Author: Ghassan Al Kaziri (UAE)
|PARTICIPANT(S)||SONG TITLE||JURY||PUBLIC||TOTAL||OIKOTIMES POLL|
|Sevak Khanagyan||" Qami "||12||12||24||Predicted to Win|
|Nemra||"I'm a Liar"||10||8||18|
|Amaliya Margaryan||"Waiting for the Sun"||8||7||15|
|Kamil Show||"Puerto Rico"||2||10||12|
|Asmik Shiroyan||"You and I"||6||3||9|
|Gevorg Harutyunyan||"Stand Up"||3||5||8|
|Lusine Mardanyan||"If You Don't Walk Me Home"||7||1||8|
|Robert Koloyan||"Get Away With Us"||4||2||6|
LATVIA – Laura Rizzotto is a Latvian-Brazilian singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist. She released her debut studio album Made in Rio in 2011 through Universal Music Brazil, which included the single “Friend in Me”. In 2014, she independently released her second studio album Reason to Stay, and independently released the extended play RUBY in 2017. Rizzotto will represent Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song “Funny Girl”.
Rizzotto was born on 18 July 1994 in Rio de Janeiro. She has a brother named Lucas. Her father is a dual citizen of Latvia and Brazil, with his mother being born in Liepāja and raised in Riga. Her mother is a Brazilian of Portuguese descent. Her family moved to the United States in 2005, and settled in Edina, Minnesota. She spent her childhood between Rio de Janeiro and the United States. After high school, she began attending Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2013, Rizzotto moved to Los Angeles to attend the California Institute of the Arts, graduating with a degree in musical arts. Afterwards, she moved to New York City and received a master’s degree in music from Columbia University in 2017.
Rizzotto began her professional music career in 2009, and she signed with Universal Music Brazil the following year. She went on to release her debut studio album Made in Rio in 2011, which featured production by Eumir Deodato. In 2012, Rizzotto performed as the opening act for Demi Lovato during her A Special Night with Demi Lovato performances in Brazil. In 2014, she self-released her second studio album Reason to Stay. From 2016 to 2017, she worked as the Portuguese language coach for Jennifer Lopez after being hired by Sony Music. Rizzotto self-released the extended play RUBY in 2017. The extended play was the first of an intended series titled Precious Stones. The second installment AMBER will be released in 2018 as a tribute to her Latvian roots.
In December 2017, Rizzotto was announced as one of the competitors in Supernova 2018, the Latvian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, with the song “Funny Girl”. She advanced to the televised rounds after being selected from both an online vote and live audition. Rizzotto competed in the third semi-final on 17 February 2018, and became one of the two qualifiers to advance to the final on 24 February.
|PARTICIPANT(S)||SONG TITLE||PUBLIC||JURY||TOTAL||OIKOTIMES POLL|
|Laura Rizzotto||"Funny Girl"||1st||1st||2|
|Sudden Lights||"Just Fine"||2nd||2nd||4|
|MADARA||"Esamība"||4th||3rd||7||Predicted to Win|
|Markus Riva||"This Time"||3rd||7th||10|
|Edgars Kreilis||"Younger Days"||7th||5th||12|
|Liene Greifane||"Walk the Talk"||5th||8th||13|
|Lauris Valters||"Lovers Bliss"||8th||6th||14|
|PARTICIPANT(S)||SONG TITLE||JURY||PUBLIC||TOTAL||OIKOTIMES POLL|
|Lea Sirk||" Hvala, ne! "||68||48||116|
|BQL||"Promise"||34||72||106||Predicted to Win|
|Nuška Drašček||"Ne zapusti me zdaj"||28||60||88|
|Lara Kadis||"Zdaj sem tu"||38||36||74|
SERBIA – Controversy began in Serbia after the national final. It all started when even the winners Sanja Ilic and Balkanika, announced in the national final line up and emerged as favourites. Beovizija participant, Danijel Pavlovic, was the first to react attacking the composer Ivana Peters who penned the 2016 Serbian entry in Eurovision and was member of the 2018 Beovizija jury, for his low score:
“This is what I wrote yesterday night to the singer whose voice I adore, who I have known for years and whose voice I will always adore, for whom I believe that she did not vote true to her conscience and the experience she has, and that she only embarrasses herself with this. This is not about me not winning, perhaps it was not my moment, although we all know that the song was excellent, I do not have a problem with that. I have a problem with two-faced people, who do not have the balls to stand up for their opinion.”
It seems that this message of Peters (whom’s originally surnames is Pavlovic) was that sparkled the dispute: “You have been complaining about injustice your whole life and then you slam me, with such a song and such a performance, with four lousy points. How do you sleep at night, Pavlovic? Shame on you, Ivana!”
Peters elaborated her arguments against Pavlovic: “His song got four points from me, and zero points from other members of the jury. And he accuses me of hurting him? I gave the winning song only three points more than I did to his song. So, he can be satisfied. That was my judgement. I was invited to give my opinion and my judgement. In my opinion, his song is an average ballad, nothing special that can blow me away, and I feel the same about his interpretation. It deserved the spot I gave it.”
Marija Serifovic, Eurovision winnere in 2007 and also sister of Daniel Pavlovic believes her brother and considers the Beovizija 2018 as fixed show saying: “Is it right that you all know who will win Well, my dear Serbs… Brothers and sisters… This is what you have got. When your desire to win is bigger than you need to have a tourist walkabout… When you believe in what you are doing… When your level of self-confidence is on #insaneMode… When you decide to f*****g sing instead of warbling… Then… maybe.”
FINLAND – Saara Aalto reveals her third UMK18 song ‘Queens’! Three songs in total have been put forward to represent Finland at Eurovision 2018. The selection show, UMK, will be on March 3 2018 at Espoo Metro Arena and broadcast live on Yle TV1 and Areena. Follow: http://www.yle.fi/umk and # UMK18. ‘Queens’ is taken from Saara Aalto’s international debut album – details revealed soon. Written by Farley Arvidsson and Charlie Walshe, Tom Aspaul and Saara Aalto.
SAN MARINO – It is really getting ridiculous as the organisers of the 1in360 national selection for the 2018 San Marino entry in the Eurovision Song Contest changes the rules again. the minimum fee to participate in thee investment of the songs and therefore be eligible for your vote to count in the final dropped from 20 Euros to 2 Euros. Though they do keep the investments already made which means that Sara de Blue already gained 4662 EUR (of a maximum of 8000) and in second place Jessika gained 1726 EUR from investments, now others have an even bigger catching up to do, as Tinashe Makura and Irol are still on zero. The idea originally implemented two secure the fairness of the public voting but everyone now owners what the results would have been if the fee was originally set to 2 Euros.
POLAND – Polish national broadcaster announced the date for Krajowe Eliminacije, the show through which the country will decide its participation in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Most likely the decision will be made through public and jury voting. Submissions due on February 1st and the final is set for March 3rd.
Poland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 20 times since its debut in 1994. Although Poland did not become a member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) until 1993, earlier contests had often been broadcast on Telewizja Polska (TVP), the Polish broadcaster.
Poland’s debut in the contest in 1994 remains its most successful entry, with Edyta Górniak finishing second. The country reached the top ten for the second time with Ich Troje finishing seventh in 2003.
Poland failed to qualify from the semi-finals in six out of seven years between 2005 and 2011, before withdrawing from the contest in 2012 and 2013. Since returning in 2014, Poland has qualified for the final for four consecutive years, achieving a third top ten finish in 2016, with Michał Szpak finishing eighth.
SAN MARINO – San Marino national broadcaster announced details and date for their first ever national final. After being in Vienna for their writing camp, thee 11 finalists went to Bratislava to pre-record two shows in Bratislava. They performed an acoustic version of their song and the jury evaluated them allowing them all to proceed to the national final.
The two pre recorded shows are set for February 9th and 16th at 20:00 CET via SMRTV and via 1in360 YouTube channel. The final will take place in Bratislava on March 3rd at 21:00 CET. In the national final viewers from all over the world can vote for their favourite.
To avoid vote manipulation and decide the proportion of the viewers voting the decision has been made: First of all each vote will be valid after verification via PayPal account. If 50,000 votes in, then public vote will calculate as 10% of the final voting. Up to 100,000 the public vote will count as 20% ending to 250,000+ where the public vote will count as 50% of the vote. The remaining votes will be given by the jury.
There will also be a crowdfunding platform via Global Rockstar where the fans will be able to support and invest in the San Marino Eurovision entry. The investment include fans to share royalties from streamings and downloads for 70 years. This feature is totally optional for the voters of course.