23
January
2018

Lithuania 2018: Second week results and review of Eurovizijos Atranka

The second wave of Lithuania’s Atranka was broadcast tonight with six acts joining the qualifiers from January 6, which seems ages ago. Who has qualified this week.

Tonight the Lithuanian Eurovizijos Atranka continued after a one-week hiatus, as last week, Lithuania celebrated its 100th year as a nation. The singers, songs, hosts, judges, and haircuts have all returned.

Contents

  • 1 The Hosts
  • 2 The Singers and the Songs
  • 3 The Judges
  • 4 The Results
  • 5 Lithuania In The Eurovision Song Contest

The Hosts

Ugnė Skonsmanaite was dressed in a short-ish black dress with shimmering silver sequins. Manto Stonkaus was all in black. They are doing a terrific job between them. Good choice LRT.

The Singers and the Songs

Juozas Martin – Don’t Give Up

Opening tonight’s extravaganza, song nulys vienas, Juozas was told that his song is very creative.The transitions in the song were applauded by the judges, as was the production. The ending though caused disappointment through the lack of a climax. Juozas was given the ultimate comparison – Ed Sheeran. Juozas wore a better hat than Ed though. Good opening number.

Justina Žukauskaitė – Love Doesn’t Lie

Justina told Eurovisionary that the song is mainly about falling in love. The song reflects the emotions of how someone’s mind goes crazy and the body works like never before. Justina continues that once this happens things will never be the same. In that moment you want to stop everything and enjoy your feelings. Justina says that every person who knows what love is can relate to the song and lyrics. The jury said they didn’t understand the song. A-ha.

Elvina Milkauskaitė & Balys Kulikauskas – So Long My Love, My Lover

This Phil Spector type song seemed valued but Elvina and Balys were criticized for the overall production. The song about separation had also been heard before. It was then revealed that the song was written by Aminata. Suddenly its genre was described as a different style for her. Balys wrote a letter behind Elvina’s performance but was warned not to do theatrics. Balys told Eurovisionary that he trusted his own instincts with the song and everyone should look for their own truth in it. Balys said that his heart has been broken so many times, it feels like it’s now made of steel.

LJ – Over Now

Lukas performed a rock song, which is apparently Vaidas’s favourite genre. Despite this, he said that there is no place in Eurovision for a song like this. Lukas was told that his music would be more appropriate for live rock concerts. Ramūnas said the performance was so 1987, from the clothing to the posturing. Even in 1987 it would seem unlikely this would score any points at Eurovision.

Rūta Kotryna  – Ghost

Rūta’s song was described as very stylish and pleased the judges. The vocal was described as low but would attract a wide audience. Despite this, vocal improvement was advised. Rūta was also asked to rethink the visuals, and rehearse in front of a mirror. This was a slow-burning song, which had some spooky appeal.

Saulės kliošas – Man Gaila

The judges appreciated the use of electronics in this song. However, the group was advised to prepare an English version of the song. Also, lead singer Juste at times gave the appearance that she didn’t know what to do. Then another judge said they were glad the song was in Lithuanian and in fact it was the band that was static. The judges awarded this top marks, but in week two already the public disagrees.

See alsoLithuania 2018: Eurovizijos Atranka Heat 1 Song Review and Results

Twosome  – Hello

Anyone wanting to learn how to say Hello in 35 languages – this is your song. Despite its comedic undertones, our grumpy faced judges lapped this up. Possibly referencing, Lithuania’s best scoring performance to date, We Are The Winners, the judges said comedy usually doesn’t do well in Eurovision. Twosome are Justin3’s lead singer, Justinas Stanislovaitas and his mate who he taught to sing in three weeks. Behind them was the air drummer from last week, and an inflatable flamingo. We Are The Winners fades into history.

Paula – 1 2 3

Last year’s breakout star, Paula returns with 1 2 3. For some reason, the judges thought the Balkan countries would like this, so too bad, western countries. Also, Paula was told to find a place to dance. As per last year though, Paula was told she has a song that would be popular around the world. Last year they placed Paula last in the final, remember the song  Let U Go, despite the fact they thought it too could be a worldwide hit. Paula is a natural live performer, and always performs well on stage.

Audrius Petrauskas – In My Bones

Audrius was well complimented for his performance. His style was compared to Ed Sheeran.  The judges must be planning to do this to all the men this year. The vocals were praised for being good and clean. Although Audrius did not write the song, the judges felt every word he was singing. One of the best declared Vaidas. The song started at a steady pace but changed direction to give a more passionate feeling mid stream.

Elizabeth Olshey – Bejausmis

Elizabeth sang her own self-penned song.  Her vocals were well praised as was the text of the song. Elizabeth was also told her performance was enchantingly different. One of the judges complained that the text was too heavy. Elizabeth explained to Eurovisionary that her song title in English means Senseless. Singing the song, Elizabeth has put all her feelings into the song. The song is about her life and is about all the senseless people who have been part of it. The song asks the simple question Is it worth it to love a senseless person.

Mia – Arrows

Mia has returned with a song that was described as strong by the judges. Mia has rocked the boat in Lithuania with her candid interview with 15min.lt about her awful experiences in the competition in 2015. She has to be admired for returning, but it seems this may be her last time. Mia’s black costume didn’t go down so well with the judges. They were also disappointed by Mia’s pronunciation of some of the English words. If this goes sideways she should apply for Melodifestivalen. She is a great singer with a very Scandinavian sound.

Emilija Valiukevičiūtė – Bye Bye

The judges were unclear what they thought of Emilija’s performance. She was told that her song very much belonged to the nineties. However, the music was very much the sound of today. The general performance was described as gorgeous and memorable. Emilija had attitude in her tiger print dress, so who cares what the judges thought, as she owned that stage.

The Judges

This week the judges were

Ramūnas Zilnys, our favourite grey haired musical know it all

Gerūta Griniūtė, a director of LRT television and radio

Aleksandras Pogrebnojus, costume designer and proven finder of Eurovision winning songs

Vaidas Baumila – Lithuania’s Eurovision entrant from 2015, who came 18th in Vienna with This Time.

The Results

JuryPublicTotalPosition
Juozas Martin8 4 12 5
Justina Žukauskaitė0 0 0 11
Elvina Milkauskaitė & Balys Kulikauskas2 35 9
LJ1 1210
Rūta Kotryna527 8
Saulės kliošas12 6181
Twosome10 818 2
Paula6 1218 3
Audrius Petrauskas7 512 6
Elizabeth Olshey3 1013 4
Mia4 711 7
Emilija Valiukevičiūtė0 00 11

The top six qualify for the next round

Lithuania In The Eurovision Song Contest

Having not had the best of times in Eurovision so far, we arrive at 2001. Behind closed doors, the jury chose Skamp and the song You’ve Got Style. Lead singer of the band was Erica Jennings. Like Mia, Erica has also been creating news in Lithuania, by withdrawing her song The Truth from this year’s competition. She cites the inexperienced and harsh judging panel as part of the reason.

However back to 2001 and Skamp performed in position 8 out of 23 songs in Copenhagen, Denmark. The first jury, The Netherlands awarded Lithuania 5 points and things started to look good.  Russia, the sixth jury, awarded the song 10 points and at this time, Lithuania was sitting in seventh place. After that, the other countries weren’t so fussed for the song, with only Latvia’s 5 points being significant. The song dropped down the scoreboard to 13th place. Not great, but certainly the best for Lithuania so far. With neighbours Estonia winning and Latvia about to win the following year, what was the future of the third Baltic state?

Until we get the winning performance from this week, remind yourself of Heat One winner Ieva Zasimauskaitė’s song When We’re Old.

Categories: Eurovisionary

23
January
2018

Iceland 2018: Söngvakeppnin 2018 acts and songs released

Iceland 2018: Söngvakeppnin 2018 acts and songs released

Svala (Iceland 2017)

The twelve acts and song titles for Iceland’s Söngvakeppnin 2018 have been released. Aron Hannes, last years third placer and Rakel Pálsdóttir, last years fifth placer are among the contenders.

The information was leaked ahead of its official time. The audio versions of the songs were also released, but taken down by the Icelandic Television company (RUV). RUV are investigating the leak which first appeared on a Russian Social media page.

They are officially available to listen to now. The Icelandic potentials this year are

Aron Hannes – Golddigger / Gold Digger
Áttan – Hér með þér / Here for You
Ari Ólafsson – Heim / Our Choice
Fókus hópurinn – Aldrei gefast upp / Battleline
Dagur Sigurðarson – Í stormi / Saviour
Stefanía Svavarsdóttir, Agnes Marinósdóttir & Regína Lilja Magnúsdóttir – Svaka stuð / Heart Attack
Þórunn Antonía – Ég mun skína / Shine
Guðmundur Þórarinsson – Litir / Colours
Þórir Geir Guðmundsson & Gyða Margrét Kristjánsdóttir – Brosa / With You
Tómas Helgi Wehmeier & Sólborg Guðbrandsdóttir – Ég og þú / Think It Through
Rakel Pálsdóttir – Óskin mín / My Wish
Heimilistónar – Kúst og fæjó

All the singers need to sing in Icelandic during the two semi-finals to be held on February 10 and 17. However they can sing in any language they wish, should they reach the March 3 final.

Iceland In The Eurovision Song Contest

Iceland celebrated 30 years at Eurovision last year. Their best results were in 2009 with Yohanna Is It True, and Selma All Out Of Love ten years earlier. Both songs finished second.

Last year Svala sang Paper but failed to make the final. You can enjoy her performance one more time below. It was filmed from three different angles so you can see actions from all sides of the stage.

Categories: Eurovisionary

23
January
2018

Four more songs chosen for “Destination Eurovision” Final

Four more songs chosen for “Destination Eurovision” Final

The second Semi Final in France’s Eurovision pre-selection took place tonight, the final 9 songs where presented in front of a live studio audience, with 4 entries advancing to next weekend’s Live National Final.

After last week’s successful and well received show, we were treated to a new batch of songs by 9 more Eurovision hungry artists.  The same as last week, we had the Francophone Jury including Amir Haddad (Eurovision 2016) giving constructive criticism and advice on what is needed/expected of the French representative at Eurovision.  While also getting the input of an International jury with the Heads of delegation of Sweden, Italy and Belarus.

The show started with a recap of the qualifying songs from last week, in that recap Lisandro really stands out and has gotten stuck in my head.

See alsoMoldova's broadcaster reveals songs for national final

There was no hanging around as the show started with Lucie.  Again all artists sang a cover song, including a past Eurovision winning song,  1965’s Poupée de cire, poupée de son.  The postcards gave us a glimpse into the life of each artist; and the hard work they have put in to the production of their entries.

Last week 4 songs made it to the National final, and four more made it through to the final from tonight’s show.  Below were the entries in tonight’s semi-final with qualifiers in bold:

ArtistSongPlacePoints
LucieMy World 9 –
Madame MonsieurMercy 1 56
Jane ConstanceUn jour j’ai rêvé 5=8
NassiRêve de gamin 3=46
IgitLisboa Jerusalem 3= 46
Max CinnamonAilleurs 2 54
Sarah CaillibotTu me manques 5= 8
SweemLà-haut 5= 8
June The GirlSame 5=8

Madame Monsieur came first in tonight’s show, with the top four results’ as shown above.  Is it a two-horse race between Madame Monsieur and Lisandro Cuxi?  Or do you think it is an open field?  Let us know who you want to win next week’s National Final.  Stay with us as we reach the final Destination, Eurovision!

Categories: Eurovisionary

23
January
2018

Hungary: Six songs qualified, four songs out in A Dal 2018

Hungary: Six songs qualified, four songs out in A Dal 2018

Tonight the first heat of the Hungarian national selection A Dal took place in Budapest. Ten songs were competing for six spots in the semi-finals. The qualifiers have been determined by a joint decision of the four-member jury and the televoters.

The final will take place on February 24

Contents

  • 1 The songs
  • 2 The show
  • 3 The results
  • 4 Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest

The songs

01 Living Room – Kirakat élet: The band Living Room is performing a modern acoustic mid-tempo pop song. It’s a real earworm, should do well in the charts. The LED backdrop is very colourful for this show opener. The jury is quite happy about the performance.

02 Tamás Vastag – Ne hagyj reményt: Tamás was one of the superfinalists of A Dal 2013, but lost against ByeAlex in the final televoting round. His current entry Ne hagyj reményt is a nice mid-tempo pop song and Tamás is perfect vocally as usual. The lyrics of the song are appearing in the background but the jury thinks it’s not fitting to the song at all.

03 Noémo – Levegőt!: The band Noémo is next on stage with a calm and relaxing but still very modern underground ballad which they call a „levander pop song”. There are some vocal issues that need to be fixed according to the jury members.

04 Leander Kills – Nem szól harang: A very powerful and dramatic rock song with a strong message about the importance of patriotism. Leander – dressed like a priest – is bringing us excellent vocals again, like at his previous attempts in A Dal. The jury is very enthusiastic about the performance, also the televoters give high points to the band.

05 Zsolt Süle – Zöld a május: It’s Zsolt’s first appearance on the stage of A Dal. He is performing a very simple and old fashioned acoustic ballad. It would be excellent for a movie soundtrack too. Jury members like this very much, Judit and Misi both giving the highest possible 10 points for it.

See alsoIceland 2018: Söngvakeppnin 2018 acts and songs released

06 Gabi Knoll – Nobody To Die For: Gabi is performing a modern and mystical electro-pop entry. On the stage we see an LED disco ball, a plastic bull and a unique instrument Gabi is playing on. The jury is highlighting Gabi’s perfect vocals.

07 Fourtissimo feat. Markanera – Kisnyuszi a kalapban: The only electroswing song in the field this year is full of fun. Already the song title (’Little rabbit in the hat’ in English) makes us smile, so does the whole performance. However the jury is very unhappy about the band’s unprofessional dance routine.

08 Ceasefire X – Satellites: This song is a simple, emotional and catchy pop ballad. Bence, the singer is delivering us some great vocals. Also the background dancers did a great job according to the jury.

09 Viktor Király – Budapest Girl: It’s already Viktor’s third attempt at A Dal. This time he is performing a radio friendly modern pop ballad dedicated to the vibrating nightlife of Budapest and the beauty of Hungarian girls. It is getting the highest televoting scores of the night.

10 Patikadomb – Jó szelet!: Three-member boyband Patikadomb is one of the newcomers of this year’s A Dal. They perform a mid-tempo pop-rock song with a classic band staging and some spectacular camera tricks. The jury has some words about the lead singer’s vocal problems.

The show

For the first time in A Dal’s history a former Eurovision participant, Freddie hosted the show alongside with Krisztina Rátonyi. The jury consisted of four members: Károly Frenreisz (rock musician), Judit Schell (actress), Misi Mező (singer) and Miklós Both (songwriter). In the first round each jury member awarded scores from 1 to 10 points to the songs. The televoters were the “fifth member of the jury”, the average score of their votes from 1 to 10 points have been added to the jury points. The five songs with the highest number of points in this round have directly qualified to the semi-finals, In the second round the remaining five acts were fighting for one last ticket in the semis, awarded by only the televoters. During the final televoting period an interval act has been performed by Hungarian rock legend János Kóbor and the band Balkan Fanatik.

The results

  1. Leander Kills – 44 points
  2. Zsolt Süle – 44 points
  3. Viktor Király – 43 points
  4. Ceasefire X – 41 points
  5. Gabi Knoll – 40 points
  6. Noémo – 39 points
  7. Tamás Vastag – 36 points
  8. Living Room – 36 points
  9. Fourtissimo feat. Markanera – 33 points
  10. Patikadomb – 33 points

The Top 5 automatically qualified to the semi-finals. In the second televoting round Tamás Vastag has been saved by the viewers at home.

Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest

Hungary debuted at Eurovision in 1994 in Dublin. Friderika Bayer’s 4th position from that year is still the country’s best ever result at the contest. After a longer period of withdrawals and returns, since 2011 Hungary is participating at Eurovision every year. In 2012 broadcaster MTVA has launched the new national selection format A Dal which has become quickly popular and also successful. Since their 2011 return, Hungary has qualified to the Grand Final every single time, that means a series of seven qualifications in a row, three times (2013, 2014 and 2017) they finished even in the Top 10 of the Grand Final. Last year Joci Pápai got the honour to fly the Hungarian flag in Kyiv. He finished in 8th position with 200 points in the Grand Final. You can watch his performance of Origo right below!

Categories: Eurovisionary

23
January
2018

Beovizija 2018 acts released – Rambo Amadeus is back!

Beovizija 2018 acts released – Rambo Amadeus is back!

Former Montenegrin Eurovision participant Rambo Amadeus is up for a come back. That we just learned as Serbian Television (RTS) revealed the acts who will participate in Beovizija 2018, the show to choose their Eurovision Song Contest entrant for this year. 

Beovizija 2018 will be a return to a national selection after years with an internal selection. The list of participants includes a former Eurovision participant and quite some former national finalists. This year’s edition will be held in the second half of February. The actual date will be announced later.

In total, broadcaster RTS had recieved 75 potential entries for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. They have been cut down to the list, which you find below.

The potential contestants for this year, have been confirmed by RTS as:

Ivan KurtićNeither Sun, Nor Moon (Ni sunca, ni meseca)
Rambo Amadeus and Beti ĐorđevićYou’re Gone (Нема те)
Boris RežakFairy (Vila)
Danijel PavlovićThe Rose of Destiny (Ruža sudbine)
Sanja Ilić and BalkanikaOur Children (Naša deca)
Srđan MarijanovićIf Only I knew (Bar da znam)
Osmi Vazduh and FriendsWake Up (Probudi se)
Dušan SvilarUnder the Locust Tree (Pod krošnjom bagrema)
Saška JankovićSong for You (Pesma za tebe)
Biber and DJ Niko BravoThis Morning(Wedding Guests) (Jutros (Svatovi))
Koktel BalkanBecause (Zato)
BASSTired (Umoran)
Lana and AldoThe Strongest of All (Jača sam od svih)
SevdahBABYLet’s Dance Now (Hajde da igramo sada)
Maja NikolićWonderland (Zemlja čuda)
LordJust Let It Turn (Samo nek se okreće)
Igor LazarevićGet Away From Me (Beži od mene)

RTS makes aware of that they have the right to change the artist and/or the song, should there be any issues with either of them.

Rambo Amadeus represented Montenegro in 2012 with Euro Neuro. Dušan Svilar participated in Beovizija (Beosong) in 2013 and came 2nd in the final. Boris Režak is from Bosnia and he participated in the Bosnian-Herzegovinian national selection in 2001 where he ended 5th. Maja Nikolić also has quite some national final experience as she participated in Beovizija four times before: 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2013.

Well known songwriters

Maja’s song for 2018 is written by Vladimir Graić, who wrote the Serbian 2007 winner, Molitva. Danijel Pavlović’s song is witten by Marina Tucaković. She has composed the lyrics of the Serbian entries for Eurovision Song Contest 2010 Ovo Je Balkan, 2012 Nije ljubav Stvar and also 2013 Ljubav Je Svuda.

Danijel’ song is produced by Marko Kon, who represented Serbia in 2009 with Cipela. Marko has also produced Igor Lazarević’s song this year.

See alsoMelodi Grand Prix 2018 – The ten Danish participants presented

Serbia At The Eurovision Song Contest

Serbia has appeared as an independent nation at Eurovision, ten times. They won with their very first entry Molitva by Marija Šerifović.

Since then they have qualified to the final, six out of nine times. Their second best result came in 2012 with Nije ljubav stvar by Željko Joksimović, when they finished third.

Last year, having opened the second semifinal, Tijana Bogićević and In Too Deep, failed to reach the final. Enjoy her performance below.

Categories: Eurovisionary

23
January
2018

Melodi Grand Prix 2018 – The ten Danish participants presented

Melodi Grand Prix 2018 – The ten Danish participants presented

10 songs with an overall higher quality than seen in recent years. That’s what the Danish broadcaster promised. At a glamorous press conference today, the Danish national finalists were presented. One of them will be given the chance of changing Denmark’s lack of success lately.

For fans, today’s press conference held at DR’s headquarter in Copenhagen, was quite glamorous. Several former participants were there to present this year’s acts – and to wish them good luck. The list included triple Eurovision participants Kirsten Siggaard and Søren Bundgaard (1984, 1985 and 1988), Gry Johansen (1983), and also Jørgen de Mylius and Keld and Hilda Heick.

Melodi Grand Prix 2018 participants

The acts will compete in the national final which will be held in Gigantium, Aalborg on the 10th of February 2018. Annette Heick and Johannes Nymark will once again host the show.

A few names, such as Ditte Marie and Swedish Albin Fredy have taken part before, but most interesting name is Sannie. She had a big international hit, under the name Whigfield, in the 90’s with the song Saturday Night.

  • Ditte MarieRiot (Written by Lise Cabble, Theis Andersen and Chris Wahle)
  • Anna RitsmarStarlight (Written by Lise Cabble)
  • RasmussenHigher Ground (Written by Niclas Arn and Karl Eurén)
  • Sannie (AKA Whigfield) – Boys on Girls (Written by Sannie Carlson, Domenico Canu and James Reeves)
  • SandraAngels to My Battlefield (Written by Lars’ Chief 1′ Pedersen, Ronny Vidar Svendsen, Anne Judith Stokke Wik, Nermin Harambasic and Sandra Hilal)
  • Lasse MelingUnfound (Written by Lasse Meling, Kim Nowak-Zorde and TheArrangement
  • CARLSENStanding Up for Love (Written by Thomas Thörnholm, Michael Clauss and Dave Rude
  • KARUISignals (Written by Annelie Karui Saemala, Jeanette Bonde, Daniel Fält and Jonas Halager )
  • Rikke Ganer-TolsøeHolder fast i ingenting (Written by Rune Braager, Clara Sofie Fabricius and Andrea Emilie Fredslund Nørgaard)
  • Albin FredyMusic For The Road (Written by Rune Braager, John Garrison and O. Antonio)

The 10 songs will be released in full length on the 5th of February 2018.

Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest

After a 12 year’s break, Denmark returned to the contest in 1978. Since the return, the country won twice making its total victories three. Since 1978, they scored a top 10 position a total of 16 times, but also failed to qualify for the final four times.

In recent years, fans have been rather disappointed though. Anti Social Media in 2015 followed by Lighthouse X in ’16 both didn’t manage to reach the final. In 2017, Anja Nissen did qualify for the final, but scoring only 77 points and a 20th position wasn’t quite enough to bring the hope back into the Danish eyes.

While waiting for the 2018 entry, let’s take a look at our video from Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 1978 – the national final which brought Denmark back to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Categories: Eurovisionary

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