It's scale may be relatively compact, but the aspirations for Eesti Laul are massive. At the very least ERR are keen to send the best of its local music scene to the Eurovision stage. At best, it's hungry for the second victory. Here John Egan pulls back the curtain as he watches the final rehearsals in Tallinn.
This year's Eurovision Song Contest will take an important step forward, as live musical instruments will return to the stage. Ellie Chalkely explores the history of live music at the Song Contest, how JOWST opened the way, and why Netta Barzilai will lead the charge into the fourth era of Eurovision music.
We all know the feeling when our favourite Eurovision act returns to the Contest. But what about when your favourite band starts out on the journey and reaches their first National Final? David Elder opens up about his love for potential German act voXXclub.
John Egan takes a close look at the challenges that face a first-time host of the Eurovision Song Contest. What lessons can be learned from past debutants, and how can nationalism be portrayed on the Eurovision stage?
Why is it getting harder and harder to buy a ticket to the Eurovision Song Contest and why does it appear that the scalpers, bots, and secondary markets have more tickets than the fans? Ewan Spence investigates some potential solutions.