21
September
2017

Bosnia-Herzegovina: No participation in Lisbon 2018

Bosnia-Herzegovina: No participation in Lisbon 2018

Bosnia and Herzegovina will not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest next year. BHRT have confirmed today that they will not be participating in the 2018 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Just last month it was confirmed that their participation was unlikely, and the news today confirms their non-participation in the contest. The broadcaster ruled out a return due to long running financial difficulties, which in recent years has seen the broadcaster almost shut down due to large levels of debt.

BHRT will not participate in Eurovision 2018. #ESC2018#BiHpic.twitter.com/GObp7RhCQR

— BH EUROSONG (@bheurosong) September 18, 2017

Bosnia and Herzegovina last participated at the 2016 contest, in which returning artist Deen represented the country with the song “Ljubav Je” along with Dalal, Ana Rucner and Jala. The group just missed out on qualification chances, ending in 11th place in the semi-final with 104 points. Before 2016, the country took a break between 2013 and 2015. Before then, the country had managed to qualify from the semi-finals every year they participated.

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21
September
2017

Sweden: Almost 2800 songs submitted for Melodifestivalen 2018

Sweden: Almost 2800 songs submitted for Melodifestivalen 2018

A total of 2771 songs have been submitted for Melodifestivalen 2018. Swedish broadcaster SVT have revealed that the total number of songs submitted for next year’s Melodifestivalen is 2771. Out of these, 2324 have been submitted to the Ordinary competition, and 447 to the General competition.

The General competition is made for songwriters who haven’t professionally released music before. This is the highest number of songs submitted since 2012, and has increased by almost 300 entries since last year.

Melodifestivalen Producer Christer Björkman said: “We are very keen to start working with the selection process and are delighted that the interest of both the public and the music industry is still high”. The next step is for the song selection process to begin, which involves a jury lead by Karin Gunnarsson, the Vice-Contest Producer of Melodifestivalen. The jury will select 14 songs, and SVT will select a further 13 songs, to make the complete line-up.

First act already chosen

The first artist in the final Melodifestivalen 2018 line-up has been chosen. Stiko Per Larsson won the competition P4 Nästa, and will therefore take part in next year’s edition of Melodifestivalen. He’s not allowed to compete with the song that he won P4 Nästa with, and will find a new song. SVT have confirmed that the names of the songs and songwriters will be announced in the fall.

Earlier in the year SVT confirmed that the format of Melodifestivalen will not change for next year’s contest.

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21
September
2017

FYR Macedonia: Broadcaster MRT confirms to stay in Eurovision

FYR Macedonia: Broadcaster MRT confirms to stay in Eurovision

MRT, the national broadcaster of FYR Macedonia, has confirmed in their proposed schedule for 2018 that they will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The national broadcaster of FYR Macedonia, has thus confirmed their intention to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.

MRT released their proposed schedule for 2018, yesterday within which participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 was outlined. Within the document MRT outlines that their 2018 participation will show.

At the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine, Macedonia was represented by Jana Burčeska with the song “Dance Alone”. In the second semi-final, Macedonia finished 15th with a total of 69 points. FYR Macedonia has had a string of poor results in recent years failing to reach the final every year since 2012.

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19
September
2017

Ireland: Want an established act, but can’t afford a national final

Ireland: Want an established act, but can’t afford a national final

Brendan Murray (Ireland 2017)

The head of the Irish delegation has admitted that RTÉ can not afford a national final in order to find next year’s representative. However, they want to find an already established act to fly the flag in Lisbon next year.

Cash-strapped RTÉ will not select their representative for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest by national final as they simply can not afford it. The broadcaster, who are currently open for submission have requested that singers and song writers with a ‘proven track record of success in the music industry’ apply.

If we had the money, I would love to see a stand-alone Eurosong final and do it in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, but unfortunately there’s well-published financial difficulties here and we don’t have the money for that,” said Michael Kealy.

Kealy then went on to suggest that the Eurosong segment on The Late Late Show deters a lot of established acts off applying which puts the broadcaster in the difficult position of relying on artists who have very little experience in high level performance. Something that they don’t want to replicate this year, wanting a more established and experience act to lead the way.

The problem with the Late Late is that a lot of professional acts of any calibre are reluctant to come along and engage in that type of competition, which is understandable“.

Speaking to The Herald, Kealy deepened this point “Eurovision really isn’t for people who are looking for their break in the music industry“.

See alsoCyBC reveals further details of 2018 Eurovision entry

The broadcaster is accepting applications up until 5pm on Monday 6th November 2017. Songwriters and composers must only submit one song each for consideration.

Last year Brendan Murray became the fourth Irish act in a row to fail to qualify for the grand final. Can RTÉ avoid another humiliation and find the act that will bring them victory once again?

Do you want to get to know this year’s act better? Watch our video below.

Categories: Eurovisionary

16
September
2017

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Castaways, with Sharleen Wright

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Castaways, with Sharleen Wright
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Ellie Chalkley is behind the customs desk as Sharleen remembers her school disco Eurovision moment, stalking Latvians in airports and the Big Balkan Ballad that changed it all.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Castaways, with Sharleen Wright

The ESC Insight crew are off to Île de Bezençon for the summer with their favourite Eurovision related songs and stories. Next up at the customs desk is Sharleen Wright who has tales of minor crimes and misdemeanours involving Tim Tams, watching the contest as a child in Australia and argues over whether or not Johnny Logan is cool.

Keep listening to the ESC Insight podcast as the new season gathers pace for more Eurovision news, fun, and chat. You’ll find the show in iTunes, and a direct RSS feed is also available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

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16
September
2017

Portugal throws “all-time” Eurovision party and celebrates victory

Portugal throws “all-time” Eurovision party and celebrates victory

Eurovision Live Concert - Portugal 2017

Portugal’s annual Eurovision Live Concert was held on September 9th in Setúbal’s Auditório José Afonso and, besides bringing Eurovision’s newest stars to the stage, a few nostalgic acts and songs were also part of the lineup. The show was also a celebration of Portugal’s first ever victory in the Eurovision Song Contest.

“Isn’t this truly special, that we are outside tonight with such beautiful weather? (…) It’s not raining like in Denmark, 95% of the time!” While the mostly Portuguese audience truly appreciated Anja Nissen’s words, in reality, the weather wasn’t that pleasant. By the sea, it was mostly a windy and cold night in Setúbal.

Welcomed by the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest soundtrack, an audience started to build in and around Auditório José Afonso at around 9 pm. 45 minutes later – just as Lithuania’s 2014 representative, Vilija Matačiūnaitė, screamed for Attention – the music stopped and the official Welcome to Lisbon video invaded the screen. It was the trigger to start what was also a celebratory party.

Contents

  • 1 Sanja Vučić covered 2009’s Armenian entry, Tan Tan
  • 2 Anabela hopes to end music career
  • 3 Anja glows, Nathan gets a standing ovation and Timebelle perform an ESC 2017 medley
  • 4 A tenth edition is more or less confirmed

Sanja Vučić covered 2009’s Armenian entry, Tan Tan

The strategy of initiating the event with that video was more than enough to understand that Eurovision Live Concert’s ninth edition would also be a celebration of Portugal’s first win. Nonetheless, that idea was reinforced by a cover of Amar Pelos Dois, sung by Carla Ribeiro right after. The Portuguese singer, who last attempted to represent Portugal in 2014, gave it a different approach so it would match her higher vocal pitch. Despite asking the audience to sing along multiple times, they struggled, as her runs were quite different from Salvador’s. Carla would come back to the stage later on to cover for Mirela’s abscence. The Objetivo Eurovisión’s runner-up cancelled at the last minute, openining a slot in the lineup.

Sanja Vučić was next and one could only feel sorry for whoever came after because she delivered three amazing and unexpected performances. Besides singing her Eurovision entry – Goodbye (Shelter) – the Serbian singer covered the iconic Molitva with impressive and impecable vocals and showed everyone she is not just about singing. Don’t be fooled by the dramatic ballad she presented in 2016, Sanja can throw a party on her own… In fact, she doesn’t even need to know the words to a song to achieve that.

“I didn’t even know until today that I was going to sing this song. I just decided half an hour ago. I want to apologize in advance because this song is half in the Armenian language that I don’t know”, she confessed. Naming it as her ultimate favorite Eurovision song, Sanja covered Armenia’s 2009 entry Tan Tan and left the stage with a cheerful audience who obviously wouldn’t mind more.

The 2009 nostalgia continued with the following act. Ana Luísa Silva – a singing expert – stepped on stage to perform Sweden’s La Voix and was able to keep the momentum due to her high pitch that no one expected to hear during the night.

Anabela hopes to end music career

If by now you’re feeling nostalgic remembering Molitva, Tan Tan or La Voix, expect it to get worse. Covering for Celia Lawson (1997) who must have cancelled as well, Marco Quelhas – Portugal’s representative in 2001 – took the stage with obvious discomfort. The Portuguese singer performed his entry, Só Sei Ser Feliz Assim, and confessed it had been a while since he last performed it. Despite being nervous, Marco was competent and always in key.

It is probably safe to say that one of the highlights of the night was when a very pregnant Anabela (1993) took to the stage to perform the classic A Cidade (Até Ser Dia). It was the first time everyone raised their voices and sang along to each word of the song. Back then, participating in Eurovision was the synonym to having a successful career in the country and Anabela was one of the lucky ones. Nonetheless, it seems like she’ll focus 100% on motherhood from now. Before singing her Eurovision classic, the singer confessed she hoped this would be the last time she would have to perform live. Despite that being definitive or not, Anabela’s vocals are just like they were back in the day.

Anja glows, Nathan gets a standing ovation and Timebelle perform an ESC 2017 medley

After a ten minute break, it was time to leave the nostalgia behind… Even though, during the break, there was a recap of all Portuguese entries nevertheless. Anja Nissen was in charge of opening this second part. Unlike the previous acts, the Danish singer performed four songs, including two covers, Never Alone (her first attempt to represent Denmark in 2016) and, obviously, Where I Am. Despite impressing everyone with her amazing vocals and melting Portuguese people’s heart with her kind words, Nathan Trent ended up winning the crowd by performing a (better than Carla’s) cover of Amar Pelos Dois. The audience was so impressed that, for the first time that night, they stood up and gave him a standing ovation.

Austria’s representative – also known for his covers – performed an acoustic version of Heroes (2015) and Lena’s Satellite (he even showed his underwear and they were blue!). Running On Air wasn’t forgotten.

There were two acts left to perform. Sasha Son (Lithuania, 2009) and Timebelle, both in difficult positions. It’s safe to say that Sasha was the least known international star in the event as it has been a few years since he represented his country in Eurovision. Despite all that, the singer enjoyed himself and made sure he encouraged the audience to stand up and sing along to his cover of Hit The Road Jack.

Timebelle were chosen to close the event and, honestly, they delivered in a very creative way by singing a mashup of most of 2017 Eurovision entries. To the instrumental of Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You, Miruna Mănescu adapted most of the Eurovision 2017 entries, from their own Apollo to I Can’t Go On, Do It For Your Lover, Requiem, Occidentali’s Karma and many more. If there was an award for best effort and most original, Timebelle would have won.

A tenth edition is more or less confirmed

With Eurovision Song Contest 2018 taking place in Lisbon, it’s obvious that the show’s popularity will rise even more in Portugal. So, there’s no reason for Eurovision Live Concert not to be held next year. The organiser of the event – Guilherme Nunes dos Santos – mentioned it himself during his time on stage. Therefore, if you can’t make it to the main Eurovision event in May, Portugal will open its doors again for Eurovision fans in September.

Below, you can see a compilation of the event’s various moments:

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