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    Semi Final 1 -10th May 2016

    Semi Final 2 - 12th May 2016

    GRAND FINAL - 14th May 2016

    Last year, the 60th Eurovision Song Contest was won by Måns Zelmerlöw with his song “Heroes” that represented Sweden. And so we are heading to Stockholm for the 61st Contest this May.



    This year promises to be a big year for the contest, with the number of participating countries tying the all time record of 43. Also for us in the UK this is the first time since 2010 that the BBC is letting us, the general public decide our entry:

    This will be on the 26th of February during a TV show on BBC4 called You Decide. Where 6 acts (who are unknown currently) shall fight it out to be the first publically chosen act to represent us in years.



    Oh and thanks to ManicPumpkin for letting me take over the thread for this year
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    Participants


    ALBANIA: Eneda Tarifa - Fairytale
    ARMENIA: Iveta Mukuchyan - LoveWave
    AUSTRALIA: Dami Im - Sound of Silence
    AUSTRIA: ZOË - Loin d'ici
    AZERBAIJAN: Samra - Miracle
    BELARUS: Ivan – Help You Fly
    BELGIUM: Laura Tesoru – What's the Pressure
    BOSNIA&HERZEGOVINA: Dalal & Deen feat. Anan Rucner and Jala - Ljubav Je
    BULGARIA: Poli Genova - If Love Was a Crime
    CROATIA: Nina Kraljic - Lighthouse
    CYPRUS: Minus One - Alter Ego
    CZECH REPUBLIC: Gabriela Gunčíková - I Stand
    DENMARK: Lighthouse X - Soldiers of love
    ESTONIA: Juri Pootsmann - Play
    F.Y.R MACEDONIA: Kaliopi - Dona
    FINLAND: Sandhja - Sing It Away
    FRANCE: Amir - J'ai Cherche
    GEORGIA: Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz - Midnight Gold
    GERMANY: Jamie-Lee Kriewitz - Ghost
    GREECE: Argo - Utopian Land
    HUNGARY: Freddie - Pioneer
    ICELAND: Greta Salome - Hear Them Calling
    IRELAND: Nicky Byrne - Sunlight
    ISRAEL: Hovi Star - Made of Stars
    ITALY: Francesca Michielin - No Degree of Separation
    LATVIA: Justs - Heartbeat
    LITHUANIA: Donny Montell - I've Been Waiting For This Night
    MALTA: Ira Losco – Walk on Water
    MOLDOVA: Lidia Isac - Falling Stars
    MONTENEGRO: Highway - The Real Thing
    THE NETHERLANDS: Douwe Bob - Slow Down
    NORWAY: Agnete - Icebreaker
    POLAND: Michal Spzak - Color Of Your Life
    ROMANIA: Ovidiu Anton - Moment Of Silence
    RUSSIA: Sergey Lazarev – You Are The Only One
    SAN MARINO: Serhat - I Didn't Know
    SERBIA: ZAA Sanja Vucic - Goodbye
    SLOVENIA: ManuElla -Blue and Red
    SPAIN: Barei - Say Yay!
    SWEDEN: Frans - If I Were Sorry
    SWITZERLAND: Rykka - The Last of Our Kind
    UKRAINE: Jamala - 1944
    UNITED KINGDOM: Joe and Jake - You're Not Alone
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    Important Dates + National Finals

    Bold is when actual songs are getting decided upon, unbolded are earlier stages in the selection (mainly heats), and Bold+Red means that it's related to the UK selection.

    National Finals that have already happened in spoiler
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    FEBRUARY

    1st - SPAIN: Objectivo Eurovision (FINAL)

    3rd - GEORGIA: Song Presentation Show

    6th - FINLAND: Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2016 (Heat 1)
    HUNGARY: A Dal (Quarter Final)
    ICELAND: Songvakkeppnin 2016 (Heat 1)
    LITHUANIA: Eurovizijos (Show 5)
    SWEDEN: Melodifestivalen (Heat 1)
    UKRAINE: Semi Final 1

    7th - LATVIA: Supernova (Heat 1)

    9-12th - ITALY: Sanremo (First 4 Shows)

    12th - AUSTRIA: Wer Singt fur Osterreich (FINAL)

    13th - DENMARK: Dansk Melodi Grand Prix (FINAL)
    ITALY: Sanremo (FINAL)
    SWITZERLAND: Die Grosse Entscheidungs Show (FINAL)

    ESTONIA: Eesti Laul (Semi-1)
    FINLAND: Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2016 (Heat 2)
    HUNGARY: A Dal (Semi-1)
    ICELAND: Songvakkeppnin 2016 (Heat 2)
    LITHUANIA: Eurovizijos (Show 6)
    SWEDEN: Melodifestivalen (Heat 2)
    UKRAINE: Semi Final 2

    14th - LATVIA: Supernova (Heat 2)

    15th - GEORGIA: Song Announcement

    20th - ICELAND: Songvakkeppnin 2016 (FINAL)
    ESTONIA: Eesti Laul (Semi-2)
    FINLAND: Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2016 (Heat 3)
    HUNGARY: A Dal (Semi-2)
    LITHUANIA: Eurovizijos (Show 7)
    SWEDEN: Melodifestivalen (Heat 3)

    21th - UKRAINE: FINAL
    LATVIA: Supernova (Semi Final)

    22nd - UNITED KINGDOM: SONG REVEAL (on Radio 2 9:30am)

    23rd - MOLDOVA: O Melodi Pentru Europa 2016 (Semi-1)

    25th - GERMANY: Unser Lied fur Stockholm (FINAL)
    MOLDOVA – O Melodi Pentru Europa 2016 (Semi-2)

    26th February: UNITED KINGDOM – You Decide (FINAL)

    27th - FINLAND: Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2016 (FINAL)
    HUNGARY: A Dal (FINAL)
    MOLDOVA: O Melodi Pentru Europa 2016 (FINAL)
    NORWAY – Melodi Grand Prix 2016 (FINAL)
    SLOVENIA: EMA 2016 (FINAL)

    LITHUANIA: Eurovizijos (Show 8)
    SWEDEN: Melodifestivalen (Heat 4)

    28th - LATVIA: Supernova 2016 (FINAL)

    MARCH

    2nd - ARMENIA: Presentation of LoveWave

    3rd - Australia: Song Presentation

    4th - THE NETHERLANDS: Song Presentation
    ROMANIA: Semi-Final

    5th - ESTONIA: Eesti Laul (FINAL)
    POLAND: National Final (FINAL)
    RUSSIA: Song Presentation

    LITHUANIA: Eurovizijos (Semi Final)
    SWEDEN: Melodifestivalen (Andra Chansen Round)



    6th - ROMANIA: FINAL

    7th - FYR MACEDONIA: Song Presentation

    9th - Croatia: Song Presentation

    12th - LITHUANIA: Eurovizijos (FINAL)
    SWEDEN: Melodifestivalen (FINAL)
    FRANCE: Song Announcement


    14th - AZERBAIJAN: Entry Announcement


    MAY

    10th – EUROVISION: Semi Final 1

    12st – EUROVISION: Semi Final 2

    14rd – EUROVISION: GRAND FINAL
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    Interested in watching some of the selections this year. My favourite song so far is Albania.
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    (Original post by Craig1998)
    Interested in watching some of the selections this year. My favourite song so far is Albania.
    Albania's song isn't too bad, I'm personally waiting for the revamp and how it sounds in English.

    In terms of watching the selections, a lot of them are kicking off tonight. Probably the main one is Swedens Melodifestivalen as not only are they hosting this year, but it's also one of the best made national selections with (generally) good song quality. Not the below times are in CET, so e.g. 20:00 start time is 19:00 here.

    Sweden: http://www.svt.se/melodifestivalen/se-program/ (20:00 - 21:30 CET)
    Ukraine: http://eurovision.stb.ua/ (18:00-20:00 and 21:00-22:00 CET)
    Hungary: http://www.mediaklikk.hu/m1-elo/ (19:40-21:45 CET)
    Finland: http://areena.yle.fi/1-2806995 (20:00 - 21:30 CET)
    Iceland: http://ruv.is/ruv (21:00 - 22:40 CET)
    Lithuania: http://www.lrt.lt/mediateka/tiesiogiai/lrt-televizija (20:00 - ??? CET)

    Most likely the main eurovision website will also be streaming some of these.

    Oh and because I didn't announce it properly. Spain decided a few days ago to send Barei with Say Yay! to Stockholm!

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    Got my tickets for the final
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    I've listened through all the songs so far and these are my top 5:
    1. Albania
    2. Italy
    3. Switzerland
    4. Georgia
    5. Malta
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    Has the voting thread been made yet?

    Wishing May could come sooner!!
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    Apparently they're changing the voting system (again) this year? I tried to make sense of it but failed.

    (Original post by Reue)
    Got my tickets for the final
    So jealous.
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    (Original post by Reue)
    Got my tickets for the final
    I wish I could go to the final, university would clash with it anyway

    (Original post by Snufkin)
    Apparently they're changing the voting system (again) this year? I tried to make sense of it but failed.
    In short; in the past the juries and televotes ranked the songs through 1-26, and then combined these scores to get an average, and the 10 songs with the best averages got the points.

    Now however the 1st half of the results will be spokespersons giving points for the JURY results in the fashion we are used to. While all the televoting 1-12pts per country are put into a massive pot and dispersed at the end. If you have seen any melodifestivalen finals it is basically the same system they use there. Do notice that while the system is therefore still 50/50 with respect to juries and televoters, it is infact different to normal as countries are now rewarded for being in either the juries top 10 OR the televoting top 10, so there is no "cancelling out" if one side of the 50/50 hates a song and the other half loves it.

    It would infact have made small differences in past years, for example in 2015 Italy would have got 2nd place over Russia, and the UK would have been dead last....

    There is one thing that does irk me with the new system, and they hid it away in the FAQ bit of the announcement. Basically if a country doesn't produce a valid televote (e.g. San Marino and Albania always...) then they will use some mathematical formula based off neighboring countries televoting scores to create/invent points for that country. So basically Italy gets to decide what San Marino does televoting wise from the sounds of it.... A similar thing will happen if a countries jury gets disqualified.

    Oh and page is now updated, and if you are up at 9:30 tomorrow morning listen to Radio 2 to hear the 6 competing UK songs!!!

    EDIT: Here's a recap of the 6 competing songs for us!
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    Here is my current top 5!

    1. Iceland
    2. Spain
    3. Malta
    4. Switzerland
    5. Austria

    In terms of UK entry, I can honestly say that Joe and Jake - You're not alone, is the ONLY one I like with the potential to stretch in Stockholm. Will be an interesting watch none the least
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    Just sat through the entire German selection. So many poor, outdated songs and definitely not worth my time, but the best song won even if she looked terrible during it. I cant watch the UK selection tomorrow sadly, but I hope we select something good.
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    (Original post by Craig1998)
    Just sat through the entire German selection. So many poor, outdated songs and definitely not worth my time, but the best song won even if she looked terrible during it. I cant watch the UK selection tomorrow sadly, but I hope we select something good.
    I thought the actual contest was abysmal, however the song is brilliant?! Currently my favourite song now, closely followed by iceland of course.

    UK we are effectively screwed.
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    Avantasia should have won last night!! but that's just my metal bias lol :') looking forward to tonight however!! 19.30 BBC Four, lets see what happens
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    I was out so didn't watch the German final. The voting results are below the in spoiler!

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    Jamie-Lee was my favourite over all, so I'm glad she won the super final. I'm not overly convinced this'll do too well in Stockholm though, it won't be overly memorable if given a bad slot in the order.

    Tonight 19:30 on BBC4 is OUR National Final!!!

    I personally have no clue who will win. The bookies seem to have Darline as the favourite, followed by Bianca, Karl, and Joe&Jake. I imagine it'll be down to who can actually sing live to be honest....
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    I'm pretty annoyed that Bianca didn't win. She had the best song and is the best singer. Joe and Jake are so forgettable! It's Josh Dubovie all over again! :mad:
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    I'm pretty annoyed that Bianca didn't win. She had the best song and is the best singer. Joe and Jake are so forgettable! It's Josh Dubovie all over again! :mad:
    Bianca was by far the best live, although her song was a bit weird, raggae-ish verses and all that :s

    I think Joe&Jake are a fair bit better than Josh though! Would say there were one of our better entries in the 201X's decade thus far, not that it takes much though..... I'm awaiting the full results of last nights show to be released, Bianca surely came a close 2nd. I'd be shocked otherwise
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    Of the songs from last night (there was tons), I like Finland and Norway, indifferent about Slovenia and dislike Hungary and Moldova.
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    Damn...I wish I could watch it...
    And is Bulgarian taking part this year?
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    Ah so Poli is :party:
    Frankly Poli should have at least gone through to the final in 2011 :mad: Na Inat was far better than most performances...Bulgaria generally puts in decent songs but are constantly overlooked by rubbish from other countries...
    Hopefully Poli could get into the final this year ^_^
 
 
 
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