This week was another action packed week with many of the countries taking part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest finalising their acts and songs for Vienna in May. Majority of the songs have now been revealed, but let’s take a look back on the things we learned this week.
1. Australia will make their debut at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest, but it was revealed this week that their first ever representative would be former Australian Idol and R n B singer Guy Sebastian. In a press conference this week he stated that the song choice would be revealed in due course, but it could be a song that featured on his latest album, as it was written within the Eurovision deadline.
2. Controversy was rife when the German selection process crowned Andreas Kummert as the winner of the live final this week, only for the singer to turn down the chance to represent his country at Eurovision with song ‘Heart of Stone’
3. Instead it would be runner up Ann Sophie who would represent Germany in May with her song ‘Black Smoke’. Ann Sophie, the wildcard winner, looked genuinely shocked as Kummert offered her his place.
4. Poland also selected their entry this week through an internal selection process which will see Monika Kuszynska perform her song ‘In the Name of Love’.
5. Portugal’s Eurovision act was revealed to be Leonor Andrade who will be hoping that her song ‘There’s a Sea Between Us’ will fare better than last year’s entry Suzi who failed to progress past the semi final round of the contest.
6. Greece’s MAD show saw five singers battle it out for the chance to go to Vienna, the lucky winner was Maria-Eleni Kyriakou who will perform her song ‘One Last Breath come May.
7. The United Kingdom have selected unknown group Electro Velvet made up of a Mick Jagger impersonator and a Voice UK contestant who didn’t pass the blind auditions stage. The band will sing their electro swing song ‘Still in Love with You’. The BBC have come under a lot of criticism recently for sidelining the show to the red button channel and for not allowing the British public to have any say in who represents the UK at Eurovision.
8. ‘You’re Beautiful’ singer James Blunt has expressed his interest in competing at Eurovision tweeting that ‘You know we’d win the Eurovision Song Contest if you had the balls to enter me.’ The comment sparked thousands of retweets and favourites on the social media site.
9. Off to Romania next, as they announced it would be rock band Voltaj who would attempt to win the Eurovision title for Romania with their song ‘De La Capat’.
10. Sweden continued their quest for an act suitable to give them their sixth win at Eurovision with the second chance round of the Melodifestivalen competition. After four battle rounds Linus Svenning, Dinah Nah (poor Dolly Style), Hasse Andersson and Samir and Victor will join the eight acts who had already qualified directly for Saturday’s grand final.
11. Also in this show we were treated to a performance of Loreen’s new single ‘Paperlight’ which saw the 2012 winner perform with epic staging and dance routine and with questionable hair extension top that barely covered her breasts. You can listen to the new single here:
12. Belgium have known that their singer Loic Nottet would be their representative for quite a while, but this week saw the big reveal of his song ‘Rhythm Inside’. Listen here:
13. Amber’s song ‘Warrior’ was one of the first songs to be revealed this year, and since it has been an early favourite with fans. This week the Maltese singer revealed the official video to accompany the track. Watch it below:
14. Austria moved one step closer to choosing a worthy successor to Conchita Wurst when they picked the finalists for their show which will take part this weekend. The finalists include: The MakeMakes with ‘I am Yours’, Celina Ann’s ‘Utopia’, Dawa with ‘Feel Alive’, Folkshilfe ‘Who You Are’, Johann Sebastian Bass’s ‘Absolution’ and Zoe with ‘What a Trickster’.
15. Sticking with Austria for the next piece of news and it seems that Conchita is as popular with you as always. This week Conchita topped the first of our Semi Final polls to find out who you’re favourite Eurovision song of all time is. Don’t forget that there is still plenty of time to vote in Semi Final 2 here.