In 2019 Australia used a national final to select their act and song for Eurovision. This was the first time the nation chose to do so since they started competing in 2015. The show was called Australia Decides and proved to be a huge success, selecting Kate Miller Heidke’s ‘Zero Gravity’ as its representative. Australian broadcaster SBS announced that the selection show is set to make a return in 2020.
Mahmood soared to second place at Eurovision 2019 with his song ‘Soldi’. The Italian singer has wasted no time and has been toiling away in the studio on new material. His next single ‘Barrio’ debuted last week and now he has released the new music video for the track. Check it out!
SVT announced today that Melfest 2020 will be hosted by a trio of presenters. The line up includes Lina Hedlund, David Sundin and Linnea Henriksson.
Melfest is one of the most highly anticipated competitions of the Eurovision selection season. Today the Swedish broadcaster SVT announced the initial plans for the 2020 competition.
Over the course of today, we have been revealing the nominees for this year’s Eurovision NI Awards 2019. The fourth annual awards ceremony will take place in Belfast’s iconic Crumlin Road Gaol on 5th October 2019 with the show kicking off from 8pm. Awards will be handed out in the same 19 categories as last year. These will be decided by a panel of experts including the categories; Best Male, Best Female, Best Duo, Group or Collaboration, Best Live Vocal, Best Staging, Best Returning Artist, Best Moment, Best Video, Best Song Not In the English Language, Best New Song, Best Song From Selection Shows and Best Song.
As well as honouring the good, we also reflect on the bad with the categories Worst Song, Worst Lyrics, Worst Dressed Male, Worst Dressed Female and Most Cringeworthy Act. Also returning for 2018 is the award decided by the readers of our blog: The People’s Choice Award. Finally we will honour a person who has contributed greatly to Eurovision with the Phoenix: Outstanding Contribution to Eurovision Award which this year will go to Eurovision legends and international super stars ABBA. They will join Conchita Wurst, Linda Martin and the late Sir Terry Wogan in the Eurovision NI Hall of Fame.
In addition to the awards results, this year will see guest performances from the 1992 Eurovision winner Linda Martin and ABBA tribute band Lovelight. The night will also have an interactive Eurovision Quiz, a live People’s Choice Vote, a Eurovision themed disco and a few other surprises along the way. Tickets are now available from our Eventbrite page.
Read on for the full list of nominees!
‘Brendan Galileo For Europe’ is an award-winning, one man show, written and performed by Fionn Foley. Set against the backdrop of the Eurovision Song Contest, it is a timely look at European politics. The show debuted at the Dublin Fringe Festival and following its success there, embarks on a UK and Ireland tour in June through to August. It will play for one night in Belfast’s Lyric Theatre on 15th June.
The Eurovision NI Awards are back in 2019 for our fourth annual awards show! The Awards have grown year on year and 2019’s show will take place in Belfast’s iconic former prison, the Crumlin Road Gaol on 5 October 2019. We are proud to announce that Eurovision legend Linda Martin will headline the show this year.
In the wake of the Eurovision 2019 results, it seems that that there have been a number of issues with how the jury votes had been delivered. Most notably, and the only one that the EBU has accepted to date, is the results of the Belorussian jury. Other marked mistakes however have been made. This is particularly the case in regards to the Semi Final jury votes and some of the national jurors having voted back to front.
Since her victory at Eurovision 2016, Jamala has enjoyed musical success with follow up hits ‘I Believe in U’ and ‘Wings’.
She also got married to long term partner Bekir Suleimanov, gave birth to their son Emir. During her time as panelist on Ukrainian Eurovision selection show Vidbir she has become a widely shared gif and caused international controversy. In 2019 she posed a very ‘uncomfortable question’ to eventual winner of the show Maruv, who subsequently withdrew as a result and this led to Ukraine pulling out of the 2019 Contest.
Icelandic band Hatari finished in 10th place at Eurovision 2019 with their song ‘Hatrid Mun Sigra’. With 232 points, this gave Iceland their best result this decade, but their appearance was not without controversy. The group who were quite vocal about their political opinions regarding the Middle Eastern conflict in the lead up to the Contest, unfurled a Palestinian flag when their televote total was unveiled on Saturday night. This action led to audible boos in the Israeli arena and saw security staff attempt to remove the flag from them.