17
November
2017

Eurovision 2018: FYR Macedonia becomes the 43rd participating country

EUROVISION.TV REPORTS / SWITZERLAND – A record high of 43 countries will participate in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R Macedonia) joins the line up for next May. A date for the first wave of ticket sales for the event has also been revealed as 30th November.

The EBU and Macedonian Radio Television (MRT) are pleased to announce that MRT will now participate in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. This follows the lifting of sanctions imposed for non-payment of debt. MRT will be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest for the 18th time.

Those purchasing tickets when the first wave goes on sale now have the opportunity to see the highest number of participants in 7 years.

Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said “The EBU and MRT have worked quickly to find a resolution on this matter together, which ensures that MRT are able to join us in the Eurovision Song Contest once again, and we are pleased to announce that this has now been possible. This means we will have a record-equaling number of countries participating in Lisbon, and we are very confident that those who are successful in purchasing tickets will enjoy their Eurovision experience next year.”

As announced today, the first wave of tickets for the Grand Final will be released on November 30th. Tickets will be available to purchase priced at various levels between 35 and 299 Euros, from 11:00 CET on the ticketing website https://www.blueticket.pt/.

Categories: Oiko Times

17
November
2017

Eurovision 2018: FYR Macedonia gets to participate after all

Eurovision 2018: FYR Macedonia gets to participate after all

The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be made up of 43 countries after all. The EBU has confirmed that FYR Macedonia has been added to the participation list, now that their debts to the broadcasting organisation have been paid.

The EBU and Macedonian Radio Television (MRT) are pleased to announce that MRT will now participate in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. This follows the lifting of sanctions imposed for non-payment of debt. MRT will be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest for the 18th time. The number of participants in the 2018 competition equals the record set in Belgrade in 2008 and Düsseldorf in 2011.

We have 43! F.Y.R. Macedonia joins the line up for #Eurovision 2018, giving Lisbon a joint record number of participating countries! pic.twitter.com/N16f4m1Edf

— Eurovision (@Eurovision) 17 november 2017

Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said “The EBU and MRT have worked quickly to find a resolution on this matter together, which ensures that MRT are able to join us in the Eurovision Song Contest once again, and we are pleased to announce that this has now been possible. This means we will have a record-equalling number of countries participating in Lisbon, and we are very confident that those are successful in purchasing tickets will enjoy their Eurovision experience next year.”

With FYR Macedonia on board as well, Lisbon now has a joint record number of participating countries in the history of the contest. Six nations out of the forty-three participating countries have a direct place in the final (the big 5 and host country Portugal). The other 37 countries will have to qualify from the two semi finals, in which twenty tickets for the final will be handed out.

Tickets go on sale

The first wave of tickets for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest go on sale on Thursday 30th November at 11:00 CET. Tickets for the Grand Final, including the two rehearsals, are available for purchase in the first wave of sales which is set to begin on 30th November. Tickets will be priced at various levels between €35 and €299, from 11:00 CET from official ticketing website BlueTicket.pt.

Tickets for the remaining shows, including the Semi-Finals, will be on sale in further waves in January 2018 after the Semi-Final Allocation Draw. The ticketing page on Eurovision.tv will be updated with further information about future ticket releases.

Categories: ESC Daily

16
November
2017

Eurovision winner and Eurovision arena – UK ready for 2018 edition of Eurovision: You Decide

Eurovision winner and Eurovision arena – UK ready for 2018 edition of Eurovision: You Decide

Måns Zelmerlöw

If anyone was in doubt, the UK’s National Selection, Eurovision: You Decide will return for 2018. Eurovision Fan and Presenter of the show Mel Giedroyc will be joined by 2015 Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw. The show will take place in Brighton in February.

The BBC made the official announcement on their Eurovision media today, that the 2015 Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw will help in the process to select next years representative. Måns had previously eluded to the fact that he wanted to get more involved in the UK Selection Process, and now he has landed a gig on the main show.

He is no stranger to hosting large events, he has hosted both Melodifestivalen and Eurovision itself. The latter a successful show which won the Rose D’or 2016 for Entertainment show.

The national selection arena will furthermore not be a new venue for Eurovision fans, the Brighton Dome. Back in 1974 the concert hall was used as the backdrop for that years contest, a seminal year as not only was this the year Sweden first won the contest, but they also won with a group that would go on to make chart history all over the world, ABBA.

It therefore seems poignant that not only is the UK Selection show set against this backdrop, but that they have asked a Swedish star to front the show. The show will be broadcast on the 7th of February 2018 on BBC Two. Tickets are now on sale available at the Dome’ website for £30.

In the video below, take a look at Måns Zelmerlöw’s Eurovision winning entry from 2015:

Categories: Eurovisionary

16
November
2017

United Kingdom: Six songs will battle it out in Brighton

United Kingdom: Six songs will battle it out in Brighton

In a 90-minute show, six songs will be performed by competing artists in Brighton, to represent the United Kingdom at the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. The performers will take the stage to impress both the viewers at home and a professional jury.

After each performance, a panel of experts will provide their critique about the songs and the artists. They will especially give their view on how the songs could translate to the Eurovision stage in Portugal. The winner will be revealed on the night after the results from the live public vote have been combined with the results from the professional jury. The six competing songs and artists will be revealed to the public in January 2018.

Måns Zelmerlöw will host the show

Joining the BBC Eurovision family, 2015 Eurovision Song Contest winner Måns Zelmerlöw will co-host the show alongside Mel Giedroyc. “I’m really, really looking forward to hosting Eurovision: You Decide together with Mel this year,” said Mäns. “I’m sure we’ll have a great show and I would love to see the UK achieve a great result in Eurovision 2018. I can’t wait to be part of the You Decide journey and make both You Decide as well as the Eurovision Finals, a part of every UK home.”

Mel Giedroyc said: “My favourite time of year has come round again! I can’t wait to hear the songs and meet the artists. And what a thrill to host proceedings with THE hero of my time. Måns Zelmerlöw all live from the Brighton Dome. It will be a night to remember!”

Guy Freeman from the BBC: “We are so happy to be able to bring the show to such an iconic Eurovision venue. It will be the perfect home for what is shaping up to be a very exciting contest.”

Tune in on the 7th of February

BBC Two will broadcast Eurovision: You Decide 2018 on Wednesday 7th February. The Brighton Dome, the site of ABBA’s 1974 win with Waterloo, is the venue for the final. Tickets for the show are now on sale – via the Brighton Dome website.

Categories: ESC Daily

15
November
2017

Newsletter: All Aboard for Eurovision 2018!

Newsletter: All Aboard for Eurovision 2018!

Also in this fortnight’s newsletter, a look at the recent internally selected artist announcements from Finland, Azerbaijan and The Netherlands, plus some big news from Estonia’s national final Eesti Laul. You can read the newsletter in full here, or subscribe for a bi-weekly dose of Eurovision insight and analysis delivered direct to your email inbox.

Ask the ESC Insight Team…

Finally, in our monthly round-table question, the ESC Insight editorial team weighs in on their favourite – and least favourite – Eurovision themes and slogans from Contests past…

Lisa-Jayne Lewis
I liked Eurovision 2008’s Confluence of Sound, as it reflected the geography of Belgrade on the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers and as a geography nerd it really pleased me that’s they had merged their geography into the theme. I don’t really have a least favourite, ‘All Aboard’ is going to have to grow on me between and now and then, at the moment I think it’s twee and naff, but I like the graphics so I’m hoping I’ll warm to it.

Ellie Chalkley
I quite liked 2015’s ‘Building Bridges’ because they had an actual bridge. Themes which invoke specific imagery are always my preference over generic statements of values.

Samantha Ross
I really appreciate when the culture of a country is somehow infused into the theme, so “Confluence of Sound” was always a nice one in my book, as it reflected Belgrade’s’s geography, and “Light Your Fire!”, as it not only depicted Azerbaijan’s “land of fire” image, but also brought in that feel-good aspect that many of these slogans try to introduce.

Least favorite? 2014’s #JoinUs. It just felt monolithic and vaguely intimidating, while still being very generic…heaven help you if you don’t “join us”…

John Lucas
I’m also a big fan of ‘Confluence of Sound’. Not only was it a smart way to incorporate Serbia’s national culture, the paint effects in the postcards looked really cool and distinctive.

I also have a big soft spot for the deeply silly 2002 theme ‘A Modern Fairytale’ – particularly for how the Estonian hosts really doubled down on it with the postcards that portrayed slightly baffling recreations of classic fairytales. Ah, simpler times…

Least favourites? #JoinUs was a little basic, and like much of the 2007 contest, that year’s theme of ‘A True Fantasy‘ felt a little undercooked.

John Egan
Kyiv 2005 (‘Awakening‘) captured perfectly where Ukraine was politically at the time. Combined with that year’s entry I was moved by it: shame their road to democracy continues to be a meandering one. Riga 2003 is my least favourite: always struck me as a lazy copy of Tallinn 2002, but executed poorly…like most of 2003 (the hosts being an exception).

Sharleen Wright
Whilst I found the images rather naff, the concept of ‘Share the Moment‘ wasn’t lost on me in Oslo 2010. That was the first time Eurovision had a proper public village and atmosphere where fans and artists could mingle (and not just a club for some), and a lot of great moments were made – which is why it remains probably my favourite year of attendance as well.

You can stay up to date with all of the latest Eurovision news and analysis right here on ESC Insight. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Categories: ESC Insight

15
November
2017

Spanish broadcaster RTVE accused of lack of transparency

Spanish broadcaster RTVE accused of lack of transparency

Manel Navarro (Spain 2017)

In a recent interview, the winner of Spain’s second season of Operación Triunfo revealed she would like to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest. Nonetheless, not for now, as Ainhoa Cantalapiedra feels the Spanish format isn’t transparent enough.

Spain’s official broadcaster – RTVE – is not yet ready to catch a break. After being accused of fabricating this year’s Objetivo Eurovisión results by the fans, the broadcaster is now called out by Ainhoa Cantalapiedra, the winner of Operación Triunfo’s second season who already tried to represent her country back in 2010.

In a new interview to Radio Internacional, Alinhoa claimed: “I would love to try again and represent Spain at Eurovision but only when everything is more transparent.” The singer approached this year’s situation and ended up defending Manel Navarro from the critics who, for her, was part of a set up: “It was not fair to watch the poor guy being surrounded by negativity because Spain’s format isn’t transparent enough.”

After his victory in Objetivo Eurovisión, Manel Navarro became the main target of anger from Spanish Eurovision fans as they felt like the show chose him as a winner instead of Mirela’s Contigo. At the Eurovision stage, Manel became a popular meme on the internet after failing to stay on key during his performance of Do It For Your Lover.

The Spanish singer admitted times weren’t easy and even released a song about the experience, Keep On Falling.

Remind yourself of Manel Navarro’s second rehearsal at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest:

Categories: Eurovisionary

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