In brief: the latest from Albania, Israel, San Marino and lots of Eurostar news
Vasil Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
TBILISI – Stage construction for the 2017 edition of Junior Eurovision Song Contest gears up in the Georgian capital. The team of oikotimes.com although not covering the event this year will soon launch the annual Junior Europrediction soon – available at www.oikotimes.com/vote
BELGIUM – After achieving a remarkable 4th place with her Eurovision entry, Blanche has now won a prestigious award. She won the European Border Breakers Award (or EBBA) which is for new artists. Blanche says: “I’m so so glad to be one of this year’s European Border Breakers Awards ! This is really one of the accomplishment that shows how successful the song has been, and that, is due to all of people that have support and keep supporting by listening, buying, sharing and singing the song. It makes me even more excited to share all the rest with you!!”
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I'm so so glad to be one of this year's European Border Breakers Awards ! This is really one of the accomplishment that shows how successful the song has been, and that, is due to all of people that have support and keep supporting by listening, buying, sharing and singing the song 😀 It makes me even more excited to share all the rest with you !! xx
MOLDOVA – The 2016 Moldovan representative, Lisia Isac maybe didn’t do well in Stockholm but she surely made all four judges in the Voice of Romania blind auditions to turn their chairs performing Adele’s song, When We Were Young. She is now one of the 16 qualifiers for the live shows.
UNITED KINGDOM – Loïc Nottet from Belgium, Amir from France and Magdi Rúzsa are the three Eurovision participants who won their regional MTV Awards in their countries. Alongside the list of regional nominations we also spot the following winners: Ermal Meta (Sanremo 2017) — Best Italian Act and Jessica Mauboy (Interval 2014) — Best Australian Act. The rest of the Eurostars didn’t make ti this year.
MALTA – Glen Vella, the 2011 Eurovision participant for Malta got engaged to Sandro Zammit and they celebrated their news on Instagram.
UKRAINE – Ukrainian representatives in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest Mika Newton celebrated her new relationship with Chris Saavedra also on Instagram. Congrats!
ISRAEL – The fourth episode of Israel’s The Next Star aired this week and we have the following qualifiers to the next round:
Yafit Casay (95%, yes by four judges)
Yosi Pitusi (81%, yes by three judges)
Ravit Batashvili (86%, yes by four judges)
Shir Zarfati (72%, yes by three judges)
The Choice (63%, yes by three judges)
Noa Bell (82%, yes by 3 judges)
SAN MARINO – 2016 Austrian representative Zoë announced officially as one of the jury members for the marathon selection San Marino prepares. With more than 600 submissions there will be also selection of wildcard songs. Zoë explains for the second wildcard selection: “On the 1st of December, which is also my birthday, all likes on the web site will be reset and then you have 10 days to vote for your favourite artist,” she explained. “On the 10th of December at 11:59pm we will count all the likes and the artist with the most likes will get the second wildcard.” The first wildcard will be chosen by OGAE fans across the world. Måns Zelmerlöw and UK radio host Dave Berry will conclude the jury of the San Marino talent show.
ALBANIA – Festivali i Këngës 2017 is ready to kick off. RTSH announced the 22 songs participating this year. Markelian Kapidani, Luan Zhegu, Ben Andoni, Sokol Marsi and Edmond Rapi selected the following songs. Adi Kastra will be the host of the three nights.
01. Inest Neziri – Piedastal
02. Lynx – Vonë
03. Rezarta Smaja ft Luiz Ejlli – Ra Nje Yll
04. Orgesa Zaimi – Ngrije Zërin
05. Artemisa Mithi – E dua Botën
06. Tahir Gjoci – Orë e Ndaluar
07. Bojken Lako – Sytë e Shpirtit
08. Manjola Nallbani – Të Pandarë
09. David & Genc Tuqici – Tjetër Jëtë
10. Grupi Na & Festina Mejzini – I Njejti Ciell
11. Mariza Ikonomi – Unë
12. Redon Makashi – Eksistoj
13. Eugen Bushpepa – Mall
14. Lorela Sejdini – Pritën Edhe Pak
15. Elton Deda – Fjalët
16. Ergi Bregu – Bum Bum
17. Denisa Gjezo – Zemër Ku Je
18. Endri & Stefi Prifti – Mesazh
19. Xhesika Polo – Përjetë
20. Evans Rama – Gjurmët
21. Akullthyesit – Divorci
22. Voltan Pordani – Pse të Desha