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01
June
2019

Lena Philipsson resurrects as Maria Magdalena in her new song

Lena Philipsson resurrects as Maria Magdalena in her new song

Maria Magdalena by Lena Philipsson

Back in 2004 she sang “It Hurts” for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest in Istanbul, where she finished fifth in the grand final. Her name is Lena Philipsson of course, and now she is back with a brand new single titled “Maria Magdalena”.

Maria Magdalena was the first person, who witnessed Christ’s Resurrection. That’s why it somehow is appropriate that a song with the same name now is a kind of symbol of Lena Philipsson’s musical resurrection.

The Swedish Queen of Pop has been absent from the music scene since 2015. Back then, she released a pretty melancholic album titled Jag är ingen älskling (I’m not a sweetheart). In the meantime she made an appearance at a Swedish Christmas calendar and a comedy tv-show Enkelstöten.

There is a remarkable disparity between Lena’s latest album and her new track. Maria Magdalena is a happy feel good song with a catchy chorus and summer vibes. On her Instagram profile, Lena explains how she came up with an idea to write Maria Magdalena:

“Actually the melody came to me as I was driving the car. Some tunes popped into my head, which I found very lovely and nice to listen to while driving”.

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

53 year-old Lena thought that Maria Magdalena was a cool title for her new track as her real name is Maria Magdalena and the song is autobiographical.

Maria Magdalena was written by Lena Philipsson and produced by Anders Hansson. The funny fact about the video is, that it was literally filmed on Lena’s mobile phone. Below you can listen to Lena’s new song:

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01
June
2019

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

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

Anna Bergendahl

With 8 entries in top 10, of which two won the contest, Sweden has dominated the Eurovision Song Contest the past ten years. Which of these ten songs will fans rate as being Swedish entry this decade?

After looking at all Eurovision results the past ten years, we calculated an average relative position for each country and used that rank all 46 countries that had participated at the contest this decade. Sweden came out as number 1 on the list.

But is it Loreen’s Euphoria, Måns Zelmerlöw’s Heroes or one of the eight other entries from Sweden this past decade which is actually their best? 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 Swedish entry from the years 2010 to 2019.

🇩🇰 Charlotte, Denmark

2015: Måns Zelmerlöw – Heroes

This song is for me the best Swedish entry this decade. Heroes is catchy and I can easily sing a long to it. The staging of the song with the cute drawn character of the little boy with the balloon just adds a further charm to it, but I think I would have loved that song too even without it. It of course does no harm either that Måns is quite charming himself 🙂

🇳🇱 Wouter, The Netherlands

2010: Anna Bergendahl – This Is My Life

Catchy doesn’t equal good, to me. Not to say that This Is My Life isn’t catch, because it is. But in my humble opinion, for many Swedish entries, catchy is all that they are. One of my all-time favourite songs is Come As You Are by Nirvana, and I guess I like it for somewhat similar reasons; both songs have a strong message about being yourself, being accepted for who and how you are and celebrating that.

Other than that, I love female voices who are not afraid of exploring anything other than the highest notes on their register.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Ashleigh, England

2012: Loreen – Euphoria

Euphoria is my favourite song from Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest this decade. The performance was slick and simple, relying on no gimmicks. The hook was catchy was poles apart from the kitschy performances that we usually see at the competition. For me, Euphoria paved the way for the modern song contest that we know today.

🇬🇧 William, Northern Ireland

2010: Anna Bergendahl – This Is My Life

Surprisingly, my favourite Swedish entry this decade is the one song that failed. This Is My Life, is a great acoustic style ballad with fragile and piercing vocals. The song starts quiet and gradually builds to an amazing and heart filled crescendo. The Eurovision performance was understated, and while Anna looked a little afraid on stage, it really did deserve qualification.

Poll – Vote for your favourite

Who is your favourite Swedish entry this past decade? Tick your answer in the poll below:

Favourite Swedish entry the past decade?

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31
May
2019

Nathan Trent is back with new personal song: “I Got Me”

Nathan Trent is back with new personal song: “I Got Me”

Nathan Trent (Austria 2017)

The new single from 2017 Austrian participant Nathan Trent means a lot to him. As he says then “it reflects 100% the situation he is currently in”. He released it with the hope that the listener can use it to not worry about what others may think. 

At this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, the Swiss participant made us all song “She Got Me (Dirty Dancing)”. Now Nathan Trent wants you to change it to “I Got Me“. Trent represented Austria at the contest two years ago. With the song Running On Air, he achieved a 16th place in the final.

Today, he released I Got Me. It’s a song which is quite personal to him.  He says it tells about the situation he is currently in, and he encourage others to learn from it: “to boost their mood and make them care less about what others think”. On his YouTube page, we writes: “‘I Got Me’ is an anthem of self-acceptance, where the lyrics transmit a feeling of confidence in a climate of uncertainties“.

This song is very personal to me and reflects 100% the situation I’m currently in.
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With ‘I Got Me’ I wanted to highlight the importance of accepting and forgiving yourself and celebrating who you are at this very moment.

Keep in mind that as long as you’re doing what you love and you’re doing it to serve a greater good, you’re on the right track.
So, relax (I have to remind myself all the time)
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I hope that, whenever you listen to this song, it gives you a good feeling about yourself, boosts your mood and makes you care less about what others think.
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Know that you’re cool the way you are.
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Be kind to yourself and others.

Nathan Trent on Facebook

In the video below, you can enjoy this new song from the 2017 Austrian representative:

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31
May
2019

Eurovision 2010 – 2019: The worst scoring countries this decade

Eurovision 2010 – 2019: The worst scoring countries this decade

Michele Perniola & Anita Simoncini (San Marino 2015)

An 11th place to United Kingdom scored in 2011 helps them leave four countries behind them in the list of the worst scoring countries the past ten years. Only twice in the final and an 18th place as best result, San Marino however really needs to improve for the next decade.

Following our article from yesterday about the best scoring half this decade, we now finish with the ones who are ranked from 23rd to 46th.

Just like yesterday, we’ve thrown all the results together this decade and created a ranking for all countries taking part these past ten years. To find out how each country performed at the Eurovision Song Contest, we calculated an Average Relative Position for each country, for every year in the past 10 years. The full calculation method is explained below the list.

As always with calculations like this, they often give some surprising results. We’ll highlight a few of the things we noticed with this ranking of the worst scoring countries this decade:

  • Despite a victory in 2017, Portugal is down at #38. This is due to them only reaching the final on three out of their 8 participations this decade – and of course ending on a 26th place in 2018.
  • United Kingdom didn’t score as low as many fans probably expected. They have four countries, of which three still take part, behind them. In particular Blue’s 11th place in 2011 counts up for United Kingdom.
  • Germany has finished last or second last 4 times this decade, but they also have a win in 2010, and then a 10th, an 8th and finally a 4th place to bring them up the list to #25 – and as such actually quite close to the best scoring half.

Eurovision 2010 – 2019: Worst scoring countries this decade

With appearances from a total of 46 participants this decade, we have divided them into two half’s; best scoring and worst scoring. Yesterday, we brought you the 23 best scoring countries, and today it’s time to look at the worst scoring ones.

RankCountryAverage Relative PositionTimes Participated
24Lithuania61,61%10
25Germany61,75%10
26Israel62,03%10
27Georgia63,99%10
28France64,05%10
29Albania64,56%10
30Malta64,88%10
31Iceland66,92%10
32Poland68,88%8
33Ireland72,21%10
34Belarus73,22%10
35Slovenia74,17%10
36Spain75,09%10
37Switzerland75,23%10
38Portugal75,65%8
39Finland77,16%10
40Croatia79,02%8
41North Macedonia79,28%10
42United Kingdom80,21%10
43Montenegro80,25%8
44Latvia80,85%10
45San Marino85,14%9
46Slovakia92,86%3

These Relative Positions are calculated by dividing a country’s actual position by the lowest possible rank this country could have gotten that year, each minus 1. Semi-final positions are appended to the bottom of the Grand Final scoreboard, in such a way that an 11th position in a Semi-final results in a 27th position. The lowest possible rank in the 2019 first Semi-final would be 35. This would give that particular 11th position a relative rank of 29.41%.

The sum of all relative positions is then divided by the number of times that country took part, to come to the above listed Average Relative Positions. This results in the fairest possible way to compare Semi Final positions against Grand Final positions in the reality of Eurovision where not all countries come from a semi final, and not all semi finals have the same number of participants.

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30
May
2019

Summer Fest in Moldova: Three Eurovision participants and Maruv

Summer Fest in Moldova: Three Eurovision participants and Maruv

Sunstroke project, DoReDos, MARUV and Timebelle

Sunstroke Project, DoReDos, Timebelle and MARUV. Those four well known artists are among the ones to entertain at Summer Fest in Chișinău, Moldova. The festival takes place on the 8th and 9th of June 2019.

If you have a few days off work, and can make it to the Moldovan capital for the 8th and 9th of June, it might be worth getting tickets for the Summer Fest festival. For Eurovision fans, it’s quite an interesting line-up, which features three former participants, one who almost made it, and internationally known DJs.

Tickets can be purchased from 200 lei (42 euros). For many foreigners, accommodation is rather cheap in Moldova. Several airlines operating in Europe fly to KIV, Chișinău International Airport.

Summer Fest 8th of June

First to take the stage after a DJ warm up on the 8th will be the band Timebelle. With the song Apollo they represented Switzerland at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Finishing 12th in their semi-final, they unfortunately didn’t reach the final.

Timebelle will perform a 30 minutes set, and will be followed by another act from Eurovision 2017; local Sunstroke Project. With the song Hey, Mamma! they achieved a great 3rd place at the contest. That placement is Moldova’s best ever Eurovision result. Together with singer Olia Tira, they also took part at the 2010 contest performing Run Away. It was that appearance which gave international fame to their saxophone player Sergey Stepanov, now best known as Epic Sax Guy.

The first day, 8th of June will among others also feature performances from Belarussia rapper CYGO, Lesha Svik, famous French DJ Willy William and local DJ Andrew Rayel who performs at dance festivals all over the world.

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Summer Fest 9th of June

Day two also start with a DJ warm up. First of the acts on stage this day is an instrumental local band 7 Klase. After them, it’s time for another Eurovision participant to entertain the crowd; DoReDos. Their My Lucky Day finished 10th at the final – and will probably for a while be remembered for it’s extraordinary performance.

Ukrainian MARUV will follow after DoReDos. Most Eurovision fans do know her quite well – despite not making it to this year’s contest in Tel Aviv. She won a dramatic national final Vidbir, but refused to sign the contract the broadcaster presented her the next day. After the other national finalists also refused to sign it, Ukrainian broadcaster faced it’s loss and withdrew from the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

The second and last day of this Summer Fest also features performances from Russian electronic music producers and DJ’s Filatov & Karas, Russian MATRANG, Moldovan music project Carla’s Dreams where all band member perform anonymously with masks not unlike the one from JOWST (Norway 2017). Russian singer Zivert will close off this festival.

In the video below, you can enjoy a special multi cam video rehearsal from Sunstroke Project at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest:

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30
May
2019

North Macedonia’s government honours Tamara Todevska for making her country proud

North Macedonia’s government honours Tamara Todevska for making her country proud

Tamara Dodevska and North Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev

Tamara Todevska and the 7th place she achieved at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest still create headlines in her native country. Today, the government of North Macedonia showed, how much they appreciate her great result by honoring her and her team with a special plaque.

North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev met today with Tamara Todevska and her team, who represented the country with the new name in Tel Aviv. Zaev thanked the whole team on behalf of himself and on behalf of the government as well as the citizens of North Macedonia for making them all feel proud because of the outstanding performance and the great achievement with the song Proud.

Furthermore, the Prime Minister honored Tamara and her team with a special plaque as an acknowledgment of “North Macedonia’s historic win of the jury vote at the most viewed music event in the world”. In Zaev’s own words, North Macedonia’s performance in Tel Aviv was the main topic of the contest, which was viewed by 200 million people world wide.

According to the press release from the government of North Macedonia, Tamara and her team thanked for the support received. They also talked about all the excitement and expressions from Tel Aviv, they brought with them. They added that the huge support they experienced both before and during the grand final were an additional motivation for delivering a flawless performance and achieving this great success.

Viewers of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest first saw Tamara finish 8th. A few days later, EBU corrected the result which then placed North Macedonia 7th – and winner of the jury vote.

In the video below, you can see a clip from one of Tamara’s rehearsals at the Eurovision Song Contest:

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