Thursday, August 17, 2017

FINLAND: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KATRI HELENA

The blue & white voice, living legend Katri Helena turns 72 today. She's been around since 1963 and has recorded nearly 500 songs, 52 albums, sold over 1,5 million records, been awarded 19 gold, 4 platinum and one double platinum album. And she's still going strong. 
Congratulations!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

FINLAND: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JARI SILLANPÄÄ

Jari Sillanpää turns 52 today. He's been one of the leading figures in the Finnish music business since 1996 and his album sales are nearing 850.000 making him a top-5 best selling Finnish act/artist of all time. His Sinä ansaitset kultaa has spent 119 weeks in the Radio Top-100 already since it was released in 2014.... last week at #80!
Congratulations!

SUMMER SOUNDS FROM JIMMIE WILSON, TIM SCHOU, ISAIAH AND EDWARD SANDA FT. IOANA IGNAT

The most Detroitian Sammarinese Jimmie Wilson is back with Give me 5, and after hearing this you will never high five the same way again. Try it and you automatically start singing this song.....
Tim Schou is also back after a while with a very intense song. Morrison. The video is also very suggestive. Worth a listen. And watch.
Isaiah has released a music video for his Streets of gold. Unlike Tim's this has not much of an idea in it, just Isaiah here and there including Eurovision, a puzzle of his streets of gold. 
The song is sweet though.
Romanian newcomers have joined forces and Do pe a te by Edward Sanda and Ioana Ignat is very catchy and fresh, with a nostalgic looking video to go with it. If only Romania send something like this Eurovision for a change! Great job!

Monday, August 14, 2017

EUROVISION 2018: TOURISTS WILL PAY THE CONTEST WITH TAX

The tourist tax - one euro per night - introduced in Lisbon last year will be used to cover the costs of Eurovision song contest 2018, says Lisbon Mayor Fernando Medina. The city already earned 13,5 million euros in 2016 thanks to this fee, and with the rising number of visitors and booming tourism this year the sum is surely going to be even bigger. 
The same system is used in many cities and countries under various names like hotel tax etc but this is propably the first time it is used openly to finance some major event.
RTP CEO Gonçalo Reis says they're excited but understand the responsability and complexity, grandeur and the requisities they are facing, but they will make the most of it. It's a huge window and opportunity to Portuguese music industry and RTP to showcase themselves internationally.Yet the contest will be one of the most economical of the recent years, but he won't go into budget details yet. 
Meanwhile 27 countries have confirmed their  participation in Lisbon 2018: 
Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, and there's no need to think Albania,  Australia, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Netherlands and United Kingdom wouldn't participate. 
This blogger remembers Lex Carola, some extra tax on Swedes in 1991-1992 to cover up the costs of the Eurovision 1992, but this times it's the tourists paying. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

WEEKLY DOES OF EUROVISION STARS BEACH BODIES

It seems the male stars were at the beach displaying their beach bodies again this week, 
while the ladies were more modest. Here's Imri
Tamara
Hovig
Demy
Il Volo's Gianluca...
... Piero...
... and Ignazio
Elhaida 
Slavko
Tijana
Måns


WEEKLY DOSE OD EUROVISION STARS SOCIAL MEDIA AFFAIRS

Eric Saade was in Isola d'Elba, Italy
 Also Levina did Italy. Alberobello.
And so did Stig Rästa. Florence.
 Douwe Bob had another tattoo...
... so did Hovi Star
Robin Bengtson got ill just before some summer gigs....
Michal Szpak went golfing...
Vaidas Baumila hurt his leg
Kristian Kostov went blond and gave a finger
This week's obligatory Marija+dog pic
Verka Serduchka had a party in Portofino with Dolce (& Gabbana)
Gabbani met Bocelli
And Rybak met Logan

Saturday, August 12, 2017

WEEKLY DOSE OF EUROVISION STARS SOCIAL MEDIA AFFAIRS - SPECIAL AMIR

Amir has been on holidays in Dominican Republic and in the US Grand Canyon and has given us some amazing photos from his trip while we wait for his second album. 
I wanna be more like Amir. 
 
Who wouldn't like to sleep like this?
Looking at the future. Grand Canyon. #Album2

Friday, August 11, 2017

SUMMER SOUNDS FROM ITALY: RIKI, SAMUEL, PAOLA TURCI AND MARCO CARTA

Latest Amici winners Riki and Andrea (the dancer, he won it all while Riki won the singers) have a joint affair in Riki's latest Balla con me. Well, he's just fooling around in this party summer video while the rumors of their bromance heats up the web more than Lucifer....
Samuel continues his string of hits with very summery La statua della mia libertà. The video makes me think of Cuba but I suppose it's Palermo?
Paola Turci covers Anna Oxa's classic Un'emozione da poco from Sanremo's cover night. 
May I say this is almost better than the original...?
Marco Carta is trying hard to have a succesful comeback but Il meglio sta arrivando promises the best is yet to come. When? Nothing wrong with this groovy radio friendly song either, it just didn't really go anywhere, did it?


Thursday, August 10, 2017

SUMMER SOUNDS FROM PORTUGAL: FERNANDO DANIEL, DIOGO PICARRA, A.M.A. AND JAMESI

 
Fernando Daniel is known to Eurovision fans from this year's Portuguese national selection. His new one for this summer is Espera, a dramatic pop ballad.
Diogo Piçarra came to spot light in Pop Idol 2012 and has since released two #1 albums and a string of hits. Já Não Falamos is one of the latest ones. His got the talent and tats to prove it. He could be a wise card to play in Eurovision to keep Portugal's golden moment shining for another year.... If it isn't clear he has been this blogger's Portuguese favorites already some years...
A.M.A. is another name to consider for the home ground Eurovision. They've been delivering hit after hit recently and Faltou-nos um beijo is one of them. 
JameSi is a new artist and Saudade tua his debut single. Very, very promising indeed! Another one for Eurovision 2018 selection perhaps?

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

ITALY: OCCIDENTALI'S KARMA HITS 150.000.000 VIEWS

Five times platinum in sales. 150 million views on Vevo. Francesco Gabbani's Occidentali's karma is on its way to become the most watched Italian video ever.  Still some click to have befofe beating Baby K feat. Giusy Ferreri's Roma-Bangkok but .... let's wait and see :-)

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