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08
March
2019

North Macedonia: Tamara Todevska release Eurovision entry Proud

North Macedonia: Tamara Todevska release Eurovision entry Proud

Tamara Todevska

Today, Tamara’s entry for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest was released. The song is titled “Proud” and it will be the fourth experience experience for Tamara – but first time as a solo artist.

Back in 2004, Tamara Todevska was backing vocalist for Toše Proeski at the Eurovision Song Contest. Four years later, she returned to the contest as part of a trio together with Rade Vrchakovski and Adrian Gaxha. In 2014, she provided backing vocals for her sister Tijana Dapčević at the contest in Copenhagen, Denmark.

In 2018, Tamara returns to the Eurovision Song Contest for a fourth time – but for the first time all attention is on her as a solo artist. She was presented back in January being internally selected. We had to wait until today to hear the song which is titled Proud. It was originally scheduled for release Monday the 4th, but was postponed to today for release on International Women Day. Listen to it in the video below.

Back in December, Tamara gave birth to her second child – a little boy, so in Tel Aviv she is likely to have small children with her.

North Macedonia at the Eurovision Song Contest

A pre-selection kept North Macedonia (recently changed name from FYR Macedonia) away from their intended debut in 1996. As they withdrew for the 97′ contest, it wasn’t until 1998 we saw Vlado Janevski as the first representative for an independent North Macedonia. Up until 2014, the country would take part ever second year only.

Late Toše Proeski represented North Macedonia at the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, he came 14th in the final and since that, the country has been a regular participant, despite quite poor results recently.

In 2006, Elena Risteska ended 12th with the song Ninanajna. That is to date the country’s best result at the Eurovision Song Contest.

From 2008 and up, North Macedonia only reached the final once, that was by Kaliopi and her song Crno I Belo in 2012. Last year, Eye Cue finished 18th and second to last in their semi-final with the entry Lost And Found.

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08
March
2019

Azerbaijan 2019: Listen to Chingiz’s Eurovision Truth

Azerbaijan 2019: Listen to Chingiz’s Eurovision Truth

Chingiz

27 year old Chingiz will sing the song “Truth” at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. He was internally selected though the songwriter was worried that he didn’t fit the song as his style was different.

Last year, Azerbaijan failed to reach the Eurovision Song Contest final for the first time. It came as quite a surprise to many that it was possible for Azerbaijan to miss qualification. This year, the broadcaster chose Chingiz as their representative. He is not unknown to the Azeri population despite having lived quite some time in the US, and actually being born in Russia. His family and him moved to Azerbaijan when he was six years old.

In 2006, he won Pop Idol in Azerbaijan where he also took part in the national selections in 2010 and 2011. In 2016, he appeared in the Ukrainian edition of The Voice, so Chingiz are quite familiar with competitions.

At the Eurovision Song Contest, Chingiz Mustafayev will sing the song Truth. It was selected through more than 350 possibilities. It is written by Bulgarian-Austrian Borislav Milanov.

Initially, I was a little nervous about how Chingiz would perform the song, since he comes from a different musical background. But meeting him totally changed my mind. He’s so passionate about music and his own culture. We even added some unique elements of traditional Azerbaijani music, which worked brilliantly to make the song an authentic fusion of Azerbaijan and the West.

Songwriter Borislav Milanov

Azerbaijan at the Eurovision Song Contest

11 appearances, 10 finals and five times in Top 5. The numbers speak for itself. Azerbaijan is one of the most successful countries at the Eurovision Song Contest.

They won the contest in their only 4th participation in 2011 with Running Scared and in their first six years of taking part, they never finished outside top 10.

In recent years, things have become more difficult for Azerbaijan starting in 2014 where Dilara Kazimova finished as 22nd. Last year, the country lost their perfect strike failing to qualify for the final for the first time.

For this year’s contest, Azerbaijan has been drawn into the second half of the second semi-final.

Lyrics for Truth

In the press release we can read that “Truth is about a dishonest, toxic relationship. The song explores the story of one partner who betrays the other, leaving them with a difficult choice: accept deceit or break free from false illusions”.

I’m in the mirror

So freaking bitter

But I’ve gotta get through

I’m gonna get through

Keep it together

Be cool under pressure

Cause she wants to break you

She wants to break you

Drink till I forget

She’s on to the next

And when the ghost starts screaming

Right when they resonate

Hear my heart confess

It’s been so hard to bear

So shut up about it

shut up about it

It’s just to hard to hear

So shut up about it

shut up about it

Oooooo

So shut up

shut up about it

Out of the mirror

It’s getting clearer

Then out of the blue

She crashes the room

Gotta remember

She is a killer

With that freaking perfume

Girl, it’s too soon

It’s been so hard to bear

So shut up about it

shut up about it

It’s just to hard to hear

So shut up about it

shut up about it

Oooooo

So shut up

shut up about it

Oooooo

So shut up

shut up about it

I don’t need I don’t need the truth

I don’t need I don’t need the truth

It’s been so hard to bear

So shut up about it

shut up about it

It’s just to hard to hear

So shut up about it

shut up about it

Oooooo

So shut up

shut up about it

Oooooo

So shut up

shut up about it

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08
March
2019

Folk music with a modern touch: Tulia’s Eurovion entry released

Folk music with a modern touch: Tulia’s Eurovion entry released

Tulia

Expectations were really high for the release of this year’s Polish Eurovision entry. A lot of it though, coming from fans who had, based on the outfit of the band alone, predicted something in the style of the milkmaids from 2014. This isn’t that.

Unless the band Tulia takes off part of their clothes on stage, some fans are sure to be disappointed when they see the four girls on stage at the Eurovision Song Contest. A lot of won’t be related to the song though, but just the fact that when the band were announced as representatives of Poland, many fans immidiately drew associations to Donatan & Cleo’s 2014 entry – and the famous milkmaids appearance.

This year’s Polish entry was released today, and nothing point towards another sexy performance, which will create headlines around the world – for all the wrong reasons. The song is pretty much in the usual style of the band; traditional folk music with a modern touch. Check it out in the video below:

Tulia is a band consisting of the four women Patrycja Nowicka, Dominika Siepka, Joanna Sinkiewicz and Tulia Biczak. The band is, as you can probably, guess named after the latter. They founded the band in 2017 and last May, they released their first album, simply titled Tulia. It sold more than 30,000 copies and reached platinum level in Poland.

Poland at the Eurovision Song Contest

21 appearances since their debut in 1994, and 11 finals. No win yet and only three top 10 results. Poland haven’t always had it easy at the Eurovision Song Contest though they got off with a fantastic start when Edyta Górniak sang To Nie Ja! to a second place.

When semi-finals were introduced to the contest, it took a while before Poland would join the Saturday party. They failed to qualify for the final in 2005 to 2007. In 2008, Isis Gee just made it on the last ticket in her semi-final. She finished 24th in the final – and in the following three years, Poland would again miss out. As a result of the poor results, the broadcaster took an absence from Eurovision in 2012 and 2013 – and then returned with the now famous milkmaids in 2014.

Donatan & Cleo reached the final, and so did the country’s representatives in the following three years. Poland were back on track. Last year, Light Me Up by Gromee feat. Lukas Meijer however failed to qualify.

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08
March
2019

Sarah McTernan to wave the Irish Eurovision flag in Tel Aviv

Sarah McTernan to wave the Irish Eurovision flag in Tel Aviv

Sarah McTernan

The silence have been broken. Ireland finally presented Sarah McTernan as their artist for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. This follows a period with very few rumours, a fake story and no official news – until today.

It has been almost worrying waiting for Ireland’s entry this year. As we got closer and closer to the deadline for submitting entries for Tel Aviv, we still lacked Ireland. No song, no participant and not even a date for publication came out from the broadcaster. Did they still intend to participate? We assumed so, but the lack of guesses from the fans told the same story about everyone waiting impatiently. Finally, an Irish newspaper had been given the exclusive story that it was Janet Devlin to represent them. Many seemed to believe this exclusive until Janet herself went out denying it. We were back to the beginning with no information – aside from that we now knew of an Irish media who brought a fake story as their exclusive!

Today, we now also know that it will be Sarah McTernan to represent Ireland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel in May. The participating entry is titled 22. You can listen to it in the video below:

Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest

With seven wins, Ireland still holds the record as the most winning country, although they must be able to feel Sweden breathing at their neck. Ireland haven’t won since 1996 – while Sweden won three times since then and is now at a total of six wins. With Ireland’s latest results, it seems obvious that if they don’t pull home a victory very soon, Sweden will soon equalise their 7 wins.

Last year, Ryan O’Shaughnessy finished 16th with the song Together. For Ireland, just reaching the final was important as their acts had failed to do so in the previous four years. In fact, since 2005, Ireland reached the final seven times and failed just as many times.

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08
March
2019

Austria 2019: Listen to Pænda’s Limits and enjoy the video

Pænda

The wait is over. Today, Austria finally revealed their 2019 Eurovision entry. Does “Limits” have what it takes to make sure the country keep up the recent success? With no clear winner yet in sight, this year’s contest is very much still an open game.

Back in January, Austrian broadcaster presented Pænda (PAENDA) as their participant for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. The 31 year old singer, whose real name is Gabriela Horn, told back then that she had been looking for the right opportunity to take up the Eurovision challenge for her country.

When I was watching the Eurovision Song Contest on ORF in the past few years, I knew that if the opportunity presented itself, I would very much like to become part of it and compete for Austria. Music becomes a universal language, boundaries dissolve and it is shown that love is colorful, diverse and can not be classified in any drawer. The contest is a bridge builder that manages to unite different cultures and religions for a while. Now I’m allowed to sing for Austria and I am overwhelmed. It really means a lot to me to be part of this message to the world

Pænda

Her first album, titled Evolution I, was released in January 2018 and in April this year, the send one, Evolution II will see its release. It will include her entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest; Limits. Listen to her Euroviosion entry in the video below:

Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest started in 1956, and in it’s second year, Austria joined the fun. Over the years their results have been quite mixed.

Two victories, in 1966 and again in 2014, but also eight times finishing last, that’s the overall stats for Austria’s Eurovision journey. As the semi-finals were introduced in 2004, the country failed to reach the final four times. The last time that happened dates back to 2013 where Natália Kelly didn’t Shine as much as the song title indicated. Her poor result was however quickly forgotten as she was followed by Conchita Wurst who secured the country their second win.

In 2015, The Makemakes represented Austria on home-field, and unfortunately scored the worst ever for a host country. Together with neighbouring Germany, they failed to get one single point.

Last year, Cesár Sampson scored a third place with the song Nobody But You.

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08
March
2019

Say Na Na Na: Watch the video for Serhat’s Eurovision comeback

Say Na Na Na: Watch the video for Serhat’s Eurovision comeback

Serhat

The party is on! San Marino serves us a good old fashion up tempo pop song with disco elements, which is sure to get a few parties started. Serhat’s 2019 Eurovision entry was released today, and what a surprise it is.

NoteThe song leaked earlier today and was uploaded to YouTube illegally, but on EuroVisionary.com we do not support illegal uploads. This is why we waited for the official release.

No one had seen it coming when San Marino back in January presented Turkish Serhat as their representative for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. This followed a bizarre few weeks where Rodrigo Alves aka Human Ken Doll had announced himself as the representative of San Marino. The broadcaster remained silent while the reality figure kept repeating that he had been chosen.

The Human Ken Doll appeared like an odd choice to many, and finally on the 21st of January, we saw that he was lying as San Marino’s broadcaster pulled Serhat out of their hat. The 54 year old Turkish singer also represented the country back in 2016 where he failed to qualify for the final with the song I Didn’t Know.

Can Serhat do better this time? The broadcaster said about the recording of the video it’s a “very fresh and modern concept, which bring us, right into the ‘heart beat’ of the song“. The song has now finally been released, and you can watch it in the video below, but be warned; Serhat want you to get up and dance to this party song!

It’s probably a good thing San Marino is in the second half of the first semi-final as otherwise, this would have been a perfect opener.

San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest

The highlights of San Marino’s Eurovision participation can be written with just four numbers forming one year; 2014. That is so far the only time, the country reached the final of the contest.

It was Valentina Monetta who secured San Marino that only qualification. Those would think that she is now a national hero of the kind who stays far away from Eurovision in order to protect her reputation, will need to think twice. 2014 marked Ms Monetta’s third Eurovision participation in a row, in 2017 she returned to the contest and many are expecting yet another comeback from her in the coming years.

Back in 2008 band Miodio represented San Marino in the country’s Eurovision debut. They finished last in their semi-final. Whether or not influenced by this result, the broadcaster pulled out of Eurovision after just one year. In 2011, they however returned and have stayed ever since.

Last year, San Marino was represented by Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening. Despite charming robots on stage, they finished second to last in their semi-final and thus weren’t even near reaching the final. They had been chosen in a kind of national final, which was heavily critised for it’s format where participants would get points based on how much money they raised.

This year, San Marino has been drawn into the second half of the first semi-final and thus Serhat will compete on the 14th of May.

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