Eurovision – as we are frequently reminded – is about music, not politics. Well, that’s the theory. But in reality is it ever truly possible to totally separate the performers onstage from the implications of their nationality? Or is it inevitable that the political situation in a given country always has the potential to in some way colour your perception of their entries? John Lucas asks the question and all of ESC Insight tries to answer
With the announcement of Australia competing at the 2015 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, a whole new series of queries open up – both in regards to how Australia will partake in Junior Eurovision and its future in the Adult Contest. Our Australian editor Sharleen Wright tackles these issues head on, and also peers into her crystal ball with some predictions.
In the latest podcast, two confirmed acts for Stockholm 2016, more countries reveal their selection processes, more National Final winners for Junior Eurovision, and a welcome return to the Eurovision fray for Männerchor Steili Kressä.
Last year, David Mindel and Adrian Bax White entered the BBC’s process to select a song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. As we all now know, that song was ‘Still In Love With You’ and it took to the stage in Vienna to fly the flag for the United Kingdom. Now that the BBC’s selection process for 2016 has been revealed, David Mindel looks back at his time and offers advice for everyone looking to perform under the Union Flag in Stockholm.