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06
June
2019

Poll – Eurovision 2010s: The favourite Australian entry this decade is…

Poll – Eurovision 2010s: The favourite Australian entry this decade is…

Dami Im (Australia 2016)

With 4 out of five entries in Top 10, Australia has done well at the Eurovision Song Contest. In their second participation, they even finished as runner up. But which entry is actually their best one?

Australia were initially invited as a one-time participating country, then invited for a second year – and now, they are a regular country in the Eurovision Song Contest.

We look back at the previous Eurovision decade, and our average relation position placed Australia as third best this past decade following Sweden and Russia. We asked four of our writers which Australian entry they consider the best one – and in the poll below, we’ll ask you the same.

🇩🇰 Charlotte, Denmark

2016: Dami Im – Sound of Silence

A fantastic voice, a good performance and a young woman appearing fragile yet confident at the same time. I love this song. Dami Im did really well with a second place result  – but I still think she should have won the contest back then – in 2016.

🇳🇱 Wouter, The Netherlands

2017: Isaiah – Don’t Come Easy

I could go for Dami Im, but I don’t like it when artists scream from the top of their lungs just for the sake of it. For the same reason, Jessica Mauboy isn’t my favourite either. Guy Sebastian sings nice, but his with his Tonight Again he’s simply trying too hard – and the original Why You Wanna Trip On Me was better. If I were into opera, I’d definately call Gravity my favourite – but I’m really not.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Ashleigh, England

2016: Dami Im – Sound of Silence

I’m not usually a great lover of ballads but for me Dami Im was the winner of Eurovision 2016. While I found the staging a little boring, the vocals from Dami completely blew me away. It will be a long time before Australia can pull another song like this out of the bag.

🇬🇧 William, Northern Ireland

2018: Jessica Mauboy- We Got Love

There is an occurring theme so far with my favourites, they all seem to be the least successful for their countries at the contest. Jessica was arguably the biggest star Australia had sent to that point and the song was a great upbeat dance banger companied with Jess’ lower register, it is a mix I love in pop music.

Poll – Vote for your favourite

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05
June
2019

Vanna, Jacques Houdek and Maya Sar sing together to support children with special needs

Vanna, Jacques Houdek and Maya Sar sing together to support children with special needs

Jacques Houdek and Maya Sar

Three former Eurovision participants – Vanna, Jacques Houdek and Maya Sar – have joined together to support a good case. Yesterday, they released a song, which is dedicated to children with special needs.

The song which Vanna, Jacques Houdek, Neno Belan and Maya Sar perform together is titled Kao Sva Djeca, which translates to ‘Like All Children’ in English.

About the artists

Vanna, whose real name is Ivana Ranilović-Vrdoljak, represented Croatia at 2001 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, where she came 10th in the final with the song Strings Of My Heart.

Jacques Houdek tried to represent Croatia in the contest many times. At last he succeeded back in 2017 when he internally was chosen to perform the song MyFriend in Kyiv. He finished 13th in the grand final. This year, he wrote the Croatian entry The Dream, performed by Roko, but they didn’t manage to qualify for the final.

Maya Sar, born Maja Sarihodžić, represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, with her own song Korake Ti Znam (The Steps I Know). She finished in 18th place in the final.

Neno Belan is a Croatian singer and songwriter. He competed twice in the Croatian national final “Dora” – in 1994, where he finished 14th out of 21 songs, and in 2005, where he finished last in his semi-final.

About the song

Kao Sva Djeca is a song, which is dedicated to children with special needs. Actually, the song is supporting the regional project called “Snaga djece u pokretu” (Youth Movement Power), whose purpose is inclusion of children with the special needs by including them in sport activities.

Vanna, Jacques Houdek, Neno Belan and Maya Sar are ambassadors for this project. The song they perform is sort of an international hymn, whose message is that all children are equal, beautiful, worthy and individualists, and that they all are entitled to a quality development and childhood without prejudices.

Children, who appear in the video are students from Maya Sar’s own music school.

Kao Sva Djeca is written by Maya Sar. You can watch the video for the song in the link below:

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05
June
2019

The Hague and Breda request bidding material, but with reservations

The Hague and Breda request bidding material, but with reservations

Den Haag Binnenhof

The Hague has doubts about arena possiblities, and Breda thinks one city can’t host Eurovision alone. Both cities have requested the material though and are considering whether or not to submit their bids to host the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest.

As Breda and The Hague asks for the bidding material as well, we now have at least nine cities interested in hosting next year’s contest. They join the list which already included Maastricht, Rotterdam, Arnhem, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Leeuwarden and Den Bosch. It’s unlikely that they will all inventually produce a so-called “bit book”. Those books are to be submitted to the joint collaboration between broadcasters NPO, AVROTROS and NOS in four weeks. In these books the potential hosts cities will address the requirements and how they can cope with them.

The Hague doubts whether or not they have a suitable arena for the Eurovision Song Contest. World Forum will probably be too small, and question is then if they should put a temporary roof over ADO football stadium. The local party Haagse Stadspartij (HSP) however calls this plan unrealistic and a waste of money.

We will now register, but the organisation has a set of requirements. That package will be available after registration. We will look at that and then we will make a decision. The conclusion might be that we can not meet the requirements, and then we’ll not submit a bid book.

Spokesperson from The Hague Municipality

See alsoUtrecht and Den Bosch work out their bids for Eurovision 2020

In Breda, they feel confident they have a proper arena in Breepark with up to 13.000 spectators and a big festival space next to it for a press centre tent. On their website they now have a big banner saying “Songfestival in Breda – #DaretoDream in Breepark. Pictures from the arena however show that it likely is too low for the big TV production the Eurovision Song Contest. Breda believe in their arena, but do say that if it proves not suitable, they want to help other cities like Den Bosch or Rotterdam. Both of those cities are located within 30-40 minutes by train from Breda. As Breda sees it, no city can host it alone anyway – and they will likely play a role if another city in that distance is chosen.

No city can organise Eurovision alone. If Den Bosch organises it, people also have to sleep in Breda. Draw a circle of half an hour around our city, and then you will also arrive in Rotterdam. Suppose that city gets the organisation, then Breda has a role to play too.

Daan Quaars, Events Councilor for the municipality of Breda

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04
June
2019

Utrecht and Den Bosch work out their bids for Eurovision 2020

Utrecht and Den Bosch work out their bids for Eurovision 2020

Utrecht

In the Netherlands, quite a lot of cities wants to host next year’s contest. And it’s not just the largest and most well known cities who see themselves cabable of doing so. Utrecht and Den Bosch are currently working on their bids ready to soon be submitted.

We could see quite a high number of Dutch cities submitting bids to host the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Many have expressed their interest in doing so. Seven cities spoke out saying that they requested the material with the requirements; Maastricht, Rotterdam, Arnhem, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Leeuwarden and Den Bosch. It is likely that other cities did too, but are hoping to fly under the radar for now. Enschede havde previously been very enthusiastic, but it’s not known whether or not they still hope to host the contest in an airport hangar.

One thing however is to join in to get some publicity before they knew the requirements. It’s something entirely different when actually working on their bid books. Smaller cities likes Zwolle, Groningen and Tilburg seems to have realised that they don’t have the required capacity. The latter however joined Den Bosch in their bid.

Utrecht and Den Bosch (‘s-Hertogenbosch) have both spoken out saying they are actually working on their projects making them ready to be officially submitted within a few weeks.

While Utrect is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands with 345.000 inhabitants, Den Bosch is significantly smaller with 136.000 people living there. Utrect is located basically in the middle of the country, and we have Den Bosch approximately 80 km south of Amsterdam.

The city is in the center of the country, we love music and culture, and we have the resources.

Jan van Zanen, Mayor of Utrecht

It requires much more than just a large arena to host a Eurovision Song Contest. The hotel capacity must be sufficient. The arena must have space for the TV production, commentator boxes, green room and stuff like wardrobes and hair dressers. The city needs to have space for Eurovision Village, EuroClub etc too.

We have sent an official letter and asked what demands NPO, AVROTROS and EBU have. We’ll translate those demands to an inspiring bidbook. So, we haven’t sent this bidbook just yet.

The municipality of Den Bosch

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03
June
2019

Poll – Eurovision 2010s: The favourite Russian entry this decade is…

Poll – Eurovision 2010s: The favourite Russian entry this decade is…

Polina Gagarina (Russia 2015)

This was the decade where Russia for the first ever missed qualifying to the final, but also where they achieved six top 10 results including twice coming second and twice third. Which of these 9 Russian songs will fans rate as the best one?

After looking at all Eurovision results the past ten years, we calculated an average relative position for each country and used that to rank all 46 countries that had participated at the contest this decade. Russia came out as second best performing country this decade.

But which one is actually best? It might be quite hard to pick as Russia did well this decade. They didn’t win, but they ended in top 5, five times and furthermore achieved a a 7th place, two 11th places and finally they have fnished 16th  – and missed qualifying for the final once.

We asked writers from across Europe to pick their favourite one – and in the poll below, we will ask you to tell us your favourite Russian entry from the years 2010 to 2019.

🇩🇰 Charlotte, Denmark

2016: Sergey Lazarev – You Are The Only One

This was a tough one for me being stuck between two songs; a ballad and a pop song. I went for the pop song; Sergey’s 2016 entry is really good. It’s catchy, I can sing a long to it, and finally then the performance marks the top of a Eurovision staging for me. Russia took everything seen previously one step further, and they nailed it 110%.

🇳🇱 Wouter, The Netherlands

2015: Polina Gagarina – A Million Voices

That voice, that woman, just wow. I also remember how she was booh’ed at and how the production team was questioned about their use of anti-boohing tecnique to stop the TV viewers from hearing just how the audience reacted to her. She stood through it – and I am full of admiration for that.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Ashleigh, England

2015: Polina Gagarina – A Million Voices

You can always count on Russia to perform a good ballad and A Million Voices is, in my opinion, the best one that they have produced this decade. Polina is a complete pro, she is charming and she absolutely nailed the vocals. The song is all about togetherness and living in peace but unfortunately for Polina it was performed during a time when the Russian government were being condemned for their aggressive acts in Ukraine and I think that this went against her during the voting.

Looking back at the 2015 contest, Polina had the best song and performance of the night and should have won.

🇬🇧 William, Northern Ireland

2013: Dina Garipova – What If

This decade Russia haven’t been as strong for me personally as they were in the early 2000’s, yet this song although a little basic and cliché has a nice build and Dina’s voice is absolutely fantastic. It was a nice performance at Eurovision and a great advertisement for Ikea, if you get what I am saying.

See alsoPoll – Eurovision 2010s: The favourite Swedish entry this decade is…

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02
June
2019

La voce dell’alba: Elina Nechayeva serves us a new beautiful track

La voce dell’alba: Elina Nechayeva serves us a new beautiful track

Elina Nechayeva (Estonia 2018)

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The Estonian soprano, Elina Nechayeva, is back! On her new release “La voce dell’alba”, she delivers exactly what we have grown to expect from her and her amazing voice. It’s hard to describe this as anything else than just beautiful.

I admit it. I don’t know much about opera or what genre this is, and I don’t understand the Italian lyrics more than just a few words here and there. I would, under normal circumstances, disqualify myself from writing a review of the new song La voce dell’alba from 2018 Estonian Eurovision participant Elina Nechayeva. But here I am am, a Sandinavian pop Eurovision fan listening to a song I don’t understand and in a genre, I know absolutely nothing about. I am moved by the song, I like what I hear – and that’s all I can go by here.

To my untrained ear, this is opera, but in a lighter version than what I from time to time have heard when zapping through a opera shown on TV. I don’t know how else I can describe it, and I hope the ones who knows this genre will have me excused.

La voce dell’alba (The voice of dawn) is beautiful and Elina’s perfect voice almost makes me wish I actually knew this genre better than I do. I say almost because after listening to this song three times, I know that I couldn’t do with an entire album like this. But one song at a time – that I am able to appreciate and love. And I do love this one. With too much stress going on in my life at the moment, Elina’s new song calms me down. It’s three and a half minute where I can exclude everything else and just focus on this.

Not understanding the genre nor the lyrics, all I can go by is that simple: How does it make me feel? And I can tell that La voce dell’alba does some good for me. To me it sounds beautiful and it makes me able to get a bit of rest and just let go. That is, on the first two listenings – on the third one, I am just confirmed in what I knew beforehand; this isn’t a genre for me to explore deeper than just scratching the surface. But I am happy scratching a bit when I can listen to songs like this.

4 out of 5 stars from me.

What does this song do to you? Listen to it in the video below to judge for yourself:

Elina Nechayeva at the Eurovision Song Contest

This genre is not heard often at the Eurovision Song Contest, and most TV viewers doesn’t understand it any better than I do. Back in 2018, it was therefore hard to predict just how well La ForZa would do. It turned out that untrained people were able to relate to it as I can – if not exposed to too many dozes.

Estonia and Elina reached the final with an 5th place from her semi-final. In the final, she ended up a combined 8th place with 120 points from televoting and 81 from the juries. Elina Nechayeva received the maxiumum 12 points from the Swizz jury, and three times from TV viewers; from Lithuania, Finland and Portugal.

You can remind yourself of Elina’s Eurovision entry in this special live version from Eurovision Village 2018 in the video below:

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