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16
May
2020

Eurovision 2020 entries: North Macedonia – we are discussing Vasil’s YOU

Eurovision 2020 entries: North Macedonia – we are discussing Vasil’s YOU

Vasil had been internally selected to represent North Macedonia at Rotterdam 2020.

Tonight would have been the Grand Final of Rotterdam 2020 if the event not been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here at EuroVisionary, we thought we would keep our Eurovision spirits up by revisiting the entries that had been selected for this year. Today, we are discussing Vasil and YOU from North Macedonia.

Vasil has an interesting life story. Discovered as a talent while singing on the street, he went on to become a child prodigy, choir soloist, a baritone classical opera singer and, later, a pop singer.

YOU was internally selected. Amongst its producers, it counts Darko Dimitrov, who also collaborated on the Albanian entry for this year, Arilena Ara’s Fall from the Sky. The producer is a true Eurovision veteran and previous collaborations include past entries for North Macedonia (2006, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019), Serbia (2018, 2019) and, again, Albania (2015).

Out of these collaborations, it is worth singling out the 2019 entry from North Macedonia, Proud by Tamara Todevska. Placed 7th last year, it remains the country’s only top ten Eurovision result to date.

YOU was ranking at a mediocre 29th place in the betting odds for what would have been Eurovision 2020. But what do we think about the entry? These are some of our views here at EuroVisionary:

Theo – ‘I like it. With its Latin dance references (tango accordion in this case), I think it’s trying to do a chilled down version of She Got Me (Switzerland 2019). The video for YOU also bears conceptual similarities to that from Switzerland last year so I don’t think it’s just my idea. Though I much prefer She Got Me, I find YOU very pleasant to listen to.’

See alsoEurovision 2020: France – we are discussing Tom Leeb and Mon Alliée (The Best In Me)

Ashleigh – ‘This is a slow burner.. When the song started I didn’t think much of it but it gets better as it goes along. It’s definitely not a winner but is still a pleasant song to listen to.’

Elvir  – ‘You is one of my favourite entries this year. I just love the way different music genres such as latin, pop and folk music have been mixed together. And Vasil Garvanliev is such a great artist with a fascinating vocal range. I am already looking forward to hear what North Macedonia has to offer next year.’

Michael  – ‘Not sure what to make of this. North Macedonia seemed to mean business last year and, as Vasil was one of the backing singers, my expectations were high. But this is a really bland effort which never seems to end and I’m left wondering if in reality Vasil is North Macedonia’s Slavko.’

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Álvaro  – ‘I love the intimacy that the music video of You gives me. The song itself is easy to listen and Vasil seems confident when he is performing. A song like this would be a good addition for a final but, at the same time, it could have been forgotten compared to its competitors in the semifinal.’

Stay tuned – tomorrow, we will be discussing another entry for what would have been Eurovision 2020.

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In the video below, you can revisit North Macedonia’s Vasil and YOU:

This reflection article is based on the author's ownpersonal experience. Views expressed belongs to him or her, and are to be seen as unrelated to EuroVisionary.com.

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15
May
2020

Ruslana urges EBU and Rotterdam to power contest using wind turbines

Ruslana urges EBU and Rotterdam to power contest using wind turbines

Ruslana regularly campaigns for sustainable renewable energy

In an open statement to the EBU, Eurovision participants and the fans, 2004 winner Ruslana calls for Eurovision to be powered by only renewable and natural energy sources in a bid to help save the planet.

To mark the 16th anniversary of her victory in Istanbul, Turkey, Ukrainian Eurovision winner Ruslana has addressed an open statement to the organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest, as well as the participants and fans. She wants us to use more renewable energy to power the contest, in particular energy created by wind.

Since winning the contest in 2004 Ruslana has released a number of albums, but for the past few years has put music on the back burner in order to become an Ambassador for Renewable Energy. She has campaigned all over the world to encourage the use of natural and renewable energy sources. The Ukrainian singer even lives in a home which is completely self-sufficient and is powered only by renewable energy sources.

Eurovision fans! Eurovision participants! Eurovision winners! Eurovision organisers! European Broadcasting Union – EBU. Over 65-years-history, Eurovision has become one of the world’s biggest live music events and hugely popular all over the world. It’s no secret how much energy/electricity supply such a show requires”

My dear Friends!
We cannot today be indifferent what kind of energy is being used for music creation – music that changes our hearts!

The Netherlands! You are the land of the wind. The world’s most powerful wind turbine installed at the Port of Rotterdam. Wind Energy is limitless. You can get so much drive as you need.

I am dreaming of the THE SHOW to make the world being aware of existence the limitless/unlimited independent energy.

Ruslana on Facebook

She might have a point as the Eurovision Song Contest isn’t just a 3 night show. It’s two weeks’s full of rehearsals, interviews and press activity, as well as the carbon footprint generated from the campaign trails and travel to the host city for not just the participants and their delegations, but also the hundreds and thousands of fans that make the annual pilgrimage.

Earlier this year Ruslana released a song called We Are Wind which she used to further highlight her renewable/wind energy cause. You can listen to it by watching the video below.

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15
May
2020

Eurovision Home Concerts Finale features first and last Irish winners and two favourite runners up

Eurovision Home Concerts Finale features first and last Irish winners and two favourite runners up

Eurovision Home Concerts 7

All good things must come to an end and sadly, this week meant the last week for Eurovision Home Concerts. This was the seventh week Eurovision artists, past and present performed Eurovision hits from their homes.

For the final week, the online show saw two favourite runner ups perform, as well as two more of this years contestants. Rounding up proceedings were three past winners, including the first, and so far last winner from Ireland, and two popular male artists from 2017 and 2018. Whoever can we mean?

Contents

  • 1Go_A 
  • 2 Eimear Quinn
  • 3 Imri Ziv
  • 4 Dami Im 
  • 5 Diodato
  • 6 Secret Garden
  • 7 Yohanna
  • 8 MELOVIN
  • 9 Dana


Go_A 

Go_A should have represented Ukraine this year but plans were changed due to Coronavirus. On all these Eurovision shows Go_A have  performed their entry Solovey really well. Today they were on top of a rooftop overlooking Kyiv, as they performed their song, which translates to Nightingale. The group are scheduled to represent Ukraine next year.

Go_A was asked to perform Verka Serduchka’s legendary Ukraine entry from 2007, Dancing Lasha Tumbai and they were great. This group are way more than Solovey.

Eimear Quinn

Eimear was the last person to win for Ireland, when The Voice was the winning song of 1996. Today Eimear seemed to be in a real good mood, although the British entry from 1996 is nominated in the BBC’s upcoming vote for best Eurovision song of all time while Eimear has been ignored. The Voice is a song which doesn’t need many instruments and todays minimalistic version was as good as it was performed at the contest proper.

Eimear could have also given us a Nocturne performance tonight, which would have been interesting as to what she’d have done between verses. Luckily Gjon’s Tears, Swiss entry 2020 was chosen and Eimear was very endearing in her rendition. Eimear proved she could hold a note.

Imri Ziv

Imri represented Israel in 2017 with I’m Alive. Imri was joined by his buddy, Michael today as he gave us an acoustic version of his 23rd placed Eurovision entry. Michael’s T-SHIRT had the slogan Happiness Looks Gorgeous On You, while Imri just went for a plain grey one. Imri ‘s singing was surprisingly good, much better than when he was at Eurovision.

Imri could have sung Jade Ewen’s It’s My Time from 2009 from the U.K, but winning out was Il Volo’s Italian third placer from 2015, Grande Amore. This was the first year, Imri had done backing vocals at a Eurovison Song Contest for Israel so he knew the song well. He was able to traverse through all three Volo’s parts with ease.

Dami Im 

Dami placed second in 2016 with Sound Of Silence for Australia. Dami was hoping to return to Eurovision next year, but won’t be able to since Montaigne is coming back. Dami could be back then in 2022. Dami performed her beloved Eurovision entry accompanying herself at the piano and indulging in a few musical swirls. Her awards were clearly displayed on the wall behind her, particularly for her album, Alive.

Dami’s fans wanted her to perform Austria’s winning song from 2014, Rise Like A Phoenix, originally performed by Conchita Wurst. So she duly did, still sitting at her piano. Vocally perfect as always she was able to do the song more than justice.

Diodato

Diodato was meant to represent Italy this year, with Fai Rumore. Today he showed us round his studio before giving us a version of the Sanremo 2020 winner. Italian songs are so so good, what a language and of course Diodato’s song was a joy to the ears. An invisible pianist added to the entertainment.

Diodatao returned to his home to sing his chosen song. Diodato dived way back in to the annals to give a performance of Italy’s 1959 entry from Domenico Modugno’s  Piove (Ciao Ciao Bambino). This was a very nice lullaby like version.

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Secret Garden

Secret Garden won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1995 for Norway, with the song Nocturne, breaking Ireland’s run for a year, although the violinist, Fionnuala Sherry, was indeed Irish. The band became very popular after Eurovision, especially with the song You Raise Me Up, with fellow Eurovision entrant Brian Kennedy. Fionnula played on her vioilin again , while fellow member Rolf Løvland played on the piano. The vocals were not used today.

Yohanna

Yohanna placed second for Iceland with the song Is It True in 2009. Yohanna was born in Copenhagen, did you know that? Yohanna performed Is It True today in a really barren looking room, She was accompanied by an acoustic guitarist. All in black she performed in front of an empty mantle piece, which didn’t even have as much as a clock on it. Perhaps this is a new house she’s just moving into.

Today is was Love Shine A Light‘s turn to be defeated again, by guess what – yep Euphoria. So Yohanna gave the song a go, as good as any, but seemed to struggle a bit, perhaps with the poor acoustics in the room. Still you can’t end a series without Eurovision’s favouriite song.

MELOVIN

For some odd reason MELOVIN placed last with the jury in 2018 with the contest’s opening number, Under The Ladder , ending up 17th thanks to the public. Today his song was stripped to the bones with no fancy fires or coffins. Instead this unusually satisfying version of the song had no gimmicks bar the four piece band that joined him on different video screens, although it was very dark, except for a few red lights.

MELOVIN also gave a performance of Rise Like A Phoenix. If you are a fan, this was Conchita heaven for you, others perhaps too much, but MELOVIN was actually born to perform the song.

Dana

It has now been fifty years since Ireland first won Eurovision, with All Kinds Of Everything by Dana. Of course Dana isn’t going to just sit at home and run through a rendition of her song. No, instead Dana has been joined on-line by a choir of singers from all over Ireland. The performance was made for the RTE documentary Dana – The Original Derry Girl, which you may still be able to watch on TV.  The video was made in Australia. This was a fitting way to also end the Eurovision Home Concert series, although it was performed in the middle of the show. Nevertheless it is an appropriate way of wishing all  this years contestants well.. looking forward to next year.

Enjoy the final show below.

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15
May
2020

Norway : KEiiNO perform release concert for debut album OKTA

Norway : KEiiNO perform release concert for debut album OKTA

KEiiNO OKTA Album Cover

KEiiNO, Norway’s 2019 Eurovision entrants have finally released their debut album, OKTA today. To celebrate its launch the band performed a live concert in honour of the occasion.

The band were the public favourite’s at last years contest with their song, Spirit In The Sky, which eventually finished in 6th place. Since then the trio Alexandra Rotan, Tom Hugo and Fred Buljo have been touring around Europe and Australia picking up fans wherever they go.

Today sees the launch of their debut album, OKTA, which was postponed from its earlier release date in March, due to the band being unable to promote the release, due to lockdown restrictions.

The album contains ten tracks. As well as their Eurovision entry, it also features follow up singles, Colours, Dancing In The Smoke and Black Leather. It also features a collaboration with Electric Fields, the duo who came second in Australia’s Eurovision selection 2019 with 2000 and Whatever. Hopefully the album will please the fans, and we look forward to seeing KEiiNO back on tour when the coronavirus crisis is over.

Below is the list of songs on the album.

Take Me Home
Black Leather (Ft. Charlotte Qamanic)
Would I Lie (Ft. Electric Fields)
Spirit in the Sky
Dancing in the Smoke
Roar like a Lion (Ft. Te Hau Tawhiti)
Praying
Colours
Louder (Ft. Drezus)
Bed with the Wolf

Enjoy the release concert below.

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15
May
2020

Eurovision 2020: France – we are discussing Tom Leeb and Mon Alliée (The Best In Me)

Eurovision 2020: France – we are discussing Tom Leeb and Mon Alliée (The Best In Me)

Tom Leeb had been internally selected to represent France at Rotterdam 2020.

If Rotterdam 2020 had not been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, tomorrow would have been the event’s Grand Final. Here at EuroVisionary, we though we would keep our Eurovision spirits high by discussing the entries that had been selected for this year. Today, we share our views on France’s Tom Leeb and his song Mon Alliée (The Best In Me)

Tom Leeb was internally selected by national broadcaster France 2. Mon Alliée (The Best In Me) was written by Tom Leeb himself as well as former Eurovision entrants John Lundvik (Sweden 2019, 5th place) and Amir Haddad (France 2016, 6th place) and Léa Ivanne.

The French broadcaster used listening committees consisting of music industry professionals and France Télévision members to select the best entry amongst over one hundred songs they had received. It was later claimed that every single committee had chosen power ballad Mon Alliée.

As in 2016 and 2017, the French entry for 2020 was bi-lingual, with the verses sung in French and the chorus sung in English. This later generated some controversy, in particular, after a comment of the French Minister of Culture in the National Assembly Foreign Affairs Committee.

Despite the enthusiastic support of the French broadcaster, Mon Alliée was featuring at a mediocre 30th place in the betting odds before the cancellation of Eurovision 2020. But what do we think about what would have been France 2020? These are some of our views here at EuroVisionary:

Theo – ‘Good choice of artist, not so sure about the choice of song. It is not that the song is bad as such, it’s just that it sounds as yet another entry that might be emulating last year’s winner, Arcade. I don’t think it would have stood out enough. I would rather have seen Tom Leeb singing a song that sounded more French personally. And, if I was the French broadcaster, I would try to persuade Leeb to return for the next contest, he’s got the full package for a Eurovision entrant.’

Álvaro – ‘The revamp version was a huge improvement from the first version. Still I am not impressed by the style of the song that makes me think about an old fashioned Disney song.’

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Michael – ‘The only thing I don’t like about this song is the repetition of the de toi de toi in the first verse. Perfectly melodious, nice instrumental break in the middle and pleasing to listen to throughout. Another classic doomed to be forgotten.’

Charlotte – ‘I love it! This is my favourite song this year, and had we been in Rotterdam now, I would be covering his rehearsals, his press conferences and do whatever I could to arrange an interview with him. I love the song. I love the combination of languages. I love his voice – and… yeah, I also love the look of Tom Leeb . This is the whole package for me, it doesn’t get better than this. At least not this year.’

Josef – ‘Tom Leeb is definitely a good choice. The song unfortunately not, well, let’s blame the songwriting team here. France have so many good writers to choose from and they went with a Swedish team. No, thanks. The song in its first version was very old fashioned and unoriginal, that not even Tom could save it. Luckily French television realised what was wrong and at least added more French and switched to folk acoustic version which is so much better for Tom. Still not good enough but definitely better than what was served us at first. Unfortunately I did not expect France to end up high on the scoreboard. Luckily Tom gets his second chance and he doesn’t ruin it.’

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Elvir – ‘The best thing about the French entry this year is the singer. Tom Leeb has such a crisp and pleasant voice. But, the problem is that the song doesn’t work for me. Even though the revamped version in French is much better than the original, I get pretty bored after a short time. Mon Alliée sounds dated and as something Boyzone or Westlife have rejected about 20 years ago.’

Kevin – ‘When I first saw the name Tom Leeb, I had no idea who he was, but the contest is a SONG contest so I waited for the song. And it came out and I was very very disappointed because it was very bland, nothing special, very monotonous. The only thing I enjoyed was the staging of the reveal on the Eiffel tower. Then I was even more disappointed that we selected a  Swedish production because, indeed, when I listened to the song, I felt nothing French about it. When I learnt about this I was right on the money. I was even more disappointed that our team teased it as a song that made all the other songs they had listened to fade into the background. And also disappointed that Destination Eurovision was dumped for that. Since 2016, we have had quite a good comeback compared to before. But, with the change of Head of Delegation, I fear for 2021 to be back to how things were before. Dark era of France in the contest.’

Stay tuned – tomorrow, we will be discussing another entry for what would have been Rotterdam 2020!

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In the meantime, you can revisit Tom Leeb and Mon Alliée (The Best In Me) in the video below:

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15
May
2020

Summer Nights: Ben & Tan takes you on a car trip through Copenhagen

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Ben & Tan - Summer Nights

In a convertible car, this year’s Danish Eurovision should-have-been participants, Ben & Tan drives around the streets of Copenhagen. The recently recorded video backs up the new single ‘Summer Nights’ from the Danish duo, who are yet to decide their future together.

While the future for Ben & Tan still remain unsure, a new single from them has just been released. The single is a cover of a Danish song, originally released in 1988. It’s Stjernenat (star night) by Johnny Madsen. It was included on Madsen’s album Udenfor Sæsonen, which became quite a hit in Denmark. To be honest though, most Danes would not be able to recognise the original song when listening to Ben & Tan’s Summer Nights.

The new single with a matching video from Ben & Tan has just been released today, on what should have been the day before the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Their easy-going pop entry Yes would have stood out for sure. Would they have qualified? We assume so, but will never know.

Summer Nights is a fairly new song. It has been recorded after the breakout of Coronavirus and it’s Covid-19 disease, which eventually let to the cancellation of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Marcus Winther-John wrote the English lyrics to the song released by the record company ‘The Arrangement’.

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It’s just a week ago, the video was recorded. Ben & Tan sits at the back of a convertible car that drives around the streets of Copenhagen. Just like Yes with which they won the Danish final – in an empty arena as the Danish government just the day before had advised against larger gatherings, it’s an up-tempo pop song.

Summer Nights is perfect for a drive through the city with the window down.

Trine Therkelsen, Creative Assistent at The Arrangement

In the video below, you can watch Ben & Tan’s drive through Copenhagen listening to Summer Nights. Below the video, we invite you to check out our previous content regarding this Danish duo, which was put together for the Danish national final.

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More Ben & Tan coverage

  • At the Danish final our photographer was invited on stage to take pictures of Ben & Tan performing their winner entry Yes. And of course the moment where they were handed their trophy. Check out the pictures in the gallery.
  • At the press conference following their Danish win, we got to interview the happy duo. We published the winner interview on video.
  • Our multitalented writer Ashleigh made this drawing of Ben & Tan.
  • We have quite a mixed team of writers when it comes to age and which country people are from. We asked them to listen to the song once more. And then provide their views on the song, that should have been Denmark’s 2020 Eurovision entry.

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