New York 🇺🇸 Israel celebrated its 70th birthday in New York City’s Times Square on June 3rd. The event sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel in New York and the Ministry of Culture and Sport featured singer Shiri Maimon and DJ Omri Anghel.
The party began as Times Square’s famous billboards transform into a homage to Israel’s heritage of innovation and its miraculous first seven decades. Many Hollywood celebrities including Mayim Bialik, (CBS-TV’s The Big Bang Theory) featured on the famous Times Square screens and shard their enthusiasm and pride for the country.
The whole Square area transformed into a giant Israeli block party for New Yorkers, Israelis, and international tourists alike to celebrate together, according to a press release.
During the celebrations, winner song “Toy” performance by Netta Barzilai was screened all over the square.
EUROVISION.TV REPORTS / USA – The Grand Final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest will not only be broadcast on television in the United States this year. Today, the EBU announces that US based radio station WJFD, the largest Portuguese FM radio station outside Portugal, will be broadcasting the Grand Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest as well — commentary included!
Based in Massachusetts, WJFD 97.3 FM is the only FM-based Portuguese radio station in North America and the biggest FM station outside of Portugal broadcasting in the Portuguese language. WJFD has become the most-listened-to Portuguese radio station in the New England area providing news, sports and entertainment news.
Entertainment production company Cargill Gardiner Corp. from Los Angeles will be providing Portuguese and English language commentary.
Commentary will be provided by Ewan Spence, who has been covering the Eurovision Song Contest since 2009, providing radio documentaries, news features, and in-depth reporting of the contest. He has also been commentator for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest on UK radio since 2013.
Lisa-Jayne Lewis joins Ewan as co-commentator. While originally from the UK, she spent five years living in Boston, Massachusetts. Lisa Jayne has been following the Eurovision Song Contest since 1992 and has co-commentated with Ewan on various occasions.
Ana Filipa Rosa, who will provide commentary in Portuguese, has worked at broadcaster RTP since 2015. She hosts a daily radio show in DP Internacional aimed to strengthen the connection between Portuguese communities all over the world. Since last September Ana has also been part of a new radio station devoted to children, Radio Zig Zag.
Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of the EBU, says: “We are delighted that the Eurovision Song Contest can be broadcast live on FM Radio in the United States for the first time this year, through Cargill Gardiner Corp. and WJFD. Each year we strive to give as many people access to the contest as possible, and to share it with new audiences, so we are pleased we can continue to support and strengthen our growing fan base in America in this way.”
Just a few weeks ago, the EBU announced that Logo TV will once again broadcast the Grand Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in the United States, on TV as well as online.
USA – Famous American comedian Will Ferrell spotted in the Altice Arena. But the reports are not clear. It is officially mentioned that the actor is usually spending a lot of time in Sweden and have ties with the country, being also a Eurovision fan. He found the opportunity to come and see (and support) Benjamin Ingrosso. Now the big question is: will Will seat with the Swedish delegation to cheer for Benjamin or will he have another special role in the show? No answer (yet).
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USA – We knew Maria Menounos and her longtime boyfriend, Keven Undergaro, were engaged, but we had no idea that they were planning to get married on New Year’s Eve on live television, in front of millions of viewers!
Menounos was set to co-host the Fox New Year’s Eve Special with Steve Harvey live from New York City, but the audience was in for an extra treat as the 39-year old host and presenter walked out in a gorgeous lace wedding dress designed by Pronovias Randala, ready to be wed.
With temperatures well below freezing in Times Square, Steve Harvey, who presided over the ceremony, joked, “this has got to be a pretty cold wedding … so let’s get you guys married”, before marrying the couple.
Both Keven’s and Maria’s vows were quite emotional; Menounos went through a very trying year after a diagnosis of brain cancer and surgery for tumor removal.
On live TV, facing her life partner, Maria said, “I love you so much … I just wanted to marry you so bad before surgery, after surgery, and I couldn’t think of a better way to do it than right here. Steve, thank you so much for doing this for us.”
The Greek American TV presenter hosted the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest in Athens in the side of Sakis Rouvas and she was amazing!
USA – After recovering from her recent brain tumor removal, Maria Menounos is getting back to work as she was recently chosen for the judging panel of the 2018 Miss America contest. She will be joining other celebrities on the panel including actress Molly Sims, 2014 Miss America winner Nina Davuluri, “People”‘s editor Jess Cagle, singer Jordin Sparks, and country music star Thomas Rhett. A seventh judge will be announced closer to the show, which takes place on September 10.
This year marks the 97th annual Miss America contest, which aims to pick winners based not just on looks, but also on talent and interview skills. The winner of the contest receives a full scholarship to college. Menounos has a lot of experience in hosting, but she also has some experience with beauty pageants herself as well, as she was previously crowned Miss Massachusetts Teen USA in 1996.
Menounos also gets back in business. She is opening a greek restaurant and she shares her excitement: Excited to give you a sneak peek of my new concept w/ @aramarkSports at Fenway Park! #MariasGreekKitchen” launches Labor Day…I’ve been working on this for a long time. Don’t get me wrong I love me some nachos and hot dogs but sometimes you want something healthier. My goal was to make eating healthy simple at a game. Everything is organic too which was important to me after the health issues we have been facing in our family. Some of the ingredients are sourced right upstairs on the fenway roof top garden! If you like this idea share this post with friends who may wanna visit:) I will be there Monday hoping to see everyone enjoy it! Post pics with the hashtag #MariasGreekKitchen if you try something and like it! Your support will mean the world!
Menounos presented the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest (along with Greek singer Sakis Rouvas) that took place in Athens. We are glad Maria Menounos seems to be recovering well and getting back to her career in entertainment.
Excited to give you a sneak peek of my new concept w/ @aramarkSports at Fenway Park! #MariasGreekKitchen” launches Labor Day…I've been working on this for a long time. Don't get me wrong I love me some nachos and hot dogs but sometimes you want something healthier. My goal was to make eating healthy simple at a game. Everything is organic too which was important to me after the health issues we have been facing in our family. Some of the ingredients are sourced right upstairs on the fenway roof top garden! If you like this idea share this post with friends who may wanna visit:) I will be there Monday hoping to see everyone enjoy it! Post pics with the hashtag #MariasGreekKitchen if you try something and like it! Your support will mean the world!
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USA – The 2017 edition of MTV VMAs marked by the controversy between her fans, the Swifties and the Eurofans along with the launch of her brand new video clip. Look what you made me do includes a scene of Taylor Swift in the bathtub. It was funny to see the joke on Twitter comparing her bathtub scene with the one of Conchita Wurst who featured in bathtub as well full of rose petals. But it was not the first time we saw that. Most of us surely remember Britney Spears’ 2009 video clip for the song Everytime. But Britney did a Swift-a-like photoshop back in 2000!
USA – The latest interview of EBU’s Jon Ola Sand regarding the Eurovision Song Contest brought lots of discussion today on the web. Of course the key questions were asked but we still think that many things are missing and some are no coherent somehow. Let’s take things from the beginning, though.
Regarding Eurovision 2018 edition, highlights of the interview were that there will be no voting system changes and Portugal is trying hard to put its best team to work. He seems more relaxed after all the mess with the Ukrainian organisation last year which is good.
“The potential has not been reached yet because we still have a lot to do,” he said. “Changes have to be made in steps. And step by step we will continue to develop and take care of the ESC. When we decided to change to the present system in 2016 it took many years to make sure it was fair and that we could do this. We had tested it many times and measured the consequences of a system like this. We talked a lot to the members about it, to make sure they were on board and understood the whole set up.”
Now there were two more points discussed in the interview. It is clearly that one of his legacies as an EBU Eurovision Executive Supervisor, Eurovision Asia underway project is a great success. He also seems to have implied that he and EBU are working to bring Eurovision to the US although it felt more of a wishful thinking rather than a plan underway.
“We are actually in contact with producers in the US to see if it is possible to stage a similar show as the Eurovision Song Contest in the US — competing states against states,” he said. “This is an idea that doesn’t come from us, but from producers there who know the market.”
But nevertheless we were never answered the question to what happened to the 2006 EBU sale of the Eurovision format to the USA. Wasn’t it Silverman who snatched the Eurovision format rights for NBC? Since then nothing heard! Suspiciously nothing! Bu then again EBU never answered to what happened to the dr project of making this huge and ambitious digital archive of Eurovision back in 2014!
In the meantime when the US and Eurovision combined into news, the Eurofans go frantic and some of them seriously need to learn how to read between the lines. It is clearly that EBU would like to collaborate with LOGO TV for airing the contest the US although TV ratings are still ver low (another complicated thing how TV works in the US).
What makes me confused may times is that every time Eurovision broadcast to the US is mentioned the official titles are “for the first time in the US by LOGO TV”. Am I wrong that in 1971 PBS USA aired the Eurovision Song Contest? OK it’s the first time in the recent years but weirdly everyone make an effort to skip this information, which could be nice just for historic and sentimental reasons.
Undoubtedly airing the contest through LOGO TV gives a big potential to the contest as the pro LGBT sentiment in the US is growing but this could label the contest as a gay-vision contest instead of what it was suppose to be years ago (Family Event) “rebranded” in recent years into gay friendly event.
UNITED STATES – So there was a lot of drama last year in Kiev, but was it all worth it? Alesia Michelle breaks down the road to ESC 2017 and final product that was the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. There was definitely something missing other than Russia at Eurovision 2017, and Eurovision blogger Alesia Michelle is breaking it down. From the Eurodrama to the host city’s lack of funds there was this odd cloud that definitely dampened the excitement for ESC 2017 and Alesia is asking: Did anyone “really” care about Eurovision 2017?
INFORMATION ABOUT ALESIA
Alesia hails from Washington, D.C. and has had the privilege of performing at the famed Apollo theater and at sea with Carnival Cruise Lines. Radio personality and host, Alesia has used her gift of the gab for good. Alesia was born in Washington D.C, the home of gogo music. Upon moving to Virginia, Alesia began to perform in musical theater productions with regional acting group the Hurrah Players. A graduate of Hampton University and member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., she never misses an opportunity to give back. A digital media professional and radio personality by trade, Alesia is obsessed with Eurovision and always makes time for happy hour.
UNITED STATES – Maria Menounos is stepping down from her anchor role at E! News as she faces treatment for a brain tumor. Menounos, 39, told People magazine she was diagnosed with a tumor in April and recently underwent a seven-hour surgery to remove the golf-ball sized growth. Menounos’ diagnosis came as her mother, Litsa Menounos, is battling brain cancer.
“I am so grateful for the past three years at E!, I had such an amazing time co-hosting with Jason Kennedy and working everyday with the wonderful roster of talent on the show including producers, staff and crew,” said Menounos. “It was such a special, good-hearted group and one I’ll always consider family. A special thank you to Frances Berwick and [E! president] Adam Stotsky for all the support they have shown me through the years especially during these tough times. I will truly miss everyone and looking forward to this next chapter in my life.”
Menounos has been with the E! News team since 2014. She worked as a correspondent for “Access Hollywood” and “Today” before landing the co-anchor slot on the syndicated newsmagazine “Extra.”
Menounos has also been active in the technology arena, promoting innovations and new companies through her personal newsletter and her daily “Conversations with Maria Menounos” series on SiriusXM. It’s unclear if she will continue her hosting duties on SiriusXM. She has also chronicled her mother’s fight with stage four glioblastoma on her personal platforms.
Menounos told People that she is still recovering from the surgery that successfully removed almost all of the tumor.
“My face is still numb,” Menounos told People. “This is something that takes at least a month of healing, but I’m getting stronger and stronger every day and I’ll be back to normal very soon.”