This year’s Serbian representatives, Sanja Ilić and Balkanika, presented unexpectedly the English version of their song at a promotional event in Belgrade two days ago. Yesterday, they also released the video for “New Children” which is the title of the English version.
The English version of the Serbian entry has been arranged in the style of reggae. The message behind the song is that new and modern generations are able to change the world into a better and more beautiful place. In order to do so they just need our support so their knowledge and experiences can prevail.
The Serbian producer, songwriter and artist Luke Black has penned the English lyrics.
A group of six persons will perform the Serbian song Nova deca on the stage in Lisbon. They are three female vocalists (Danica Krstić, Nevena Paripović i Iva Banićević), one male vocalist (Mladen Lukić), a percussionist (Aleksandar Sale Radulović) and a flute player (Ljubomir Dimitrijević).
The Serbian team will wear the costumes which have been designed by Serbian fashion designer Nevena Ivanovic (Neodesign), while the choreography is Milan Gromilić’s work. Gorčin Stojanović, who created Marija Šerifović’s winning Eurovision performance in Helsinki back in 2007, will be responsible for the staging.
Sanja Ilić and Balkanika will perform third in the second semi-final on May 10th. In the video below you can listen to the English version of this year’s Serbian entry.
SuRie has performed her Eurovision entry Storm, on tonight’s Graham Norton show, ahead of departing for the Portuguese capital Lisbon. She also give us an idea of what we might expect on the Eurovision stage.
The Graham Norton Show is BBC One’s Flagship chat show, greeting stars of stage and screen, while also welcoming controversial US Presidential Candidates and UK Politicians. The show moved from the Corporation’s second channel BBC Two in October 2009, to fill the popular Friday Night slot. Since then the show has gone on to achieve great success and win multiple BAFTA awards.
SuRie’s entry has garnered mixed reviews, with many citing that the song is inoffensive, yet ultimately non-competitive. But it is a ‘Marmite’ song and many do love the song, especially from people across the continent. One thing that can not be denied is her love and joy for the contest and it’s competitors past and present. She has been deemed as one, if not the best, ambassador the UK has sent to the contest. She showed her true colours in Amsterdam when Madame Monsieur’s Émilie Satt was too ill to perform she stepped in to provide vocals for the duo.
Eurovision is about the music and the spectacle, but it was originally about bringing a war-torn Europe together, and showing the continent had strength when the countries worked together. SuRie’s actions is just a small example of how this ideal has been fulfilled over the years.
Tonight’s performance saw SuRie perform her electro piano ballad, while stood in the centre of a giant neon/LED frame. She wore a black and white asymmetric dress by Stylist and Costume Designer Frank Strachan.
She give a confident and assured performance and the crowd helped build the atmosphere by waving glow sticks and cheering along at the end. She was then invited onto the red sofa where she sat alongside Hollywood star Orlando Bloom and stars of British comedy Tamsin Grieg and Stephen Merchant.
Asked about her Eurovision competitors, she had confirmed she has heard all the entries this year and believes that Australia has a fantastic song which could go all the way. Something Graham Norton himself agreed with, someone who has been outspoken about Australia’s participation in the contest. Also Graham did mention he enjoys Finland’s Saara Aalto as one to look out for.
UK Eurovision artists have been given this spot to promote their song since back in 2011 Blue were the first artists to perform the nation’s entry in front of one of the biggest TV audiences of the week. With great exposure like this, with the added bonus of having the episode broadcast on BBC America it lifts the performers profile and Eurovision’s.
After tonight’s performance, how do you think SuRie will do? Let us know here at Eurovisionary.
After a long, 35 years, the moment we have all been waiting for has arrived. ABBA, the famous Swedish band have reunited again in the studio, and have recorded two new songs.
ABBA, needless to say, is possibly one of the world’s most famous bands. Formed in Stockholm in 1972, ABBA has reached the top of various music charts with their famous hits, Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Fernando, and many more. Many of their songs are still remembered and listened to today, and so it was, of course, a surprise to discover that the band reunited in the studio and have started recording new songs, after 35 years of their absence in the music industry.
The band shared this information with their followers on Instagram.
As was mentioned by the group on Instagram, we know that there are two new songs and that one of them is named I Still Have Faith In You and the other is unknown.
ABBA’s spokesperson, Gorel Hanser, described the new songs to the Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet. “The sound will be familiar, but also modern”. She also said that the studio sessions were “just like the old times”. We also know from Gorel Hanser that ABBA will not return and perform on stage, but instead, something more interesting will happen. ABBA will perform as holograms on stage. One of the members of the band, Bjorn Ulvaeus, explained how the idea of holograms performing on stage came about.
“We were introduced to an idea by Simon Fuller who is, as you know, an entertainment entrepreneur of the format of American Idol and manager of the Spice Girls, and so forth. He came to Stockholm and he presented this idea to us that we could make identical digital copies of ourselves of a certain age and that those copies could then go on tour and they could sing our songs, you know, and lip sync. I’ve seen this project halfway through and it’s already mind-boggling”.
ABBA has won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, and since then, 400 million singles and albums were sold all over the world. Eurovision and ABBA fans are waiting for ABBA’s glorious return and the chance to hear the group’s new songs, which hopefully will be just as good as their old ones.
During the successful time of their career, the band had to live through marriage breakups between Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Benny Andersson, until the group finally split up in 1983, and fans have been missing them since.
ABBA is still remembered in the Eurovision Song Contest. Throughout the years, you can see at least one ABBA-related interval act during the finals. Be it in 2013, when Petra Mede mentions more than three of ABBA’s hits in her song in the final, in 2015 in the special Eurovision’s Greatest Hits in London, when various of past Eurovision winners sang Waterloo at the end of the show, or, a very recent one, when Måns Zelmerlöw and Lucie Jones sang a medley of ABBA’s most famous songs at the 2018 Eurovision – You Decide in the UK.
Saara Aalto fans are rejoicing as today she releases her long awaited international album “Wild Wild Wonderland” which features her Eurovision entry Monsters along with her two other UMK competing songs. The album is released just two days after her show “Eurovision Wonderland Live” took place in London.
Today, Saara Aalto has officially released her first album in three years. Wild Wild Wonderland is the first album to be released through Saara’s new record label Warner Music and features all of this year’s competing national final, UMK, entries. Including her Eurovision entry for this year, Monsters which was certified as Gold earlier this month. The album, which was dropped at midnight, will also feature No Fear which was her 2016 Finnish national final entry, which came in 2nd place.
You know how much I’ve worked on this, we’ve all been patient and now’s the time!! This album is just like my life at the moment: adventures, big emotions, colors, pop, imagination, empowerment!!
Saara Aalto on Facebook
Following her success in the UK X Factor Aalto was offered a contract with record label giant Sony Music, but this wasn’t meant to be. In October last year Saara announced in an interview with The Sun that she has accepted a deal with their competitor Warner Music. In an interview she said “I was honoured I was signed to Sony. But later I felt like they weren’t the right team. When I met the people at Warner they were very excited about my style and making me into this big theatrical artist.”
The long awaited album features songs written by world-renowed composers and lyricists Linnea Deb, Richard ‘Biff’ Stanndard, Eric Bazilian and Xenomania’s Brian Higgins amongst others.
Half a heart
Dance like nobody’s watching
Don’t deny our love
Walking on nails
Wild Wild Wonderland
No Fear (Bonus track)
Saara will be competing in the first semi final on the 8th of May where she will be fighting for a spot in the final. To get to know Saara a bit better, take a look at our video below where she shows more of herself as well as clips from a performance of Monsters from Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago.
If your bag for Lisbon is filled with only t-shirts and soft clothing, you may want to add a few warmer pieces as the weather won’t be as sunny as you might expect for the Eurovision host city. Here are a few advice of what you can expect from Lisbon during the highly anticipated Eurovision weeks.
The rehearsals are about to start which means many Eurovision fans and press are about to arrive to Lisbon. To give you some peace of mind and assure you’re making the right choices on what to take with you, here’s what to expect from the Eurovision host city in the following two weeks.
1 Eurovision to welcome lower temperatures
2 Payment methods: cash or card?
3 Welcome to Lisbon
Eurovision to welcome lower temperatures
According to IPMA – Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera – Lisbon is not welcoming its visitors in its usual shiny way. Instead, a significant drop in the temperature is set to happen next Saturday (28th of April) along with a 100% prediction of raining. The temperature trend is expected to continue until the Eurovision’s Grand Final with slight improvements. While it will most likely rain until the 2nd of May, from that day on the temperatures will rise once more. On the 5th, an average of 20º degrees is expected in the capital.
With no concrete data yet, IPMA is expecting the main Eurovision week to deliver better results. While it can still rain, the chances are 20% lower.
Payment methods: cash or card?
Should you bring cash with you or can one of your plastic cards do? In most occasions, it’s completely up to you what payment method to use as most international cards are accepted in Lisbon, just don’t forget to check with your bank applicable charges of international usage. Other than that, there’s only a few exceptions when using your debit or credit card.
Keep in mind that not all places accept card payment, and some who do accept it won’t take it if the final bill doesn’t amount more than a certain value. If that happens, you shouldn’t have to worry much as it isn’t hard to find an ATM to withdraw money from in center Lisbon.
As for transportation, it’s important to highlight what means of payments you can use when asking, for example, for a taxi. Know that some do accept card payment, but not all. Our best recommendation is to ask, before getting into the car, if the driver holds that possibility. If not, you can use other alternatives (Uber, for example) or simply call the taxi service and ask for a specific one.
The Eurovision Song Contest is right around the corner. Read our advices, make your final decisions and enjoy your trip!
Welcome to Lisbon
We have covered various issues in order to help you prepare for your time in Lisbon. Do check out our other articles listed below:
Public transport in Lisbon
Where to eat and at which prizes?
Five sightseeing tips
More sightseeing tips for a relaxing day
Do’s and Don’ts – how to be a nice guest in Portugal
Different music and different keys. Eurovision offers a bit of everything, but what’s the most popular formula – and which of the 2018 entries have the biggest chance based on the key? We take a closer look at minor, major and 4 chord.
Songs in the major key usually sound very happy and positive, while the minor key represents sad or even depressive mood. But it is not only about that. It is in the chords and different tones used throughout the song. Those happy and sad rules are just a small help. You may find some videos on YouTube with the major songs turned into minors and vice versa. We take a closer look at the past ten winning entries.
Eurovision Winners 2008 – 2017
If we divide those songs into groups of major and minor keys, the latter is slightly bigger. Half of the songs are in the minor key – Believe [A minor] (2008), Fairytale [D minor] (2009), Only Teardrops [A minor] (2013), Rise Like a Phoenix [D minor] (2014) and 1944 [G minor] (2016).
4 out of the rest then belong to the major key – Satellite [D major] (2010), Running Scared [C major] (2011), Heroes [C major] (2015) and Amar Pelos Dois [F major] (2017). The last mentioned also represents the only winner in the last 10 years that is not sung in English, but in the national language.
And then there is one that has the verses in the minor key, while the refrains modulate into the major. That is Euphoria [D minor / A major] (2012). This is actually very often, so some of the songs even they may be mentioned as one or the other, may, in the end, be this kind of mixed keys.
Eurovision 2018 participants
Now let’s sort the representatives that will soon gather in Lisbon to face each other into those categories:
Major key – Albania, Australia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Iceland, Romania, United Kingdom.
Minor key – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine.
Mixed – Croatia (verses and refrains minor / bridges major), F.Y.R. Macedonia (verses minor / refrain major), Malta (verses minor / refrains major).
As a fun fact, among those 43 entries are some songs that belong to the category 4 chord songs. It means that those songs use only, or mainly, 4 chords during almost the entire song – Australia, Finland, France, Germany, Lithuania, Malta (refrains), Moldova, Poland, Portugal (only 3 chords are used), Slovenia (bridges), Ukraine (refrains).
It is clear that minor keys are the majority – 30 out of 43 equals almost 70 %. Also, most of the winning songs from last decade were in minor keys, so this step is quite obvious. Maybe this is also caused by the fact, that minor keys are more popular among the audience. Is that how you should write a song? According to Alexander Rybak and his two entries (and one of them a winner) in the minor key, it may be the winning formula.
Please, also take into consideration that with some songs, it can be hard to tell if the song is in the major or minor key. So some of the above are based on a qualified guess.
Below you can watch a recap of the best and worst songs from the 20 countries that are yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest.