Summer hasn’t quite gone away for us here in London just yet, with some very pleasant weather at the moment, but my mind is turning to bringing the site of its summer hibernation. The new Eurovision year/season began on 1 September and with Tel Aviv being confirmed as host city, the path to Eurovision 2019 is well and truly begun. Continue reading “Autumn 2018 – upcoming updates to Matt loves Eurovision”
And so it begins… my wooden spoon goes to a Nordic country! Iceland was the last Nordic country to join Eurovision (in 1986) and they remain the only Nordic country yet to win the contest. On this year’s showing, I don’t think there is much danger of that changing in Lisbon…
Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #43 ICELAND – Ari Ólafsson – “Our Choice””
“The north wind doth blow and we shall have snow”… Well, that has certainly been true for Europe this past week as we shiver under a Siberian blast and snow falling in unlikely places. And aptly, this coming weekend will see us finding out which songs will be representing a cluster of northern countries.. Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 national selections: the north wind doth blow (Estonia, Finland and Iceland previews)”
It’s our third Nordic country in just 4 days; Iceland came highest of any Nordic country in last year’s previews countdown, yet along with all the others (save host Sweden), failed to make it in the grand final. Eurofans still rate that non-qualification as one of the great Eurovision travesties of our time, but can the experienced Svala lead Iceland back to the final? Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #18 ICELAND – Svala – “Paper””
With an icy blast of weather due to hit the UK, it’s time to head to the far north-west of Europe. Iceland is the only Nordic country not to have won Eurovision, though they have come as runners up twice since they first entered in 1986. Not a bad record though, considering Iceland has a smaller population than any of the countries who currently enter Eurovision, save San Marino. So, who makes the top 5? Continue reading “My top 5 songs from…Iceland”
It’s our final Nordic country today – seems a little strange to say that when we haven’t reached the top 10 yet, it normally has at least a couple of Scandinavian countries in it. But I am sure the country that’s come out as the top Nordic won’t mind that, after all, they are the only northern European country not to win Eurovision yet – Iceland. Like several countries, they have previous contestant returning, though in Iceland’s case, she’s coming back solo, after being one half of a duet in 2012. Will she improve on her placing this year?
Continue reading “Eurovision 2016 previews countdown: #12 ICELAND – Greta Salóme – “Hear Them Calling””
Penultimate set of videos from London! Two artists returning to Eurovision here and an Icelandic-Balkan mix for these videos. Greta Salóme for Iceland and Kaliopi came back on stage to perform her 2012 song, plus Albania as well here. Continue reading “London Eurovision Preview Party 2016 video clips part 5: Greta Salóme, Eneda Tarifa and Kaliopi”
There are no less than seven artists making a return to Eurovision this year – that must be approaching some sort of record I would imagine. Since I’m still compiling the YouTube rankings (I’ll finish that this weekend) for the preview countdown, I thought I would keep Eurovision-fever going (well, my own anyway!) with a look back to the returning artists previous Eurovision experience. Continue reading “Eurovision 2016 returning artists part 1: Greta Salóme for Iceland and Ira Losco for Malta”
Quite a bit of Eurovision news over the last few days, not least today’s reveal of the 6 acts in the UK national selection.
That takes place live on BBC4 this coming Friday, 26 February. The 6 songs were played for the first time on Ken Bruce’s Radio 2 show this morning. I think I have my top 2 or 3 already but you can take a listen for yourself at the BBC’s Eurovision site. Continue reading “National selections Eurovision 2016: UK finalists revealed; Ukraine and Iceland acts chosen”