Croatia have announced that they are to return to their national selection show Dora for 2019. The competition had been used to select their Eurovision song from 1993 to 2011, but was discontinued due to a string of poor results and was replaced with internal selection up to and including this year.
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Many Eurovision fans will know that the 2009 champ Alexander Rybak has returned to the Contest in 2018 with his song ‘That’s How You Write a Song’. However, those who don’t follow the Norwegian singer on social media may not realise that he has been posting videos of him accompanying many of this year’s songs with his own additional violin pieces.
The Eurovision NI World Cup returns for the third consecutive year and we move on to the third of our groups Group C. Group C consists of Australia, Netherlands, Armenia, Croatia, Malta and Moldova. Take a look at their songs below and vote for your favourite in our poll!
Artsvik was chosen to represent Armenia at Eurovision 2017 when she won the national final Depi Evratesil in December. Learn more about her in our 10 Things About…Artsvik feature.
Greta Salome will be the Icelandic representative at Eurovision in 2016. The decision came following the live final of Songvakeppnin on Saturday night where her song ‘Her Them Calling’ beat off stiff competition from five other songs.
The second of Iceland’s Songvakeppnin semi finals took place on Saturday night with three more acts moving on to the final. This includes Elisabet Ormslev, Alda Dis Arnardottir and Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir & Guðmundur Snorri Sigurðarson. Meanwhile Palmi Gunnarsson, Erna Mist & Magnus Thorlaeius and Helgi Valur Asgeirsson were eliminated from the contest.
Iceland’s Eurovision bid kicked off last night when the first semi final was staged with six of the twelve acts competing live. Three of these acts would advance and the other three were eliminated.
Iceland has appeared in Eurovision 28 times since they first competed in 1986. Although they came last on two occasions in 2001 and finishing with nul points in 1989, they have also had a decent run of success. Their best result was coming in in second place which happened in 1999 with ‘All Out Of Luck’ by Selma and again in 2009 with Yohanna’s ‘Is It True?’. More recently they have continually been finishing mid-bottom end of the leader board in the final. Their entry last year ‘Unbroken’ by Maria Olafs unfortunately failed to reach the final, despite being one of my favourite songs of the contest.