Tonight Albania kicked off their national final selection. Three hectic days will decide who will represent the country at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö. Among the participants tonight fighting for a spot in the final was Kejsi Tola who won the national final in 2009.
Eurovision fans were confused after TRT had stated that they may consider withdrawal in 2013. Then, everyone calmed down when TRT started to put lots of effort trying to decide which artist should represent Turkey in Malmö. However, today it's been officially announced that, Turkey will not take part in the 2013 edition of Eurovision Song Contest.
Latvian broadcaster LTV made public both song titles and composers of all qualifying entries for next year's national selection this afternoon, with some familiar names making an appearance and raising expectations.
With Ott Lepland and his emotive performance of Kuula managing to equal Estonia's best placing since 2009, interest for the participating in the show has remained stable, with broadcaster ERR receiving 157 entries, only 2 entries fewer than last year.
Pastora Soler and Doris Dragovic will be the special guests at a Christmas concert tour in Croatia. They were invited by the tenor Ivo Gamulin Gianni to share the stage with him at these charity shows that takes place in Split, Zagreb and Osijej on the 14th, 16th and 20th of December respectively.
Vivi Stenberg was recruited to supervise Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix following Per Sundnes' departure from NRK after Baku in May. She certainly has a tough job ahead, but is quietly confident that the selected entries will easily improve on Norway's dismal fortunes of late.
That broadcaster ERT was struggling financially to keep its head above water is no secret. We all have seen in the media what dire straits the Greek economy is in. This year's Greek selection was scaled down enormously. Cyprus has been similarly affected and the participation of both countries is now unlikely according to numerous European media.
As a competing country at Eurovision, Serbia has one of the most succesful track records, with last year's entry from Željko Joksimović being no exception landing them another top five placing. Despite continued success, Serbian broadcaster RTS unveiled their plans yesterday for a revamped national final selection in Belgrade.
Kaliopi was very popular and successful at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with her song, Crno i Belo (Black and White). Now the singer from FYR Macedonia has released a brand new song, Vucica (She Wolf) from her forthcoming album due for release in February 2013.