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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: Electro Velvet - Still In Love With You

First Listen Review: Electro Velvet – Still In Love With You

After early promise gave way to another underwhelming result for Molly Smitten-Downes in Copenhagen, the UK have sadly reverted to gimmicky, half-hearted form this year with Electro Velvet's 'Still In Love With You'.
First Listen Review: Boggie - Wars For Nothing

First Listen Review: Boggie – Wars For Nothing

Hungary are a country on a strong run of form who feel primed for their first win. A viral star with a plaintive anti-war ballad sounds like a recipe for success, but will 'Wars For Nothing' by Boggie make enough of an impact on viewers?
First Listen Review: Maraaya - Here for You

First Listen Review: Maraaya – Here for You

One of Eurovision's most consistently underrated participants, Slovenia haven't seen the top ten since way back in 2001. Can soulful dance-pop duo Maraaya give them a long overdue return to contention?
First Listen Review: Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät - Aina mun pitää

First Listen Review: Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät – Aina mun pitää

Finland have already won the Eurovision with a heavy metal anthem. Can they do the same with a raucous 90-second punk track? Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät intend to find out...
First Listen Review: Edurne - Amanecer

First Listen Review: Edurne – Amanecer

It may not be the latin-pop stomper some of us were hoping for, but Edurne's much-hyped Eurovision entry could be Spain's most competitive entry in many a year...
First Listen Review: Molly Sterling - Playing With Numbers

First Listen Review: Molly Sterling – Playing With Numbers

Another year, another underwhelming entry from the Irish as Molly Sterling emerges as the best of the bland in a deeply flawed national final that exposes just how out of touch this once-great Eurovision nation has become.
First Listen Review: Aminata - Love Injected

First Listen Review: Aminata – Love Injected

It's been a long time since Latvia saw a Eurovision final, but they're riding a wave of early hype for 'Love Injected' their bewitching 2015 entry from Aminata Savadogo. Have the Baltic jokers finally got their act together?
First Listen Review: Vaidas & Monika - This Time

First Listen Review: Vaidas & Monika – This Time

Lithuania have been a consistent midtable player at Eurovision for the best part of a decade. Can a classic Eurovision duet help them to finally break onto the left-hand side of the leaderboard?
First Listen Review: Elina Born & Stig Rästa - Goodbye to Yesterday

First Listen Review: Elina Born & Stig Rästa – Goodbye to Yesterday

Estonia are already among the hot favourites to win this year. But will Elina Born & Stig Rästa's moody country-pop sound a little too familiar to viewers who enjoyed the Common Linnets last year?
First Listen Review: Il Volo - Grande Amore

First Listen Review: Il Volo – Grande Amore

The Italians have been consistently strong competitors ever since they returned to the contest in 2011, but so far a third win hasn't quite materialised. With a huge international following and an epic slice of opera-pop, could Il Volo take them all the way?
First Listen Review: Bojana Stamenov - Ceo svet je moj

First Listen Review: Bojana Stamenov – Ceo svet je moj

A striking mashup of classic Balkan balladry and hard-hitting dance beats, Serbia's Eurovision comeback entry certainly leaves an impression. But when the time comes to vote, will the viewers want to hear it a second time?
First Listen Review: María Ólafsdóttir - Unbroken

First Listen Review: María Ólafsdóttir – Unbroken

Iceland are a consistently reliable Eurovision nation, but their entries are seldom seen in the upper reaches of the leaderboard. Can María Ólafsdóttir's 'Unbroken' put them back in the top ten?