Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Shopping tips

Never mind the digitals, here an overview of the 2012 material already available on CD.
The Nordics don't disappoint, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland all have their national final songs out on CD. Sweden will add their Melodifestivalen CD to the list early March.
Hungary also has an album out. All 20 songs from the preselection are on the CD A Dal Eurovision 2012. It's the first compilation for an Hungarian pre-selection.
Slovenia has changed their format to a talent show since last year but, even with only six songs in the selection there's a nice CD release.

Countries like Serbia, Croatia and Macedonia  have treated us on wonderful CD releases in the past. But this time they have internal selections, so no Beovizija, Dora or Skopjefest albums sadly.

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The first cdsingle to be released is the German entry by Roman Lob. Release of Standing Still is out now. Roman's page is here.
His album Changes is also out now
The second cdsingle to hit the shops is the one of Austria.
Jedward released their cdsingle March 19 in Ireland.
More cdsingles in the shops: Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Sweden

Swiss entry Unbreakable is already available on Sinplus' latest CD album Disinformation.
Two versions of Austrian entry Woki Mit Deim Popo can already be found on two Trackshittaz albums.
Ivi Adamou has re-released her latest album with a bonus cdsingle with the Eurovision and preselection songs.
Anggun will also re-release her latest CD with the French Eurovision entry added.
Spains Pastora Soler has now also re-issued her latest album with the Eurovision song and other new tracks included.
Izabo's new album Life Is On My Side will include Time.
Donny Montell released his debut CD with many versions of his Eurovision entry as bonus tracks.
Mandinga's CD Club De Mandinga is out on May 22.
Italy's Nina Zilli already released the original version (in Italian) of L'Amore È Femmina on her CD with the same name.

BeaRecords stocks all 2012 Eurovision releases where possible, including several that won't be in the shops. A must visit shop for the Eurovision CD collector.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Poland skips a year

Poland has announced that it won't be joining the Eurovision masses in Baku this year. Polish TV chooses to concentrate efforts and funds on the European Football Championship tournament it hosts this summer. (in a joint venture with Ukraine)

This does not mean Poland is out of Eurovision and I'll hope they'll be back with a song fit for the Eurovision final in 2013.

Take a look at all the details Polands recent Eurovision entries, their releases, versions and trivia:
2011 - Magdalena Tul (f.k.a. Lady Tullo)
2010 - Marcin Mrozinski
2009 - Lidia Kopania

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Who is in and who is out

The EBU, Big Giant Head of Eurovision initially announced 43 countries to participate in the Baku contest.
Last years winner and the Big 5 are already in the final. The following countries will be Eurovision 2012:
Azerbaijan - Albania - Armenia (out, withdrew at a later stage) - Austria - Belarus - Belgium - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Bulgaria - Croatia - Cyprus - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Macedonia (FYR) - Georgia - Germany - Greece - Hungary - Iceland - Ireland - Israel - Italy - Latvia - Lithuania - Malta - Moldova - Montenegro - The Netherlands - Norway - Portugal - Romania - Russia - San Marino - Serbia - Slovakia - Slovenia - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Turkey - United Kingdom - Ukraine

Update: Check out the draw for the semi finals here at the official site

The Pot Show a.k.a. the Allocation Draw decided the following:
The first semi:
first half: Montenegro - Iceland - Romania - Albania - Belgium - Latvia - Switzerland - Finland - Greece 
second half:
Moldova - Cyprus - Austria - Denmark - Russia - San Marino - Israel - Ireland - Hungary
also voting: Italy, Azerbaijan, Spain
The second semi:
first half:
Serbia - The Netherlands - Portugal - Macedonia - Belarus - Malta - Ukraine - Armenia - Bulgaria
second half: Georgia - Slovenia - Estonia - Turkey - Slovakia - Croatia - Norway - Bosnia & Herzegovina, Lithuania, Sweden
also voting: United Kingdom, Germany, France

Montenegro returns after a two year absence and Poland prefers to sit this one out with them being busy with the European Football Cup thingy (That's Soccer to the Americans readers)

If you have any news or Eurovision 2012 site drop me an e-mail here. Or feel free to leave a comment.
If you want exchange links with your Eurovision site, please let me know.

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