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Giovanni Montalbano (Italy) has topped online voting for the second wildcard in San Marino with 388633 on the deadline at 23:59 London time. It is worth noting, that practically all of his votes were gained during the last day of the competition. In the last 1.5 hours of the voting, Montalbano had added 155,000 votes narrowly beating his compatriot GLORIA ZACCARIA, who finished with 382237, also more than doubling her vote in the last 24 hours, and counting on par with the winner during last hour of the vote.

1in360 organizers have confirmed Giovanni's victory officially.

32 singers have reached mark of 1000, 22 - of 2000, 17 of 5000, 15 of 10000, 9 of 25000, 6 of 50000, 5 of 100000, 3 of 200000 and 2 of 300000.

1. Giovanni Montalbano (Italy) 388633
2. GLORIA ZACCARIA (Italy) 382237
3. Julian Lesiński (Poland) 203579
4. Miguel Vicente (Spain) 190879
5. Tom Hartis (France) 112313
6. Marcus Reischmann (Germany) 50045
7. Yana Gloushak Яна Глушак (Russia) 33649
8. Dario Mifsud Bonnici (Malta) 33127
9. Stavros Pilichos (Greece) 28208
10. Mac Zavadsky (Poland) 23448
11. Camilla Dentale (Italy) 18219
12. Jessika (Malta) 17921
13. HIlary Smile (Italy) 15169
14. Sofya Angel Barocco (Russia) 15115
15. Benjamin Coveliers (Belgium) 10388
16. Sebastian Calleja (Malta) 6494
17. Panagiotis Mademlis (Greece) 6232
18. Maika Barbero (Spain) 4853
19. Raylan Arbizu (Spain) 4446
20. William and Deban (United Kingdom) 3423
21. Elena Petresca (Macedonia) 2714
22. René Reith-Schäfer (Germany) 2027
23. Bjorn Rosier (Belgium) 1939
24. Oyku Dogan (Turkey) 1896
25. Ones Antoine (Haiti) 1739
26. Elisa "ELYSA" Kolk (Estonia) 1494
27. Eduard Alexogiannopoulos (Greece) 1403
27. Dario & Grecia Bezzina (Malta) 1403
29. Andi Taranik (Belarus) 1330
30. Dionisis Kostis (Greece) 1269
31. Camilla North (Norway) 1206
32. Marco Antonio Gaitano (Spain) 1030

Interestingly, 4 of top 10 singers, including both Montalbano and ZACCARIA, have failed to gain 100 votes in the first stage of the competition.

ESCCovers has been following daily progress of the acts, and standings for every of 10 days of the voting can be found in the archives.
9days https://www.facebook.com/EurovisionCoverage/posts/10155175370496305
8days https://www.facebook.com/EurovisionCoverage/posts/10155175370496305
7days https://www.facebook.com/EurovisionCoverage/posts/10155175370496305
6days https://www.facebook.com/EurovisionCoverage/posts/10155175370496305
5days https://www.facebook.com/EurovisionCoverage/posts/10155175370496305
4days https://www.facebook.com/EurovisionCoverage/posts/10155175370496305
3days https://www.facebook.com/EurovisionCoverage/posts/10155175370496305
2days https://www.facebook.com/EurovisionCoverage/posts/10155175370496305
1day https://www.facebook.com/EurovisionCoverage/posts/10155175370496305

Additional info on ESCKAZ San-Marino page: https://www.facebook.com/EurovisionCoverage/posts/10155175370496305

www.1in360.com - Searching for the "internet candidate" and San Marino's official representative for Eurovision 2018

FINLAND 1 - 0 - 0 🇫🇮



1. You may call us Finland and Finns, but we call ourselves Suomi and suomalaiset.

2. Altho if you don´t mind, we would rather you did not call us anything ever. Actually if we could both pretend each other doesn´t even exist, that would be just great!


3. Yes we are a notoriously shy and reserved nation with a gigantic inferiority complex - especially when compared to our neighbor Sweden.

4. Who incidentally we loooooove beating in hockey.


5. Saimaannorppa aka Saimaa ringed seal can only be found in Finland and is highly endangered.


According to a count done in 2015, there are only about 320 individuals left, and therefore quite understandably whenever one is found dead in a fisherman´s net or by the hands of a poacher etc., it causes headlines and outrages.

6. 70% of Finland is made up of forests - that´s roughly the size of the entire area of the United Kingdom.

7. Finland was awarded the Summer Olympics for 1940, but then things got all sorts of fucked up thanks to Adolf & co., so those plans were scrapped even tho we had a brand-spanking new Olympic stadium and everything! Dammit!

Oh well, we were compensated in 1952 when we finally got the honor of hosting our only (so far) Olympic games.


8. Those 1952 Olympics were the first time Coca Cola was introduced to Finns.


9. No, we do not have polar bears.

10. We also don´t have KFC, Wendy´s or Dunkin´ Donuts.

11. Yes I am very upset about all those things mentioned above but especially about KFC.

12. Finland was the first country in Europe which gave women the right to vote (1906).


13. The Finnish language does not separate words such as “she” or “he”. We just use a gender-neutral “hän”, which means “that person”.

14. The national bird of Finland is the whooper swan.


15. Helsinki has the world´s most Northern metro system.


16. Savonlinna hosts their annual Opera Festival in a Medieval castle.


17. We are vindictive and petty as HELL. Just ask Silvio Berlusconi.


18. A Finnish person will drink approximately 129 litres of milk a year.


19. Some years ago, the word for mother (”äiti”) was voted the most beautiful word in the Finnish language.

20. Moomins are, as some of you MAY REMEMBER FROM A SPECIFIC DEBACLE FROM EARLIER THIS YEAR, from Finland and were created by OUR Miss Tove Jansson.


21. Unlike many other countries which after gaining independence tore down all statues and other remnants of their history under foreign rule, in Finland we chose to keep ours up as reminders of our past.

For example, on our main square aka the Senate Square you will find Czar Alexander II standing proudly.


22. And speaking of statues, one of the landmarks of Helsinki is Havis Amanda.


It depicts a mermaid who decides to leave the sea and walk on… well, not water.

Each year on April 30th, she is “crowned” with a cap, to represent all those who have graduated from secondary school and earned their caps.


As of 2010, internet access has been a legal right in Finland.

24. Do you have one of those cupboard things over your kitchen sink, the kind where you place your dishes to dry?


That was invented by a Finnish woman called Maiju Gebhard in 1945.

25. The longest word in the Finnish language is “epäjärjestelmällistyttämä­ttömyydelläänsäkäänköhän”, which loosely translates to “not even by her lack of organization, do you suppose”.

26. Angry Birds are from here.


27. Finland is also the birth place of the most successful ski jump champions of all time, Matti Nykänen.


28. After his sports career came to an end, Matti has been a permanent fixture in the tabloids with his… issues… involving alcohol abuse, domestic abuse (he even served time in prison for attempting to kill one of his many ex-wives) and an assortment of careers including stripping and now singing. 

He is also responsible for one of our most beloved and useful quotes of all time: back in the 80s when he was still jumping from towers and competing in Canada, he got into some “situations” and was sent back home as punishment. When he arrived at the airport, a journo asked him “Matti, did you drink alcohol?”, to which Matti replied “Maybe I did drink, maybe I didn´t drink”.

All bases covered then!

The man is a fucking genius.



There are absolutely ZERO public payphones anywhere in Finland.

30. For a very short period of time back in, Finland had a female president AND a  female Prime Minister. 


Sadly that arrangement came to an abrupt end when the Prime Minister was forced to resign over a scandal involving some sort of Iraq documents which I´m still, a decade later, completely baffled by.

31. As those who come on this blog surely know by now, Yours Truly is a passionate berry picker - and being a berry nut in Finland is easy indeed since a) we have one of the cleanest natures in the world and b) all living things you find in nature, you can keep - within reason, of course.


Usually a good principle is to keep about 100 meters distance from the nearest house. Other than that, you´re good to go!

32. People in in Northern Finland aka Lapland area have a very specific unit of measurement called the “poronkusema” which could be loosely translated to “Reindeer´s piss”. Roughly it means the distance a reindeer can walk before needing to urinate. It´s quite a long distance…

33. Our current President Sauli Niinistö is a survivor of the tragic tsunami which took place in South-East Asia on Dec 26, 2004. Over 200 000 people (including almost 200 Finnish tourists) died in one of the worst natural disasters of our time - Mr. Niinistö and his sons saved their own lives by climbing up a telephone pole and staying there for several hours.


34. In Finland October 13th is National Failure Day which aims to encourage people to share their failures and learn from them rather than hide their heads in shame and pretend all is well.

35. The REAL Santa Claus lives up in Rovaniemi and you can visit his village all year long.


36. Sheldon gave us a good laugh and an ego boost.

37. We like eating Rudolf with lingonberries and mash.


38. On some years we get A LOT of snow, but on others we get practically none. Back in 1997, in Lapland the snow reached up to 190 cm.

Incidentally I am 155 cm.


39. In the Finnish language there is an alphabet called Å which isn´t actually a part of a single Finnish word in the entire Finnish language - it is simply a remnant from our many centuries spent under Swedish rule.

40. Unesco has reported that Finland´s tap water is the cleanest in the world.


41. A handy Finnish saying: “Early bird catches the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese”.

42. For some God forsaken reason, Finland and Estonia have the same national anthem.

43. Sadly accurate these days.


44. Sadly accurate these days.


45. Rosina Heikel (1842 - 1929) was Finland´s and in fact the Nordic countries 1st female doctor.


46. When something is a failure/a dud, the common term in the English language is “a lemon”. Over here, it´s “susi”. Susi also means wolf.

47. And susi should not be confused with sisu! 

48. In Lapland you can spend your vacation in an igloo.


49. Fines for speeding are determined by the offender´s income. Basically if you earn more, you have to pay more. The highest fines have been over 100 000 €. Stay poor, kids!

50. Pamela Anderson´s grandparents were from Finland.


51. Yes we like getting our drinks on, and most of us go abroad to Tallinn to get our drinks on for a lot less €s.


52. In Lapland, the Sun never rises from November to January.

53. In reverse, the Sun never sets from June to July. We call it “The Nightless night”.

54. Finland has exactly 1 Eurovision victory under its belt.


55. In 2018 Saara Aalto will be repping us.


Please vote for us. Please?

56. Nokia became famous for their mobile phones, but originally they manufactured rubber boots.


57. We don´t dub movies or TV shows.

58. We do however sometimes give them ridiculous and extremely SPOILER ALERT-y names. For example, “The Shawshank Redemption” was translated to “Rita Hayworth - Key to escape”.

I mean… C´MOOOOON!

59. Sometimes that´s all you can do.


60. Simo Häyhä aka “White Death” was one of the deadliest snipers of all time. During a 3 month stretch of the Winter War, he shot roughly 200 Russian soldiers before getting shot in the face himself. He survived and lived to be 96.


61. We don´t use the 1 and 2 cent coins. You CAN try paying with them as they of course are legal currency, but there are no guarantees you´ll get very far.

62. Feb 14th may be a day for lovers for the rest of the world, but we know it as “Friend´s Day”.

63. Tipping is not (thankfully) a part of the Finnish culture.

64. The guy longing for Sven in Titanic (the coat dude) was portrayed as a Swede, but was actually a Finn called Jari Kinnunen.


65. Karelian pies with egg butter are the best thing ever.


66. Märket island which is situated between Finland and Sweden had to have the border lines twisted a bit because the Finns who built that lighthouse, accidentally built it on the wrong side…


67. While often named as one of the 5 Scandinavian countries, Finland isn´t technically even a part of Scandinavia: we ARE however a part of the Nordic countries.

68. If you are invited to a Finnish sauna, you are expected to go nude.

69. Finnish armed forces are mandatory for men but voluntary for women.

70. Moomin mugs are peculiarly popular especially among Asian tourists. They can sometimes pay even thousands for rare ones.


71. We never had vikings, but there is one viking tale about a princess called Skjalv, daughter of the Finnish King Froste (those aren´t even Finnish names…), who was stolen as war loot to Sweden but ended up strangling her captor with a gold chain. 

72. Our 4th president was Kyösti Kallio, who was forced to resign from office after the Winter War on December 19th 1940. On that same day he was about to step onto a train to take him back home for retirement, when during his final official ceremony at Helsinki Railway Station, in front of his soldiers and while the orchestra played, he suffered a fatal heart attack and died right there in front of everyone. Legend says he collapsed into the arms of our greatest war hero and later president himself, Marshall C.G.E. Mannerheim (seen in the white hat next to President Kallio).


73. Marshall Mannerheim is the only person in Finnish history who has been rewarded that particular military honor. In fact, he is and forever will remain the only person who has the title “Finland´s Marshall”, an honor bestowed upon him for his services to his home country during Finland´s tumultuous early years of independence.


A few years ago he was voted by the Finns themselves as the most important Finnish person of all time.

74. In June 1942, Adolf Hitler came to Finland to pay his respects to Marshall Mannerheim on his 75th birthday. As a little “souvenir” for future generations, the sneaky Finns recorded a snippet of his and Mannerheim´s private conversation.

It is the only known recording of Hitler speaking with a calm, normal voice, as he was very particular about only being filmed while screaming and ranting his ideologies.

75. Roughly 3 million tourists visit Finland each year and I think at least 2 500 000 of them are always going exactly where I´m going too.

76. We like to make things hard for foreigners.


77. We don´t have any mountains.

78. But we have lakes. We have a shit ton of lakes. 187 888 lakes to be precise.


79. FYI


80. All our days end with -tai (Monday = maanantai, Tuesday = tiistai etc.), except for Wednesday. Wednesday is called keskiviikko.

81. We have a lot of free time.


82. J. R. R. Tolkien used the Finnish national epoch the Kalevala as inspiration for the languages in the Lord of the Rings saga.

83. The St. Louis Arch was designed by a Finn called Eero Saarinen.


84. Every summer we arrange what is called Kaljakellunta aka “Beer float” which pretty much just consists of taking a floatie and a case of beer and… well, that´s about it.


85. If you want to enhance your sauna experience, you can use a birch whisk.


86. The bubble chair was designed by a Finnish man called Eero Aarnio.


87. Thursdays are the “official” pea soup and pancakes day all over Finland.


88. Finns love queuing.


89. Life expectancy for men is 78 years and for women 84 years.

90. In Tornio you can play golf in two countries:


91. Finns invented the so-called Molotov´s cocktail.


92. All people in Finland must pay a TV tax even if they do not they own a TV.


We celebrate Christmas on the 24th of December.

94. Finns love salmiakki aka salty licorice.


I don´t, btw.

95. Finland is one of the few countries in Europe which has not banned sex with animals - and some actually take advantage of that loophole…



96. Armi Kuusela won the 1st ever Miss Universe pageant in 1952.


97. In 2006, Conan O´Brian did a sketch about looking like our then-president Tarja Halonen and it ballooned into a huge movement.

98. Weeeeell…


99. On every Independence day, the current president hosts a party at his residence for about 2 000 dignitaries, celebs, politicians etc. We riff raffers sit at home in our sweatpants and watch it on TV with some nachos and snarky comments.




Despite you reeeeally getting on my nerves SO MUCH and SO OFTEN, I still love you. 💙



#thisismy1000thpost #andI'mdedicatingittoFinland's100thanniversary #HappyBirthdayDearFinland! #PaljononnearakasSuomi! #Finland #Eurovision #2006 #2017 #2018


We had 4 competitions to give away 4 different promo CDs from the 2017 Junior Eurovision. We did not get many entries - in fact for some just one - maybe promo CDs of Junior Eurovision is not in demand.

The 4 winners are
MALTA CD - Graham Ridge (United Kingdom)
PORTUGAL CD - Eduardo Lobo (Brazil)
GEORGIA CD - Armin Duttle (Switzerland)
CYPRUS CD - Greek radio station (South Africa)

All but Eduardo have received their CDs - Eduardo will get his in Lisbon.

Here is the top 13 of the Fan Clubs voting for the 1st wildcard in San-Marino preselection 1in360:

1. Emma Official Sandström (Finland) 51
2. Franklin Calleja (Malta) 49
3. Sada Vidoo (Denmark) 36
4. Tiago Braga (Portugal) 35
5. Яна Глушак Yana Gloushak (Russia) 31
6. DEREK - Domenico Caringella (Italy) 29
7. Colé van dais (South Africa) 24
7. Judah Gavra (Israel) 24
7. Justinas Stanislovaitis (Lithuania) 24
10. Mahan Moin (Sweden) 20
11. Rick Jurthe (Germany) 20
12. Tinashe Makura (Zimbabwe) 19
13. Dario Mifsud Bonnici (Malta) 16

Thus, first wilcard winner is Emma from Finland. Votes have been received from fan clubs of Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Malta, Belgium, Rest of the World and combined vote of the ESC Press.

San Marino page: http://esckaz.com/2018/smr.htm

The Go 2018


Eurovision 2018 is less than six months away. The

the who, the how and the when of each countries contribution beginning to be announced and revealed. Some have been more forthcoming than others. Some are known to be secretive others are an open book.

Here is what I know:


AZERBAIJAN: AISEL [history of revealing artist early; song to be announced late.

BELGIUM: LAURA GROESENEKEN [First to release their artist. No news since]

FINLAND: SAARA AALTO [Usually use UMK to select their entrant. YLE unhappy with submitted songs, rejected all of them and placed their fate with Saara. National final of 3 songs on March 3rd]

THE NETHERLANDS: WAYLON [Male part of Common Linnets. Returning for second bite of cherry. No other news]



Festivali i Këngës is the first of the national finals. Unless someone else comes through with a song reveal in December, this will be the first entry of Eurovision 2018.

GREECE, SAN MARINO and SLOVENIA: San Marino has 1in360, Slovenia has EMA, while the Greeks have a yet to be named national final. They are all taking place in February, but a date has not been announced so far.

MALTA: Song for Europe will be held February 3.


Entscheidungsshow is taking place in Zurich on February 4th.

UNITED KINGDOM: Eurovision: You decide is returning again after the success from last year. It will held in Brighton on February 7th and in ESC 1998 tradition, hosted by an English person and a Swede.

ITALY: Traditional selection program for Italy is the San Remo Festival for Italian Music which takes place between February 6 and 10. Have gone internal and via jury selection in the past. 

MGP in Denmark is taking place on February 10th 


Montevizija 2018 is the national final for Montenegro which is being held on February 17th. Last national final for Montenegro was 2008.

HUNGARY: A Dal is being held from January and the final is February 24th.

MOLDOVA: Moldova has a semi final on February 22nd, before the final on the 24th

UKRAINE: Another country with 2 semi final and a final; Semis 10th and 17th February; final one week later on the 24th.

ROMANIA: Romania are using a Swedish method of selecting their song having a five semi final and final process . The final is on February 25th

BELARUS: Live auditions in January; up to 15 entrants; final no later than March 1st

ESTONIA: Eesti Laul 2018 is a three show national final. Semi 1 and 2 are February 10th and 17; final March 3.


Söngvakeppnin 2018, the Icelandic selection will also have two semi finals and a final, on exactly the same days Estonia are having theirs.

PORTUGAL: The home team are having their annual song contest, Festival da cancao. This year it has been extended to two semi finals (February 18th and 25th) and the final on March 4th.

NORWAY: MGP to be held 10th March.

SWEDEN: Melodifestivalen is the traditional national final from Sweden. The  four semi finals begin February 3 , the Andra chansen will be on March 3 and the final on the 10th.


CROATIA: Expect the return of the DORA contest.

CYPRUS: National final; date unknown

FRANCE: Rumour of a national final this year.


Supernova will be their selection method again. 30 entries, dates not known yet.

ISRAEL: Holding their Next star contest at the moment to select their entrant. Song will come in March

LITHUANIA: Usually hold an exhaustive national final; no news though.

SPAIN: Operation Triunfo is going to be selection for Spain. How exactly is yet to be announced.

GERMANY: National final; but no details as yet.

The rest: Austria, Armenia, Australia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Georgia, Ireland, Poland, and Russia are unknown at this time. Most of these will announce an internal selection. 

#doesn'tArmeniauseDepiEvratesilastheirnationalselection? #Eurovision #2018


Some of the team have been hard at work to check from which countries each of thre artists are that have entered the SAN MARINO race. Here is the final totals

Italy 67 (no surprise as Italy shares the same language)

Spain 50 (did not expect so many from Spain)

Germany 43 (expected them to be 3rd most)

United Kingdom 37 (also expected them to be around 4th most)

United States 24 (this is a surprise but Eurovision is starting to get known in the USA)

Russia 22 (a surprise)

Sweden 20

Malta 19 (expected more)

Poland 14

Austria 13

Australia 11
Greece 11
Portugal 11
South Africa 11

Canada 10

France 9
Netherlands 9
Turkey 9
Ukraine 9

Israel 7
Philippines 7
San Marino 7 (so one of these 7 will get the 3rd wildcard)

Armenia 6
Belarus 6
Belgium 6
Serbia 6
Switzerland 6

Argentina 5
Ireland 5
Norway 5

Azerbaijan 4
Bosnia and Herzegovina 4
Colombia 4
Croatia 4
Estonia 4
Lithuania 4
Romania 4

Denmark 3
Haiti 3
Thailand 3

Bulgaria 2
Finland 2
Guatemala 2
Iran 2
Luxembourg 2
Mexico 2
Moldova 2
Singapore 2
Slovenia 2

And then 30 countries with 1 each
Afghanistan 1
Bangladesh 1
Brazil 1
Cameroon 1
Chile 1
China 1
Cyprus 1
Czech Republic 1
Dominica 1
Georgia 1
Ghana 1
Hungary 1
India 1
Indonesia 1
Kazakhstan 1
Kenya 1
Latvia 1
Lebanon 1
Macedonia 1
Montenegro 1
Morocco 1
Namibia 1
Nigeria 1
Sierra Leone 1
Slovakia 1
South Korea 1
Saint Lucia 1
Swaziland 1
Tajikistan 1
Zimbabwe 1

This makes it 79 countries which is really good

Over 1000 submissions have been received at the deadline of Sammarinese preselection 1in360, however, only 548 of them have been published on Youtube channel. 27 more entries were published, but subsequently removed. 181 artist has reached 100 likes on either website or Youtube channel of the project upon deadline. It is unknown however which artists chose to pay entry fee instead of collecting likes. It is also unclear, which artists have withdrawn, were disqualified or just chose to remove videos from public, which was allowed by the organizers upon request.

On the 1st of December at 10:00 CET, all likes on the website were reset and visitors have now got 10 more days to vote for their favourite artist. Artist with the most of likes on the 10th of December at 11:59pm will get the second wildcard. Only website likes count for this exercise - no YouTube likes.

You can vote by liking videos of your favourite artists at https://www.1in360.com/copy-of-candidates-7

To remind you that in the running are such artists as Eurovision finalists Dado Topić (Croatia), Roberto Meloni (Italy), Anita Simoncini (San Marino), Junior Eurovision finalists Gvantsa Saneblidze (Georgia) and Nicole Azzopardi (Malta), national final participants Syuzanna Melqonyan, Sona Dunoyan, (Armenia), V.Gustov - I.Balakirev (Russia), TASHA ODI, Janet Buterus Soroka (Belarus), Monika Ivkić (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Yola Dinis (Portugal), Davinia Cuevas, Maika (Spain), Judah Gavra (Israel), Emma Sandström (Finland), Sada Vidoo (Denmark), Mahan Moin (Sweden), Jessika, Franklin Calleja, Dario Bezzina, Dominic Cini (Malta), Karl William Lund (United Kingdom), Bella Wagner (Austria), Anna Cyzon (Canada), Elisa Kolk (Estonia), Sandy C (Moldova) and others.

Complete info about the project:

ESCKAZ - Eurovision 2018 - San Marino / Сан-Марино

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UNITED KINGDOM - BBC conformed that national selection show Eurovision: You Decide 2018 will take place in Brighton Dome on February 7th with host Mel Giedroyc and 2015 Eurovision winner from Sweden, Måns Zelmerlöw. There will be six finalists. BBC informs about the procedure: “Culminating a huge national song search for the Eurovision Song Contest, six shortlisted acts will be battling it out to be our next UK representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, alongside some special guest performances. [ 774 more words ]

The latest from the UK, EBU warns Armenia and more #Melfest rumours

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United Kingdom: Brighton to host selection on February 7th – escYOUnited

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Måns Zelmerlöw to co-host British #Eurovision national final on 7 February #UnitedKingdom

Eurovision United Kingdom: Måns Zelmerlöw to co-host British national final on 7 February - ESCToday.com

Eurovision United Kingdom: Måns Zelmerlöw to co-host British national final on 7 February - ESCToday.com

Eurovision news 2018: BBC, the British national broadcaster has announced today its plans for Eurovision 2018, unveiling the hosts for the 2018 British Eurovision national final

The UK national selection for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, 'Eurovision: You Decide' will be held on Wednesday 7th February at the world-famous Brighton Dome. The show will be hosted once again by Mel Giedroyc who will be joined by Swedish Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw. Eurovision: You Decide 2018 will be broadcast on BBC Two.

Brighton Dome is the site of ABBA’s 1974 Eurovision Song Contest win with Waterloo. Tickets for the show are now on sale at https://brightondome.org/event/16522/eurovision_you_decide/

"I’m really, really looking forward to hosting Eurovision: You Decide together with Mel this year," said Mäns. "I’m sure we’ll have a great show and I would love to see the UK achieve a great result in Eurovision 2018. I can’t wait to be part of the You Decide journey and make both You Decide as well as the Eurovision Finals, a part of every UK home."

Mel Giedroyc said: "My favourite time of year has come round again! I can't wait to hear the songs and meet the artists. And what a thrill to host proceedings with THE hero of my time - the Måns Zelmerlöw all live from the Brighton Dome. It will be a night to remember!"

Guy Freeman, Editor, Special Events and Formats, BBC Studios said: "We are so happy to be able to bring the show to such an iconic Eurovision venue. It will be the perfect home for what is shaping up to be a very exciting contest."

The 90-minute show will feature performances of six brand new songs. The artists will compete for the honour of representing the United Kingdom at the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. The performers will take to the stage in a bid to impress both the viewers at home and a professional jury at Brighton Dome.

After each performance, a panel of experts will be on hand to provide their critique about the songs and the artists, and give their view on how the songs could translate to the Eurovision stage in Portugal for the Grand Final next May. The winner will be revealed on the night after the results from the live public vote have been combined with the results from the professional jury. The six competing songs and artists will be revealed to the public in January 2018.

As in 2017, BBC Four will broadcast both live semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 on Tuesday 8 and Thursday 10 May. The Grand Final will be broadcast on BBC One on Saturday 12 May 2018.

More on https://brightondome.org/event/16522/eurovision_you_decide/ #esckaz #tw

BBC Two, BBC Studios and BBC Music have today announced that Eurovision: You Decide, the national song selection show for the UK entry, will take place on We...

Måns Zelmerlöw will host You Decide, the National Final of the United Kingdom

Måns Zelmerlöw will host You Decide, the National Final of the United Kingdom

BBC Two, BBC Studios and BBC Music have today announced that Eurovision: You Decide, the national song selection show for the UK entry, will take place on Wednesday 7 February 2018, live from the world-famous Brighton Dome, the site of ABBA’s 1974 Eurovision Song Contest win with Waterloo. Joining the BBC Eurovision family, 2015 Eurovision Song Contest winner Måns Zelmerlöw will co-host the fantastic night of television and song alongside self-confessed Eurovision superfan, Mel Giedroyc, who returns to host the proceedings. If you want to know more about the Eurovision Song Contest, visit https://eurovision.tv

Blue have confirmed that they will be touring alongside Steps in 2018! 🇬🇧️ #Eurovision #UnitedKingdom

United Kingdom: Blue to tour with Steps in 2018 - Eurovision News, Polls and Information by ESCToday

United Kingdom: Blue to tour with Steps in 2018 - Eurovision News, Polls and Information by ESCToday

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A few of the staff of this facebook page have spend some days now analyzing the videos uploaded so far in connection with finding an artist for San Marino to represent them at the 2018 Eurovision song contest in Lisbon.

On their Youtube channel, we found 318 videos and there are artists from 63 countries

one each from the following countries
San Marino
Czech republic
Slovak republic
Sierre Leone

two each from

three each from

four each from
Bosnia & Herzegovina

five each from

six each from

seven each from
South Africa

nine each from

Countries with more than ten
Russia - 11
Sweden & Malta - 13
United States - 16
United Kingdom - 23
Germany - 26
Italy - 27
Spain - 35

Countries so far not having an artist

Looking at the videos on their Youtube channel 29 of the 318 have had more than 1000 views with 13 of these having more than 2000 views

So the top 13 are
13th Diorisis Kostis - Greece 2 400 views
12th Ardi Taranik - Belarus 2 600 views
11th Josema San Dez - Spain 2 800 views
10th Marco Antario Gaitano - Spain 2 900 views
9th Dario & Grecia Bezzine - Malta 4 500 views
8th Justin Utley - USA 4 700 views
7th Lewis Sheriden - UK 4 900 views
6th Margaret - Poland 5 400 views
5th David Vardarov - Armenia 7 000 views
4th One Antene - Haiti 9 900 views
3rd Ivan Martin - Spain 12 000 views
2nd Julian Lesinski - Poland 17 000 views
1st Pierre Hondemarck - France 21 000 views

From 14th to 29th are videos from 1000 to 1 700 views and among them are Sergey Sysuev (Ukraine), Sara de Blue (Austria) an Olivier Kaye (Belgium)

Of course the picture can drastically changed over the next two weeks until the final day on 30 November

AUSTRALIA - Sebastian (Vienna 2015), Dami Im (Stockholm 2016), and Isaiah Firebrace (Kyiv 2017), alongside Jessica Mauboy (Copenhagen 2014 interval act), and legendary Australian singer and actress Olivia Newton-John, who represented the United Kingdom in 1974 join forces to record a cover of Beatles’ With a Little Help from My Friends for a special charity single to raise money for the vulnerable youth of Australia. [ 637 more words ]

The latest from Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden and more rumour mills

The latest from Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden and more rumour mills

AUSTRALIA – Sebastian (Vienna 2015), Dami Im (Stockholm 2016), and Isaiah Firebrace (Kyiv 2017), alongside Jessica Mauboy (Copenhagen 2014 interval act), and legendary Australian singer and a…

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