The latest from Marija Serifovic, Estonian selections in Russian commentary and more…
SERBIA – Marija Serifovic, the woman who brought the first ever trophy to Serbia, released a brand new song (the video which is available in this post). The song is titled 11 and is described by Marija Serifovic as “Everything that I ever wanted has fit in those four minutes”. Speaking to Serbia Today about her Eurovision entry she says: “The song is dedicated to all those first and truly great loves that we go through, and it seems that the audience has recognized this, and I am very pleased with it.”
ESTONIA – Estonian national selection (semi finals and final) will include Russian commentary: Daria Saar, editor-in-chief of ETV+ says: ”Eesti Laul contest is the main musical event in our country, it attracts the attention of all residents of Estonia, because its winner will represent Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest. For the third year Russian speaking audience will be able to watch the broadcast of the contest with commentary in their native language”. Music editor of ETV+ Alexander Khobotov says: “Officially, there are no language restrictions in the contest. But the overwhelming majority of singers prefer to sing in English. Among all the finalists of the last contest, only Ivo Linna sang in Estonian. Ray and Nika Prokopieva will sing their songs in English, but Elina Nechaeva will perform her song in Italian. By the way, the Italian song will sound on Eesti Laul for the first time.”
IRELAND – Peakcocks may have won the battle for the best Christmas advert on the telly this year – as long as you’re a Honey G fan. The ad features some of the best acts from previous series, such as Wagner, Honey G, Sam Bailey and Jedward. It starts with the Irish duo opening the front door to some carol singers, Wagner and Sam Bailey. They sing: “Deck the halls with rhymes from Honey”. The singers then step aside to reveal last year’s most talked about contestant, Honey G. She beings her festive rap with help from Jedward and other almost-forgotten stars from the reality TV singing contest. The advert feature a bespoke Christmas lyrics and a dance routine, featuring all five contestants. At the end of the rap Honey G, who recently stripped off for as new bikini shoot in Italy, says: “Peacocks just sleighed it”. It’s all beautifully tied together with eh Peacocks tag line: “All you need to do is the wrapping”. Peacocks has more than 500 retail outlets and franchise stores located worldwide. It comes just a few days after John Lewis revealed its £1million advert featuring Moz the Monster.
GREECE – The drama of the Greek national selection continues. After the announcement that two songs disqualified there were internet posts from various sites claiming that those remaining in the run for representing Greece in Lisbon next May have close ties with ERT. Ms Evanthia Magni issued a statement saying “With short words I asked people to stop speak with nicknames hidden behind a screen blaming songs … us as a nation we can do it better than blame each other and at least those who comment can use their real names. Good luck to all the songs. Good luck to Europe”.