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19
July
2017

Panagiotis Koufogiannis through to the X Factor Greece final – with his eyes on Eurovision 2018

Panagiotis Koufogiannis through to the X Factor Greece final – with his eyes on Eurovision 2018

Panagiotis Koufogiannis has made it through to the final of The X Factor Greece. The runner up from the Cypriot national final in 2015 was one of the favourites to win from already from his first audition. Should he win, he’s an obvious candidate for Eurovision 2018.

Multi talented Panagiotis Koufogiannis, who is apart from singer also, composer, producer and musician, convinced the four judges, who yesterday gave him the ticket for the big final of the show. If he wins he will be the first contestant from the “over 25 group” that wins the X Factor in Greece.

See alsoX-Factor Greece: Panagiotis Koufogiannis sings Rybak's Fairytale

Panagiotis reveals to EuroVisionary that he hasn’t yet taken a decision in regard to taking part in the upcoming Cypriot national final for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. He will think about it after the final of X Factor which will be held on Thursday night. However he added that with the appropriate song he is ready to do it again, just like two years ago.

Below you can watch the performance that gave him the ticket to the X Factor final. It’s a song he composed himself with the tittle My Apocalypse.

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17
July
2017

Marc Roberts makes a tribute to the music of John Denver

20 years after the tragic death of John Denver, 1997 Eurovision runner up, Irish Marc Roberts is now taking his tribute to Denver’s many hits on tour. Marc grew up with the music of John Denver and as such is very familiar with it.

Marc Roberts, who successfully represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1997, is paying homage to John Denver’s repertoire in his latest album and tours, which includes a concert in Ghent, Belgium, on July 23rd. Roberts participated at Eurovision 1997 in Dublin, defending his own country Ireland with the song Mysterious Woman. He earned a credible second place after UK’s entry Love Shine A Light.

He released several albums, his most recent one in 2015, showing tribute to one of his greatest influences John Denver. The album is a journey through John Denver’s life and music. He performs all the hits including Annie’s Song, Leaving On A Jet Plane, Take Me Home Country Roads, Some Days Are Diamonds, Calypso, Thank God I’m A Country Boy etc.

Marc Roberts’ mother was a huge fan of Denver, and that’s how Marc learned to appreciate his Western, Folk and Country music style. He also met him once in 1995, which made a big impression on him.

Almost 20 years ago, in October 1997, John Denver was tragically killed in a plane crash and the world lost one of its greatest singer/songwriters. Denver recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed himself, with total record sales of over 33 million.

Denver appeared in several films and television specials during the 1970s and 1980s. He lived in Aspen, Colorado and often expressed his love for the city in his songs.

On July 23rd, Marc Roberts will be giving a concert in Ghent, Belgium, where he will perform Denver’s greatest hits. Also he will be singing his Eurovision song Mysterious Woman at the end of the show. The event will take place at the Scala Theatre.

Below you can relive Marc’s Eurovision entry from 1997:

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15
July
2017

Alma to star in an Armenian movie

Alma to star in an Armenian movie

Alma (France 2017)

This year’s French Eurovision representative Alma, along with famous Armenian artists, shot for an Armenian movie called “Armenia”. She will play together with artists such artists as Mikael Aramyan, Hovhannes Azoyan, Sos Janibekyan, Arsen Grigoryan and Satenik Hakhnazaryan.

The movie was directed by a Russian-Armenian director Maxim Airapetov and was shot in Armenia. Born in Vyborg, Russia, Maxim graduated from Moscow Institute of Cinematography. Some of his works include such movies as “Four taxi drivers and a dog”, “Bright heaven, hotter than hell”, “Big Armenian wedding”, “You will not leave me”, “Queen”. “Tanker” Tango  and etc.

The movie “Armenia”, according to Maxim, is a play of words, including the name of one of the main characters and determining the place of events. The story of Armen and Levon – two friends, whose roads parted 16 years ago, but how only one random meet makes them look into each other’s lives.

It is is about friendship and betrayal, love and disappointment. Simple truths – let go and accept. Forgiveness is freedom, allowing us to go forward, looking back with a smile at the priceless plots of life. For Maxim, the idea to make a film arose last year. He hadn’t visited Yerevan for 10 years and now decided to celebrate his birthday with friends, coming to Yerevan for a week.

For the Requiem singer Alma, it’s the first big acting role.

Alma plays a mysterious role, according to the director. The role she plays is one of the key moments that one can discover only by watching the film. The project is international, so the casting  includes Armenian, Russian and foreign actors.

The part of the movie shot in Armenia will reflect modern Yerevan. The remaining part of the movie is set to be shot on the Atlantic Ocean. The movie is slated for a November release.

In the video below, you can watch Alma perform her Eurovision entry – this time in a special Multicam edition:

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15
July
2017

Tijana Bogićević releases new song Ti Imaš Pravo

Tijana Bogićević releases new song Ti Imaš Pravo

Tijana Bogićević (Serbia 2017)

Tijana Bogićević has just released a new video for the song titled “Ti Imaš Pravo” which translates to You Have The Right. Fans are very pleased with the song which is another collaboration with Dušan Alagić.

Ti Imaš Pravo is the continuation of Tijana’s cooperation with Serbian composer, songwriter and producer Dušan Alagić. Alagić is the man behind the Serbian version of In Too Deep – the song which Tijana performed in Kiev as she represented Serbia at 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The title of the Serbian version is Tvoja (Yours).

It seems as Tijana and Dušan are very satisfied with working together. Tijana wrote on her Facebook that as time goes by, she realizes, that she only likes to sing Dušan’s songs. Dušan on the other side wrote also on Facebook that Tijana performs his songs as she wrote them herself.

This is not first time that Tijana presents Ti Imaš Pravo for the public. This May, after the contest in Kiev was held, she published a part of the song on her Instagram profile. Back then many fans were very pleased with the song and they emphasized, that Ti Imaš Pravo sounded much better than her Eurovision entry.

It seems that public is still very positive about Tijana’s new song as many users on the social platforms such as Facebook and YouTube describe Ti Imaš Pravo as one of the best song, that has been released in the former Yugoslavia lately.

Tijana’s new sing is a ballad – a radio friendly lovesong about always supporting and being there for an ex-boyfriend as long as he doesn’t claim, that he still loves you, because the revival of the relationship won’t last. We hope, that the new song will bring Tijana much more success than in Kiev, where she unfortunately didn’t manage to qualify for the grand final, as she finished 11th in the second semi-final only 3 points behind Denmark who got the last spot for the final.

In the video below you can listen to and watch Tijana’s new song Ti Imaš Pravo:

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14
July
2017

Switzerland to put the song in focus and prioritise their own citizens

Switzerland to put the song in focus and prioritise their own citizens

Timebelle (Switzerland 2017)

First the song, and then the artists. That’s the format by which Switzerland will select their 2018 Eurovision Song Contest representative. Swiss artists, or residents in the country, will be prioritised in the selection process which starts in September.

It has been quite a journey for Switzerland. The last time the country managed to qualify for the Grand Final takes us back to 2014 when Sebalter’s happy whistle in Hunter Of Stars made us all smile and sing along. The two years after – 2015 and 2016 – the Swiss acts managed to rank at the very last place in their respective semi-finals and even though Timebelle were somewhat of a fan favourite during this year’s competition with Apollo, the country failed once more to qualify.

Therefore it is no surprise that the Swiss broadcaster, SRG SSR, wants to change things a little. It has been announced that the broadcaster will make a few changes to its national selection making sure that the song will receive the main focus and only then proceed with the artist’s choice. SRG SSR wants a modern song with a “strong, clear and understandable message” and has claimed that Swiss artists along with residents in the country will be given priority.

The submission period for the Swiss entries will open on the 1st of September and close three weeks after, on the 22nd. After that process, a mix of juries and media professionals along with spectators will select the best songs so they can be tested out with different vocalists to find the best interpretation for each song.

See alsoMelodi Grand Prix 2018: Denmark opens selection with changes

The final stage will include a live final where the winning songs along with the respective artists will compete for the opportunity of representing Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Portugal.

Remember beneath Timebelle’s performance in the second semi-final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest:

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14
July
2017

Switzerland to put the song in focus and prioritise its own citizens

Switzerland to put the song in focus and prioritise its own citizens

Timebelle (Switzerland 2017)

First the song, and then the artists. That’s the format by which Switzerland will select its 2018 Eurovision Song Contest representative. Swiss artists, or residents in the country, will be prioritised in the selection process which starts in September.

It has been quite a journey for Switzerland. The last time the country managed to qualify for the Grand Final takes us back to 2014 when Sebalter’s happy whistle in Hunter Of Stars made us all smile and sing along. The two years after – 2015 and 2016 – the Swiss acts managed to rank at the very last place in their respective semi-finals and even though Timebelle were somewhat of a fan favourite during this year’s competition with Apollo, the country failed once more to qualify.

Therefore it is no surprise that the Swiss broadcaster, SRG SSR, wants to change things a little. It has been announced that the broadcaster will make a few changes to its national selection making sure that the song will receive the main focus and only then proceed with the artist’s choice. SRG SSR wants a modern song with a “strong, clear and understandable message” and has claimed that Swiss artists along with residents in the country will be given priority.

The submission period for the Swiss entries will open on the 1st of September and close three weeks after, on the 22nd. After that process, a mix of juries and media professionals along with spectators will select the best songs so they can be tested out with different vocalists to find the best interpretation for each song.

See alsoMelodi Grand Prix 2018: Denmark opens selection with changes

The final stage will include a live final where the winning songs along with the respective artists will compete for the opportunity of representing Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Portugal.

Remember beneath Timebelle’s performance in the second semi-final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest:

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