The Third Age Of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu
Norma John, (image YLE/Mikka Varila)

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.

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Newsletter: A Politically Timely Theme For 2017
John Lucas

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.

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Quit Your Hot Takes and Actually Listen: Reacting to the UK Song Reveal
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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.

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Newsletter: Shaky Starts On The Road To Kyiv
UK 2017 Hopeful Nate Simpson (image: BBC.com)

Press criticism over 'reject' contestants overshadows a strong songwriting lineup in the UK, Nordic National Finals continue to take shape and Lithuania rallies behind a truly show-stopping contender.

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Eurovision’s Dark Arts: How To Influence The Public Vote
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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.

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