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24 March – Be my friend

Do you have parents from two completely different places? Is one parent from Ireland and the other from Cyprus, for example? It's great when you can benefit from two different cultures. It shows that this world isn't so big after all. They happen amongst Eurovision performers, and you can think of plenty. Today's birthday girl Гайтана/Gaitana (née Гайта-Лурдес Клаверівна Ессамі/Gaita-Lurdes Klaverivna Essami is of a rare mix of Ukraine and Congo-Brazzaville. Go on, name me someone outside of Gaitana's immediate...

and finally a result in Ukraine.

After last night's hiccup, we all came back on Sunday to see how it was all going to play out. The phones and app was open until 7pm Local time with the jury vote being held over from last night. The delayed result was as follows. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT_SQm5W8mk This is going to be a favorite because it is a damn good song rather than any notion that Ukraine needs the votes.  This should rocket to the top of the charts.

Vidbir 24 chooses it’s winner – but not yet….

Once again, despite awful conditions on the ground, Ukraine's broadcaster Suspline has managed to get a National final to the screens of Ukraine and Europe.  I still don't know how on earth they manage it! Unlike last year, the final does not seem to be in a bomb shelter but in an actual venue, and, as you would expect from Ukraine, high technical and production values came across on the screen.  Anyone who still has doubts they can do...

Who needs what to get their Best Result: Your Nice 2023 Guide

As well as music, Eurovision fans love statistics - and both contests are an absolute goldmine for facts, figures and number-crunching! So just before everything we know about JESC gets rewritten by the scoreboard of Nice 2023, let's take a look through the running order and see who needs what on Sunday to get them their best ever placing and best ever score at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest! SPAIN It's been nearly 20 years since Spain last lifted the JESC...

Ukraine’s Jamala Added to Russia’s Wanted List

Ukrainian singer Jamala, who clinched the Eurovision victory in 2016, has been placed on Russia's wanted list, as reported by Russian state media. This announcement has garnered significant attention and concern among Eurovision enthusiasts. 1944 Jamala, celebrated for her emotive and historically resonant performance of "1944" at the Eurovision Song Contest, has been a prominent figure in the music scene. She is known particularly for her passionate representation of Crimean Tatar history. The song, a haunting recollection of the mass deportation of...

18 October – Bom bom

What's your favourite type of song? One where a singer stands still on stage, with a dark backdrop, and belts out a big beefy ballad? Or something a little more glitzy? Or three minutes of lunacy from Moldova? Well today we have something that will keep you entertained. It's no ballad that's for sure. Today's birthday girl Світлана Сергіївна Лобода/Svetlana Serhiivna Loboda mortgaged her home for her natty little machine that's behind her. It does all manner of quirky stuff,...

2 October – Let’s speak dance

Occasionally, a song comes along that gets under your skin. It's not one you really like, as there are far better ones around. But You just can't help yourself humming it in the shower, or at other inappropriate times. Back in 2007, the contest was won by a ballad that wasn't in English. Serbia rightly stormed to victory. In second place was the demure and understated figure of today's birthday boy/girl Вєрка Сердючка/Verka Serduchka (né Андрі́й Миха́йлович Дани́лко/Andriy Mykhailovych Danylko)....

27 September – Deep inside and you’ll see all I kept under cover

It's worth remembering that for almost every winner of our favourite TV show, there was a eager yet slightly disappointed runner-up. In times past this role was given to the UK of stuff. However, in recent times, many countries have stepped into the role of runner-up. For two years in a row, it was our dear friends in Ukraine. You may remember Verka Serduchka, but the next year was a scantily-clad Каролина Мирославовна Куек/Karolina Myroslavivna Kuiek, who you might know...

Phil’s Eurovision Countdown 2023 – Part 36/37 – Ukraine

It had been so long since this song was chosen in a bomb shelter that I had to check it out again. I'll grant it, it's decent but doesn't pull on the heartstrings that Kalush did - principally because Europe could be all sympathyed out, if that is a word. I get the idea behind the song, moreso after their meet and greet on the old tiktok on whatever day it waas.  It might be decent, but there is an element...

Ukraine – Tvorchi the battery boys

You're really gonna have to be old to get that title reference! The band are tired but great - the 2nd dress rehearsal was good, they polished some things up and they re rehearsing in the hotel as well - double time for these boys! Next week's expectations? - they expect to see a lot of people and to perform and to enjoy - not *quite* the reply we were looking for.  What does it mean to them to be in...