We are just a month into Eurovision season and we have already got our second artist confirmed for Eurovision 2020! Last week Hooverphonic were revealed as Belgium‘s pick and now Spain have joined the fray announcing at the weekend that Blas Canto will represent them in Rotterdam next year.
Earlier this evening the Eurovision NI Awards 2019 took place in Belfast’s Crumlin Road Gaol. In an action packed show, hosted by Denise Mulgrew and Brendan Hughes, a total of 19 awards were dished out. Special performances on the night came from the Eurovision 1992 winner Linda Martin and Lovelight (tribute act of the Outstanding Contribution to Eurovision Award recipient ABBA). Read on to find out who won big on the night.
In typical Belgian style, the nation are the first to announce their act yet again for Eurovision. In 2020 Belgium will be represented by Indie Synth group Hooverphonic.
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.
Today the European Broadcasting Union announced that Rotterdam will be the Eurovision 2020 host city.
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.