15 Things We Learned This Week

anti social media1. Denmark became the tenth country to choose their song for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Anti Social Media won the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix on Saturday with their song ‘The Way You Are’ after receiving the highest combined votes of jury and public.

2. Runner up Anne Gadegaard wasn’t pleased with the results as she had received the highest amount of votes from the public. The ‘Suitcase’ singer took to social media to complain about the jury decision saying that it should have been her that was selected to represent Denmark.

3. The 60th Anniversary concert organised by the BBC was confirmed this week. The show will take place in London’s Hammersmith Apollo on 31st March. Tickets went on sale last week and were priced between £49-£100.

Graham Norton to host 60th Anniversary show in London

Graham Norton to host 60th Anniversary show in London

4. The show will be hosted by BBC presenter Graham Norton and the 2013 Eurovision Final host Petra Meade.

5. The line up for the show has also been confirmed and will feature a mix of contemporary and classic Eurovision acts. This will include Emmelie de Forest, Lordi , Rosa López , Natasha St-Pier, The Olsen Brothers, The Herreys , Nicole, Johnny Logan, Anne-Marie David and reigning champion Conchita Wurst.

6. Eurovision.Tv have launched a new microsite full of articles, videos and photos celebrating the past 60 year history of the contest. You can access the site here.

7. Perhaps the most anticipated and most competitive of the national selection processes, Melodifestivalen kicked off on Saturday night and was hosted by Sweden’s 2014 entry Sanna Nielssen.

Eric Saade advances to Melodifestivalen Final

Eric Saade advances to Melodifestivalen Final

8. Progressing to the Melodifestivalen final on 14th March is Sweden’s 2011 representative Eric Saade with his song ‘Sting’. Saade will be joined by Jessica Andersson with her song ‘Can’t Hurt Me Now’.

9. Although not qualifying for the final outright K-Pop influenced girl band Dolly Style will compete in the Second Chance round and are hoping they will be advancing to the final from there.

10. UMK, Finland’s national selection process also kicked off last week with three acts from semi final one advancing to the final. The three acts are Satin Circus, Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat and Norlan ‘El Misionario’.

11. Meanwhile the rest of Europe continued in their search for their Eurovision entries. Israel have whittled the numbers down to just four in their The Next Star show. Their finalists are Sari Nachmias, Avia Shoshani, Iki Levy & The Rasta Hebrew Men, and Nadav Guedj.

12. Iceland have chosen their final 7 acts after their second semi final concluded on Saturday. You can preview the songs and vote for your favourite in our poll here.

Will Ireland pick Nikki Kavanagh for 2015?

Will Ireland pick Nikki Kavanagh for 2015?

13. Serbia have selected their final three acts and they will battle it out this week to be crowned the Serbian representative for 2015. Their final three are Danica Krstic, Bojana Stamenov and Aleksa Jelic.

14. Hungary’s A Dal competition saw their third heat take place this week with another 6 acts moving on to the semi finals, most notably former Eurovision contestant Kati Wolf.

15. After months of keeping quiet, Ireland finally broke their Eurovision silence announcing that they will chose between 5 acts including Kat Mahon, Nikki Kavanagh, 16 year old Molly Sterling, Zambian rapper Alex Saint and MJs and Swede Erika Selin on 27th February. You can listen to a snippet of the songs and vote for your favourite here.

 

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