03
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 3

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 3

Advent calendar day 3 - Carola

Warm up to Christmas by listening to the beautiful carols performed by Eurovision artists. Each day until Christmas features a new act giving their version of a Christmas song. As third, we listen to Carola.

She’s a Eurovision legend, Swedish singer Carola. Three times did she represent her country at the Eurovision Song Contest, won once and never did worse that a fifth place. Her victory, in 1991, came with Fångad Av En Stormvind. France and Sweden both finished with 146 points and the same amount of 12 points, but due to one more 10 point received, Carola could take home the trophy.

Carola has recorded several Christmas carols. This one is one of the most popular Christmas songs in Sweden. It is originally from 1898, and translates to ‘Now thousands of Christmas lights turns on’. It has been recorded by many artists, and is also known in neighbour countries like Finland and Denmark. The carol tells about how the dark earth is lighted up by candles in the homes, but also that people are lighted up by the message of God’s love and the birth of Jesus.

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02
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 2

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 2

Advent Calendar day 2 - Francesco Gabbani

Warm up to Christmas by listening to the beautiful carols performed by Eurovision artists. Each day until Christmas features a new act giving their version of a Christmas song. As second, we listen to Francesco Gabbani.

The majority of Eurovision fans got introduced to Francesco Gabbani in 2017 when he took part in the Italian Sanremo festival and a few months later, represented his country at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Francesco was the big favourite as the two Eurovision weeks started in Kyiv, Ukraine. As things got closer and all acts rehearsed several times, things however changed. He looked more and more tired for each time he sang the song, and on the final night, he ended 6th with the song Occidentali’s Karma.

The Christmas song he here serves for us is titled La Mia Versione Dei Ricordi. It translates to “my view on the memories”. The song comes with the message that we should let go of the bad memories, and keep the good ones. And remember and live the good memories at Christmas, with your love ones.

Also in this series

Day 1: Johnny Logan – Save This Christmas For Me

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01
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 1

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 1

Advent calendar day 1 - Johnny Logan

Warm up to Christmas by listening to the beautiful carols performed by Eurovision artists. Each day until Christmas features a new act giving their version of a Christmas song. First up is Johnny Logan.

Johnny Logan does not need much introduction to Eurovision fans. He has won the contest three times; twice as a singer and once as a songwriter.

The Irish “Mr. Eurovision” released in 2001 the album Save This Christmas For Me. The album, recorded in Denmark, features 10 Christmas songs which many can sing along to. It is a tough choice to pick just one song from it, but we went with the title track Save This Christmas For Me.

The video below is a performance of it from 2012. Enjoy this beautiful ballad in the company of the one you love, knowing that you don’t have to go over mountains and stormy sea to get to him or her, like Johnny Logan does in this song.

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01
December
2018

Eurovision 2019: Srbuk to represent Armenia

Eurovision 2019: Srbuk to represent Armenia

Srbuk

Armenia became the first country to present its artist for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Srbuk has been given the honour of bringing the non-winning successful country back to the final. 

For the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, Cyprus was the first country to announce its participant. For 2018, Belgium was first and now, Armenia is first up for 2019.

After two years with the national final format “Depi Evratesil”, local broadcaster AMPTV, went back to an internal selection. A committee has discussed various options, and this evening, they presented their choice for Tel Aviv: Srbuk.

Who is Srbuk? According to a press release this evening, she has participated in various competitions, both locally and abroad. In Ukraine, she reached the final stage of the Voice. She recently released a new single titled Half A Goodess. Whether or not her Eurovision entry will be anything like that, is to early to tell. The broadcaster is open to submissions of songs for Srbuk until the 10th of January 2019.

I am starting a new journey now, which, I am sure, will be full of new and pleasant emotions, challenges and amazing experiences! I am grateful to  all of my friends and fans, who are always with me and have always wanted to see me on the Eurovision stage. I am grateful to the Public Television of Armenia for their trust. It’s an honor to represent my country in front of the whole world! We have an amazing journey ahead of us, and I hope we’ll succeed together!

Srbuk

Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest

12 appearances and 10 finals of which 7 songs ended in top 10. The numbers speak for itself; Armenia is one of the most successful countries that are yet to win the contest.

The country debuted in 2006 where André finished 8th with the song Without Your Love. In 2008 Sirusho came 4th with the easy-to-remember entry Qélé, Qélé. Together with Aram MP3’s Not Alone from 2014, that result stands as the best ever for Armenia.

Only twice has Armenia failed to reach the final; in 2012 and here in 2018 where Sevak Khanagyan finished 15th in his semi-final.

To remind yourself of Armenia’s 2018 entry, take a look at the video below, which is from a performance from Eurovision In Concert in Amsterdam, the Netherlands:

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30
November
2018

Six acts, three songs, You Decide returns in 2019!

Six acts, three songs, You Decide returns in 2019!

Today we can reveal exciting changes for our song selection show as a brand new location and format details are revealed for Eurovision: You Decide. Presented by Mel Giedroyc and Måns Zelmerlöw, BBC Music’s Eurovision: You Decide will be broadcast live from MediaCity UK in Salford as the show comes to the North West of England for the very first time.

As well as a new home, there are also exciting format changes coming too, as from the hundreds of songs that have been submitted, three will be performed on the night by six different artists. The six acts will compete for the honour of representing the United Kingdom at the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

In the exciting new format, each of the three songs will be performed in two musically different ways, by two different acts. There will be three rounds of 'song-offs', with six acts performing in total. Mel Balac, Creative Director for Entertainment BBC Studios and Executive Producer of Eurovision: You Decide said: “This year the three songs presented to the United Kingdom have been selected with the help of an international jury. Our exciting “euro-version” format will give fans the chance to compare and contrast these fantastic songs in a fresh, new way and deliver the United Kingdom the artist it deserves to fly the flag out in Tel Aviv in May.”

Kate Phillips, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC said: “Forget about a sing-off, next year it’s all about the song-off as we once again try to marry a great singer with a great song, one which could finally get us on the left hand side of the leader board. We may be leaving the EU but we are still determined to win Eurovision again one day!”

As well as soon to be announced guest acts. BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce will be broadcasting his show live from Salford on the morning of the show.

Eurovision: You Decide (1x90) will be broadcast on BBC Two in February 2019, as part of BBC Music’s programming on the channel.

The Executive Producer for BBC Studios is Mel Balac and the Series Producer is Lee Smithurst.

Eurovision 2019: The Executive Producer for BBC Studios will be UK Head of Delegation, Andrew Cartmell and the Series Producer will be Lee Smithurst.The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown. The contest will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel and the Grand Final will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC Radio 2, with the semi-finals being broadcast on BBC Four.

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29
November
2018

Dare To Dream – but what do we dream about for Eurovision 2019?

Dare To Dream – but what do we dream about for Eurovision 2019?

Dreams

With the slogan “Dare To Dream” being announced, we did just that; dared to dream about the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Can Israel make our dreams come true, or will they remain a dream?

We all have dreams. Some are easy to fulfill, while others are less likely to come true. Host broadcaster KAN and the European Broadcasting Union revealed the slogan “Dare To Dream” for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, which made us wonder: What do we actually dream about for next year’s contest? We asked four team members from each their country about their Eurovision dreams.

Charlotte, Denmark:

I dream about a winning song, which will unite instead of divide. A good song which people won’t vote for because of a gimmick, a political message or anything else than just because it honestly is the best song. Of course we all have different taste, but when Netta won the 2018 contest, I don’t think she won due to so many objectively thinking it was the best song. She was different, and proud of it. Many voted for her self-confidence, others for her little chicken act, no matter if they found it bizarre or refreshing, and some even did so as a protest against the contest.

For the 2019 contest, I hope we’ll see a winner who wins because it simply is one of the best songs in the contest. And no dog or cat sounds on stage, please!

Ashleigh, United Kingdom:

I dream about the United Kingdom sending a song that the whole country gets behind.

This year, the UK was gripped with World Cup fever. We started out with little hope that we would do well with such a new and inexperienced team, but suddenly we started scoring goals and winning games. There was a buzz in the whole country and everyone was excited and believed we could win. Despite losing our semi-final, the country was still proud of what we had achieved and have the belief that we will come back stronger at the next tournament.

It has been so long since the UK sent an entry that the country has been excited about, one we believed in. To finish the competition with a respectable score, whether in the end we win or not.

Panagiotis Naris, Greece:

I dream of a Greek comeback. My country used to do very well in the contest, especially after 2000. I really hope that our broadcaster ERT, goes for something really big and unique next year. Eurovision is like a party here in Greece. Greeks absolutely love the contest. Back in 2016, when Argo didn’t make it to the final, the ratings went crazy. 50% of the viewers tuned to their screens. The same thing happened this year with Yianna’s Terzi Greek “drama”.

So, ERT needs to understand that people here enjoy the show, and finally focus more to that TV programme. I want to see a really well organised national final which will help us find a very strong song. I want Greece back on track.

Josef Štaif, Czech Republic:

When Czech Republic first reached the final, and after that a TOP 10 result this year, we were really happy. It proved that no matter where you are from, and the size of your country, everybody can succeed. My biggest dream for Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv is to choose a good song once again, make it to the final and reach even higher. A little bit egoistic, but for Czech Republic it is very important to make the image of Eurovision at least a little bit better.

On a broader term, I hope to have again a year without controversies, but I am afraid it won’t happen with Israel as host. I “Dare to Dream“ of a Eurovision Song Contest where there are no threats, no problems and only the best entries, even from the small participating countries.

What do you dream about for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest?

What do you dream about for Eurovision 2019?

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