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15
May
2020

Jon Ola Sand: EBU is better prepared to organise Eurovision 2021 under corona restrictions

Jon Ola Sand: EBU is better prepared to organise Eurovision 2021 under corona restrictions

Jon Ola Sand

Jon Ola Sand has been the Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest since 2011. Rotterdam would be his last contest in that position. There will be no ‘Take it away’ this year from him, but he doesn’t fear next year’s contest, though it will be without him.

On the 18th of March, the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 was cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus. The pandemic had spread so much that it wouldn’t be possible to host the contest as planned.

Just as everyone had settled and was looking forward to the 2021 contest, the Dutch government stated that no large events will take place in the Netherlands until a vaccine is available. The likelihood of having a vaccine on time is still uncertain. This let to concern about a cancellation of next year’s contest too.

Nevertheless, Jon Ola Sand is optimistic that the show will take place next year. In an interview to NRK, the public Norwegian broadcaster, the Executive Supervisor said that the EBU is already working to make Eurovision happen in 2021.

Jon Ola Sand said that EBU is aware of the restrictions against the spread of the coronavirus. Some of these restrictions may still be in place next year. Therefore, the preparations will take place in accordance to those restrictions. As he see it, EBU is “more prepared” to carry out with the festival than it was this year. Jon Ola Sand will now return to work for the Norwegian broadcaster. EBU’s new Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest will be Swedish Martin Österdahl, SVT.

See alsoHeavy criticism from San Marino TV to Dutch Eurovision organisation

Will COVID-19 affect Eurovision next year? Time will tell if this could mean a Eurovision without audience or, with satellite performances in the various countries, in case of travel restrictions still be in place.

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14
May
2020

Eleni Foureira shares her backstage Eurovision experience

Eleni Foureira shares her backstage Eurovision experience

Eleni Foureira (Cyprus 2018)

It is not only fans that get nostalgic about Eurovision. Last Sunday marked two years since the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest took place in Lisbon and 2018 Cypriot entrant Eleni Foureira marked the occasion by sharing on Twitter a video with previously unseen backstage footage from her time in Lisbon. 

Eleni Foureira had caused a sensation at Eurovision 2018. The Cypriot entry Fuego had started from a mediocre place in the betting odds. Yet, once the Cypriot entrant set foot in Lisbon, things changed rapidly.

See alsoEurovision 2020 entries: Cyprus – we are discussing Sandro's Running

With Eleni’s stage performances and bubbly personality Cyprus was soon tipped as the entry that might challenge 2018’s hot favourite, Israel’s Netta and her song Toy. However, in the end, though achieving its best ranking so far, Cyprus finished as runner up to Israel.

With the post on her Twitter account shown further below, Eleni shared with her followers moments from those intense days of preparations leading up to the Eurovision Grand Final.

In the post’s video, there feature personalities like French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier as well as Eleni’s encounters with her Eurovision fans and many candid moments with her team.

"2 years after my performance @Eurovision Song Contest stage and I'm really excited to share with you all the great moments from the backstage, where all the magic happened! I hope that you will enjoy every part of this! Love you all" ❤️
https://t.co/CARWLmGcEr

— Eleni Foureira (@foureira_eleni) May 12, 2020

.Eleni had already had a very successful career in Greece and Cyprus. However, post Eurovision 2018, she has also had a considerable international following and collaborations with global stars such as American rapper Snoop Dogg.

Her popularity with Eurovision fans meant that, one year after Lisbon 2018, she was invited back to Eurovision. As an interval act in Tel Aviv 2019, she performed her take on fellow iconic runner-up Dancing Lasha Tumbai (Ukraine 2007).

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In the following video, you can revisit Eleni Foureira’s sensational stage performance of Fuego at Lisbon 2018.

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14
May
2020

Heavy criticism from San Marino TV to Dutch Eurovision organisation

Heavy criticism from San Marino TV to Dutch Eurovision organisation

Director General SMRTV - Carlo Romeo

Bad management and unable to form a sense of getting together and instead provokes nationalism. That’s the way General Director of San Marino TV describes this year’s Dutch organisation of the Eurovision Song Contest.

It might be a small broadcaster, San Marino TV, but their General Director Carlo Romeo is never afraid to speak his mind. Right after EBU cancelled the 2020 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest due to the Coronavirus pandemic, he went out speaking against the decision that had been taken. He was absolutely not satisfied.

A short while ago, San Marino TV released a press release with a short message in which he speaks against the Dutch management of the Eurovision Song Contest. We have decided to bring this message unedited – in both the Italian and English version we received.

English

“Very, very bad page, this year, is the Dutch management of the ESC 2020. Confusion, lack of coordination, leaks, improbable negotiations with the onsite hotels, and so on. But most of all I see an European vision which is not able to give sense to the word ‘WE’ rather than a sum of many ‘Is’ during this extraordinary emergency. We risk many nationalisms, alternatively. It is not by chance that as soon the ESC 2020 programme will end, on Saturday 16th evening, San Marino RTV will broadcast – all over Europe through its satellite channel – the original and integral version of the historical speech made by the French President Francois Mitterand to the European parliament in January 1995”.

Carlo Romeo General Director | San Marino RTV

Italian

“Brutta, bruttissima pagina la gestione olandese di Esc 2020. Confusione, scoordinamento, fughe di notizie importanti, trattative improbabili con gli alberghi eccetera. Ma soprattutto una visione europea nel corso di una
emergenza straordinaria che non è riuscita a dare il senso del “noi” ma piuttosto una somma di tanti “io” con il rischio di beceri nazionalismi di ritorno. Non a caso, appena si chiuderà il programma Esc 2020, la sera del 16 maggio, San Marino Rtv manderà in onda in tutto il continente europeo, in versione integrale e in originale, lo storico discorso sull’Europa tenuto da Franços Mitterand nel gennaio 1995 al Parlamento Europeo”

Carlo Romeo Direttore Generale | San Marino RTV

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14
May
2020

Eurovision 2020: Serbia – we are discussing Hurricane’s Hasta La Vista

Eurovision 2020: Serbia – we are discussing Hurricane’s Hasta La Vista

Hurricane

With the cancellation of Rotterdam 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, we though we would keep our Eurovision spirits high by revisiting and discussing the entries that had been selected for the event. Today, we are sharing our views on Serbia’s ‘Hasta La Vista’ by Hurricane.

Girl group Hurricane were chosen to represent Serbia at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest after beating 23 other entries in Serbian national selection show Beovizija. The trio consist of Nemanja Antonić, Kosana Stojić and 2016 competitor Sanja Vučić. Due to the COVID -19 pandemic, the Eurovision Song Contest has been cancelled which means that, along with all other songs from this year Hasta La Vista will no longer compete. The team at EuroVisionary discuss how this song would have fared in the competition:

Charlotte: I should like this. It’s an up-tempo pop songs that sounds like it has a decade or two behind it. It’s exactly what I should like – and yet, I don’t. I don’t directly dislike it either, but it never manages to catch my attention. Afterwards, I have completely forgot, what I just heard/watched. I don’t know why it is like that – aside from that it might be because I keep looking for a structure, which I don’t find. Is there any, or is it just a random mess put together? I really don’t know.

Ashleigh: Serbia have brought a catchy, sassy uptempo song to the contest this year. Though it is a bit dated, I find that part of the charm of the song, it’s feels like old school Eurovision. I have no doubt that the girls would have given a fun performance full of attitude which would have gone down well with the audience.

Josef: – Very good and catchy dance song. Plus points are going for the Serbian language and choreography. It could have been less sexist, but why not. I loved Sanja Vucic in 2016, she was my number one back then, and I like Hurricane now. Sure qualifier.

Elvir: Hurricane Girls have recorded so many good songs in the past, but Hasta La Vista is not one of them. I was unpleasantly surprised when I heard the song – musically and visually as well. Hasta La Vista sounds cheap, noisy and messy. And just when I thought, that this song can’t get worse, the girls launched an English version.

Michael: Glad they sing in Serbian as one two three goodbye is hardly ground breaking. However the ladies have plenty of sass about them and would have given Eurovision 2020 a bit of life. I’d have voted this into the final and hope to see more of Hurricane

Theo: This would feel just about acceptable about 15 years ago, it definitely does not cut the mustard at all in 2020 for me. It manages to sound too easy and too calculated at the same time. Rhythmic songs can be boring, too, and this a good example of that. Despite being stereotypical, Hurricane’s look is quite impressive nevertheless (I thought I would finish on a positive note). Serbia could do better.’

Alvaro: Sanja Vučić, really? Is that you? How did you come from Goodbye (shelter) to this outdated, repetitive europop song. I see more girl empowering on Sanja’s 2016 song than in Hasta la Vista’s annoying chorus. Plus the performance looks chaotic and cheap.

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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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14
May
2020

Eurovision winner Duncan Laurence is out with a new single “Someone Else” and debut EP

Eurovision winner Duncan Laurence is out with a new single “Someone Else” and debut EP

Duncan Laurence - World On Fire - EP

Duncan Laurence, the winner of 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, has launched a new single today titled ”Someone Else”. The song is taken from his debut EP ”Worlds On Fire” released today as well. It’s an emotional storytelling about the feeling of being alone, and how a lost love can eat you with questions that constantly haunt your head.

In addition to the new single, the five-song EP also includes the hit Love Don’t Hate It and Duncan’s winning Eurovision entry Arcade. The titles of the two other songs are Yet and Beautiful.

For Someone Else, Duncan worked in Los Angeles, US, together with songwriter and artist Leland, who is known for his cooperation with Troye Sivan and Selena Gomez. And also producer Bram Inscore, who previously worked together with Troye Sivan, Icona Pop and Hayley Kiyoko.

Someone Else is about the feeling you can get when you’re all by yourself and your head starts spinning and replaying memories of a previous relationship. The emotional roller coaster of constantly thinking of that one person you loved so deeply, but who you can’t be with anymore. I think it is a feeling a lot of people go through right now. Where you normally find comfort and distraction in your daily life, these days you are confronted almost every minute with those thoughts: like breaking up with a love done and going crazy at the thought they’ve maybe already moved on to someone else.

Duncan Laurence on his YouTube channel

Recently, Arcade reached 23 millions views on YouTube and 100 million streams on Spotify. The other single, Love Don’t Hate It, became a top ten hit in the Netherlands.

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Someone Else – lyrics

Lately I found myself on the crowded side of the street
Eating in busy restaurants every night of the week
Strangers don’t even know that they’re keeping me company, oh

In the middle of a long night
Tell myself I’m alright
‘Till I’m numb, so numb
In the darkest place in my mind
Somewhere in that long night
I can’t let go, I need to know

Are you with someone else?
I don’t think about you
I don’t think about you
‘Till I’m alone, ’till I’m alone
And thinking about you with someone else
I don’t think about you
I don’t think about you
‘Till I’m alone, ’tilI I’m alone
And thinking about you with someone else

Some people drive to be alone, but that’s not where I am
I find my comfort in the chaos of this traffic jam
I need these people, ’cause they’re what’s keeping you out my head, oh

In the lyric video below, you can listen to Duncan Laurence’s latest single:

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13
May
2020

Czech Republic: Benny Cristo confirmed for 2021 by public broadcaster

Czech Republic: Benny Cristo confirmed for 2021 by public broadcaster

Benny Cristo will be returning for the Czech Republic in 2021.

Tomorrow night, Benny Cristo would have been performing for the Czech Republic during the Second Semi-final for this year’s  Eurovision. With the cancellation of the show due to COVID-19 pandemic, some countries have decided to send their 2020 candidate for Rotterdam 2021, too, and the Czech broadcaster was the latest to issue a statement on the matter.

After winning the country’s national selection with Kemama, Benny Cristo was expected to represent the Czech Republic in the now cancelled Eurovision 2020.

See alsoEurovision 2020 entries: Czech Republic – we are discussing Kemama by Benny Cristo

While announcingEurope Shine A Light, the program that will be replacing what would have been the live contest this Saturday, the Czech Television also grabbed the opportunity to inform its audience of its intention to send Benny Cristo to the next Eurovision Song Contest. The broadcaster also invited Eurovision fans to discuss and make suggestions about the entry with which the artist will compete next time.

The Czech Television’s development manager, Lucie Kapounová, stated the following:

Benny convincingly won this year’s national final, but, unfortunately, he did not get the opportunity to appear on the big Eurovision stage, so we decided to appoint him as the representative for next year as well. However, we would like to let the fans and spectators talk about what song he would represent us with in the coming year, because, according to the rules, Kemama cannot be used. We will inform the audience about everything in a timely and consistent manner, “

Benny Cristo himself sounded enthusiastic about getting the opportunity to represent his country once the Eurovision Song Contest goes ahead again: ‘I am very happy that Czech Television has given me a chance to show what is in me next year as well. I can promise all fans and spectators that I will make full use of the time I have due to world events. You have something to look forward to,’ he said.

The Czech artist will be joining other 2020 artists expected to be returning to the Eurovision Song Contest next year such as Montaigne (Australia), Vincent Bueno (Austria), Efendi (Azerbaijan), Hooverphonic (Belgium), Victoria (Bulgaria), Tornike Kipiani (Georgia), Stefania (Greece), Eden Alene (Israel), Jeangu Macrooy (the Netherlands), Roxen (Romania), Blas Cantó (Spain), Gjon’s Tears (Switzerland) and Go_A (Ukraine).

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In the following video, you can revisit Benny Cristo and his African sounding rhythmic entry Kemama.

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