The Voice 2013 – Blind Auditions 1

Welcome to the brand new series of the groundbreaking, gimmick-free televisual feast that is The Voice. I say brand new – by the time I’ve managed to get this up it will be close to 24 hours old but I think we can all agree that emotions remain heated and lingering, like a fart on […]

Eurovision 2013 Semi-Final Allocation Draw

The draw has been revealed for the Eurovision semi-finals. You can find it here. A fuller analysis of each semi will come in time. For now it’s worth making a few general points.

The first semi was made difficult by a lot of similar stuff being in the first half. Producers have decided to start […]

Eurovision 2013: Can the UK Believe in Bonnie Tyler’s chances?

When last year the UK internally selected Engelbert Humperdinck, I was prepared to be open-minded about it though I felt it would be difficult to overcome the large obstacle of being drawn first.

It turned out there was a far bigger obstacle to overcome, which was that Engelbert was not up to the job. I […]

Eurovision 2013: Can ‘L’essenziale’ continue Italy’s good run?

Italy was one of the last countries to announce which song they would send to Malmo. We knew the artist in question was Marco Mengoni, an announcement made after he won the Italian singing festival, Sanremo.

Turns out that one of his winning songs there, ‘L’essenziale’ will be what he performs on May 18. Just […]

Eurovision 2013: How strong is Ukraine’s ‘Gravity’?

Ukraine was one of the first countries to select its entry for Eurovision, but the nation has a habit of following that up with a revamp at the very least. Having selected Zlata Ognevich back in December, the official video revealing certain changes to ‘Gravity’ was revealed only earlier this week.

The team from Ukraine […]

Eurovision 2013: How will ‘Birds’ fly for the Netherlands?

In the year that Bonnie Tyler is representing the UK, punters are clearly ‘Holding Out For A Hero’ in the Eurovision ante-post market. The latest great white hope is Anouk from the Netherlands, after her song ‘Birds’ was revealed on Dutch radio today. You can listen to it here.

She’s been backed into a general […]

Eurovision 2013: What can Sweden do with ‘You’?

Sweden’s Melodifestivalen came to an end with a nail-biting finish which witnessed Robin Stjernberg’s ‘You’ take the prize. You can see his winning performance here. He currently stands at 10-1 joint third favourite in bookmakers’ lists.

The manner of Stjernberg’s success in the much-vaunted Swedish contest caused a sharp division of opinion. The comfortable televote […]

Eurovision 2013: Is ‘Solayoh’ a Goer For Belarus?

After a weekend of new entries that did the opposite of ripple the betting market, Belarus added some much needed spice with the revelation of its new song ‘Solayoh’ performed by Alyona Lanskaya, now down to 20-1 to take the prize. You can listen to it here.

‘Solayoh’ is the fun ethnopop number we’ve been […]