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.
See alsoEurovision 2018: Host and stage to be revealed in January – with or without Salvador
“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:
Chorostalites (at the back), Duo Fina, Areti Ketime, Tony Vlachos and Yianna Terzi (left to right) are the shortlisted candidates for the 2018 Greek final.
The five songs shortlisted for the Greek final were announced this week – we trace the timeline of events for the country’s Eurovision selection and the broadcaster’s commitment to a national final and entries of “Greek sound” for 2018.
It was back in late September when it was first reported that Greek broadcaster ERT intended to contact a number of record labels regarding the prospect of putting together a national final. At that stage, a national final would go ahead provided that there was a sufficient number of decent entries.
ERT’s letter to record companies made clear that the broadcaster wished that entries had a “Greek sound” and used Greek lyrics. As news of artists submitting entries started coming in, it was becoming clear that some of the songs were not “exclusively” in Greek as originally suggested but that the requirement for the lyrics to be predominantly in the native language remained nevertheless.
Smaller labels also showed interest in taking part in the selection and, as a result, the original deadline for submitting entries (20th October) was extended by one week so that a greater number of record companies could be given the chance to come up with proposals.
By 27th October, ERT had received entries from 20 acts. These were Decho from label Minos Emi, Christina Salti and Yianna Terzi from Panik Records, Giannis Moraitis and Dimitris Kiklis from Vinilio Music, Areti Ketime from Spicy Music, Kyriaki Derempei feat. Lava from Final Touch, Stereo Soul& DJ Koncept and Ink from Heaven Music, Giannis Dimitras (Greece 1981, 8th place) from Kathreftis, Nikos Baibos and Dimitris Liolios from Satellite, Chorostalites and Tony Vlachos from Spider Music, Vaggelis Panatos from E-Music, Vasiliki Stefanou from Polymusic, Duo Fina from Records on Top, Tania Breazou and Panagiotis Tsakalakos from Feelgood and Fotini Vassilaki from Music Art Lab.
During a first meeting on 2nd November, a special jury assessed that most entries satisfied the stipulation for native sound elements and Greek lyrics. Last Tuesday (7th November), five entries were shortlisted. These five acts that got the coveted ticket to the Greek final 2018 are as follows:
Don’t Forget The Sun
T’ Oneiro Mou (My Dream)
Apo Ti Thraki Os Tin Kriti (From Thrace to Crete)
Idio Tempo (Same Tempo)
Records on Top
In the meantime, it transpired that commercially established artists had also expressed an interest in case the ERT was prepared to select them directly for Lisbon. Eleni Foureira in particular, a very successful pop singer, revealed that, for a second year in a row, had come forward with a proposal.
It is fair to say that some fans would be very enthusiastic at the prospect of Eleni Foureira representing Greece though, in the end, record label proposals outside the context of a national final were turned down by the Greek broadcaster.
I made again a submission for Eurovision and it got rejected (…) I sincerely wish to whoever goes (to Eurovision) ‘good luck’. The people there (i.e. in the ERT) want to do a national final with Greek lyrics, they want specific things and our project was not right for them, it was as simple as that. No, I will not send (a song) again…”
Eleni Foureira talking to journalists (excerpts broadcast by morning TV show Ftiakse Kafe Na Sta Po on 31st October 2017)
This morning, a statement by Panagiotis Kalfagiannis, the president of POSPERT, the trade union of ERT and television employees, was reported by Sunday newspaper To Choni. In it, Mr. Kalfagiannis addressed the issue of the broadcaster sticking to the original concept of holding a national final with a Greek musical style and lyrics. He affirmed that Eurovision “interests a great part of the Greek people” and that “POSPERT and the employees want clear procedures and transparency to be in place” regarding the project.
The ERT concept for its 2018 national selection was generally received positively by fans as far as reactions on social media are concerned. It now remains to be seen whether the shortlisted songs for the national final, expected to take place in February 2018, will meet fans’ expectations.
See alsoGreece: ERT receives entry sung by Areti Ketime
In any case, the Greek national final, expected to take place in February 2018, will mark a change after two years of consecutive internal selections in 2016 and 2017. Indeed, this year, Greece was represented by internally selected Demy, a pop sensation in the country.
In the following videos, you can watch Demy in Kyiv last May, performing her entry This Is Love as well as answering to our Would You Rather questions.
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