Latvia has to be commended this year for their wide musical diversity in the Supernova 2018. The contest will be held in February 2018. Can Jenny May’s Hispanic treat go all the way to the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal?
For those of you sorry to see Despacito ride into the sunset, Jenny May offers a new Spanish summer hit. Her song, Soledad isone of Latvia’s 2018 potential Eurovision entries.
Jenny May tells EuroVisionary that she was a huge Latino fan when she was a child. Like so many children, she used to turn up the music, when alone at home. She danced in front of the mirror, pretending to give her own concert.
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Jenny May started her musical career singing pop songs. Her musical producers had their qualms about Jenny May performing Latino music, fearing her Latvian audience would have no interest.
In 2011 Jenny May released the song Es gribu vēl mīlē (Still Want To Love). The success of the song proved to Jenny May that she should change her musical direction, to the Spanish influences that she loves.
Jenny May has recorded a Latino album and hopes to use Supernova 2018 as a stepping stone to advertise her sound, outside of Latvia. The song, Soledad, was written by Maija Stuģe, Martin Karl Hägglund, Martin Björn Hanzén, Tim Erik Åström, Michael Javier Hernan Barraza Alfaro. You can sing along to the infectious tune below.
They won hearts at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with their interval performance, and now Onuka and the NAONI Orchestra have collaborated on a live album together. The album includes full versions of the songs that were mashed together for Eurovision.
Yesterday, Onuka announced the release of their latest album. Although not a new album, the album is a live recording of the folk funk band performing with the NAONI Orchestra. The two collaborated together as part of this year’s Eurovision interval performance.
The album was recorded in December 2016, long before they presented these songs to Europe.
With the new album, fans will get to enjoy the full, live versions of the songs that were mashed together during the interval. Such as Vidlik, Untitled, Around Me and Zavtra amongst others.
“Music-wise, it’s sort of a countdown for us personally. The one we go back to time to time, again and again” Onuka explained via Facebook post. “The story began on June 28th, 2016 with the release of the music video for ‘Other’, accompanied by the National Academic Orchestra of Folk Instruments. Over time it was followed-up by 17 tracks that were presented on December 11, 2016 in front of the Kyiv audience. We do not look back. We just want to remember this magic”.
Following their interval performance Onuka quickly shot to the top of the European electronic music charts. Many people enjoying the refreshing sound of modern mixed with traditional folk music.
Listen to, and buy the album
The album has been released for streaming and sale through the following channels: Apple music, Google play, Spotify, Deezer, Sound Cloud and iTunes.
You can remind yourself of the unique performance of Onuka alongside the NAONI Orchestra by watching our video below.
This year in the Latvian Supernova 2018, many new talented singers will be hoping to win the chance to represent the middle Baltic state in Lisbon, Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. EuroVisionary introduces you to one of the competitors, Laura Rizzotto.
Laura is already an accomplished musician having released three albums, Made In Rio, Reason To Stay and Ruby.
Laura will be singing the soulful ballad Funny Girl. Commenting to EuroVisonary, Laura describes the song as being about embracing vulnerability and owning your feelings.
Funny Girl tells the story of a girl who falls in love with her best friend. She always keeps him amused, while keeping her true feelings a best-kept secret. Finally, she decides to reveal her true feelings, but alas it is too late as the guy has fallen for someone else.
To him, our girl has only become his friend, his Funny Girl.
Laura feels that everyone experiences emotions that are difficult to describe, making us invisible to others who do not have a clue about our hidden emotions. Laura continues that music is a powerful tool which can be used to express feelings we often keep to ourselves.
The message behind the song is to be brave and embrace vulnerability. Do not let fear of rejection stop you from expressing your true feelings, else you may end up watching life happen from the sidelines. Taking risks is part of the art of living an accomplished life, so turn fear into courage.
Talking of living, Laura is a native of Ipanema, Brazil but currently resides in New York, and this week she is out and about in the Big Apple filming the official video for the song.
Meanwhile, enjoy the lyric video of the song. Laura wanted it to be a simple one-shot production with no editing at all. The atmosphere creates a raw and vulnerable state,
EuroVisionary caught up with next year’s Stage designer Florian Wieder to understand a little more about the stage concept. The huge LED displays often seen at Eurovison – and deemed crucial for a few victories – will not be present in Lisbon. According to Florian, this is a strong concept as the countries won’t be able to rely on those as they once did.
Roughly a week ago, Lisbon revealed their stage for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Florian Wieder – the Stage designer – took his time to elaborate a little bit on the stage and revealed how Portugal’s glorious past influenced the creativity process. With such a complete guide, you’d believe there would be not many questions, but when the fans realized the iconic LED screens were gone, such questions arose.
The use of LED screens has increased over the years and, in fact, has contributed to great results in Eurovision. Acts have had the chance to show elaborate animations on their LED backdrop, adding additional virtual dancers and other awe-inspiring effects. During 2017, the use was higher than ever with acts choosing to even show pictures and videos of themselves on such screens. Salvador Sobral however is the living proof that they aren’t needed as the singer took the prize home with little to no use of such.
With those gone, it will not be an easy task for each country to catch the public’s attention during their performances. EuroVisionary spoke exclusively with Florian Wieder to understand the reason why Lisbon opted out for LED screens: “15 years ago, LED screens didn’t exist and they (Eurovision producers) did great shows”, Florian said. “It will be a good show. It’s a strong concept.”
This is also the reason why Portugal won in 2017
According to the stage designer, this will end up requiring more from each delegation in order to catch the public’s eye: “It’s a good thing to have no LED… Not a bad one. (…) The delegations will be challenged even more. (…) This is also the reason why Portugal won in 2017”.
During his final speech in Kyiv, Salvador Sobral did say something similar and sounded like he wanted Eurovision to be revamped in a completely different concept that now may be about to happen: “We live a in a world of disposable music… Fast food music without any content and I think this could be a victory for music”.
Well, Florian will not be able to fullfil Salvador’s wishes musically, but surely is translating it in the visual world with this stage idea: “Sometimes, it’s good to think different. It’s a challenge to look for other staging ideas rather than just put some content on a screen”.
After 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017, 2018 is the fifth time Florian Wieder designs a stage for the Eurovision Song Contest.
While we wait for more details and for the final look, just today Eurovision’s official Facebook page revealed more pictures of what the stage in Lisbon will look like. They asked, if it is too early to start getting excited… Well, we don’t think so!
At this point, it is unknown if the stage will make use of projectors. In recent years, high output projectors have often been combined with LED.
Last time, the Eurovision Song Contest stage didn’t have LED screens were for the 2013 contest held in Malmö, Sweden. Although projectors were then used.
In the video below, take a look at the 2017 Eurovision stage during the Flag Ceremony, beautifully combining LED screens on the backdrop with projections onto the stage.
The national selection jury for Ukraine is now complete. In a shocking twist, Konstantin Meladze will not return. Andriy Danylko and Jamala will be joined by Eugene Filatov as they search for Ukraine’s next Eurovision winner. Can they find it?
Can Ukraine produce another winning entry for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest? This is what national selection jury members Jamala, Andriy Danylko and newly announced judge Eugene will be hoping to achieve.
Ukraine will start it’s televised selection process on 10th February where the first round of semi finals will take place. Another round of semi finals will be broadcast the following week on the 17th February with the final taking place on the 24th. Last year’s host Serhiy Pritula will once again lead the event where Ukraine will select their participant for the upcoming contest. All shows will be televised on STB and UA:PBC Channel 1.
Ukraine’s jury members are no strangers to Eurovision. In 2007 Andriy Danylko represented Ukraine, not as himself but as his alter ego Verka Serduchka. He achieved 2nd place, losing out to Marija Šerifović and her winning entry Molitva. 2016’s winner Jamala has also been confirmed to be on the judges panel for the second year running. Eugene Filatov has replaced Konstantin Meladze as the third and final jury member.
Speaking to 1tv.com.ua Filatov said that he wants to see young and ambitious artists in the semi finals. In a statement he said that “I want to discover new first-class artists”. Will he get what he wishes?
Despite not having any obvious connections to Eurovision, Filatov has worked as a sound producer for Onuka who served as one of the interval acts in this year’s contest. He has also worked with Tina Karol, Loboda and Sunsay. Filatov also was the support act for British band Jamiroquai when they performed at Kyiv’s Sports Palace.
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest
Ukraine is one of the most successful countries in Eurovision. Since their debut in 2003 Ukraine has won the competition twice. The first time in 2004 when Ruslana brought Wild Dances to Europe and Jamala in 2016 with 1944. Ukraine’s worst record to date was in 2017 when, as the home nation, they came in 24th place with O.Torvald and their rock ballad Time.
On December 6, Latvian TV, announced the twenty one songs that will feature in Supernova 2018. EuroVisionary has been chatting to the acts to discover the meaning behind their songs.
Today we reveal the dark story behind the jaunty pop entry from Edgars Kreilis and his song Younger Days. Edgars appeared in last years Supernova with the song We Are Angels. Unfortunately, Edgars placed eighth in his heat and was eliminated. However, Younger Days has been appearing on fans top ten lists this year. The upbeat song seem to be about having fun as a child but there is more behind the song than what first appears.
Edgars wrote the song based on his childhood memories. He mentions his sister and friends in the song. They were, as a child, his escape from fear, pain and negativity, listening to midnight fights.
Edgars, now a father of three young daughters, reveals that he was brought up in a family where his parents didn’t get along. He acknowledges that today many children live in similar environments.
The song conveys the message that children need to try to stop a negative home environment from affecting their life. They should try to build their life in the way they want it to be. His wish is to make parents aware, that violence in families, scars children’s hearts, and his biggest wish is to make it stop. The song’s message is a plea for a brighter future for all children.
Below you can watch and listen to the lyric video of the song, and feel free to leave your comments about it.