03
August
2019

Sergej and Who See want you to take a break from everyday problems on the new single “Pusti Probleme”

Sergej and Who See want you to take a break from everyday problems on the new single “Pusti Probleme”

Sergej Ćetković and See Who

Two former Montenegrin Eurovision representatives, Sergej Ćetković and Who See, have collaborated on a new single “Pusti Probleme”. The message of the song, that was released few days ago, is that we should slow down, enjoy life and forget about everyday problems for a moment.

Sergej Ćetković is the first artist ever, who managed to qualify Montenegro for the Eurovision final. It happened back in 2014 in Copenhagen, where his entry Moj Svijet finished 19th. Recently, he launched singles Ako Te Zaboravim (If I Forget You) in 2018 and Ljubav (Love) in 2019.

The hip-hop duo Who See represented Montenegro at 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden with the song Igranka. Back then, they achieved a 12th place in the first semi-final. Since Eurovision, Who See published two albums: Nemam Ti Kad (I Don’t Have Time) in 2014 and Pamidore (Tomatoes) in 2017.

Pusti Probleme, which translates to “ForgetProblems”, is a very different type of song compared to Sergej’s previous work. It is a combination of pop and hip-hop music, but still with the Mediterian vibes which are characteristic for his music. Pusti Probleme is  funny, danceable and catchy summer track, full of positive energy, which correspond well to the message of the song telling us to slow down, forget about everyday problems and enjoy life.

The message of this song is that we for a moment have to stop this quick pace of living, step back and think about priorities in our life. We need, as much as possible, devote time to ourselves and people we love, forget all problems and focus on the things that make as feel good. We should surround ourselves with the right people, enjoy life, slow down and use every moment on something nice, something that makes us happy, although it is just an unforgettable day by the sea together with friends and family.

It doesn’t mean that all the problems will disappear, but we have to find the balance and maintain optimism, the positive way of thinking, laughter and always look on the bright side of life. We need to believe that everything will be good. We should not stress about the things we cannot change as we may not notice the important things in our life. Often it can be healthy to say: “Let it be!”, pack your suitcase, turn off the phone and dedicate some time to yourself and the people you care about.

Sergej Ćetković

Sergej Ćetković, composed the music for his new song, while Mario Đorđević Noyz and Dejan Dedović Dedduh from Who See helped him writing the lyrics. They were all very excited about their cooperation and extremely satisfied with the outcome as well. Sergej and Who See believe that their new song will make people wanna dance and feel happy.

In the video below, you can listen to PustiProbleme

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30
July
2019

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

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

András Kállay-Saunders (Hungary 2014)

When Joci Pápai failed to reach the the final in Tel Aviv, it was the first time this decade Hungary weren’t represented in the final. The country finished in top 10 three times this decade, but which of their entries these past nine years is actuallly best?

Hungary didn’t participate in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, but they have been present every year since. In Copenhagen, Denmark András Kállay-Saunders pulled home a 5th place. It’s the country’s best result this decade, and their second best ever.

EuroVisionary look back at the previous Eurovision decade, and our average relative position placed Hungary 13th.

Which of the nine Hungarian entries this decade is the best one? We asked four of our writers about their thoughts, and below, we ask you to make your choice by voting in the poll.

🇩🇰 Charlotte, Denmark

2014: Andras Kallay-Saunders – Running

A strong song with a serious topic, a great performance which actually tell the stroy of the song – and a performer who sells it so we belive it, that’s why Running is my favourite Hungary entry this decade. It’s captivating – and it keeps me focused for all three minutes.

🇳🇱 Wouter, The Netherlands

2014: Andras Kallay-Saunders – Running

Kállay Saunders performance of this powerful balled achieves that what every Eurovision performance aims for; once he starts it’s impossible to look away or focus on any other sound. From the sound of his voice to light effects, everything supports the eerie feeling the girl he sings about must have whenever her father is around. I really hope he’s not singing about his own daughter though!

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Ashleigh, England

2017: Joci Papai – Origo

Not only my favourite song from Hungary but one of my favourite Eurovision songs ever. Origo is a beautiful song and was beautifully performed by Joci in the grand final. To match the style of the song, the costumes worn by Joci and his female dancer were ethnic and traditional looking, and the overall performance really complimented the song.

🇬🇧 William, Northern Ireland

2014: Andras Kallay-Saunders – Running

This song has such a heavy message with it, about domestic abuse, the song is a dark and moody drum and bass song with amazing and emotional vocals. The performance was very subdues which fitted the song perfectly and their is a reason that this is one of Hungary’s best results in the contest. Andras does need to get back to Eurovision.

Poll – Vote for your favourite

What is your favourite Hungarian entry this past decade? Tick your answer in the poll below:

Favourite Hungarian entry the past decade?

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29
July
2019

How the class of 2019 have spent their summer – Part 2

How the class of 2019 have spent their summer – Part 2

Luca in Merten, Switzerland

Eating McDonalds next to the Eiffel Tower, Buying vintage records in L.A. and taking in the sights of Moscow are just some of the things that the class of 2019 have been up to this summer. Yesterday we showed you how some of your favourite contestants from this year’s contest have spent their summer. Let’s take a look at some more.

It has been just two months since the class of 2019 got their return flights home after a fantastic contest in Tel Aviv. They had spent months of touring, rehearsals and interviews in preparation for the contest and were ready for some much needed rest. So, what have they been up to this summer? Let’s find out.


Joci Papai (Hungary)

Joci and his family relaxing in Croatia

Hungarian favourite Joci Papai returned to the Eurovision Song Contest for the second time this year. After enjoying his time in Tel Aviv the singer has been performing in various concerns around Hungary and has been promoting his latest single Hova tűnt? He has managed to spend some much needed time with his amily. The group visited Croatia. The posted pictures of himself and his family relaxing on Omorika Beach.


Mahmood (Italy)

Mahmood in Paris

Mahmood has had a lot to be thankful for this year. He earned himself a third place finish with his track Soldi which charted well all over Europe and just recently went platinum in Spain. He performed at the closing ceremony of the Napoli Summer Universiade 2019, a sporting event that attracted athletes and spectators from all over the world. Most recently he posted a picture on his instagram account of him eating McDonalds outside the Eiffel Tower in Paris.


Duncan Laurence (Netherlands)

Duncan buying records in Laguna Beach

What a summer it has been for Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands. He won the Eurovision Song Contest and his winning single Arcade has been certified gold in Belgium and Norway. The singer-songwriter is currently in California writing new material but has managed to wangle a bit of time off as he shared snaps of himself buying music from an old record store in Laguna Beach. It seems that this summer will be the calm before the storm as the singer will embark on a tour of Europe over the months of November and December.

See alsoHow the class of 2019 spent their summer – part 1

Otto Namadze (Georgia)

Otto Namadze in France

Otto didn’t manage to win his country a place in the Grand Final this year but he hasn’t let that ruin his summer. He has spent his leisure time horse riding in Tbilisi and has recently posted a picture of himself in the south of France.


Luca Hänni (Switzerland)

Luca enjoying some much needed time off in Ticino, Switzerland

Eurovision favourite Luca has had a busy summer and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. He has been performing all over Europe including Greece, Italy, Germany and in various cities in his native Switzerland. During his time in Germany he visited Europa Park – the country’s largest theme park. Luca uploaded a post thanking his fans for all of his support as his top 5 track She Got Me went platinum. Next month Luca will be embarking on a further tour of Europe, performing in Sweden, Germany, Poland and Switzerland.


Miki (Spain)

From Russia With Love

22nd place finisher Miki looks like he has had a fabulous summer. The Spanish singer has travelled to neighbouring Andorra and managed to squeeze in a trip to Russia. Miki posted a picture to his instagram page with the words From Russia With Love in Spanish. The picture was taken outside of St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow which is undoubtedly one of the most famous Russian landmarks. In addition to his travels, Miki has also released a single Celébrate which peaked at number 62 on the Spanish singles chart.

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27
July
2019

How the class of 2019 spent their summer – part 1

How the class of 2019 spent their summer – part 1

Chingiz

Disneyland, music festivals and trips to Hong Kong are just some of the things that the class of 2019 have been enjoying since their sang their hearts out in Tel Aviv. Let’s see how your favourite Eurovision stars have spent their summer.

It has been just two months since the class of 2019 got their return flights home after a fantastic contest in Tel Aviv. They had spent months of touring, rehearsals and interviews in preparation for the contest and were ready for some much needed rest. So, what have they been up to this summer? Let’s find out.


Chingiz (Azerbaijan)

Chingiz enjoying Turkey

Chingiz has been busy since he came in 8th place in the grand final with his song Truth. He has been spending time in Turkey where he is currently shooting a video. But it hasn’t been all work for Chingiz who has managed to find time in his schedule to hit the gym and do a bit of sightseeing. He posted an image of his ‘best selfie’ at a gorge in Antalya.


Jurij Valenko (Lithuania)

Jurij Valenko enjoying an Ed Sheeran performance

Jurij has spent most of his summer touring and performing in his native Lithuania and has been wake surfing in Vilnius. It seems that the highlight of his summer so far was a trip to Riga, Latvia where he watched his hero Ed Sheeran perform. Valenko took to his official instagram to share a pic of his amazing day where he said he could die happy now.


Katerine Duska (Greece)

Canadian born Katerina Duska has been splitting her time between

Katerine at the Acropolis in Athens

Athens and London. But it seems to be all work and no play. In Athens Katerine performed at the Canadian Embassy in Greece to celebrate Canada Day and in London she has been in the studio working on new material spending a solid 8 days writing songs. Hopefully we will be hearing new music from Katerina very soon.


Kobi Marimi (Israel)

Kobi in Stanley Island, Hong Kong

Israel’s Kobi has spent his summer travelling in Asia. His photos on Instagram show him in fooling around in Shenzhen, China, Hong Kong and some of the islands surrounding Hong Kong. Marimi shared a picture of him in Stanley Island and Lantau Island. Lantau Island is the biggest island in Hong Kong which is famous for it’s monasteries and the stunning views from it’s cable cars.


Sergey Lazarev (Russia) 

Sergey and his son Nikita in Disneyland

Sergey Lazarev has spent the summer in the US and has been spending some much  needed time with his son Nikita. The Russian star has posted a lot of pictures on his instagram of the pair enjoying themselves in Disneyland , Harry Potter world as well as playing around in Miami Zoo and Miami Beach. Lazarev seems to be back on Russian soil and back to work as he has been performing in the Russian capital and in St Petersberg.


Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl (Slovenia)

Superkilen Park, Copenhagen

Boyfriend and girlfriend duo from Slovenia seemed as loved up as ever. They have spent their summer in their native Slovenia enjoying open water swimming. Last month the pair posted a photograph of them with a globe asking their following for tips on where they should travel to. Despite the majority of their subscribers suggesting a trip to Poland the pair went to Denmark. Zala and Gašper posted a photo of themselves sat on top of a black and white stripped hill and

asked their followers if they could guess where they were, many guessing that they were at the Superkilen Park in Denmark. The Superkilen Park is a large outdoor urban park split into 3 main areas, distinctively known for it’s Black Market segment where the pair posed for a picture.

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25
July
2019

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Castaways with Alice Beverton-Palmer

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Castaways with Alice Beverton-Palmer
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Our summer series of musical maroonings returns for a third year. Join Ellie Chalkley at the customs desk on the Île de Bezençon as we meet more Eurovision fans and extract their stories.

Eurovision Castaways with Alice Beverton-Palmer

The ESC Insight crew and friends are off to Île de Bezençon for the summer with their favourite Eurovision related songs and stories. Podcaster & social media maven Alice Beverton-Palmer brings a basket full of bangers, an inspirational Austrian, and an examination of the manners and etiquette around lanyards to the Island.

Alice’s podcast, The Dorothy Project celebrates the women who’ve found themselves within gay male society – her guests include Amy Lamé, female drag artist Minka Guides, author Juno Dawson and (coming soon) Eurovision’s very own Nicki French.

As we wait patiently for the new season, keep listening to the ESC Insight podcast to stay up to date with Eurovision, Junior Eurovision, and all the National Finals. 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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23
July
2019

MELOVIN releases a brand new single “Ti”

MELOVIN releases a brand new single “Ti”

Mélovin (Ukraine 2018)

Ukrainian singer MELOVIN, who took part at 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon last year, has just launched a new track titled “Ti”. It is a modern pop song about love, passion and obsession.

MELOVIN became famous in Ukraine back in 2015-2016, when he won the sixth edition of X-Factor in his home country. In 2018 he represented Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Under The Ladder, finishing 17th in the final. After Eurovision, MELOVIN released the singles That’s Your Role,Z toboyu, zi mnoyu, i hodi (З тобою, зі мною, і годі) and Chudova Mytʹ (Чудова Мить).

Ti, which translates to You, is a contemporary and upbeat tempo song, which mixes pop, rock, soul and funky music. He penned the new song himself and is singing about unhappy love – about a person, who he is obsessed with, but who unfortunately doesn’t notice him at all.
In the video to the song Ti, the main female role is played by “Queen of Ukraine 2018“ – model Yana Laurinaityte. MELOVIN himself appears in the form of card shark. The video, which was filmed in late June in Kiev, is made by the same team that worked on the video for Under The Ladder – Catherine Small and Taras Golubkov.

On his Instagram profile, MELOVIN announced less than a week ago, that his new album Octopus will be released on the 20th of October. While waiting, you can watch his latest video for Ti in the link below:

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