Another busy weekend for Eurovision
Tuesday, 24 February 2009 17:32
From relative newcomers like Bulgaria and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia through to Eurovision veterans like Norway, Ireland and Switzerland, it's been a busy old weekend in Europe.

Five countries have decided which songs will represent them at this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

We'll start off with our nearest Eurovision neighbour, the mighty Ireland. They're the only nation to have won the contest more times than the United Kingdom has (seven to our five), but we're still best because we've come second fifteen times. Ireland's entry for this year is called Et Cetera and it's performed by Sinead Mulvey & Black Daisy - a female vocalist and an all-female rock group. Will Girl Power win the day for the Irish?

Next up is Norway, who've done their best in recent years to overcome their 1980s reputation of being the country most likely to get 'nil points'. Strangely enough, Norway seem to have gone for a bit of an Irish-influenced tune with their song "Fairytale", performed by male solo singer (and violin player!) Alexander Rybak. So will it be Nil Points for Norway again this year?

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (we prefer the abbreviation of FYROM!) only started competing in Eurovision back in 1998, so they missed out on the opportunity of competing during the 1980s. It seems as though they're keen to make up for that lost decade with their rock tune "Nesto Sto Kje Ostane", performed by big-haired band Next Time. You can almost smell the hairpray from here...

The people of Bulgaria also chose the song they want to represent them at this year's Eurovision Song Contest. They've picked falsetto-singing chain-mail clad warrior Krassimir Avramov to perform the tune "Illusion". Will there be a constant stream of Douze Points flowing in the direction of Bulgaria, or will such honour be nothing more than a...

And finally, Switzerland have just today announced their Eurovision entry too. They'd previously decided to send the group Lovebugs to Moscow, and today it's been revealed that they will be performing the tune "The Highest Heights". Switzerland have been taking part in Eurovision ever since the very first contest back in 1956, and have won twice, most recently back in 1988 with that most Swiss of Swiss performers, French-Canadian lady Céline Dion with "Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi". Can the Lovebugs repeat Céline's success?


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