Author: Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
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)
SPAIN – Manel Navarro was one of the most controversial participants in the Eurovision Song Contest this year. This happened not because we disliked Manel Navarro but because of the way he won the national selection, openly breaching the rules and making fans angry with his gesture during his winner announcement. But it seems that Manel Navarro feels he received a lot of … bullying from the fans during his Eurovision venture.
Well this is not entirely true. Yes they were some nasty comments during his Eurovision venture but speaking from our side as oikotimes.com, although we have been very very critical on his national selection win and his Eurovision participation and performance we never treated Manel in a way that could hurt him. Great example was the great time we had with him in Israel during the amazing Israel Calling party.
It was no secret that members of oikotimes.com team considered Manel Navarro a hot participant in this national selection process but they turned angry with the way he was selected.
Manel stated the following: “This is my overcoming and anti bullying message. I hope you help me share this with the world so that we can all love in the same way. I think we’ve all been through this, but we do get up and the best ones are the ones that have enough strenght to do so”
Well he is over reacting in my opinion but still a new song is always welcomed no matter the message. Keep on Falling is composed by him and could be a good positive message for those who indeed are victims of bullying.
GREECE – Panagiotis koufogiannis just won the Greek X-Factor Final. No surprise that a Cupriot singer wins once again a Greek reality / talent show as it is the trend since the introduction of tele voting to both Greece and Cyprus and Cypriots are very into casting their votes unlike Greek viewers. Panagiotis wins on a big day for Cyprus as it is the sad anniversary of the Turkish invasion in the island back in 1974.
Panagiotis Koufogiannis was many times nominated for elimination in the show, saved by the jury all the time and made it to the final also under the jury call. Tonight he won his fellow contestant (also from Cyprus). It is no secret that Panagiotis Koufogiannis has set his eyes for Eurovision 2018. In 2015 he ended up as runner in up in representing Cyprus in Eurovision as he got 5th place by the jury although he topped the public voting.
Most Eurofans in Greece and Cyprus, consider already that Panagiotis is and should be (why not) the next representative of the island of Aphrodite in Portugal’s Eurovision Song Contest edition. When you see his video you might say that vocally needs a lot of work to stabilise the talent he has but you have to admit he has strong star quality, baby face and hunk looks.
GREECE – Multitalented actor, singer and dancer Jason Mandilas and the amazing Marcus Giakoumoglou visited the Athens Impact Hub community on July 18th and we catch up with their Eurovision aftermath. Lots of laugh and trolling but also serious discussion about what Eurovision’s impact was on them. Jason and Marcus proudly accompanied Demy on stage at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest and their first Eurovision on stage experience was so unique for them they are still digesting the entire thing.
GREECE – In 2015 he was one of the favourites the represent Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest as he came first in televising but only sixth in the jury voting ending up as runner up. Panagiotis, one of the best upcoming talents of Cyprus is competing in the Greek edition of X-Factor. Tonight he qualified to the final through the jury vote. It is no secret that Panagiotis has set eyes for Eurovision 2018 and it seems that a good scoring in the final this Thursday will help his plans to participate in the Cypriot pre selection for Eurovision 2018. We can only wish him the very best of luck.
TURKEY – After a spread of the information that Turkey might return to the Eurovision Song Contest, Turkish media and fans sites are on a rally spreading any possible information about their alleged participation in the 2018 Eurovision edition. Well we can only hope this effort is not made in vain. Despite no confirmation by TRT but with high hopes after new Director General took over the broadcaster the fans and the regional media are looking forward to a great representation next year in Portugal.
It was not only the new Director General appointment that risen the hopes of the Turkish fans about their country’s return to Eurovision but 2003 Eurovision winner, Sertab Erener seems sure enough that the country is about to come back in the contest as recently posted on Instagram.
After several names on the table of gossip news, it is the turn of Fatma Turgut to be the alleged participant of the country in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Fatma Turgut is started to follow the Eurovision account in Twitter and the fans saw that believing there is something going on. Sertab Erener liked her tweet and wished her good luck in Eurovision 2018. Is it sure or maybe another promotional effort of an artist (as we have seen many times).
There also tweets wishing the artist the best of luck in Eurovision 2018.
EBU is not hiding their happiness over the election of the new Director General for TRT but both them and TRT have made no statement regarding the Eurovision Song Contest. It might be very early to rise our hopes for the Anatalia country to come back to the contest but it can only bring happy news although we have to remember Turkish President is still very reluctant on his country’s relations with Europe, not to mention the recent extension of the country’s emergency status for another three months.
Let’s hope for the best and for music to unite Turkey and Europe once again like in the past.
WHO’s FATMA TURGUT?
Turkish rock singer most well known as the lead singer of the alternative band Model. The group has released nearly half a dozen successful albums since their debut in 2008. While earning a degree at Dokuz Eylül University and spending several years teaching classical guitar, she began performing in the amateur rock music scene. She and Model have created several jingles and other music for a number of advertisements. A native of Aydin, Turkey, she later lived in both Istanbul and Izmir. Sertab Erener and Demir Demirkan both helped to produce models second album Other Tales.