13
June
2019

2020 Eurovision host city to be announced in August

2020 Eurovision host city to be announced in August

The Netherlands seen from Madurodam

Today, Dutch public broadcaster NPO has published a press release which indicates, that the host city for 2020 Eurovision Song Contest is expected to be announced in August. So far nine cities have officially applied to host the contest.

The press release also reveals some further details about 2020 Eurovision Host City bidding process. The cities now have until July 10th to deliver their bid document to the organization. In this document, the bidding cities must provide arguments as to why they should be chosen as the host city. The cities will be assessed on several parameters such as the available location, capacity, accommodation, infrastructure and technical facilities and accessibility.

The following cities/regions have already announced their candidacy to host 2020 Eurovision Song Contest:

  • Amsterdam
  • Arnhem
  • Den Bosch
  • Breda
  • The Hague
  • Leeuwarden (Friesland)
  • Maastricht (Limburg)
  • Rotterdam
  • Utrecht

However, the other interested cities or regions can still apply until July 10th.

Next year’s contest will be a co-production of broadcasters AVROTROS and NOS, Dutch public broadcasting organization NPO and, of course, EBU. After they have assessed all the bids, the broadcasters mentioned above are expected to reveal the name of the host city in August.

The dates of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest are yet to be confirmed too. The dates will depend on the calendar of the chosen host city.

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12
June
2019

Poll – Eurovision 2010s: The favourite Ukrainian entry this decade is…

Poll – Eurovision 2010s: The favourite Ukrainian entry this decade is…

Mariya Yaremchuk (Ukraine 2014)

With five Top 10 results in their just eight participatitions this decade, Ukraine is fifth best performing country this decade. They won once in these past ten years, but which song is actually their best entry in the years 2010 to 2019?

Ukraine participated at the Eurovision Song Contest 8 times this decade. It should have been 9, but they ended up withdrawing from the 2019 contest as the broadcaster couldn’t get the winner of their national final, Maruv, or anyone of her competitors to sign their contract with demands about behaviour etc in Tel Aviv.

EuroVisionary look back at the previous Eurovision decade, and our average relation position placed Ukraine as fourth best this past decade following Sweden, Russia, Australia and Italy.

We asked four of our writers which Italian entry they consider the best one – and in the poll below, we’ll ask you the same.

🇩🇰 Charlotte, Denmark

2014: Mariya Yaremchuk – Tick-Tock

One is allowed to have a guilty pleasure, right? I admit that Tick-Tock isn’t exactly a fantastic song, but it’s one of those songs, which you can enjoy for other reasons. It’s catchy, easy to sing a long to – and the hamster wheel performance was quite entertaining too.

🇳🇱 Wouter, The Netherlands

2017: O.Torvald – Time

Outside of Eurovision, I usally prefer listening to some solid rock music. So when any country makes an attempt at bringing the genre to Europe’s biggest stage, they immediately have my attention. Time is, by far, not the best rock-piece I’ve ever heard, but it’s still true to the underrepresented genre. That, combined with the giant Wizard of Oz face in their stage act, rates it my favourite 2010s Ukrainian entry.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Ashleigh, England

2013: Zlata Ognevich – Gravity

Not only my favourite Ukrainian song this decade, but my favourite song in the whole 2013 contest and I would have rather this won than Emmelie DeForest’s Only Teardrops. Zlata was a beautiful, elegant and poised performer. I loved the mythical and magical fairytale staging of the song which complemented the song but didn’t distract from it. The staging and camera work was so clever that I didn’t realise for years that she didn’t move from the same spot for the entire song.

🇬🇧 William, Northern Ireland

2010: Alyosha – Sweet People

I love rock music and it is something that you don’t get enough of at Eurovision. This rock ballad is dark and moody and has a very important message to it. Ukraine have been knocking it out of the park in recent years, mostly with pop numbers. They do though sometimes send a more niche and interesting entry and this is one of those.

Poll – Vote for your favourite

Who is your favourite Ukrainian entry this past decade? Tick your answer in the poll below:

Favourite Ukrainian entry the past decade?

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12
June
2019

Helena Paparizou gives us love and passion in her new summer hit

Helena Paparizou gives us love and passion in her new summer hit

Helena Paparizou

The summer is upon us, and the Greek naturalized Swedish singer and Eurovision winner, Helena Paparizou, has just released a new song with summer vibes written all over it.

Helena’s latest release is performed in Greek. The title of the song is Καλοκαίρι Και Πάθος, which translates to Summer and Passion in English. Καλοκαίρι Και Πάθος is actually a remake of Kendji Girac’s and Claudio Capeo’s big hit from last year Que Dieu Me Pardonne. It contains all the ingredients which associate with summer such as sun, beach, sea, sand, dance, fun, love and passion. Alex Konstantinidis has directed the video for Helena’s new song, which was filmed on the beautiful Kalogria Beach.

ΚαλοκαίριKαιΠάθος is also the official soundtrack for Carroten Song Project. Carroten is Greek consumers’ most favorite brand when it comes to sun protection, becoming synonymous to true expertise regarding the sun in Greece. Carroten was born in the early 1980s, having carrot – known for its exceptional antioxidant properties and the ability to amplify tanning – as a source of inspiration. Last year, this year’s Cypriot participant Tamta sang their official song.

Helena Paparizou represented Greece in Eurovision Song Contest for the first time back in 2001 as a part of the duo Antique. Their song I Would Die For You came 4th in the grand final. Four years later Helena returned to the contest and won in Kyiv with the song MyNumberOne.

In 2014 she tried to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest, but finished 4th in Melodifestivalen with her entry Survivor.

Below you can watch video for Helena’s latest summer hit:

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11
June
2019

Duncan Laurence performed in front of his largest audience ever at Pinkpop Festival

Duncan Laurence performed in front of his largest audience ever at Pinkpop Festival

Duncan Laurence at Pinkpop 2019

Duncan Laurence treated the home audience to his Eurovision winner “Arcade” and other great songs, and they didn’t fail to show their enthusiasm. At Pinkpop, he faced his biggest live audience yet. Celebrating it’s 50th edition, the festival is one of the oldest, still running, in the world.

At the video below, you can see most of Duncan Laurence’s performance at Pinkpop 2019. Pay attention to what happens 35 minutes into the video. The first few notes from his Eurovision winning entry Arcade is heard, and immidiately the audience react. Very soon, everyone holds up their mobile phones to record it.

Pinkpop is, if not the, then at least one of, the oldest still running music festivals in the world. It’s a three days festival held at Landgraaf in the Netherlands. It has been held every year since 1970 whereas Denmark’s famous Roskilde Festival started in 1971.

The Pinkpop Festival is held every year, often at Pentecost, with the exception of 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015 and 2016 where other weekends were chosen. It’s visited by up to 68,000 people each day, and initially started as a one day event. The three days festival it now is an important part of the Dutch music scene. For the artists, it is considered an honour to perform at Pinkpop.

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10
June
2019

Celine Dion premieres “Flying On My Own” as 16 years in Las Vegas comes to an end

Celine Dion premieres “Flying On My Own” as 16 years in Las Vegas comes to an end

Celion Dion

A new smahing pop banger puts a farewell on Celine Dion’s Las Vagas adventure. The new song from the 1988 winner marks the next step in life for the singer who will soon kick off a new world tour.

It was a very nervous Celine Dion who sang Flying On My Own for the first time. It came as she ended 16 years of Las Vegas shows this weekend. She started in Las Vegas on the 25th of March 2003 not knowing for how long it would be her home. 1.141 shows later, she has now said goodbye.

With Flying On My Own, Celion Dion shows fans that she is back with a pop song which might very well end up as a new hit from the 51 year old Canadian, who represented Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1988. She won – and soon after, she became the world famous top selling artist, she is today.

Three years ago, Celion lost her husband and manager, René Angélil. His death hit the singer hard, but her wrapping up Las Vegas shows that she is ready to move on. She will soon hit the roads with a new tour, and a new album is expected to be released in November. It is likely to include the new Flying On My Own.

The mother of three ended the long series of Las Vegas shows with her children on stage surprising her; René-Charles, 18, and 8 year old twins Nelson and Eddy. A very moved Celine Dion said goodbye to Las Vegas – and surprised with the new song.

“There are lots of wonderful memories, you know, but it’s kind of strange at the same time,” Dion told the audience. “Because when they started to put it together I was here and it was like, ‘I don’t know.’ Then I must have misunderstood something because I thought I was going to be here for three months or something like this, and here we are 16 years later. Maybe we have saved the best for last.”

Celion Dion

In the video below, you can see the premiere of Celion Dion’s new Flying On My Own:

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09
June
2019

Poll – Eurovision 2010s: The favourite Italian entry this decade is…

Poll – Eurovision 2010s: The favourite Italian entry this decade is…

Francesco Gabbani (Italy 2017)

With so many great songs this past decade, picking the best Italian entry isn’t an easy task for everyone. The country has achieved great results, but some of the songs that didn’t do nearly as good will still have a lot of fans.

With seven Top 10 results in the past decade, Italy is one of the best performing countries lately. The country only took part nine times the past ten years, but they have constantly delivered fantastic songs which do well, and it seems just a matter of time before we’ll see another Italian Eurovision win.

EuroVisionary look back at the previous Eurovision decade, and our average relation position placed Italy as fourth best this past decade following Sweden, Russia and Australia. We asked four of our writers which Italian entry they consider the best one – and in the poll below, we’ll ask you the same.

Charlotte, Denmark

2017: Francesco Gabbani – Occidentali’s Karma

A great decade for Italy. In tough competition with three of their other songs, I finally went for the up tempo Occidentali’s Karma. This song makes me smile, it makes me sing a long to it and just generally makes me feel good. It was my favourite that year, but I knew it wouldn’t win, as unfortunately it was quite clear to us in the press centre, that Francesco just got more and more tired for each rehearsal. On the final night, he was quite far from delivering the performance he did in San Remo.

Wouter, The Netherlands

2016: Francesca Michielin – No Degree Of Seperation

A difficult choice, among so many excellent songs, almost all of them worthy of being my favourite in some kind of list. No Degree Of Seperation is a story about feeling close to a special somebody, or maybe just being close to everybody. This recognizable story, combined with a female vocal exploring the lower registers totally works for me. Soldi came in on a very close 2nd place.

Ashleigh, England

2019: Mahmood – Soldi

Italy has been quite hit and miss for me this decade. But without a doubt the best song that they have produced was the one they competed with this year – Soldi by Mahmood. The song was fresh, modern and cool and despite some shaky vocals from Mahmood in the rehearsal videos, he absolutely nailed it in the final.

William, Northern Ireland

2019: Mahmood – Soldi

Mahmood sold the heck out of this song live on stage, ever since 2011 Italy has come back to play, and play hard they have. This year they almost won the whole contest and it would have been well deserved with this modern soul-filled pop song with a clap along edge to it. I love a song with a personal and heartfelt message and this is definitely one of the best in recent years.

Poll – Vote for your favourite

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Favourite Italian entry the past decade?

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