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Cam Bonomo Confirmed for Turkey

TRT have announced Cam Bonomo as Turkey’s representative at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan.  This may see the return of a more traditional ethnic sound for Turkey this year, which should play well with the juries. I do however, worry …

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Netherlands National Final Songs Revealed

We have some songs, well snippets! The finalists are; 1. Rafaëlla Paton – Chocolate (Winner of Pop Idol 2004). Written by Jan Rooymans, Chris Silos 2. Joan Franka – You and Me (Eliminated from 5th week of The Voice, Netherlands). …

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Portugal’s Conquistador

A classic from the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest, hosted by Switzerland. It’s unusual to see Portugal send anything but a tradition folk song to Eurovision, but Da Vinci’s Conquistador was quite an infectious little number and perhaps should have finished …

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Albania: Rona Nishliu – Suus

Albania have chosen their representative for Eurovision 2012! Rona Nishliu will perform her song, “Suus”, or Personal, in English at Baku. Rona, originally from Mitrovica and later Prishtina, found fame by entering Albanian Idol in 2004 – eventually finishing fifth. …

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Spain Unveil Pastora Soler

At 12:00 CET today, Spainish broadcaster announced that Pastora Soler would represent the country at Eurovision 2012, in Baku. Pastora Soler, is an established popular singer/songwriter with over 10 studio albums to her name. Here are some videos displaying most …

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Melodifestivalen Tips Heat 1

Here’s the Heat 1 running order. I have made some notes under each act and added videos for those I felt necessary. February 4th – Växjö 1. Sean Den Förste Banan – Sean Banan Comedy novelty act with similarities to …

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Melodifestivalen Tips Heat 2

Here’s the running order for heat 2. Click here to hear song previews. February 11th – Gothenburg 1. Soldiers – Ulrik Munther With a number 1 album in 2010, this kid can’t be discounted as a potential winner of this …

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Melodifestivalen Tips Heat 3

Here’s the running order for heat 3. I have made some notes under each act and added videos for those I felt necessary. 18 February – Leksand 1. Youngblood – Youngblood New boy band, similar sound to One Direction. Uplifting …

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Melodifestivalen Tips Heat 4

25 February – Malmö 1. The Girl – Charlotte Perrelli Represented Sweden at Eurovision in 1999 and won, then 2008 coming 18th. Has a strong writer in Fredrik Kempe, could do well. Running order doesn’t help. 2. Allting blir bra …

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FYR Macedonia Select Kaliopi

Kaliopi has been selected to represent FYR Macedonia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku. Kaliopi last represented the country in 1996, with the song Samo ti, but that failed to qualify. FYR Macedonia are not recognised for their qualification …

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