No 2019 Eurovision comeback for Bosnia and Herzegovina despite Ralph Siegel offer

No 2019 Eurovision comeback for Bosnia and Herzegovina despite Ralph Siegel offer

Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala representing Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016

Ralph Siegel offered to pay, but EBU said no. Due to sanctions towards the national public broadcaster BHRT, it now seems sure that Bosnia and Herzegovina won’t return to the Eurovision Song Contest for the 2019 edition.

The sad situation was confirmed today by Lejla A. Babović, who is responsible for the Eurovision project within the broadcaster BHRT.

In an interview to the Bosnian internet portal, Babović explained that just like last year, the legendary German composer Ralph Siegel offered to cover all the costs regarding Bosnia and Hercegovina’s participation in the contest next year. His only condition was that Hanka Paldum, one of the most famous local folk singers, performed his song in Israel.

Although BHRT was very positive about Siegels’s offer, the EBU has informed the broadcaster that Bosnia and Herzegovina’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest won’t be possible as long as BHRT is under the sanctions and furhermore they should start to repay their debt, which is over CHF 6 million.

2019 will be third year in a row that the country won’t take part in the contest.

Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest

The country joined the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993 – a year after they declared independence from Yugoslavia. They reached their best result back in 2006, when Hari Mata Hari finished third in the grand final with the song Lejla.

Due to financial difficulties, they took a break from 2013 – 2015. Bosnia and Herzegovina participated last time in 2016, when Dalal, Deen, Anja Rucner and Jala didn’t quailfy for the final. Before then, the country had managed to qualify from the semi-finals every year they participated.

In the video below, remind yourself of their 2016 entry:

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Vlatko Ilievski died at the age of 33

Vlatko Ilievski died at the age of 33

Vlatko Ilievski

Vlatko Ilievski was found dead in his car this morning. The police is now looking into what caused the death of the 33 year old singer, who represented FYR Macedonia at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.

The sad news hit this morning, when local police stated that they found rock singer Vlatko Ilievski dead in his car. The incident took place in the capital Skopje. Police has been inspecting the place, handed the body over for autopsy, which will hopefully reveal how the singer lost his life.

Vlatko represented FYR Macedonia at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 with the song Rusinka. With 36 points and a 16th place in the second semi-final, he did not reach the final.

In 2010, Vlatko graduated from Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje. He previously played with the rock band Morality and, also in 2010, he took part in the national selection and came second. In his second attempt the year after, he won and made it to Eurovision in Düsseldorf, Germany. His death comes just a few days after he celebrated his 33rd birthday.

While listening to his Eurovision entry one more time, we would like to wish our condolences to family and friends.

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Eleni Foureira as a judge in Greek music show La Banda

Eleni Foureira as a judge in Greek music show La Banda

Eleni Foureira

Eleni Foureira is preparing for another step in her career. She will be judge on a Greeek TV show where the goal is to create boy bands, which can do well. This year’s Eurovision runner up will be joined by two other well known musicians to help the bands.

Greek TV station Epsilon presented yesterday, in a press release, Eleni Foureira as judge in a new TV show “La Banda”, which will air in early October. The purpose of this show is to create boy bands, which will compete to win the show, so they can declare themselves as the best Greek band.

Eleni will be a part of the jury alongside famous Greek singer Thodoris Marantinis and one more person, whose name is yet to be revealed. It is rumoured that the third and last judge will be Mihalis Stavento. He is a well known singer and composer, who has previously been judge in the The Voice of Greece. Stavento is married to Ivi Adamou who represented Cyprus at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

These days Eleni is on a tour all over Greece. Her new single Caramela made it’s debut in the Greek charts, and at the concerts she will probably sing both that and her Eurovision runner up Fuego. In the video below, enjoy a performance of Fuego from Eurovision Village:

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Daz Sampson becomes football manager in UK

Daz Sampson becomes football manager in UK

Daz Sampson

The UKs rapping contestant Daz Sampson has swapped the stage for the dug out as the newly appointed Manager of Cheshire’s highest ranking amateur football team. After teams abroad, this will be first managing job in the UK.

Teenage Life’s Daz Sampson who represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 has returned to his roots.

Sampson started his career playing for Stockport County. Unfortunately for him, an injury cut his playing career short and instead he began to focus his attention onto music.

Daz represented the United Kingdom in 2006 with Teenage Life. After failing to impress the European audience, Daz finished the contest in 19th place.  However, all was not lost as despite the rest of Europe’s thoughts, the UK liked the song so much that it reached number 8 on the national singles chart.

Following his stint on Eurovision, Sampson took part in some reality TV shows before returning to his first love, football. But now as a manager. After initially finding it difficult for people to take him seriously after his music and TV career, Sampson got a job managing a team in Poland’s third tier, then managing teams in Guam and the USA.

As the newly appointed manager of Halebank FC, Sampson has one goal: to achieve two promotions in two years to enable his team to play in the North West Counties League. As ever, Sampson exude’s confidence “I was a rank outsider when I went on Eurovision (you decide), against the lad from Blue who everyone thought would win. But I knew I was going to win and this is the same”.

In the video below, remind yourself of Daz Sampson’s Eurovision performance:

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Franka celebrates love in her new song “Kao Ti I Ja”

Franka celebrates love in her new song “Kao Ti I Ja”


Franka’s new single is a catchy, uplifting pop song that celebrates love and emphasize the importance of being happy and satisfied with what you already achieved in your life. Last month, she represented Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Franka’s apperance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon was a bit disappointing as she didn’t manage to qualify for the grand final. But on the other side, her personal life was one huge positive story in the last year.

After being absent from the Croatian music for about eight years she came back last year with the single S Tobom, which charted at number three in her native country. In February, Franka was announced as the Croatian entrant for Eurovision and two months ago she got engaged with Vedran Ćorluka, who is currently playing for Croatia at 2018 FIFA World Cup. Their wedding is scheduled to take place later this summer.

Franka’s new song is written by Branimir Mihaljević and Nenad Ninčević. Mihaljević also penned this year’s Croatian Eurovision entry and Ninčević wrote Kada Zaspu Anđeli – the song that represented Croatia at 2000 Eurovision Song Contest.

The video for Kao Ti I Ja was directed by Sandra Mihaljević and Igor Ivanović. It’s the same team that also was in charge of Franka’s to latest videos S Tobom and Crazy. Beautiful scenes in Kao Ti I Ja were filmed near the coastal Croatian city of Rovinj.

You can listen to Franka’s latest single in the video below:

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29th June 2018 in Releases. Tags: Branimir Mihaljević, Franka, Franka Batelic, Kao ti i ja, Nenad Ninčević Countries: Croatia

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