04
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 4

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 4

Adventcalendar day 4 - Grethe Ingmann

Warm up to Christmas by listening to the beautiful carols performed by Eurovision artists. Each day until Christmas features a new act giving their version of a Christmas song. As third, we listen to Danish Grethe Ingmann.

In 1963, Denmark won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time. The lovely Dansevise was performed by Grethe Ingmann and her husband, Jørgen. The couple were married from 1956 to 1975.

Through her career, Grethe has sung a lot of genres, but preferred pop and jazz. She took part in the Danish national final several times, with her latest being in 1980. After that, she unfortunately struggled to find herself in the changing music scene of the ’80’s and, perhaps as a result, developed a heavy alcohol abuse. In 1990, she lost the battle to live cancer just 52 years old.

You probably know the Christmas pop song I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus originally recorded in 1952 by 13 year old Jimmy Boyd, but later made very famous by Jackson5. Grethe Ingmann made a Danish version of that one, and it’s today’s advent present for you. In the Danish version the active kisser has been changed giving the translated title ‘I saw Santa kissing mum’.

In this series:

Day 3: Carola – Nu Tändas Tusen Juleljus

Day 2: Francesco Gabbani – La Mia Versione Dei Ricordi

Day 1: Johnny Logan – Save This Christmas For Me

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03
December
2018

Eurovision Insight News Podcast: On The Road To Tel Aviv

Eurovision Insight News Podcast: On The Road To Tel Aviv
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Well Tel Aviv, Minsk has set a really high bar for you, what have you got? Over the next few months we’re going to find out, so let’s get started on the road to Eurovision 2019 with our first performer, more details on the National selections, hints about the tickets… and one other musical change in our latest Insight News podcast.

Eurovision Insight News Podcast: On The Road To Tel Aviv

The names for Melodifestivalen, the songs for Eesti Laul, and the kiss of death for Sanremo. Ewan Spence covers the latest news from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest and Tel Aviv 2019.

As we work through the first stages of the National Final season to select the performers for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, remember you can stay up to date with all the Eurovision news by listening to the ESC Insight podcast. You’ll find the show in iTunes, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. A direct RSS feed is  available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

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03
December
2018

A Dal 2019: Two Eurovision stars hope to return to the international stage

A Dal 2019: Two Eurovision stars hope to return to the international stage

Joci Pápai

Joci Pápai and András Kállay Saunders are both attempting a Eurovision comeback. They are among the 30 acts revealed for Hungarian A Dal 2019 selection. 

A Dal will once again consist of six live show; three heats, two semi-finals and a Grand Final. The first show will be aired on January 19th, and the Final on the 23rd of February. Freddie will be joined by a new female host this year, Bogi Dallos, who participated in A Dal on three previous occasions, even finishing 2nd in 2014 with her song ‘We All’. The jury will have two new members: Lilla Vincze and Feró Nagy will join Misi Mező and Miklós Both this time.

Hungarian broadcaster MTVA received no less than 416 submitted songs this year. The thirty participating artists of the live shows have been revealed today, they are (clips from all songs was made available as well):

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    • Akusztik Planet – Nyári zápor
    • Tímea Antal feat. Gergő Demko – Kedves világ!
    • Olivér Berkes – Lighthouse
    • DENIZ – Ide várnak vissza
    • Diana – Little Bird
    • Fatal Error – Kulcs
    • Gotthy – Csak 1 perc
    • Klára Hajdú – You’re Gonna Rise
    • Barni Hamar – Wasted
    • Dávid Heatlie – La Mama Hotel
    • Konyha – Szászor visszajátszott
    • Kyra – Maradj még
    • Leander Kills – Hazavágyom
    • Mocsok Egy Kölykök – Egyszer
    • Monyo Projekt – Run Baby Run
    • Bogi Nagy – Holnap
    • Nomad – A remény hídjai
    • Gergő Oláh – Hozzád bújnék
    • Joci Pápai (Hungary 2017) – Az én apám
    • Rozina Pátkai – Frida
    • Petruska – Help Me Out Of Here
    • Ruby Harlem – Forró
    • Salvus – Barát
    • Gergő Szekér – Madár, repülj!
    • The Middletonz (new band of András Kállay Saunders – Hungary 2014) – Roses
    • The Sign – Ő
    • USNK – Posztolj (written by ByeAlex – Hungary 2013)
    • László Váray – Someone who lives like this
    • Bence Vavra – Szótlanság
    • YesYes – Incomplete

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03
December
2018

Listening to Eesti Laul 2019: Five songs with winner potential

Listening to Eesti Laul 2019: Five songs with winner potential

Elina Nechayeva

24 songs, but only one can win. Who has what it takes to follow in the footsteps of Elina Netchayeva and win the Estonian national selection?

Back in May, Elina’s Netchayeva operatic La Forza gave Estonia its first Top 10 finish since 2015. Saturday, Estonian broadcaster ERR revealed this year’s hopefuls and their songs.

24 candicates will “battle” for the chance to represent their country in Israel .So, who’s gonna fly the Estonian Flag in this year’s Eurovision song Contest? After having heard all 24 songs, five songs stood out as most likely to win Eesti Laul 2019.

xtra basic & Emily JHold Me Close

Writen by Andrei Zevakin, Igor Volhonski and Emily Jurgens, Hold Me Close it is a really good song in the English language. Throughout the 3 minutes, we can feel the refreshing sound and all the modern vibes which the song offers to us. However, it’s such a risky choise for just one reason: It all depends on the live perfomance! Songs like that can easily be “destroyed” on stage. But if this perform live as good as in the studio version, it can really stand out and win Eesti Laul 2019.

Points: 8/10    Chances of winning: 50%

Victor CroneStorm

Former Melodifestivalen participant, Victor Crone, has decided to try his luck again, but for a different country. So, he submitted his track Storm for Eesti Laul 2019. He wrote the song together with Stig Rasta, Vallo Kikas and Fred Krieger. Storm is a radio-friendly song with a very strong chorus. A danceable choice combined with Victor’s charismatic voice, will be such a nice entry for Estonia, and can bring another good result in Tel Aviv.

Points: 8/10    Chances of winning: 70%

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The Swingers, Tanja and BirgitHigh Heels In The Neighbourhood

Such a classy collaboration! Tanja (Estonia 2014) and Birgit (Estonia 2013) are back with a classy and catchy song. High Heels In The Neighbourhood is written by Tanja herself, Timo Vendt and Mikhel Mathisen. The swing style of the track can easily be loved and hated at the same time. We loved this from the first listening. A lit perfomance and staging in Eesti Laul can bring this to the Eurovision stage very easy. A different one for sure, though.

Points: 7/10    Chances of winning: 50%

Sandra NurmsaluSoovide Puu

Sandra’s magical voice is back. Yes, you are right if you remember her. She participated,as the lead singer of Urban Symphony, in Eurovision 2009 with the song Ranjadad. Their perfomance is still mesmerized by a lot of fans as one of the most magical moments in Eurovision history. This time, Sandra is alone with a song in Estonian written by herself, Priit Pajusaar and Aapo Ilves. A very nice ballad and Sandra’s voice is enough to bring Estonia a Top 10 placing again.

Points: 9/10    Chances of winning: 80%

Kerli KivilaanCold Love

Another song in English written by Kerli Kivilaan, Egert Milder and Andres Kopper. Another radio-friendly song which is an easy listening for our ears. Fresh sound and modern vibes will make Cold Love stand out from the rest of the Semifinal 2 entries. A safe finalist and who knows, it can be the dark horse to win Eesti Laul 2019.

Points: 8/10     Chances of winning: 60%

So, who’s going to follow Elina’s Netchayeva success in Lisbon this year? Can these five live up to our prediction, or will another song surprise us all and win the ticket for Israel? We can’t wait to find out. Until then, enjoy Elina’s perfomancen of La Forza from Eurovision Village in Portugal.

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03
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 3

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 3

Advent calendar day 3 - Carola

Warm up to Christmas by listening to the beautiful carols performed by Eurovision artists. Each day until Christmas features a new act giving their version of a Christmas song. As third, we listen to Carola.

She’s a Eurovision legend, Swedish singer Carola. Three times did she represent her country at the Eurovision Song Contest, won once and never did worse that a fifth place. Her victory, in 1991, came with Fångad Av En Stormvind. France and Sweden both finished with 146 points and the same amount of 12 points, but due to one more 10 point received, Carola could take home the trophy.

Carola has recorded several Christmas carols. This one is one of the most popular Christmas songs in Sweden. It is originally from 1898, and translates to ‘Now thousands of Christmas lights turns on’. It has been recorded by many artists, and is also known in neighbour countries like Finland and Denmark. The carol tells about how the dark earth is lighted up by candles in the homes, but also that people are lighted up by the message of God’s love and the birth of Jesus.

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02
December
2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 2

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 2

Advent Calendar day 2 - Francesco Gabbani

Warm up to Christmas by listening to the beautiful carols performed by Eurovision artists. Each day until Christmas features a new act giving their version of a Christmas song. As second, we listen to Francesco Gabbani.

The majority of Eurovision fans got introduced to Francesco Gabbani in 2017 when he took part in the Italian Sanremo festival and a few months later, represented his country at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Francesco was the big favourite as the two Eurovision weeks started in Kyiv, Ukraine. As things got closer and all acts rehearsed several times, things however changed. He looked more and more tired for each time he sang the song, and on the final night, he ended 6th with the song Occidentali’s Karma.

The Christmas song he here serves for us is titled La Mia Versione Dei Ricordi. It translates to “my view on the memories”. The song comes with the message that we should let go of the bad memories, and keep the good ones. And remember and live the good memories at Christmas, with your love ones.

Also in this series

Day 1: Johnny Logan – Save This Christmas For Me

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