MOLDOVA – Brand new song and video by Sunstroke Project. After their recent tour in Turkey the amazing guys are back and bring us new song which is available in this post. Watch the Sun Gets Down video clip and just start dancing.
ALBANIA – Albanian national broadcaster announced that Festivali I Këngës is going to take place on December 21-23 and will have two semi finals and a final. Adi Krasta, well know journalist in the country will host the show. It will be the 56th edition of the national music festival, which Albania uses to select also its Eurovision representative and song. Submissions for Festivali I Këngës will commence on November 2nd and will close 8 days later on November 10th.
AZERBAIJAN – Emil Kadirov seems to have stated that he is negotiating with Ictimai the representation of Azerbaijan in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. As far as we know the Azeri national broadcaster is already in contact with various male and female artists for this and they are about to take an early decision this year (at least regarding the singer). Emil is a baritone and participated the judges in the The Voice of Russia back in 2015.
MONTENEGRO – The UK X-Factor Six Chair Challenge concluded and the big news is that Slavko Kazelic, the 2017 Montenegrin representative proceeds to the next phase. He is not alone though. The Dutch NF participant Berget Lewis is also qualified. Unlike Slavko, Jon Lilygreen (Cyprus 2010) didn’t make it to the next phase.
LATVIA – The hot Latvian singer Markus Riva is the new host of the LatviaN X-Factor. He might not made it to the Eurovision stage despite his four time efforts but now he is hosting the big talent show inland. He is not the only Eurostar in the show as Intars Busulis (Latvia 2009) will be member of the jury panel. Besides the hosting job, Markus is also the face of Coca Cola in Latvia having his portrait on the cans of the most distribute refreshment in the world. Markus is now 31 years old and somehow we will see him also soon in Eurovision, don’t you think so, too?
FYR MACEDONIA – It’s been 10 years since the death of Those Paroeski, the 2004 representative of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. He died in a car crash on Zagreb–Lipovac A3 highway, near Nova Gradiška in Croatia at the age of 26.
ARMENIA – Iveta Mukuchyan surprised the jury panel at the blind auditions of the Voice of Armenia and dropped in singing a song. The Voice of Germany was Iveta’s first talent show experience back in 2012 where she managed to go to the live shows but eliminated the sing-off challenge by Freaky T.
RUSSIA – Members of Girl Groups come and go and Serebro is no exception from this. It has been confirmed that Polina Favorskaya (member from 2014-2017) has left the group. Still Elena Temnikova remains one of the top pop singers in the country and she hasn’t kept as a secret, her desire to go back to Eurovision stage soon!
UNITED KINGDOM – Britain is seeking to counter a cold war-style “information war” by investing in a range of projects, from “rebranding” Ukraine to influencing Russian speakers in Baltic states.
The UK’s efforts have included hiring M&C Saatchi – the advertising agency synonymous with Tory election campaigns – to run a project with the Foreign Office to rehabilitate Britain’s ally Ukraine, including using social media to target viewers of the Eurovision Song Contest, which was hosted by Kiev this summer.
The Foreign Office is also funding nascent programmes to identify how Britain can influence Russian-speaking minorities in Baltic states – regarded as a potential flashpoint between Nato and a resurgent Russia. Another initiative will invite Russian journalists to “themed tours” of the UK. You can find out more here.