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Dami Im - Sound of Silence | Australia Review

Dami Im – Sound of Silence | Australia Review

Back in the fold for a second year, Australia set out to prove the success of Guy Sebastian was no fluke with X Factor winner Dami Im and a seriously competitive Sia-inspired power ballad that could take them all the way.
Poll: Best Eurovision Winner of the Sixties

Poll: Best Eurovision Winner of the Sixties

Do you know your Salome's from your Sandie's, and your Lulu's from your Lenny Kuhr's? If so, help celebrate Eurovision's formative decade by voting for your favourite winner of the 1960s.
Eurovision 1969: Madrid

Eurovision 1969: Madrid

Much like the Hunger Games, Eurovision is only supposed to have one winner. But also like the Hunger Games, it doesn't always work out that way. The 1969 contest may not have been a teenage bloodbath, but it certainly caused some controversy...
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Rehearsals Day Three - The Winners & Losers | Eurovision 2015

Rehearsals Day Three – The Winners & Losers | Eurovision 2015

Another eight countries have completed their first rehearsals for Eurovision 2015. Did the new Swedish stick-man rise to the occasion? Could San Marino make it two in a row? And do the Czech Republic have a snowball in hell's chance? Read on for my round-up of the day's winners & losers... how did they do? Read...
Rehearsals Day Two - The Winners & Losers | Eurovision 2015

Rehearsals Day Two – The Winners & Losers | Eurovision 2015

It's day two of rehearsals for Eurovision 2015 and all the artists from semi final one have now taken the stage. Who stood out and who fell by the wayside? Read on for another batch of entirely subjective, highly inaccurate reviews, live from Vienna.
Rehearsals Day One - The Winners & Losers | Eurovision 2015

Rehearsals Day One – The Winners & Losers | Eurovision 2015

The first day of rehearsals for Eurovision 2015 is complete - but who rose to the occasion and who crashed and burned? Read on for my on-the-ground analysis of the day's events.
First Listen Review: Elhaida Dani - I'm Alive

First Listen Review: Elhaida Dani – I’m Alive

Elhaida Dani won the Albanian national final with old-school ballad 'Diell', but for Eurovision she's taken a more modern route. Does 'I'm Alive' justify the substitution?
First Listen Review: Ann Sophie - Black Smoke (Germany)

First Listen Review: Ann Sophie – Black Smoke (Germany)

Germany's Ann Sophie won her ticket to Eurovision under controversial circumstances back in March. Having come a distant second to Andreas Kümmert, she now has a lot to prove in Vienna. Can Black Smoke silence the doubters?
First Listen Reviews: Amber - Warrior

First Listen Reviews: Amber – Warrior

Fifth time's the charm for Amber Bondin, a fixture at the Maltese national finals since 2011 who's finally set to enjoy her Eurovision moment with the dramatic 'Warrior'. Will she do the Eurovision-loving Island nation proud?
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?