Polish broadcaster TVP have started the search for Rafał Brzozowski’s successor.
'Do you dream of joining the ranks of the most outstanding European artists and performing on the Eurovision scene? Applications for Polish preselections for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Italy have started.'
Potential superstars are invited to send in their applications before Saturday 20 November.
Broadcaster RTÉ has announced that Ireland’s 2022 entry will be selected on a special Eurovision edition of The Late Late Show.
RTE’s Head of Delegation Michael Kealy said:
I am very excited by the return of a Eurovision National Final on The Late Late Show and the prospect of giving the public a greater say in selecting our entry for Italy. Every year the Eurovision gets bigger and more competitive than ever and given the enormous exposure and huge financial rewards for the winner I’m hopeful that we will attract a very high calibre of songwriter and performer.
Songwriters and artists can submit their song on RTÉ's Eurovision website.
Swedish pop star Oscar Zia will host Melodifestivalen 2022. The show is one of the most popular TV events in Sweden and determines who will represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Oscar Zia is no stranger to Melodifestivalen. In fact, he’s a three-time participant and 2021 host!
He previously participated in 2013 as a backing vocalist together with (future) The Mamas singer Loulou Lamotte in the Behrang Miri song Jalla Dansa Sawa. In 2014, he reached the top 10 when he performed Yes We Can as a solo artist. His last competing performance in the competition was in 2016 with the song Human. Oscar won the jury vote but finished runner-up behind Frans who mopped up the televote. Most recently he co-hosted the second Semi-Final in February 2021 with Anis Don Demina and Christer Björkman.
If the public health situation allows it, SVT plans to take Melodifestivalen on tour around Sweden. This follows the 2021 event which held all 6 events in the Annexet in Stockholm, without an audience.
You can mark the Melodifestivalen 2022 dates in your calendar now:
February 5: Semi-Final 1 – Malmö
February 12: Semi-Final 2 – Göteborg
February 19: Semi-Final 3 – Linköping
February 26: Semi-Final 4 – Lidköping
March 5: Andra Chansen (Second chance round) – Örnsköldsvik
March 12: Final – Stockholm
Keep checking the blog for all the latest updates on Melodifestivalen and Eurovision 2022!
Happy new year! Today is the official start of the new Eurovision season.
In short: any song released between now and the March submission deadline is eligible for the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy next year.
We’ve lots to look forward to in the coming weeks, including that all important Host City announcement!
Mark sure to bookmark our calendar of national finals (good students Australia, Denmark, Italy and Norway have already put dates in the diary); we’ll be updating with show links and info, as and when we know more.
Happy new year!
Well done if you managed to unscramble the phrase to reveal: Softengine (Intense Fog), and congratulations to the lucky winner drawn at random…
Jenni Dybell, United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Congratulations! We will be in touch shortly.
The board game is available to buy in the official Eurovision Shop.
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Softengine - Something Better (Finland) LIVE Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Grand Final
On the back of their Eurovision Song Contest win, Måneskin have been topping all sorts of charts across the globe. Their latest triumph is on social media, as TikTok revealed the top 5 songs used in the UK on the platform over the summer:
Top 5 songs on UK TikTok
Måneskin – Beggin’ (2017)
Destiny’s Child – Bills, Bills, Bills (1999)
Van McCoy – The Hustle (1975)
Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits (2021)
Hoàng Read – The Magic Bomb (Extended Mix) (2021)
Beggin’ was used in 354k video creations in the UK, with over 9 million creations overall and 3.7 billion views of the #Maneskin hashtag.
Meanwhile, Spotify announced their global summer charts too, showcasing even more success for the Italian champs, taking the number two spot:
Spotify’s Top Global Songs of Summer 2021
Olivia Rodrigo – Good 4 U
Måneskin – Beggin’
Rauw Alejandro – Todo De Ti
Lil Nas X – Montero (Call Me By Your Name
Doja Cat – Kiss Me More (feat. SZA)
(I Wanna Be Your Slave also secured the #12 position.)
In other great news, Duncan Laurence’s Arcade, nearly 27 months after winning the Eurovision Song Contest, has secured a Top 40 position on the Billboard Hot 100.
Česká televize (ČT) has fired the starting gun in the race to represent the Czech Republic in 2022.
Potential participants are being invited to send in their demo tapes to the broadcaster, with a deadline being set for Thursday 30 September.
Artists can submit more than one entry but the lead singer (or at least one of the vocalists, if a duo) must hold Czech citizenship.
If you’re interested, head on over to the ČT website.
Benny Cristo - omaga - LIVE - Czech Republic 🇨🇿 - Second Semi-Final - Eurovision 2021
San Marino’s ‘Freaky Queen’ Senhit has revealed an upcoming new remix of her Eurovision entry Adrenalina.
Steve Aoki’s special mix of the track will be released on Friday 27 August and can be pre-saved for streaming.
We are truly blessed with new music this week!
Ireland’s Lesley Roy has released a follow-up to MAPS in the form of I’ll Be Fine.
Lesley’s new bop is available to stream right now on Spotify.
Blind Channel have released a new single and it’s just as loud as you’d expect!
The Finnish rockers have this to say about their new track Balboa:
‘It’s us sticking to our vision without compromise. Underdogs are a dangerous species. This is a call to arms to every hardworking dreamer out there, and the soundtrack of our career so far. We keep coming back.’
Balboa is available to stream and download now.
Australia’s Montaigne has released her first single since appearing at the Eurovision Song Contest.
My Life Is Better With You is available on streaming services and the official music video will premiere on YouTube at 16:00 CEST today.
You can watch it here.
Montaigne - Technicolour - LIVE - Australia 🇦🇺 - First Semi-Final - Eurovision 2021
Last week, we gave the readers of Douze Points the chance to win Eurovision goody bags. All they had to do was solve the following anagram to reveal a Eurovision participant:
Well done if you managed to unscramble the phrase to reveal: Natalia Gordienko (A Lion Doing Karate), and congratulations to the 10 winners drawn at random…
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Polish broadcaster TVP have revealed their Summer Tour line-up which includes some familiar faces.
The event will move from city to city each Sunday over the Polish summer holidays, showcasing home-grown talent as well as Eurovision stars, including:
Sunday 8 August, Kielce: Elena Tsagrinou (Cyprus 2021), Albina (Croatia 2021)
Sunday 15 August, Ostróda: Efendi (Azerbaijan 2021)
Sunday 29 August, Sopot: Stefania (Greece 2021)
Poland’s 2021 participant, The Ride singer Rafał Brzozowski, will both host the concerts and perform.
So baby hold on for the ride of your life: the shows will broadcast at 20:40 CEST on TVP2.
Italian broadcaster Rai has confirmed that Festival della canzone italiana di Sanremo will return between Tuesday 1 and Sunday 5 February, 2022.
The long-running show produced 2021 winners Måneskin and will once again be used to inform the Italian choice of participant in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Director of Rai1, Stefano Coletta, explains their vision for 2022:
‘The musical journey undertaken two years ago by Amadeus [Sanremo’s artistic director] marked an important cultural change in the history of the Festival which led the winners of the last edition, to also win the Eurovision Song Contest and important international recognition for the Italian song.’
‘It is in this direction of innovation and one of the objectives of the Public Service, that Rai intends to continue to enhance the musical talent in an ever greater way through the most popular television event in the country’.
This exciting news means we can also reopen the Eurovision calendar.
Mr Lordi and Santa Claus (not pictured) attended a pop-up vaccination event in the city of Rovaniemi (Lapland, Finland) this week to help promote the availability of vaccination jabs as well as the local authority’s free rapid COVID-19 testing.
Mr Lordi said: They put a big needle in my arm, and that’s exactly why I came here. This was my second vaccine dose.
The Eurovision winner also revealed that he had lost count of the number of gigs the hard rockers have had to cancel due to the coronavirus, but also shared that time away from touring allowed the band to focus on new music: It’s given us an opportunity to be creative. We’ve recorded seven albums during the pandemic.
Douze Points, the all new Eurovision Song Contest newsletter, was published earlier today. You can subscribe here.
In the first issue, readers received an exclusive interview with Gjon’s Tears, the opportunity to watch two iconic 2006 performances from Kate Ryan and Silvia Night in 1080p, plus the chance to win an exclusive Eurovision goody bag.
Douze Points drops on the fourth Thursday of every month.
Tonight (Saturday 31 July) at 21:00 CEST, a never-seen-before HD (high definition) cut of the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 held in Athens will be broadcast for the first time. Fans will be able to watch it for free and together on the official Eurovision YouTube channel.
Many aspects of this high definition cut differ from the definitive version of the 51st Eurovision Song Contest that was broadcast live from Athens on Saturday 20 May, 2006.
We’re excited to share this experimental HD footage with you for reference; it is not intended to replace the original show.
Read the full story:
Athens 2006 HD Cut: test tapes found and to be broadcast for first time
Spanish broadcaster RTVE will make an announcement tomorrow (Thursday 22 July) about their participation in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest.
It is thought that the Spanish delegation has already begun work on selecting potential entries for the 66th Contest next year, with RVTE President José Manuel Pérez Tornero stating that they were going to be taking their participation ‘very seriously’.
The announcement will be made in front of assorted press and media in Benidorm at 12:30 CEST and will be streamed live on the RTVE YouTube channel.
Blas Cantó was the most recent act to represent Spain. His song Voy A Quedarme finished in 24th place, picking up 2 points from the United Kingdom jury and 4 from the Bulgarian jury.
Of the Big Five nations (which also includes Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom and France), Spain has been waiting the longest for a victory. Their last triumph came 52 years ago during the 1969 Contest which ended in a four-way tie between Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and France.
Blas Cantó - Making of the 'Voy A Quedarme' Music Video - Spain 🇪🇸 - Eurovision 2021
Eurovision champions and all-round angels Måneskin have released a video for their Spotify Global number one hit song I Wanna Be Your Slave.
The video sees the band indulging in a range of wholesome activities.
Seventeen Italian cities (and regions) have submitted their candidacy to host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2022.
Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Candidate Cities:
Bertinoro di Romagna (Forlì – Cesena)
Palazzolo Acreide (Syracuse)
The honour of hosting the 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be awarded to one of the candidate cities on the condition they can meet all of the criteria set out by the EBU, as well as state their ability to support the Contest through services and economic contributions.
Tomorrow morning (Wednesday 14 July) Rai (the Italian national broadcaster) will deliver bid books to the Candidate Cities and they will have until Wednesday 4 August to submit full details of their attempt to host the world’s largest live music event.
There’s a long way to go in the bidding process and though many cities have thrown their coppola in to the ring, fans are advised not to book travel or accommodation until full details of the event are revealed later in the year once a Host City has been confirmed.
Everyone’s favourite Icelandic electropop artiste Daði Freyr has been busy creating new 10 Years videos featuring his fans.
The first has been uploaded to Daði’s YouTube channel with a further '4 or 5' expected to follow.
The Think About Things singer’s sold-out tour kicks off at Iceland Airwaves in November.
One, two, girls C’MON!
Sanja, Ivana and Ksenija have released the video for their new single Do Neba (English: 'To The Heavens’).
The video was filmed on location in Zanzibar, Tanzania, shortly after their success in Rotterdam where they finished in 15th place.
Eurovisioncalls Hurricane - Serbia 🇷🇸 with NikkieTutorials
L’appel à candidatures est ouvert!
France are looking for their next Eurovision superstar and have opened their applications process for Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez! – taking submissions until October 2021.
To enter you must be over the age of 16 by 1 January 2022, and your original song must be ‘mostly’ in French or one of the languages of the French overseas territories.
So if you fancy yourself as the next Marie Myriam, Barbara Pravi or even Twin Twin, head on over to the France Télévisions applications website.
The 2020 UEFA European Football Championship continues into the Quarter-Finals, as does the fun we’re having with our Eurovision Championships.
You can take part by following our official Eurovision Twitter account.
A thrilling first knockout round has come to an end, with some cracking games, cries of match fixing, and a very strong last eight line-up!
Round of 16 results:
Wales v Denmark ⭐️ 2–3
Italy ⭐️ v Austria 5–0
Netherlands ⭐️ v Czech Republic 3–2
Belgium ⭐️ v Portugal 5–0
Croatia v Spain ⭐️ 2–3
France ⭐️ v Switzerland 3–2
England v Germany ⭐️ 1–4
Sweden v Ukraine ⭐️ 2–3
It’s now confirmed that football won’t be coming home in the Eurovision Championships following Germany’s demolition of England, and many spectators believe an Italian win is all but wrapped up.
From Friday 2 July, each Quarter-Final match will be accompanied by a video montage of the two countries playing against each other with a straightforward vote for your favourite!
Belgium v Italy
France v Spain
Ukraine v Germany
Netherlands v Denmark
To get behind your favourite teams make sure you follow the official Eurovision Twitter account and take part in the votes (starting Saturday 26 June) that will determine which countries go through to the quarter finals and beyond!
Everyone’s favourite Danish duo since the The Raveonetteshave announced their eponymous debut album, Fyr og Flamme.
The pair describe the record as being packed with ‘80s vibes that’ll set fire to both stadiums and living rooms. It includes their Eurovision entry Øve Os På Hinanden.
Fyr og Flamme tracklist:
Hvor er du nu
Ved godt at det var mig der tog fejl
Øve Os På Hinanden
The album will be released on CD and limited edition vinyl, and can be pre-ordered from their official website in advance of the 13 August release date.
Fyr Og Flamme - Øve Os På Hinanden - LIVE - Denmark 🇩🇰 - Second Semi-Final - Eurovision 2021
Turkey hasn’t participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since 2012, pressing pause on a rich history within the competition that includes 34 entries and a 2003 victory thanks to Sertab Erener’s Every Way That I Can.
Despite the break in participation, the Contest remains popular in the ‘land of four seasons’ and speculation about a potential return has been fuelled by İbrahim Eren, Chairman and Director General at national broadcaster TRT, after commenting on the prospect of Turkey returning to the Eurovision Song Contest.
Today, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) shed new light on the path to a possible Turkish return:
‘Although the EBU’s Turkish Member TRT hasn’t participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since 2012 we know there is still huge interest in Turkey in the Contest underlined by the large amount of engagement on our social channels from Turkish fans.
With that in mind, we are in contact with TRT with the aim of bringing them back into the competition.
TRT has made a huge contribution to the Contest in the past, including hosting the event in Istanbul in 2004, and we would very much welcome them back should they decide to participate again.’
The most recent Turkish entry is Can Bonomo’s Love Me Back(Baku 2012).
The official Eurovision Song Contest 2021 DVD is available to purchase as of tomorrow (Friday 25 June).
If you can’t wait one day, know that you can place a pre-order now on the Eurovision Shop.
The first post-Rotterdam meeting of the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group took place in Geneva this week.
From left to right: Claudio Fasulo, Deputy Director of RAI Uno, Simona Martorelli (RAI), Felix Bergsson (RÚV), David Tserunyan (AMPTV), Martin Österdahl (EBU), Carla Bugalho (RTP), Yuval Cohen (KAN), Sietse Bakker (NPO), Astrid Dutrenit (NPO), Frank-Dieter Freiling (ZDF).
(Note: Claudio Fasulo isn’t on the Reference Group and Alexandra Redde (FTV) who is, is absent from the photo.)
The Reference Group is made up of elected Heads of Delegations, executive producers from previous Host Broadcasters and the ESC Executive Supervisor from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). It’s their job to steer the Contest from Host to Host.
The triumphant Italian Head of Delegation, Simona Martorelli, shared her excitement about Italy’s chance to host the world’s biggest music event:
'There is a lot of enthusiasm around the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy. This victory is combined with a sentiment of rebirth that Italy really needs. We’re looking forward to working with the Reference Group on producing an incredible ESC in Italy in 2022.
In the story of Eurovision, my favourite song is ABBA’s Waterloo and my favourite Italian entry is, of course, Maneskin’s Zitti E Buoni!'
Dismissing the old proverb ‘all roads lead to Rome’, Simona revealed the number one item on her agenda:
'Our first task is of course to find a great Host City over the summer for next year’s show.'
Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl welcomed the Reference Group to the EBU headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland:
It’s great to finally be able to welcome the Reference Group to Geneva and meet in person for the first time in over 18 months.
The handover between the previous and next year’s Host Broadcaster is always a special moment and even more so this year. We’ve reflected on three spectacular shows in Rotterdam and are excited to welcome the team from RAI onboard and already looking forward to what they will bring us in 2022.
The countdown to Italy 2022 begins!
#EurovisionAgain has returned with the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest, which was hosted by Spain in Madrid. Fans can watch together via a live YouTube premiere from 21:00 CEST this evening (Saturday 19 June) or view the show after it has broadcast on the official Eurovision YouTube Channel.
Eurovision fans are expected to cause the hashtag #EurovisionAgain to trend once more, as they follow the show and tweet along on Saturday evening.
The @EurovisionAgain twitter account will run a fan poll for fun after the final act (Finland’s Jarkko & Laura) has performed to see if they can finally break the famous four-way tie.
They are also providing scorecards for fans to download and print.
Join in the fun over on Twitter!
We’re not getting into a dispute as to whether a hurricane in Tanzania is technically known as a tropical cyclone or not, HOWEVER, our favourite Serbian girl group Hurricane are in Zanzibar right now and will host an exclusive Instagram Live on the official Eurovision account from 12:00 CEST today!
LookLab Hurricane – Serbia 🇷🇸 with NikkieTutorials
The 1984 Portuguese Eurovision entry Silêncio E Tanta Gente by Maria Guinot is being used by Portugal’s Federação Portuguesa de Futebol to promote the team’s participation in the UEFA European Championships.
The song (English translation: 'Silence and So Many People’) used in the context of Portugal’s Euros campaign alludes to the current COVID-19 situation and the fact that many fans cannot currently be together. The video features the team’s fans from across the world.
Às vezes é no meio do silêncio
(Sometimes it’s in the midst of silence)
Que descubro o amor em teu olhar
(I find love in the look of your eyes)
É uma pedra
(It’s a stone)
É um grito
(It’s a shout)
Que nasce em qualquer lugar
Às vezes é no meio de tanta gente
(Sometimes it’s in the midst of so many people)
Que descubro afinal aquilo que sou
(I find at last what I am)
Sou um grito
(I’m a shout)
Ou sou uma pedra
(I’m a stone)
De um altar aonde não estou
(From a place where I am not)
Silêncio E Tanta Gente was entered into the 1984 Eurovision Song Contest in Luxembourg and received 38 points, finishing in a respectable 11th place.
Singer, songwriter and pianist, Maria Guinot passed away in 2018 at the age of 73.
Eurovision champion and budding vintner Måns Zelmerlöw has announced a summer tour.
Fresh from rocking the rooftops in Rotterdam, the superstar from Scania has lined up 13 gigs across Sweden, and is be expected to perform all his hits including his latest single Come Over Love.
1 July: Kungsbacka, Tjolöholms Slott
2 July: Uppsala, Parksnäckan
16 July: Örebro, Stadsträdgården Trädgården
23 July: Östersund, Park Summer
24 July: Rättvik, Dalhalla
29 July: Mariehamn, The Rockoff Festival
1 August: Borgholm, Kackelstugan
4 August: Tvååker, Strömma Farmlodge
5 August: Karlstad, Nöjesfabriken
19 August: Malmö, Pildammsteatern
21 August: Sundsvall, Stadshusparken
22 August: Bollnäs, Colliniparken
31 August: Stockholm, Mossebacketerrassen
Tickets are available from Måns’ official website.
The might not have made it to the Eurovision stage for a second time but The Mamas are still going strong.
Today they’ve released a cover version of Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, explaining this decision the Mamas said:
Even though it’s a song with playful lyrics wrapped in a fun summery beat, it comes with an important message about the journey from body shaming to body positivity; a modern take on a classic tale of the perfect beauty standards and impossible societal norms that affect our confidence, image and self-worth, and how to break away from them. From “in the locker she wanted to stay”, to “showing her curves, honey she came to SLAY!”
Of course there are plenty of cover versions of this iconic summer anthem already, with perhaps the best known being released in the UK by Bombalurina – a side project of television presenter Timmy Mallett and It’s My Time-composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber.
The song is available to stream on Spotify.
Massive football fan or simply desperate to steer any footy chat back to Eurovision at the very first opportunity?
Allez Ola Olé! ⚽️
In perhaps the biggest news of the week, we can report that Jendrik has settled on a new hair colour:
Over on his official instagram page the I Don’t Feel Hate singer revealed: 'So I did something'.
He joins Iceland’s Hulda from Gagnamagnið in the exclusive blue hair club.
More hair news as we get it…
We love to see Eurovision artists thriving – so it’s delightful to learn Daði Freyr’s world tour has sold out.
Sharing the news on his Twitter account, Daði said: 'The tour SOLD OUT! I’m adding two new shows in Berlin and Tilburg and upgrading to bigger venues in Prague and Munich! Added tickets go on sale on Friday! <3'
You can check out his website for further tour info.
Daði og Gagnamagnið
Fyr og Flamme have been added to Copenhagen’s Tivoli Garden Party line-up due to take place in July. The event embraces all kinds of music, offering something for everyone, from pop lovers to EDM enthusiasts.
The 2021 Eurovision Song Contest was the first time since 1997 that Denmark sent a song completely in Danish.
The duo will take to the stage at 19:00 CEST on Friday 9 July and will no doubt perform their entry Øve Os På Hinanden which just missed out on qualifying, finishing 11th in the second Semi-Final.
Fyr og Flamme (Denmark 2021)
The hunt to find the next Junior Eurovision champion has begun.
Deutschland will take part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the second time, selecting their participant in a national final: Junior ESC – Wer fährt nach Paris? (‘Junior ESC – Who’s Going To Paris?’) on Friday 10 September.