Hungary kicked off their Eurovision 2019 selection competition A Dal last night with the first of their heats. Ten songs competed for one of the six spots in the semi final rounds in a few weeks’ time. Read on to find out who made it.
All week you have been voting in the last of our group polls to determine which song will be named our favourite song of 2018 from previous Eurovision contestants. The poll closed earlier today and we can now reveal the results.
It’s the eighth and final week of our latest feature to find out the Top 30 songs released by former Eurovision stars in 2018. Again this week we take you through ten of the biggest hits of 2018 and ask you to vote for your three favourites from the bunch!
Hungary are the latest nation to announce their plans for selecting their Eurovision song for 2019. They will carry on using their selection show A Dal which has served as their process for Eurovision selection since 2012. The competition will kick off on 19 January with its first heat.
It’s the third week of our latest feature to find out the Top 30 songs released by former Eurovision stars in 2018. Again this week we take you through ten of the biggest hits of 2018 and ask you to vote for your three favourites from the bunch!
July ushers in a summer full of new hits from your Eurovision faves. This month we take a look at new tracks from Latvia’s Aminata, everyone’s favourite saxy group Sunstroke Project, Polish butter churner/singer CLEO and Eurovision 2018 alums Lea Sirk (Slovenia), AWS (Hungary) and Sevak Khanagyan (Armenia).
The second semi final for Eurovision 2018 took place earlier this evening. 18 countries battled it out for the ten remaining spots in the Grand Final on Saturday. Find out which countries made it through!
Eurovision continues tomorrow night with the second of the semi finals. Before this takes place, we make our predictions as to which ten of the eighteen countries will make it to Saturday’s final.
On the eve of the second semi final we take a look at the bookies’ betting odds for each of the countries taking part in Semi Final 2!
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.