It's that wonderful time of the year again! I want to wish everyone from the Eurovision Family, a Merry Christmas full of joy, happiness and fulfillment. Let's enjoy this amazing National Finals Season and hopefully we will have a great winner this year!
1. It's Trijntje Oosterhuis for the Netherlands!
That's right! Trijntje was internally selected to represent the Netherlands at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. Trijntje will perform the song entitled "Walk Along" - which was written by the one and only Anouk. Mostly everyone seems to enjoy the song while other fans claim the fact that it's way to repetitive and it can't be compared with last year's song.
In my opinion, the song is interesting but it has that lame intro which kind of ruins it. The live performance was great, Trijntje can actually sing! Check the song below:
2. Uzari and Maimuna will fly the Belorussian flag in Vienna!
Yesterday, the Eurofest National Final took place in Belarus and Uzari & Maimuna were selected to represent the country next year in Vienna with the song called "Time". The national final had many typical songs but the most favorite to win was the song written by Alexander Rybak and performed by the group called MILKI. It seems that the jury didn't enjoy so much Alexander's song while the public gave it 10 points. Alexander expressed his disappointment on his official Facebook page saying that he intends to take a break from it all.
Personally, I think that Uzari & Maimuna have a very weak song that will most likely not qualify. I actually prefer Israel's 2012 song over this and it's currently placed last in my top 4. Anyway, good luck Belarus!
3. A total of 39 countries will participate in next year's Eurovision!
EBU finally released the official list of the 2015 participants. A total of 39 countries will entertain the Eurovision fans in Vienna next year! Only 33 countries will compete in the 2 semifinals scheduled to be held on 19 and 21 May (16 countries in Semifinal 1 and 17 countries in Semifinal 2 ). A total of 26 countries will compete in the grand final on 23 May. The Big 5 (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy) + host country Austria are automatically qualified to compete in the grand final, hence 20/33 countries will proceed from the semifinals to grand final and join Austria and the BIG 5 nations.
Don't miss the allocation draw which will take place on 26 January 2015 at the Wiener Rathaus (Vienna City Hall).
See you soon with more news regarding this year's Eurovision Song Contest!
Today, the participants of the third and fourth MF Semifinal were revealed by the Swedish national broadcaster, SVT. Among the names, we recognize Ellen Benediktson, who took part in Melodifestivalen 2014 with her song entitled "Songbird".
Melodifestivalen 2015 begins with the first semi-final in Gothenburg on February 7. The semi-final stage of the competition will run throughout February, with a second chance round on March 7 and the grand final taking place on March 14.
Third semi-final is scheduled to be held on 21st of February in Östersund
- Andreas Weise - Bring Out the Fire
- Isa - Don’t Stop
- Kalle Johansson - För din skull
- Kristin Amparo - I See You
- Ellen Benediktson - Insomnia
- Jon Henrik Fjällgren - Jag är fri
- Andreas Johnson - Living To Die
- Caroline Wennergren - Black Swan
- JTR - Building It Up
- Midnight Boy - Don’t Say No
- Annika Herlitz - Ett andetag
- Hasse Andersson - Guld och gröna skogar
- Måns Zelmerlöw - Heroes
- Dinah Nah - Make Me (La La La)
Earlier today, the logo design of the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest was revealed. The theme art is shaped like a sphere and comes with the slogan "Building Bridges". Many Eurovision fans said that the logo design is a combination of ESC 2010 (the spheres) and ESC 2011 (colors).
"It is a great logo, a strong sign with recognition value and endless possibilities," says Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the contest on behalf of the European Broadcasting Union.
Dr. Alexander Wrabetz, Director General of ORF: "With this graphic identity we have presented a contemporary, professional entertainment design. A big advantage of the Sphere is the versatility because it is suitable for both - dynamic screen design as well as any analog use. I am particularly pleased that the graphic appearance was developed by a great team in-house."
"The Song Contest moved to Austria and Austria welcomes guests happily and with spirit, without the expectable cliches, just in a modern and cosmopolitan way. This dynamism is also reflected in the graphical appearance of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest," adds Edgar Böhm, Executive Producer of the contest in 2015.
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Semifinal 1 is scheduled to be held in Gothenburg on 7 February 2015:
- Jessica Andersson – Can’t hurt me now
- Behrang Miri feat. Victor Fritz Crone – Det rår vi inte för
- Dolly Style – Hello hi
- Molly Pettersson Hammar – I’ll be there
- Elize Ryd & Rickard Söderberg – One by one
- Daniel Gildenlöw – Pappa
- Eric Saade – Sting
- Mariette – Don’t stop believing
- Emelie Irewald - Där och då med dig
- Linus Svenning – Forever starts today
- Magnus Carlsson – Möt mig i gamla stan
- Samir & Viktor – Groupie
- Neverstore – If I was God for one day
- Marie Bergman & Sanne Salomonsen - Nonetheless
After a magnificent National Final, Amber won the honor to represent the small Maltese country at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. A total of five juries from different countries and the public decided the winner of this year's MESC.
Amber first took part in 2011 when she finished in 13th place in the Maltese selection with Catch 22, and also had another entry the same year in the semi-final with Touch Wood. She also took part in 2013 (fourth with In Control and in 2014 fourth with Because I Have You.) In 2012 she came even closer with a third place in the final with Answer Me With Your Eyes. However she did go onto Baku as a backing vocalist to Kurt Calleja.
Amber says that her song has a simple, motivational message to which everyone can relate to. “Through our lives each and every one of us has suffered some sort of pain, be it physical or emotional, caused either by heartbreak, illness, etc.” Her song is within itself a message to inspire those who need it most.
The song Warrior is composed by the familiar names of Elton Zarb and Muxu (also known as Matthew Muxu Mercieca), who had three entries in the final. Zarb also had a further two songs he co-wrote in the final.
Amber will represent Malta in one of the Semi-Finals of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest to be held on Tuesday the 19th of May and Thursday the 21st May.
TVR, the Romanian national broadcaster officially confirmed that Romania will take part at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. Most likely Romania will select their entry through the usual Selecția Națională which turned out to be a real success in the past years.
Usually Romania was among the last countries to confirm participation but thankfully, this year Romanian fans can relax and start enjoying the Eurovision 2015 Season which will begin pretty soon!
FlorinESC.com was officially relaunched today with a brand new design and ideas for the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest Season. FlorinESC.com is the only website in Romania that provides Eurovision news (about Romania and more) for all international fans around the world. In 2012 and 2013 Florinesc.com was nominated the official blog for Selecția Națională releasing exciting news about the artists and the live show!
Stay tuned for more exciting news about the forthcoming Eurovision Season and the Romanian National Selection!
Stay tuned on florinesc.com for more news about Selectia Nationala 2015 and Eurovision 2015!
The EM Factor is a special edition organized by the Eurovision Memories Team starting with 2013. Due to some organizing issues, the winner will be announced only today. Plans for organizing the next edition of the EM Factor are already being discussed and news will be revealed pretty soon. Meanwhile, ladies and gentlemen, it is now time to finally announce the winner of the EM Factor 2013.
The winner, according to the rules published two weeks ago, will receive a grand final ticket for EM 44 Song Contest, without competing in the Semifinals. Also, EM members had the unique chance to place bets and to predict the winner. Those who managed to predict the winner, will receive the desired prize they had picked from the EM bets prize list.
A total of 13 juries from 13 different countries picked the winner. And the long waited results are:
- Kamilo Erden (Ukraine) - 103 points
- Brittany Ashworth (UK) - 98 points
- Ermin Basaskic (Germany) - 92 points
- Razvan Catoiu (Finland) - 85 points
Full results will be revealed later tonight or tomorrow morning on the EM Factor Website. Congratulations!
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