DENMARK – Head of Entertainment at DR Jan Lagermand Lundme said that the competition is about music and not political conflict and dispute and that Denmark will be participating no matter what. “Eurovision is about uniting Europe and that’s why we are in it. We are in it no matter what country might be hosting”.
CYPRUS – The singer who put “Fuego” in the heart of Europeans in the latest Eurovision contest, Eleni Foureira said in a recent interview: “I will offend Albania, but because I have not lived there, I feel Greek. When you are 20 years in a country and raised you and made you what you are, if you ask me where you are, I will tell you that I was born in Albania but I am a Greek. I respect and love Albania and I want to do things there, but I grew up in Greece and my attitude is Greek. When I go to Albania, they say ‘came the Greek’ and here half of them say ‘Albanian came’. I feel Greek-Albanian and some Cypriot now.”
GREECE / UNITED KINGDOM – In 2008, Athena Manoukian made her mark in the national final to select Greece’s Junior Eurovision act. Athena, a 24-year-old singer from Athens, Greece took to the stage in part three of this evening’s continuation to ruffle a few feathers.
The X Factor hopeful performed in a burgundy number with thigh-high gold boots. As Athena walked to the back of the stage to perform Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love, she turned and winked at a camera while biting her tongue. Host Dermot gasped: “Look at the wink!
She just winked at the camera!” He then pointed at the screen and turned to his camera team to ask: “How does she even know there’s a camera there? It’s miles away!” During her performance, Athena was joined by four scantily clad backing dancers who sent Robbie Williams’ eyes drifting.
Robbie’s wife Ayda Field noted her husband’s eyes and made sure to pass comment.
Following the performance, Robbie asked: “Right Ayda, what do you think? What am I allowed to think?” Ayda chuckled and said: “Listen, you’re a beautiful girl. But there were moments where I just found it a bit cheesy.” Louis Tomlinson continued: “Yeah, I mean it was definitely entertaining. It was nice that you brought the dancers with you.
MALTA – The boot camp stage in the first ever series of The X Factor Malta kicked off this past weekend, however Maltese broadcaster PBS is keeping very quiet regarding any details of who progressed to the next stage and who did not. Through this show the 2019 Maltese entrant for Eurovision will be decided.
DENMARK – The Olsen Brother’s won the “Goldenen Antennen Award 2018”. This fine award given for a long succesful international career by BRF Belgischer Rundfunk and last year given to Johnny Logan. Amongst other winner’s – big name’s as Roland Kaiser, Semino Rossi, Nicole, Howard Carpendale to mention a few! This event will as usual take place in Kulturzentrum Triangel in St. Vith, Belgian 30/9.
PORTUGAL – Hope dies last: Ricardo Rio, Mayor of Braga, wants the new city forum to be the stage of major events including the Eurovision song contest. Well somehow we all know that it’s gone be a long log time since we will see another Eurovision edition in Portugal but you never know.
SERBIA – Balkanika, the group that represented Serbia in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, won the jury ad audience award at the Ohrid Festival. Congratulations. Balkanika is a Serbian group formed by Sanja Ilić in 1998. They represented Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, with the song “Nova deca”. The mission of the group is, as affirmed by Ilić, to preserve, revitalize and modernize Serbian medieval and byzantine music traditions.