Eurovision 2018 – Jury Vote Order

Here is the order that the Jury spokespersons will announce the 12 points from their respective jury. 43 juries will give their results, starting with last years hosts Ukraine and ending with this years hosts Portugal. Ireland will be number 17. Following the jury result we will find out the combined televote result which has given us some great viewing since the change.

Here is the full order

1. Ukraine – Nataliia Zhyzhchenko – Lead singer of 2017 interval act ONUKA
2. Azerbaijan – Asadov Tural – TV presenter
3. Belarus – NAVIBAND – Belarusian Eurovision 2017 participant
4. San Marino – John Kennedy O’Connor – Eurovision historian
5. The Netherlands – OG3NE – Dutch 2017 participant
6. F.Y.R. Macedonia – Jana Burcheska – Macedonian 2017 participant
7. Malta – Lara Azzopardi – Actress and TV presenter
8. Georgia – Tako Gachechiladze – Georgian 2017 participant
9. Spain – Nieves Alvarez – TV presenter and model
10. Austria – Kati Bellowitsch – Radio and TV presenter
11. Denmark – Ulla Essendrop – TV presenter
12. United Kingdom – Mel Giedroyc – TV presenter
13. Sweden – Felix Sandman – Runner-up in Swedish national selection
14. Latvia – Dagmāra Legante – TV presenter and comedian
15. Albania – Andri Xhahu – Radio journalist
16. Croatia – Uršula Tolj – Presenter
17. Ireland – NIcky Byrne – Irish 2016 participant
18. Romania – Sonia Argint-Ionescu – TV presenter
19. Czech Republic – Radka Rosická – Presenter and fashion model
20. Iceland – Edda Sif Pálsdóttir – TV presenter and sports reporter
21. Moldova – Julieta Ardovan – TV journalist
22. Belgium – Danira Boukhriss Terkessidis – TV host
23. Norway – Aleksander Walmann & JOWST – Norwegian 2017 participant
24. France – Élodie Gossuin – TV and radio presenter
25. Italy – Giulia Valentina Palermo – Presenter
26. Australia – Ricardo Goncalves – SBS World News presenter
27. Estonia – Ott Evestus – Singer
28. Serbia – Dragana Kosjerina – Show host and presenter
29. Cyprus – Hovig – Cypriot 2017 participant
30. Armenia – Arsen Grigoryan – Actor and singer
31. Bulgaria – Joanna Dragneva – Bulgarian 2008 participant
32. Greece – Olyna (Olympia) Xenopoulou – Radio and TV presenter, actress
33. Hungary – Bence Forró – TV presenter
34. Montenegro – Natasa Sotra – Director of Science and Children Programme
35. Germany – Barbara Schöneberger – TV presenter
36. Finland – ABREU – Singer
37. Russia – Alsou – Russian 2000 participant and Eurovision 2009 

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38. Switzerland – Leticia Carvalho – Teacher and singer
39. Israel – Lucy Ayoub – Journalist and TV presenter
40. Poland – Marcelina Zawadzka – Presenter, model and journalist
41. Lithuania – Eglė Daugėlaitė – Presenter and journalist
42. Slovenia – Amaya – Slovenian 2011 participant (as Maja Keuc)
43. Portugal – Pedro Ricardo Pacheco Fernandes – Television presenter

The show gets under way tonight at 8pm on RTÉ One and BBC One!

Eurovision 2018 – Semi Final 2 Qualifiers

Last night Semi Final 2 took place in Lisbon and 10 qualifiers for the Grand Final were announced to join the 10 Qualifiers from Tuesday’s Semi Final 1.

The following countries qualified for the final:

  1. Serbia
  2. Moldova
  3. Hungary
  4. Ukraine
  5. Sweden
  6. Australia
  7. Norway
  8. Denmark
  9. Slovenia
  10. The Netherlands

That means the Eurovision Journey ends for

  • Latvia
  • Poland
  • Malta
  • Russia
  • Montenegro
  • Romania
  • Georgia
  • San Marino

The Grand Final takes place on Saturday at 8pm  on RTÉ One and BBCOne!

Eurovision 2018: Semi-Final 2 Preview

Semi Final 2 of the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest takes place on Thursday 10th of May in Lisbon, Portugal. 18 countries will be competing for the remaining 10 places in the Grand Final on Saturday 12th of May where they join the hosts Portugal and the big five, (UK, Germany, Italy, France & Spain) along with the 10 qualifiers from Semi Final 1 on Tuesday.

France, Germany and Italy will also be voting in this Semi-Final.

All odds are from paddypower.com as taken on 09/05/2018

1 – Norway (NRK) – Alexander Rybak -“Thats How You Write A Song” – 7/2
Debut: 1960
Wins: 3 (1985, 1995, 2009)
Worst Result: Last (1963– nul points, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1978– nul points, 1981– nul points, 1990, 1997– nul points, 2001, 2004, 2012)

Alexander Rybak is back at Eurovision, after winning the contest in 2009 he is hoping to win it again! And he could! ‘That’s How You Write A Song’ is a catchy pop song. While the violin is not as prominent this year, don’t worry I am sure you will hear it. Definite qualifier and a great start!

2 – Romania (TVR) – The Humans – “Goodbye” – 300/1
Debut: 1994
Wins: 0
Worst Result: 22nd (1998)

A nice pop-rock entry here from Romanian band The Humans. The five-piece band seemed to have crafted a Eurovision Ballad but made it a bit rocky. I hope this qualifies.

3 – Serbia (RTS) – Sanja Ilić & Balkanika – “Nova deca” (Нова деца) – 300/1
Debut: 2007
Wins: 1 (2007)
Worst Result: 11th (2013 – SF, 2017 – SF)

Serbia have only missed out on qualification last year,  they finished 11th, so they will be hoping to finish at least one place higher and qualify this year. This year they are sending a folk-inspired pop song by Balkanika whose mission is ‘to preserve, revitalize and modernize Serbian medieval and Byzantine music traditions’. This is certainly an entry that merges the old with the new and could qualify.

4 – San Marino (SMRTV) – Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening – “Who We Are” – 500/1
Debut: 2008
Wins: 0
Worst Result: Last (2008- SF, 2017-SF)

San Marino has only qualified for the final once since debuting at Eurovision in 2008 and that was in 2014. This year they are sending Jessika from Malta and Jenifer from Germany to attempt to get them to the Grand Final. This is an upbeat pop song that stands out with previous entries and has that Eurovision feel, plus there are robots!

5 – Denmark (DR) – Rasmussen – “Higher Ground” – 80/1
Debut: 1957
Wins: 3 (1963, 2000, 2013)
Worst Result: Last (2002)

I normally have a soft spot for Danish entries to Eurovision and this year is no different. This folk-pop song from Rasmussen is easy to listen to and could qualify. I shall be hoping for it to!

6 – Russia (C1R) –  Julia Samoylova – “I Won’t Break” – 150/1
Debut: 1994
Wins: 1 (2008)
Worst Result: 17th (1995)

After the shenanigans with their entry last year I am not a fan of Russia and this year they are sending Julia again. I’m not sure if Eurovision fans will be more forgiving than me. I know Eurovision isn’t supposed to be political, but its hard for me to not be with Russia this year! It is a good pop song though, so don’t be surprised if it qualifies.

7 – Moldova (TRM) – DoReDoS – “My Lucky Day” – 30/1
Debut: 2005
Wins: 0
Worst Result: Last (2014 – SF)

Moldova are bringing an uptempo Balkan pop song to Eurovision. DoReDoS is a trio made up of Marina Djundiet, Eugeniu Andrianov, and Sergiu Mîța. Moldova finished 3rd in Kyiv last year and will be hoping for a good result again this year.

8 – Netherlands (AVROTROS) – Waylon – “Outlaw in ‘Em” – 150/1
Debut: 1956
Wins: 4 (1957, 1959, 1969, 1975)
Worst Result: Last ( 1958, 1962 – nul points, 1963 – nul points, 1968, 2011 – SF)

Waylon took part in Eurovision in 2014 as part of the Common Linnets and is back this year with a country pop song. It’s the only country song in this years contest so it does stand out, but has country’s moment at Eurovision passed?

9 – Australia (SBS) – Jessica Mauboy – “We Got Love” – 66/1
Debut: 2015
Wins: 0
Worst Result: 9th (2017)

This is not Jessica’s first time at Eurovision, she sang as part of the Australian inspired Interval Act during the 2nd Semi Final of Eurovision in 2014. But this time she is back and is representing Australia in competition. This only Australia’s 4th entry to Eurovision and they have consistently placed in the top 10 and this pop entry could do it again for them!

10 – Georgia (GPB) – Iriao – “For You” – 500/1
Debut: 2007
Wins: 0
Worst Result: Last (2014 – SF)

While the title is in English, don’t be confused the entire song is in Georgian. Iriao are an ethno-jazz band whose entry is very distinctive. Will it appeal to Eurovision Jurors or viewers is hard to tell. It is a very melodic song that I do find myself nodding along to.

11- Poland (TVP) – Gromee feat. Lukas Meijer – “Light Me Up” – 200/1
Debut: 1994
Wins: 0
Worst Result: Last (2011 – SF)

From Georgian Jazz to some Polish Dance Music, this distinct change in style could help or hinder both of these entries. This entry has already topped the charts in Poland and is certainly a summer dance track. I can see this going down well in the arena in Lisbon!

12 – Malta (PBS) – Christabelle – “Taboo” – 200/1
Debut: 1971
Wins: 0
Worst Result: Last (1971, 1972, 2006)

And from Dance to Pop! Malta keeps the uptempo sound going with this pop anthem entry. I normally enjoy Maltese entries to Eurovision and this year is no different. I will be rooting for this on Thursday!

13 – Hungary (MTVA) – AWS – “Viszlát nyár” – 100/1
Debut: 1994
Wins: 0
Worst Result: Last (2008 – SF)

Hungary change it up for us again bring us some ‘post-hardcore‘ (?) punk rock. Eurovision doesn’t normally go for heavy rock (Lordi being the exception in 2006), so this may be one of the eight entries that does not qualify tonight.

14 – Latvia (LTV) – Laura Rizzotto – “Funny Girl” – 250/1
Debut: 2000
Wins: 1 (2002)
Worst Result: Last (2009 – SF, 2010 – SF, 2013 – SF, 2017 – SF)

Latvia brings us a pop song from 23-year-old Brazilian Singer/Songwriter Laura Rizzotto. ‘Funny Girl’  is an emotive pop song which could deliver on the night. But will it be drowned out?

15 – Sweden (SVT) –  Benjamin Ingrosso – “Dance You Off” – 16/1
Debut: 1958
Wins: 6 (1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012, 2015)
Worst Result: Last (1963 – nul points, 1977)

This was 20-year-old Benjamin’s 2nd attempt to represent Sweden at Eurovision and this year won the Swedish National Final Melodifestivalen. This is a great relaxed pop tune for Sweden. It’s in the top 10 in the betting and it certainly could be heading for a top 10 finish.

16 – Montenegro (RTCG) – Vanja Radovanović – “Inje” – 500/1
Debut: 2007
Wins: 0
Worst Result: 22nd (2007 – SF)

Montenegro have only qualified for the final twice since their début, and Vanja is unlikely to make it the third time, despite entering this pop ballad

17 – Slovenia (RTV SLO) – Lea Sirk – “Hvala, ne!” – 500/1
Debut: 1993
Wins: 0
Worst Result: Last (2013 – SF)

This is a great pop song from Slovenia’s Lea Sirk which translate as “No Thanks!”. ‘Hvala, Ne!’ has reached the top 20 in Slovenia, but Slovenia hasn’t appeared in the Grand Final since 2015. This could do get to the Final on a good night for them!

18 – Ukraine (UA:PBC) – Mélovin – “Under The Ladder” – 125/1
Debut: 2003
Wins: 2 (2004, 2016)
Worst Result: 24th (2017)

Last years host Ukraine have yet to miss a Grand Final and this Electro pop entry certainly has what it takes to get to the final. This should finish the show on a high note and make sure the Ukraine’s qualification streak continues.

So do I think will qualify for the Grand Final? In no particular order the ten qualifiers are…

  1. Norway
  2. Sweden
  3. Moldova
  4. Romania
  5. Denmark
  6. Austrailia
  7. Poland
  8. Malta
  9. Latvia
  10. Ukraine

Semi-Final 2 takes place on Thursday 10th and will be broadcast on RTÉ2 and BBC4 as well as on Youtube.

Eurovision 2018: Semi-Final 1 qualifiers!

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The show has just ended in Lisbon on the first night of Eurovision and the following ten countries have qualified for the Grand Final on Saturday night.

  1. Austria
  2. Estonia
  3. Cyprus
  4. Lithuania
  5. Israel
  6. Czech Republic
  7. Bulgaria
  8. Albania
  9. Finland
  10. Ireland

Out of the 10 I predicted, I thought that Belgium and Greece would get through, but I am delighted to see Albania and Ireland (of course!) go through to the Grand Final!

This means we say goodbye to Azerbaijan (who also say goodbye to their qualification streak), Iceland, Belgium, Belarus, Macedonia, Croatia, Greece, Armenia & Switzerland.

During the after show press conference the qualifiers picked their starting half for the Grand Final

1st Half

  • Austria
  • Albania
  • Estonia
  • Lithuania

2nd Half

  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland
  • Ireland
  • Israel

See you on Thursday for Semi-Final 2!

Eurovision 2018 – Semi-Final 1

So its been awhile since I have blogged here and even longer since I have written about Eurovision but look out! I am back! And its Eurovision Week!!!

Tonight in Lisbon the Jury Semi Final 1 is taking place while the live show takes place tomorrow Tuesday 8th.

Speaking of the Juries, there is a slight change in the weighting of individual jury rankings this year and should make the contest fairer.

19 countries are taking part in Semi Final 1 which looks set to be one of the best Eurovision shows ever! As well as the 19 entries, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom will be voting.  Only 10 of the entries will make it through to the Grand Final on Saturday and join Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Germany along with the 10 qualifiers from Semi Final 2 on Thursday night.

So let’s take a look at the entries.

All odds are from paddypower.com as taken on 07/05/2018

1 – Azerbaijan (İTV) – AISEL – “X my Heart” – 125/1
Debut: 2008
Wins: 1 (2011)
Worst Result: 22nd (2014)

X my Heart (pronounced cross my heart) is a great song to start the show. Azerbaijan have consistently sent great songs and since joining the Eurovision Family have never failed to make it to the Grand Final. This year is no different as this dance-pop song should easily qualify for the Grand Final.

2 – Iceland (RÚV) – Ari Ólafsson – “Our Choice” – 500/1
Debut: 1986
Wins: 0
Worst Result: Last (1989 – nul points, 2001)

Iceland are still waiting for their first win at Eurovision and haven’t qualified for the Grand Final since 2014, and this year they are sending 19-year-old Ari Ólafsson to try to win. This is very much a pop ballad which is very easy to listen to. But with the strength of competition in this Semi-Final, it could struggle to qualify.  It is one to listen to and enjoy though!

3 – Albania (RTSH) – Eugent Bushpepa – “Mall” – 500/1
Debut: 2004
Wins: 0
Worst Result: 17th – SF (2007)

This is the type of entry I love Eurovision for. Eugent’s ‘Mall’ mixes traditional influences with classical rock. While you won’t be rocking out to this you certainly will enjoy listening  to it. One of the one’s I hope will get to the final, where Albania hasn’t been since 2015.

4 – Belgium (VRT) – Sennek – “A Matter of Time” – 50/1
Debut: 1956
Wins: 1  (1986)
Worst Result: Last (1961, 1962- nul points, 1965- nul points, 1973, 1979, 1985, 1993, 2000)

This year it is the turn Flemish broadcaster in Belgium VRT to pick the entry for Eurovision and they have chosen singer and songwriter Sennek who co-wrote this entry with Alex Callier and Maxime Tribèche. This is another type of Eurovision I love, it has Orchestral pop, soul and electronica influences. Belgium has qualified for the final every year since 2015 and I think this will continue and possible end up a top 10 finisher at the Grand Final.

5 – Czech Republic (ČT) – Mikolas Josef – “Lie to Me”– 11/1
Debut: 2007
Wins: 0
Worst Result: Last (2007 – SF, 2009 – SF nul points)

This is the Czech Republic’s 7th entry to Eurovision since their Debut in 2007 and it is by far their best!! Having only appeared in the Grand Final once, back in 2016, Lie to Me is a fun foot tapper. While Mikolas has made headlines due to a back injury suffered due to a fall in rehearsals, the 22 year certainly has a bright future ahead of him no matter what happens at Eurovision.

6 – Lithuania (LRT) – Ieva Zasimauskaitė – “When We’re Old” – 80/1
Debut: 1994
Wins: 0
Worst Result: Last (1994 – nul points, 2005 – SF)

This is a beautiful song from Lithuania’s Ieva who won her ticket to Eurovision on her fifth attempt! Ieva, who is 24, previously entered the Lithuanian National Selection in 2013, 2014, 2016 & 2017. This is wonderful pop ballad and should easily qualify for the Grand Final. Its one of my favourite entries.

7 – Israel (KAN) – Netta – “Toy” –  2/1
Debut: 1973
Wins: 3 (1978, 1979, 1998)
Worst Result: 24th (2007 – SF)

The Israeli Broadcasting Authority shut down last year following reforms of the public broadcasting in Israel and Israel is now represented by KAN. This is one of this years top songs and is seen as the one the beat! And its easy to see why! It has topped the chart in Israel and it could do the same at Eurovision. A great pop song! I expect to hear this played in night clubs in Europe whether it wins or not!

8 – Belarus (BTRC) – Alekseev – “Forever” – 80/1
Debut: 2004
Wins: 0
Worst Result: 22nd (2006 – SF)

For this years entry Belarus have sent 24-year-old Alekseev with a synth-pop love song called ‘Forever’.  The song which has charted in the Ukraine and Russia could find it hard to qualify as neither of those countries are in this Semi-Final, but I think song could still qualify as it is a song that will people will like.

9 – Estonia (ERR) – Elina Nechayeva – “La Forza” – 11/2
Debut: 1994
Wins: 1 (2001)
Worst Result: Last (2016 – SF)

Estonia have decided to send a song in Italian, an usual choice but not unheard of, especially when you hear this beautiful operatic pop song. I do expect spectacular staging for this entry going by the national final. This instantly reminds me of Melana Erman’s 2009 Swedish entry ‘La Voix’ which was in English and French. That finished in 4th that year, could Estonia see a top five finish or their 2nd win at Eurovision?

10 – Bulgaria (BNT) – Equinox – “Bones” – 12/1
Debut: 2005
Wins: 0
Worst Result: 19th (2005 – SF)

Bulgaria who were runner’s up last year and back and they are hoping to do well again. Equinox are a five-piece band made up of Bulgarian singers Zhana Bergendorff, Georgi Simeonov, and Vlado Mihailov, and American singers Johnny Manuel and Trey Campbell. This is a pop love song that should do well and could possible be a dark horse, will Eurovision be heading to Bulgaria? Only time will tell! They want to win!

11 -Macedonia (MKRTV) – Eye Cue – “Lost and Found” – 250/1
Debut: 1998
Wins: 0
Worst Result: 16th (2011 – SF, 2013- SF)

This is another song that is going to be a guilty pleasure from Eurovision (it joins a long list!). With EDM and reggae influences this is a great entry from Macedonia and could be great fun on the night. Vocally strong and modern this could surprise us and qualify!

12 – Croatia (HRT) – Franka – “Crazy” – 200/1
Debut: 1993
Wins: 0
Worst Result: 16th (2007 – SF)

It’s at this point of the show we realise how tough it will be to pick 10 songs to qualify! This is fantastic pop entry from Croatia’s Franka which has reached number 2 in the charts in Croatia. This for me is 50/50 on whether it will qualify.

13 – Austria (ORF) – Cesár Sampson – “Nothing But You” – 80/1
Debut: 1957
Wins: 2 (1966, 2014)
Worst Result: Last (1957, 1961, 1962- nul points, 1979, 1984, 1988- nul points, 1991 – nul points, 2012 – SF (Nul points also in 2015 along with Germany))

This is a great entry from Austria. This is a soulful R&B inspired song with a gospel flare. It is one that has quickly grown on me. While its only been 4 years since Austria won Eurovision, this is one that could do very well, if it gets to the final.

14 – Greece (ERT) – Yianna Terzi –  “Oniro mou” (Όνειρό μου) – 66/1
Debut: 1974
Wins: 1 (2005)
Worst Result: 16th (2016 – SF)

‘Oniro Mou’ which translates as My Dream is this years Greek entry and it has already topped the chart in Greece. This pop song is certainly what you expect from Greece. It’s very easy to listen to. It could be a top 10 finisher, I don’t think it will be Greece’s second win at Eurovision

15 – Finland (YLE) – Saara Aalto – “Monsters” – 40/1
Debut: 1961
Wins: 1 (2006)
Worst Result: Last (1963 – nul points, 1965 – nul points, 1968, 1980, 1982 – nul points, 1990, 1992, 1996, 2009, 2015 – SF)

Saara Aalto previously tried to represent Finland in 2011 and 2016 and finished in 2nd both times. She may also seem familiar as she was in the 13th series of X Factor UK where she also finished as runner-up! 2018 is Saara’s year with this amazing pop entry! ‘Monsters’ is one that will get you dancing, it has reached 14 in the Finnish charts so far, can it do better at Eurovision?

16 – Armenia (AMPTV) – Sevak Khanagyan – “Qami” (Քամի) – 250/1
Debut: 2006
Wins: 0
Worst Result: 12th (2011 – SF)

‘Qami’ which translates as Wind is this years Armenia entry. Armenia has only missed the Grand Final once, in 2011, but with the strength of the entries in this semi final, Sevak may find it hard to qualify with this pop ballad.

17 – Switzerland (SRG SSR) –  ZiBBZ – “Stones” – 300/1
Debut: 1956
Wins: 2 (1956, 1988)
Worst Result:  Last (1964 – nul points, 1967 – nul points, 1974, 1998 – nul points, 2004 – SF – nul points, 2010 – SF, 2011, 2015 – SF, 2016 – SF)

ZiBBZ are brother and sister Corinne “Coco” Gfeller (vocals) and Stefan “Stee” Gfeller (drums, keyboard). Stones is pop rock entry which stands out in this Semi-Final. Switzerland has only qualified for the grand final twice since 2007 (2011 & 2014) and with this Semi Final will they qualify? It’s highly unlikely, but surprised do happen at Eurovision!

18 – Ireland (RTÉ) – Ryan O’Shaughnessy – “Together” – 200/1
Debut: 1965
Wins: 7 (1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996)
Worst Result: Last (2007, 2013)

Ireland holds the record for the most wins at Eurovision, but recently have struggled. Ireland hasn’t been since at a Grand Final since 2013. This song is one that has grown on me since I first heard it. The video, which was filmed in Temple Bar, is also beautiful. It’s unlikely to get to the final, but I will be hopeful for 25-year-old Ryan O’Shaughnessy!

19 – Cyprus (CyBC) – Eleni Foureira – “Fuego” – 8/1
Debut: 1981
Wins: 0
Worst Result: Last (1986)

The final entry in this Semi Final is from Cyrus who have qualified to the Grand Final in 2015, 2016 & 2017. This years looks to continue that pattern with this Mediterranean inspired dance entry from Eleni Foureira. This is a great song to finish on and should be remembered easily by the voting public and juries and see it easily into the Grand Final. Cyprus have yet to win Eurovision, could this be dark horse?

So who do I think will qualify? (in no particular order)

  1. Israel
  2. Estonia
  3. Austria
  4. Belgium
  5. Czech Republic
  6. Finland
  7. Bulgaria
  8. Lithuania
  9. Greece
  10. Cyprus

Semi Final 1 takes place at 8pm on Tuesday 8th of May and will be broadcast on RTÉ 2 and BBC 4.

Upcoming Events: JCI Cork, Cork International Choral Festival and Cork Feminista

Here are some interesting events coming up in Cork over the next few weeks

JCI Cork – April Event: Impact Talks – Thursday 28th April, 7pm, Clarion HotelJCI Logo

Junior Chamber International (JCI) Cork is this week hosting an Impact Talks where the guests will be speaking on the topic of “If I knew then what I know now… what I would tell my younger self’.

The speakers are Cliona Murphy, Vice President Technical for PepsiCo Worldwide Flavours, who is based in Cork with global responsibility for Research & Development, Quality, Engineering, Environmental Health & Safety and Global Quality Services and Commander Peter Twomey of the Irish Naval Service and is now head of Personnel Management.

This should be a great event. Tickets are free for JCI Members and there is a small charge for non-members. Full details on the Eventbrite Page

Cork International Choral Festival April 27th – May 1st, across the City

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The Cork Choral Festival takes place around the May Bank Holiday Weekend every year and there is loads happening around the city. Some are free and while others are ticketed. See the website for full programme and details.

My favourite part of the Festival is Shandon Sunrise. This year it is taking place on Sunday May 1st at 6:05am. With singing from the Clock Tower from Cathal O’Boyle and the Cork Chamber Choir to welcome in the dawn. This is a truly wonderful experience. It is followed by an ecumenical service in St Anne’s. Come along to this FREE event! More details here.

Cork Feminista – Coffee Connections – An International Women’s Breakfast –  Monday May 9th, 10am, The Haven Cafe 

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Coffee Connections is a womens breakfast event hosted by Cork Feminista & Love and Care for People. Come along to share coffee and stories with women from diverse backgrounds in Cork. Feel free to bring a breakfast dish to share if you like! More details see the Facebook Event

Have an event you want to share? Send me an email stephen@stephenspillane.com

That time of year again: Eurovision 2011

Its nearly here and I can barely hide my excitement! Tomorrow it all starts! The first Semi Final of the 56th Eurovision Song Contest gets under way with 19 countries fighting out for 10 places in the final on Saturday.

I have a full preview up on ESC Ireland but I think the following countries will qualify:

  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Croatia
  • Hungary
  • Greece
  • Albania
  • Switzerland
  • Finland
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan

Turkey may make it also! Its my reserve pick!

You can make a prediction here! Theres no prize but its a bit of fun!

Also I will be hosting a liveblog over on ESCIreland.com from 7pm GMT covering the Semi-final! Do join us!

Germany 2011

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On Saturday night, European Televoters and Juries voted Germany the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. This is the second time in the History of Eurovision that German of won the contest, see a history on escireland.com.

It now falls to the German broadcaster ARD to host the contest next year.

Throughout the voting on Saturday night many comments were passed about the fact that Europe was rewarding Germany for bailing them out and to the fact that Germany was probably the only country able to afford the Eurovision Song Contest!

In my own view, I loved the German entry from the first time I heard it. Satellite is an amazing song and Lena is an excellent singer with raw talent! So we are off to Germany next year! Hopefully I will be there!

On the Irish entry, I agree with Diarmy.

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Eurovision Song Contest 2010: The Final

Ireland-Eurovision-LogoSo I have blogged the running order and some general thoughts on the final over on ESC Ireland.com so I will just be adding colour here.

The last time Ireland got to the Final from the Semi Final was back in 2006 when Brian Kennedy represented Ireland with “Every Song is A Cry for Love”. That finished 9th in the Semi and 10th in the final ensuring that Dervish started in the Final in 2007 (for all the luck it gave us, we ended up last with 5 points)

I think Niamh Kavanagh will do us proud this year, in fact she already has, and will hopefully do better then tenth. The way it has worked out in the draw though its going to be very hard to predict.

Niamh gave an excellent performance last night. I had goosebumps and even tears in my eyes during it. During the voting I was as nervous as hell. I cant remember being like that back in 2006.

So tomorrow night will be an exciting show. In the past I have said certain countries will win (Germany and Denmark) but to be quite honest I do not know now.

I can honestly say I haven’t been this excited during a Eurovison Song Contest since 1997! When I do remember the voting! So best of luck to Niamh!

PS: also join this page on facebook: Niamh Kavanagh to win Eurovision

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Eurovision: Semi 2 – Come on Niamh!

Ireland's Niamh Kavanagh at UK Eurovision Prev...
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Tonight sees the second of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Finals. Again 17 countries are competing for 10 places in the Grand Prix on Saturday.

Tonight will also see Niamh Kavanagh represent Ireland for the second time. She is strongly tipped to qualify. Hopefully she will do us proud!

Again ESCIreland.com will be hosting a liveblog on the website and also here.

The running order for tonight can be found here and please make your predictions about who you think will qualify here!

Remember only the countries taking part plus the United Kingdom and Norway can vote tonight. You can vote 20 times and from the start of the show.

Come on Niamh!!! 😀

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