With Finland looking to avoid three Semi Final failures in a row, the National Final of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu has undergone another transformation. However that show feels less New Music Competition, and more Melfest 2.0. Ben Robertson was in Helsinki to see and hear what has changed.
Welcome to the latest edition of the ESC Insight newsletter, your one-stop shop for all the latest Eurovision news, analysis and punditry. This week we've got the official artwork and slogan for the contest, confirmed entries from Finland and the UK, plus a handy roundup of the increasingly busy national final calendar.
As the performers gather in London, the UK fans have six songs to select from in 'Eurovision: You Decide' this Friday. Ellie Chalkley reviews the songs and examines the progress made by the BBC's Eurovision team.
A common theme in competitive TV shows is the use of 'The Dark Arts’ – the techniques producers use to manage the public vote. Entertainment Odds' Rob Furber reveals the forces at work in some of the UK’s most popular reality tv shows, and how they extend to the Eurovision Song Contest.