28
November
2017

Junior Eurovision: Polina now wants to represent Russia in the adult contest

Junior Eurovision: Polina now wants to represent Russia in the adult contest

Polina Bogusevich, the winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017, has revealed that she would like to participate in the adult Eurovision Song Contest. Polina gave a press conference,of which this news was picked up by press agency TASS.

Upon arrival in Moscow after winning JESC 2017, Polina told reporters that she considers her victory in the Junior Eurovision “a serious and worthy step towards future successes.” However, she does not consider herself a superstar because she won and will now spend the next two years working hard to get the chance to represent Russia in the adult Eurovision Song Contest.

If her plans succeeded, she would follow in the footsteps of the Tolmachevy Sisters, who won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 and later took part in the adult Eurovision Song Contest in 2014. In the past several other Junior Eurovision Song Contest participants such as Nevena Božović (Serbia) and O’G3NE (The Netherlands).

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28
November
2017

Sweden 2018: SVT presents the Melodifestivalen participants

SEMI-FINAL 1: KARLSTAD – 3 FEBRUARY
RENAIDA – “ALL THE FEELS”
BENJAMIN INGROSSO – “DANCE YOU OFF”
EDWARD BLOM – “LIVET PÅ EN PINNE”
JOHN LUNDVIK – “MY TURN”
KIKKI DANIELSSON – “OSBY TENNESSEE”
SIGRID BERNSON – “PATRICK SWAYZE”
KAMFERDROPS – “SOLEN LEVAR VAR HOS DIG”

SEMI-FINAL 2: GOTHENBURG – 10 FEBRUARY
IDA REDIG – “ALLTING SOM VI SA”
JONAS GARDELL – “DET FINNS EN VÄG”
MARGARET – “IN MY CABANA”
LIAMOO – “LAST BREATHE”
SAMIR & VIKTOR – “SHUFFLA”
MIMI WERNER – “SONGBURNING”
STIKO PER LARSSON – “TITTA VI FLYGER”

SEMI-FINAL 3: MALMÖ – 17 FEBRUARY
MARTIN ALMGREN – “A BITTER LULLABY”
DOTTER – “CRY”
MONCHO – “CUBA LIBRE”
MÉNDEZ – “EVERYDAY”
KALLE MORAEUS & ORSA SPELMÄN – “MIN DRÖM”
JESSICA ANDERSSON – “PARTY VOICE”
BARBI ESCOBAR – “STARK”

SEMI-FINAL 4: ÖRNSKÖLDSVIK – 24 FEBRUARY

Categories: Oiko Times

28
November
2017

Sweden: Many newcomers in Melodifestivalen 2018

Sweden: Many newcomers in Melodifestivalen 2018

Melodifestivalen 2018 will have a line-up with many new artists, taking the big stage for the first time. Broadcaster SVT released the names of the 28 participating acts this Tuesday morning, with Kikki Danielsson and Jessica Andersson as the only names that ever went to Eurovision before.

This marks a big change, when compared to recent years. There are a lot of artists that make their Melodifestivalen debut overall. Though Benjamin Ingrosso, Samir & Viktor, Mimi Werner, Mendez, Felix Sandman and Marietta all do make their and Margaret took a shot for Poland in 2016.

The line-up for Melodifestivalen 2018

Below you can see all 28 competing acts and the shows will perform in, trying to get a ticket for the grand final or Andra Chansen.

Semi-final 1, 3rd of February, Karlstad:
Renaida – All The Feels
Benjamin Ingrosso – Dance You Off (MF 2017)
Edward Blom – Livet på en pinne
John Lundvik – My Turn
Kikki Danielsson – Osby Tennesse (ESC 1982 and 1985)
Sigrid Bernson – Patrick Swayze
Kamferdrops – Solen lever kvar hos dig

Semi-final 2, 10th of February, Göteborg:
Ida Redig – Allting som vi sa
Jonas Gardell – Det finns en väg
Margarat – In my Cabana (Poland NF 2016)
Liamoo – Last Breath
Samir & Viktor – Shuffla (MF 2015 and 2016)
Mimi Werner – Songburning (MF 2015)
Stiko Per Larsson – Titta vi flyger

Semi-final 3, 17th of February, Malmö:
Martin Almgren – A Bitter Lullaby
Dotter – Cry
Moncho – Cuba Libre
Mendez – Every Day (MF 2002)
Kalle Moraeus & Orsa Spelmän – Min Dröm
Jessica Andersson – Party Voice (ESC 2003)
Barbi Escobar – Stark

Semi-final 4, 24th of February, Örnsköldsvik:
Felicia Olsson – Break That Chain
Felix Sandman – Every Single Day (MF 2017)
Mariette – For You (MF 2015 and 2017)
Rolandz – Fuldans
Emmi Christensson – Icarus
Elias Abbas – Mitt Paradis
Olivia – Never Learn

Format of Melodifestivalen 2018

Melodifestivalen 2018 will be the 58th edition of the Swedish music competition Melodifestivalen, which will select Sweden’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The competition will take place over a six-week period between the 3rd of February and 10th of March 2018.

The format of the competition will consist of 6 shows: 4 semi-final rounds, a second chance round and a final. The 28 competing entries will be divided into four semi-finals, with seven compositions in each. From each semi-final, the songs that earn first and second place qualify directly to the final, while the songs that place third and fourth proceed to the Second Chance round. The bottom three songs in each semi-final will be eliminated from the competition. An additional four entries qualify from the Second Chance round to the final, bringing the total number of competing entries in the final to 12. All 6 shows will be hosted by David Lindgren.

Melodifestivalen-winner always a success at Eurovision

In recent years, Sweden has been (one of the) most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest. The ability to win such a big contest like Melodifestivalen is almost a guarantee of success at Eurovision as well. In the last four years, the Nordic country made it to the top-5 of the contest, including ‘I can’t go on’ by Robin Bengtsson in Kiev 2017.

Categories: ESC Daily

28
November
2017

Editorial: Online voting is the future – but how?

Editorial: Online voting is the future – but how?

Online voting is the future, also for adult Eurovision, argues ESCDaily’s Chief Editor Steef van Gorkum in this editorial. However, there are still many concerns that EBU needs to address.

“The Eurovision Song Contest is a leading event, a trendsetter, both in music and in technology. That means that we cannot afford to wait too long before we introduce online voting into the event. The only question is: how?

Geo-blocking online votes is impossible

In the system EBU tested in Junior Eurovision 2017, the online voting took place without borders. People from all over the world could vote, even for their own country, and all the votes were counted together. EBU chose this because geo-blocking online votes supposedly was not feasible.

I am not an IT-expert, so I don’t know if this is true. And I love the old system in which every country had their own national televote. However, we might have to get used to this change. One big pile of online votes, after all, has a lot of advantages, including the fact that people from non-participating countries can vote.

Russia and Poland did not rig the vote

The disadvantages – people can vote for their own country, along with the security risks – led many fans to believe countries such as Russia or Poland could easily rig the vote in their favor.

Given how the result turned out last night, I would argue that EBU’s preventing systems (forcing people to vote for at least 3 countries & forcing voters to watch the recap first) worked. The online voting results were pretty evenly divided (just like in Melodifestivalen), with the winner Netherlands (!) taking not more than 12% of the points. Russia and Poland underperformed compared to their jury scores.

However, I do think there is a moral obligation for EBU to release more details about their security system. While I understand their policy of security through obscurity, I do think that it’s important to have public support for the outcome of the contest. Currently, people doubt the system and therefore the result. Whether their doubts are rightful or not – EBU needs to address them. Transparancy is the only way to do that.

Eurovision is not only about the liveshow

Then there was the concern of pre-voting taking away the importance of the live-performance. For me, this was never really an issue. Turning the Eurovision sport into something more than just one night, not only makes it more interesting for journalists who follow rehearsals, it also forces the participants to perform well on multiple occassions. That reduces the influence of luck in the contest and therefore makes the competition fairer.

EBU told ESCDaily that this was an intentional decision, that they want Eurovision to become more than just a one-night event. Through opening up the vote early, they want to include a part of the audience, presumably younger people, who are not willing to tune in for a live broadcast at a set time anymore (especially when they can watch all their other favorite shows on Netflix any time they want). Pre-voting is the way to involve such people with Eurovision.

I do believe this is a strong argument. However, we have to keep in mind that the audience who prefer to vote before and not during the show, is still just a small minority. The fact that the EBU’s voting website broke down during the live show, proves that the organisation did not expect such a massive turnout during the live broadcast. Such things cannot happen during the adult contest. If EBU really wants to continue down the path of online voting, they need more than transparancy. They also need to be much better prepared.”

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27
November
2017

Eurovision Insight Podcast: The Final Podcast From Tbilisi, Monday 27th November

Eurovision Insight Podcast: The Final Podcast From Tbilisi, Monday 27th November
http://archive.org/download/escinsight_20171127_519_JESC2017Monday/escinsight_20171127_519_JESC2017Monday.mp3

That was the Junior Eurovision Song Contest that was. Russia’s Polina Bogusevich is the first winner of the brand new JESC Trophy. ‘Wings’ scored 188 points, narrowly beating the entry from our Geogian hosts.

Jut before boarding their flights home, Ewan and Lisa-Jayne look back at the Grand Final and the performances, discuss the issues surrounding the online vote, and wonder if they will ever be allowed to attend another Festivali i Kenges.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: The Final Podcast From Tbilisi, Monday 27th November

Ewan Spence and Lisa-Jayne Lewis review last night’s Grand Final and look back at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017, in our final podcast from Tbilisi.

Remember to stay up to date with all the results from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest by subscribing to the ESC Insight podcast for our daily podcasts. You’ll find the show in iTunes, and a direct RSS feed is also available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

Categories: ESC Insight

26
November
2017

Polina from Russia wins JESC 2017, Australia comes in top three

Polina from Russia wins JESC 2017, Australia comes in top three

Polina from Russia wins the 15th edition of Junior Eurovision Song Contest. She gains 188 points with her song called Wings. Australia comes the third with 172 points. Isabella comes third both with TV viewers and jurors.

Tonight, Russia has won the 2017 Junior Eurovision in Tblisi, Georgia. She has been the second with jurors having Georgia on the top, however, later on Polina takes over getting the highest points from TV viewers.   Grigol from Georgia takes the second place and the top three is fulfilled by Isabella Clarke from Australia.

This year the contest has faced a big change- after a year of 100% jury choice, televoting comes back to junior eurovision but already in the format of online voting. This kind of voting allows  people to vote even for their own countries which has never been possible before. Earlier this week ESCDaily has covered details on the new format of the voting system. 

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