March 02 🇪🇺 the latest #Eurovision headlines (and scandals)
🇦🇿 We start today’s headlines briefing with the brand new song by Samra, the 2016 Azeri Eurovision representative. ‘Hypnotized’ was written by Nikos Sofis, who has previously worked with fellow Eurovision artists Omar Naber & Litesound. The song was produced by Ilaha Bakhshiyeva and it’s composers are Erik Dahlqvist & Sebastian Ekstrand.
🇷🇸 Maja Nikolic claims that Beovizija’s result was fixed as the two female vocalists of Balkanika were miming (according to her) their voice which was covered by prerecorded Male vocalist. Danica Krstic, one of the members of Balkanika had an accident on stage during her performance, knocked her head-mic off of its position which then ended up tangled in her dress, but nevertheless – her vocals remained as strong as if nothing had happened. With Serbian national broadcaster not giving any official explanation on the story, newspapers and commercial TV stations in Serbia are all reporting about this incident, and whilst the members of Balkanika, and Sanja Ilic himself stated that this is all “nonsense”.
🇫🇮 They were the Eurrofans’ favourite in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest and everyone was shocked when Finland didn’t qualify. But Norrma John are not giving up and they are ready to storm the stage of UMK 2018 as they will present their new single live. The song will be released today and is titled “Hellfire”. The duo will also perform their single for the first time live in a pre-show of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2018. You can watch the pre-show from UMK’s Facebook page. The pre-show starts at 17:30 CET.
🇫🇮 We stay in Finland as Espoo is getting ready for the UMK 2018 song selection show through which Finns will decide their song with which Saara Aalto will represent their country in Lisbon. YLE announced three pre-shows aired via Facebook and YouTube. The first show took place yesterday, the second show on March 2 at 17:30 CET and the third show just before the final on 3/3 at 17:15 CET. UMK 2018 will kick off at 18:00 CET. Saara will sing three songs and the winner will be selected by the international jury together with the Finnish audience.
🇩🇪 German national broadcaster revealed the full results of Unser Lied für Lissabon, the show which Michael Schulte won. In the tele voting Michael Schulte got 149,491 votes while voXXclub got 121,336 votes. In the International jury, Michael Schulte got 218 points with 13 sets of 12 points followed by Xavier Darcy with 185 points with 5 sets of 12 points. The Eurovision panel voted for Michael Schulte with 1015 points and 50 sets of 12 points, followed by Ryd with 931 points with 25 sets of 12 points. Michael rose to fame after he participated in The Voice of Germany, placing third overall. Afterwards, he signed with Edel AG, and released his debut studio album “Wide Awake”. Michael Schulte will represent Germany at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal with the song “You let me walk alone” a song dedicated to his father.
🇵🇹 Eurovision 2017 winner, Salvador Sobral revealed through Facebook that Janeiro was his favourite to win Festival da Canção 2018 as the message he posted on Facebook, says.
🇵🇹 We have more news from Lisbon as the government risen the security alert to level three indicative of visits of International leaders such as The Pope. From 6 to 12 May, Portugal hosts, for the first time in history, the Eurovision 2018 Festival, which will involve the setting up of a strong security device in Lisbon. With forecasts of 30 thousand visitors, 2 thousand members of the organization, 1,500 journalists and 700 members of committees, for the Portuguese Internal Security System, the Eurovision 2018 Festival is really the great event of the year. The national authorities attributed the event to threat level 3, which represents a “significant threat”. Since the Madrid attacks, on March 11, 2004, Portugal has been at threat level 4, the second lowest on a five-level scale, previously at level 5, the lowest on the scale. The only exception happened last May with the visit of Pope Francisco, during which Portugal temporarily stayed on the third level of threat. The security of the event is coordinated by the General Secretariat of the Internal Security System, which, although it counts on the participation of all the security forces and services, has in the PSP the main responsibility that will involve all its valences. At Parque das Nações, the surrounding area of the Altice Arena will be closed from April 4, with the Pavilhão de Portugal already being transformed into a “headquarters of the organization”, with FIL also hosting some side events. In Praça do Comércio and in the riverside area of Belém will also have controlled roads and a lot of vigilance taking into account that they will host the Eurovision Village and the Opening Ceremony, respectively.