15
June
2017

Nathan Trent treats fans with Italian version

Nathan Trent treats fans with Italian version

Nathan Trent (Austria 2017)

Do you want to hear “Running On Air” in Italian? Now is your opportunity as Nathan Trent recorded his Eurovision entry in Italian. Raised bilingually with Italian and German, it is a language this year’s Austrian representative is familiar with. 

Already before this year’s contest, Nathan Trent became our cover darling as he made covers of four former Eurovision entries: The Swedish 2015 Eurovision winning song Heroes, the 2013 Italian entry L’essenzialeJ’ai Cherché which was the French entry from 2016 and finally Albania’s I’m Alive from 2015.

See alsoThree acoustic Eurovision covers from Nathan Trent

Nathan has now thrown himself into an Italian version from his own Eurovision entry Running On Air, and based on the comments he received on his Facebook post, the fans want more. They are asking for Spanish, Portuguese and even Armenian versions.

Below, you can listen to his upload of the Italian version:

At this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Nathan made it to the final where he finished 16th with 93 points.

Categories: Eurovisionary

15
June
2017

Several venues and dates proposed at the Reference Group meeting

Several venues and dates proposed at the Reference Group meeting

Representatives from Portuguese broadcaster RTP met with the Reference Group to discuss the most initial plans for holding the Eurovision 2018 in Portugal. Several venues and dates were proposed. However, no final decisions have been made public yet.

The meeting took place at the EBU’s headquarters in Geneva. Starting the meeting with a review of the 2017 competition, RTP discussed a few important topics with the Reference Group. Portuguese delegation has proposed several venues for hosting the contest. Probably in Lisbon, as RTP first confirmed Lisbon as the host city but later stated more vaguely that multiple locations are still in the race.

“The next key milestone will be the selection of a venue, which meets the requirements for hosting the Eurovision Song Contest,” added Jon Ola Sand on this regard. Many people have been expecting that the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in the MEO Arena (pictured in the left), as the Director General of RTP, Nuno Artur Silva, had earlier expressed the venue in Lisbon as a likely one to host the contest.

Also, it was mentioned that the preliminary dates for the next year’s contest will be announced in the upcoming weeks. It currently looks like the contest will most likely take place on the 8th, 10th and 12th of May, about which team ESCDaily has explained earlier in this article.

Cristina Tomé, Chief Finance Officer at RTP added “When we return to Portugal we will finalise the venue and Host City selection including the dates of the 2018 contest. After this it’s time to develop the slogan and artwork. This is more than just Eurovision, this is a huge event”. RTP also referred to fans encouraging them to join them in Portugal. “You have to come to Portugal, enjoy the country and enjoy the contest. We will have sunshine for you!”

Check out the video from the Reference Group meeting:

Salvador Sobral ‘s Eurovision victory

During the meeting Carla Bugalho Trindade, Portugal’s Head of Delegation at the Eurovision Song Contest touched upon Salvador Sobral’s victory in Kiev. “We won for the first time, it was a wonderful experience to finally hear ‘Portugal 12 points’. But we did not expect to win, the main goal was to qualify for the final. When we won, it could not have been better. Everyone stood still to watch the TV, everyone wanted to see Salvador win.”

Cristina Tomé, Chief Finance Officer at RTP added. “We were really happy, we were expecting this for more than 50 years. It was good for our country and for us at RTP”. Cristina also added that right after the victory along with celebration they got to work right away. “I sent messages to my colleagues, read the documentation given to us by Jon Ola Sand at the winning press conference and we then began to set up the core team”.

Regarding to the first Reference Group meeting, Jon Ola Sand said that “representatives from the team in Ukraine handed over valuable knowledge to colleagues from Portugal. The Eurovision Song Contest is a huge event to organize and the work starts the minute a country wins”.

Categories: ESC Daily

13
June
2017

Yulia Samoilova is getting ready for Eurovision 2018!

RUSSIA – Following her appearance at the Miss CIS 2017 in Yerevan, Armenia, the banned participant of Russia in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, Yulia Samoilova said that she is getting prepared to represent her country in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, as Channel One promised when the crisis between Russia and Ukraine escalated.

This statement comes few days after Philip Kirkorov’s statement that the country is gearing up preparation for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest seeking their representative.

Th contradiction between the two statements is based on the anticipated EBU ruling over the sanctions to Russia, which failed to attend several HoD meetings this year. If Channel One banned from the EBU from the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest then RTR will resume the Eurovision participation and therefore Yulia Samoilova will be out of the picture of potential participants (unless the Kremlin says otherwise).

If Channel One gets only a financial penalty and that ends the story between them and EBU, then Yulia Samoilova is indeed a strong possibility for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

and the saga continues…

Categories: Oiko Times

13
June
2017

International community offering a helping hand to Bosnia and Herzegovina

International community offering a helping hand to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Since 2012 Bosnia and Herzegovina participated only once in the Eurovision Song Contest due to the national public broadcaster’s (BHRT) heavy financial problems. Various international organisations will meet in Sarajevo today in order to try to solve the complex problems, that public service media (PSM) is facing in the country.

Today’s conference in the Bosnian capital is being organised by the EBU, BHRT, the Bosnia and Herzegovina Journalist Association, the Council of Europe, the Office of the OSCE Representative of Freedom of the Media, the European Federation of Journalists and the South East Europe Media Organisation. It is an opportunity for authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to meet with representatives of the media, international organizations, civil society and other experts to discuss possible solutions for the crisis and ensure proper implementation of Council of Europe and European Union standards.

In the past BHRT has accumulated substantial debts of around 20 million Euros mainly because of a very ineffective collection system of the licence fee. Until one year ago the fee was collected through telephone bills. Since then the Bosnian government failed to agree on a long-term solution for funding PSM. If PSM in Bosnia and Herzegovina collapses it would not only have a huge negative effect on the media system – it would also contribute to a further fragmentation of the country along the ethnic lines.

For many years EBU have tried to find a solution for the broadcaster’s problems. For instance in June last year, EBU chose to extend the deadline for BHRT to pay part of their debt to the EBU. As it didn’t happen, EBU decided to impose sanctions against the Bosnian and Herzegovinian broadcaster in December last year denying them access to the Eurovision News Exchange.

Strong PSM is the bedrock of democratic societies. We urge authorities in BiH to take urgent action to safeguard the future of PSM so it can play an active role in promoting and reinforcing democracy, fostering ethnic tolerance and ensuring social cohesion.

Ingrid Deltenre, EBU Director General

Last time Bosnia and Herzegovina took part in the Eurovision Song Contest was in Stockholm last year, only because BHRT managed to secure sponsorship to cover both the participation fee and all costs related to the participation. The country didn’t return to the contest this year due to the financial problems as it was the case in the period 2013-2015. We hope that today’s conference will offer some sustainable and long-term solutions for BHRT making it possible for Bosnia and Herzegovina to return to the contest already next year.

Refresh your memory of their 2015 entry in the video below:

Categories: Eurovisionary

13
June
2017

Saara Aalto to star as a judge in X Factor Finland

Saara Aalto to star as a judge in X Factor Finland

Saara confirmed as a judge on X Factor Finland

Following her success in last year’s X Factor UK, Saara has today been confimed as one of the new judges on the show’s reboot of the Finnish version of the contest

After teasing fans for days Saara Aalto has released her big news. That she will be new judge on X Factor Finland. Saara made the announcement on her facebook page this morning.

The former finnish national selection finalist will be joining fellow judges Michael Monroe, Suvi Teräsniska and Mikael Gabriel. As well as judging the auditions and performances, each judge will also be mentoring and providing coaching to their own category. Finland has their first and only series of the show in 2010 but it seems due to the popularity of the British version in Finland last year they have decided to revive it.

Teasing her fans yesterday Saara wrote on facebook “Big Big announcement coming tomorrow. So excited about all these new things in my life at the moment. Life is an adventure. Just keep on flying, it can sometimes be scary but you always end up where you are meant to be”.

Last year, Saara auditioned for the X Factor UK and despite not originally being selected to go through to the live shows by her mentor was given another chance as Nicole Sherzinger’s wild card. During the competition Saara went from strength to strength and eventually found herself in the final along with Matt Terry. Unfortunately for Saara, it was Matt who took the X Factor crown.

When does it begin?

The search for Finland’s next superstar starts today. However, the show will not aired until Spring 2018 on MTV3.

Categories: Eurovisionary

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