Albania is going to Eurovision next year

Today, it was confirmed that Albania will be returning to the Eurovision stage next year in Denmark, despite getting one of their worst results ever in Eurovision; 15th position in the second semi-final. But according to Oiko Times, Albania’s national broadcaster, RTSH, will be seen in Denmark next year! The number of countries that have confirmed for Denmark is now at seventeen, with another six months until the deadline.

Albania has confirmed for next year

Albania has confirmed for next year

There had been rumours that Albania would withdraw after they got their second worst placing, one year after they got their best placing with Rona Nishliu’s Suus. To add to that, the head of the Albanian magazine Panorama suggested that Albania should withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest after the bad placing, but RTSH were quick and emphatic to deny the allegations and say that Albania isn’t going to leave Eurovision anytime soon. Therefore, Albania has confirmed participation in Denmark in 2014.

Albania has taken part in the Eurovision Song Contest every year since the débuted in 2004 in Istanbul. The scored their best result in 2012 with Suus, but got their worst placing in 2007, when Frederik Ndoci came in 17th place in the semi-final with his song Hear My Plea. Albania has reached the final six times since they débuted the year the semi-finals were introduced, but have also failed to qualify four times, but Albania is one of the most successful countries to qualify from the semi-final.

Will Albania win the Contest next year?

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Israel has confirmed participation for next year

Today, Israel has confirmed that they will be back in Eurovision next year in Denmark through an online article published on mako.il. This now means that sixteen countries have confirmed participation for the 2014 Contest to be held in Denmark in a mere 342 days. Though the deadline is still another six months away, these countries have solidified their participation and we will see them in Eurovision next year.

Israel has confirmed for next year.

Israel has confirmed for next year.

According to the article in the link above, the Israeli Broadcasting Authority have begun to wonder how Moran Mazor didn’t qualify to the final this year and are wondering about participating again, but they have said they will participate again due to the large viewing ratings by the Israeli fans of the Contest. 8.9% of the population tuned into the Eurovision on Mazor’s semi-final, which shows that the Contest is popular in the country. The spokesperson for the broadcaster has also stated, referring back to the fans:

We will not give up. We will continue to send songs and broadcast the show. Has another large crowd of fans in the country. Israel has groups of fans, and a very big favorites. […] We are proud to broadcast the Eurovision

 

So with these comments, Israel has confirmed participation for the 2014 Contest in Denmark. Israel has been in the final only five times since the introduction of the semi-finals ten years ago and recently, Israel has failed to qualify for the final for three years in a row. Not even Dana International could bring the country back to its glory. So could the 2014 Israeli representative bring Israel to the final for the first time since 2010? Who knows…

Who would you like to represent Israel at Eurovision?

Ruth Lorenzo to represent Spain?

There have been rumours that Spain has been asking artists to represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest, but the artist that has come up the most amount of times is that of Ruth Lorenzo. There are many reports that RTVE have been presenting the offer to Lorenzo for her to compete in Eurovision, but she has neither accepted or declined the offer.

Could Ruth represent Spain at Eurovision?

Could Ruth represent Spain at Eurovision?

Ruth Lorenzo is no stranger to the stage, as she competed in the English version of the X-Factor in 2008, and finished in a very respectable fourth position. Talking to English reality star Lizzy Cundy, she said that she was asked to represent Spain in Eurovision, but is waiting to see whether it’s the right decision to make to do it or not, though she did say that she would love to represent the United Kingdom at Eurovision. A song released by Lorenzo soon after her participation in X Factor, called Burn, was released in Spain and charted at No. 16 in the country, though receiving very little promotion.

If Lorenzo accepts the invitation and represents Spain at Eurovision, it will be the third year in a row that RTVE will have internally selected the artist, following Pastora Soler in 2012 with “Queadaté Conmigo” and El Sueno de Morfeo in 2013 with “Contigo Hasta El Final”. Spain hasn’t done very well in the Contest recently, getting 20th to 25th places, though Soler did score a tenth position for the country, their first top ten placing since the 2004 Contest in Istanbul.

Could Ruth Lorenzo bring Spain to glory? Let me know by comments below!!

Sweden has confirmed for next year

Sweden has confirmed participation for next year’s Contest in Denmark. Sweden proudly handed over the right to host the show when Emmelie received the Eurovision trophy from Loreen when she was declared the winner and now Sweden are preparing for next year’s national final; Melodifestivalen.

SwedenSweden is sticking with the way they did things last year, this being that there is a competition run in August, where 25 songs will be reviewed by a jury and the winning song from this competition will be guaranteed a place in next year’s Melodifestivalen, and therefore, Sweden has partly released their details for their participation next year and subsequently, they have confirmed participation for next year, bringing the total number of confirmed countries to fifteen, only eight days after the 2013 Final in Malmö.

Sweden has participated 53 times in the Song Contest since its début in 1958, and only missing three Contests (1964,1970,1976) and one Grand Final (2010). Sweden has won the Contest five times in its history: in 1974 with ABBA, 1984 with Herreys, 1991 with Carola, 1999 with Charlotte Nilsson and last year with Loreen. This year, Robin Stjernberg finished in 14th position on home ground, but can Sweden bring the Contest back next year? We’ll have to see…

Who do you want to see at Melodifestivalen next year? Let me know by comments!!

France will be in Denmark next year

A couple of days, it was confirmed on eurosong.be that France has decided to compete in Eurovision 2014 in Denmark. This brings the total number of countries confirmed for the 2014 Contest up to 14, even though the deadline isn’t for another 7 months!

In the link provided, the website says:

Frankrijk, dat maar niet kan begrijpen dat hun inzending zo kon floppen, zal het in 2014 ook nog eens een keertje proberen. (France, that can’t understand how their entry flopped so hard, will try again in 2014)

Can France do better next year in Denmark?

Can France do better next year in Denmark?

In Malmö, France’s Amandine Bourgeois finished in a dismal 23rd place with 14 points, beating only Finland, Spain and Ireland. In Baku last year, Anggun came in also dismal 22nd place with 21 points. So is France starting to flop? Whoever they send to Denmark in 2014 has the great pressure of delivering a good result for the country, the latest being in 2010, when France finished in a respectable 12th place with ‘Allez, Ola, Olé’ performed by Jessy Matador. Maybe they could win? France hasn’t won the competition since 1977, so could their luck change? We’ll have to see.

Who would you want to represent France in Eurovision? Let me know by comments below!

Malta and Ireland are in for next year

It has only been five days since Denmark won the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 and already there are thirteen countries that have confirmed participation for next year’s Contest in Denmark. I already told you about the previous eleven countries that have already confirmed, but today, two more countries joined the list of countries; Ireland and Malta. Below are the details of their participation at the current time of writing.

MaltaMalta: Today, the CEO of Malta’s national broadcaster PBS and the Maltese Head of Delegation, Anton Attard, confirmed that the island country will return to Eurovision in 2014 and believes that Gianluca’s success has led to the exposure of the country, which, according to Attard, is a very good thing.  An article on escflashmalta.com stated:

[…] He will be putting forward a proposal to the Board of Directors at the broadcaster about his plans for the 2014 selection process but more will be revealed in due course […]

Can Malta repeat the success of Gianluca this year in Sweden? We’ll find out in time…

IrelandIreland: Even though the country finished in last place in Sweden, RTÉ announced that an artist will be sent to Denmark to represent the country in Eurovision next year. The Irish HoD, Michael Kealy, said that a review would be taking place within the coming weeks to see how they can improve their chances in the future. Kealy also said:

There’s obviously huge disappointment because we don’t come with the aim of coming last, we come with the aim of doing best in the competition, The contest has changed from the 90’s when we used to win it. It’s a difficult thing to qualify for the final.

Ryan

“It’s a difficult thing to qualify for the final” Michael Kealy

Could Ireland do better next year? We will find out in due course. Stay with Eurovision Guy to receive the latest news from Malta and Ireland’s Eurovision participation!

Four days after and countries are confirmed!

It’s been four days since Emmelie de Forest won the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden and already there have been countries that have confirmed participation for next year’s Contest to be held in Denmark. As well as that, the bidding process for the cities wanting to host the show began recently and there are also some thoughts on which city will host the show. Below are the details.

 

Even before the 2013 Contest got underway, there were countries that had confirmed participation for the 2014 edition of the Contest. These countries included the Netherlands and Norway, who would both finish in the top 10. Currently, there are eleven countries that have confirmed participation, but the EBU is trying to get countries that didn’t take part in the 2013 Contest to return to the competition, countries such as Bosnia and HerzegovinaTurkey and Slovakia. The countries that have confirmed participation for next year’s Contest are as follows:

  • Norway (NRK)
  • Finland (YLE)
  • Estonia (ERR)
  • Latvia (LTV)
  • Lithuania (LRT)
  • Denmark (DR)
  • Germany (NDR)
  • The Netherlands (TROS)
  • Belgium (VRT, RTBF)
  • Hungary (MTV)
  • San Marino (SMRTV)

There is some speculation that Valentina Monetta, who represented San Marino for two consecutive years in 2012 and 2013, will represent the country for the third year in a row in 2014, more than any other artist in recent times, though nothing has been released yet.

The Boxen in Herning is one of the favourites to host the 2014 Contest.

The Boxen in Herning is one of the favourites to host the 2014 Contest.

As for the host city, there are four cities that are bidding host the 2014 Contest. The cities are listed below with the proposed area that would potentially host the competition:

  • Herning – Boxen (Hosted 2013 Dansk Melodi Grand Prix and X-Factor finals in 2011 and 2012)
  • Aalborg – Gigantium (Hosted 2012 Dansk Melodi Grand Prix)
  • Copenhagen – Parken Arena (Hosted the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest)
  • Frederica – MesseC (Convention center in the heart of Frederica)

Who do you think will host the Contest in 2014? Let me know below!!

Denmark wins Eurovision 2013!!

Sorry I am a little late with these posts, but I myself was in Malmö, Sweden for the Jury Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013! But on Saturday, we found out that the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 will be held in Denmark after Emmelie de Forest won the 2013 Contest with her song “Only Teardrops”! Here is a run through of what happened on Saturday night:

Anouk performed well, much to the joy of fans.

Anouk performed well, much to the joy of fans.

We started off the show with a video of a caterpillar’s journey from Baku to Malmö, also featuring in some of the shots from the postcards from different countries. The caterpillar forms its cocoon by the Øreund Bridge before emerging as the butterfly logo for this year’s contest. The opening ceremony was the artist coming into the Arena, while a choir sang a song composed by Avicci, plus Benny and Bjorn from ABBA. The show got underway with France opening up the show. Performances from Krista from Finland, Anouk from the Netherlands and Zlata from Ukraine all pleased the fans in the audience, with the songs finishing with Ireland’s Ryan Dolan and “Only Love Survives”. During the voting time, Loreen performed extracts from both her past Eurovision efforts, including “Euphoria” as well as her new song “We Got The Power”. During the interval act, Petra Mede, the host, introduced us to what the Swedes are like, including the fact that Sweden has legalised same-sex marriage and stay at home dads.

After that, the voting began. The voting in the beginning was very unpredictable, with most countries getting a point, but as the voting went on, Denmark started to pull away from the crowd, getting around 7-12 points per country. By the time

The final scoreboard of the contest.

The final scoreboard of the contest.

20 countries had voted, Denmark had a lead that would be very hard for second placed Ukraine and third placed Azerbaijan to catch up. The voting continued and while Ukraine and Azerbaijan were fighting for 2nd place, Denmark was getting more and more points. By the time F.Y.R. Macedonia had finished voting, it was clear that Denmark had won the Contest, and this was proven when the Danish butterfly, shown in the postcard before Emmelie’s performance, was projected onto Petra’s dress and Emmelie was sent on to the stage. Here is the final score of the evening:

1. Denmark – Emmelie de Forest – Only Teardrops

2. Azerbaijan – Farid Mammadov – Hold Me

3. Ukraine – Zlata Ognevich – Gravity

4. Norway – Margaret Berger – I Feed You My Love

5. Russia – Dina Garipova – What If?

6. Greece – Koza Mostra ft. Agathonas Iakovidis – Alcohol Is Free

7. Italy – Marco Mengoni – L’essenziale

8. Malta – Gianluca Bezzina – Tomorrow

9. The Netherlands – Anouk – Birds

10. Hungary – ByeAlex – Kedvesem

11. Moldova – Aliona Moon – O mie

12. Belgium – Roberto Bellarosa – Love Kills

13. Romania – Cezar – It’s My Life

14. Sweden – Robin Stjernberg – You

15. Georgia – Sophie & Nodi – Waterfall

16. Belarus – Alyona Lanskaya – Solayoh

17. Iceland – Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson – Ég á líf

18. Armenia – Dorians – Lonely Planet

19. United Kingdom – Bonnie Tyler – Believe In Me

20. Estonia – Birgit – Et Uus Saaks Alguse

21. Germany – Cascada – Glorious

22. Lithuania – Andrius Pojavis – Something

23. France – Amandine Bourgeois – L’enfer et moi

24. Finland – Krista Siegfrids – Marry Me

25. Spain – El Sueño de Morfeo – Contigo Hasta el Final (With You Until the End)

26. Ireland – Ryan Dolan – Only Love Survives

So the Eurovision 2014 will be held in Denmark! What do you think of the result? Let me know by comments!!