OIKOTIMES 13 YEARS: COPENHAGEN 2014!
PRESS RELEASE – The team of www.oikotimes.com is going to celebrate it’s 13th anniversary for the very first time during the Eurovision Song Contest itself. All eyes will be on Denmark – this year’s host country and oikotimes are privileged to share such a memorable date to recognise it’s online birthday!
On April 28th at 22:00 EuroClub will open it’s doors for the first time for a night which will set the standard for the rest of the Eurovision parties for 2014. The oikotimes.com team is ready to celebrate this spectacular moment hosted by the EuroClub VEGA in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Entrance to EuroClub is restricted to people accredited by the EBU as well as OGAE members who have purchased a wristband package. Unfortunately there is no general public access. For OGAE members you can find more information on how to obtain your entrance bracelet here. Press and Media representatives accredited as “P” are welcomed admission free.
The team of oikotimes.com welcome you all to a birthday bash that will beat all bashes and prepare you for the next two weeks. We will have endless Eurovision music and live stage performances from the 2014 artists of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Hungary, Russia and Ukraine plus a surprise: Alex Panayi will perform once again his first ever Eurovision entry of 1995 “Sti Fotia” marking his 25th anniversary from his first solo appearance in the contest.
We are very excited to welcome you to our party and help us to celebrate the success and hard work that oikotimes have achieved over the past 13 years.
The oikotimes.com team would like to thank EBU, DR, Euroclub VEGA CPH and Host City Copenhagen for endorsing and hosting the oikotimes birthday bash for our 13th online anniversary.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE GUESTS
First time Dilara took her chance in the Azerbaijani national selection as a band member of Unformal in 2008, when the country debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest. The band finished second in the national selection. Later, in 2010, Dilara qualified to the final as a part of a female duo Milk&Kisses. In the same year, she went to represent Azerbaijan at another international music festival New Wave in Yurmala, Latvia. Dilara has what it takes to be a standout. Early vocal training gave her a great range and vocal discipline. As a child, she was surrounded by different music, from opera and classics to the rock legends like Freddie Mercury. Not to mention the influence of traditional Azeri folk music.
Teo’s real name is Yuriy Vaschuk. The singer was born on January 24th, 1983 in a small Belarusian town Hidry. Teo has a huge experience in solo singing, composing and arranging. His passion for all aspects of music was noticed very early, and after four years of learning to play the accordion, he became the international champion after winning the
children’s contest Praleska. At only seventeen years old, Yuriy was invited to work with the National Academic Concert Orchestra of Belarus under the tutelage of highly-respected conductor Mikhail Finberg. There he gained experience in solo singing, composing and arranging.
András Kállay-Saunders became famous through his participation in the Megasztár talent show, and while working on his career, he soon discovered his love for the Eurovision Song Contest. In his third attempt, he finally won the Hungarian national selection A Dal in 2014 with Running. The song has a very strong message and a personal link to Kállay: “I wrote this song about a childhood friend of mine, and people I have met with similar stories throughout my life. Unfortunately my friend was victim to child abuse, domestic violence. I wrote this song about their experiences and everything that they went though. I would like to raise awareness to this topic.”
The twin sisters Anastasia and Maria Tolmachevy are from Kursk, a small town 500 km away from Moscow, where they are living now. They are 17 years old now and are graduating from the middle school this year. Anastasia and Maria are singing since they were little girls. Their mother is a music teacher who led and supported her daughters in their music career. Anastasia and Maria sang in various music studios. They participated in many junior song contests. But their breakthrough was in 2006 when the sisters took part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Bucharest and won the competition reaching 154 points with their performance Vesennij Jazz (The Spring Jazz). In 2007, Russia 1 Channel broadcast the documentary film about their success in the 2006 Junior Eurovision Song Contest The Phenomenal Twin Sisters. In the same year, Anastasia and Maria stared in the New Year`s Eve television musical Kingdom Of Crooked Mirrors where they sang together with Alla Pugacheva, the Russian participant of the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest. The sisters also released their album Polovinki (The Halves).
The music of Tick-Tock has been composed by Mariya herself. She is also one of the co-writers of the lyrics. Mariya and her choreographer’s team are working hard on the stage performance to make it soulful and simple. Mariya Yaremchuk was born on March 2nd, 1993 in Chernivtsi into a musicians’ family. Her father, Nazariy Yaremchuk, is a true Ukrainian legend,who died when Maria was only two years old. Her whole life Mariya was surrounded by music, so it wasn’t a surprise for anyone when Mariya took a stage for a first time at the age of six. In 2009 she entered the Variety Vocal Department of the Kyiv Circus and Variety Arts Academy and simultaneously the History, Politology and Foreign Relations Department of the Chernivtsi National University. In 2013 she had graduated with honour and got the bachelor’s degrees in both specialisations. Mariya continues her studies for the master’s degrees. In 2012 Mariya Yaremchuk participated in the Ukrainian version of The Voice, a famous global TV format for the best vocalists where she reached the fourth place. In the same year, Mariya represented Ukraine at the New Wave, the international music festival. She finished in top three and won the audience choice award.