The preparations leading up to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest was more or less a total chaos. Question is now, how much did the contest end up costing? Various reports differs on this matter.
The executive producer of this year’s contest Pavlo Hrystak announced at the Ukrinform conference yesterday that this year’s contest could turn out to be the cheapest in 8 years according to preliminary estimates. The estimated total is currently standing at 20.4 million euros.
Such a message is a far cry from earlier reports that this contest was actually the opposite, and would actually turn our to be the most expensive contest in history.
We did everything to make Ukraine a wonderful event took place, wonderful show of Eurovision-2017, but we were focused and aimed at saving the state budget” – Pavlo Hrystak (Executive Producer)
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The official costing of the contest is expected to be announced in mid-July once all of the final invoices have been paid. It is at that time, we can tell just how much the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest ended up costing.
Jamala has finally spoken about her performance at the Eurovision grand final where she was stage bombed by a prankster who flashed his naked butt to the whole world. And guess what? It isn’t the prankster she blames.
The few seconds where a man wearing an Australian flag came onto the stage and flashed his naked butt was probably the most talked about part from the Grand Final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Since the incident, we learned that the man wasn’t an Australian fan as first believed, but a famous Ukrainian prankster named Vitaly Sedyuk. The prankster had previously travelled around the world performing ‘pranks’ on the rich and famous.
It has taken a while for Jamala to publicly acknowledge the incident, in an interview on Ukrainian TV show Secular Life, she broke her silence. “I saw everything and I’ll tell you more. He was more frightened, because I did not care. I just sang my song, I carry the message that I need to do“. She continued: “He did not seem to understand why I was not scared. I did my job. I had a premiere of the song. I’m singing to the camera, I’m doing my job“.
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The former Eurovision winner slammed the security guards working at the venue. She claimed that it was not Vitaly Sedyuk who was guilty of a crime, but in fact it was the security guides who’s neglect allowed it to happen. She said “He could push me, hit me. To the guards and to the organisers I have many questions. Because I did my job, but they did not. They did not protect me. There were hundreds of guards there. They gave him 30 seconds to run and run. This is a very bad moment, we need to find out who is to blame“.
Prankster Sedyuk was released without charge following on the condition that he temporarily surrendered his passport. He was extremely lucky as the maximum penalty for the offence was up to five years in prison.
Do you agree with Jamala, that the blame lies with the security guards or do you think Sedyuk should alone be responsible for his actions? While thinking about that, take a look at Jamala’s Interval act performance (without the naked butt) in the video below:
Slavko Kalezić has high thoughts about his own achievements in Kyiv, especially in the field of fashion and staging despite winning the Barbara Dex award. Furthermore Slavko defines himself as Montenegro’s spiritual leader.
A couple of days ago, Slavko Kalezić was a guest on RTCG’s (Radio and Television Montenegro) morning show, where he talked about his impressions from Ukraine.
Among other things Slavko said that he made a fashion revolution at Eurovision this year. The singer explained that he was helping fashion designer Marina Banović in creating his outfit for the contest. This statement comes few days after he won an unofficial award as worst dressed at the Eurovision Song Contest, the Barbara Dex award.
“Without false modesty, I can say that the star of this year’s contest was Montenegro’s representative Slavko Kalezić. When I look back at what happened in Kyiv it still feels like a dream to me“, Slavko said in the morning show.
There is no doubt, that Slavko is very confident in himself. Expect exposing his skills as a fashion designer, Slavko also believes that he was one man responsible for carrying out his country’s Eurovision project.
Every country has problems. I am an educated man, and I know how the system is functioning. The Eurovision project is a state project, which needs support from the people. I would like to thank to all delegation members, but I was the one who carried out this project. I was a point man.
Slavko also commented on the much negative critics about his performance in Kyiv. The singer explained that his primary task though was to create a show. Slavko said that he had a fever up to 38.5 Celcius on the semi-final evening, and that he wasn’t the only artist, who sang false in the competition.
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Overall Slavko made it clear that he doesn’t care about the negative comments and that he doesn’t have time for it. Actually he pictures himself as his country’s spiritual leader:
I stood up for my nation and my country as a spiritual leader does. It is enough to say that I experienced how children came to me, after I went back to my country, and told me, that I was their idol.
In the video below you can watch Slavko Kalezić’s in a 4K performance from Kyiv, where he finished 16th with 56 points in the first semi-final:
Francesco Gabbani has quickly moved on after Eurovision by releasing his next single. The video for “Tra Le Granite E Le Granate” has already had 6.5 million views on YouTube after just a few days since it’s release.
Francesco Gabbani has released his latest single from his new album. Tra Le Granite E Le Granate is a song about how people spend their holidays, on crowded beaches or trapped in queues, trying to run away from a dull life, to which they will soon return to.
The video shows Gabbani working as a barman on a beach, before joining his band in the chorus. The camera pans out to show that he isn’t on a beach after all, but in a studio.
Francesco was hot favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in the run up to the competition, but was eventually overtaken by Portugal’s Salvador Sobral. Gabbani finished in 6th position behind the likes of Kristian Kostov from Bulgarian and Blanche from Belgium.
Gabbani’s new album Magellano is topping the Italian charts. The European version of this album is also doing well and has already charted in 13 other countries.
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You can listen to the new single below. How does this compare to Occidentali’s Karma?
Aleksandra Radović, one of the most famous artists in Serbia and the former Yugoslavia, is interested in representing Serbia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Portugal next year. This comes after she rejected an offer from Serbian National Broadcaster, RTS, this year.
According to the Serbian internet portal Bulevar.b92.net, Aleksandra Radović refused to represent Serbia in Kyiv this year because she already had planned important arrangements right before Eurovision. Furthermore, Aleksandra expressed her concern about the fact, that the contest has changed a lot and that the focus is no longer on songs and music, but on other things. Other Serbian medias have been speculating that the singer was demanding too much money from RTS to represent Serbia, and that it was the real reason why the national broadcaster offered Tijana Bogićević to travel to Ukraine’s capital instead.
It is interesting, that Tijana, according to Bulevar.b92.net, only was the fourth choice for Serbia this year. Jelena Tomašević, who represented Serbia with Oro on home soil in 2008, refused the offer because she was “not ready to venture into all that again.” Finally, Ivana Peters, who composed Serbia’s entry Goodbye (Shelter) last year, was offered to write and perform her own song, but she declined because of the health issues, that prevent her from flying. She was interested though in composing the Serbian entry this year.
However despite her concerns, Aleksandra Radović seems to be ready to wave Serbia’s flag in Portugal. When asked about her possible participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018 she answered to the Serbian newspaper Kurir that if certain conditions are met, she would be ready.
Why not? Everyone would like to represent their own country at Eurovision, but there must be worked on some conditions regarding the organisation. I couldn’t accept the offer this year because I was busy with my concerts.
Aleksandra Radović to Kurir
Aleksandra Radović is 42 years-old. She graduated from the Academy of Music in Novi Sad. Aleksandra owns a music school, where she works as a singing teacher. Until now she has released four studio albums – her last album Carstvo (Empire) was released in December last year.
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Below you can watch the video for one of the songs from Aleksandra’s latest album – Beskrajno (Endlessly):
Panagiotis Koufogiannis secured himself a spot in the live shows of X-Factor Greece, this evening. Two years ago, the juries in the Cypriot national selection kept him away from Eurovision as he won the televote, but finished second over all.
Panagiotis Koufogiannis takes part in X-Factor Greece. Tonight, the TV viewers saw how he coped with the Chair Challenge phase as one of the favourites. He came on as last with the chairs that would give a spot in the live shows, already taken. This meant he would have to make an impressive appearance to persuade coach Giorgos Mazonakis to pick him over another previously one. That happened, and Panagiotis is now through to the Live shows of X-Factor Greece.
The song that Panagiotis performed was Can’ t Feel My Face. The audience in the studio seemed to enjoy the song from the first moment and sang along. The judges did not hide their enthusiasm, his coach Giorgos Mazonakis even told him that he was fantastic, while Giorgos Papadopoulos, another judge told him that he is this year’s X Factor!
From next Thursday, the 1st of June and every week forward, you can follow his further steps in X-Factor Greece on TV channel SKAI.
Below you can watch the song with which Panagiotis Koufogiannis almost reached the Eurovision stage in Vienna 2015: