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Finland: UMK 2017 Lineup & Betting Preview

Finnish broadcaster, YLE, has just presented the lineup of 10 artists and songs competing in their Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2017 selection format. YLE has dropped the previous three semi-final format and opted for a straight 10-act arena final, which is a …

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Melodifestivalen 2017: Lineup Speculation

Some big names have started to emerge for Melodifestivalen 2017, with returns for Two-time Melfest winner and ESC winner, Charlotte Perrelli, Mariette Hansson, Robin Bengtsson and Ace Wilder being the most high profile as she strives to make it to Eurovision on …

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Eurovision 2017: October Update

With the lineup of 43 countries confirmed (subject to late withdrawals), Betfair has fired the starting gun on seven months of hard graft by opening the Eurovision exchange outright. Nearly £300 has already been matched at the time of writing – a few …

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Cyprus: Hovig Confirmed For Eurovision

The Cypriot national broadcaster have lined up Hovig Demirjianas their Eurovision singer. Recent Eurovision converts will no doubt recognise Hovig from the 2015 Cypriot national final where he finished fourth to winner Giannis ‘keep the glasses’ Karagiannis. Hovig originated from series …

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Melodifestivalen 2017: First Rumoured Acts

Our friend Tobbe over at Aftonbladet has already revealed several acts linked to next year’s Melodifestivalen. The biggest name rumoured so far is The Fooo Conspiracy, a boy band Björkman failed to signup last year due to their US ambitions …

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Eurovision 2017: September Update

It’s been a while, I know. Like some regular readers, my betting calendar doesn’t solely revolve around Eurovision, but I’ve had moderately relaxing summer in readiness for this Autumn’s gruelling talent show schedule, which comes to an end just as the first …

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Eurovision 2017 Heading To Kiev

It’s official, we’ll be heading back to Kiev for Eurovision 2017. Following a lengthy tendering process and a few false starts, Kiev was chosen ahead of the Black Sea resort, Odessa. Rumours indicated Odessa was the preferred EBU’s preferred host …

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