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Tony Marshall wants to represent Germany in Lisbon

GERMANY – It was 1976 when Tony Marshall won the national selection and was ready to represent Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest but he disqualified as his entry was discovered to be previously performed by an Israeli singer.

Local press report that 41 years after his disqualification Tony Marshall wants to represent his country in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest edition in Lisbon stating: In the last years we have only been humiliated.

“In recent years we have only been humiliated,” the singer told a German publication, “Twelve points do not know what … Eurovision is about music! We should think about it.” Regarding the fact that NDR has not yet revealed its plans for the 2018 competition, Tony Marshall says he is ready for the various scenarios: “I am ready, whatever the process. I want to compete with a German song” he reiterated, despite being 80 next May. Asked about the controversy that put him out of the Eurovision Song Contest of 1976, the singer expressed great regret: “It was a great disappointment for me, so I’m going to start preparing for next year’s participation.”

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Romania 2018: local press claims national final dates

ROMANIA – Romanian national broadcaster already confirmed their participation in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest and now local press claims that the national final will take place most likely from 19 of January to 11 of February in the Cluj Napoca’s (Ilinca’s hometown), Sala Polivalenta.

Romania has an amazing top ten finish this year with Yodel It after a tremendous disqualification last year in Stockholm due to financial dispute with the European Broadcasting Union.

It seems that the city has already been approached as the mayor of Cluj Napoca has made a statement saying: “We think that the presence of such a prestigious event in Cluj-Napoca represents one of the most significant ways of promoting our city both at the national and international level.”

The city will dispatch 120,000 Euros for the event as it happened with the NF host cities in 2015 and 2016, Craiova and Baia Mare respectively. Whether there will be semi finals or not it seems that the two parts have discussed booking the date 11th of February as the one for the national final.

source: monitorulcj.ro

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Junior Eurovision 2017: what we know so far

GEORGIA – Although the team of oikotimes.com is not intending to cover the event closely this year, we have prepared for you a recap of what we know so far for the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, an event which will be marking its 15th edition this year in Tbsilisi, the capital of Georgia. The show will take place on November 26th and it will be themed as “Shine Bright”.

As of 29 July 2017, twelve countries have announced their provisional participation in the contest. Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malta, The Netherlands, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine.

Despite winning the contest three times it’s the first time Georgia is hosting the event. Host city and venue announced on February 26th and March 16th respectively: Tbilisi Sports Palace will welcome the kids on late November. Georgia was the first country asked to host the event as rightful winner of the 2016 Junior Eurovision edition, a feature introduced since 2013.

On 12 May 2017, the host broadcaster Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) confirmed the contest slogan as “Shine Bright” for the 2017 edition, during a press conference held at the International Exhibition Centre, in Kiev, Ukraine – hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Details of the visual design and logo were also released during the conference.

Despite not covering as closely as the previous years the event, we plan to have a series of posts informing you about participations and preparations and of course our annual Junior Europrediction poll which will kick off during the rehearsals week.


  • Austria – The Austrian national broadcaster, ORF, announced on 31 May 2017 that they would not be debuting in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2017, with no intention to participate for the next few years.
  • Belgium – The Belgian national broadcaster, Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT), announced on 30 May 2017 that they would not be making a return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2017.
  • Bulgaria – On 23 May 2017, Bulgarian national broadcaster, Bulgarian National Television (BNT), confirmed participation in the 2017 contest. However, on 7 June 2017, it was revealed that due to the election of the company’s new Director-General, that the broadcaster had withdrawn its application. Once the Director-General has been elected, BNT will then decide whether or not they shall participate in the 2017 contest.
  • Croatia – The Croatian national broadcaster, Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT), has confirmed that the broadcaster is looking at the possibility of returning to Junior Eurovision this year. The broadcaster has yet to make a final decision on participation, with the deadline for countries to sign up for this years competition expected to be in September.
  • Cyprus – On 27 September 2016, Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBc) became the first broadcaster to announce their intention to participate in the 2017 edition. However, on 8 June 2017, CyBC revealed that they had not yet decided whether or not they would participate.
  • Denmark – On 2 June 2017, it was revealed that both Danish member broadcasters of the EBU, DR and TV 2, had declined to take part in the 2017 edition.
  • Estonia – On 25 June 2017, it was revealed that the Estonian national broadcaster, Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR), would not be making their debut at the contest.
  • Finland – On 26 May 2017, it was revealed that the Finnish broadcaster, Yle, would not make their debut in the 2017 edition.
  • Hungary – On 13 July 2017, Hungarian national broadcaster Médiaszolgáltatás-támogató és Vagyonkezelő Alap (MTVA) seems that they would not rule out a debut at the 2017 contest, but they may take a decision in the later days. On 17 July 2017, MTVA announced that they will decide whether or not Hungary will participate in the 2017 contest by the end of July. On 25 July 2017, MTVA announced that they will not be making their debut in the 2017 edition.
  • Iceland – On 27 June 2017, Icelandic national broadcaster RÚV announced that they would not be making their debut at the 2017 contest.
  • Latvia – On 19 May 2017, the national broadcaster Latvijas Televizija (LTV), announced that they would not return in the 2017 edition.
  • Lithuania – On 12 July 2017, the national broadcaster Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT), announced that they would not return in the 2017 contest.
  • Poland – Polish broadcaster Telewizja Polska (TVP), have expressed their interest in the 2017 contest, but has yet to publicly confirm their participation.
  • Slovenia – On 18 May 2017, the national broadcaster Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV SLO), announced that they would not return in the 2017 edition.
  • Spain – On 3 July 2017, the national broadcaster Radiotelevisión Española (TVE), announced that they would not return in the 2017 edition.
  • Sweden – On 24 May 2017, the Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT), announced that they would not return in the 2017 edition.
  • Switzerland – On 22 May 2017, the Italian language broadcaster Radiotelevisione svizzera (RSI), announced that they would not return in the 2017 edition. However, Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF), Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), and Radiotelevisiun Svizra Rumantscha (RTR); which are broadcasters of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG SSR) have not announced their plans on participation.
  • United Kingdom – ITV) ruled out a return to the contest on 25 May 2017, despite previous rumours of a return due to the network’s production of The Voice Kids UK. However, the remaining British broadcasters, the BBC, Channel 4, and Wales’ S4C, which are eligible to take over the responsibility of the UK’s participation, have not released any statements regarding a return to the contest.
  • Australia – Australian public broadcaster, Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), announced on 29 March 2017 that a decision on continued participation at Junior Eurovision will be made later in the year.
  • Israel – The Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) shut down on 9 May 2017. The new broadcasting networks Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation and “KAN” are not members of the EBU which is a requirement to take place in the contest Although the IPBC is expected to apply for EBU membership, they lack a news division which is a requirement for an EBU membership. It was revealed on 6 July 2017 that an agreement had been signed between the EBU and IPBC, allowing the broadcaster to participate in EBU contests such as the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, despite not having full membership.

source: wikipedia.org

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Watch Nano’s Melodifestivalen entry video clip

SWEDEN – Nano wrote on Instagram: “I’ve been waiting for this moment since I was a kid, a chance to be heard around the world. I’m so grateful and proud to share Hold On with you guys! I just had an amazing year in my home country where this song moved people and brought them together. I wrote Hold On because I had too, I needed to feel hope in my darkest hour. This song has brought me so much more than I could dream of. One love! #HoldOn”

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Ten things you should know about Lisbon

PORTUGAL – Lisbon, the capital of Portugal is proclaimed the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest host city and for the very first time we will attend an event in this beautiful city. Here are some factoids about the city you should know.

  • Lisbon is the oldest city in Western Europe, even predating capitals such as Rome, Paris and London
  • The raven is the symbol of Lisbon. According to legend this is because two ravens are said to have accompanied the relics of the patron saint of Lisbon, Saint Vincent of Saragossa, on the journey from Cape Saint Vincent to Lisbon
  • Like Rome, Lisbon was built on seven hills, and is known as cidade das sete colinas – the city of seven hills
  • The Vasco da Gama bridge is the longest bridge in Europe, measuring 17 kilometres from end to end
  • The Church of Santa Engrácia in Lisbon has entered the Guinness World Records as having the longest construction time of any church. Work began in the 17th century and was only completed in 1966
  • Lisbon has a great deal of street art, with walls, floors and buildings demanding your attention. The city even has tours dedicated to street art and graffiti – take a tour and there’s a good chance it could lead you to the unexpected
  • In 1755 a huge earthquake – known as the Great Lisbon earthquake – struck the capital. It destroyed many ancient buildings and triggered a tsunami which engulfed the harbour and downtown area of Lisbon
  • Lisbon’s oceanarium is one of the world’s largest aquariums. It has 8,000 different sea creatures, separated inside the main tank into four habitats by transparent acrylic walls, giving the impression that they are all swimming in the same water – all seven million litres of it
  • Baixa in downtown Lisbon is the city’s main shopping and banking district. The ornate city centre is flagged by tiled art deco shop fronts, pastry shops and tailors. The baroque streets are named according to the shopkeepers and craftsman who traded in the area
  • Pasteis de nata is a Lisbon delicacy. The sweet custard tart is reproduced throughout the city, but according to locals there is only one place to get them: Casa Pastéis de Belém was the very first bakery to sell the pastry and is still open today

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ERT is getting ridiculed all over the world

GREECE – After the incident with the ERT president shouting “shut up” to former parliamentarian demonstrating at the anniversary of ERT re opening, the ERT president is ridiculing the national broadcaster once again.

Yesterday the new CEO was approved by the Greek parliament. Mr Kostopoulos, the new ERT CEO, was suppose to take over his new duties today but as we read in Greek press and fan sites, ERT President Mr Tsaknis has locked his office and asked the security not to allow Mr Kostopoulos in the premises.

The two men have a rivalry from the past as there was legal dispute between the Mr Kostopoulos and ERT plus the latest statements of Mr Kostopoulos that ERT must be renovated and take more initiatives, open up to the market and public.

ERT’s President tried to stop the Parliament’s decision by filing restraining orders for Mr Kostopoulos something which was rejected by the court.

While Mr Tsaknis is one of the government’s favourite child, there is no reaction by the Prime minister yet and the crisis escalates.

Let’s not forget that Mr Tsaknis according to the Greek press has asked the government to take over also as ERT CEO. This man is also responsible for the two messy choices of Greece in Eurovision: in 2016 with his direct selection of his personal friends, Argo group and in 2017 with an entry which never supported.

What a Greek mess!

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