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27
July
2017

Eurovision 2017 views decrease by 49% on YouTube

Eurovision 2017 views decrease by 49% on YouTube

SunStroke Project (Moldova 2017)

The overall views of the grand final performances from the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest on YouTube represents a decrease of 49% in comparison to the 2016 edition and 51% compared to 2015. This major decrease raises two possibilities: is Eurovision losing its popularity or was this year’s competition just not good enough?

A total of 45 million views to this year’s finalists on the official Eurovision YouTube channel. A number hard to relate to, but compared to the previous two years, it is a decrease on 49% and 51%.

It had already been announced by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) that the viewing figures for 2017 had decreased from 204 million viewers in 2016 to a total of 182,000,000. This decrease was easily explained by Russia’s withdrawal of the competition which can also justify the fact that the online streaming grew up to six million hits on the official channel.

Nonetheless, this good online presence didn’t last long. Two months after this year’s competition, the views of the Grand Final performances in YouTube have already stalled. Last week we saw that SunStroke Project’s Hey Mama performance overtook Salvador Sobral’s and became the most watched performance from the final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

This accounts for a simple figure of almost nine million views, a very small number compared to last year’s most watched performance on the platform which has over 20 million views. The title belongs to Russias entry You Are The Only One. If we talk about the winners, Salvador Sobral’s numbers struggle to match Jamala’s even if duplicated.

On the bright side for this year’s winner, according to Google Trends, “Salvador Sobral” beat last year’s winner “Jamala” in terms of trends.

Obviously, this trend and comparisons are not extremely fair for this year’s competitors as they’ve been online for solely two months but we ask you: Will that change much after one or two years? Let’s take a look and compare the YouTube views of the last three Eurovision Song Contests – 2015, 2016 and 2017.

A graphic that compares the cumulative views of the Grand Final performances from 2015, 2016 and 2017 on the official Eurovision channel on YouTube

It’s obvious that we are facing a negative trend. As explained before, we saw a decrease of 49% compared to last year. In fact, the cumulative views of 2016’s top 3 is enough to match 2017’s overall, but if you look closer, there was a decrease of just 4% when comparing 2015 and 2016 that can keep on decreasing throughout the time. This makes us scrap the possibility that Eurovision may be losing its popularity and makes us jump into another: Was 2017 just not good enough?

It’s possible. It will never be unanimous as it is quite subjective, but the viewers speak and deliver their opinions and it’s quite consensual that 2017 wasn’t able to match the two previous shows.

Note: The numbers in this article is based only on the videos from the final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. We haven’t looked at the views from the two semi-finals, nor the rehearsal videos which the official channel this year published straight from the camera feed.

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25
July
2017

Eurovision final on the 12th of May 2018 at the MEO Arena in Lisbon, Portugal

Eurovision final on the 12th of May 2018 at the MEO Arena in Lisbon, Portugal

Make sure you mark off the 8th, 10th and 12th of May 2018 in your calendar, and make sure you book hotel and flights for Lisbon, Portugal if you want to experience the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest live. If you haven’t done so, it is time to start planning next year’s contest. 

In May, Portugal won the Eurovision Song Contest for the very first time in its history. Keeping up the tradition of the winning country hosting the following year, we are heading to South West Europe for May 2018.

Today date and arena was finally confirmed and it is therefore time to look at the facts as we know them so far.

We are very pleased to announce that RTP will be hosting the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Both the City and the venue have presented exemplary proposals, and we look forward to working together to make Portugal’s first ever Eurovision the most exciting one yet. We would like to congratulate RTP on their professional and detailed assessments of all the bids.

– Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest

Dates

The two semi-finals for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 8th and 10th of May 2018, with the Grand Final being held two days later, on Saturday the 12th of May.

If you want to experience the entire Eurovision Song Contest, you should be prepared for rehearsals probably starting the 29th of April.

Location

Just as expected, the MEO Arena (Originally Pavilhão Atlântico) in the capital, Lisbon will host the event. MEO is the largest arena in the country with a capacity of up to 20,000 people.

The arena is designed by Portuguese architect Regino Cruz, which was built for the Expo’ 98 exhibition. The multi purpose arena has been used for things like football, Web Summit and also big international concerts with artists like Madonna, Justin Bieber and One Direction.

Tickets

If you want tickets for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, it is not yet time to purchase them. Usually tickets goes on sale in December or January, so you have a little time left to save up.

Commonly, OGAE fan clubs receive an amount of tickets for their members, while the rest goes on public sale. Usually tickets for the final are sold out pretty quickly, often within about half an hour. It is unfortunately not uncommon either that the online system goes down leaving many throughout Europe quite frustrated.

Tickets for the semi-finals usually take a little longer to sell out, just as it is not a problem to get tickets for the dress rehearsals. Usually tickets are sold for second and third dress rehearsal for each for the three live shows, meaning the jury (semi)final the evening before, and the family shows in the afternoon on each live broadcast day.

Theme and Slogan

No official announcement has been made as of yet regarding theme artwork or slogan. However, the backdrop of the press conference featured what looks to be central elements of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest theme art. From that, we now know that “water” will be a central theme for the first ever Eurovision in Portugal.

All things flow. And through them we too are connected. That has been the main key in Portugal’s history, bridging not only with the rest of Europe, but also with Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania. By sea.

– RTP

One you might meet, if you go to Portugal for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is the Portuguese fan who in Kyiv gave us his very own version of the previous Eurovision winners from Wild Dances to 1944. You don’t want to miss this opportunity for an extra smile today.

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24
July
2017

The lives of the Eurovision 2017 finalists since May – Part one

The lives of the Eurovision 2017 finalists since May – Part one

Kristian Kostov, Salvador Sobral, SunStroke Project, Francesco Gabbani, Blanche

42 participants competed. 26 made it to the final. Portugal got its first Eurovision victory. What has happened to all the participants after they returned home from the contest? Who released new music worth listening to this summer? We checked up on all of them.

We are now approaching the end of July, and it has been more than two months since the nail-biting Eurovision weeks back in May in Kyiv, Ukraine. As the juries and viewers across Europe and Australia cast their votes, Portugal ended up winning the Eurovision Song Contest for the very first time.

But what have all the finalists been up to since then? In a series of three articles, we check up on the 26 acts who made it to the final. Who is taking it easy, and who is in full swing with new singles, albums and tours? Let’s start.

Contents

  • 1 Salvador Sobral (Portugal)
  • 2 Kristian Kostov (Bulgaria)
  • 3 SunStroke Project (Moldova)
  • 4 Blanche (Belgium)
  • 5 Francesco Gabbani (Italy)
  • 6 Ilinca & Alex Florea (Romania)
  • 7 Joci Pápai (Hungary)
  • 8 Isaiah (Australia)
  • 9 JOWST feat. Aleksander Walmann (Norway)
  • 10 O’G3NE (The Netherlands)
  • 11 Alma (France)

Salvador Sobral (Portugal)

Salvador Sobral (Portugal 2017)

Salvador Sobral won the Eurovision Song Contest this year with a glorious 758 points and has taken the world by storm with his victory, and started discussion throughout Europe (and Australia).

Some comments were critical, some were quite bad, but most of the world fell in love with the guy who quietly won Eurovision, standing out from all the other acts with a simple performance. Salvador won the contest with the song Amar Pelos Dois, meaning “Love For Two”, a song that was composed by his sister, and his ballad certainly moved the audience when he invited his sister up to sing the song with him at the moment of his victory.

As a devastating wildfire broke out across Pedrogao Grande in central Portugal, Salvador sang at a charity concert on the 27th of June to gather funds to the victims of the fire. Sixty-four people were injured, and two hundred killed. All the funds from the concert went to help the injured victims as well as to rebuild the affected areas. The concert was held in the MEO Arena in Lisbon, which is top candidate to host the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

Along with that, his Eurovision winning ballad is the most-streamed Portuguese song ever on Spotify, and he has resumed his summer tour.

Kristian Kostov (Bulgaria)

Kristian Kostov (Bulgaria 2017)

Kristian Konstantinov Kostov made Bulgaria proud as he rose up the scoreboard and came second, Bulgaria’s record at the Eurovision Song Contest after Poli Genova came fourth in 2016, with his song Beautiful Mess.

He made an appearance in Athens, Greece for the MAD Video Music Awards 2017 at the end of June, just as he performed at the MTV Varna Beach in Bulgaria mid July along with Bebe Rexha and Poli Genova.

SunStroke Project (Moldova)

SunStroke Project (Moldova 2017)

SunStroke Project is a Moldovan musical trio made up by Sergei Yalovitsky, Anton Ragoza, Sergey Stepanov. Sergey Stepanov is the most famous of the three known world wide under the name “Epic Sax Guy” which he got after the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010. Viewers loved the Epic Sax Guy so much that they even uploaded different remixes, mashups and even a ten-hour long loop of his famous tune. This was repeated again this year.

This year, in 2017, they represented Moldova again, with the song Hey Mamma, which featured another tune played by Sergey Stepanov with his saxophone. Afterwards, the members of SunStroke Project gained 25% of the votes of the listeners of the online ESC Radio, and they were given the award  ‘The Best Group’ at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

Blanche (Belgium)

Blanche (Belgium 2017)

Ellie Blanche Delvaux, known as Blanche, is this year’s Belgian entry to the Eurovision Song Contest. She competed in the final with her song City Lights and ended, fairly well, fourth.

It has been rather quiet around her, but in mid July, she shared with all her Facebook fans a new acoustic version of her entry City Lights. 

Leading up to this year’s contest, Blanche also performed several acoustic versions of the song.

Francesco Gabbani (Italy)

Francesco Gabbani (Italy 2017)

Francesco Gabbani is one of this year’s Eurovision participants that have been busy since representing Italy.

He has recently released an album named Magellano. He has been touring around all Italy to perform the nine songs from his album which of course includes his Eurovision entry Occidentali’s Karma.

He rose up the Italian single chart and came second as the most listened artist in Italy with the new single Tra Le Granite E Le Granate.  Also, he was a guest at the World Pride in Madrid, Spain, and made an appearance at the MTV 2017 Awards in Rome.

Ilinca & Alex Florea (Romania)

Ilinca ft Alex Florea (Romania 2017)

Maria Ilinca Băcilă is a Romanian yodeler and singer. She represented her country at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with Alexandru Ionuț (known as Alex Florea).

With the song Yodel It! they finished seventh.

So far there is no news from Ilinca, but Alex Florea has been appearing in different shows, one of them being ‘FANtastic Show’ with Ank Neacsu.

Joci Pápai (Hungary)

Joci Pápai (Hungary 2017)

József “Joci” Pàpai is a Hungarian singer, rapper and guitarist of Romani descent. He represented  Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest this year with the song Origo.

Recently, he premiered his newest song Özönvíz. He performed the song live on Hungarian TV channel, Duna, on the 18th of June. Özönvíz, meaning Flood, is a love song, describing how love turns into a flood of stormy emotions when the other loved one is not near. His Eurovision dancer, Alexandra Virág also was the dancer on his live performance.

Isaiah (Australia)

Isaiah (Australia 2017)

Isaiah Firebrace is an Australian singer who competed in the eighth season and won the X Factor in 2016, and went on to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest this year with the song Don’t Come Easy, and came ninth.

Recently, he has been touring in Belgium and Norway. On Facebook, he told his followers that new music will come soon, so we’ll be waiting to see what he has for us this time.

JOWST feat. Aleksander Walmann (Norway)

JOWST ft. Aleksander Walmann (Norway 2017)

JOWST feat. Aleksander Walmann represented Norway at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine, after winning the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix final with the song Grab The Moment. JOWST was backed up by vocalist Aleksander Walmann on this song.

None of them released any new music since the Eurovision Song Contest, but they have been touring. It is yet unknown whether or not the two of them will continue their collaboration on future projects.

O’G3NE (The Netherlands)

O’G3NE (The Netherlands 2017)

The three sisters, Lisa, Amy and Shelley Vol, two of which are twins represented The Netherlands this year with the song Lights And Shadows, and ended 11th on the scoreboard.

They received a gold record for their album We Got This. The album got into the Top 100 Albums. “You know what is so beautiful? This is our debut as O’G3NE and it’s all our own work, no covers,” said Shelley Vol, surprised of the news of the gold plague.

But all of us are with O’G3NE during this very difficult time for them – their mother, Isolde Vol-Melee, died of cancer at the age of forty-seven. She was the inspiration for their entry Lights And Shadows.

Alma (France)

Alma (France 2017)

Alexandra Maquet or just simply Alma, is a French singer and songwriter, who represented France at the Eurovision Song Contest this year with the song Requiem, finishing twelfth.

She received the title Best Performer at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest by RTE who also called her the second most stylish act.

Together with famous Armenian artists, Alma will shoot in an Armenian movie called “Armenia”. She will play together with Mikael Aramyan, Hovhannes Azoyan, Sos Janibekyan, Arsen Grigoryan and Satenik Hakhnazaryan.

Stay tuned as we soon return with part two and three where we check up on the remaining finalists from this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

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22
July
2017

Manel Navarro wants to overcome Eurovision bullying

Manel Navarro wants to overcome Eurovision bullying

Manel Navarro (Spain 2017)

With his new single, Manel Navarro wants to send the message that he has raised himself and is back stronger than before. The Spanish 2017 representative decided to put aside his reggae roots and go deep by exploring the heartaches of life. This is Navarro’s overcoming message after the Eurovision’s fiasco.

It is not totally wrong to say that 2017 was one of the most controversial years for Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest. The polemic started right from their national selection – Objetivo Eurovision – where the jury overpowered the public’s choice. Therefore, Manel Navarro defeated Mirela’s Contigo and was selected to go to Kyiv with his reggae fusion song Do It For Your Lover.

Already in Kyiv, Manel wasn’t luckier. In fact, his performance became viral for the worst reasons and Spain ended up last. That was one of the reasons for the release of Keep On Falling, according to his Facebook statement.

This is my overcoming and anti bullying message. I hope you help me share this with the world so that we can all love in the same way.

I think we’ve all been through this, but we do get up and the best ones are the ones that have enough strenght to do so

Manel Navarro on Facebook

Keep On Falling – also composed by Manel himself – is an English track that discusses hard times and how to overcome certain situations in life. It’s not a feel-good song like the previous one, but an empowerment one: “But I keep on falling to the edge of the darkness”, he sings. “All I need is a spark that shows me the way”.

See alsoTijana Bogićević releases new song Ti Imaš Pravo

In the music video, Manel builds a music box that is capable of curing delusion, heartbreak or any other bad feeling. Check it out!

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21
July
2017

Slavko Kalezić dreams of X-Factor UK success

Slavko Kalezić dreams of X-Factor UK success

Slavko (Montenegro 2017)

Slavko Kalezić follows in the footsteps of other foreigners like Saara Aalto and Sada Vidoo as he is ready for X-Factor UK. Can he be the first none UK citizen to win the talent show which is among the biggest in the world? This comes just as Panagiotis Koufogiannis won the Greek edition.

Europe was shocked when flamboyant Slavko Kalezić failed to make it past the semi-finals at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. Slavko however took this in his stride. Shortly after his semi-final exit, he announced that he would be writing a book about his Eurovision experience. Not content with only this, he has now followed in the footsteps of former Eurovision hopefuls Saara Aalto from Finland and Danish Sada Vidoo and has auditioned for the X Factor UK in what is rumoured to be the most outrageous series to date.

Kalezić impressed judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osborne and Louis Walsh with his audition and was given a place in the next round of the competition. If the show follows the format of recent years, Slavko will have audition again, this time in front of a live audience before being sent to boot camp. If he is successful he will then progress to the six chair challenge, judges houses and finally the live shows. The start of the series is yet to be aired but is rumoured to be broadcast at the end of August.

See alsoTalent shows as stepping stone for Eurovision Song Contest

X Factor and Eurovision

The X Factor UK has huge links to the Eurovision Song Contest. Last year Saara Aalto wowed the judges and audiences alike and narrowly missed out on X Factor glory, placing 2nd behind Matt Terry. Danish national final participant Sada Vidoo also tried to her luck in the UK edition.

Lucie Jones, UK 2017 participant, became known after being the favourite to win the talent show in 2009. Her X Factor dream however was shattered in the fifth week of the live shows after a final showdown with none other than Irish twins Jedward. The duo represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 and 2012.

2015’s runner up to the Cypriot national selection Panagiotis Koufogiannis won the Greek X Factor in a dramatic final last night. It is expected that he will make another bid for Eurovision next year following his recent success.

You can remind yourself of the eccentric performance by Slavko Kalezić as her performs his entry Space in Kyiv.

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21
July
2017

RTÉ Eurovision costs revealed – Irish participation fairly cheap

RTÉ Eurovision costs revealed – Irish participation fairly cheap

Brendan Murray (Ireland 2017)

Irish broadcaster RTÉ have announced that they spent €331,000 sending Brendan Murray to Eurovision in Kyiv. This is despite the broadcaster making a €20 million loss last year. Compared to a rather average country like the Netherlands, the Irish cost are quite low.

There have been calls to reinstate the national selection show in Ireland after it was announced that RTÉ has spent  668,000 on sending Nicky Byrne and Brendan Murray to Eurovision. Both of whom failed to qualify for the Grand Final.

The broadcaster spent €331,000 sending the former Hometown singer to Kyiv this year along with his 16 strong delegation. Included in this was the €81,000 entrance free and other expenses such as economy flights, hotel and performance costs. Former Westlife star Nicky Byrne’s 2015 entry cost marginally more, coming in at €337,000.

Despite the broadcaster announcing a €20 million deficit last year an RTÉ spokesperson has said the costs were “extreme value for money”. They went on to say “Along with the participation fee, the overall figure includes artist and designer fees, the cost of staging the performance including full dress rehearsals, graphics, props, pyrotechnics, costumes, choreography, postcard filming and song recording”.

Cheap compared to the Netherlands

Last year, the Netherlands published their Eurovision costs. The 2016 participation with Douwe Bob costed the country a total of €500.000, and as such significantly more than the Irish amount. In earlier years, when the Netherlands put in less effort, they still paid more than the Irish. Joan Franka’s 2012 participation came in at a price of €350.000. That entry was the 8th Dutch one in a row not to qualify!

The total cost of a Eurovision participation might sound like a high amount, but if you calculate it on to TV hours, it is fairly cheap TV. In the Dutch case, it was €62.000 per broadcast hour. An average TV hour on the public broadcaster in the Netherlands costs €58.000 and as such the Eurovision Song Contest is only a little bit more expensive.

You can be reminded of Brendan’s 2017 performance of Dying To Try below in our 4K video:

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