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  • Attention!: Engelbert Humperdinck: “Eurovision makes no sense, and it’s all political!”

    Engelbert Humperdinck has previously been described as “one of the finest middle-of-the-road balladeers around”. However, when he represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, he flopped massively, coming second to last with only 12 points. In an interview with Br...
  • Birthdays: An Xtra Happy Birthday; June 23

    It’s almost the weekend, and we have a double birthday to celebrate. That surely means we need to pop the cava, no? Today’s birthday duo is (almost) as different as they come, but the one thing they have in common is the only thing that matters; EUROVISION!! And as always I’ll st...
  • Music: WATCH: Samra gets sporty with sexy new single ‘Badminton’

    Yesterday, Samra released her brand new single! The song, titled Badminton, is a departure from the scandipop sound of Miracle with influences from urban and R&B music. It is accompanied by a music video that shows a stunning Samra striking those dance moves! Samra represented Azerbaijan in ...
  • Birthdays: An Xtra Happy Birthday; June 22

    Normally I would suggest bringing some sparkle to a birthday party, but to celebrate today’s birthday boy that will not be necessary, thank you very much. He will take care of *that* himself! Jeroen van der Boom, of De Toppers fame, turns 45 today, and I have complete faith in his ability to...
  • Lisbon 2018: French TV accepting submissions for Lisbon

    France 2 is already starting to prepare for Eurovision Song Contest in Portugal 2018! They are now searching for their entry for Lisbon. What are the criteria for submission? France 2 has set up criteria for the submissions. Singers, songwriters and composers are invited to submit their entries i...
  • Music: WATCH: Sophia Patsalides lifts us up like Helium with Sia cover

    Yesterday, Cypriot starlet Sophia Patsalides uploaded a brand new cover to YouTube. The song in question is Helium by Sia, from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. The song allows Sophia to show off her fantastic vocal tone and range. Both the video and the cover itself were recorded at the Soun...
  • Birthdays: An Xtra Happy Birthday; June 20

    We only have one birthday to celebrate today, but what a birthday it is!! Today’s birthday boy took part in Eurovision last year, in 2016, and he was a huge fan favorite ahead of the contest, and on the night it turned out he had quite a bit of support both from the juries *and* the televote...
  • Kyiv 2017: LISTEN: Nathan Trent releases Italian version of ‘Running On Air’!

    Today, Nathan Trent releases his eagerly anticipated new single, an Italian language version of Running On Air. The new version, titled Fino A Che Volerò, is available to stream via several digital platforms including YouTube and Spotify. Last month, Nathan represented Austria with the English ...
  • Features: ESCXTRA’s 2018 Hopefuls: Finland

    Welcome to our brand new weekly series, ‘ESCXTRA’s 2018 Hopefuls’, in which we will tell you who we would like to see in Eurovision next year! This series will keep you entertained with new music from across Europe every Monday until the national final season begins next year, an...
  • Editorials & Opinion: 12 best winners of all time

    It is just slightly over a month since we saw Portugal finally take its first taste of Eurovision glory and we are still delighted with the victory. However, we felt it was a good idea to look back and see who, since the contest began, can be considered amongst the best winners ever. So, without a...
  • Attention!: Sergey Lazarev and Dima Bilan team up, ask for forgiveness – and score a hit!

    In 2008 MTV Russian Music Awards they performed on the same stage together. Nine years later, it was time again. Two pop kings of Russia and former Eurovision entrants Sergey Lazarev (national final 2008, 2016, 3rd place and victory in the televoting) and Dima Bilan (2006, 2008 – first place, na...
  • Attention!: OG3NE’s mother to stop cancer treatment

    As it’s been revealed, the inspiration behind OG3NE’s participation and the 2017 Dutch entry “Lights And Shadows” is Isolde Vol, the mother of the sister trio. She is suffering of a rare form of bone cancer, which has gradually metastasized all over her body. Despite the de...
  • Attention!: Ireland’s Zena Donnelly joins Team Pixie after successful audition on The Voice Kids UK!

    A few weeks ago, we discovered by chance that Zena Donnelly would be taking part in the first season of The Voice Kids UK. Of course, Zena represented Ireland in last year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Her performance of Bríce ar Bhríce earned Ireland their first top 10 finish at J...
  • Attention!: Does Instagram predict an Icelandic superstar duet for 2018?

    In Kyiv last month, Iceland failed to qualify for the Eurovision grand final for the third year in a row. For a country where well over 90% of the population tune in to the contest, this is NOT a good thing. Now, two Instagram posts have us thinking; might we have the solution to this situation? ...
  • Music: New Music Friday – a round-up of Eurovision’s best releases this week

    Friday is the home of new music releases around the world. We’ve taken the time to compile a list of songs that you must listen to before next Friday comes around! Featuring Eurovision related stars, you can find all the latest from your favourites here alongside a couple of new releases fro...
  • Tbilisi 2017: RTS confirms that Serbia will participate in Junior Eurovision 2017

    Earlier today, Serbian national broadcaster RTS confirmed that the country would be participating in the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The contest is taking place in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi on November 26th. RTS have also revealed that they are returning to an open submissions ...
  • Features: Xtra Throwback Thursday: Intensely Icelandic

    It’s finally Thursday again, which means it’s time for our next Xtra Throwback Thursday! In the next weeks and month, we’ll take you on a journey through Europe and beyond, a journey through the history of the contest. Each week fits in with a theme, and this week we’re taking...
  • Music: WATCH: Clap along to Levina’s new single ‘Stop Right There’!

    A couple of weeks ago, Levina released the official music video for her latest single Stop Right There. With an infectious clap along beat and super catchy chorus, we’re sure you are going to love it! Stop Right There is the second single from her debut studio album Unexpected. In additio...
  • Lisbon 2018: RTP meets the Eurovision Reference Group for the first time!

    Two days ago marked exactly a month since Salvador Sobral won the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 for Portugal with ‘Amar Pelos Dois’. Yesterday, the Eurovision Reference Group met with representatives from the Portuguese broadcaster RTP for the first time in Geneva! Hosting the Eurovisio...
  • Music: WATCH: Sigala and Ella Eyre unleash the summer vibes in ‘Came Here For Love’ video

    Today sees the release of the official music video for Came Here For Love, a collaboration between British DJ Sigala and British singer Ella Eyre. The video, filmed in Mexico, perfectly captures the summer vibes of this tropical dance-pop song that is already on the brink of entering the UK iTune...
  • Birthdays: An Xtra Happy Birthday; June 15th

    Today’s birthday girl is one of the few Eurovision participants, not to mention the first, to graduate from the junior contest. She represented her country in the 2007 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in a very impressive 3rd place. Six years later she returned to the Eurovision sta...
  • Music: LISTEN: Cleo slows things down with lyric video for new single ‘Serce’

    Today, Cleo has released the official lyric video for her new single Serce. The song is a mid-tempo ballad and is from the deluxe version of her album Bastet which was released at the end of May. The original version of the album was released in September 2016 and produced three singles prior to...
  • Features: An Xtra Happy Birthday; June 14th

    Today’s birthday boy is truly one of a kind! When he participated in Eurovision Song Contest he was the first artist to “sing”, on a Eurovision stage, that he didn’t really want to do well in the contest, he considers nudism to be good for rheumatism and that his only rule ...
  • Features: An Xtra Happy Birthday; June 13th

    Today we have two Eurovision birthdays to celebrate! One is a recent winner who turns 31, the other is one of this year’s participants who celebrates her 28th birthday!  Lest’s start by wishing Sweden’s most recent Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöv an Xtra happy 31st! Måns is...
  • Kyiv 2017: WATCH: Kristian Kostov hits the floor in remix music video for ‘Beautiful Mess’

    Just a couple of hours ago, Kristian Kostov released the official music video for Beautiful Mess (Hit The Floor RMX)! The remix gives the song a more uptempo feel. Meanwhile, the music video features some additional camera shots not seen in the video of the original version. Last month, Kristian ...
  • Attention!: Saara Aalto will join the judging panel on Finland’s relaunch of “The X Factor Suomi”

    Towards the end of last year, we followed Saara Aalto’s remarkable journey on The X Factor UK. Despite appearing in the bottom three on three separate occasions, the former UMK runner-up eventually won over the British public. After winning the vote in both the quarter-final and the semi-f...
  • Music: WATCH: ZOË’s new single embarks on a ‘Dangerous Affair’ with the English language!

    A couple of weeks ago, ZOË released the official music video for her latest single Dangerous Affair. The song is the first single from her upcoming second studio album and also her first single in English! On the language change, ZOË says: “I will never abandon writing French songs, but ...
  • Music: WATCH: Margaret becomes video game hero in ‘What You Do’ music video

    Polish popstar Margaret is back with a brand new single and music video! What You Do is the international lead single from her third studio album Monkey Business that was released a couple of weeks ago. As the hype around Eurovision was at fever pitch in early May, Margaret released the official...
  • Music: WATCH: Maraaya and BQL team up for summer single ‘It’s Complicated’

    A few days ago, Maraaya and BQL released the official music video for their collaboration It’s Complicated. The two Slovenian double acts tap into the on-trend tropical sound for this summer anthem which is sure to be a big hit over the next few months! The song was originally released by C...
  • Music: WATCH: Poli Genova releases music video for new single ‘Oshte’

    Yesterday, Poli Genova released the official music video for her latest single Oshte! The song marks a slight change in sound for Poli with its guitar-led instrumentation. This single release comes ahead of MTV Varna Beach on July 15th which Poli will be headlining. Poli Genova finished in 4th pl...

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