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15
December
2018

Newsletter: A New Season Begins…

Newsletter: A New Season Begins…

In this week’s newsletter, the first artist for Tel Aviv is confirmed, national selection lineups for France, Sweden and Australia are unveiled and Poland prepare to host the 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. You can read the newsletter in full here, or subscribe for a regular dose of Eurovision insight and analysis delivered direct to your email inbox.

ESC Insight National Selection Playlist

So far, confirmed hopefuls for Eurovision 2019 have been released in Albania, Estonia, France, Hungary, Latvia and more. Here are a few selected highlights from what we’ve heard so far. Could any of them lift the trophy in Tel Aviv?

‘Ktheju tokës’, by Jonida Maliqi [Albania]

As has become tradition, Albania will become the first country to publically choose their song for Tel Aviv when Festivali i Këngës airs from 20-22 December. This moving entry from Jonida Maliqi is a step above the Albanian template for female-fronted power ballads, featuring interesting production choices and plaintive lyrics that reference the human impact of the country’s ongoing struggle with mass-emigration.

‘Soovide puu’, by Sandra Nurmsalu [Estonia]

The voice of Urban Symphony returns to Estonia’s Eesti Laul as a solo artist for the first time since 2013. A delicate ballad that makes the most of Nurmsalu’s crystalline vocal tones, Soovide puu may prove a little too subtle for Eurovision glory, but it’s a perfect soundtrack to a crisp winter’s day, and a welcome addition to one of Europe’s most reliably diverse national selections.

‘Hazavágyom’, by Leander Kills [Hungary]

Metal band Leander Kills have rapidly established themselves as major fan favourites after their previous appearances at Hungary’s A Dal national selection. Hazavágyom represents a change of pace for the group, incorporating a softer delivery and a notably folkier sound, while still retaining the group’s knack for strong, dramatic hooks. Will 2019 finally be their year?

‘Là-haut’, by Chimène Badi [France]

French national selection Destination Eurovision looks set to go from strength to strength in 2019, with a notable uptick in established stars compared to the 2018 edition. One of the biggest names on the list is Chimène Badi, who topped the French charts in 2003 with the ballad Entre nous and has been a reliable presence in the domestic charts ever since, with album sales topping 2.5 million. A midtempo stomper that mixes the classic French ballad style with some Adele-style grit, Là-haut is likely to be a frontrunner when Destination Eurovision airs in January.

‘Tautasdziesma by Dziļi Violets feat. Kozmens [Latvia]

You can always rely on Latvia to provide something completely different in their national selections. Kozmens – he of the moustache and impressive kilt – is probably best known to Eurovision fans as the man behind the iconic ‘Riga Beaver’. He’s shed his furry costume this year to contribute vocals to this oddball effort. It’s probably not competitive for Eurovision, but Latvia have made offbeat selections in the past, and they’d certainly stand out from the crowd with this…

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15
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 15

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 15

Advent calendar day 15 - Nana Mouskouri

Warm up to Christmas by listening to the beautiful carols performed by Eurovision artists. Each day until Christmas features a new act giving their version of a Christmas song. As 15th, we listen to Nana Mouskouri.

Back in 1963, Luxembourg was represented by Greek singer Nana Mouskouri. With the French languaged song À Force De Prier, she finished 8th. Nana, who released her first album in 1960, has recorded songs in many languages not just in Greek and French, but also in Dutch, German, Italian, Portuguese, Hebrew, Chinese and Turkish. Today, Ms Mouskouri is 84 years old.

In today’s advent calendar, we listen to Petit Garçon. The song is originally in English, Old Toy Trains, by Roger Miller released in 1967. The French languaged version came the year after, in 1968. Nana Mouskouri first sang the song in 1972. She has also recorded it in English, but today, it’s the French version, we’ll listen to.

In this series:

Day 14: Dima Bilan – Last Christmas 

Day 13: Tommy Seebach – Vi Ønsker Jer Alle En Glædelig Jul

Day 12: Ilse DeLange – Midden in de Winternacht

Day 11: Celine Dion – Oh Holy Night

Day 10: Cliff Richard – Mistletoe & Wine

Day 9: Zoë – La Nuit Des Merveilles

Day 8: Il Volo – Christmas Medley

Day 7: Alexander Rybak & Didrik Solli-Tangen – Presents

Day 6: Sakis Rouvas – Xronia Polla Christmas

Day 5: Litesound – Shooting Star

Day 4: Grethe Ingmann – Jeg Så Julemanden Kysse Mor

Day 3: Carola – Nu Tändas Tusen Juleljus

Day 2: Francesco Gabbani – La Mia Versione Dei Ricordi

Day 1: Johnny Logan – Save This Christmas For Me

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14
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 14

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 14

Advent calendar day 14 - Dima Bilan

Warm up to Christmas by listening to the beautiful carols performed by Eurovision artists. Each day until Christmas features a new act giving their version of a Christmas song. As 13th, we listen to former Russian winner Dima Bilan. 

Eurovision fans got to know Dima Bilan in 2006 when he represented Russia with the song Never Let You Go, which finished second. Two years later, he returned to the contest and won it all performing Believe.

Today’s Christmas song is the well known Wham song Last Christmas. Dima Bilan covered it in the TV show ‘Точь в точь’. The purpose of the show is to dress up like the act whose song you are singing – and no one can be in doubt that Dima here did what he could to look like Wham singer George Michael.

In this series:

Day 13: Tommy Seebach – Vi Ønsker Jer Alle En Glædelig Jul

Day 12: Ilse DeLange – Midden in de Winternacht

Day 11: Celine Dion – Oh Holy Night

Day 10: Cliff Richard – Mistletoe & Wine

Day 9: Zoë – La Nuit Des Merveilles

Day 8: Il Volo – Christmas Medley

Day 7: Alexander Rybak & Didrik Solli-Tangen – Presents

Day 6: Sakis Rouvas – Xronia Polla Christmas

Day 5: Litesound – Shooting Star

Day 4: Grethe Ingmann – Jeg Så Julemanden Kysse Mor

Day 3: Carola – Nu Tändas Tusen Juleljus

Day 2: Francesco Gabbani – La Mia Versione Dei Ricordi

Day 1: Johnny Logan – Save This Christmas For Me

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13
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 13

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 13

Advent calendar day 13 - Tommy Seebach

Warm up to Christmas by listening to the beautiful carols performed by Eurovision artists. Each day until Christmas features a new act giving their version of a Christmas song. As 13th, we have triple Danish Eurovision legend Tommy Seebach.

Tommy Seebach took part in the Eurovision Song Contest three times for Denmark. In 1979, he finished 6th. Two years later, in a duet with Debbie Cameron, he came 11th and finally in 1993, unfortunately 22nd. The latter meant that Denmark wasn’t able to participate in the following year, something he was blamed a lot by the media. In 2003, he passed away only 53 years old.

Due to his early death, Tommy wasn’t able to experience the massive success his son Rasmus Seebach have had in Denmark. The son has written several songs about his dad, and also covered his 1993 entry Under Stjernerne På Himlen.

Today’s advent calendar is titled Vi Ønsker Jer Alle En Glædelig Jul, which translates to ‘We wish you all a merry Christmas’. It has Tommy Seebach in front, and sings about a traditional Christmas as known in Denmark; plenty of presents under the tree that is decorated with a gold shining star at the top, Christmas elves with red hats, candy, nuts, well known songs and home backed cakes.

In this series:

Day 12: Ilse DeLange – Midden in de Winternacht

Day 11: Celine Dion – Oh Holy Night

Day 10: Cliff Richard – Mistletoe & Wine

Day 9: Zoë – La Nuit Des Merveilles

Day 8: Il Volo – Christmas Medley

Day 7: Alexander Rybak & Didrik Solli-Tangen – Presents

Day 6: Sakis Rouvas – Xronia Polla Christmas

Day 5: Litesound – Shooting Star

Day 4: Grethe Ingmann – Jeg Så Julemanden Kysse Mor

Day 3: Carola – Nu Tändas Tusen Juleljus

Day 2: Francesco Gabbani – La Mia Versione Dei Ricordi

Day 1: Johnny Logan – Save This Christmas For Me

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12
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 12

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 12

Advent calendar day 12 - Ilse DeLange

Warm up to Christmas by listening to the beautiful carols performed by Eurovision artists. Each day until Christmas features a new act giving their version of a Christmas song. As 12th, we go to the Netherlands to hear Ilse DeLange. 

In 2014, the Netherlands came in as a strong runner up. With the country pop ballad Calm After The Storm, The Common Linnets finished second with 238 points. The duo consisted back then of Ilse DeLange and Waylon. While Waylon would return solo to the contest in 2018, we are yet to see Ilse do the same. She was a well known name in the Netherlands before the contest, and still enjoys great popularity.

Today’s Christmas song is titled Midden in de Winternacht, which translates to ‘In the middle of the winter night’. It is one of those songs, which most Dutch can sing along to. It is a children song which describes how all of nature and mankind praises the birth of Jesus Christ.

In this series:

Day 11: Celine Dion – Oh Holy Night

Day 10: Cliff Richard – Mistletoe & Wine

Day 9: Zoë – La Nuit Des Merveilles

Day 8: Il Volo – Christmas Medley

Day 7: Alexander Rybak & Didrik Solli-Tangen – Presents

Day 6: Sakis Rouvas – Xronia Polla Christmas

Day 5: Litesound – Shooting Star

Day 4: Grethe Ingmann – Jeg Så Julemanden Kysse Mor

Day 3: Carola – Nu Tändas Tusen Juleljus

Day 2: Francesco Gabbani – La Mia Versione Dei Ricordi

Day 1: Johnny Logan – Save This Christmas For Me

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12
December
2018

Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Tis The Season Of New Eurovision Songs

Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Tis The Season Of New Eurovision Songs
http://archive.org/download/escinsight_20181211_news_600/escinsight_20181211_news_600.mp3

With short lists, song snippets, and full playlists, the National Final season is gathering steam as the first major selection, Albania’s Festival i Kenges, approaches.

Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Tis The Season Of New Eurovision Songs

Junior Eurovision 2019 has a home, Alligators are out while Riga Beavers are in, and familiar names in Malta. Ewan Spence and the Insight team cover the latest news from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.

As we work through the first stages of the National Final season to select the performers for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, remember you can stay up to date with all the Eurovision news by listening to the ESC Insight podcast. You’ll find the show in iTunes, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. A direct RSS feed is  available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

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