She became a superstar in her home country after her Eurovision performance, but Tina Karol now has set her sights even higher as she aims to conqour the English language charts and makes her first UK release.
It has been over 10 years since Europe first saw Tina Karol when she came 6th place in Athens with her entry Show Me Your Love. She has released countless hits, wrote a children’s book, became a judge on one of the countries most watched talent shows, released her own lipstick range and received prestigious awards from the President. Tina wants to take this one step further and conqour the all important English language charts. She has started by releasing the single Blindfold with an album to follow next year.
In an interview with abitofpopmusic, Karol explained why she decided to take the leap. Karol explained that she was inspired by her son Veniamin who attends school in the UK. First and foremost she wants her son to be proud of her. She also declared, “I like to dream boldly, I want to destroy the iron curtain that we have lived behind all this time. I dream of becoming a pioneer, thereby hoping to show this generation that we live in a world without borders.”
When asked to describe the new single Blindfold, Karol said: “It is a mix of traditional Slavic melodies and drama combined with trip-hop beats – which are not inherent in the Slavs. It is my desire to unite the cultures and countries. This track means a lot to me, I’m so proud to be able to bring it to the UK!”
Karol also touched on Eurovision, hinting, perhaps jokingly, that she might want to represent the UK at the contest one day. She also expressed her delight at Salvador Sobral winning the contest this year. She noted it was the first time in years that a track won based solely on its organic musical quality and wished that more winning songs contained that quality.
You can hear Tina’s new single below. Does she have what it takes to win the hearts of the UK?
Francesca Michielin representing Italy at Eurovision 2016
Francesca Michielin, Italy’s representative at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, has released a new single Io Non Abito Al Mare, along with information about her tour around Italy, which will take place in March and April 2018.
Francesca Michielin represented Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016 with her song Nessun Grado Di Separazione and she placed 16th on the scoreboard with 124 points.
Three months after her her last song Vulcano, Francesca first treated her fans on Twitter with a sneak peek of her new song Io Non Abito Al Mare, meaning I Don’t Live By The Sea. She included some lyrics from the song and shared the cover of the single with her fans. The song was released last Friday, 17th November 2017. Today, the music video was released. Watch it in the video below.
Francesca wrote the song herself, and she says that the song is about ‘the difficulty of communicating, the difference between hearing and listening, and the obstacles between the words that we want to say’.
Also, some other exciting news for her fans, Francesca Michielin announced a tour around Italy, going to fourteen places from North to South Italy. The tour will begin on the 16th of March 2018 in Parma and will end on the 15th of April in Florence. Below is a list of the dates and places she will be touring in:
With the deadline ending last night, Czech broadcaster, Česká Televize, has received more than 300 potential Eurovision entries. The style of the entries varies a lot, and most of them are in English, but there are also some in Czech and French.
The “more than 300 entries” matches last year where the country also received “more than 300” songs. For the 2018 selection, the broadcaster added a new rule; that the songs have to be sung by a Czech artist.
The Czech delegation has expressed their excitement over the variety of genres of the submitted entries and also the high interest for the contest among the Czech artists. The broadcaster says that they received songs mostly in English, but also some in Czech and even some in French. The style of the entries also varies a lot. From rock, through country to the current pop and of course ballads, so typical for every Eurovision Songs Contest. The songs were submitted not only from the Czech Republic, but also from foreign composers.
National Selection for Lisbon
From the first information published in the late September and also explained more in the interviews for Czech Eurovision site ESCportal.cz, we have confirmation, that some of the Czech artists submitted their songs to the selection process that is yet to be revealed if it stays internal or if the public will have the opportunity to decide.
The French song in the selection is Septembre by a French singing young artist Annabelle. It is similar to her first single Gabi, according to the information posted by the artist herself. She is one of the artists approached by the broadcaster and asked to submit a song. Another of those artists is YANNA, who previously competed in Hlas Československa. She submitted a song in English, slow tempo and with a piano background. But it is not the only song she has in the selection. The other song is also in English, but faster and modern.
From the guys in the selection, we can name Mikolas Josef. According to Mikolas, he sent the song Lie to Me and it is already on the airplay in the radios. The official video is coming out on the 19th of November. A new name in the selection is then Jakub Ondra, who is a rising star in the Czech Republic. He sings mainly in English and one of his latest singles Cast The Line reminds us of Ed Sheeran. His song in the competition is called Reasons to Love You and according to Jakub, it is one of the catchiest songs he has ever done.
According to Jan Bors, the Head of Delegation, more information should follow in the coming weeks.
Czech Republic at the Eurovision Song Contest
If we compare the previous entries of Czech Republic, this middle European country experimented quite a lot. In 2007 during their debut, Česká Televize sent a rock group Kabát with a song Malá dáma in Czech, who won their national final. One year later in 2008, it was Tereza Kerndlová with the dance-pop song Have Some Fun, who won the national final. The last year before their withdrawal in 2009, it was an internally selected group Gypsy.cz, who sung Aven Romale in a mix of English and Romani. All these three entries ended in or around the bottom of the semifinal scoreboard.
When the Czech Republic returned to Vienna in 2015, they chose internally a pop duet Hope Never Dies by Václav Noid Bárta and Marta Jandová. This was a change in the results from the first three appearances as they ended 13th in their semifinal. So the Czech delegation decided to continue with the internal selection, but they approached composers from all over the Europe and chose Gabriela Gunčíková with a pop ballad I Stand. It was the first time when the Czech Republic qualified to the Grand final.
In 2017, the internal selection continued and the submissions were completely opened to everybody. In the end, Martina Bárta got the ticket to Kyiv with a jazzy pop ballad My Turn. Unfortunately, Martina ended 13th in the semifinal and failed to qualify, but she took part in most of the Eurovision parties over the Europe in April.
In the video below, take a look at the 2017 Czech entry – this time seen from three different angles:
Anja Nissen, Denmark’s 2017 representative, is reporting an usual theft: An unknown woman has stolen all of her music by renaming it. The singer is asking her fans to report the matter. Porche Adams, the name of “the fake singer” has even announced a 2018 tour.
Being a famous singer isn’t all about glamour and fame, there’s also dark sides to it, and Denmark’s 2017 representative is now experiencing that downside of fame. Anja Nissen – who has recently celebrated the approval of gay marriage in Australia – came across a fake singer that has been using and renaming her music to achieve success and followers.
“HELP ME!”, Anja begged on her Instagram post. “This girl has stolen all my music renaming them, but it is still me singing and my songs… And now she is going on tour??!! She needs to be stopped! Please report her!”
In the post shared, Anja attached a picture of the respective tour promo and tagged the fake profile that leads to a certain Porche Adams. A quick look into it tells that the person behind it is indeed stealing Anja’s music by renaming her songs. Anja´s Eurovision entry Where I Am has for example been renamed to Armour, and Drive to Faded.
Porche Adams’ profile is followed by 120,000 people – more than the double of Anja’s – and she even owns her own free website. You can help Anja Nissen by reporting this fake profile to Instagram. But before you do that, remember Anja’s 2017 Eurovision entry, which you find in the video below.
Her look have changed a lot, but the voice is still the same. Today, 2013 Eurovision winner Emmelie de Forest released her new single. The Danish winner is staying true to her style musically, despite a more 80’s feel to her look.
Do you remember the young blonde girl, who with a bit of a shy smile, barefooted won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Only Teardrops back in 2013? The blonde hair was dropped a while ago, and when she recently added curls to her now dark hair, it made her even more sexy, but it also had a 1980’s feel to it.
The new single released today, Sanctuary, shows that it is only the look which might be 80’s inspired. The music isn’t. Emmelie is very much true to her style.
‘Sanctuary’ translates to a safe place, especially for someone being chased or hunted. And with this single it does appear like Emmelie indeed is in her safe place. You are left with the feeling that she isn’t trying to pretend, nor be more commercial to sell more. It is a modern pop song, which for sure will get some radio play, but it won’t be the smash hit her Eurovision winner was.
Emmelie de Forest’s Sanctuary is available to listen to on various streaming services. A little sneak preview from the coming video has also been released on her Facebook page.
Stay tuned as we’ll update with the full video once it is released.
Today, EBU announced that FYR Macedonia will join the party in Lisbon, Portugal anyway. News about tickets was also released. Will you be trying to get tickets?
First they were out due to depth to the European Broadcasting Union, but it seems a deal has been made as today it was announced that the country will take part in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. This means that the total number of participants is up to 43.
The first tickets for Lisbon 2018 will be put on sale on the 30th of November, and is available to purchase through Blueticket.pt. As for the price range, they will go from 35 euros to 299 euro. Last year, the prices were set between 8 and 500 euros.
1700 tickets have already been allocated to the fans. They can be purchased through the OGAE fanclubs. Most of the remaining tickets will be for the public sale. After the first bunch of tickets on the 30th of November, more will go on sale in the beginning of 2018, and after the semi-final allocation draw. Be aware that it is often seen that the public ticket system goes down, or otherwise ends in chaos. Be prepared for patience on the 30th of November.