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07
June
2017

WMA 2017: Former Eurovision participants performing at Arena di Verona

WMA 2017: Former Eurovision participants performing at Arena di Verona

Wind Music Awards is the annual ceremony where the music industry awards the best-selling artists of the past year. Broadcast live from Arena di Verona, the Roman amphitheatre build in the first century AC, on Rai1, we had the chance to see many former Italian Eurovision participants take the stage of Arena Di Verona.

Artists that have sold at least platinum for a single (more than 50.000 copies), gold for an album (more than 25.000 copies), or have performed for over 40.000 live spectators over the past 12 months were awarded at WMA 2017. Among the artists that were honoured were a lot of former Eurovision participants. Francesco Gabbani (2017), Il Volo (2015), Emma (2014), Raphael Gualazzi (2011), Massimo Ranieri (1971,1973) Enrigo Ruggeri (1993) and Umberto Tozzi (1987) were some of them.

Carlo Conti and Vanessa Incontrada were the hosts of the 11th Wind Music Awards, which has always been in either Rome or Verona. You can watch the glamorous show on the official site of RAI.

Watch Francesco Gabbani’s performance in the video below:

Watch Il Volo’s amazing appearance at WMA 2017 here:

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06
June
2017

In memoriam: Sandra Reemer, TV host, singer and four times on the Eurovision stage

In memoriam: Sandra Reemer, TV host, singer and four times on the Eurovision stage

Three times Eurovision participant and one time backing vocalist, the Dutch Sandra Reemer, passed away after a short fight against breast cancer. We look back on her life and career.

Barbara Alexandra Reemer, to the public known as Sandra Reemer or simply Xandra was born on 17 October 1950 in Bandung, Indonesia. Difficult times, in the former Dutch colony. But also new times, not even a year had passed since The Netherlands formally recognized Indonesia’s independence. When in 1958 all Dutch citizens living in Indonesia were forced to leave the country, her family moved to St. Michielsgestel, in the south of the Netherlands. At the age of eleven she recorded her first record, Al Di Là

Contents

  • 1 At Eurovision
  • 2 Dutch Divas and Eurovision Parties
  • 3 In The Netherlands
  • 4 Cancer and death

At Eurovision

Fast forward to 1972, where she represented The Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time. The song was Als Het Om De Liefde Gaat (Sandra & Andres) and reached a fourth position. She would go on to represent the country two more times, reaching a 9th position in 1976 and 12th in 1979 respectively with the songs The Party’s Over and Colorado (Xandra). Four years later she returned to the Eurovision stage one last time, as backing singer for Bernadette’s Sing Me A Song.

Her first shot at a ticket to Eurovision was in 1970 with Voorbij Is De Winter, but then she didn’t with the Nationaal Songfestival.

Dutch Divas and Eurovision Parties

Taking part in the Contest wasn’t her only connection to Europe’s favourite TV show. In 1964 she recorded her first Eurovision cover, Als Jij Maar Wacht (Non Ho L’età). From 2000 to 2005 she formed The Dutch Divas together with Marga Bult (Eurovision 1987, as Marcha) and Sjoukje Smit (1980, as Maggie MacNeal). The trio released three singles and one album, but were mostly known for performing Eurovision covers and medleys, both on TV and at Eurovision related events.

Reemer continued to appear at Eurovision parties also after the Dutch Divas split up. Geraldine Marino, Make-up Artist at Beni Durrer Cosmetics in Berlin remembers her from the Eurovision Weekend in Berlin, last year:

I remember the nice conversations with Sandra while I was doing her make-up at the Eurovision Weekend in Berlin in July 2016, together with Esther Hart. We had a great time and laughed a lot. Such a great loss fort he Eurovision community.

Also our own Dewayne Barkley has fond memories of the same event:

Learning today of Sandra’s death hit me like a rock. I spent the weekend in July 2016 driving her to the sights in Berlin and also was her personal „running boy“ during rehearsals and the show. I even sent her some make-up from my employer after the weekend as a personal gift. She was a remarkable lady.

In The Netherlands

At home she was known for so much more than Eurovision. She released 11 solo singles and three albums, as well as 8 albums and 16 singles with her Eurovision partner Dries Holten, as Sandra & Andres. Topped up with the releases with the Dutch Divas, this makes for a very active music career.

With all of that, it’s hard to imagine that it might not her music most Dutch would remember her for. Especially in the 1980’s and 90’s she hosted or co-hosted several large TV shows. With shows like Showmasters, Wedden, dat..?, Sterrenslag en De show van de maand she reached millions of viewers.

Cancer and death

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in the beginning of 2017, she dead not even half a year later at the age of 66.

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06
June
2017

WMA 2017: Former Eurovision participants performing at Verona Di Arena

WMA 2017: Former Eurovision participants performing at Verona Di Arena

Wind Music Awards is the annual ceremony where the music industry awards the best-selling artists of the past year. Broadcast live from Arena di Verona, the Roman amphitheatre build in the first century AC, on Rai1, we had the chance to see many former Italian Eurovision participants take the stage of Arena Di Verona.

Artists that have sold at least platinum for a single (more than 50.000 copies), gold for an album (more than 25.000 copies), or have performed for over 40.000 live spectators over the past 12 months were awarded at WMA 2017. Among the artists that were honoured were a lot of former Eurovision participants. Francesco Gabbani (2017), Il Volo (2015), Emma (2014), Raphael Gualazzi (2011), Massimo Ranieri (1971,1973) Enrigo Ruggeri (1993) and Umberto Tozzi (1987) were some of them.

Carlo Conti and Vanessa Incontrada were the hosts of the 11th Wind Music Awards, which has always been in either Rome or Verona. You can watch the glamorous show on the official site of RAI.

Watch Francesco Gabbani’s performance in the video below:

Watch Il Volo’s amazing appearance at WMA 2017 here:

Categories: Eurovisionary

05
June
2017

Nina Kraljić releases a new video for the song Vir

Nina Kraljić releases a new video for the song Vir

Nina Kraljić, who represented Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm last year, has released a new video for her song Vir (Vortex) today. This song is to find on Nina’s debut album Samo (Only), which was released in September 2016.

Vir is written by the well-know songwriter duo Ines Prajo and Arjana Kunštek, who also wrote this year’s Croatian Eurovision entry My Friend. They also wrote Bosnia and Herzegovina’s 2003 entry Ne Brini, which was performed by Mija Martina in 2003.

Arjana Kunštek defines Vir as a very important song, which describes the present time where wars and environmental disasters predominate. It is also a song about people of today, who are fighting these problems while they are living on the edge. According to Kunštek the song was written very fast – during an afternoon, while the writing team was enjoying coffee.

The video for the song is made by Krešimir Čizmek. Besides Nina, her dancers Martina Ivanković and Dino Baksa also appear in the video. About the video Nina said that she in a symbolic way has tried to express the fight between a girl and her subconsciousness. Nina is telling the girl’s story while sitting above her in the attic. Gradually the fight gets more intense, which is reflected by Nina’s expressions. Nina implies that she has used her personal experience while shooting the video for Vir, as she said that the transfer of the art is possible only if you apply your own experiences.

Lyrics

Here are the English lyrics for Vir:

Vortex

Ha-ha it’s so quiet
Ha.ha look how quiet
A picture is a word
For a long time

Ha-ha it’s so quiet
Ha-ha look how quiet
Uncracked ice
Endlessly

Someone is closing a world to us
Full of secrets
We are looking for hidden zeal
in darkness

You and me
Na-na-nai
Dance on wire
You and me
Na-na-nai
Outside the rules
And without a voice
We are a loud vortex in waters!!!
Ha-ha it’s so quiet
Ha-ha look how quiet
Silence again
(is) spinning

Ha-ha it’s so silent
Ha-ha look how silent
Everything again
Is under veil

Someone is closing a world to us
You and me
Na-na-nai

Bellow you can watch the video for Vir

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05
June
2017

Amaya aka Maja Keuc releases new album Fairytales

Amaya aka Maja Keuc releases new album Fairytales

Amaya, also known as Maja Keuc, recently released a new album. She represented Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011. The title of her new album is “Fairytales”.

It came as a huge shock for the fans and the public when Amaya earlier this year, just a few days before the Slovenian national selection EMA, announced her withdrawal from the competition in order to focus on her debut album. The album is produced in Sweden where she also lives. The Slovenian singer is engaged to Swedish band Dirty Loops vocalist Jonah Nilsson strengthening her connection to the Scandinavian country further.

When asked if her decision about withdrawing from EMA was the right decision, Amaya answered that it was a necessary step and a part of a puzzle. Talking about decisions, she also explained that it was a good thing for her to move to Sweden, because it gave her a lot of new possibilities, which do not exist in her home country. She said, that it was pretty difficult to learn a new language, new cultural habits and to build a new social network, and that she, for the first time in her life, felt scared. However – as she put it – what doesn’t kill you, make you stronger. After all Amaya is proud of herself and happy that she was brave enough to leave her safety base back home in Slovenia in order to chase her dreams.

The Swedish/French singer, producer and composer Gustav Orphée Noah is the driving force behind this latest project. The Slovenian singer explained that her new album is like a challenge as well as an experiment, where she is allowed to try some new musical ideas and fantasies. The songs on Fairytales are written by Amaya herself. They are very personal and describe the singer’s life throughout the last five years. The songs on this album flow between jazz, soul, pop and R&B, with a modern electronic touch.

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Fairytales is Amaya’s first album since she, under the name Maja Keuc, released her debut album Indigo in 2011, the year she represented Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest. The album is available on iTunes, Spotify and SoundCloud.

Track list:
1. Fairytales
2. Candylirious
3. Chase Me
4. Imma Do It
5. Hands Down
6. Back To School

Listen to the audio version of the song ChaseMe online as we are waiting for the video of this song soon to be released. If you want to remind yourself of her Eurovision entry, you can do so in our video from 2011.

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04
June
2017

Do you want to join us? We need new enthusiastic Eurovision writers!

Do you want to join us? We need new enthusiastic Eurovision writers!

Are you eager to follow the national selections and preparations to the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest more closely? Do you want to interview your favourite artists and tell the world about their new album? We are waiting for you to join our team of Eurovision writers.

The 2018 Eurovision season is approaching very fast. It won’t be long before next year’s host city is confirmed, and before we know it, various countries start their selection. In between, former participants are fighting to get your attention. They are working on a new cool project or might just have released a new album. No matter what, they want us to write about it – and we want to spread it to the many Eurovision fans out there. We need you to help us with that!

We have a great team where we help each other achieve great results, but there is also space to discuss the selections, the outfits, or even Donald Trump, if that’s what people feel like. You will quickly start to form friendships with your new team mates.

Are you fluent in English, and do you want to become a Eurovision writer? Apply by filling out the application. We are waiting for you!

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