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David Thielen
I'm a manager / software developer with a wife and 3 daughters (so I never know what's going on).
Interests: history (mainly recent), politics, programming, & my family
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In preparation for my trip to Copenhagen for Eurovision I looked up good places to go for beer & burgers. Malmo the year before was ok but I think I missed a lot of options by not finding places beforehand. In my investigation I ended up trading emails with two... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
The Eurovision Final will be broadcast live Saturday: 10:00 pm Israel time 9:00 pm Central European Time 8:00 pm United Kingdom 3:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (U.S.) It's 3½ hours long. It's not on Logo TV this year but is still geo blocked in the U.S. So to watch in... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
After a horrible first semi, tonight was wonderful. Everything you expect from Eurovision. There was not a stinker in the bunch. Sweden was the best, followed very closely by Norway & Switzerland. Denmark was incredibly sweet. And Malta was very catchy. The Netherlands was good, but not awesome. I don't... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
While Eurovision so far sucks, Israel & Tel Aviv are well worth the trip. First off it's beautiful here. A little dry, but being on the ocean (ok sea) is so pretty and the breezes are nice. And the architecture fits well. The people we've met have all been terrific... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
How bad was the first semi-final? Reportedly the host for the Danish broadcast, after receiving a large number of complaints during the show, apologized during the show and promised the second semi-final will be better. That's a safe bet as it's hard to imagine worse. The crimes in this semi-final... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
Ok, everyone here is saying it - Israel is by far the worst host possibly in the history of Eurovision. Definitely the worst in recent memory. Lets start with a small item that doesn't matter much, but is a great indicator. At every other Eurovision, when its time to start... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
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Moments ago, Jurijus was crowned as winner of Lithuania’s national selection final and will thus represent the country in the second Semi-Final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest on the 16th of May. Jurijus will compete with the song 'Run With The Lions'. Jurijus Veklenko, now presenting himself as Jurijus,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
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After two weeks of Semi-Finals and tonight's 'Supernova' final, Latvia decided to send Carousel to the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv with the song 'That Night'. About Carousel Sabine Žuga and Maris Vasilievsky make up the indie pop band Carousel and have been together since 2015. "Performing and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
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After a week full of music, Italy crowned the winner of their prestigious song contest 'Sanremo'. After all the votes were counted, 'Soldi' was announced as the winning song and Mahmood will perform it on behalf of Italy at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. After five show days, the final... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
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Kobi Marimi dares to dream! After an exciting finale of Israel's 'Rising Star for Eurovision', Kobi was selected to represent the country in Tel Aviv in May. Israel's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, HaKokhav HaBa, or Rising Star for Eurovision, held its live finale tonight. After an exciting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
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Iceland just held the final of their national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, 'Söngvakeppnin', in Reykjavik where Hatari won enough votes to beat the competition and will now represent the country in Tel Aviv with the song 'Hatrið Mun Sigra' (Hate will prevail). The band Hatari just won the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
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Joci Pápai is the winner of 'A Dal 2019', Hungary's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. After three heats, two semi-finals and tonight's national final, the competition came to a rousing close when the Eurovision veteran was chosen to sing 'Az én Apám' in Tel Aviv. Joci Pápai was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
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The Greek-Canadian singer/songwriter has been unanimously chosen by Greek broadcaster ERT through an internal selection process. Katerine will represent Greece in the second half of the first Semi-Final on the 14th of May with a yet to be announced song. Bearing in mind the history of the Eurovision Song Contest... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
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S!sters will represent Germany at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv with the song Sister. They won the German national selection 'Unser Song Für Israel' on the 22nd of February. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
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Bilal Hassani has won the final of 'Destination Eurovision' with the song 'Roi' (King) and will represent France in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Bilal beat seven other acts during the final which was broadcast live from Paris. Destination Eurovision, the French national selection for the 2019... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
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Finnish broadcasting company Yle has chosen EDM icon Darude to represent their country in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. His participating song will be chosen during a live broadcast on the 2nd of March, where three songs will be presented. Ville Virtanen, better known by his stage name Darude, is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
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Broadcaster MKRTV has chosen Tamara Todevska to represent F.Y.R. Macedonia at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Tamara has graced the Eurovision stage more than once, but this will be her first appearance as a solo artist! Tamara has been on stage since she was six years old and comes from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
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After two semi-finals and a thriller final, Victor Crone was chosen to represent Estonia at this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv with the song 'Storm'. Estonian broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR) hosted the final of the eleventh edition of Eesti Laul, Estonia's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
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Denmark has spoken! Leonora will represent the country in the second Semi-Final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Love Is Forever'. Leonora's Love Is Forever was written and composed by Lise Cabble, Melanie Wehbe and Emil Lei. About Leonora Leonora Colmor Jepsen was born in Hellerup, just... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
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The votes have been counted and the winner of the Czech national selection is... Lake Malawi! They will take to the stage in Israel and represent their country with the song 'Friend Of A Friend'. Lake Malawi is an indie-pop band founded in 2013 by Albert Černý (pictured). The name... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
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Through its popular tv format ‘Dora’, both the Croatian audience and jury decided that Roko will be its representative at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Roko is set to perform his song ‘The Dream’ in the second half of the second Semi-Final on the 16th of May.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
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The 18-year-old singer from Mons rose to national fame during 'The Voice Belgique' last year and has been chosen by Belgian national broadcaster RTBF to represent the country at the 64th Eurovision Song Contest in May. Eliot (full name: Eliot Vassamillet) will represent Belgium with a song composed by Pierre... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
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Singer PAENDA has been chosen by Austrian broadcaster ORF to represent the country at the 64th Eurovision Song Contest. Her song 'Limits' will be presented to the public in the coming weeks. ORF program director Mag. Kathrin Zechner said: "PAENDA is an outstandingly versatile artist and woman, who not only... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
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Kate was crowned the winner of the first-ever national televised selection show 'Eurovision - Australia Decides', she will represent Australia at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in May. In the first-ever Australian televised national selection Eurovision - Australia Decides, broadcast from the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Kate Miller-Heidke... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision
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Bar Refaeli, Erez Tal, Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub have been announced as hosts of this year's Eurovision Song Contest. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Host Broadcaster KAN have today announced the four hosts that will present the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2019 at America Loves Eurovision