Jamala becomes Ambassedor of Goodwill to help tackle human trafficking

Jamala becomes Ambassedor of Goodwill to help tackle human trafficking

Jamala during Interval act at Eurovision 2017

Jamala has joined the likes of Angelina Jolie and Jared Leto in becoming Ambassedors of Goodwill to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery. This issue is affecting a lot of people around the world, also in Ukraine.

Ukrainian singer Jamala became Ambassador of goodwill to counter human trafficking. The winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest supported the long-standing work of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the UN Agency for Migration, on combating and preventing modern slavery in social advertising. A special clip will be broadcast on the Ukrainian TV channels on October 18th, the European Day against Human Trafficking. In addition, a nationwide outdoor advertising campaign is also planned to raise awareness of the issue.

According to a study commissioned by IOM, since 1991, more than 230,000 Ukrainians have been trafficked. Since 2000, the IOM has been providing assistance to almost 14,000 victims of contemporary slavery. In the first six months of this year, the IOM Detected 639 victims of human trafficking for labor and sexual exploitation in 23 countries, in particular, in Ukraine. This figure is 30% higher compared with the same period in 2016.

In Ukraine, a lot of people live on the verge of poverty and are ready to work wherever and in all conditions. They are, as a rule, victims of human traffickers and slavery. Unfortunately, the number of casualties is increasing every year. This campaign, of course, will not solve the problem, but may attract the attention of the media, officials, and society. The main goal is to warn Ukrainians that they need to be very careful when they consider proposals for work abroad.


A recent IOM study shows that one fifth of Ukraine’s population said they would be prepared to illegally cross the border to work illegally, work in locked-out premises or give a passport to the employer. This comes after the Ukrainian hryvnia lost 70% percent of it’s value against the dollar in 2012. However, the economy of the country has been slowly showing signs of recovery.

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Dr Thomas Lothar Weiss, Head of the IOM Mission in Ukraine spoke about the new initiative “We greatly appreciate Jamala’s participation in our campaign to prevent modern slavery. We believe that Jamala will help save many human destinies”.

Categories: Eurovisionary


Congrats! Jana Burčeska gives birth to Eurovision baby girl

FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA – Jana Burčeska, who represented Macedonia in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, has given birth to the baby whose existence was announced during the competition in Kiev.

The theme of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest was “Celebrate Diversity.” Even though Burčeska didn’t make it to the finals, the FYR Macedonia’s representative caused a sensation — twice. The first was her introductory video, in which she revealed that she was pregnant with shots showing her receiving an ultrasound and shopping for baby clothes.

The move by then-unmarried Burčeska incited controversy in her home country. FYR Macedonia’s society has backside from a fairly liberal to quite patriarchal place in the last decades, due to the influence of right-wing populism.

The second surprise came in the Eurovision Green Room, when performers are offered a chance to comment while waiting for the results of their performance. Burčeska’s boyfriend used the occasion to propose marriage to her on camera:

Although Burčeska didn’t receive enough votes to move on to the finals, she seemingly garnered more attention by international media than any other previous FYR Macedonia’s contestant. At home, some accused the pregnancy reveal and public marriage proposal of being a publicity stunt.

Unlike many of the FYR Macedonia’s representatives in the past, her song “Dance Alone” received positive reviews from most domestic music critics, who praised its composition, her performance and the music video. It now plays on regular rotation in local radio stations.

Following the song contest, Burčeska married in August, and took part in a UNICEF campaign, “Childhood Without Obstacles,” in September.

Her baby girl, named Dona, was born on October 11. The news spread via social media after Burčeska’s father announced on his Facebook profile that he had become a grandfather.

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Malta announces 16 finalist songs for 2018 national final

Malta announces 16 finalist songs for 2018 national final

Claudia Faniello representing Malta in Kyiv 2017.

The Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) of Malta have announced the 16 songs that have made it to its national selection for Eurovision 2018. The announcement happened during a special meeting with all the participants from the preliminary stage. 

We reported earlier that, for yet another year, the island nation will be selecting its Eurovision entry through the Malta Eurovision Song Contest (MESC) format.

Thirty songs from those submitted to the Maltese public broadcaster were shortlisted last month and, now, these have been whittled down to sixteen. The sixteen qualifiers were selected after three days of auditions in front of a panel that consisted of seven foreign judges.

The sixteen qualifiers to the Maltese national final 2018 can be seen in the list below:

The list of the sixteen finalist entries as seen on the official website of the Maltese public broadcaster.

The Maltese national final is scheduled to take place in February 2018.

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This year, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was won by Claudia Faniello and the song Breathlessly. Malta competed in the second semi final but failed to qualify to the grand final of 13th May. Could one of the candidates above see the country’s fortunes restored?

In the videos below, you can watch Claudia singing her classic ballad Breathlessly as well as answering our Would You Rather questions in Kyiv last May.

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In brief: Belgian song in English, Malta announced finalists and FYR Macedonia withdrawing?

GREECE – Greek national broadcaster announced the jury which will decide upon the submitted entries for the Greek national selection. The artistic jury (or expert panel as known around Europe) is made of people who are clearly influenced by quality Greek ethnic songs and are: Anastasios Simeonides (chairman), Retros Dourdoubakis, Dimitris Mistakes, Alexis Kostis, Michalis Messinis, Andreas Pylarinos, Giannis Bach Spiropoulos, Pantazis Tsaras.

FYR MACEODNIA – Regional press claim that FYR Macedonia is pulling back from participating in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest as the deadline for withdrawing without penalty was due yesterday. The reason is that the cost for the broadcaster to participate in the contest has risen but the country cannot afford paying for a participation which the ;last years have brought nothing in the scoreboard for the country. We cannot confirm the information yet though.

BELGIUM – Laura Groeseneken (aka Sennek) is the Belgian participant in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. At the moment she and her team are seeking the best possible option regarding the song which will be performed in English. Sennek is also a composer. You might have know her from her collaboration with Alex Callier when they composed the song for Hooverphonic, “Gravity”. Did you know that besides music and composition, Sennek is also a visual merchandiser at IKEA?

GREECE – In the meantime, the hot name of the current line up for the national selection, Areti Ketime, spoke to OGAE Greece about her participation in the ERT submissions revealing that 10 years ago she was proposed to participate in Eurovision but she thought it was too soon. Back then she was a hot name due to her participation in the opening ceremony of the Athens 2004 summer Olympic Games.

FRANCE – France 2’s Carolina Got confirmed today that national selection for Lisbon will be named “Destino Eurovisión” and will be hosted by Garou as previously reported by oikotimes.com. There will be televised show for the selection of the representative and song something which will be achieved by national, international jury and the public voting. The submission process of course is still open for those interested to participate.

MALTA – Maltese national broadcaster narrowed the 30 preliminary qualifiers to 16 which will participate in MESC, the Maltese national final selection show through which the country will decide its participation in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Most likely MESC 2018 will take place in February at either the Mediterranean Conference Center in Valletta or Malta Fairs & Convention Centre in Ta’Qali.

1Dai LagaAidan
2We Can RunAvenue Sky
3Heart Of GoldBrooke Borg
4TabooChristabelle Borg
5One Step At A TimeDanica Muscat
6Turn It UpDeborah C
7Back to LifeEleanor Cassar
8SupernovasJasmine Abela
9Love RenegadeLawrence Gray
10Call 2morrowMatthew Anthony
11Breaking PointMikhail Attard and Cherylis Camilleri
12RocketMiriana Conte
14Beyond Blue HorizonsRhiannon Micallef
15Song For DadRichard & Joe Micallef
16First TimeTiziana Calleja


Isis Gee (Poland 2008)
Jeronimas Milius (Lithuania 2008)
Margaret Berger (Norway 2013)
Elaiza’s lead singer Ela (Germany 2014)

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Malta: 16 finalists announced for MESC 2018

Malta: 16 finalists announced for MESC 2018

The 16 finalists have been announced in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018. PBS announced them live on the evening news this evening (11th October).

The final 16 participating artists were selected from the earlier list of 30, which were were released in September. The finalists (not announced in any particular order) are as follows:

  1. Dai Laga – Run
  2. We can Run – Avenue Sky
  3. Heart Of Gold – Brooke Borg
  4. Taboo – Christabelle Borg
  5. One Step at a Time – Danica Muscat
  6. Back to life – Eleanor Cassar
  7. Supernovas – Jasmine Abela
  8. Love Renegade – Lawrence Gray
  9. Call 2morrow – Matthew Anthony
  10. Breaking Point – Mikhail Attard & Cherylis Camilleri
  11. Turn it up – Deborah C
  12. Rocket – Mirana Conte
  13. Evolution – Petra
  14. Beyond Blue Horizons – Rhiannon Micallef
  15. Song For Dad – Richard & Joe Micallef
  16. First Time – Tiziana Calleja

Previous participants

In this final 16, 7 have competed previously. Richard Micallef (Edwards) was part of the band Firelight. Rhiannon Micallef competed in 2017 with the song Fearless, also from the 2017 show was Mirana Conte who sung Don’t Look Down. Another participant from 2017 is Deborah C who competed as a duo with Joseph. This yeah she did submit a song with him, but decided to proceed as a solo artists. From 2016 there is Jasmine Abela who sung the song Alive, and Christabelle Borg who sung Kingdom. Brooke Borg competed in both 2016 and 2017. In 2016 she came 2nd to Ira Losco singing Golden, and in 2017 she sung the song Unstoppable.

Categories: ESC Daily


The New European Songbook celebrates the new music arising from a continent in flux.

EBU.CH REPORTS – The New European Songbook – a 2017 multi-platform co-production from the EBU TV Music & Dance Experts’ group – celebrates the new music arising from a continent in flux. The film incorporates newly commissioned songs from six EBU Members, each accompanied by an artistic video concept. The theme for this year’s edition was ‘Europe’, and the musical consequences arising from the phenomenon of migration. In the film, artists discuss their musical collaboration and their new lives in Europe.

Featured artists include former Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performing with Basalt, a group of Syrian musicians whose promising musical career in Damascus was destroyed by war, and, finding themselves by fate reunited in Vienna, reformed the band. Artists involved in the project were invited to the Edinburgh International Festival to perform their songs live in front of a sold-out audience, performances which were streamed live by the BBC.

Small House – Conchita Wurst & Basalt (ORF / Austria)
Departure – Shalan Alhamwy, Rasha Rizk, Benyamin Nuss (WDR / Germany)
Uskundar – musicians from Orpheus XXI project (France 2)
Triste Sina (‘Sad Fate’) – Demian Cabaud and Carolina (RTP / Portugal)
La Notte Sa (‘Only the Night Knows’) – Scilla Hess and Markelian Kapidani (RSI / Switzerland)
A Time Will Come – Karine Polwart and Naa Densua Tordzro (BBC / UK)
The Boat That Brought Me – Matthew Herbert, Heidi Vogel and Arian Sadr (BBC / UK)

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