SCANDIPOP.CO.UK REPORTS / SWEDEN – Måns Zelmerlöw today releases a brand new single. A special release, it’s in support of Sarah Sjöström who is currently competing for Sweden in the FINA World Championships in Budapest. The song is called ‘We Can Be The Rulers’, and is written by Måns, along with Moh Denebi and Paddy Dalton. And as it’s behind said team, it’s very much in the same sound and style that we all enjoyed on MZW’s most recent album ‘Chameleon’. It’s an electro ballad with the sort of uplifting lyric and tone that befits a sporting anthem. Though it slots in perfectly amongst his repertoire, and stands out on its own as a strong single.
ISRAEL – Israeli singer Harel Skaat has a message for LGBT youth in Israel: don’t enlist in the IDF. The popular singer wrote an emotional Facebook post Sunday night after hearing that the government will petition the Supreme Court to oppose easing the restrictions on adoption by same-sex couples. Skaat spoke earlier that evening to a gay youth group in Beersheba, and thanked them for listening to his words.
“The day will come in a few years that you will have to enlist in the army and do your part,” began Skaat. “As an Israeli who loves his country and is proud to be a Jew and talks about that around the world, who served proudly in the army and whose boyfriend is an IDF major who serves almost a month out of the year, I call on you not to enlist in the army!”
Skaat, who represented Israel in the Eurovision in 2010, has had many hit singles in Israel, including “Now,” “Kama Od Efshar” and “Boom.” He also served as a judge this past year on the “Next Star for Eurovision” TV competition show.
Skaat had other recommendations for gay youth living in Israel. “And you know what, don’t pay taxes either on the money you will soon be earning,” he added. “Basically any requirement the country asks of you – ignore. Because that’s what they do to you and the equal rights that are due to you.”
Gay marriage is not legal in Israel. The country will register, but not recognize, same-sex unions performed outside the country – the same as it does for any civil unions. Same-sex couples are not banned from adopting children in Israel, but they are only considered if a heterosexual couple cannot be found for a child. Gay couples in Israel can also not use legal surrogates in the country, and for that reason, many turn to women living abroad to carry their offspring.
Skaat slammed Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, whose Justice Ministry authored the government submission to the Supreme Court on adoption. “To Mrs. Ayelet Shaked and all the other cowardly politicians like you,” he wrote. “You aren’t worthy of us. I can only hope that the millions of people who marched in Tel Aviv in the recent pride parade in order to allow you to boast to the world about your flawed acceptance of us, will become an electoral force that will finally kick you out [of office]. There is a new generation that won’t tolerate your hypocrisy much longer.”
Around 200,000 people took part in Tel Aviv’s Pride Parade last month.
Speaking to Ynet on Monday morning, Skaat made clear he didn’t regret or retract anything he said. “The government’s decision hurt me a lot,” he said. “This isn’t a provocation, it’s my life and the lives of hundreds of thousands here in Israel…. I perform with love and pride in front of soldiers and NGOs that support the IDF. I give what I can and I’ll continue to do so.”
SOURCE: JERSULAME POST
LATVIA – Carmen Manet from Slovenia has won the very first Eurovision Choir of the Year competition followed by the Wales and Latvia. The event was held in Latvia’s capital Riga and is the latest addition to the Eurovision Family of Events. The inaugural Eurovision Choir of the Year was hosted by Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre and Latvian Television’s culture presenter Eva Johansone. Each choir performed a six-minute set without music. The songs could include one or several works and pieces that reflect their respective national or regional character in some way. The choirs were judged by a high-profile jury, including British composer John Rutter and Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča. (source: EBU)
SAN MARINO – Every Thursday up to August 31st, San Marino is celebrating summer with festivities around gastronomy, music and culture. Piazza della Libertà is the place to be in San Marino, the Italian micro state and Eurovision allure has covered the area: this week Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson performed. After representing San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 the two artists returned to San Marino performing popular American music of the 60s and the 70s. You can watch the video report here.
LATVIA – Tonight’s the night – one of the nine competing choirs will lift the trophy and be awarded the title of Eurovision Choir of the Year. The show will be broadcast to 12 countries and streamed live around the world on YouTube.
Hardchor Linz (Austria)
Les Pastoreaux (Belgium)
Academic Choir of Aarhus (Denmark)
Estonian TV Girls’ Choir (Estonia)
Jazzchor Freiburg (Germany)
Carmen Manet (Slovenia)
Bela Bartok Male Choir (Hungary)
Côr Merched Sir Gâr (Wales)
What can you expect?
Each choir will perform a six-minute unaccompanied set in any genre. The songs can include one or several works, and should in part reflect their respective national or regional character in some way. The choirs will be judged by a high-profile jury, including British composer John Rutter and Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča. Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre and Latvian Television’s culture presenter Eva Johansone will host the show. The official trophy of Eurovision Choir of the Year is a glass sculpture and was made by Vineta Groza, Associate Professor of the Art Academy of Latvia and Head of the Department of Glass Art. Earlier today the trophy was unveiled for the first time. (source: EBU)