CZECH REPUBLIC – Eurovision Song CZ will be the national selection process organised by Česká televize to select Czech Republic’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The winner will be determined by public vote from among six competing entries. Users will be able to vote for the winner from 8 January 2018 to 22 January 2018 via the official Eurovision Song Contest app. Both international and Czech users will be able to vote, but only votes from users in the Czech Republic will be counted. The winner will be revealed on 29 January 2018. Česká televize received over four hundred song submissions for the Eurovision Song Contest, of which 36 were by Czech songwriters. The six selected finalists were announced on 8 January 2018 and the entries were made available to the public. Remember you can still vote in our poll up too three of your favourite entries.
ROMANIA – TVR announced that the fourth semi final set for 11 February 2018 will take place is the landmark salt mine in Turda, more than 100 meters from the ground. This is one of the most beautiful salt mines in the world and it will be stunning, and already gives us thee chills.
“Suus” is a song by Kosovar singer Rona Nishliu, and used as the Albanian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. The lyrics were written by Nishliu and the music was composed by Florent Boshnjaku.
Although the song is entirely in Albanian, the title is the Latin third person reflexive possessive pronoun suus, and can mean “his,” “his own”; its official translation is “Personal”
The song received a positive review from Will Adams from Huffington Post, who said that he was skeptical when he first heard the song but upon realizing that Nishliu was singing “qaj” (“cry” in English), he said that “it really drove home the point that “Suus” is a deeply emotional ballad.”
Despite this, he did not predict that the song would fare well in the Grand Final scoreboard during the contest. (source: wikipedia.org)
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!