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Poland’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest Journey so far

Next November 25th, Minsk Arena will host the sixteenth Junior Eurovision Song Contest. It will be the second time that the event takes place in the venue in Belarus’s capital. With Ukraine’s last minute confirmation, a record-breaking 20 countries will participate. Therefore, it is the perfect time to look back at the journeys of all of this year’s participating countries in the contest. Today, let’s travel continue our journey and head to Poland! Quick facts Country: PolandBroadcaster: TVPDebut appearance: 2003Number of participations: 4Highest finish: 8(2017)Lowest finish: 17th and last (2004) Back to the very beginning… Poland competed in the very first Junior Eurovision in 2003 in Copenhagen. The country’s first representative was Katarzyna Żurawik with her song “Coś mnie nosi”. Unfortunately, she finished 16th and last on the scoreboard with just 3 points. Poland’s journey so far.. Since debuting in 2003, Poland has only made a total 4 appearances at Junior Eurovision. Following their unsuccessful start, Poland returned in 2004 with  KWADro and “Łap życie“. However, they suffered the same fate of Katarzyna and finished last in the scoreboard once again with 3 points. Poland then withdrew from the contest in 2005 and didn’t return until more than a decade …

XTRA Debate: How influential is the Eurovision fandom?

When it comes to predicting the results of a national final, semi-final or the grand final itself, Eurovision fans have a lot of thoughts and feelings.  After years of meticulous analysis of the running order, diaspora and subtle shifts in the voting systems we are able to generally make accurate predictions about the results of any given event. I think it is safe to say that Eurovision fans become soothsayers of the contest we all love. However, does the Eurovision fandom have a wider influence outside the bubble? If so, does the fan hype make a demonstrable difference to the public perception of a song – leading to more (or less!) points? What is the influence of previews? Simon: Very close to zero, I’m sure. Nick: See, I heavily disagree. Pre-contest hypes, and therefore pre-contest favourites, are created by fans. Simon: Yes, but when you consider how much of the hype reaches the general public (which is not a lot in the majority of countries!) and whether they would be tempted to vote in a certain way because of that (barely) then you’ll end up with an influence close to nil. Nick: Previews across Europe, in bigger and smaller shows, mention who …

Did you hear? Eurovision tidbits, week 38

There is no doubt about it; Love really is in the air in the Euroverse these days. This week’s roundup of not so breaking Eurovision news is filled with love, happiness and positivity. And wisdom and beauty. Enjoy!  Do something that makes you happy!  Did we really need another reason to love Benjamin Ingrosso?! He’s charming, a talented singer, he loves Italian food, is a good chef, just released a new (great!) album…so no; we didn’t. However, he still gave us one! Earlier this week he posted this photo on Instagram, and we’re loving it! View this post on Instagram Do something today that makes you happy! Life’s too short ( literally) ☕️ A post shared by BENJAMIN INGROSSO (@benjaminingrosso) on Sep 19, 2018 at 1:55am PDT I don’t know about you guys, but this picture just makes me soooo happy! I seriously can not stop smiling 🙂 

Saturday summary: This week’s Eurovision news headlines

With the host city for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest finally announced by the EBU last week,  news has been flowing thick and fast.  Here is your weekly update! Confirmations for Tel Aviv come rolling in Tel Aviv has been officially revealed as the host city for next year’s contest, which will take place on 14th, 16th and 18th May.  Since the announcement,  a number of broadcasters have announced their participation. Romania confirm participation for 2019 FYR Macedonia confirm participation in Eurovision 2019 Portugal confirm participation for 2019 United Kingdom confirms participation in 2019 Georgia confirms participation in 2019! Albania confirms participation in Tel Aviv! Greece confirms participation for Eurovision 2019 Iceland confirms for Eurovision 2019!

Throwback Thursday – Russia: Song #1 is still #1 for me!

Loyal followers of our website know that each week we put a spotlight on a Eurovision country for our weekly Throwback Thursday article. Well this week is my turn. Therefore I thought it would be the perfect time to wax lyrical (see what I did there?!) about my favourite ever Russian entry. Serebro’s 2007 effort “Song #1”! The Story of Serebro. We arrive in Helsinki, Finland after Lordi’s win with “Hard Rock Hallelujah”. Broadcaster Russia 1 are looking for entries to represent them at the contest. The submission window opened on 20th January 2007. Russian songwriter Maxim Fadeev wanted to put a project together to deliver to the broadcaster in the hope that the act would subsequently represent Russia in Helsinki. He decided that he wanted to build the project around singer Elena Temnikova. Elena had already made herself a household name in Russia at the time coming in Third-Place on Star Factory. Ironically the winner of Star Factory: 2003 was the 2015 Russian representative and subsequent Runner-Up Polina Gagarina.  Elena Temnikova had this to say about her approach by Fadeev and her subsequent involvement in Serebro in February 2008 to the Russian In Style magazine.  After Star Factory, Maxim Fadeev offered me …

Serbia’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest Journey so far

Next November 25th, Minsk Arena will host the sixteenth Junior Eurovision Song Contest. It will be the second time that the event takes place in the venue in Belarus’s capital. With Ukraine’s last minute confirmation, a record-breaking 20 countries will participate. Therefore, it is the perfect time to look back at the journeys of all of this year’s participating countries in the contest. Today, let’s travel to the Balkans and look at the journey of Serbia! Quick facts Country: SerbiaBroadcaster: RTSDebut appearance: 2006Number of participations: 9Highest finish: 3rd (2010)Lowest finish: 16th and last (2016) Back to the very beginning… Serbia made their Junior Eurovision debut in Bucharest in 2016. The first to fly the country’s flag at the contest was the group Neustrašivi Učitelji Stranih Jezikawith their entry “Učimo strane jezike”. They ended on a respectable 5th place, with 81 points. Serbia’s journey so far.. Since debuting in 2006, Serbia participated a total of 9 times, missing out on three contests, between 2011 and 2013. Throughout the years, they performed quite well, only mission out on being in the top 10 on two occasions, in 2008 and 2016, when they came last. Serbia has yet to win Junior Eurovision. So …

XTRA Debate: The fandom and the law of average

There are two kinds of countries competing in Eurovision – countries aiming just to qualify to the final (or if they’re in Big 5, aiming to make it to the left side of the scoreboard) and countries determined to win. The latter are often very drastic (almost obscene) in the methods and the amount of budget they’re willing to spend to lift that crystal microphone in May and bring the contest the following year to their countries. That often brings lots of outrage in the (presumably online) fandom, which then starts searching for other favourites just so that they get an underdog winning. The mission of this piece, is to present some examples from the contest’s recent history and to present our opinions on the matter. The Balkan beast called Bulgaria  In the 2000s and at the beginning of the 2010s, Bulgaria was one of those unlucky countries without clear vision and with scandals dominating their selections every year. In 2013, they withdrew just to make a comeback in 2014 Junior Eurovision, where they placed second and then hosted the contest the following year. That gave them a confidence boost rarely seen in the contest and their results in Eurovision …

Did you hear? Eurovision tidbits, week 37

As always, I have spent  fair bit of time on Instagram this week, just to find a handful (or two) of little tidbits to entertain you. And this week I introduce another weekly feature; Wiv’s goodiebag! “What might this goodiebag contain?”, you ask? Check for yourself!  Is Måns really too young to drink alcohol?  Apparently, he looks like it, at least! When he was stocking up on the % ofor the weekend, one of the staff at Systembolaget (the state run licuor store in Sweden)  asked to see his ID. You have to be at least 20 to shop there, and if you are under 25 you are supposed to show your ID. So, according to Måns’ Instagram post, this made Friday a happy day for him.  Also, he’s attended a songwriting camp this week. The result; 12 new songs! Hopefully we’ll get to hear at least some of them in the not too distant future!  View this post on Instagram Happy Friday! I was just ID-ed at @systembolaget which means I would still pass as a 25yo. Yay! And also – twelve new songs written at this weeks camp. It’s a good week! A post shared by Måns Zelmerlöw …

Saturday summary: This week’s Eurovision news headlines

Welcome to the latest edition of our news round-up series which takes a look back at the Eurovision news headlines from the past seven days. Here you’ll find all the important news! Whether you need to catch-up or to remind yourself what has happened in the Eurovision world, this is the article for you. Want to read more? You can access the full articles by clicking on them! Tel Aviv will host Eurovision 2019! We’ve been on tenterhooks for months but finally, we know when and where the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will take place. Yes, next year’s edition of the world’s biggest entertainment show will take place in Tel Aviv, Israel’s second most populous city. The Tel Aviv Convention Center will be at the centre, excuse the pun, of next year’s Eurovision circus! Furthermore, the grand final of the contest will take place on May 18th. Of course, the two semi-finals will take place in the preceding days: May 14th and May 16th. OFFICIAL: Tel Aviv to host Eurovision 2019 on 14, 16 and 18 May!

Throwback Thursday: Life looks better in Cyprus

As is the case for many Eurovision years, the fandom can’t really decide who their winner of 2010 is. The two typical camps are either Germany or Turkey (makes sense, since they got 1st and 2nd, respectively). But you hear other songs in the mix too: Romania, Ukraine, Albania, Iceland, and even non-qualifiers like Croatia or Latvia. But every now and again, you’ll come across a rare eurofan that will swear up and down that Cyprus should have won in 2010. And you know what? They really do make a good point. Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s look back to 2010 for a quick second and learn a thing or two about the Cypriot entry. Who are Jon Lilygreen and the Islanders? The Islanders are a group consisting of six members from five countries: England, Wales, Scotland, Norway, and Cyprus. That last member was enough for the group to compete in the Cypriot national final, Epilogi Tis Kypriakis Symmetochis. They competed against past and future Eurovision stars, such as Constantinos Christoforou (Cyprus 1996 and 2005) and Hovig (Cyprus 2017).  Also, had they not been disqualified, Deep Zone (Bulgaria 2008) would have also competed. In the end, Jon Lilygreen and …