January 19 🇪🇺 what’s coming up in the #Eurovision world
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
GERMANY – German national broadcaster is gearing up its national selection and announced that on February 20th the tickets for Berlin’s national final will be available. The prices will start at 49 Euros. Six acts will try to get the ticket for Lisbon. As a member of the “Big 5”, Germany automatically qualified to compete in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Unser Lied für Lissabon (English: Our Song for Lisbon) will be the competition that will select Germany’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The national final will take place on 22 February 2018 at the Studio Berlin Adlershof in Berlin with six competing entries.The show will be hosted by Linda Zervakis and Elton.
SPAIN – On January 23rd RTVE will present the potential songs for thee Eurovision Gala of OT which will be performed by teh five finalists. It is reported already that over 200 songs have been submitted to the broadcaster this year for Eurovision. It is also mentioned that Barei, the 2016 Spanish representative has submitted ten songs for Eurovision and all of them have been rejected. The songs will be available on 23/1 at 14:30 local time.
SERBIA – On Monday January 22nd it is expected for the Serbian national broadcaster to reveal details for the national selection. With Beovizija underway Serbian national broadcaster received this year 75 submissions.
SAN MARINO – San Marino is preparing for its first national Eurovision selection, entitled 1in360. Participants are rehearsing at the moment in Vienna to prepare themselves for the different genres and styles they will be asked to perform during the duration of the selection. A total of four heats are planned – on January 27, 28, as well as February 3 and 10, while the final will take place on February 27. A total of eleven artists are taking part in the selection process, hailing from nine different countries, including Zimbabwe.
GREECE – Eveyrhting seem to be ready for ERT to finalise details for the national final. By January 25th we will know thee date of the national final although it is estimated to take place as usual at the Katechaki ERT studios. There will be an early next week meeting with the artists and the record labels to finalise all details. There seems to be an idea for 1005 public voting. The songs will be presented in videos during the national final but in each video thee artists will sing live (singers live, backing vocals pre-recorded).
PORTTUGAL – Two famous Portuguese singers who are part of Eurovision history and who were regularly goading each other to be crowned Queen of the radio were brought together in spirit this week. Simone de Oliveira who represented Portugal in 1965 and 1969 this week remembered her collegaue Madalena Iglésias, who also represented Portugal at Eurovision in 1966 and who sadly passed away. Simone referred to the moment as “a sad day” and she didn’t expect such a moment to occur given how we all believe that we are eternal. Saddened and affected, Simone remembered that the last time the two had been together was at the celebration for her 50th career anniversary and a time to remember the amazing rivalry they shared in the 1960s., although they had a mutual respect for each other. Madalena retired from the stage when she married, dedicating her life to family and spare time.