Category: EUROVISION’S GREATEST HITS 2015
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – In a special show from Amsterdam the Dutch Eurovision fans celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The show took place at the Amsterdam Ziggo Dome. The show called “Songfestival Singalong 2015” featured Dutch Eurovision stars like Gerard Joling (1988), Sieneke (2010), Edsilia Rombley (1998, 2007), Lenny Kuhr (winner 1969) and Esther Hart (2003) and there were also guests from Eurovision winners like Alexander Rybak (Norway 2009), Emmelie de Forest (Denmark 2013), Brotherhood of Man (United Kingdom 1976) and Johnny Logan (Ireland 1980, 1987).
Thousands of Eurovision lovers joined the party in Amsterdam with the stars on the big stage and on top of the stage a huge screen showed the lyrics of the Eurovision songs so everyone could sing along. You can watch some highlights from the show in the videos below.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Netherlands have participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since the beginning in 1956. The country have won the contest four times; in 1957, 1959, 1969 and 1975. The last two years The Netherlands have won a ticket to the Grand Final and this year the Dutch fans are hoping for Trijntje Oosterhuis to continue with good results for The Netherlands.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – When the Eurovision’s Greatest Hits took place on late March there was an opening act you never saw on TV as it wasn’t part of the official show. BBC presented for the first time Electro Velvet to the public and below you can see their performance. They did it quite well I must say, don’t you think?
INDEPENDENT.CO.UK REPORTS (LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM) – The BBC has admitted that it cut out a gay protest from a programme to mark the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Boos from the audience before the Russian singer and 2008 winner Dima Bilan appeared on stage were removed for a televised version of Eurovision’s Greatest Hits.
The programme aired on BBC One on Friday and was an edited version of the live concert that took place at the Hammersmith Apollo earlier in the week. Eurovision’s Greatest Hits was presented by Graham Norton and Petra Mede.
The jeers from the crowd were aimed at Russia’s encroaching anti-gay laws rather than Bilan, who has voiced his opposition to legislation and previously signed an open letter condemning the government’s actions.
“There was indeed a lot of booing from the crowd when Graham and Petra initially introduced the Russian act Dima Bilan,” a BBC spokesperson told Pink News.
The spokesperson explained that Graham had talked directly to the audience and told them the concert was “not a competition” and said “we are here to support all the acts, so be nice”.
“Once Graham had addressed the crowd the introduction was re-shot, Dima was cheered and welcomed to the stage, got a great reception and put in a top performance which was broadcast [on the] night.”
The Independent’s music critic, who was also at the concert, noted that Graham told the audience, “You can boo in Vienna [this year’s host city], you can boo at home, but not here.”
This is not the first time a Russian Eurovision act has been booed, with identical Tolmachevy twins facing the crowd’s wrath during their performance last year.
When Russia “phoned in” to share the voting results for its nation, the audience could again be heard loudly booing as the countries spokeswoman delivered its top points.
WHATSONTC.CO.UK REPORTS – Graham Norton has said that the UK could win the Eurovision Song Contest again. The UK has triumphed in the European singing competition five times in the past, with Katrina And The Waves last hitting the top spot with Love Shine A Light in 1997.
This year, the country will be represented by pop duo Electro Velvet – AKA Alex Larke and Bianca Nicholas. Graham, who hosts the British coverage of the show, said: “Germany has won it and so yes, I do think we will (win again). The great thing about Eurovision is you can never second-guess it!”
He added: “There is a great sense of national pride on the night. There is always outrage if we don’t get the vote, but Eurovision has such a fun and great spirit to it all.”
“I can’t imagine life without it (Eurovision). What’s great about this concert is everyone is a winner. It has been a huge part of their lives,” he said.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – With the host country United Kingdom and Ireland broadcasting the 2015 Eurovision’s Greatest Hits tonight (available to watch here) we at oikotimes.com launch an online poll voting which ends when the last country broadcasts the show. Which act did you like the most?
Conchita Wurst – Rise like a phoenix
Herreys – Diggi-loo diggi-ley
Natasha St-Pier – Je n’ai que mon âme
Emmelie de Forest – Only teardrops
Lordi – Hard rock hallelujah
Nicole – Ein bisschen frieden
Johnny Logan – What’s another year / Hold me now
Rosa López – Europe’s living a celebration / Medley of Spanish entries
Anne-Marie David – Tu te reconnaîtras
Olsen Brothers – Fly on the wings of love
Loreen – Euphoria
Brotherhood of Man – Save your kisses for me
Dima Bilan – Never let you go / Believe
Dana International – Diva
Bobbysocks – La det swinge
and the 1994 Interval Act – Riverdance
Albania (RTSH) – Sunday, 5th of April
Australia (SBS) – Saturday, 16th of May
Austria (ORF) – Friday, 22nd of May
Belgium (VRT) – Saturday, 4th of May
Belgium (RTBF) – Tuesday, 12th of May
Bulgaria (BNT) – Monday, 13th of April
Denmark (DR) – Saturday, 16th of May
Estonia (ERR) – Friday, 22nd of May
Finland (YLE) – Saturday, 11th of April
Greece (NERIT) – Saturday, 16th of May
Iceland (RUV) – Saturday, 4th of April
Israel (IBA) – Saturday, 11th of April
Norway (NRK) – Saturday, 4th of April
Portugal (RTP) – Sunday, 26th of April
Romania (TVR) – Sunday, 12th of April
Russia (C1R) – Sunday, 5th of April
San Marino (SMRTV) – Sunday, 5th of April
Serbia (RTS) – TBA
Slovenia (RTVSLO) – Saturday, 2nd of May
Spain (TVE) – TBA
Sweden (SVT) – Saturday, 4th of April
Switzerland (SRF) – Tuesday 19th & Thursday, 21st of May
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – Our final post from the press sessions at Eventim Apollo is the one with Mr Eurovision Johnny Logan. The man who got three trophies (two as solo singer and one as an author of the song) charmed the press as it was the only press conference lasted for more than 23 minutes. It was actually the last session of the day as Dana International cancelled. Johnny explains in the video why he took lot of time to think whether he answers “yes” to BBC for participating in Eurovision’s Greatest Hits while he supported the idea of the orchestra in Eurovision.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – During the BBC press sessions at Eventim Apollo London, the team of oikotimes.com and the honour to meet with the legendary Nicole, who gave the first trophy to Germany back in 1982 along with Lordi, the guys who won the Athens 2006 Eurovision Song Contest edition. Impressive is how the initially indifferent Nicole ended up making us crying with her story about Israel and peace while Mr Lordi is a monster you definitely love to hang out!
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – It was maybe the most awaited moment of the day (eat your heart Dana International) as the press saw Conchita Wurst in the press room at Eventim Apollo. Humble and down to earth, Conchita was so kind to everyone and made wonderful comments during the press session. When she was asked (for example) about being a judge to a drag talent show, she amazingly answered “who am I to judge these people”. Enjoy the 2014 Eurovision Song Cotest winner and 2015 Green Room hostess, the one and only Miss Conchita Wurst!