SPAIN 🇪🇸 – 2016 Spanish representative Barei, Operación Triunfo, visited Operación Triunfo, the well known Spanish talent show which is rumoured to be linked somehow with the Spanish selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Speaking to the students of the academy (as you can see in the video in this post) Barei said: “Don’t let your dream take away your sleep. Lots of times when we want to achieve something, we don’t stop until we’ve achieved it. And we get carried away with everything, with colleagues, not doing things very transparently, with emotions. Lots of times, one dream can make you finish with lots of other things. So one has to really know what is your dream and why. But don’t let this to take away your sleep. Be able to go to bed and calmly sleep.”
GEORGIA 🇬🇪- Helen Kalandadze, the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest hostess is claimed by the local media to entering the Georgian national selection. Speaking to www.eurovision.ge she didn’t hide her wish to participate in senior Eurovision and it seems that her song is penned by Aleko Berdzenishvili, described as fun, colourful and happy. There is no indication though that Georgia will hold a national selection.
POLAND 🇵🇱 – 2009 Polish representative in the Eurovision Song Contest, Lidia Kopania seems to also be interested to represent her country in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Speaking to Wideoportal she said: “I’ve got some career plans, I’ve got lots of them. The other day I got an offer from Sweden to record some new tracks… I was amazed, like, ‘How come?’ Someone could recall me from Eurovision because often these are the authors of Eurovision songs and I was surprised they actually remembered me. […] Regarding Eurovision we’ll see. I have taken that into consideration. Maybe I will submit. We’ll see what my final ‘product’ will look like. Eurovision truly is an amazing adventure. It is cool because it has a wider meaning, that it is not just, like local, our Polish scene. It is international and you can present yourself to a wider public.”
SWEDEN 🇸🇪 – Loreen has a brand new album and a brand new look. Say goodbye to the long hair and enjoy her boldness. Ride is the second studio album by Swedish recording artist Loreen. The album was released on 24 November 2017 through BMG, five years after her debut album Heal. The album also follows an EP titled Nude, released in August 2017. Two singles have so far been released for the album, “71 Charger” and “Hate The Way I Love You” released on 29 September 2017 and 27 October 2017 respectively. The album moves away from the dance sound of Heal to a darker, mid-tempo vibe whilst keeping Loreen’s notable vocals and electronic sound. Scandipop describes “Hate The Way I Love You” as “A song that starts off as a stark and atmospheric ballad, before morphing into a Björk-esque dose of pulsating euphoria”.
RUSSIA 🇷🇺 – Polina Gagarin, the 2015 runner up in the Eurovision Song Contest is singing the official music theme for the 2018 World Cup which will take place in Russia. The song it titled The team – it’s not just 11 people on the field, the team – we are with you! The song is not so much about football, but about the team as a critical component of success in any field. And no matter where in the country you live, whom you work and what you do – at the crucial moment, we are able to unite and become a real team!
IRELAND 🇮🇪 – The Divine Comedy star Neil Hannon has revealed he still gets nagged to sing My Lovely Horse — 20 years after it first appeared on Father Ted. The songwriter recorded the Eurovision mickey-take — sang by priests Ted and Dougal in the hit show — which went on to earn a massive cult following. And Neil, who will play Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall tomorrow, believes there’s no chance the ditty will trot off into the distance any time soon. He explains: “Considering it was a not very long song in one episode of a comedy series from 20 years ago, it’s staggering what an impact it has had. “I always like to remind people that I didn’t write the lyrics. Father Ted creators Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews wrote them. “But I knocked the tune out in 20 minutes. And yes, I still get constantly asked to sing it to this day — and yes, I usually do.”
LUXEMBOURG 🇱🇺 – A former winner of the Eurovision Song Contest and her French composer, musician, and arranger of songs and film music, were two high profile visitors to Bury St Edmunds to help mark the St Edmunds Day celebrations. And they have now returned to their native country where they are collaborating on producing a musical based round the former patron saint of England. Anne-Marie David and Jean Musy performed in front of an invited audience in St Mary’s Church, on Monday, and spent two days in the town feeling the atmosphere and linking up with members of the community. “It was great to just get that feeling of the town and its people,” said Anne-Marie, ahead of the duo collaborating to create their musical which has the working title “A Bury St Edmunds Legend” which they hope will be performed at the town’s Apex, sometime next year. and performed by a 35-piece symphony orchestra plus local singers. The pair were persuaded to come to Bury by James Sheen, a close friend and owner of the We Love Bury St Edmunds Facebook group, who was instrumental in creating three days of events and celebrations to mark St Edmunds Day. He is a huge fan and supporter of the Eurovision Song Contest and befriended Anne-Marie after she won the contest in 1973 for Luxembourg with her song “Tu te reconnaîtras” (“Wonderful Dream”). The contest crystallised into a three-way battle between Anne-Marie’s song, the Spanish entry “Eres tú”, and the United Kingdom’s “Power to All Our Friends”, performed by Cliff Richard. Ultimately six points separated third place from her, securing the second successive triumph for Luxembourg. She also represented France at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1979 and sang at the festival for the 50th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest, staged in Copenhagen. The 65-year-old said it was her second visit to the town and along with Jean they have already produced a four to five minute theme for the musical. Jean has a CV which includes recording more than a thousand singles and 150 albums, consisting of nearly 200 music from movies and TV series and many songs. He composed an opera, illustrated poems and wrote a musical fresco inspired by the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The 69-year-old said he had been delighted with his first ever visit to Bury and felt the warmth from the people he met in a trip sponsored by the Northgate and Hawkes Car Centre. “It was important for Jean to join me on the trip so he could get a feel of the town ahead of writing the musical,” said Anne-Marie, who is planning to return to Bury in January.
PORTUGAL 🇵🇹 – Catarina Furtdao will host the 2018 Festival da Cancao the national selection music festival through which the country will decide its participation in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest which takes place for the first time inland.
HUNGARY 🇭🇺 – The A Dal acts for the 2018 national selection will be revealed on December 6th according to MTVA. For more event updates check our calendar at www.oikotimes.com/calendar.