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07
December
2017

Czech Republic: First national final in ten years held in January

Czech Republic: First national final in ten years held in January

In January 2018, the Czech Republic will hold a national final for the first time in ten years. Six songs will be performed and a public vote will decided who will go to Lisbon for the at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

Head of Delegation Jan Bors has confirmed the plans on Twitter. People can vote for their favourite act through the official Eurovision app. These votes will be combinated with the points given by an international jury.

In the 10-year history of the Czech Republic in the contest, broadcaster CT always had an internal selection. But next year will be the year they turn things around.

V lednu 2018 budeme dělat po deseti letech národní kolo Eurovize! Vybírat se bude ze 6ti skladeb! Hlasovat budete moci přes oficiální eurovizní aplikaci https://t.co/OTtJlGhydh . Vaše hlasy doplní hlasy mezinárodní poroty! Už se těšíte? #eurovize

— Jan Frost Bors (@Frostwii) 7 december 2017

A more professional approach

The Eurovision Song Contest is becoming more popular in the Central European country. After reaching the final in Stockholm for the first time, over 300 songs were submitted to broadcaster CT in 2017. For next year, the number even increased to over 400.

In an exclusive interview by ESCDaily with Head of Delegation Jan Bors, he already predicted that the Czechs would make it to the final in 2016 and that the success of Gabriela Gunčíková could be a huge thing for them.

The last time the Czech Republic had a national final was in 2008. They also used a preselection in 2007. Both attempts turned out not to be successful at the Eurovision Song Contest itself.

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06
December
2017

Hungary: Viktor Király and Leander Kills return to A Dal

Hungary: Viktor Király and Leander Kills return to A Dal

Hungary has released the list of participants for A Dal 2018, the competition which will be used once again to select the act for the Eurovision Song Contest. There are a lot of debuting acts in the show, but also some familiar names like Viktor Király, Peet Project, Reni Tolvai and Leander Kills.

Viktor Király back in A Dal

American trained singer Viktor Király is the biggest name in the line-up. He won talent show Megasztár in Hungary in 2008, and reached the last 24 in The Voice of America in 2015. In between, he had scored four number-1-hits in Hungarian charts.

Király made his A Dal debut in 2012 when he performed with his twin brother Benjamin and their sister Linda. Their song “Untried” placed fourth in the final. Viktor went solo in 2014 and reached the superfinal with his song “Running out of Time”.

Rock groups return

The rock group Leander Kills made it to the final this year with their song “Élet”. Peet Project was also a contender in 2017, reaching the semi final with “Kill Your Monster”. Reni Tolvai, a previous winner of the talent show Megasztár, had her best attempt in 2016 when her song “Fire” got eliminated in the semi finals.

All the participants for A Dal 2018:

#yeahla feat.Viki Eszes – “Egy szó, mint száz”
Andy Roll – “Turn The Lights On”
AWS – “Viszlát nyár”
Ceasefire X – “Satellites”
Cintia Horváth – “Journey”
Fourtissimo – “Kisnyuszi a kalapban”
Gabi Knoll – “Nobody to die for”
Gábor Heincz ”BIGA” – “Good vibez”
Gergely Dánielfy – “Azt mondtad”
Ham ko Ham – “Bármerre jársz”
Leander Kills – “Nem szól harang”
Living Room – “Kirakat élet”
Maszkura és a Tücsökraj – “Nagybetus szavak”
Maya ‘n’ Peti – “Nekem te”
Nemzenekar – “Waiting”
Nene zenekar – “Mese a királyról”
Nikoletta Szoke, Attila Kökény, Róbert Szakcsi Lakatos – “Életre kel”
Noémo – “Levegot”
Nova Prospect – “Vigyázó”
Peet Project – “Runaround”
Odett Polgár – “Aranyhal”
Reni Tolvai – “Everest”
Roland Gulyás – “Hypnotized”
SativuS – “Lusta lány”
Tamás Horváth – “Meggyfa”
Tamás Vastag – “Ne hagyj reményt”
The Matter – “Broken Palms”
Viktor Király – “Budapest Girl”
Yesyes – “I let you run away”
Zsolt Süle – “Zöld a május”

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06
December
2017

Latvia: Markus Riva makes fourth attempt at Supernova

Latvia: Markus Riva makes fourth attempt at Supernova

For the fourth year in a row, Markus Riva makes an attempt to represent Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest. He has taken part in all the editions of the Supernova shows thus far.

In previous years, Supernova consisted of four shows, with two heats, a semi final and the grand final. This year, the 21 contestants are being devided in three semi finals. Two qualifiers from each will then move straight in to the grand final.

The line-up for Supernova 2018

Check out the list of 21 acts in the Latvian preselection below. The songs can be heard by clicking on the song title.

  • Agnese Stengrevics — “You Are My World”
  • Liene Greifaune — “Walk the Talk”
  • MIONIA — “You”
  • Laura Rizzotto — “Funny Girl”
  • MADARA — “Esamiba”
  • Katrine Lukins — “Running Red Lights”
  • Monta — “1000 Roses”
  • Jenny May — “Soledad”
  • Markus Riva — “This Time”
  • Edgars Kreilis — “Younger Days”
  • Ritvars — “Who’s Counting“
  • Lauris Valters — “Lovers Bliss“
  • Ed Rallidae — “What I Had With You”
  • In My Head — “Sunset“
  • DVINES — “More Than Meets The Eye“
  • Hypnotic — “Pray“
  • Sudden Lights — “Just Fine“
  • Rahu the Fool — “Oh, Longriver“
  • Riga Reggae — “STOP THE WAR U2“
  • Katrina Gupalo & The Black Birds — “Intoxicating Caramel“</

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06
December
2017

Hungary: Viktor Király, Peet Project and Leander Kills return to A Dal

Hungary: Viktor Király, Peet Project and Leander Kills return to A Dal

Hungary has released the list of participants for A Dal 2018, the competition which will be used once again to select the act for the Eurovision Song Contest. There are a lot of debuting acts in the show, but also some familiar names like Viktor Király, Peet Project, Reni Tolvai and Leander Kills.

Viktor Király back in A Dal

American trained singer Viktor Király is the biggest name in the line-up. He won talent show Megasztár in Hungary in 2008, and reached the last 24 in The Voice of America in 2015. In between, he had scored four number-1-hits in Hungarian charts.

Király made his A Dal debut in 2012 when he performed with his twin brother Benjamin and their sister Linda. Their song “Untried” placed fourth in the final. Viktor went solo in 2014 and reached the superfinal with his song “Running out of Time”.

Rock groups return

The rock group Leander Kills made it to the final this year with their song “Élet”. Peet Project was also a contender in 2017, reaching the semi final with “Kill Your Monster”. Reni Tolvai, a previous winner of the talent show Megasztár, had her best attempt in 2016 when her song “Fire” got eliminated in the semi finals.

All the participants for A Dal 2018:

#yeahla feat.Viki Eszes – “Egy szó, mint száz”
Andy Roll – “Turn The Lights On”
AWS – “Viszlát nyár”
Ceasefire X – “Satellites”
Cintia Horváth – “Journey”
Fourtissimo – “Kisnyuszi a kalapban”
Gabi Knoll – “Nobody to die for”
Gábor Heincz ”BIGA” – “Good vibez”
Gergely Dánielfy – “Azt mondtad”
Ham ko Ham – “Bármerre jársz”
Leander Kills – “Nem szól harang”
Living Room – “Kirakat élet”
Maszkura és a Tücsökraj – “Nagybetus szavak”
Maya ‘n’ Peti – “Nekem te”
Nemzenekar – “Waiting”
Nene zenekar – “Mese a királyról”
Nikoletta Szoke, Attila Kökény, Róbert Szakcsi Lakatos – “Életre kel”
Noémo – “Levegot”
Nova Prospect – “Vigyázó”
Peet Project – “Runaround”
Odett Polgár – “Aranyhal”
Reni Tolvai – “Everest”
Roland Gulyás – “Hypnotized”
SativuS – “Lusta lány”
Tamás Horváth – “Meggyfa”
Tamás Vastag – “Ne hagyj reményt”
The Matter – “Broken Palms”
Viktor Király – “Budapest Girl”
Yesyes – “I let you run away”
Zsolt Süle – “Zöld a május”

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05
December
2017

Austria: Cesár Sampson selected internally for Lisbon

Austria: Cesár Sampson selected internally for Lisbon

Cesár Sampson will represent Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. Broadcaster ÖRF has announced this news on their radio station Ö3.

The song for Cesár will be presented in February, the Austrian broadcaster reveals. Cesár Sampson will be on stage as the main artist for the first time, but has been a member of Symphonix International. This Vienna-based collective of producers was responsible for the songs of Poli Genova (4th in 2016) and Kristian Kostov (2nd in 2017) from Bulgaria.

His own country was represented by Nathan Trent in Kiev. He reached the final with his song ‘Running On Air’.

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05
December
2017

San Marino: Emma Sandström gets first wildcard out of 1050 submissions

San Marino: Emma Sandström gets first wildcard out of 1050 submissions

Emma Sandström, who placed third at the Finnish UMK 2017 with “Circle of Light”, has received the first wildcard for a national final in San Marino. The other two wildcards will be handed out to two artists out of no less than 1050 submitted entries.

San Marino went for a new strategy for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. They will have a preselection with ten acts, of which seven will be picked by broadcaster SMRTV. The other three will be getting their spot through a wildcard system.

The contest, called ‘1 In 360’ was open to singers from any country, and SMRTV notes that entries were received from 75 countries. Among them are artists from San Marino, like Anita Simoncini (ESC 2015) but also familiar names like Dinah Nah (Melodifestivalen), Dado Topic (Croatia, ESC 2007), Karl William Lund (UK final 2016) and Mahan Moin (Melodifestivalen 2014).

Time to turn things around

In recent years, or like always, San Marino went for an internal selection to pick their act for Eurovision. Now they came up with a new strategy. For San Marino it is a struggle to take part at the Eurovision Song Contest each year. It makes sense, that the delegation from the microstate is looking a bit envious at the bigger countries with big productions, like Russia.

Towards ESCDaily, Alessandro Capicchioni, the Head of Delegation from San Marino explains the financial difficulties for a small nation to take part: “It is very difficult. When you consider that we have only a hundred employees, and how many people are working on Eurovision alone from SVT… The budget of Eurovision is also bigger than our whole tv budget. So you can understand that the numbers don’t fit the word ‘easy’”

The only way that San Marino can take part is if someone like Ralph Siegel or Serhat steps in, the delegation explained in 2016. But now they found another way to be able to take part and still cover most of the expenses. “We always look for sponsors and participate in the most economical way,” says Capicchioni. “Russia has a great production, but we can not afford that. The EBU can not help any mre than giving all countries the same chances. Of course, it is a balance of power, the big countries have more to say at the table. But the EBU is able to keep all countries of Europe under one roof. A political struggle, but also something very huge in terms or organisation, also for small countries like San Marino.”

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