Tuesday, December 12, 2017

ITALY: DECEMBER 15 WILL BE SARÁ SANREMO AND THE DAY!

December 15 will be the Big Day for Sanremo fans as besides having the show to select six Newcomers out of Sará Sanremo hopefuls (here) also the other two newcomers selected through AreaSanremo will be announced (here). All the newcomers songs are already available, have a listen throught those links.
But what we all are waiting for is the Big artists will be revealed and their song details as well but the song won't be heard as usual until they are played live on television during the festival. One of them most probably becomes the Italian entry for the Lisbon 2018 Eurovision song contest. Federico Russo and Claudia Gerini will be hosting the show.
The rumor mill for the Big ones is wild as ever and below are listed the most rumored ones, whose submission period ended last weekend but Baglioni & co can and have also invited whoever they please. Among them quite a few Eurovision veterans.... Anyone outside this list would be almost a scoop, so eager the press is to find out the possible names.
Alexia, Deborah Iurato, Dolcenera, Elodie
Annalisa, Arisa, Baby K, Chiara
Benji & Fede, Federica Carta & La Rua
Enrico Ruggeri in Decibel, Le Vibrazioni, Negrita
Emma, Cristina D'Avena, Lo Stato Sociale, Coez, Rocco Hunt
Enzo Avitabile, Ermal Meta, Fabrizio Moro, Federico Zampaglione
Giovanni Caccamo, Giuliano Palma, Lele, Luca Barbarossa
L'Aura, levante, Loredana Bertè, Mietta
Marco Carta, Mario Biondi, Mario Venuti, Mauro Ermanno Giovanardi
Morgan, Omar Pedrini, Red Canzian, Renzo Rubino
Niccoló Agliardi & Vanessa Incontrada, Roby Facchinetti & Riccardo Fogli
Noemi, Nina Zilli, Ornella Vanoni, Simona Molinari
Riki, Roy Paci, Thomas, Zibba
Sister Cristina, Ivana Spagna, Marcella Bella, Carmen Consoli
Thegiornalisti, The Kolors
Brunori Sas, Lorenzo Fragola, Gianni Morandi



Monday, December 11, 2017

AUSTRALIA: JESSICA MAUBOY RETURNS TO EUROVISION STAGE

 
Jessica Mauboy has been announced as the Australian entrant in 2018 Lisbon Eurovision. Jessica retuns to Eurovision stage having been "the Aussie entry zero" aka the interval act in Copenhagen 2014, when Australia was invited to provide the interval act for the semifinal two, and the next year they entered the contest scoring 5th, 2nd and 9th place since. Now it's Jessica's turn to try and keep Australia's top-10 score intact.
Jessica (28) rose to fame nine years ago in Australian Idol being the runner up. She has released three studio albums so far and over 30 singles, nine of them Top-10 hits. She's also actress and has released also three soundtrack albums.
This blogger had a pleasure to meet and have a little chat with Miss Mauboy in Copenhagen and she was very down to earth and nice!

SAN MARINO: GIOVANNI MOLTALBANO WINS THE SECOND WILDCARD

 
Sicilian Giovanni Montalbano has won the second wildcard for the Sammarinese 1in360 selection, the internet card that is, and even before his announcement fans reacted to his (and others) suspicious votes. Apparently Montalbano got 170.000 votes within 24 hrs, judging by the comments. This blogger can't say a thing as I wasn't following the process. In fact the organizers themselves gave a statement in Facebook about all that fuss last night:

We've received emails from several 1 in 360 fans alleging fraud in connection with the open process for the selection of wild card no. 2. Specifically, they pointed out that certain candidates gained tens of thousands of votes in a short period of time. We appreciate this may look suspicious.
Going into this, we considered requiring fans to pay a small amount of money in order to cast a vote. While this wouldn't have prevented fraud, it would at least have made it more expensive. In the end, however, we decided to be as inclusive as possible.
There's very little we, as organizers, can do to prevent fraud in a free social media vote. Some of the same singers who've achieved a large number of votes on our website also garnered tens of thousand of views and/or likes on YouTube. This shows the difficulty of policing the process.
While it's technically possible to identify multiple votes from the same IP address, it becomes very messy to distinguish legitimate artists from those who, for example, purchase bulk votes from a botnet operator (which is easy to do).We went into this fully aware that we can't control the outcome of an internet based vote. That's why we decided to use a mix of different voting mechanisms, including the fan club vote, the San Marino wild card and a jury vote for the remaining seven candidates.
Keep in mind that ultimately we're looking for the "internet candidate". Given that, it's only natural that one wild card should be decided by the internet, with all the good and bad things that this entails.
If any of you objects to the results, you'll have plenty of opportunity to do so during the live shows.
In the meantime, we'd ask that you give all candidates a fair chance.

Oh well, no comment. He joins Finnish Emma chosen by OGAE members, and eight other finalists (seven chosen by a jury, and one selected by SMRTV out of a handful of Sammarinese artists)
                                       

Sunday, December 10, 2017

WEEKLY DOSE OF EUROVISION STARS SOCIAL MEDIA: TWO MORE PREGNANCIES!

 After Jamala more happy pregnancy news: Måns Zelmerlöw is expecting!
And so are Naviband! Congratulations both!
Lucie got proposed... err, hang on. She's married already!
Ruth is expecting, too. Xmas that is.
Saara celebrated #Finland100 and miraculously for The Day it didn't rain 
but we got a pretty white snow instead!
Also Gabbani enjoyed some snowy whites
as did Bilan
Norma John went to Poland to see (and sung with) Kasia
Måns had a threesome with Carola and Loreen
Two generation Eurovision from Iceland
 Omar got cozy with Maja...
 ... and Nusa...
... and Tinkara
Hovig gave free hugs
Isaiah sported a new look at Aria awards
Lordi IS prepairing his new look
 Imri is this week's coverboy
... and Demy the covergirl.
How is your Xmas preparations going?

Saturday, December 09, 2017

PORTUGAL: SALVADOR SOBRAL GOT A NEW HEART!

Portuguese Eurovision song contest 2017 winner Salvador Sobral has finally got a new heart. The long operation took place yesterday and it all went well in Santa Cruz Hospital in Carnaxide. The heart transplant was necessary as the 27-year-old Salvador suffered from advanced heart failure. and he had been in the waiting list for a new heart since September 11, when he was hospitalized and had to cancel several concerts and retire from the music business. He is now hospitalized in intensive care. Get well soon!

Friday, December 08, 2017

RUSSIA: BILAN AND LAZAREV RELEASE PROSTI MENYA VIDEO

 
Russian Eurovision stars Dima Bilan (2md in 2006, 2st in 2006) and Sergey Lazarev (3rd in 2016) have finally released the video for their joint hit single Prosti menya, filmed in Sintra, Portugal this summer. The guys started their career same time and have since been often rivals and have both developed their careers over the years, sometimes they have crossed paths (Lazarev also took part in the Russian national final 2008 placing 4th with Flyer) , sometimes they went to different directions but the claimed hostility between them is nonexistent, and this duet cements their professional friendship finally. It was worth the wait. 
Meanwhile Biland has released his new album Egoist

SLOVENIA: HERE ARE ALL THE COMEBACKS IN EMA 2018

Today's Slovenia's turn to reveal their entries for Eurovision 2018. Their EMA will have a semifinal wherefrom half the songs will qualify for the final: four by a jury, four by televoters. 50-50 jury-televote will reign in the final, too.
Two previous winners in the line up. ManuElla (failed to qualify in 2016) and one of this blogger's favorite Slovenian entries, as Tanja Ribič makes a comeback! (with Zubi se, 10th in 1997). Last year's runner up BQL tries again and other familiar names include King Foo, Lea Sirk, Nika Zorjan, Ina Shai and Nuška Drašček, who all took part also last year!
The songs were chosen among the 108 submissions

Anabel – Pozitiva 
BQL – Ptica 
Gregor Ravnik – Zdaj je čas 
Ina Shai – V nebo 
Indigo – Vesna 
King Foo – Žive sanje 
Lara Kadis – Zdaj sem tu 
Lea Sirk – Cirque 
ManuElla – Dan Potem 
Marina Martensson – Blizu 
Mila – Svoboda 
Nika Zorjan – Uspavanka 
Nuška Drašček – Ne zapusti me zdaj 
Orter – Tisoč let 
Proper – Ukraden cvet 
Tanja Ribič –  Ljudje 

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