Australia’s Head of Delegation Paul Clarke is delighted that Jessica Mauboy will represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. “Jessica Mauboy’s performance at ESC Copenhagen 2014 opened the door for Australia to compete at Eurovision,” he tells ESCDaily.
“Before the great moments of Guy, Dami and Isaiah there was Jess, who touched the hearts of the Eurovision directors and proved just how talented our vocalists are,” Paul Clarke says in a press statement. “Since then we have always wanted to give Jessica a shot at the competition, and this year the stars aligned. We can’t wait to develop a great song and stage production with Jessica and her team, and recreate her Eurovision-style as a galactic soul diva.”
Joel Creasey: ‘Jess is a true star’
Commentator Joel Creasey is also a great fan of Jessica Mauboy and thinks she will do well in Lisbon: “Ever since my failed audition for the Young Divas back in ’08, I’ve been trying everything I can to work with Jess Mauboy. Her response has mostly been ‘Can I Get a Moment To Myself?!’ – but finally, the stars have aligned! Jess is a true star with a powerhouse voice and has a great personality to boot. J-Mau, you’re going to be amazing. Let’s show Europe what we’re made of!”
The 2018 contest will mark Australia’s fourth year of competing in the event, following a remarkable record of three top ten finishes, with Guy Sebastian’s fifth place in 2015, Dami Im’s second place in 2016, and Isaiah Firebrace coming ninth in the 2017 contest, which was held earlier this year in Kyiv, Ukraine. Since joining the competition, Australia’s results of 5th, 2nd and 9th put Australia second only to Sweden over the past three years.
The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s largest television music competition and in 2017, the Semi Finals and Grand Final attracted 182 million* viewers worldwide and reached more than three million** Australians.
Salvador at the Eurovision 2017 Winner's Press Conference
Salvador Sobral was finally submitted into surgical intervention to have his heart replaced. According to Portuguese media, the intervention went well and the singer is currently in the intensive care department recovering. A press conference took place this evening.
Good news for Salvador Sobral and for all Eurovision fans who surely wanted his fast recovery. The Portuguese singer has finally had his heart replaced and is currently recovering from the surgery.
The news were advanced by Notícias ao Minuto and rapidly spread to all the other means of social communication. According to the same sources, the surgical intervention took place in Lisbon last night, the 8th of December.
The hospital held a press conference this evening in order to confirm the good news. The doctors also revealed the surgery took four hours and that despite it being successful the recovery process will be long and undetermined.
Back in September, Salvador announced he’d put his music career on hold to deliver his body to science. Through ups and downs, the singer has remained always positive, and promised a fast recovery which now has all the conditions to happen.
Let’s all celebrate Salvador’s successful intervention by rewatching his touching performance of Amar Pelos Dois – this time in a Full Stage View:
Once more Ellie Chalkley gets behind the customs desk to welcome another visitor to the Île de Bezençon, judge their record selections, and ponder their luxury.
This week we’re visited by Jon Jacob, to talk about music theory, obsolete VHS collections, Jesus Christ Superstar and occasionally a Eurovision song or two.
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Only reaching the Eurovision final once, pressure will be high for the one who represents the country in Lisbon, Portugal in May. After three years with internal selections, Czech Television decided to try something new, and they will let the public decide who should represent them.
The national selection will not be televised, but it will be online based. Unlike San Marino’s selection process, Czech broadcaster allowed only songs with Czech singers to be submitted. At the end of the submission period in November, there were approximately 400 songs submitted. The internal team of music supervisors lead by Jan Maxián again, chose the best songs out of the submitted entries. Recently, the broadcaster revealed how the selection process continues.
Czech national selection 2018
Only six lucky ones will have the opportunity to fight for the ticket to Lisbon. Those six are already chosen and they are recording presentation videos for the online national final. On 8th January 2018, Česká Televize will publish the list of artists and also their videos on their website. This will be available worldwide, but only people from the Czech Republic will be able to vote using the official Eurovision app. This voting will last for two weeks, and at the end of January, the broadcaster will reveal the results.
But it won’t be completely up to the Czech audience. There will be also an international jury involved for the very first time in the Czech selection process. The jury will make up 50 % of the results, while the other half will belong to the online voters. In the case of a tie, it is the people’s choice who decides the winner. The logo and name for the national selection should be revealed in the following weeks. Czech delegation plans to keep the logo and name for the future when the selection process may advance to a televised national final.
Who is taking part?
As EuroVisionary informed sooner in November, some artists already confirmed their participation in the selection, but it is top secret, who are the six lucky ones. Jakub Ondra revealed in one of the interviews that he is one of those who passed to the next phase of the selection and Mikolas Josef shared his excitement on his Instagram account with a comment “shooting time”. The executive producer Jan Potměšil also added few shoots of Mikolas from the session. Is Mikolas another finalist then?
We still have to wait until the 8th January to find out if it is true. Still, the end of January will be the soonest date when the Czech Republic know their representative and also their song for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. Usually, it was the beginning of March when Czech television published more information and the song though in 2015, the duo Marta Jandová & Václav Noid Bárta were revealed at the end of the January. Their song was then released in March again.
The lucky representative next year will try to improve the score of the Czech Republic at Eurovision Song Contest. Last year, Martina Bárta finished 13th in the semifinal and failed to qualify for the Grand Final. Still, Gabriela Gunčíková is the only Czech representative to make it through.
In the video below you can enjoy their 2017 entry in a special Multicam edition.
After SBS have made an unexpectedly early announcement, revealing that Australia’s entrant for Eurovision 2018 will be announced on Monday, 11th December, Joshua Mayne discusses the possibilities for artist selection.
The promotional video published on Twitter did not give any extra details, leaving Aussie Eurovision fans in a state of rumour and prediction frenzy.
Australia’s Eurovision artist will be revealed on Monday! 🎉 Start guessing… https://t.co/Q2QithxAS0pic.twitter.com/RaQn3oMg86
— SBS Australia (@SBS) December 8, 2017
The past three years of participation have seen only Sony Music artists being selected for Australia, due to SBS and Blink TV’s partnership with Sony.
Potential artists for Australia
As Australia’s artist for their 2014 ‘display act’, Jessica Mauboy is a firm favourite to represent Australia at Eurovision in Lisbon. Her loveable, charismatic personality has already won the hearts of many, and another opportunity on the Eurovision stage is sure to win her more fans (and possibly votes).
Her origins lie in outback Australia, with the Indigenous tribe KuKu Yalanji. Australian Idol in 2006 kick started her career in music, and she has gone on to sell over 2.5 million units in Australia, receiving a number of ARIA Awards along the way. Gifted with a beautiful, rich and unforgettable voice, Jessica Mauboy has proven time and time again to be one of Australia’s strongest live performers.
With a diverse catalogue of songs to her name, Mauboy would allow the songwriters and delegation to be flexible in song selection, arguably the most important aspect of any Eurovision performance. For a performer in this contest, she ticks all the boxes. She has an amazing voice, great stage presence, outstanding live performance ability and experience on the Eurovision stage – a strong candidate indeed…
Best described as a dynamic duo with edge, The Veronicas have recently returned to prominence in the Australian music scene. Songs from 2016 including ‘On Your Side’ and ‘In My Blood’ have propelled their status, and proven their intentions to keep making music.
The duo, consisting of twin sisters Jessica Origliasso and Lisa Origliasso, are immediately recognisable by their unique styling and voices. Their main strength for Eurovision, however, would be their chemistry. Australia is yet to send a group to Eurovision, and the Veronica’s have had almost two decades of experience singing together professionally.
It would be a selection that would please many fans, and for good reason. Performances from the pair are memorable, and when it comes to Eurovision voting, that’s what you want your performance to be (for the right reasons, of course). Each year, the Veronicas have been rumoured to compete for their nation. With Australia’s participation confirmed again, this year could be their year.
Like Jessica Mauboy, Anthony Callea started his career on Australian Idol, finishing runner up in 2004. Having won ARIA Awards throughout his career, Callea is an established and successful Australian artist. The 34-year-old has also recently re-united with Sony Music Australia, placing him in a position to be selected to represent Australia at Eurovision.
His vocals are particularly strong and well controlled, with emotion always evident in his performances. Callea’s ability is, simply, very impressive, and would be sure to captivate the European audience.
‘Backbone’ (2016) was his latest album release, with Callea remaining relatively quiet in the industry since. Competing in Lisbon could quite possibility be another highlight in what has been a very successful and sustained career.
Goodrem has been prominent in the Australian pop scene for almost fifteen years, receiving numerous platinum accolades domestically and internationally. Like some other artists in this article, she has been consistently rumoured as an option for Australian selection at Eurovision.
An Australian favourite, Delta’s biggest strength is her versatility. She has the gift of being able to begin a song with an angelic, delicate tone, only for a powerful and groovy voice to be revealed when the chorus begins. Her ability is highlighted in the song ‘Sitting On Top Of The World’, comprising of the type of energy that could win the competition. Her incredibly vast skillset is displayed in this track as she contrasts soft verses with an energetic and joyful chorus.
Goodrem’s experience places her in great footing in the lead up to Australia’s artist selection. Her personality, experience and ability on stage are only some of the attributes that make her a more than suitable candidate for Eurovision.
Placing fourth in The Voice Australia Season Five, Ellen Reed is the least well known out of the artists on the list, however, there is merit to the possibility of her selection. A press release (https://prwire.com.au/pr/74120/brisbane-singer-to-take-world-stage) revealed her intentions to compete for Australia at the song contest, with the Brisbane Mayor (Graham Quirk) and Queensland Premier (Annastacia Palaszczuk) supporting the bid. The statement further elaborated on how Reed is “well positioned and firmly set to take on the challenge” of performing at Eurovision”.
With a voice that has the ability to be powerful and subtle, Ellen Reed has the capacity to sing an emotional song, lending herself to numerous genres. She would also be suited to the Eurovision stage with experience in an array of live performances with orchestras and bands at events.
Maybe not the strongest and most accomplished singer on paper, but for Eurovision, that isn’t necessarily a limiting factor. Many European artists have boosted a previously small career by competing in the song contest.
Simply known as ‘Ricki-Lee’, her fun, upbeat songs have characterised the majority of her career. Recently, however, we are seeing a rawer, less refined aspect of her capacity as an artist, best seen in her 2017 song ‘Not Too Late’. Like Anthony Callea and Jessica Mauboy, Ricki-Lee also began her career on Australian Idol in 2004.
Apart from the fact that she is vocally strong and a charismatic performer, rumours about Ricki-Lee’s participation in 2018 were sparked by an Instagram live chat in November, where she revealed that participating in the contest would be “amazing”. Ultimately, this is just a rumour that doesn’t prove much, but it’s something.
If selected, it would be an exciting and interesting exercise for fans to mull over what song she would perform. She would dazzle and entertain with a dance song, but most definitely would have the ability to perform an emotional ballad. Does the Eurovision stage in Lisbon await Ricki-Lee?
ManuElla representing Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016
RTVSLO, Slovenia’s national broadcaster, revealed today the 16 participants, who will take part in EMA 2018, the country’s national final. The line-up brings to former Eurovision participants in for a chance of a comeback.
The artist, who will compete to represent Slovenia in Lisbon were revealed today. Two of the contestants have represented Slovenia before at the Eurovision Song Contest: Tanja Ribič with Zbudi se in 1997, when she finished 10th, and ManuElla with Red and Blue in 2016, when she didn’t manage to qualify for the big final.
Furthermore there is a bunch of names, who participated in EMA before, such as BQL, Nika Zorjan, Ina Shai, Lea Sirk, KiNG FOO and Nuška Drašček.
EMA 2018 participants
Anabel – Pozitiva BQL – Ptica Gregor Ravnik – Zdaj je čas Ina Shai – V nebo Indigo – V nebo KiNG FOO – Žive sanje Lara Kadis – Zdaj sem tu Lea Sirk – Cirque ManuElla – Dan potem Marina Martensson – Blizu MILA – Svoboda Nika Zorjan – Uspavanka Nuška Drašček – Ne zapusti me zdaj Orter – Tisoč let Proper – Ukraden cvet Tanja Ribič – Ljudje
The songs for EMA 2018 have been chosen by a jury, consisting of Maja Keuc, who represented Slovenia at 2011 Eurovision, Eva Hren, musician and the professor of guitar, Jernej Vene, music editor at “Radio Val 202” and Tadej Košir, guitarist and composer.
All the 16 contestants are going to participate in the semi-final show in February next year. Here 8 artists will qualify for the final – 4 finalists will be chosen by televote and 4 finalists will be chosen by the jury.
Last night RTVSLO also announced some more details about the voting procedure in EMA 2018. The winner in the final show will be chosen by televote and 6 juries. It will be a 50/50 televote and jury vote split. Unlike the last year, where the juries were geographically defined, this year the 6 juries are representing the following groups:
(3) the radio industry
(4) the television industry
(5) OGAE Slovenia
(6) the international panel
Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest
Slovenia’s first appearance in the Eurovision Song Contest took place in Ireland’s Millstreet in 1993. Back then, 1XBand finished 22nd with only 9 points. Slovenia had previously been represented at the contest as part of Yugoslavia between 1961 and 1991. Four of these 27 entries were from Slovene artists.
Since 1993, Slovenia has participated in the grand final 13 times. Their best results were seventh places in 1995 and 2001, and their worst result came in 2013, when Hannah Mancini finished last in her semi-final.
This year Omar Naber failed to qualify Slovenia for the grand final as he finished 17th in his semi-final with the song On My Way. You can watch Omar’s perform this song at the 2017 edition of Eurovision In Concert in the video below: