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    Eurovision 2014 in Beautiful Copenhagen

    When: 6, 8 & 10 May 2014

    Where: "Eurovision Island" aka B&W Hallerne, Copenhagen

    Bosnia Herzegovina and Portugal are returning after sitting out 2013, while Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus (((mlp))) and Serbia look like they will be sitting this year out.

    The following countries have already picked the artist who will represent them in Denmark:

    Austria - Conchita Wurst
    Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - Tijana Dapcevic "Pobeda"
    Montenegro - Sergej Cetkovic
    Netherlands - The Common Linnets
    San Marino - Valentina Monnetta

    Ukraine (21 December) and Albania (28 December) will be the next two countries to decide who will represent them in Copenhagen.
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    The venue seems incredible. B&W Hallerne is a 60s industrial warehouse, located in Refshaleøen which an old shipsyard. There will be a Eurovision Island for parties with food vendors, drinks, open air events and a Eurovision Mile going from the Central Station through the center of Copenhagen (Strøget) to the New Harbour where you can take the Water bus directly to the venue. More information and pics. It sounds like a perfect Eurovision to go to!

    Danish tv is promising to modernise the context whilst keeping its spirit. No mention of any specific changes other than the artist portraits replacing the postcards again, which I think is a great idea, because it creates an emotional connection with the artists. They will be taking this concept a bit further than Sweden did. Hopefully not to the point of reality tv sob stories though. The winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is going to perform at some point.

    There is an investigation into possible voting irregularities (read: vote buying by Azerbaijan) going on. It is still ongoing but there already is a rule change this year, as a result, making the names of all the jurors known on 1st May and disclosing all of their votes afterwards in order to increase transparency. So now they can get bribed by Azerbaijan and then say they voted for them because they had the best song.

    Cyprus might still be taking part as a private broadcaster has offered to take over and fund the selection and entry process (which is what happened last year in Greece). It's funny to see Serbia, who always took Eurovision really seriously, throw in a strop and quit after failing to qualify last year. Turkey isn't returning but it is creating its own competition, Türkvision which will be a competition between 20 different regions (within Turkey and occupied by its military). Poland was supposed to announce their decision but didn't (although it surely is gonna be a 'no').

    There is a huge shitstorm in Austria following Conchita Wurst's choice. Part of it is because the selection was internal instead of being decided by the viewers as in previous years but most of it is the usual homophobic crap. There has already been a response in Belarus with a demand presented to the Ministry of Interior to edit the Austrian performance out of the broadcast because otherwise it will create 'a hotbed for sodomy.' Lovely. Knowing the political reality in Belarus, that might actually go through, although maybe not since EBU would then ban Belarus from participating this year (as I posted in the Sochi thread, Eurovision has asked the Russian state broadcaster for clarification regarding the recent laws).

    The Common Linnets are a supergroup formed by two singer-songwriters. Ilse de Lange (famously described by Anouk as 'a woman with no personality') and Waylon. They are recording an album together and using Eurovision to promote it, whilst the Netherlands gets a high profile artist again. Everybody wins. Ilse de Lange "Blue Bittersweet" (her latest single). Waylon "The Escapist". I am expecting a .

    France is bringing the public selection back. Although in a limited capacity as viewers will be choosing from 3 pre-selected entries only. Finland will bring the UMK format from last year with the same judges/mentors. Ireland will have five mentors again (but different ones) and there are rumours Melanie McCabe (now this is a woman with no personality) might be one of the artists chosen to take part. Latvia is going for 'Made in Latvia' this year with only songs written by Latvian composers allowed. Norway wants to do a longer build, so that people can get to know the acts, instead of just semi-finals, again taking the leaf out of reality tv's book. Lithuania is doing selection for both song and the singer. Belgium is doing a big national selection this year, starting with artists sending in a cover of a Eurovision song.

    Switzerland has received over 150 songs and selected 18 entries through combined juror and internet voting. The artists will now perform for the jury and they will choose 6 acts to proceed to the national final. Interestingly, one of the 18 acts is Gosia Andrzejewicz. A Polish singer known for her tacky style and a crazy, unprofessional manager dad. Her tragic album cover. She's tried to represent Belarus before and IIRC Germany as well so she really is desperate to do anything to revive her dead career.

    Of course, the most important and amazing national selection is Melodifestivalen and I am already going mad in anticipation. This year, SVT has introduced a quota requiring at least 20% of the entries to be (co)written by women. The line-ups for the first two semi-finals have now been revealed and there are some very interesting names on there!

    In Semi 1, there's Sylvester Schlegel who has previously represented Sweden at Eurovision as the lead singer for The Ark. YOHIO returns with a song co-written by Andreas Johnson (who's never won as an artist ). Even more interestingly, Helena Paparizou also returns! She has represented Greece twice, coming third as a singer for Antique and then winning in 2005 with that appalling 'My Number One' song. She was born and raised in Sweden where she now lives but she only really had a proper music career in Greece so far and her only English language album (released in 2006) didn't do well at all. However, she's now signed an international deal with Universal and the Melodifestivalen appearance is going to promote her second English language album "One Life" (it's out next year).

    In Semi 2, we'll see JEM of X-Factor fame. If their song is even half as good as "Zoom" which is a solid 8/10 pop song, it'll be happy days. Sanna Nielsen will return with more schlager crap and Martin Stenmarck who was 19th in 2005 with the absolutely tragic "Las Vegas" song will also be there.

    Dr. Alban has revealed that he has submitted an entry as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post

    Dr. Alban has revealed that he has submitted an entry as well.
    Really? OMG!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shah View Post
    Really? OMG!
    It has been reported by the very reputable and respectable Aftonbladet.

    I checked out his last two singles that article mentions.

    Dr. Alban "Loverboy"
    Dr. Alban "Freedom"

    It's like the 90s never ended.

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    Wheeee! The official thread!
    Quote Originally Posted by allezfred View Post
    The following countries have already picked the artist who will represent them in Denmark:

    Austria - Conchita Wurst
    Oh dear.
    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”– MLK

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    Aw, who doesn't love a bearded drag queen.
    To think that fun is simple fun, while earnest things are earnest, proves all too plain that neither one thou truthfully discernest.

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    I just looked up Conchita...

    Holy sh!t...

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    It's confirmed - remaining 16 Melodifestivalen artists have been revealed and Dr. Alban is indeed one of them (in a duet with Jessica Folcker). Moreveor, Alcazar is returning . And Linda Bengtzing .

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    Quote Originally Posted by shah View Post
    The beard does accentuate those marvelous cheekbones.
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    what will i do? i have a serious case of the sads over this
    I feel like I'm in a dream. But it can't be a dream because there are no boy dancers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by my little pony View Post
    what will i do? i have a serious case of the sads over this
    Find your happy place. (I've been waiting to post a clip of Julie Brown on this thread, as I'm convinced she heavily influenced my favorite intentionally funny Eurovision performer of all time, Silvia Night.)

    ETA: I really hope Valentina Monetta veers closer to "Social Network Oooooh" than her 2013 dramaz.

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    ahh, just say julie
    i think of her when my eye catches my julia doll and lunch box on my book shelf
    I feel like I'm in a dream. But it can't be a dream because there are no boy dancers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shah View Post
    It's confirmed - remaining 16 Melodifestivalen artists have been revealed and Dr. Alban is indeed one of them (in a duet with Jessica Folcker). Moreveor, Alcazar is returning . And Linda Bengtzing .
    YES!

    Alcazar is one of the most awesome bands ever. They've tried so many times but the cruel, unappreciative Swedish public never gave them a chance.

    My favourite entry of theirs didn't even make it into the finals, last time they took part. Alcazar "Headlines".

    I was really hoping they would give it a try one last time as I'm assuming their recording career isn't going to last much longer (although who knows, they could probably make a comfortable living from doing pride appearances ).

    State of Drama who made it to the finals last year are returning as well.

    So are 'can't sing but who cares since I'm cute' Anton Ewald who last year had an awesome disco banger "Begging" and Janet Leon who in a very surprising turn of events didn't even make it to Andra Chansen with her very decent "Heartstrings".

    As for Linda, sorry but the schlager era is over.

    Full line up here:
    http://www.eurovision.tv/page/news?i...lete_in_sweden

    It's looking absolutely awesome and I am SO EXCITED AND I JUST CAN'T HIDE IT.

    France has selected three randoms to take part in the final. More info below:
    http://www.eurovision.tv/page/news?i...rench_hopefuls

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    Helena Paparizou is competing for Sweden? Has anyone ever won the competition for two different countries?

    Dr Alban I could do without but Jessica Folcker is a great singer....

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    Quote Originally Posted by poths View Post
    Has anyone ever won the competition for two different countries?
    As a singer, no.
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    We obviously haven't even heard the songs yet but given how popular YOHIO is, in comparison to everybody else taking part, he's going to have a huge advantage (plus the sympathy vote over not making it last year despite having won the public vote).

    One nostalgic eurotrash act that I think could really use the Melodifestivalen exposure is Ace of Base. Did you know they have returned last year with a new album? No, me neither.
    Ace of Base "All For You"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post

    One nostalgic eurotrash act that I think could really use the Melodifestivalen exposure is Ace of Base. Did you know they have returned last year with a new album? No, me neither.
    Ace of Base "All For You"
    I knew

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
    One nostalgic eurotrash act that I think could really use the Melodifestivalen exposure is Ace of Base. Did you know they have returned last year with a new album? No, me neither.
    I vote for Loft or Centory. Or, better yet, Imperio.

    I hope Valentina Monetta returns to her "Facebook" style rather than last year's attempt at straightforward competence.

    Bring on the WTF (Romania, I'm especially depending on you)!

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    You can listen to Latvia's songs here http://www.ltv.lv/lv/eirovizija/sadaljas/dziesmas/

    I hope Cake to Bake wins

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