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First Listen Review
First Listen Review: Daniel Kajmakoski - Autumn Leaves

First Listen Review: Daniel Kajmakoski – Autumn Leaves

The Macedonians often struggle at Eurovision to attract votes from countries outside their Balkan neighbourhood. Can Daniel Kajmakoski's soulful ballad 'Autumn Leaves' help broaden their appeal?
First Listen Review: Guy Sebastian - Tonight Again

First Listen Review: Guy Sebastian – Tonight Again

Australia enter the Eurovision Song Contest with a lot to prove. A big domestic star with bags of talent and a toe-tapping, perfectly judged entry, Guy Sebastian should provide a safe pair of hands with which to justify their presence.
First Listen Review: The Makemakes - I Am Yours

First Listen Review: The Makemakes – I Am Yours

Conchita gave Austria a long-awaited second Eurovision win, now The Makemakes face the unenviable challenge of following in her footsteps. Will 'I Am Yours' help Austria to avoid a home-turf humiliation?
First Listen Review: Måns Zelmerlöw - Heroes

First Listen Review: Måns Zelmerlöw – Heroes

With an anthemic hook, a charismatic performer and a quirky visual gimmick, Sweden are once again favourites to take the Eurovision crown. Is Måns Zelmerlöw on his way to a heroes welcome in Vienna?
First Listen Review: Elnur Hüseynov - Hour of the Wolf

First Listen Review: Elnur Hüseynov – Hour of the Wolf

Elnur Hüseynov was part of Azerbaijan's first every Eurovision entry back in 2008. Having reached new heights of fame as the winner of Turkey's version of 'The Voice', he's back as a solo artist with the soul-stirring ballad 'Hour of the Wolf'.
First Listen Review: Leonor Andrade - Há um mar que nos separa

First Listen Review: Leonor Andrade – Há um mar que nos separa

They may not be the most successful Eurovision nation (to put it mildly) but Portugual have shown an admirable dedication to pursuing their own sound. Can Leonor Andrade's dreamy alt-pop confection put them back in contention after a long run of non-qualifiers?
First Listen Review: Nadav Guedj - Golden Boy

First Listen Review: Nadav Guedj – Golden Boy

Israel are on a run of extremely poor luck at Eurovision lately. They've gone for an unabashed crowd pleaser this year, but will it pay off and put them back in the finals for the first time in five years?
First Listen Review: Genealogy - Face the Shadow

First Listen Review: Genealogy – Face the Shadow

Armenia are aiming for a truly international flavour with their song for Eurovision 2015. Genealogy brings together leading Armenian artists from all over the world - but is the resulting song equal to the sum of its parts?
First Listen Review: Eduard Romanyuta - I Want Your Love

First Listen Review: Eduard Romanyuta – I Want Your Love

Ukraine may be out of Eurovision 2015 as competitors, but they'll be there in spirit thanks to Eduard Romanyuta's victory in neighbouring Moldova. But is this entry-by-proxy a worthy addition to Moldova's reliably quirky Eurovision canon?
First Listen Review: Mørland & Debrah Scarlett - A Monster Like Me

First Listen Review: Mørland & Debrah Scarlett – A Monster Like Me

The Norwegians seem to be developing a habit of fielding slightly left-of-centre entries to Eurovision in recent years. It's worked well for them so far, but will viewers warm to Mørland & Debrah Scarlett's sinister and faintly maudlin murder ballad?
First Listen Review: Voltaj - De la capăt

First Listen Review: Voltaj – De la capăt

A far cry from Paula Selling & Ovi's visual tricks and operatic shenanigans, this year's Romanian Eurovision entry is a heartfelt soft-rock ballad from popular rock group Voltaj. Will it strike a chord across Europe?
First Listen Review: Polina Gagarina - A Million Voices

First Listen Review: Polina Gagarina – A Million Voices

In Eurovision as in politics, Russia are never far from controversy. Polina Gagarina's universal peace anthem is one of the strongest entries of the year, but will it add fuel to the haters?