Slovenia: ManuElla returns to EMA for 2018

Broadcaster RTVSLO has announced the 16 participating artists in EMA 2018, the Slovenian preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. ManuElla returns to the stage to represent Slovenia again.

ManuElla took part in 2016 with her song ‘Blue and Red’, but failed to qualify from the semi finals. Another familiar name in the line-up is BQL, who took part in EMA 2017 as well with their song ‘Heart of gold’, which turned out to become a fan-favourite.

The pre-selection and final selection will be held in February 2018. Sixteen songs will be presented but only eight of them will qualify for the final evening. Four of these finalists will be chosen by a public vote, and four will be picked by a professional jury. In the final, a public vote will decide who will be the Slovenian representative at the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest.

The 16 acts in EMA 2018

Gregor Ravnik
Ina Shai
King Foo
Lara Kadis
Lea Sirk
Marina Martensson
Nika Zorjan
Nuska Drascek
Tanja Ribic

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Australia: Artist announcement on Monday

We will get to know the Australian artist for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 on Monday the 11th of December. Broadcaster SBS Australia confirmed the news in a press statement.

The 2018 Eurovision Contest will mark Australia’s fourth year of competing in the event, following a remarkable record of three top ten finishes, with Guy Sebastian’s fifth place in 2015, Dami Im’s second place in 2016, and Isaiah Firebrace coming ninth in the 2017 contest, which was held earlier this year in Kiev, Ukraine.

Stay tuned to ESCDaily to find out more about the Australian participation in Lisbon in the upcoming days!

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Spain: Eurovision selects through Operación Triunfo again

Operación Triunfo, the Spanish talent show, will function as Spain’s selection method for Eurovision 2018. The final date and format details are yet to be announced.

Operación Triunfo was last used to select the Spanish entry in 2004. RTVE has returned to this format after not having much success with Objetivo Eurovision, which took place in 2016 and 2017.

Operación Triunfo & The Eurovision Song Contest

Rosa López won the first edition in 2002 with the song Europe’s living a celebration. She finished in 7th place with 81 points. Which, up until that point was Spain’s best result in the contest for 15 years.

While it was televised, Operación Triunfo would regularly reach over 13 million viewers. This would be equal to around 80% of the market share in Spain.

Objectivo Eurovision not successful for Spain

In 2016, Objetivo Eurovision sent Barei and her song Say Yay to Eurovision. She ended up second to last with 77 points. Then last year, Spain used Objetivo Eurovision to select Manuel Navarro and the song ‘Do it for your Lover’ for Kiev. There was a tiebreaker with 2 jury members opting for Manuel and the last remaining jury member opting for Mirela. Many thought this was the wrong choice to make. Spain ended up last in the Grand Final with a single figure total of 5 points.

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Czech Republic: First national final in ten years held in January

In January 2018, the Czech Republic will hold a national final for the first time in ten years. Six songs will be performed and a public vote will decided who will go to Lisbon for the at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

Head of Delegation Jan Bors has confirmed the plans on Twitter. People can vote for their favourite act through the official Eurovision app. These votes will be combinated with the points given by an international jury.

In the 10-year history of the Czech Republic in the contest, broadcaster CT always had an internal selection. But next year will be the year they turn things around.

V lednu 2018 budeme dělat po deseti letech národní kolo Eurovize! Vybírat se bude ze 6ti skladeb! Hlasovat budete moci přes oficiální eurovizní aplikaci https://t.co/OTtJlGhydh . Vaše hlasy doplní hlasy mezinárodní poroty! Už se těšíte? #eurovize

— Jan Frost Bors (@Frostwii) 7 december 2017

A more professional approach

The Eurovision Song Contest is becoming more popular in the Central European country. After reaching the final in Stockholm for the first time, over 300 songs were submitted to broadcaster CT in 2017. For next year, the number even increased to over 400.

In an exclusive interview by ESCDaily with Head of Delegation Jan Bors, he already predicted that the Czechs would make it to the final in 2016 and that the success of Gabriela Gunčíková could be a huge thing for them.

The last time the Czech Republic had a national final was in 2008. They also used a preselection in 2007. Both attempts turned out not to be successful at the Eurovision Song Contest itself.

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The dark history behind Portugal’s 2018 Eurovision stage design

"Slavers Revenging their Losses," shows a coffle of men, women, and children".(J. E. Chambliss, "The Life and Labors of David Livingstone" Philadelphia, 1875)

Is there a sinister story behind the Portuguese stage design?  Portugal wants to celebrate their history of one of the earliest world nautical super powers. But, there is another side to their history…

This year Portugal won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in history. Salvador Sorbal’s victory in Kyiv ended the longest winless run by a country in the Eurovision history – a staggering 53 years. His song Amar pelos dois which was written and composed by his sister Luisa, was highly praised for its simplistic charm and allowed Portugal the honour to host the event in 2018.

Last month the Portuguese broadcaster announced that next year’s contest will be nautical themed with the slogan All Aboard! and earlier this week we were given a sneak peak of the stage design.  Stage designer Florian Weider described how the stage was designed to look like the hull of a ship. He explained that this was “mainly due to the Portuguese sailor men, who traveled the seas with courage and outstanding skills of navigation.” He added that “The rich history of the Portuguese as a maritime nation reflects, without any boundaries, all of the values that make the Eurovision Song Contest unique today. Portugal and especially Lisbon are historic melting pots enriched by the impressions of newly discovered cultures that were brought back to the home port.”

Portugal’s black history

However there were a few eyebrows raised when the announcement was made this week. As there is a somewhat more sinister history behind the Portuguese stage design.

In the 15th century, Portugal had one of the largest empires in the world including the first colonial empire. They were pioneers of the sea, using and developing the best navigational and cartography tools. Which fits in well with the four inspiration points behind the stage design: Navigation; Sea; Ships & Maps.

But during this they were also pioneers of the transatlantic slave trade, where it has been documented that Portuguese sailors began to kidnap people from the west coast of Africa taking those that they enslaved back to Europe by ship. Later, instead of kidnapping, the Portuguese traded guns and ammunition for slaves.

Lisbon, next year’s host city, was the major port involved in the Portuguese slave trade. From here, ships went to West Africa and took enslaved Africans across the Atlantic Ocean to the Portugese-owned colony of Brazil. It is estimated that by the early 16th century as much as 10% of Lisbon’s population was of African descent. Of course, Portugal were not the only country to engage in the slave trade. They were subsequently followed by fellow European countries including the British, French, Spanish and Dutch empires.

Historians still debate exactly how many Africans were forcibly transported across the Atlantic during the next four centuries. A comprehensive database compiled in the late 1990s puts the figure at just over 11 million people. Portugal abolished slavery fully in 1896.

See alsoLisbon reveals their stage design for 2018

Similar controversies in themes

Portugal are not the first country to have a controversial theme. Last year, Ukraine used the slogan Celebrate Diversity as their theme when they hosted the competition for the second time. Usually such an empowering slogan would be welcomed with open arms. However, it seemed to many extremely contradictory when the country had such an unwelcomed attitude towards LGBT and ethnic minorities.

One could argue that there is no correlation because Portugal abolished slavery over 100 years ago and have become a well respected country and considered one of the most peaceful in the world, but we shouldn’t forget the past.

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Hungary: Viktor Király and Leander Kills return to A Dal

Hungary has released the list of participants for A Dal 2018, the competition which will be used once again to select the act for the Eurovision Song Contest. There are a lot of debuting acts in the show, but also some familiar names like Viktor Király, Peet Project, Reni Tolvai and Leander Kills.

Viktor Király back in A Dal

American trained singer Viktor Király is the biggest name in the line-up. He won talent show Megasztár in Hungary in 2008, and reached the last 24 in The Voice of America in 2015. In between, he had scored four number-1-hits in Hungarian charts.

Király made his A Dal debut in 2012 when he performed with his twin brother Benjamin and their sister Linda. Their song “Untried” placed fourth in the final. Viktor went solo in 2014 and reached the superfinal with his song “Running out of Time”.

Rock groups return

The rock group Leander Kills made it to the final this year with their song “Élet”. Peet Project was also a contender in 2017, reaching the semi final with “Kill Your Monster”. Reni Tolvai, a previous winner of the talent show Megasztár, had her best attempt in 2016 when her song “Fire” got eliminated in the semi finals.

All the participants for A Dal 2018:

#yeahla feat.Viki Eszes – “Egy szó, mint száz”
Andy Roll – “Turn The Lights On”
AWS – “Viszlát nyár”
Ceasefire X – “Satellites”
Cintia Horváth – “Journey”
Fourtissimo – “Kisnyuszi a kalapban”
Gabi Knoll – “Nobody to die for”
Gábor Heincz ”BIGA” – “Good vibez”
Gergely Dánielfy – “Azt mondtad”
Ham ko Ham – “Bármerre jársz”
Leander Kills – “Nem szól harang”
Living Room – “Kirakat élet”
Maszkura és a Tücsökraj – “Nagybetus szavak”
Maya ‘n’ Peti – “Nekem te”
Nemzenekar – “Waiting”
Nene zenekar – “Mese a királyról”
Nikoletta Szoke, Attila Kökény, Róbert Szakcsi Lakatos – “Életre kel”
Noémo – “Levegot”
Nova Prospect – “Vigyázó”
Peet Project – “Runaround”
Odett Polgár – “Aranyhal”
Reni Tolvai – “Everest”
Roland Gulyás – “Hypnotized”
SativuS – “Lusta lány”
Tamás Horváth – “Meggyfa”
Tamás Vastag – “Ne hagyj reményt”
The Matter – “Broken Palms”
Viktor Király – “Budapest Girl”
Yesyes – “I let you run away”
Zsolt Süle – “Zöld a május”

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