PORTUGAL – There is concern with the health of Salvador Sobral which is what a major Portuguese publication has focussed on. Salvador Sobral, the winner of Eurovision 2017, recently had to withdraw from a series of concerts which were to take place throughout Portugal. The dates have been rebooked with other acts and there was mention that Salvador would attend at a later date, although no date was given. It was rumoured prior to Eurovision that Salvador was suffering with health problems, which caused him to miss a number of pre-Eurovision warm-up events and his entourage did confirm that he needed to rest and that he was working through some health issues. It now seems those issues may have developed further, with a major Portuguese publication wondering if he is seriously ill. There has been no confirmation, as yet, on this matter from the Salvador camp and fans are hoping that there is nothing major aside from simple tiredness on account of the number of concerts he has been involved in.
UKRAINE – One of the three hosts of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Oleksandr Skichko, has joined the ensemble of Ukraine’s Dancing with the Stars. Oleksandr has been partnered up with dancing professional Anna Palamarchuk and the two performed to “I Got You (Feeling Good)” in the first show.
They received 20 points from the judges and managed to progress to the next show, avoiding elimination.
The representative of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, Tina Karol, was the guest performer on the first show of the new season of Dancing with the Stars, where she sang two songs from her new album entitled “Интонации” (Intonation).
BELARUS – Belarus had always chosen the song that represented the culture and history of the country with few exceptions. The country is still working on what is the proper music style they should be identified with and get a great ranking in the Eurovision Song Contest. Above all though Belarusian entries were always carefully selected and promoted in a professional and strategic way no matter the result or the appeal to the international audience.
BTRC announced today they will participate in Lisbon’s Eurovision Song Contest edition and they will have a national selection for it. The country’s 2017 Eurovision entry after all was highly praised by the press and fans this year in Kyiv and Naviband actually qualified to the Grand Final making not only BTRC but also the Belarusian audience, proud.
More information about the national selection soon although we do expect a televised national final show as usual in January.
IRELAND – They surely were happy to see each other back in 2011 but I am not sure Jedward want to meet Taylor Swift in the near future. The Swifties (that’s the Taylor Swift fan base) managed to make Twitter to ban the the official profile (which was also approved as official profile by Twitter) and the fan profile. The Jedward fans might be struggling to get it back through this #GetPlanetJedwardBack but the story seriously suck.
It seems that the Swifties wanted to beat the 2015 Adele record of most views in the first 24 hours and supported a specific link of the latest Swift video through the YouTube VEVO channel of hers. Jedward made the mistake to post another link (oh my let’s kill them) and immediately the fns started reporting the tweet. The attack was massive.
Jedward made no comment on the story. But the good news is that the twins got their Twitter account back online today!
SWEDEN – The man in charge of Melodifestivalen in Sweden and contest producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, 2016 and 2017 Christer Björkman is to release a new book in September. The biography is called “The General – Only I Know Who Wins” and is full of anecdotes from his life where Melodifestivalen and Eurovision has played a big part.
In an interview with Swedish newspaper Expressen Christer says that his favorite song from Melodifestivalen is Monica Zetterlunds “När min vän” from 1962 but for a drink on the terrace he always puts on “Euphoria” from 2012. “That song is very close to me, that’s for sure”, he says in the interview.
Earlier this year Christer Björkman announced that 2021 will be his last year doing Melodifestivalen after 20 years in charge of the contest.
Mr Melodifestivalen, Christer Björkman reveals when he will quit