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15
August
2017

Eurovision footage included in Isaiah’s latest video clip for “Streets of Gold”

AUSTRALIA – Former Eurovision finalist Isaiah Firebrace has dropped a new video clip to his latest single Streets of Gold, and wants fans to know it’s just a taste of things to come. The 17-year-old took home the X-Factor crown in 2016 before taking Australia to ninth place at this year’s Eurovision song contest. But the popstar has now confirmed he’s taking a step back from TV appearances to knuckle down on his second studio album. Despite only coming out just over a week ago, Streets of Gold has raked up more than 1 million streams on Spotify and Apple Music. Firebrace told Fairfax Media the response has encouraged him to keep working on his own original tracks, whether it be mellow pop songs or something more upbeat.

“It’s really encouraging,” he said. “It’s more personal [than my previous work]. But when I’m writing music, I can write songs about personal experiences or sometimes just a song for fun. So some of the music coming out soon will definitely be more fun and different to Streets of Gold.”

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14
August
2017

Eurovision 2018: the latest confirmed countries

PORTUGAL – The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It will take place for the first time in Portugal, at the MEO Arena in Lisbon, following the country’s first victory at the 2017 contest in Kiev with the song “Amar pelos dois”, performed by Salvador Sobral. The contest will consist of two semi-finals and a final scheduled to be held on 8, 10 and 12 May 2018.

Russia is expected to return after withdrawing from the 2017 edition, following the ban of their representative Yulia Samoylova from entering Ukraine. As of 14 August 2017, twenty seven countries have confirmed their intention to participate in the contest after the official announcements from Serbia, Azerbaijan and Armenia.

In the meantime Bosnia and Herzegovina is unlikely to participate once again due to financial reasons. Mystery remains the participation of Israel, despite their announcement for auditions for the talent show Next Star through which the country usually selects its representative.

Recently there were information about the RTP plans for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest which you can read below

Eurovision 2018: first information about budget, tickets, EuroVillage, Euroclub and more…

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09
August
2017

Iceland 2018: Söngvakeppnin final set for March 3rd

ICELAND – It seems that Iceland confirmed their participation in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest and the national broadcaster seems to have given a date for it. There seems to be two semi finals on February 17th and 24th respectively and a final of Söngvakeppnin on March 3rd.

Iceland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 30 times since its debut in 1986, missing only two contests since then, in 1998 and 2002, when prevented from competing due to finishing outside qualification places the preceding years. The country’s best result is two second-place finishes, with Selma in 1999 and Yohanna in 2009.

Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Iceland has failed to qualify for the final six times, including for the last three years (2015–17). As of 2017, Iceland is the only Northern European country that has yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest.

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07
August
2017

The annual summer saga with Turkish return to Eurovision once again without a happy ending

TURKEY – Every summer the same thing: someone spreads the information that Turkey returns to Eurovision, the regional fan sites claim secure soruces and negotiations and in the end Turkey is not returning to Eurovision. Well, we have to write something in this empty month and waste both yours and our times. Finally and thanks to TRT the official announcement came: the country is not returning to the Eurovision Song Contest.

We couldn’t believe their return anyway especially after months of Erdogan attack to Europeans.

Sertab Erener was the first to spread this summer the rumour about Turkey returning to Eurovision Song Contest followed by Can Bonomo who left the imply that they are the 2018 representatives to Lisbon’s Eurovision edition. Hadise also declared her interest to represent again Turkey in Eurovision. The most hilarious was the implication that Fatma Turgut was in negotiations with TRT for it!

Deputy Primise Minister, Bekir Bozdag visited TRT headquarters and after a meeting there was an official announcement: the county is not returning to the Eurovision Song Contest. The statement was also posted on TRT Twitter account but it was withdrawn moments after it was posted.

Officially TRT is not participating in Eurovision due to televising system and the rule of BIG 5. The deadline for participating in Eurovision 2018 is still far away and miracles can happen (although we doubt)

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07
August
2017

How Guy Sebastian Went From Soft To Six-Pack In 8 Weeks

AUSTRALIA – How Guy Sebastian Went From Soft To Six-Pack In 8 Weeks
Looking in from the outside, you’d have thought Guy Sebastian had it all. The winner of the first Australian Idol back in 2003 had become, by sound criteria, our most successful male artist of all time. Judging roles on The X Factor showed him to be exactly the kind of man everyone guessed he was: smart, kind and impossible to dislike. Married to his childhood sweetheart and living comfortably in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, he and Jules have two robust and highly photogenic boys. On top of the world, yeah?

Pretty much. Well, sort of. But like you, Sebastian had his issues.

“I was in an unhealthy cycle,” says Sebastian, toweling off after a workout in his garage. “I was drinking too much. I wasn’t eating well. And everything I thought I was doing right wasn’t working.”

Earlier this year, aged 35, he resolved to get serious about his fitness. Had he embarked on this quest alone his chances of success – of looking and feeling anything like the way he does now – would have been slimmer than his new waist. Wisely, he teamed up with Transformation Coach’s crack husband-and-wife training duo of Chief Brabon and Em Brabon-Hames, who specialise in orchestrating life-altering transformations. Sebastian allocated eight weeks to the task, with the lovely Jules training right alongside him.

And the results? Well, judge for yourself. But here in the MH office we doff our caps to our September cover guy.

Juggling the recording of his ninth album, Conscious, while being a dad to Hudson, 5, and Archer, 3, Sebastian added 8cm to his chest, cut 7cm from his waist and slashed his body-fat percentage from 19.1 per cent to 7.7 per cent.

Want to enact a similar transformation? Sebastian did four workouts per week, each focussing on a particular body part (chest, back, arms, shoulders – core and legs were a constant focus). Here’s one of the workouts the Brabon duo prescribed

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