26
June
2019

Rotterdam prepares for 8 weeks of Eurovision celebration

Rotterdam prepares for 8 weeks of Eurovision celebration

Rotterdam

The duration of the Eurovision Song Contest is only two weeks, but should Rotterdam be chosen as host city for the 2020 contest, they are prepared for eight weeks of celebration in and around the city.

In August, the winner of the “2020 Eurovision Host City Contest” will be announced. Eight cities are believed to still be in the race, and Rotterdam is one of the favourites to win it. Their Ahoy arena has previously hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and is quite suitable for an event like Eurovision.

Currently, the cities are working on a so-called bid book in where they describe their plans if they are chosen as host for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. According to RTV, the Mayor of Rotterdam is ready to make it an eight week long celebration. It will be the 65th edition of the contest, and that should be a spectacular event. The Rotterdam plan still needs to be discussed with the city council before the bid book is submitted.

Should Rotterdam host the contest and go ahead with their plan, we can expect a host city that will throw in that extra thing which will make it a fantastic event both for the locals as well as the many visitors.

The preliminary dates for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest are mentioned to be the 2nd of May to the 16th of May 2020. That will place the two semi-finals on the 12th and the 14th of May.

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26
June
2019

Nina Badrić presents new song about love that lasts forever “Volim Te, Volim”

Nina Badrić presents new song about love that lasts forever “Volim Te, Volim”

Nina Badrić

Nina Badrić, who represented Croatia at 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, has recently released a new song “Volim, Te Volim”. It is a classic ballad that praises the eternal love.

During the period from 1993 to 2003, Nina Badrić attempted to win the Croatian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Dora, four times –  with no success. Back in 2012, she finally managed to step on the Eurovision stage as she was internally chosen to represent her country. Unfortunately Nina failed to qualify for the final. Her entry Nebo finished 12th in the second semi-final.

Since Eurovision, Nina launched a number of singles that received positive reviews in the public. Her latest song Volim Te, Volim, which translates to I Love You, I do, is her first release since 2018. It is an ode to love – a typical Nina-love ballad, where she glorifies love as the foundation of a strong and everlasting relationship. The atmosphere is emotional and romantic and Nina’s soft vocal matches it perfectly.

Nina wrote lyrics and music herself for Volim Te, Volim. Darijo Radusin has directed the video, which was filmed on the beautiful Croatian island Hvar. Nina’s partner in the video is the Croatian actor Slavko Sobin.

I wrote this song four years ago, so it was kept in a drawer until now. I felt that this was the right time for the people to hear it, after my previous singles Dani I Godine (Days And Years) and Rekao Si (You Told Me). Slavko Sobin was perfectly casted for the video as he contains those emotions and the warmth that were needed for the story, which this song describes. It is a story about an everlasting love with a happy ending.
Nina Badrić

Below you can watch Nina Badrić’s new video:

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24
June
2019

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

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

The Humans (Romania 2018)

Romania achieved two top 10 results this decade. They failed to reach the final only twice, but unfortunately that happened the past two years later. Which of their entries these past ten years are best?

EuroVisionary look back at the previous Eurovision decade, and our average relative position placed Romania 9th. They will be 8th if you exclude Turkey that hasn’t taken part since 2012.

Romania only participated 9 times this decade. They were disqualified in 2016 due to the broadcaster’s debt to EBU (European Broadcasting Union). Romania was pulled out of the contest just a few weeks before rehearsals would start so they had already selected Ovidiu Anton and his Moment Of Silence as their entry – an entry, which we do not include when we look at the best Romanian ones from this decade.

So, which of the 9 Romanian entries this decade do you prefer? 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

2010: Paula Seling and Ovi – Playing With Fire

I have just watch all 9 entries again to be sure, I didn’t forget anyone, but for me there really was no doubt. Paula and Ovi’s first entry this decade is, for me, the best one of them. It’s a catchy up tempo song with a performance that catches my attention right from the beginning – and most of all, it never gets boring. This is one which I still play from time to time.

🇳🇱 Wouter, The Netherlands

2015: Voltaj – De La Capăt (All Over Again)

Romania usually brings a party to the contest, with very enjoyable though thin-layered songs, Mandinga and Yodel-it among the best ones of it’s kind. While I enjoy these songs very much in the weeks up, and on, “the night” I tend to prefer music with a bit more edge and meaning. Voltaj’s rock-anthem about the left-behind children of Romanian workers spread out over Europe really strikes a chord.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Ashleigh, England

2018: The Humans – Goodbye

I think that I was the only person in Eurovision land that really liked this song and I was really disappointed when it didn’t qualify for the grand final. The song reminded me of an old 80’s soft rock song and while it was never going to win, I thought it would have complemented the show nicely.

🇬🇧 William, Northern Ireland

2012: Mandinga- Zaleliah

We all need a summer bop, and for me this is it. As soon as there is a sun in the sky and I don’t need a scarf, this song is on my playlist. It is just fun, danceable and he live performance was a great piece of Eurovision. They even had the inbetweeners dance, I mean it won for that a lone. I still remember and replay that part of the semi-final performance where her in-ears fail, classic.

Poll – Vote for your favourite

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

Favourite Romanian entry the past decade?

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24
June
2019

Tamara Todevska will perform at first ever Pride Parade in North Macedonia

Tamara Todevska will perform at first ever Pride Parade in North Macedonia

Tamara Todevska (North Macedonia 2019)

Tamara Todevska will probably make many LGBTQ+ people in North Macedonia proud as she will perform at Skopje Pride later this month. Just last month, she made the entire country proud by winning the 2019 Eurovision jury vote.

Today, Tamara Todevska announced on Twitter, that she will be performing at Skopje Pride. That is a very special occasion, as this event is North Macedonia’s first ever Pride Parade. It will take place in downtown Skopje on June 29th.

According to human-rights activist Antonio Mihajlov, the Pride Parade is a march of LGBTQ+ people to ask for support, affirmation, and protection of their rights by state institutions and citizens, including cultural workers who share progressive values and show their solidarity. He also pointed out that the Parade creates a space of emancipation and liberation open to anyone regardless of nationality, religion, sexuality and gender identity.

Although Tamara Todevska earlier this year wrote on her official Instagram account, that the Eurovision entry Proud is dedicated to her daughter, she also mentioned that the song speaks to everyone out there who has been told to always lower their heads and follow strict rules. In this context, her song Proud fits perfectly with Skopje Pride as this event is about being proud of who you are.

North Macedonia is the last country in the region to hold a Pride Parade.

Below you can watch Tamara Todevska’s rehearse her performance last month in Tel Aviv:

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22
June
2019

Anna Bergendahl searches for Home on new single

Anna Bergendahl searches for Home on new single

Anna Bergendhal - Home

Yesterday, Swedish pop singer Anna Bergendahl released a new song “Home”, which is her first release since she took part in this year’s Melodifestivalen. It is a contemporary, radio friendly track about finding a safe place where you can take a break from the daily life’s struggles and challenges.

Back in 2010 in Oslo, Anna Bergendahl became the first and only Swedish singer not to qualify for the final since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004. Her entry This Is My Life finished 11th in the semi-final – just outside the top 10 qualifiers by a margin of five points.

This year Anna tried once more to represent Sweden in the contest. She came 10th in Swedish final with the song Ashes To Ashes, which was generally very well accepted by the fans.

”Home” is a song about the dimensions of a human being. One can be both fragile and strong – the beauty and the beast – simultaneously. A task as simple as breathing can be hard, and happiness is not persistent – it is fleeting. And still, we get up every morning and continue the search for “home”. A rest for the soul. And one day we will get there.

Anna Bergendahl on Facebook

Anna Bergendahl wrote Home together with Per Magnusson and Niklas Carson. Per Magnusson has earlier collaborated with a bunch of well-known international artists such as Westlife, Gareth Gates, Shayne Ward, Britney Spears, Leona Lewis, Boyzone and Backstreet Boys. Niklas Carson co-wrote Jon Henrik Fjällgren’s song Norrsken (Goeksegh) that finished 4th in Melodifestivalen 2019.

Below you can listen to Anna Bergendhal’s latest release Home.

Note: The above video has geographic restrictions, blocking it from being viewed in, among others, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Moldova. If it doesn’t play for you, you can try https://lnk.to/AnnaBergendahlHome

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22
June
2019

KEiiNO launch a new song “Praying”

KEiiNO launch a new song “Praying”

Keiino

Today, Norwegian band KEiiNO have released their first song since winning the Eurovision televote last month and finishing 6th overall. The song titled “Praying” is an upbeat tempo track about never giving up and keeping the faith.

Just like KEiiNO’s Eurovision entry Spirit In The Sky, their new song is an anthemic and encouraging track with a clear message: if you have to fight alone, do it, but don’t let anybody hold you down. Furthermore, KEEiiNO emphasizes the importance of never losing hope in life as they are singing: “my light is never-ending, there will come a day for me.”

Although Praying contains a very deep, melancholic and spiritual reflection about afterlife, the melody is cheerful and positive and invite you to dance as well.

Praying is written and composed by KEiiNO alongside Alexander Olsson, Henrik Tala and Rüdiger Scramm. It is exactly the same team that worked together for KEiiNO’s Eurovision entry.

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Portuguese visual director Eduardo Lobo, who produced the graphics for KEiiiNO’s LED wall in Tel Aviv, has produced the lyric video, which you can watch below:

KEiiNO – Praying lyrics

Wherever I go
Whenever I sleep
Whatever I do
You always linger with me
I’m drying my tears
I’m facing my fears
Got nowhere to run
You always gonna find me
But my body feels so strong tonight
A chaos born in candlelight
Don’t wanna go home
A darkness waiting on a throne
Been fighting shadows all alone
I fear them tonight
Should I be praying
I found my grace in staying
True to every bone in me
Please don’t call me down
I’m not pretending
My light is never-ending
There will come a day for me
But sing it to me carefully
Should I be praying
Am I lost, I don’t wanna go home
If I must, I’ll be fighting alone
Won’t let anybody hold me down
Should I be praying
Am I lost, I don’t wanna go home now
Won’t let anybody hold me down
Whatever I’ve known
Wherever I’ve been
Whomever I loved
You wanna take it from me
But my body feels so strong tonight
A chaos born in candlelight
Don’t wanna go home
A shadow I can feel alone
Can’t shake it off or calm me down
I fear them tonight
Should I be praying
Am I lost, I don’t wanna go home
If I must, I’ll be fighting alone
Won’t let anybody hold me down
Should I be praying
Am I lost, I don’t wanna go home now
Won’t let anybody hold me down

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