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.
Today, Capitol Records released Duncan Laurence’s debut EP, Worlds On Fire. Available HERE, the five-song collection includes the new single ‘Someone Else’ – one of three new songs – plus the global hit ‘Arcade’, which has racked up more than 200 million combined worldwide streams, and ‘Love Don’t Hate It’. See below for track listing.
A special one-off programme, ‘Eurovision: Come Together’ is set to be screened this Saturday night, 16 May, on BBC1, and starting at 6.30pm. Hosted by Graham Norton, the show will include The Fizz, comprising 3 of the original members – Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan, and Jay Aston – of UKs 1981 winners Bucks Fizz, recreating their iconic skirt ripping routine from the song, ‘Making Your Mind Up’. They are asking fans to join in the fun, and at the same time, support The Care Workers Charity.
It’s that time of year when we would ordinarily be gearing up to watch European music’s night of nights, The Eurovision Song Contest. Alex Sparrow competed for his native Russia in the contest in 2011, when it was held in Dusseldorf, finishing in 16th position. There’s no Eurovision this year because of Covid-19, but there’s an Alex Sparrow song – the singer, composer, actor and producer, now based in Los Angeles, has released his most recent single, ‘Let’s Stay Home Tonight’, and although it’s no compensation for the Eurovision, it’s a fun song with an equally upbeat music video.
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.
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.