Following her success in last year’s X Factor UK, Saara has today been confimed as one of the new judges on the show’s reboot of the Finnish version of the contest
After teasing fans for days Saara Aalto has released her big news. That she will be new judge on X Factor Finland. Saara made the announcement on her facebook page this morning.
The former finnish national selection finalist will be joining fellow judges Michael Monroe, Suvi Teräsniska and Mikael Gabriel. As well as judging the auditions and performances, each judge will also be mentoring and providing coaching to their own category. Finland has their first and only series of the show in 2010 but it seems due to the popularity of the British version in Finland last year they have decided to revive it.
Teasing her fans yesterday Saara wrote on facebook “Big Big announcement coming tomorrow. So excited about all these new things in my life at the moment. Life is an adventure. Just keep on flying, it can sometimes be scary but you always end up where you are meant to be”.
Last year, Saara auditioned for the X Factor UK and despite not originally being selected to go through to the live shows by her mentor was given another chance as Nicole Sherzinger’s wild card. During the competition Saara went from strength to strength and eventually found herself in the final along with Matt Terry. Unfortunately for Saara, it was Matt who took the X Factor crown.
When does it begin?
The search for Finland’s next superstar starts today. However, the show will not aired until Spring 2018 on MTV3.
Ruslana claims to have not yet received payment for her interval act performance at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. This has left her in a difficult situation as expenses in relation to the performance was paid by herself.
The winner of the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest and one of the interval acts for this year’s competition, Ruslana claims that she hasn’t yet received payment for her performance at this year’s contest. Ruslana stated “As of today, the money went completely out of my pocket and they have not returned to us”.
The Ukrainian singer also claimed that the payment from the show organisers won’t fully cover the cost of the production. “I invested in the creation of the song, the recording, the video, the costumes and the training. Eurovision only covered part of these costs” Ruslana told to Світське Життя (High Life).
It is being reported that Ruslana should have received 393,000 UAH (13,000 euros) for her performance of her latest single. The new single It’s Magical was performed as part of the grand final interval, the former reigning champion Jamala and Electro funk group Onuka were also amongst the performers.
Furthermore, it was reported that the 2016 winner Jamala was the highest paid act of the night. According to 24 News, she received just over 33,000 euros for the performance of her latest single I believe In U. Onuka was the lowest paid act of the night receiving 45,000 UAH which is around 1,500 euros.
You can remind yourself of Ruslana’s interval performance of It’s magical by watching our video below.
At one of Russia’s biggest music events Muz TV Awards former Russia’s Eurovision representatives Sergey Lazarev and Dima Bilan performed Prosti Menya (Forgive Me) together. It is a part of their joint collaboration.
Sergey Lazarev represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016 in Stockolm with his entry You Are The Only One and came 3rd in the Grand Final with 491 points, ultimately winning televoting with 361 points.
Dima Bilan represented Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest twice – in 2006 and 2008. He came runner-up in 2006 with his entry Never Let You go with 248 points, losing to the Finnish winner Lordi. 2008, however, was his lucky year and he managed to score Russia its first and so far only win with his entry Believe, scoring 272 points. As a result of Dima’s win, Russia hosted the contest in 2009 in Moscow.
Not only did Sergey and Dima do well at Eurovision, they have also been successful within the MuzTv Awards scoring numerous awards such as Best Male Act, Best Act, Best Song. Dima Bilan has won 7 Best Male Act awards, while Sergey Lazarev has won 2.
Shortly before the ceremony this year, Sergey Lazarev published a poster on his Instagram profile where he mentioned that Prosti Menya would be performed for the first time and that it would be available for download afterwards. Fans reacted: they began to leave hundreds of comments under the singer’s post, expressing both delight and surprise.
The song is a powerful love ballad about giving up on love after trying for too long. The artists are asking their loved ones for forgiveness because there is no way out and it just can’t go on anymore.
In the end, the performance took place: Sergey Lazarev and Dima Bilan performed together on the same stage the song Prosti Menya. The release of the two major artists has become one of the most culminating events of the MuzTv Awards event. Thousands of people were applauding Sergey and Dima nonstop.
You can watch the performance of Prosti Menya below:
Tonight, In the second live heat of X-Factor Greece, Panagiotis Koufogiannis was mentioned as a Eurovision participant for next year. As preparation perhaps, he sang the 2009 winning song from Norway, Alexander Rybak’s “Fairytale”.
Two years ago, Panagiotis Koufogiannis won the televote in the Cypriot national final with his song Without Your Love. However the jury kept him away from Eurovision as they ranked him fifth – with the result that he finished second in the combined result. Tonight, in the second live heat of the most popular talent show in Greece, X Factor, Panagiotis threw himself into a Eurovision cover song when he sang Norway’s 2009 winner Fairytale.
Judges and the host of the show were impressed by Panagiotis’ voice and the cover he made. Sakis who represented Greece the same year said that if Panagiotis had sung his cover in the contest back then, he would have won even bigger than Alexander Rybak! He also said that next year Panagiotis will sing in Eurovision! Do we have next year’s first participant announced there?
Cypriot Broadcaster CyBC has already announced that they will select their next representative through a national final, but exactly which format is yet to be seen.
Below you can watch Panagiotis performing his cover version of Fairytale on the X Factor stage tonight.
Through their official Eurovision Twitter account, the Bulgarian national broadcaster revealed today that their participation in the upcoming Junior and Senior Eurovision Song Contests are still uncertain. Their new director and board will decide for both of it in late August.
After two very succesful years in the Eurovision Song Contest, Bulgaria has still not confirmed their participation in the two major Eurovision events, Eurovision Song Contest and Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Their national broadcaster BNT is currently in the process of electing a new Director General and Board. Due to that,the confirmation they made for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017, that will be held in Georgia Tbilisi is no longer in place, while their potential plans for Eurovision in Portugal will be announced by the new Director and Board in August.
Due to the election of a new Director-General of BNT and a new board in August, the confirmation for #JESC2017 is no longer in place.
— BNT Eurovision BG (@bg_eurovision) June 7, 2017
The very same applies to #Eurovision as well. All plans for participation will be assessed once again by the new executive body. https://t.co/UpTzdjts8I
— BNT Eurovision BG (@bg_eurovision) June 7, 2017
Bulgaria reached the final only three times, out of the 11 entries they sent to Eurovision Song Contest. However all three times they ended in top5. This year in Kyiv, Kristian Kostov performed the song Beautiful Mess and took the second place, behind Salvador Sobral from Portugal.
In the video below, you can see a special Full Stage View of Kristian Kostov’s entry from Kyiv:
Maraaya, former Slovenia’s Eurovision representative, and BQL, 2017 EMA participants, released yesterday a new song called It’s Complicated. It’s not the first time that these two Slovenian duets work together.
Maaraya was founded by Marjetka and Raay in 2014. The group’s name is a combination of its members’ name. In Slovenian the pronunciation of Maraaya means “She has Raay”. The group represented Slovenia at 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna with the song titled Here for You. Back then, Maraaya finished 5th in the second semi-final with 92 points. In the grand final the song received 39 points and finished 14th.
BQL (short for “be cool”) was founded in 2016 and consist of two brothers: Rok, who sings and play piano and Anej Piletič, who also sings and plays guitar. In June 2016, they released their first single Muza (Muse), which actually was written by Maraaya. The song became an instant hit and was the fourth most played song in Slovenia last year. BQL took part in this year’s edition of EMA with the song Heart of Gold. Although they won the public vote, BQL finished 2nd over all, as the jury only placed them 4th.
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It’s Complicated is a kind of beach party song, fresh and with positive vibes, that makes you wanna dance on a hot summer day. It is written by Maraaya and Eurovision veteran, Charlie Mason, who co-wrote the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 winning song Rise Likea Phoenix. Mason was also involved in writing the Slovenian entry and the English version of Serbia’s entry in 2015. There is also a Croatian version of It’s Complicated, titled Sjaj, which already was premiered in April this year.