There was worry across the Eurovision community following San Marino’s announcement after the 2017 Contest that they would have to have a serious look at how they participated in the future. Rumours were rife that they may pull out of the Contest following claims that it is difficult for micro states like San Marino to qualify for the final. Earlier this evening the Sammarinese broadcaster SMRTV not only confirmed that they would be returning in 2018, but that they will host a Europe wide talent casting process to select their act and song.
Three acts with links to Eurovision have been competing in the fourteenth series of the UK version of the X-Factor. Slavko Kalezic (Montenegro), Berget Lewis (The Netherlands) and Jon Lillygreen (Cyprus) all competed in the Six Chair Challenge this weekend in Nicole Scherzinger’s Overs category in a bid to make it to the Judges’ Houses next weekend.
For the past few weeks, we have asked for your opinion on the nominees in 18 categories at the Eurovision NI Awards 2017. Here’s the results of the polls for each category. Will your favourites win on the night? The Eurovision NI Awards will be live from Belfast on 21 October from 8pm. Follow us on Twitter (@EurovisionNI) for the results.
Recently it has been rare that France have had a national selection contest for Eurovision. Between 2008 and 2013 and again since 2015 they have opted to select their act through an internal selection process. This has given them a fairly good success rate with Alma finishing twelfth, and Amir especially coming in sixth place, their best result in the last fifteen years. Today however French broadcaster France 2 revealed that they will air multiple episodes of a new show Destination Eurovision to select their artist and song for Eurovision 2018.
Last month the Maltese broadcaster revealed a list of 30 artists and songs that they had selected for the next round of their national selection for Eurovision 2018. Today, they have gone one step closer and have shortened the list to the 16 songs that will compete at the live MESC 2018 show in Jan/Feb. Read on for the full list of contenders.
Montenegrin singer Slavko Kalezic impressed the X-Factor judges in his first audition with his trademark plait and an impressive rendition of Beyonce’s ‘End of Time’. He returned to our screens on Saturday evening when he took part in the Boot Camp stage of the competition.
Don’t you just love it when two Eurovision stars team up? Well, last week dutch singer and 2016 Eurovision representative for the Netherlands travelled to the hometown of Country music: Nashville, Tennessee. While there he met up with one half of the Common Linnets and 2014 Eurovision representative Ilse DeLange for her new television show ‘Ilse’s Veranda’.
The MTV European Music Awards are one of the highlights in the awards season calendar. This year’s show will take place in London’s SSE Wembley Arena on 12 November and will be hosted by Rita Ora. Among the nominees are some of our favourite Eurovision stars.
39 countries have confirmed their participation Eurovision 2018. Among them are Albania and Israel who announced this week their intentions to compete in the Contest in Lisbon in May next year.