Category: UNITED KINGDOM
UNITED KINGDOM 🇬🇧 Former UK representative Teddy Johnson, who represented the UK in 1959 as one half of a duo with the song “Sing little birdie” passed away this week at the age of 98. As was normal for the UK at the beginning of the last century, Teddy began his career at a very young age, taking to the stage at the age of 15, although he could not legally begin work until he was 18.
He worked mostly on cruise ships, where singing is still one of the highlights even today. His participation at Eurovision came unexpected, Teddy had formed a partnership with whom was to be his wife, Pearl Carr and both had been performing a programme for the BBC in the 1950s.
In an interview, Teddy claimed “I had never heard of Eurovision but my agent asked if I would be interested in taking part and I became enamoured with the whole concept”. Teddy and Pearl performed “Sing little birdie” at Cannes in 1959 where Eurovision took place. They had no expectations but just aimed to have a good performance however they ended up as runners-up. Both continued to perform until officially retiring in 1990 and the song always held a special memory for Teddy.
LISBON 🇵🇹 During the UK performance SuRie got victim off invasion incident by a member of the audience which we cannot call him a Eurofan. EBU and RTP immediately decided for the song to be performed again at the end of all performances. SuRie remained calm and gave a professional continuation to her performance. Congratulations SuRie. Thee team of www.oikotimes.com condemns the incident.
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UNITED KINGDOM – SuRie is a great funny personality and totally familiar with the Eurovision Song Contest as she is part of delegations since 2015. With solid vocals and amazing confidence she is storming the stage with her performance. UK should be proud of their entry this year. They have cut down the camera sequence of coming back through the tunnel a lot which is an improvement as the shot of her mic pack looked a little unpolished the first time round. UK is not considered a favourite to win but no matter what SuRie is giving a professional performance with a great representation of her country.
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ESCKAZ.COM: Better camera, smoke and lighting giving the stage prop a bit more purpose than before. Esc nerds visual reference: Sanna Nielsen in 2011 #melfest with I’m in Love.
ESCXTRA.COM: Vocals are good. Her high note is not the strongest, but she works it.
EUROVOIX.COM: Old pyro was on the catwalk, now there is a pyro canon around the stage, which looks mildly better.
UNITED KINGDOM – Graham Norton has said former X Factor star Saara Aalto could do well for Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest, meaning she could be big competition for UK entry SuRie. Norton, who will commentate on the live musical extravaganza for the 10th year running from Lisbon, Portugal, said the standard of this year’s entries is “really high”.
He said: “Everyone’s favourite right now is Israel and it is terrific, but I think Saara Aalto for Finland might do very well.” However, the presenter said he fully believes that singer-songwriter SuRie is a “safe pair of hands” with the song Storm, which he described as a “terrific anthemic floor-filler”.
Aalto, who was the runner-up on The X Factor in 2016, will perform Monsters for her home country and, according to Scott Mills – who will present the semi-finals – Eurovision fans are “very excited” about her.
“I’ve heard that she’s going to do a ridiculous performance, probably involving some monsters, which everybody is very excited about,” Mills added.
SuRie, real name Susanna Marie Cork, will represent the UK with Storm after being voted for by viewers during the BBC’s You Decide televised event.
Rylan Clark-Neal, who will co-host the semi-final episodes with Mills, said the UK’s entry has made an impact already. He said: “I met a few other entries who were unknowingly humming along to Storm – and if other countries are subconsciously singing our song then we have a good song!”
UNITED KINGDOM – After Latvia’s short promo event for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest participants, London welcomed the most serious so far promo event for Eurostars, last night at Cafe de Paris in London for 11th year. It is interesting to see how people but also the bookmakers reacted after the event with comments and video posts plundering the web.
For oikotimes.com’s editors it is clear that host country of the event, the UK, received a huge positive reception something which didn’t depict the day after in the betting odds as we monitor the odds checker overall table.
Finland and Australia seem too have gathered the biggest applause and positive reaction as Fred and Darren estimated after attending last night’s event. In the betting odds Finland doesn’t seem to improve at all but Australia gained some positions.
It also seems that from the overall internet reactions of last night’s event, Bulgaria was the winner of thee event as the country risen in the fourth place of the betting odds after a tremendous fall since the announcement of the entry and artists by BNT.
The venue is tiny and hugely overpriced. I’d really only recommend it to fans not traveling to the host country. In our opinion, Sweden, Switzerland and Bulgaria went down well in the club. I was disappointed with Bulgaria, for their first live performance, I expected more. The clear favourites of the evening were Australia and Finland. Australia had everyone singing along to the point she couldn’t her herself and was overcome with emotion. Finland, even with an air of over production, was very popular. Is it too gay though? She could alienate and bring out hate from Eastern Europe.
Of course, the UK acts went down well in the house but that was expected but saying that no one had the audience going like Australia. France also went down very well. The audience really enjoyed the English version too.
Judging from the video footage and the vocal performances we heard in our newsdesk wee also noticed that Austrian representative Cesárr Sampson was one of the finest performer delivering perfectly the song live.
The next promo event is Moscow on 7th of April with limited countries participating but wee keep a close eye to Israel as the 30 Eurostar performances in the huge stage at Rabin Squaree might determine a lot. Plus we will finally have the live performance of Israel, the current top favourite for Eurovision 2018.