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Exclusive video interview with Mr #Eurovision Serbia, Željko Joksimović

SERBIA – Željko Joksimović, often credited as Zeljko Joksimovic, is a Serbian singer, composer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He plays 12 different musical instruments including accordion, piano, guitar, and drums. Joksimović is multi-lingual, being fluent in Greek, English, Russian, Polish and French as well as his native Serbian. He has a career as a solo pop artist and at the same time he is a prolific composer for other singers. He can be called a master of The ... | read the full story here

March 13, 2017 1:45 pm // 0 Comments

Australia 2017: we had a totally funky chat with Isaiah in Melbourne

AUSTRALIA – Isaiah received a gift on his 17th birthday that’s pretty hard to beat – winning X Factor Australia 2016. Eliminated the year prior because of some forgotten lyrics, Isaiah was determined not to let that happen again, making the six hour round trip from his country hometown of Moama in regional Victoria to Melbourne every week for a year for specialist singing training. A softly spoken kid, at high school no one even knew Isaiah could sing, until he unleashed a powerhouse ... | read the full story here

March 7, 2017 2:12 pm // 0 Comments

Sweden 2017: making statements with Loreen ahead of Andra Chansen

SWEDEN – The oikotimes.com Linköping editors met up with Loreen in Linköping to discuss Statements and her motivations. On November 30, 2016, it was revealed that Loreen will compete in Melodifestivalen 2017 with the song “Statements” for a chance to represent Sweden again at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. On February 25th, 2017 she qualified to Second Chance. Political Activism During the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan, Loreen was the only entrant to ... | read the full story here

March 3, 2017 3:57 pm // 0 Comments

Estonia 2017: interview with the favourite, Kerli

ESTONIA – Kerli Kõiv, usually referred to mononymously as Kerli, is an Estonian singer and songwriter. Born in Elva, Estonia, Kerli entered multiple singing competitions before being signed to Island Records in 2006 by LA Reid. In 2007, she released her debut self-titled extended play and in 2008, released her debut studio album, Love Is Dead, the latter of which charted on the Billboard 200. The lead single from the album, “Walking on Air,” charted in many countries and was ... | read the full story here

March 2, 2017 8:42 pm // 0 Comments

Melzig, head of production for 2017: “in Russia, it was really awful […] there is no respect for other people”

UKRAINE – Head of Eurovision 2017 Production, Ola Melzig from Sweden spoke about the preparations in Ukraine regarding the contest and of course the delays. He confirmed that the plans are six months behind but the work is ongoing and back on track. Being responsible for the production of the show since 2000, Melzig is considered the man behind the success of the event which brings 200 million viewers every year (for all three shows). Speaking about the Eurovision 2017 work progress he ... | read the full story here

February 18, 2017 9:34 am // 0 Comments

Malta 2017: Maxine speaks to oikotimes.com

Hello, Maxine, could you first introduce yourself to our readers? Hey oikotimes.com, I’m Maxine Pace, from the little island Malta. I’m a student at sixth form and have a passion for music. I’ve been singing since the age of 6 and have always been a Eurovision fan! Your song for MESC is called “Bombshell”, would you consider yourself as a Maltese bombshell? Anyone can be a bombshell, if they believe in themselves and do their best to achieve what they want to in life! I will ... | read the full story here

February 17, 2017 11:42 am // 0 Comments

Sweden 2017: Melodifestivalen’s Roger Pontare speaks to oikotimes.com

SWEDEN – Fred Roger Pontare (born Roger Johansson; 17 October 1951, Arjeplog Municipality, Sweden) is a Swedish musician. He currently lives in Vingåker, Södermanland County. He represented Sweden twice in the Eurovision Song Contest, in 1994 (duet with Marie Bergman) with “Stjärnorna” and in 2000 with “When Spirits Are Calling My Name”, placing 13th and 7th, respectively. Roger Pontare is father to Viktor and Vincent Pontare. He is one of the male singers of ... | read the full story here

February 11, 2017 1:37 pm // 0 Comments

Sweden 2017: Melodifestivalen’s Mariette speaks to oikotimes.com

SWEDEN – Mariette Petra Carola Hansson, sometimes credited as MaryJet or simply Mariette, is a Swedish singer and songwriter. Hansson participated in Sikta mot stjärnorna (Swedish pre-selection for European Soundmix Show) in 1999 imitating singer Amanda Marshall. She is perhaps best known for participating in Idol 2009 which was broadcast in TV4. A year later, Hansson was announced as “homo of the year” at the QX Gaygala in Stockholm. In 2013 she played guitar in Magnus ... | read the full story here

February 10, 2017 1:50 pm // 0 Comments