Croatia have had mixed fortunes at Eurovision. In the 90s and early 00s they racked up six top ten finishes with their best result being in 1999 when Doris Dragović came fourth with song ‘Marija Magdalena’. However in the recent past, since 2010 they have failed to qualify from the semi final every year they competed. Croatia took a break from Eurovision for the last two years but are set to make a return now in 2016.
Romania has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 17 times, debuting in the 1994 contest. Along with Russia and Greece, Romania has never missed a final since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004. They have placed in the top ten on five occasions, including two third places which they received in 2005 with Luminița Anghel & Sistem and 2010 with Paula Seling & Ovi. Seling and Ovi returned to Eurovision in 2014 with ‘Miracle’ but couldn’t match their previous success, only placing 12th. Most recently band Voltaj came in 15th with ‘All Over Again’ in 2015.
The Belgian national selection process Eurosong 2016 came to its conclusion tonight when Laura Tesoro was crowned its winner. Laura will go on to represent the nation in Stockholm in May with the song ‘What’s the Pressure?’.
Belgium don’t have the best track record at Eurovision. They have come last eight times, failed to qualify from the semi finals a further eight times and have received nul points on two occasions (1962 and 1965). Their best result was their only win which was for Sandra Kim in 1986 with her song ‘J’aime La Vie’. Last year saw a change in fortune for Belgium when they chose Loic Nottet as their entry. The ‘Rhythm Inside’ singer gave them their best result in 12 years with a top five finish and the most points that a Belgian entry has ever scored (217). In 2016, they will want to emulate this success, so let’s take a look at their national selection process and the acts who hope to follow in his footsteps.
In this new feature we catch up with the acts from Eurovision 2015 and find out what they’ve been up to in the five months since Eurovision 2015 was staged in Vienna.
We fell in love with The Voice of Belgium winner, Loic Nottet when we saw his covers of Sia’s songs ‘Chandelier‘ and ‘Elastic Heart‘ on Youtube. His fun and wacky sense of humour really comes put in these videos that seem to take a leaf of of Lady Gaga’s book. He swings from a chandelier, carries out ridiculous dance routines and hits notes that you wouldn’t think he’d be capable of.
God knows we all love something new and innovative at Eurovision. You only have to look back on the last ten years and you can see the great variety from the bearded lady Conchita Wurst, to the elderly Russian Grannies in 2012, scary mask wearing rockers Lordi and Ireland’s Dustin the Turkey puppet. For some of these acts the risk has paid off and saw them walking away with the Eurovision crown, others however failed to qualify.
Irish runner up this year Kat Mahon performed on the Voice of Ireland this week with her rendition of ‘A Whole Lot of Love’. Listen to the performance below and let us know if you think she should have been Ireland’s pick for 2015.
Got that nostalgic feeling? We’ve got you covered with this week’s Eurovision Rewind. This week we’re in 1996 with second place for Norway’s Elizabeth Andreassen’s ‘I Evighet’. Listen to the song which was runner up to Ireland’s Eimear Quinn’s ‘The Voice’ below.
The Portuguese national selection was made on Saturday 7th March with the conclusion of Festival da Canção. The winning act chosen was Leonor Andrade with her song ‘Há um Mar que nos Separa’ (There’s a Sea Between Us). Andrade was chosen over five other finalists who had qualified from the two live semi finals which were held earlier in the week.
You can listen to the winning song below