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.
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
The Eurovision NI World Cup returns for the third consecutive year in 2018. Group D saw SuRie, Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro, Laura Rizzotto, Sennek and Alekseev do battle for The UK, Italy, Latvia, Belgium and Belarus respectively for the two spots in the next round. You’ve been voting since Thursday, the poll has now closed and now it’s time to reveal the results!Continue reading
The Eurovision NI World Cup returns for the third consecutive year and we continue the competition with Group D. Group D Consists of United Kingdom, Belgium, Latvia, Italy and Belarus. Take a look at their songs below and vote for your favourite in our poll!Continue reading
Italian broadcaster RAI have aired their Eurovision national selection show. Sanremo, a week long series of concerts saw 20 artists that will compete in the Big Artists competition which decides the nation’s artist and song for Eurovision 2018. In the end they opted for ‘Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente’ by Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro. Continue reading
This week sees Italy’s week long series of concerts San Remo 2018 take place. As well as playing host to some of the biggest names in international music, it will also serve as Italy’s Eurovision selection for 2018. You have been voting for the past few weeks for your favourite of the Big Artists contestants. Ahead of the big decision tomorrow night, it’s time to reveal the results of our poll!Continue reading
This week sees Italy’s Sanremo 2018 series of concerts take place. Part of this festival is the Big Artists Contest where twenty acts battle it out to win the crown and first refusal to represent Italy at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Ahead of the final result on Saturday we have listened to the competing songs and rated and ranked them. Read on to see which of the contenders was our favourite and whether or not you agree!