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23
December
2017

Romania: Alex Florea and Mihai take part in preselection

Romania: Alex Florea and Mihai take part in preselection

Alex Florea, who represented Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, will try to go to the contest again in 2018. He takes part in the upcoming preselection. Another former Eurovision-artist on the list is Mihai (ESC2006).

Romania will pick their song and act for Lisbon through their own sort of Melodifestivalen. There will be five heats and one grand final, and each show will be held in another city in Romania. The jury membets Marian Ionescu, Ilinca Băcilă (ESC 17), Nicu Patoi, Liliana Ştefan and Viorel Gavrilă reviewed 72 submitted entries and made a shortlist of 60 songs for the actual shows.

These 60 acts will perform in the five shows between January and February 2018. The grand final is scheduled to take place on the 25th of February.

1 “A Love Worth Falling For” – Lina
2 “All The Love Away” – Erminio Sinni & Titziana Camelin
3 “All We Need” – SAVE
4 “Auzi Cum Bate” – Jukebox feat. Bella Santiago
5 “Breaking Up” – Alessandro Danescu
6 “Buna De Iubit” – Feli
7 “Come Back To Me” – Zavera
8 “Daca Dragostea E Oarba” – ZOLTAN
9 “Daydremer” – Mares Pana
10 “Desert De Sentimente” – TIRI
11 “Devoted” – Johnny Badulescu
12 “End The Battle” – Meriem
13 “Every Little Thing” – Sergiu Bolota
14 “Fara Tine” – Dora Gaitanovici
15 “Fire In The Sky” – Aurel Dinca
16 “Fix Me” – Daniel Freia
17 “Fly” – Teodora Dinu
18 “From Underneath” – Hellen
19 “Goodbye” – The HUMANS
20 “Heaven” – M I H A I
21 “I Am Here”- Paula Crisan
22 “I Won’t Lie” – Iliana
23 “King” – Tavi Clonda
24 “La La La” – VYROS
25 “Lightning Strikes” – Jessie Banes
26 “Live Your Life” – Evermorph
27 “Maybe This Time” – Romeo Zaharia
28 “Mesom Romales” – Eduard Santha
29 “Mirror” – Echoes
30 “Nirvana” – Cristian Simionescu
31 “Nobody Told Me It Would Hurt” – Alex Florea
32 “Noi Suntem Padure” – Othello
33 “Out Of The Dark” – Alice Jeckel
34 “Paint It Rainbow” – Diana Bratan
35 “Raza De Soare” – Dan Manciulea
36 “Reach Out For The Stars” – Carolina Gorun
37 “Reborn” – Waleska
38 “Rekindle The Flame” – Lion’s Roar
39 “Revival” – Elena Hasna
40 “Rise Up” – Liviu Anghel
41 “Run For You” – Miruna Diaconescu
42 “Safari” – Serena
43 “Sail With Me” – Alexandru Ungureanu
44 “So Good Without You” – Eliza Chifu
45 “Somebody To Love” – Manuel Chivari
46 “Sweet Nothing” – Maria Suciu
47 “Take Me Away” – CornEL
48 “Te Voi Chema” – Pragu De Sus
49 “Teardrop Rain” – Tom Leo Wiart
50 “Tears” – Denisa Trofim
51 “The One” – Claudia Andas
52 “The Perfect Fall” – Elena Turcu
53 “The Story Goes On” – Ayona
54 “Thinking About You” – Endless Feat Maria Grosu
55 “Time After Time” – Ioana Ciornea
56 “Too Busy For My Heart” – Bernice Chitiul
57 “Try” – XANDRA
58 “Una Oportunidad” – Nicoleta Ticala
59 “Walking On Water” – Alexia & Matei
60 “We Are One” – RAFAEL

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16
December
2017

Italy: Four former Eurovision artists return to Sanremo

Italy: Four former Eurovision artists return to Sanremo

Italian national broadcaster RAI has announced the participants in the Campioni category of the Sanremo Festival 2018. Among the twenty acts are four artists that took part in the Eurovision Song Contest before.

Nina Zilli is the artist who represented Italy most recently. She came eighth in 2012 with ‘L’amore è femmina’. Enrico Ruggeri, the lead singer of Decibel, came twelfth in 1993 with ‘Sole d’Europa’, Luca Barbarossa took part in 1988 and also came twelfth ‘Ti Scrivo’. Riccardo Fogli respresented Italy in 1983 with the song ‘Per Lucia’ and finished in eleventh place.

The twenty participants in the 2018 Campioni category are:

Roby Facchinetti e Riccardo Fogli – “Il segreto del tempo” (The secret of time)
Nina Zilli – “Senza appartenere” (Without belonging)
The Kolors – “Frida”
Diodato and Rosy Paci – “Adesso” (Now)
Mario Biondi – “Rivederti” (Seeing you again)
Luca Barbarossa – “Passame er sale” (Pass me the salt)
Lo stato sociale – “Una vita in vacanza” (A life on holiday)
Annalisa – “Il mondo prima di te” (The world before you)
Giovanni Caccamo – “Eterno” (Eternal)
Enzo Avitabile and P. Servillo – “Il coraggio di ogni giorno” (The courage of every day)
Ornalla Vanoni, Bungaro and Pacifico – “Imparare ad amarsi” (Learning to love oneself)
Renzo Rubino – “Custodire” (Cherish)
Noemi – “Non smettere mai di cercarmi” (Never stop looking for me)
Ermal Meta e Fabrizio Moro – “Non mi avete fatto niente” (You never did anything to me)
Le vibrazioni – “Così sbagliato” (So wrong)
Ron – Almeno pensami” (At least think of me)
Max Gazzè – “La leggenda di Cristalda e Pizzomunno” (The legend of Cristalda and Pizzomunno)
Decibel – “Fuori dal tempo” (Outside of time)
Red Canzian – “Ognuno ha il suo racconto” (Everyone has their story)
Elio e le storie tese – “Arrivederci” (Goodbye)

Sanremo takes place in early February

The 68th edition of the Sanremo Festival will take place from February 6 – 10 in the Ariston Theatre in Sanremo. The winner of the Campioni Category receives the right to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest. However they are not obliged to take part in Eurovision, as seen in 2016 when Stadio declined to participate in the contest.

Should the winner decide not to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest, broadcaster RAI will decide out of the other 19 participating acts who will be the Italian entrant.

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12
December
2017

Australia: “Jessica’s song must match her excellent vocal qualities”

Australia: “Jessica’s song must match her excellent vocal qualities”

A couple of days ago, our Australian reporter Joshua Mayne already put Jessica Mauboy on top of his list of possible acts for Australia in 2018. Now that she has actually been chosen, he is excited about the possibilities of another high score at the Eurovision Song Contest.

“She is a simply amazing singer. Her vocal capabilities must be matched with an excellent song,” he states in the video report you can see below:

Jessica spoke out on ESCDaily

We already had the chance to talk to Jessica Mauboy about Eurovision 2018. She already spoke her mind on her act and song, which will probably be an uptempo song with lots of movement.

But Jessica also hinted that her act will include some of her aboriginal roots. Joshua Mayne is looking forward to that, very much: “Absolutely beautiful, we have a rich cultural tradition, which is something nice to share with Europe.”

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11
December
2017

France: Preselection with 18 acts to pick from

France: Preselection with 18 acts to pick from

From over 1500 applications, French broadcaster France 2 has selected 18 songs that will be performed in two semi finals in 2018. Out of these acts, the representing 2018-act for France will be selected.

The names of the artists and their songs have not been released yet, but there will be several well known composers behind the songs. Maître Gims, Zazie and 2017-participant Alma are rumoured to have made the cut with songs by their hand.

A new format in France

In each semi final, 9 songs will take part. A French and an international jury will then select which acts will advance to the final. Amir (Eurovision 2016) is part of the French jury, together with Cristophe Willem and Isabelle Boulay. In the International jury we see Christer Björkman (HoD Sweden), Nicola Caligiore (HoD Italy) en Olga Salamakha (HoD Belarus). Caligiore and the French HoD Edoardo Grassi have become good friends during the last two Eurovision editions.

The French final will be broadcast live by France 2 and televoters will also have a 50 percent saying in who they want to be represented by in Lisbon. Dates for the shows are not known yet.

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11
December
2017

Jessica Mauboy: ‘Actually competing gives a different feeling’

Jessica Mauboy: ‘Actually competing gives a different feeling’

Jessica Mauboy already took the Eurovision stage in 2014 as interval act, but actually taking part is something different. She tells this to ESCDaily and als reveals her plans for Lisbon!

“It is a very different feeling. I was nervous back then, but this is another level of pressure. I will try to represent my people, my culture, and I am looking forward to that very much.”

An uptempo to midtempo song for Australia

What kind of song can we expect from Jessica, on behalf of Australia? It is probably the main question at the moment, and she is giving us her first thoughts:

“Maybe an uptempo song, or mid-tempo. I would like to celebrate a more hyped performance. That consist of some movements. I want to make the world move.”

“My mission is to create a song that will have some fysical and visual effect. I definitely want to do the whole package. And add a cultural background to the act, perhaps there might be some aborignal dialect in there.”

The Australian song for Eurovison will be presented at a later stage. Jessica Mauboy is hoping she can come to Europe for some promotional events.

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11
December
2017

Australia: Jessica Mauboy selected for Lisbon

Australia: Jessica Mauboy selected for Lisbon

SBS had confirmed that Jessica Mauboy will represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. Her song will be presented at a later stage.

Mauboy already took the Eurovision stage in 2014, when she was on of the interval acts of the contest in Copenhagen with the song ‘Sea of flags’. Four years later she returns for the real deal.

Jessica is very excited

Jessica Mauboy is, of course, very excited to take part. “I will sing my heart out for Australia,” she sends on Twitter.

I HAVE SOME EXCITING NEWS!!! In 2018, I will be representing Australia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest!! 😱 I will sing my heart out for Australia, I’m so proud to be officially representing my country and a little bit nervous – mainly about the dress! 💕😂#SBSEurovisionpic.twitter.com/psBKqoGf7o

— Jessica Mauboy (@jessicamauboy) December 11, 2017

Later today, we will get a personal reaction by Jessica Mauboy herself. Stay tuned to ESCDaily!

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