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Editor, Eurovision Historian & Scandinavian Expert.    I’m a London-based translator born a few months after ABBA won in Brighton. I’m gifted with a brain full of miscellaneous useless pieces of Eurovision information. My long-suffering wife tolerates this and many of my anti-social foibles.

Vote-Fixing: The EBU Get Tough

Yesterday, the EBU Reference Group, the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest, announced new tough measures designed to counter attempts to rig the televoting. Should voting irregularities be detected before, during or after the Contest, procedures will be initiated …

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Eurovision 2014 Hosts Revealed

This morning (4th February), Danmarks Radio revealed that the hosts of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest would be Lise Rønne, Nikolaj Koppel and Pilou Asbæk. Lise Rønne, 35, is an experienced host who presented Denmark’s X-Factor between 2008 and 2012 …

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Finland: Softengine – Something Better

    Finland has selected its entry - the winning song is Something Better by Softengine. After a hard-fought UMK campaign, Something Better was top with the judges and televote. The judges’ preferences were exactly the same as the top three, with …

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Five-Way Contest In Spain

Yesterday (20th January), Spanish broadcaster TVE announced that five acts would fight it out to represent Spain in Copenhagen. The acts, and their songs, are as follows: Brequette – Más (Run) (Tony Sánchez/Thomas G:son) Jorge González – Aunque se acabe …

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Our Predictions For 2014

Most publications, whatever their theme, have published lists of predictions for the coming year in a variety of fields. We’re no different here at ESCtips. ScandieAndy has dusted off his crystal ball in order to see what 2014 has in …

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Finland: UMK Finalists Confirmed

Today (10th December), Finnish national broadcaster YLE announced the 12 acts which will take part in the 2014 Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, the winner of which earns the right to represent Finland at next year’s Eurovision. The programme was presented by …

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Can’t wait for Melodifestivalen? Try this.

Currently on our homepage, we’re running an online poll: “Which national final are you most looking forward to?”. Unsurprisingly, the current leader is Sweden’s Melodifestivalen, the daddy of national finals, with 30%. (We’re currently considering asking the EBU to investigate …

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