BULGARIA 🇧🇬 – Watch Kristian Kostov (Bulgaria 2017) performing at the Miss World pageant in China. For the history, the contest title won by Miss India.
CZECH REPUBLIC 🇨🇿 – National broadcaster, Česká Televize announced they have more than 300 submissions, most of them in English but also in Czech and French. The songs were submitted under the rule that performer should be Czech. It remains to see how the selection will be made. There is no clear view if there will be national final with an artist and songs or open national final with various artists.Already we know that the French song is submitted by Annabelle who was approached by the broadcaster itself. Other artists who openly admitted their bidding are: Yanna, Mikolas Josef, Jakub Ondra.
KAZAKHSTAN 🇰🇿 – Kazakhstan’s Channel 31 announced their new EBU status as associate member and they don’t hide their ambition to enter both the senior and Junior Eurovision Song Contests. Already Kazakhstan sent a delegation to Tbilisi to follow the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest while they bring Danelia Tulesheva and Muhammedali Zhugunusov to perform their music during the JESC week in the Georgian capital as a gig. Kazakhstan wants to participate in the Minsk Junior Eurovision edition in 2018 if their EBU membership upgrades. But they can also get an invitation by the EBU just like Australia to enter the contest.
FINLAND 🇫🇮 – From Finland to San Marino. 2017 favourite in UMK, Emma, is now bidding to San Marino’s marathon selection. She performed the song Rise Up by Andra Day in order to enter the preselection. In the meantime Emma is uploading various videos on her YouTube channel.
SLOVENIA 🇸🇮 – 108 songs submitted to RTVSLO for the 2018 national selection, EMA. Rules obligated those submitting their songs to perform them in Slovenian although there is no decision whether the song will be performed in Slovenian or English in Lisbon. Full rules for national selection will be released by RTVSLO on December 1st. On December 8th we will know the finalists for the live shows of EMA 2018.
GEORGIA 🇬🇪- A week to go for the final of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and the national broadcaster revealed that the project cost 2.2 million Euros. Today the Opening Ceremony takes place in Tbilisi where there will be draw for the countries’ performance. The event will be aired live on YouTube. Rehearsals begin tomorrow. The trophy for the winner remains the same. The contest will be aired live on November 26th at 16:00 CET. Although oikotimes.com is not following the event this year within the day there will be editorial review for all 16 entries, alongside an oikopanel voting and we will open soon our annual Junior Europrediction for the lovers of web polls.
ISRAEL 🇮🇱 – The 5th episode of The Next star aired in Israel and six participants qualified to the next phase. Static & Ben-El Tavori, Keren Peles, Harel Skaat and Assaf Amdursky are the jury members. The qualifiers are
Ofir Harush (84%, got 4 yes)
Yanir Chmiel (76%, got 3 yes)
Orel Gilad (71%, got 3 yes)
Tal Mizrahi (85%, got 4 yes)
Hezi Katri (86%, got 4 yes)
Liat Banay (86%, got 4 yes)
EUROVISION.TV REPORTS / EBU – The first wave of tickets for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest go on sale on Thursday 30th November at 11:00 CET at the official ticketing website BlueTicket.pt.
Those purchasing tickets for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will have the opportunity to see the highest number of participants in seven years. The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R. Macedonia) will participate in Lisbon bringing the total number of participants to 43!
Tickets for the remaining shows, including the Semi-Finals, will be on sale in further waves in January 2018 after the Semi-Final Allocation Draw. The ticketing page on Eurovision.tv will be updated with further information about future ticket releases.
EUROVISION.TV REPORTS / SWITZERLAND – A record high of 43 countries will participate in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R Macedonia) joins the line up for next May. A date for the first wave of ticket sales for the event has also been revealed as 30th November.
The EBU and Macedonian Radio Television (MRT) are pleased to announce that MRT will now participate in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. This follows the lifting of sanctions imposed for non-payment of debt. MRT will be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest for the 18th time.
Those purchasing tickets when the first wave goes on sale now have the opportunity to see the highest number of participants in 7 years.
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said “The EBU and MRT have worked quickly to find a resolution on this matter together, which ensures that MRT are able to join us in the Eurovision Song Contest once again, and we are pleased to announce that this has now been possible. This means we will have a record-equaling number of countries participating in Lisbon, and we are very confident that those who are successful in purchasing tickets will enjoy their Eurovision experience next year.”
As announced today, the first wave of tickets for the Grand Final will be released on November 30th. Tickets will be available to purchase priced at various levels between 35 and 299 Euros, from 11:00 CET on the ticketing website https://www.blueticket.pt/.
UNITED KINGDOM – BBC conformed that national selection show Eurovision: You Decide 2018 will take place in Brighton Dome on February 7th with host Mel Giedroyc and 2015 Eurovision winner from Sweden, Måns Zelmerlöw. There will be six finalists. BBC informs about the procedure: “Culminating a huge national song search for the Eurovision Song Contest, six shortlisted acts will be battling it out to be our next UK representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, alongside some special guest performances. The six contestants will take to the stage in a bid to impress the viewers at home, with an expert panel close by to offer their thoughts on how the songs could look and sound on the stage in Lisbon, Portugal.”
ROMANIA – Selecţia Naţională is gearing up and TVR is now calling for songs. Those interested to submit a bid can send their applications until the 15th of December 2017 to the following address: Calea Dorobanţilor nr. 191, sector 1, Bucureşti („Pentru Selecţia Naţională Eurovision 2018”), or by e-mail to email@example.com. There will be a phase with live auditions between December 18th and 20th. There will be 60 entries qualifying to the national selection which will have five semi finals and a final. Each semi final will have 15 songs from which three will proceed to the final after professional jury voting. In the final the 15 finalists will be in the fate of the public.
AUSTRALIA – Same sex marriage referendum ended up with a public approval of 61.6% and now the parliament should issue the bill to make it legal. Various Eurovision stars praised the Aussies’ decision. Delta Goodrem (JESC 2015 composer) said “Crying with happiness?”, Isaiah Firebrace (Australia 2017) posted a rainbow emoticon on Twitter and Anja Nissen (Denmark 2017) stated “One word… Yes”. Dustin the Turkey (Ireland 2008) said: “Thinking of me good pals Skippy & Emu tonight.” Australia’s spokesperson Lee Lin Chinn said: “As a newsreader for a public broadcaster I’m meant to have zero opinions so I’ll just say this… GOOD! ABOUT TIME! SUCKED IN OPPOSING VIEW!” There were very positive posts also from Sara Aalto (Finland 2018), Myf Warhurst (Australian commentator), Julia Zemiro (SBS commentator 2009-2016) and Joel Creasey (SBS commentator).
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SWEDEN – Norwegian electropop star Kamferdrops, comedy legend Jonas Gardell, Swedish Idol act Renaida Braun and folk singer Kalle Moraeus are the latest rumoured names for the 2018 Melodifestivalen edition according to the one and only, Aftonbladet. Kamferdrops is the stage name of upcoming Norwegian musician Heidi Musum. Jonas Gardell is a hugely successful and popular Swedish comedian, author and playwright. Renaida is known from her participation last year in Swedish Idol and Kalle is a successful Swedish folk musician. Regarding Alcazar, Aftonbladet reports that they still don’t have the song they want to enter Melodifestivalen 2018 (yet!)
SPAIN – Ainhoa Cantalapiedra, winner of Spain’s second season of Operación Triunfo said that she would love to go to Eurovision but she claims the procedure inside TVE is not transparent. More specifically she said: “I would love to try again and represent Spain at Eurovision but only when everything is more transparent.” The singer approached this year’s situation and ended up defending Manel Navarro from the critics who, for her, was part of a set up: “It was not fair to watch the poor guy being surrounded by negativity because Spain’s format isn’t transparent enough.”
FINLAND / POLAND – Norma John who represented Finland this year in Kyiv and missed the final although it was one of the fans favourite (even for the trophy) are collaborating with Kasia Mos, also participating in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. They are going to Poland this December and record a duet with Kasia Mos which will be released on January 18th.
dear friends! Thank you for following and thank you for your patience. It's been a long time since #blackbird and we've been writing dozens of new songs hoping to get something released for you guys to listen. It's been a hard process trying to figure out the way to publish stuff. Which song, with who, how, etc etc. Originally the plan was to have our next single out there in the beginning of summer but then things really turned complicated. We felt that everything depended on other people and we lost track a bit. But thanks to your support and love, we got back. Stronger than ever🔥❤ finally, good things are happening. We're gonna go to Poland on december and gonna record a duet (all three of us;) with the lovely @kasiamos_official and it's gonna be released of course❤ Our next single is going to be released on January 18 and it's gonna be epic, we're soooo happy and can't wait!!!! Stay tuned!! Love you guys!!!!❤❤ never give up and always believe in yourself💯💯😎peace out!!!☮️💟 #normajohn #newmusic #newsingle #duet #kasiamos #staytuned #soexcited #single #music
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EBU – European Broadcasting Union declared that there will be no tolerance and will not allow any use of the Nagorno Karabakh in the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, since Armeniann participant Michael Grigoryan (Misha) is from the disputed region (just like 2010 JESC winner, Vladimir Arzumanyan). Since internationally, this region is recognised as Azeri territory any Armenian statement in the show will be penalised, just as happened with Iveta and her flag show off during the screening of the Green Room in Stockholm.
GREECE – Today’s drama episode from Greece has a statement by the composer of Areti Ketime’s song. Mr Dimtris Karras claims that there is a going to be a song leak the coming days and warns those trying to disqualifying Areti’s entry that ERT has declared none of the songs will be disqualified if the songs leak.
SAN MARINO – Margaret, Egine, Berget and Syuzanna Melqonyan are bidding for San Marino as their bids found in the platform of the 1in360 marathon selection are fake and re uploaded few hours alter. The mess started to clear up. Margaret’s entry was indeed fake and removed from the platform. But there are a lot of rumours regarding fake submissions such as those of: Ben Woodward, Yola Dinis, Maxine Swaby. It’s clear now that the effort for an international selection for San Marino is a mess.
SERBIA – Marija Serifovic, the woman who brought the first ever trophy to Serbia, released a brand new song (the video which is available in this post). The song is titled 11 and is described by Marija Serifovic as “Everything that I ever wanted has fit in those four minutes”. Speaking to Serbia Today about her Eurovision entry she says: “The song is dedicated to all those first and truly great loves that we go through, and it seems that the audience has recognized this, and I am very pleased with it.”
ESTONIA – Estonian national selection (semi finals and final) will include Russian commentary: Daria Saar, editor-in-chief of ETV+ says: ”Eesti Laul contest is the main musical event in our country, it attracts the attention of all residents of Estonia, because its winner will represent Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest. For the third year Russian speaking audience will be able to watch the broadcast of the contest with commentary in their native language”. Music editor of ETV+ Alexander Khobotov says: “Officially, there are no language restrictions in the contest. But the overwhelming majority of singers prefer to sing in English. Among all the finalists of the last contest, only Ivo Linna sang in Estonian. Ray and Nika Prokopieva will sing their songs in English, but Elina Nechaeva will perform her song in Italian. By the way, the Italian song will sound on Eesti Laul for the first time.”
IRELAND – Peakcocks may have won the battle for the best Christmas advert on the telly this year – as long as you’re a Honey G fan. The ad features some of the best acts from previous series, such as Wagner, Honey G, Sam Bailey and Jedward. It starts with the Irish duo opening the front door to some carol singers, Wagner and Sam Bailey. They sing: “Deck the halls with rhymes from Honey”. The singers then step aside to reveal last year’s most talked about contestant, Honey G. She beings her festive rap with help from Jedward and other almost-forgotten stars from the reality TV singing contest. The advert feature a bespoke Christmas lyrics and a dance routine, featuring all five contestants. At the end of the rap Honey G, who recently stripped off for as new bikini shoot in Italy, says: “Peacocks just sleighed it”. It’s all beautifully tied together with eh Peacocks tag line: “All you need to do is the wrapping”. Peacocks has more than 500 retail outlets and franchise stores located worldwide. It comes just a few days after John Lewis revealed its £1million advert featuring Moz the Monster.
GREECE – The drama of the Greek national selection continues. After the announcement that two songs disqualified there were internet posts from various sites claiming that those remaining in the run for representing Greece in Lisbon next May have close ties with ERT. Ms Evanthia Magni issued a statement saying “With short words I asked people to stop speak with nicknames hidden behind a screen blaming songs … us as a nation we can do it better than blame each other and at least those who comment can use their real names. Good luck to all the songs. Good luck to Europe”.
PORTUGAL – Team editor Olivier Rocher has been in Lisbon this week and visited the area of the Oceanarium and the venue. Have a sneak peak of the area where the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will take place. Filmed in open space and no copyrights claimed.
GREECE – It is reported that ERT’s artistic jury met again to discuss possible problems with songs which didn’t meet the criteria originally set by the Greek national broadcaster. There seems to be two songs that didn’t meet the criteria of Greek sound as requested therefore the broadcaster decides now that three songs will only proceed to the national final.
ERT decided to disqualify Duo Fina, which is actually a duet which works at ERT and raised a lot of questions with their qualification to the final. But due to the fact that their song didn’t meet the ERT music criteria, the duet is disqualified. It seems that ERT doesn’t want another scandal. Also the song of Tony Vlachos is disqualified for the same reasons. Therefore the three finalists are:
|PARTICIPANT||SONG TITLE||PUBLIC VOTING||RANKING||OIKOTIMES POLL|
|GROUP HOROSTALITES||FROM THRACE TO CRETE|
|ARETI KETIME||MIN KSEHNAS TO ELIO|
|YANNA TERZI||TO ONEIRO MOU|
|TONY VLACHOS||BAILA JAZZ||DISQUALIFIED|
|DUO FINA||IDIO TEMPO||DISQUALIFIED|
Greek national broadcaster has given the three bidders time to finalise their demos and present their official production to ERT and by December 5th we will know the details for the national final including the date and venue.
BNT REPORTS / BULGARIA – Bulgaria is set to participate at Eurovision 2018. BNT has already confirmed all the relevant details to the EBU and everything is ready to start the search of our new representative. Before we go to sunny Lisbon, though, we should do our homework first. Therefore, let us tell you more about our approach this year.
Quite similarly to our selection for Eurovision 2017, now we will be looking for comprehensive solutions. The successful project for Eurovision is a delicate mixture of а very good performer, interesting voice, the right song and an attractive visual presentation. Sounds way easier than it is in the reality.
“Once again we are looking for a charismatic artist, captivating song and effective stage concepts. We would like to be working together with the best professionals, so that we prove once again that Bulgaria is worthy part of the music landscape in Europe. With this kind of approach we had very good achievements in the last two years – the second place by Kristian Kostov and the fourth one by Poli Genova“, said the Bulgarian Head of Delegation Joana Levieva-Sawyer.
Submissions due on December 20th
TBILISI – Stage construction for the 2017 edition of Junior Eurovision Song Contest gears up in the Georgian capital. The team of oikotimes.com although not covering the event this year will soon launch the annual Junior Europrediction soon – available at www.oikotimes.com/vote
BELGIUM – After achieving a remarkable 4th place with her Eurovision entry, Blanche has now won a prestigious award. She won the European Border Breakers Award (or EBBA) which is for new artists. Blanche says: “I’m so so glad to be one of this year’s European Border Breakers Awards ! This is really one of the accomplishment that shows how successful the song has been, and that, is due to all of people that have support and keep supporting by listening, buying, sharing and singing the song. It makes me even more excited to share all the rest with you!!”
I'm so so glad to be one of this year's European Border Breakers Awards ! This is really one of the accomplishment that shows how successful the song has been, and that, is due to all of people that have support and keep supporting by listening, buying, sharing and singing the song 😀 It makes me even more excited to share all the rest with you !! xx
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MOLDOVA – The 2016 Moldovan representative, Lisia Isac maybe didn’t do well in Stockholm but she surely made all four judges in the Voice of Romania blind auditions to turn their chairs performing Adele’s song, When We Were Young. She is now one of the 16 qualifiers for the live shows.
UNITED KINGDOM – Loïc Nottet from Belgium, Amir from France and Magdi Rúzsa are the three Eurovision participants who won their regional MTV Awards in their countries. Alongside the list of regional nominations we also spot the following winners: Ermal Meta (Sanremo 2017) — Best Italian Act and Jessica Mauboy (Interval 2014) — Best Australian Act. The rest of the Eurostars didn’t make ti this year.
MALTA – Glen Vella, the 2011 Eurovision participant for Malta got engaged to Sandro Zammit and they celebrated their news on Instagram.
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UKRAINE – Ukrainian representatives in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest Mika Newton celebrated her new relationship with Chris Saavedra also on Instagram. Congrats!
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ISRAEL – The fourth episode of Israel’s The Next Star aired this week and we have the following qualifiers to the next round:
Yafit Casay (95%, yes by four judges)
Yosi Pitusi (81%, yes by three judges)
Ravit Batashvili (86%, yes by four judges)
Shir Zarfati (72%, yes by three judges)
The Choice (63%, yes by three judges)
Noa Bell (82%, yes by 3 judges)
SAN MARINO – 2016 Austrian representative Zoë announced officially as one of the jury members for the marathon selection San Marino prepares. With more than 600 submissions there will be also selection of wildcard songs. Zoë explains for the second wildcard selection: “On the 1st of December, which is also my birthday, all likes on the web site will be reset and then you have 10 days to vote for your favourite artist,” she explained. “On the 10th of December at 11:59pm we will count all the likes and the artist with the most likes will get the second wildcard.” The first wildcard will be chosen by OGAE fans across the world. Måns Zelmerlöw and UK radio host Dave Berry will conclude the jury of the San Marino talent show.
ALBANIA – Festivali i Këngës 2017 is ready to kick off. RTSH announced the 22 songs participating this year. Markelian Kapidani, Luan Zhegu, Ben Andoni, Sokol Marsi and Edmond Rapi selected the following songs. Adi Kastra will be the host of the three nights.
01. Inest Neziri – Piedastal
02. Lynx – Vonë
03. Rezarta Smaja ft Luiz Ejlli – Ra Nje Yll
04. Orgesa Zaimi – Ngrije Zërin
05. Artemisa Mithi – E dua Botën
06. Tahir Gjoci – Orë e Ndaluar
07. Bojken Lako – Sytë e Shpirtit
08. Manjola Nallbani – Të Pandarë
09. David & Genc Tuqici – Tjetër Jëtë
10. Grupi Na & Festina Mejzini – I Njejti Ciell
11. Mariza Ikonomi – Unë
12. Redon Makashi – Eksistoj
13. Eugen Bushpepa – Mall
14. Lorela Sejdini – Pritën Edhe Pak
15. Elton Deda – Fjalët
16. Ergi Bregu – Bum Bum
17. Denisa Gjezo – Zemër Ku Je
18. Endri & Stefi Prifti – Mesazh
19. Xhesika Polo – Përjetë
20. Evans Rama – Gjurmët
21. Akullthyesit – Divorci
22. Voltan Pordani – Pse të Desha