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  • A. Alexandrovic (Swiss) 22:42 on May 26, 2017 10:42 pm Permalink |  

    Mixing the Semi Final with the Grand Final performances 

  • A. Alexandrovic (Swiss) 13:40 on May 25, 2017 1:40 pm Permalink |  

    EBU members react: what they enjoyed the most in Eurovision 2017 

    The 2017 Eurovision Connect awards have taken place in Ljubljana (May 22), organized in collaboration with RTVSLO. The ceremony was part of an annual event that pays tribute to the best in public service media advertising. During the event, EBU members asked about their favourite moments of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Have a look.

  • A. Alexandrovic (Swiss) 09:56 on May 25, 2017 9:56 am Permalink |  

    The Thursday Eurovision telegram with news in brief 



    The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest broadcast marked the end of IBA on May 13th. Now there is a new Israeli national broadcaster, called Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC) and they applied to the European Broadcasting Union for a full membership which will also allow them to participate in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. There are concerns about the eligibility of the new broadcaster to become an EBU member as they haven’t solved the issue of news content which the new broadcaster doesn’t want to include in their program although the IPBC already make news focus programs. EBU is also concerned about the government involvement in the broadcaster.


    Despite and practically doing nothing after their participation in the X-Factor, Stereo Soul are ready to bid again to ERT for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. With no discography (despite a single release which no one really learned about), no experience and no media attention after the X-Factor show, the two talent show wannabes try to stay in the media spotlight by queueing for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, the only actually project that can actually “save” them. It is anyway too early for ERT to deal with Eurovision, something which surely will take place around December.


    A total of 92 percent of foreign tourists, who visited Kiev for the Eurovision-2017 Song Contest, hope to return to Ukraine, a recent survey showed Wednesday. The survey, carried out by the GfK Ukraine research center at the request of the Institute of World Policy, found that Ukraine has met the hopes of 51 percent of Eurovision fans and beaten the expectations of 47 percent of others. Among the main advantages of Ukraine, those surveyed listed Ukrainian people, entertainment infrastructure and culture. In the same time, transport, public infrastructure and the low number of English-speakers were named as major negative aspects of Ukraine. The survey was carried out between May 9 and May 13 in central Kiev among 1,060 foreigners, who said they came to Ukraine to attend the Eurovision.

  • another web source 14:33 on May 24, 2017 2:33 pm Permalink |  

    One more Ukrainian failure: Milla Jovovich was suppose to host Eurovision 2017 

    UKRAINE – Popular Hollywood actress of Ukrainian origin Milla Jovovich was not against to Eurovision song contest 2017. May 13, Kyiv hosted the Eurovision 2017. Leading the competition were Timur Miroshnychenko, Oleksandr skychko and Vladimir Ostapchuk. According to producer Oleg Bodnarchuk, one of the leading competition really wanted to be 41-year-old American actress Milla Jovovich. The star had agreed to a minimum fee.

    “You’re not sleeping and you’re not dreaming. Our choosing a headliner for the Eurovision song contest, refused Lady Gaga chose him. It’s time to reveal the card. Here’s another secret. One of the leading contest for a nominal fee really wanted to be Milla Jovovich. Her Manager wrote me a letter, because I knew that I was doing this and asked for negotiations. I am sure that Milla denied for the same reason that Lady Gaga,“ wrote Bodnarchuk are on their sistance.

    Recall that Lady Gaga was supposed to perform in the final of the Eurovision song contest 2017 in Kiev. According to the producer Jamala Igor Tarnopolsky, Lady Gaga refused, because the budget of 30 million euros (about 870 000 000 UAH.) for it was not 200 thousand dollars (about 5 200 000 UAH.).

  • Ghassan Al Kaziri (UAE) 23:26 on May 23, 2017 11:26 pm Permalink |  

    Poor but better than 2016, the 2017 Eurovision TV ratings in the US 

    UNITED STATES – For second consecutive year, LOGO TV aired the Eurovision Song Contest in the US. Despite the European webcast and YouTube links not available in the US due to copyrights, LOGO TV managed to increase the TV ratings from 50,000 in 2016 to 62,000 in 2017. Michelle Visage and Ross Mathews commentated the show this year.

    Pamela Post the Senior Vice President of Programming for Logo stated: Logo is proud to return as the exclusive U.S. broadcast home for the global phenomenon that is the Eurovision Song Contest. This cultural gem has taken worldwide audiences by storm and we’re thankful to once again partner with EBU so our viewers can watch the Grand Final live.

    Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand adding: The EBU is thrilled to be partnering with Logo for the second year running to bring the unique spectacle of the Eurovision Song Contest live to US audiences once again. We know that the Contest has a lot of dedicated fans in the United States and we’re excited that, thanks to Logo, even more viewers this year can discover the excitement of the world’s longest running annual TV music competition and “celebrate diversity” with audiences around the world. As well as broadcasting the Final of the contest live on television, viewers in the United States can watch the show live on YouTube via Logo’s Official page.

  • another web source 15:13 on May 23, 2017 3:13 pm Permalink |  

    Eurovision 2017 semi finals and final watched by over 180 million viewers 

    EBU.CH REPORTS / GENEVA – The Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), the world’s longest running annual TV music competition, was seen by over 180 million viewers in 2017. (waiting for Australia to tip it over) The 3 live shows from Kyiv, Ukraine on 9, 11 and 13 May reached around 182 million people across 42 markets*. The figure is lower year on year as Russia did not air any of the shows following their withdrawal from the competition.

    The 2017 Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest achieved, on average, the same audience share as 2016 of 36.2% – more than double the average prime-time viewing share for the same group of channels (15.8%). The number of people watching the Eurovision Song Contest online more than doubled from 2016. There were 6 million live streaming sessions in 233 territories across the 3 shows on the official ESC YouTube channel and a total of 8.5 million on-demand requests.

    Winning country Portugal delivered its largest audience since 2008, an average 1.4 million viewers watched the Grand Final, accounting for 32.5% of Portuguese TV viewing. 2nd placed Bulgaria had its highest audience on record (since 2003), with 650 thousand viewers accounting for 39.4% of Bulgarian TV viewing. Italy delivered its best audience since re-joining the ESC in 2011 – 3.6 million viewers, up 15% on 2016. Germany saw the highest average viewing figures for the 8th consecutive year (7.8m)

    Host country Ukraine delivered its highest viewing share for the ESC Grand Final since 2009 with 1.5 million watching, accounting for 18.8% of Ukrainian TV viewing that night. Iceland once again delivered the largest viewing share of all 42 countries (98%), despite its entry not making it to the final for a third consecutive year. Viewing was even up 16% on 2016 to reach 150 thousand viewers, making it the biggest audience since 2014 when they last made it to the Grand Final.

    The Eurovision Song Contest was hugely popular with younger audiences. On average, 42.9% of 15-24 year olds watching TV in 42 countries enjoyed the Grand Final which is 4 times higher than the broadcast channels average of 11.0%. Viewing share is also around 4 times higher than the broadcast channels average among children (4-15 years olds; 34.8% / 8.7%) and Young Adults (25-34 year olds; 38.3% / 10.4%).

    The Grand Final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest was also broadcast by 19 EBU Radio Members. Next year’s competition will be held in Portugal for the very first time after the country’s first win in 53 years of participation.

    *Source: Results produced by EBU and based on Eurodata TV’s and relevant partners’ data

  • Ghassan Al Kaziri (UAE) 00:56 on May 23, 2017 12:56 am Permalink |  

    BNT most likely to select internally the same successful team 

    BULGARIA – Bulgarian national broadcaster revealed that their 2018 Eurovision Song Contest entry will be selected internally just like 2017. This is a wise decision (probably, although you never know what can happen) after the second position in the Grand Final last week in Kyiv, the best ever placing of Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song Contest since its first participation back in 2005.

    Bulgarian national broadcaster already started scouting ideas and proposals for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. On Twitter the broadcaster left a hint: The song should be different than the 2017 entry, modern, catchy and radio hit. The artist should be able to inspire. Borislav Milanov, Sebastian Arman and Joacim Bo Persson could face another challenge after their success this year.

  • Norman Burdon (Canada) 00:50 on May 23, 2017 12:50 am Permalink |  

    Lady GaGa replaced by Ruslana in the Grand Final (as if…) 

    UKRAINE – It’s hard to believe what teh Ukrainian media are reporting as not a single rumour was spread back in Kyiv about the following information. Ukrainian media report that that Lady GaGa was suppose to perform in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final on May 13th.

    Jamala’s manager, Igor Tarnopolsky claims that Lady GaGa was indeed selected to be the interval act of the final and demanded no fee for it (yeah right!). All they needed, according to the local press information, was 100-200,000 USD in order to make her performance implemented on stage (what exactly does that mean is a riddle).

    But the national broadcaster couldn’t find the money to make it happen (yeah right, you have Lady GaGa for free and you cannot find 200,000 USD to make it happen… seriously?). In the end, poor Ruslana took the stage by storm once again in a patriotic way followed by Jamala and the amazing ONUKA.

    This seriously reminds me the “Madonna rumour” for the 2006 Athens Eurovision Song Contest edition.

  • another web source 08:16 on May 22, 2017 8:16 am Permalink |  

    Eurovision 2017: great investment with little returns 

    UKRAINE – From May 9 to May 14, Ukraine hosted the 2017 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Large numbers of guests were expected in the country’s capital Kiev and many arrived. According to preliminary calculations, from May 1 to 14, 60,000 tourists arrived to attend the song contest. 20,000 of these were foreigners, while 40,000 were domestic tourists. Revenues from ticket sales for Eurovision 2017 are expected to reach more than $35 million.

    At first sight these numbers are fantastic. However, when uncovering the broader picture, the less rosy reality is revealed. Ukraine spent a staggering €30 million on the Eurovision 2017 Contest. To put it into perspective, last year Sweden spent €9 million for the organization of the same contest. Before that, Russia and Estonia had both organized the song contest for approximately €12 million. Thus, with the money spent in Ukraine, other European countries could roughly organize three song contests of such capacity.

    Ukrainians are amazed by the money spent on the event, taking into account that the country is currently in a terrible economic situation and technically at war. For example, Jamala, the winner of Eurovision 2016, received €34,000 for her performance. The same artist received just €25,000 for her New Year’s performance. Other than artists, substantial sums of the budget were invested into marketing and the creation of a positive image of Ukraine.

    According to experts, Ukrainian hotels and restaurants were left with minimal earnings during the Eurovision 2017 in Kiev. The reason for this are so called “budget guests” in the Ukrainian capital. Foreigners reportedly ate kebabs and baked vegetables in the fan zones, did not drink much, nor use public transport and excursions.

    Overall, foreign guests preferred to refresh themselves on the streets rather than in restaurants. Moreover, cafes in the city center registered an outflow of visitors by 20-25% compared to the usual period. The average meal check of those attending the Eurovision in Kiev accounted to a maximum of $10.

    Eurovision 2017 managed to attract many visitors with low profit: The Association of Small Hotels and Apartments confirmed the numbers, saying that guests attending Eurovision 2017 arrived “with not much money” and settled mainly in hostels in the city center. The occupancy in such facilities increased by 25% in May compared to the previous years. However, the earnings of hoteliers were not in any way jaw-dropping.

    Experts also claim that the budget of the Eurovision Song Contest was divided between people close to the authorities.

    Thus, despite high figures in terms of guests, Ukraine definitely will not be happy about the outcome of the contest in terms of financial gains. Even more so considering the economic situation of the country and its political instability as well as obscure safety situation.

  • Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece) 14:28 on May 21, 2017 2:28 pm Permalink |  

    Eurovision 2017: watch the moments we loved and hated 

  • A. Alexandrovic (Swiss) 03:01 on May 21, 2017 3:01 am Permalink |  

    More stand-in rehearsal videos available 




  • Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece) 22:26 on May 19, 2017 10:26 pm Permalink |  

    The latest Eurovision news in brief 

    NORWAY – Jan Fredrik Karlsen stepped down as General of MGP after two years on the wheel. Jan Fredrik Karlsen is replaced by Stig Karlsen. The reason for the resignation was work commitments despite the good top ten result for Norway this year. On the other hand Stig Karlsen explains that 2018 MGP edition will include an international jury again and will try to motivate the best of authors in Norway to bring their best songs to MGP.

    SAN MARINO – SMRTV Director General Carlo Romeo is once again disappointed not only by the result of his country’s participation again in Eurovision (we are surprised why) and also by how EBU is treating San Marino in Eurovision. Once again Mr Romeo leaves open door for his country to withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest next year.

    ICELAND – Happy news from Iceland as 97.5% watched the semi final in which Svala proudly participated and represented the island of ice. From the available data on the web here are the TV rates in various countries:
    3,8 million in Italy
    6,7 million in United Kingdom
    0,9 million in Austria
    4,7 million in France
    4,1 million in The Netherlands
    3.0 million in Australia (live and recorded broadcast)
    0,1 million in Czech Republic (140,000 to be precise)
    4,6 million in Spain
    1,3 million in Norway
    0,7 million in Croatia
    2,9 million in Sweden
    2,7 million in Poland
    0,4 million in Estonia
    0,2 million in Cyprus
    0,8 million in Hungary
    0,2 million in Slovenia
    0,3 million in Switzerland
    0,5 million in Finland
    0,2 million in Iceland (153,000 in the final and 163,000 in semi final)
    1,2 million in Denmark
    0,6 million in Romania
    1,4 million in Portugal (with a peak of 2,4 million when Salvador won)

    NORWAY – Alexander Rybak stated that he has been offered a big amount of money to represent Belarus in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest but speaking to Norwegian press, he clarified that he would love to represent Norway instead.

    FRANCE – New selection process with many semi finals is prepared in France. Mission Eurovision will be introduced for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Despite France’s decent result, it seems that French broadcaster is eager to bring some extra attention inland with a multi marathon national selection.

    UKRAINE – A Ukrainian prankster told a court on Monday (May 15) that he didn’t regret mooning the audience during the live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest final in Kiev. Vitaliy Sediuk, 28, jumped onto the stage with an Australian flag wrapped around his shoulders, dropped his trousers and wiggled his bare bottom at the audience during last Saturday night’s (May 13) performance by last year’s winner of the contest, Ukrainian singer Jamala. “I don’t regret it,” said Sediuk, who has been known to ambush celebrities. “I don’t have anything against Eurovision. This time I just wanted to do something that would be remembered.” The Kiev court on Monday ordered the confiscation of Sediuk’s travel documents and imposed restrictions on his movements as an investigation into the incident continues. A security guard tackled Sediuk off the stage in last Saturday night’s incident, and the prankster later resisted arrest by police and was placed in detention for 72 hours, interior minister Arsen Avakov said on Sunday (May 14). Avakov said Sediuk’s offence fell under legislation against hooliganism, which in Ukraine can carry up to five years in prison. “The country’s embarrassment can practice his ‘hobby’ in a prison cell at a temporary detention centre,” Avakov wrote on Sunday on his Facebook page. The contest’s organising committee in Ukraine slammed Sediuk’s behaviour as “inadmissible” and assured that the “highest level of security” had been observed during the final. “We are outraged and in no way support such provocations”, Pavlo Grytsak, the executive producer of this year’s contest, said in a statement. “The offender should be held responsible for what he did.” In September, Sediuk tried to kiss the bottom of US reality TV star Kim Kardashian as she was walking into a Paris restaurant. Her bodyguard pinned him to the ground before he managed to do so.

    FINLAND – During a recent interview with MariskalRock, Mr. Lordi stated about LORDI’s connection to Eurovision: “There was a time a couple of years ago — well, more than a couple — when I really, really, really hated that everybody’s always asking about the goddamn Eurovision; there was a time. Nowadays I have come to terms with it. It’s, like, okay, I’m actually proud that we are part of Eurovision history and I am proud that Eurovision is part of this band’s history. I mean, it is a big part of our awareness. Because the awareness of the band would be so different, it would be so much smaller, without that one TV show ten years ago.” He continued: “I absolutely don’t regret that — absolutely not. Because I have nothing bad to say about Eurovision itself, but the problem that we have had in the years is the people who actually don’t know anything else except for the fact that we were on Eurovision. And that is a big stamp to get out of — it’s like a fucking tattoo, you have a fucking tattoo on your forehead that says ‘Eurovision.’ And that is something that really, really, really drove me nuts some years ago; I was really struggling with that. “I have come to terms with it — it’s all right; I mean, it’s cool,” he said. “I am proud of it. And every May, when there’s a new Eurovision, I know that my phone will start ringing and people will ask my opinions and then we get requests: ‘Do you wanna come to this country’s semifinals? Do you wanna come here?’ And for years we said, ‘No, we don’t wanna. We don’t want to.’ But now, we’re, like, ‘Fuck it! Let’s do it. What the hell?’ I mean, c’mon, it’s all fun, and it’s part of our history, and the Eurovision, they really want us to come there, because, let’s face it, we are one of those winners that people still remember.”

  • Ghassan Al Kaziri (UAE) 21:58 on May 19, 2017 9:58 pm Permalink |  

    When will we know the 2018 Eurovision dates? 

    PORTUGAL – For the first time in years the dates for the next Eurovision Song Contest have not yet been announced, despite Jon Ola Sand stating in the EBU / UA:PBC press conference in Kyiv that this will take place by the Grand Final date.

    RTP General Executive Director, Gonçalo Reis explained that the dates will be decided and announced on June 13th, after the first meeting of the national broadcaster with the EBU.

    The broadcaster already examines all the technical standards needed for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest and they don’t rush to estimate the cost of the next Eurovision edition as already there is high interest from various sponsors to support the event.

    Somehow we have already the impression that the 2018 Eurovision edition will be a spectacular, generous and glamorous event.

  • A. Alexandrovic (Swiss) 00:11 on May 19, 2017 12:11 am Permalink |  

    Video of The Day: when a straight guy stands-in for Slavko 

  • another web source 18:53 on May 18, 2017 6:53 pm Permalink |  

    Samantha Mumba interested to represent Ireland in 2018 

    IRELAND – Samantha Mumba has offered to represent Ireland in the Eurovision next year. It’s been a tough few years for Ireland in the Eurovision. We go into it each year with so much hope, only to get knocked back again. After failing to qualify for the fourth year in a row, there has been much plotting and scheming on how to restore Ireland to Eurovision glory – and there may just be an answer.

    In a piece for The Irish Times, writer Jenn Gannon reflected on Ireland’s current place in the Eurovision, and suggested that maybe it’s time to hand over the reins to a more capable pair of hands. Someone who knows the pop game. Someone who can recognise an actual tune when they see one. Someone like… Samantha Mumba.

    The intro to Body 2 Body just started playing in your head, didn’t it? As it happens, we are in luck, because Samantha Mumba herself agrees.

    Samantha Mumba is an Irish singer and actress. She shot to fame in 2000 with the release of her debut single “Gotta Tell You”, which reached the Top 10 in Ireland, United Kingdom and the United States. After a relatively short music career, she starred in numerous films, most notably in the 2002 film The Time Machine. She has also appeared in a number of Irish independent films. She returned to public attention when she appeared in the 2008 series of Dancing on Ice. In 2011 Mumba confirmed her retirement from music and to focus mainly on her acting career. However, in 2013, Mumba revealed via Twitter that she was back in the studio working on new material. In early 2017, she participated in a Celebrity Version of MasterChef Ireland and went on to fill in as co-host on The 6 O’Clock Show, while Lucy Kennedy took maternity leave.

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