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 will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The French broadcaster France Télévisions will organise the national final Destination Eurovision in order to select the French entry for the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal. As a member of the “Big 5”, France automatically qualified to compete in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Destination Eurovision will be the national final organised by France 2 to select France’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The competition will consist of three shows, aired on January 13, 20 and 27 on France 2, that will be hosted by French-Canadian singer Garou. The shows will be produced at the Studios de France – Bât 217 in Saint-Denis.
The format of the competition will consist of three shows: two semi-finals and a final. The two semi-finals will feature nine entries each, from which four will be selected to advance to the final from each show. The semi-finals will be recorded on 8 and 9 January. Results in the semi-finals will be determined by a Francophone jury panel and an international jury panel.
Amir – Singer, songwriter, represented France in the 2016 Contest
Isabelle Boulay – Singer
Christophe Willem – Singer
Christer Björkman – Head of Delegation for Sweden
Nicola Caligiore – Head of Delegation for Italy
Olga Salamakha – Head of Delegation for Belarus
Results in the final will be determined by public televoting (50%) and a ten-member international jury panel (50%). The three members of the international jury panel in the semi-finals will be joined by the Heads of Delegation from Bulgaria, Armenia, Switzerland, Russia, Israel, Finland and Iceland.
Artists and songwriters were able to submit their song entries since 21 June 2017. On 11 December 2017, France 2 announced at a press conference at the headquarters of France Télévisions that 1,500 songs had been submitted. 18 entries will be selected to compete in the televised shows.
CYPRUS – Cypriot national selection marathon continues. The preliminary jury auditioned the 60 applicants for thee 2018 national final and they are now narrowed to 24. Alex Papaconstantinou, Harris Savva and Christer Björkman concluded to the 24 best voices. The next step is to narrow those 24 to 4 or 5 for the national final. In the national final the finalists will sing cover songs and the Eurovision 2018 entry will be presented later on.
SWITZERLAND – SRF is gearing up for Die Entscheidungsshow 2018 edition, the show through which Switzerland will decide its participation entry and artist for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
Switzerland‘s Head of Delegation Reto Peritz gave an interview to regional fan site and revealed that the six finalists for the national final have been chosen. The choice was made out of 670 submissions in conjunction with a songwriting camp.
The expert jury listened to all submitted entries and evaluated the songs narrowing them to six. Now the expert jury has to match the songs with the singers therefore a lot of demos are recorded.
In mid December the final version of these songs will be ready and most likely in early January we will know the finalists. The final decision was an outcome of a lot of debate to match the right singer with the right song. Switzerland‘s Head of Delegation Reto Peritz expressed his confidence that the right choice are made and hopes for a good (finally) outcome for his country.
The national final will take place on February 4th where the public and the international jury will decide the winner.
ALBANIA – Albania will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The Albanian broadcaster Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) will organise the national final Festivali i Këngës 56 in order to select the Albanian entry for the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal. Prior to the 2018 Contest, Albania had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fourteen times since its first entry in 2004. The nation’s best placing in the contest was fifth, which it achieved in 2012 with the song “Suus” performed by Rona Nishliu. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004, Albania had, to this point, featured in seven finals. In 2017 Albania failed to qualify for the final with the song “World” performed by Lindita Halimi, placing 14th in the first semi-final, scoring 76 points.
The Albanian national broadcaster, Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH), broadcasts the event within Albania and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. The Albanian competition Festivali i Këngës has been organised every year since 1964 and has been used as Albania’s Eurovision selection method since its debut in 2004. Details regarding the 56th edition of Festivali i Këngës were announced on 17 October 2017; however, the Albanian broadcaster formally confirmed their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 on 4 October 2017.
Festivali i Këngës 56 will be the 56th annual edition of the Albanian music competition Festivali i Këngës and the fifteenth time the competition will determine the artist and song that would represent Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest, this time selecting their 2018 contest entry. The competition will consist of two semi-finals on 21 and 22 December 2017 and a final on 23 December 2017.
Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation’s jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song’s composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation’s televoting results were released shortly after the grand final.
|PARTICIPANT||SONG TITLE||ENGLISH TITLE||RESULTS||RANKING|
|Artemisa Mithi||"E dua botën"||I love the world|
|Bojken Lako||"Sytë e shpirtit"||The eyes of the soul|
|David & Genc Tukiçi||"Të pandarë"||Inseparable|
|Denisa Gjezo||"Zemër ku je"||My love, where are you|
|Elton Deda||"Fjalët"||The words|
|Endri & Stefi Prifti||"Mesazh"||Message|
|Ergi Bregu-Latifllari||"Bum bum"||Boom boom|
|Evans Rama||"Gjurmët"||The traces|
|Grupi Akullthyesit||"Divorci"||The divorce|
|Grupi NA & Festina Mezini||"Tjetër jetë"||Another life|
|Lorela Sejdini||"Pritëm edhe pak"||Wait for me some more|
|Manjola Nallbani||"I njëjti qiell"||The same sky|
|Orgesa Zaimi||"Ngrije zërin"||Raise your voice|
|Redon Makashi||"Ekzistoj"||I exist|
|Rezarta Smaja & Luiz Ejlli||"Ra një yll"||A star has fallen|
|Tahir Gjoçi||"Orë e ndaluar"||Forbidden hour|
|Voltan Prodani||"Pse të desha"||Why I loved you|