BELGIUM – The Belgian broadcaster VRT has said it is in the process of selecting the country’s entry for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
In a statement, the Flemish broadcaster said, “We are in discussions with several performers and their representatives. There are a number of singers interested, both young and old, as well as new talent and more famous artists. The most important thing for us is to find the best combination. It all starts with the performer”. VRT added, “As soon as we reach a decision we will make it public. It is still too early to speculate who it may be, but we are entering the last stretch of the process”.
The broadcaster has already formed an expert jury to select Belgium’s Eurovision representative. Several artists have expressed their interest to take part in the contest including the famous singer Natalia Druyts, who was runner up in the Belgian national selection in 2004, as well as Belgian 2006 representative Kate Ryan, and singers Belle Perez and 2 Fabiola.
Blanche represented Belgium at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, coming fourth in the final.
NORWAY – Norwegian national broadcaster, NRK is surely excited with the almost 1,200 submission for the 2018 edition of Melodi Grand Prix, the annual festival through which the country selects its Eurovision entry and artist.
Submissions are a record number this year breaking the one of 2016 and 2017 by almost 200.
Newly appointed Melodi Grand Prix project leader, Stig Karlsen stated: There are many talented people that have shown engagement towards next year’s MGP. It’s gonna hurt to pick just ten songs and artists who will be competing to represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.
Oslo Spektrum will host the national final of Norway next in March.
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Factoid: Norway has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 56 times since making its debut in 1960 and has only been absent twice since then. In 1970, the country boycotted the contest over disagreements about the voting structure, and in 2002, they were relegated. Norway has won the contest three times. The contest is broadcast in Norway by NRK, which also broadcasts Norway’s national selection competition, the Melodi Grand Prix.
PORTUGAL – During the first ever coverage of Eurovision Live Concert in Setúbal, Portugal our local expert Ricard Duarte had the chance to meet and greet with Nathan Trent the Austrian representative in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
Born in Innsbruck, Austria, to an Austrian father and an Italian mother, on 18 June 2016, Trent released his debut single “Like It Is”. On 19 December 2016, Trent was announced as the Austrian representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
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His song, “Running on Air”, was released on 28 February 2017. At the time of his selection as the Austrian entrant, Trent was one of the 33 artists that had been shortlisted in Unser Song 2017, the contest to select the German entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
He was automatically eliminated, as a performer can not represent more than one country in the same year by European Broadcasting Union regulations. He ultimately finished 16th in the contest, with 93 points.
GREECE – They are back, they finally got a video clip out (although a cover of Alexia – Cyprus 1987 – cover song) but they still keep fighting for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. It is rumoured that Stereo Soul (Panos and Bradley) are working together with DJ Koncept for a Eurovision song that might alter the entire style and image of the duo. It is no secret that they were Botha approached by ERT for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest and for some reason they are aiming to get the ticket to Lisbon this time. They are added in the list of hopefuls with Areti Ketime recently expressing her wish to represent Greece as well. ERT’s President is unlikely to deal with the project this year while the new CEO’s thoughts and moves on the project are not yet known. Last year DJ Koncept claimed to have submitted a song with 2013 National Finalist Giorgina Karahaliou but the proposal was rejected by ERT.
Working on the future…#staytuned #koncept_producerdj @koncept_producerdj
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PORTUGAL – Portugese singer Rui Andrade has released his new single ‘Confia em mim’ in collaboration with German label CAP-Sounds. The track is an international composition made by Warren Bacci, Michael Johansson and Johan Bejerholm (co-composer of the 2009 ESC-entry of Azerbaijan) while the Portugese lyrics were made by Gonçalo Salgueiro. There is also an english version called ‘Know me better’.
Rui is a multi-talented artist. Next of being singer, he’s also an actor with several main roles on tv and in theaters in Portugal. For the Eurovision he is known as backing vocalist for Russia in 2014 with the Tolmatchy Sisters in Copenhagen. He also participated three times at the National Selection for Eurovision ending 3rd on all occasion and being a public favourite.
Confia em mim marks a new step in Rui’s career. It’s his first released song with a main record label. The song will not only be released in Portugal but also across Europe with it’s english version ‘Know me better’. And moreover the portugese track will also be launched in Brazil.
Confia em mim is now available through all legal platforms. After less then 1 day of release the song hit already the Portugese I-tunescharts and reactions are overwelmingly positive. Also several radiostations abroad have decided to put either Portugese or/and English version on airplay, so this is definately a very promising start!