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February
2017

Austria: Nathan Trent’s Eurovision entry to premiere on 28 February

Austria: Nathan Trent’s Eurovision entry to premiere on 28 February

The 2017 Austrian  Eurovision representative Nathan Trent will premire his Eurovision entry on 28 February.

Boys and girls! Save the date, the Austrians will be premiering their Eurovision entry for Kyiv on Tuesday 28 February.

Nathan Trent was selected internally in order to fly the Austrian flag at the 2017 ESC. The 24 year multi talented young singer was born in Innsbruck and speaks fluent German, English, Italian and French.

He likes to write songs as it gives him freedhom, he says that freedom is the main inspiration for an artist. Nathan writes music for himself. Nathan composes, writes, arranges and sings his own songs.

The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled 9, 11 and 13 May at the IEC in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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22
February
2017

Greece: ERT reveals national final details and confirms hosts

Greece: ERT reveals national final details and confirms hosts

ERT, the Greek national broadcaster has revealed more details regarding the 2017 Greek national final. During the show ERT will present the official videoclips of  Demy’s 3 bidding entries. The 2017 Greek Eurovision song for Kyiv will selected via televoting/diaspora deliberation.

The 2017 Greek final will be hosted by Antonis Loudaros and Elena Bouzali and will be aired live on Monday 6 Marchat  21:00 CET on ERT 1. The show will be held at ERT’s Studios in Athens.

The 2017  Cypriot representative Hovig has been invited to attend the show and will perfom his Eurovision entry for the Greek viewers.

The Greek viewers and diaspora will get the chance to see the official videoclips of the 3 bidding entries (composed and produced by Dimitris Kontopoulos and penned by John Ballard and Romy Papadea). Demy’s videoclips have been filmed in Odessa and Greece. The choreography has been directed by Fokas Evangelinos, who will also be responsible for Demy’s staging and choreography in Kyiv.

The Greek public and 9 juries representing Greek Diaspora Associations will be responsible Demy’s song for Kyiv.

Demy was selected via an internal selection in order to fly the Greek flag in Kyiv. She will be backed by the Greek Eurovision Dream Team.

The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 9, 11, 13 May at the IEC in Kyiv.

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22
February
2017

Sweden: Christer Björkman elucidates his role in Eurovision 2017

Sweden: Christer Björkman elucidates his role in Eurovision 2017

Swedish Eurovision veteran Christer Björkman has joined the CORE production team for Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. In an interview with Swedish broadcaster SVT, Christer Björkman speaks about his role in the upcoming ESC.

Ukrainian broadcaster NTU hired Christer Björkman for his oustanding credits in the field of Eurovision, as he was executive producer for the popular Swedish selection for Eurovision, Melodifestivalen, and he has extensive experience concerning the ESC, as a former participant and due to his active involvement in the Swedish delegation, being on of the producers for the Eurovision shows in Malmö (2013) and Stockholm (2016). Christer Bjorkman is excited and proud to be able to help NTU create an unforgettable Eurovision experience:

It will be an exciting and really fun challenge, and we are also proud to help someone else. It is fun. This is what we hoped would happen, when I stepped back in the overall Eurovision Song Contest organization. I resigned my executive producer role, just to release time and be able to help other countries, both for the ESC but also for national competitions.
In this way, we can use what we have built up in Sweden to support other countries. To build the brand from the other side, so to speak. It is also positive for our Swedish contest.

SVT Entertainment stands by Christer Björkman’s appointment in Ukraine, as SVT head of programme Ebba Adielsson says:

Christer’s experience, knowledge and intuition are a guarantee that the production of the competition will maintain the highest class, and it in turn helps to strengthen the brand ESC, and by extension the whole Eurovision Song Contest.

Christer Björkman will have a busy time, combining his work for SVT and the ESC in Ukraine:

For the competition the time is tight, as the head of delegation’s meeting is the day after our national final. There and then, all information will be submitted by the countries. There will be no free time. I’ll just spare forces. Sleep on the plane.

Christer Björkman recalls how the NTU contacted him:

They made contact just before Christmas and I was very keen to solve it. They offered me the position as the show’s producer, and since then I thought about it, talked to our project leader and described how the job would affect Melodifestivalen. We secured the Melodifestivalen project, calmed things down, and then they had in Ukraine a process that also took some time.

His work in organizing Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm will be of help in Kyiv, Christer Björkman says:

We made quite a few changes concerning the competition in the spring. Among other things, we introduced a contest desk that did not exist before. There, the delegations could come directly to us who worked with the show that week, and talk about all things and get answers. Previously it had been virtually impossible to get a hearing for improvement, they did not have anywhere to go to, and it had created concerns in countries over the years. By means of this desk, delegations can go directly to talk about theit wishes and get explanations. So things do not become turbulent. It was perceived as very positive in Stockholm, and delegation protection is something you want to copy in Kiev.

Yet the ESC 2017 in Kyiv will have its own unique atmosphere:

Eurovision is different in every country. Everyone has their idea how to do it and their own visions. We are attentive and listen to what they want to accomplish. Although the competition does well if it continues to pick up what was positive in prior years, yet not as much concerning the content of the program. The contents of the script is the national soul of the ESC, while the competition itself is rather a collaboration. All the contestants’ countries are co-producers there. It should also respect and not dismiss a lot of their own visions and ideas. It is really important that you should work as hard with all countries. When an artist does well you should feel that you are proud of what we achieved, whatever the outcome of the competition.

Regarding the situation in Ukraine, Christer Björkman stated:

I think it will be a very great honour for them to show off Kiev to the world. There is a huge national pride in their culture and to be the host country. I can feel it when I’m there. They really want to make this as good as it can be. We are a number of experts who have done this before and really want to help Ukraine to achieve results. It will be an exciting and really fun challenge, and we are also proud to help someone else.

Furthermore  the public need not fear for a ‘Swedish takeover” of Eurovision 2017:

I can only answer for how it looks from the competition’s side. It will be a mix of many nationalities, right. Someone from Austria, one from Ukraine, one from Denmark, one from Sweden… We become a pan-European organization. The goal is not a Swedish takeover, we should have a mix that is the best. For both the whole show and individual personalities, to make everyone happy.

Given his vast experiene, would Christer Björkman ever consider accepting the post of Eurovision’s executive producer?:

No, it’s just almost too creative for me. I like to be hands-on. But I see in my future to be able to help other countries with their competitions. I think that’s fun.

You may read the original interview by Anton Lindqvist of SVT, in Swedish here.

Enjoy Christer Björkman performing his song I morgon är en annan dag at Eurovision 1992 in Malmö, Sweden:

Stay tuned to ESCToday.com for all the latest news on the Eurovision Song Contest!

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22
February
2017

France: Alma reveals the English lyrics for ‘Requiem’

France: Alma reveals the English lyrics for ‘Requiem’

The French representative for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv just revealed via live streaming the english lyrics to the french entry Requiem

Alma the French artist for Eurovision 2017 has just revealed the English part of her song Requiem. During a live stream for the Facebook page of Melty, Alma revealed the surprise English lyrics to her entry.

The English part in Lyrics

During the live show, Alma said that although there is part of the song that was in English, it still is a small part of it. These are the English lyrics:

Embrasse-moi dis moi que tu m’aime
fais moi sourire au beau milieu d’un Requiem,
embrasse moi dis moi que tu m’aime
fais moi danser jusqu’à ce que le temps nous reprenne,
will you take me to paradise
with you nothing ever dies,
You take my smile and make it bright
before the night erases the light,
I won’t go below silver skies
the only dark is in your eyes,
On pleure mais on survit quand même,
C’est la beauté du Requiem

Watch the performance here

You can find more details on Alma’s live chat on Melty’s Facebook page:

ALMA

Alma qui représente la France à l'Eurovision 2017 répond à vos questions en live ! 😍

由 melty 发布于 2017年2月22日

What do you think? Could the addition of the English lyrics make any difference to the outcome of the song in May?

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22
February
2017

Spain: Manel Navarro films his videoclip in Tenerife

Spain: Manel Navarro films his videoclip in Tenerife

The 2017 Spanish Eurovision hopeful Manel Navarro has filmed the official videoclip of his Eurovision entry Do it for your lover in the beautiful island of Tenerife.

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Manel films the official videoclip of his Eurovision entry in the north of Tenerife (photo credit: RTVE)

The official videoclip of Do it for your lover has been filmed in the north of Tenerife featuring its green landscapes, scenic mountains, picturesque colourful houses and lush beaches. The videoclip captures the island’s beautiful sunset and sunrise adding a positive and bright essence. Manel Navarro is depicted in a surfer’s atmosphere and enviroment in the video. The videoclip kicks off showing Manel and his friends riding a jeep with the scenic backdrop of  Tenerife.

Mauri D. Galiano has directed Manel’s videoclip.

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Manel films the official videoclip of his Eurovision entry in the north of Tenerife (photo credit: RTVE)

Manel Navarro will represent Spain at the Grand Final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv on 13 May, as the country is one of the BIG 5 countries (directly qualified to compete in the Grand Final).

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Manel films the official videoclip of his Eurovision entry in the north of Tenerife (photo credit: RTVE)

The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 9, 11, 13 May at the IEC in Kyiv.

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22
February
2017

Slovenia: Jamala will perform at the EMA 2017 final

Slovenia: Jamala will perform at the EMA 2017 final

The Slovenian national final for Eurovision 2017 will take place on the 24th of February and Jamala will be there!

Jamala, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, will perform as an interval act during the final of the Slovenian national selection on the 24th of February, where the Ukrainian winner will sing on the EMA 2017 stage the night when the country will choose their representative for Kyiv.

Jamala will not be alone in her EMA performance this Friday as she will be joined by 2 other former Eurovision participants; Tony Cetinski, who represented Croatia at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, will take to the stage along with last year’s EMA winner and Slovenian representative, ManuElla.

EMA 2017 final this Friday

EMA 2017 takes place this Friday 24th February live on TV SLO1 from 20:00 CET. The national selection has 8 finalists who will compete to earn the right to represent Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. One the night, the song will be chosen via 50% jury and 50% televoting. The songs are:

  1. Sell OutNi panike
  2. Nuška DraščekFlower in the snow
  3. Tim KoresOpen fire
  4. Nika ZorjanFse
  5. KiNG FOOWild ride
  6. Omar NaberOn my way
  7. BQLHeart of gold
  8. RaivenZažarim

Slovenia will compete in the second half of the first semi-final on the 9 May in the hope of qualifying to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest on the 13 May.

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