Vienna 2015

For all the news about the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest taking place in the Austrian capital city of Vienna.

Should’ve Known Better – Part 5

It’s time once again to explore the many possibilities of what could have been. Could we have had a completely different contest if a few countries had just made slightly different decisions? Would this year’s Eurovision have turned out any better? In this series we’ve been looking back on the various national selections to see if there were any overlooked gems that could have changed the contest for the better. This time it’s the turn of Serbia, Slovenia, Malta and Norway and for me to select my 100% correct picks from each of the selections that could have made for great entries.

Should’ve Known Better – Part 4

Now that we’re in the depths of the “down season” for Eurovision, a lot of fans get nostalgic about the contest that has just been. However it’s also far enough away that some of us can think about what could have been, and that’s what we have been doing in this series on escXtra. Nick and Nathan have both shared a little insight into what various countries could or should have chosen in an ideal world, and now it’s my turn to play Eurovision God and look back at some of the ones that slipped through the net before we got to Vienna, for Belarus, Greece, Latvia and Ireland.

Should’ve Known Better – Part 3

It happens every year. We, the fan community, join together in watching national finals and once the result comes, we’re gobsmacked about the choice made by the responsible public and/or jury. Sometimes, we’re proven wrong as countries end up doing really well in the contest, but there are cases where we can all go ‘See, you were wrong.’ Soluna Samay already told her Danish audience how wrong they were back in 2012 by telling them they Should’ve known better, which was frankly quite obvious given how contrived and terrible her song was… however, our focus is now with the entries from 2015. Nick has already begun the series, Peter will follow too but this week it is up to me, Nathan, to take you through the national final season of the most recent Eurovision Song Contest. Along the way, we’ll be sharing our favourites from all these national finals with you! This week, I’ll be talking about Iceland, Denmark, Moldova and Georgia.

Should’ve Known Better – Part 2

It happens every year. We, the fan community, join together in watching national finals and once the result comes, we’re gobsmacked about the choice made by the responsible public and/or jury. Sometimes, we’re proven wrong as countries end up doing really well in the contest, but there are cases where we can all go ‘See, you were wrong.’ Soluna Samay already told her Danish audience how wrong they were back in 2012 by telling them they Should’ve known better, but now it’s time for 2015. Nathan, Peter and myself will be taking you through the national final season of the most recent Eurovision Song Contest and we’ll share our favourites from all these national finals with you! Last week I spoke about Germany, Austria, Romania and Italy, so today it’s time for the next four: Cyprus, FYR Macedonia, Hungary and Finland.

Should’ve Known Better – Part 1

It happens every year. We, the fan community, join together in watching national finals and once the result comes, we’re gobsmacked about the choice made by the responsible public and/or jury. Sometimes, we’re proven wrong as countries end up doing really well in the contest, but there are cases where we can all go ‘See, you were wrong.’ Soluna Samay already told her Danish audience how wrong they were back in 2012 by telling them they Should’ve known better, but now it’s time for 2015. Nathan, Peter and myself will be taking you through the national final season of the most recent Eurovision Song Contest and we’ll share our favourites from all these national finals with you! Check the first four, Austria, Romania, Germany and Italy, out below!

Trijntje Oosterhuis wins the Barbara Dex Award!

No surprises from the land of the Barbara Dex Award: Trijntje Oosterhuis has been chosen the worst dressed performer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. She more than doubled the score of the runner-up: Bojana Stamenov from Serbia. The Dutch singer was rather insecure about what she’d wear in Vienna and she ended up with this outfit, which has now been voted the debacle of 2015: a jumpsuit which could not please anyone. It was the third outfit she tried on during her time in Vienna, after the cut open dress and a more normal design. She gathered a massive 1324 votes, landsliding a ‘victory’. Runner-up Bojana Stamenov received ‘just’ 605 votes. Third place goes to Electro Velvet from the United Kingdom, receiving 397 votes. Trijntje joins a gallery of winners like Vilija (2014), Moje 3 (2013), Zoli Adok (2009) and obviously, the namegiver of the award: Barbara Dex.

Voting open for the Barbara Dex award

The time has come for our favourite long-standing tradition of the Eurovision wind-down period. It’s time to celebrate the garish, ghoulish and ghastly of the last couple of weeks and honour those that by any other standards have been forgotten, but in one way will live on in our memories forever – whether we want them to or not. It’s the Barbara Dex award for the “who wore it worst” in this year’s Eurovision. For 18 years, fans all over the world have cast their vote for the worst dressed artist, and classic previous winners have included Sanda Ladoși (Romania 2014), Serbia’s Moje 3 (2013) and Gisela (Andorra 2008). The award was named after Barbara Dex herself, who finished last for Belgium in 1993 wearing a homemade dress widely considered to be one of the greatest fashion disasters of all time on the Eurovision stage. Can any of this year’s contestants scale these dizzy heights? If you think so, then you can head over to Eurovision House and cast your vote. You have until Saturday 6 June to do so, and if you watched our live stream this year, you’ll know that we certainly had some strong opinions on the matter …

Victorious Måns speaks to escXtra

Måns Zelmerlöw gives his first reactions to escXtra.com following his victory in the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Overnight chart success for Eurovision

Eurovision Song Contest is over, Sweden was declared the winner, but competition has just started in the charts all across Europe. While it may not give a long-term hit for most of the entries, some Eurovision songs are charting very well this year. Take a look at below iTunes charts from Europe and Australia: UK #6 Sweden #22 Belgium #27 UK Austria #1 Sweden #2 Belgium #3 Austria #4 Italy #5 Estonia #6 Australia #7 Norway #9 Russia #10 Building Bridges (the official theme) #13 Israel #14 Slovenia Australia #6 Australia #20 Sweden Belgium #1 Belgium #2 Sweden #14 Estonia #16 Russia Denmark #1 Sweden #3 Australia #4 Belgium #9 Russia #19 Estonia Finland #1 Sweden #2 Estonia #3 Belgium #10 Italy #11 Slovenia #18 Australia France #9 Sweden Germany #1 Sweden #6 Belgium #12 Germany #17 Australia Greece #1 Italy #2-#3 Sweden #4 Estonia #6 Belgium #8 Russia #11 Australia #12 Greece Ireland #3 Sweden #15 Ireland #16 Belgium Italy #5 Italy The Netherlands #1 Sweden #2 Belgium #4 Australia #7 Estonia #13 Italy Norway #1 Sweden #2 Norway #6 Australia #10 Belgium #13 Estonia Poland #1 Sweden #3 Latvia #5 Belgium #10 Estonia #11 Australia Russia #1 Russia …

Måns Zelmerlöw conquers Europe!

In a most exciting voting, Sweden has won the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Måns Zelmerlöw fought off all other competitors and became Europe’s hero. It was a tough battle for Måns, who had to fight off big competition from Russia’s Polina Gagarina and Italy’s Il Volo. Also interesting is that we have two more ‘nil points’: both Germany and host country Austria failed to gain a single point from Europe. Meanwhile, also the split results have been revealed and it seems Italy won the televote, with Sweden landsliding the jury vote. The results we currently have say Italy won the televote with 366 points, ahead of Russia (286) and Sweden (279). The jury results looked rather different, with Sweden winning that with 353 points, followed by Latvia (249) and Russia (234). Italy finished in sixth there, with 171 points. Looking at our own predictions, we seem to have been spot on with the top results: All of us had Sweden and Russia as the top five, then Italy, Belgium and Australia followed. Our sixth place was Latvia, which was also correct. None of us got the last place correct, though. At the press conference, Jon Ola Sand handed the hosting …