Eurovision is over for another year, with The Netherlands taking the crown for the first time in 44 years and the UK propping up the scoreboard (certainly not for the first time). Our Eurovision correspondent Peter Dunwoody was at the event last week and has summed up his time in Tel Aviv with 12 essential tracks from the trip.
Madonna has today released the single, ‘Future’, featuring Quavo, and co-produced by Diplo. She will perform the track live for the first time during the interval of tomorrow night’s Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final, in Tel Aviv, Israel. The release of the track comes ahead of her Madame X intimate concert experience, beginning September 12.
Greetings once again from sunny Tel Aviv, as we reach the business end of Eurovision week. On Tuesday, ten countries qualified for the final including Iceland and San Marino for the first time since 2014, and seven went home including the departure of Eurovision veteran Joci Papai from Hungary and Darude from Finland.
The UK certainly hasn’t had much success at Eurovision over the last couple of decades – the last win was in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves; and the last runners-up place was in 1998 with Imaani. In the 21st century, the UK has only reached the top 10 twice (third in 2002 and fifth in 2009). In fact, since 2003, more often than not, the UK has finished outside of the top 20, including three last-placed finishes and a famous nul-points for Jemini in 2003.
With Ireland today finally revealing that they’re sending Sarah McTernan as their entry to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, two time entrants Jedward – to date the holders of the best result this century for Ireland – have announced they will be performing 6 UK concert dates this May. Further dates, including the possibility of Dublin shows, are yet to be confirmed.
Not long after accepting the invitation to represent Finland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, the platinum selling, award-winning DJ/Producer Darude has released the first of three possible entries for the global song contest. Along with two other tracks, Darude and vocalist Sebastian Rejman will perform ‘Release Me’ at UMK, Finland’s national selection for the Eurovision entry.
If like us you enjoy a bit of Eurovision, you’ll also know that ever since their two time tilt at the contest in 2011 and 2012, Dublin’s favourite twins Jedward have been rumoured to return. 2019 is no different, with the whispers once again starting up, wondering if John and Edward Grimes will be back this year, and if so, representing which country.
The Eurovision season is well underway, with songs from Albania and Spain already chosen and the six UK hopefuls unveiled to the world. There’s plenty of activity elsewhere in the continent (and beyond) and here we take a look at some of the songs that you could well be seeing on your television on a Saturday this May.
The Eurovision Song Contest in May might seem a long way away, but for all-year-round fans it is just around the corner. Even more pressing is the job of selecting the UK entry, which falls upon the British public in two weeks’ time. Earlier this week, the six competing entries were unveiled for the first time.