Sweden are set to defend their Eurovision crown in 2016, having announced today the 28 acts that will compete in their national selection heats in February and March next year. Melodifestivalen is probably the most competitive of all the Eurovision national selection processes with 4 qualifying semi finals and a second chance show to determine which acts will battle it out in the Melodifestivalen Final in March.
Following a successful stint in 2015, Australia will return to Eurovision in 2016. The announcement was made on 17th November after the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) came to the decision in conjunction with Australian national broadcasters SBS.
This week I was on holiday in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. When roaming the city and taking in many of the great tourist attractions on offer, I made my way to the Harpa concert hall down by the Harbour. When perusing the items in the gift shop I noticed a familiar face on the poster for upcoming show Jesus Christ Superstar.
Last night saw the conclusion of the thirteenth Junior Eurovision Song Contest in which Malta have won the competition for the second time. The winning entry ‘Not My Soul’ by Destiny Chukunyere finished top of the leaderboard with 185 points, 9 points ahead of nearest rivals Armenia. Third place went to Slovenia.
In this new feature we catch up with the acts from Eurovision 2015 and find out what they’ve been up to in the five months since Eurovision 2015 was staged in Vienna.