Eurovision Insight Podcast: Previewing Eurovision Young Musicians 2018

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Previewing Eurovision Young Musicians 2018

Six finalists prepare to take to the stage at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall for tonight’s Grand Final of the Eurovision Young Musicians contest. What can we expect, who has qualified, and why are the smaller contests important to the EBU?

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Ewan Spence previews the Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 Grand Final, with Semi Final results, rules, broadcast times, and a chat with the EBU’s Jon Ola Sand.

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Your Young Musicians 2018 Guidebook Is Now Available

Your Young Musicians 2018 Guidebook Is Now Available

2018’s Unofficial Young Musicians Guidebook is now on our proverbial digital shelf for you to download. Chock-full of information on this year’s performers, songs, and the history of the Contest Eurovision, this free, downloadable eBook (available in PDF formats) is a fantastic resource to have at your fingertips as you listen to our audio preview of the Contest.

Still on the fence on whether to download a copy or not? Here are a few reasons to check it out:

  • Learn all about this year’s songs and performers.
  • Catch up on the history of the Contest and how the 2018 show is being organised!
  • It’s free, so you literally have nothing to lose!

Grab your copy of ESC Insight’s Guide to Young Musicians 2018 here. (If you’d like to share it online, we’d ask you to credit us here at ESC Insight and link back to this page, rather than pointing directly to the eBook.)

And, of course, let us know what you think! Feedback is always welcome.

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Time travel back to Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 1982

Time travel back to Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 1982

Brixx in Danish Melodi Grand Prix 1982

Did the winner of 1982 come from the future? And was it actually the right song that won the Danish final? After years of searching, the broadcaster finally found it’s right format and the quality went significantly up.

Imagine that you can travel back in time. What will you do? And what will you tell the people you meet about the future? As the curious Eurovision fan I am, I will go back to previous national finals. I want to see why my parents’ and grand parents’ generations voted as they did. I want to talk to the participants from back then, and I also want to follow the big developments happening within music and TV production.

After years of trying out various formats, Denmark had now for 1982 landed on a national final with 10 songs. That formula would prove to be the right format for the country that returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 1978 after a 12 years absence. After a poor 1981 show, I was now ready to continue for another trip.

Hang on, I did program my time machine to 1982, right? I got nervous something went wrong as the show started with an empty hall. It looked like a factory building being turned into a proper arena for a Danish final. Besides the clothes of the workers, it really looked like the 2014 B & W arena in Copenhagen. But no, as the stage was ready and Jørgen de Mylius came out in his purple suit with matching butterfly, I realised that it was indeed 1982.


  • 1 Did Brixtofte also have a time machine?
  • 2 John Hatting’s tragic destiny
  • 3 Watch the highlights
  • 4 Did Denmark make the right choice?
  • 5 Voting
  • 6 In this series

Did Brixtofte also have a time machine?

First song up was Video Video by Brixx. It has become one of the classic Melodi Grand Prix entries, which everyone loves and can sing along to. Leadsinger Jens Brixtofte left the music business a few years later. He studied and became a regular business man. Showbizz was over for him.

After winning, Jens Brixtofte was asked if he was sure he didn’t want to be a politician like his brother. He replied promptly with a “no, that was too hard”. It crossed my mind, was Jens also from the future? Did he, like me, build a time machine and had come back from the future? In 1982, his brother’s political scandal was many years into the future.

As Jens left showbizz, it was his brother who would make headline news. The name Brixtofte became quite quickly associated to him, politician Peter Brixtofte. He became mayor in 1985, and soon that municipality became paradise on earth. Business, sports and culture life was growing in the city, school children were given a free computer (which wasn’t common back then), the students great housing, and the pensioners a free holiday to the sun in South Europe once each year.

But will you believe it, it turned out to be too good to be true. Paradise didn’t exist after all. After a big economical scandal, Peter Brixtofte was thrown in jail. A few years after he was released, he died at the age of 66, at a point where alcohol had become his best friend.

That scandal had nothing to do with Brixx, but coming from the future, it is impossible to hear the name Brixtofte, and not think of the jailed politician. I was really curious about whether or not Jens Brixtofte did know about what would later wait for his brother, but I decided not to talk to him. If he really did come from the future, there was no need for me to blow his cover.

John Hatting’s tragic destiny

I didn’t talk to Jens Brixtofte, but decided to catch up with another member of Brixx instead, John Hatting. He was smiling, happy and enjoying the success of the song. However, I did sense that John wanted more than just being a keyboard player. I told him that in the future things would be different, that he would take part in the Danish final as solo singer, together with his wife and…. before I could finish my sentence with ‘as songwriter’, he interrupted me. “Wife? Which wife?” I told him that he would meet the Norwegian singer Lise Haavik, and that they would perform together under the name Trax and also go onto represent Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest.

The news about his future, did please John. What I didn’t tell him was that he would also die early, at the age of 64, and that he would be quite a bitter man at that time, that he would feel everyone turned their back on him, that he would get the reputation that he was difficult to work with, mainly because he was perfectionist, and also that it would turn out, that he indeed didn’t have that much luck in his love life.

Watch the highlights

In the video below, you can enjoy the highlights from Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 1982. It includes clips from the opening of the national final, clips from all ten songs competing and the voting.

We have provided you with English subtitles directly on the video.

Did Denmark make the right choice?

As Video Video only scored five points at the Eurovision Song Contest, it would be obvious to conclude that the country probably didn’t pick the right song to represent them. But which one would have had a better chance?

Brixx’ winner entry is a classic in Danish Melodi Grand Prix history, but the one that got the biggest success afterwards is Tommy Seebach’s Hip Hurra – Det’ Min Fødselsdag (Hip Horay – it’s my birthday). Host Jørgen de Mylius predicted this himself when he in the show said that this song will probably be a birthday classic and played until 2033! I totally love this song, and back in ’82, it was modern and fresh, but Eurovision wasn’t, so I don’t actually think it would have done much better. A year or two later however, it could have won.

Looking at the songs that finished in top five in the Eurovision Song Contest that year, Denmark didn’t have a song that could beat Germany’s Nicole, but in my opinion Anne Karin’s Når Man Kun Er 18 År (When you are just 18 years old) could have brought home a better result than Brixx did. A bold chance would have been Peter Belli’s Spejldans (Mirror dance). It wouldn’t be an obvious winner of the Danish final, but it might have secured a top five result at Eurovision.

I don’t blame the jury members voting for Video Video though. It does have an international sound, and a topic which everyone could relate to at that time, and I like it a lot. Just bad luck that it didn’t do better. There is nothing wrong with that song.


The result was determined by five juries consisting of 9 people in each. Each jury member gave the songs 1-6 points, which was then added up and calculated into the 1-8, 10 and 12 still used at the Eurovision Song Contest. The juries represented each their geographical area of Denmark.

ArtistTitleJury AJury BJury CJury DJury ETotalPlacement
BrixxVideo Video121271212551st
Tommy SeebachHip Hurra – Det’ Min Fødselsdag81012107472nd
Lise Dandanell
and Jacob Groth Band
På Træk23425169th
FendersDet’ Løgn571078374th
Jørgen Klubien
and Carsten Elmer
Käte & PerI Denne Verden76511217th
Jannie HøegElske64354226th
Taxie (McKinleys)Drømmene Er Forbi11131710th
Anne KarinNår Man Kun Er 18 År10861012463rd
Peter BelliSpejldans35843235th

In this series

When I had built my time travel machine, I started travelling back to the Danish finals as the country returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 1978. In the articles below you can follow my journeys, while waiting for 1983.

1978 – Mabel getting tough competition from Olsen Brothers who were to win Eurovision 22 years later.

1979 – Tommy Seebach’s first of the three Danish final victories, and Kim Larsen looking for a free trip to Israel.

1980 – Former Eurovision winner Grethe Ingmann taking part in the Danish final for the last time, Birthe Kjær for the first time. Both beaten by a fat man in overalls. (No offense!).

1981 – Tommy Seebach’s second win in a “poor, but pretty” Danish final which offered several tributes to famous people.

This reflection article is based on the author's ownpersonal experience. Views expressed belongs to him or her, and are to be seen as unrelated to EuroVisionary.com.

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Financial solution found in Israel – Eurovision planning can continue

Financial solution found in Israel – Eurovision planning can continue

Agreement reached

The drama is over – for now. A 12 million Euro guarantee will be paid, and as such EBU and Israel can continue it’s preparations for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Next up on the agenda is to find out which of three cities should host it.

In the past few days, the Israeli broadcaster IPBC (KAN) has been arguing with its government. As the extended deadline from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) was getting closer, the two parts played a high game putting pressure on each other.

The broadcaster said they didn’t have the money, and that it was up to the government to pay if the Eurovision Song Contest was to be held in Israel. From the other corner of the boxing ring, the Minister of Finance insisted that it was up to the broadcaster to pay. He was later joined by Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu who issued a threat of simply closing down KAN if they didn’t pay.

As the deadline to pay the 12 million guarantee expired today, the parts managed to agree on a loan from the government to the broadcaster. According to local media Haaretz, the broadcaster will pay back the loan unless unforseen events like war, earthquake, political influence etc will stop the contest from taking place in Israel. If that happens, the government won’t get the money.

With this agreement today, Israel can now continue its preparations for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Three cities are in the run to host the event; Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Eliat. An annoucement of who it will be, is expected within the next few weeks, at the latest in September.

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Eurovision 2019 in Israel, but who should pay for it?

Eurovision 2019 in Israel, but who should pay for it?

Netta at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest

Arguments in Israel about who should transfer a 12 million Euro guarantee to EBU, has now reached a level where Israeli politicians are getting involved. Monday, Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlo, urged the broadcaster to pay immediately.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) initially had asked for the 12 million Euro guarantee to be paid by the end of July 2018. This deadline was then later extended to the 14th of August, but with one day to go, the coming host country is still arguing who should pay.

IPBC (KAN in Hebrew) as broadcaster says that they are unable to pay and asks for the government to pay. From a statement today, Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlo however says that the broadcaster should pay – and that they are making a mistake if they don’t.

The corporation has made a grave mistake. It has to manage its affairs like any other government body. Its attempts to tie the situation to politics are erroneous. They are able to transfer the sum in a minute. If they do not transfer the guarantee, they will make a grave mistake, which will be contrary to the rules and regulations.

Moshe Kahlo, Minister of Finance, Israel to Ynret

Moshe Kahlo’s words about that the broadcaster can pay stands in contrast to those from IPBC themselves in response to Kahlo. They make it clear that the Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Israel IF the government pays for it, as they are unable to do so themselves.

We have been saying all along that the IPBC is unable to foot the bill of the production cost. If the government decides to finance it, the Eurovision will be held in Israel. The IPBC once again urges the decision makers to sit down and reach an agreement over budget with the treasury.

IPBC (KAN), Israeli broadcaster

Where this will end, we don’t know. The deadline is tomorrow, unless it will be extended once again. If extended, it will probably just be for a few days as naturally EBU needs to know the money is coming. If Israel is unable to put up this guarantee, the country can lose the right to host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. This is however still an unlikely scenario despite the arguments in Israel. Hosting an event like Eurovision gives a big boost in publicity, and it’s hard to imagine a country like Israel turning that down now.

Israel’s Eurovision host history

The country won the Eurovision Song Contest four times, but only hosted twice with 2019 being able to be the third time. In 1978 won for the first time, and the ’79 contest was held in Jerusalem. On homefield, Gali Atari & Milk and Honey brought the country their second win with the song Hallelujah. Israel turned down hosting the contest twice in a row, and the Netherlands took over.

In 1998, Dana International secured Israel their third victory. The 1999 contest was also held in Jerusalem.

As Netta and her Toy won the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, Israel has the oppertunity to host the 2019 edition. Three cities are interested in hosting; Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Eilat.

In the video below you can see a clip from one of Netta’s rehearsals at this year’s contest:

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Helena Paparizou explains why she didn’t represent Cyprus with “Fuego”

Helena Paparizou explains why she didn’t represent Cyprus with “Fuego”

Helena Paparizou

Former Eurovision winner Helena Paparizou rejected “Fuego”, but why did she do so? Now she explains why she didn’t accept the proposal from the Cypriot broadcaster. 

The only artist that achieved a victory for Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest admitted that although she loved the song when she heard it for the first time, she decided in the end that this wasn’t for her at that moment. She praises Eleni Foureira for her performance and she concludes that it proves that Eleni was a better choice for that song.

I loved the song from the very beginning – of course, it has been written by my favorite, Alex Papakonstantinou, with whom we already cooperating with Antique. I just felt that it was not what I had to do at this moment in my life. This. So simple…Eleni was amazing, I admired her! She could – and should – come out first! I was out of Athens with my husband, we had ordered in the room, we saw Eurovision both of us and it was a pity! I woke the tourists out of my joy, made an amazing look! And did you finally see? It was better that Eleni went and I did not go. She was absolutely perfect! 

Helena Paparizou to Down Town magazine.

Helena Paparizou won the Eurovision Song Contest for Greece in 2005 with My Number One, bringing the contest to Athens for the first and only time until now. It was her second attempt in the contest. In 2001 with Antique and Die For You, she achieved a third place. In 2014 she took part in the Swedish national final, Melodifestivalen, with the song Survivor. She ranked 4th in the final.

In the video below, take a look at Eleni’s version of Fuego, which came second at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. This performance is from Eurovision Village in Lisbon, Portugal:

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