12
December
2017

Lithuania Nacionalinę Eurovizijos atranką 2018 hosts revealed

Lithuania Nacionalinę Eurovizijos atranką 2018 hosts revealed

Today, the Lithuanian broadcaster, LRT announced the couple who will host Lithuanian’s Eurovision selection show in 2018. The shows begin on January 6.

Last year, the show was hosted by two females, but this year LRT have chosen a man and a woman, Mantas Stonkus and Ugnė Skonsmanaitė.

Ugnė has been a presenter on Lithuanian TV for over six years, while Mantas has been involved in comedy theatre and television commercials.

The couple have known each other for over a decade but have never worked together. LRT are confident that the two presenters will bring a youthful, fresh and lively format to their presentation together.

Mantas feels it is strange that he is presenting, as he has always wanted to actually be Lithuania’s entry at Eurovision. He says he may try next year.

Ugnė says that Lithuania’s choice can sometimes be unpredictable, but hopes the final song chosen will be very original.

More than one hundred songs have been submitted to LRT, but they are not revealling the participants yet, as some of the songs need to be rearranged to the three minute time limit.

Meanwhile, relive the Lithuanian entry from last year, Fusedmarc and Rain Of Revolution.

Categories: Eurovisionary

11
December
2017

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Interviewing Australia’s Jessica Mauboy

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Interviewing Australia’s Jessica Mauboy
http://archive.org/download/escinsight_20171211_521_JessicaMauBoy_Reveal/escinsight_20171211_521_JessicaMauBoy_Reveal.mp3

As more thoughts turn towards May and Lisbon’s hosting of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, we’re hearing more potential songs, more acts, and more names. Today saw Australia’s SBS announce a familiar name to Eurovision watchers to fly the Aussie standard in the sea of flags that will be the Atlantic Pavilion.

ESC Insight’s Ellie Chalkley caught up with Jessica Mauboy just after the announcement to find out more about her plans for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Interviewing Australia’s Jessica Mauboy

Ellie Chalkley talks to Jessica Mauboy as she is announced as Australia’s singer for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

Keep listening to the ESC Insight podcast over the winter for more Eurovision news, fun, and chat. 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.

Categories: ESC Insight

11
December
2017

France will use Destination Eurovision TV show to find 2018 entry

France will use Destination Eurovision TV show to find 2018 entry

Alma (France 2017)

This morning France 2, announced that they will use the talent show Destination Eurovision to choose the French representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

This is a change from the past two years, when Amir and Alma were internally selected to represent their country.

A French jury comprising of Amir, Isabelle Boulay and Cristophe Wllem, will join an international jury to help select the acts and songs, who will appear in the Destination Eurovision final.

The international jury will be the heads of the Swedish, Italian and Belarus delegation, Christer Björkman, Nicola Caligliore and Olga Salamakha.

There will be eighteen entries in the Destination Eurovision competition. Two semi finals will be held, consisting of nine songs each. Four songs will be selected from each semi final, to proceed to the final. All shows will be hosted by singer, Garou.

The winning song in the final will be decided 50% by ten, as yet unannounced, international juries, and 50% by the viewing public.

See alsoAustralia: Jessica Mauboy to go to Lisbon

France has waited 41 years now for a win. This year they are bringing out the big guns, as huge French stars, rapper Maître Gims, and singer-model Zazie, are confirmed as two of the songwriters.

Below you can enjoy a short extract from one of the entries in the Destination Eurovision competition, and gauge if it seems France has found a winning formula this year

Categories: Eurovisionary

11
December
2017

France: Preselection with 18 acts to pick from

France: Preselection with 18 acts to pick from

From over 1500 applications, French broadcaster France 2 has selected 18 songs that will be performed in two semi finals in 2018. Out of these acts, the representing 2018-act for France will be selected.

The names of the artists and their songs have not been released yet, but there will be several well known composers behind the songs. Maître Gims, Zazie and 2017-participant Alma are rumoured to have made the cut with songs by their hand.

A new format in France

In each semi final, 9 songs will take part. A French and an international jury will then select which acts will advance to the final. Amir (Eurovision 2016) is part of the French jury, together with Cristophe Willem and Isabelle Boulay. In the International jury we see Christer Björkman (HoD Sweden), Nicola Caligiore (HoD Italy) en Olga Salamakha (HoD Belarus). Caligiore and the French HoD Edoardo Grassi have become good friends during the last two Eurovision editions.

The French final will be broadcast live by France 2 and televoters will also have a 50 percent saying in who they want to be represented by in Lisbon. Dates for the shows are not known yet.

Categories: ESC Daily

11
December
2017

Australia: Jessica Mauboy to go to Lisbon

Australia: Jessica Mauboy to go to Lisbon

Australian’s broadcaster has made their choice for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 official. Jessica Mauboy will be waving the country’s flag in next year’s competition and will certainly have all eyes on her as Australia has never missed a spot within the show’s top 10.

It was announced last week that Australian’s broadcaster, SBS, would be announcing the 2018 representative today and here it is. Jessica Mauboy will be flying to Lisbon next May to attempt to bring Australia its first win ever.

In 2014, Jessica became for first non-European solo artist to perform as an interval act at Eurovision. She made her Eurovision debut in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Mauboy rose to fame in Australia in 2006 when she auditioned for Australian Idol. Despite becoming runner-up, she became one of the countries most successful female artists. As well as performing with some big names she has also performed for the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and former US President Barrack Obama during their visits to Australia.

This will be the fourth time Australia will perform at the Eurovision as part of an invitation but things may change as the reference group is in talks for the country to become permanent in the competition: “Australia has proved itself capable of sending good artists and achieving good results”, Jon Ola Sand said in an interview for ESCDaily. “With that being said, in the reference group’s next meeting, in January, we will discuss that matter (if Australia gets a fixed place in Eurovision).”

While Australia is far away from Europe, the country has followed the competition for longer than 30 years which motivated EBU to formally invite the country to take part in the competition.

Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Since their breakthrough in the competition, Australia’s worst result happened last year when Isaiah finished at number 9 with solely two points coming from the televote. The country is the only one in Eurovision that has never placed outside of the top 10.

In 2016, Australia reached their best ranking with Dami Im and her powerhouse ballad Sound of Silence that ended up being the runner up of the year, losing to Jamala’s 1944.

While we wait for more details on the Australian act and entry, take a look at Isaiah’s final performance in the Eurovision stage in Kyiv:

Categories: Eurovisionary

11
December
2017

Jessica Mauboy: ‘Actually competing gives a different feeling’

Jessica Mauboy: ‘Actually competing gives a different feeling’

Jessica Mauboy already took the Eurovision stage in 2014 as interval act, but actually taking part is something different. She tells this to ESCDaily and als reveals her plans for Lisbon!

“It is a very different feeling. I was nervous back then, but this is another level of pressure. I will try to represent my people, my culture, and I am looking forward to that very much.”

An uptempo to midtempo song for Australia

What kind of song can we expect from Jessica, on behalf of Australia? It is probably the main question at the moment, and she is giving us her first thoughts:

“Maybe an uptempo song, or mid-tempo. I would like to celebrate a more hyped performance. That consist of some movements. I want to make the world move.”

“My mission is to create a song that will have some fysical and visual effect. I definitely want to do the whole package. And add a cultural background to the act, perhaps there might be some aborignal dialect in there.”

The Australian song for Eurovison will be presented at a later stage. Jessica Mauboy is hoping she can come to Europe for some promotional events.

Categories: ESC Daily

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