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Articles by Ghassan Al Kaziri (UAE)

About Ghassan Al Kaziri (UAE) (780 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

France 2017: great news from Paris for Eurovision

FRANCE – The Amir effect in Eurovision continues in France. French national broadcaster reports more than 300 submissions for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, a big increase of interest even than last year when the amazing Amir was selected. The interesting information is that both established and newcomer artists submitted their interest as we know Eurovision is not a popular event in the country. It seems this is the outcome of having 5 million viewers watching the Grand Final last ... | read the full story here

December 2, 2016 6:36 pm // 1 Comment

Spain 2017: Here are the thirty hopefuls for EuroCasting

SPAIN – Today the Spanish national broadcaster revealed the 30 hopefuls who will participate in the online voting for the EuroCasting, the first phase of the Spanish national selection. The online voting will begin at 12:00 CET and the top three will proceed to the expert panel from which one will get the ticket for the national final. 392 songs submitted in total for the Objetivo Eurovisión online phase. The thirty participants are: ONLINE VOTING PLATFORM (not open yet) PARTICIPANTS ... | read the full story here

December 1, 2016 9:29 am // 0 Comments

Albania 2017: Festivali i Këngës dates revealed

ALBANIA – Festivali i Këngës, the national Albanian music festival through which the country will decide its entry and participant for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, seems to have dates. There was a leak on Facebook that Festivali i Këngës will take place on December 21, 22 and 23 respectively. The participants for the 2016 edition of the festival are: 01.Albulena Jashari – Fjalët ia lë zemrës 02.Classic Boys – Dashuria për jetën 03.Dilan Reka – Mos harro 04.Edea ... | read the full story here

November 27, 2016 10:57 am // 0 Comments

Eurostar news round up of the weekend

RUSSIA – IN 2015 Aminata Savadogo proudly represented Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest. This seasons Aminata tried out The Voice of Russia making impression to Eurostars Polina Gagarina and Dima Bilan who were members of the jury in the shows’ blind auditions. Amanita entered the team of Polina Gagarina. But in the very end Polina Gagarina selected Katya to the live shows and not Aminata in the knockout round. SWEDEN – Rumour mill continues about the potential line up of ... | read the full story here

November 26, 2016 7:34 pm // 0 Comments

The latest round up news from the Eurovision world

UNITED KINGDOM – The leak of a brand new song for Spice Girls caused immediate speculations that the British girl band is heading to the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The video has been now removed but due to the fade of the song to three minutes sparkled speculations that it is meant to be for Kyiv! As always soap opera and drama in its very best! CZECHIA – After qualifying to the final in 2016 for the very first time, Czechia (the new name of Czech Republic) is seeking its next ... | read the full story here

November 23, 2016 9:34 pm // 1 Comment

Finland 2017: YLE presents the 10 acts for UMK

FINLAND – Finnish national broadcaster revealed the 10 acts for Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2017, the show through which the country will decide its entry and representative for the Kyiv Eurovision Song Contest edition. After two years eliminated from the final, Finland is now presenting one UMK show which will include voting by the public and international jury (following the SVT recipe). Here are the participants and their audio clips. 1. Zühlke — “Perfect Villain” ... | read the full story here

November 23, 2016 1:21 pm // 0 Comments

EBU open to discussion with SMRTV about their public vote idea

SAN MARINO – Few days ago San Marino’s state television proposed an idea for public voting to be added in the country’s voting and not to allow pre-selected countries voting for them as it happened in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. EBU’s Mr Jon Ola Sand spoke about this leaving pen door for potential acceptance of the proposal. “At least we will discuss it in January. The rules are set, but let’s have a look at it still, and see whether we can go into that ... | read the full story here

November 22, 2016 4:12 pm // 0 Comments

Eurovision 2017: ticket information and prices

UKRAINE – During an interview with KP newspaper, Head of Tourism Department of Kyiv City Administration, Anton Taranenko revealed information about the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest tickets. In the interview he revealed that in the next two weeks the ticket agent will be decided and the prices range will be determined by NTU and EBU predicting prices from 20 to 100 Euros. Rehearsals will be cheaper and live shows more expensive as usual with a “good” ticket for the final ... | read the full story here

November 22, 2016 7:05 am // 0 Comments

The latest Junior and senior Eurovision updates across Europe

UKRAINE – The meeting of the Reference Group in Kyiv started on 10th of November and its members are examining the progress of the Eurovision 2017 preparations. Head of the Tourism Department of KCSA Anton Taranenko revealed that EBU’s Jon Ola Sand and Nadja Burkhardt inspected Kyiv Column Hall of KSCA, where the Host Insignia Handover Ceremony and the Semi Finals allocation draw will take place in late January and the result was impressive for the delegates. JUNIOR EUROVISION 2016 ... | read the full story here

November 11, 2016 9:22 pm // 0 Comments

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