Festivali i Kenges, Albania’s very own music festival, premiered tonight; a format which has been used as the selection for their Eurovision artist since their debut in 2004.
Tonight, we’ve seen eleven entries take to the stage at the Palace of Congresses in a bid to get to Saturday’s Final. The show promised to bring great music and performances and it didn’t disappoint. There is a sort of Gravitas that comes with the Festival, a grandeur illustrated by the use of an orchestra.
The show started with a series of non competing musical performances, one of which was none other than Eurovision 2015 entrant Elhaida Dani, and after the best part of an hour the first competing artist, Elton Deda hit the stage.
Tonight’s show saw the return of previous Eurovision representative Luiz Ejlli who wasn’t successful in Athens when he crashed out of the Semi Final in 14th Place. There was no qualifier announcement tonight, it was previously reported that all successful artists from the Semi Finals would be revealed at the end of the second semi final.
To keep you all entertained until the second semi final here is Luiz’s performance at Eurovision 2006.
Stay tuned for all the up to date information on Albania’s Eurovision selection, and see who will represent their country in Lisbon next May.
Today Estonian Television (ETV) published the remaining songs competing in Eesti Laul 2018. The reaction from fans was generally negative after the first group, but perhaps a gem is lurking in the second batch.
The final ten songs have now been published and they will compete on February 17 2018. Five of these songs will join five from the first semi to compete in the final on March 3 2018.
The running order for the second semi final is as follows
Marju Länik – Tänaotsuseid ei tee Rolf Roosalu – Show a Little Love Frankie Animal – (Can’t Keep Calling) Misty Eliis Pärna & Gerli Padar – Sky Indrek Ventmann – Tempel Evestus – Welcome to My World Karl Kristjan & Karl Killing feat. Wateva – Young Metsakutsu – Koplifornia Girls In Pearls – Spellbound Nika – Knock Knock
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Not all the songs are available on youtube, but you can catch them all on the official Eesti Laul site. Included in this group of acts, is Gerli Padar, who placed 22nd in the semi final of 2007, with the song Partners In Crime.
Estonia In The Eurovision Song Contest
This year will mark the 25th time Estonia has participated in the contest. During their time, they have won the contest only once. This was in 2001 with the song Everybody by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL.
Everybody was part of a four year run from 1999-2002 when Estonia finished within the top ten. The other acts were Evelin Samuel & Camille, Ines and Sahlene.
Since the semi finals were introduced Estonia have failed to qualify 9 out of 14 years. Of the remaining 5 years, Ott Lepland did best in 2012 with the song Kuula, placing 6th.
Below you can watch the official top10 countdown of Estonia’s most successful entries.
Some fans are happy today, while others are left disappointed. The amount of tickets made available today for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018’s Grand Final sold out in less than an hour. Also today the system broke down, and the ones waiting in physical stores had no chance.
Blueticket’s queueing system had more than 70,000 people waiting on queue in a matter of minutes and the official partners weren’t able to sell tickets for almost half an hour which ended up benefitting the international fans who purchased online.
Once again only a few fans were able to get tickets for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, at least for the main final show. Just as announced previously, Blueticket’s main webpage was again replaced by Queue-It – a queueing system that keeps the website from crashing – and people were assigned a number on queue despite the requests for another method. Fans invaded the website and, in a matter of minutes, the number of people waiting reached the 70,000 which made a lot give up as soon as they got in. People who got “low” numbers – such as 1,200 – were already a bit late for the best seats.
Portuguese people made sure to queue in quite early, as well but were surprised to find out that tickets weren’t yet available as the official Blueticket’s partners weren’t able to sell tickets for almost 30 minutes, which ended up being a benefit to whoever was queued on Blueticket’s webpage. Shopping malls such as Atrium, Colombo, Oeiras Parque and even Madeira Shopping had long lines of fans waiting to put their hands on the tickets, but only the very first ones were able to get them. On top of that, other online alternatives such as FNAC’s ticketing system were down for the same period.
At around 11.40 CET the store’s staff announced: “There are no more tickets available for the Grand Final”. Some gave up, some stayed in hoping to get tickets for the jury show or to the family one. There are reports of people raging and screaming in stores as they weren’t able to get tickets.
While tickets for the jury show Friday evening and for the family show Saturday afternoon are still available, a third wave of tickets is expected to be announced in January where tickets for the semi finals will be also made available as by then the allocation draw will have been held.
The second wave of tickets for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will be up for sale tomorrow. This time, not only there’ll be more tickets available but there’ll also be availability for other performances such as the jury show.
Ready, set, go! The sale of the second batch of tickets for the Eurovision Song Contest’s Grand Final shows will take place tomorrow at 11.00 CET. Just like the first time, the official provider – Blueticket – will be replacing its main webpage with a queueing system to avoid a possible crash despite requests for another selling method by the fans who found it unfair during the first wave.
Nonetheless and unlike the first time, the tickets made available for this second phase will not only include the event’s Grand Final but also the jury and the family shows. The prices for each of those events varies between €10 and €299 per person.
With all this being said, don’t rush but stay calm. With the chosen queueing system, it doesn’t matter if you get to the website hours or minutes before as it will only assign you a number after the clock hits 11.00.
Blueticket’s official partner made tickets available ahead of schedule
Unexpectedly, one of Blueticket’s official partners – FNAC – made a few tickets available to the public today (19th of December). A few lucky fans were able to purchase the tickets that will be officially available tomorrow.
If you were one of those, don’t worry. Your tickets are valid and will give you access to the show. According to FNAC, this was only an experience to test the sale for tomorrow: “The tickets purchased during this test phase will not be requested back and are valid”, they stated after being contacted by ESC Portugal.
Lithuanian TV (LRT) tonight revealed the contestants hoping to represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.
More than 50 performers and groups will compete in the Eurovision selection. For the selection, they could offer their own song or a song specially written for them, or choose from the works offered by specific composers.
Erica Jennings has already represented Lithuania at the Eurovision Song Contest with Skamp in 2001. Initially, she had planned two worthy songs but decided to enter the national selection with the Truth, written at the time Erica was waiting for her daughter.
Two songs were also presented by Silvija Pankūnaitė, who showed her strong vocals repeatedly in SEL’s concerts, and she too has chosen her strongest song.
Also appearing in the show are returning female performers, Mia, Kotryna Juodzevičiūtė, Rasa Kaušiūtė, Eglė Jakštytė, Donata Virbilaitė, Ieva Zasimauskaitė, Paula and Greta Zazza.
On the men’s side there are also well-known performers. The selection will include Vidas Bareikis, Gabrielius Vagelis, Jurgis Brūzga, Robert Kupstas, El Fuego, The Roop, EGO, Solar Closer and many others.
In March, it will be revealed who will receive the honour to represent Lithuania in Eurovision 2018. The shows start on January 6 2018.
The shows will be hosted byUgnė Skonsmanaitė and actor humorist Mantas Stonkus.
“This is not just an artist selection competition, but an event of our entire country, so you need to show your heart and your concern. And when the performers feel such love from Lithuania, they will go to Eurovision to carry out very large works. And we will be a beautiful, youthful, lively duo, we will be ourselves. And will we be sharp? Yes, said the head of LRT.
Greta Zazza has already published her song for 2018, Broken Shadows. Greta placed 6th last year with the highly fancied Like I Love You. Can she go all the way this year?
Christmas has come early for fans of Estonian music. Today Estonian Television (ETV) spent every hour, releasing one of ten entries in this years Eesti Laul 2018 show.
The first ten songs released will compete in semi final one, to be broadcast on February 10 2018. The running order of the songs is listed below.
Vajé – Laura (Walk with Me)
Iiris & Agoh – Drop That Boogie
Etnopatsy – Külm
Sibyl Vane –Thousand Words
Aden Ray – Everybody’s Dressed
Tiiu x Okym x Semy – Näita oma energiat
Stig Rästa – Home
Miljardid – Pseudoprobleem
Desiree – On My Mind
Elina Netšajeva – La Forza
Many of the songs are already published on youtube, so you can listen to the songs, clicking the appropriate links. The second set of songs, which will compete on February 17 2018, will be revealed by ETV tomorrow. From each semi final, five will proceed to the March 3 finale.
As always with the Estonian selection, there is a wide array of music to choose from. This year they have opera, pop songs, Estonian ballads and one or two usual bizarre entries. Fans can also hear for the first time, this year’s entry by previous contestant, Stig Rästa.
Estonia will be hoping to reach the finals again this year, after shockingly being left in the semi finals, with the fan favourite, Verona. Enjoy that song one more time while we await the Estonian entry for 2018.