Every week our team of global correspondents publishes around 40 stories. With the Wiwi Round Up, we review some of our favourites. Last time was all about #TeamAmber and #TeamDaniel, with a light sprinkling of Alyona Lanskaya. This week wiwibloggers William, Angus, Padraig and Sami look at the Melfest class of 2015 (with a guest cameo from Eric Saade’s “#dickselfie”), critique Cyprus’ new and hopefully improved national selection format, throw shade at the “Building Bridges” logo, discuss rumoured names for Belarus, size up the Swiss 18 and suggest potential acts for the Czech comeback.

You can watch their full discussion below, or check out the running order and skip to the specific story which grabs your interest.

Wiwi Round Up: Week 48

Running Order

2:47 – 10:11

10:12 – 16:10

16:11 – 21:38

21:39 – 24:58 NEWS INTERLUDE:

24:59 – 28:55

28:56 – 34:24

34:25 – 39:16

39:17 – 45:00

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LEAPerce
LEAPerce
5 years ago

I really like the Building Bridges artwork. I mean, it’s not massively original, but just because one country used black in the past doesn’t mean it can’t ever be used again. It kinda looks like the Pepsi logo though! But i love the fact it’s modern, and we’ll have to wait and see how the flags are made with it, it might be completely different to the obvious. Side note: when is a woman going to be on the round up, it’s been 100% men so far, women often have different opinions than men? Would be interesting to see my… Read more »

Calvin
Calvin
5 years ago

I wrote a spiel about Markéta Irglová that may or may not have posted; just in case it didn’t, here’s a summary:
While I do think that Irglová would be a fabulous representative (and get 12 very easy points from Ireland), it’s not only unlikely that she’d accept the invitation but that Eurovision would accept her. Out-of-left-field-for-ESC songs can see success, especially in a post-Margaret-Berger and post-Common-Linnets world, but she’d be an even tougher sell than either of them.

Calvin
Calvin
5 years ago

I still stand by the thought that Markéta Irglová would be excellent at Eurovision, but even more pressing than the likely scenario wherein she doesn’t accept Eurovision is the question of, as Padraig noted, whether Eurovision would accept her. It would require the collective Eurovision voters that be to be open to something completely out of left field. It’s happened (especially in a post-Margaret Berger and post-The Common Linnets world), but it would need to happen again, something that requires the right circumstances. Even Margaret and the Linnets were still within the range of Eurovision acceptability; Markéta’s a much tougher… Read more »

DR
DR
5 years ago

I have to disagree with the wiwi round up. Arbresha is amazing. The lyrics are gorgeous and have beautiful sentiment. A couple are separated but are connected by the sight of the same stars. The tone of song i feel is sophisticated. I don’t think songs need to have a hook or be flamboyant. Look at the Netherlands, a song which most people ignored, then put on an amazing stage and hey presto, silver medal. Try and emulate the video on stage, and be smart with limited lighting, and I believe it will be amazing. It must have something going… Read more »

Deven O'Kearney
5 years ago

I love the theme music to the Wiwi Round Up.

Deven O'Kearney
5 years ago

Cyprus are probably making up for lost time with this huge ”mini melfest” selection process.