In a brand new change to the voting system of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, audience online voting will be available this year and will initially open from Friday the 24th of November to Sunday the 26th of November, the day of the final in Tbilisi.
Viewers who would like to vote will be required to watch a recap of all songs, before entering the voting platform on the JESC official website. After this, voters will also have the option to watch longer 1-minute clips from each participant’s rehearsal. This first round of voting will stop on Sunday the 26th of November at 15:59 CET, one minute before the broadcast of the show.
During the live show, online voting will start again after the last performance and will be open for 15 minutes. The final audience result will be a combination of both pre-show and live voting rounds, accounting for 50% of the total vote.
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Head of Live Events and Executive Supervisor of the JESC, explains: “We are thrilled to be celebrating 15 editions of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Throughout the Contest’s history we have seen some incredibly talented children perform, some of whom are now successful artists in their own right. The new voting system is an exciting new addition that will allow millions of viewers to take part in the show once again.”
RTÉ have decided that enough is enough and held a crisis meeting. The aim of the meeting? Not how to win, but how to qualify. Can they bring back the luck of the Irish?
RTÉ bosses were joined alongside top song writers, industry experts and Irish eurovision fans to hash out a plan to end the years of misery the Irish have faced at the contest recently. The meeting was held following Ireland’s fourth consecutive year of failing to qualify for the grand final.
During the meeting the broadcaster were slammed for sending 2008’s act Dustin The Turkey, claiming that it did Ireland years of long term damage that the country has yet to recover from.
Other suggestions made in the meeting were that RTÉ should stop sending talent show winners to Eurovision and instead opt for a performer who has experience and can perform competently and confidently in front of an audience.
Amateur singers don’t have the stagecraft or experience to suddenly come up with the goods. We needed professional singers with decades of experience who could rise to the occasion.” A speaker at the crisis meeting.
Despite RTÉ are focusing their concentration on qualifying, however the broadcaster still have hopes of Ireland winning the contest again some day. Suggesting that it will be a huge morale boost for the country, the broadcaster and the fans. As well as bring in some much needed viewing figures.
Unfortunately for RTÉ, despite wanting to find the magical qualification formula they finally came to the conclusion that none existed.
Ireland at the Eurovision song contest
The emerald isle first entered the contest in Naples, Italy in 1965. They still hold the record for the most wins at Eurovision with a staggering 7 wins, although Sweden is now hot on their tail as they are just one win away from co-holding the title.
Last year they were represented by former boybander Brendan Murray with his song Dying To Try. You can remind yourself of his performance when he failed to qualify for the grand final below.
ICELAND – It seems that Iceland confirmed their participation in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest and the national broadcaster seems to have given a date for it. There seems to be two semi finals on February 17th and 24th respectively and a final of Söngvakeppnin on March 3rd.
Iceland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 30 times since its debut in 1986, missing only two contests since then, in 1998 and 2002, when prevented from competing due to finishing outside qualification places the preceding years. The country’s best result is two second-place finishes, with Selma in 1999 and Yohanna in 2009.
Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Iceland has failed to qualify for the final six times, including for the last three years (2015–17). As of 2017, Iceland is the only Northern European country that has yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest.
A catchy song, a gorilla and YouTube! Those three parameters combined has secured Francesco Gabbani yet another succes. 150 million, that’s the number of views on just one of the videos for this year’s Italian Eurovision entry.
He was the bookmaker favourite to win, but had to accept a 6th place only at the Eurovision Song Contest a few months ago in Kyiv, Ukraine. Portugal’s Salvador cleared the table and won both jury, televote – and the overall final result.
Last month we reported that Eurovision YouTube figures were down by 49% on last year’s, and that Sergey Lazarev’s song You Are The Only One, was the most watched official Eurovision performance video. This is a fantastic achievement, but if you compare Sergey’s Official Music video to that of Francesco’s, it pales in significance. With over 6 times more views, Francesco’s does deserve the title of most hyped Eurovision song/performance of 2017.
With this continued success, we also must look at the part the internet plays in domestic and global charts. Francesco must have been given a great boost from the publicity Eurovision had to offer as after only 5 months, the official video for Occidentali’s Karma has now garnered 150 Million views on a single YouTube upload.
If we compare some of the biggest hits from the last five contests, looking at their official music videos, Francesco has had some major success with his Eurovision song on the video sharing site. The figures below all correspond to the number of views captured for videos uploaded to YouTube by the artist themselves or their record label.
Official Music Videos
Occidentali’s Karma YouTube Views
You Are the Only One
If I Were Sorry
What is interesting to note from this, is that the closest a song has got to emulating Francesco’s success is the other big Italian entry since their return, Il Volo’s Grande Amore. The song earned critical and commercial success across the world after the Trio performed their Operatic Ballad in Vienna. Also all of these songs have had a full year of exposure on the website.
Occidentali’s Karma (Westerne’s Karma) won the 67th Edition of the Sanremo Music Festival, Italy’s biggest music contest and the inspiration for our beloved Eurovision Song Contest. He made waves across social media in the lead up to the contest, and while he was not the eventual winner he and his dancing Gorilla did make an impact on the final night.
One thing that can’t be denied is Francesco’s popularity at home, and his increasing popularity across Europe. He has performed on many TV shows across the continent, and released a successful follow-up single, Tra le granite le granate, which reached the Italian Top 20. His album Magellan, has also been very successful reaching Number 1 in Italy and charting across Europe in countries such as Belgium and Switzerland.
This just goes to show how big a star he is in his home country and the potential, ‘Signor Gabbani’ has for the future. We can all see now, that if you sing about Karma, hopefully the good type will prevail, it certainly has for Francesco.
Curious if Francesco is more of a morning or evening person? Find out in the video below.
After winning the Eurovision Song Contest in May of this year, Portugal will also take part at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in November.
Portugal will return to the Junior stage after a 10 year absence, having last competed in 2007. They will join past winners Armenia, Belarus, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine in the Georgian capital along with other 2016 participants Albania, Australia, Cyprus, FYR Macedonia, Ireland, Poland and Serbia. Completing the 16-strong line up will be host country Georgia, who triumphed at last year’s Contest in Malta.
ESCDaily.com will also be at the scene, giving you the latest news and in-deprh coverage of the contest, with our usual extra special focus on Australia!
TURKEY – Every summer the same thing: someone spreads the information that Turkey returns to Eurovision, the regional fan sites claim secure soruces and negotiations and in the end Turkey is not returning to Eurovision. Well, we have to write something in this empty month and waste both yours and our times. Finally and thanks to TRT the official announcement came: the country is not returning to the Eurovision Song Contest.
We couldn’t believe their return anyway especially after months of Erdogan attack to Europeans.
Sertab Erener was the first to spread this summer the rumour about Turkey returning to Eurovision Song Contest followed by Can Bonomo who left the imply that they are the 2018 representatives to Lisbon’s Eurovision edition. Hadise also declared her interest to represent again Turkey in Eurovision. The most hilarious was the implication that Fatma Turgut was in negotiations with TRT for it!
Deputy Primise Minister, Bekir Bozdag visited TRT headquarters and after a meeting there was an official announcement: the county is not returning to the Eurovision Song Contest. The statement was also posted on TRT Twitter account but it was withdrawn moments after it was posted.
Officially TRT is not participating in Eurovision due to televising system and the rule of BIG 5. The deadline for participating in Eurovision 2018 is still far away and miracles can happen (although we doubt)