In the first episode of ESCDaily’s Eurovision Experience, Steef is packing his suitcase for Tbilisi. He will work there at the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. As a Eurovision journalist, you need to pack a lot of things…
Clothes, cameras, an Australian flag… Find out all the other things that you need to take with you & check which CD Steef is going to listen to on the airplane to Georgia!
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There’s been a lot of news out of Portugal regarding Lisbon’s hosting of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, we have a number of internally selected acts confirmed, and there’s some surprising news from the National Final diary. All that and Junior Eurovision next week!
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With the deadline ending last night, Czech broadcaster, Česká Televize, has received more than 300 potential Eurovision entries. The style of the entries varies a lot, and most of them are in English, but there are also some in Czech and French.
The “more than 300 entries” matches last year where the country also received “more than 300” songs. For the 2018 selection, the broadcaster added a new rule; that the songs have to be sung by a Czech artist.
The Czech delegation has expressed their excitement over the variety of genres of the submitted entries and also the high interest for the contest among the Czech artists. The broadcaster says that they received songs mostly in English, but also some in Czech and even some in French. The style of the entries also varies a lot. From rock, through country to the current pop and of course ballads, so typical for every Eurovision Songs Contest. The songs were submitted not only from the Czech Republic, but also from foreign composers.
National Selection for Lisbon
From the first information published in the late September and also explained more in the interviews for Czech Eurovision site ESCportal.cz, we have confirmation, that some of the Czech artists submitted their songs to the selection process that is yet to be revealed if it stays internal or if the public will have the opportunity to decide.
The French song in the selection is Septembre by a French singing young artist Annabelle. It is similar to her first single Gabi, according to the information posted by the artist herself. She is one of the artists approached by the broadcaster and asked to submit a song. Another of those artists is YANNA, who previously competed in Hlas Československa. She submitted a song in English, slow tempo and with a piano background. But it is not the only song she has in the selection. The other song is also in English, but faster and modern.
From the guys in the selection, we can name Mikolas Josef. According to Mikolas, he sent the song Lie to Me and it is already on the airplay in the radios. The official video is coming out on the 19th of November. A new name in the selection is then Jakub Ondra, who is a rising star in the Czech Republic. He sings mainly in English and one of his latest singles Cast The Line reminds us of Ed Sheeran. His song in the competition is called Reasons to Love You and according to Jakub, it is one of the catchiest songs he has ever done.
According to Jan Bors, the Head of Delegation, more information should follow in the coming weeks.
Czech Republic at the Eurovision Song Contest
If we compare the previous entries of Czech Republic, this middle European country experimented quite a lot. In 2007 during their debut, Česká Televize sent a rock group Kabát with a song Malá dáma in Czech, who won their national final. One year later in 2008, it was Tereza Kerndlová with the dance-pop song Have Some Fun, who won the national final. The last year before their withdrawal in 2009, it was an internally selected group Gypsy.cz, who sung Aven Romale in a mix of English and Romani. All these three entries ended in or around the bottom of the semifinal scoreboard.
When the Czech Republic returned to Vienna in 2015, they chose internally a pop duet Hope Never Dies by Václav Noid Bárta and Marta Jandová. This was a change in the results from the first three appearances as they ended 13th in their semifinal. So the Czech delegation decided to continue with the internal selection, but they approached composers from all over the Europe and chose Gabriela Gunčíková with a pop ballad I Stand. It was the first time when the Czech Republic qualified to the Grand final.
In 2017, the internal selection continued and the submissions were completely opened to everybody. In the end, Martina Bárta got the ticket to Kyiv with a jazzy pop ballad My Turn. Unfortunately, Martina ended 13th in the semifinal and failed to qualify, but she took part in most of the Eurovision parties over the Europe in April.
In the video below, take a look at the 2017 Czech entry – this time seen from three different angles:
Anja Nissen, Denmark’s 2017 representative, is reporting an usual theft: An unknown woman has stolen all of her music by renaming it. The singer is asking her fans to report the matter. Porche Adams, the name of “the fake singer” has even announced a 2018 tour.
Being a famous singer isn’t all about glamour and fame, there’s also dark sides to it, and Denmark’s 2017 representative is now experiencing that downside of fame. Anja Nissen – who has recently celebrated the approval of gay marriage in Australia – came across a fake singer that has been using and renaming her music to achieve success and followers.
“HELP ME!”, Anja begged on her Instagram post. “This girl has stolen all my music renaming them, but it is still me singing and my songs… And now she is going on tour??!! She needs to be stopped! Please report her!”
In the post shared, Anja attached a picture of the respective tour promo and tagged the fake profile that leads to a certain Porche Adams. A quick look into it tells that the person behind it is indeed stealing Anja’s music by renaming her songs. Anja´s Eurovision entry Where I Am has for example been renamed to Armour, and Drive to Faded.
Porche Adams’ profile is followed by 120,000 people – more than the double of Anja’s – and she even owns her own free website. You can help Anja Nissen by reporting this fake profile to Instagram. But before you do that, remember Anja’s 2017 Eurovision entry, which you find in the video below.
Her look have changed a lot, but the voice is still the same. Today, 2013 Eurovision winner Emmelie de Forest released her new single. The Danish winner is staying true to her style musically, despite a more 80’s feel to her look.
Do you remember the young blonde girl, who with a bit of a shy smile, barefooted won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Only Teardrops back in 2013? The blonde hair was dropped a while ago, and when she recently added curls to her now dark hair, it made her even more sexy, but it also had a 1980’s feel to it.
The new single released today, Sanctuary, shows that it is only the look which might be 80’s inspired. The music isn’t. Emmelie is very much true to her style.
‘Sanctuary’ translates to a safe place, especially for someone being chased or hunted. And with this single it does appear like Emmelie indeed is in her safe place. You are left with the feeling that she isn’t trying to pretend, nor be more commercial to sell more. It is a modern pop song, which for sure will get some radio play, but it won’t be the smash hit her Eurovision winner was.
Emmelie de Forest’s Sanctuary is available to listen to on various streaming services. A little sneak preview from the coming video has also been released on her Facebook page.
Stay tuned as we’ll update with the full video once it is released.