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08
January
2019

Unser Lied für Israel: Song titles announced along with 7th finalist

Unser Lied für Israel: Song titles announced along with 7th finalist

Sisters

The preliminary round is now complete and a 7th finalist has been added into the mix. One of these artists will win a ticket to Tel Aviv and represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest.

These 7 artists will be hoping to follow in Michael Schulte’s footsteps and represent Germany when the Eurovision Song Contest comes to Tel Aviv later this year. In November 6 competitors were chosen to enter the preliminary stage of the national selection process with an extra act being added to the line up. In addition, NDR have also announced the name of the song that each competitor will be singing.

4 out of 7 songs were written during a 5 day song writing camp where the candidates worked with 24 national and international lyricists, composers and producers hoped to write a song which will once again bring the Eurovision crown to Germany. One of the more notable song-writers Thomas Stengaard who co-write Sisters track sister was one of the song-writers behind Emmelie De Forest’s winning song Only Teardrops. The song-writer had further success and was also involved in writing You let me walk alone which was performed by Michael Schulte last year. The song finished in 4th place sparking Germany’s best result since Lena won the contest in 2010.

The 7 artists competing in the selection and their songs are:

Aly Ryan:Wear your love – Music and lyrics by Aly Ryan, Michelle Leonard, Thomas Stengaard, Tamara Olorga

(Written during Song Writing Camp)

BB Thomaz: Demons – Music and lyrics by BB Thomaz, Andrew Tyler, Ricardo Bettiol, Tim Schou

(Written during Song Writing Camp)

Linus Bruhn:Our City – Music by Linus Bruhn, Dave Roth, Pat Benzner, Serhat Sakin, Simon Reichardt

Lyrics by Linus Bruhn, Dave Roth, Pat Benzner, Serhat Sakin, Gianna Roth

Gregor Hägele:Let me go – Music and lyrics byGregor Hägele, Jonas Shandel, David Jürgens, Tamara Olorga

(Written during Song Writing Camp)

Sisters:Sister – Music and lyrics byLaurell Barker, Marine Kaltenbacher, Tom Oehler, Thomas Stengaard

lilly among clouds:Surprise –  Music and lyrics by Elisabeth Brüchner, Musik: Elisabeth Brüchner, Udo Rinklin

Makeda: The day I loved you most – Music and lyrics by Makeda, Tim Uhlenbrock, Kelvin Jones, Kristine Bogan

(Written during Song Writing Camp)

The 7 acts will compete in “Unser Lied für Israel” (Our song for Israel)Television channel Das Erste will air the German pre-selection this coming February which will be presented by Barbara Schöneberger und Linda Zervakis.

This year’s entrants have some big shoes to fill. You can remind yourself of why by watching Michael Schulte rehearsing You let me walk alone in Lisbon.

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07
January
2019

Who will follow after Mikolas Josef? Listen to Czech Republic’s eight songs for 2019

Who will follow after Mikolas Josef? Listen to Czech Republic’s eight songs for 2019

Mikolas Josef (Czech Republic 2018)

The number of participants have been raised from six to eight for the Czech online national final ESCZ 2019. Let’s take a look at who are the lucky eight in the running to represent the country in Tel Aviv.

During September and October, Czech Television called for submissions. Then in December, they revealed that the second edition of the online national final ESCZ 2019 will have eight finalists. Last year, we saw six songs fighting for the ticket to Lisbon. Before Christmas, Czech delegation revealed the first teaser of the finalists. There you could see the finalists’ hands holding a piece of paper. Not too much to be honest. The second set of photos was released on Christmas Eve, as a special Xmas gift to the fans. In this second teaser, there were eight black-and-white eyes. Some may guess who are the finalists according to the teasers, but Czech television did not confirm any of the rumours. Until now.

Today, at a press conference held in Prague, we saw the eight finalists (as previously announced 4 female singers, 3 male singers, and 1 group). Also, the voting via the official Eurovision Song Contest app has started. In the app, there are the eight official videos (as well as on YouTube) and everybody can vote. Czech votes count as 50 % of the overall result. Foreign votes then count as one of the international jury members. The other members of the international jury are  previous Eurovision representatives. The voting will close later in January and the results will be revealed at the end of the month.

List of Czech finalists

    • Lake Malawi – Friend Of A Friend
    • Tomáš Boček – Don’t Know Why
    • Hana Barbara – Poslední Slova Tobě
    • Jakub Ondra – Space Sushi
    • Jara Vymer – On My Knees
    • Andrea Holá – Give Me A Hint
    • Pam Rabbit – Easy To Believe
    • Barbora Mochowa – True Colors

Live recordings of the songs will be available after the 18th of January.

While waiting to find out who will represent the country this year, it’s worth taking another look at Mikolas Josef, who represented the Czech Republic last May in Lisbon. He managed to qualify for the final and reached a 6th place overall. That is Czech Republic’s best result so far. In the video below, enjoy a performance from Amsterdam at the Eurovision In Concert:

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05
January
2019

Lithuania 2019: Eurovizijos Atranka Begins but which six acts got through to the next round

Lithuania 2019: Eurovizijos Atranka Begins but which six acts got through to the next round

MaNNazz

With Christmas over and the world in turmoil, let’s at least rejoice in the news that Lithuania’s Eurovizijos Atranka returns again for the 2019 season. For the next eight weeks, Saturday nights are a joy again as 49 contestants vie to represent Lithuania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 to be held in Tel Aviv in May.

LRT studios was once again the venue for the opening round of the Eurovizijos Atranka. Twelve contestants were recorded performing their songs on December 20 last year, with the judges awarding their points then. The public were able to vote tonight, helping to send their favourites into the next round.

Ieva Zasimauskaité opened the show by miming to the dance mix of the Lithuanian version of When We’re Old. After receiving deserved applause and a quick interview, we got the first Labas Vakaras and so it began.

Contents

  • 1 The Judges
  • 2 The Hosts
  • 3 The Songs  
  • 4 The Results
  • 5 Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest

The Judges

Tonight’s judges were perennial favourite Ramūnas Zilnys, who although he still looks older than his years, didn’t look a day older than last year. He was joined by the composer of When We’re Old, Vytautas Bikus and DJ John Nainys.

The Hosts

Each week the hosts will be Giedrius Masalskis and Gabrielė Martirosianaitė. Gabrielė hosted the 2016 competition very well so it is a particular pleasure to see her return this year. While Giedrius looked stylish in basic suit, Gabrielė wore a bright red corset like dress, which you often see on the streets of Vilnius. Lipstick was also worn to match.

The Songs  

Matas Ligeika – You Came Here to Fly

Matas had the honour of opening this year’s competition. He made the judges forget about the cold Lithuanian winter with his breezy summer sound. As a newcomer he was praised for his performance and the judges felt he had potential. Accompanied by his guitar, Matas and his two female and one male, backing singers pleased the judges enough.

Simona – This Day Begins with Love

Another act making their debut. The judges felt that the song was way to retro and belonged in the seventies. As a result it looks as if Simona will be doomed on her first attempt, as the song seemed inappropriate for Eurovision in the 21st century. Looking very summery in her black dress and leather jacket Simona packed a powerful vocal.

Filtered Tools – Survival

While an experienced band of over 15 years, only the female lead singer, Rasa Bubulytė appeared on the stage. The song is about the survival of the planet and the excess pollution, but the judges felt the heart breaking video was stronger than the song. Although they liked the message, the song did not pack much punch. Rasa sang very well though.

Rūta Statkevičiūtė – Paradox

This song was described as sensuous, but it is actually about all the terrorist attacks happening in the world. Rūta caught the judges attention with her striking red dress, but felt she needed to emote more, should she get to the next round. The lyrics maybe indicated that the red dress stood for all the blood shed. The sombre piano added to the drama, but the song is maybe too bleak for Eurovision. Very good message though.

Šarūnas Mačiūlis – Traukinys

Veteran act Šarūnas, although the judges were pleased to see him, were disappointed in the song Train. They wondered if this was a bit of a joke entry, although the audience seemed to love it. The song was a lively little number reminiscent of some of Jahn Teigen’s better known songs. The backing singers seemed to enjoy singing a long in the chorus.

Aldegunda –  I Want Your Love

Yet again the song was described as sensual. There was some dancing taking place around a high chair. The judges felt though that the song had a nice enough chorus, but it had to be heard more than once. As Eurovision was a one time shot, it seemed unlikely to go to Tel Aviv. However it’s Spanish flavoured rhythm makes this entry particularly appealing.

See alsoAlbania picks Jonida Maliqi for Tel Aviv

Gabriela Ždanovičiūtė – Home Is in Your Heart

At only 16 years old, the judges felt that acts like Gabriela gave them a good feeling about the future of Lithuanian music. They felt that this performance was strong, before hitting with a sting that there was no way this was heading to Eurovision. With an absent Paula this year, Gabriela could capture the teenage vote with her powerful vocals.

Migloko – Rožės

Sung in Lithuanian, this was as off the wall as any Eurovision entry has been and of course the judges loved it. They had doubts that singing in the home language could be a disadvantage. The fact that it was a little different, and it depends on your definition of little, was its strong point and it’s likely this will be in the next heat.  The singing was wonderful and the gimmick of wearing headphones while singing has returned. Maarya want them back.

Twosome – 1000

Getting in as many tricks as they can, this trio were back after last years novelty number Hello. This year the song was again sung in many languages, but the judges admitted that they missed that. Guaranteed to be an audience favourite, the judges marked it mid table. Il Volo will be sweating should this win the Lithuanian contest this year. Good fun though.

MaNNazz – Blind Bird

This husband and wife team also sang a song about the perils of the planet. The beat boxing of  Jade Sienkievičius was praised. The song was described as dark, but very listenable and had great potential. However something was still missing from the song and a bit of work was needed to improve. Lead singer, Kielaitė Sienkievič had the hair fringe of the evening. One to watch.

Gebrasy  – Acceptance

With his third successive appearance, Audrius Petrauskas now going by the name Gebrasy, was praised about his song about what happens when you first fall in love with a man. The singing was highly praised but Gebrasy was told that he lacked emotion in his face. With a stronger performance this one could do well. Globally appealing.

Glossarium – Anyone

This rock band closed the show. The judges felt that three minutes was probably not enough time for the song, especially with a long guitar solo. Whilst entertaining and good to add some diversity to the competition, the judges felt that this was unlikely to go to Eurovision.

The Results

JudgesPublicTotalPosition
Matas Lygeika549
Simona000
Filtered Tools426
Rūta Statkevičiūtė033
Šarūnas Mačiulis38115
Aldegunda312153
Gabriela Ždanovičiūtė 101
Migloko127192
Twosome76134
MaNNazz1010201
Gebrasy819
Glossarium65116

Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest

This year will be the twentieth time that Lithuania has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest. Let’s face it though, despite one of the longest selection processes and so many National Final entries, Lithuania’s performance at Eurovision has been relatively poor.

When Ieva placed 12th last year in Lisbon, she achieved the third best placing for the country. Only Donny Montell in 2016 and LT United, ten years earlier have finished in the Top 10.

Better luck this year, perhaps – below is tonight’s winning song. Could this be a winner in Tel Aviv?

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5th January 2019 in National Selection. Tags: Aldegunda, Filtered Tools, Gabriela Ždanovičiūtė, Gebrasy, Glossarium, Ieva Zasimauskaité, MaNNazz, Matas Ligeika, Migloko, Rūta Statkevičiūtė, Šarūnas Mačiūlis, Simona, Twosome Countries: Lithuania

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04
January
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Operación Triunfo: 10 finalists announced

Operación Triunfo: 10 finalists announced

Operación Triunfo 2019 finalists

They’re here! After two weeks of daily voting, we now know the 10 songs that will compete to represent Spain in Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.

Similar to last year, the Spanish broadcaster TVE is using contestants of reality TV talent competition Operación Triunfo as the platform to select the Spanish entry. Today, they announced which ten will take part in the final later this month.

The 3 most voted by the public moved directly to the final 10:
María – Muérdeme
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Then, an evaluation committee selected the 7 remaining entries:
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Marilia – Todo bien
Miki & Natalia – Nadie se salva
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Small clips from the songs can be heard on TVE’s website. The 10 songs will be performed in “Gala Eurovisión”, a live show that will take place later this month from where the winner will be selected by public vote.

Last year, Spain was represented by Amaia y Alfred. With the song Tu Canción, they finished 23rd. In the video below, take a look at a performance from Eurovision in Concert of this entry:

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27
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2018

EMA 2019 – the 10 finalists revealed

EMA 2019 – the 10 finalists revealed

Lea Sirk (Slovenia 2018)

A couple of well known names will compete in the Slovenian national final. The national broadcaster received a total of 103 acts for their national final EMA 2019. A special jury has now selected the 10 finalists.

Slovenian National Broadcaster, RTVSLO, announced tonight 10 acts, which will compete to represent Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv next year. The jury, consisting of Lea Sirk, Mojca Menart, Žiga Klančar and Aleksander Radić, selected the following songs for the final of EMA 2019:

  • Fed Horses – Tinepoznaškonjev
  • INMATE – Atma 
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Raiven has previously participated in EMA. Back in 2016, she finished second with the song Črnobel, and in 2017 she came third in the final with the song Zažarim. Ula Ložar was the first ever representative for Slovenia in Junior Eurovision back in 2014.

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Slovenia’s first appearance in the Eurovision Song Contest took place in Ireland’s Millstreet in 1993. Back then, 1XBand finished 22nd with only 9 points. Slovenia had previously been represented at the contest as part of Yugoslavia between 1961 and 1991. Four of these 27 entries were from Slovene artists.

Since 1993, Slovenia has participated in the grand final 13 times. Their best results were seventh places in 1995 and 2001, and their worst result came in 2013, when Hannah Mancini finished last in her semi-final. This year, Lea Sirk managed to qualify her country for the grand final for the first time since 2015. She finished 22nd with 64 points. In the link below you can watch her performance at Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam:

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2018

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 24

Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 24

Advent calendar day 24 - Olsen Brothers

Warm up to Christmas by listening to the beautiful carols performed by Eurovision artists. Each day until Christmas features a new act giving their version of a Christmas song. As 24th, we listen to Olsen Brothers’ Danish version of “Silent Night”.

Olsen Brothers won, to the surprise of many, the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Fly On The Wings Of Love. The two brothers, Jørgen Olsen and Niels “Noller” Olsen had already back then a long career behind them starting in the 60’s. When Denmark returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 1978, after 12 years of absense, the duo took part in the Danish final. They would continue to do that several times until they finally won in 2000. Today, they are still active.

Today’s Christmas song is Glade Jul, Dejlige Jul, which is the Danish version of the song most know in English as Silent Night. It’s originally from 1818 by Austrian composer Franz Xaver Gruber. The title in its original German language is Stille Nacht, Heillige Nacht. is considered one of the most traditional Christmas carols and has status as UNESCO Cultural heritage.

The Danish lyrics to the song are from 1850 and written by B.S. Ingemann. The Danish lyrics tells about the angels who saw Jesus Christ being born. Each Christmas, these angels come to us to tell us the message about what it was they saw back then and about the savior who has opened the door to heaven. The song ends with the message that the souls he saved, we should be grateful for. Translated to English the title means ‘Joyful Christmas, Lovely Christmas’.

Also in this series:

Day 23: One – Last Christmas

Day 22: Anggun & Ronan Keating – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Day 21: Maraaya – Winter Wonderland

Day 20: Tina Karol – Тиха Ніч (Silent Night)

Day 19: Katy Garbi – O Χειμώνας o βαρύς (Winter Wonderland)

Day 18: Kalomira – Ta Xristougenna Auta

Day 17: Dami Im – All I Want For Christmas Is You

Day 16: Michelle – Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht

Day 15: Nana Mouskouri – Petit Garçon

Day 14: Dima Bilan – Last Christmas 

Day 13: Tommy Seebach – Vi Ønsker Jer Alle En Glædelig Jul

Day 12: Ilse DeLange – Midden in de Winternacht

Day 11: Celine Dion – Oh Holy Night

Day 10: Cliff Richard – Mistletoe & Wine

Day 9: Zoë – La Nuit Des Merveilles

Day 8: Il Volo – Christmas Medley

Day 7: Alexander Rybak & Didrik Solli-Tangen – Presents

Day 6: Sakis Rouvas – Xronia Polla Christmas

Day 5: Litesound – Shooting Star

Day 4: Grethe Ingmann – Jeg Så Julemanden Kysse Mor

Day 3: Carola – Nu Tändas Tusen Juleljus

Day 2: Francesco Gabbani – La Mia Versione Dei Ricordi

Day 1: Johnny Logan – Save This Christmas For Me

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