San Marino RTV has unveiled new information about the country’s unprecedented national selection, 1in360. There will be three shows in order to select the best act and song to represent San Marino at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The winner will be chosen by a combination of jury and online voting.
The official search for San Marino’s representative is about to begin. The country’s broadcaster has held a press conference with the details. To start, it is now known that there’ll be three shows broadcast by San Marino RTV and by 1in360 in its YouTube channel. The first two – to be aired on 9th and 16th of February – will be pre-recorded while the last one – 3rd of March – will be broadcast live.
Unlike the majority of the national selections, San Marino is not having eliminatory rounds and will allow all 11 contestants to perform in the show. During the first two shows, each act will perform acoustic versions of their two original songs and be evaluated by the judging panel : Austrian 2016 representative Zoë Straub, Vince Bugg and the international star, Neon Hitch.
At the end of the second show, the judges will select a song for each candidate, to perform their fully produced version in the show’s grand final. In order to prepare the audience, 1in360 will make the final version of the songs available a week before – 23rd of February – so fans can start deciding which one they like the most. Along with the songs, the online voting will also be opened on that date.
In order to avoid voting fraud, the show’s production will only allow the online voting to be conducted via PayPal where each account will be limited to one vote. Due to this, the public vote can weigh from 10% to 50% (if more than 250,000 votes are cast) depending on the number of received votes.
San Marino At The Eurovision Song Contest
This year, San Marino is really making an effort to try to improve their past results. So far they have only made the final once in eight attempts.
From these eight attempts, it was one of four Valentina Monetta entries, which saw them into the final of 2014. Enjoy that performance one more time below.
Who has what it takes to secure the UK a great result at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest? Today, the six national final entries were revealed. The country has remained faithful to its recent musical identity, but let’s take a closer look at the songs.
It has now been nine years since the last time the United Kingdom has been able to finish in Eurovision’s top 10, but they are not giving up. BBC, United Kingdom’s official broadcaster, has now made the six competing songs available, along with a short description introducing the act and describing the song.
This year’s Eurovision: You Decide has a lot of diversity, talent and identity to offer. From pop to soul, the United Kingdom’s national selection will feature familiar sounds to Spice Girls, Amy Winehouse, Adele or Seal, which have proven to be a worldwide success outside of the Eurovision world.
Inside of the Eurovision world though, we find a few familiar faces as songwriters such as Iceland’s former representative Greta Salóme – who has penned one of the entries or Rune Braager, who has written several songs for the Danish selection through the years. Another one is Jeanette Bonde who took part as singer in last year’s Danish Melodi Grand Prix final with the song Hurricane.
See alsoMelodi Grand Prix 2018 – The ten Danish participants presented
What to expect from each contestant?
The acts and their respective songs can be heard through BBC’s website. Here’s what each of them has to offer:
Asanda – Legends
An infectious beat and chorus is more than enough to conquer Eurovision fans and Legends does mix those two elements perfectly while Asanda claims we can be legends tonight. An Eurovision anthem in the making?
Liam Tamne – Astronaut
Liam ends up bringing that Ed Sheeran flavour into the game with Astronaut even though his vocals resemble Maroon 5’s Adam Levine best. Written with Rune Braager’s help, it’s one of those extremely relatable songs with an extremely modern feeling to it that certainly will conquer a lot of Eurovision fans.
Goldstone – I Feel The Love
It brings in groove, attitude and empowerment. They could follow up on last year’s O’G3NE yet with an upbeat song that will make you stand up and enjoy the moment.
Jaz Ellington – You
If you’re tired of modern sounds, this may be the one for you as it brings soul back to life. While being a less commercial sound, You ends up being catchy and quite touching. A possible winner.
RAYA – Crazy
The Gréta Salóme penned track sounds nothing like what she has served while participating in Eurovision in 2012 or 2016. This upbeat song shares a great touch in production and obviously ends up being catchy and powerful due to its beat.
SuRie – Storm
She was a backing singer for Belgium’s Loïc Nottet and Blanche, and is now attempting her luck with a solo entry to represent the United Kingdom. Her song sounds nothing alike the Belgium entries, ends up sounding current and catchy.
The British national selection will be held in Brighton Dome, the site of ABBA’s 1974 Eurovision win on the 7th of February, and its host – Mel Giedroyc will be joined by the Eurovision 2015 winner, Måns Zelmerlöw, to help her out.
Before we wait, remind yourself of last year’s Lucie Jones performance during the grand final – this time in a special Full Stage View where you can see how the backdrop and the lights were used during the entry:
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The 21st of January was a very eventful day – Timur Miroshnychenko, co-presenter of Eurovision 2017, got married to his partner, Inna Rudnyk, in the presence of his family and friends in the Ukranian capital. Congratulations, Timur and Inna!
Timur Miroshnychenko hosted the Eurovision Song Contest this year, alongside Oleksandr Skichko and Volodymyr Ostapchuk in the Ukranian capital of Kyiv. After such an exciting year, what better way to start a new one? Timur and his partner, Inna Rudnyk got married yesterday in Kyiv and celebrated at one of the city’s noted restaurants.
His family and friends were there when Timur and Inna exchanged their vows, and among the guests, of course, was Oleksandr and Volodymyr and their own partners, and together they took pictures with the newlyweds.
The couple decided to make a simple and informal little party – with just a couple of friends and both their families, and, in the end, 150 guests attended. We mentioned that his Eurovision 2017 co-hosts Oleksander and Volodymyr were in the crowd, but, this year’s Moldovan Eurovision representatives, SunStroke Project, were also among the guests.
“With the best wishes at wedding day of our friend @timur.miroshnychenko and Inna!!” – SunStroke Project posted.
In an interview with the Ukranian magazine, Viva!, Timur tells of when he first realised that he loved Inna.
‘It was during Oleksandr’s stag party in late July in Odessa that I realised that I loved Inna. And then, in my opinion, not even in a very sober state, at two o’clock in the morning, I wrote on a piece of paper: “I love you. Full Stop. I’ll come and tell you. Full stop”.’ And when he came back to Kyiv, he revealed his feelings to his beloved.
We wish Timur and Inna all the best with this new chapter of their lives! Congratulations!
The Czech Television has revealed the 10 international jury members and also their winner participant of the country’s national selection. The rest is to be released with the final results next Monday.
Two weeks ago, on 8th January, the wait was over as Czech Television published and presented their 6 hopefuls for the online national selection. Now, when the public online voting was finally over, the broadcaster revealed 10 names of the ex-Eurovision artists who formed the professional jury. The jury cast its votes and it was revealed just a few moments ago, that their winner is Mikolas Josef with the song Lie to Me with 68 points out of the possible total of 80 points – every member of the 10 piece jury gave out 8 points to the best song and then 6 to the second and 4 to 1 to the rest.
The rest of the ranking is yet unknown but it is expected to be released next Monday, 29th January, when also the results of the public voting should be out. It was also revealed that a total of 16 000 unique votes were sent through the official Eurovision app.
But who are the members of the international jury? Many are Eurovision stars from the last two Eurovision Song Contests!
Dami Im (Australia 2016)
Iveta Mukuchyan (Armenia 2016)
Jalisse (Italy 1997)
Liora (Israel 1995)
Nathan Trent (Austria 2017)
Naviband (Belarus 2017)
Norma John (Finland 2017)
Robin Bengtsson (Sweden 2017)
Sanja Vučić ZAA (Serbia 2016)
Sunstroke Project (Moldova 2010 & 2017)
According to the interviews with the jury members that were released on the official website of the broadcaster, we know who was also a favourite. Every juror was asked how they are satisfied with the finalists and all of them expressed their satisfaction with the diversity of music styles and also the quality of the songs. They were also asked who got their highest score (8 points). While some of them told that it is a top secret, some were more talkative and let us know part of their results. Mikolas was the best for Dami Im and Sanja Vučić. It may be expected that Sunstroke Project preferred Mikolas, but their highest score went surprisingly to Pavel Callta. Debbi was a favourite of Jalisse. Nathan Trent’s top 2 consisted of Mikolas and Debbi. Iveta Mukuchyan then commented on each of the finalists and then finished with the information that she decided between Mikolas and Doctor Victor when it came to the best one.
Who didn’t make it to the final 6?
The Czech finalists – Mikolas Josef, Eva Burešová, Pavel Callta, Debbi, Eddie Stoilow and Doctor Victor – are now impatiently waiting for next Monday. EuroVisionary already informed you about the messages of their songs last week. Before the announcement of their names, many names were rumored to be taking part. Most frequently it was Jakub Ondra with the song Reasons To Love You, who revealed himself that he is among the shortlisted artists. This was confirmed by the delegation after the press conference. But Jakub wasn’t the only one hoping to represent the Czech Republic in Lisbon. There was also Elis (Eliška Mrázová) who is not only a singer but also a composer of her own songs. And last but not least, Annabelle, who usually sings in French, had her song Septembre in the selection. Unfortunately, all these three artists were not lucky enough to get into the final 6, but, if the national final had more places, they would probably have made it, too. Hopefully, we will see them competing for the Czech Republic in the following years.
You can remind yourselves of the six finalists of the national selection, Eurovision Song CZ, in the recap video below.
Amazing and fantastic, or just simply the world’s most annoying song ever. People might disagree about the song, but yesterday we all talked about Whigfield, and it looks like it will take a while before Whigfield turns into Sannie, if ever.
Yesterday 10 acts were presented as participants for the 2018 Danish national selection, but a 47 year old woman who hasn’t had a hit for quite some years stole the show.
She is not even using the same name you once knew her as. And she splits us. Half of us thinks she is amazing, and probably just what Eurovision needs, while the other half is praying the world doesn’t once again fall for her singing what some describes as ‘the world’s most annoying song ever’.
If you are very young, you can be excused, but otherwise there is no way you haven’t heard Whigfield’s Saturday Night, unless your planet was outside our solar system, and even that might not have been far enough away. The song became an international smash hit of a size, very few Danish artists reach, or very few artists at all.
Whigfield earned a place in the Guinness book of Records as she with that same hit went straight into first position on the chats in the UK – as first female ever. And the Brits weren’t the only ones. 11 weeks as number one in Spain, and all over Europe, in Asia, in Australia, South America and Canada people felt the air getting hot on Saturday evenings.
Saturday Night is fantastic, or is it the world’s most annoying song ever? That depends on who you ask. Both opinions could be heard from fans reacting to her taking part in Melodi Grand Prix 2018. Yesterday almost everyone talked about her, many even listened to the song once again – and sang along to it. Aren’t you glad it is winter in Europe so your neighbours probably didn’t hear you during the “Da ba da dan dee dee dee da Nee na na na, be my baby”?
It will be Sannie in the Danish final, but for most of us it will take a lot more than a few weeks to see her as that, and not Whigfield. And it will require something really extraordinary to make sure it isn’t Saturday Night, we will also associate her with in the future.
Recently, she has released house music under her name Sannie, and though her Melodi Grand Prix entry is more pop, it felt natural for her to make the Danes see as Sannie, which is her name given by birth. But Sannie is Whigfield, and Whigfield is Sannie. The two are closely connected, and not even an Olympic sprinter can run fast enough to get away from Saturday Night.
So what’s the song Boys On Girls about? At the press conference yesterday, Sannie told in an interview to Eurosong.dk that the song was basically fully produced within five hours on what she describes as a magic day in the studio. It has been ready for a few years just waiting for the right moment – and the right platform to be released on. When she was asked to take part in the Danish final this years, she said, that she had just the right song ready.
To Good Evening Europe, Sannie revealed that the song is a sexy song, and that we will see a performance from her which is very different to what she have done before.
We are all looking forward to hear the ‘new’ song, but until then it we’ll keep singing along to Saturday Night, whether it is amazing, or simply plain annoying.
TRM MD, Moldova’s official broadcaster, has just made public the 28 songs that will compete to represent the country at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Moldova will surely have a lot of eyes on them, after lasts years success and have a lot to offer in its national final.
Sunstroke Project brought Moldova the country’s best result ever in the Eurovision Song Contest last year with the smash Hey Mamma. In 2018, the country will surely want to continue its good reputation. The country has now presented the 28 hopeful songs for this year’s competition.
All of the songs were made available by the broadcaster – TRM MD – in its Youtube channel. All of them will now go through three different stages. First will be the live auditions where fourteen songs will make it to the semifinal to be held on February 22. Eight songs will make the grand final to be held on February 24.
Take a look at this year’s Selecția Națională list where you’ll be able to find a good balance between English and Moldovan entries.
The Gates of Love
Numai pentru Tine
Sandy C & Aaron Sibley
Once Upon a Time
Come to Life
Let’s Start Together Right Now
Esencia del Sur
Bianco e nero
Ilia Sorocean & Dasha DaGro
Minds & Veins
Formația „5 stele”
My Lucky Day
Dance in flames
Maybe It’s Love
While waiting for the semifinal, why not remind yourself of Sunstroke Project’s interview to EuroVisionary last year at the show’s backstage?