SPAIN – Manel Navarro was one of the most controversial participants in the Eurovision Song Contest this year. This happened not because we disliked Manel Navarro but because of the way he won the national selection, openly breaching the rules and making fans angry with his gesture during his winner announcement. But it seems that Manel Navarro feels he received a lot of … bullying from the fans during his Eurovision venture.
Well this is not entirely true. Yes they were some nasty comments during his Eurovision venture but speaking from our side as oikotimes.com, although we have been very very critical on his national selection win and his Eurovision participation and performance we never treated Manel in a way that could hurt him. Great example was the great time we had with him in Israel during the amazing Israel Calling party.
It was no secret that members of oikotimes.com team considered Manel Navarro a hot participant in this national selection process but they turned angry with the way he was selected.
Manel stated the following: “This is my overcoming and anti bullying message. I hope you help me share this with the world so that we can all love in the same way. I think we’ve all been through this, but we do get up and the best ones are the ones that have enough strenght to do so”
Well he is over reacting in my opinion but still a new song is always welcomed no matter the message. Keep on Falling is composed by him and could be a good positive message for those who indeed are victims of bullying.
BELGIUM – Loïc Nottet is a Belgian singer, who finished second in the third season of The Voice Belgique in 2014 and represented Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 which was held in Vienna, Austria, where he placed fourth with 217 points. On 3 November 2014, Belgium’s French language state broadcaster, Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (RTBF), announced Nottet as the Belgian representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 to be held in Vienna, Austria. On 10 March 2015, “Rhythm Inside”, his entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, was presented (co-written by his Voice mentor). The song went to number one on both the Flanders and Wallonia Ultratop charts. Performing in the first semi final of the competition, Nottet was successful in progressing to the final, coming second in his semi final with 149 points. During the Jury Final (following Australia), he could be barely seen on stage due to heavy use of smoke machines and pyrotechnics from the Australian Act. His delegation was rumoured to have lodged a complaint about this, saying that it would affect part of their final score. While they requested to perform again, this was apparently denied, instead telling juries to disregard the smoke. In the Grand Final, the Belgian entry scored a total of 217 points leaving “Rhythm Inside” in fourth position overall, giving Belgium its first top five placement since 2003. It received the maximum 12 points from three countries; Netherlands, France and Hungary. The song was certified Platinum for selling 30,000 copies in Belgium. Nottet has released three different music videos for Rhythm Inside (including one called the “Alice in Wonderland” version). After the contest, “Rhythm Inside” reached the top ten in the Austrian, Lithuanian and Russian Music Charts, achieving top 20 in Finland, Iceland and Sweden and also charting in Australia, UK, France, Switzerland and many more European countries.