Author: Luka Popovic (Serbia)
CROATIA – Artists across Croatia, including the Croatian Composer Society, headed by the country’s former Head of Delegation, are calling for the national selection Dora to be reinstated by broadcaster HRT.
Dora was used as the country’s Eurovision selection process from 1993 until 2011, when HRT decided to select its representative internally. Despite some results in the 1990s, Croatia had a lacklustre Eurovision run during the 2000s, leading to Dora’s eventual cancellation.
HRT has not commented on the selection method for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Rumours suggest the broadcaster may choose the artist internally, with former 1998 representative Danijela Martinović being considered.
There have also been calls for HRT to invite singing sensation Lorde to represent the country, since she is of Croatian heritage and is also a Croatian citizen.
UNITED KINGDOM – The multi-talented and popular British singer Paloma Faith has said she is open to the idea of representing the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Chatting to her fans on Facebook, Paloma, who has three platinum albums to her name, said, “If I was asked to do Eurovision and I loved the song that they wanted me to do and I could be completely in control of everything because I’m a major control freak then I would do it!”
It marks a major turnaround from 2014 when Faith denied rumours she would represent the UK at Eurovision. At the time she stated, “Of course I’m not doing Eurovision are you all insane?!” via her Twitter page.
The 36-year-old Faith won Best British Female Solo Artist at the Brit Awards in 2015 and has been nominated four other times. Her singing genres include pop, soul, R&B and jazz.
Of course I'm not doing Eurovision are you all insane?!
— Paloma Faith (@Palomafaith) February 18, 2014
To the Eurovision fans: I have NO desire2compete within my art form.The idea of competition scares the shit out of me&is not why I do this.
— Paloma Faith (@Palomafaith) February 18, 2014
Paloma Faith is an English singer, songwriter and actress, known for her retro and eccentric style. Faith is the only British female artist other than Adele to have three platinum albums.
Faith released her debut album, Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? in 2009, featuring the top twenty singles, “Stone Cold Sober” and “New York”. The album reached number nine in the United Kingdom, and was later certified double-platinum.
In 2012, she released her second studio album, Fall to Grace, which reached number two in the UK and has since been certified double-platinum. The album produced her first top ten single, “Picking Up the Pieces” and the top twenty cover version of INXS’s “Never Tear Us Apart”. Her third album, A Perfect Contradiction was released in 2014 and has become her most successful album to date. The album included the top ten singles, “Can’t Rely on You” and “Only Love Can Hurt Like This”, which became her highest-charting single in the UK.
Faith won Best British Female Solo Artist at the Brit Awards in 2015 and has been nominated four other times. She has also made feature film appearances in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Dread and the 2007 remake of St Trinian’s. (source: www.wikipedia.org)
BELGIUM – The Belgian broadcaster VRT has said it is in the process of selecting the country’s entry for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
In a statement, the Flemish broadcaster said, “We are in discussions with several performers and their representatives. There are a number of singers interested, both young and old, as well as new talent and more famous artists. The most important thing for us is to find the best combination. It all starts with the performer”. VRT added, “As soon as we reach a decision we will make it public. It is still too early to speculate who it may be, but we are entering the last stretch of the process”.
The broadcaster has already formed an expert jury to select Belgium’s Eurovision representative. Several artists have expressed their interest to take part in the contest including the famous singer Natalia Druyts, who was runner up in the Belgian national selection in 2004, as well as Belgian 2006 representative Kate Ryan, and singers Belle Perez and 2 Fabiola.
Blanche represented Belgium at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, coming fourth in the final.
EDITORIAL – Serbian broadcaster RTS has called on artist to submit their entries for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. The network will then shortlist ten of the best and select one behind closed doors. Several popular singers have already expressed their desire to represent the country in Lisbon and here are some of the possibilities. You can vote below tup to three of Luka’s hopefuls or just non of them proposed.
Saša Kovačević – The 31-year-old pop singer Saša Kovačević was among the favourites to represent the country at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Kovačević is a hugely popular singer in Serbia and has released a number singles and albums including a string of hits this summer. Kovačević released his first English language single in 2013 entitled “Nothing but the Faith” . His official YouTube videos are viewed in the millions, with the record holder being his hit “Slučajno” (accidentally) with over 62 million views.
Jelena Karleuša – The polarizing self-proclaimed diva, Jelena Karleuša, has already expressed her wish to represent her country at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest and has accused RTS of purposely avoiding to select her. Karleuša, who has been present on the Serbian music scene since the 1990,. has a massive following which spans across the former Yugoslavia. The record label which releases her music, Grand, which is also the largest in the country, has requested for RTS to select Jelena, promising to pay the full participation fee and additional staging costs of Eurovision. Jelena Karleuša is known for her big stage productions and is also a fierce advocate for gay rights. She is also regularly in the tabloids and the public eye. For its part, RTS has questioned Jelena’s live singing abilities and generally shuns tubro-folk singers but with Grand offering to cover all the costs, it could prove an enticing choice
Aleksandra Radović – The popular pop singer was asked to represent Serbia at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest but declined RTS’ offer due to work commitments. However, she has since said she wants to take part in the show in 2018. Aleksandra is considered one of the country’s best singers due to her exceptional vocal abilities. She is also popular across the former Yugoslavia and has released a number of hit singles and albums.
Nevena Božović – She represented Serbia at the 2007 Junior Eurovision Song Contest where she came third and later went to the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest as part of the Moje 3 trio coming eleventh in the semi. However, Nevena has since pursued a solo singing career and become a very popular artist. This summer she released yet another hit, which also features an English version, and could represent the country at Eurovision, with RTS selecting young talent over the past few years.
Luke Black – RTS considered sending Luke Black (aka Luka Ivanović) to the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest but he just missed out. Luke is the first Serbian artist to hold a recording deal with Universal. He records exclusively in English and his contemporary songs and style could appeal to western audiences at Eurovision.
IRELAND – The Irish representatives at the 2011 and 2012 Eurovision Song Contest will go ahead with a performance in Frankfurt today despite the cancellation of the ECON Eurovision convention. Jedward were initially at the Frankfurt zoo at 15.00 and will perform at the Dippemess Frankfurt Fun Fair to honour all the fans that planned to attend the convention. Of course the fans didn’t miss the chance to meet and greet them (and Tweet their selfies).
— Lisa Hafey (@LisaHafey) September 9, 2017
— Emma⚡️ (@partofnoworld) September 9, 2017
— 🌸Juliet 🌺Jedward🌸 (@Julietannb) September 9, 2017
UKRAINE – One of the three hosts of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Oleksandr Skichko, has joined the ensemble of Ukraine’s Dancing with the Stars. Oleksandr has been partnered up with dancing professional Anna Palamarchuk and the two performed to “I Got You (Feeling Good)” in the first show.
They received 20 points from the judges and managed to progress to the next show, avoiding elimination.
The representative of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, Tina Karol, was the guest performer on the first show of the new season of Dancing with the Stars, where she sang two songs from her new album entitled “Интонации” (Intonation).
UKRAINE – The creators behind the logo of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, which depicts a traditional Ukrainian bead necklace, have won the “Best of the Best Award” in the Communication Design nomination at the Red Dot Awards. The award ceremony will take place on October 27 in Berlin. The prestigious awards celebrate international achievement in design, with over 8.000 works taking part. The Ukrainian Namysto necklace, which was used as the basis for the logo design, was created by the Banda Agency and Republique.
CROATIA – The Croatian representative at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, Severina, is locked in a custody battle for her son Aleksandar. His father, Serbian millionaire Milan Popović, is vying for full custody. In April, a judge awarded the couple joint custody of the child, preventing Severina from seeing her only son for 200 days per year. The decision was controversial and a major topic in the press.
Recently, Severina said, “I have to say something about parenting. In order to be a successful parent you firstly need to be a good person. While we are talking about parenting, I have to admit that until Aleksandar’s third year, Milan Popovič didn’t visit him for a total of 18 months. He even admitted to the court that in his own child’s first year he refused to visit him for six and a half months, thinking that the man is not important in a child’s first year. Speaking of shared parenting and not participating in it are two different pairs of sleeves”.
Severina is currently pregnant with her second child and second husband, Serbian footballer Igor Kojić. The Croatian singer has received wide support from her colleagues and she recently released a cover of a song by famous Serbian singer Djordje Balašević, entitled “Uspavanka za dečaka” (A lullaby for a boy), which she dedicated to her son.
Severina represented Croatia with song “Moja štikla” (My high heel) at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, where she came 12th in the final.
The 2004 Eurovision Song Contest winner, Ruslana, premiered her new single “It’s Magical” during the interval act of the 2017 contest final. However, her new song bears strong resemblance to “Roses are Red” by Danish pop-group Aqua. Aqua themselves performed as an interval act at the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen. At the time they performed a medley of their biggest hits.