The 2018 Danish national final will take place on the 10th of February in the North Jutlandic city of Aalborg. Hosts of the show will once again be Annette Heick and Johannes Nymark. A big fire recently left doubt about the arena, but it will be ready in time.
Aalborg was favourite to host next year’s Danish final, Melodi Grand Prix, but a big fire in the beginning of July threatened to destroy that. However it turned out the damages to the arena aren’t bigger that they can be re-build and ready in time for the Danish final 2018.
The 2018 Danish final will take place on the 10th of February in Gigantium, Aalborg. Hosts of the show will, just like here in 2017, be Annette Heick and Johannes Nymark. It is Annette’s third year in a row as host. Johannes was part of the trio Lighthouse X which represented Denmark at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. Their entry Soldiers of Love unfortunately failed to make it to the final.
2018 will be Aalborg’s 7th time as host city for the Danish national selection.
In July the Danish broadcaster, DR, announced some changes to their selection, but the main format remains the same with 10 songs competing to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest. This year, Anja had the honour to do so with the song Where I Am which you can enjoy in the video below – this time in a special Multi Cam edition:
The line up for Portugal’s Eurovision Live Concert is complete. It features a lot of current Eurovision acts such as Denmark’s Anja Nissen, Nathan Trent from Austria and Timebelle who represented Switzerland. But also former acts like Portugal’s own Anabela, and Sasha Son from Lithuania will be performing.
While most Eurovision parties take place a few months or weeks before the main event, some take place after. That’s the case with Eurovision Live Concert – Portugal. The event’s ninth edition will be held on the 9th of September 2017 in Auditório José Afonso in Setúbal, Portugal.
Overall, eight acts will get to perform in Eurovision Live Concert – Portugal 2017. Three of those are faces from the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv: Anja Nissen from Denmark, Nathan Trent, Austria and Timebelle who represented Switzerland. Mirela from this year’s Spanish national selection will also perform Contigo at the party.
The organisation made sure to leave space for former acts such as Serbia’s Sanja Vucic (2016), Sasha Son (Lithuania 2009) and even a few Portuguese classics like Celia Lawson (1997) and Anabela (1993). A few other surprises are reserved for the day.
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Ilinca & Alex from Romania were set to perform as well, but had to cancel as Ilinca, who has been accepted into the Bucharest Conservatory, will have exams that day.
The event is free on turn up at the door, but this will be standing tickets further away. If you want to get closer to the stage, and be guaranteed a place to sit, you can buy a ticket which gives better access and facilities. Prices for the event goes from 10 to 160 euros per person and the tickets are already on sale. The highest value includes hotel accommodation for two nights with breakfast, access to the Welcome Cocktail and to the Organisation’s Cocktail party, a boat tour with the artists at Sado’s river, access to the after party and, of course, a ticket to the main event.
Here’s a sneak peek from last year’s event when Rui Andrade performed a medley of Eurovision songs:
The creators of this year’s Eurovision logo have won a prestigious design award for their work on the project. Despite fans thinking it looked like something else, the logo was based on a traditional Ukrainian necklace.
The brand of Eurovision has won the Best of the Best award in the Communication Design nomination at the prestigious Red Dot awards. This was a joint project of the Banda Agency and Republique. News of the win was published on the collaborators official facebook page yesterday.
This year’s logo was based around a traditional Ukrainian bead necklace called Namysto. This is a protective amulet and a symbol of beauty and health. It is made up of many different beads, each with its own design and individuality.
The slogan Celebrate Diversity instantly divided opinion amongst fans. It was criticised as people felt that Ukraine was not a country that celebrated diversity, and some even compared the logo to anal rings.
What is the Red Dot?
The Red Dot are prestigious awards to celebrate excellent international achievements in design. This year the awards are celebrating their 25th anniversary. Over the course of several days, 24 experts rated more than 8,000 creative works from agencies, designers and companies from 50 countries worldwide. The best works in each category were awarded the Best of the Best award for exceptionally high design quality.
The award ceremony will take place at the Red Dot Gala in Berlin on the 27th of October.
You can remind yourself on the project Eurovision by watching their official brand video below.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is not likely to return to the Eurovision Song Contest for its 2018 edition. Head of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian delegation, Lejla A. Babović told EuroVisionary, that she thinks, that it is very unlikely.
Since 2012 Bosnia and Herzegovina participated only once in the Eurovision Song Contest due to the national public broadcaster’s (BHRT) heavy financial problems. This have been caused by an ineffective collection system of the licence fee. The Bosnian government’s many attempts to agree on a long-term solution for funding public service media failed every time. It brought public service media into danger of collapsing, that would have a destroying effect not only on the media system – it would also contribute to a further fragmentation of the country along the ethnic lines.
Back in June this year, various international organisations, including EBU, BHRT, the Council of Europe and the European Federation of Journalists, met in Sarajevo in order to try to contribute in solving the problems, that public service media in Bosnian and Herzegovina is facing. The participants came up with 23 recommendations, which were sent to all relevant authorities in the country and international partners. They also agreed on, that the collapse of public service media is unacceptable.
In the beginning of this month BHRT moved a step closer to securing sustainable funding by making an agreement with the Electric Company (Elektroprivreda – JP EP). It means that the licence fee will be collected through electricity bills from August 2017. Although it is expected, that this development should have a positive impact on Bosnia and Herzegovina chances to return to the Eurovision Song Contest already next year, Head of Delegation Lejla A. Babović is far from optimistic regarding the issue simply because there might not be enough time.
Although BHRT has signed an agreement with Electric Company about collecting the license fee through electricity bills, we need a certain time in order to consolidate our business activities and make plans for how to repay our debt. This is the reason why I think, that it is not realistic to see Bosnia and Herzegovina participate at 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. However for the final decision about the participation we have to wait until September 15th this year, which is the deadline to apply for participation at 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
Lejla A. Babović, Head of Delegation for Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Eurovision Song Contest
The country made its debut at the Eurovision Song Contest in Milstreet in 1993, when Fazla came 16th in the final with the song Svabolsvijeta. Bosnia and Herzegovina didn’t participate in the contest from 2013 to 2015 due to broadcaster BHRT’s financial problems.
Bosnia and Herzegovina re-entered the competition again in Stockholm in 2016 with the song Ljubav je. Dalal, Deen, Jala and Anja Rucner, who performed the song, failed to qualify Bosnia for the final for the first time in history of the contest, as they finished 11th in the first semi-final.
This year the country withdrew from the contest still due to the financial problems within the national public broadcaster. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s best result was in 2006, when Hari Mata Hari came 3rd in the final with the song Lejla.
In the video below you can enjoy their 2010 entry Thunder And Lightning by Vukašin Brajić. It finished 17th in the final.
Alexey Vorobyev’s new release is on the way to become a smash hit in Russia. “Ya Tebya Lyublyu” (I Love You) became the most popular song in the “pop” section of the Russian iTunes just two hours after its release. Also known under the name Alex Sparrow, Alexey represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Alexey Vorobyev was pleasantly surprised to find out that the new single Ya Tebya Lyublyu exceeded all expectations. The artist shared this joyful news on his Instagram account. He scored a top position at the Russian iTunes pop section after just two hours. He also added that no one had before succeeded in achieving that success in such short time.
Compared to his result at the Eurovision Song Contest, this is an unshakable success. Alexey’s entry Get You finished 16th, making it Russia’s second worst result in the contest after Philipp Kirkorov’s 1995 entry Kolybelnaya Dlya Vulkana (Lullaby for a Volcano) scoring 17 points.
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Ya Tebya Lyublyu is performed in the best traditions of Vorobyov, in a positive pop genre. The song is slightly mocking, to some extent naive, but again – about love. You can’t help singing and dancing along to it. The singer is ready for a sacrifice for the sake of love.
Just when you think the Eurovision drama is over, it’s coming right back around. This time, Ukraine is officially getting itself involved in a case of the 15-million-euro financial guarantee.
The 15 million euro guarantee was given to Ukraine to ensure proper holding of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 that took place in Kyiv, Ukraine in May. It was provided by the broadcasting license holder Euronews SA. Euronews SA then went on and decided to freeze the money as it stated the money wasn’t needed and the contest went swimmingly.
As we know from before, Ukraine was already involved in a legal proceeding as a result of getting fined 200,000 euros for not letting the Russian representative Julia Samoylova into the country. While the appeal on the Samoylova case has been submitted and is being processed, Ukraine is starting yet another legal process.
Ukraine received the money as a bail in case of an emergency and didn’t take advantage of it. As a result, a procedure was initiated by The Geneva Department of Compulsory Debt Collection to seize the money and put a hold on it. Ukraine, expecting to get the money in full after the contest, was shocked with such an unfair move, as they call it, and hired a Swiss law firm to deal with this case.
Yesterday, following approval of the Ukrainian government, the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine steps in with its official plans to provide legal services for the representation of Ukraine’s interest in court in order to return the 15 million. According to the approval text, the purchase of legal services to represent Ukrainian interests in court will be organised this year.
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Being trapped in legal proceedings with an unknown outcome for an unknown period of time, Ukraine has a lot on its shoulders. Fighting against a broadcasting license holder for the money that was meant as a bail could potentially damage Ukraine’s image in the contest. While still not confirmed for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, Ukraine is focused on legal proceedings, which arise a question whether Ukraine will be able to pull itself together and get over financial hardships.
In the video below, take a look at Ukraine’s 2017 home entry Time by O.Torvald in a special Full Stage View: