Calls for Iceland, Ireland, Sweden and UK to Boycott Eurovision 2019!

There has been pressure for a number of European nations to withdraw from next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled to be hosted by Israel in May 2019. After Israeli singer Netta Barzilai won the Contest in Lisbon last week for her song ‘Toy’, she announced ‘Next Year in Jerusalem!’. Although there has yet to be any official announcement from the national broadcaster IPBC or the EBU, many sources point towards Jerusalem as the host city for 2019. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed his interest in Jerusalem hosting the Contest and the other main rival city Tel Aviv have stated they have no interest in putting a bid in.

The news is not welcomed by all, and some politicians, political groups and other individuals have expressed their disgust at the recent and historic violence that the Israeli state has carried out on the Palestinian people on the Gaza Strip. In the wake of the Eurovision result, there has been widespread attacks on Palestinians following the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Among those expressing that their nation should boycott the Contest in 2019 in protest are former winner Charlie McGettigan (Ireland) and a petition started by an Icelandic native has garnered almost 20,000 signatures. Continue reading

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Netta Wins Eurovision 2018!

Netta Barzilai has been crowned the winner of Eurovision 2018 for Israel. The singer wowed both juries and the public throughout Europe and Australia with her song ‘Toy’, a reaction to the recent #MeToo Movement. The song beat off stiff competition from Cyprus’ Eleni Foureira who finished in second with song ‘Fuego’, Austria’s Cezar Sampson was a surprise hit with the juries coming in third, former winner Alexander Rybak (Norway) and former runner up Waylon (The Netherlands). Netta totaled 529 points between the jury and televote.  Continue reading

Semi Final 1 Predictions (2018)

Eurovision will kick off tomorrow night with the first of the semi finals. Before this takes place, we make our predictions as to which ten of the nineteen countries will make it to Saturday’s final. Continue reading

Saara Aalto Wins Eurovision World Cup 2018!

For the past five weeks we have asked you to vote for your favourite songs in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in the third year of our Eurovision NI World Cup competition. This year saw Ukraine’s Melovin and Finland’s Saara Aalto make it to the final. You have been voting all week and we’ve received over 9,000 votes and it’s time to reveal the results. Continue reading

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

Photos From Second Day of Rehearsals for Eurovision 2018!

The Eurovision 2018 rehearsals continued today with nine more countries taking to the stage in Lisbon’s Altice Arena. Here’s a sneak peak at their performances! Continue reading

Eurovision NI World Cup 2018 Round of 16: Results!

For the past week you have been voting in the Round of 16 stage of the 2018 edition of the Eurovision NI World Cup. From the 43 countries that started out, sixteen have progressed to the second stage and now we can reveal the winner of each duel. Only eight can make it to the Quarter Final Round! Here are the results! Continue reading

Eurovision NI World Cup 2018: Round of 16!

For the past four weeks you have been voting in the group stages of the 2018 edition of the Eurovision NI World Cup. From the 43 countries that started out, sixteen have progressed to the second stage and will now duel against each other for one of places in the quarter final round. Only eight can make it! Check out the match ups below and get voting to ensure your favourite song makes it! Continue reading