🇵🇹 Salvador Sobral and Luísa Sobral, winners of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2018, received the Order of Merit, given by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. This gratification was made at the end of the ceremony of delivery of the 2017 Personality of the Year Award from the Association of the Foreign Press in Portugal (AIEP), at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, due to the “singular success” of the Portuguese Eurovision victory. This Order of Merit seeks to distinguish “meritorious acts or services practiced in the exercise of any functions, public or private, that reveal self-denial in favor of the community.”
🇮🇪 Ireland’s Eurovision Song Contest hopeful Ryan O’Shaugnessy will be backed by five singers and dancers when he performs his song Together at the semi-finals of the competition in Lisbon this May. Two dancers and three backing singers are set to join O’Shaugnessy and among the names revealed by the singer are Kevin O’Dwyer who performed in the official music video for Together alongside Ryan and former X Factor hopeful Janet Grogan. Joining Ryan in Lisbon are singers Claire-Ann Varley, Janet Grogan and Remy Anna and dancers O’Dwyer and Alan McGrath.
🇦🇹 The farewell party for Cesár Sampson took place last night at the Summer-stage in Vienna. The 2018 Austrian representative performed and got loots of wishes from the Austrians for a great results in Lisbon, something probably possible if we take into consideration that Cesár is above all a great vocalist.
🇵🇹 Pedro Granger and Pedro Penim will not only be hosting the Blue Carpet on May 6th at MAAT in Lisbon but they will also moderate the meet and greet sessions and the press conferences in the second round of the rehearsals.
Actor and TV host Pedro Granger started his career at RTP in 1999. Since then, he starred in theatre plays, cinema and television. He hosted several TV shows, including the Portuguese versions of The Weakest Link and Idols. Being a Eurovision fan since childhood, he presented the Portuguese national selection and was the Portuguese commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012. Besides being one of the hosts for the Blue Carpet, Pedro Granger is also a creative consultant contributing to the script of this year’s contest and he will be one of the press conference moderators this year.
Pedro Penim is a founding member and the artistic director of Teatro Praga, the company with which he has won several awards and prizes in theatre. His main work as a stage director and actor extends to the areas of writing, translation, TV presenting and education and he has had his works presented in France, Italy, Brazil, the United Kingdom, China, Germany, Spain, Slovakia, Turkey, Israel, Slovenia and Hungary. He is also a creative consultant contributing to the script of this year’s contest and he will be one of the press conference moderators this year.
🇵🇹 It has been announced that Sennheiser and its local partner Magnelusa will be supplying both Digital 6000 microphones and 2000 series wireless monitors for the Altice Arena in Lisbon for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Volker Schmitt who is the director of custom development and application engineering said the following: “We are excited to be technical suppliers to the ESC, the world’s largest live music broadcast, and very much look forward to working with Daniel Bekerman, the head of sound for this magnificent series of live shows”
🇺🇦 Luiza Kazaryan: singer, composer, filmmaker, photographer, model and volleyball team capitan, Dasha Ptashnik: singer, actress and dancer and Konstantin Sologub: production director, choreographer, singer and dancer will accompany Mélovin in Lisbon for his stage performance. The vocal coach for the Ukrainian delegation will be Galina Golubeva.
🇩🇪 Buxtehude, the town in which Michael Schulte currently lives is set to hold a Eurovision concert to celebrate his participation in the contest.