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Denmark: Leonora – Love Is Forever

For the first time in several years I didn't bother watching Melodi Grand Prix, such was the lack of interest. The market leader, Leonara, won with the multilingual song, Love is Forever. What struck me after watching Love is Forever …

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Hungary: Joci Pápai – Az én apám

Joci Pápai lands his second A Dal victory and returns to Eurovision with the song Az én apám. When Joci Pápai represented Hungary in 2017, he finished 9th overall on the televote and 17th with the international juries. I think Az én apám …

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Germany: S!sters – Sister

In what was the strongest national final so far, Germany selected S!sters with the song Sister to represent the nation in Tel Aviv. What struck me about Sister was the evocative chord structure during the verses. It sounds like it …

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Romania: Ester Peony – On a Sunday

Two favourites were toppled in Romania with Ester Peony winning Selecția Națională 2019 with the song On a Sunday. It's a sad day when Wiwi has more influence over Romania's Eurovision selection than the actual population of Romania. Nevertheless, Laura Bretan's …

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Latvia: Carousel – That Night

Latvia's Supernova selection show saw Carousel win the ticket to Tel Aviv with the song That Night. There's a certain authentic folk appeal to That Night. Juries might like it. The public will forget it. Being in semi-final 2 won't help …

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Croatia: Roko – The Dream

Returning with their Dora selection show, Croatia voted to send Roko to Tel Aviv with The Dream. If this is what angel song sounds like, I want no part of it. I find myself wishing for a Bartleby type exploding head downfall …

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Estonia: Victor Crone – Storm

  At the time of writing and in the context of this year's Eurovision lineup as it stands, Storm is a highly effective 3-minutes of radio-friendly pop performed by the super-charismatic - and very Swedish - Victor Crone. Watching Victor, …

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Italy: Mahmood – Soldi

Loud booing and jeering filled the Ariston when the Sanremo top-3 was revealed. Il Volo somehow made the cut despite being noticeably below par since their first night peak. Ultimo was no surprise given his following and his performance. More …

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Mahmood Wins Sanremo 2019

Following a 5-night test match-length musical slog, Sanremo 2019 has crowned its champion. Mahmood won the prize and will now be in pole position to represent Italy at Eurovision 2019 in Israel. The runner ups were Ultimo and Il Volo. …

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