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15
December
2017

Latvia 2018: You Are My World declares Agnese Stengrevics

Latvia 2018: You Are My World declares Agnese Stengrevics

Agnese Stengrevics is already gaining a lot of fan support for her song You Are My World. She will be hoping that this is an early indication she can win Supernova 2018. Then she can sing her song in Lisbon in May at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

It is easy to see why You Are My World would be a fan favourite, with its electric dance feel. The song though is not just about having a good time on the dance floor.

Agnese revealed to EuroVisionary that the song is about people who give endless chances to somebody. In the end, they are scared to love again, because they have been hurt multiple times.

However as living without that somebody seems even harder, sooner or later you go seeking them again, hoping they are the one.

See alsoLatvia 2018: Jenny May's Soledad brings Latino influences to Supernova

The lyrics of the song are about Agnese’s personal experience. She sings about how much he means to her and how much she wants to be with him now. She is scared but wants to try anyway. In this time and place, he makes her feel happy and loved. He gives her everything that her heart wants.

Agnese wrote the song along with her father Helvijs Stengrevics. You can sing along with Agnese using the lyric video below.

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15
December
2017

Salvador Sobral releases new live album

Salvador Sobral releases new live album

“Excuse Me Ao Vivo” is the title of Salvador Sobral’s new album that has just been released. It includes live versions of many of his songs including a Jazz edition of his Eurovision winner “Amar Pelos Dois”.

Right in time for Christmas. If you were in doubt what to give to your best Eurovision friend as a Christmas gift, Salvador Sobral may just have helped you. The Portuguese singer found some time while waiting for his heart transplant to put together a few live versions of his songs and build a new piece of work. Excuse Me Ao Vivo reflects Salvador’s journey through his many concerts around Portugal and brings live versions of many of his songs.

On the cover, there’s a picture of Teatro Garcia de Resende (Évora, Portugal) which represents the very first stage Salvador stepped on after winning Portugal’s Festival da Canção. Nonetheless, the live versions of the songs were recorded during his farewell concert in Cascais and his concerts in Centro Cultural de Belém, Casa da Música and Centro Cultural.

See alsoEurovision winner Salvador Sobral got a new heart

The release of Excuse Me Ao Vivo brings along a Jazz version of his Eurovision winning song and it marks the very first time the track gets to be on a Salvador’s album. The single version of Amar Pelos Dois along with the releases on the Festival da Canção 2017 and Eurovision Song Contest albums have now crossed the ten million streams in Spotify.

Excuse Me Ao Vivo is now available on streaming services like for example Spotify.

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14
December
2017

Latvia 2018: Jenny May’s Soledad brings Latino influences to Supernova

Latvia 2018: Jenny May’s Soledad brings Latino influences to Supernova

Latvia has to be commended this year for their wide musical diversity in the Supernova 2018. The contest will be held in February 2018. Can Jenny May’s Hispanic treat go all the way to the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal?

For those of you sorry to see Despacito ride into the sunset, Jenny May offers a new Spanish summer hit. Her song, Soledad is one of Latvia’s 2018 potential Eurovision entries.

Jenny May tells EuroVisionary that she was a huge Latino fan when she was a child. Like so many children, she used to turn up the music, when alone at home. She danced in front of the mirror, pretending to give her own concert.

See alsoLatvia 2018: An introduction to Funny Girl Laura Rizzotto

Jenny May started her musical career singing pop songs. Her musical producers had their qualms about Jenny May performing Latino music, fearing her Latvian audience would have no interest.

In 2011 Jenny May released the song Es gribu vēl mīlē (Still Want To Love). The success of the song proved to Jenny May that she should change her musical direction, to the Spanish influences that she loves.

Jenny May has recorded a Latino album and hopes to use Supernova 2018 as a stepping stone to advertise her sound, outside of Latvia. The song, Soledad, was written by Maija Stuģe, Martin Karl Hägglund, Martin Björn Hanzén, Tim Erik Åström, Michael Javier Hernan Barraza Alfaro. You can sing along to the infectious tune below.

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14
December
2017

Onuka and NAONI Orchestra release live album

Onuka and NAONI Orchestra release live album

They won hearts at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with their interval performance, and now Onuka and the NAONI Orchestra have collaborated on a live album together. The album includes full versions of the songs that were mashed together for Eurovision.

Yesterday, Onuka announced the release of their latest album. Although not a new album, the album is a live recording of the folk funk band performing with the NAONI Orchestra. The two collaborated together as part of this year’s Eurovision interval performance.

The album was recorded in December 2016, long before they presented these songs to Europe.

With the new album, fans will get to enjoy the full, live versions of the songs that were mashed together during the interval. Such as Vidlik, Untitled, Around Me and Zavtra amongst others.

Music-wise, it’s sort of a countdown for us personally. The one we go back to time to time, again and again” Onuka explained via Facebook post. “The story began on June 28th, 2016 with the release of the music video for ‘Other’, accompanied by the National Academic Orchestra of Folk Instruments. Over time it was followed-up by 17 tracks that were presented on December 11, 2016 in front of the Kyiv audience. We do not look back. We just want to remember this magic”.

Following their interval performance Onuka quickly shot to the top of the European electronic music charts. Many people enjoying the refreshing sound of modern mixed with traditional folk music.

Listen to, and buy the album

The album has been released for streaming and sale through the following channels: Apple music, Google play, Spotify, Deezer, Sound Cloud and iTunes.

You can remind yourself of the unique performance of Onuka alongside the NAONI Orchestra by watching our video below.

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13
December
2017

Latvia 2018: An introduction to Funny Girl Laura Rizzotto

Latvia 2018: An introduction to Funny Girl Laura Rizzotto

This year in the Latvian Supernova 2018, many new talented singers will be hoping to win the chance to represent the middle Baltic state in Lisbon, Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. EuroVisionary introduces you to one of the competitors, Laura Rizzotto.

Laura is already an accomplished musician having released three albums, Made In Rio, Reason To Stay and Ruby.

Laura will be singing the soulful ballad Funny Girl. Commenting to EuroVisonary,  Laura describes the song as being about embracing vulnerability and owning your feelings.

Funny Girl tells the story of a girl who falls in love with her best friend. She always keeps him amused, while keeping her true feelings a best-kept secret. Finally, she decides to reveal her true feelings, but alas it is too late as the guy has fallen for someone else.

To him, our girl has only become his friend, his Funny Girl.

Laura feels that everyone experiences emotions that are difficult to describe, making us invisible to others who do not have a clue about our hidden emotions. Laura continues that music is a powerful tool which can be used to express feelings we often keep to ourselves.

The message behind the song is to be brave and embrace vulnerability. Do not let fear of rejection stop you from expressing your true feelings, else you may end up watching life happen from the sidelines. Taking risks is part of the art of living an accomplished life, so turn fear into courage.

Talking of living, Laura is a native of Ipanema, Brazil but currently resides in New York, and this week she is out and about in the Big Apple filming the official video for the song.

Meanwhile, enjoy the lyric video of the song. Laura wanted it to be a simple one-shot production with no editing at all. The atmosphere creates a raw and vulnerable state,

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12
December
2017

2018 Stage designer explains his vision for Lisbon

2018 Stage designer explains his vision for Lisbon

Sneak peek of Eurovision's 2018 stage

EuroVisionary caught up with next year’s Stage designer Florian Wieder to understand a little more about the stage concept. The huge LED displays often seen at Eurovison – and deemed crucial for a few victories – will not be present in Lisbon. According to Florian, this is a strong concept as the countries won’t be able to rely on those as they once did.

Roughly a week ago, Lisbon revealed their stage for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Florian Wieder – the Stage designer – took his time to elaborate a little bit on the stage and revealed how Portugal’s glorious past influenced the creativity process. With such a complete guide, you’d believe there would be not many questions, but when the fans realized the iconic LED screens were gone, such questions arose.

The use of LED screens has increased over the years and, in fact, has contributed to great results in Eurovision. Acts have had the chance to show elaborate animations on their LED backdrop, adding additional virtual dancers and other awe-inspiring effects. During 2017, the use was higher than ever with acts choosing to even show pictures and videos of themselves on such screens. Salvador Sobral however is the living proof that they aren’t needed as the singer took the prize home with little to no use of such.

With those gone, it will not be an easy task for each country to catch the public’s attention during their performances. EuroVisionary spoke exclusively with Florian Wieder to understand the reason why Lisbon opted out for LED screens: “15 years ago, LED screens didn’t exist and they (Eurovision producers) did great shows”, Florian said. “It will be a good show. It’s a strong concept.”

This is also the reason why Portugal won in 2017

According to the stage designer, this will end up requiring more from each delegation in order to catch the public’s eye: “It’s a good thing to have no LED… Not a bad one. (…) The delegations will be challenged even more. (…) This is also the reason why Portugal won in 2017”.

During his final speech in Kyiv, Salvador Sobral did say something similar and sounded like he wanted Eurovision to be revamped in a completely different concept that now may be about to happen: “We live a in a world of disposable music… Fast food music without any content and I think this could be a victory for music”.

Well, Florian will not be able to fullfil Salvador’s wishes musically, but surely is translating it in the visual world with this stage idea: “Sometimes, it’s good to think different. It’s a challenge to look for other staging ideas rather than just put some content on a screen”.

After 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017, 2018 is the fifth time Florian Wieder designs a stage for the Eurovision Song Contest.

While we wait for more details and for the final look, just today Eurovision’s official Facebook page revealed more pictures of what the stage in Lisbon will look like. They asked, if it is too early to start getting excited… Well, we don’t think so!

At this point, it is unknown if the stage will make use of projectors. In recent years, high output projectors have often been combined with LED.

Last time, the Eurovision Song Contest stage didn’t have LED screens were for the 2013 contest held in Malmö, Sweden. Although projectors were then used.

In the video below, take a look at the 2017 Eurovision stage during the Flag Ceremony, beautifully combining LED screens on the backdrop with projections onto the stage.

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