GREECE 🇬🇷 A year ago the one day tour of Lara Fabian disappointed her Greek fans as the concert cancelled the very last minute (before Lara gets on stage) as a rain made the open air concert at OAKA impossible to take place. A year after the concert not only took place in an inside arena but also gave the opportunity for the Greeks to enjoy her as Lara performed twice (Saturday 19, Sunday 20). Both concerts were sold out in an arena of estimated 12,000 auditors.
Lara Sophie Katy Crokaert, better known as Lara Fabian, is a Canadian-Belgian singer. She has sold over 20 million records worldwide and is one of the best-selling Belgian artists of all time. She was born in Etterbeek, Brussels to a Belgian father and a Sicilian mother. Since 1996 she holds a Canadian citizenship alongside the original Belgian.
As of 2015 she lived in Walloon Brabant province in Belgium just outside Brussels. She has since moved back to Montreal.
In 1988, the RTL TV channel in Luxembourg invited Fabian to represent the country at the 33rd Eurovision Song Contest, held that year in Dublin, Ireland.
The song was a composition by Jacques Cardona and Alain Garcia entitled Croire (Belief) which reached a respectable fourth place (while Celine Dion won the contest representing Switzerland).
The single became a hit in Europe, selling nearly 500,000 copies.
PORTUGAL 🇵🇹 One week after the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest and we try to keep the spirits up! Our Post Eurovision Depression is about to finally get healed with our annual bloopers video. 15 days in Lisbon, dozen of hours of filming, working, interviewing but still fun was the key element to enjoy the event and it’s coverage.
Thanks to Michael Shmaytser, oikotimes.com was on the spot to celebrate with Israeli fans. Netta was welcomed back as the 4th Eurovision Song Contest winner for Israel and if course she gave a blasting performance of “Toy” which we recorded it. Doron Medalie and Izhar Cohen were on stage continuing the show afterwards. It is clear now that Jerusalem and not Tel Aviv will host the 64th Eurovision Song Contest edition but Tel Aviv is still celebrating. More than 50,000 people attended the celebrations.
At the tail end of a day of deadly clashes in Gaza and the tense relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, Rabin Square filled with flag-draped fans and girls sporting Barzilai’s trademark Mickey Mouse buns. The crowd threw up their hands and danced every 10 minutes, when the winning song, “Toy,” blasted from the speakers before and after Barzilai’s quick appearance.
“Tel Aviv, I love you! Look what we did together!” an emotional Barzilai told the crowd, songwriters Doron Medley and Stav Berger alongside her onstage. “Look at everyone together! We have such a reason to be happy!”
source: Times of Israel
ISRAEL 🇮🇱 Netta Barzilai and the victorious Israeli delegation to the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest took the stage in Tel Aviv’s main square Monday for a special and free performance in honor of her historic win at the competition with her hit song “Toy”.
At a short press conference held after she landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport on the plane, Barzilai said: “This is a great moment for me, for the [Israeli] delegation and for the country. I am happy that we managed to create a reason for joy in a country that does not have a lot of reasons to celebrate.”
“We are all hoarse, we celebrated all night and we didn’t sleep,” added Barzilai. “I want to thank to all the amazing people who accompanied me throughout this past half year, they never lost hope and promised me all along the way that victory was ours. A lot of congratulations to us and all of Israel.”
The delegations came down from the plane dancing to the music of the winning song “Toy.”
Barzilai will perform her song on Monday evening in a performance in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv.
Barzilai won the Eurovision with 529 points, with the song from Cyprus, “Fuego,” sung by Eleni Foureira, coming in second with 436 points. Austria came in third with 342 points.
Thousands came out in Tel Aviv in Rabin Square to celebrate Saturday night after the victory, while hundreds came to celebrate in the Mahaneh Yehuda Market in Jerusalem. Lights on Tel Aviv City Hall spelled out “Toy.”
Barzilai, 25, is the fourth Israeli to win the Eurovision contest. The previous Israeli to win was Dana International in 1998 with the song “Diva.” The first Israeli winner was Yizhar Cohen in 1978 with “Abanibi.” The next year Israel won once again with “Hallelujah,” sung by Gali Atari and Milk and Honey.
The broadcast of the contest had a 35 percent rating on channel Kan 11, which translates into just over 1 million viewers – the highest rating in Israel since November 2017 when Channel 2 split into two separate broadcasters.
The live Eurovision broadcasts in Israel on social networks, such as on public broadcaster Kan’s Facebook page, drew about 750,000 viewers. “Toy” has already racked up over 50 million views on the internet.