Irish musical duo, Jedward, comprising twins John and Edward Grimes, are known for their music, their two time tilt at the Eurovision trophy, and, in the past year, their elevated social activism on their Twitter account. But there’s one thing that stands out among all others, and is especially useful in describing them – their iconic quiff hairstyles, which at their tallest stood 12 inches, straight up.
The Eurovision Song Contest today announced that from next year there will be an “American Song Contest”, with similar format, but including contestants from all 50 states of the USA. Jedward, no slouches when it comes to both Eurovision AND America, today tweeted that not only would they enjoy hosting the show, but they would also like to write the winning song.
With the Eurovision Song Contest called off this year because of the COVID-19 crisis, Eurovision has been doing their very best to keep fans happy by providing plenty of content. In fact, there’s been so much incredible content that it could be hoped this will continue to be on offer once things go back to normal.
Bulgaria’s 2020 Eurovision act VICTORIA recently released her entry for the 2020 competition. ‘Tears Getting Sober’ – out now – is a beautifully produced piece of orchestral pop, full of magical strings reminiscent of a show-stopping Disney ballad. Ahead of the event, we asked Victoria some questions about Eurovision, her music, and her upcoming livestream.
James Newman has today unveiled the stunning video for his UK Eurovision Song Contest 2020 entry ‘My Last Breath’. The track premiered on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2 this morning. Shot in Sněžka, a mountain on the border between Czech Republic and Poland, the video for ‘My Last Breath’ is directed by Charlie Lightening (Director of Liam Gallagher’s ‘As It Was’ Documentary) and features Dutch Athlete Wim ‘The IceMan’ Hoff, famous for creating the “Wim Hoff Method” of breathing, on an extreme journey of adversary through the mountains, echoed by James’ beautifully raw vocals.
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.