Ovidiu Anton was due to perform ‘Moment of Silence’ at this year's contest in three weeks time.
Romania has been shockingly kicked out of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest after its public service broadcaster failed to pay outstanding debts dating back to 2007. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) claim that Romania’s Televiziunea Romana (TVR) owes then over £14 million and has so far failed to make satisfactory arrangements to repay the debt.
Christer Bjorkman has blamed Wogan’s commentary for destroying the contest's credibility in the UK.
Christer Bjorkman, the producer of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest has hit out at the late Terry Wogan, blaming the presenter for ruining the British public’s attitude towards the annual competition. Bjorkman said that Wogan’s ‘mocking’ commentary, which he provided on the BBC for 28 years, meant that the contest could never be taken seriously in the UK.
The late Terry Wogan has been accused of ruining the Eurovision’s reputation in the UK.
Appearing in London, Bjorkman was asked why he thought the contest was seen as frivolous in the UK. “There are several reasons, one is Terry Wogan himself,” Bjorkman said (via The Mirror). "He did this for 28 years and his commentary always forced the mockery side and there is a grown-up generation in Britain that doesn’t know anything better.”
The duo first met while competing on BBC talent show ‘The Voice’ last year.
Duo Joe and Jake have been chosen to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm later this year. The pair, who met while competing on ‘The Voice’ last year, won the public vote during BBC4’s live 'Eurovision: You Decide' show on Friday night.
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The contest's organisers have announced the first changes to the voting system since 1975.
The Eurovision Song Contest has announced a significant overhaul of its voting system for the first time in over four decades, in a move that they hope will result in “TV magic”.
On Thursday (February 18th), the Eurovision organisers announced that the upcoming competition in Stockholm, Sweden, on Saturday May 14th will see the start of a new scoring system. In previous years, the results of professional juries and viewers have been presented as a combined result from each country in the famous 'douze points' format.
Graham Norton will again be presenting the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of the BBC
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The BBC will hold an ‘X-Factor’ style talent search to determine the UK’s next Eurovision hopeful.
After years of Eurovision disappointment, the BBC are hoping the UK can do better next year, by handing the decision of who will represent the country back to the public. The UK’s Eurovision entry had always been chosen by the public until 2011, when a ‘panel of experts’ were brought in by the Beeb to make the decision.
Last year Electro Velvet were chosen with the song ‘Still In Love With You’, which earned an embarrassing five points and saw the UK finish fourth from last. The biggest success the UK has had in recent years was back in 2009 when Jade Ewen finished fifth with ‘It’s My Time’. Ewen won the right to represent the UK through BBC show ‘Eurovision: Your Country Needs You’.
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Soccer Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo's Older Sister Katia Aveiro Is Launching A Bid To Represent Their Native Portugal In The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.
Latin pop star Aveiro took to Twitter.com last week (11Aug15) and appealed to her followers to help her land a place in the annual singing competition.
She wrote, "Eurofans, I'd love for you to support me in representing Portugal in Eurovision, it would be a dream!"
Aveiro is hoping to break Portugal's bad luck streak in the competition - the country hasn't qualified for the contest for the past five years, and Portuguese acts have only reached the top 10 nine times since first entering the contest in 1964.
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Singer Mans Zelmerlow Gave Hot Favourite Sweden Its Sixth Eurovision Song Contest Win On Saturday (23may15).
The nation is now one win behind Ireland, which has seven victories.
Zelmerlow's Heroes beat off Russia's entry from Polina Gagarina to claim the 2015 title by a commanding 62 points.
Meanwhile, singer Guy Sebastian made history by coming in fifth for Australia in the nation's first ever Eurovision competition, the event's 60th.
Perennial Eurovision Song Contest Favourites Ireland Will Not Be Part Of The Big Show This Year (15) After Teenager Molly Sterling Was Eliminated From The Semi-finals On Thursday (21may15).
Sterling failed to qualify for the Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Vienna, Austria on Saturday (23May15), after her Playing with Numbers tune, which she co-wrote, failed to make the grade.
Sweden and Norway are among the favourites to win this year's event - Mans Zelmerlow will represent Sweden with his song Heroes, while duo Morland and Debrah Scarlett's A Monster Like Me is Norway's entry.
Another front-runner is Israeli teenager Nadav Guedj and her catchy dance tune Golden Boy.
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The Songwriters Behind Sandie Shaw's Hit Puppet On A String Are Convinced Organisers Of The Upcoming Eurovision Song Contest Anniversary Concert Were Right To Snub The Star Because She Has Been Moaning About The Tune For Years.
The 68-year-old singer revealed earlier this month (Mar15) that she had not been approached to appear at the competition's 60th anniversary celebration despite being the first British act to take home the trophy for Puppet on a String in 1967.
The hit's songwriters Bill Martin and Phil Coulter have told Britain's Daily Mail newspaper that Eurovision bosses were right to leave her out of the concert because she has been publicly slating the track for years.
Martin says, "I am not surprised she is not invited. She's knocked Puppet since she sang it. I always want to tell her to give me the money back... According to her manager, she made a lot of money from it. She hadn't had a hit for several records prior to that, and Puppet gave her a number one all over the world. Yet she says it ruined her career. She's always running it down."
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Everybody loves Conchita Wurst, it's offical, but what do we know about the Eurovision's break out star?
Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst stole the show at this year’s Eurovision. Winning by a mile she managed to overcome controversy and triumph thanks to her mesmerising performance of ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’. But who is the Austrian sensation who first gained famed as Thomas Neuwirth?
Conchita Wurst won this year's Eurovision
Conchita Wurst is the alter ego of Thomas Neuwirth, a 25 year old Austrian singer born in the small town of Gumden. Neuwirth’s first brush with fame came in 2007 when he reached the final of Austrian talent show Starmania, which is kind of like the X-Factor without the Simon Cowell influence. Wurst made it all the way to the final but eventually came in second to Nadine Beiler. who coincidently went on to represent Austria in the 2011 Eurovision, but only managed 18th place.
Continue reading: Conchita Wurst: Get To Know The Austrian Eurovision Sensation