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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

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

SWEDEN – Most known recently from the TV4 programme Lyckliga Gatan, though Allyawan has been releasing down-tempo hip-hop music in Swedish for most of the decade. He’s co-written his song with one of the most iconic names on the Swedish hip-hop scene – Masse Salazar. And both will surely be calling upon their armies of followers to vote. If said followers are going to be watching Melodifestivalen, that ... | read the full story here

February 9, 2017 5:28 pm // 0 Comments

Sweden 2017: Melodifestivalen’s Lisa Ajax speaks to oikotimes.com

SWEDEN – Lisa Kristina Ajax (born 13 August 1998 in Järfälla, Sweden), is a Swedish singer, and winner of Idol 2014. On 28 November 2014, she made it to the Idol finals inside the Stockholm Globe Arena. Her recording of the song “Love Run Free” reached the 48th position at Itunes during its first week at chart. On 5 December 2014, she won the Idol finals ahead of runner-up Mollie Lindén. She also participated at Lilla Melodifestivalen 2012 with the song “Allt som jag ... | read the full story here

February 9, 2017 4:34 pm // 1 Comment

Sweden 2017: Melodifestivalen’s Benjamin Ingrosso speaks to oikotimes.com

SWEDEN – He won Lilla Melodifestivalen in 2006 with “Hej Sofia” where he was presented as Benjamin Wahlgren-Ingrosso or just Benjamin. Together with Sanna Martinez-Matz and Made he represented Sweden in MGP Nordic in 2006. In January 2007, he released the single “Jag är en astronaut” (meaning I am an astronaut) which had been recorded earlier by Linus Wahlgren recorded in 1985. Benjamin also won Let’s Dance 2014. Returning to music as Benjamin Ingrosso, in ... | read the full story here

February 9, 2017 4:16 pm // 0 Comments

Sweden 2017: Melodifestivalen’s Dismissed speak to oikotimes.com

SWEDEN – One of the most exciting songwriting teams in the contest this year – the former frontman of The Ark teams up with the gent who co-wrote most of Darin’s last album. And together they contribute a song to a relatively new rock band, who are already gaining notoriety for their memorable live shows, and striking visuals. Live shows…visuals… they’re picked the right outlet to showcase themselves here ... | read the full story here

February 9, 2017 3:40 pm // 0 Comments

Portugal 2017: Fernando Daniel speaks to oikotimes.com

Can you please introduce yourself for our readers ? Fernando Daniel is a simple guy like any other guy his age. He is a singer and instrumentalist, playing piano and guitar. He frequently works in bars and has participated in some TV formats such as Factor X and more recently The Voice that won and whose blind auditon was considered the best blind proof of The Voice 2016 worldwide. He continues to fight for his dream, which is undoubtedly music. What music means to you ? Like i said before ... | read the full story here

February 7, 2017 7:47 pm // 0 Comments