Month: December 2017
GEORGIA – The music band Iriao will present Georgia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC). Composer Davit Malazonia is the music director of the band. He worked in Germany during 15 years.
Iriao creates unique music which is a mix of jazz and Georgian ethno folk. The founder of the band David Malazonia is considered to be one of the first Georgian composers, who combined these two genres.
For the last 30 years he has been composing music for theater pieces and TV projects as well as for musicians and bands both in Georgia and Germany. Band Iriao was established by his initiative and its debut in 2013 received deserved recognition of the audience.
ISRAEL – Tali Eshkoli, the woman who initiated and produced the most successful pre Eurovision party in Europe, Israel Calling and her loyal Team have been declared as winners of the 2017 Eurostar Award powered by oikotimes.com. It is the first time Israel wins the oikotimes.com award. In this post you can see also the interview we had with Ms Eshkoli in Kyiv during the Israeli Eurovision party at Eurovision Song Contest, a rare video as she almost never gives interviews to the media. A woman that speaks only with actions and hard work. We would like to congratulate Tali and her Team for winning the award and of course for her amazing contribution in the Eurovision Song Contest community.
FRANCE – June The Girl is the second act confirmed for Destination Eurovision, the French national selection process for the 2018 Lisbon Eurovision Song Contest edition. The confirmation comes a day after the one by Malo’. The two names were also included in the leaked photo of 12 participants for the national selection as seen below. So far France2 has not confirmed the list of those 12 participants but with today’s revelation we see that the list is so far confirmed. The French selection kicks off on January 13th and will conclude on January 27th.
🇫🇷 with the revelation of the 2nd act for the French national selection, June The Girl, it seems that the leaked photo with the 12 participants is somehow started to be confirmed. But still we have a long way to the final announcement which seems to be concluded in early January. #eurovision #oikotimes #allaboard #melfest #umk #DestinationEurovision #eestilaul #eestilaul2018
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BULGARIA – Bulgarian national braodcaster annoucneed the end of submissions for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. BNT announced they reeied 202 songs, 13 complete projects from local and inernational producers. By the end of January there will be an internal selection but the song will be revealed on March 12. From 13 projects submitted, five are collaboration of local and international producers, three are international projects only and one project is with a Eurostar returning to the contest with a singer that is not Bulgarian and is considered a crazy idea.
— BNT Eurovision 🇧🇬 (@bg_eurovision) December 29, 2017
GEORGIA – A month after Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Georgian participant Grigol Kipshidze announced he will sing the OST of Naughty Children movie. The music video was shot at the multi-functional shopping center Galleria Tbilisi, which has been credited with reviving the centre of the city. Tsotne Chankotadze wrote the lyrics and Zura Menteshashvili directed the video clip.
FRANCE – Although a morning post in the social media with the list of the 12 participants in the French national selection has been denied (although it included the first candidate now confirmed), Malo, is the first official artist announced by French national broadcaster as one of the participants for Destination Eurovision.
FINLAND – Finnish representative in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, Saara Aalto, is now in Stockholm after working on some songs in Oslo. She will bee collaborating with Thomas G:son for UMK song selection. Saara Aalto is already collaborating with Linnea Deb, composer of Eurovision 2015 Swedish entry “Heroes”. It is not known if Thomas G:son will compose one of the three songs for the UMK national song selection or will produce them only.
RUSSIA – Philipp Kirkorov spoke to Russian newspaper KP and confirmed that he is working with a “friendly” country for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, defining friendly as a country that is not opposed to the Russian policies. Most fans think that the country is Azerbaijan (previously believed it was Belarus) but for sure the revelation will surprise you all. It was back in 2016 when Lazarev lost the trophy due to the jury voting when Philipp Kirkorov said he will not deal with Eurovision again. His mind changed when EBU’s Ingrid Deltenre resigned from the organisation satisfying the Russian superstar.
ISRAEL – The second phase of The Next Star Israel kicked off in Israel and seven acts are noe proceeding two the next phase. The candidates performed acoustic cover versions and the jury (Static & Ben-El Tavori, Keren Peles, Harel Skaat, Assaf Amdursky) decided that in the next phase we will see: Riki Ben Ari, Jonathan Margi, Adva Omer, Neta Barzilai, Jose Steinberg, Chen Aharoni, Shir Baruch.
LITHUANIA – Lithuanian national broadcaster announced the first show acts. They are 13 artists and will compete in the first heat of the Lithuanian national selection due to be aired on January 6th. The participants are: Ausra Difarte, Benas Malakauskas, Dange, Evaldas Vaikasas, Germante Kinderyte, Goda Sasnauskaite, Ieva Zasimauskaitė, Justin 3, Lukas, Norkunas, Meda Meskauskaite, Milda Rasilaviciute, Monika Mėčiūtė, Natalia Charetskaja.
SPAIN – Spain appears to be gearing towards finalising not only who will represent Spain in Lisbon but also how the representative will appear on stage at Eurovision. According to sources one of the five composers chosen by TVE and Gestmusic to create the song for Spain is Leonardo Dantés, who has composed over 120 songs for known singers such as Lola Flores, Los Chunguitos or Raffaella Carrá, who herself was a presenter at a Spanish national final a few years ago. There is however nothing known about the song, other than it was to be included in the album of Spanish singer Pablo Alborán, who regularly tops the charts in Spain and Latin America. What is also known is that both TVE and Gestmusic favour a song in Spanish, a move away from the choice in the last couple of years for an English language song. However, this itself would not be unwelcome seeing as Spanish is one of the main languages in the world and many songs in Spanish have previously done well at Eurovision. It is also rumoured that although Operación Triunfo (Fame Academy) is the chosen venue to select who will represent Spain at Eurovision, TVE are not discounting the posibility of pitting the eventual winner against established names, in order to choose the final representative.
PORTUGAL – RTP is almost ready to announce the 2018 Festival da Canção participants according to ESC Portugal. The announcement will take place on January 18th. There will be 26 participants
Festival da Canção producer says:
It is important that the song that Portugal selects is a reflection of the good music that is being created by us and not a song made with the goal of going to Eurovision, because there we are automatically thinking about a recipe and not the music we deal with every day. If we take to Eurovision the records and singers we hear on the radio and we see on stage, we are showing the best of us and if we show the best of us we are doing Portuguese music a favor.
Semi Finals are set for February 18th and 25th respectively. From each semi final seven acts will proceed to the final. Final is set for March 4th and for the first time since 2001 outside Lisbon, in the city of Guimarães.
For the second time in a row, RTP abolished the language restrictions, so that artists may submit songs in any language(s), even without Portuguese. On 27 September 2017, RTP revealed the names of the twenty-six composers that will participate: 22 were invited by RTP, 1 by the previous winner Salvador Sobral, 1 was selected by Antena 1’s radio show MasterClass and 2 were selected from an open call. The announced composers were: