Barei has been selected as the Spanish entry at this years Eurovision. It was decided during a late night Monday national final, which only started at 10.15 local time. Obviously prime time TV is slightly later than what I am used to, and subsequently I therefore fell asleep before the results were even read out. I know bad Eurovision fan, though I was quite confident that Barei would win (despite a 60 jury weighting).

Barei has quite a repetitive song however it does stick in your head which is always a positive, the choreography needs a lot of work though. Her backing vocals basically just stand there statically for the whole song while she moves her feet a bit. Considering this is quite an uptempo song she needs to make it a bit more lively, otherwise I fear this will look even weirder and out of place on the Eurovision stage, which will undoubtedly be substantially bigger than the stage she performed on last night.

Overall it looks like those on Twitter seemed to approve of Spain’s song.

That's what the Eurovision Song Contest is all about, it's not song contest, it's not a getting together of musical excellence. I love it.

Terry Wogan

Sir Terry Wogan has died aged 77 after short¬†battle with cancer¬†his family have confirmed. Wogan was known for being the BBC Eurovision commentator,¬†he left the role after the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest and was replaced by Graham Norton. I’ll always remember him commentating on the first Eurovision I watched, his commentary often full of dry humour at the expense of others was iconic, which is why he is and always will be one of the most well known commentators to ever grace the Eurovision commentators booth.

In what can only be an indication of how well known and regarded ‘Terry Wogan’ was the top worldwide trend on Twitter with comments about his commentary on Eurovision, TV work, his radio show and the amount of fundraising he did.

There is no confirmation yet from the BBC whether they will have a tribute during the national final however it is almost certain they will. I’d also imagine that SVT are already looking for a way to remember Sir Wogan at this years Eurovision Final.

Rest in peace Sir Terry Wogan  you will be missed 1938-2016.

As they did last year the Azerbaijani national broadcaster (ITV) have decided to go for an internal selection. This is probably a good idea as the Azerbaijani audience with in the hall always seemed like they were being forced to watch against their will.

It looks like, though they are internally selecting the act, that they haven’t got anyone in particular in mind as they have asked for those interested to submit their songs. The main requirement of submitting a song is that you have Azerbaijani citizenship, don’t worry if you can’t sing (it’s not a requirement).

Submission should include the name and surname of the singer, date of birth, city of residence, audio and video recordings of the song. The deadline is the 10th of February and all entries should be submitted to eurovision2016@itv.az.

Today the Semi Final draw was held, during the allocation draw countries are put into semifinals they are also put into a first half of the semifinal and second half of the semifinal. I won’t be commenting too much on the draw there is not much to say with only 5 songs selected. Apart from the draw for which semifinal each country will perform in, it was also the draw for which semifinal the big 5 would vote in.France, Spain and host country Sweden will vote in the first semifinal while¬†Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom will vote in the second semifinal.

Semifinal 2016

I could now crunch the numbers on the above and determine based on previous performance who is likely to get through. However I’ll wait for all the songs first, okay some countries are very likely to get through¬†but I prefer to draw conclusions after listening to all the songs.

Ira Losco will represent Malta with her song ‘Chameleon’ at this years Eurovision song contest. It is the second time that Ira will represent Malta having represented Malta in 2002 where she came 2nd with her song ‘7th Wonder‚Äô.

It was the best song of the night, though I thought ‘Kingdom’ sung by¬†Christabelle and Golden by Brooke¬†were also quite good (albeit with some very cliche lyrics). ¬†I don’t think this will have any problem getting out of the semi finals however I very much doubt that Ira will beat or even match the result she got in 2002.

Twitter seemed to be lukewarm as always, some going over the top while others call it overhyped. Either way based on what has been selected so far (okay it is only 5 songs) this looks like a qualifier.

I tend to agree that some fans are overhyping this entry it is nothing special, but after what we’ve had to endure in regards to Belarus anything would sound good.¬†Chameleon is a nice song but it won’t be winning Eurovision.

Composed¬†and produced by Victor Drobysh, with lyrics by Mary Applegate, IVAN (also known as¬† Alexander Ivanov) will represent Belarus with ‘Help You Fly’ after winning the national selection show.

In my opinion this is one of their worst entries in the last few years. Yes we’ve had cheesecake and an attempt at bringing in tourists with ‘I Love Belarus’ but nothing compares to Help Me Fly. It sounds like an attempt at some form of emo rock which has ended up in just being slightly dull with a hint of desperation, I sense a major revamp will be needed in order to make this at least bearable to listen to.

From social media it looks like I am not the only one who seems to not like the Belorussian entry:

But don’t take my word for it, have a listen to it below.