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Eurovision 2017: Semi-Final 1 Preview

Last night’s jury rehearsal cleared the fog for most of us, yet there are still one or two frustrating ambers on my list. I suspect it will be incredibly close at the bottom end of the qualification threshold. So in no particular …

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Eurovision 2017 Rehearsals: Day 5 Review

Having seen all of this year’s semi-finalists, we now get to judge any minor changes or tightening up of camera angles and choreography. The EBU will be publishing excerpts of the official TV feed for each country on their YouTube …

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Eurovision 2017 Rehearsals: Day 1 Review

Welcome to a sunny Kyiv where the press centre security carry batons and guns, and where the perimeter fence is patrolled by police with angry looking Alsatians and mirrors to check for concealed car bombs. Kicking off this semi-final, Sweden’s Robin …

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Podcast: Eurovision 2017 Part 1

It’s that time of year again: we’re back the first of three Eurovision 2017 preview podcasts! We’re joined by Ewan Spence from @ESCinsight and Roy Delaney of @ESCApocalypse to discuss the finer details of semi-final 1. Make sure you follow the ESCtips FaceBook …

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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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