Belgium took the unorthodox approach of asking fans to narrow down the field of Eurovision 2011 hopefuls by donating five euros to their favorite. The first 12 who nabbed 20,000 euros made it to the final. Looks like the Belgians are looking for a singer with the power to make fans fork over cash.
RTBF, Belgium’s Walloon-language national broadcaster, has taken austerity a bit far. In an apparent effort to shore up its finances ahead of Eurovision 2011, the network is forcing fans to fork over a minimum of 5 euros each if they want to have a say in this year’s selection process.
It’s only been four days since the Eurovision final, but the 2010 contestants are already topping the iTunes charts across Europe. Germany’s Lena Meyer-Landrut looks set to capitalize big on her Eurovision victory. “Satellite” currently tops the charts in seven countries (Austria, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg and Sweden). Versions of the song have hit […]
For the first time since bookies began issuing betting odds in March, Belgium’s Tom Dice has become the co-favorite to win the first Eurovision semi-final. Of the 17 London-based betting agencies Wiwi has reviewed, the majority have him, Slovakia’s Kristina and Greece’s Giorgos Alkaios locked in battle. William Hill has all three contestants listed as […]
If imitation really is the greatest form of flattery, then Leona Lewis should feel really good about herself. Two of Eurovision’s most promising contestants covered Leona’s single “Bleeding Love” during their rise to national prominence. Neither does the song justice, but Wiwi gives them an A for effort. And for ego: it takes courage to […]
Quick: name a charismatic Belgian. If you’re struggling to answer, then you understand the dilemma of 23-year old Tom Dice. The young Belgian certainly has talent: his voice soars on his Eurovision entry Me and My Guitar. But talent alone does not a Eurovision star make. Dice lacks the arrogance, flamboyance and showmanship that characterize […]
Greece and Slovakia continue to trade places as the bookies’ favorite to win the first Eurovision semi-final. Most London betting agencies are now giving Greece’s Giorgos Alkaios and Friends a slight advantage over Slovakia’s Kristina (who may share choreographers with 2004 Eurovision winner Ruslana). Bookmakers at Boylesports have Greece down as the 3:1 favorite with […]
Boylesports, a London-based betting agency, has released its first set of odds for the first Eurovision semi-final. Greeceâ€™s Giorgos Alkaios and Friends with â€œOpaâ€ are the current favorites to win at 11/4. Slovakia’s Kristina (it’s “Horehronie,” not “Whore Horny”) is a close second at 7/2. And Belgium’s Tom Dice, who sounds strikingly similar to U.S.-singer […]