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Articles by Ghassan Al Kaziri (UAE)

About Ghassan Al Kaziri (UAE) (732 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

Sweden 2017: Melodifestivalen hosts announced

SWEDEN – Clara Henry, David Lindgren and Hasse Andersson will host the 2017 edition of Melodifestivalen, the show through which Sweden decides its participation to the Eurovision Song Contest after an announcement which took place this morning. Clara Susanna Henry is a Swedish blogger, comedian, television presenter and author. She has approximately 400,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel, and she also has her own talk show at Kanal 5 Play. At Melodifestivalen 2014 she was a reporter ... | read the full story here

September 30, 2016 11:45 am // 0 Comments

Bulgarian participation pending upon BNT approval

BULGARIA – Bulgarian national broadcaster announced today that although they submitted preliminary application to participate in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, BNT board should approve participation. #Eurovision 2017 update: Our participation is still to be approved by BNT's board. You will be notified when there is decision about it. — BNT Eurovision BG (@bg_eurovision) September 27, 2016 This is not really a surprise as the same thing happened last year when BNT finalised ... | read the full story here

September 27, 2016 6:29 pm // 0 Comments

Eurostars nominated for regional MTV awards

THE NETHERLANDS – The 2016 MTV EMAs (also known as the MTV Europe Music Awards) will be held at the Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on 6 November 2016. This will be the third time the awards have taken place in the Netherlands, and the second time Rotterdam has been the host city. The awards will be held in the same venue as the 1997 MTV EMAs. It’s that time of the year when the regional MTV nominations are presented for you to vote. Support your favourite Eurovision star ... | read the full story here

September 27, 2016 4:10 pm // 0 Comments

Eurovision 2017: Kyiv Deputy Mayor reveals more information

UKRAINE – The excitement for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest edition gears up and Deputy Mayor of Kyiv Oleksiy Reznikov just revealed some information about the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. Sports Palace couldn’t host the event although originally proposed to the EBU for two reasons, he said. The first reason is that World Hockey Championship will take place there and second obstacle was the heavy equipment which already risked the 2005 organisation. The building needed ... | read the full story here

September 26, 2016 1:40 pm // 0 Comments

Iceland 2017: two semi finals and a final for Söngvakeppin

ICELAND – Icelandic national broadcaster kicks off the national selection procedure by inviting those interested to submit their bids up to October 28th. Söngvakeppin, the national selection show through which the country will decide its entry and artist for Kyiv will be conceited of three shows: two semi finals on February 25th and March 3rd respectively and the final which is set for March ... | read the full story here

September 20, 2016 6:01 pm // 0 Comments

Universal Music Sweden signs with Krista Siegfrids; hint for another #melfest bid?

SWEDEN – She made an impact with her participation in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest kissing a girl on stage, she tried the 2016 Melodifestivalen while she was hosting her country’s national selection show. Krista is now in Sweden and she is shitting rainbows out of happiness as she signed with Universal Music Sweden. This means that she will soon have to record songs and maybe release some single(s) or even a new album (preferably). How would a record label like Universal Music ... | read the full story here

September 20, 2016 4:13 pm // 0 Comments

Sweden 2017: 2,478 submissions for Melodifestivalen

SWEDEN – 2,478 songs submitted to Swedish national broadcaster for the 2017 Melodifestivalen edition, the show through which the country decides annually its entry and artist for the Eurovision Song Contest. They are about as many entries as last year, and it is a manageable and healthy level. This year we aim to get as many new songwriters as possible. We have already received many of them. One reason that a songwriter who never previously competed in the contest now feel attracted could ... | read the full story here

September 20, 2016 9:13 am // 0 Comments

The Netherlands 2017: artist announcement on early October

THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch national broadcaster, AVROTROS, announced that the artist selection will conclude on early October and will be announced at that time. AVROTROS Eurovision spokesperson Daniel Dekker stated: “It is such a big difference, compared to the last couple of years. We were happy back then if we even got one big name to take part. We now have the luxury that several good artists have applied. We can make a strategic decision.” Omroep Brabant reports thought that girl ... | read the full story here

September 19, 2016 6:12 pm // 0 Comments

JESC 2016: Serbia becomes the 16th participating country

SERBIA – It is now officially confirmed by the Serbian national broadcaster that the country will participate in the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest on November 20th in Malta. The national broadcaster confirmed participation but they denied what regional press reported about the rumour of an already selected participant named Mateja Vukašinović. RTS said that there is no decision on how the participant will be chosen. Serbia therefore, becomes the 16th nation participating in the ... | read the full story here

September 14, 2016 1:02 pm // 1 Comment

Germany 2017: NDR kicks off ‘Unser Song 2017’

GERMANY – NDR, the German national broadcaster, officially kicks off the procedure for Unser Song 2017, the show through which the country will select its artist and song for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. NDR is now searching for five top talents after two years of disappointing results aiming to shift the search from established to young artists. The national final, Unser Song 2017, will take place in Cologne on February 9th. From submissions 30 hopefuls will proceed to the first ... | read the full story here

September 14, 2016 12:12 pm // 0 Comments

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