11
November
2017

Estonia 2018: Stig Rästa to make another bid in Eesti Laul

Estonia 2018: Stig Rästa to make another bid in Eesti Laul

The second rehearsal of Elina Born & Stig Rästa representing Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015

Tonight in Estonia, the twenty finalists for Eesti Laul 2018, were announced and old perennial Stig Rästa, will be making another bid to represent his home country – this time with the song Home.

Stig is not the only past Estonian representative trying again, as Gerli Padar, who missed the finals in 2007 with PartnersIn Crime, is also returning, with the duet Sky, alongside Eliis Pärna. The full list of the songs can be found below.

The two semi finals will be held on February 10 and 17 2018, with the final taking place on March 3, 2018.

Stig Rästa – Home
Metsakutsu – Koplifornia
Elina Netšajeva – La forza
Aden Ray – Everybody’s dressed
Frankie Animal – (Can’t keep calling) Misty
Nika – Knock knock
Iiris & Agoh – Drop that boogie
Etnopatsy – Külm
Vajé – Laura (Walk with me)
Miljardid – Pseudoprobleem
Tiiu x Okym x Semy – Näita oma energiat
Desiree – On my mind
Rolf Roosalu – Show a little love
Eliis Pärna & Gerli Padar – Sky
Girls In Pearls – Spellbound
Marju Lanik – Täna otsuseid ei tee – co-written by Paradise Oscar 2011 representative
Indrek Ventmann – Tempel
Sibyl Vane – Thousand words
Evestus – Welcome to my world
Karl Kristjan & Karl Killing (feat. Wateva) – Young

The only time that Stig managed to win the Eesti Laul, as a performer was in duet with Elina Born, with fan favourite Goodbye To Yesterday, which placed 7th in 2015. Enjoy the perfomance below, while we await to see if he can finally make the actual Eurovision Song Contest as a solo act.

Categories: Eurovisionary

10
November
2017

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Castaways, with Chris Halpin

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Castaways, with Chris Halpin
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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.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Castaways, with Chris Halpin

This week we’re joined by Chris Halpin of Wiwibloggs fame, who regales us with tales of Mini Wogan, speaks up for rock at Eurovision and has big love for the Benelux region.

Keep listening to the ESC Insight podcast as the new season gathers pace for more Eurovision news, fun, and chat. You’ll find the show in iTunes (click to subscribe), and a direct RSS feed is also available (copy this link into your favourite podcast player where it asks for the feed address). We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

Categories: ESC Insight

10
November
2017

Bulgaria: Internal selection despite bigger plans

Bulgaria: Internal selection despite bigger plans

It hardly comes as a surprise, but Bulgarian broadcaster BNT will once again pick their artist for the Eurovision Song Contest internal. They will handpick their act for Lisbon.

The broadcaster openly discussed the possibility to have a national final in the future, but also openly told that this might cost them more money than they can afford. Thus, they will stick to the gameplan that gave them a lot of success in recent years.

The rules for our (internal) selection in 2018 just approved. Long story short – more of the same like this year. Details regarding the specifics and the deadlines to follow very soon. So get prepared #Eurovision

— BNT Eurovision 🇧🇬 (@bg_eurovision) November 8, 2017

The participation of Bulgaria was also in jeopardy, after broadcaster BNT had to look for another director. They will miss out on the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Georgia, but will be able to take part as planned in Portugal at the ‘Main Event’.

Categories: ESC Daily

10
November
2017

Estonia: Stig Rästa and Gerli Padar return to Eesti Laul

Estonia: Stig Rästa and Gerli Padar return to Eesti Laul

The twenty candidates for the Estonian preselection Eesti Laul have been announced by broadcaster ERR. Stig Rästa (ESC 2015) and Gerli Padar (ESC 2007) are familiar names that are on the list.

Stig Rästa did a good job in Vienna, when he finished in seventh place with the song ‘Goodbye to yesterday’, which he performed together with Elina Born. Gerli Padar was not as lucky, as she did not pass from the huge semi final in Helsinki. Check out both performances below:

The semi finals of Eesti Laul will be held on Saturday the 10th and 17th of February, in which ten songs will be performed each week. The best five songs of both shows will advance to the final on the 3rd of March

The lucky 20 in Estonia

Here is the line-up for the shows in Estonia:

1. Frankie Animal – (Can’t Keep Calling) Misty
2. Iiris & Agoh – Drop That Boogie
3. Aden Ray – Everybody’s Dressed
4. Stig Rästa – Home
5. Nika – Knock Knock
6. Metsakutsu – Koplifornia
7. Etnopatsy – Külm
8. Elina Netšajeva – La forza
9. Vajé – Laura (Walk With Me)
10. Tiiu x Okym x Semy – Näita oma energiat
11. Desiree – On My Mind
12. Miljardid – Pseudoprobleem
13. Rolf Roosalu – Show A Little Love
14. Eliis Pärna ja Gerli Padar – Sky
15.Girls In Pearls – Spellbound
16. Marju Länik – Täna otsuseid ei tee
17. Indrek Ventmann – Tempel
18. Sibyl Vane – Thousand Words
19. Evestus – Welcome To My World
20. Karl Kristjan & Karl Killing (ft. Wateva) – Young

Categories: ESC Daily

10
November
2017

Bulgaria: Another internal selection despite bigger plans

Bulgaria: Another internal selection despite bigger plans

It hardly comes as a surprise, but Bulgarian broadcaster BNT will once again pick their artist for the Eurovision Song Contest internal. They will handpick their act for Lisbon.

The broadcaster openly discussed the possibility to have a national final in the future, but also openly told that this might cost them more money than they can afford. Thus, they will stick to the gameplan that gave them a lot of success in recent years.

The rules for our (internal) selection in 2018 just approved. Long story short – more of the same like this year. Details regarding the specifics and the deadlines to follow very soon. So get prepared #Eurovision

— BNT Eurovision 🇧🇬 (@bg_eurovision) November 8, 2017

The participation of Bulgaria was also in jeopardy, after broadcaster BNT had to look for another director. They will miss out on the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Georgia, but will be able to take part as planned in Portugal at the ‘Main Event’.

Categories: ESC Daily

10
November
2017

Australia: National final still an option for the future

Australia: National final still an option for the future

Australia will pick their act for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 through an internal selection again. However, broadcaster SBS does not rule out the possibility to host a national final in the future, they tell ESCDaily.com.

A spokesperson of SBS lets us know: “The 2018 artist will be chosen through an internal selection by SBS and Blink TV. Should we continue to secure an invitation to compete in Eurovision, we will explore other options for the future. Whether that will be 2019, or beyond.”

The idea of an Australian Melodifestivalen still stands

Paul Clarke, the Head of Delegation of Australia, told this website in Kiev that SBS is exploring the possibility to hold a national final. They would base such a national final format on the big Swedish preselection Melodifestivalen.

It now turns out that this dream was a long-term-plan. Organizing a national final for a country that has only managed to get into the Eurovision Song Contest so recently, is a tough job. Between Kiev in May and the upcoming preselection season in January, there simply was not enough time to do it.

And then there was also the lingering issue of Australia’s case-by-case participation. Broadcaster SBS still does not have full confirmation that they will be able to participate beyond Lisbon 2018.

Australia needs to be the Sweden of the south

There was not enough time to make this Australian dream reality towards the next contest in Lisbon. But what if Australia gets a permanent stay in the Eurovision Song Contest? Chances are we might have such a show in the (near) future.

The Australian delegation thinks they must be “the Sweden of the south”, to be able to get permanent access to the contest. Check out below what Paul Clarke said about the issue, back in May of this year.

Categories: ESC Daily

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