Category Archives: 2016 Eurovision Song Contest

Barei to sing ‘Say Yay!’ for Spain in Stockholm

Barei {copyright: TVE}
Barei {copyright: TVE}

Spain held their national selection, Objetivo Eurovisión, with six finalists taking part. A combination of televoting, international jury and studio artists jury (including Loreen ESC Sweden winner 2012) and Edurne (ESC Spain 2015).

The six acts and songs –

  1. Maverick – Un mundo más feliz
  2. Barei – Say Yay!
  3. Xuso Jones – Victorious
  4. Salvador Beltran – Días de alegría
  5. Maria Isabel – La vida sólo es una
  6. Electric Nana – Now

Maria Isabel was the winner of the 2004 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with Antes muerta que sencilla.

The winning act that will represent Spain in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will be Barei and her song Say Yay!

You can see Barei perform Say Yay! below.



Hungary: Six more acts qualify in 2016 A Dal

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Passed {copyright:

The second quarter-final of the 2016 A Dal has taken place in Hungary. 10 acts competed and six qualified for the next phase.

  • Passed – Driftin’ 
  • Group’N’SwingSzeretni fáj 
  • Anna Patai – Colors
  • Maszkura és a Tücsökraj & Sika FinuccsiKinek sírjam 
  • C.E.T.Free
  • Gergő Oláh – Győz a jó
  • Laci Gáspár – Love And Bass 
  • André Vásáry – Why 
  • Karmapolis & Böbe Szécsi – Hold On To 
  • Kállay Saunders Band – Who We Are 

Five acts qualified immediately via the expert jury votes and one via televoting –

  • Gergő Oláh 
  • Laci Gáspár 
  • André Vásáry 
  • Karmapolis & Böbe Szécsi 
  • Kállay Saunders Band 
  • Passed (Televoting)



The BBC has announced that they will be holding a National Final on the 26th February 2016. Eurovision: You Decide, will be the first National Final show that the BBC have had in 6 years. The show will be hosted by television personality Mel Giedroyc, who Eurovision fans will remember as one of the British commentators from last year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.

Eurovision: You Decide will feature 6 contestants vying to represent the UK at Eurovision. These 6 acts were chosen through 3 different methods. Firstly, the OGAE UK fan club shortlisted entries submitted from the public to the BBC. Secondly, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) ran a song-writing competition amongst its members. Finally former MD of record company RCA and founder of Innocent Records, Hugh Goldsmith acted as Music Consultant to the BBC overseeing communication with established record labels, publishers, managers, writers and producers encouraging high-level music industry involvement.

Eurovision: You Decide will be broadcast live on Friday the 26th February on BBC Four. Good luck UK!

2nd show in Lithuania: Five more acts qualify

Eglė Jakštytė {copyright:}
Eglė Jakštytė {copyright:}

The second show of the Lithuanian national selection has taken place. Eight more acts competed and three were eliminated. The eight acts and songs were –

  1. Jurgis Brūzga Hold On
  2. Ugnė Smile You Don’t Know
  3. Lawreigna Falling
  4. Ištvanas Kvikas & Ellada Please Don‘t Cry
  5. Catrinah Be Free
  6. Eglė Jakštytė Leisk dar būti
  7. Valdas Lacko Stay Tonight
  8. Rūta Ščiogolevaitė United

The three acts to be eliminated by a national and international jury were –

  • Jurgis Brūzga
  • Ugnė Smile
  • Lawreigna


10 acts confirmed in Germany

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Flag of Germany

10 acts have been announced to take part in the German selection, Unser Lied für Stockholm, to find their representative for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden.

The 10 acts and song titles are –

  • AvantasiaMystery Of A Blood Red Rose
  • Alex DiehlNur ein Lied
  • Ella EndlichAdrenalin
  • GregorianMasters Of Chant
  • Jamie-Lee KriewitzGhost
  • JocoFull Moon
  • KeømaProtected
  • Laura Pinski – Under The Sun We Are One
  • Luxuslärm – Solange Liebe in mir wohnt
  • Woods of Birnam – Lift Me Up (From The Underground)

Eurovision veterans Ralph Siegel and John O’Flynn have composed the song for Laura Pinski.

The final will be held on 25 February.


Nine acts announced in Austria…and one more to come via wildcard vote

ZOË {copyright: Global Rockstar/ORF}
ZOË {copyright: Global Rockstar/ORF}

Austria have announced nine acts that will participate in the national final which will be held on 12 February. The nine confirmed acts are –

  • Bella Wagner
  • Elly
  • Farina Miss & Céline Roscheck
  • Lia Weller
  • LiZZA
  • Orry Jackson
  • Sankil Jones
  • Vincent Bueno
  • ZOË

ZOË was a popular finalist in the 2015 Wer singt für Österreich? with Quel Filou and had success with her album entitled Debut.

One more act will make it 10 in the final via a wildcard vote to be held on Facebook on 14 January. Anyone can vote on this so check the official ORF Facebook page on that date for details of how to vote

The wildcard acts in contention are –

  • Laura Kamhuber
  • Ola Egbowon
  • AzRaH
  • Sara Koell
  • David Siedl feat. Madelene & McVio 


First show kicks off in Lithuanian selection

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Flag of Lithuania

Lithuania have started the road to Stockholm with the first of their Eurovision national selection shows. Eight acts performed and three were eliminated in the first week.

The acts and songs in the first show –

  1. Alice WayHero
  2. Dovydas PetrošiusStarlight
  3. Behind The MoonDid It All
  4. Erica JeniingsLeading Me Home
  5. Elena JurgaitytėI Won‘t Come Back
  6. Vlad MaxDon‘t Wanna Let It Go
  7. Petunija  – Tomorrow
  8. Donny MontellI‘ve Been Waiting for This Night

An expert national and international jury voted in the first phase. The acts that were eliminated were –

  • Dovydas Petrošius,
  • Elena Jurgaitytė
  •  Vlad Max

The first show was won by Donny Montell, the Lithuanian Eurovision representative in 2012 in Baku where he sang Love Is Blind.


2016 EMA acts announced in Slovenia

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Flag of Slovenia

The 10 acts who will participate in the 2016 EMA national selection in Slovenia have been announced. They include two former Eurovision participants for Slovenia. Regina, who sang Dan najlepših sanj in 1996, returns as well as Nuša Derenda, who gave us Energy in 2001.

Also, in the selection is ManuElla, who progressed far in the Misija Evrovizija competition, to find the competitor for Slovenia for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. The eventual winner was Eva Bota.

The 10 acts competing in the 2016 EMA are –

  • Anja Baš
  • Anja Kotar
  • D Base
  • ManuElla
  • Nuša Derenda
  • Raiven
  • Regina
  • SAN Di EGO
  • Sebastijan Lukovnjak 
  • Žan Serčič

The EMA final will be held on 27 February.


Six finalists introduced in Spain

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María Isabel {copyright:}

Spain have decided to go for a national selection to decide their act for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Stockholm, Sweden. Six acts have been announced and one of them is the winner of the 2004 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, María Isabel. Her winning song was called Antes Muerta Que Sencilla.

The six finalists are –

  • Xuso Jones
  • Electric Nana
  • Salvador Beltrán
  • Barei
  • Maverick 
  • María Isabel

More news of the televised national final will be announced soon by TVE.

Source: TVE;

Eneda Tarifa will represent Albania at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest

Eneda Tarifa {copyright: RTSH}
Eneda Tarifa {copyright: RTSH}

Eneda Tarifa has been chosen to represent Albania at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. She won the 54th Festivali i Këngës in Tirana with her song Përrallë (Fairytale). The song was composed by Olsa Toqi.

There were two semi-finals and 22 songs participated in the final. The voting was by an expert jury that included the 2008 Albanian Eurovision representative, Olta Boka.

The 22 acts and songs competing were –

  1. Sigi BastriEngjëll i lirë
  2. Rezarta Smaja & Klodian KaçaniDashuri në përjetësi
  3. Dilan RekaBuzëqesh
  4. Adrian Lulgjuraj – Jeto dhe ëndërro
  5. Erga HalilajMonolog
  6. Evans RamaFlakë
  7. Jozefina SimoniNjë det me ty
  8. Egert PanoMos ik
  9. Genc TukiçiSa të dashuroj
  10. Kozma DushiNjë kafe
  11. Luiz EjlliPa mbarim
  12. Teuta KurtiNë sytë e mi
  13. Besa KrasniqiLiroje zemrën
  14. Nilsa HysiAsaj
  15. Kristi PopaAjo çfarë ndjej
  16. Flaka KrelaniS’je për mu
  17. Enxhi NasufiInfinit
  18. Lindi IslamiPër një mrekulli
  19. Florent AbrashiTë ndjek çdo hap
  20. Eneda TarifaPërrallë
  21. Renis GjokaAto që s’ti them dot
  22. Aslajdon ZaimajMerrmë që sot

You can see Eneda performing her winning song below.