23
May
2019

Serbian Nevena Božović blames neighbour countries for her disappointing result

Serbian Nevena Božović blames neighbour countries for her disappointing result

Nevena Božović (Serbia 2019)

Nevena Božović finished 18th in the final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. She was expecting a much better result and blames the other former Yugoslav countries for not voting for her song in the final.

Should you be disappointed if you don’t get as many points as expected from the juries in your neighbouring countries? Nevena Božović from Serbia has no doubts on this topic. Her answer is “Yes, you should!”

According to the Serbian Magazine Srbija Danas, Nevena was so upset about finishing 18th in the grand final in Tel Aviv that she left home with the first flight available after the winner of this year’s contest was announced. She was especially disappointed with the North Macedonian jury, who didn’t give any points to Serbia. Slovenian and Hungarian juries didn’t vote for Nevena either, and Croatian jury awarded her with only 4 points. The only exception was the jury from Montenegro, who gave Serbia 12 points in the final.

In contrast to the jury vote, Nevena got much more love from the neighbouring countries televote. Montenegro was again the most generous country with 12 points. Serbia got 10 points from Slovenia’s and North Macedonia’s televote, 8 points from Croatia and 3 points from Romania.

The Serbian medias were not pleased with North Macedonia’s jury not giving one single point to Nevena. One of those, who were especially angry about this fact was Marija Šerifović: Macedonia didn’t give one single point to Serbia? Did I see it right? Find out, who are members of their jury! Find out!

Even North Macedonia’s representative in Tel Aviv this year, Tamara Todevska, who finished 7th in the grand final, felt sorry for Nevena. In an interview to the Serbian magazine Telegraf she said:

I like Nevena’s song. She was unbelievable on the stage. Although I wasn’t involved in the jury voting and I didn’t know how they voted, I want to apologize for this injustice. Nevena has deserved points from our (North Macedonian) jury.

Tamara Todevska to Serbian Telegraf

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It’s not the first time, we hear such complaints from this region. In 2017, Jacques Houdek critized his neighbours too. The Croatian singer was quite upset that only Montenegro’s jury voted for him.

You can get to know Nevena a bit more in the video below. We challenged her for a game of Complete the Sentence.

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22
May
2019

EBU change Eurovision result – Quite some countries change position

EBU change Eurovision result – Quite some countries change position

John Lundvik (Sweden 2019)

Due to the issues with the Belarusian jury, the final scoreboard has been changed. The Netherlands is still the winner, but other countries find themselves getting a better or worse result due to this.

As the jury in Belarus was thrown out as they revealed their points ahead of time, a calculated result was set in place. This was to be calculated based on how the other countries in their pot voted, but unfortunately, an error happened and this calculated result was put upside down. This error has now been fixed. While it is good that it is being fixed, such a mistake must just not happen from EBU’s side.

It has furthermore happened in several juries this year that some members had their points in the wrong order too, and these would have affected the result too, but are not a part of this corrected result. This is only the part EBU is responsible for that has been fixed.

“The EBU can confirm, following standard review practices, we have discovered that due to a human error an incorrect aggregated result was used. This had no impact on the calculation of points derived from televoting across the 41 participating countries and the overall winner and Top 4 songs of the Contest remain unchanged.

To respect both the artists and EBU Members which took part, we wish to correct the final results in accordance with the rules. The correct jury points have now been added to the scoreboard and the revised totals for each participating broadcaster, and their country, have been published on eurovision.tv.

The EBU and its partners digame and Ernst & Young deeply regret that this error was not identified earlier and will review the processes and controls in place to prevent this from happening again.”

EBU

The new result moves around quite a bit:

  1. Netherlands (498 points) – previously they had 492 points
  2. Italy (472 points) – previously they had 465 points
  3. Russia (370 points) – no change
  4. Switzerland (364 points) – previously had 360 points
  5. Sweden (334 points) – previously had 332 points in 6th place
  6. Norway (331 points) – previously had 338 points in 5th place
  7. North Macedonia (305 points) – previously 295 points in 8th place
  8. Azerbaijan (302 points) – previously had 297 points in 7th place
  9. Australia (284 points) – previously had 285 points
  10. Iceland (232 points) – previously had 235 points
  11. Czech Republic (157 points) – no change
  12. Denmark (120 points) – no change
  13. Cyprus (109 points) – previously had 101 points in 15th place
  14. Malta (107 points) – previously had 95 points in 16th place
  15. Slovenia (105 points) – previously had 105 in 13th place
  16. France (105 points) – previously had 105 points in 14th place
  17. Albania (90 points) – previously had 90 points in 18th place
  18. Serbia (89 points) – previously had 92 points in 17th place
  19. San Marino (77 points) – previously had 81 points in 20th place
  20. Estonia (76 points) – previously had 86 points in 19th place
  21. Greece (74 points) – previously had 71 points
  22. Spain (54 points) – previously had 60 points at 22nd place
  23. Israel (35 points) – previously had 47 points
  24. Belarus (31 points) – previously had 31 points in 25th position
  25. Germany (24 points) – previously had 32 points in 24th position
  26. United Kingdom (11 points) – previously had 16 points

Furthermore, North Macedonia now wins the jury vote taking over from Sweden. Norway is still the winner of the televote.

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22
May
2019

Three countries that need to improve: out of the Eurovision final for three or more years

Three countries that need to improve: out of the Eurovision final for three or more years

Geogia, Montenegro and Latvia 2019

Montenegro, Georgia and Latvia. None of them have qualified for the final for at least three years in a row. It’s beginning to look really bad for them, and the broadcasters must ask the question: Can we do anything to improve the results?

It’s possible to come out of a long non qualifying streak, but it is difficult. This year, Icelandic Hatari ended a four year long period of not reaching the Eurovision final. North Macedonia reached the final after six years out. Many probably also still remember how Anouk in 2013 made it for the Netherlands after 8 years being kicked out in the semi-finals.

Hard work, and very often a new approach to things is needed to come out of the dark and into the light of the final. When you have been out many years in a row, you simply need to ask yourself: Are we doing the right thing? Are we just unlucky or can we do more to improve our results?

Contents

  • 1 Montenegro
  • 2 Georgia
  • 3 Latvia

The broadcaster in three countries have to ask themselves that question now; Montenegro, Georgia and Latvia. All three countries have missed out of the final a minimum of three years in a row.

Montenegro

At the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest Semi-final 1 dress rehearsal

Despite being vocally quite good, D mol failed to reach the final. The song was perhaps a bit outdated, and the performance could have been better – much better.

It is hard to be six people, who all need equal space, on stage – and that Montenegro didn’t find a good way to solve. Them all dressed in white didn’t help either. It looked more like a dentist advert and it was hard as viewer to connect to the band.

The song Heaven finished second to last in the semi-final. The had been chosen for Eurovision after winning their national final where five acts competed. Unfortunately none of the five acts really stood out, and D mol won an easy victory.

Montenegro last reached the final in 2015 where Knez represented the country. His song Adio had the typical Balkan sound many of us loves. It was very well performed on stage, and no matter if you understood the lyrics or not, you felt the song under your skin.

Georgia

At the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest Semi-final 1 dress rehearsal

Oto Nemsadze has a strong voice, no doubt about that. The staging also looked really good. What probably went wrong, was that the song was too easy to forget. It was hard to relate to. After the three minutes performance, another act came on stage, and poor Oto was forgotten. Also, an English title usually doesn’t help you, if the song isn’t in English too.

In Georgia, they used the Idol format to select their participant. In the final, four acts had made it, and they all sang the song which would be their Eurovision entry. Three songs divided on to four participants. Oto sang the song which another participant also sang. The song never became his – not when it reached the Eurovision stage either.

Geogia last reached the final in 2016 where Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz represented the country. Their song Midnight Gold stood out. What you saw was what you got, and they connected to the song so you felt it was theirs.

Latvia

At the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest Semi-final 2

Carousel did bring a song, which stood out. One was able to remember it – but this kind of song doesn’t have a broad appeal. They came on stage between a strong Swiss entry and a Romanian one pretty much in the same style as the Latvian entry – and furthermore they were in the semi-final which most considered the toughest one of the two. In the first semi-final, Latvia might have qualified, but they were never to do in the second one – in particular not with Romania in the same one. Those two probably “stole” some votes from each other with the result that none of them made it.

The group was chosen via the strong Supernova selection. They were a top contender to win after winning first their semi-final.

Latvia last reached the final in 2016 where Justs represented the country. His song Heartbeat appealed to the masses. It was strong performed and you could feel the energy he put into the song.

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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22
May
2019

John Oliver admires Hatari on HBO’s Last Week Tonight

John Oliver admires Hatari on HBO’s Last Week Tonight

Hatari (Iceland 2019)

On his American weekly news satire program, John Oliver has taken a look at the Eurovision Song Contest – and Icelandic Hatari in particular.

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” is released every Sunday on HBO. In that, British born comedian John Oliver takes a humoristic, often critical look at the week that has just been. In the newly released edition, it’s time to tell the Americans that there is more than politics in the world. One thing for example is the apolitical Eurovision Song Contest, which he described as “being a bit like America’s Got Talent, minus the America, and frequently the talent”.

Hatari gets most airtime in the minutes he talk about Eurovision. John Oliver is quite fascinated by the anti-capitalistic band that represented Iceland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. He calls it lovely and says that now it has finally been answered what would happen if you sprinkle fairy dust on a Criss Angel show! He adds that he would love to talk about Hatari all night, but there are after all more important things.

In the regular “And Now” segment, later in the show, where he brings up something extraordinary from the media landscape, he returned to Hatari. Here the show uses a collage of clips showing a more human side of the band like them giving each other shoulder massage, the lead singer revealing his celebrity crush to be Teresa May and them sending air kisses after qualifying for the final.

This isn’t the first time John Oliver has brought Eurovision up in his programme so we can only wait and see how he will react to the American edition planned to be launched in 2021.

With the song Hatrið mun sigra (Hate will prevail), Hatari finished 10th at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. They received 48 points from the jury, but impressed the TV viewers more who awarded them with 186 points.

In the video below, you can watch a clip from Hatari rehearsing their Eurovision performance.

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22
May
2019

Three countries that needs to improve: out of the Eurovision final for three or more years

Three countries that needs to improve: out of the Eurovision final for three or more years

Geogia, Montenegro and Latvia 2019

Montenegro, Georgia and Latvia. None of them have qualified for the final for at least three years in a row. It’s beginning to look really bad for them, and the broadcasters must ask the question: Can we do anything to improve the results?

It’s possible to come out of a long non qualifying streak, but it is difficult. This year, Icelandic Hatari ended a four year long period of not reaching the Eurovision final. Many probably also still remember how Anouk in 2013 made it for the Netherlands after 8 years being kicked out in the semi-finals.

Hard work, and very often a new approach to things is needed to come out of the dark and into the light of the final. When you have been out many years in a row, you simply need to ask yourself: Are we doing the right thing? Are we just unlucky or can we do more to improve our results?

Contents

  • 1 Montenegro
  • 2 Georgia
  • 3 Latvia

The broadcaster in three countries have to ask themselves that question now; Montenegro, Georgia and Latvia. All three countries have missed out of the final a minimum of three years in a row.

Montenegro

At the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest Semi-final 1 dress rehearsal

Despite being vocally quite good, D mol failed to reach the final. The song was perhaps a bit outdated, and the performance could have been better – much better.

It is hard to be six people, who all needs equal space, on stage – and that Montenegro didn’t find a good way to solve. Them all dressed in white didn’t help either. It looked more like a dentist advert and it was hard as viewer to connect to the band.

The song Heaven finished second to last in the semi-final. The had been chosen for Eurovision after winning their national final where five acts competed. Unfortunately none of the five acts really stood out, and D mol won an easy victory.

Montenegro last reached the final in 2015 where Knez represented the country. His song Adio had the typical Balkan sound many of us loves. It was very well performed on stage, and no matter if you understood the lyrics or not, you felt the song under your skin.

Georgia

At the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest Semi-final 1 dress rehearsal

Oto Nemsadze has a strong voice, no doubt about that. The staging also looked really good. What probably went wrong, was that the song was too easy to forget. It was hard to relate to. After the three minutes performance, another act came on stage, and poor Oto was forgotten. Also, an English title usually doesn’t help you, if the song isn’t in English too.

In Georgia, they used the Idol format to select their participant. In the final, four acts had made it, and they all sang the song which would be their Eurovision entry. Three songs divided on to four participants. Oto sang the song which another participant also sang. The song never became his – not when it reached the Eurovision stage either.

Geogia last reached the final in 2016 where Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz represented the country. Their song Midnight Goal stood out. What you saw was what you got, and they connected to the song so you felt it was theirs.

Latvia

At the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest Semi-final 2

Carousel did bring a song, which stood out. One were able to remember it – but this kind of song doesn’t have a broad appeal. They came on stage between a strong Swiss entry and a Romanian one pretty much in the same style as the Latvian entry – and furthermore they were in the semi-final which most considered the toughest one of the two. In the first semi-final, Latvia might have qualified, but they were never to do in the second one – in particular not with Romania in the same one. Those two probably “stole” some votes from each other with the result that none of them made it.

The group was chosen via the strong Supernova selection. They were a top contender to win after winning first their semi-final.

Latvia last reached the final in 2016 where Justs represented the country. His song Heartbeat appealed to the masses. It was strong performed and you could feel the energy he put into the song.

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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22
May
2019

Full version of Måns Zelmerlöw’s “Fuego” cover released

Full version of Måns Zelmerlöw’s “Fuego” cover released

Måns Zelmerlöw

Did you also enjoy this year’s interval act, where former Eurovision acts performed each other’s songs? 2015 Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw performed Eleni Foureira’s “Fuego”, which finished second last year.

It became a big hit for Eleni Foureira last year, and now Fuego gets new life. Måns Zelmerlöw appeared in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with this song as a part of the interval act. The full version of his great attempt at this song has been made available on YouTube, Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music.

You’ll soon recognize that Måns’ version of Eleni’s pop-banger is toned down quite a lot. Perhaps Måns had the words Salvador Sobral spoke after winning the 2017 contest in mind: “Music is not fireworks, music is felling”

When Måns Zelmerlöw in 2015 won with Heroes it became Sweden’s 6th Eurovision win. One more, and they will be tied with Ireland’s seven for the country with most victories.

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