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.
If anyone was in doubt, the UK’s National Selection, Eurovision: You Decide will return for 2018. Eurovision Fan and Presenter of the show Mel Giedroyc will be joined by 2015 Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw. The show will take place in Brighton in February.
The BBC made the official announcement on their Eurovision media today, that the 2015 Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw will help in the process to select next years representative. Måns had previously eluded to the fact that he wanted to get more involved in the UK Selection Process, and now he has landed a gig on the main show.
He is no stranger to hosting large events, he has hosted both Melodifestivalen and Eurovision itself. The latter a successful show which won the Rose D’or 2016 for Entertainment show.
The national selection arena will furthermore not be a new venue for Eurovision fans, the Brighton Dome. Back in 1974 the concert hall was used as the backdrop for that years contest, a seminal year as not only was this the year Sweden first won the contest, but they also won with a group that would go on to make chart history all over the world, ABBA.
It therefore seems poignant that not only is the UK Selection show set against this backdrop, but that they have asked a Swedish star to front the show. The show will be broadcast on the 7th of February 2018 on BBC Two. Tickets are now on sale available at the Dome’ website for £30.
In the video below, take a look at Måns Zelmerlöw’s Eurovision winning entry from 2015:
In a recent interview, the winner of Spain’s second season of Operación Triunfo revealed she would like to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest. Nonetheless, not for now, as Ainhoa Cantalapiedra feels the Spanish format isn’t transparent enough.
Spain’s official broadcaster – RTVE – is not yet ready to catch a break. After being accused of fabricating this year’s Objetivo Eurovisión results by the fans, the broadcaster is now called out by Ainhoa Cantalapiedra, the winner of Operación Triunfo’s second season who already tried to represent her country back in 2010.
In a new interview to Radio Internacional, Alinhoa claimed: “I would love to try again and represent Spain at Eurovision but only when everything is more transparent.” The singer approached this year’s situation and ended up defending Manel Navarro from the critics who, for her, was part of a set up: “It was not fair to watch the poor guy being surrounded by negativity because Spain’s format isn’t transparent enough.”
After his victory in Objetivo Eurovisión, Manel Navarro became the main target of anger from Spanish Eurovision fans as they felt like the show chose him as a winner instead of Mirela’s Contigo. At the Eurovision stage, Manel became a popular meme on the internet after failing to stay on key during his performance of Do It For Your Lover.
The Spanish singer admitted times weren’t easy and even released a song about the experience, Keep On Falling.
Remind yourself of Manel Navarro’s second rehearsal at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest:
Albania’s broadcaster has revealed the 22 participants that will compete at this year’s Festivali i Këngës, along with the respective song titles.The national selection will be held in Tirana’s Palace of Congres in December, and will welcome a familiar Eurovision face – Luiz Ejlli – who will compete, this year, as part of a duo.
From 70 entries, RTSH – Albania’s official broadcaster – along with a 5-member jury panel, have chosen only 22 competitors, who will be split into two semifinals. The country’s national selection, Festivali i Këngës, will be the very first one to be held for 2018, and will have a candidate ready by the 23rd of December.
Amongst the candidates, there’s a familiar Eurovision face who represented his country back in 2006, with his song Zjarr e ftohtë. Hoping for a better result, since he failed to qualify back then, Luiz Ejlli will not be performing alone, but with Rezarta Samja. RTSH has also revealed the title of each of the 22 songs. All songs will be sung in Albanian:
1. Inet Neziri – Piedastal 2. Lynx – Vonë 3. Rezarta Smaja & Luiz Ejlli – Ra Nje Yll 4. Orgesa Zaimi – Ngrije Zërin 5. Artemisa Mithi – E dua Botën 6. Tahir Gjoci – Orë e Ndaluar 7. Bojken Lako – Sytë e Shpirtit 8. Manjola Nallbani – Të Pandarë 9. David & Genc Tuqici – Tjetër Jëtë 10. Grupi Na & Festina Mejzini – I Njejti Ciell 11. Mariza Ikonomi – Unë 12. Redon Makashi – Eksistoj 13. Eugent Bushpepa – Mall 14. Lorela Sejdini – Pritën Edhe Pak 15. Elton Deda – Fjalët 16. Ergi Bregu – Bum Bum 17. Denisa Gjezo – Zemër Ku Je 18. Endri & Stefi Prifti – Mesazh 19. Xhesika Polo – Përjetë 20. Evans Rama – Gjurmët 21. Akullthyesit – Divorci 22. Voltan Pordani – Pse të Desha
Festivali i Këngës’ 56th edition will take place in Tirana’s Palace of Congres on the 21, 22 and 23 of December.
Albania have been absent from the final since Elhaida Dani qualified in 2015. Remind yourself of her entry below.
Salvador and Luísa Sobral at the Eurovision 2017 Winner's Press Conference
According to broadcaster RTP they aren’t working with a back-up plan for Salvador Sobral. He is expected to be present at next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. In a press conference, RTP’s creative director revealed that the singer who was admitted to the hospital back in September and is still waiting for a heart transplant, also is very optimistic about Lisbon 2018.
Despite the recent announcement that it was still uncertain if Salvador Sobral would be present in next year’s edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Gonçalo Madaíl – RTP’s creative director – has revealed in a press conference that they are very optimistic that he won’t miss the show: “I am very optimistic and can say that Salvador is even more”, he said. “We are not even considering the option of not having him in next year’s event.”
The Amar Pelos Dois singer was admitted to the hospital earlier this autumn due to his heart condition and has put his career on hold until it gets better: “I guess it’s finally time to deliver my body to science and take a break from my music career”, he announced in a YouTube video where he also announced his farewell concert. Salvador is still at the hospital and still waiting for a heart transplant but it’s expected that by May his recovery will be complete so the singer can return to the Eurovision stage.
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“He is part of this narrative. He is the pages of the book we’re about to tell”, concluded Gonçalo.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be held next year in Lisbon on the 8th, 10th and 12th of May and the first bunch of tickets are expected to go on sale later this month. In the video below you can enjoy Salvador’s 2017 winning entry in a special mix with him and his sister Luisa who filled in for him at the first rehearsals: