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18
May
2020

Will Ferrell offers first look into Eurovision parody film for Netflix

Will Ferrell offers first look into Eurovision parody film for Netflix

Will Ferrel and Rachel McAdams star as Eurovision hopefuls Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdottir.

You thought there would be no more Eurovision entries to be released for some time? Think again! Will Ferrell has released his Eurovision entry Volcano Man. Admittedly, the song is a fictional entry from the the American comedian’s upcoming Netflix Eurovision parody. Still, an interesting release in a week that would have seen fans discussing the results of Eurovision 2020 if the event had not been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. 

It was not only Rotterdam 2020 that got postponed due to COVID-19. Ferrell’s comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, also starring Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens and Demi Lovato was initially scheduled for a May release but will now be coming on Netflix on 26th June.

The film is directed by David Dobkin and sees fictional characters Lars Erickssong (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit Ericksdottir (Rachel McAdams) been given the chance to represent their native Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest. It was filmed on location at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv as well as in Iceland and the UK.

The video clip released for Volcano Man shows the two characters dressed in what looks like a take on Viking costumes and makeup as they pompously sing in stereotypical Nordic-looking scenery and is complete with sweeping, bird-view camera sequences. The videos of actual Eurovision entries such as Never Forget by Greta Salóme and Jónsi (Iceland 2012, 20th place) spring to mind as the cue for Will Ferrell’s parody take.

The ‘official’ Volcano Man lyrics go as follows:

Woke up at night I heard floating chords / They guided me / To the highland fjords / Above the clouds / On a mountain peak / There he sat / And he began to speak / Volcano Man / He’s got my melting heart / Volcanic Protector Man / A timeless hero must love, too / Volcano Man (Volcano Man) / Guarding the land (Such a man) / Volcanic Protector Man / A timeless hero must love, too / And I love you

In the video below, you can see the promotional clip of Volcano for the film:

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17
May
2020

Eurovision 2020 entries: Estonia – we are discussing What Love Is by Uku Suviste

Eurovision 2020 entries: Estonia – we are discussing What Love Is by Uku Suviste

Uku Suviste

Two semi finals of Eesti Laul were held on 13 and 15 February 2020. On February 29, Uku Suviste won the final, and was supposed to represent Estonia at this years Eurovision Song Contest.

Alas it was not to be as this years contest was cancelled. However it won’t stop us from taking a look at the Estonian entry and giving you our opinions.

The Eesti Laul 2020 was not Uku’s first attempt to represent Estonia. In 2019 he participated in the competition with the song Pretty Little Liar, and ended up placing second, behind the eventual winner, Victor Crone and Storm.

This year he was one of twelve acts who took part in the Estonian Final. After all twelve acts had performed, a jury and televote chose the three songs that would head to a super final. At this point, Uku was in second place, behind Jaagup Tuisk and the song Beautiful Lie. The jury preferred the third super finalist, Anett X Fredi and the song, Write About Me.

The public then got to vote for one of the three finalists. In the end Uku placed first with the song What Love Is, receiving 33582 votes, an astonishing lead over second placer Jaagup, who scored 7944 votes. Some fans complained about the results, prompting ETV to investigate the numbers, but they confirmed that the votes were correct.

Estonian Television plan to hold Eesti Laul 2021 next year, and have offered Uku, a place in one of the semi finals, an offer that he has accepted.

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Here is what our writers think of Estonia’s What Love Is by Uku Suviste

Giannis I had the pleasure to listen to the song last summer and i know the story of it and how it ended in Estonia. Im a ballad boy so it was obvious for me to like What love is. I think that Uku is a very good artist. The only thing that bothered me was his stage presentation in Eesti Laul final. Im not sure if it could qualify though im sure Fokas Evangelinos would create something strong. I hope for a good song for Uku also in 2021, he deserves to perform on Eurovision stage.

Michael I don’t dislike this entry by any means, in fact the chorus is quite memorable, but I have to say I was quite shocked when Uku won the Eesti Laul this year. The song is pleasant while its playing, but to this day, while I can remember the chorus, I still couldn’t tell you how the verses go.

Gunec I was so sorry when Uku lost to Victor last year. That was because I loved the song “Pretty Little Liar” This year when I heard “What Love Is” I thought it was mediocre and I didn’t predict that it would win Eesti Laul 2020. But when it was announced that Uku won the Estonian final I was happy and the song grew on me in time. I’d love to see Uku on ESC stage one day.

Josef   Uku Suviste is one of my favourite Estonian artists for some years already. He had  abetter song last year, but What Love Is is ok. A good power ballad. Unfortunately this year it was not as good as Jaagup Tuisk. But Uku would probably be a hot favourite for the hottest guy of Eurovision 2020. After all, Estonia would probably qualify, but is not one of the best.

Elvir Estonian entry is one of those songs you need to listen multiple times in order to appreciate it. The verses in What Love Is are pretty anonymous. On the other hand, the chorus is very powerful and that is what lifts this song supplied with Uku Suviste’s vocal performance which is full of passionate intensity.

Theo Like France, Estonia 2020’s main asset was the fact the country chose a charismatic performer. I would personally like to see Uku Suviste coming back in 2021. Again, like France, I am more ambivalent about the song. Though I quite like the chorus and bridge of What Love Is, I would have liked the song to sound more contemporary. When it comes to the verses, the main thing that comes to my mind is that they do not seem to suit Uku’s lower vocal register

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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17
May
2020

Overview: The acts from this year’s cancelled show who will return for Eurovision 2021

Overview: The acts from this year’s cancelled show who will return for Eurovision 2021

18 acts for Eurovision 2020 so far re-selected for Eurovision 2021

41 acts were left with broken dreams when the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest was cancelled. For many of them, things have just been postponed a year as they have been re-selected for the contest next year.

Everyone was in shock when the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest was cancelled due to Coronavirus and it pandemic disease COVID-19. For many it was months of hard work that had been wasted. For the participants, it was furthermore a big once-in-a-lifetime experience and international exposure, they missed out on.

To show confident in their selected acts for this year and to make up for this unforeseen event, many broadcasters have confirmed that they will use the same participant for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. And, let’s be honest, for some broadcasters, it’s a decision, which at the same will save them some money.

2020 acts confirmed for Eurovision 2021

  • 🇦🇺 Montaigne will represent Australia
  • 🇦🇹 Vincent Bueno will represent Austria
  • 🇦🇿 Samira Efendi will represent Azerbaijan
  • 🇧🇪 Hooverphonic will represent Belgium
  • 🇧🇬 Victoria will represent Bulgaria
  • 🇨🇿 Benny Cristo will represent Czech Republic
  • 🇬🇪 Tornike Kipiani will represent Georgia
  • 🇬🇷 Stefania will represent Greece
  • 🇮🇱 Eden Alene will represent Israel
  • 🇱🇻 Samanta Tīna will represent Latvia
  • 🇲🇹 Destiny will represent Malta
  • 🇳🇱 Jeangu Macrooy will represent the Netherlands
  • 🇷🇴 Roxen will represent Romania
  • 🇸🇲 Senhit will represent San Marino
  • 🇸🇮 Ana Soklič will represent Slovenia
  • 🇪🇸 Blas Cantó will represent Spain
  • 🇨🇭 Gjon’s Tears will represent Switzerland
  • 🇺🇦 Go_A will represent Ukraine
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About the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest

Saturday the 16th of May, should have been the final of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. As that didn’t take place, the Dutch hosts organised Europe Shine A Light as a way to still celebrate the acts and the songs selected. At the end of that programme, we got the announcement that Rotterdam will host the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest too.

It’s still too early to say where we – and Coronavirus – are in year. The Dutch government stated a there won’t be larger gatherings in the country allowed until a vaccine is found, mass produced and available for everyone. The statement about the 2021 contest in Rotterdam took that into account with the words: ‘One way or another… ‘.

2020 tickets, if audience is allowed in the same amount, will be valid for the 2021 contest. For those who can’t make it, a refund will be offered – under certain circumstances.

Dates for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest are expected to be announced within the next few weeks.

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17
May
2020

Europe shines a light as alternative Eurovision show takes place – Rotterdam 2021 confirmed!

Europe shines a light as alternative Eurovision show takes place – Rotterdam 2021 confirmed!

Europe Shine A Light was conceived as a non competitive alternative to the cancelled Eurovision 2020.

Europe Shine A Light has just taken place in the Netherlands. The two-hour show was a non-competitive alternative to what would have been the Eurovision 2020 Grand Final tonight if the event had not been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fans were rewarded with many highlights and touching moments…

Contents

  • 1 Overview
  • 2 Location
  • 3 Presenters
  • 4 The performances
  • 5 The selected entries for Eurovision 2020
  • 6 Further references to the COVID-19 pandemic

Overview

Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light came live from Hilversum, the Netherlands’ ‘media city’. It was organised by the EBU, produced by Dutch public broadcasters AVROTROS, NOS and NPO and hosted by Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley (the Netherlands 1998 and 2007) and Jan Smit.

The idea for the show came about when the Eurovision Song Contest was cancelled for this year due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The EBU decided to substitute the cancelled show with a non-competitive special that would include special live performances and highlights from Eurovision stars as well putting in the spotlight the entries that had been selected for Eurovision 2020.

The show’s format typically consisted of short interviews and messages from past contestants, followed by a live performance, before messages from the 2020 entrants and snippets of their songs were shown grouped together in sections of 8-9 songs at a time.  There were also frequent updates on online content, called Nikkie Tutorials, presented by additional presenter Nikkie de Jager.

Guest performers included Eurovision winners Johnny Logan (Ireland 1980 and 1987), Måns Zelmerlow (Sweden 2015), Gali Atari (Israel 1979), Marija Serifovic (Serbia 2007), Netta (Israel 2018) and last year’s winner for the Netherlands,  Duncan Laurence. There was also Michael Schulte (Germany 2018, 4th place) and Isle DeLange (the Netherlands 2014, runner-up) performing a duet rendition of the 1982 Eurovision winner for Germany, Ein bißchen Frieden.

Other highlights included a short interview with current Junior Eurovision winner Viki Gabor from Poland and further links to this year’s Italian entrant Antonio Diodato and BBC presenter Graham Norton. There was also a special feature with links to different landmarks around Europe, including the Parthenon and the Eiffel Tower, to the music of the Rotterdam Philharmonic.

This was part of the conceptual thread for the show, i.e. the former Eurovision winner Love Shine A Light by Katrina and The Waves (UK, 1997), which is also reflected in the title of the program. One would imagine that the song’s positive energy of hope and togetherness was deemed suitable at a time when many people around the world are struggling with the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A main highlight of the show was in fact the finale, when all the 41 contestants for what would have been Eurovision 2020 carried out an online sing-along of the song. The rendition finished with Katrina herself singing to her 1997 entry.

The big news of the night was the official confirmation of Rotterdam as the host city for Eurovision 2021.

Location

Tonight’s show was coming from Studio 21 in Hilversum’s Media Park. The city is located in the Dutch province of North Holland and is often called the Netherlands’ ‘media city’ as many television and radio networks are based in it.

This was actually the second time that Hilversum was hosting a Eurovision event as it had also held the 3rd Eurovision Song Contest back in 1958. A snippet of Domenico Modugno singing that year’s Italian entry, Nel Blu, Dipinto Di Blu(Volare), from the venue was shown right at the beginning of the show. The song remains one of the most successful Eurovision entries ever despite finishing in third place in 1958.

Presenters

Chantal Janzen is a Dutch actress, singer and TV presenter. She has appeared in many Dutch TV series as well as in Dutch musical productions such as Beauty and The Beast and Wicked. She has also presented numerous talent shows such as the Dutch versions of Idols, The Voice of Holland, Dancing With The Stars, Holland’s Got Talent and Germany’s The Voice Kids.

Edsilia Rombley is very well known to Eurovision fans. The Dutch singer represented the Netherlands twice in Eurovision, getting fourth place with her first attempt, Hemel En Aarde (Heaven And Earth) in 1998 but failing to proceed past the semi-final stage with 2007’s On Top Of The World. Alongside pursuing her singing career, Edsilia’s TV presenting work includes hosting the first season of Dutch talent show Beste Zangers (Best Singers) in 2009.

Jan Smit is a Dutch singer, TV presenter and actor. His main type of music is a Dutch genre called Volendam music. As a presenter, he was the second person to succeed Edsilia Rombley as a presenter of Beste Zangers in 2012 and has been the permanent presenter of the talent show ever since. Smit is also involved in philanthropic projects such as S.O.S. Children’s Villages. Quite appropriately it would seem, he has also been a member of the board for the football club FC Volendam.since 1999.

Nikkie de Jager is a Dutch makeup artist and beauty vlogger. Her YouTube channel Nikkie Tutorials has had over 13 million subscribers and in excess of 1.2 billion video views. Her role tonight was to host the show’s online content, including footage from the ongoing, weekly Home Concerts online program.

The performances

  • Johnny Logan opened the performances of the night, singing his 1980 winner What’s Another Year from Dublin. During the performance, there were links to fans watching the show and singing to the song in their living rooms from all over Europe. The presenters also joined in singing. Evidently, the choice of the opening was a light-hearted nod to fans who, due to the inevitable cancellation of Eurovision 2020, will have to wait yet another year for their favourite show to be back on their TV screens.
  • Måns Zelmerlow performed an acoustic, guitar version of Heroes, his 2015 winning entry for Sweden, through a live link from the front garden of his house in London, UK. During his performance, there was footage of medical staff, patients and members of the public dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Israel’s Gali Atari gave a special rendition of her 1979 Eurovision winner Halleluja shown walking around Jerusalem. She was accompanied by a children’s choir consisting of past Junior Eurovision participants singing along through video links.
  • From Milan, this year’s selected entrant from Italy, Antonio Diodato, sang an acoustic version of Nel Blu, Dipinto Di Blu on his guitar.
  • Marija Šerifović from Serbia performed her 2007 entry Molitva, the first and, to date, only win for her country at Eurovision. Her and her musicians were shown performing in the deserted streets of Belgrade. Additional insert footage showed people trying to carry on with their everyday lives during the current pandemic. The overall result of the song with the footage was really affecting.
  • From the Hamburg City Hall, Michael Schulte (Germany 2018, 4th place) and Isle DeLange (the Netherlands 2014, runner-up) joined together to perform a beautiful duet rendition of the 1982 Eurovision winner, Germany’s Ein Bißchen Frieden.
  • After a live link with Netta herself from Tel Aviv and then footage of her opening of last year’s Eurovision in Israel with 2018 winning entry Toy, there followed a video of Netta giving an acoustic performance of her song Cuckoo from her bedroom. According to Netta, the song is very special to her.
  • While most winners enjoy a year of holding the trophy, last year’s winner Duncan Laurence will have the benefit of being referred to as the ‘current Eurovision winner’ for yet another year. Tonight, he performed his song Someone Else on his piano. Despite the absence of an audience, the sub lit stage had something of the ambience of Duncan’s set up last year.
  • The show’s finale saw all the 41 artists selected to compete in the now cancelled Eurovision 2020 jointly giving a sing-along to Love Shine A Light through video links.
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The selected entries for Eurovision 2020

The show also acted as a tribute to the artists and songs that had been selected for Rotterdam 2020. Snippets of the promotional videos of the songs and short messages from the entrants were presented together in five groups of 8-9 countries spread throughout the show. These were as follows:

  • Group 1: Israel, Norway, Russia,  Georgia, France, Azerbaijan, Portugal, Lithuania, Sweden.
  • Group 2: Latvia, Belgium, United Kingdom, Belarus, Finland, North Macedonia, Switzerland, Serbia.
  • Group 3: Spain, Albania, Ireland, Slovenia, Austria, Bulgaria, San Marino, Iceland.
  • Group 4: Greece, Czech Republic, Poland, Moldova, Cyprus, Romania, Croatia, Germany.
  • Group 5: Malta, Estonia, Australia, Ukraine, Denmark, Italy, Armenia, the Netherlands.

Further references to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • The program started with footage of empty streets from different countries around Europe.
  • In the program’s intro, there was a shot of what would have been the Eurovision 2020’s venue, the Rotterdam Ahoy. The convention centre has instead been used as an emergency hospital.
  • lockdown by singing on their balconies, with Italian people shown singing Fai Rumore, i.e. Italy’s entry for this year.
  • Reflecting the lyrics to Love Shine A Light, main landmarks all over Europe were especially lit, the symbolism being the light of hope being signalled from one country to the next.  Landmarks shown included the Acropolis (Athens, Greece), the Little Mermaid (Copenhagen, Denmark), the Eurovision 2012 venue Baku Crystal Hall (Baku, Azerbaijan), the Sydney Opera House (Sydney, Australia), the Verona Arena (Verona, Italy), the Atomium (Brussels, Belgium), The London Eye (London, UK), the Eiffel Tower (Paris, France), the Kremlin (Moscow, Russia), the 2016 venue Globen Arena (Stockholm, Sweden), the Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg, Germany), the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre (Vilnius, Lithuania) and the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus and the Erasmus Bridge (Rotterdam, the Netherlands). The musical backdrop was an orchestral version of the UK 1997 winner Love Shine A Light by the Rotterdam Philharmonic.
  • There was also a section where former Eurovision winners gave out special messages of hope. These included: Alexander Rybak (Norway 2009), Lenny Kuhr (the Netherlands, 1969), Sandra Kim (Belgium 1986), Anne-Marie David (Luxembourg 1973), Getty Kaspers from Teach-In (the Netherlands 1975), Ell & Nikki (Azerbaijan 2011), Sergey Lazarev (Russia 2016), Dana (Ireland 1970),  Niamh Kavanagh (Ireland 1993) Helena Paparizou (Greece 2005), Carola (Sweden 1991) and Conchita Wurst (Austria 2014).
  • Bjorn from ABBA (Sweden 1974, winner) also gave a touching message through a special video talking about how difficult he finds to believe the current situation when he thinks back to the days of the 1974 contest. He also talked about how important the Eurovision Song Contest is for Europe coming together.
  • During a live link from London, BBC presenter Graham Norton also made an appearance, talking about how much he misses Eurovision taking place and also how British people are coping with the pandemic.

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17
May
2020

Use your Eurovision 2020 tickets for 2021 – or get a refund…. under these circumstances

Use your Eurovision 2020 tickets for 2021 – or get a refund…. under these circumstances

Eurovision 2021 logo

EBU just confirmed that tickets already bought for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest are valid for next year. Fans will have the opportunity to re-use their tickets for the 2021 event – or to get a refund. But it happens under restrictions.

The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Rotterdam in 2021. Next year’s contest will take place in the spring of 2020, and tickets will be valid for the same show next year. In a Q and A, EBU answered how it works.

For those who cannot attend Eurovision in 2021, there are two dates to request a refund. From Monday 25 May at 12.00 CEST until Friday 5 June 2020 at 23.00 CEST fans can make their requests in the official Eurovision website. Only the main buyer of the tickets can make this request, and a whole purchase must be cancelled in full.

Once we know the dates for Eurovision 2021, ticket holders will have a second chance to ask for a refund. However, it is also possible to change the names on the tickets if not everybody who had planned to attend can make it.

For those fans who did not buy tickets for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, it is still early to know how many tickets will be available. The availability of the tickets will be subject to the number of tickets that will be returned, and, of course, the developing COVID-19 situation.

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Are you planning to attend to the Eurovision Song Contest next year? What are your expectations about Rotterdam 2021?

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16
May
2020

Ana Soklič will wave the Slovenian flag at 2021 Eurovision Song Contest

Ana Soklič will wave the Slovenian flag at 2021 Eurovision Song Contest

Ana Soklič at EMA 2020 (Slovenia)

Ana Soklič has gotten a second chance to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest. Slovenian National Broadcaster, announced this evening, that she will also represent her country next year. Ana herself feels honoured, but she also know that she has a lot of work ahead of her.

Ana Soklič was chosen to represent Slovenia at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, which unfortunately was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe. Her selection for 2021 instead was made in Slovenian TV show ”Zabava in slog”, that was transmitted just before ”Europe Shine A Light” this evening.

I am very honoured and happy. I will do my best. I have a lot of work ahead of me. I feel a huge responsibility to represent Slovenia in the best possible way.

Ana Soklič to broadcaster RTVSLO

It hasn’t been announced yet, how Slovenia’s entry for the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be selected.

Who is Ana Soklič?

36 year-old Ana Soklič developed and refined her musical skills at the local opera and jazz academy from a young age, before she began to write her own music. Ana competed twice at the Slovenian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, EMA (2004 and 2007). Furthermore three times at the Slovenian Song Festival, where, in 2019, she won two jury awards for the best interpretation and best song overall. Back in 2012, she participated in the only edition of X Factor Slovenia, where she finished fifth overall.

In Rotterdam this year, Ana was supposed to perform the song titled Voda (Water) after winning EMA 2020. She wrote the lyrics to the song herself, and composed it together with Bojan Simončić.

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Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Slovenia has participated in the contest 25 times since its debut in 1993. Their best result in the contest is 7th place in 1995 with Darja Švajger (Prisluhni mi) and 2001 with Nuša Derenda (Energy). Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Slovenia has failed to reach the grand final on ten occasions, and made it to the final in 2007, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019.

In the video below, you can listen to the rewamped version of Voda

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