March 13 🇪🇺 the latest #Eurovision headlines
🇳🇴 Two interesting facts came out of the MGP Final last Saturday. The first information is that Rybak won Rebecca and declared the 2018 Eurovision representative by a landslide victory as he got 133,164 votes while Rebecca got only 46,220. In the Golden Final Rybak got 306,393 votes with Rebecca getting 123,504 votes. The announcement of this information brought better betting odd returns for Norway. In the meantime, 1 million people tuned in to watch the final of Melodi Grand Prix on Saturday night, decreasing slightly from last year’s figure by about 150,000.
🇸🇪 3,7 million viewers watched the final of the 2018 edition of Melodifestivalen almost 100,000 less than last year but 200,000 more than 2016 when the country actually hosted the Eurovision Song Contest. In the meantime Melodifestivalen producer, Christer Björkman spoke about the voting change this year saying: “I am happy with the change. It’s more fair to the public that their vote counts as much. By spreading out the points over ten songs, that happens. So it was a good move, yep.”. Speaking about the App voting figures see said: “I’m not sure about that really, to be honest. I think we will look closely at how we should use the app. I love the app because it engages people highly but I do see a problem there, that [the televoting result] becomes so tight. It also still means the jury still has a big say. This time, the two votes agreed so that is fantastic. This year, we have to look at it and consider even whether the heart should be shown or not on screen because some people sit with timers and actually figure it out so, we have things to look at”.
🇲🇩 It was revealed through Instagram photo that 1995, 2000 Cypriot representative Alex Panayi, one fo the most beloved Eurostars is in charge of the vocal teaching for DoReDos. Panayi was backing vocalist for Helena Paparizou in 2005, Anna Vissi in 2006, Sakis Rouvas in 2009. He was the vocal coach of Farid Mammadov in 2013, Dihaj and Demy in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
🇵🇹 Yesterday, RTP via their main channel introduced the public to a site of what Eurovision 2018 will look like. This included the preparations for 12th May in Lisbon and included members of the public having access to the various preparations which are already taking place. This special show was split into two timeframes, one at 10 until 12 in the morning and the other from 2.45 to 5.30 in the afternoon. the presenters were Sónia Araújo e Jorge Gabriel for the morning edition and Tânia Ribas de Oliveira e José Pedro Vasconcelos for the afternoon edition. The shows were aimed at introducing people to the different delegations, the performers, the arena and many celebrity names associated with the contest. Also presented were Cláudia Pascoal and Isaura, who will be representing Portugal in Lisbon.