NORWAY – Will we see Marcus & Martinus and in the line up for the 2018 edition of Melodi Grand Prix (MGP)? Well we don’t know the answer yet (but we surely would love to) but we know what NRK is planning to do with NRK this year. No more snippets! Finally! NRK announced that unlike previous years’ this time there will be directly full version release of the songs for MGP 2018 and actually two months in advance. This is set to happen on January 15th Melodi Grand Prix producer Stig Karlsen says that this happens in order “to see if any of the submitted songs stand out in and have a greater impact than the others.” NRK has received 1200 songs for MGP 2018. Regarding the song Stig Karlsen sounded says, “There are very many talented people engaged in next year’s MGP. It’s going to hurt to pick only ten songs and ten artists to fight to represent Norway in Lisbon!”.
SAN MARINO – The 9th participation of San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest will be decided through an international marathon selection for the first time ever. Over 600 singers submitted their songs so far but the thing is that none of them is from San Marino! Alessandro Capicchioni, Head of Delegation says: “It is a competition also designed for home artists… and for which we have developed a system that enhances them. We can not wait to prove that even our artists have something to say”. Submissions due on November 30th. Those gathering more than 100 likes or shapes, or pay 4,99 Euros will be considered by the San Marino jury. Ten songs will be announced in early December, three of them will be wildcards. A series of live shows will determine the winner eventually with voting by jury and public. Eurovision songs will be decided internally and for the three finalists these songs will be available in the final (late February).
SWEDEN – Kikki Danielsson and Martin Almgren are the two new names in the rumour mill of Aftobladet for the 2018 Melodifestivalen edition. Danielsson was born in Osby, Sweden, and resides in Gävleborg. In total, she has participated nine times at the Swedish Melodifestivalen and one time at the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix. She has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twice, in 1982 (as a part of the Swedish pop and country group Chips with the song “Dag efter dag”, finishing 8th) and in the 1985 (solo) with the song “Bra vibrationer”, finishing 3rd. Karl Martin Ingemar Almgren is a Swedish singer and winner of Idol 2015 which was broadcast on TV4. Almgren was born in Lindesberg. He released his debut single Can’t Hold Me Down after winning the Globen finale.
IRELAND – Louis Walsh has confirmed that Westlife will get back together. Does this ring a Eurovision alarm? Westlife split in 2012 after selling over 50 million records worldwide. But five years on, it looks like the foursome of Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan are already gearing up for a return. Speaking in Dublin tonight, Louis told RSVP: “A Westlife reunion is definitely going to happen… but I have no idea when. “I’m still really good friends with all of the lads. I think the reunion will be great, but its up to them to decide when they will do it.” Louis, who also managed rival Irish band Boyzone, revealed he has been in contact Westlife member Mark. He added: “I was chatting to Mark Feehily last night about the Christmas album he’s bringing out, and its amazing. I’d forgotten how talented he is.” Meanwhile, Walsh has ruled out being on TV for another 10 years as he ‘doesn’t want to be like Bruce Forsyth.’
THE NETHERLANDS – 1988 Dutch representative in the Eurovision Song Contest, Gerard Joling says he had a song ready for Eurovision 2018 but he was too late submitting his song to AVROTROS. The revelation took place at the RTL Late Night. His song is titled I Can Count On You, written by Bram Koning and Kees Koek. The artist said: “It was a damn good song. I might even send it in for Waylon, he would be perfect for it. There are gorgeous changes of tempo, it’s a colossal song.” He will have to remain satisfied with his Shangri-La entry in 1988 and his 9th position in the scoreboard.
EBU – The Reference Group is the committee overseeing the development and future of the Eurovision Song Contest. Their task is to modernise the contest and oversee the annual preparations by the host. Furthermore, they keep an eye on the financial side of the Eurovision Song Contest. Earlier this autumn EBU added DR’s Head of Entertainment Jan Lagermand Lundme in the EBU’s Reference Group. In the latest update of its formation, EBU announced French Head of Delegation Edoardo Grassi although it should have been Paul Hrytsak as he is the latest Executive Producer of a Eurovision event. The currently elected Heads of Delegation are Aleksandar Radic (RTVSLO), Nicola Caligiore (RAI) and Emilie Sickinghe (Avrotros). The group is completed by DR’s Head of Entertainment Jan Lagermand Lundme. He is also joining this year after being invited by Jon Ola Sand personally to fullfil and advising role. Interestingly, neither Edgar Böhm (ORF) nor Pavlo Hrytsak (UA:PBC) have a place in the EBU Reference Group. João Nuno Nogueira (RTP) is joining the board as next year’s Executive Producer. SVT’s Martin Österdahl produced the 2016 contest and is also in the group.
RTP has just announced that the presenters for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will be announced by the beginning of next year, along with a sneak peak of what the stage will look like. It however still is uncertain if Salvador Sobral will make it to the main stage in Lisbon.
Earlier this week, RTP held a press conference to reveal a few details of next year’s competition. Besides revealing the official logo for the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest, the slogan – All Aboard – was also announced along with the official statement that 42 countries will take place in next year’s competition.
Now, Portugal’s national broadcaster RTP announced that in January more details will be known as they will announce the hosts along with a sneak peek of the stage – inspired by the shelve presented in the logo.
See alsoWaylon returns to the Eurovision Song Contest
With or without Salvador
Even though we are surrounding ourselves with so many good news, there’s also space for some not so greater ones. In the same report, RTP also told the uncertainty of having Salvador Sobral performing, or even showing up, at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. A few months ago, Salvador Sobral announced he would take a break from his music career to dedicate himself solely to his health condition and, as for now, he is still waiting for a compatible heart.
In the video below you find the reason we’re heading to Lisbon for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest as Salvador won this year’s edition quite convincingly. Enjoy his performance in this special Full Stage view:
The second rehearsal of Elina Born & Stig Rästa representing Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015
Tonight in Estonia, the twenty finalists for Eesti Laul 2018, were announced and old perennial Stig Rästa, will be making another bid to represent his home country – this time with the song Home.
Stig is not the only past Estonian representative trying again, as Gerli Padar, who missed the finals in 2007 with PartnersIn Crime, is also returning, with the duet Sky, alongside Eliis Pärna. The full list of the songs can be found below.
The two semi finals will be held on February 10 and 17 2018, with the final taking place on March 3, 2018.
Stig Rästa – Home
Metsakutsu – Koplifornia
Elina Netšajeva – La forza
Aden Ray – Everybody’s dressed
Frankie Animal – (Can’t keep calling) Misty
Nika – Knock knock
Iiris & Agoh – Drop that boogie
Etnopatsy – Külm
Vajé – Laura (Walk with me)
Miljardid – Pseudoprobleem
Tiiu x Okym x Semy – Näita oma energiat
Desiree – On my mind
Rolf Roosalu – Show a little love
Eliis Pärna & Gerli Padar – Sky
Girls In Pearls – Spellbound
Marju Lanik – Täna otsuseid ei tee – co-written by Paradise Oscar 2011 representative
Indrek Ventmann – Tempel
Sibyl Vane – Thousand words
Evestus – Welcome to my world
Karl Kristjan & Karl Killing (feat. Wateva) – Young
The only time that Stig managed to win the Eesti Laul, as a performer was in duet with Elina Born, with fan favourite Goodbye To Yesterday, which placed 7th in 2015. Enjoy the perfomance below, while we await to see if he can finally make the actual Eurovision Song Contest as a solo act.
Once more Ellie Chalkley gets behind the customs desk to welcome another visitor to the Île de Bezençon, judge their record selections, and ponder their luxury.
Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Castaways, with Chris Halpin
This week we’re joined by Chris Halpin of Wiwibloggs fame, who regales us with tales of Mini Wogan, speaks up for rock at Eurovision and has big love for the Benelux region.
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It hardly comes as a surprise, but Bulgarian broadcaster BNT will once again pick their artist for the Eurovision Song Contest internal. They will handpick their act for Lisbon.
The broadcaster openly discussed the possibility to have a national final in the future, but also openly told that this might cost them more money than they can afford. Thus, they will stick to the gameplan that gave them a lot of success in recent years.
The rules for our (internal) selection in 2018 just approved. Long story short – more of the same like this year. Details regarding the specifics and the deadlines to follow very soon. So get prepared #Eurovision
— BNT Eurovision 🇧🇬 (@bg_eurovision) November 8, 2017
The participation of Bulgaria was also in jeopardy, after broadcaster BNT had to look for another director. They will miss out on the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Georgia, but will be able to take part as planned in Portugal at the ‘Main Event’.
The twenty candidates for the Estonian preselection Eesti Laul have been announced by broadcaster ERR. Stig Rästa (ESC 2015) and Gerli Padar (ESC 2007) are familiar names that are on the list.
Stig Rästa did a good job in Vienna, when he finished in seventh place with the song ‘Goodbye to yesterday’, which he performed together with Elina Born. Gerli Padar was not as lucky, as she did not pass from the huge semi final in Helsinki. Check out both performances below:
The semi finals of Eesti Laul will be held on Saturday the 10th and 17th of February, in which ten songs will be performed each week. The best five songs of both shows will advance to the final on the 3rd of March
The lucky 20 in Estonia
Here is the line-up for the shows in Estonia:
1. Frankie Animal – (Can’t Keep Calling) Misty
2. Iiris & Agoh – Drop That Boogie
3. Aden Ray – Everybody’s Dressed
4. Stig Rästa – Home
5. Nika – Knock Knock
6. Metsakutsu – Koplifornia
7. Etnopatsy – Külm
8. Elina Netšajeva – La forza
9. Vajé – Laura (Walk With Me)
10. Tiiu x Okym x Semy – Näita oma energiat
11. Desiree – On My Mind
12. Miljardid – Pseudoprobleem
13. Rolf Roosalu – Show A Little Love
14. Eliis Pärna ja Gerli Padar – Sky
15.Girls In Pearls – Spellbound
16. Marju Länik – Täna otsuseid ei tee
17. Indrek Ventmann – Tempel
18. Sibyl Vane – Thousand Words
19. Evestus – Welcome To My World
20. Karl Kristjan & Karl Killing (ft. Wateva) – Young