Australia: How Isabella Clarke made the most out of Junior Eurovision 2017

For the second time in a row, Australia improved on their best ever Junior Eurovision result. Isabella Clarke finished in 3rd place and made her country proud. ESCDaily looks back on her perfect week at JESC2017.

Isabella Clarke was selected for Junior Eurovision early on in the season. At the same time, broadcaster SBS revealed that kids channel ABC was going to join them for JESC this year. It lead presenter Grace Koh to travel to Tbilisi to cover everything Isabella (Izzy) would do over there.

The Junior Eurovision week started out with Australia’s first rehearsal on Tuesday. Isabella had just heard that she would receive the 15th starting position – just the bit of luck every performer need in order to get a good result. Her first rehearsal was an eventful one. Every runthrough, Australia tried out different camera positions. Afterwards in the viewing room, the delegation could then decide which things worked and which did not. Journalists at the press center awarded Australia the victory of the day, together with Belarus.

Improving the smiles

On Wednesday, Izzy had a day off. She used it to invite press over to her hotel in the center of Tbilisi. ESCDaily also took the chance to speak to her. She told us, among other things, that “improving on our smiles” was the most important thing to work on from now on. “We are having so much fun on stage and that can be the strongest point in our performance.”

For Team ESCDaily, being the Australian-based website that we are, following such a professional and successful artist from Down Under is always special. If you wanna know more about our relation to Australia & the Eurovision Song Contest, check out this video!

Australia Isabella Clarke press conferenceIsabella Clarke ‘s strong vocals

It was not until the second rehearsal on Thursday, however, that people discovered just how strong Izzy’s performance really was. Her vocals were incredibly good – so good, that many started to wonder whether Australia was perhaps using a backing tape during the rehearsals.

Head of Delegation Stephanie Werrett explained at the press conference that Australia did indeed use a backing tape, but only for some runthroughs. “If you cannot tell the difference, then that’s great news for us,” Werrett said. And indeed it was. Australia’s Isabella Clarke had all of a sudden become a contender for victory in the jury score.

The new Dami Im

Australia had not yet won a Eurovision event, could this be the first time? At the jury rehearsal, Isabella Clarke gave an almost flawless performance, Dami Im style, and received the highest score from our editorial team. As it turned out, it was enough for a third place in the eventual jury rankings. Izzy received a total of 93 points, including 12 points from The Netherlands. Every national jury awarded Australia at least one point.

However, while Dami Im lost her victory in the deciding televote, Isabella Clarke managed to stand tall in the online voting. She received 79 points there, finishing again in third place (behind The Netherlands and Malta, but above winner Russia), and ending up in a third place in total as well. The first podium spot for Australia at Junior Eurovision ever! You can see Isabella’s performance from Sunday night HERE.

The result not only made Australia and Team ESCDaily proud, but it brought Isabella herself to tears as well. In a first reaction to EBU, she said that Australia will come back and win Eurovision one day. Cheers to that!

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Melodifestivalen 2018 participants presented

Welcome back to former Eurovision artists Kikki Danielsson and Jessica Andersson. Months of speculations finally came to an end today as the participants for the 2018 Swedish national selection were presented today. 

Melodifestivalen have fans all around the world. The Swedish national selection is for many Eurovision fans bigger than Christmas and New Years Eve. No matter if you share this obsession or not, it is hard to deny that its existence is a big part of Eurovision.

Today, the participants who take part in the 2018 edition were presented at a press conference. As often seen before, the line-up includes new talents as well as experienced artists. Some of them are very familiar faces to Eurovision followers, and others are hoping to become just that.

Over four regular heats, and one second chance heat, starting in Karlstad on the 3rd of February 2018, the participants will fight for spots in the final, which takes place in Friends Arena on the 10th of March.

2018 Melodifestivalen participants

(Not in performing order)

  • Semi-final 1 – Karlstad, Löfbergs Arena
  1. Renaida – All The Feels
  2. Benjamin Ingrosso – Dance You Off
  3. Edward Bloom – Livet Pa En Pinne
  4. John Lundvik – My Turn
  5. Kikky Danielson – Osby Tennesse
  6. Sigrid Bernson – Patrick Swayze
  7. Kamferdrops – Solen Levar Var Hos Dig
  • Semi-final 2 – Gothenburg, Scandinavium
  1. Ida Redig – Allting Som Vi Sa
  2. Jonas Gardell – Det Finns En Vag
  3. Margaret – In My Cabana
  4. Liamoo – Last Breath
  5. Samir & Viktor – Stuffla
  6. Mimi Werner – Songburning
  7. Stiko Par Larsson – Titta Vi Flyger
  • Semi-final 3 – Malmö, Malmö Arena
  1. Martin Almgren – A bitter Lullaby
  2. Dotter – Cry
  3. Moncho – Cuba Libre
  4. Mendez – Everyday
  5. Kalle Mordeus & Orsa – Min Drom
  6. Jessica Anderson – Party voice
  7. Barbi Escobar – Stark
  • Semi-final 4 – Örnsköldsvik, Fjällräven Center
  1. Felica Olson – Break That Chain
  2. Felix Sandman – Every Single Day
  3. Mariette – For you
  4. Rolandz – Fuldans
  5. Emmi Christennson – Icarus
  6. Elias Abbas – Mitt Paradis
  7. Olivia – Never Learn

Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest

With six wins, Sweden is one of the most succesful Eurovision countries – they are only one victory away from matching Ireland’s seven wins. Since Ireland’s last victory in 1996, Sweden have won three times, in 1999, 2012 and 2015. And where Ireland have missed the final seven times including the last four years, Sweden have only been left out once, in 2010.

In 2017, Sweden was represented by Robin Bengtsson. With 344 points he came fifth with the song I Can’t Go On. In the video below you can enjoy that entry in a special multi cam edition.

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Junior Eurovision: Polina now wants to represent Russia in the adult contest

Polina Bogusevich, the winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017, has revealed that she would like to participate in the adult Eurovision Song Contest. Polina gave a press conference,of which this news was picked up by press agency TASS.

Upon arrival in Moscow after winning JESC 2017, Polina told reporters that she considers her victory in the Junior Eurovision “a serious and worthy step towards future successes.” However, she does not consider herself a superstar because she won and will now spend the next two years working hard to get the chance to represent Russia in the adult Eurovision Song Contest.

If her plans succeeded, she would follow in the footsteps of the Tolmachevy Sisters, who won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 and later took part in the adult Eurovision Song Contest in 2014. In the past several other Junior Eurovision Song Contest participants such as Nevena Božović (Serbia) and O’G3NE (The Netherlands).

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Sweden 2018: SVT presents the Melodifestivalen participants





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Sweden: Many newcomers in Melodifestivalen 2018

Melodifestivalen 2018 will have a line-up with many new artists, taking the big stage for the first time. Broadcaster SVT released the names of the 28 participating acts this Tuesday morning, with Kikki Danielsson and Jessica Andersson as the only names that ever went to Eurovision before.

This marks a big change, when compared to recent years. There are a lot of artists that make their Melodifestivalen debut overall. Though Benjamin Ingrosso, Samir & Viktor, Mimi Werner, Mendez, Felix Sandman and Marietta all do make their and Margaret took a shot for Poland in 2016.

The line-up for Melodifestivalen 2018

Below you can see all 28 competing acts and the shows will perform in, trying to get a ticket for the grand final or Andra Chansen.

Semi-final 1, 3rd of February, Karlstad:
Renaida – All The Feels
Benjamin Ingrosso – Dance You Off (MF 2017)
Edward Blom – Livet på en pinne
John Lundvik – My Turn
Kikki Danielsson – Osby Tennesse (ESC 1982 and 1985)
Sigrid Bernson – Patrick Swayze
Kamferdrops – Solen lever kvar hos dig

Semi-final 2, 10th of February, Göteborg:
Ida Redig – Allting som vi sa
Jonas Gardell – Det finns en väg
Margarat – In my Cabana (Poland NF 2016)
Liamoo – Last Breath
Samir & Viktor – Shuffla (MF 2015 and 2016)
Mimi Werner – Songburning (MF 2015)
Stiko Per Larsson – Titta vi flyger

Semi-final 3, 17th of February, Malmö:
Martin Almgren – A Bitter Lullaby
Dotter – Cry
Moncho – Cuba Libre
Mendez – Every Day (MF 2002)
Kalle Moraeus & Orsa Spelmän – Min Dröm
Jessica Andersson – Party Voice (ESC 2003)
Barbi Escobar – Stark

Semi-final 4, 24th of February, Örnsköldsvik:
Felicia Olsson – Break That Chain
Felix Sandman – Every Single Day (MF 2017)
Mariette – For You (MF 2015 and 2017)
Rolandz – Fuldans
Emmi Christensson – Icarus
Elias Abbas – Mitt Paradis
Olivia – Never Learn

Format of Melodifestivalen 2018

Melodifestivalen 2018 will be the 58th edition of the Swedish music competition Melodifestivalen, which will select Sweden’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The competition will take place over a six-week period between the 3rd of February and 10th of March 2018.

The format of the competition will consist of 6 shows: 4 semi-final rounds, a second chance round and a final. The 28 competing entries will be divided into four semi-finals, with seven compositions in each. From each semi-final, the songs that earn first and second place qualify directly to the final, while the songs that place third and fourth proceed to the Second Chance round. The bottom three songs in each semi-final will be eliminated from the competition. An additional four entries qualify from the Second Chance round to the final, bringing the total number of competing entries in the final to 12. All 6 shows will be hosted by David Lindgren.

Melodifestivalen-winner always a success at Eurovision

In recent years, Sweden has been (one of the) most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest. The ability to win such a big contest like Melodifestivalen is almost a guarantee of success at Eurovision as well. In the last four years, the Nordic country made it to the top-5 of the contest, including ‘I can’t go on’ by Robin Bengtsson in Kiev 2017.

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Editorial: Online voting is the future – but how?

Online voting is the future, also for adult Eurovision, argues ESCDaily’s Chief Editor Steef van Gorkum in this editorial. However, there are still many concerns that EBU needs to address.

“The Eurovision Song Contest is a leading event, a trendsetter, both in music and in technology. That means that we cannot afford to wait too long before we introduce online voting into the event. The only question is: how?

Geo-blocking online votes is impossible

In the system EBU tested in Junior Eurovision 2017, the online voting took place without borders. People from all over the world could vote, even for their own country, and all the votes were counted together. EBU chose this because geo-blocking online votes supposedly was not feasible.

I am not an IT-expert, so I don’t know if this is true. And I love the old system in which every country had their own national televote. However, we might have to get used to this change. One big pile of online votes, after all, has a lot of advantages, including the fact that people from non-participating countries can vote.

Russia and Poland did not rig the vote

The disadvantages – people can vote for their own country, along with the security risks – led many fans to believe countries such as Russia or Poland could easily rig the vote in their favor.

Given how the result turned out last night, I would argue that EBU’s preventing systems (forcing people to vote for at least 3 countries & forcing voters to watch the recap first) worked. The online voting results were pretty evenly divided (just like in Melodifestivalen), with the winner Netherlands (!) taking not more than 12% of the points. Russia and Poland underperformed compared to their jury scores.

However, I do think there is a moral obligation for EBU to release more details about their security system. While I understand their policy of security through obscurity, I do think that it’s important to have public support for the outcome of the contest. Currently, people doubt the system and therefore the result. Whether their doubts are rightful or not – EBU needs to address them. Transparancy is the only way to do that.

Eurovision is not only about the liveshow

Then there was the concern of pre-voting taking away the importance of the live-performance. For me, this was never really an issue. Turning the Eurovision sport into something more than just one night, not only makes it more interesting for journalists who follow rehearsals, it also forces the participants to perform well on multiple occassions. That reduces the influence of luck in the contest and therefore makes the competition fairer.

EBU told ESCDaily that this was an intentional decision, that they want Eurovision to become more than just a one-night event. Through opening up the vote early, they want to include a part of the audience, presumably younger people, who are not willing to tune in for a live broadcast at a set time anymore (especially when they can watch all their other favorite shows on Netflix any time they want). Pre-voting is the way to involve such people with Eurovision.

I do believe this is a strong argument. However, we have to keep in mind that the audience who prefer to vote before and not during the show, is still just a small minority. The fact that the EBU’s voting website broke down during the live show, proves that the organisation did not expect such a massive turnout during the live broadcast. Such things cannot happen during the adult contest. If EBU really wants to continue down the path of online voting, they need more than transparancy. They also need to be much better prepared.”

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