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11
June
2019

Duncan Laurence performed in front of his largest audience ever at Pinkpop Festival

Duncan Laurence performed in front of his largest audience ever at Pinkpop Festival

Duncan Laurence at Pinkpop 2019

Duncan Laurence treated the home audience to his Eurovision winner “Arcade” and other great songs, and they didn’t fail to show their enthusiasm. At Pinkpop, he faced his biggest live audience yet. Celebrating it’s 50th edition, the festival is one of the oldest, still running, in the world.

At the video below, you can see most of Duncan Laurence’s performance at Pinkpop 2019. Pay attention to what happens 35 minutes into the video. The first few notes from his Eurovision winning entry Arcade is heard, and immidiately the audience react. Very soon, everyone holds up their mobile phones to record it.

Pinkpop is, if not the, then at least one of, the oldest still running music festivals in the world. It’s a three days festival held at Landgraaf in the Netherlands. It has been held every year since 1970 whereas Denmark’s famous Roskilde Festival started in 1971.

The Pinkpop Festival is held every year, often at Pentecost, with the exception of 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015 and 2016 where other weekends were chosen. It’s visited by up to 68,000 people each day, and initially started as a one day event. The three days festival it now is an important part of the Dutch music scene. For the artists, it is considered an honour to perform at Pinkpop.

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10
June
2019

Celine Dion premieres “Flying On My Own” as 16 years in Las Vegas comes to an end

Celine Dion premieres “Flying On My Own” as 16 years in Las Vegas comes to an end

Celion Dion

A new smahing pop banger puts a farewell on Celine Dion’s Las Vagas adventure. The new song from the 1988 winner marks the next step in life for the singer who will soon kick off a new world tour.

It was a very nervous Celine Dion who sang Flying On My Own for the first time. It came as she ended 16 years of Las Vegas shows this weekend. She started in Las Vegas on the 25th of March 2003 not knowing for how long it would be her home. 1.141 shows later, she has now said goodbye.

With Flying On My Own, Celion Dion shows fans that she is back with a pop song which might very well end up as a new hit from the 51 year old Canadian, who represented Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1988. She won – and soon after, she became the world famous top selling artist, she is today.

Three years ago, Celion lost her husband and manager, René Angélil. His death hit the singer hard, but her wrapping up Las Vegas shows that she is ready to move on. She will soon hit the roads with a new tour, and a new album is expected to be released in November. It is likely to include the new Flying On My Own.

The mother of three ended the long series of Las Vegas shows with her children on stage surprising her; René-Charles, 18, and 8 year old twins Nelson and Eddy. A very moved Celine Dion said goodbye to Las Vegas – and surprised with the new song.

“There are lots of wonderful memories, you know, but it’s kind of strange at the same time,” Dion told the audience. “Because when they started to put it together I was here and it was like, ‘I don’t know.’ Then I must have misunderstood something because I thought I was going to be here for three months or something like this, and here we are 16 years later. Maybe we have saved the best for last.”

Celion Dion

In the video below, you can see the premiere of Celion Dion’s new Flying On My Own:

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09
June
2019

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

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

Francesco Gabbani (Italy 2017)

With so many great songs this past decade, picking the best Italian entry isn’t an easy task for everyone. The country has achieved great results, but some of the songs that didn’t do nearly as good will still have a lot of fans.

With seven Top 10 results in the past decade, Italy is one of the best performing countries lately. The country only took part nine times the past ten years, but they have constantly delivered fantastic songs which do well, and it seems just a matter of time before we’ll see another Italian Eurovision win.

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

2017: Francesco Gabbani – Occidentali’s Karma

A great decade for Italy. In tough competition with three of their other songs, I finally went for the up tempo Occidentali’s Karma. This song makes me smile, it makes me sing a long to it and just generally makes me feel good. It was my favourite that year, but I knew it wouldn’t win, as unfortunately it was quite clear to us in the press centre, that Francesco just got more and more tired for each rehearsal. On the final night, he was quite far from delivering the performance he did in San Remo.

Wouter, The Netherlands

2016: Francesca Michielin – No Degree Of Seperation

A difficult choice, among so many excellent songs, almost all of them worthy of being my favourite in some kind of list. No Degree Of Seperation is a story about feeling close to a special somebody, or maybe just being close to everybody. This recognizable story, combined with a female vocal exploring the lower registers totally works for me. Soldi came in on a very close 2nd place.

Ashleigh, England

2019: Mahmood – Soldi

Italy has been quite hit and miss for me this decade. But without a doubt the best song that they have produced was the one they competed with this year – Soldi by Mahmood. The song was fresh, modern and cool and despite some shaky vocals from Mahmood in the rehearsal videos, he absolutely nailed it in the final.

William, Northern Ireland

2019: Mahmood – Soldi

Mahmood sold the heck out of this song live on stage, ever since 2011 Italy has come back to play, and play hard they have. This year they almost won the whole contest and it would have been well deserved with this modern soul-filled pop song with a clap along edge to it. I love a song with a personal and heartfelt message and this is definitely one of the best in recent years.

Poll – Vote for your favourite

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

Favourite Italian entry the past decade?

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08
June
2019

Regina releases video for “Ti Si Mi Tu” where love is the way out of darkness

Regina releases video for “Ti Si Mi Tu” where love is the way out of darkness

Regina (Bosnia & Herzegovina 2009)

A couple of days ago, the Bosnian and Herzegovinian rock band Regina, whose song “Bistra voda” finished 9th at 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow, released a brand new video for their song “Ti Si Mi Tu”. It is a dark and melancholic song, where love is the answer for everyday’s challanges.

Ti Si Mi Tu which translates to You Are Here in English is a song from Regina’s latest album from 2017. Since participating in the contest 10 years ago, Regina launched three albums: Vrijeme Je (It’s Time) in 2009, Kad Poludimo (When We Go Crazy) in 2012 and U Srcu (In The Heart) 2017. In August 2016 the band lost their bassist Denis Čabrić, who died of a heart attack on holiday in Croatia with his family. He was 49 years old.

Ti Si Mi Tu describes a meaningless, absurd and fake everyday, where everybody is praying and hoping for better days to come. In the meantime, love – in this case love to a woman – is seen as light at the end of the tunnel.

The video for the song, which was filmed in Serbia’s capital Belgrade, is made in a retro style. It’s supposed to bring us back to the 1970’s. One of the co-founders of Regina, guitarist and songwriter, Aleksandar Čović, explained to the Bosnian newspaper Avaz, why they decided to make a video for exactly Ti Si Mi Tu:

We made a video for a song, which lately was mostly liked by our fans and our followers. It is a love song with some “deep” lyrics which inspire you to make a serious storytelling through a video. Many people wrote to us, that this is their favorite song. That’s why we decided to adopt exactly this song for the screen. I believe that we made a good choice. The story in the video is placed in the 1970’s. The video is made in a retro style and reminds of Quentin Tarantino’s movies.
Aleksandar Čović

Below you can watch Regina’s latest video:

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07
June
2019

Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl release new single; Come To Me

<div>Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl release new single; Come To Me</div>

Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl (Slovenia 2019)

Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl stay true to the sound we remember from their Eurovision performance just a few weeks ago. “Come To Me” should please the many fans the young duo got before, during and after representing Slovenia in Tel Aviv.

With the song Sebi, Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl qualified for the final where they earned a 15th place. Their Eurovision result consisted of 59 points from televoting and 46 from the juries so not a big difference in their case. In the final, they didn’t manage to score any of the famous 12 points, but they did get the second highest score, 10 points, from televoting in Croatia and Serbia, and from the juries in Poland and Czech Republic.

The young Slovenian duo has now released new music. Come To Me was released today, and it should appeal to their many fans as it keeps the relaxed sound and the fragile voice from Zala, we also heard on their Eurovision entry.

In the video below, take a listen to Come To Me. There is yet no actual video for the song, only a still photo of the duo. You can also listen to the song on one of the many streaming services where it is available.

Meet Zala and Gašper

If you want to get to know Zala and Gašper a bit more, we do recommend that you check out our video from Tel Aviv where we met the duo. We challenged them to a game of Complete The Sentence where they got one card specifically for them and otherwise drew random cards with an incomplete sentence they were to finish.

This game gave the duo the change to show a different side of themselves – and you, the chance to get to know them a bit better. The lovely couple talks about getting up early, going to the supermarket, their pets, the sea – and which legacy they hope to achieve.

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07
June
2019

Loïc Nottet is heartbroken and longing for love on new single “29”

Loïc Nottet is heartbroken and longing for love on new single “29”

Loïc Nottet - 29 cover

Loïc Nottet, who represented Belgium at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, is back with a new track titled “29”, which was released just a couple of days ago. “29” is a very personal song about heartbreak and the desire for the lost love.

With 29, Belgian pop Star Loïc Nottet released his first single of this year. Back in 2015, he took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, where he finished fourth performing the song RhythmInside. In 2017 followed his debut album Selfocracy and since then he launched the singles Doctor (2017), Go To Sleep (2017), On Fire (2018) and now his latest release 29.

29 is a piano based ballad, that starts pretty quiet, but builds up to a strong and explosive chorus in which Loïc shows off his characteristic vocal. One thing is certain about Loïc’s singing: he is not holding back on the high notes.

The mood on 29 is characterized by feelings of hopelessness, loneliness and struggle. You can actually feel the pain, both musically and lyrically, as Loïc is singing about having one last moment with a lover before they say goodbye to each other.

The song is written by Loïc himself, and there is no doubt about that the 23 year-old Belgian is a very talented songwriter. Adding his vocal skills to this, Loïc deserves much more international success and recognition.

You can listen to Loïc Nottet’s latest single in the video below:

Lyrics to Loïc Nottet – 29

She said I never want to
Hurt you again
I said I never want this
To come to an end
She said “look at me baby”
Just tears will run out
I said I took you for granted
But I can’t be without
You …
Please can we just say
Pretty lies, pretty lies ?
Lies to each other again
One last time

Slowly let me down
Every way goes me apart
Gently tell me how
To forgive me now
Cause all I need is all your lips
Tell my enemy, they’re my remedy
So slowly let me down
Give me a kiss just one last time

Give me a kiss just one last time

As we both start in you car
Talking about the past
As we were facing each other
We were falling appart

Please can we just say
Pretty lies, pretty lies ?
Lies to each other again
One last time

Slowly let me down
Every way goes me apart
Gently tell me how
To forgive me now
Cause all I need is all your lips
Tell my enemy, they’re my remedy
So slowly let me down
Give me a kiss just one last time

Nights are long
Days longer
There seems no end side
I lost it all the 29
An october night

Slowly let me down
Gently tell me how

Slowly let me down
Every way goes me apart
Gently tell me how
To forgive me now
Cause all I need is all your lips
Tell my enemy, they’re my remedy
So slowly let me down
Give me a kiss just one last time

Give me a kiss just one last time …

Last kiss on the 29 …

October night

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