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25
September
2018

Newsletter: Before Tel Aviv, Remember The Eurovision Class Of 2018

Newsletter: Before Tel Aviv, Remember The Eurovision Class Of 2018

In this newsletter, a look at Tel Aviv’s successful bid to host Eurovision 2019, the broadcasters who have confirmed their attendance, details on Eurovision in Concert, and what the Class of 2018 did next. You can read the newsletter in full here, or subscribe for a regular dose of Eurovision insight and analysis delivered direct to your email inbox.

New Music From The Class Of 2018

Their Eurovision journeys may be over for now, but many of the artists who participated in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest have continued to go from strength to strength.

Here are some recent releases from this year’s competitors:

Caramela‘, by Eleni Foureira

After scoring the best ever placing for Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest this May, Eleni Foureira has enjoyed continued success with this latest release, which has already shot into the top 5 on the Greek digital charts. The tongue-in-cheek video has been viewed almost 6 million times on YouTube.

L’eternità (Il mio quartiere)‘, by Fabrizio Moro ft. Ultimo

Alongside Ermal Meta, singer-songwriter Fabrizio Moro delivered a surprise top 5 placing for Italy in Lisbon. His latest release is a sumptuous power ballad featuring popular hip hop artist Ultimo. It is taken from his hit album Parole rumori e anni and has clocked up over 12 million views on YouTube.

I Wouldn’t Know‘, by Benjamin Ingrosso

The televote may have been lower than Sweden are accustomed to this year, but Benjamin Ingrosso still managed to extend the Nordic powerhouse’s run of top ten results thanks to overwhelming Jury support for his entry Dance You Off. This mid-tempo follow-up single returned him to the Swedish top 40 last month.

Absorbed‘, by Ieva Zasimauskaite

Lithuania’s Ieva Zasimauskaite delivered one of her home country’s best ever results with her heartfelt ballad When We’re Old. This haunting self-penned follow-up confirms that she’s a talent well worth keeping an eye on.

Comme Une Reine‘, by Madame Monsieur

The French duo who shone a light on the global refugee crisis with Mercy return with another thoughtful midtempo release, with a video that celebrates talent and beauty in all shapes and sizes. Taken from their top 20 album Vu d’ici.

You can stay up to date with all of the latest Eurovision news and analysis right here on ESC Insight. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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17
September
2018

Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Are You Team Nadav Or Team Netta?

Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Are You Team Nadav Or Team Netta?
http://archive.org/download/escinsight_20180917_news_580/escinsight_20180917_news_580.mp3

Although never promised an exact date, the EBU’s announcement of Tel Aviv and the dates of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest feel like they have arrived on schedule. Let’s talk about that, the media frenzy over other hosting issues, and the latest National Final news from Junior and Adult.

Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Are You Team Nadav Or Team Netta?

Your three minutes for Eurovision 2019 will be in Tel Aviv! Ewan covers the latest Song Contest action with host cities, show dates, and National Final news, in the latest Insight News podcast.

As we work through the first few months of the new season, keep listening to the ESC Insight podcast to stay up to date with Eurovision, Junior Eurovision, and all the National Finals. You’ll find the show in iTunes, and a direct RSS feed is also available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

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13
September
2018

EBU Confirms Eurovision Grand Final Will Be In Tel Aviv On May 18

EBU Confirms Eurovision Grand Final Will Be In Tel Aviv On May 18

The announcement came from the EBU this morning:

Israel’s second largest, and self-defined “non-stop”, city is hosting the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time. It will stage the event at the Expo Tel Aviv (International Convention Centre).

The Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Finals will take place in Tel Aviv on the 14 and 16 of May, with the Grand Final on 18 May.

Tickets are expected to go on public sale by the end of the year – members of OGAE fan clubs should check with their individual committees regarding the OGAE Fan Packages and rules for eligibility.

Those planning to head out to the Contest will be looking at flight options, hotels, apartments, and lots of other details… but for now the question is really ‘Team Netta or Team Nadav?’. While ‘Toy’ will be everywhere as the song that brought the Song Contest back to Israel, I have a sneaky suspicion ‘Golden Boy’ is going to be everywhere

“Three minutes, bye-bye!”

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11
September
2018

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Castaways with Ross Middleton

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Castaways with Ross Middleton
http://archive.org/download/escinsight_20180909_579_castawaysS2E4/escinsight_20180909_579_castawaysS2E4.mp3

It’s all about the joy of the Song Contest as the Île de Bezençon’s latest visitor, Ross Middleton, explains at the border checkpoint to Ellie Chalkley.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Castaways with Ross Middleton

The shores of the beautiful Île de Bezençon welcome friend of the parish and the man behind Pif Paf Blog, Ross Middleton. Will he get his eight chosen Eurovision songs past the strict customs procedure of Ellie Chalkley? Or will they just go on tangents about secret Eurovision Scottishness, Estonian body language, and embracing the absurdity of it all? I think you can guess.

As we work through the first few months of the new season, keep listening to the ESC Insight podcast to stay up to date with Eurovision, Junior Eurovision, and all the National Finals. You’ll find the show in iTunes, and a direct RSS feed is also available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

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02
September
2018

Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Happy New Eurovision Year

Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Happy New Eurovision Year
http://archive.org/download/escinsight_20180901_news_578/escinsight_20180901_news_578.mp3

And we’re off, as the September 1st deadline passes… although it’s not as strict a deadline as it used to be. What’s happened over the summer, what’s the current state of play, and who is the only name on the Eurovision Song Contest board right now?

Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Happy New Eurovision Year

It’s “Happy New Eurovision Year”, as Ewan recaps the news from the summer, discusses the finer points of the Sept 1st rule, and looks forward to another year of the Eurovision Song Contest.

As we work through the first few months of the new season, keep listening to the ESC Insight podcast to stay up to date with Eurovision, Junior Eurovision, and all the National Finals. You’ll find the show in iTunes, and a direct RSS feed is also available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

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31
August
2018

Sing Sang Song: Anita Traversi’s Eurovision Mix Of Jazz And Chanson

Sing Sang Song: Anita Traversi’s Eurovision Mix Of Jazz And Chanson

Anita Traversi sounds Italian, a name that calls up images of like an Italian mountaineer. Surely, she represented Italy?

You would think that is the case, but although she sung in Italian she represented the country of her birth, Switzerland. And she represented Switzerland on two occasions, in 1960 with ‘Cielo E Terra’ and then again in 1964 with ‘I Miel Pensieri.’

 In 1960 Anita delivered a jazzy chanson built around a piano motif belting out the title from time as a counterpoint to her more laidback verses. Looking elegant in a frock too tight to move in, Anita was rewarded with a measly five points and eighth place.

Mind you, four years later she would have killed for those five points. This time she received nul points and finished joint last with three other entries. ‘I Miel Pensieri‘ was another jazzy ballad, if anything more stately than ‘Cielo e terra‘, punctuated by a rather lovely trumpet solo and building to what might pass for a climax in Copenhagen (and 1964 is one of two Contests where the visual record is ‘lost’).

How Did She Get To Eurovision?

Both times Traversi had to win the Swiss National Final. In 1960, she performed two songs in a nine song final (her other song was called ‘Malcantonenisa’) One of the other contenders was Fud Leclerc, who had already won the Belgian pre-selection for 1960, and who had already been in the 1956 and 1958 Contests. A further contender was Jo Roland, who also performed two songs in 1960. Jo had also recorded under the name Yves Boyer, been voted the Best Schlager Singer in the World in 1962, and also had a song in the 1964 Swiss pre-selection. For her second victory, Anita also sung two songs, the second one being ‘Mandolino’.

Were Her National Final Wins A Surprise?

Not really!

She had been singing with orchestras from 1955 and had been releasing singles since 1958. She recorded mainly in Italian to start with but occasionally in English, for example a cover of Shirley Bassey’s ‘Kiss Me Honey Honey‘, but from 1960 she really hit the big time, recording duets with number one Italian rock ‘n’ roll star Adriano Celentano.

Although she was born and brought up in Ticino, she became famous across all Switzerland and accordingly from 1962 recorded in French and German as well. Her recording career lasted well through the sixties and in to the early seventies.

Any Other Eurovision Connections?

As well as appearing twice, Anita appeared in the Swiss National Final on several further occasions (1961, 1963, 1967, 1976). She also has an earlier appearance in 1956 ahead of the first Contest, hoping to appear at her hometown Lugano.

In that year, Anita performed ‘Bandella Ticinese’, singing about the music tradition of her home canton. She was up against Jo Roland and Lys Assia, both of whom sung five songs. Assia of course sung the two songs that represented the Swiss that year. In 1961, Anita performed two songs, ‘Finalmente’ and ‘L’ingresso nei sogni’, losing out to Franca di Rienzo, who came third at that year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Long term contender Jo Roland joined Anita and Franca singing two songs as well.

Anita Traversi and Adriano Celentano (cc/Wikipedia.it)

Anita Traversi and Adriano Celentano (cc/Wikipedia.it)

In 1963, Jo Roland only sung one song in the Swiss final, whereas Anita went to town performing three songs, two of which were in Italian (‘Voglio Vivere’ and ‘La Più Bella Canzone Del Mondo’) and the third one was sung in German, “Komme Mit Mir”. Esther Ofarim, later to have a hit with ‘Cinderella Rockefella’, went on to represent Switzerland that year.

In 1967, when her success was diminishing Anita returned to the National Final singing ‘Non Pensiamoci Più’, losing out to Geraldine. It would be a further nine year before she returned once more to the Swiss Final. In this year, there was a record of the results, so we know that Anita finished seventh behind Peter, Sue and Marc with her song, ‘La Giostra Gira’.

Any Other Matters Of Note?

As well as Eurovision and her chart career, Anita was a veteran on the song festival circuit. She won the Sopot festival in Poland in 1962 and returned to that festival in 1968 coming second. In 1969 and 1970 she was a regular at festivals all over Europe, in Athens, Holland, Yugoslavia, and also at the famous Rio de Janeiro festival. Her career wound down in the Seventies, and she retired fully in 1980 to concentrate on her family. She died aged 54 from a tumour in 1991.

With two appearances at the Eurovision Song Contest and numerous songs in the Swiss pre-selections, Anita Traversi certainly is a prominent figure in the history of Switzerland at Eurovision.

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