New Music Round Up: June 2018 (Part One)!

As we move into June we are treated to even more hits from former Eurovision stars. As June saw the opening of the FIFA World Cup we have been inundated with World Cup songs from the likes of Buranovskiye Babushki (aka the Russian Grannies), Armenian singer Iveta Mukuchyan and Malta’s Ira Losco teaming up with Jason Derulo. As well as that we have non-sporting new music from Belorussian 2018 representative Alekseev, Dutch girl band OG3NE and Eurovision 1988 winner and all round legend Celine Dion. Read on to find out what we made of each song!
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Big Five Nations Draw Running Spots for Final

Six nations automatically qualify for the Eurovision final. This is the host nation Portugal and the so-called ‘Big Five’ nations; France, Spain, Germany, Italy and United Kingdom. Portugal, as hosts got to choose the slot they would perform in at the final and last month chose number 8 spot. Today the Big Five took part in the draw to find out which half of the final they would compete in.

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Eurovision Gets Political in 2018!

For the most part Eurovision is a celebration of a range of European identities, a chance for nations to express and showcase their national individuality and prowess. On a whole this is about celebrating the music and culture of these nations and usually sees widespread generic messages evoking peace, love and tolerance. Eurovision rules state that:

‘The lyrics and/or performance of the songs shall not bring the Shows, the ESC [Eurovision Song Contest] as such or the EBU [European Broadcasting Union] into disrepute. No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted during the ESC.’

However there have been moments in Eurovision’s history that have flouted this rule and has seen rising tensions between countries who are at odds with come to the fore and play out through the Contest. Continue reading

Eurovision NI World Cup 2018: The Final!


The Eurovision NI World Cup 2018 has reached its final. 43 countries began the journey a few weeks ago, but after the group stage, the round of 16, the quarter finals and the semi finals we have our two finalists!  Continue reading

Eurovision NI World Cup 2018 Semi Finals: Results!


The Eurovision NI World Cup has had its group stage, its round of 16, the quarter finals and this week you have been voting for the four remaining acts in the semi final stage. Two acts have advanced to next week’s final and it’s time to reveal the two finalists! Continue reading

Alexander Rybak Tries His Hand at Some of this Year’s Eurovision Songs on the Violin!

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. Continue reading

Eurovision NI World Cup 2018: Semi Finals!


The Eurovision NI World Cup has had its group stage, its round of 16, earlier this week we had the quarter finals and now we move on to the semi final stage where the remaining four songs will battle it out in two head to head matches for the two spots in next week’s final. Take a look at the match ups below and be sure to vote for your favourite to make sure they make the final. Continue reading

Eurovision NI World Cup 2018 Quarter Finals: Results!

For the past few days you have been voting in the Quarter Finals stage of the 2018 edition of the Eurovision NI World Cup. Eight countries squared of in one on one battles with only four progressing to the Semi Finals. It’s time to reveal the results! Continue reading

Eurovision NI World Cup 2018: Quarter Finals!

For the past week you have been voting in the Round of 16 stage of the 2018 edition of the Eurovision NI World Cup. Eight countries were triumphant in the battle rounds and have now advanced to this next stage: the quarter finals. They will have to do battle once more in order to reach the semi finals next week. So once again we ask you to vote for your favourites! Continue reading