Category Archives: 2015 Eurovision Song Contest

Melodifestivalen 2015 Semi-Final 1


Tonight the first semi-final of Sweden in Gothenburg, Sweden starts at 20:00 CET in on SVT Play.

Watch it here!

You can also listen to 2:30 second studio snippets here!

Which 2 songs will proceed to the final?  Which 2 songs will have a second chance and which 3 songs will be eliminated?  You decide.

Artist     Song (English translation) Writers (Music / lyrics)  
1 Molly Pettersson Hammar “I’ll Be Fine” Molly Pettersson Hammar, Lisa Desmond, Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren, Gavin Jones
2 Daniel Gildenlöw “Pappa” (Dad) Daniel Gildenlöw
3 Rickard Söderberg &
Elize Ryd
“One By One” Elize RydJimmy Jansson, Karl-Ola Kjellholm, Sharon Vaughn
4 Dolly Style “Hello Hi” Emma Nors, Palle Hammarlund, Jimmy Jansson
5 Behrang Miri feat.
Victor Crone
“Det rår vi inte för” (We don’t control it) Behrang Miri, Albin Johnsén, Måns ZelmerlöwTony Nilsson
6 Jessica Andersson “Can’t Hurt Me Now” Aleena Gibson, Fredrik Thomander
7 Eric Saade “Sting” Arash Fahmi, Fredrik Kempe, Hamed “K-one” Pirouzpanah, David Kreuger


As of today, Fred Medeiros joins us as an editor and he will concentrate on Melodifestivalen which starts this Saturday. He will report jointly for us and for ESC UNITED. During the semi finals he will report from home, but he and camera man Liam will be physically present at Andra chancen and the Stockholm final. We look forward to a lot of news. I have also more or less finished the library index for the SA covers of the Swedish selection songs and should have it 100% finished by Saturday.

Four qualify in first phase in Latvia

Latvia kicked off their Eurovision 2015 season yesterday with the first round of the Supernova selection to decide their song for Vienna. 10 acts competed and four would qualify for the next round. An expert jury would decide on two songs to go forward and televoting another two.

The expert jury were Ieva Kerēvica, Kaspars Roga (from  Brainstorm ESC 2000 Latvia), singer Don and Guntars Račs. The 10 acts competing were –

  • Katrina CīruleBass
  • Lana FrančeskaLions
  • Atis IeviņšCatfish
  • Milenin & KamillaColours Of Love
  • Antra Stafecka – It’s The Night 
  • Framest – Ziemā 
  • Linda ĶaukuleSave Our Love
  • MNTHA – Nefelibata 
  • Rihards SauleLife Lines
  • ElektroFolk – Sundance 

The acts selected by the jury were Antra Stafecka and Framest. Televoting sent MNTHA and ElectroFolk through.


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2015 Supernova logo {copyright:}

Three acts progress in Iceland

Iceland kicked off their 2015 Eurovision Söngvakeppnin season with their first semi-final show. Six acts performed and three would progress to the final.

The acts and songs were –

  1. Erna HrönnMyrkrið hljótt 
  2. HinemoaÞú leitar líka að mér 
  3. Elín Sif – Í kvöld
  4. Friðrik Dór – Í síðasta skipti 
  5. Stefanía SvavarsAugnablik 
  6. Björn & Friends – Piltur og stúlka

The three acts to progress by televoting process were Friðrik DórBjörn & Friends and Elín Sif.


2015 Söngvakeppnin logo {copyright: RUV}
2015 Söngvakeppnin logo {copyright: RUV}


New Rules to Shake Up Sweden


Since 2002 the Melodifestivalen, Christer Björkman has helped Sweden adopt its current format. There were six weeks of shows to chose their entry to the Eurovision Song Contest from 32 songs. There are four semi-finals of eight songs with a second chance round and a grand final.

There are many changes to the 2015 selection to keep things interesting and exciting. There will be only 28 songs competing for the ticket to Eurovision. In each of the four semi-finals there will be seven songs. The two highest scoring songs will go direct to the Finalen and the third and fourth placing songs will go to the second chance round, Andra Chansen. At least 30% of the competing songs need to be in the Swedish language and also a minimum of 50% of the songs need to have a female composer or lyrist.

The Andra Chansen has undergone the most changes this year. Björkman believes the changes will make the Andra Chansen a more exciting and dramatic show. For the first time, the second chance songs participating will be allowed to be released to the public after the end of each semi-final broadcast previously these weren’t released until after the fourth semi-final. Each second chance song will be paired into 4 duels with each winner getting a ticket to the Finalen. Only one Andra Chansen artist has succeeded in winning the Melodifestivalen Finalen, Robin Stjernberg in 2013, won with the song You. Previously there would be only two tickets for the Finalen from the Andra Chansen. So the Finalen will consist of 12 songs competing for the prize instead of 10.

Article prepared for www.esccovers by FRED MEDEIROS

Source: SVT;

First Quarter Final in Hungary

The first phase of the Hungarian selection, A Dal, has taken place. 10 acts competed and five acts were selected by the expert jury and the sixth act was selected by the public via televoting.

The jury were Magdi Rúzsa (Hungary ESC 2007) , Philip Rákay, Jenő Csiszár  and Pierrot. There was also a “jury” vote for viewers via the A Dal app.

The 10 acts and songs competing in the first quarter final were –

  1. Bori MagyarLead Me To Heaven
  2. Balázs Farkas-JenserLiar 
  3. Gabi Szűcs – Úgysem felejtesz el 
  4. Passed – Mesmerize 
  5. Bogi Dallos – World Of Violence
  6. Karmapolis – The Time Is Now 
  7. Gergő SzakácsŐsz utca
  8. Timi Antal – Woke Up This Way 
  9. Vera Tóth – Gyémánt 
  10. MDC – Maniac

The jury elected to vote through Gabi Szűcs, Passed, Bogi Dallos, Karmapolis, Vera Tóth. The televoting vote went for Timi Antal.

Source:; MTVA

Timi Antal {copyright:}
Timi Antal {copyright:}

Amber will represent Malta at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest

Amber has won the 2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest final with her powerful ballad, Warrior. The song is composed by  Elton Zarb and Muxu who were the successful team behind Gaia Cauchi ‘s victory at the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with Start.

14 finalists qualified from last night’s semi-final and they all competed at the Marsa Shipyard venue, where the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was hosted last week.

Runner up position went to Christabelle with Rush and third place went to Glen Vella, the 2011 Eurovision participant for Malta, with Breakaway.

The guests included the 2014 Maltese Eurovision participants, Firelight and the winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, Conchita Wurst.

Congratulations to Amber on her victory and now we will see her carry the Maltese flag to Vienna in May 2015.

You can see Amber perform Warrior here

Source: PBS;

Amber {copyright: PBS}
Amber {copyright: PBS}


The 14 finalists in Malta

Malta tonight held the semi-final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. 20 acts competed for a place in the final to be held on Saturday night (22 November). The show was held at the same venue as the Junior Eurovision Song Contest one week ago, Marsa Shipyard.

The 14 acts who made it to the final were –

  • Chris GrechClosed doors
  • Glen VellaBreakaway
  • JessikaFandango
  • TrilogyChasing A Dream
  • ChristabelleRush
  • FranklinStill Here
  • Lawrence GrayThe One That You Love
  • Karen DeBattista12 Baker Street
  • Daniel TestaSomething In The Way
  • DominicOnce In A While
  • L-AhwaBeautiful To Me
  • AmberWarrior
  • Deborah CIt’s OK
  • Ekklesia SistersLove And Let Go



20 acts announced for 2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest

The 20 finalists for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest selection were announced on the local TVM show, Xarabank. They include several familiar names from national selections and two former Malta Eurovision contestants return. Glen Vella (2011) and Gianluca Bezzina as part of L-Ahwa with four of his sisters and a brother.  Amongst the selection are Sisters (Ekklesia), they are a group of nuns.82a927dfd77ee1efd60f06afc2358597There will be song composed by 2009 Eurovision winner, Alexander Rybak (Norway) for Franklin Calleja.  There will be a semi-final on 21 November and the final will be the following evening 22 November.

The 20 acts are are –

  • Glen Vella Breakaway
  • Trilogy Chasing A Dream
  • Karen DeBattista 12 Baker Street
  • Franklin Calleja Still Here
  • Deborah C It’s OK
  • Sisters (Ekklesia) Love And Let Go
  • Lawrence Gray The One That You Love
  • Amber Bondin Warrior
  • Jessika Fandango
  • Daniel Testa Something In The Way
  • Christabelle Borg Rush
  • Chris Grech Closed Doors
  • L-Ahwa Beautiful To Me
  • Raquel Galdes Stop Haunting Me
  • Danica Muscat Close Your Eyes
  • Lyndsay Pace Home
  • Corazon Secretly
  • Iona Dalli Could Have Been Me
  • Domenique Azzopardi Take Me As I Am
  • Minik Once In A While