09
July
2019

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

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

Bojana Stamenov

With two top 10 results, but also twice failing to reach the final, Serbia had quite mixed results the past ten years. They participated nine times this decade, but which one of them is actually the best one?

EuroVisionary look back at the previous Eurovision decade, and our average relative position placed Serbia 11th. They will be 10th if you exclude Turkey that hasn’t taken part since 2012.

Serbia took part, as an independent country, for the first time in 2007 – and won! Marija Šerifović’s Molitva is so far the country’s only win. In 2012, they achieved their second best result, a third place. In 2015, Bojana Stamenov secured Serbia their second top 10 result this decade with the song Beauty Never Lies.

Which of the nine Serbian 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

2015: Bojana Stamenov – Beauty Never Lies

I love a good pop song which I can sing along to, and Bojana delivers that. I am drawn in right from the start as I can sense where this song is going – and when the chorus quickly kicks in, I am not disappointed. Her voice sounds a bit stretched when the dance tune takes over the song, but the chorus remains strong and that makes it my favourite Serbian entry this decade.

Wouter, The Netherlands

2010: Milan Stanković – Ove Je Balkan

The balkan sound does something good to me, so when Serbia comes with an ode to that special kind of music it’s hard to resist. I’ve got no clue what he’s actually singing about, and for fear of being disappointed I’ve always resistend looking up the translated lyrics. Željko Joksimović’ comes in at a close second place, mostly because his Nije Ljubav Stvar, though beautiful, does not live up to the high bar he set with Lane Moje in 2004.

Ashleigh, England

2012: Željko Joksimović – Nije Ljubav Stvar

While I’m not a great lover of the song, I haven’t enjoyed many of the songs that Serbia have brought to the contest this decade and this one is the best that they have come up with. I like the use of the traditional instruments in the song and Željko’s performance was smooth with good vocals.

William, Northern Ireland

2011: Nina – Caroban

Its camp, its colourful and it was riding on the resurgence of 60’s style and music. It was never going to win, but it definitely was a fun and energetic performance and Nina’s vocals were good. I love the LED at the contest for this one as it was psychedelic and it got everyone in the mood to party at the end of the contest that year.

Poll – Vote for your favourite

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

Favourite Serbian entry the past decade?

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04
July
2019

Venues unavailable, Amsterdam leaves 2020 Eurovision Host City race

Venues unavailable, Amsterdam leaves 2020 Eurovision Host City race

Amsterdam

Rotterdam celebrates as Amsterdam joins The Hague, Leeuwarden and Breda and officially announces that they will not be able to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

A week after the Duncan Laurence won the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest for The Netherlands, many Dutch cities announced their intent to become next year’s host city. Mayer of capital city Amsterdam, Femke Halsema, had already voiced the cities interest at Eurovision in Concert and confirmed their interest in the end of May.

The city has several suitable venues, but a week before the “bidbook deadline” it is now clear that none of them are available. Both Ziggo Dome, RAI and Johan Cruijf ArenA are reserved for other events or concerts which cannot be moved. Creative alternatives were considered, but eventually deemed not feasible.

In a letter to the city council, Femke Halsema wishes the remaining cities all the best with their bidbook.

Several other cities left the race, for each their reasons. The Hague has no suitable venue, the venue Leeuwarden had in mind is too low and Breda can’t fund this large scale event. They all still wish the event, for example with small scale side events in the region or big screen public viewings.

Five cities left

With four competitors left, it seems Rotterdam is opening the champagne, blowing up balloons and shooting confetti. They must have feared the competition from Amsterdam and with them out, several local politicians seem sure to bring Europe’s favourite TV show to town.

Amsterdam leaving the race is very favourable for Rotterdam’s chances. They have a lot of experience hosting large events. Fact is, we’ll talk about the Rotterdam bid tonight and only on Tuesday the council will make a final decision about sending the bidbook to Hilversum.

Said Kasmi (City council member for D66, tasked with tourism)

In particular group chairman for PvdA is optimistic: “That means the treasure is ours, right? Even though we still have Maastrict to consider. But I understand that Amsterdam bailed out, when they are competing with us. That means you’ve lost.”

The cities that are still interested in hosting the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest are Rotterdam, Utrecht, Den Bosch, Arnhem and a combined effort from Maastricht and Limburg. Utrecht, however, seems to be slowly backing down as well with the Jaarbeurs venue being too low.

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04
July
2019

From hero to vilain – Tamara Todevska in problems in home country

From hero to vilain – Tamara Todevska in problems in home country

Tamara Todevska (North Macedonia 2019)

North Macedonia’s Eurovision darling Tamara Todevska now finds herself in a difficult situation in her native country. Yesterday, she performed the country’s national anthem quite different from the original version – a version, she today apologised for.

During the celebration of the American Independence Day in the US Embassy in Skopje, Tamara Todevska performed North Macedonia’s national anthem, but left out the verse which mentions the names of Goce Delcev, Pitu Guli, Dame Gruev, Sandanski, who in the past were fighting for the countrie’s national rewival. This episode coincides with North Macedonia’s bitter dispute with Bulgaria over the nationality of Goce Delcev, as Bulgaria claimes that Delcev was Bulgarian.

In the public, Tamara’s move was widely seen as deliberate and part of the on-going attempts to rewrite North Macedonia’s history with treaties with several neighboring countries which the US Government strongly supports.

Tensions blew up, and today Tamara apologazied for the mistake on her Facebook page, just as North Macedonia’s Prime Minister got involved.

Allow me, from the bottom of my heart, to apologize for the mistake I made yesterday. There is no greater honor for an artist than to perform the national anthem, and this is why I accepted the US Embassy invitation. There are no words to describe my sorrow for the omission I made during the performance. Driven by the emotions and the euphoria, unfortunately, inadvertently, I left out a part of the anthem. Again I apologize for the mistake and I hope you will find room in your hearts to forgive me.

Tamara Todevska on Facebook

The US Embassy in Skopje and North Macedonia’s Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev also goes with that Tamara’s mistake was unintentional.

We have deep respect for the traditions, history, heroes, and future of our friend, partner, and ally “North Macedonia”. We understand that mistakes can unintentionally happen in emotional moments, but thank our singers for their beautiful performances.

US Embassy in Skopje

The Government congratulates to the American people its national holiday, the Independence Day. The pretty events which the US Embassy holds on this ocassion are an excellent opportunity to express mutual respect and deepen cooperation between the two countries and peoples. The Government was notified by the US Embassy and by the anthem performer Tamara Todevska that there was an unintentional mistake during the performance of the anthem, and of the assurances of the highest levels of respect for the Macedonian tradition and heroes.

North Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev

Sources: Republika.mk

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30
June
2019

Miki continues to party on his new song “Celebrate”

Miki Núñez - Celébrate official video

A couple of days ago, Miguel Núñez Pozo, better known as Miki, released “Celebrate”. It is his first single since taking part at Eurovision in May. The song is festive and joyful and celebrates summer and boost self-esteem as well.

This time of the year is the perfect time to release songs that invite you to dance and party. This year’s Spanish representative at the Eurovision Song Contest follows this path too with his latest release Celebrate. In the video for the song, Miki is having a great time with his friends and they are obviously heading for the summer.

But Miki is not just celebrating the fact that the summer invites to fun, laughter, joy, sea and sand. Celebrate is also a personal song about how important it is to value and perceive ourselves despite of ups and downs throughout the life. During the song, Miki is singing “I am stronger than I imagine”. He is also mentioning that “his scares made him to what he is”, talking about healing wounds and “singing this song without the fear.”

The content of Celebrate relates perfectly to Miki’s disappointing experience at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel less than two months ago, where his entry LaVenda only placed 22nd out of 26 participating entries in the grand final. He received 54 points over all: 1 from the professional juries and 53 from the televote.

It is expected that 23 years-old Miki will release his first studio album in Autumn 2019. While waiting, you can listen to Miki’s brand new song in the video below.

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30
June
2019

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

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

Mørland & Debrah Scarlett (Norway 2015)

With five top 10 results the past decade, Norway overall did fairly well. Unfortunately they also failed to reach the final twice. Which one of their entries these past ten years is actually the best one?

EuroVisionary look back at the previous Eurovision decade, and our average relative position placed Norway 10th. They will be 9th if you exclude Turkey that hasn’t taken part since 2012.

This decade started with Norway hosting the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest following Alexander Rybak’s Fairytale victory in 2009. On homefield, Didrik Solli-Tangen scored a 20th place, which wasn’t a satisfying result. The year after, Stella Mwangi failed to reach the final. This decade didn’t start out well for the country, but they got back on track with Margaret Berger and her 4th place in 2013.

Which of the ten Norwegian 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

2015: Mørland & Debrah Scarlett – A Monster Like Me

I usually prefer the songs, I can easily sing a long to. This is an exception. For half the song, I am unable to sing it, yet it captivates me. It builds up nicely and gets me interested from the beginning, I am curious what comes next. Just at the moment where I am beginning to get a bit bored, it explodes and attract me all over again.

🇳🇱 Wouter, The Netherlands

2017: JOWST (feat. Aleksander Walmann – Grab The Moment

The DJ and singer genre has been tried at Eurovision and various national finals numerous times, but never so successfully as with JOWST and Aleksander Walmann. That beat sticks in my head and I like it. The message is simple, clear and as relevant now as it also will be. The permance isn’t nessasarily something special, but has a good balance between focus on the mastermind behind the song JOWST and its connection to the audience through Aleksander.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Ashleigh, England

2019: KEiiNO – Spirit In The Sky

Norway have had some decent songs during this decade, but my favourite by far has to be the one that they participated with this year. While I didn’t think much of it the first time I heard it (on the recorded track) when I heard it live during the semi-final it instantly became one of my favourites. It’s catchy and a little bit kitschy and in a contest which has increasingly become cooler and more modern, a catchy pop song like this was a breath of fresh air.

🇬🇧 William, Northern Ireland

2016: Agnete – Icebreaker

Her vocals, pale white skin and crisp vocals gave this song the mood it needed to live up to its title. Icebreaker is a mixture of two songs, I always think of it as the love child of Feed You My Love and Euphoria, I still love the prolonged high note at the bridge. To this day I don’t understand how it didn’t qualify in 2016.

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29
June
2019

Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Your First Eurovision Podcast For The Summer

Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Your First Eurovision Podcast For The Summer
https://archive.org/download/escinsight_20190628_647/escinsight_20190628_647.mp3

As the long summer continues, you can just hear the sounds of Eurovision in the background. Here’s Ewan Spence on what’s been happening since the credits rolled over ‘Arcade‘ and everyone started second guessing the Dutch bidding process.

Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Your First Eurovision Podcast For The Summer

Our first summer news podcast from the Eurovision World. Looking back at Tel Aviv 2019, looking forward to 2020, and not forgetting about Eurovision Choir or Junior Eurovision 2019. Ewan Spence and the ESC Insight team cover the latest news from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Find out more about Glasgow’s Ne Party Pas Sans Moi here. Listen to Second Cherry, 12 Points From America, and OnEurope’s Podcast at these links.

During the summer months, stay up to date with all the Song Contest news by listening to the ESC Insight podcast. You’ll find the show in iTunes, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. A direct RSS feed is  available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

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