08
March
2019

Sarah McTernan to wave the Irish Eurovision flag in Tel Aviv

Sarah McTernan to wave the Irish Eurovision flag in Tel Aviv

Sarah McTernan

The silence have been broken. Ireland finally presented Sarah McTernan as their artist for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. This follows a period with very few rumours, a fake story and no official news – until today.

It has been almost worrying waiting for Ireland’s entry this year. As we got closer and closer to the deadline for submitting entries for Tel Aviv, we still lacked Ireland. No song, no participant and not even a date for publication came out from the broadcaster. Did they still intend to participate? We assumed so, but the lack of guesses from the fans told the same story about everyone waiting impatiently. Finally, an Irish newspaper had been given the exclusive story that it was Janet Devlin to represent them. Many seemed to believe this exclusive until Janet herself went out denying it. We were back to the beginning with no information – aside from that we now knew of an Irish media who brought a fake story as their exclusive!

Today, we now also know that it will be Sarah McTernan to represent Ireland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel in May. The participating entry is titled 22. You can listen to it in the video below:

Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest

With seven wins, Ireland still holds the record as the most winning country, although they must be able to feel Sweden breathing at their neck. Ireland haven’t won since 1996 – while Sweden won three times since then and is now at a total of six wins. With Ireland’s latest results, it seems obvious that if they don’t pull home a victory very soon, Sweden will soon equalise their 7 wins.

Last year, Ryan O’Shaughnessy finished 16th with the song Together. For Ireland, just reaching the final was important as their acts had failed to do so in the previous four years. In fact, since 2005, Ireland reached the final seven times and failed just as many times.

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08
March
2019

Austria 2019: Listen to Pænda’s Limits and enjoy the video

Pænda

The wait is over. Today, Austria finally revealed their 2019 Eurovision entry. Does “Limits” have what it takes to make sure the country keep up the recent success? With no clear winner yet in sight, this year’s contest is very much still an open game.

Back in January, Austrian broadcaster presented Pænda (PAENDA) as their participant for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. The 31 year old singer, whose real name is Gabriela Horn, told back then that she had been looking for the right opportunity to take up the Eurovision challenge for her country.

When I was watching the Eurovision Song Contest on ORF in the past few years, I knew that if the opportunity presented itself, I would very much like to become part of it and compete for Austria. Music becomes a universal language, boundaries dissolve and it is shown that love is colorful, diverse and can not be classified in any drawer. The contest is a bridge builder that manages to unite different cultures and religions for a while. Now I’m allowed to sing for Austria and I am overwhelmed. It really means a lot to me to be part of this message to the world

Pænda

Her first album, titled Evolution I, was released in January 2018 and in April this year, the send one, Evolution II will see its release. It will include her entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest; Limits. Listen to her Euroviosion entry in the video below:

Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest started in 1956, and in it’s second year, Austria joined the fun. Over the years their results have been quite mixed.

Two victories, in 1966 and again in 2014, but also eight times finishing last, that’s the overall stats for Austria’s Eurovision journey. As the semi-finals were introduced in 2004, the country failed to reach the final four times. The last time that happened dates back to 2013 where Natália Kelly didn’t Shine as much as the song title indicated. Her poor result was however quickly forgotten as she was followed by Conchita Wurst who secured the country their second win.

In 2015, The Makemakes represented Austria on home-field, and unfortunately scored the worst ever for a host country. Together with neighbouring Germany, they failed to get one single point.

Last year, Cesár Sampson scored a third place with the song Nobody But You.

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08
March
2019

Say Na Na Na: Watch the video for Serhat’s Eurovision comeback

Say Na Na Na: Watch the video for Serhat’s Eurovision comeback

Serhat

The party is on! San Marino serves us a good old fashion up tempo pop song with disco elements, which is sure to get a few parties started. Serhat’s 2019 Eurovision entry was released today, and what a surprise it is.

NoteThe song leaked earlier today and was uploaded to YouTube illegally, but on EuroVisionary.com we do not support illegal uploads. This is why we waited for the official release.

No one had seen it coming when San Marino back in January presented Turkish Serhat as their representative for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. This followed a bizarre few weeks where Rodrigo Alves aka Human Ken Doll had announced himself as the representative of San Marino. The broadcaster remained silent while the reality figure kept repeating that he had been chosen.

The Human Ken Doll appeared like an odd choice to many, and finally on the 21st of January, we saw that he was lying as San Marino’s broadcaster pulled Serhat out of their hat. The 54 year old Turkish singer also represented the country back in 2016 where he failed to qualify for the final with the song I Didn’t Know.

Can Serhat do better this time? The broadcaster said about the recording of the video it’s a “very fresh and modern concept, which bring us, right into the ‘heart beat’ of the song“. The song has now finally been released, and you can watch it in the video below, but be warned; Serhat want you to get up and dance to this party song!

It’s probably a good thing San Marino is in the second half of the first semi-final as otherwise, this would have been a perfect opener.

San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest

The highlights of San Marino’s Eurovision participation can be written with just four numbers forming one year; 2014. That is so far the only time, the country reached the final of the contest.

It was Valentina Monetta who secured San Marino that only qualification. Those would think that she is now a national hero of the kind who stays far away from Eurovision in order to protect her reputation, will need to think twice. 2014 marked Ms Monetta’s third Eurovision participation in a row, in 2017 she returned to the contest and many are expecting yet another comeback from her in the coming years.

Back in 2008 band Miodio represented San Marino in the country’s Eurovision debut. They finished last in their semi-final. Whether or not influenced by this result, the broadcaster pulled out of Eurovision after just one year. In 2011, they however returned and have stayed ever since.

Last year, San Marino was represented by Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening. Despite charming robots on stage, they finished second to last in their semi-final and thus weren’t even near reaching the final. They had been chosen in a kind of national final, which was heavily critised for it’s format where participants would get points based on how much money they raised.

This year, San Marino has been drawn into the second half of the first semi-final and thus Serhat will compete on the 14th of May.

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07
March
2019

Arcade: Duncan Laurence reveals his Dutch 2019 Eurovision entry

Arcade: Duncan Laurence reveals his Dutch 2019 Eurovision entry

Duncan Laurance

Duncan will sing “Arcade” representing the Netherlands in Tel Aviv, Israel in May. Today, the song was finally aired providing us the opportunity to hear the song the broadcaster said ‘blew them away’.

Back in January, Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS presented Duncan Laurence as their participants for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. He was chosen despite not matching what the broadcaster initially aimed for; a well established act like they have chosen in recent years. Duncan however had something, which the internal committee fell for; a fantastic powerful song, which blew everyone away.

We were blown away by this song. It is so powerful that we have unanimously decided that Duncan is our man

Eric van Stade, AVROTROS

With those words from the broadcaster, many were very curious to hear the song. Could the Netherlands be on the way to their first win since 1975? Or is no one else blown away? You can now judge for yourself as the song the 2014 The Voice participant will sing in Tel Aviv has just been released.

How the Dutch got back on track at Eurovision

After failing to reach the final of the Eurovision Song Contest eight! years in a row, the Dutch broadcaster took at good look at their approach and changed things for the 2013 contest. Now, it would be well established acts and songwriters with a proven record that would represent them – and it paid off immediately.

In 2013, Anouk finished 9th with the song Birds. The following year, The Common Linnets took Europe by storm and came second. Despite Trijntje Oosterhuis not qualifying for the final in 2015, the broadcaster stood firm by their plan, and in the past three years, there has been no doubt about the Dutch entries reaching the final.

Can Duncan Laurence do that too despite the broadcaster going away from the plan, which worked so well since 2013? Time will tell. The Netherlands have been drawn into the second half of the second semi-final.

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07
March
2019

Luca Hänni to represent Switzerland – She Got Me officially released now

Luca Hänni

The Swiss 2019 Eurovision entry has now been released. It is up to “She Got Me” to bring the country back in to the final that they missed out on the last four years in a row. It’s a strong song so it does look promising.

Note: The song leaked earlier today and was uploaded to YouTube illegally, but on EuroVisionary.com we do not support illegal uploads. This is why we waited for the official release.

The traditional “Die Entscheidungsshow” had been dropped in an attempt to achieve better Eurovision results. Instead they introduced a selection process where a combination of a Swiss 100 people jury and a 21-people international jury selected the participant that would represent Switzerland at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

Several former Eurovision participants were included in the international jury: Tinkara Kovač (Slovenia 2014), Ovidiu Jacobsen (Romania 2010 and 2014), Helga Möller (Iceland 1986) and Ruth Lorenzo (Spain 2014).

As one of the last countries yet to present their artist, Switzerland today finally revealed their participant and their song for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Listen to the song in the video below – and in case you think he looks familia; Luca announced the Swiss points at the 2017 points. In 2016, he was one of the jury members for Switzerland.

The song is written by Luca Hänni himself along with Laurell Barker, Frazer Mac, Jon Hällgren and Lukas Hällgren. This is the third song this year, Laurell Barker is credited for along with Germany and United Kingdom. Laurell Barker is Canadian and wrote the Swiss Eurovision entry last year; Stones. In the Danish final, Barker co-wrote LeeLoo’s That Vibe.

Poor Swiss results recently

Since the introduction of semi-finals in 2004, things have been quite bad for the Switzerland so it’s perfectly understandable that they felt it is time to try something new.

4 qualifications to the final and 11 failed attempts. That’s the basic facts about the newer Swiss Eurovision history (since 2004). The last time we saw the country in the Saturday’s final show goes back to Sebalter’s Hunter of Stars in 2014. He charmed himself into the hearts of many Eurovision fans so expectations were high as he was one the submitted artists for the 2019 selection. Unfortunately, he was quickly eliminated.

Switzerland have been drawn into the first half of the second semi-final thus this year’s Swiss participant will compete on the 16th of May.

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07
March
2019

ZENA will represent Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song Like It

ZENA will represent Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song Like It

ZENA

Tonight saw the second last National Final of the 2019 season take place in Minsk where Belarus have chosen ZENA to represent the country at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

Ten acts participated tonight and in the end ZENA won the contest hosted by broadcaster National State Television and Radio Company of the Republic of Belarus (BTRC). Belarus will perform on May 14 in the first half of the first semi final in Tel Aviv.

The show was hosted by ex-Belarusian entrant Teo, along with Olga Ryzhikova. There was no messing about tonight. The act sang the song and the jury voted for it as soon as it was finished. None of the acts looked very pleased after they scored lower than ZENA with her 69 points.

Contents

  • 1 The Songs
  • 2 The Results
  • 3 Belarus At The Eurovision Song Contest

The Songs

Michael SoulHumanize

Tonight’s show was opened by one of the pre-contest favourites. A red flickering light opened the performance and Michael looked as if he was dressed in a Japanese kimono, but when he walked it was just a coat, while he stood behind a flowered pattern. As per the title of the song there wasn’t much of a human touch to this very electronic song. Lots of crashing, banging and screaming. Very metallic.

ZENA Like It

All in white ZENA actually has one of the best pop songs in all of the National selections this year. This is a very catchy song, which is helped greatly by four female backing singers. The song grows and grows at it proceeds. The video wall in the back randomly showed some of the lyrics of the song. Mainly like it over and over, but still a pretty powerful performance.

Eva KoganRun

A sweeping violin introduced this song and continued all the way through. It was the best thing about this song. The song itself was a ballad which crawled along at a snail’s pace. Eva looked well standing stagnant on a podium, all in white, but due to the nature of the song didn’t move much. The song kicked up a notch as it entered the final verse and chorus but by that time it was probably too late.

BLGN & Mirex Champion

This was a very good powerful soul number from this male duo. The excellent vocals and pounding electric piano produced a very distinctive beat. Three backing singers helped but they really were not needed as Alex Blgn  filled the studio with his voice alone. Very popular with the audience.

Sebastian RoosNever Getting Close

Four female backing vocalists helped Swedish Sebastian with his song which he described as rock. However while there may have been some guitars in the song, this was more of a power ballad than true rock. Sebastian certainly sang the song well enough but there was nothing to really make it stand out. Teo thought the song was beautiful.

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Alyona Gorbachova Can We Dream

Alyona set out to give Roko from Croatia a run for his money with the feathers and wings. Sewed into a very tight white dress and the earlier mentioned feathers, this was another emotive ballad – and boy did Alyona emote. Similar in structure to Mika Newton’s Angel, the vocals could not be faulted, although the song lacked a certain something needed to win.

PROvokatsiya Running Away from the Sun

A little bit of rapping from what looked like Belarus’s answer to Years and Years, in looks if not In sound. Three female dancers jiggled around to the minimalistic thumping beat. This song had a lot of la la la’s in it. One that seemed to appeal more to the younger members of the audience. A good attempt at something modern. The duo looked very trendy and youthful in their kind of matching silver and black costumes.

AuraCaravala

Haunting pan pipes promised much at the beginning of this song, but it was down hill from there. Aura had the fanciest staging of the night, with an illuminated purple and pink tree behind her. She was dressed in a purple and black concoction that she may have sewed up herself. She was accompanied by a female dancer who also wore the same garb. More visually than audibly appealing.

NAPOLI – Let It Go

NAPOLI, now a solo artist, Olga Shimanskaya is back for another attempt. This is a slow ballad and a dancer was still needed to fill the stage. The chorus was quite memorable. NAPOLI was dressed in white lace dress that seemed to run out of material as it got nearer her ankles. There were a few missed notes here tonight and the wind machine was used to full effect. A good enough attempt.

KeySi No Love Lost

After a couple of quieter entries, KeySi came crashing on to the stage, with another electronic based song. Dressed in a green long coat, she was accompanied by two male dancers, and three backing vocalists. The dancing was better than the song, although presentation wise this was as good as anything tonight.

The Results

The songs were judged by a professional jury panel. There was no public vote this year. The jury included Dmitry Koldun. Each jury member awarded the song a score from 0-10 as soon as it had been performed.

Jury TotalPosition
Michael Soul594
ZENA691
Eva Kogan5410
BLGN & Mirex652
Sebastian Roos623
Alyona Gorbachova594
PROvokatsiya558
Aura558
NAPOLI587
KeySi594

Belarus At The Eurovision Song Contest

This year will be the 16th time Belarus participates in the contest having made its debut in 2004 the same year that the semi finals began.

Unfortunately on their first attempt Belarus did not qualify to the final with My Galileo by Aleksandra and Konstantin.

It wasn’t until their fourth attempt that Belarus made the final when Dmitry Koldun did very well by finishing in 6th place with Work Your Magic. To date this is the only time Belarus has finished in the Top 10.

They have failed to qualify to the final on ten of their fifteen attempts. Of the other four entries to reach the final Alyona Lanskaya and Teo did best by both finishing in 16th place with Solayoh and Cheesecake in 2013 and 2014. Last year Alekseev failed to reach the final with the song Forever.

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