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Privatbank Offers Check Redemption in Latvia

When it comes down to bank check redemption it's always a struggle to find a bank (at least in Europe) which offers such service. You may find my discoveries of finding a reliable bank in Republic of Georgia, when at the end I found Bank Republic. In case of Latvia, you have few options, like SEB or Swedbank, but both of them require you to have an active bank account at their branches for at least 6 months before you can start such a simple bank operation like check redemption. After a quick...

Another day without a blog post

Doing home remodeling takes it all. I havent prepared any blog post for today.

Elnur Huseynov With Song 'Hour Of The Wolf' Will Sing For Azerbaijan At Eurovision 2015

Elnur Huseynov is Azerbaijan’s choice for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. He was internally selected by the Azerbaijani broadcaster İctimai Television, ITV. On stage in Vienna, the singer will perform his mystical contemporary ballad Hour Of The Wolf.Eurovision 2015 is a great chance to present myself as a solo artist. I believe in my entry song as it has so many powerful messages. It is truly a song with great meaning of which the most important is ‘that every heart deserves a fight’...

Mørland & Debrah Scarlett To Represent Norway At Eurovision 2015

I'm continuing to follow up national selection for Eurovision 2015 song contest to be held in Vienna, Austria this May.By now I have listed contestants and their songs under tag Eurovision. Now it's turn to add a new contestant - Mørland & Debrah Scarlett To Represent Norway At Eurovision 2015. Read: Mørland & Debrah Scarlett take the Norwegian flag to Vienna! We can always rely on broadcaster NRK to put on a spectacular show and tonight was no exception. The...

Måns Zelmerlöw With The Song 'Heroes' Will Represent Sweden At Eurovision 2015

I'm continuing to follow up national selection for Eurovision 2015 song contest to be held in Vienna, Austria this May.By now I have listed contestants and their songs under tag Eurovision. Now it's turn to add a new contestant - Måns Zelmerlöw With The Song 'Heroes' Will Represent Sweden At Eurovision 2015. Read: Sweden: Måns Zelmerlöw wins Melodifestivalen The Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodifestivalen 2015, came to an end. After a...

The Makemakes with song 'I am Yours' will represent Austria!

I'm continuing to follow up national selection for Eurovision 2015 song contest to be held in Vienna, Austria this May.By now I have listed contestants and their songs under tag Eurovision. Now it's turn to add a new contestant - The Makemakes with a song 'I am yours' has been confirmed to represent Austria. Read: The Makemakes to represent Austria!In two rounds of voting, an international jury and the national TV public jointly decided that the host country of the 2015...

The Netherlands: Trijntje to sing "Walk Along" in Vienna

I'm continuing to follow up national selection for Eurovision 2015 song contest to be held in Vienna, Austria this May.By now I have listed contestants and their songs under tag Eurovision. Now it's turn to add a new contestant: The Netherlands and Trijntje with song "Walk Along". Source: The Netherlands: Trijntje to sing "Walk Along" in ViennaABOUT EUROVISION 2015 SONG CONTESTThe Eurovision Song Contest 2015 will be the 60th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest....

Polina Gagarina With Song 'A Million Voices' To Represent Russia At Eurovision 2015

I'm continuing to follow up national selection for Eurovision 2015 song contest to be held in Vienna, Austria this May.By now I have listed contestants and their songs under tag Eurovision. Now it's turn to add a new contestant from Russia - Polina Gagarina will sing 'A Million Voices' Read: Polina Gagarina to represent Russia! It has been confirmed that Polina Gagarina will represent Russia in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. She will sing A Million Voices in Vienna, a...

Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta Will Sing For Czech Republic

I'm continuing to follow up national selection for Eurovision 2015 song contest to be held in Vienna, Austria this May.By now I have listed contestants and their songs under tag Eurovision. Now it's turn to add a new contestants from Czech Republic: Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta Read: Listen to the Czech song! This year, for the first time since 2009, the Czech Republic will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. Well-known Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta...

Monika Kuszyńska With Song 'In The Name Of Love' To Sing For Poland At Eurovision

I'm continuing to follow up national selection for Eurovision 2015 song contest to be held in Vienna, Austria this May.By now I have listed contestants and their songs under tag Eurovision. Now it's turn for artist from Poland: Monika Kuszyńska Monika Kuszyńska is the Polish representative in Vienna. She is a popular singer in her home country. Monika was a lead singer in the pop band Varius Manx. In 2006, she had a car accident and since then she is a partially paralyzed....

Voltaj with the song De la capăt will sing For Romania at Eurovision 2015

I'm continuing to follow up national selection for Eurovision 2015 song contest to be held in Vienna, Austria this May.By now I have listed contestants and their songs under tag Eurovision. Now it's turn to add a new contestant Voltaj from Romania with the song De la capăt to fly the flag for them in Vienna. Read: Voltaj to represent Romania in ViennaAbout VoltajVoltaj is a very popular band in their home country, with millions of fans, and their song De la capăt has a...

Leonor Andrade to represent Portugal in Vienna

I'm continuing to follow up national selection for Eurovision 2015 song contest to be held in Vienna, Austria this May.By now I have listed contestants and their songs under tag Eurovision. Now it's turn to add a new contestant, this time Leonor Andrade from Portugal with the song Há um Mar que nos Separa. Read: Leonor Andrade to represent Portugal in ViennaABOUT EUROVISION 2015 SONG CONTESTThe Eurovision Song Contest 2015 will be the 60th edition of the annual Eurovision...

Electro Velvet To Represent United Kingdom At Eurovision 2015

I'm continuing to follow up national selection for Eurovision 2015 song contest to be held in Vienna, Austria this May.By now I have listed contestants and their songs under tag Eurovision. Now it's turn to add a new contestant, this time Electro Velvet who is going to represent United Kingdom.The BBC has revealed that Electro Velvet, a musical duo consisting of Alex Larke and Bianca Nicholas, will represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, performing the song Still...

Maria-Eleni Kyriakou with Song 'One Last Breath' will sing for Greece at Eurovision 2015 Vienna, Austria

Maria-Eleni Kyriakou with the song One Last Breath to fly the flag for Greece in Vienna.About Maria-Eleni KyriakouMaria-Eleni Kyriakou is of Cypriot origin, and has had a very successful career in Greece and participated in The Voice of Greece. It has always been a dream of hers to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest. She describes One Last Breath, a song she has co-written, as a pop ballad.Read more on Eurovision.TV

Guy Sebastian to compete for Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest

Guy Sebastian will represent Australia at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna! The performance will be a celebration of Australian music and culture and marks the first time in Eurovision history that Australia has been invited to compete at the contest as a wild card entry to celebrate 60 years of Eurovision Song Contest.The Eurovision Song Contest reached an Australian audience of over 3 million in 2014 and an international audience of over 195 million people and SBS and production...

Ann Sophie Sing For Germany At Eurovision 2015

German TV public have chosen their winner for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna: Andreas Kümmert won the vote of the public but declined to represent Germany. Thus the second-placed Ann-Sophie will be singing Black Smoke in Vienna!About Ann SophieAnn Sophie (24) was born in London and grew up in Hamburg. At the age of four, she started with ballet dancing, and at 14 she knew that she wanted to be a singer. Six years later she moved to New York to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre...

Maraaya Will Sing For Slovenia At Eurovision 2015

This year eight artists and bands in Slovenia were among the finalists, but there’s only one winner and it’s Maraaya.About MaraayaMARAAYA is a indie/pop band consisted of Marjetka (vocalist) and Raay (composer). They are working on their first studio album, which might be published before the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. Apparently, the first single Lovin' Me is already published.Slovenia at the Eurovision Song ContestSlovenia participated 20 times, debuting in 1993. The best results were...

Molly Sterling To Represent Ireland At Eurovision 2015

Ireland  selected their entry for the 2015 contest and, in a very close contest, they have chosen Molly Sterling with the song Playing With Numbers to wave the flag for them this year in Vienna.About Molly SterlingMolly Sterling (16) is a self-taught musician from Nenegh in Co Tipperary. She and songwriter Greg French co-wrote Playing wWth Numbers as part of her upcoming album. The song is about the risks people take every day in love and in life, and the experiences of taking the...

Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät To Represt Finland At Eurovision

The winner Aina mun pitää (I always have to) is a punk song written and performed by Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. At 1:25 (one minute and twenty-five seconds) Aina mun pitää is bound to be the shortest song ever in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest.The band's name in English is Pertti Kurikka's Name Day. Pertti Kurikan is the guitarist of the band; they are also known by their acronym, PKN.This four-piece came together at a cultural workshop for the learning disabled and they’ve been...

Eduard Romanyuta wins the Moldovan final (Eurovision 2015)

The Moldovan national final O Melodie Pentru Europa is one of the most popular and favourite music shows of the year. That's why to win this selection is a big honour. Tonight, Eduard Romanyuta convinced the expert jury and the TV viewers with his performance and thus, was chosen to represent Moldova in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. They will sing I Want Your Love in Vienna.About Eduard RomanyutaEduard Romanyuta is a Ukrainian singer. He participated in the Ukrainian national selections...

Boggie with Song 'Wars For Nothing' will sing for Hungary at Eurovision 2015

Boggie will represent Hungary in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.About BoggieBOGGIE is a project of two young songwriters, singer Boglárka Csemer and keyboardist Áron Sebestyén. Melody is the central and essential element the music of BOGGIE. The songs are woven around the magical melodies delivered by Boglárka’s unique voice, singing in French and English and her native Hungarian. Her voice draws the listener into the enchanted world of French chanson as well as the emotional intensity of...

Aminata with Song 'Love Injected' Will Sing For Latvia At Eurovision 2015

After an exciting round of voting - tonight's final of Supernova in Latvia has been won by Aminata with her own composition, Love Injected, and therefore she will represent the country in Vienna in May.All four finalists in tonight's competition were commented upon by an expert panel, comprising vocal consultant Ieva Kerēvica, Kaspars Roga (member of the group Brainstorm), singer Dons and music business professional Guntars Račs. Tonight however it was down to the public to determine the winner...

Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila Will Sing For Lithuania at Eurovision 2015

During last eight weeks, 12 artists and 12 songs competed in a unique separate way for the honour to represent Lithuania on stage in Vienna. Previously, it was planed that a solo entry will the Lithuanian choice, but as fate would have it, TV viewers and the professional jury chose a duet: Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila!The Lithuanian national final was the eighth show broadcast live from the LRT studio in Vilnius. It was hosted by Simona Nainė and Arūnas Valinskas. Tonight's jury consisted...

Elina Born & Stig Rästa With Song 'Goodbye To Yesterday!' Will Sing for Estonia at Eurovision 2015

Tonight's final of Eesti Laul 2015 was a great show with 10 talented acts fighting to represent Estonia at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. However, only one act could win and this was Elina Born & Stig Rästa with the song Goodbye To Yesterday!Last year in Copenhagen, Estonia failed to qualify to the Grand Final but this year the country has great hopes for its entry, Elina Born & Stig Rästa with the song Goodbye To Yesterday, who just won Eesti Laul 2015 tonight in Tallinn....