Ed Rallide has just released the lyric video for his Latvian Supernova 2018 entry What I Had With You.This song was co-written by Aminata, Latvia’s Eurovision entry from 2015.
Aminita heard Ed sing at a club and knew immediately she wanted to write a song for him. She got together with Kaspars Ansons and wrote the song What I Had With You, especially for Ed.
Ed knew nothing about this. He told EuroVisionary that he was genuinely humbled that Aminata would even consider writing a song for him.
The singer heard the news when he was at the mall, buying groceries. When he saw Aminata’s name on his phone, he dropped his milk with excitement. He continued that working with Aminata has been an amazing experience. Aminata inspires Ed to work harder and be as professional as he can be.
Ed says that although he did not write the song he relates to the lyrics a lot. The story is about a failed relationship, but then you find out, it failed, because of nobody else but you.
See what you think of the song in the lyric video below.
The 1985 Swedish representative Kikki Danielsson will compete in this heat. She came 3rd for Sweden with Bra Vibrationer. Also in this heat is last years 5th placer Benjamin Ingrosso, who sang Good Loving, and current Norwegian hitmaker Heidi Musum, better known as Kamferdrops.
1 Sigrid Bernson – Patrick Swayze 2 John Lundvik – My Turn 3 Renaida – All the Feels 4 Edward Blom – Livet på en pinne
5 Kikki Danielsson – Osby Tennessee 6 Kamferdrops – Solen lever kvar hos dig 7 Benjamin Ingrosso – Dance You Off
Heat 2 – Scandinavium – Gothenburg – February 10, 2018
Polish Eurovision alumni Margaret will compete in this heat. She placed 2nd in Poland’s selection heat in 2016 with Cool Me Down. Her competition includes Samir & Viktor who came 8th in 2015 with Groupie and 12th in the Melodifestivalen final in 2016 with Bada nakna. Mimi Werner came fifth in her heat with Ain’t No Good in Melodifestivalen 2016.
1 Samir & Viktor – Shuffla
2 Ida Redig – Allting som vi sa
3 Jonas Gardell – Det finns en väg 4 Margaret – In My Cabana 5 Stiko Per Larsson – Titta vi flyger
6 Mimi Werner – Songburning
7 LIAMOO – Last Breath
Heat 3 – Malmö Arena – Malmö – February 17, 2018
Jessica Anderson, who represented Sweden in 2003 as part of the band Fame, with Give Me Your Love appears in this heat. Sweden placed 5th in 2003. Méndez placed 2nd in the Melodifestivalen 2002 with the song Adrenaline. Kalle Moraeus & Orsa Spelmän are members of ex-Abba member Benny Andersson’s Orchestra.
1 Martin Almgren – A Bitter Lullaby 2 Barbi Escobar – Stark 3 Moncho – Cuba Libre 4 Jessica Andersson – Party Voice 5 Kalle Moraeus & Orsa Spelmän – Min dröm 6 Dotter – Cry 7 Méndez – Everyday
Heat 4 – Fjällräven Center – Örnsköldsvik – February 24, 2018
Mariette who came 3rd in 2015 with Don’t Stop Believing and 4th in 2017 with A Million Years returns to compete in this heat. Felicia Olsson came 5th in her heat in Melodifestivalen 2013 with Make Me Number One. Felix Sandman was the F of FO&O who came 11th last year with Gotta Thing About You.
1 Emmi Christensson – Icarus 2 Elias Abbas – Mitt paradis
3 Felicia Olsson – Break That Chain 4 Rolandz – Fuldans 5 Olivia Eliasson – Never Learn 6 Felix Sandman – Every Single Day 7 Mariette – For You
Two acts from each heat will be voted directly to the final. Further, two acts from each heat will be sent to the Andra Chasen round. This will take place on March 3 in Kristianstad Arena, Kristianstad. From this round, four acts will also proceed to the final.
The Melodifestivalen 2018 final will be held on March 10 at the Friends Arena, Stockholm.
Last year Robin Bengsston won the Melodifestivalen 2017 with the song I Cant Go On. Below you can watch a special recording of Robin’s performance, filmed from four different angles.
Today Belarus Television (BRTC) streamed the auditions of the artists who hope to represent Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
From these acts eleven have been chosen to appear in the Belarus final. The date of the final has not been announced yet, but BTRC promise it will be before March 1, 2018. The name of the acts and their songs are listed below.
ALEN HIT – I do not care
Adagio – You and I
Lexy – Ain’t you
Sophia Lapina – Gravity
Napoli – Chasing rushes
Alekseev – Forever
Anastasia Malashkevich – World on fire
Guns – I will not cry
Cyril Hood – Deja Vu
Radio wave – Subway lines
Ukranian Alekseev has already released his entry. See what you think of it below.
A group of national and international songwriters gathers in Germany for the so-called Song Writing Camp. Two of them have previously written a Eurovision winning entry. Can they do it again? The German final will be held on the 22nd of February 2018.
In December, German broadcaster NDR revealed the six acts that had made it to the final of their national selection titled Unser Lied für Lissabon (Our song for Lisbon). Today, the songwriters who will take part in the next phase, the Song Writing Camp was announced in a press release.
Songwriters for Song Writing Camp:
Billy Austin (US)
Richardo ‘Richy’ Bettiol (Swiss, living in Germany)
Axel Ehnström (Finland)
Martin Gallop (German)
Loren Nine Geerts (The Netherlands)
Nisse Ingwersen (Germany)
Nina Müller (Germany)
Jaro Omar (Germany)
Thomas Stengaard (Denmark)
Joe Walter (Germany)
Ali Zuckowski (Germany)
Two of these songwriters have previously co-written a Eurovision entry. Thomas Stengaard wrote the Danish 2013 winner Emmelie de Forest’s Only Teardrops together with Lise Cabble and Julia Fabrin Jakobsen. Ali Zuckowski was one of the writers behind Rise Like A Phoenix, the 2014 Austrian winning song.
In recent years, Germany haven’t scored well at the Eurovision Song Contest. Their last top 10 result goes back to 2012 where Roman Lob finished 8th with the song Standing Still. How did it sound? Refresh your memory in the video below:
The fragile situation in certain countries of the world, brought female trio Hypnotic from Latvia together to Pray for World Peace.
Pray is one of the 21 competing songs in Latvia’s Supernova, which starts on February 3 2018. The group hope the song will touch a nerve and inspire people to vote for it.
The band told EuroVisionary that the song speaks of love for everyone. They understand the plea for world peace is very sensitive. Observing horrifying incidents all around them, the ladies believe that only by starting to fix things ourselves, can a change be made.
Hypnotic continue that we have to pray for harmony to make the future a little brighter for our children. They believe people should not be sorted by race, religion, country – everyone is a human being after all.
Gita Ceilerte, Beatrice Heislere and Sabine Geiba make up the band. The group have been together since autumn 2016. All of them have been laureates of international singing contests in Latvia, and throughout Europe. They decided to unite as three strong independent women, to form one dynamic and high-powered trio.
Below you can watch the newly released video and listen to the track.
This morning Swiss Television (SRF) revealed the six songs hoping to represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.
In Switzerland, 670 songs were originally submitted to the television company. From these only six have been chosen for the final, to be held on February 4, 2018.
The lucky songs and singers are
Zibbz – Stones
Chiara Dubey – Secrets and Lies
Naeman – Kiss Me
Angie Ott – A Thousand Times
Vanessa Iraci – Redlights
Alejandro Reyes – Compass
A 20-member independent jury listened to the submitted songs. The jury consisted of musicians, media personalities, fans and television viewers. Those responsible will be named later.
Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest
As so many know, Switzerland gave us the first ever winner in 1956 with Refrain by Lys Assia. It took another 32 years before Celine Dion took the prize with Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi.
Peter, Sue and Marc attempted to win on four occasions. They hold the record for having sung each entry in a different language – French, English, German and Italian. The best they finished was 4th in 1976 and 1981.
Recently Switzerland just doesn’t seem to be able to find a winning formula, with their last three entries all failing to make the final. Here’s Timebelle one last time with Apollo, from 2017.