Now for part two of our New Music Round Up for July. In it we take a look at new releases from Russian girl band Serebro, Belgian songstress Blanche and two acts from this year’s Contest Sweden’s Benjamin Ingrosso and Swiss siblings Zibbz.
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.
Betting Odds: 501/1
The Eurovision NI World Cup returns for the third consecutive year in 2018. Group B saw The Humans, Madame Monsieur, Eugent Bushpepa, Zibbz, Eye Cue and Ari Olafsson do battle for Romania, France, Albania, Switzerland, Macedonia and Iceland respectively for the two spots in the next round. You’ve been voting since Thursday and now it’s time to reveal the results!