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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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Finland: Norma John – Blackbird

Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2017, complete with Melfest-style international jury, has delivered a sensible result! As highlighted here, Norma John were the class act, and their melancholic ballad, Blackbird, will represent Finland in Kiev this May. We've had several recent examples of this genre with …

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Eurovision 2017: November Update

The most important news of the month is that ESCtips podcasts will be available on iTunes, as well as our usual location on YouTube. The second most important news of November came from Sweden with the unveiling of next year’s all-star Melodifestivalen …

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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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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 1 Preview

So with over a week of rehearsals behind us, we’re now at the business end of our five-month Eurovision betting journey. Tonight we’ll get our first 10 semi-final qualifiers and 10 first/second half slots drawn during the post-show press conference. …

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Eurovision 2016 Rehearsals: Day 5 Review

We’re into the long, gruelling days now and today we watched semi-final 2 second rehearsals and the first rehearsals for France and Spain. The staging has come together for Finland. Sandhja retains the light blue playsuit and works the cameras well – maybe …

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Eurovision 2016 Rehearsals: Day 4 Review

Today we saw the last of this year’s semi-finalists as our quest in search of a winner continues. Manuella sings: “How can I mix red and blue together…” We recommend the Power Paint Mixer from Screwfix, available for just £4.99 and …

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