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.
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.
MeYA is an electric pop duo comprising Mena Lovin and Yasmin Staub, originally from Melbourne, and Perth, Australia, who met on a film set in LA. The pair started MeYA in the summer of 2015, and their latest single, ‘Just A Body’, is the third release from their debut EP, ‘Body Parts’. It was one of 700 songs entered for consideration as Australia’s entry in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
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.
Sean Darin, from Budapest, Hungary, teams up with Hungarian-American singer songwriter Kállay Saunders on the track, ‘California’. Darin is a producer who has experimented with electronica and progressive house, he’s released songs on the labels of both Armin van Buuren and Avicii, while Saunders is no stranger to the Hungarian charts, and represented the country in the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, in 2014.
Alex Sparrow was born in Russia and raised in Austrian aristocracy. He’s a singer, actor, mult-instrumentalist, dancer, director, and screenwriter. In his home country he’s been on The Bachelor, won Dancing With The Stars, and represented Russia in 2011 at the Eurovision Song Contest. In other words, he’s a star.