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Will Young has said he would not enter the Eurovision Song Contest because it is “a poisoned chalice”. The British singer was speaking after the UK came 24th in this year’s contest – the latest in a long run of poor Eurovision results for the country. Asked if he would contemplate following suit, Young told BBC Breakfast: “No, I don’t think so because it’s going to be a bit of a poisoned chalice.” He added: “I don’t want to do it. Please don’t make me do it.” Meanwhile, Olly Murs, another TV talent show graduate, has ruled himself out after being tipped as a “perfect” contender by BBC Three Eurovision presenter Scott Mills. “No, I wouldn’t do Eurovision,” Murs told Digital Spy. “I think it’s always something I’ve found… new artists normally do it.” It’s “not for me”, he added.
POSTED: 26/05/15 – Source: BBC News Online
Sweden Win 2015 Contest
Swedish singer Mans Zelmerlow has triumphed at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, beating Russia’s Polina Gagarina. Zelmerlow won with his upbeat pop track Heroes, which was accompanied by innovative animated visuals. Italy were third, followed by Belgium. Australia finished fifth in the country’s first Eurovision appearance.The UK’s 1920s-influenced swing act Electro Velvet finished 24th out of the 27 participants with five points.
A record number of countries took part, including Australia – which was invited to compete for the first time to mark the event’s 60th anniversary. Electro Velvet said: “Obviously it is disappointing to finish on the right hand side of the board, but we have had the most amazing, brilliant, unforgettable time being part of this unique competition in this special year. “We put our hearts and souls into representing our country and would like to thank everyone back at home and around the world that got behind us. “It really means a lot and of course we also want to congratulate Sweden and Mans Zelmerlow on their well-deserved victory.”
Zelmerlow was the bookmakers’ favourite throughout the build-up to this year’s contest. “I’m so happy and I want to say thank you for voting for me,” he told the crowd. “I want to say we are all Heroes, no matter who we love, who we are or what we believe in – we are all heroes.” It was Sweden’s sixth Eurovision win – meaning they are now just one victory behind the contest’s record holders Ireland, who have won seven times.
This year’s contest was held in the Austrian capital’s Wiener Stadthalle following Conchita Wurst’s win last year. But this year, the hosts, along with Germany, finished with zero points – the first time since 2003 that any country has drawn a blank. Russian contestant Gagarina was beaten by Zelmerlow after being neck-and-neck for much of the voting.
POSTED: 23/05/15 – Source: BBC News Online
Ireland’s luck in the Eurovision Song Contest, which has seen it win more times than any other nations, seemed to have ended as it has not qualified for the final. Molly Sterling, who at 17 is the contest’s youngest ever entrant, represented her country with the piano ballad Playing With Numbers. But it failed to impress the public, and Ireland did not make it into the top 10 for just the fifth time since the semi-final rounds were introduced in 2004. Instead, Lithuania, Montenegro, Norway, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Sweden, Cyprus, Slovenia and Poland have made it through to Saturday’s final in Vienne.
POSTED: 21/05/15 – Source: independent.co.uk
Serbia has become a new favourite to surprise Europe and take home the Eurovision crown on Saturday after a dazzling performance in the contest’s semi-final. Eurovision 2015 began in Vienna on Tuesday with 16 of the “best” songs from “Europe” battling it out to make the live final on Saturday. While the finale will go on for a couple of hours (the record is 3 hours, 31 minutes), Tuesday’s spectacle was “just” two hours long as viewers and juries decided on which ten acts should make it through. In the end, Albania, Armenia, Russia, Romania, Hungary, Greece, Estonia, Georgia, Serbia and Belgium triumphed at the expense of Finland, Moldova, The Netherlands, FYR Macedonia, Belarus and Denmark.
POSTED: 20/05/15 – Source: independent.co.uk
Nigella Lawson will represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest. Not by singing – although that would be fun – but by reading out the results of the nation’s voting live from London for this Saturday’s annual jamboree in Vienna. The BBC asked Lawson to take part after she tweeted a picture of herself during last year’s Eurovision with a mock beard in support of Austrian transvestite Conchita Wurst who went on to win the competition. For the last few years the results have been read by Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, who will also present BBC3’s coverage of the Eurovision semi-finals on Thursday, alongside Sue Perkins.
POSTED: 18/05/15 – Source: theguardian.com
Iceland’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest could be in doubt because of an ongoing legal strike, it’s reported. Notaries who work at the Reykjavik District Commissioner’s office have traditionally overseen and verified the voting process of Iceland’s professional Eurovision jury. But they’re currently on strike along with other legal professionals over a wage dispute, and there’s no sign of it ending anytime soon, the Morgunbladid website reports. “Protracted strike action could jeopardise Iceland’s Eurovision participation,” the Icelandic Association of Academics, an umbrella group for a number of unions, says on its website. That’s left Iceland’s Eurovision team looking for a plan B, but one member tells Morgunbladid they’re exploring other options and are confident of being able to participate in the contest in May.
POSTED: 15/04/15 – Source: BBC News Online
Australia has unveiled the song that will represent them for the first time in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Singer Guy Sebastian will perform Tonight Again at this year’s contest in Vienna, Austria, for the country’s first ever entry to the competition. The country, who have been given a free pass to the final on May 23 along with the UK, Germany, Italy, France and Spain, were granted permission to enter this year’s Eurovision as a one-off to celebrate the institution’s 60th anniversary.
POSTED: 16/03/15 – Source: officialcharts.com
The duo behind the UK’s Eurovision entry have welcomed criticism of their song, Still in Love With You. The Guardian called the track “nightmarish”, while The Independent branded it “instantly forgettable”. But singer Alex Larke told the BBC: “I like the fact it divides opinion. It’s better than everyone having apathy for it.” Bianca Nicholas, who shares the vocals, added: “There’s a lot of ballads this year, so our song will stand out.” It was chosen through an open selection process which saw hundreds of entries from both professional and amateur songwriters.
POSTED: 09/03/15 – Source: BBC News Online
Reactions have been mixed for Electro Velvet, this year’s UK entry for the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. Alex Larke, from Hertfordshire, who performs with a Rolling Stones tribute act, has teamed up with Bianca Nicholas from Kent. Their song, Still in Love With You, is an up-tempo electric swing track. The Guardian called the song “nightmarish” while on Twitter, Eurovision expert Paul Jordan admitted: “We’ve sent worse”. The Telegraph’s Neil McCormick called the song “a Cole Porter-style 20s jazz pastiche, with strained faux witty lyrics that are clearly meant to represent a kind of old world British sophistication”. The president of the UK arm of the international Eurovision fan club, the Organisation Generale des Amateurs de l’Eurovision (OGAE) told BBC News he had “expected something more”. Paul Marks-Jones said reaction to the song had been “more negative than positive”, adding, “I’ve now listened to it a few times but on the Euro stage you only get one chance and I don’t know if its strong enough to woo the Eurovision voters”. The song Electro Velvet will be performing was written by David Mindel and Adrian Bax White and chosen through an open selection process which saw hundreds of entries from both professional and amateur songwriters.
POSTED: 08/03/15 – Source: BBC News Online
Electro Velvet have been announced as the U.K’s Eurovision act for 2015. Alex Larke and Bianca Nicholas will represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest performing the song ‘Still In Love With You.’ The song was selected from hundreds of entries following an open selection process. A huge variety of amateur and professional writers and performers submitted songs and ‘Still in Love With You’, an up tempo electro-swing track written by David Mindel and Adrian Bax White was the stand out song. The Eurovosion Song Contest final will be held in Vienna in May.
The winner of the search to find Germany’s Eurovision Song Contest entrant turned down the chance to represent his country on live TV. Andreas Kummert initially thanked the public for selecting his song Heart of Stone as Germany’s entry. But, shortly afterwards, he took the microphone from presenter Barbara Schoneberger and said: “I’m really not in the right shape to accept this.” Instead, he said, “I give my title to Ann Sophie”, the 24-year-old runner-up. Ann Sophie looked visibly confused by the turn of events; while many in the studio audience booed. After being confirmed as the winner, the singer turned to the audience and asked them “do you even want this?” Finally accepting her fate, she launched into her song, Black Smoke.
POSTED: 06/03/15 – Source: BBC News Online
With Australia set to participate in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest for the first time, bookmakers have listed pop stars such as Sia and Iggy Azalea as among the favourites to represent their home country, in the 2015 outing, as well as Chet Faker, 5 Seconds Of Summer and Danni Minogue.
POSTED: 12/02/15 – Source: nme.com
After a prominent place in the interval act of last year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Australia will compete in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, Just for once, and for many good reasons. This year, the Eurovision Song Contest celebrates its 60th anniversary. To give the anniversary celebrations an extra dimension and to walk the talk on this year’s theme Building Bridges, the EBU and host broadcaster ORF invited Australia to compete in the Grand Final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. This brings the total amount of represented countries to 40. Australia will be allowed to vote in both Semi-Finals, as well as the Grand Final. Along a professional jury, possibilities are currently being explored to allow the public to have a 50 percent stake in the Australian vote via televoting.
POSTED: 10/02/15 – Source: eurovision.tv
The BBC are producing a special show celebrating 60 years of the Eurovision Song Contest, it has been revealed. Executive producer of this year’s show, Edgar Bohm, confirmed that the BBC will be “looking back [at] the history” of the contest ahead of this year’s competition in Vienna, Austria in May. Asked about hosting the Song Contest in its 60th year, Edgar told EuroSong.be: “Of course we will do something… the anniversary of the Song Contest is covered by a BBC show. They are looking back in their history and we think we have to look forward.”
POSTED: 29/01/15 – Source: officialcharts.com
Ukraine has announced it will not be taking part in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest (2015) due to limited finances. “We don’t want to do something badly, and we don’t have the money to do something well,” said Zurab Alasania, of the state broadcaster NTU. Mr Alasania said the broadcaster had to “optimise” its funds given the unstable financial and political situation caused by the conflict in east Ukraine. Ukraine came sixth at the event this year in Copenhagen.
POSTED: 19/09/14 – Source: BBC News Online
24th Place – United Kingdom – Electro Velvet – Still In Love With You
Technical developments during 60 years of Eurovision Song Contest
The BBC has admitted that it cut out a gay protest from a programme to mark the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest. Boos from the audience before the Russian singer and 2008 winner Dima Bilan appeared on stage were removed for a televised version of Eurovision’s Greatest Hits. The programme aired on BBC One on Friday and was an edited version of the live concert that took place at the Hammersmith Apollo earlier in the week. The jeers from the crowd were aimed at Russia’s encroaching anti-gay laws rather than Bilan, who has voiced his opposition to legislation and previously signed an open letter condemning the government’s actions. “There was indeed a lot of booing from the crowd when Graham and Petra initially introduced the Russian act Dima Bilan,” a BBC spokesperson told Pink News. The spokesperson explained that Graham had talked directly to the audience and told them the concert was “not a competition” and said “we are here to support all the acts, so be nice”. “Once Graham had addressed the crowd the introduction was re-shot, Dima was cheered and welcomed to the stage, got a great reception and put in a top performance which was broadcast [on the] night.”
POSTED: 05/04/15 – Source: independent.co.uk
Eurovision’s Greatest Hits was seen by an average of 1.89 million (9.5%) viewers on BBC One. Featuring the likes of Lordi, Conchita Wurst and Brotherhood of Man, Friday’s (April 3) concert peaked with 2.12 million (12.3%) at 10.15pm.
POSTED: 04/04/15 – Source: digitalspy.co.uk
Here is a list of the full line-up and the songs they will perform on Eurovision’s Greatest Hits.
Austria’s Conchita Wurst – “Rise Like a Phoenix” / Sweden’s Herreys – “Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley” / France’s Natasha St-Pier -“Je n’ai que mon âme” / Denmark’s Emmeile De Forest – “Only Teardrops” / Finland’s Lordi – “Hard Rock Hallelujah” / Germany’s Nicole – “Ein Bißchen Frieden” / Ireland’s Johnny Logan will sing a medley of “What’s Another Year” and “Hold Me Now” / Spain’s Rosa López will sing a medley of Spanish songs including “Europe’s Living a Celebration” / Luxembourg’s Anne-Marie David – “Tu Te Reconnaitras” / Denmark’s The Olsen Brothers – “Fly on the Wings of Love” / Sweden’s Loreen – “Euphoria” / The UK’s Brotherhood of Man -“Save Your Kisses For Me” / Russia’s Dima Bilan will sing a medley of “Never Let You Go” and “Believe” / Israel’s Dana International -“Diva”
POSTED: 06/02/15 – Source: BBC Eurovision
As part of the European Broadcasting Union’s celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest, we’ll be hosting a concert full of show-stopping performances from some of Eurovision’s greatest acts of all time. ‘Eurovision’s Greatest Hits’ is to be held at London’s Eventim Apollo Hammersmith on Tuesday 31st March, and will be broadcast shortly after on BBC One and across Europe.Hosted by our own Graham Norton and ESC 2013 host, Sweden’s Petra Mede, the show will feature performances by classic and contemporary Eurovision acts and some surprise guests. Graham says: “I love Eurovision and am honoured to be co-hosting this special show. I cannot think of a better way to celebrate 60 years of the greatest song contest in the world!”
POSTED: 03/02/15 – Source: BBC Eurovision