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?