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Albania: Lindita Halimi – Botë (World)

Albania has given us the first song for Eurovision 2017; Lindita Halimi will represent the nation in Kiev with the song Botë. In keeping with recent form, this was another national selection show that lasted longer than a Eurovision final and still …

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Albania: National Final Lineup Complete

After two semi-finals, the lineup for tomorrow’s Festivali i Këngës national final is complete with 14 acts vying to represent Albania at Eurovision 2017. Dilan Reka – Mos harro Edea Demaliaj – Besoj në ëndrra Fabiola Agalliu & Agnesa Çavolli – …

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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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Eurovision 2016: Semi-Final 2 Preview

I woke up this morning dreading having to write this preview. Semi-final 2 is a confusing melange of diaspora-heavy nations with mediocre songs, countries with decent qualification records who have sent beige nonentities and then those with less than perfect strike rates that …

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Podcast: Eurovision 2016 Part 3

ESCtips’ Gavster, freelance broadcaster, Tobias Larsson and fellow Eurovision gambler, Panos Zannettos share their expert opinions on semi final 2. @TobsonHelsinki @Mr_Zannettos @ESCtips_Gavster Make sure you follow the ESCtips FaceBook & Twitter accounts!

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Amsterdam In Concert 2016 Review

A record number of acts performed at last night’s Amsterdam In Concert, and even with Armenia and Norway dropping out at last minute, I was more than satisfied with the 26. As with all of these pre-Eurovision concerts, it’s difficult to work …

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Eurovision 2016: Semi-Final Running Orders Published

SVT have just published this year’s producer-decided running orders for the semi-finals. Semi-Final 1 Finland Greece Moldova Hungary Croatia The Netherlands Armenia San Marino Russia Czech Republic Cyprus Austria Estonia Azerbaijan Montenegro Iceland Bosnia & Herzegovina Malta Semi-Final 2 Latvia …

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Eurovision 2016: Semi-Final Draw In Full

After this morning’s #ComeTogether concept reveal, the draw for this year’s Eurovision semi-finals took place. The producer-decided running order will likely follow in April, so for now, the countries appear in draw order. Semi-Final 1 – May 10th (Voting: France, …

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