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20
July
2018

RTE reveals costs for Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s cheap participation in Lisbon

RTE reveals costs for Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s cheap participation in Lisbon

Ryan O'Shaughnessy

Irish broadcaster, RTE spent little over 300,000 euros on their 2018 Eurovision participation. This is fairly cheap, and in fact, it is less than last year with Brendan Murray going to Kiev, Ukraine.

RTE spent 304,088 euros to see Ryan O’Shaughnessy bringing the best result for Ireland in seven years. A team of 18 members, including Ryan, were sent on Lisbon for two weeks time as the nation finally made it to the finals after 5 years.

The costs include the products costs( stage desing, pyros etc) which RTE paid with 27,190 euros. Another 177,179 euros were spent on the team and 42,335 euros have been paid for the accommodation. Also,8,843 euros went to flight tickets – economy class flights. Food cost 1,594 and subsistence 13,362 euros each. In the end, RTE had to pay 83,861 euros to to the European Brooadcasting Union.

Last year, the cost for Brendan Murray’s participation was 331,000 euros for him and another 15 people. Other countries spends significantly more on their Eurovision participation, like the Netherlands with 500,000 euros in 2016. So, the Irish do know how to make a cheap participation – without having the artists or record company pay themselves.

In the video below, take a little look at Ryan O’Shaughnessy rehearse his Eurovision entry Together in Lisbon, Portugal:

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20
July
2018

Blanche releases her new single “Soon”

Blanche releases her new single “Soon”

Blanche

She’s on fire! Blanche, who achieved a very honorable fourth place for Belgium last year, has returned with a brand new single. The song soon was released just two months after the singers second single Wrong Turn.

Soon is a track full of emotions, with a powerful and melodic vibe. Also, we can enjoy amazing vocals and her charismatic voice throughout the song. Blanche has co-wrote the song with Pierre Dumoulin, who also co-wrote the previous singles City Lights and Wrong Turn. In the new single Blanche shows off a different, a more haunting side to her voice.

A few hours ago, Blanche released a lyric video in Youtube , but you can also enjoy the song as Blanche performed it live at a concert back in April. Furthermore, you can listen to it on Spotify.

Since her participation in Kyiv last year, Blanche has won some important awards back in her home country. She won Pop Artist of the Year at the D6bels Music Awards and Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the Flemish 2018 Music Industry Awards. In addition, Blanche has conquered Europe with an European Border Breakers Award.

Blanche, real name Elie Delvaux, enjoyed massive success with her debute single City Lights. The song instantly became number one in Belgian and Lithuanian Charts. Also, it became platinum with over 20,000 sales. Her newest track Wrong Turn is now at number 77 in Belgian charts. Is a future world star about to be born? Only time will tell!

You can remind yourself of Blanche’s performance in the Eurovision Grand Final in 2017 by viewing our video below:

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18
July
2018

Greek broadcaster wanted a Kalomira anniversary for Eurovision 2018

Greek broadcaster wanted a Kalomira anniversary for Eurovision 2018

Kalomira

She came third representing Greece in 2008, and this year, Kalomira was offered to return to the Eurovision Song Contest. She however said no to celebrate her anniversary with one more participation. Her no, led to a scandalous selection of the Greek entry.

Ten years ago, Kalomira Sarantis, as her full name is, represented Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 which was held in Belgarde, Serbia. She achieved a very honorable third place for the country with her song Secret Combination. In an interview to People Magazine she revealed that she was asked to represent the country in Lisbon as well. She was interested, but an inner voice told her not to do it as her main focus now is on her family, and in particular her children.

This year was the 10th anniversary of my participation at the Eurovision Song Contest. I had some early talks to represent Greece in Lisbon, but it didn’t worked out. In the first place, things were going good, but my instinct said to me “don’t do it, don’t do it”. I’ve made clear in my mind that my priorities at this time of my life are my children and my husband. Whatever I do in my career, it must not affect my children’s programme.

Kalomira to People Magazine, Greece.

As Kalomira said no, the Greek broadcaster instead went for a national final. Five acts were selected. Two were pulled out as they didn’t have enough of the Greek sound, the broadcaster was after. With three acts in the final, another two were however disqualified as they couldn’t deliver a financial guarantee proving they were able to pay for their Eurovision participation, which in Greece is not paid by the broadcaster. With those two out, only Yianna Terzi and her song Oniro Mou was left. The national final was obviously cancelled, and she was chosen to represent the country at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

Like many other Greeks, Kalomira expected Yianna to do better than she did. She came 14th in the semi-final, and thus failed to reach the final. This was only the second time, Greece left the competition after the semi-finals. About Yianna’s entry, Kalomira said: “Yianna gave everything she had, she was totally amazing. The song was powerful with very nice lyrics. I was sure that Oniro Mou would qualify. I couldn’t believe that Greece didn’t managed to reach the final“.

In the video below remind yourself of Kalomira’s 2008 Eurovision entry Secret Combination:

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16
July
2018

No 2019 Eurovision comeback for Bosnia and Herzegovina despite Ralph Siegel offer

No 2019 Eurovision comeback for Bosnia and Herzegovina despite Ralph Siegel offer

Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala representing Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016

Ralph Siegel offered to pay, but EBU said no. Due to sanctions towards the national public broadcaster BHRT, it now seems sure that Bosnia and Herzegovina won’t return to the Eurovision Song Contest for the 2019 edition.

The sad situation was confirmed today by Lejla A. Babović, who is responsible for the Eurovision project within the broadcaster BHRT.

In an interview to the Bosnian internet portal klix.ba, Babović explained that just like last year, the legendary German composer Ralph Siegel offered to cover all the costs regarding Bosnia and Hercegovina’s participation in the contest next year. His only condition was that Hanka Paldum, one of the most famous local folk singers, performed his song in Israel.

Although BHRT was very positive about Siegels’s offer, the EBU has informed the broadcaster that Bosnia and Herzegovina’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest won’t be possible as long as BHRT is under the sanctions and furhermore they should start to repay their debt, which is over CHF 6 million.

2019 will be third year in a row that the country won’t take part in the contest.

Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest

The country joined the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993 – a year after they declared independence from Yugoslavia. They reached their best result back in 2006, when Hari Mata Hari finished third in the grand final with the song Lejla.

Due to financial difficulties, they took a break from 2013 – 2015. Bosnia and Herzegovina participated last time in 2016, when Dalal, Deen, Anja Rucner and Jala didn’t quailfy for the final. Before then, the country had managed to qualify from the semi-finals every year they participated.

In the video below, remind yourself of their 2016 entry:

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07
July
2018

Vlatko Ilievski died at the age of 33

Vlatko Ilievski died at the age of 33

Vlatko Ilievski

Vlatko Ilievski was found dead in his car this morning. The police is now looking into what caused the death of the 33 year old singer, who represented FYR Macedonia at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.

The sad news hit this morning, when local police stated that they found rock singer Vlatko Ilievski dead in his car. The incident took place in the capital Skopje. Police has been inspecting the place, handed the body over for autopsy, which will hopefully reveal how the singer lost his life.

Vlatko represented FYR Macedonia at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 with the song Rusinka. With 36 points and a 16th place in the second semi-final, he did not reach the final.

In 2010, Vlatko graduated from Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje. He previously played with the rock band Morality and, also in 2010, he took part in the national selection and came second. In his second attempt the year after, he won and made it to Eurovision in Düsseldorf, Germany. His death comes just a few days after he celebrated his 33rd birthday.

While listening to his Eurovision entry one more time, we would like to wish our condolences to family and friends.

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06
July
2018

Eleni Foureira as a judge in Greek music show La Banda

Eleni Foureira as a judge in Greek music show La Banda

Eleni Foureira

Eleni Foureira is preparing for another step in her career. She will be judge on a Greeek TV show where the goal is to create boy bands, which can do well. This year’s Eurovision runner up will be joined by two other well known musicians to help the bands.

Greek TV station Epsilon presented yesterday, in a press release, Eleni Foureira as judge in a new TV show “La Banda”, which will air in early October. The purpose of this show is to create boy bands, which will compete to win the show, so they can declare themselves as the best Greek band.

Eleni will be a part of the jury alongside famous Greek singer Thodoris Marantinis and one more person, whose name is yet to be revealed. It is rumoured that the third and last judge will be Mihalis Stavento. He is a well known singer and composer, who has previously been judge in the The Voice of Greece. Stavento is married to Ivi Adamou who represented Cyprus at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

These days Eleni is on a tour all over Greece. Her new single Caramela made it’s debut in the Greek charts, and at the concerts she will probably sing both that and her Eurovision runner up Fuego. In the video below, enjoy a performance of Fuego from Eurovision Village:

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