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03
March
2019

Georgia 2019: Oto Nemsadze wins Eurovision ticket

Georgia 2019: Oto Nemsadze wins Eurovision ticket

Oto Nemsadze

After winning tonight’s final in Georgian Idol, Oto Nemsadze will be heading to Tel Aviv to represent the country at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. The winner was chosen in a tough battle against three other contestants.

Home country Israel selected their Eurovision participant via the Next Star talent show, Malta used X-Factor to find their act, and now tonight the Idols format came to an end in Georgia picking their entry for the 2019 contest.

The Idols format is originally British from 2001, but has since spread around the world. In Georgia, they premiered it in 2008 and it is the eight season, which came to an end tonight. This is the first time that the country uses this format. Previously they have had national finals and internal selections.

It’s however not the first time, Georgia will be represented by an Idol winner. 2013 Georgian Idol winner Nina Sublatti represented her country at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest where she finished 11th with the song Warrior. She also performed as interval act in tonight’s show.

The selection

Four acts had reached the final stage tonight. Three potential Eurovision songs were served for them to find the song that would fit them best. All three songs are in Georgian, and it’s expected to stay like that for Eurovision. If that remains the case, it will be the second year in a row where the country compete with a song entirely in Georgian.

  • Giorgi NakashidzeSul Tsin Iare
  • Liza KalandadzeSevdisperi Zgva
  • Oto NemsadzeSul Tsin Iare
  • Giorgi PruidzeMe Mjera

In the final, the winner was decided 100% by televoting, but four judges were there to give feedback upon the performances.

The jury consisted of Tinatin Berdzenishvili (GPB manager.), Zaza Shengelia (President of a record company), Natia Todua (The Voice Germany winner) and finally Stephane Mghebrishvili (musician and singer). The latter were selected to represent her country at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest together with the group 3G. The broadcaster however had to withdraw the song We Don’t Wanna Put In as the European Broadcasting Union asked for a change in the lyrics, which was seen as a critic towards Vladimir Putin and as such too political. This was refused from Georgian side and thus the country withdrew from the contest instead.

Enjoy this year’s Georgian participant in the video below:

Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest

Back in 2007, Sopho Khalvashi represented Georgia at it’s Eurovision debut. With the song Visionary Dream, she reached the final and finished 12th. The following year, Diana Gurtskaya came 11th – and Georgia had established themselves as a country to watch out for.

In 2009, EBU however insisted that the lyrics to the entry We Don’t Wanna Put In should be changed as ‘Put In’ were seen as a clear reference to Vladimir Putin. Georgia refused, and instead withdrew from the contest.

As the country returned to the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, it was to a 9th place which was repeated the following year – to date those results are the best the country ever did. In 2012, Georgia failed to reach the final for the first time, and that were to happen three more in the following years; 2014, 2017 and 2018.

Last year, Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao represented the country. Despite the English title For You, the entry was entirely in Georgian. With just 24 points, they finished last in their semi-final and thus weren’t near a qualification.

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03
March
2019

Moldova decided: Anna Odobescu wins O Melodie Pentru Europa

Moldova decided: Anna Odobescu wins O Melodie Pentru Europa

Anna Odobescu

Beating nine other contestants, Anna Odobescu won tonight the national final in Moldova and thus will represent the country in Tel Aviv, Israel in May. Several well known names entertained in tonight’s show.

The broadcaster TRM received 28 songs in their call out for potential Eurovision entries. Instead of having two semi-finals as initially planned, they held auditions in February. That way, the 28 songs were cut down to 10.

Contents

  • 1 The songs
  • 2 The show
  • 3 The voting
  • 4 Moldova at the Eurovision Song Contest
In a two hour long show this evening, the last cut took place as 10 became one who will thereby represent Moldova at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

The songs

Aurel ChirtoacăLa Cinema

The first participant of the show is dressed in a fedora hat and beige checkered jacket and performs a modern blues inspired song. His backing vocals positioned in the background, and can be easily overlooked.

Vera ȚurcanuCold

With her long white Daenerys Targaryen hair and white dress, Vera’s pop song is something entirely different. Four male dancers perform to the sharp beats and lift her up on a platform, before their white dresses suddenly change to red ones.

Due to an issue with the audio, she got a second chance at her performance after the last song was performed.

Marcela ScripcaruMeteor

The stage changed colour from the cold white to a warm red. Marcela’s hair matches the colours of the background, while her black dress provides a suitable contrast. Her one male and two female backing vocals are equally dressed in black.

Once the song hits the chorus, the background darkens to space blue but progresses back to the explosive red along with the lyrics of the catchy pop power balled.

SiajOlimp

Fourth song, and fourth genre. We stay close to pop, this time more ethnic; the electric guitars give it a nice rock edge. She wears a metallic-look long overcoat and high red boots, matching the red pants worn by the two guitarists. Three backing vocals help giving the performance a bit more depth.

Maxim ZavidiaI Will Not Surrender

Maxim brings a powerful Rock ballad, not unlike the style of Meatloaf. The background displays a giant clock that spins backwards at a very fast pace. He’s initially joined on stage by two dancers, performing a routine with sticks. I’m not sure what it means, but it resonates. Later in the song, a male and 2 female backing vocals join him.

Diana BrescanLies

A more classic ballad this time. We see a white bench and Diana wears a white pants suit. Her voice sounds dramatic, and rather than sit on the bench she eventually rolls around on the floor. I could’t connect to the sense of drama though.

Tinna GiVirus

Mellow… four dancers with blue arabian. She’s attached to one of the dancers by a ribbon when she tries to walk away from them, though later all dancers seem more stuck to her. This looks like what we remember from Sertab Erener’s Eurovision perforamnce. Brown dress.

LemoniqueGravity

We move over to a techno pop party, the kind only Moldova can get away with. And as usual, they do! Lemonique wears a short white tutu dress, is joined on stage by a cymbal player wearing a welding helmet decorated with bunny ears, a guitarists dressed in black leather and two female backing dancers in surprisingly normal black pant suits.

Anna OdobescuStay

That we had to wait until the 9th song of the evening before being treated to a more typical Eurovision pop ballad only underlines the variety in tonight’s O Melodie Pentru Europa. But Stay is exactly that. Anna is dressed in a metallic right top, and a white long open dress. Three backing vocals back Anna up for the most powerful parts of the song.

Che-MD feat. Elizaveta IvasiukSub Pământ

The last song of the evening is another rock ballad, but that’s the thing it has in common with I Will Not Surrender. The stage is filled with a drum player, both acoustic and bass guitar and a violinist. This song never quite reaches that level, but anybody familiar with the Dutch music scene might compare them to Within Temptation.

The show

In Moldova, the show kicked off at 21:15 (20:15 CET) and lasted three hours. Audience and viewers at home were treated to a classic dance performance worthy of the Eurovision Young Dancers competition, after which host Iurie Gologan entered the stage dressed in a black fedora hat decorated with fake peyat. Together with Daniela Crudu and Elena Băncilă, the other two hosts of the evening, and without the slightly offensive hat, he introduced the 10 hopefuls.

Half an hour into the programme, the hosts officially declared the competition open – immediately followed by a commercial break.

About fifteen minutes after we heard Sub Pământ, we see Vera Țurcanu again. Due to an issue with the audio, she gets to perform again.

After about an hour of perhaps the biggest variety I’ve ever seen in 10-song national final, the 20-minute voting window was opened. While the votes are being counted and verified, we’re treated to a cavalcade of interval acts; including an orchestra and performances by, among others, Geta Burlacu (Moldova 2008), Nelly Ciobanu (Moldova 2009) and Cristina Scarlat (Moldova 2014).

This year’s Romanian representative Ester Peony also took the stage performing her Eurovision entry On A Sunday, which won after a very controversial voting.

The voting

Seven jury members, each present in the studio, awarded their set of Eurovision-style 1-8, 10 and 12 points to tonight’s participants. The combined jury votes was then converted to a single set of Eurovision-style points, and added to a similar set of points from the televote.

ActJury pointsTelevoteCombined
Anna Odebescu12 (75)1022
Diana Brescan10 (52)515
Vera Turcanu8 (44)715
Lemonique7 (42)815
Tinna Gi6 (41)612
Maxin Zavidia5 (38)1217
Marcela Scripcaru4 (37)15
Aurel Chirtoacă3 (35)25
Siaj2 (34)35
Che-MD feat. Elizaveta Ivasiuk1 (8)45

Moldova at the Eurovision Song Contest

In 2005, Moldova appeared at the contest for the first time when Zdob și Zdub gave us all a party with the song Bunica Bate Toba, which finished 6th. The country has taken part every year since that – and though they are yet to win, they sure have provided a party more than once.

Zdob și Zdub returned to the contest in 2011 with the song So Lucky, and SunStroke Project represented the country twice too; in 2010 performing Run Away where we first fell in love with their saxophone, and again in 2017 where we all enjoyed their Hey, Mamma! The latter came in as third, which is the best Moldovan result at the Eurovision Song Contest.

With their 14 appearances, the country reached the final 10 times. 4 of those finished in top 10, but they have two 11th places and one 12th as well.

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03
March
2019

KEiiNO wins Melodi Grand Prix 2019 and will represent Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest this year

KEiiNO wins Melodi Grand Prix 2019 and will represent Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest this year

Keiino

Tonight, one of the most anticipated National Finals of this years Eurovision season took place in Norway. Ultimately KEiiNO won the Melodi Grand Prix 2019 and will represent Norway at Eurovision in Tel Aviv in May.

Several fan favourites appeared tonight in the competition but sadly only one could be chosen as the winner.

Contents

  • 1 The Hosts And Show
  • 2 The Songs
  • 3 The Results
  • 4 Norway In The Eurovision Song Contest

The Hosts And Show

This years hosts were Heidi Ruud Ellingsen and Kåre Magnus Bergh. Heidi came to prominence in Norway when she won the role of Kathy Selden in the Norwegian version of Singing In The Rain, via the reality show Dream Role. She also starred in the 2012 movie Hjem. She is the voice of Peaches in Ice Age 4.

A native of Hamar, Norway,  40 year old Kåre Magnus Bergh is also best known for being an actor. He starred in the Norwegian movies  Showman and Side on Side.

Alexander Rybak opened the show with a performance of last years entry That’s How You Write A  Song mashed up with his winning entry  from 2009 Fairytale.

After the international juries gave their results. Heidi put on an ESC-burlesque show singing Eurovision favourites Euphoria, My Number One, Satellite and Rise Like A Phoenix.

There then followed a totally unexpected fan mob singing Let It Swing to Bobbysocks. Tor Endresen was then saluted with a tribute to some of his Norwegian entries in Melodi Grand Prix, and Heidi sung a lullaby to him.

After the Golden duel, Netta continued her European tour of National finals performing last year’s winning song Toy.

The Songs

Chris MedinaWe Try

Chicago bon Chris has appeared in American Idol and has already reached number one in Norway with the song What Are Words in 2011. This year’s entry We Try is a contemporary pop song which would stand a good chance in any countries National final, The chorus is a good piece of Electronic Dance Music and makes a great opening number. What a shame if after this competition the song just gets buried and dies. Excellent stuff though Chris should have stood up instead of sitting at the piano while the dancers danced around.

D’SoundMr. Unicorn

The duo of Jonny Sjo and Kim Ofstad have been together as a group for 25 years and Mirjam Omdal joined last year. They describe their music as a mix of pop and jazz. Mr Unicorn is another get up and dance number, also fit for purpose in 2019. A little vocal trickery is taking place to enhance the sound, but again is a very worthy entry. Tonight all in white the group performed in cages.

Kjetil MørlandEn livredd mann

Mørland  has returned after his success in 2015 with A Monster Like Me, with another classic piece of pop music. This is a superb dark sound with an absolute killer chorus. It would be great to see Mørland back at Eurovision again, but he has chosen a really strong year to try to make this happen again. We will need to wait and see if the Norwegian public ar ready to send Mørland  again. The stage performance tonight started with white noise on several TV screens leading into the dancing that happens on the official video that was made for the song.

Anna-Lisa KumojiHolla

Anna has appeared in several shows and movies in Norway, the latest being the stage version of Flashdance. This is a get down and dirty dance hip hop number sung with plenty passion. Anna wore an oversize red fake fur coat which she quickly lost to reveal a black pant suit. She was joined by Alexander Rybak’s dancer from last year along with four other jungle babes crawling about like leopards. Attitude with fun.

Erlend BratlandSing for You

Erlend won Norske Talenter in 2008 and has released one album True Colours and four singles. Sing For You is a powerful anthemic like song and Erlend sings it particularly well. He stood in the centre of an empty stage with smoke swirling around him. Half way through a lady with a white cello appeared from out of nowhere and when the camera pulled away you could see she was alone on a satellite stage. Very good indeed. This song was performed again at the end due to some staging issues on the first run through.

Ingrid Berg MehusFeel

Ingrid is an experienced violinist and is also well-known for being Alexander Rybak’s ex girl-friend.Ingrid showed tonight that she is also an excellent vocalist. This is a pop  song with a dance rhythm chorus with high screaming vocals. Of course the violin features heavily in the middle of the song. The sixth great song of the evening, with Ingrid all in red tonight to match all the red smoke on the stage. A man danced some distance from her on another satellite stage, though he made it over beside her at the end.

Hank von HellFake It

Hank is well-known for being the ex lead singer of the band Turbonegro. If rock music is your thing then this will be your favourite. If not though, it says a lot about this years competition that even if this is the winner, Norway will be sending a good song to Eurovision, This is a bit like some of the early punk records rather than total hard rock. There was lots of fire during this performance and the audience were loving it, Hank and his band of four guitarists and a drummer  were all in white and added much needed life to this year’s National finals.

Carina DahlHold Me Down

Carina was born in Trondheim and has been a successful model, singer and songwriter in Norway since 2006. This ia strong pop song with a touch of electronic music. Carina felt she needed eight dancers to help her along, immediately breaking the Eurovision people on stage rules. She started of wearing a white jacket but lost it to reveal an orange pant suit so she could gyrate along with her fellow foot tappers. Lots of fire and antics going on under a massive sheet, Carina had the audience dancing along with her. Impossible to guess the results at this time.

Adrian JørgensenThe Bubble

This ex- Voice alumni also sang backing vocals for JOWST in 2017 and appears tonight with  a Mørland and Aleksander Wallman co-written song. And what a song it is. One Direction would have had a number one hit with this song. Anthemic, catchy, modern, this one could go all the way. Adrian just stood on stage with his guitar wearing a yellow jacket and was accompanied by his female helping hand from a distance. Plain and simple.

KEiiNOSpirit in the Sky

Fred Bujlo, Alexandra Rotan, and Tom Hugo make up the Norwegian-Sami trio. Tom and Alexandra were both in the Norwegian final last year. Aside from celebrating  the Sami culture, this is a song just made for Eurovision. Impossible not to love, this is the song that was expected to win, but they have a lot of tough competition. The trio were all in black ,with green lights on the stage. Two dancers were in the background, and then they had the nerve to have a dozen drummers join them – the EBU will be crossing that trick right out. What a pity they can’t all go to Eurovision.

The Results

The international juries announced the song they liked the most. Georgia, Spain, FYROM and Ireland preferred D’Sound. Denmark went for Mørland. The Danish jury included Kirsten Siggaard from Hot Eyes, who represented her home land in 1984, 1985 and 1988.

Italy liked Anna. Portugal, Switzerland and Hungary liked Adrian. Israel’s favourite was Keiino.

The hosts then announced the Top 4 acts combining the jury and public vote.

In order of announcement it was Adrian Jørgensen, Anna-Lisa Kumoji, KEiiNO and D’Sound.

The acts were then split into two halves and one of the two was sent into the Golden battle where the Norewgian public were to vote again for their favourite.

Battle One was : Adrian and Anna

Battle Two was KeiiNO and D’Sound

Adrian and KEiiNO went into the Golden final and performed their songs again.

In the end, the winner was KEiiNO.

Norway In The Eurovision Song Contest

This will be the 58th appearance for Norway at the Eurovision song contest following their 1960 debut, since then they  have only not participated in 1970 and 2002.

Norway has had mixed results in the contest and has finished in every position in the Top 20 over the years except 19th.

They have won three times, The first was in 1985 when Bobbysocks sang La Det Swinge, then ten years later Secret Garden received the gold prize with Nocturne.

Their third win was Alexander Rybak with Fairytale. Alexander tried to repeat that success last year with That’s How You Write A Song, but instead ended up in 15th place, which was until last year the only other position in the Top 20 that Norway had not finished.

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03
March
2019

Hatari will fly the flag for Iceland in Tel Aviv

Hatari will fly the flag for Iceland in Tel Aviv

HATARI

Tonight’s Söngvakeppnin final gave victory to Hatari. This came after a close selection where it was hard to predict the result and thus who would be off to Tel Aviv, Israel in May.

5 entries (4 from the semi finals and 1 wildcard chosen by broadcaster RÚV) took stage for the grand final in Iceland tonight. Iceland will compete in the second half of the first semi final, which will take place on the 14th of May 2019.

Competing tonight, we saw two previous Eurovision stars among the finalists to win the right to represent the Nordic country again:

  • Hera Björk represented her country with her energetic uptempo song Je Ne Sais Quoi. Eventually, she finished in 19th place with 41 points in the grand final.
  • Friðrik Ómar was a part of the duo Euroband who competed for their country in 2008 along with his musical partner Regína Ósk. With their feel-good song This Is My Life, they took the 14th place with a total of 64 points in the grand final.

Contents

  • 1 The Songs
  • 2 The Show:
  • 3 The voting and the result
  • 4 Iceland’s Eurovision history
  • 5 In my view

The Songs

Friðrik ÓmarHvað ef ég get ekki elskað? / What If I Can’t Have Love? (Friðrik Ómar Hjörleifsson & Sveinbjörn I. Baldvinsson)

Former Euroband (2018) member Fridrik appeared alone on stage inside a prisma of lightbeams and continiued the presentation of his romantic ballad on a round platform joined by his backvocalists later on. He was all in white. The stage was decorated with white ice images on a black platform. Light beams appeared again and suddenly the stage turned red and black but turned back to its previous style again at the end. Friðrik preferred to sing his song in Icelandic.

Kristina Skoubo BærendsenMama Said (Kristina Skoubo Bærendsen, Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson, Valgeir Magnússon)

Tonight’s wildcard came from Kristina who took the stage in her black slimfit torn jeans and navy blue shirt holding a guitar. She performed her mid tempo song along with her four dancers who all wore black suits. Kristina sang in English.

Tara MobeeBetri án þín / Fighting For Love (Andri Þór Jónsson and Eyþór Úlfar Þórisson / Tara Mobee English)

Young Tara took the stage with her four dancers in her golden coveralls. She started her song on a round platform with her dancers. She continued her performance away from the platform on stage and finished back on the platform. Confettis were used during the uptempo parts of the song which was sung in English.

Hera BjörkEitt andartak / Moving On (Örlygur Smári, Hera Björk Þórhallsdóttir & Valgeir Magnússon)

2010 participant Hera Björk presented us a romantic ballad unlike her previous uptempo entry back in 2010. She used her vocal abilities throughout the performance. She took the stage in her dark blue and white outfit matching with stage concept. Later on, her back vocalists joined her. The black and blue stage turned red at the end. Hera sang in English.

HatariHatrið mun sigra (Hatari)

Bondage – Synth – Punk trio Hatari (Klemens Hannigan, Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson, and Einar Stefánsson) took the stage in their signature leather outfits singing their one of a kind piece. The dancers were in leather costumes as well. Uniqie vocal styles, unique stage concept and unique choreography were the highlights of the performance. Fireworks were used from time to time on the multicolour stage. They sang in Icelandic.

The Show:

The National Final show in Laugardalshöll venue began at 20:45 CET. with a music and dance show from the hosts Fannar Sveinsson, and Benedikt Valsson.

All the entries were performed in the Icelandic language in the semi-finals due to the broadcaster’s regulations. However, in the grand final, the artists were free to present their entry in the language of their choice, which is intended to be used in the actual Eurovision Song Contest.

Interviews with artists by Björg Magnúsdóttir took place after their performances. We’ve witnessed a slight technical problem with the sound during the start of the interview after the performances, but it was solved in short notice.

Yohanna, 2009 representative of the Nordic country, graced the stage performing Icelandic version of Shallow along with the hosts Fannar Sveinsson, and Benedikt Valssoand. Yohanna, in her red costume, sang “Is It Over” afterwards accompanied by a guitar, a piano and a chorus.

Iceland’s 2018 representative Ari Ólafsson performed Our Choice. Ari had a longer hair and was wearing a black suit and red shoes. To our amusement, he also sang Il Volo’s Grande Amore joined by two other tenors. The crowd went crazy.

Last year’s runner up Eleni Foureira melted Iceland down with her Fuego and she also performed her new single Tomame.

Another special appearance was by Mr. Jon Ola Sand, the executive supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest. He complimented the show and he stated that his favorite Icelandic entry is “Is it true” by Yohanna

The voting and the result

An international jury panel (including Eleni Foureira for Greece) and the public televote helped choosing the winning entry for Iceland. The International panel of expert judges also gave their opinions about each entry.

At the end of the televoting and international expert jury voting, Hatari and Friðrik Ómar, who received the overall highest marks got into the super final competition. In the superfinal, the winner was determined 100% by televote. As a result of the final round, Hatari was annouced the winner of the night with their song Hatrið mun sigra. Thus they received the honor of flying their flag of ther country in Tel Aviv.

Iceland’s Eurovision history

Iceland joined the Eurovision family in 1986 in Bergen with group Icy and their song Gleðibankinn.

In 1999, Selma Björnsdóttir earned 146 points and a 2nd place with All Out Of Luck. That result was repeated in 2009. Yohanna and her romantic ballad Is It True earned 218 points in the grand final and got the 2nd place after Alexander Rybak.

Last year, young Ari Ólafsson participated in the name of Iceland with his strong ballad Our Choice. He unfortunately was eliminated in the first semi final with 15 points and 19th place.

The Nordic country is yet to win the contest and sadly couldn’t see the final for the past 5 years in a row. Time will tell if things are to change this year.

Here you can watch the final performance of the winner:

In my view

I personally am a great fan of Hera Björk. When I first heard that she was going to try again, I was really excited. And when I heared her new entry, I was rather happy to hear what I was expecting… A quality song from a quality voice.

When I first saw Hatari on TV, I had a little shock 🙂 I have not seen something like this in my whole life before. When I was done with my first shock, I started to like the song. Eurovision needs uniqie and different styles.

Tara is a talented young artist, but this song seems not to fit her 100% (my opinion again).

Fridrik showed us his talent in ballads as well as uptempo songs and it was an impressive show from him.

The highlight of the night was Ari singing Il Volo’s Grande amore with two fantastic tenors.

The opinion expressed in "In my view" are those of the author and are not necessarily the one of EuroVisionary.com.

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03
March
2019

Conan Osíris wins Festival da Canção 2019 and will represent Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

Conan Osíris

Last year’s host nation chose their Eurovision Song Contest 2019 entry tonight. After two qualifying heats, eight acts performed in the Festival da Canção 2019 with Conan Osiris being chosen as the winner.

Being the hosts last year, Portugal went straight to the final. However this year, Portugal has been drawn in the second half of the first semi final, so you will see Conan Osiris with the song Telemóveis on May 14.

Contents

  • 1 The Hosts and Show
  • 2  The Songs
  • 3 The Results
  • 4 Portugal In The Eurovision Song Contest

The Hosts and Show

Tonight the hosts were Filomena Cautela, alongside RTP and Rádio Comercial show host Vasco Palmeirim. Filomana started her career as an actress. She appeared in the  movies Santa Barbara and Linhas De Sangue. She was also one of the four hosts of last years Eurovision  Song Contest in Lisbon.

Vasco, too has also starred in a number of films including Encdeados and Refrigerantes e Canções de Amor. The show opened with the pair joining in on a song and dance skit of some of Portugal’s past entries.

While we awaited the results Armando Gama sang his 1983 Portuguese entry Esta Balada Que Te Dou with a new modern beat. Anabel then sang the 1993 entry A Cidade.

Next up was Vânia Fernandes with a new jazz version of her wonderful Senhora do mar (Negras águas) from 2008.

The final guest performance was last years Portuguese entrant Cláudia Pascoal singing her new song Ter Ou Nao Ter. She was later joined by her partner in crime, Isaura to sing O Jardim.

 The Songs

CalemaA Dois

The two Ferreira brothers opened tonight’s show with a nice pice of creamy soul, which would make an excellent entry for Portugal, and therefore it won’t get sent. This was a good song and act to open the show, with their four backing singers helping them along.

Mariana BragadaMar doce

This is the type of stuff Portugal usually send to Eurovision. Boring, non descript stuff that is forgotten about as soon as the song ends, and in fact is even forgotten about while being performed. You’d walk past this if someone was singing it in a mall. Mariana did look good in her yellow dress though. She was joined by three female backing singers all in black, with yellow belts.

MatayPerfeito

Matay is a very good singer and this song sounds likes Somewhere Out There. The trouble is that songs like this didn’t even win in the nineteen seventies. However with a stronger arrangement and more choral backing singers this has potential. Matay was extremely well dressed in his suit and bow tie tonight.

SurmaPugna

This has just enough of weird to fool you into thinking its good. With an introduction exactly the same as Shakespears Sisters Stay, two cat-like figures crawl on stage and you can see the audience are wondering what’s going on. Surma’s vocals are barely audible which may actually be a good thing. If Portugal want to send something a little different this should be it.

NBC Igual a tia

NBC is actually a man and he has a pretty good voice. There is no frills in this song but at times it bursts to life with drum crashes and help from unseen backing singers. Not awful by any means but not winning material either.

MadrepazMundo a mudar

This is a bit  more like it with some wonderful harmonies from this six piece group. Of course nothing is ever that simple as the group appear with masks on their faces – is there are a reason for this. All told though this has a nice tune and it sails along pleasantly.

Conan Osíris Telemóveis

The pre contest favourite is another exercise in weird just for the sake of it. Its hard to see why this has so much love but if people think it can give Portugal a decent result then they may as well send it. Two female singers huh and hah’ed along in the background to this Middle Eastern type arrangement. Conan and his dancer were both in fancy white tonight, with his dancer pretending to fall. Original for sure.

Ana CláudiaInércia

Closing tonight’s proceedings was Ana with another slow and mournful piece with no possible winning Eurovision potential. Who listens to this stuff?

The Results

JuryTelevotingTotalPlace
Calema47116
Mariana Bragada3587
Matay710173
Surma84125
NBC108182
Madrepaz76134
Conan Osíris1212241
Ana Cláudia5388

Portugal In The Eurovision Song Contest

This will be Portugal’s 51st appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest. On their 49th appearance they won the contest for the first time with Salvador Sobral and Amar Pelos Dios.

With that one exception Portugal are one of the least successful countries at Eurovision having placed in the Top 10 on only eight occasions and the best of these was a 6th place with Lúcia Moniz and the song O meu coração não tem cor in 1996.

Since the start of the semi finals in 2004, Portugal have failed to qualify to the final eight times, coincidentally the same  number of times they have finished in the Top 10. As well as that they have finished last in the finals on four separate occasions including last year with O Jardim by Cláudia Pascoal.

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02
March
2019

Darude feat Sebastian Rejman will bring Look Away to the stage in Tel Aviv

Darude feat Sebastian Rejman will bring Look Away to the stage in Tel Aviv

Darude

Finland have spoken. LookAway is the song that Darude feat Sebastian Rejman will take to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Like last year, the Finnish public along with the jury had three songs to choose from. Can Darude and Sebastian qualify for the grand final this time?

Contents

  • 1 The Show
  • 2 The Songs
  • 3 The voting
  • 4 Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest

The Show

The show was hosted by 2013 competitor Krista Siegfrids who changed her outfit between every link during the show. The Finnish star also provided the 2nd part of the interval act.

Darude and Sebastian Rejman performed their three songs in front of the Finnish public and the studio audience before the public vote opened.

Emmelie De Forest performed her latest single during the interval. In the preview show Emmelie took part in an interview where she still expressed love for OnlyTeardrops and said how much she still loves performing in to this day.

Emmelie started her performance by singing her winning Eurovision song. Sporting blonde hair, Emmelie was looking more like her old self.

The Songs

Release me

Release me was the first song to be performed. Sebastian started off at the front with Darude spinning the decks behind him. In the performance Sebastian appeared to be walking through a purple and white vortex, being dragged back by a treadmill.

Darude didn’t feature much in the performance as the camera focused more on Sebastian and his choreography.

Superman

The audience were treated to a spectacular light show full of lazers as the duo performed. In a change, Darude wasn’t behind the decks at the start of the song but sat at a keyboard showing that he is multi-talented.

Sebastian was joined on stage by dancers were passing orbs to one another. At the final chorus’s darude held a giant orb above his head before hitting it like a volleyball into the audience.

Look Away

The song started with Darude behind the decks. He would stood inside a box which rotated. The box was covered in screens which featured videos of a woman underwater, as the camera panned out the woman was on top of the box dancing.

The final song was the slickest and most impressive of the visual performances.

The voting

The song that Finland sent to the Tel Aviv was decided by a 50/50 vote between the public televote and the international jury. The international jury consisted of representatives from Ireland, United Kingdom, Spain, Israel, Sweden, Norway, Czech Republic and Denmark.

The Finnish public were able to vote for their favourite song using the Yle.fi app. This was free way of voting with each app vote being worth 10 televotes.

First up was the jury vote. We first heard the votes of the United Kindgom and finishing with Israel. Each country gave their 8,10 and 12 points. Look Away was a clear winner of the jury vote with all 6 jury countries giving the song the maximum 12 points. The public agreed with the jury who also gave the song to maximum points

Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest

Finland have had a shaky history at Eurovision, only winning the contest once. In 2006 Lordi’s Hard Rock Hallelujah had earned the highest amount of points by any other country until it was beaten by Alexander Rybak three years later.

Last year Finland were represented by Saara Aalto who was internally selected by YLE. Qualifying for the grand final her song Monsters was a big hit amongst fans but failed to earn a good result in the final. She finished in a disappointing 25th place out of a possible 26.

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