ARMENIA – the Public TV Company of Armenia has officially released a cover version of “LoveWave” featuring Iveta Mukuchyan and “Miqayel Voskanyan and friends band”. “When we decided to cover “LoveWave” we instantly thought about this genre and really wanted to use a traditional Armenian instrument, thus combining ethnic musical elements with jazz, rock sounds. I think a lot of people are going to fall in love with this cover. Also, soon we are going to release the official remix of “LoveWave” – just in time for Eurovision parties!” – says Iveta Mukuchyan. Miqayel Voskanyan, the founder of “Miqayel Voskanyan and friends band”, said it was challenging yet very exciting to cover Iveta’s song. “At first we spent several days figuring out what would be the best way to cover “LoveWave”. But as soon as we started the rehearsals with Iveta, we realized that we have chosen the right genre and instruments. We are really excited to present this cover to everyone!” – says Miqayel.
SAN MARINO – Earlier this week Serhat, the artist representing San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, completed rehearsals in Paris along with his 5 backing vocalists! The team that will join Serhat on stage is French and have all extensive experience in the music, entertainment and dance industries both in France and internationally. The 5 beautiful French ladies joining Serhat are Caroline Hauwel, Ellia Palazzi, EmilIe Weber, Jessica Fagniot and Ophelie Crispin.
SWEDEN – SVT, the host broadcaster of Eurovision 2016, has forbidden the 42 participating countries to use confetti during their performances in Stockholm. Just one time during the shows will we see confetti – during the winning performance! This was revealed by the contest’s technical director Ola Melzig in the Swedish pre shows for Eurovision “Inför Eurovision Song Contest” where he shows host Måns Zelmerlöw the arena and the stage for the first time.
ESTONIA – In the space of just eight years, Eesti Laul has grown into one of the most important events in the Estonian musical calendar. Now fans can seize their opportunity earlier than ever to watch the 2017 show in person, as tickets go on sale on the 5th of May. This year saw Eesti Laul grow bigger than ever as Jüri Pootsmann won the ticket to Stockholm, in front of a sold out crowd in the Saku Suurhall, Estonia’s biggest indoor arena and venue of the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest. René Vilbre, the head director at ETV said “Those who purchase a ticket now will be guaranteed the best seats. This year, the Saku Suurhall was sold out, so you should act fast before you miss out!”. Eesti Laul head producer Mart Normet added that “Eesti Laul has grown more popular than ever and this has raised the interest of the viewing public. I believe we are the first in Europe to start the ticket sale so early, which also gives our foreign fans the perfect opportunity to plan to come and pay Estonia a visit”.
IRELAND – Ireland’s Eurovision entrant Nicky Byrne says his performance wouldn’t look out of place at the Grammys or MTV Awards and revealed his Westlife bandmates aren’t surprised by his decision to take part in the contest. The 2fm presenter will perform Sunlight at this year’s competition in Stockholm and the former Westlife star admitted he hopes to shine bright on stage. “The whole stage is LED driven – both behind the performances and on the floor. Lee Lodge, who has worked with the likes of One Direction and Robbie Williams, has come up with some great graphics for the screens,” Nicky told TEN. “It’s obviously sunlight based and there’s some stuff going on that would look like a sun or be from that point of view,” he added.
PALESTINE – Palestinian leaders are blasting the Eurovision Song Contest for preventing their flag from being flown during the event this month. Palestinian official Saeb Erekat voiced his dismay in a letter to Jean-Paul Philippot, the head of the European Broadcasting Union which oversees the yearly contest. In the letter, obtained by The Associated Press Sunday, Erekat says the decision is “totally biased and unacceptable.” The Palestinians do not compete in the contest. The EBU published a list of banned flags last week. Among them were the flags of Northern Cyprus, Kosovo, Spain’s Basque region and the Islamic State group’s flag. In a Facebook post , the EBU apologized and said it removed the list of flags. An updated policy says flags of an “offensive, discriminatory, unsuitable, political or religious nature,” are banned. (source: abcnews.go.com)