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20
October
2017

San Marino 2018: Måns and Zoë in the national final jury

SAN MARINO – If you cannot bit them, fight them in their own game. This seems to be the way SMRTV is thinking after its strong controversy with the EBU. San Marino state television is considering to have Måns Zelmerlöw and Zoë, both participants and in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest and extremely popular among the European community in the national final jury.

A national final that surprised us al since it will be the first time that the Italian micro state will hold such a marathon as announced earlier this week. The jury will be concluded by London radio presenter Dave Berry.

It is also rumoured, according to ESCPedia that Zoë’s father, Christof Straub will also be involved in the national selection marathon somehow. The information has not been confirmed by the San Marino state television (yet).

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20
October
2017

San Marino 2016: Måns and Zoë in the national final jury

SAN MARINO – If you cannot bit them, fight them in their own game. This seems to be the way SMRTV is thinking after its strong controversy with the EBU. San Marino state television is considering to have Måns Zelmerlöw and Zoë, both participants and in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest and extremely popular among the European community in the national final jury.

A national final that surprised us al since it will be the first time that the Italian micro state will hold such a marathon as announced earlier this week. The jury will be concluded by London radio presenter Dave Berry.

It is also rumoured, according to ESCPedia that Zoë’s father, Christof Straub will also be involved in the national selection marathon somehow. The information has not been confirmed by the San Marino state television (yet).

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19
October
2017

Greece 2018: submissions deadline extended one week

GREECE – One week extension to the deadline for submitting their bids, got the record labels from the Greek national broadcaster as exclusively we present you today. In the run for the national selection, Ellinikos Telikos 2018, we have so far five confirmed names.

Areti Ketime, Vassiliki Stefanou, Panagiotis Tsakalakos, Stereo Soul & DJ Koncept and Christina Salti. There seems to be two more names interested to submit their names with one of them rumoured to be Yorgos Papadopoulos, a popular Greek Cypriot singer.

The deadline is now extended one week in order for ERT to allow the record labels to finalise their decisions. It is widely spread that Panik Records is not submitting one but two artists to ERT. After all it was never said that a record label has to submit one artist. It is also notable that Stereo Soul are back in the game despite their initial disappointment by the ERT rules with a Greek modern ballad.

more information soon…

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19
October
2017

Are you ready for Eurovision scandals? Gerard James Borg has the scope

MALTA – Gerard James Borg – the known songwriter in the Eurovision arena – has just dropped his latest novel…

And it’s Eurovision inspired! After writing over fifty songs that competed in national selections around Europe, seven songs that went on to represent Malta and Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest, and a near-win with Ira Losco’s “7th Wonder, it looks like Gerard is trailblazing the bestseller list with successful novels. His previous novels – “Sliema Wives” and “Madliena Married Men” – have both made it to the number 1 spot and caused some ripples of controversy.

His third book – “BORMLA BABES – Behind-The-Scenes” – looks like it could keep up the success of his other novels. Only, this time there is a Eurovision-related theme thrown in the exciting mix of his juicy novel. It is a fast-paced entertaining drama/thriller fizzing with scandals which take the reader on trip into the glittering and cut-throat world of the music industry.

Three beautiful girls have been turned into the hottest girl-group Malta has ever seen. All has been secretly set for the Bormla Babes to win the national song selection and represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest.

As backstage dramas and back-stabbing unfold, hyper scandals make the 8 O’clock news, and artists are publicly shamed, the author takes us on a rollercoaster ride through a shimmering plot with disturbing twists. Apart from the three main characters – three beautiful and ambitious girls – the characters include a shady media mogul who helms ALPHA-TV, his swizzle-stick wife, a bitter vocal coach, a closeted gay singer, an acclaimed pop-princess, and a cold-blooded psychopath who brutally attacks women and kills them.

Popular Eurovision artists like Claudia Faniello, Morena, and Ludwig Galea, have endorsed the book with phrases like: “Purely addictive, and packed with juicy scandals”, “Gerard has kept his notebook handy!”, “Endlessly intriguing. It will keep you up all night…”

All the characters in the book are of course the work of the author’s imagination. However, the book mentions actual venues, and gives passing mentions to several known artists. It might be fun to try and guess from where the author gets some of his ideas.

Bormla Babes: Behind-The-Scenes is due for release on the 19th October, and the steamy online video clip has already sparked off a lot of intrigue and curiosity. The book promises to bring you… more than you imagine! All Eurovision fans interested in grabbing a copy of the book can book it directly here.

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17
October
2017

Malta 2018: MESC date revealed

MALTA – During a meeting held today at the PBS Creativity Hub with the 16 MESC 2018 finalists, a draw took place to determine the 1st and the 16th slot in the running of the festival that will take place on the 3rd February 2018 at the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre .

The draw determined that the festival will be opened by a new comer Aidan with his song Dai laga and will close the running order Petra, who will be performing her song Evolution.

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17
October
2017

Eurovision 2018: RTP plans to stage a low cost edition

PORTUGAL – The Portuguese national broadcaster RTP is planning to stage one of the cheapest Eurovision Song Contests in recent history without comprising the quality of the event. The price tag of some recent editions have ranged between 25 and 40 million euros.

RTP’s Chairman, Gonçalo Reis, noted that the show in Lisbon next May will focus on showcasing the contemporary and modern image of Portugal including its culture of inclusion, tolerance and positivity.

“The contest will be a mobilising project for all creative industries, both for Lisbon and for Portugal as a whole, and will allow the country to continue to build its image on the international stage”, Mr Reis said. RTP noted that the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will be “one of the most interesting ever”.

Portugal will continue to select its entry for the show through the Festival de Canção national final, which will likely be staged outside of Lisbon for at least the next four years.

The upcoming national final will be held in Guimarães, marking the first time the show will be staged outside of the capital since 2001. The semis will take place on February 18 and 25, while the grand final on March 4.

Portugal will take part in Eurovision next year for the 50th time and for the first time on home soil.

source: ESCPORTUGAL

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