Saturday, November 17, 2018

FINLAND: UMK RUMOURS AND YLE'S NO COMMENTS

YLE has been very, very quiet about the coming UMK2019 - so much that fandom is creating such a fuss about it in chat rooms and message boards that even the tabloids are starting to talk about it. Last year this time we already knew Saara Aalto was selected in a surprise twist and YLE angered most everyone who had submitted songs to the selection that was cancelled just like that. Lack of any information or hints only fuels the idea YLE is clueless what to do or simply won't get anyone decent. The only thing known so far is that the selection will take place on March 2, 2019 somewhere, with someone with three songs. When UMK boss Anssi Autio was interviewed about it the whole affair can be summed up in this way: He didn't comment the No comment line of comments he gave to most every question.
Meanwhile the fandom has desperately seeked for clues and created several lines of conspiracy theories and even a rather credible reason: Yle may have had someone booked up who then withdraw when they were about it make it public and now they have nothing and no one.... Who knows? That one could have been Johanna Kurkela (this blogger's n.o 1 wish). Names from Sunrise Avenue to Tarja Turunen and The Rasmus have passed if we want big international names with local superstar Jenni Vartiainen thrown in (Finnish people's n.o 1 wish if we believe tabloid polls). Add Diandra, Kaija Koo, Waltteri Torikka and a string of new, up and coming and more or less yet unknown talents with ever present Krista Siegfrids and Saara Aalto again. One very insisting rumor was Tuure Boelius, only 17-year-old Youtuber turn singer and Gay of the Year now Dancing with Stars.... Few days ago that was denied first by his label, then himself saying "It should be me and one day it will be me!" But not now. Phew. The strongest fan rumor at the moment is Haloo Helsinki's Elli's solo project Ellips, due to be released this spring while the Finland's n.o 1 band is on break....
This blogger thinks it's no one on this list..... but who knows?

Friday, November 16, 2018

SWEDEN: MELODIFESTIVALEN RUMORS - WILL WE HAVE 16-86 AGE RANGE?

Melodifestivalen artists guessing goes wild when tabloids Afronbladet and Expressen try outdo each other in revealing the names before SVT does sometime in December most likely on November 27, 2018. So far we have a 15 year old Youtube star (he'll be 16 in time though) Bishara Morad in the list, as well as 86 year old Jan Malmsjö who could return to contest 50 years after his last appearance when he tied for the win with Hej clown co-written by ABBA's Benny Andersson but lost in revote.  Other rumored returnees are Arvingarna (ESC 1993). Ann-Louise Hansson (74) could return for the record breaking 14th time. She first took part in 1963 and last 2004. Her best placing so far is 4th (1966, 1969, 1973). Jon Henrik Fjällgren could become third time lucky having placed 2nd and 3rd already. Last year's 3rd placed John Lundvik seems to be back as well with other recent participants Anton Hagman, Nano, Polish Margaret and Wiktoria. Add ex-Barbados and ex-Alcazar Magnus Carlsson as well as ex-Alcazar Lina Hedlund and another Youtube star Vlad Reiser and another one from FO&O or Oscar Enestad (Felix Sandman came 2nd last year, and FO&O 11th in 2017. Maybe Omar wil take part next year then?)
All this said the one and only sure participant is The Lovers of Valdaro, winners of P4 Nästa.

CELINE DION LAUNCHES GENDER FREE CHILDREN'S CLOATHING WITH NUNUNU

Out with the pink and baby blue, Celine Dion creates with Nununu cloathing brand that liberates children from the traditional boy/girl thinking. (Yet they have dresses, even tulle, what's girlier than that???.... hmmmm) Here

CELINUNUNU unites two forces by one voice:
fashion has the power to shape people’s minds.
inspire your children to be free and find their own individuality through clothes.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

ITALY: SANREMO RUMORS - WILL ARISA MAKE IT TO EUROVISION THIS TIME?

Not only Melodifestivalen and Sweden but also Italy's Sanremo rumor mill is already in full swing. Several papers have hinted the same names so maybe there's some truth to it, then again who knows? As we know, even the artists will find out if they have been accepted only when we common mortals do, too. Usually in live television when the list is read out. We also have one certain no goer as Emma has declared she won't be there but on tour and as she has been a participant, the winner and the presenter she will only return as an invited superguest.... (Good luck with that!)
Arisa is widely rumored and her dream to do Eurovision is no secret. She also won Sanremo the only year Rai decided to fish outside the pool and went for Emma..... Time for a revenge? 
Other welcome names would be NekGiusy FerreriPaola Turci and Loredana Bertè (late Mia Martini's sister) who at 67 can still deliver hit songs, like Non ti dico di no
Young men like latest Amici winner Irama, and previous runner up Riki (Riccardo Marcuzzo) and latest Sanremo Newcomers winner Ultimo are widely rumored, too. Some very well deserved, some less. The unnecessary joke entry could be a duet with tv-host Enrico Papi and Italian schlager queen Orietta Berti (75). That would be her 12th Sanremo since 1966, and first since 1992. 
Let's wait and se what Claudio Baglioni & co. has in store for us. No date has been revealed for the announcement but usually it's been before Christmas, maybe this time during the Sanremo Giovani?

Sunday, November 11, 2018

THE NETHERLANDS: DOUWE BOB IS BACK WITH THE SHAPE I'M IN

Douwe Bob is one of the artists I've been following since he slowed down Eurovision in 2016. Judging his resent interviews he's had a rough ride since including too many parties, alcohol and becoming a not so nice a person. Add breaking up with his girlfriend and alcohol abusing dad in a care center and that got him sitting on his sofa in a boat - he's Dutch after all - for months until he realized music is his savior and he better shake himself out of that misery. Thus The Shape I'm In
If you liked his previous album Fool bar you are going to like this one, too. This blogger isn't a big fan of country pop/rock but for some reason Douwe hits the right spots and this new album is something I listen with pleasure over and over again. The lead single is Shine, and also I do has been released for promotion, a duet with Jacqueline Govaert. Twelve songs in all and they all could be next singles, but I took instant liking to Consider, Make believe and Running around

This is Douwe's fourth album following Born in a storm (2013), Pass it on (2015) 
and Fool bar (2016)

Saturday, November 10, 2018

ITALY: LISTEN TO THE SANREMO GIOVANI ENTRIES

Rai has published the Sanremo 2019 Giovani entries. With a quick listen through this blogger didn't quite find anything to be extremely excited about but below you can see my pick of those 24 entries that got my attention for more than 30 seconds for a reason or another. I don't usually agree that much with the jury that will pick up the 24 for the shows also because they have to keep in mind to get some variety and balancee between male/female/groups - or so I wish they do! If half of these make it to the tv I consideer it a success for me ;-p
You can listen to all entries HERE. Two of these artists will be selected in a prime time tv show in Deceember to join the Big category and could become Italy's Eurovision song contest 2019 entrant. However, they must present in Teatro Ariston in Sanremo with a new song come February...
Andrea Biagioni - Alba piena
Andrea Vigentini - Magari
Cordio - La nostra vita
Einar Ortiz - Centomila volte
Federica Abbate - Finalmente
Federico Angelucci - L'uomo che verra
Forlenzo - Non canto jazz
Fosco17 - Dicembre
Jole - La turista e il gondoliere nelle sfere di vetro con neve
La Rua - Alla mia età si vola
La Zero - Nina è brava
Laura Ciriaco - L'inizio
Le Ore - La mia felpa è come me
Liberamenti - Datemi spazio
Loomy - Coriandoli
Mahmood - Gioventú bruciata
Maria - L'amore non si cancella
Miriam Masala - Ops
Nico Arezzo - Gorilla
Nyvinne - Io ti penso
Sarah Dietrich - Per venirti a cercare
Seba - Cuore bomba innescata
Tr3ntan9ve - Lowcost
Vittorio Sisto - Oltre



Wednesday, November 07, 2018

EUROVISION 2019 - 42 COUNTRIES PRESENT IN TEL AVIV

EBU has published today the list of participating countries in 64th Eurovision song contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. This came as no surprise as of ysterday only Moldova hadn't made its intentions clear after San Marino's and Russia's confirmations the past few days. Only Bulgaria will be missing as they let us know last month despite initial intention to participate. 
EBU also lists several milestones: the Netherlands and Switzerland will send in their 60th entry, Greece its 40th, Croatia, Estonia and Slovenia their 25th, Latvia and Lithuania their 20th and finally San Marino it's 10th. Germany holds the record of most entries as they send already their 63rd one. They have ben abseent only once over the decades (1996 when Leon with Planet of Blue failed to qualify from the pre-selection causing the creation of Big4, later Big5 when Italy returned).
19 countries are yet to win the contest....

Albania (RTSH), Armenia (AMPTV), Australia (SBS)*, Austria (ORF), Azerbaijan (İctimai TV), Belarus (BTRC), Belgium (RTBF), Croatia (HRT), Cyprus (CYBC), Czech Republic (ČT), Denmark (DR), Estonia (ERR), Finland (YLE), France (FT), FYR Macedonia (MKRTV), Germany (ARD/NDR), Georgia (GPB), Greece (ERT), Hungary (MTVA), Iceland (RÚV), Ireland (RTÉ), Israel (IPBC/KAN), Italy (RAI), Latvia (LTV), Lithuania (LRT), Malta (PBS), Moldova (TRM), Montenegro (RTCG), The Netherlands (AVROTROS), Norway (NRK), Poland (TVP), Portugal (RTP), Romania (TVR), Russia (RTR), San Marino (SMRTV), Serbia (RTS), Slovenia (RTVSLO), Spain (RTVE), Sweden (SVT), Switzerland (SRG/SSR), 
Ukraine (UA:PBC), United Kingdom (BBC)

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

EUROVISION WISH LIST: PABLO ALBORAN

Another name Spain should send instead of some Operacion Triunfo newbie is Pablo Alboran. This blogger has been a fan since the beginning and he's still going strong: He was just awarded in Los Premios 40 as the Artist of the year and his Prometo as the Album of the year. He was also nominated for the Song of the year and the Video of the year (No vaya a ser). Since winning the same award as the Newcomer of the year back in 2011 he has collected already eight other ones. Add 12 Grammy or Latin Grammy nominations, countless other nominations and wins. In short he's one of the hottest artists of 2010's in Spain and in Latin America. Eurovision could make him a househod name in Europe as well following Julio Iglesias footstep with his soft voice singing sweet nothings into your ears... Check out also Miedo, El beso, Quien, La llave and Recuérdame


Monday, November 05, 2018

EUROVISION WISH LIST: ANNA FANIELLO

Her son Fabrizio did it. Twice. Her daughter Claudia did it. Now she has entered X Factor that also doubles Malta's Eurovision 2019 selection and charmed pants off from most everyone with her heartfelt cover of Mia Martini's Gli uomini non cambiano. Forget girl power - it's Mom power time (especially if we also get Pernilla Wahlgren for Sweden).... How cool that would be?! Mrs Faniello can sing, she's lovely and she deserves it. Check out also Cinque giorni, Il mare calmo della sera.
Fabrizio and Claudia can provide her backing vocals if needed. 

Sunday, November 04, 2018

EUROVISION WISH LIST: SERGIU BOLOTA

Sergiu Bolotă has been trying to get to Eurovision for Romania already twicee - who knows if he's at it again and will be third time lucky? Last year he missed the final by placing 4th in his semifinal with self written Every little thing, adn the year before with Stig Rästa penned We were young (below). Since then he has released his debut album Umbre and string of singles like Tell me, Monstri, Pleaca and next one will be Un nou inceput

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