The Netherlands were one of the first countries to announce their act for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest when they chose Douwe Bob. Douwe has a great back catalogue of songs. Read on to listen to our playlist made up of the Dutchman’s hits.
Despite being one of the ‘Big 5’ and therefore automatically qualifying for the final each year, Spain have not won a Eurovision Song Contest since 1969. This was the second time they have won, having also won the contest the year before. The 1970s gave them three second place finishes, but more recently they haven’t fared so well. Since 2000 they have had six top ten finishes including the 2014 entry ‘Dancing In the Rain’ from Ruth Lorenzo. Despite being a firm fan favourite in 2015, Edurne’s ‘Amanecer’ only managed to finish 21st with 15 points. But what’s in store for 2016? Read on to find out!
Our obsession with Russia’s 2016 Eurovision entry Sergey Lazarev gets more and more unhealthy by the day. As we rummaged through his back catalogue of videos, stalked his Instagram account and googled images of him, we couldn’t help but notice a recurring fashion motif. Our man Sergey loves his leather! In fact he loves it so much we have decided to crown him King of Leather. Read on to see some of his amazing leather clad outfits.
Ever since Sergey Lazarev was announced as the Russian entry for 2016, he has become our early favourite. His devilish good looks, his instantly memorable pop songs, his superb dance moves and videos that have a great sense of humour have given him a permanent space on our Eurovision playlists. Check out his back catalogue of hits below!
Eneda Tarifa has been chosen as the act who will represent Albania in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. The decision was made with the conclusion of the 54th annual Festival i Kenges which took place over the past three nights. Following two semi finals on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, tonight saw 22 acts compete in the final.
Instead of the originally scheduled 18 acts, 22 artists have made it through to the Albanian national selection final which will take place later tonight. 30 acts in total battled over two semi finals held on Christmas Day and on Boxing Day in a bid to get one step closer to being Albania’s entry for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. Eight of these acts have been eliminated from the Festivali i Këngës 2016 competition. Read on to find out which act have been eliminated and which will continue to fight it out in the final.
Loic Nottet who represented Belgium in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest has won the French version of Strictly Come Dancing just before Christmas.
Moldova made their Eurovision debut in 2005 and to date it is still their best result with a sixth place finish for ‘Bunica Bate Toba’ by Zdob şi Zdub. Since then they have competed every year, but missed out on the final three times, having not qualified from their semi final. This includes their last two attempts with Cristina Scarlat in 2014 and last year Eduard Romanyuta narrowly missed out on a place in the final having finished 11th in his semi final with ‘I Want Your Love’. They return to the contest in 2016, find out more by reading on…
Estonia have competed 22 times in the Eurovision Song Contest. Their first attempt in 1993 saw them fail to qualify for the final, something that they repeated on a further seven occasions. Their most successful period was from 1996-2002 which gave them six top ten finishes including a win in 2001 for Tanel Padar/Dave Benton/2XL with ‘Everybody’ and a third place the following year with Sahlene’s ‘Runaway’. In 2015 they had been earmarked as early favourites when they selected Stig Rasta and Elina Born to represent them with ‘Goodbye to Yesterday’, the momentum for the song waned however and they finished in seventh place. Estonia return in 2016 with their Eesti Laul selection competition. Read on to find out more.
Malta has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 28 times since its debut in 1971. After a 16 year gap from 1975 to 1991, Malta returned to the Contest. Malta has been dubbed the most successful country not to have won the Contest. Despite never winning, they have finished second twice (Ira Losco in 2002 and Chiara in 2005), they twice finished third and have finished in the top 10 in 12 out of 15 contests from 1991-2005. More recently Malta have failed to qualify for the final on five out of nine occasions including their most recent attempt in 2015 with Amber’s ‘Warrior’. What will they have in store in 2016?