Double Eurovision participant Sakis Rouvas is back with a new song titled “Colours”. It’s the official soundtrack for the Greek festival Colour Day, which takes place every year in the capital of Greece, Athens.
Colour Day is an annual summer festival in Greece, where people throw small balloons filled with colour powder at each other. At the end of the night, everyone is covered by this powder. There is one large stage where DJ’s and artists perform for the crowd. This is one of the most famous festivals in Greece with more than 40.000 people attending every year.
This year, Sakis Rouvas (Greece 2004 and 2009) collaborated with famous Greek DJ Xenia Ghali who is featured on the song, but also Tyler James Bellinger for the official anthem for this year’s edition. The song is titled Colours, and Mr. Rouvas invites the Greek people to quickly join the party through the lyrics of the song: “Say that we can paint the sky -we are running out of time”.
Sakis and other famous artists, such as Tamta and Josephine (Greek NF 2014), are waiting for the people to join them on the 30th of June and the 1st of July in OAKA Stadium. In the video below you can listen to the song:
Speakers on loud, and one particular Norwegian national final entry on repeat for at least 100 times. That was one of the tasks, Norwegian police was called out for this weekend.
In 1989, Britt Synnøve won the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix final and represented the country at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Venners Nærhet. In Kristiansund, the western part of Norway, at least one person probably disagrees with that choice however.
Triple Eurovision participant Jahn Teigen (Norway 1978, 1982 and 1983) also took part in the 1989 national final. His entry Optimist finished outside top 3, but is today one of his most songs. But listening to it 100 times in a row – for high volume – can be too much for some.
Norwegian Tidens Krav tells how the Police in Kristiansund Saturday evening got a call from a citizen who could not handle anymore of Jahn Teigen’s Optimist. According to Operation leader at the Police John Bratland, the neighbour should have been playing the same song on and on again, and after at least 100 times, it was time for the police to step in.
At 23:16, Police were at the address for the first time. At that time things had apparently settled down, but at 00:30 they were back again and told the host to turn down the volume.
In the video below, you can take a look at Jahn Teigen’s performance of Optimist in the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix final in 1989:
From zero to hero, and quickly back to zero. Portugal wins Eurovision after 49 attempts, but slumps to dead last in Lisbon as hosts of the contest. Not great but that didn’t seem to rain on the Portuguese parade.
It seems that last year’s victory galvanized the Portuguese to not only watch the show in record numbers, but also reignited some of the patriotism that sometimes seems to be forgotten.
Being a country of 11 million on the Southwestern corner of Europe doesn’t help, as the only border is with their Spanish brothers, or hermanos. For many years Portugal stayed true to its heritage and always sent songs with Portuguese lyrics which produced lackluster results.
But last year’s win changed everything and the celebration of the now immortalized Salvador (which appropriately means saviour) lasted until 2018. Claudia’s poor result was overshadowed by a revived sense of national pride for a country that history seemed to condemn as a perpetual Eurovision loser.
1 What’s another year?
2 Pink fandom
3 Reactions from the press
What’s another year?
What a difference a year makes. In 2017 Salvador Sobral carried the first Portuguese win in the Eurovision history (in 49 years of participation!), but in 2018 there wasn’t much love for the hosts as Portugal placed 26th out of 26 in the final. Even though the result was the worst outcome possible – other than the infamous nil points – fans were too proud of Claudia’s performance on stage to let the last place break their spirits.
Parabéns Israel! ✨ Estes dias de Eurovisão foram uma experiência única e nunca nos esqueceremos!! Obrigada Portugal! 🇵🇹 Estaremos sempre juntos!!! 💚💚💚 #eurovision2018 #ojardim #teamisaudia
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It’s fair to say that local fans will root for their country’s act, and there were many of them as expected for the country that hosts the competition.
And one could easily recognise them!
Whether it was on the Altice Arena or the Eurovision Village, there were fans wearing pink wigs in support of Claudia, the vocalist of O Jardim.
In the end, even though local fans were disappointed with the last place, the sheer happiness of having had the opportunity to host Eurovision and its fans from across the world more than compensated.
And why wouldn’t they be happy? After all Portugal loves foreign visitors – it was named the World’s friendliest country.
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Reactions from the press
Some news outlets highlighted that despite placing last in the aggregate vote, O Jardim was not last for either the jury or the televote. Little comfort but still, not zero points. This was also Portugal’s 4th “wooden spoon” (Last place) in the Eurovision Song Contest, still far from Norway’s record 11.
According to online newspaper Observador, “Winning Eurovision with a Portuguese ballad is kind of a miracle, using the same formula to win the second looks pretty risky.”
In the video below, enjoy a performance of O Jardim at this year’s EuroClub.
Måns Zelmerlöw is readying things up so his newborn can follow his footsteps and win Eurovision one day. In a new social media picture, the Swedish singer and his partner welcomed their new baby.
Måns Zelmerlöw brought the Eurovision trophy back to his homecountry Sweden in 2015 and made everybody proud with his winning song. Now things are different and a lot more exciting as the Heroes singer has just became a father for the first time.
Back in December, Måns posted a picture on Instagram about the wonderful news of him expecting his first child from Ciara Janson – an English actress mostly known for her role as Nicole in the British soap opera, Hollyoaks. From that moment on, Måns along with the Eurovision fandom could not wait to see what his son would look like and the moment has finally arrived.
To celebrate the great news, take a look at this Instagram timeline and remember how things developed into this so very special moment, starting with the very first post announcing the big news:
Small hero coming!! ❤️❤️❤️ #werecheesyaf 📸@itsmotherland
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During nine long months, we see Ciara radiant as she waits for her baby…
And now we wait. On a spontaneous bed of grass.⌛️ 📸: @itsmotherland
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Your ‘peak performance’ was exactly what got us into this situation 🙄
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And finally, today – the 25th of May – we welcome Måns’ and Ciara’s first son into the world.
Welcome to the world you perfect little superhero. Eurovision 2038 – here we come!
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While the baby boy’s name hasn’t yet been revealed, we certainly can’t wait to hear more about it and see more cute pictures of this exciting new chapter of their lives! We wish all the very best to this young couple!
Greece, one of the previous so powerful countries at the contest, is facing a “Eurovision crisis”. Missing the final twice in the past three years, it’s time for the Greeks to wonder about what went wrong, and what they can do in the near future to bring their country back to the game.
The Mediterranean country made it’s debut to the contest back in 1974. Since then, Greece has enjoyed massive success with remarkable Top 10 and Top 5 placings. Also, Helena Paparizou made the country “Number One” all over the Europe by bringing the trophy back home in 2005.
However, it is clear that something has been missing in the past few years. The country is suddenly struggling, and they need to get back on track quickly to remain a country you can count on to deliver.
So, that’s how you bring Greece back to Eurovision glory!
Step one: Believe in it (Yes as Alexander says). Eurovision is such a famous TV show throughout the year and almost everyone watches it in Greece. It can bring a lot of benefits for the national broadcaster, ERT.
But ERT needs to pay more attention to it’s selection process. Basically, they must take the contest seriously again. How can they do that? It’s easy! By making an open call to all types of artists, from the younger to the older ones, who will be free to submit their songs. Then a well-organized national final to be held with the public having the rights to choose the proper song and the artist who will represent the country on the big Eurovision stage.
Step two: Just roll with it! (Nahh, just kidding, Alex just get out of my mind!). So, step two: A song always needs the best possible promotion.
In the last few years, Greece did literally nothing to promote their song across Europe. It’s time for ERT and the record labels to allocate money onto that purpose – don’t expect the artists to pay themselves if they want promotion. Attending some of the Eurovision pre-parties will be a good idea. In that way, people will feel closer to the song, and they will have the chance to meet the artist and find out more about him/her. Another idea is to give a number of interviews on local and world media. In that way, you will keep the interest and all the buzz around your entry.
Step Three: Key word is work. All that matters, not only in Eurovision, but in life in generally, is work. Starting with the right clothing and ending with the right staging, all needs to be done properly and in the right time. Experienced and talented people will be needed to ensure things that can lift up a performance so badly that it can slay on stage.
To sum up, the country is actually living a “Greek tragedy” as bad results continues to come one after another. Greece is currently lost in Eurovision bottom. But, with lot of efforts and team work, the spirit and the results can be found again.
In the video below you can see clips from Yianna Terzi hearsing her Eurovision entry Oniro Mou, which finished 14th in the first semi-final no where near the 10 qualifiers.
Several Eurovision media recently reported that, Bosnia and Herzegovina won’t be able to come back next year. Lejla A. Babović, responsible for the Eurovision project within BHRT (Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Radio and Television) explains why it however is too soon to conclude anything.
According to Babović, nothing has been decided yet although she is pessimistic about Bosnia and Herzegovina’s chances to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest next year: “I cannot confirmed anything right now. But I have to make you aware of that the EBU has sanctioned BHRT which means that we are not allowed to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest“.
The sanctions, Babović is talking about here, has been imposed in december 2016 as BHRT’s debt to the EBU is over 3 million euros.
We also asked Lejla A. Babović if BHRT would consider to make comeback to the contest, if the sanctions are lifted. She explains that the current situation makes them unable to decide such things yet. Next month’s Football World Cup is used as an example of something they want to broadcast, but currently haven’t secured yet.
It is still too early for BHRT to make any decision about participation in the Eurovision Song Contest even if we weren’t sanctioned. Why? Because for many years, the financial situation and working conditions on BHRT didn’t make it possible for us to make plans in good time. Especially when it comes to such a demanding project as the Eurovision Song Contest is. The present model of collecting the licence fee (through electricity bills) provides the minimum level of existence for BHRT. At the current moment we are struggling to acquire the broadcasting rights for FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer, so people in Bosnia and Herzegovina can follow this prestigious event on the public broadcaster. Nobody knows what will happen after that.
Lejla A. Babović (BHRT)
Financial difficulties have been a serious issue for the national broadcaster for a very long time threatening them to shut down in the worst-case scenario. A year ago, EBU, BHRT, the Bosnia and Herzegovina Journalist Association, the Council of Europe, the Office of the OSCE Representative of Freedom of the Media, the European Federation of Journalists and the South East Europe Media Organisation held an international conference in Sarajevo, where they concluded that the collapse of public service media (PSM) in Bosnia and Herzegovina is unacceptable. Back then, Marko Filli, who is EBU Board Member, said that BHRT’s debt towards the EBU is the slightest problem, and that is very easy to make an agreement regarding the repayment.
It seems that there is a lot of goodwill to help BHRT, but we still need the decisive mesaures to be taken by the broadcaster and the EBU, so that Bosnia and Herzegovina again can become a full member of Eurovision family. The country last took part in 2016. In the video below, remind yourself of their entry Ljubav Je.