04
June
2019

Utrecht and Den Bosch work out their bids for Eurovision 2020

Utrecht and Den Bosch work out their bids for Eurovision 2020

Utrecht

In the Netherlands, quite a lot of cities wants to host next year’s contest. And it’s not just the largest and most well known cities who see themselves cabable of doing so. Utrecht and Den Bosch are currently working on their bids ready to soon be submitted.

We could see quite a high number of Dutch cities submitting bids to host the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Many have expressed their interest in doing so. Seven cities spoke out saying that they requested the material with the requirements; Maastricht, Rotterdam, Arnhem, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Leeuwarden and Den Bosch. It is likely that other cities did too, but are hoping to fly under the radar for now. Enschede havde previously been very enthusiastic, but it’s not known whether or not they still hope to host the contest in an airport hangar.

One thing however is to join in to get some publicity before they knew the requirements. It’s something entirely different when actually working on their bid books. Smaller cities likes Zwolle, Groningen and Tilburg seems to have realised that they don’t have the required capacity. The latter however joined Den Bosch in their bid.

Utrecht and Den Bosch (‘s-Hertogenbosch) have both spoken out saying they are actually working on their projects making them ready to be officially submitted within a few weeks.

While Utrect is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands with 345.000 inhabitants, Den Bosch is significantly smaller with 136.000 people living there. Utrect is located basically in the middle of the country, and we have Den Bosch approximately 80 km south of Amsterdam.

The city is in the center of the country, we love music and culture, and we have the resources.

Jan van Zanen, Mayor of Utrecht

It requires much more than just a large arena to host a Eurovision Song Contest. The hotel capacity must be sufficient. The arena must have space for the TV production, commentator boxes, green room and stuff like wardrobes and hair dressers. The city needs to have space for Eurovision Village, EuroClub etc too.

We have sent an official letter and asked what demands NPO, AVROTROS and EBU have. We’ll translate those demands to an inspiring bidbook. So, we haven’t sent this bidbook just yet.

The municipality of Den Bosch

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03
June
2019

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

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

Polina Gagarina (Russia 2015)

This was the decade where Russia for the first ever missed qualifying to the final, but also where they achieved six top 10 results including twice coming second and twice third. Which of these 9 Russian songs will fans rate as the best one?

After looking at all Eurovision results the past ten years, we calculated an average relative position for each country and used that to rank all 46 countries that had participated at the contest this decade. Russia came out as second best performing country this decade.

But which one is actually best? It might be quite hard to pick as Russia did well this decade. They didn’t win, but they ended in top 5, five times and furthermore achieved a a 7th place, two 11th places and finally they have fnished 16th  – and missed qualifying for the final once.

We asked writers from across Europe to pick their favourite one – and in the poll below, we will ask you to tell us your favourite Russian entry from the years 2010 to 2019.

🇩🇰 Charlotte, Denmark

2016: Sergey Lazarev – You Are The Only One

This was a tough one for me being stuck between two songs; a ballad and a pop song. I went for the pop song; Sergey’s 2016 entry is really good. It’s catchy, I can sing a long to it, and finally then the performance marks the top of a Eurovision staging for me. Russia took everything seen previously one step further, and they nailed it 110%.

🇳🇱 Wouter, The Netherlands

2015: Polina Gagarina – A Million Voices

That voice, that woman, just wow. I also remember how she was booh’ed at and how the production team was questioned about their use of anti-boohing tecnique to stop the TV viewers from hearing just how the audience reacted to her. She stood through it – and I am full of admiration for that.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Ashleigh, England

2015: Polina Gagarina – A Million Voices

You can always count on Russia to perform a good ballad and A Million Voices is, in my opinion, the best one that they have produced this decade. Polina is a complete pro, she is charming and she absolutely nailed the vocals. The song is all about togetherness and living in peace but unfortunately for Polina it was performed during a time when the Russian government were being condemned for their aggressive acts in Ukraine and I think that this went against her during the voting.

Looking back at the 2015 contest, Polina had the best song and performance of the night and should have won.

🇬🇧 William, Northern Ireland

2013: Dina Garipova – What If

This decade Russia haven’t been as strong for me personally as they were in the early 2000’s, yet this song although a little basic and cliché has a nice build and Dina’s voice is absolutely fantastic. It was a nice performance at Eurovision and a great advertisement for Ikea, if you get what I am saying.

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02
June
2019

La voce dell’alba: Elina Nechayeva serves us a new beautiful track

La voce dell’alba: Elina Nechayeva serves us a new beautiful track

Elina Nechayeva (Estonia 2018)

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The Estonian soprano, Elina Nechayeva, is back! On her new release “La voce dell’alba”, she delivers exactly what we have grown to expect from her and her amazing voice. It’s hard to describe this as anything else than just beautiful.

I admit it. I don’t know much about opera or what genre this is, and I don’t understand the Italian lyrics more than just a few words here and there. I would, under normal circumstances, disqualify myself from writing a review of the new song La voce dell’alba from 2018 Estonian Eurovision participant Elina Nechayeva. But here I am am, a Sandinavian pop Eurovision fan listening to a song I don’t understand and in a genre, I know absolutely nothing about. I am moved by the song, I like what I hear – and that’s all I can go by here.

To my untrained ear, this is opera, but in a lighter version than what I from time to time have heard when zapping through a opera shown on TV. I don’t know how else I can describe it, and I hope the ones who knows this genre will have me excused.

La voce dell’alba (The voice of dawn) is beautiful and Elina’s perfect voice almost makes me wish I actually knew this genre better than I do. I say almost because after listening to this song three times, I know that I couldn’t do with an entire album like this. But one song at a time – that I am able to appreciate and love. And I do love this one. With too much stress going on in my life at the moment, Elina’s new song calms me down. It’s three and a half minute where I can exclude everything else and just focus on this.

Not understanding the genre nor the lyrics, all I can go by is that simple: How does it make me feel? And I can tell that La voce dell’alba does some good for me. To me it sounds beautiful and it makes me able to get a bit of rest and just let go. That is, on the first two listenings – on the third one, I am just confirmed in what I knew beforehand; this isn’t a genre for me to explore deeper than just scratching the surface. But I am happy scratching a bit when I can listen to songs like this.

4 out of 5 stars from me.

What does this song do to you? Listen to it in the video below to judge for yourself:

Elina Nechayeva at the Eurovision Song Contest

This genre is not heard often at the Eurovision Song Contest, and most TV viewers doesn’t understand it any better than I do. Back in 2018, it was therefore hard to predict just how well La ForZa would do. It turned out that untrained people were able to relate to it as I can – if not exposed to too many dozes.

Estonia and Elina reached the final with an 5th place from her semi-final. In the final, she ended up a combined 8th place with 120 points from televoting and 81 from the juries. Elina Nechayeva received the maxiumum 12 points from the Swizz jury, and three times from TV viewers; from Lithuania, Finland and Portugal.

You can remind yourself of Elina’s Eurovision entry in this special live version from Eurovision Village 2018 in the video below:

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01
June
2019

Lena Philipsson resurrects as Maria Magdalena in her new song

Lena Philipsson resurrects as Maria Magdalena in her new song

Maria Magdalena by Lena Philipsson

Back in 2004 she sang “It Hurts” for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest in Istanbul, where she finished fifth in the grand final. Her name is Lena Philipsson of course, and now she is back with a brand new single titled “Maria Magdalena”.

Maria Magdalena was the first person, who witnessed Christ’s Resurrection. That’s why it somehow is appropriate that a song with the same name now is a kind of symbol of Lena Philipsson’s musical resurrection.

The Swedish Queen of Pop has been absent from the music scene since 2015. Back then, she released a pretty melancholic album titled Jag är ingen älskling (I’m not a sweetheart). In the meantime she made an appearance at a Swedish Christmas calendar and a comedy tv-show Enkelstöten.

There is a remarkable disparity between Lena’s latest album and her new track. Maria Magdalena is a happy feel good song with a catchy chorus and summer vibes. On her Instagram profile, Lena explains how she came up with an idea to write Maria Magdalena:

“Actually the melody came to me as I was driving the car. Some tunes popped into my head, which I found very lovely and nice to listen to while driving”.

See alsoPoll – Eurovision 2010s: The favourite Swedish entry this decade is…

53 year-old Lena thought that Maria Magdalena was a cool title for her new track as her real name is Maria Magdalena and the song is autobiographical.

Maria Magdalena was written by Lena Philipsson and produced by Anders Hansson. The funny fact about the video is, that it was literally filmed on Lena’s mobile phone. Below you can listen to Lena’s new song:

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01
June
2019

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

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

Anna Bergendahl

With 8 entries in top 10, of which two won the contest, Sweden has dominated the Eurovision Song Contest the past ten years. Which of these ten songs will fans rate as being Swedish entry this decade?

After looking at all Eurovision results the past ten years, we calculated an average relative position for each country and used that rank all 46 countries that had participated at the contest this decade. Sweden came out as number 1 on the list.

But is it Loreen’s Euphoria, Måns Zelmerlöw’s Heroes or one of the eight other entries from Sweden this past decade which is actually their best? We asked writers from across Europe to pick their favourite one – and in the poll below, we will ask you to tell us your favourite Swedish entry from the years 2010 to 2019.

🇩🇰 Charlotte, Denmark

2015: Måns Zelmerlöw – Heroes

This song is for me the best Swedish entry this decade. Heroes is catchy and I can easily sing a long to it. The staging of the song with the cute drawn character of the little boy with the balloon just adds a further charm to it, but I think I would have loved that song too even without it. It of course does no harm either that Måns is quite charming himself 🙂

🇳🇱 Wouter, The Netherlands

2010: Anna Bergendahl – This Is My Life

Catchy doesn’t equal good, to me. Not to say that This Is My Life isn’t catch, because it is. But in my humble opinion, for many Swedish entries, catchy is all that they are. One of my all-time favourite songs is Come As You Are by Nirvana, and I guess I like it for somewhat similar reasons; both songs have a strong message about being yourself, being accepted for who and how you are and celebrating that.

Other than that, I love female voices who are not afraid of exploring anything other than the highest notes on their register.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Ashleigh, England

2012: Loreen – Euphoria

Euphoria is my favourite song from Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest this decade. The performance was slick and simple, relying on no gimmicks. The hook was catchy was poles apart from the kitschy performances that we usually see at the competition. For me, Euphoria paved the way for the modern song contest that we know today.

🇬🇧 William, Northern Ireland

2010: Anna Bergendahl – This Is My Life

Surprisingly, my favourite Swedish entry this decade is the one song that failed. This Is My Life, is a great acoustic style ballad with fragile and piercing vocals. The song starts quiet and gradually builds to an amazing and heart filled crescendo. The Eurovision performance was understated, and while Anna looked a little afraid on stage, it really did deserve qualification.

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31
May
2019

Nathan Trent is back with new personal song: “I Got Me”

Nathan Trent is back with new personal song: “I Got Me”

Nathan Trent (Austria 2017)

The new single from 2017 Austrian participant Nathan Trent means a lot to him. As he says then “it reflects 100% the situation he is currently in”. He released it with the hope that the listener can use it to not worry about what others may think. 

At this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, the Swiss participant made us all song “She Got Me (Dirty Dancing)”. Now Nathan Trent wants you to change it to “I Got Me“. Trent represented Austria at the contest two years ago. With the song Running On Air, he achieved a 16th place in the final.

Today, he released I Got Me. It’s a song which is quite personal to him.  He says it tells about the situation he is currently in, and he encourage others to learn from it: “to boost their mood and make them care less about what others think”. On his YouTube page, we writes: “‘I Got Me’ is an anthem of self-acceptance, where the lyrics transmit a feeling of confidence in a climate of uncertainties“.

This song is very personal to me and reflects 100% the situation I’m currently in.
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With ‘I Got Me’ I wanted to highlight the importance of accepting and forgiving yourself and celebrating who you are at this very moment.

Keep in mind that as long as you’re doing what you love and you’re doing it to serve a greater good, you’re on the right track.
So, relax (I have to remind myself all the time)
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I hope that, whenever you listen to this song, it gives you a good feeling about yourself, boosts your mood and makes you care less about what others think.
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Know that you’re cool the way you are.
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Be kind to yourself and others.

Nathan Trent on Facebook

In the video below, you can enjoy this new song from the 2017 Austrian representative:

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