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15
June
2019

Eric Saade sings about tough love on brand new track “Skit För Varandra”

Eric Saade sings about tough love on brand new track “Skit För Varandra”

Eric Saade

Swedish pop singer Eric Saade, who sang about becoming popular at 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, released yesterday a brand new single “Skit För Varandra”. It is a modern pop song about difficult relationships and the time after.

Eric Saade made a breakthrough back in 2010 when he came 3rd in Melodifestivalen with the song Manboy. The year after he won the Swedish selection. At the Eurovision grand final in Düsseldorf, he reached a respectful 3rd place with the powerful pop track Popular. Since Eurovision he released five albums, and a bunch of singles.

Eric’s new song Skit För Varandra, which translates to Bad For Each Other in English, is a personal song about difficult relationships and the time after breakup. In a press release, Eric explains that he, in retrospect, has realised, that in the time after his previous breakup, he continued to hold on to some other relationships, which weren’t good for him. As he pointed out himself, it can be difficult to follow the logic path when desire is too strong. However, based on his previous experiences, Eric has finally recognized that he should not be searching for something perfect, because perfect doesn’t exist.

Furthermore, Eric has come to a point in his life where he strictly is focusing on music. In an interview to Swedish newspaper Expressen, he pointed out that he has become wiser and more experienced, and that the music is more important than his image and stage shows.

As mentioned above, Eric’s new song is in Swedish as he believes that the lyrics written in Swedish are more personal. He co-wrote and produced Skit För Varandra together with Jimmy Jansson and Fredrik Sonefors. Eric is also planing to release his first album in Swedish in the end of Autumn this year.

Below you can watch the lyric video for Eric’s latest release:

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14
June
2019

Sennek deals with her own breakup on new single “Endlessly”

Sennek deals with her own breakup on new single “Endlessly”

Sennek - Endlessly (Cover photo)

Sennek, who represented Belgium at 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, has recently released a new single titled “Endlessly”. Today she also launched the lyric video for the song.

29 year old Belgian pop artist, Sennek, was predicted a great result last year in Lisbon with her Bond inspired entry A Matter Of Time. Unfortunately it didn’t happen. Sennek failed to qualify for the grand final as she finished 12th in her semi-final.

Last week she dropped her first single since the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. For Endlessly, Sennek worked with composer Maxime Tribeche, who also co-wrote A Matter Of Time. Together they created another atmospheric and well produced pop song with emotional strings and soaring vocals. Sennek wrote Endlessly about the break up she went through after Eurovision.

A song that describes the feeling of being happy and sad at the same time. Running away because you can’t deal with your breakup. Escaping in partying, dancing, drinking and running through the streets without destination … This is not a cliché break up song. It is a song that wants to make you dance. Make you forget about life for 3:30 seconds and lose yourself into the music.

Sennek on Instagram

You can say that the vibe is more contemporary on Endlessly compared to Sennek’s Eurovision entry. It is a sophisticated, well written track with some remarkable hooks.

See alsoSergey Lazarev performs Russian version of Scream

Below you can watch the lyric video for Sennek’s new song:

Sennek – Endlessly (Lyrics)

If I lose my mind, I lose it into the night
Recklessly, helplessly
Turn off all the light, help the darkness make it right
Recklessly, helplessly
Cause it’s getting real now, let go of the real now
You always have a friend in me, endlessly
So turn off all the light, help the darkness make it right
Recklessly

Time after time after time I get higher and higher
Trying to escape the screaming louder and louder
If diamonds are forever and ever
I guess we were nothing but embers

And I, I just watch the fade away
The I, then I’ll be on my way

If I lose my mind, I lose it into the night
Recklessly, helplessly
Turn off all the light, help the darkness make it right
Recklessly, helplessly
Cause it’s getting real now, let go of the real now
You always have a friend in me, endlessly
So turn off all the light, help the darkness make it right
Recklessly

Day after day after day I fall deeper and deeper
As I stumble on my desire, ire
There’s no such thing as forever and ever
To watch the flame in the embers

And I just watch them fade away
Then I, then I’ll be on my way

If I lose my mind, I lose it into the night
Recklessly, helplessly
Turn off all the light, help the darkness make it right
Recklessly, helplessly

Cause it’s getting real now, let go of the real now
You’ll always have a friend in me, endlessly
So turn off all the light, help the darkness make it right, recklessly
Endlessly

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13
June
2019

Sergey Lazarev performs Russian version of Scream

Sergey Lazarev performs Russian version of Scream

Sergey Lazarev (Russia 2019)

In Tel Aviv, he finished third with the English version of “Scream”. Sergey Lazrev has added a Russian edition of his 2019 Eurovision entry to his repetoire.

It’s clear that Sergey Lazarev is much more at home when singing in Russian than in English. In the video below, you can see that it’s like he adds much more emotions to the song when he performs it in Russian. He did get off with a shaky start though where the vocals weren’t spot on as we usually see from him. As soon as he takes out his ear plugs, it sounds a lot better.

Sergey Lazarev at the Eurovision Song Contest

As soon as it was confirmed that that Sergey would represent Russia for a second time, expectations were high and bookmakers placed the Russian super star as top favourite to win. He kept that position until the Netherlands released their entry. When Scream finally were released too, it wasn’t enough to take back the role as bookmaker favourite.

In Tel Aviv for the 2019 contest, Sergey Lazarev achieved a third position… just like he did at his first Eurovision participation back in 2016. His previous Eurovision entry You Are The Only One is quite different from Scream, which shows how versatile, Sergey is.

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13
June
2019

2020 Eurovision host city to be announced in August

2020 Eurovision host city to be announced in August

The Netherlands seen from Madurodam

Today, Dutch public broadcaster NPO has published a press release which indicates, that the host city for 2020 Eurovision Song Contest is expected to be announced in August. So far nine cities have officially applied to host the contest.

The press release also reveals some further details about 2020 Eurovision Host City bidding process. The cities now have until July 10th to deliver their bid document to the organization. In this document, the bidding cities must provide arguments as to why they should be chosen as the host city. The cities will be assessed on several parameters such as the available location, capacity, accommodation, infrastructure and technical facilities and accessibility.

The following cities/regions have already announced their candidacy to host 2020 Eurovision Song Contest:

  • Amsterdam
  • Arnhem
  • Den Bosch
  • Breda
  • The Hague
  • Leeuwarden (Friesland)
  • Maastricht (Limburg)
  • Rotterdam
  • Utrecht

However, the other interested cities or regions can still apply until July 10th.

Next year’s contest will be a co-production of broadcasters AVROTROS and NOS, Dutch public broadcasting organization NPO and, of course, EBU. After they have assessed all the bids, the broadcasters mentioned above are expected to reveal the name of the host city in August.

The dates of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest are yet to be confirmed too. The dates will depend on the calendar of the chosen host city.

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12
June
2019

Poll – Eurovision 2010s: The favourite Ukrainian entry this decade is…

Poll – Eurovision 2010s: The favourite Ukrainian entry this decade is…

Mariya Yaremchuk (Ukraine 2014)

With five Top 10 results in their just eight participatitions this decade, Ukraine is fifth best performing country this decade. They won once in these past ten years, but which song is actually their best entry in the years 2010 to 2019?

Ukraine participated at the Eurovision Song Contest 8 times this decade. It should have been 9, but they ended up withdrawing from the 2019 contest as the broadcaster couldn’t get the winner of their national final, Maruv, or anyone of her competitors to sign their contract with demands about behaviour etc in Tel Aviv.

EuroVisionary look back at the previous Eurovision decade, and our average relation position placed Ukraine as fourth best this past decade following Sweden, Russia, Australia and Italy.

We asked four of our writers which Italian entry they consider the best one – and in the poll below, we’ll ask you the same.

🇩🇰 Charlotte, Denmark

2014: Mariya Yaremchuk – Tick-Tock

One is allowed to have a guilty pleasure, right? I admit that Tick-Tock isn’t exactly a fantastic song, but it’s one of those songs, which you can enjoy for other reasons. It’s catchy, easy to sing a long to – and the hamster wheel performance was quite entertaining too.

🇳🇱 Wouter, The Netherlands

2017: O.Torvald – Time

Outside of Eurovision, I usally prefer listening to some solid rock music. So when any country makes an attempt at bringing the genre to Europe’s biggest stage, they immediately have my attention. Time is, by far, not the best rock-piece I’ve ever heard, but it’s still true to the underrepresented genre. That, combined with the giant Wizard of Oz face in their stage act, rates it my favourite 2010s Ukrainian entry.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Ashleigh, England

2013: Zlata Ognevich – Gravity

Not only my favourite Ukrainian song this decade, but my favourite song in the whole 2013 contest and I would have rather this won than Emmelie DeForest’s Only Teardrops. Zlata was a beautiful, elegant and poised performer. I loved the mythical and magical fairytale staging of the song which complemented the song but didn’t distract from it. The staging and camera work was so clever that I didn’t realise for years that she didn’t move from the same spot for the entire song.

🇬🇧 William, Northern Ireland

2010: Alyosha – Sweet People

I love rock music and it is something that you don’t get enough of at Eurovision. This rock ballad is dark and moody and has a very important message to it. Ukraine have been knocking it out of the park in recent years, mostly with pop numbers. They do though sometimes send a more niche and interesting entry and this is one of those.

Poll – Vote for your favourite

Who is your favourite Ukrainian entry this past decade? Tick your answer in the poll below:

Favourite Ukrainian entry the past decade?

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12
June
2019

Helena Paparizou gives us love and passion in her new summer hit

Helena Paparizou gives us love and passion in her new summer hit

Helena Paparizou

The summer is upon us, and the Greek naturalized Swedish singer and Eurovision winner, Helena Paparizou, has just released a new song with summer vibes written all over it.

Helena’s latest release is performed in Greek. The title of the song is Καλοκαίρι Και Πάθος, which translates to Summer and Passion in English. Καλοκαίρι Και Πάθος is actually a remake of Kendji Girac’s and Claudio Capeo’s big hit from last year Que Dieu Me Pardonne. It contains all the ingredients which associate with summer such as sun, beach, sea, sand, dance, fun, love and passion. Alex Konstantinidis has directed the video for Helena’s new song, which was filmed on the beautiful Kalogria Beach.

ΚαλοκαίριKαιΠάθος is also the official soundtrack for Carroten Song Project. Carroten is Greek consumers’ most favorite brand when it comes to sun protection, becoming synonymous to true expertise regarding the sun in Greece. Carroten was born in the early 1980s, having carrot – known for its exceptional antioxidant properties and the ability to amplify tanning – as a source of inspiration. Last year, this year’s Cypriot participant Tamta sang their official song.

Helena Paparizou represented Greece in Eurovision Song Contest for the first time back in 2001 as a part of the duo Antique. Their song I Would Die For You came 4th in the grand final. Four years later Helena returned to the contest and won in Kyiv with the song MyNumberOne.

In 2014 she tried to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest, but finished 4th in Melodifestivalen with her entry Survivor.

Below you can watch video for Helena’s latest summer hit:

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