ROMANIA – Unlike her other half (in Eurovision 2017 terms), Ilinca didn’t submit a song for the national selection this year. She was also member of the jury which granted Alex Florea a spot in the semi finals. Speaking to local media she revealed everything about those two issues.
Regarding her absence from the national final line up this year the Romanian sweetheart says that she needs at least 3 years break from Eurovision as it was a huge pressure for her. Despite bringing along with Alex one of the best results for her country ever, she feels she needs a break.
Speaking about judging her other half for the semi finals, Ilinca reveals that she didn’t speak to Alex about this beforehand the selection. Alex was not afraid of her and her judgement as he knows that she is objective.
In any case we miss her.
PORTUGAL – Eurovision winner Salvador Sobral has said he’s already planning a new album less than a month after undergoing a heart transplant. The 28-year-old singer was not able to relish and experience his post-Eurovision fame as other winners have typically done. After performing a series of shows in Portugal last summer, a worsening heart condition forced him to take a break from his musical career. Having to cancel several tour dates, he performed an emotional farewell concert in Cascais, Portugal, in September. “It was a crying fest” he recalls. “I didn’t know when I would be back, neither did anyone else, so it was incredibly emotional.”
“I feel better every day, but I have to keep in mind that an operation like this takes a long time to recover from,” Sobral told Euronews. “Otherwise I feel super motivated for what the future will bring, I’m already thinking about a new album and I can’t wait to get back on stage.”
BELARUS – An interesting information submitted to our news desk this afternoon. Some fans contacted us and claimed that a song of the 1979 Israeli participating Gali Atari resembles to “Forever” the song of Nikita Alekseev which brought a turmoil in the Belarusian national selection this year, causing public protest letter two be issued and a withdrawal. Not sure if the song applies to the legal aspect of plagiarism but for sure there is something familiar between the two songs.
🇧🇾 An interesting information submitted to our news desk this afternoon. Some fans contacted us and claimed that a song of the 1979 Israeli participating Gali Atari resembles to "Forever" the song of Nikita Alekseev which brought a turmoil in the Belarusian national selection this year, causing public protest letter two be issued and a withdrawal. Not sure if the song applies to the legal aspect of plagiarism but for sure there is something familiar between the two songs. #eurovision #oikotimes #allaboard #melfest #umk #DestinationEurovision #eestilaul #eestilaul2018 #srfesc #eurovisiongr
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ABOUT GALI ATARI’s SONG
Ksamim is a song by Gali Atari . The song was written by Idit Funk , composed by Shaul Ben Amitai and arranged by Ilan Wirtzberg. The song was included in Atari’s album “One Step Before the River”. It was presented as a candidate for the weekly songs of Radio station “Reshet Gimmel” on September 1, 1987 and was successful for ten weeks, until 5.1.1988. On the week of 01/12/1987 he was in head of the parade. On the annual parade (hitlist) Tsma”h (1988) of the station the song ranked 20th.
THE NETHERLANDS – The winners of the 2018 European Border Breakers Awards (the ‘EBBA’), the European music awards for emerging artists, were honoured this evening at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival in the Dutch city of Groningen.
Kristian Kostov came out as the big winner of the evening, taking away the ‘Public Choice Award’ after an overwhelming number of online voters chose him.
Kostov, known for the hits Beautiful Mess and The One (I Need You), has been singing since the age of 6, first in the group Neposedy, and after 2011 as a solo artist. He finished as runner-up in X Factor Bulgaria, the country which he represented in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. His voice earned him comparisons to singers like James Arthur, Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran. Kristian Kostov takes over from last year’s winner Dua Lipa.
The EBBA show also featured outstanding performances by the following EBBA 2018 winners: Alice Merton, Alma, Blanche, Kristian Kostov, Off Bloom, Sigrid, Skott and Youngr. Salvador Sobral couldn’t attend the show due to his health condition, therefore his manager accepted the award on his behalf.
Over the coming year the EBBA TV show will be broadcast by several European public channels. Highlights of the show can be watched through the EBBA’s Youtube channel.
— BNT Eurovision 🇧🇬 (@bg_eurovision) January 17, 2018
THE NETHERLANDS – Europe’s biggest breakout artists are being celebrated at our European Border Breakers Awards tonight in Groningen. They include Bulgaria’s Kristian Kostov who, following his 2nd place at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, has had airplay on EBU Member stations across Europe. All thanks to public service media!
The opening night of the Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival (ESNS) will see presentations to the most successful European acts of the moment. The awards show will be broadcast by over 20 EBU Members and streamed live at 19:00 CET on the EBBA website.
It will include performances from Alice Merton, Alma, Off Bloom, Sigrid, Skott, Youngr and 2017 Eurovision Song Contest participants from Belgium and Bulgaria, Blanche and Kristian Kostov among others.
EBU.CH REPORTS / THE NETHERLANDS – The EBU is celebrating the power of public service media in supporting new artists at the annual European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA) on Wednesday 17 January.
The opening night of the Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival (ESNS) will see presentations to the most successful European acts of the moment. The awards show will be broadcast by over 20 EBU Members and streamed live at 19:00 CET on the EBBA website. It will include performances from Alice Merton, Alma, Off Bloom, Sigrid, Skott, Youngr and 2017 Eurovision Song Contest participants from Belgium and Bulgaria, Blanche and Kristian Kostov among others.
Awards host, the BBC’s host Jools Holland (above) will also announce the winner of the Public Choice Award given to the artist that has attracted the most votes online. Last year’s winner was British singer Dua Lipa.
Each year 10 European artists receive an EBBA for the success of their first release outside their home territory. This success is measured by sales, live shows and airplay on EBU Member radio stations which contributes to their position on the European Border Breakers Charts. Artists that qualify for EBBA 2018 have experienced groundbreaking success with their first international release in Europe between August 1 2016 and July 31 2017. Alongside that, they have to come from a country that participates in the EU’s Creative Europe programme.
The list of former EBBA winners features many remarkable European artists of the last few years, like: Adele, Christine & the Queens, Dua Lipa, Stromae, Gabriel Rios, Hozier, Of Monsters and Men, Mumford & Sons, Aurora, Disclosure, John Newman, C2C, Tokio Hotel, The Script, Years and Years, Robin Schulz, Carnival Youth, MØ and Melanie di Biasio.
EBBA, now in its 15th year, is an EU prize, set up by ESNS in co-operation with the European Broadcasting Union and the European Commission, supported by Buma Cultuur, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the province of Groningen, the city of Groningen and MartiniPlaza.
CYPRUS – Moments ago, secure sources close to Cyprus national broadcaster confirmed to oikotimes.com that Helena Paparizou will unfortunately not represent Cyprus in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. The negotiations failed and the artist kindly declined the offer despite the siege of CyBC and Alex Papaconstantinou to her. It is weird though as most Cypriot media report the opposite information tonight and some of them expect official announcement on Friday. The thing is that Helena Paparizou is out of the scene regarding Eurovision 2018.
GREECE – It is reproted by www.infegreece.gr that Helena Paparizou has been spotted at the ERT restaurant as she had a meeting there. We cannot be sure of the reason Helena Paparizou but there could be two reasons: either to somehow appear in the Greek national final or to record a video message on behalf of CyBC regarding her participation in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. After all ERT and CyBC are closely collaborating on various shootings between the two countries. It could be of course for any other reason but having in mind the latest information leaking for her and Cyprus national broadcaster, a Helena Paparizou visit at ERT raises questions! It is said that tomorrow we will know what will happen with Helena Paparizou and CyBC.