estonian representative in the Vienna Eurovision Song Contest edition. There’s already interest by many regional and international media about the song and the artists. Sergiu now hopes he is entering the Romanian selection UKRAINE – Insecurity in Ukraine continues not only for hosting the 2017 Eurovision Song ... | read the full story here

January 24, 2017 6:29 am // 0 Comments

United Kingdom 2017: The Guardian slams the choice of finalists

THEGUARDIAN.CO.UK REPORTS / UNITED KINGDOM – Today’s unveiling of the six shortlisted UK Eurovision entries seems even more dispiritingly pointless than usual. We did badly enough at Eurovision when we were just a swaggering warmonger with an artificially inflated sense of entitlement. But now we’ve had Brexit, and Europe knows we hate it, and it hates us in return. This year, the only way we’ll salvage a single dismal point from the whole depressing charade is if we enter a song ... | read the full story here

January 24, 2017 6:19 am // 0 Comments

Malta 2017: tickets for MESC are now available

MALTA – Tickets for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2017, scheduled for 18 February at the MFCC, are on sale as from today. The tickets are available from the http://www.showshappening.com site, and can be purchased from 6.00 p.m. onward. PBS Chief Executive John Bundy told tvm.com.mt that the delay in issuing the tickets was caused by the big demand, and early booking was advisable in order to acquire ... | read the full story here

January 24, 2017 6:04 am // 0 Comments

Eurovision Telegram: the latest from Romania, Latvia, Ukraine

UKRAINE – The EBU community has welcomed the successful legal registration of the new Ukrainian public broadcaster – National Public TV and Radio Company of Ukraine (NPTRCU). The registration on 19 January successfully concludes an intensive process of work on legal, structural and administrative acts and reforms. “This is a big step forward in the reform of Ukrainian media, which has been considered by the Ukrainian government as a corner stone for overall reforms in the ... | read the full story here

January 23, 2017 4:36 pm // 0 Comments

United Kingdom 2017: who’s your favourite to win? vote in our poll

The BBC today confirms the names of the six acts and songs that will take to the Eurovision: You Decide stage this Friday 27 January to compete for the honour of representing the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Hosted by Mel Giedroyc, the 90-minute UK Selection show will be broadcast live on BBC Two at 7.30pm from The Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith and will feature performances by the six competing acts before the vote opens. The six acts and songs were revealed today on BBC ... | read the full story here

January 23, 2017 1:09 pm // 0 Comments

United Kingdom 2017: BBC reveals the six finalists

UNITED KINGDOM – This morning the BBC revealed the six finalists for teh UK national final Eurovision: You Decide 2017. Months of search by BBC reaching out to professional songwriters and the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. There was an open submission for songs last October and publicly submitted songs were shortlisted by the fans of the OGAE UK. There was also an approach to established authors and singers under the guidance of music executive Hugh Goldsmith. The ... | read the full story here

January 23, 2017 11:05 am // 0 Comments

The latest from the United Kingdom and the new dates for A Dal

UNITED KINGDOM – Tomorrow at 10:30 CET Ken plays the 6 shortlisted tracks for the UK entry into the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Plus Linda Nolan chooses the Tracks of My Years with music from Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars and Doris Day. As part of The Nolans Linda had a string of top ten hits and toured Europe with Frank Sinatra. Ken also has the daily love song, record and album of the week plus PopMaster. If you’d like to get in touch with the show email Ken.Bruce@bbc.co.uk. It is ... | read the full story here

January 22, 2017 10:03 pm // 0 Comments

Moldova 2017: someone is gonna get disqualified!

MOLDOVA – Constantin Cobilean passed through the auditions for the Moldovan national selection, O Melodie Pentru Europa, the show through which the country will decide its participation to the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song “Mama”. But there’s a slight problem: the song was already performed in the 2015 Russian X-Factor! The song which performed in Romanian language appealed to the TRM jury and got a ticket for the semi final on February 24th. It is clear ... | read the full story here

January 22, 2017 12:46 pm // 0 Comments