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21
September
2017

Bosnia-Herzegovina: No participation in Lisbon 2018

Bosnia-Herzegovina: No participation in Lisbon 2018

Bosnia and Herzegovina will not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest next year. BHRT have confirmed today that they will not be participating in the 2018 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Just last month it was confirmed that their participation was unlikely, and the news today confirms their non-participation in the contest. The broadcaster ruled out a return due to long running financial difficulties, which in recent years has seen the broadcaster almost shut down due to large levels of debt.

BHRT will not participate in Eurovision 2018. #ESC2018#BiHpic.twitter.com/GObp7RhCQR

— BH EUROSONG (@bheurosong) September 18, 2017

Bosnia and Herzegovina last participated at the 2016 contest, in which returning artist Deen represented the country with the song “Ljubav Je” along with Dalal, Ana Rucner and Jala. The group just missed out on qualification chances, ending in 11th place in the semi-final with 104 points. Before 2016, the country took a break between 2013 and 2015. Before then, the country had managed to qualify from the semi-finals every year they participated.

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21
September
2017

Sweden: Almost 2800 songs submitted for Melodifestivalen 2018

Sweden: Almost 2800 songs submitted for Melodifestivalen 2018

A total of 2771 songs have been submitted for Melodifestivalen 2018. Swedish broadcaster SVT have revealed that the total number of songs submitted for next year’s Melodifestivalen is 2771. Out of these, 2324 have been submitted to the Ordinary competition, and 447 to the General competition.

The General competition is made for songwriters who haven’t professionally released music before. This is the highest number of songs submitted since 2012, and has increased by almost 300 entries since last year.

Melodifestivalen Producer Christer Björkman said: “We are very keen to start working with the selection process and are delighted that the interest of both the public and the music industry is still high”. The next step is for the song selection process to begin, which involves a jury lead by Karin Gunnarsson, the Vice-Contest Producer of Melodifestivalen. The jury will select 14 songs, and SVT will select a further 13 songs, to make the complete line-up.

First act already chosen

The first artist in the final Melodifestivalen 2018 line-up has been chosen. Stiko Per Larsson won the competition P4 Nästa, and will therefore take part in next year’s edition of Melodifestivalen. He’s not allowed to compete with the song that he won P4 Nästa with, and will find a new song. SVT have confirmed that the names of the songs and songwriters will be announced in the fall.

Earlier in the year SVT confirmed that the format of Melodifestivalen will not change for next year’s contest.

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21
September
2017

FYR Macedonia: Broadcaster MRT confirms to stay in Eurovision

FYR Macedonia: Broadcaster MRT confirms to stay in Eurovision

MRT, the national broadcaster of FYR Macedonia, has confirmed in their proposed schedule for 2018 that they will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The national broadcaster of FYR Macedonia, has thus confirmed their intention to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.

MRT released their proposed schedule for 2018, yesterday within which participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 was outlined. Within the document MRT outlines that their 2018 participation will show.

At the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine, Macedonia was represented by Jana Burčeska with the song “Dance Alone”. In the second semi-final, Macedonia finished 15th with a total of 69 points. FYR Macedonia has had a string of poor results in recent years failing to reach the final every year since 2012.

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16
September
2017

Malta: 30 artists selected for next phase of national selection

Malta: 30 artists selected for next phase of national selection

TVM, the national broadcaster in Malta, have released a shortlist of 30 names for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. The final will be held in February 2018.

129 songs were submitted to the broadcaster, which is down on previous years. Each of these 30, plus those who didn’t make it had to pay a 150 euro entry fee to submit their song.

Malta is known for selecting its best stars. Previous entries have included Ira Losco, Chiara and more recently, Claudia Faniello. The first 30 on the shortlist and their song titles are as follows:

  1. Abire Sekkaki – Casablanca Love
  2. Aidan – Dai Laga
  3. AIDAN – See You
  4. Avenue Sky – We Can Run
  5. Brooke – Heart Of Gold
  6. Christabelle Borg – Taboo
  7. Dan – If Only
  8. Danica Muscat – One Step at a time
  9. Deborah C – Turn it up
  10. Deborah and Joseph – Human
  11. Dominic – Picture I draw
  12. Eleanor Cassar – Back to life
  13. Ishmael – Good Times
  14. Jasmine Abela – Supernovas
  15. Kelsey – Superwoman
  16. Kevin Calleja – Great Adventure
  17. Kimberley Cortis – Monsters
  18. Kurt Cassar – You will find me
  19. Lawrence Gray – Love Renegade
  20. Malcom Pisani – Kiss
  21. Matthew Caruana – Call 2morrow
  22. Mikhail Attard and Cherylis Camileri – Breaking Point
  23. Mirana Conte – Rocket
  24. Nicole Azzopardi – Mixed Feelings
  25. Petra Whiteford – Evolution
  26. Raquel Galdes – In My Mind
  27. Rhiannon Micallef – Beyond Blue Revolution
  28. Richard Micallef – Song for Dad
  29. Stefan Galea – Closer
  30. Tiziana Calleja – For the first time

There are some recognisable names in this line up. Brooke, who came 2nd to Ira Losco in 2016 singing Golden, and 4th in 2017 singing Unstoppable, will it be 3rd time lucky for her in 2018? From 2016 there is Christabelle, she sang Kingdom and came 4th, in 2018 she will sing Taboo, from 2017 there is Rhiannon Micallef, she came 11th with her song Fearless, in 2018 she will sing Beyond Blue Revolution, and Deborah C and Joseph team up for a 2nd consecutive year. In 2017 they sung Tonight, placing 7th, this year they will sing Human, and Deborach C also has a solo song in this 30 strong line up, the song is called Turn it up. Under the new rules, if both songs were picked, she would have to choose which song to progress with. Jasmine Abela was also in the 2016 selection, placing 6th with her song Alive, and lastly Mirana Conte competed in 2017 with the song Don’t look down, placing 16th, this year she will sing Rocket.

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15
September
2017

Cyprus: Award-winner Alex P. composes song for 2018

Cyprus: Award-winner Alex P. composes song for 2018

The Cypriot entry for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will be composed by Alex Papaconstantinou, also known as Alex P. He is an aclaimed award-winning composer.

Alex P. co-wrote Marc Anthony’s Grammy Award-winning and Latin Billboard #1 song ‘Vivir Mi Vida’, the #1 Billboard Dance/Club song ‘I Like How It Feels’ by Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez’s hit single ‘Live It Up’.

Alex is no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest. He wrote and produced Always (Azerbaijan 2009), Yassou Maria (Greece 2007) and La La Love (Cyprus 2012). He has also worked with prominent and best-selling international recording artists, including Mexican pop star Paulina Rubio, Greek pop stars such as Anna Vissi, Elena Paparizou, platinum-certified Australian artist DJ Havana Brown.

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15
September
2017

Ireland: RTÉ asks composers with ‘proven track record’ for songs

Ireland: RTÉ asks composers with ‘proven track record’ for songs

Irish broadcaster RTÉ announced the participation of Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. They are looking for songs, preferably written by composers “with a proven track record of success in the music industry”.

Last month RTÉ organised a Eurovision Forum, in which music experts and Irish Eurovision fans gathered to discuss the future of Ireland in the contest. The outcome was that the Irish entry should be (at least partly) chosen by the public again. This marks a change from last year, when Louis Walsh was in charge of the search for the Irish act.

Ireland will now have a panel of experts reviewing all songs, which can be submitted until Monday the 6th of November 2017. Should there not be any suitable Eurovision material in there, they will still search internal for another artist and song for Lisbon.

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