If you want to dream, Eurovision 2017 would be in Poland and Margaret's 'Cool Me Down' would have been the big summer anthem instead of Justin Timberlake. But her impact on the Eurovision Song Contest is real, tangible, and long lasting. Ellie Chalkley argues that Poland's loss is the path forward for the Song Contest.
Mass resignations, arena capacity reductions and the ever-growing collection of foreigners drafted in to save the day make it look like Ukraine is crisis central. In the midst of this storm there was a National Final and ESC Insight's Ben Robertson was in Kyiv to watch the show unfold.
As Francesco Gabbani walks towards Kyiv after a shock win at the 67th Sanremo Music Festival, Ewan Spence takes a moment to look over organisation of the festival to see what else the Song Contest can appropriate from the Italian Riviera.
As the Eurovision Song Contest continues down a path of even more English-language domination, many fans are questioning if ‘Celebrate Diversity’ is a suitable slogan for Kyiv’s hosting. One country where that conversation is rearing its head is Malta, with a National Final on February 18th likely to be dominated by discussions of identity, culture and language.
For those relatively new to the world’s favourite Song Contest, there was a time when the semi-final qualification seemed like it would be the end of Eurovision. Beginning with its introduction in Istanbul 2004, it was readily apparent that countries without several ‘friends’—whether through linguistic and geographic neighbours, former co-citizens in now collapsed federations, or with […]