ROMANIA – It sounds like a threat but some might love it anyway: MIHAI, aka Mihai Traistariu who proudly represented Romania in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with “Tornero” is aiming to get back to the spotlight with a message about the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
His message on Facebook reveals that he has seven songs for the Lisbon Eurovision Song Contest edition. Though he is open to proposals.
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POLAND – Who knows what the reason is but Gosia Andrzejewich (backing singer in the 2005 Polish entry) accuses Polish national broadcaster for lack of transparency as we read in an interview of the artist to Polish site.
“We never know if anyone actually hears the songs” she said explaining her endless efforts to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. “Good music has not been taken into account. It’s a shame … I’m starting to wonder if it’s worth taking part in this project” she concludes.
If the elimination was transparent there would have been for example an online voting platform to eliminate songs. Today we send our proposals and we never know if anyone listens to the songs or the reasons why we were rejected. I would like to have some explanations, says Gosia.
Gosia was member of Ivan and Delfin back in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest edition. She also tried through Belarus in 2006 but she ended up 15th and unsuccessfully in Swiss national selection which was online in 2014. Maybe this should say something to Gosia as an answer to her allegations!
MOLDOVA – The very first Eurovision party is taking place this November in Moldova. On November 14th, the 2017 Moldovan participants Sunstroke Project will welcome: Artsvik (Armenia), Dihaj Skeleton (Azerbajan), Slavko Kalezic (Montenegro), Jowst (Norway), Alex & Ilinca (Romania), Manel Navarro (Spain), Robin Bengtsson (Sweden), Timbelle (Switzerland) at Palatul Național Nicolae Sulac. More information here.
SWEDEN – Melodifestivalen 2018 tickets for the semi finals, second chance and the final in Stockholm will be issued as of October 31st and will be available through livenation.co.uk. So stay tuned for the most anticipated national selection of Europe.
SERBIA – Serbian national broadcaster announced today that submissions deadline extended from October 20th to November 10th without giving a reason. Pesma Evrovizije 2018 is the title of the national selection through which the country will decide its participation for Lisbon.
CYPRUS – George Michaelides, the 2015 Junior Eurovision participant for Cyprus participated in Greece’s Got Talent and you can see the video in the post. He impressed the jury with his dance as he is proven to be one of the best young dancers and all kids loved him back in Malta’s JESC edition. He managed to proceed to the next phase of the show.
MONTENEGRO – After ten years Montenegrin national broadcaster is holding a national final for the selection of their representative to Lisbon’s Eurovision Song Contest edition, titled “Montevizija”. The country who has seen the Grand Final only twice is aiming to something new and fresh. Submitted bids will be evaluated by a jury of five experts and five lucky ones will proceed to the final which is set for February 2018. In the Montevizija final, only the public will decide the winner. Submissions due on November 1st.
SWEDEN – One of the three golden boot boys who brought the 1984 Eurovision trophy to Sweden, Richard Herrey announced he is remarrying his wife celebrating 30 years together. The ceremony will take place in Maldives. It was in July though that Richard Herrey announced that he will be running for Parliament under the Moderate Party in November elections.
SWEDEN – We remain in Sweden and we share with you Loreen’s performance of Jefferson Airplane’s psychedelic rock classic, “White Rabbit”.
ISRAEL – It is already confirmed that talent show “The Next Star” will be the Israeli show through which the country will decide it’s representative for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. The process begins on October 30th and there will be in total 20 weekly episodes. Assi Azar and Rotem Sela will be the program’s hosts accompanied by the jury: Harel Skaat (Israel 2010), Keren Peles, Assaf Amdursky and Static & Ben El Tavori. It is rumoured that KDAM 2011 participant and UK X factor 2013 participant, Chen Aharoni is going to participate in the show. The same applies for Rinat Bar, a 2005 KDAM participant.
PORTUGAL – Salvador Sobral’s sister Luísa, spoke to Brazilian TV and revealed that she is confident for the fully recover of her brother soon. She confirmed that her brother is officially out of intensive care and has prepared a new song for his upcoming album.
EUROPE – Ever wondered what it would be like to have a behind the scenes experience of the world’s most watched TV music contest? What it would be like to bump into and take a selfie with ESC performers as they prepare to hit the stage? Or to meet some of the key people behind the ESC? Wonder no more! For a chance to win a behind the scenes package of VIP tickets including hospitality passes and a backstage tour for you and a friend (we are awarding 2 such packages!), all you have to do is submit a comic drawing inspired by the CountryMeme designs (the funny sphere-shaped country flags depicting 2017 contestants) of our Eurovision CountryMemes collection, which you should design from scratch. The comic can feature any country flags of the countries which participate in the ESC or where the ESC is broadcast, and has to depict a funny ESC-related situation. This can be a real situation that has happened in the past or a fictional situation that you create. The deadline for submitting your works (to firstname.lastname@example.org) is October 29, 2017 and the winners (we will choose 2 winning works) will be announced on November 3, 2017.
MALTA – Gerard James Borg – the known songwriter in the Eurovision arena – has just dropped his latest novel…
And it’s Eurovision inspired! After writing over fifty songs that competed in national selections around Europe, seven songs that went on to represent Malta and Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest, and a near-win with Ira Losco’s “7th Wonder, it looks like Gerard is trailblazing the bestseller list with successful novels. His previous novels – “Sliema Wives” and “Madliena Married Men” – have both made it to the number 1 spot and caused some ripples of controversy.
His third book – “BORMLA BABES – Behind-The-Scenes” – looks like it could keep up the success of his other novels. Only, this time there is a Eurovision-related theme thrown in the exciting mix of his juicy novel. It is a fast-paced entertaining drama/thriller fizzing with scandals which take the reader on trip into the glittering and cut-throat world of the music industry.
Three beautiful girls have been turned into the hottest girl-group Malta has ever seen. All has been secretly set for the Bormla Babes to win the national song selection and represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest.
As backstage dramas and back-stabbing unfold, hyper scandals make the 8 O’clock news, and artists are publicly shamed, the author takes us on a rollercoaster ride through a shimmering plot with disturbing twists. Apart from the three main characters – three beautiful and ambitious girls – the characters include a shady media mogul who helms ALPHA-TV, his swizzle-stick wife, a bitter vocal coach, a closeted gay singer, an acclaimed pop-princess, and a cold-blooded psychopath who brutally attacks women and kills them.
Popular Eurovision artists like Claudia Faniello, Morena, and Ludwig Galea, have endorsed the book with phrases like: “Purely addictive, and packed with juicy scandals”, “Gerard has kept his notebook handy!”, “Endlessly intriguing. It will keep you up all night…”
All the characters in the book are of course the work of the author’s imagination. However, the book mentions actual venues, and gives passing mentions to several known artists. It might be fun to try and guess from where the author gets some of his ideas.
Bormla Babes: Behind-The-Scenes is due for release on the 19th October, and the steamy online video clip has already sparked off a lot of intrigue and curiosity. The book promises to bring you… more than you imagine! All Eurovision fans interested in grabbing a copy of the book can book it directly here.
LITHUANIA – Lithuanian national selection, “Eurovizijos” dainu konkurso nacionaline atranka, is taking shape. Submissions are now open and only for Lithuanian citizens, solo or group performers. International authors though are welcomed. Submissions due on December 1st. 20 songs will be selected from the the author submissions. Public and jury voting will apply of course and further details of the show format are expected soon.
LATVIA – Latvian selection producers announced that the audience can have a say in the procedure by liking or disliking a song. This feature will be available up to October 29th and the public opinion will be taken in consideration but the jury which will evaluate the submitted songs. Initially Latvian broadcaster received 93 songs for the 2018 edition of Supernova but only 63 are officially proceeding to the evaluation process. Most songs are in English and only five in Latvian and one song in… Spanish. Six authors submitted two songs and eight of them have participated before. For the public evaluation you can enter here.
SWEDEN – Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reports that David Lindgren will be the main host of the 2018 Melodifestivalen although SVT has made no official announcement yet. The information is no surprise after a successful hosting by David last year. Along with him of course there will be several #melfest artists and celebrities during the semi finals and the second chance show. David Lindgren participated in Melodifestivalen in 2012 for the first time along with the following year and 2016. Melodifestivalen is taking place as of February 3rd until March 10th.
IRELAND – Brendan Murray is one of the guest artists in Madrid’s Coca Cola Music Experience which will take place on October 21st. It will be hosted at WiZinkik Centre. Brendan is expected to sing his Eurovision entry and of course his amazing covers which he posts on the social media every now and then.
SWEDEN – Back to Sweden and Robin Bengtsson this time as he is about to launch a new project. He is going to open his own barber shop in Stockholm. Robin said to Aftonbladet: “My friend had started working there as a barber and I completely fell in love with the place and became a regular. I have probably been there once a week since they opened. My friends were really surprised when they learned what I was about to do, but it will be incredibly fun”.
Olivia Lewis (Malta 2007) turns 39
Svetlana Loboda (Ukraine 2009) turns 35
Lukas Yiorkas (Greece 2011) turns 31
MOLDOVA – Brand new song and video by Sunstroke Project. After their recent tour in Turkey the amazing guys are back and bring us new song which is available in this post. Watch the Sun Gets Down video clip and just start dancing.
ALBANIA – Albanian national broadcaster announced that Festivali I Këngës is going to take place on December 21-23 and will have two semi finals and a final. Adi Krasta, well know journalist in the country will host the show. It will be the 56th edition of the national music festival, which Albania uses to select also its Eurovision representative and song. Submissions for Festivali I Këngës will commence on November 2nd and will close 8 days later on November 10th.
AZERBAIJAN – Emil Kadirov seems to have stated that he is negotiating with Ictimai the representation of Azerbaijan in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. As far as we know the Azeri national broadcaster is already in contact with various male and female artists for this and they are about to take an early decision this year (at least regarding the singer). Emil is a baritone and participated the judges in the The Voice of Russia back in 2015.
MONTENEGRO – The UK X-Factor Six Chair Challenge concluded and the big news is that Slavko Kazelic, the 2017 Montenegrin representative proceeds to the next phase. He is not alone though. The Dutch NF participant Berget Lewis is also qualified. Unlike Slavko, Jon Lilygreen (Cyprus 2010) didn’t make it to the next phase.
LATVIA – The hot Latvian singer Markus Riva is the new host of the LatviaN X-Factor. He might not made it to the Eurovision stage despite his four time efforts but now he is hosting the big talent show inland. He is not the only Eurostar in the show as Intars Busulis (Latvia 2009) will be member of the jury panel. Besides the hosting job, Markus is also the face of Coca Cola in Latvia having his portrait on the cans of the most distribute refreshment in the world. Markus is now 31 years old and somehow we will see him also soon in Eurovision, don’t you think so, too?
FYR MACEDONIA – It’s been 10 years since the death of Those Paroeski, the 2004 representative of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. He died in a car crash on Zagreb–Lipovac A3 highway, near Nova Gradiška in Croatia at the age of 26.
ARMENIA – Iveta Mukuchyan surprised the jury panel at the blind auditions of the Voice of Armenia and dropped in singing a song. The Voice of Germany was Iveta’s first talent show experience back in 2012 where she managed to go to the live shows but eliminated the sing-off challenge by Freaky T.
RUSSIA – Members of Girl Groups come and go and Serebro is no exception from this. It has been confirmed that Polina Favorskaya (member from 2014-2017) has left the group. Still Elena Temnikova remains one of the top pop singers in the country and she hasn’t kept as a secret, her desire to go back to Eurovision stage soon!
UNITED KINGDOM – Britain is seeking to counter a cold war-style “information war” by investing in a range of projects, from “rebranding” Ukraine to influencing Russian speakers in Baltic states.
The UK’s efforts have included hiring M&C Saatchi – the advertising agency synonymous with Tory election campaigns – to run a project with the Foreign Office to rehabilitate Britain’s ally Ukraine, including using social media to target viewers of the Eurovision Song Contest, which was hosted by Kiev this summer.
The Foreign Office is also funding nascent programmes to identify how Britain can influence Russian-speaking minorities in Baltic states – regarded as a potential flashpoint between Nato and a resurgent Russia. Another initiative will invite Russian journalists to “themed tours” of the UK. You can find out more here.
EBU.CH REPORTS – The New European Songbook – a 2017 multi-platform co-production from the EBU TV Music & Dance Experts’ group – celebrates the new music arising from a continent in flux. The film incorporates newly commissioned songs from six EBU Members, each accompanied by an artistic video concept. The theme for this year’s edition was ‘Europe’, and the musical consequences arising from the phenomenon of migration. In the film, artists discuss their musical collaboration and their new lives in Europe.
Featured artists include former Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performing with Basalt, a group of Syrian musicians whose promising musical career in Damascus was destroyed by war, and, finding themselves by fate reunited in Vienna, reformed the band. Artists involved in the project were invited to the Edinburgh International Festival to perform their songs live in front of a sold-out audience, performances which were streamed live by the BBC.
Small House – Conchita Wurst & Basalt (ORF / Austria)
Departure – Shalan Alhamwy, Rasha Rizk, Benyamin Nuss (WDR / Germany)
Uskundar – musicians from Orpheus XXI project (France 2)
Triste Sina (‘Sad Fate’) – Demian Cabaud and Carolina (RTP / Portugal)
La Notte Sa (‘Only the Night Knows’) – Scilla Hess and Markelian Kapidani (RSI / Switzerland)
A Time Will Come – Karine Polwart and Naa Densua Tordzro (BBC / UK)
The Boat That Brought Me – Matthew Herbert, Heidi Vogel and Arian Sadr (BBC / UK)