Thursday, August 31, 2017

FINLAND: FAREWELL TO SEIJA SIMOLA - R.I.P.

Finland has lost one of its Eurovision stars. Seija Simola passed away August 20 but made public only today. She would have been 73 next month. She was one of the brightest stars in the music business until her unfortunate Eurovision adventure (read more here). 
Rest in peace, your voice lives forever.

FINLAND: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KAROLIINA KALLIO (WALDO'S PEOPLE)

Karoliina Kallio os Waldo's people fame turns 38 today! Her career started already as a kid in 1990 in a talent contest. Finnish national finals, Idols and other stuff followed until 2008 she joined Waldo's People line up just in time for Eurovision. In 2011 she tried also The Voice but only got to the first live. She's been singing backing vocals, gigging and became a mother in 2014. 
Congratulations!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

ITALY: CARLO CONTI MAKES A SURPRISE RETURN AS HOST IN SANREMO?

 

It's almost September and Rai still hasn't decided nor let us know who will be hosting the Sanremo festival next year. If you think it's not important who it is, you are wrong. It is crucial. For the viewing figures and most of all for us following - would you like to spent five loooooong nights with someone you don't like or can't stand? Didn't think so. Sanremo already is a five long nights affair and if spent in a wrong company it just seem to drag on ever longer....
After various Mikas, Antonella Clericis, Massimo Ranieris and lastly Amadeus after Fabio Fazio and Fabrizio Frizzi are certainly out (phew) the past days has been all about speculation it will be Carlo Conti again for the fourth year in a row. The rumor is he will have next to him another figure from competing channel, Mediaset's Silvia Toffanin. If this year he had the Queen of Mediaset Maria De Filippi, Toffanin is the wife of Silvio Berlusconi's son and Mediaset's boss. All this is to prepaire Conti's move from Rai to Mediaset. And it's all about money. Lots of it.
All this aside, Conti would be a great host. He's again the artistic director but was ment not to host the shows this time anymore, but his conducting style has been a success. He gives space for the music, and has turned Sanremo back to music instead of a talkshow of all sort of things with some music thrown in every now and then. He has also let the newcomers shine, increased the number of songs in the contest and in many ways made it more like Eurovision. All good points in my books.
So, let's all hope it's Conti again. If not, Amadeus will do. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

EUROVISION GOES TO ASIA (AND AMERICA) BUT DOES ANYONE REALLY CARE?

Past few days Eurovision fansites and blogs have went gaga over the Eurovision Asia contest announcement (and the hypotetial America Eurovision contest) but this blogger is like Meh. As excited as about the Junior Eurovision or don't even mention the dancers or choirs thing. Not that into you, sorry. 
While the American one, already announced and quickly vanished from radar in the 2000's , is very unlikely to happen now either, the Asia one seems to be taking shape this time around. Labeled as the Asian-Pacific version of the Eurovision song contest it might be a bit interesting. However, don't expect more coverage from this blogger than I do for the Junior one: one before and one after. 
After all, outside the fandome bubble, who is really interested? Even the promo video has been watched just 43.000 times in two weeks. Considering about the zillion people living in Asia, it should be 4,3 million by now..... (And whatever happened to OurSound?)
I'm oldfashioned and I will stick to the one and only, original one. 


SWEDEN: STIKO PER LARSSON FOR MELODIFESTIVALEN

 
Stiko Per Larsson has won P4 Nästä 2017 and becomes the first confirmed act for any national final for the Eurovision song contest 2018. Let the season begin now with first internally selected artists being announced before the new year, as well as lists of artists and songs to take part in the coming national finals. Portugal here we come....

But back to Stiko. He will follow the (not so fortunate so far) footsteps of previous Svensktoppen Nästa aka P4 Nästä winners that have got the free ride to Melodifestivalen semifinals. He's 38 and he plays acoustic rock with a lot of folk thrown in, and in Swedish. He has already released five albums since 2008 but he is most known for his walking tours; he walks performing with his guitar for shelter and food from one place to another and along the way collects money for the children in need. His walking tours have taken him from south to north, from west to east, from Trondheim to Stockholm, from Stockholm to Copenhagen. Walk, play & sing for the good cause. It will be interesting to see if he walks to Lisbon next..... It would be totally different for Sweden for sure, with a good back story. Have a listen below what he's all about. This blogger approves. 




Sunday, August 27, 2017

WEEKLY DOSE OF EUROVISION STARS: PASTELS, FASHION AND VIDEOS

SVALA goes for pastel fashion
while Hovig has natural pastel colors
Bubble Artsvik
Camouflage Lidia
Colorful Polina
Sporty Ilinca
 Edurne. Enough said.
Dima looking fashionable
Francesca  having a coffee before saying anything
about the fashion choices....
Douwe in Lady & the Vagabond
OMG. Ira is filming a new video....
as are Navi band.
This week's covergirl is Claudia. How was your week?

WEEKLY DOSE OF EUROVISION STARS AT THE BEACH - SUMMER CONTINUES

Valentina sung at the beach with her band.....
... and Slavko gave it bums up
Piero was striking a pose.in Sicily...
... as was Sergey somewhere
Nina Z got to the beach as well
as did Imri. Again. Did you notice the bird?
Isaiah enjoyed the pool life instead
Amir gave us amazing new song this week.
And another amazing photo!
Omar visited Turkey
Nina B looked gorgeous
and Nathan widened his horizons
Anja dreamed of being a real viking
Dima manages to look cool even in the dirt
Emma enjoyed Roman sunset
and we are back to Valentina's stage. 
This beats every Eurovision stage she's been on to.... 
maybe?

ITALY: LUIGI SALVAGGIO WINS CASTROCARO 2017 - GRETA DOVERI WINS AN AWARD

After a long but entertaining evening from Castrocaro Terme here's who's maybe the next big thing in Italy. 
The Castrocaro festival had a four member jury; Sanremo winners Giò Di Tonno and Silvia Mezzanotte, conductor and producer Fio Zanotti and DJ and talent scout Claudio Cecchetto. Each had one vote after each duel and in case of a tie Cecchetto's vote would determinate, him being the chairman.
Duels? Yes, the duesl were sorted out live just before the performances when the presenters Marco Liorni and Rossella Brescia picked up a balls from the lottery macchine. Then the two chosen ones presented their cover songs, each cover was by an artist that had participated in Castrocaro in the past. A lovely way to remember those who's started it right here and went on having amazing careers.
Greta was drawn out first and the singer her assigned was Zucchero. The faith also put the two groups against each other in third duel; a boy band and female trio.

Greta Doveri  - Con le mani (Zucchero) Vs. Flaminia Mazzella - Se telefonando (Nek)
Greta wins 4-0. This blogger agrees.

Vito Romanazzi - La forza della vita (Paolo Vallesi) Vs. Giulia Toschi - Non voglio mica la luna (Fiordaliso)
Vito wins 4-0. This blogger agrees.

i Metrò - Un'estate al mare (Giuni Russo) Vs. La Dolce Vita - Uguale a lei (Laura Pausini)
La Dolce Vita wins 3-1. Oh, really? 

Raffaele Manganiello - Cinque giorni (Zarrillo) Vs. Andrea Tortolano - Come si cambia (Fiorella Mannoia)
Andrea wins 4-0. Andrea is here for the second year in the final.

Raimondo Cataldo - Se adesso te ne vai (Massimo Di Cataldo Vs. Simona Farris - Sono bugiarda (Caterina Caselli)
Simona wins 3-1. Meh. 
Luigi Salvaggio - Nord Sud Ovest Est  (883) Vs. Stephanie Niceforo - Fuoco nel fuoco (Eros Ramazzotti)
Luigi wins 4-0. Ok.

Time for the Saves: By the Radio Jury is i Metrò! Another one is by the orchestra: Stephanie.

And the duels go on (the first one picked up can choose against whom he will go) and they perform their own songs:

Luigi Salvaggio - Il silenzio delle stelle Vs. Greta Doveri - Aria  3-1
Vito Romanazzi - Marta Vs. Andrea Tortolano - Il primo contatto 3-1
Andrea got harsh critic for being too Mengoni and he ever took his chance to address the tv-audience: Nothing stops me!
Stephanie Niceforo - Vivo Vs. La Dolce Vita - Fili di luce  1-3
i Metrò - Via d'uscita Vs. Simona Farris - No!  3-1
Time for the guest star, Ivana Spagna! With a medley of her hits.

Before the winner chosen by the jury a special award was given to the "most radio friendly" song and it went to... Greta Doveri!
The winner is Luigi Salvaggio! He also gets a record deal and chance to make a video.
















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