08
January
2018

6 finalists for Czech national selection “Eurovision Song CZ” revealed

6 finalists for Czech national selection “Eurovision Song CZ” revealed

Logo of the Czech national selection - Eurovision Song CZ.

The Czech Republic is back with a new format for its national selection. Today during a special press conference, the broadcaster reveals the name of the selection, along with details of the six lucky finalists.

Czech Republic’s journey to Lisbon started in the autumn when the broadcaster confirmed its participation. Later the submission period was opened. Česká Televize chose 6 finalists, releasing photos of their legs to allow the public to guess who they may be. 

Today the artists, song titles, and official videos are released, along with the rules of the competition.

This year, the name of the Czech Republic’s competition uses the abbreviation ESC (as we know Eurovision Song Contest). The broadcaster slightly changed it to Eurovision Song CZ. The logo uses the tricolor from the Czech flag and also the official Eurovision heart.

With the finalists revealed, the online voting starts. The voting is run via the official Eurovision.tv app and everybody can vote. The voting is free and everybody has only 1 vote. However, only the votes of the Czech audience will count for the national selection. This will count as half of the votes.

The other half will come from the 8 members of the international jury. The voting is open for 2 weeks. When it closes, the broadcaster will reveal the bios, names and votes of the international jurors.

The votes from both groups will be allocated giving 8 points to the best song. The second will receive 6  points, followed by 4 to 1 points. On January 29, the artist representing the Czech Republic in Lisbon 2018  will be revealed.

Česká Televize has received more than 400 entries from all over the world and out of them, 36 came from Czech authors. Let’s see who made it to the final six.

  • Debbi – High On Love
  • Mikolas Josef – Lie To Me
  • Pavel Callta – Never Forget
  • Eddie Stoilow – We Rule The World
  • Doctor Victor – Stand Up
  • Eva Burešová – Fly

Czech Republic At The Eurovision Song Contest

This will be the Czech Republic’s seventh time at Eurovision. In a three year run between 2007-2009, the country failed to qualify for the final. Returning in 2015 they failed again. Gabriela Gunčíková brought them to the final at last in 2016 with I Stand.

Last year, in Kyiv, Martina Bárta placed 13th in her semi-final with her song My Turn.

Categories: Eurovisionary

07
January
2018

France Gall – Eurovision Winner for Luxembourg in 1965 has died

France Gall – Eurovision Winner for Luxembourg in 1965 has died

EuroVisionary are sad to learn that France Gall, the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest winner has passed away.

France represented Luxembourg in 1965 with the song Poupée de cire, poupée de son. She was the runaway winner in the contest. The song was written by Serge Gainsbourg, and is generally considered the song which modernized the contest.

France was born in Paris on October 9 1947.

France was seventeen years old when she won the contest. This was the second of five wins for Luxembourg. After the contest, France continued to record and tour in her native land.  When her success diminished there, she tried to build a career in Germany.

She has released over 20 albums and over 100 singles.

France’s greatest later success came in 1987 when the single Ella, elle l’a and its parent album Babacar was a global hit.

Gall died of an infection complicated from cancer, in Neuilly-Sur-Seine at the age of 70.

Enjoy her classic Eurovision performance below.

Categories: Eurovisionary

07
January
2018

Bucks Fizz’s Cheryl Baker takes to the ice

Bucks Fizz’s Cheryl Baker takes to the ice

Tonight Cheryl Baker will take part in the newly revived ice skating competition Dancing On Ice. Teamed with one of the most popular professional skaters in the show’s history, can Cheryl earn another victory?

One quarter of 1981’s winning United Kingdom entry will participate in the newly revived series of Dancing On Ice. Tonight UK viewers will see Baker take to the ice in competition with 11 other celebrities and their professional dance partners. Cheryl was part of the quartet Bucks Fizz who won the Eurovision Song Contest for UK with their memorable performance of their song Making Your Mind Up.

Cheryl’s ice skating partner is Daniel Whiston who has been with the show since it’s conception in 2006. Being one of the public’s favourite professional skaters, Whiston won more times than any other. He won the first series in 2006 with British actress Gaynor Faye, in 2010 with soap actress Hayley Tamaddon and in the shows 8th series with Olympic gynmast Beth Tweddle. Could he help Cheryl Baker achieve success in series 10?

Cheryl Baker will be teamed with 3 times winning Daniel Whiston

On 19th of December during the show’s official launch, Baker almost took a tumble on the ice having to quickly grab ahold of her partner Daniel Whiston to stop her from falling.

Despite being a revived show there have been a lot of changes made to the format. This year, each professional skater is tasked with having to choreograph each of their routines and teach it to their celebrity couples within just one week. Unlike before when the routines were choreographed by skating legend Christopher Dean.

In an interview with his local newspaper, Whiston teased that there will be a familiar move in their first routine. Although he couldn’t divulge too much information about their first performance he did say “I’m putting my neck on the line. We are going to do something in our first routine that everybody will recognise from somewhere.” No prizes for guessing that viewers are probably going to see Whiston whipping off Bakers skirt as part of their performance.

Career after Bucks Fizz

Cheryl has had a varied career after her time in Bucks Fizz and has ventured into reality TV, Presenting and has formed a new band with some of her former Bucks Fizz bandmates. Cheryl has joined Mike Nolan, Jay Aston and newcomer Bobby McVay to create The Fizz. Earlier this year they released their album The F-Z of Pop which peaked at no:25 in the UK album charts.

You can see Cheryl getting to grips with the ice and see the full line up of celebrities in the video below.

Categories: Eurovisionary

07
January
2018

Bucks Fizz’s Cheryl Baker takes to the ice tonight

Bucks Fizz’s Cheryl Baker takes to the ice tonight

Tonight Cheryl Baker will take part in the newly revived ice skating competition Dancing On Ice. Teamed with one of the most popular professional skaters in the show’s history, can Cheryl earn another victory?

One quarter of 1981’s winning United Kingdom entry will participate in the newly revived series of Dancing On Ice. Tonight UK viewers will see Baker take to the ice in competition with 11 other celebrities and their professional dance partners. Cheryl was part of the quartet Bucks Fizz who won the Eurovision Song Contest for UK with their memorable performance of their song Making Your Mind Up.

Cheryl’s ice skating partner is Daniel Whiston who has been with the show since it’s conception in 2006. Being one of the public’s favourite professional skaters, Whiston won more times than any other. He won the first series in 2006 with British actress Gaynor Faye, in 2010 with soap actress Hayley Tamaddon and in the shows 8th series with Olympic gynmast Beth Tweddle. Could he help Cheryl Baker achieve success in series 10?

Cheryl Baker will be teamed with 3 times winning Daniel Whiston

On 19th of December during the show’s official launch, Baker almost took a tumble on the ice having to quickly grab ahold of her partner Daniel Whiston to stop her from falling.

Despite being a revived show there have been a lot of changes made to the format. This year, each professional skater is tasked with having to choreograph each of their routines and teach it to their celebrity couples within just one week. Unlike before when the routines were choreographed by skating legend Christopher Dean.

In an interview with his local newspaper, Whiston teased that there will be a familiar move in their first routine. Although he couldn’t divulge too much information about their first performance he did say “I’m putting my neck on the line. We are going to do something in our first routine that everybody will recognise from somewhere.” No prizes for guessing that viewers are probably going to see Whiston whipping off Bakers skirt as part of their performance.

Career after Bucks Fizz

Cheryl has had a varied career after her time in Bucks Fizz and has ventured into reality TV, Presenting and has formed a new band with some of her former Bucks Fizz bandmates. Cheryl has joined Mike Nolan, Jay Aston and newcomer Bobby McVay to create The Fizz. Earlier this year they released their album The F-Z of Pop which peaked at no:25 in the UK album charts.

You can see Cheryl getting to grips with the ice and see the full line up of celebrities in the video below.

Categories: Eurovisionary

07
January
2018

Lithuania 2018: Eurovizijos Atranka Heat 1 Song Review and Results

Lithuania 2018: Eurovizijos Atranka Heat 1 Song Review and Results

Tonight it began – Eurovizijos Atranka, the competition to find Lithuania’s Eurovision entry for 2018. Our wonderful judging panel is back and the search for the perfect song begins.

How did the evening fare for the first thirteen contestants?

The show started with a recap of what was to come rather making it seem as if we’d missed the whole show. Te Deum played and then Trys, Du, Vienas – it began. Welcome to two hours of stunning women, great backing singers and tip top haircuts.,

The Hosts

Our two hosts made a promising debut at the Eurovizijos Atranka. Ugnei Skonsmanaite was dressed in a somewhat unusual light tan gladiator type pantsuit. Mantui Stonkui obviously had planned the costume with her, as he too had a matching tan suit. Not his colour.

The Singers and Songs

Justin3 – Born to Be Wild One

For the second year in a row, Justin3 opened the competition. The song is a well constructed smooth mellow sound. Justin’s voice is totally suited to the song. The judges commented on the air drum stunt, saying if hot air balloons can be used, then why not an imaginary drum.

See alsoLithuania 2018: why did Justin3's drummer play fake drums in National selection performance

Monee – Standing Here

Monee’s slow burner of a song was described as a little unbalanced. Monee, in a long flowing purple skirt, was told that she lacked the authenticity and character needed to send her to Portugal. Monee’s vocal prowess was highly praised. However, when Monee said that if she doesn’t get through this year it will be her last attempt, Aistė reminded her of her hundreds of attempts and not be discouraged and try again.

Germantė Kinderytė – Turn It Up

The youngest contestant in tonight’s show was compared to Paula from last year. However, the panel generally thought Germantė was not quite as good. Germantė and her dancers stole Greta Zazza’s coats from last year, and dyed them green, purple and orange. Our judges felt the dancers were enjoying the performance more than Germantė. Nevertheless, she was praised for performing a bouncy dance song, suitable for a young sixteen year old. Note the difference between the judges and the public on this one.

Godo (Goda Sasnauskaitė) – Fire Fountain

Godo went down well with our panel. They felt this was the best performance and song so far. Godo’s voice was rightfully praised and the song was structured well. Godo reminded Aistė of Loreen as she slithered around like a reptile. Dressed in what looked like a couple of expensive garbage bags and a couple of zip-locks, Godo was praised for her originality. Conversely, her representation of alternative music was cited as a reason voters may not get behind her. A very good performance.

Lukas Norkūnas – Tegu

On the one hand, Lukas was criticized for looking strange in a suit. He was told to wear jeans. However, another judge came out and said that last year a weird performer with a weird hairstyle and a weird haircut won Eurovision. Lukas was complimented for singing a song of a different genre. The song was aiming to get upbeat, the backing singers just needed to look a bit more enthusiastic.

Meda Meškauskaitė – Blood Roses

Sadly Meda was told that a lot more work was needed in her performance. She was told that her vocals were quite weak. The biggest criticism though was for the dancer. One judge said that the dancer looked so out of place, that he could be mistaken as a stage intruder. He joked that this way Meda could get to perform the song multiple times, until it was discovered he belonged to the act. Meda was told it is too early for her to go to Eurovision. Never mind she is young enough to practice and come back even stronger. Meda wore a blood rose red dress, almost purple.

Benas Malakauskas – My Memories

Benas split the judge’s opinion. Our digital expert felt that she had forgotten the song by the time it was over and was bored. The song though was described as having a lot of dramatic moments. The fault then lay in the visuals which lacked the impact at the right moments. Benas was told to create more impact in the song. Benas was the first contestant tonight to have one of Lithuania’s ten out of ten haircuts. He also looked very smart in his purple suit. Purple is the in colour in Lithuania this year.

See alsoLatvia 2018: Meet 5 of the artists as Supernova moves to Saturday starting February 3

Milda Rasilavičiūtė – I Think About You

Milda was told that she has a beautiful song and a beautiful voice. However, it was unclear what the judges actually wanted. The performance made them angry for some reason. Perhaps the props were to blame, as there followed an outburst about fire loving Balkan neighbours. The song was described as very American like and would surely find an audience. Milda’s been down to H&M with her fancy white blouse and grey pants. Another good performance that could improve with a little more power.

Dangė – Netikra Laimė

With the song title translating to Inconvenient Happiness, the judges complained that sending this song to Eurovision was unimaginable. Alas the striking red dress may never be seen again. The song was described as very feminine and delicate, but not for Eurovision. The song was described as being more appropriate as a charity song. Lithuania would have chosen this song in the past. Very dreamy and listenable.

Natalija Khareckaya – Serious

Natalija was praised for singing her own self-penned song. The song has a very jazz feel and was described as a lot of fun. Natalija’s stage moves were also complimented. Again comparing the performance to Salvador’s, Natalija hit the right mark by knowing what she wanted to show on stage. Not quite sure if Natalija’s suit was pink, or whether the purple had faded from it. Sounds of New Orleans,

Aušra Difartė – Someday

Aušra’s song drew ire from the panel as they didn’t understand what she was trying to achieve. Aušra was chastised for not bringing her singer-songwriting husband on stage with her. The judges felt that their two voices blended together would make a more appealing sound. However, the instruments were very refreshing and the song had a beautiful summery feel. Perfect for the white shimmery dress, Aušra wore.

Evaldas Vaikas – Blind

Evaldas was told by Aiste, that his excellent voice deserved a better song. Zilnys disagreed although he did concede the song needed to be constructed better.The judges wondered if Evaldas was blind to the suit he was wearing. The good news for Evaldas was that he was told he has everything needed to be a star. The song is listenable enough but lacks punch.

Ieva Zasimauskaitė – When We`re Old

Ramūnas came straight out and said that he needed to wait until the end to find his favourite. The song was described as passionate, precise and well produced. It also was delicate and brittle and captivating for the full three minutes. Aistė declared rather graciously that it was time to give Ieva, the Eurovision. Ieva no doubt would have had to give her pink dress a clean when she got home. She performed sitting on the floor,

The Judges

Last year the judges sent Fusedmarc and Rain of Revolution to Eurovision. While the song was a grower, only San Marino placed lower in the semi-final. Despite this LRT have two of the same judges yet again. Haven’t they heard of don’t do the same thing twice if you want different results?

Ramūnas Zilnys – our favourite silver-haired music reviewer took the first chair, offering tips and advice to the contestants.

Darius Užkuraitis – the head of LRT who likes to offer his opinion annually.

Dovilė Filmanavičiūtė – the CEO of Miss Sheep and a digital advisor.

Aistė Pilvelyte – good old Aistė, after failing to qualify for Eurovision with many good songs,  she has decided to get her revenge this year by judging the acts. Don’t be surprised if she is a late wildcard entry and finds a way to send herself to Lisbon.

The Results

The top six acts\oun progress to the next round

ArtistJuryPublicTotalPosition
Justin34 2 6 10
Monee11 2 11
Germantė Kinderytė010 10 5
Godo12818 2
Lukas Norkūnas8 412 4
Meda Meškauskaitė0 0 012
Benas Malakauskas3 6 9 6
Milda Rasilavičiūtė6 7 13 3
Dangė0 0012
Natalija Chareckaja7 07 9
Aušra Difartė5 387
Elvadas Vaikasas25 7 8
Ieva Zasimauskaitė1212 24 1

Lithuania In The Eurovision Song Contest

Lithuania debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994. Their first representative was Ovidijus Vyšniauskas singing the song  Lopšinė mylimai. Ovidijus performed in 16th place, in a field of 25. Not one of the other 24 countries saw it in their hearts to give Lithuania a point that year.

It took Lithuania 5 years to get over the snub. In 1999 Lithuania decided to return. It held its first-ever National final on the last day of 1998.

Our favourite judge from this year, Aistė Pilvelytė made her debut with the song Nubudusi širdis, but finished a disappointing 11th out of 12 songs. A different Aistė, Aistė Smilgevičiūtė won the honour with the song Strazdas.

She opened the show in Jerusalem performing solo on stage. Five countries saw the song worthy enough to be in their top 10, Cyprus, Israel, Croatia, Latvia and Malta. The song received 13 points and finished in 20th place out of 23. Lithuania was told to pack its bags in 2000 and return in the new millennium with something better. Did they succeed?

Categories: Eurovisionary

06
January
2018

Latvia 2018: Meet 5 of the artists as Supernova moves to Saturday starting February 3

Latvia 2018: Meet 5 of the artists as Supernova moves to Saturday starting February 3

Latvian TV (LTV) have confirmed that the Supernova is moving to a Saturday. For the past three years, the Latvian Supernova has been broadcast on a Sunday.

Yesterday the artists met for a discussion with the producers and choreographers. Many revealed on their Facebook pages that they would be appearing in the first semi-final on February 3.

Twenty-one acts are challenging for the title, eight females, eight groups or duos, and five male artists. EuroVisionary contacted all the acts and asked them to tell us about their songs and what was the inspiration behind them.

Many of the acts have longer stories which we have published in the past. There are a few more to come in the future. However, below you can read some of the stories from the artists who sum up the meaning of their songs in one or two sentences.

Kris & Oz

Morning Flight written by Artūrs Osipovs, Kristīne Morina, Kristīne Sisējeva and Aleksandrs Solovjovs. The male female duo, of Kristīne and Osipovs will perform their own song about the grand escape. The song is about escaping negative energy from bad vibes, whether it is something or someone who is making you unhappy. The ballad advises you should run to people who are kind and happy.

Monta

1000 Roses written by Monta herself. The song is an inner talk with herself, which results in inspiration that surrounds Monta with the scent of roses. Monta has certainly captured that mood as the song and her voice are as warm and pure as that of a scented candle. This is a perfect warmer for upcoming winter nights. Beautiful.

Katrine Lukins

Running Red Lights written by Katrine with Andris Lūkin and Kaspars Ansons. This is another powerful song gaining a lot of fan support. Katrine was in the Supernova 2017 with the song Silhouette. Unbelievably Katrine finished last in the second heat. This year, Katrine is back with a song which means a lot to her. The song is more emotional as Katrine was going through a hard time in her life when she wrote it. Running Red Lights has a more modern sound than last years song and Katrine promises that she will show more of herself in the 2018 Supernova.

Rahu The Fool

Oh Longriver written by Pēteris Narubins and Rahu the Fool. Rahu wrote the song while enjoying a bottle of Scotch and are looking forward to crossing paths with many Eurovision fans, provided they are willing to share the bottle.  Let’s hope the whiskey is put down long enough for Rahu to remember their date with Supernova 2018.

Katrīna Gupalo and The Blackbirds

Intoxicating Caramel written by Katrīna Gupalo. Katrīna will perform her self penned song, backed by the Blackbirds. Katrīna describes the song as a form of art pop style. The artist’s creative ideas break down boundaries giving freedom to integrate different genres.

Tune in to the Supernova to see if one of these artists will be chosen to represent Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. If the Supernova follows the past formula with two heats and a semi-final, the final will be held on February 24.

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