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25
June
2018

Way Too Fast is the new single from Brendan Murray

Way Too Fast is the new single from Brendan Murray

Brendan Murray

Brendan Murray wrote his new single himself. Sometimes things goes too fast, that’s what the Irish 2017 Eurovision participant sings about in this track just released.

Brendan Murray represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017 with his song, Dying To Try. Unfortunately, he did not qualify. “I’m disappointed, but life is full of knocks so I’m going to take it on the chin and move on,” said Brendan Murray after learning Ireland’s result after the voting.

Well, he certainly did take it on the chin and moved on, for now, he has released a new single, Way Too Fast, along with a music video, recorded by Robert Grace, who also produced the song.

Way Too Fast, as the title of the song suggests, is about a relationship that is happening too fast. The song is accompanied by Brendan’s skills on the guitar.

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25
June
2018

Eurovision 2017 logo wins award in Cannes

Eurovision 2017 logo wins award in Cannes

Celebrate Diversity slogan and logo 2017

The logo for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest has won the bronze award for branding at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. This is the second big award the logo won.

Banda.agency and Republique received the bronze award “Cannes Lions” in the Lions Design nomination for their logo and branding of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is considered the largest gathering of the advertising and creative communications industry. The seven-day festival, incorporating the awarding of the Lions awards, is held yearly at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes, France.

“This is a very joyful feeling. Straight delight. This is a very important project for us. We put a lot of energy into it and love it very much. In the process, many people joined their efforts to make it, and I’m glad that they all received a well-deserved reward for their talents”, Pavel Vrzheshch told ain.ua.

The theme for the 2017 contest was Celebrate Diversity. Banda agency and  Republique designed a logo which 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 design also won the red dot award in August of last year.

More than 180 million people watched the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 which was broadcast in 42 countries.

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25
June
2018

Ivi Adamou and Michalis Stavento becomes family of three

Ivi Adamou and Michalis Stavento becomes family of three

Baby girl (Archive photo )

Former Eurovision participant, Ivi Adamou, has had her first baby with her partner, Michalis Stavento. The happy couple had a little baby girl who they plan should grow up in Alexandroupolis, Greece.

Ivi Adamou represented Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2012, when the show was held in Baku, Azerbaijan. She placed 16th on the scoreboard in the final, with her song La La Love. 

The same year, Ivi  found love in Michalis Stavento, who has been her partner since. The couple is now a happy family of three as they just had a little baby girl.

Michalis Stavento is a Greek rapper, and the two started dating after a duet they performed together for the song, San Erthi  I Mera,( When the Day Comes).  The duet became a big hit in Greece.

The couple hasn’t released any official information about their baby, but we know that it is a girl by looking at Michalis’ post on Instagram and the comments of his fans.

Ευχαριστουμε για τις ευχες σας Αλανια..μεσα απ´την καρδια μας..να μας εχει ολους καλα ο θεος..την αγαπη μας..😊🙌🙌🙌

A post shared by Michalis Stavento (@michalis_stavento) on

On the Greek show, Στη Φωλιá των κou κou, they released pictures of the happy couple as they entered the hospital in Athens for Ivi to give birth.

Ivi Adamou and her partner have decided to let their daughter grow in the city of Alexandroupolis in the north-east part of Greece, as the two believe it to be the ideal place for their daughter to live in.

We wish all the best to the now family of three.

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25
June
2018

Does Spain actually wants to win Eurovision – or is participation enough?

Does Spain actually wants to win Eurovision – or is participation enough?

Amaia y Alfred (Spain 2018)

Four years in a row in the bottom, and 49 years since their last win. Spain isn’t doing anything to change the bad results, so question is whether or not they are satisfied with just taking part, or actually seriously want to improve.

This year, following the great expectations created for Alfred y Amaia, and the poor result they got, Spanish broadcaster RTVE made a special programme in which autocritic had no presence: “We want to clarify it. We are totally into Spain and the Eurovision Song Contest. We are working every day to be in the best positions and do well at Eurovision”, said Director of Entertainment, Toñi Prieto.

Many Spanish fans disagree. Nothing seems to change – despite one year after the other with bad results. When was the last time that Spain was in Top 5? In 1995 when Anabel Conde sang Vuelve Conmigo and got the second place behind Norway. 

2002 was a revolutionary year in Spain when the Operación Triunfo program was released. It broke all audience records and became the Spanish national selection to appoint its representative for Eurovision in Tallinn. Everyone in the country knows Europe’s Living A Celebration and Rosa’s 7th position was a real disappointment since the Spanish fans thought that she could win. 12.7 million viewers that year, an audience share of 84.5%. Something incredible had happened in Spain.

Next year was similar. Operación Triunfo celebrated its second edition, and Beth was selected to represent Spain with Dime. The song was pre-favorite to win alongside the Russian t.A.t.U. Beth came eight in Eurovision. Ramon, the third “triunfito” to go to Eurovision, finished tenth, but ever since then the country has been outside top 10 – and almost always finish in the last positions.

Fans upset, broadcaster seems lost

Alfred y Amaia who had gained love from everyone in the country already in show three by covering the La La Land song City of Stars, won the entire show this year. Everyone who loved the young duet thought they were would do amazing in Eurovision. But it failed. 

The problem for Spain was not the song, it was not the voice of Alfred and Amaia. The problem is the team behind the Spanish participation. It seems like they lost all interest in winning the contest. The Ketchup brought the stage four office chairs and everyone still remembered that “chiqui chiqui” dance by the invented character Rodolfo Chikilicuatre protrayed by David Fernández. Poorly to say it is one of the best results since 2005.

The magic trick from Soraya behind a horrible fabric, Edurne’s moving cloak to show a Greek warrior wannabe dress, Barei’s fall on the floor or the led surf tables by Manel Navarro. When it comes to Eurovision, the country should have everything under control, but Spain likes to improvise during rehearsal weeks. Just look at Sweden, they have everything planned down to the milimeter since Melodifestivalen and if the stage doesn’t fit with the performance, they ask for a new staging for Eurovision, and they have it.

Ever since technology, fireworks and lots of glitter became standard in Eurovision, Spain has still been stuck in the first 2000s where the song and a catchy chorus was all you needed. LED, the staging and the capability of telling a story is the country’s true achiles heel. 

It’s impossible to obtain a good Eurovision result if you go to your first rehearsal, being the mayor responsible of the performance (as was Tinet Rubira), and tweet “fireworks wasn’t working. Looking for alternatives”. Alternatives? The Grand Final is in five days, and you are looking for alternatives?

Another “amazing” part was showing three different outfits for Amaia and ask fans to select the dress she should wear in Eurovision. The decision has to be made by professionals, caring about the whole staging, the lights and the cameras.

Twitter became a battlefield between Tinet Rubira and Spanish fans following the bad result, a 23rd place for Tu Canción. The General Director of Gestmusic went on to blocking the critical fans. You are the responsible, you are there to listen to them, you shouldn’t tweet “I want this torture to end” or “I don’t understand people who give their life for a simple song contest”. Mr. Rubira, they want their country to win, on the contrary of you and the rest of the team, it seems.

One of the larger media in the country, ABC, explained this year’s failure due to 1. very bland staging, 2. the unfortunate of performing second, 3. that the song wasn’t a typical Eurovision song and 4. no international promotion…. but countries like Germany (4th place), Lithuania (12th) and Ireland (16th) were songs in a similar style and they had better results. Eleni had no promotion, and came second… Everything in Spain is just excuses. 

“Eurovision is all politics”, “always the same ones that win”, “the nordics always in top five”, “they vote between neighbours”. Then how do you explain that Germany, in the bottom three years in a row, suddenly came fourth? And what kind of neighbours secured Portugal to finish with more than 700 points?

In the video below, you can see a clip from one of the Spanish rehearsals at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

Let’s get back to the words of RTVE’s Director of Entertainment Toñi Prieto: We want to clarify it. We are totally into Spain and the Eurovision Song Contest. We are working every day to be in the best positions and do well at Eurovision”

Are you? Since 1973 Spain never even reach 120 points just once, since 1995 they have been out of top 3, and in the last years they ended in the bottom positions more than 10 times. Are you serious, RTVE, that you want to win Eurovision? Stop the excuses. Every country can win the contest, they just have to want to.

This reflection article is based on the author's ownpersonal experience. Views expressed belongs to him or her, and are to be seen as unrelated to EuroVisionary.com.

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25
June
2018

Mikolas Josef and Tamta to perform a duet of “Lie To Me”

Mikolas Josef and Tamta to perform a duet of “Lie To Me”

Mikolas Josef

At the Greek MAD Video Music Awards, Mikolas Josef will be in Athens to perform together with well known former Greek national finalist Tamta. They will be singing Mikolas’ Eurovision entry, which secured Czech Republic their best Eurovision result ever.

A few weeks ago, a Greek journalist shared in a TV programme in Greece, Sti Folia Tou Koukou, information about a possible Eurovision collaboration at the annual Video Music Awards powered by MAD Channel.

Now it’s official. Tamta, who took part in the Greek national final back in 2007, and Mikolas Josef, who enjoyed massive success with his hit Lie To Me a few weeks ago in Lisbon, are going to sing together at the biggest musical event in Greece, the MAD Video Music Awards.

People from the production of the show approached Mikolas right after Eurovision and the singer said yes. Mikolas officially announced his participation in the show on Instagram. According to Infe Greece, Tamta will be his partner for the duet of Lie To Me. The two artists are going to perform it on the 27th of June in Athens in front of an expected big crowd

Tamta is a famous Greek singer with Georgian origin, as she was born in Tsiblisi. She introduced herself to the Greek audience in the talent show Greek Idol, fifteen years ago, where she came second. Four years later, she tried to represent the country in Eurovision with the song With Love. She is now an established well known name in Greece.

At the show, Tamta will also perform her new single Arhes Kalokairiou (Start Of Summer) whereas it is unknown how else Mikolas will entertain.

Mikolas came 6th at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. That was the best result ever achieved for the Czech Republic at the contest whose final they have only reached twice. In the video below you can see him perform his Lie To Me at the 2018 Eurovision In Concert in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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13
June
2018

Minus One signs with Danish rock label Mighty Music

Minus One signs with Danish rock label Mighty Music

Minus One

2016 Cypriot Eurovision participants are tying their knots to Denmark even closer. This afternoon, they announced that they signed with the Danish label Mighty Music, which already have a former Danish participant in their catalogue. 

Denmark didn’t give any points to Cyprus at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, but the Cypriot band Minus One has afterwards spent a lot of time performing and recording in the small Scandinavian country. In the future, they are likely to visit even more as they just signed a record deal with the Danish label Mighty Music.

Mighty Music is a label which specialize in rock, mainly heavy metal. They already have one former Eurovision participant in their catalogue; Mike Tramp. Mike was part of the band Mabel which represented Denmark at the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest. As the band split up, he went to the US and played in bands like White Lion and Freak of Nature. Today, he is a solo artist.

In the video below, remind yourself of Minus One’s Eurovision entry Alter Ego:

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