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March
2019

Laka celebrates 50th birthday with a new song about getting old

Laka celebrates 50th birthday with a new song about getting old

Laka

On his 50th birthday, Elvir Laković Laka, who represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, has released a new song today titled “Ostarih”, which deal with the issue of getting things done before it’s too late.

Ostarih, which in English translates to ‘I Got Old’, is a love song about how important it is to get things done before it is too late.

The video for the song has been filmed in the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo. Edvin Kalić, who has collaborated with Laka many times before, directed the video for Ostarih. Laka performers his new song with the inseparable member of his band – his 14 years younger sister Mirela.

Laka and the Eurovision Song Contest

Elvir Laković Laka was born in 1969 in Goražde (Bosnia and Herzegovina). He attended music school where he was studying guitar, but he disliked the school’s teaching methods and views towards music, and then subsequently quit the school. Laka recorded his first song, MaloSamSeRazočar’o, back in 1998. This song made him famous nationally. In 2004, he moved to New York, where he tried to start a band, but returned to Bosnia and Herzegovina unsuccessful and disappointed after two-and-a-half years. Short time after, he then released his first solo album Zec in 2007 – and soon followed Eurovision.

Back in 2008, Laka was internally chosen by the Bosnian and Herzegovinian National Broadcaster, BHRT, to represent the country in the contest, which was held in Belgrade. The title of his entry was Pokušaj. Laka finished 9th in the semi-final and in the grand final he came 10th with 110 points.

He was also the spokesperson reading out the results from Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2009 and again in 2012.

We wish Laka a very happy birthday and we hope to see ham and his native country Bosnia and Herzegovina back on Eurovision stage soon. Below, you can watch the video for his new song Ostarih:

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10
March
2019

Israel 2019: Kobi Marimi’s “Home” official video released

Israel 2019: Kobi Marimi’s “Home” official video released

Kobi Marimi

Being on home soil, the song title “Home” fits Kobi Marimi quite well. Today, this year’s Israeli Eurovision entry was released. This is the 41st and last entry to be released for this year’s contest.

NoteThe song leaked earlier today and was uploaded to YouTube illegally, but on EuroVisionary.com we do not support illegal uploads. This is why we waited for the official release.

In November, Israel’s “HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion” (The Next Star For Eurovision) kicked off. Throughout the talent show, the number of participants were narrowed down to the four who competed in the final, which was held about a month ago, on the 12th of February.

Kobi Marimi was crowned the winner and as such, he would represent Israel on home soil at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Tel Aviv in May. His participating entry is simply titled Home – and today, it was publicly released. Israel has before won when hosting the contest (in 1979) and question is, can Kobi Marimi perhaps do that too?

Listen to the song in the video below:

About Home

According to a press release sent out by KAN shortly after the premiere, Home is written by Inbar Wizman and Ohad Shragai, both singer-songwriters from Tel-Aviv. The official music video is directed by Guy Sagy, known among Eurovision fans for having directed the 1998 Eurovision Winner Diva.

Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest

Back in 1973, this year’s host country debuted at Eurovision with a 4th place. They country got off with a good start, and over the years, Israeli fans have generally had a lot to smile about – that is, if you look aside a period from 2011 to 2014 where the country failed to reach the final four years in a row, but since Nadav Guedj’s Golden Boy in 2015, the Israeli artists always delivered that: to reach the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The country can add four victories to their CV, which is quite impressive. Two of these even came in a row; in 1978 with A-Ba-Ni-Bi and the year after where Europe fell in love with Hallelujah. 20 years after first victory, Dana International’s Diva was crowned the winner – and yet another 20 years later, the same happened to Netta and her Toy. What are odd’s for Israel winning in 2038?

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10
March
2019

Armenia 2019: Srbuk’s Eurovision entry finally revealed

Armenia 2019: Srbuk’s Eurovision entry finally revealed

Srbuk

The long wait is over! Armenia broadcaster revealed today the entry which Srbut will compete with at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Can “Walking Out” bring Armenia back into the final of the contest after failing to qualify last year?

We have waited a long time for this day. It was back in November, Armenian broadcaster AMPTV announced Srbuk as their representative for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. She became the first artist known for the contest – and with the song release today, it’s one of the last songs to be released.

24 year old Srbuhi Sargsyan performs under the artist name Srbuk. She is familiar with competitions and knows how to do well in them. She took part in X-Factor Armenia and finished second. Later, she went to Ukraine for The Voice where she came fourth.

Following the announcement of Srbuk, AMPTV opened for potential songs to be submitted. The window for that closed in mid January after which an internal committee selected the right song for her to sing in Tel Aviv, Israel in May. Listen to it it, in the video below.

About Waking Out

In a press release, Armenian broadcaster writes that Walking Out is composed by two Armenian music artists “Lost Capital” and“tokionine”. The lyrics were written by Garik Papoyan, who also wrote Aram MP3’s
Not Alone (Armenia 2014).

“When I first heard the melody, visions flashed before my eyes. Events that haven’t
yet become memories… I realized that this fight and the collapse of the emotions
inside me have to be reflected in my song. I want to tell myself and everybody else:
“Don’t kill love, but don’t let it kill you.

Srbuk

The music video has been produced by “Factory Production”. About it, Srbuk said: “We wanted to visually portray the emotions within a loving but betrayed heart. When you think you will be filled with joy, but instead there is not enough air to breathe. When you want to share your happiness, but instead you start loosing yourself: your hands are tied, your emotions are overwhelming, you keep pretending just to keep your love alive. But what are you waiting for? How long can you play by these rules? These are the questions and emotions visualized in the music video”.

Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest

With 12 appearances and 10 finals, Armenia is one of the most successful countries in terms of qualifying for the final. The country is yet to win the contest, but impressively seven of their entries finished in top 10.

The best results from Armenia is two 4th places. First time achieved by Sirusho’s charming Qélé, Qélé in 2008 and since repeated in 2014 with Not Alone performed by Aram Mp3.

Quite surprisingly to many, Emmy’s Boom Boom failed to reach the final in 2011, and last year the same thing happened to Sevak Khanagyan and his Qami.

At this year’s contest, Armenia has been drawn into the first half of the second semi-final, which means that Srbuk will first take the stage live on the 16th of May.

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10
March
2019

Michela Pace’s Eurovision entry released – it’s Chameleon for Tel Aviv

Michela Pace’s Eurovision entry released – it’s Chameleon for Tel Aviv

Michela Pace

After winning X-Factor Malta back in January, Michela Pace is now ready for the Eurovision Song Contest. Today, this year’s Maltese entry was released, and pressure is high on the 18 year old girl to improve recent bad results.

Malta dropped its traditional national final selection for this year. They instead took on the well known X-Factor format with the twist that the winner would represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest. That honour went to Michela Pace who turned 18, the day before the final in Malta.

After Michela’s victory, the broadcaster worked on finding the perfect song for her to compete with at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel in May. And finally today, that song was released. Listen to it in the video below:

About Chameleon

In a press release after the release of the song, Maltese broadcaster writes that Chameleon was recorded in Vienna, Sweden and Malta, whilst the music video was shot all in Malta and produced by PBS.

They mention that the song is written and produced by Symphonics. In case that name sounds familar they wrote Equinox’s Bones (Bulgaria 2018),  Beautiful Mess (Bulgaria 2017) as well as other Eurovision entries. 

Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest

31 apppearances, 24 final positions and no win yet. That’s the basic facts about Malta’s Eurovision history. The country debuted in 1971, and unfortunately the country finished last in their first two years. Until 1991, their participation was a bit on-off, but since then, they have been a steady country.

Their “new” debut in 1991, was with the song Could It Be by Paul Giordimaina and Georgina, which finished second. The following year, Mary Spiteri came third, and Malta had proven themselves as a country to watch out for. In fact, it wasn’t until 1999 that they eventually finished outside top 10 again.

Ira Losco came 2nd in 2002 and the same great result was achieved by Chiara in 2005 singing the beautiful Angel.

The past two years, in 2017 and 2018, Malta has failed to reach the final putting a bit of pressure on this year’s X-Factor winner.

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09
March
2019

John Lundvik wins Melodifestivalen and will represent Sweden at Eurovision 2019

John Lundvik wins Melodifestivalen and will represent Sweden at Eurovision 2019

John Lundvik

Tonight was the grand final of Melodifestivalen, the Swedish national selection show for the Eurovision Song Contest. After 4 semi-finals as well as a second chance episode, the final 12 competitors battled for a chance to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Every year, Sweden puts on quite a show. Other countries try to replicate or emulate a similar format but the Swedes just always know how to put on a great show for their national selection. This year, 28 acts competed through 4 semi-finals. Each week, the top 2 moved to the final while the next 2 would be selected as a second chance round. Tonight, a total of 12 acts performed their songs in the hopes of representing Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel, next may.

Among the competing entries in the grand final, two of them have appeared on a Eurovision stage before. Anna Bergendahl took part in the 2010 contest with her song This Is My Life. The entry failed to qualify to the grand final. The band Arvingarna also took part previously, all the way back in 1993 with the song Eloise which finished 7th place.

Contents

  • 1 The songs
  • 2 The show
  • 3 The result

The songs

Jon Henrik Fjällgren – Norrsken (Goeksegh)

First up is Jon Henrik with the song Norrsken (Goeksegh) . The song is a mixture of traditional Swedish Sami influence and mordern sounds. Jon Henrik, who was originally born in Colombia but adopted by Sami parents at a young age has been using influence of the Sami sounds in all three of his competing entries at the contest so far. His previous two songs Jag är fri (Manne leam frijje) and En värld full av strider (Eatneme gusnie jeenh dåaroeh) both made it to the finals of 2015 and 2017 respectively.

Lisa Ajax – Torn

Up next is Lisa Ajax. This is also Lisa’s third attempt at Melodifestivalen as she took part in 2016 with her song My Heart Wants Me Dead and in 2017 with I Don’t Give A. Both songs made it to the grand final. Torn is an emotional ballad brought to life by Lisa’s incredible vocals. The simplistic staging also makes this a stand out.

Mohombi – Hello

Third on is Mohombi who is also not a first timer at Melodifestivalen as he took part with the group Avalon in 2005. Mohombi has also had a fairly popular career in America with collaborations with artists such as Pitbull and Nicki Minaj. The staging for his song Hello is rather similar to Heroes from 2015 with a projection screen dancing with him.

Lina Hedlund – Victorious

Next up is Lina with Victorious. Once again, a competitor with experience at the contest. Lina is best known as a member of the band Alcazar. They’ve had many Melodifestivalen entries but Lina was part of three of them. In 2009 with Stay the Night, in 2010 with Headlines as well as in 2014 with Blame It On the Disco. Her solo entry is certainly less disco than what we know her for, but is a high energy dance pop tune. The staging is simple but effective.

Bishara – On My Own

Next up is the second youngest contestant this year, Bishara at 16 years old. This is Bishara’s first entry with a song co-written by Benjamin Ingrosso, On My Own. Bishara is quite adorable, and brings a strong performance for such a young singer, but one can’t help but think he may need a few more years to grow to handle something like Eurovision. The song itself is also quite nice but makes me wonder if a performer like him can deliver a message like a broken heart at such a young age.

Anna Bergendahl – Ashes to Ashes

Up next is Anna with Ashes to Ashes. Anna has the unfortunate record of being the only Swedish entry to miss qualification at the Eurovision Song Contest. Her entry this year is much stronger however. The vibe still has a country vibe as her 2010 entry did but this time she looks like a popstar in the veins of Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift. The song is catchy but the staging is a bit confusing to me. Her outfit is quite nice but it clashes with the forest background look.

Nano – Chasing Rivers

Halfway through the show, next is Nano with Chasing Rivers. His first participation was back in 2017 with his song Hold On. The song has a pretty strong chorus and the performance is cut with shots of Nano as well as a Nano look-a-like kid. I don’t particularly think this one is better than his 2017 entry but the song is catchy.

Hanna Ferm & LIAMOO – Hold You

The next song is Hanna Ferm and LIAMOO. All I can really say to begin with is, wow are they both very attractive people! Their song Hold You however isn’t quite as attractive in my opinion. The duet is rather dull, the song itself doesn’t have much of a hook too. Perhaps I am missing something. The staging is cute but also doesn’t have much special with drapes attached to a metal fixture flying up with fans.

Malou Prytz – I Do Me

We next have Malou the actual youngest contestant this year! Interestingly she seems a lot more confident onstage than Bishara. Her song is young and fresh and works for her. The staging is also quote cute. I am not sure if it should truly win the contest but it is definitely a strong current pop song. I am hoping she continues her career and comes back to Melodifestivalen as she certainly has potential.

John Lundvik – Too Late For Love

Here he is, the favourite to win as of this morning. John Lundvik is a returning artist as he made the final last year with his song My Turn. Interestingly, John actually already has a song competing at the Eurovision Song Contest as he’s the composer for Bigger Than Me, the United Kindom’s entry this year. Too Late For Love is a big gospel-like song with big voices. John is on point and delivers on stage while the crowd cheers.

Wiktoria – Not With Me

Up next is another artist at her 3rd entry. Wiktoria took part in 2016 with Save Me as well as in 2017 with As I Lay Me Down. This time she is presenting us a power ballad. The staging is rather elaborate with a full shower pouring around her mid song to eventually make it rain on her by the end. Wiktoria is a strong vocalist and the song itself is pretty good but it’s also rather typical and doesn’t bring much new.

Arvingarna – I Do

We finish the show with Arvingarna. This isn’t their first time here either. They took part in the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest with their song Eloise. The song I Do is considered dansband which is a style inspired by country, pop and rock n roll. This is one of those songs that is literally made for the Swedish public. I can’t really imagine something like this doing anything at all at Eurovision.

The show

The show started off with last year’s Melodifestivalen winner Benjamin Ingrosso singing his song Tror du att han bryr sig with Felix Sandman. He then performed a short version of Lionel Ritchie’s All Night Long as the hosts and performers made their way to the green room out of a van.

After Anna had performed, the wonderful Lynda Woodruff made a return to Melodifestivalen. For those won don’t know, performer Sarah Dawn Finer plays a character of a British spokeswoman for the European Broadcasting Union. The genius of her comedy is how she’s not particularly knowledgeable on the Eurovision or Melodifestivalen history, often pronouncing names of countries of cities wrong and making absurd mistakes like confusing Austria with Australia or being unable to pronounce Azerbaijan.

After all the songs were performed a special performance of Dance You Off was presented by the Melodifestivalen dance troop. The choreography seemed to invoke the way technology and cell phones affect our lives. An interesting parallel to Portugal’s song this year Telemoveis.

Between the jury votes and the public votes we were gifted with a Charlotte Perrelli performance of Take Me To Your Heaven, the song that won the last time Israel hosted the contest. Dana International also made an appearance and performed her hit Diva. They then came together to perform their brand new collaboration called Diva to Diva.

The result

The winner of Melodifestivalen 2019 will be decided by a combination of expert juries from 8 countries competing at this year’s Eurovision as well as a Swedish public vote.

After the international juries voted, the top 3 was:

  1. John Lundvik -96 points
  2. Nano –  54 points
  3. Hanna & LIAMOO –

The Swedish public then voted for their favourite songs.

The winner of the 2019 Melodifestivalen is John Lundvik with Too Late For Love

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09
March
2019

Russia 2019: Sergey Lazarev’s Eurovision entry Scream finally revealed

Russia 2019: Sergey Lazarev’s Eurovision entry Scream finally revealed

Sergey Lazarev

He has been the bookmaker favourite to win ever since Sergey Lazarev confirmed his Eurovision comeback about a month ago. He finished third in 2016 so expectations were high for him to return with another smash hit.

Rumoured had listed Sergey as the 2019 Russian participant for quite a while, when the Russian broadcaster finally confirmed his comeback on the 7th of February. As many fans have a hard time picking their favourites for this year’s contest, many turned towards Russia hoping to find a real gem here. Did they get that?

If they expected a You Are The Only One Part 2, they will be disappointed as for the 2019 contest, Sergey goes in a different direction. As often with the Russians, we can probably still expect an outstanding stage performance, but song wise this is slower and a lot more quiet than his previous entry. It’s however also well produced so it will attract a lot of fans still not able to find any top contender entries this year.

The 2019 entry is written by Dimitris Kontopoulos and Philipp Kirkorov. It’s lyrics have been provided by Mary Sharon Vaughn. Fokas Evangelinos will be Stage Director, while Ilias Kokotos functions as Project Manager.

In the video below, listen to Sergey Lazarev’s Eurovision 2019 entry:

Kontopoulos and Kirkorov’s previous Eurovision entries

In case the songwriters behind Lazarev’s 2019 entry sounds familiar it might be because the two have quite some Eurovision entries behind them – of which several scored well. Kirkorov himself did also participate as a singer in 1995 representing Russia, but he not mentioned as songwriter on that one.

SongwriterYearCountryResult
Kontopoulos & Kirkorov2007Belarus6th place
Kontopoulos & Kirkorov2008Ukraine2nd place
Kontopoulos2009Greece7th place
Kontopoulos2013Azerbaijan2nd place
Kontopoulos & Kirkorov2014Russia7th
Kontopoulos & Kirkorov2016Russia3rd place
Kontopoulos2017Greece16th place
Kontopoulos2018AzerbaijanDid not reach the final
Kirkorov2018Moldova10th

Although not officially credited, Kontopoulos is said to be co-writer on Moldova 2018. This was mentioned at a press conference in Lisbon.

Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest

In 1994, Youddiph represented Russia in their Eurovision debut. She finished 9th in the final and is a part of Russia’s impressive 12 top 10 results in just 20 appearances. In the five years from 2012 to 2016 included, the country never did worse than a 7th place.

Since the introduction of semi-finals in 2004, Russia never failed to qualify from the semi-final to final – until last year.

They won the Eurovison Song Contest once, in 2008 with the song Believe where Dima Bilan represented the country for a second time. The country however four times ended up in second place; first in the year 2000 where Alsou’s Solo only lost out to Denmark’s Olsen Brothers. In 2006, Dima Bilan came second, and the same happened to Party For Everybody in 2012 and to Polina Gagarina’s beautiful A Million Voices in 2015.

Last year, Russia lost their “perfect strike“. With the song I Won’t Break, Julia Samoylova finished 15th in her semi-final and thus weren’t near reaching the final.

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