RUSSIA – Darya Antonyuk became known when she who the Voice of Russia. In 2017 she was rumoured to represent Russia in Kyiv’s Eurovision Song Contest edition. Few weeks ago she participated in the 2018 New Wave Festival where she ranked 2nd. Now, Russian media speculate her name as one of the potential representatives for Tel Aviv. Speaking to Russian press she said:
“I know that many would like to see me at Eurovision for Russia. I can only say one thing – if such an offer is made for me, of course, it will be an honor to represent my country. I will try to bring a second victory, but I do not consider it my goal. I’m much more interested in quality music, with which I want to try to bring our show business to the international level.”
BULGARIA – The 2018 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships, the 36th edition, take place in Sofia, Bulgaria, from 10 September to 16 September 2018. Championships will also serve as qualification event for 2020 Summer Olympics.
Arina Alekseyevna Averina is a Russian individual rhythmic gymnast. She is the 2017 World All-around silver medalist, the 2018 European All-around Champion, and the 2016 Grand Prix Final All-around bronze medalist.
On the national level, she a two-time (2015, 2017) Russian National All-around medalist. Her identical twin sister, Dina Averina is also a competitive rhythmic gymnast and the 2017 World All-Around champion.
On March 24–25, Arina returned to competition at the 2018 Grand Prix Thiais where she finished 5th in all-around competition after big mistakes with ball. She qualified to two apparatus finals winning gold with clubs and silver with hoop.
On April 13–15, she then competed at the 2018 Pesaro World Cup where she placed 4th in the all-around behind Linoy Ashram. She qualified to 3 apparatus finals and won gold with hoop, bronze with ribbon and placed 4th with clubs.
On May 4–6, Arina’s next event was 2018 Guadalajara World Challenge Cup where she won bronze in the all-around, she qualified to 3 apparatus finals winning gold with hoop and clubs and bronze with ribbon.
On May 16–17, Arina competed at the 2018 Holon Grand Prix and won the all-around gold medal with a total of 76.700 points ahead of teammate Aleksandra Soldatova, she qualified in all apparatus finals.
Arina won gold in hoop and silver in ball, in her last two events: she dropped her clubs twice putting her in 6th place and had imprecision with executions with ribbon placing her in 5th.
RUSSIA – The 2018 New Wave Festival winner is from Russia and his name is Dan Rozin. As you can listen to his winner entry, the song with which he won is nothing special but most of us noticed, not only his great looks, but also his amazing voice.
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We all remember that last year one of the three winners, DoReDos from Moldova, sparkled the idea to the Moldovan president to collaborate with Philip Kirkorov for Eurovision. We also all know that NWF has produced several Russian and other countries’ Eurovision participants over the years with the best of examples, that of Sergey Lazarev.
Could Russian broadcaster consider Dan Rozin for Israel? Well one thing is for sure: Russian broadcaster invests a lot of money and efforts in that prestigious festival for international market and events.
Dan Rosin studied at Jazz College (GMUEDI State Pop and Jazz Music College) located in Ordynka street, Moscow, and at the famous Shepkin Theatrical College. He participated in the Success TV show (STS TV channel), as well as in the Broadway Dreams Foundation New York project in New York. In his spare time, Dan studies languages and gastronomic maps of the world. Dan is fond of hockey, casual style in dressing, works by Mikhail Bulgakov, J. Hašek, Ilf and Petrov.
Dan’s favorite dish is spaghetti Bolognese. ‘My plans are simple, but extensive! First, I want to produce my own show and theatrical performance, then we shall see what we shall see! I would like to sing a duet with Tom Jones: he’s my model to follow, and we have the same voice timbre, besides I like songs from his repertoire… When I was 4 years old, I started listening to the most outstanding classical music performers, and I attribute my creativity to their influence. My parents in my childhood encouraged and contributed into my development as a musician. My voice is baritone, with big tessituraJ’ – said Dan.
His favorite school subject was Biology: ‘Because I was curious to know all details about people! My least favorite subject was Physics, because everything is relative! When I was small, I wanted to be a cosmonaut. My friends even used to call me Simba, as I wanted to be a king and roared like a real lion!’
The contestant has several lucky amulets: ‘But there is one special amulet which was made especially for me by a very old monk Theophanes from Kizhi village. The amulet was carved of karelian birch’ – told Dan. He likes films produced by L. Gaiday, M. Scorsese, N. Mikhalkov, J. Tornatore. His favorite composers are W.A. Mozart, L. Van Beethoven, E. Grieg. He likes Halloween festivals: ‘Because at Halloween I can be a soloist of the KISS groupJ! He would like to get the Russian GAZ M20 POBEDA car, model of 1958, as a gift for his birthday. His life motto is ‘Every forte should have its piano!’ His favorite dance styles are jazz dance and locking. Dan’s favorite pet is a huge lazy cat Timofey with kind eyes and sharp soprano voice. One of the fears that the contestant has is that winter would last for 12 months.
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According to Dan’s opinion, in order to achieve success, one should never lie to oneself or to people who have faith in you; and there is one more key to success: Never give up! The artist fell in love with New York: ‘This city gives you a chance. When I was 18, I sang in Broadway in duet with Capathia Jenkins (singer of soundtracks in the ‘Chicago’ musical etc.). The concert hall was filled with producers, who whispered about me: ‘… from Russia? …. Such jazz vocal? …. Such English? … Are you joking? And then there was standing ovation…! To me! A boy who was only 18, embraced by the great jazz singer!!! These are really exiting impressions, aren’t they?! J!’ The artist would like to time travel and live in the beginning of XX century, ‘The birth of Jazz, the birth of Blues! The birth of Gospel. The beginning of everything that we have in modern music now!’
He would like to call his debut album ‘Time to come first’/ ‘Legend Number One’/ Skyward movement’. Dan composes music since he was 4 years old, and enjoys ‘this cosmic pleasure every day. Those, who know how many hours I spend in search of the next melodic line, compare me with a UFO in music!’ – said the artist. His minimum life ambition for the nearest five years is to become the most popular singer in the weight category up to 65 kg J’!
He has been following the results and creativity of the ‘New wave’ contestants for a long period: ‘Diversity of voices and musical cultures is enjoyable every year. I remember female contestants better – because all of them without any exception are very attractive! Amazing! Melodious and beautiful! When I learned that I became a finalist, EVERYTHING changed in my lifeJ! Both for any athlete, and for any artist, getting into the finals is already a kind of recognition. The ‘New wave’ is the MAIN musical festival in my country, a reunion of major experts and main competitors. Where there is no competition, there is no growth, and no new victories. And my supporting group is extremely big – the 145 million audience of RussiansJ! I would like to wish all contestants YOUR OWN music and YOUR OWN life! I hope that I ride my ‘New Wave’ tsunami of success! J!».
RUSSIA – Sochi welcomes the biggest stars of its music industry (Kirkorov, Baskov, LLorak, Lazarev and more) for the Grand Final night of the 2018 edition of New Wave Festival. Tonight we will also know the winner of the festival. The Eurofans might be highly interested as one Eurostar is participating in the line up: 2017 Greek entrant Demy is biding tonight for the trophy, currently 4th in the leaderboard. She will be performing the song “Too Late” by Dimitris Kontopoulos, who’s also member of tonight’s jury. Below you can watch the two performances already in NWF 2018 by Demy.
YOUNGMUSICIANS.TV REPORTS / SCOTLAND – Also competing in the final were Hungary’s Máté Bencze on Saxophone, German violinist Mira Marie Foron, cellist Birgitta Oftestad from Norway, Czech double bassist Indi Stivín and Slovenian violinist Nikola Pajanović.
The 16-year-old Ivan Bessonov was born in 2002 and began to study the piano at the age of six. Currently he studies at the Central Music School at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Ivan performs recitals and concertos in Russia and abroad and has participated in various music festivals. He worked with the State Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan and the Symphony Orchestra of the State Academic Capella of St. Petersburg, with outstanding contemporary conductors – Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Spivakov, Alexander Sladkovsky and others.
In 2016, Ivan presented a solo program at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. Ivan also composes music; in 2015 he made his debut as a film score composer for the documentary film Varicella by Victor Kossakovsky, the premiere of which took place at the Message to Man international film festival in St Petersburg.
Ivan participated in the established young talent contest Sinyaya Ptitsa (Blue Bird) and was selected to represent Russia at the Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 in Edinburgh.
Do not leave me, do not let go of your hand.
We walk along the water and from the touch circles.
Do not open your eyes, do not wake the magic of the star,
in the water reflecting.
Shine for your sake alone.
No reason not to fly away with you.
No reason not to want heat.
Nearby feel Another.
Let’s light a bonfire to the skies.
Let’s dance without clothes.
Just this world is arranged.
Eyes shut, breathe, breathe, breathe.
Let’s burn the bonfire to the skies.
Let’s dance without clothes.
Can I return as before?
When the feeling was between me and you.
You, you, you, you, you …
I wandered in the impenetrable darkness.
By the knee in the water, the light of the day’s extinction.
Only a weak ray clenched in the fist.
Light that shines in each of us.
I did not listen to cold phrases.
Just moved towards the dream.
The light that shines in each of us
Kindled a fire to heaven
Let’s dance without clothes
Simply because this world is arranged
Eyes closed, breathe, breathe, breathe
Kindled a fire to heaven
Let’s dance without clothes
Can I return as it was before,
when the feeling was between me and you
RUSSIA – Polina, aka Polina Goudieva, better known by her stage name Contessa is an American-based, Russian-born, Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter. She co-wrote and is featured on “Book of Love”, her single with Felix Jaehn, which held the number one position on the German Airplay chart for four weeks. Polina is known for vocalizing some of the biggest club records of the past few years, including Felix Cartal’s “Don’t Turn On the Lights” (nominated for the Best Dance Recording at the 2013 JUNO Awards), as well as “Come With Me”, her collaboration with Steve Aoki which was the single from his Grammy nominated album Wonderland.
After appearing in the video for “Come With Me”, Polina was handpicked by Dim Mak label boss Steve Aoki to join him on his Deadmeat tour in 2012 and appeared at some of dance music’s biggest festivals, including Tomorrowland, Ultra Music Festival, and Electric Zoo, garnering her features in Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines. Following her success with collaborations, she has had solo success with “Fade to Love”, which held top positions in the European pop/dance charts throughout the year (including UK Top 20 Club chart) and the video, which reached number 3 on MTV Russia and number 6 on the Italian charts.
In early 2015 Polina released a follow-up single called “Breathe”. Most recently, she appeared, along with Rihanna, Skylar Grey, and Kendrick Lamar, as a featured artist on Eminem’s 12-track comeback Grammy award winning album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, with her vocals on the track “Legacy”.
In mid-March 2006, Bilan was chosen internally by Russian broadcaster Channel One to represent Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, Greece. Out of 37 participating countries, Bilan took second place with the dark pop song “Never Let You Go”, equalling one of Russia’s best ever showing at Eurovision — Alsou’s “Solo” was runner-up back in the 2000 contest. In September 2006, for second year in a row, Dima Bilan won Artist of the Year and Song of the Year at MTV Russian Music Awards. On 2 November Bilan represented Russia at MTV EMA in Copenhagen. On 15 November 2006 Bilan received award for Best Selling Russian Artist and performed at the World Music Awards in London along with Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Nelly Furtado and Bob Sinclair.
In February 2007 Bilan started to record his first international album in English in Los Angeles, Miami and in Philadelphia in collaboration with producers Jim Beanz and Ryan Tedder. One of the new tracks will be a duet with Nelly Furtado. Also in 2007 he premiered the first single from his new album — Number One Fan. According to Russian and Eastern European radio airplay chart, Number One Fan topped the charts for eight weeks. Video for this song was shot in London by famous British director Trudy Bellinger who has also made videos for acts including Girls Aloud, Sugababes and Sophie Ellis-Bextor. On 4 October, Bilan premiered his second single from the forthcoming album, Amnesia, at the MTV Russia Music Awards 2007. During this show, Bilan won three awards, for Best Performer, Best Song and — for the third consecutive year — Best Artist.
In 2008, Bilan released three albums — in Russian, English and Spanish. He also released an English album in 81 countries in co-operation with Interscope Records (Universal Group). He worked on his English album, with some tracks produced by Jim Beanz and Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic). Also his new Spanish album included a duet with Nelly Furtado. On 20 February, Bilan went to Miami and recorded a few tracks for his Spanish album with famous producer Rudy Perez. The Spanish album will include a duet with Nelly Furtado and a Spanish version of his first international single “Number One Fan.” In 2008, Bilan once again represented Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade with the song “Believe”, accompanied by Hungarian violinist Edvin Marton and Russian olympic and three-time world champion figure skater Evgeni Plushenko. On 24 May 2008, Bilan won first place in the contest, receiving 272 points and seven twelves. His victory’s integrity was questioned by Ukraine’s officials later in May.
RUSSIA – Alexey Vladimirovich Vorobyov is a Russian singer and actor who performs both in Russian and English. For international purposes Vorobyov is also credited as Alex Sparrow, a translation of his Russian name. He is best known for appearing on the Russian version of The X Factor at the age of 17 in 2005.
In 2006 Vorobyov was contracted by Universal Music Russia, and in December 2007 was appointed as a goodwill ambassador for Y-PEER, a youth-based initiative of the United Nations Population Fund. Vorobyov represented Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Germany.
Alex was finally chosen to represent Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 and was internally selected. He finished 16th overall in the contest. After recovering from a serious car accident he suffered in early 2013, Alex Sparrow is back with music he has written, composed and arranged himself.
Called Friend project, it is a collaboration with his friend, Russian actor Sergei Romanovich. The latter had already appeared in Laskoviy Mai, a film about the career of the famous Soviet band of the same name.