Belgium selects its final 14 songs

Belgian semi-finalists (c) RTBF

Belgium's extra selection stage took place on a sleepy Sunday morning in VivaCité Studio 2 in Mons.  After a better than expected interest in Eurovision, RTBF needed to cut its final 30 down to a lucky 14 for their final.  Would the flavour of this final be English or French?

BBC Announce Blue as UK 2011 Eurovision Act

Blue

Following a rather mysterious announcement via Twitter earlier tonight, the BBC have revealed that for the first time since 1994, they have made an internal selection in choosing the United Kingdom entry for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.

Not 2, But 3 Acts Selected For Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins Tonight

Finalists 3rd heat ©  RÚV

And there we have it! The last three acts have been chosen by the Icelandic public tonight, and with Sjonni's Friends, Jógvan and Magni winning their heat, the line up for the final of Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins is now complete.

Croatia selects more performers

Dora logo (c) HRT

Croatia's new approach to selecting an act for Düsseldorf continued tonight, as a further six acts were chosen for the next stage.  Like last week, the 12 hopefuls were covering songs they hoped would do enough to get them a little further.  Five would be announced on the night, with the sixth lucky winner being announced next week.

Moldova Ready For National Final With 25 Contestants

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Today the Moldavian jury held a live audition for the  57 contestants that advanced from the preliminary selection phase. The jury has selected 25 finalists for the Moldavian national selection for Eurovision 2011, which will be held on the 26th of February. Among the finalists are Natalia Barbu (2007)and Zdob si Zdub (2005).

African rhythms and teenage rock to the final in Norway

Stella Mwangi ©  Katrine Opdahl, NRK

With two heats behind us and four direct qualifications handed out, seven more acts fought tonight for the last guaranteed spots in the final. All 21 Norwegian songs have now been on stage bringing us significantly closer to know who will represent the country in Düsseldorf in May.

Belgium takes another step towards Düsseldorf

Participants in Belgian selection

Belgium's song is being chosen this year by French language broadcaster RTBF.  Approaching things from a different angle, their current field of 30 songs is being whittled down to 14 in a Sunday morning programme.

Croatia's Dora continues tonight

Dora (c) HRT

Croatia's Dora festival continues tonight, in a bid to win Eurovision in May.  Twelve singers aim to follow six lucky performers from last week, by getting through to the next stage taking place over the next two weekends.

5 Artists Qualify For Spanish Semi-Final

Destino Eurovision 2011 First Heat Spain

Spain just finished their first heat of Destino Eurovisión in the search for who can wave the Spanish flag in Düsseldorf. Out of the 12 acts presented, David Sancho, Auryn, Lucía Pérez, Gio and Da Igual managed to convince the jury and audience to advance to the national semi-final, but for the seven others, the journey ended here.

Portuguese Finalists Announced

Festival da Canção ©  RTP

RTP has announced the results of the online voting and the 12 acts who will compete for the right to represent Portugal in Dusseldorf.

Ireland announces more details for Düsseldorf

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Irish broadcaster RTÉ releases more details of their preparations for Eurovision in Düsseldorf in May.  The five short-listed acts along with their songs are now known.

Finland chooses more finalists

2011 Suomen Karsinta

Finland's line-up of finalists is now complete, after the third semi-final, held tonight in Tampere.  Jaana Pelkonen and Tom Nylund guided us through the five songs in the running.  Who would qualify?

Changes again in Azerbaijan - no semi final today

Azerbaijan flag

Azerbaijan today made changes to their Eurovision selection again.  Today was expected to be a semi final to select 3 singers for the final.

Prestigious Title Bestowed Upon Vicky Leandros

Vicky Leandros © Walter Kober/Universal Music

Greek-German songstress Vicky Leandros has been awarded a prestigious title by the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg, it was announced in various Luxemburgisch media today. Grand Duke Henri bestowed upon her the title "Commander of the Order of Merit of the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg".

3rd Finnish semi-final tonight

Suomen karsinta 2011

Finland takes another step towards its selection for Düsseldorf tonight, with its third semi-final tonight.

3rd Icelandic Heat - Get To Know The Particpants

Icelandic Heat 3 ©  RÚV

Suspense is mounting as the last places in the Icelandic final on the 12th of February are up for grabs this coming Saturday. There are, as in previous heats, some well known names to look out for, but the entry by the late Sjonni Brink shouldn't be underestimated in terms of sympathy votes.

Everything Is Ready For The First Heat In Spain

Destino Eurovision 2011 Stage © RTVE

Within a matter of hours the first show of Destino Eurovisión is going to start. The twelve participants will perform hits from the Eurovision Song Contest. You can watch it tonight at 22:15 CET on TVE-1 where the artists will sing songs like Fly On The Wings Of Love, Wild Dances and Non Ho L'Età and of course several Spanish entries.

Turkish Eurovision Stars at the Universiade Winter Olympic Games

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Tonight sees the opening of the Universiade Winter Games in Erzurum, Turkey and many former Turkish Eurovision stars are expected to put in appearances. 

France 3 To Make Decision "Any Time Soon"

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Various Eurovision sites have been citing young tenor Amaury Vassili as this year's French entrant for the contest. Reports in the french media have yet however to confirm the story. According to numerous media sources as late as today, it's still a two horse race between Amaury Vassili and Emma Daumas.

Moldova finalists to be selected on 29 January

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From a total of 93 songs submitted to the Moldovan slection, a jury consisting of composers, musicians and TV producers, had chose to move forward to a second stage, whereby 60 songs will be heard live (acapella) by the jury.

And Now For Clouseau...The Musical!

Clouseau

The Belgian group Clouseau, who represented their country in 1991 with Geef Het Op have long been massive favourites in their home country. Their status has been further cemented by the announcment that company VMM is to produce a musical about the band.

Latvia Grieves Over The Loss Of Mārtiņš Freimanis

Martins Freimanis

Latvian press have just confirmed that one of the most popular artists of the Latvian music scene, Mārtiņš Freimanis, has tragically passed away aged just 32 years old. The star was well know to Eurovision fans after his participation for Latvia in 2003 as part of the trio F.L.Y. when they sang Hello From Mars on home soil.

Armenian National Final to be Held in February

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Armenian national broadcaster ARM TV had announced that they were searching for a song for Emmy, and have just recently revealed more information and dates surrounding the selection of the song that will send her on her way to Düsseldorf.

Azerbaijan Prepares For Yet Another Semifinal Heat on the 28th January

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After numerous semifinal heats, Azerbaijan has minimized the number of participiants still in the running from 9 to 5. Official broadcaster İçtimai TV is currently preparing for yet another extra semifinal heat to be held tomorrow.


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