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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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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?
First Listen Review: Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta - Hope Never Dies

First Listen Review: Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta – Hope Never Dies

Forget winning, the Czech Republic are just hoping to score double-figure points on their first Eurovision entry since 2009. With two seasoned professionals and a dramatic Eurovision rock ballad, they should avoid embarrassing themselves this time around.
First Listen Review: Maria Elena Kyriakou - One Last Breath

First Listen Review: Maria Elena Kyriakou – One Last Breath

You can usually rely on the Greeks to throw a good Balkan party song into the mix, but they've switched gears this year and entered a classic Eurovision ballad by Maria Elena Kyriakou. Is this a change of pace for the better?
First Listen Review: Monika Kuszyńska - In The Name Of Love

First Listen Review: Monika Kuszyńska – In The Name Of Love

After making a raunchy impression at Eurovision 2014 with Cleo, Donatan and an army of busty milkmaids, Poland have cleaned up their act this year with a more traditional Euro-ballad from Monika Kuszyńska.
First Listen Review: Knez - Adio

First Listen Review: Knez – Adio

Having enjoyed their first taste of the finals in 2014, Montenegro are taking no chances this year. With Željko Joksimović on songwriting duties and established Montenegrin performer Knez at the helm, this is an entry with serious expectations.
First Listen Review: Anita Simoncini & Michele Perniola - Chain of Lights

First Listen Review: Anita Simoncini & Michele Perniola – Chain of Lights

Having qualified for the first time ever in 2014, San Marino have drafted in two Junior Eurovision veterans to carry their hopes this year. With Ralph Siegel on songwriting duties once again, can they make it two in a row?
First Listen Review: Loïc Nottet - Rhythm Inside

First Listen Review: Loïc Nottet – Rhythm Inside

Plucky little Belgium are aiming to bring a modern pop sensibility to this year's Eurovision with 18 year-old Loïc Nottet, whose considerable vocal talents have already caught the attention of reclusive Australian superstar Sia.