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Eurovision Trivia: So You Think You Know Israel

We arrive at the current title holders, it’s Israeli quiz time. Israel were the first country not in Europe to join in the fun of Eurovision, being quite culturally close to Europe, and all. They’ve certainly been an interesting presence, with many Israeli entries reflecting Hebrew and Jewish tradition quite effectively, and nearly always retaining the Israeli character. Let’s find out how much you know about their most notable moments in the contest. With the season kicking into full gear, this will be the last ‘So You Think You Know’ for this Eurovision calendar year. If your country is in the latter half of the alphabet, do not worry, we will not forget you. The series will resume after the final of Eurovision 2019 with Italy. Israel, as this year’s host, is the perfect place to stop. So, watch out next Wednesday for a new quiz series to replace it during the Eurovision National Final season. Trivia at ESCXtra is preparing for 2019. If you haven’t played our previous quizzes yet, or want to take them again, find them here: Albania Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark  Estonia Finland France FYR Macedonia Georgia Germany …

An Xtra Happy Birthday; week 50!

Just as last week, there are loads of birthdays to celebrate this week too! One of them was a winner, as in part of the famous band ABBA! December 10th Today there are four Eurovision Stars that have a birthday. It includes a two times Eurovision performers Ellen Nikolaysen as well as a guy who was the debut act for his country. Yuval Dor, 68 As part of the band Hakol Over Habiabi, Yuval performed on behalf of Israel at Eurovision in 1981. Therefore performed the song “Hanlayla” on the stage in Dublin. The song did fairly well and finished in 7th place out of 20 acts. Ellen Nikolaysen, 67 Nikolaysen took part two times at the Eurovision Song Contest. First Norway selected the singing group Bendik Singers in 1973. Ellen was part of that group. They therefore stood up on the stage in Luxembourg and sang “It’s Just A Game”. The song got 89 points, that secured them the 7th place. Norway chose Ellen again in 1975 with the song “Touched my life with summer”.  Therefore she had to travel to her neighbor country Sweden. At the final in Stockholm the song got only 11 points which meant the song …

ROUND 1: It’s time to make your Eurovision Prediction for Albania!

Welcome to ROUND ONE of Eurovision Prediction 2019. This is the first round of the competition and your first chance to make a bid for the top of our leaderboard! In less than two weeks, Festivali i Këngës will take place in Albania and it’s time for you to predict who will be the winner! What is Eurovision Prediction? For those of you who have never played Eurovision Prediction before, it is a game where Eurovision fans from all over the world battle it out to become the champion! All players need to do is predict which entry will win each national final that takes place during the 2019 Eurovision season. At the end of the season, the player with the most points takes the victory and becomes Eurovision Prediction Champion! Following its introduction last year, we will once again award a special “money can’t buy” prize to our 2019 winner: a package of promotional items from the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest as chosen by our editors on-site in Tel Aviv! Key information As it is expected that no entries will be eliminated in the semi-finals of Festivali i Këngës this year, a total of 22 points are on offer in this round. …

OFFICIAL RULES: How to play Eurovision Prediction 2019!

Welcome to the official rules of Eurovision Prediction 2019! We’re so glad that you are interested in participating. Therefore, to make things as easy as possible, below you can find out exactly what the game entails. The game is extremely easy to play and will take just take up a few minutes of your time here and there… unless you are an indecisive predictor of course! Once again, with a prize up for grabs for our Eurovision Prediction 2019 winner, what are you waiting for? Overview In case you are one of those people that just want to get stuck in, have a read of our quick rules summary below. For full details of how the game works, read on below! 1. When each prediction round begins, you will be notified via our official Eurovision Prediction 2019 Facebook page, our official Eurovision Prediction 2019 Twitter page and here on the ESCXTRA website. 2. All you need to do is select which entry you think will win each national final via the Google form we provide. 3. The player with the most points at the end of the 2019 national final season will become our champion. They will win a selection of items chosen by …

Eurovision Trivia: So You Think You Know… Ireland

For many English-speaking people, and for some slightly older people, Ireland is the king of Eurovision. Especially during the 90s, they were entirely unstoppable at winning the contest, and won it three times in a row. Measures about trying to stop their success were joked about. Now, they have a bit more trouble doing so well, but did well this year with Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s ‘Together’. Let’s see how much you know about their participation with this Ireland quiz. Junior Eurovision is over, Melodifestivalen announcement is out, we are merely a month away from some of the first national finals, but there’s still time for some trivia in the weeks ahead. I hope you’ll join me. So You Think You Know… is a series that will arrive each Wednesday, each time focusing on a new active Eurovision country. We are continuing alphabetically, Israel will be next. If you haven’t played our previous quizzes yet, or want to take them again, find them here: Albania Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark  Estonia Finland France FYR Macedonia Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland

An Xtra Happy Birthday; week 49!

This week we bring you 23 reasons to celebrate! December 3rd Yesterday we celebrated two Eurovision birthday girls! Today we bring you another three Eurostars to help us celebrate; one is even a former winner! One of the others is a two time participant! Kimberley Rew, 67 Kimberley Rew represented the United Kingdom at the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin. He did so as part of the band Katrina and the Waves. They performed the song “Love Shine a Light”, winning the contest for the UK. This was the fifth victory for the UK, and their last up until today. Kimberley was also the songwriter of their winning entry. Thomas Forstner, 49 Thomas Forstner has represented Austria at Eurovision twice. The first time was back in 1989 in Lausanne, when he performed “Nur ein Lied”, finishing in 5th place. He returned to the contest two years later, in Rome in 1991. Austria was hoping for another top result for Thomas. This, however, was not meant to be, as he didn’t receive a single point for “Venedig im Regen“. Hind, 34 Hind represented the Netherlands at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade. She did this with the song “Your …

Eurovision Trivia: So You Think You Know… Iceland

Iceland are one of the nations that often end up as a fan favourite. Perhaps not in 2018, and if you’ve joined the Eurovision fandom recently you might not have experienced any of their great successes for yourself, seeing as they haven’t qualified for the final for the last few years, but they have had a considerable run of high-quality entrants in the past, very impressive considering the low population of the island. And with this high quality also comes interesting entrants to build an Icelandic quiz for. So let’s see how much you have picked up. Junior Eurovision is over, Melodifestivalen announcement is out, we are merely a month away from some of the first national finals, but there’s still time for some trivia in the weeks ahead. I hope you’ll join me. So You Think You Know… is a series that will arrive each Wednesday, each time focusing on a new active Eurovision country. We are continuing alphabetically, Ireland will be next. If you haven’t played our previous quizzes yet, or want to take them again, find them here: Albania Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark  Estonia Finland France FYR Macedonia Georgia …

An Xtra Happy Birthday; Week 48!

Its time for happy birthday week. Last week only fifteen Eurovision people celebrated their birthday. This week however, they are twenty-five who are getting one year older. One of them is Émilie Satt, who sang into our heart this year in Lisbon. November 26th Today we have five Eurovision Artist that celebrate their birthday. One of them was victorious at Eurovision on the behalf of United Kingdom. But the others also did quite well and finished in 8-12th place at the Contest. Greetje Kauffeld, 79 The Netherlands picked Greetje in 1961 to go on their behalf to Cannes, France. That is why she sang “Wat een dag” at the stage. She made it to 10th place. Pfuri Baldenweg, 72 Pfuri was a part of a trio Pfuri Gorps & Kniri. Which joined forces, in 1979, with the Eurovision trio Peter, Sue and Marc. And therefore represented Switzerland with the song “Trödler und Co”. Like Greetje, Pfuri also placed in 10th place. Martin Lee, 69 In 1976 United kingdom selected the famous band “Brotherhood of Man” to represent them at Eurovision in The Hague, Netherlands. They sang the song “Save Your Kisses for Me”, which got 164 points at the show. …

The results of XTRA Vote 2018: Junior Eurovision edition!

Over the last week, you have been voting in the Junior Eurovision edition of XTRA Vote 2018! Now, the time has come to reveal which entries you have selected as your favourite… 140 valid votes! Thank you to all 150 of you that voted, an extremely high number which has given us a very valid vote to have a look at! Unfortunately we had to void 10 sets of votes due to allocating more than one set of points to the same country. Nevertheless, we still have 140 valid votes to add up! Your Junior Eurovision 2018 favourites are… So, it’s time to reveal your top five favourites! 1st 🇰🇿 Kazakhstan 🇰🇿2nd 🇫🇷 France 🇫🇷3rd 🇺🇦 Ukraine 🇺🇦4th 🇲🇰 F.Y.R. Macedonia 🇲🇰5th 🇬🇪 Georgia 🇬🇪 Have a look at the detailed statistics breakdown below! Lots of support for every artist In addition, every single entry appeared in the top three of at least three people. This certainly shows the 2018 line-up’s widespread quality and appeal. We thank you all for your votes! What do you think of the result? Let us know in the comments below and via @ESCXTRA on social media!

Eurovision Trivia: So You Think You Know… Hungary

Hungary have turned into an old reliable friend to see in Eurovision. Seven years ago, that would not have been the picture, spotty participation and only occasionally good results, but the Hungary of today provides us regularly with a competent song that is at least pleasant to listen to (yes, even AWS), if not even better. Hungarian trivia will give us plenty of interesting results to untangle, let’s see how much you know. With a few weeks before we begin looking forward to Eurovision 2019, although a reminder that we are merely a month away from some of the first national finals, it’s that time in a Eurovision fan’s year to reflect on past years and all the good music and events they brought. And, also, some trivia. So You Think You Know… is a series that will arrive each Wednesday, each time focusing on a new active Eurovision country. We are continuing alphabetically, Iceland will be next. If you haven’t played our previous quizzes yet, or want to take them again, find them here: Albania Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark  Estonia Finland France FYR Macedonia Georgia Germany Greece