BELARUS – With an exciting and surprising move the European Broadcasting Union announced today that Belarusian capital, Minsk, will host again the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2018. This will be the second time after a successful hosting and amazing show back in 2010.
BTRC bid for the hosting as the EBU removed the rule for asking the winner of Junior Eurovision of the current year to host the next edition aiming to give more time to the host broadcaster for a better hosting and also removing the pressure from the children.
Some might say that Belarus is giving attention to hosting this event instead of focusing in senior Eurovision winning but what most European don’t realise or know is that music for children is a key element in the education of the young Belarusians and the government gives extra emphasis on that.
This year Tbilisi, Georgia will host the 2017 Junior Eurovision edition on November 26th with an innovating tele voting which will start even before the show commence. This will be a great test for the future editions of the contest which suffers from lack of TV ratings.
Belarus is not only participating in the contest since the first edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 but also has two victories sin 2005 and 2007 although there were many years after that Belarusian entries truly deserved to win again.
Congratulations to the dedicated BTRC ESC/JESC team for keeping up with their amazing work
PORTUGAL – Originally named Atlantico Arena for the needs of EXPO 1998, the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest venue has now a new name. In a special ceremony the currently named MEO arena (as it was re-named in 2013) is now named Altice Arena. Altice is a Dutch telecommunications company which will use the arena for promotional reasons as well. An arena which have hosted in the past big events and international artist concerts. With a capacity of 20,000 auditors it has been selected (fairly) the suitable venue for the next Eurovision Song Contest edition.
FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA – Jana Burčeska, who represented Macedonia in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, has given birth to the baby whose existence was announced during the competition in Kiev.
The theme of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest was “Celebrate Diversity.” Even though Burčeska didn’t make it to the finals, the FYR Macedonia’s representative caused a sensation — twice. The first was her introductory video, in which she revealed that she was pregnant with shots showing her receiving an ultrasound and shopping for baby clothes.
The move by then-unmarried Burčeska incited controversy in her home country. FYR Macedonia’s society has backside from a fairly liberal to quite patriarchal place in the last decades, due to the influence of right-wing populism.
The second surprise came in the Eurovision Green Room, when performers are offered a chance to comment while waiting for the results of their performance. Burčeska’s boyfriend used the occasion to propose marriage to her on camera:
Although Burčeska didn’t receive enough votes to move on to the finals, she seemingly garnered more attention by international media than any other previous FYR Macedonia’s contestant. At home, some accused the pregnancy reveal and public marriage proposal of being a publicity stunt.
Unlike many of the FYR Macedonia’s representatives in the past, her song “Dance Alone” received positive reviews from most domestic music critics, who praised its composition, her performance and the music video. It now plays on regular rotation in local radio stations.
Following the song contest, Burčeska married in August, and took part in a UNICEF campaign, “Childhood Without Obstacles,” in September.
Her baby girl, named Dona, was born on October 11. The news spread via social media after Burčeska’s father announced on his Facebook profile that he had become a grandfather.
GREECE – Greek national broadcaster announced the jury which will decide upon the submitted entries for the Greek national selection. The artistic jury (or expert panel as known around Europe) is made of people who are clearly influenced by quality Greek ethnic songs and are: Anastasios Simeonides (chairman), Retros Dourdoubakis, Dimitris Mistakes, Alexis Kostis, Michalis Messinis, Andreas Pylarinos, Giannis Bach Spiropoulos, Pantazis Tsaras.
FYR MACEODNIA – Regional press claim that FYR Macedonia is pulling back from participating in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest as the deadline for withdrawing without penalty was due yesterday. The reason is that the cost for the broadcaster to participate in the contest has risen but the country cannot afford paying for a participation which the ;last years have brought nothing in the scoreboard for the country. We cannot confirm the information yet though.
BELGIUM – Laura Groeseneken (aka Sennek) is the Belgian participant in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. At the moment she and her team are seeking the best possible option regarding the song which will be performed in English. Sennek is also a composer. You might have know her from her collaboration with Alex Callier when they composed the song for Hooverphonic, “Gravity”. Did you know that besides music and composition, Sennek is also a visual merchandiser at IKEA?
GREECE – In the meantime, the hot name of the current line up for the national selection, Areti Ketime, spoke to OGAE Greece about her participation in the ERT submissions revealing that 10 years ago she was proposed to participate in Eurovision but she thought it was too soon. Back then she was a hot name due to her participation in the opening ceremony of the Athens 2004 summer Olympic Games.
FRANCE – France 2’s Carolina Got confirmed today that national selection for Lisbon will be named “Destino Eurovisión” and will be hosted by Garou as previously reported by oikotimes.com. There will be televised show for the selection of the representative and song something which will be achieved by national, international jury and the public voting. The submission process of course is still open for those interested to participate.
MALTA – Maltese national broadcaster narrowed the 30 preliminary qualifiers to 16 which will participate in MESC, the Maltese national final selection show through which the country will decide its participation in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Most likely MESC 2018 will take place in February at either the Mediterranean Conference Center in Valletta or Malta Fairs & Convention Centre in Ta’Qali.
We Can Run
Heart Of Gold
One Step At A Time
Turn It Up
Back to Life
Mikhail Attard and Cherylis Camilleri
Beyond Blue Horizons
Song For Dad
Richard & Joe Micallef
Isis Gee (Poland 2008)
Jeronimas Milius (Lithuania 2008)
Margaret Berger (Norway 2013)
Elaiza’s lead singer Ela (Germany 2014)
EBU.CH REPORTS – The New European Songbook – a 2017 multi-platform co-production from the EBU TV Music & Dance Experts’ group – celebrates the new music arising from a continent in flux. The film incorporates newly commissioned songs from six EBU Members, each accompanied by an artistic video concept. The theme for this year’s edition was ‘Europe’, and the musical consequences arising from the phenomenon of migration. In the film, artists discuss their musical collaboration and their new lives in Europe.
Featured artists include former Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performing with Basalt, a group of Syrian musicians whose promising musical career in Damascus was destroyed by war, and, finding themselves by fate reunited in Vienna, reformed the band. Artists involved in the project were invited to the Edinburgh International Festival to perform their songs live in front of a sold-out audience, performances which were streamed live by the BBC.
SONG LIST Small House – Conchita Wurst & Basalt (ORF / Austria)
Departure – Shalan Alhamwy, Rasha Rizk, Benyamin Nuss (WDR / Germany)
Uskundar – musicians from Orpheus XXI project (France 2)
Triste Sina (‘Sad Fate’) – Demian Cabaud and Carolina (RTP / Portugal)
La Notte Sa (‘Only the Night Knows’) – Scilla Hess and Markelian Kapidani (RSI / Switzerland)
A Time Will Come – Karine Polwart and Naa Densua Tordzro (BBC / UK)
The Boat That Brought Me – Matthew Herbert, Heidi Vogel and Arian Sadr (BBC / UK)