Friday, May 24, 2019

FRANCE: AMIR WANTS 5 MINUTES AVEC TOI AS HE HOLOGRAMS WITH YOU

HoloMe collaborates with singer and songwriter, Amir and his record label Warner Music France, to produce a never-seen-before augmented reality (AR) music video. Using an app exclusively developed by HoloMe for Warner Music France, Amir’s latest music video 5 minutes avec toi has been released in AR using HoloMe’s AR technology. Amir serenades his fans in the revolutionary music video in the form of a hologram. This is the first-ever human hologram music video to be released by an artist; taking artist interaction with fans to a whole new level. Users are able to record themselves dueting and dancing with Amir by their sides as he performs the song. HoloMe has developed an app which is available for download on Android and iOS devices with AR compatibility, in order for Amir’s fans all over the world to gain access to the unique AR music video.
Amir has said: “I’ve always been fascinated by innovation, music and tech. Thanks to Holome’s incredible technology and Warner Music’s creative teams, we managed to mix two worlds that haven’t met yet, into a beautiful app that allows fans to connect with their artist in a whole new manner. The curated videos allow users to create virtual interactions in total freedom of imagination, stronger bonds, through viral media contents that are funny to share and make powerful memories for fans. I am very proud to be the pioneer and ambassador of this ambitious project and I’m sure that many more artists will follow.”

EUROVISION: NEW SOUNDS FROM NETTA, MÅNS ZELMERLÖW, CONCHITA WURST AND JALISSE

Here are some sounds to fight PED. Enjoy!
Jalisse covers another Eurovision veteran, Matia Bazar

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

EUROVISION 2019: THE FINAL RESULTS CHANGE!

Oh my, from a series You got one job. After Belarus jury was sacked when they leaked who voted and how in the semi-final someone messed the votes of aggregated votes EBU generated to replace the jury (the same way San Marino's televotes are being generated). Or in short: the votes were given backwards or the last one (in this case Israel) got 12 points, second to last 10 and so on.... And indeed, I remember wondering and laughing out for those votes in the live broadcast as they were simply rather insane and akward. 
Now the votes have been corrected and even if there is no change in the top-4 after that it gets messy, and even The Netherlands lead to Italy is now only 26 points. The jury winner was North Macedonia instead of Sweden, but in combined results Sweden passes the televoting winner Norway and they change places; Sweden 5th and Norway 6th. Also North Macedonia climbs one spot passing Azerbaijan to 7th as they switch places. San Marino also climbs one place to 19th switching place with Estonia. Cyprus and Malta both move up two places while Slovenia and France drop two places. Albania and Serbia switch places, as do Belarus and Germany that is now second to last. 
In video all 12 points, Belarus at n.o 19

1. Netherlands (498 points)  +6 points
2. Italy (472 points)  +7 points
3. Russia (370 points)  -1 point
4. Switzerland (364 points)  +4 points
5. Sweden (334 points)  +2 points 
6. Norway (331 points)  -7 points 
7. North Macedonia (305 points)  +10 points 
8. Azerbaijan (302 points)  + 5 points 
9. Australia (284 points)  -1 point
10. Iceland (232 points)  – 2 points
11. Czech Republic (157 points)
12. Denmark (120 points)
13. Cyprus (109 points)  + 8 points
14. Malta (107 points)  + 12 points 
15. Slovenia (105 points)  
16. France (105 points)  
17. Albania (90 points)  
18. Serbia (89 points)  – 3 points 
19. San Marino (77 points)  – 4 points 
20. Estonia (76 points)  – 10 points 
21. Greece (74 points)  +3 points 
22. Spain (54 points)   – 6 points
23. Israel (35 points)  – 12 points
24. Belarus (31 points)  
25. Germany (24 points)  – 8 points 
26. United Kingdom (11 points) – 5 points

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

ITALY: IL VOLO COVERS BLUE IN A CHI MI DICE

Remember Breath easy by Blue? It was released in Italy with Italian lyrics by Tiziano Ferro and went to #1 in Italy holding that position for 8 consegutive weeks and in the Top-20 for six months! Now another Eurovision veteran Il Volo have recorded it for their Musica album. Enjoy!

EUROVISION: SPAIN, MALTA, FRANCE, CYPRUS.... A LONG WAIT FOR A WIN

Now that The Netherlands won the Eurovision song contest again after 44 years wait all eyes turn to Spain. Their last win was back in 1969, 50 years ago. Malta is still waiting for their first win after 48 years. France has been waiting since 1977, that's 42 years. Cyprus (38 years) and Iceland (33 years) are still waiting along with Malta for the first win.
But The Netherlands proved it is possible. Even more so the Eurovision underdogs Finland and Portugal that both finally won, after 45 and 53 years!

Ireland is still leading the winner's table with seven wins (four of them in the 1990's) followed by Sweden with six, two of them in this decade. The Netherlands joined France, United Kingdom and Luxembourg in the five wins club while Israel has four. 
A total of 25 countries are still waiting for the first win and 15 of them has never made the Top-3, with Andorra never even making the final. 

In te last decade 39 countries have made it to Top-10, and 18 to the podium with Sweden having the most Top-10 finish (8) followed by Italy (7), the Russia, Norway and Ukraine (6), Ukraine and Denmark (5). 
Spain has made it to Top-10 twice (10th bosth times), Cyprus once (2nd), France once (6th). Malta also once (8th). So there's hope to get it right eventually.....

Monday, May 20, 2019

EUROVISION 2020: DUTCH CITIES WANT IT - AMSTERDAM, ROTTERDAM OR UTRECHT?

It's been less than two days since Duncan Laurence sung his Arcade to the Eurovision victory and gave The Netherlands their fifth win after 44 years after Ding-a-dong in 1975. Already ten venues in eight cities have showed interest to host Eurovision 2020, added by the whole region of North Brabant.... later specified capital s'-Hertogenbosch's Brabanthallen as the venue.  The front runners are Amsterdam, Utrecht and Rotterdam but also places like Arnhem, Leeuwarden, Maastricht, Zwolle and The Hague, the host of 1976 and 1980 editions. It's a bit like when Finland won all sort of Rovaniemi and Lahti wanted to be game and quoting Duncan "bidding is a losing game" for them from the start. Simply because they don't have a suitable venue to start with. or they do and it doesn't have a roof.....
But then we have Amsterdam's Ziggo Dome (17.000) and Amsterdam RAI (13.000), already a host for the 1970 contest, and Rotterdam's Ahoy (16.000) with Utrecht's Jaarbeurs (11.000). I suppose it's quite easy to bet on those four with Ziggo and Ahoy as front runners.
Eurovision 2020 will be also fifth time the Netherlands will be hosting the show after Hilversum 1958 in AVRO Studios, Amsterdam 1970 beforementioned Amsterdam RAI, 1976 in Nederlands Congresgebouw (today World Forum) in The Hague that also hosted the 1980 contest after Israel declined to host it again after their 1979 win so there's a nice The Netherlands-Israel coincidence happening!
Amsterdam 1970, 2020?

Sunday, May 19, 2019

EUROVISION 2019: WINNER, PALESTINE, FRIENDS AND SOMEONE IN HOSPITAL - IT'S THE SOCIAL MEDIA ROUND UP

Loving him wasn't the losing game
Why I have a feeling they don't know what they're doing?
One big Eurovision family
One is very happy, the other.... not so much propably
Everyone loves Mahmood
Christer missed his first Eurovision final since... well.... 1991?
Hospitalized and waiting for a surgery he's about to spent some extra time in Israel
The day of departures....
.. and time to focus on 2020!
Season 2019 has been a lot of fun,
thanks for sharing!

Zie je volgend jaar in Nederland!

EUROVISION: THREE TIMES OF HALLELUJAH IN THE FINAL SHOWS

Whoever got the idea of that backdrop is a genius! L-o-v-e!
Last night's interval act included 1979 winner Gali Atari singing her entry Hallelujah joined by other Eurovision winners Conchita Wurst and Måns Zelmerlöw and runner ups Eleni Foureira and Verka Serduchka. (From 8mins 45)
That was already third time the song has featured in the Eurovision final as also last time Israel hosted the show back in 1999 it was there, and even closing the show - the only time the show has ended with some other song than the winner btw - when then winner Charlotte Perrelli then Nilsson was joined on stage by all the toher artists to sing it for the memory of Balcan war victims (on video from 3h 10mins onwards)
And of course it was also sun in 1979 contest when it won at home soil in Jerusalem. The song is a true classic with many meanings. 
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