30
January
2018

Conchita Wurst as guest act at Danish final

Conchita Wurst as guest act at Danish final

2014 Austrian Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst is back on Danish sole in less than a few weeks. She will be guest act at this year’s Danish final held in Aalborg, North Jutland. The former winner has sweet memories of Denmark as it was in Copenhagen she won. 

On the 10th of February, Conchita will return to Denmark as she will perform at this year’s Danish Melodi Grand Prix final. With the song Rise Like A Phoenix, she won the 2014 contest held in the country’s capital, Copenhagen. As also the Eastern European countries voted for it, it was a song that in many ways showed the diversity of the contest, and the openness of Europe.

Conchita, as she just calls herself now, was also guest act at last night’s Spanish Operación Triunfo final.

It’s a big pleasure to welcome Conchita back to Denmark. She is an icon in the Eurovision history, and in many ways a representative of everything Melodi Grand Prix and Eurovision is. A message about community, music and diversity in Europe. I look forward to the reaction she will get from the Danish fans in Gigantium (the arena, edt.)

DR’s Head of Entertainment, and member of EBU’s Reference Group, Jan Lagermand Lundme in a press release on the 30th of January 2014.

In the video below, refresh your memory of Concita’s Eurovision victory from 2014 with the song Rise Like A Phoenix.

Categories: Eurovisionary

30
January
2018

Tickets for Eurovision’s semifinals about to go on sale

Tickets for Eurovision’s semifinals about to go on sale

At 11AM CET, Blueticket will start selling the third wave of tickets for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The tickets will be priced from 5€ to 140€ and will correspond to the show’s two semifinals.

It was just yesterday that Filomena Cautela and Sílvia Alberto hosted this year’s Eurovision semi-final allocation draw to determine which countries would participate in each semifinal. Now that the draw has been revealed, Blueticket is ready to begin the tickets sale for the two shows.

Similarly to the first and second wave, at 11AM CET, Blueticket’s queueing system will again take over its main webpage and assign a random number to the users. To that extent there is no advantage in accessing well in advance. All those who arrive after 10am will be assigned a sequential number according to the number of people waiting.

As for the prices, those are much cheaper than the ones for the Grand Final. One can attend the family show for simply 5€: check all the prices here.

If you’re not yet aboard of this journey, get in now! Below, you can remind yourself of which country is in which semifinal:

Semi-final 1 – 1st halfSemi-final 1 – 2nd halfSemi-final 2 – 1st halfSemi-final 2 – 2nd half
BelarusSwitzerlandRussiaMontenegro
BulgariaFinlandSerbiaSweden
LithuaniaAustriaDenmarkHungary
AlbaniaIrelandRomaniaMalta
Czech RepublicArmeniaAustraliaLatvia
BelgiumCyprusNorwayGeorgia
IcelandCroatiaMoldovaPoland
AzerbaijanGreeceSan MarinoSlovenia
IsraelFYR MacedoniaThe NetherlandsUkraine
Estonia

Categories: Eurovisionary

30
January
2018

Operación Triunfo: Alfred and Amaia win Spanish 2018 Eurovision spot

Operación Triunfo: Alfred and Amaia win Spanish 2018 Eurovision spot

Solely up to the Spanish population, Alfred and Amaia won tonight the national final making them the rightful representative for Spain at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. With the song “Tu Cancion” we’ll see them in Lisbon in May.

Last year, Spain picked Manel Navarro to represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest, but he was the choice of the jury, not the population, and as one jury member was closely connected to him, accusations of fraud was thrown at the broadcaster RTVE.

That will hopefully not happen tonight, as the broadcaster went back to the old formula with 100% televoting. A jury was present at the national final, but they were only there to give critics and advise. Their opinion didn’t matter in the final result.

The songs

Five participants and nine songs were in the running tonight; five solo songs, three duets and finally one group song performed by all five participants. That was what the Spanish population has to chose from tonight. The winner is highlighted in bold.

Solo entries

      • Amaia – Al Cantar
      • Alfred – Que Nos Sigan Las Luces
      • Aitana – Arde
      • Miriam – Lejos De Tu Piel
      • Ana Guerra – El Remedio

Duet entries

  • Agoney and Miriam – Magia
  • Aitana and Ana Guerra – Chico Malo
  • Alfred and Amaia – Tu Cancion

Group entry

    • Amaia, Alfred, Aitana, Miriam, Ana Guerra – Camina

Note: Agoney, who sang duet with Miriam, finished 6th in the preliminary selection, and as just outside the top 5. Therefore she is not singing any solo song nor taking part in the group entry.

In the first voting window, three acts qualified to a second round. These were (Their percentage in the second round): Aitana – Arde (31%), Aitana & Ana Guerra – Chico Malo (26%) and Alfred and Amaia – Tu Cancion (43%).

See also2018 Eurovision Song Contest Semi-final Allocation Draw

As guests acts in this year’s Spanish national we saw, among others, 2014 Austrian Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst, but also Luisa Sobral, sister of Salvador, and writer of his 2017 Eurovision winner. Luisa also functioned as stand-in for her brother at the first two rounds of rehearsals in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest

It was in 1961, Spain joined the Eurovision Song Contest, and never once had a break from it, thus is now up at 57 appearances. With only two victories, in 1968, and a joined one in 1969 with three other countries, and five last positions, the country has had quite mixed results. In the last ten years, the country has only twice made top10 – and that was even two 10th places. They haven’t made a top5 result since Anabel Conde’s second place in 1995.

The past three years have been particular bad. Edurne finished 21st in 2015, Barei did even worse with a 22nd place in 2016 – and last year, it went completely wrong as Manel Navarro’s Do It For Your Lover finished last with only five points.

In the video below, check out this year’s Spanish Eurovision entry:

Categories: Eurovisionary

30
January
2018

WATCH LIVE FROM BARCELONA

7 hours ago

Our five finalists, Amaia, Alfred, Aitana, Miriam and Ana Guerra.

Categories: Oiko Times

29
January
2018

Czech Republic choose Mikolas Josef for Lisbon

Czech Republic choose Mikolas Josef for Lisbon

Mikolas Josef won the new national selection in the Czech Republic with his entry Lie To Me. Czech broadcaster Česká televize revealed the winner this evening. Mikolas was the favourite to win so this doesn’t come as a big surprise.

Three weeks ago, Czech Republic announced its 6 finalists for the national selection Eurovision Song CZ. A week ago, the online voting closed, and the international jury members were revealed together with their winner – Mikolas Josef. And today, one week later, the overall winner is announced.

It is, as expected, Mikolas Josef. Split online voting and jury voting results are expected to be published in the following days.

Mikolas Josef will represent the Czech Republic in Lisbon with his song Lie To Me. The song was already published in November prior to the announcement of the finalists, and up to today, the official video on YouTube has already more than 1 million views.

See also2018 Eurovision Song Contest Semi-final Allocation Draw

Who is Mikolas?

Mikolas Josef is 22 years old. In his early youth, he started playing the guitar and received a few prizes for it.

After graduation, he started his career as a model. He was not impressed by the mood in the background of top modeling and he returned to music. Mikolas began singing on the streets all over Europe, only with his guitar, and the money he earned, he spent making his own music.

He released his first single Hands Bloody slowly became a name within music. That escalated with his second single Free. After that, he moved to Vienna from where he in 2016 released the single Believe (Hey Hey).

At that point, Czech Eurovision fans started to put him as one of the favourite new artists to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest. In the national selection for 2017, Mikolas was one of the considered artists, but the song he submitted wasn’t chosen. Mikolas later revealed that he was asked to sing the winning Czech entry My Turn, which he turned down as the song didn’t fit his music style.

Another year went, he submitted Lie To Me and this time Mikolas’ efforts paid off, as he is to represent his country at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal in May.

Czech Republic as potential opener

At the semi-final allocation draw that took place today in Lisbon, Czech Republic was drawn to the first half of the first semifinal. Lie To Me might be picked as opener of the show. It would stick to the formula that usually modern and upbeat tracks are the openers.

Time will tell if Mikolas will bring this central European country into the final of Eurovision – for the second time only. The first time being Gabriela Gunčíková in 2016 with the song I Stand.

Categories: Eurovisionary

29
January
2018

Russia confirms Julia Samoylova for Eurovision 2018 – Is the controversy over?

Russia confirms Julia Samoylova for Eurovision 2018 – Is the controversy over?

Chosen for Eurovision 2017, denied entry to host country Ukraine, and later withdrawn by her own broadcaster. The past year hasn’t been easy for Julia Samoylova, but today, she was once again confirmed as Russia’s participant for the Eurovision Song Contest.

It hasn’t been easy for Julia Samoylova after Russian broadcaster in March last year announced that she would represent them at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in neighbouring Ukraine. That didn’t happen, as after a lot of controversy where Ukraine denied her entry to their country, Russia finally withdrew from the competition.

As she wasn’t taken part in 2017, Russia did announce back in April 2017, that she would be their participant in 2018 instead. Later they changed their mind, and said that nothing was clear, and today – she is now officially their candidate again.

Timeline controversy

  • 12th of March 2017: Julia presented as Russia’s participant for Eurovision 2017.
  • 22nd of March 2017: Ukraine refuse Julia access to their country.
  • 23rd of March 2017: EBU suggests Russia can participate via satelite. Both Russia and Ukraine turns it down.
  • 13th of April 2017: Russia withdraw from the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
  • 15th of April 2017: Russia says Julia will represent them in 2018.
  • 1st of August 2017: Julia isn’t sure to be selected for 2018.
  • 29th of January 2018: Julia confirmed as Russia’s participant for Eurovision 2018.

We can only hope that things goes better for Julia this time, and that she will indeed get to represent her country at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. The song is expected to be presented within the next few weeks. At today’s Allocation draw, Russia was drawn into the first half of the second semi-final.

Categories: Eurovisionary

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