Tonight saw the staging of the second ever annual Eurovision NI Awards in Belfast. Trophies were handed out in nineteen categories with the big winners on the night being Sweden’s Robin Bengtsson who took away three gongs including Best Male and Best Staging and Best Song for ‘I Can’t Go On’. Moldova’s Sunstroke Project received two awards including Best Group, Duo or Collaboration and Best Returning Act. The awards show also honoured Linda Martin who joined Sir Terry Wogan as those who have received the Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contribution to Eurovision. Read on for a full list of the winners.
Eurovision fans all feared the worst when one of the Contest’s stalwarts announced the demise of their national broadcaster at Eurovision 2017 and that Imri Ziv may be Israel’s last ever entry. News last month however confirmed that they had reached a temporary solution and would be back for the 2018 edition in Lisbon. This week it has been announced that Israeli selection show Israel’s Rising Star will also return.
Although 2017 wasn’t the best year at Eurovision for Lithuania, national broadcaster LRT have announced there will be no change in the format used to select their Eurovision artist and song for Eurovision 2018. The mammoth (if not somewhat outdrawn) selection show Eurovizijos will return in the new year.
Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG have reportedly decided a change in tact for Eurovision 2018. Moving away from their internal selection method which they have employed since 2009. The broadcaster will instead launch a remounted selection show entitled Montevizija for 2018.
Latvian Eurovision selection show Supernova will return in 2018. The announcement was made earlier this week by national broadcaster LTV. The deadline for submissions passed on Sunday and now the broadcasters want your input for the next stage.