In 2012 the Eurovision Song Contest travelled to Azerbaijan's capital Baku, the most eastern Eurovision host city to date. The venue for the competition, the Crystal Hall, was built especially for the contest in just under eight months. Singer Loreen scored Sweden's fifth victory in the competition, despite some strong competition from a group of Russian grannies who wanted to host a party for everybody!
Baku provided a spectacular setting for the 57th Eurovision Song Contest in what became one of the most politically-charged contests in the history of the competition. Azerbaijan won the right to host the event after El & Nikki won the contest in Düsseldorf with the song Running Scared. 42 countries took to the stage including some of the oldest performers ever seen in the Eurovision Song Contest. The United Kingdom sent its oldest ever participant, 76 year old Engelbert Humperdinck, whilst Russia was represented by the Buranovskiye Babushki who had a combined age of more than 500!
Following the final of Melodifestivalen, Sweden's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Loreen's song Euphoria, became an immediate favourite to win in Baku and from the beginning of the voting it was clear that Sweden was on the road to victory. Euphoria went on to be a worldwide hit and reached number one in several countries selling more than two million copies.
Bosnia & Herzegovina will not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Thus says broadcaster BHRT on Twitter. ESC Daily had already reported earlier that financial reforms in the Bosnian law make it almost impossible for BHRT to fund their trip to Kiev.
In an article on Klix.ba, it was outlined weeks ago that BHRT has recently suffered a big loss of income. Head of Delegation Lelja Babovic stated that the problem is not Eurovision specific. “Every sport in our country has this problem. We struggle to send good representatives and give them the support that they need. There is almost no state support, and barely support from the private market. That is why we have no right to complain about their results.”
Last year, Deen & Dalal took part for Bosnia & Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest. They finished 11th in the semi final and surprisingly failed to qualify for the Grand Final. Their participation was only possible because Deen and his personal sponsors covered most of the costs.
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Australia will send Alexa Curtis to Malta for the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Broadcaster SBS just confirmed that news in a press release. More details about Alexa’s song entry and Australia’s voting jury will be announced soon.
Alexa Curtis won The Voice of Australia Kids in 2014. She is currently represented by label company Universal Music Australia, the same label as Guy Sebastian, Dami Im and Bella Paige. Her debut single was called ‘Playground’.
In a reaction on her selection, she said: “I was so excited when I found out! I think I am still a little bit in shock to be honest. I would like to thank SBS for this once in a lifetime opportunity. I know it’s going to be a crazy experience but I just can’t wait to get over there and do what I love doing most: singing for people. I can’t wait to perform my song. I really love it and hope Australia and the rest of the world will too.”
Paul Clarke commented that Curtis will be “a terrific ambassador for Australia.” He added: “She has a vocal maturity well beyond her years, but she’s also a classic Aussie kid! We can’t wait to see her on the Eurovision Junior stage, and we’re delighted to be associated with Eurovision once again.”
Australia debuted in the contest last year in Sofia when Bella Paige performed her song “My girls” and finished in the eighth place.
SBS will broadcast the Junior Eurovision Song Contest at 3.30pm Saturday 26 November on SBS. Eurovision fans can also tune in to SBS’s LIVE coverage of the contest from Valetta, Malta at 2:00am Monday 21 November on SBS.
SBS REPORTS / AUSTRALIA – SBS today has announced Alexa Curtis as the artist who will represent Australia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 to be held in Valetta, Malta. It will be the second consecutive year that Australia has competed in the competition and SBS is excited to broadcast this event to local Eurovision fans at 3.30pm Saturday November 26 on SBS. Music and dance has been Alexa’s passion since she was young and at just 12 years of age she is already an accomplished and experienced performer.
Australian audiences may remember her as winner of The Voice Kids Australia in 2014. With no formal voice training until she entered the singing competition, the experience encouraged Alexa to realise her dream and pursue her passion of performing and singing professionally.
Alexa Curtis said: “I was so excited when I found out that I would be representing Australia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta. I think I am still a little bit in shock to be honest. I would like to thank SBS for this once in a lifetime opportunity. I know it’s going to be a crazy experience but I just can’t wait to get over there and do what I love doing most: singing for people. I can’t wait to perform my song. I really love it and hope Australia and the rest of the world will too.” Alexa was selected by SBS and production partner Blink TV as the perfect young artist to showcase Australia’s musical talents to the world.
SBS Director of Television and Online Content Marshall Heald said: “SBS is thrilled to be part of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for a second consecutive year, giving Australia the opportunity to strengthen our long-standing love affair with all things Eurovision. Alexa is an incredibly talented young performer who embodies SBS’s celebration of creativity and diversity, and we can’t wait to see her take the stage in Malta where she will undoubtedly do Australia proud.”
Director of Blink TV, Paul Clarke said: “I’m sure Alexa will be a terrific ambassador for Australia – she has a vocal maturity well beyond her years, but she’s also a classic Aussie kid! We can’t wait to see her on the Eurovision Junior stage, and we’re delighted to be associated with Eurovision once again.”
SBS will broadcast the Junior Eurovision Song Contest at 3.30pm Saturday 26 November on SBS. Eurovision fans can also tune in to SBS’s LIVE coverage of the contest from Valetta, Malta at 2:00am Monday 21 November on SBS. More details about Alexa’s song entry and Australia’s voting jury will be announced soon. Alexa Curtis is represented by Universal Music Australia.
INFORMATION ABOUT ALEXA
12-year-old Alexa, lives in Brisbane with her family, who moved to Australia from Auckland in New Zealand two years before she was born. Alexa began contemporary and jazz training when only 5 years old. In 2012 she appeared in an amateur production of ‘Oliver’ alongside her brother, Aidan, another budding singer/actor, giving her a real taste of performing on stage. She has performed in the Sydney Schools Spectacular and other events supporting children’s charities. Alexa loves her sport and over the past 7 years found time to attend the young Surf Life Savers ‘nippers’ at her local surf club on the Gold Coast and she has recently taken up netball. At only 10 years old, in 2014, Alexa captured Australia’s attention when she won ‘The Voice Kids Australia’, with Delta Goodrem as her mentor. Without having any formal vocal training she sang live in front of millions of viewers. She is now signed to Universal Music Australia.
Bosnia and Herzegovina will not be participating at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, to be held next year in Kyiv, Ukraine.
The main reason that has stopped BHRT from joining the competition is that it hasn’t found a way to pay the fee. Lejla Babović, project coordinator of Bosnia and Herzegovina at Eurovision, admitted that the country is not registered for participation in the upcoming edition for economic reasons. It appears that the deadline for applications was September 15th, and BHRT decided not to apply given the lack of funds they are facing at the moment.
“We did not sign up. By the end of November a list of participating countries will be released and by then we could do something. We are always pushing a deadline. However, seeing this situation, it’s unlikely that the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Parliament will make any decision in October regarding the collection of the funds” said Babović.
The truth is that BHRT has been going through serious economic issues in the last years due to its lack of a stable source of funding. This is the same reason that has kept the country away from the competition in recent years.
“We won’t have anything on our screens because the prices are soaring,” added the project coordinator of the country at Eurovision.
This year Bosnia and Herzegovina was represented by Dalal, Deen, Jala, and Ana Rucner who performed the song ‘Ljubav Je’, which gave the country it’s first ever non-qualification.