I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions but this year I thought I would challenge myself. This challenge has come in the form of a vow to read 51 books in 2020. Each of these books will be by an author from a different nation, a nation that has competed in the Eurovision Song Contest.
I have decided on my first four books: ‘My Sister, the Serial Killer’ by Oyinkan Braithwaite (UK/Nigeria), ‘Reykjavik Nights’ by Arnaldur Indridason (Iceland), ‘The Slap’ by Christos Tsiolkas (Australia) and ‘The Gospel According to Jesus Christ’ by Jose Saramago (Portugal). After that, I’m going to need your help! Have you read any good books by European authors? Please share your suggestions to help me complete my challenge! Keep in mind that there needs to be an English translation of the book, ideally it would be a contemporary novel and easily digested in a week (250-500 pages).
For the past few weeks we have been asking for your input to help us select our favourite songs from Eurovision stars that were released in 2019. We have compiled a Top 40 and now it’s time for us to share this with you. Here are the songs numbers 40-31.
The final group of Eurovision NI’s Song of 2019 takes place this week and we’ve saved some of the best tunes for the last. We have songs from 2019 participants Mahmood, Serhat, Luca Hanni and Michela teams up with X-Factor Malta mentor Ira Losco. There’s also tracks from winners Dana, Lordi and Netta, and Spanish legend Ruth Lorenzo and Swedes Robin Bengtsson and Frans. Check out all sixteen songs below and vote for your five favourites in the poll. The vote will close at midnight on Saturday and results revealed on Sunday.
The fifth group of Eurovision NI’s Song of 2019 takes place this week. This week’s picks include tracks from Eurovision faves Mikolas Josef, Loic Nottet, Emma Marrone and Slavko as well as 2010 winner Lena and Dutch girl band O’G3NE. Check out all sixteen songs below and vote for your five favourites in the poll. The vote will close at midnight on Saturday and results revealed on Sunday.
It’s the third week of Eurovision NI’s Song of 2019. This week’s tracks include new efforts from Belgium’s Laura Tesoro, global superstar Celine Dion, Australian Isaiah Firebrace, German Michael Schulte and Swedish pop powerhouse Benjamin Ingrosso. Check out all sixteen songs below and vote for your five favourites in the poll. The vote will close at midnight on Saturday and results revealed on Sunday.
The UK’s Michael Rice follows up his Eurovision song ‘Bigger Than Us’ with a new single. The song is called ‘Somebody’ and Michael debuted the track at midnight. Check it out!
This weekend saw X-Factor Celebrity move to the live show portion of the competition. Back in the judging seats were Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger who last week were given their categories (the groups, unders and overs respectively). The weekend started with thirteen acts, including rugby boyband Try Star, journalist Martin Bashir, chat show host Ricki Lake and former Glee star Kevin McHale.
While all the semi finalists have had two rehearsal sessions over the last week, it was the turn of the Big Five countries and host nation Israel to get their first run through earlier today.
Artist: Michael Rice
Song: Bigger Than Us
Country: United Kingdom
Betting Odds: 151/1
Michael Rice won the UK’s selection show You Decide in 2019 and as a result will represent the nation with the song ‘Bigger Than Us’. Have a look at our thoughts on the song!
The Eurovision NI World Cup returns for the fourth consecutive year in 2019. Group D saw Oto Nemsadze, Michael Rice, Michela Pace, Chingiz and Duncan Laurence do battle for Georgia, United Kingdom, Malta, Azerbaijan and the Netherlands respectively for the two spots in the next round. You’ve been voting since Thursday and now it’s time to reveal the results!