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Articles by Ghassan Al Kaziri (UAE)

About Ghassan Al Kaziri (UAE) (718 Articles)
For many years I was living in Denmark, it was back in 2000 when I met and loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Thousands of miles away from Europe now, I am still a dedicated fan of the contest and proud to be a member of oikotimes.com

Jamala’s shocking participation in NeoNazi Festival!

UKRAINE – This year’s Ukrainian entry ‘1944’ cause a debate whether the song is political due to the reference to the Tatar deportation by Stalin. What Europeans probably didn’t get is that Tatar’s were deported by Stalin because they were Nazi collaborators during the 2nd World War. Few days ago Jamala participated in the annual festival of Lutsk in Ukraine which is actually a festival of the Neo Nazi youth decimated to the Ukrainian nationalist Stepan ... | read the full story here

August 20, 2016 9:39 pm // 6 Comments

Eurovision 2017: the saga continues; Dnipro threatens with withdrawal

UKRAINE – Tentions risen today between the city of Dnipro and the organisers regarding the hosting city bid for 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Dnipro Mayor Mr Boris Filatov told the organisers that if the announcement delays the city will be forced to withdraw its bit, demanding a decision as soon as possible. Head of the Dnipropetrovsk region Yuri Golyk stood by the Dnipro Mayor saying that the city did everything to be on time with a proper proposal for the event but the organisers delay ... | read the full story here

August 19, 2016 9:18 pm // 1 Comment

JESC 2016: Georgia back to national final for Malta

GEORGIA – One of the successful countries in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Georgia, announced their official confirmation to participate in the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This time the participant will be decided through a national selection, something that hasn’t happened since 2011. Therefore, those interested in participating and are aged 9-14 can send their songs and personal information by September 25th to E-mail: junioreurovision@gpb.ge Address: #68 Kostava ... | read the full story here

August 18, 2016 4:52 pm // 0 Comments

Zurab Alasania says no delay in host city decision; admits 15 million Euros guarantee to EBU

UKRAINE – NTU’s Director General Zurab Alasania in a recent interview explained and confirmed some information. First he claims that thorough deliberation upon host city of 2017 Eurovision Song Contest doesn’t mean delay but according to him, Ukraine has to be sure that the host city will be 100% sure to host the event. He explained that Odessa must convince the organisers that they can build an adequate roof for the venue, Dnipro must secure funds and accommodation, although ... | read the full story here

August 17, 2016 5:10 pm // 0 Comments

JESC 2016: Has Russian national final winner leaked?

RUSSIA – With the national final taken place today and recorded for tomorrow’s official broadcast, it seems that the winner and ultimately the 2016 Russian representative in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest has leaked. The national final took place at Artke Childen Camp in Crimea with 16 participating acts. The mixed vote of jury and public voting (50% each) lead to Sofia Fisenko, Duet FRIENDS and Maria Zhuravleva to the super final. It was Sofia who seems to have taken the ticket ... | read the full story here

August 16, 2016 12:34 am // 0 Comments

Ukraine to announce host city for Eurovision 2017 next week

UKRAINE – Ukrainians will celebrate their independence day on August 24th with the Eurovision 2017 when already the host city will be announced. The announcement will take place next week, said NTU Deputy Director General Olexander Kharebin. Besides the advantages and disadvantages the main problem that non of them has a venue ready to host the event. With the government already promised to allocate 15 million Euros to the event the three cities have inadequate venues: Kyiv has offered ... | read the full story here

August 9, 2016 2:52 pm // 0 Comments

Sweden announces the eight finalists for Svensktoppen Nästa

SWEDEN – The eight finalists for Svensktoppen Nästa 2016 announced by P4. Svensktoppen Nästa is set for Augsut 28th in which one act will be the first participant of Melodifestivalen 2017. This doesn’t mean it will be the winner though! From a total 25 regional winners, the Swedish radio narrowed the finalists into 8. Svensktoppen Nästa Finalists Jimmy Ottosson – Rising Rivers Small Town Girls – Do your thing Mackan n’ Matthew – Allt som vi va SaVe – 2 wrongs don’t ... | read the full story here

August 8, 2016 12:16 pm // 0 Comments

Confusion with Kyiv’s bid cleared up by NTU

UKRAINE – Yesterday a small crisis took place in Ukraine. Media and fans reported that MP Borislav Bereza claimed that Kyiv is out of the race for hosting the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, especially in a time that we all strongly believe that the city will be indeed the host of the next contest edition. NTU deputy director general Aleksandr Harebin denied the information. NTU strongly denied the information of the Ukrainian MP saying that the organisers try to solve at the moment the ... | read the full story here

August 8, 2016 12:12 pm // 0 Comments

Ukraine 2017: NTU and STB join forces again for national final

UKRAINE – Ukrainian national broadcaster in collaboration again with STB announced details for the national selection. Konstantin Melazde will be once again the music producer responsible for the national selection. The national final will take place in February and the final decision will be made just like last year by jury and public voting, where tele voting will prevail in case of a tie. STB will cover the expenses for Eurovision 2017 and we might see more finalists than last year. ... | read the full story here

July 26, 2016 4:55 pm // 0 Comments

Vitali Klitschko to EBU: I hope you take the right decision

UKRAINE – Today the representatives of the European Broadcasting Union inspected the Kyiv proposal for hosting the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko held a meeting with the EBU representatives and expressed his confidence for the final decision saying to the EBU that he hopes they take the right decision. He spoke about the Ukrainian capital, saying that Kyiv is experienced into international events, can accommodate visitors and secure their stay while he spoke ... | read the full story here

July 25, 2016 5:35 pm // 0 Comments

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