27
November
2018

Melodifestivalen 2019 – All 28 acts revealed

Melodifestivalen 2019 – All 28 acts revealed

Anna Bergendahl

Anna Bergendahl, Martin Stenmarck and Arvingarna are among the 28 acts who will compete to represent Sweden at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. From the 2nd of February to the 9th of March, Sweden will run its big Melodifestivalen selection.

Contents

  • 1 Heat 1 – Gothenburg the 2nd of February
  • 2 Heat 2 – Malmö the 9th of February
  • 3 Heat 3 – Leksand the 16th of February
  • 4 Heat 4 – Lidköping the 23rd of February
After months of speculations, the 28 acts for Melodifestivalen 2019 has finally been confirmed. As usual, the line-up include some familiar faces, but also talented new comers. The age spread is quite big as well, from the 15 year old Malou Prytz and Bishara to 86 year old Jan Malmsjö.

Who has what it takes to win the national selection and later bring home a good result from Tel Aviv, Israel in May next year? We’ll have to wait to hear the songs, but with the line-up now known, early bets have already started.

The 28 songs taking part in Melodifestivalen 2019 were selected from approximately 2300 submitted.

Heat 1 – Gothenburg the 2nd of February

  • Ashes to Ashes – Anna Bergendahl
  • Chasing Rivers – Nano
  • Hello – Mohombi
  • Mina bränder – Zeana feat. Anis Don Demina
  • Mina fyra årstider – Arja Saijonmaa
  • No Drama – High15
  • Not With Me – Wiktoria

Heat 2 – Malmö the 9th of February

  • Army of Us – Andreas Johnson
  • Hold You – Hanna Ferm & LIAMOO
  • I Do Me – Malou Prytz
  • I Love It – Oscar Enestad
  • Leva livet – Jan Malmsjö
  • Nakna i regnet – Vlad Reiser
  • Tempo – Margaret

Heat 3 – Leksand the 16th of February

  • Habibi – Dolly Style
  • Låt skiten brinna – Martin Stenmarck
  • Norrsken – Jon Henrik Fjällgren
  • Om igen – Omar
  • Somebody Wants – The Lovers of Valdaro
  • Victorious – Lina Hedlund
  • Who Am I – Rebecka Karlsson

Heat 4 – Lidköping the 23rd of February

  •  I Do – Arvingarna
  • Känner dig – Anton Hagman
  • Kärleken finns kvar – Ann-Louise Hansson
  • On My Own – Bishara
  • Stormbringer – Pagan Fury
  • Too Late For Love – John Lundvik
  • Torn – Lisa Ajax

After each heat, three acts will leave the competition, while two will qualify directly to the final and another two will get a second chance. The Second Chance heat will be held in Nyköping on the 2nd of March. The final is held in the Swedish capital Stockholm on the 9th of March.

The winner of Melodifestivalen will represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest. This year, Benjamin Ingrosso carried out that honour. With the song Dance You Off, he brought home a 7th place. In the video below, you can watch him perform that song at the Euro Village in Lisbon, Portugal:

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26
November
2018

Eurovision Insight Podcast: The Final News From Minsk, Monday 26th November

Eurovision Insight Podcast: The Final News From Minsk, Monday 26th November
http://archive.org/download/escinsight_20181126_daily_598/escinsight_20181126_daily_598.mp3

Twenty songs… More than twenty stories… points… votes… implications…. complications… tension… excitement… and a very tired Ola Melzig. Junior Eurovision 2018 had it all. As we leave Minsk, let’s look back on a great Contest.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: The Final News From Minsk, Monday 26th November

That was the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. But before we all board our flights and head around the world to go home, let’s looks back with Ewan Spence, Sharleen Wright, Ben Robertson, and Richard Taylor.

As Junior Eurovision draws to a close, remember to stay up to date with all the Eurovision news by subscribing to the ESC Insight podcast. You’ll find the show in iTunes, and a direct RSS feed is also available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

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26
November
2018

The Winner Of The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018…

The Winner Of The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018…

A record twenty participants gave the performance of their lives over the last two nights, but only one could claim the title!

After each countrys’ jury declaring their votes from 1 to 12 points, and the release of the combined public vote made by the official app, the 2018 Junior Eurovision Champion is Roksana from Poland.  The entry won the contest with an amazing final result of 215 points.

Rounding out this year’s medal podium are France for Silver and Australia with the Bronze.

Let the celebrations begin in Warsaw – congratulations to Poland!

Now we just await news of where we shall be heading for Junior Eurovision in 2019.  Stay tuned to ESC Insight for all the details once released.

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25
November
2018

Junior Eurovision 2018: And the winner is…!

Junior Eurovision 2018: And the winner is…!

A record twenty participants gave the performance of their lives over the last two nights, but only one could claim the title!

After each countrys’ jury declaring their votes from 1 to 12 points, and the release of the combined public vote made by the official app, the 2018 Junior Eurovision Champion is Roksana from Poland.  The entry won the contest with an amazing final result of 215 points.

Rounding out this year’s medal podium are France for Silver and Australia with the Bronze.

Let the celebrations begin in Warsaw – congratulations to Poland!

Now we just await news of where we shall be heading for Junior Eurovision in 2019.  Stay tuned to ESC Insight for all the details once released.

Categories: ESC Insight

25
November
2018

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Minsk, Sunday 25th November

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Minsk, Sunday 25th November
https://archive.org/download/escinsight_20181125_daily_597/escinsight_20181125_daily_597.mp3

The Jury Final is over, so half the points for this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest have already been decided. There’s a good chance that – thanks to the online voting – someone has taken a commanding lead. We’ll find out the winner in this afternoon’s show, but before then, let’s look back at the Jury Final and make some rash predictions.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Minsk, Sunday 25th November

With only a few hours to go until The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, Ewan Spence, Sharleen Wright, Ben Robertson, and Richard Taylor discuss the Jury Final, the running order, and who could win.

As Junior Eurovision draws to a close, remember to stay up to date with all the Eurovision news by subscribing to the ESC Insight podcast. You’ll find the show in iTunes, and a direct RSS feed is also available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

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25
November
2018

The Spotters Guide To The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018

The Spotters Guide To The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018

National Pride On Show

Much of the news of the last few weeks has revolved around the fact we have a record twenty countries taking part in Junior Eurovision. Wales and Kazakhstan are debuting, and France, Azerbaijan and Israel are returning after absences.

These countries are bringing performances that all remind us of where they are from. Manw from Wales is performing as a proud dragon and Kazakhstan breathtaking eagle imagery reminds of my time transversing the barren steppe.

For Israel and Azerbaijan, my memories revert back to the Eurovision Song Contest. Noam’s performance and light show could be lifted from any combination of ‘Milim‘ or ‘Made of Stars‘. Similarly the floaty dress Fidan wears for Azerbaijan, combined with the white box and four symmetically formationed dancers is just a little bit ‘X My Heart‘.

And France. I don’t know about you but there’s a building I reckonise from somewhere. Can’t recall where I’ve seen it before.

Belarus Bring A Gamechanger

In the press room the host country entry ‘Time‘ is not being talked up as one of the favourites. Win or lose I am certain that the staging of ‘Time‘ is such a gamechanging moment in stage performance. This is the first true performance that is played out in music video style, with beach, basketball and living room scenes so effortlessly transitioned.

Delegations heading to Tel Aviv should watch and learn – the smaller scale of the show that Tel Aviv will need to be might need more creative ideas to make impact back home.

And What A Scale This Is

The Belarussian media have ensured that all the country’s eyes will be on the capital city for the Sunday evening show, with newspapers covering Minsk’s hosting on the front pages.
Minsk Arena, hosting the 2021 International Ice Hockey World Championship Finals, is a modern world-class venue that has ample capacity to run the Eurovision Song Contest with ease. It sold out within days for the show, and expect a passionate home crowd cheering on the acts.

That’s only backed up by the thousands of children that will be on the floor for the show itself. We’ve seen schoolchildren coming in to learn choreography throughout the week and we’re expecting a co-ordinated crowd not just for the interval acts but all 20 performers as well. I remember this well from the 2009 Contest in Yerevan adding to the carnival atmosphere.

Light Up My Spotify Please!

OK, having heard it in full with all twenty acts getting there chance to shine makes it run just a wee bit long (I’m just too used to songs with a 3:00 limit), but the fact is that the “Light Up” common song this year is perfectly written. It’s safe pop of course with production polished to the nines, but the hooks are infectious and I dare this it would do well as a great competitive song as well.

I just hope it doesn’t disappear into the ethers post-contest. I’ll be listening again.

A New Second Language

Our hosts exclaim Добрый вечер at the start of the show. Times have changed. Junior Eurovision’s eastern-heavy participation list means Russian is probably far more understood to many.
Yes the show is in English, but note how Ukraine opens the show with the bilingual ‘Say Love‘, with brash text on the backdrop in both Latin and Cyrillic script. It’s incredibly powerful and will send that message clearly down to viewers all around the region.

And no, even though France are taking part there’s not a whiff of français anywhere in this. Not even a douze points in the voting.

Blink And You Miss It

There’s no fireworks in the show itself but a precise number of one entry is using the gas cannons. It’s subtle, but will you notice with one?

There’s also only one true costume change to spot for the eagle eyed of you.

The Jury Votes Come In

Just a recap that Junior Eurovision has a system of half juries (3 adults and 2 children) alongside half the scores from an online vote (which,if you are reading before the show, is available at https://vote.junioreurovision.tv/)

Two things to keep your eyes on. The reading of each country’s jury score is read out on stage – but can you guess which have brought one of their own to read the 12 points and which are read by a local Belarussian act? I’ll let you know that one of Ireland, Australia and Wales isn’t from their country, guess who!

There’s also a puppet. A decidedly creepy vote revealing puppet. Thankfully it’s not this one.

And Finally The Online Vote

We at team ESC Insight are expecting that the spread of votes in the jury vote will be far wider than the online vote. This is because the voting system encourages votes to be spread much more uniformly across all the songs rather than just one.

Although 50/50, therefore the jury vote is arguably more important.

Expect most countries in online voting to be clustered around the 45-60 point mark with a few breakaways. The question will be if enough points are left on the board for any remaining countries to overtake the leader. The voting could be close, or could be a formality with a few countries left to receive points, as it was last year sadly.

The juries have already voted. Now the only decision is left in your hands. Who do you want to win Junior Eurovision 2018? May the best song win.

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