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23
October
2018

Despite 20 percent financial cuts, Denmark goes big for national selection

Despite 20 percent financial cuts, Denmark goes big for national selection

Anja Nissen won the Danish final in 2017 - in Boxen, Herning

On the 23rd of February, Denmark will select its 2019 Eurovision participants. Boxen in Herning will host the big national final. This comes after some tough months for the broadcaster.

Danish broadcaster, DR, has recently been through some tough times. A majority of politicians insisted on cutting down the funds to the national broadcaster with 20%. As DR is not allowed to bring in advertising sponsors, this has influenced many programmes which are simply closing down, and many of their journalists and TV hosts have been fired.

As the announcement of next year’s Danish final, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix came very late, fans were worried that the big cuts would influence the final to such a degree that the popular show would just be hosted in a TV show in Copenhagen with a small audience. Today, we know that it is not the case.

Boxen in Herning will host next year’s Danish Melodi Grand Prix final. The large arena can host more than 10,000 seating audience, so everyone interested in a ticket, should be able to get one. Four times before has Herning hosted the Danish final, in 2001, 2009, 2013 and 2017. Boxen also submitted a bit for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, but lost out to Copenhagen due to the lack of hotel rooms in the actual city.

Tickets will go on sale via DR’s own ticketsale in just three days, Friday the 26th of October 2018 at 12:00 CET.

Jutland to host for the 5th year in a row

With Herning as host city, the Danish mainland Jutland holds on to the Danish final for the 5th year in row with Herning and Aalborg as the preferred locations. This is something in particular fans from Copenhagen have been complaining about, but as so many other things takes place in the capital, one can argue, that it’s only fair to use Jutland for the Danish final. The press conference introducing the participants has also been taking place in Copenhagen each time the show has been in Jutland.

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix host cities since 2009:

YearHost cityWinner
2019Herning
2018AalborgRasmussen
2017HerningAnja Nissen
2016HorsensLighthouse X
2015AalborgAnti Social Media
2014OdenseBasim
2013HerningEmmelie de Forest
2012AalborgSoluna Samay
2011Ballerup (Copenhagen area)A Friend in London
2010AalborgChanée & N’evergreen
2009HerningBrinck

Last time Herning hosted the Danish final, the country selected Anja Nissen to represent them. In the video below, take a look at her acapella versions of Where I Am and her 2016 national final entry Never Alone.

According to the rules, each song should include a Danish citizen, or one with strong connection to Denmark. This can be a composer, a lyricist or the performer. The other contributors to the song can be from anywhere in the world.

The language of the song is free, both for the Danish final and for the Eurovision Song Contest, but it is mentioned in the rules that it will be decided in collaboration with the broadcaster. In recent years, the national final has included one song in Danish.

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18
October
2018

Albania gears up for 57th Festivali i Këngës

Albania gears up for 57th Festivali i Këngës

Eugent Bushpepa

22 participants have been revealed for Albania’s national selection Festivali i Këngës. In the days 20th – 22nd of December, the country will pick its 2019 Eurovision Song Contest representative.

Eugent Bushpepa finished 11th in this year’s Eurovision final. That was Albania’s best result since Rona Nishliu came 5th in 2012. Who will follow in Eugent’s footsteps? A few intense days, just before many celebrate Christmas, will decide that.

54 songs were submitted to broadcaster RTSH. Those have been cut down to 22 who will compete in two semi-finals on the 20th and 21st of December 2018. On the 22nd of December, the lucky finalists will battle it out with the winner getting to represent Albania at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest held in Tel Aviv, Israel.

57th Festivali i Këngës participants

  • Aurel Thellimi – Të Dua Ty
  • Bojken Lako – Jete Jeten
  • Bruno Pollogati – Nuk Ka Stop
  • Dilan Reka – Karma
  • Eliza Hoxha – Pengu
  • Elona Islamaj – Në Këtë Botë Kalimtarë
  • Elton Deda – Qetësisht
  • Eranda Libohova – 100 Pyetje
  • Gjergj Leka – Besoj
  • Alar Band – Dashuria Nuk Mjafton
  • Jonida Maliqi – Ktheju Tokës
  • Kelly – A Më Ndjën
  • Klint Collaku – Me Jete
  • Klodiana Vata – Mbremje E Pafund
  • Kujtim Prodani – Babela
  • Lidia Lufi – Rrëfehem
  • Lorela Sejdini – Vetmi
  • Marko Strazimiri & Imbro – Lejla
  • Mirud – Nënë
  • Orgesa Zaimi – Hije
  • Soni Malaj – Do Vij
  • Vikena Kamenica – Natën E Mirë

Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest

Back in 2004, Anjeza Shahini secured Albania a 7th place in their Eurovision debut. Today, her song The Image Of You, still stand as the second best the country did at Eurovision. Rona Nishliu came 5th in 2012 (best Albanian result), and last year Eugent Bushpepa and his Mall came in as 11th, and snatched the third best.

In their 15 participants, the country has made it to the final 8 times. When Eugent did so this year, the country had failed the two previous years.

In the video below, remind yourself of the strong voice from Eugent Bushpepa. This performance of Mall is from Eurovision In Concert 2018 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands:

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17
October
2018

Video: 10 songs that tell the Bulgarian Eurovision history

Bulgaria leaves the Eurovision Song Contest on the top. Though things haven’t always been easy, the country has given us some memorable performances and they will be missed in Tel Aviv next year. 

With Broadcaster BNT confirming the sad news about their withdrawal from the Eurovision Song Contest, we tell you the story about their participation. 10 songs which shows that Bulgaria hasn’t been afraid to try different styles – and that the country leaves on the top.

What is your favourite Bulgarian entry? Vote in the poll below:

Bulgaria withdraws from Eurovision. Which entry is your favourite?

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15
October
2018

Video: 10 songs to tell the Bulgarian Eurovision history

Bulgaria leaves the Eurovision Song Contest on the top. Though things haven’t always been easy, the country has given us some memorable performances and they will be missed in Tel Aviv next year. 

With Broadcaster BNT confirming the sad news about their withdrawal from the Eurovision Song Contest, we tell you the story about their participation. 10 songs which shows that Bulgaria hasn’t been afraid to try different styles – and that the country leaves on the top.

What is your favourite Bulgarian entry? Vote in the poll below:

Bulgaria withdraws from Eurovision. Which entry is your favourite?

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15
October
2018

Emmelie de Forest leaves Danish Strictly Come Dancing half way

Emmelie de Forest leaves Danish Strictly Come Dancing half way

Emmelie de Forest in Vild Med Dans

After six dances, Emmelie de Forest no longer had the TV viewers on her side. She leaves Strictly Come Dancing after an emotionel slowfox, which actually was her strongest performance in the show.

Emmelie de Forest won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 with the song Only Teardrops. She was asked to take part in “Vild Med Dans” (Crazy about Dancing), which is the Danish edition of the famous British TV format “Strictly Come Dancing” back then, but it didn’t fit into her busy schedule. She was however still interested, and with more time for it now, she said yes to the 15th edition, which started airing on Danish TV2 six weeks ago.

She has been paired with professional dancer Frederik Nonnemann. Each week, they danced a new dance. One pair has to leave the competition each week – and Emmelie de Forest made it half way into the show.

In the first episode, she and her partner Frederik danced a quickstep to the tune of George Michael’s I’m Never Gonna Dance Again. The four judges, Nikolaj Hübbe, Anne Laxholm, Britt Bendixen and Jens Werner were quite positive. They called it a good programme, they had put together and predicted that Emmelie can go far. After that first quickstep, Emmelie went through dances like Paso Doble, Wiener Vals, Samba, Cha Cha and finally Slowfox, which became the end for her.

Slowfox was Emmelie’s favourite dance so far, and she also did better than before. In the second round, after ending in bottom two, she let go of her nerves and it showed. The beautiful dance was however not enough to convince the TV viewers, who, let’s face her, have never been on Emmelie’s side in this programme. They have always scored her lower than the professionel judges, and after three times in the bottom two, she was voted out.

While saying goodbye to Emmelie de Forest as our Friday evening entertainment, let’s just make one thing clear, if you read online that Emmelie de Forest is 1,60 metre tall, you’ve read the same wrong information as her dancing partner Frederik Nonnemann! At their first meeting, he was surprised to realise that she is actually 1,67.

No Eurovision participant as winner

With Emmelie de Forest taking part in the Danish edition of Strictly Come Dancing, she follows the footsteps of several other Eurovision participants who test their dancing skills in this TV format. In Denmark, none of them however won.

Birthe Kjær (Denmark 1989) took part in the second edition. Simon Mathew reached the final and came second in the third edition in 2007, the year before he represented Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest. Basim (Denmark 2014) was a part of season six, and triple Eurovision participant Kirsten Siggaard (Denmark 1984, 1985 and 1988) took part in season 13 in 2016.

To remind yourself of Emmelie’s Eurovision entry, watch in the video below clip from an acoustic version of Only Teardrops.

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12
October
2018

Men, step back – in Ukraine only women succeed in Eurovision

Men, step back – in Ukraine only women succeed in Eurovision

Ani Lorak, Ukraine

Slavic women have a certain charm, at least when it comes to women representing Ukraine in Eurovision. It seems the country only do well when they are represented by a woman, so after two years of disappointing results from men, should Ukraine select another woman to bring them Eurovision success?

Making their debut in 2003, Ukraine has one of the best result records at the Eurovision Song Contest. They have achieved two victories and have been in top 10 a total of 9 times. 8 out of these 9 times Ukraine were represented by women – with the only time a man scoring Ukraine a top 10 place was when he performed as a woman! In fact, Ukraine’s bottom 3 results were all done by men.

Ukraine first won the contest a year after it’s debut when Ruslana brought her Wild Dances to the Eurovision stage in Istanbul. Europe were enthralled by Ruslana, her energetic routine and leather costumes inspired by ethnic hutsul dress. It took just 12 years for Ukraine to win again with Jamala’s controversial song 1944 pipping Russia’s Sergei Lazarev and Australia’s Dami Im to the top spot. In between these wins Ukraine have finished in 2nd place with Ani Lorak and Verka Serduchka, 3rd place with Zlata Ognevich and several other top 10 places thanks to Alyosha, Tina Karol, Mika Newton and Mariya Yaremchuk.

Ukraine have had a difficult time at the contest the past two years. In 2017 when Kyiv hosted the contest following Jamala’s win the previous year, the eastern European country was represented by all male rock group O.Torvald whose song Time earned just 36 points in the grand final. This placed them at 24th out of 26th, Ukraine’s worst result to date. This year Melovin, despite faring well with the public televote, came in last position with the juries. This caused his position on the leader board to slide down to 17th place in the final. The third worst result in their history at the contest.

So what can Ukraine do to turn this around? Will Ukraine send a woman to Eurovision next year to bring success back to the nation? Only time will tell. In the video you, you can take a look at Melovin’s Under The Ladder – this time in a performance from this year’s Eurovision Song Contest:

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