The stage for Eurovision 2015 has been revealed!

Hi everyone! An exciting part of the preparation for Vienna 2015 has just taken place, the stage has been unveiled by ORF. It will incorporate the bridge theme and make use of a black/white contrast. To me, it seems a little smaller than in previous years and a little brighter. Also, I think it looks similar to 2007, and some are disappointed that there is no clear bridge between the stage and the audience, but what do you think? Lewis

Georgia decides – Nina Sublatti to Eurovision!

Hey there guys! Well it’s official now – Nina Sublatti has been officially selected to represent Georgia in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with her self-composed song ‘Warrior’! She was seen as a favourite from the get-go, but how do you think she’ll fare against the five other selected songs for Vienna? Have a listen to the winning song below!

So, how was Nina declared the winner? Well, as you all know, all five competing songs were presented on December 31st on the TV show Communicator for the Georgian public to listen to. The public then had two full weeks to decide who they wanted to see represent their country on the Eurovision stage in Austria in May. At the same time, a jury comprising of well known musicians and producers also had the same task. The jury included Eurovision veterans Emmelie de Forest and Thomas G:son, both of which have tasted the sweet taste of success in the Contest in one way, shape or form. After both the public and the jury voted, it was revealed that Nina was the winner with 21 points, with Mikha Sulukhia finishing in second place two points behind her.

As said up at the top of the article, Nina was regarded as a favourite from the get-go, and most likely that’s due to how she came to prominence. Nina, being only 18 years old at the time, won the Georgian version of Pop Idol. She released her debut album in 2014, aptly titled ‘Dare to be Nina Sublatti‘. So, what was next – Eurovision, of course. When Nina exclusively spoke to ESC Views, she shared with us how her experience in the Georgian Idol has helped her to become a better performer, and how she’ll be ready to use those skills at Eurovision. She’s also said that she’s working on her second album too, so Georgian fans – be prepared!! Also, if you recognised, in the 2014 series of Possible Artists, we did cover Georgia and we also did recommend Nina Sublatti to represent Georgia in Eurovision…..who would have thought we’d ever get it right?!

What about the song? Well ‘Warrior’ is no doubt an up-tempo song with an incredibly catchy beat that carries its way through the song. Not only that, but we see almost a bridge to quite electronic traditional music in the small instrumental roughly two thirds into the song. Nina’s vocals compliment the song amazingly and you can easily catch the message she’s trying to convey; how she – and other women – are quite strong and ‘warrior-like’. The song is indeed a great one, but how will it fare against what’s already been selected? Well, I have a feeling it will carry a lot of fans’ support and it will do well because of the quite alternative vibe it gives off…However, if Georgia is put in a semi-final with strong songs, Nina may have a bit of a harder time trying to make it to the final. But that’s a good thing – it means we have a great quality of songs!

So, I’m all drained now….what are your own thoughts on the decision?

Your views:

Are you happy with Nina Sublatti being chosen for Georgia?
Are you happy with Nina Sublatti being chosen for Georgia?

Stephanie Saczawa from Canada:  I heard Nina’s song, I don’t like it and she doesn’t impress me at all. Sorry, but best of luck to her nonetheless!

Seth Wezendonk from the Netherlands: My favorite ESC 2015 entry so far!

Claus Michael Fasting from Norway: My winner! But let’s not hope that Malta’s ‘Warrior’ and Georgia’s Warrior will perform 1st and 2nd respectively…

Stavros Petrou from Greece: It’s quite boring and repetitive…

Well, it seems as if we have mixed reactions from the fans…Could this mean that Nina might not be so safe in qualification? Only time will tell….So, what do you think? Was Nina the best artist in the line-up, or did you want Eter, Mikha, Edvard or Niutone to take the title? And what do you think of the naming crisis that’s ensuing now? Are you on Amber’s side or Nina’s side? Be sure to let us know what you think by commenting below!!

It’s Edurne for Spain!

Hey guys! Sorry that this is a bit delayed, but we now know – it’s clear! After weeks and weeks of speculation, including some of the most famous names in Spanish music, it has now been revealed that Spanish superstar Edurne will be taking the role of Spain’s Eurovision representative in Vienna in May! So, what can we expect from her? And what do we think of what her Eurovision track will comprise of? Keep scrolling to find out!

So Edurne’s background story takes us back to 2005 – when she was a part of the incredibly popular talent show Operación Triunfo. She only managed to finish in sixth place in the show, but she was offered a recording contract from Sony BMG Spain and embarked on a music career which included a gold-certified début album and a six year job of playing the role of Sandy in the Spanish version of Grease. She also joined the cast of Strictly Come Dancing in Spain in 2010, where she came in second place…so close, but yet so far!

More recently, she has released her fifth studio album, titled Climax. She also took up the challenge of taking part in the Spanish version of Your Face Sounds Familiar, where was finally proclaimed a mirror, with over 60% of the votes being cast in her name. She also did a little bit of hosting recently, hosting the comedy show Todo va bien. Now, she’s ready to take on the reigns of being Spain’s Eurovision representative. If you want to listen to a personal favourite of mine, I’d recommmend ‘Painkiller’, taken from her fourth album.

So it’s this something that we’re expecting from Spain in May? Well, the song Edurne will be singing is called “Amanecer“,which translates as “Dawn” in English. One would think that the song would be either a ballad or a rather upbeat summery-sounding song; a genre that Edurne knows only too well!! Regardless, the song is to be presented in a couple of weeks. It’s fair to say that Spanish people were happy at the revelation of Edurne as the Spanish representative, with the majority of comments being positive. They were so optimistic that the Spanish Kit Kat Twitter account said that if she was to reach the top 15 in Eurovision, they would give everyone who retweeted the Tweet a free bar of chocolate. That Tweet now has roughly 2,000+ retweets..Well played, Kit Kat. Well. Played.

And with that, we’ll leave it there, as many initial reactions have now faded back into the Eurovision background. So what do you think? Did RTVE pick the best artist for Spain? Had you wanted another artist to represent the country? If so, who do you think should have gone? And what do you think the song Edurne will sing will sound like? Feel free to tell us what you think by commenting below!