I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions but this year I thought I would challenge myself. This challenge has come in the form of a vow to read 50 books in 2020. Each of these books will be by an author from a different nation, a nation that has competed in the Eurovision Song Contest.
I have decided on my first four books: ‘My Sister, the Serial Killer’ by Oyinkan Braithwaite (UK/Nigeria), ‘Reykjavik Nights’ by Arnaldur Indridason (Iceland), ‘The Slap’ by Christos Tsiolkas (Australia) and ‘Blindness’ by Jose Saramago (Portugal). After that, I’m going to need your help! Have you read any good books by European authors? Please share your suggestions to help me complete my challenge! Keep in mind that there needs to be an English translation of the book, ideally it would be a contemporary novel and easily digested in a week (250-500 pages).
Much to Eurovision fans’ dismay, the Eurovision Song Contest was cancelled in 2020 for the first time in the show’s history due to the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic. Today the Dutch ticketing partners for the competition PayLogic announced that the show will go on in 2021.
Eurovision NI’s World Cup is an eight week long competition that runs in the lead up to Eurovision week each year. It sees the Eurovision songs battle it out in a World Cup type format, starting with a group stage and moving its way to one on one battles in the knockout phase. 2020 saw the 41 songs duel it out with the two finalists being Switzerland’s Gjon’s Tears and Norway’s Ulrikke. The Final vote took place last week and Ulrikke’s ‘Attention’ was crowned the winner with a whopping 91% of the vote.
On Saturday night we were all supposed to be tuning in to the Grand Final of Eurovision 2020. However due to the Coronavirus, the show was cancelled. Eurovision NI wanted the party to continue so we hosted our very own Eurovision 2020 Watch Party. Two semi finals took place on Tuesday and Thursday and the ten qualifiers from each joined the Big Five and host nation the Netherlands in Saturday’s Grand Final. The Grand Final was won by Iceland’s Dadi Freyr and their song ‘Think About Things’. Read on for the full results including semi finals and the jury/televote split for the Grand Final.
Tonight Eurovision NI hosted the second of our Eurovision 2020 Watch Parties. Tonight saw the eighteen countries that were supposed to take part in Eurovision 2020’s Second Semi Final, fight it out for a spot in our Grand Final on Saturday. There were only ten spots available and the results were as follows:
Tonight Eurovision NI hosted the first of our Eurovision 2020 Watch Parties. Tonight saw the seventeen countries that were supposed to take part in Eurovision 2020’s First Semi Final, fight it out for a spot in our Grand Final on Saturday. There were only ten spots available and the results were as follows:
After six weeks of voting in the group stage, the knock out round, the quarter finals and the semi finals, we are now at the last battle of the Eurovision NI World Cup 2020! Two songs made it to this stage- Norway’s ‘Attention’ by Ulrikke and Switzerland’s ‘Repondez Moi’ by Gjon’s Tears. You can listen to both songs and vote for your winner below! The poll will close on Sunday night and the winner will be revealed on Monday!
Four songs battled it out last week in the fight to become the Eurovision NI’s World Cup 2020 champions. In this Semi Final round Norway’s Ulrikke faced off against Italy’s Diodato and Iceland’s Dadi Freyr battled it out against Swiss act Gjon’s Tears. But only two songs could advance to this week’s Grand Final.
Only four songs remain in the fight to become the Eurovision NI’s World Cup 2020 champions. In this Semi Final round the four songs will battle it out in one on one battles for a place in next week’s Grand Final. Vote for your favourites below!
This week, eight songs competed in the Quarter Finals of the Eurovision NI’s World Cup 2020 in the hopes of making it to next week’s Semi Finals. There were only four spots in the next round. Read on for the results!
James Newman is United Kingdom’s pick for Eurovision in 2020. His song is called ‘My Last Breath’ check out the lyrics below.