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Israel: Second Semi-Final Songs

Israeli broadcaster, IBA have published the 10 entries competing in the second of three semi-finals.  This is another strong selection of songs and I’m extremely confident of a strong showing from Israel in Malmö. Listen to the songs from semi-final one …

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Israel: First Semi-Final Songs

Israeli broadcaster, IBA have published the 10 entries competing in the first of three semi-finals, which commences a Melodifestivalen-style selection process for the nation. 1. Laila Malcos – Bo 2. Adir Getz – Haikar Sheani Shar 3. Ortal Ofek – …

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Eurovision Semi-Final Allocation Draw

All of the countries participating in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest were today drawn from five pots and allocated into either the first or second semi-final.  Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain and the host nation Sweden are automatically through to the …

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39 Countries Enter Eurovision 2013

The EBU have now published the full list of participants taking part in Eurovision 2013. The total number of countries entered has dropped from 42 to 39. The last time 39 nations took part in Eurovision was back in 2010 …

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Rehearsals: Day 5 Review

Day five of rehearsals delivered us a marathon 13 performances to wade through.  With impressive performances from Iceland and especially that stalking dark horse Romania, today proved that Loreen has not won this thing without a fight. Rambo Amadeus entered …

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Rehearsals: Day 2 Review

Day two of rehearsals is over and I have to admit, my body hasn’t adapted well to these early starts just yet – I’m only used to witnessing one 7-o’clock a day. Somewhat fittingly, Azerbaijan’s punctuality was spot-on in delivering …

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Semi Final – Pre-Draw Notes

The draw for the running order kicks off tomorrow morning at 10:00 (GMT), so I thought I would publish a few notes to illustrate my current thoughts. At present, the main bookies haven’t opened the semi final markets, but that …

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Israel: Izabo – Time

Studio version Live Version This is the official Eurovision version of Izabo’s Time. I quite like this. It reminds me of the Flaming Lips with a dash of Arcade Fire. Quite how this will play out on the Eurovision stage …

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Israel Unveil Izabo for Baku

Israeli broadcaster IBA announced today that Izabo will represent the country at this year’s Eurovision song Contest with the song, Time. Izabo’s music has been described as a “Brilliant, action packed combination of Psychadelic Rock, Disco, Punk and Arabic spices”. …

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