EUROWIZJA.ORG REPORTS / POLAND – Eurovision artists from Poland are willing to fight against hatred, aggression in Poland. After sad events that happened last weekend in Gdańsk, music should unite as all.
”Poland is far from heaven” – somebody wrote this sentence on the wall in Gdansk, one of the biggest cities in Poland. Last Sunday, during the biggest charity live event – The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (in polish – WOŚP), the major of city Gdańsk – Paweł Adamowicz, was brutally stabbed, while spreading words about helping each other and being united at this very moment.
Unfortunately, the day after we have heard the worst news. Later that day – the head and founder of WOŚP – Jerzy Owsiak – stated that he is no longer able to handle this situation, and after this sad events, he would like to give up running biggest charity foundation.
It was the 27th edition of WOŚP – which aims to gather money every year, to support health care in Poland by purchasing of state of the art medical equipment for Polish hospitals and clinics and by establishing and running six medical programmes and one educational programme.
During this event – in every city – one could see shows, and concerts of biggest polish singers, musicians and performers. Resignation of Jerzy Owsiak will bring uncertain future of event and fundraising idea – which helps millions of children every year.
After this sad news many opinions started to show up in media, internet and press. Lot of polish famous people get inspired to fight against hate and violence. One of this people is Doda – famous polish singer, composer and songwriter. On Tuesday evening big poster showed up on her Instagram account – saying „ Artist against hatred – collaborative concert of polish artists” Doda wrote:
”Let’s do something together, for ourselves. Let every artist come out and tell their story about hatred and violence in the internet. I think we can help young people – our fans. We should gather together, unite and make peace – in contrary to politics and gossips. We should face that and do it all together.”
She also asked her fans to tag other artist, to spread the words using hashtag #artistagainsthate (#artysciprzeciwnienawisci) In few moments many artist started replaying to inspirational words of Doda, including many polish musicians, actors, celebrities and Eurovision artists as:
Gromee (2018), Magdalena Tul (2011) Michał Szpak (2016), Kasia Moś (2017), Roksana Węgiel (JESC 2018) Cleo (2014), Saszan (NF 2018), Afromental (NF 2008), Natalia Szroeder (NF 2016), Rafał Brzozowski (NF 2017), Ifi Ude (NF 2018), Lanberry (NF 2017), Margaret (NF 2016; Melfest 2018 & 2019), Mateusz Szymkowiak (TVP reporter), Kasia Cerekwicka (NF 2006), Iwona Węgrowska (NF 2010), Marta Bijan, Myslovitz, Dawid Podsiadło, Irena Santor, Katarzyna Nosowska, Sound’n’Grace, Rafał Szatan, BAJM, ENEJ (list updated)
Many polish ESC artist also express their opinions and started sharing the hashtag through social media and confirming participation in a special concert and asking Jerzy Owsiak – founder of WOŚP to come back.
Cleo also wrote a song especially for that event, and shared it on her instagram:
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BULGARIA – The Russian figure skater, Former world champion and 2018 Olympic silver medalist Evgenia Medvedeva, chose Kristian Kostov’s Eurovision 2017 entry “Beautiful Mess” as part of her latest exhibition program. Evgenia and Kristian also used the holiday to spend time together, including skating around at another one of Moscow’s trendy holiday skating spots.
MALTA – Superstar Ben Camille, actor, presenter and reality TV personality, welcomed baby Elle into the world earlier today. “I can’t believe it… I’m a daddy,” he said on social media. Camille said that both the mother, his wife Kristina (Xtina) Camilleri, and their newborn baby were happy and healthy.
In just over an hour, Ben Camille’s photo featuring his wife and the tiny new addition, already amassed close to 2,000 likes. Baby Elle is already a sensation.
Camille and Camilleri have been together for over 13 years. Now, just 19 months after their wedding baby Elle is born. In his post, Camille called his wife a ‘superstar’ and thanked the staff at Mater Dei hospital for their ‘incredible’ work.
“I had heard so many brilliant things about the midwives at Mater Dei hospital but actually living it first hand was a different experience. These people are living legends, they are honestly the nicest, sweetest, most accommodating and caring people you will meet. The passion they have towards their work in inspirational,” he said.
PORTUGAL – Salvador Sobral and French actress Jenna Thiam were married on the 29th of December. According to the Impala website, the ceremony was held at the Praça do Braço de Prata, in Lisbon. The singer, who celebrated his 30th birthday on the 28th, chose to wear a simple suit without a tie, and the bride a white dress and a wreath. The same source reveals that civil wire marriage celebrated in Portuguese and French. The images were shared in the guest InstaStories.
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PORTUGAL 🇵🇹 Salvador Sobral and French actress Jenna Thiam were married on the 29th of December. According to the Impala website, the ceremony was held at the Praça do Braço de Prata, in Lisbon. The singer, who celebrated his 30th birthday on the 28th, chose to wear a simple suit without a tie, and the bride a white dress and a wreath. The same source reveals that civil wire marriage celebrated in Portuguese and French. The images were shared in the guest InstaStories. @eurovision @oikotimes #oikotimes #eurovision
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In the meantime, The Spanish TV show Mi Casa Es La Vuestra (My Home is Yours) is a talk show where several celebrities are invited to host Bertin Osborne’s home. In this episode, he united Massiel, who won the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest for Spain, and Salvador Sobral, who won the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest for Portugal.
It has been fifty years since Massiel became the first Spanish winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, something that has marked her life ever since:
“Winning Eurovision has made me unhappy, but not because of winning the contest itself but because of my strong personality and the stigma of always being the Eurovision winner.” Massiel continued: “It seems like I always had to apologise for being the winner but, if I’m honest, the most important things I’ve done in my career have been thanks to Eurovision, after winning.”
In his homeland of Portugal, Salvador gained popularity after taking part in a talent show, an experience that made him disappointed in the music business. Just like Massiel, Sobral is an artist with a strong personality. But he managed to fall in love with music again after studying jazz in Barcelona and performing across Spain. Around that time he fell ill and went back to Portugal. There he focused on creating his own project, which included singing Amar Pelos Dois, written by his sister Luisa, for the Portuguese Eurovision selection in 2017.
He was not necessarily looking to participate in the contest but loved the song at first listen: “How could I say no?” He accepted to enter in Festival Da Canção, without high hopes of winning: “I was rather accepting to be back in a music TV show but this time trying to touch people through music.” And he recognizes that people did not understand the song: “It’s not understood yet, people did not feel it was a Eurovision song. My mission was exactly that, to bring another kind of music to the competition.”
SOURCES: SAPO.PT / EUROVISION.TVV
UNITED KINGDOM 🇬🇧
Tulisa has denied reports that she was setting her sights on the Eurovision Song Contest in a plot to return to the charts. The former The X Factor judge racked up three top 20 hits in 2012 — including her number one debut single Young. However, the 30 year old attempted a failed comeback in 2015 when Living Without You limped into the charts at number 44 and a cover of Shanks & Bigfoot’s Sweet Like Chocolate failed to chart.
Voice of Ukraine star Oto Nemsadze will be competing in the show Sakartvelos Varskvlabi, which will be acting as Georgian preselecton for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Ukrainian group KAZKA will participate in Ukraine’s Eurovision selection show Vidbir 2019. Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC have revealed on social media that KAZKA will participate in Vidbir 2019. Leading up to the announcement, the group were rumoured to be taking part in the selection.
FAROE ISLANDS 🇫🇴
The former Director General of Kringvarp Føroya has revealed that the they’ve been informed they’re now eligible for membership of the European Broadcasting Union. Membership of the EBU would cost the Faroese broadcaster around 500,000 Euro per year. Mr Grótinum explained: “It’s a lot of money, but the EBU is so much more than the Grand Prix (Eurovision). EBU has a number of other services, news and so much else that we can benefit from.”
Results of 14th show of Hakokhav Haba:
Tali Rabinovich – Dangerous Woman 81%
Itai Goren – Hey At 24% (eliminated)
Yuval Shauli – Warrior 59% (saved by hosts)
Emanuel Specter – Part Of Your World 59% (eliminated)
Dili – Hasholef MeBagdad 25% (eliminated)
Bar Cohen – Kshehalachta 81%
SAN MARINO 🇸🇲
San Marino RTV has announced that the artist and the song for Tel Aviv has been chosen. “We are soon to host an official press conference in San Marino in a few weeks time, when we will give further details about RTV’s participation’ – stated the HoD Alessandro Capicchioni. ‘At the moment we are working on the post production of the song and the videoclip”. As soon as this news came from the Sammarinese national broadcaster, rumours started going around saying that Rodrigo Alves (also known as the Human Ken Doll) has been chosen to represent the micro nation in next year’s Eurovision. He hinted his participation in this Contest on his Instagram page, where he was posing with an Italian producer Leo Marchi, and an artist manager and owner of the Italian record label “Sheky” – Alessio Fiorucci.
At the Christmas charity concert Poli made a premiere of her new song – “Geroite” (The Heroes). With the song Poli wants to give hope, strength and support to the parents – the heroes of premature babies. She shares that in the first days of January she will release the official video of the song on her official YouTube channel. The inspirational song “Geroite” is based on the music of Krasimir Todorov and Poli Genova, and the lyrics by Poli herself. The Eurovision star said her latest song “Geroite” is a really special project for her and her new family: “I was inspired by the donations of the baby nappies for the premature babies that Pampers did. I felt that I could give a little strength and courage, dedicating my song to the youngest babies and the other heroes – their parents who struggle every second for the lives of their children.”
SPAIN – Famous and César Sampson shared their first collaboration together on Wednesday December 26 at the Christmas gala of ‘OT’. The winner of ‘OT’ and the representative of Austria in Eurovision 2018 admire each other, as has been reflected in recent weeks.
The ‘OT’ Christmas Gala was more magical than ever with its long lineup of stellar guests who will attend the set of the TVE and Gestmusic talent show. Famous with the international star César Sampson and his Eurovision song “Nobody but you” on stage as stunning.
“Real that I’ve been excited” or “I’ve cried to see that encounter” are the first reactions of their fans.
ISRAEL – Dana International has confirmed that she will be performing during Eurovision next year, while dismissing the suggestion that the 2019 song contest should have taken place in Jerusalem.
Speaking to an audience at Limmud, the transsexual star pointed out that the competition had been held twice in Jerusalem during the 1970s and that when she won in 1998 it had been nearby, “in Birmingham, not London.
“There’s no law that it should be held in the capital city.”
The singer, famous for songs including “Diva” and “Saida Sultana”, described how in the wake of her victory “everybody wanted to talk to me – they couldn’t believe that a person like me exists in Israel.
“I was asked a lot about Israel, and I was thinking in my mind ‘no one really knows a lot about my country’, because they’re asking me about camels… and thought that Israel was made up of 100 per cent Orthodox people.”
In discussion with Israeli media personality Yigal Ravid, the singer described how she had taken an unpleasant situation with Israel’s Charedi community and turned it to her advantage.
“They [the Charedi politicians] were going to the media – they wanted so very badly to express themselves and talk about how it was so wrong to send me to represent Israel. So me and my manager said, ‘why not take this ugly lemon and make it into a nice lemonade?’ So we took these statements from the Orthodox and we spread them around the world. I can tell you that it helped me a lot.”
She said that although life was excellent for LGBT people in Israel, that the nature of Israel’s political system meant that “if you have two Orthodox parties in your coalition, you cannot do as much as you want for the gay community.”
In response to a question from Mr Ravid, the singer said that she had never considered running for political office – “most of them are liars”.
Discussing the announcement that an election is to take place in Israel this coming April, she said that in the country “people vote with their feelings, not their heads. Those who run on fear, security, who say ‘we will defeat them’ – that’s what wins elections in Israel. It’s easier than making peace.”
Mr Ravid quoted from a previous JC interview with the star, in which she discussed looking for a “nice Jewish boy”. Now, however, the singer said that she was “happy to be single and do whatever I want to do.”
Although she said she enjoyed “romance” and spoke about it being easy to find partners in Tel Aviv, one thing she recommended in a relationship was not to sleep in the same bed – “all the snoring!
“I have three dogs and a double bed, and I sleep with them. There is no room for a man.”