Month: June 2017
MALTA – 15 Of Malta’s Biggest Stars To Perform At Huge EU Presidency Closing Concert and it’s absolutely free! Malta’s six month tenure as the Presidency of the Council of the EU has come to a close, and a huge (and completely free) concert is being planned to see the successful period out in style. 15 of the biggest Maltese names from Eurovision and beyond will be taking the stage, and here they are in all their glory:
Mary Spiteri, Mary Rose Mallia, Destiny, Claudia Faniello, Georgina, Kevin Borg, Chrystabelle, Jasmine, Catherine Vigar, Joe Cutajar, Kristina Magrin, Roger Tirazona, Nadia Vella, Julie Pomorski, Mark Tonna
Yep, all those names on one night. This is really happening. The night will also feature a live performance by Multi Platinum selling vocal group The Tenors from Canada, who will be accompanied by a 25-piece orchestra directed by Maestro Paul Abela.
The concert is happening this Friday 30th June at Smart City (Ricasoli), with water fountain shows in the background. With a venue like that, it’s set to be an unforgettable night. The concert starts 8.30pm and will finish at 11, and more information can be found on the official Facebook event page.
GREECE – Two interesting hints were spread last night in two different events. During the X-Factor Greece, the former national final participant for Cyprus, Panagiotis Koufogiannis was praised for his performance with all the jury hinting that he is ready for Eurovision. Why did they say that? Do they know Panagiotis’ wish to go to Eurovision? Is there already a scouting process for him?
Then we had the joint concert of Helena Paparizou and Despoina Vandi. You should all remember Destine Vandi from hosting the 2013 and 2014 Greek national finals aside to George Kapoutzides. During their live concert Despoina said that “…and we are thinking of sending you to Eurovision” in a way that shows that there was a serious talk between the two women and there is something going on.
It is weird why all those mentions take place especially now that Cyprus and Greece have poor results in the recent Eurovision Song Contest editions a fact that when occurred usually prevented big artists to even discuss participation in the event. For sure, something is going on with Eurovision, but there will be no official approach on the matter since ERT is still seeking for a new CEO.
SWITZERLAND – It is no secret that Switzerland is not doing well in the recent Eurovision Song Contest editions but it seems that SRF is going to try hard to change that.
Swiss national broadcaster confirmed its participation to the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with a twist, revealing that Martin Österdahl and Christer Björkman will assist them organise the national selection.
Martin Österdahl was the Executive Producer of Melodifestivalen in 2007 and 2008, a role he also took on when Sweden hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 and 2016. Christer Björkman has been responsible for the Swedish selection process for Eurovision since 2002 and Head of Delegation for the country annually, he was also a producer at Eurovision 2013, 2016 and 2017.
It’s no secret that Swedish influence affects many countries, such as Australia as Paul Clarke revealed.
After Swiss confirmation we count now 15 countries already for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest: Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, host country Portugal, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland.
PORTUGAL – Since winning Eurovision 2017, Salvador Sobral has continued to make comments which are seen, by many, to be controversial. The latest issue surrounds a live concert shown on the three main Portuguese television networks (RTP, SIC and TVI), alongside national radio stations. The concert aimed at raising funds for those in need, involved 25 separate artists and was able to raise 1.153.000 Euros.
The performance by Salvador Sobral was the closing act, where he performed his Eurovision winning song “Amar Pelos Dois” but he also performed “A case of you” from Joni Mitchell. The controversy took place midway through his set performance, where he stopped and told people “I get the feeling that whatever I do, you applaud. So if I fart, I wonder what you’d all do”.
The live audience didn’t react, continuing to applaud and cheer but online media was quick to criticise the comment. “It was an uncalled for comment, totally unnecessary”, was mostly heard by viewers of the concert but others commented that “He said what many were thinking, it was funny”. His commentary has not gone unnoticed, with his Twitter page garnering over three million tweets.
UKRAINE – The official statement of UA:PBC over the sanctions by EBU: The National Public Television and Radio Company of Ukraine, as the organizer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, made every effort to ensure that the international song contest in Kyiv was successful. The quality of the organization Eurovision 2017 was highly appreciated not only by the delegations of the participating countries and the audience of the show, but also by the European Broadcasting Union, about which it has informed UA:PBC in it’s official letter.
Despite this, the European Broadcasting Union has announced that it is considering the possibility of sanctions against UA:PBC for the fact that the host broadcaster was unable to ensure the participation of the singer from the Russian Federation Yulia Samoilova in the contest.
The decision to ban the entry into the territory of Ukraine of Yulia Samoilova for a period of three years was made by the Security Service of Ukraine in connection with the proven fact of the illegal entry of the singer into the territory of the occupied Crimea.
In this regard, the National Public Television and Radio Company of Ukraine reports that it steadfastly adheres to the legislation of Ukraine, fulfils the decisions of the authorities and does not see possible to violate the laws of the state under any condition. Eurovision as well as any other international contest can not be an exception and an excuse for violating the laws of the countries participating in it.
In addition, the National Public Television and Radio Company of Ukraine notes that the public broadcaster is not an authority that controls the borders or which affects the legislation of Ukraine. The issue of border crossing rules and relevant sanctions for their non-compliance does not lie in the responsibility of the National Public Television and Radio Company of Ukraine.
Given the above, the sanctions against the National Public Television and Radio Company of Ukraine are unreasonable. UA:PBC will contest such sanctions in accordance with the rules in force in the European Broadcasting Union and the Statutes of the EBU.
SOURCE: UA:PBC | TRANSLATION: ESCKAZ.COM
GREECE – On June 27th dozens of the top Greek singers performed at the 14th edition of MAD Video Music Awards at the Athens Tae Kwon Do arena, cheered by more than 10,000 auditors. Among them Helena Paparizou, Demy, Eleni Foureira, Tamta and Melisses, solo or in a duet. Bulgarian representative Kristian Kostov was also a guest. Watch footage from their performances while we are waiting for the official monitor previews from MAD TV. Highlights of the performances, the duet of Helena Paparizou with Tamta, the duet of Demy with Antonis Remos and the appearance of the Greek Prime Minister in the performance of Eleni Foureira!
UKRAINE – Without any penalties to Russia (at least yet), the European Broadcasting Union is reported to have imposed a financial penalty to UA:PBC:. The European Broadcasting Union said on Thursday that Ukraine faced a large fine due to severe delays in the organization of May’s Eurovision song contest in Kiev and a lack of cooperation with the EBU over the participation of a Russian artist.
“As a result of this, attention was drawn away from the competition and the brand reputation of the Eurovision Song Contest was endangered,” the EBU said in a statement.” Therefore the contest’s steering committee … has recommended that UA:PBC (Ukraine’s state broadcaster) should receive a substantial fine, in line with the rules of the competition,” it said, without saying how much Ukraine would have to pay.
Ukraine, the host country, barred entry to the Russian contestant because she had performed in Crimea after the Ukrainian peninsula was annexed by Russia.
Following the revelation of the story, UA:PBC’s chairman, Mr Zurab Alasania criticised the EBU decision saying: “The EBU is just getting in line with the Russian Federation (which, according to our information, is also preparing its own lawsuit, punishing UA:PBC for political reasons, Euronews, which extends paws for the debts of Azarov, and many others who want to suppress recently born public broadcaster of Ukraine”.
Mr Albania revealed to local press that the fine is 200,000 Euros and he is awaiting the official EBU statement to be released. He is somehow happy that there was a fine in the end and not a ban from the Eurovision Song Contest for 2-3 years as many speculated. National broadcaster has 20 days to appeal and he is sure the penalty will change. Mr Alasania reminds us that EBU still owes money to Ukraine from sponsorship which have not been allocated.
Regarding Russia the EBU only issued a warning for not broadcasting the event and not attending the necessary heads of delegation meetings. EBU acknowledges that Russia was hurt but seeing its artist banned and therefore not showing the event was somehow justified.
Weirdly we learn all these from Reuters and other media while EBU is completely silent on the issues