Thursday, November 30, 2017

SAN MARINO: 1000 SUBMISSIONS, THIRD WILDCARD FOR A SAMMARINESE ARTIST

The 1in360 selection for the next Eurovision song contest entry for San Marino has reached already 1000 submission from all over the globe. Sammarinese artists have not been very keen on participating to the disappointment of Head of Delegation Alessandro Capicchioni (read more here), but as soon as it was announced the third wilcard will be given to a Sammarinese artist they have started submitting entries from Junior Eurovision and Eurovision veteran Anita Simoncini, Eurovision spokesperson Irol, Valentina Monetta collaborataed Mirko Moroncelli and Alessandra Busignani, to add to those three that did it before: Fabrizio Valentini, Alibi and Gianluigi Colucci
Meanwhile the second wild card voting is on in various OGAE clubs all over Europe. They have a shortlist of 70 lucky ones, including Michele Imberti

EUROVISION 2018: TICKETS FOR THE FINAL ON SALE NOW


I'm so happy I'm not needing a ticket.....
... and the queue is getting worse as we speak....
... and tickets are sold out, it seems.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

WEEKLY DOSE OF EUROVISION ARTISTS SOCIAL MEDIA LIFE: PREGNANCY, BIRTHDAY, NEW HAIRCUTS AND NEW MUSIC

Jamala is pregnant. Congratulations!
Isaiah turned 18. Congratulations!
Loreen has a new haircut and a new album. Congratulations?
Emmelie has a new hair and a new music out. Err... congratulations?
Mengoni is returning. In an epic duet with Giorgia. Out tomorrow!
Mr Lordi has finally a mask on. Kiss mask!
Kristian went to Miss World but prefers a photo and thank you to firemen...
Sergey thanks his mom
Saara joins forces for Linnea Deb, but it's not for Eurovision
Aisel has a doggie, Zulya
Levina is off to Abu Dhabi
... while Tamara gets into X,as mood in Paris
Lindita keeps posing...
... as does Svala.
Sertab. Is it cold or is this a half statement?

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

SWEDEN: HERE ARE THE 28 MELODIFESTIVALEN 2018 ENTRIES

 
The most hyped, most overrated national final is here again and the Eurovision fanboys are fainting out of excimtement all over Europe again after today's announcement of the competing acts and their songs. And no, there's no Alcazar but Kikki Danielsson is! The surprise on the list is Polish Margaret and as much as I like her and wish to see her in Eurovision I can't get too excited: Why Melodifestivalen and not Poland? If she represented Poland I'd be one happy fanboy myself, but.... Ah, let me answer my own question: Because she did Poland and didn't win and don't want to be humiliated again, and her music has been made in Sweden anyways, so Mello is just a huge promotion vehicle for her to the Swedish (and maybe therefrom to a wider) market as in Mello no one's a loser. One is a winner but most everyone else scores a hit, too, and no one's considered a loser. And that's the nice thing about Mello tbh.  
Did you notice SVT propably ordered the back sheet from China and they mispleed Melodyfestivalen?

Among artists quite a few new names (18 out of 28!) but among the songwriters the usual suspects Thomas G:son, Fredrik Kempe, Bobby Ljungren, Danne Attlerud, Linnea Deb, Peter Boström.... even Anton Ewald. But despite that 52 out of 90 songwriters are newcomers. Will we hear the change? I hope so!


KARLSTAD – Semifinal 1

 All The feels - Renaida
(Laurell Barker, Jon Hällgren, Peter Barringer, Lukas Hällgren)

Dance You Off - Benjamin Ingrosso
(Benjamin Ingrosso, MAG, Louis Schoorl, K Nita)

Livet på en pinne- Edward Blom
(Edward Blom, Thomas G:son, Stefan Brunzell, Kent Olsson)

My Turn- John Lundvik
(Anna-Klara Folin, John Lundvik, Jonas Thander)

Osby Tennessee - Kikki Danielsson
(Sulo Karlsson, Kikki Danielsson)

Patrick Swayze- Sigrid Bernson
(Andrej Kamnik, Josefin Glenmark, Peg Parnevik, Sigrid Bernson)

Solen lever kvar hos dig- Kamferdrops
(Herbert Trus, Danne Attlerud, Martin Klaman, Kristoffer Tømmerbakke, Erik Smaaland, Kamferdrops)

GÖTEBORG – Semifinal 2

Allting som vi sa - Ida Redig
(Yvonne Dahlbom, Jesper Welander, Ida Redig)

Det finns en väg - Jonas Gardell
(Calle Kindbom, Jonas Gardell, Mats Tärnfors)

In My Cabana - Margaret
(Anderz Wrethov, Linnea Deb, Arash Labaf, Robert Uhlman)

Last Breath - Liamoo
(Liam Cacatian Thomassen, Morten Thorhauge, Peter Bjørnskov, Lene Dissing)

Shuffla - Samir & Viktor
(Andreas ”Stone” Johansson, Denniz Jamm, Costa Leon, Samir Badran, Viktor Frisk)

Songburning - Mimi Werner
(Göran Werner, Mimi Werner, Niki Niki, Carl Varga, Johan Åsgärde, Oliver Lundström)

Titta vi flyger - Stiko Per Larsson

(Stiko Per Larsson, Emil Rotsjö)

MALMÖ – Semifinal 3

A Bitter Lullaby - Martin Almgren
(Josefin Glenmark, Märta Grauers)

Cry - Dotter
(Linnea Deb, Peter Boström, Thomas G:son, Johanna ”Dotter” Jansson)

Cuba Libre - Moncho
(Jimmy Jansson, David Strääf, Markus Videsäter, Axel Schylström, Moncho)

Everyday - Mendez
(Leopoldo Mendez, Jimmy Jansson, Palle Hammarlund)

Min dröm - Kalle Moraeus & Orsa Spelmän
(Thomas G:son, Alexzandra Wickman)

Party Voice - Jessica Andersson
(Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger, Niklas Carson Mattsson, Jessica Andersson)

Stark - Barbi Escobar
(Barbi Escobar, Costa Leon, Andreas ”Stone” Johansson)

ÖRNSKÖLDSVIK – Semifinal 4

Break That Chain - Felicia Olsson
(Bobby Ljunggren, Kristian Lagerström, Henrik Wikström, Joy Deb)

Every Single Day - Felix Sandman
(Noah Conrad, Tony Ferrari, Parker James, Jake Torry, Felix Sandman)

For You - Mariette
(Jörgen Elofsson)

Fuldans - Rolandz
(Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger, Robert Gustafsson, Regina Hedman)

Icarus - Emmi Christensson
(Thomas G:son, Christian Schneider, Andreas Hedlund, Sara Biglert)

Mitt paradis - Elias Abbas
(Anderz Wrethov, Hamed “K-One” Pirouzpanah, Sami Rekik)

Never Learn - Olivia
(Anton Ewald, Jonas Wallin, Trond Smeplass)




ITALY: MICHELLE HUNZIKER TO HOST WITH ARGENTERO? OR BOVA?

 
While we still wait for the list of artists taking part in the next Sanremo festival, due before Christmas - and the possible next nanes for Eurovision for Italy - also the rumor mill for the future hosts is heating up. The rumors are very strong Claudio Baglioni will have on his side none other than Swiss showgirl Michelle Hunziker (and ex-Mrs Ramazzotti) and not forgetting the other side of the audience, actors Raoul Bova and Luca Argentero seem to be the strongest contenders for co-host, Argentero a bit stronger than Bova as he seems to be free from other jobs around February.
Hunziker has already hosted Sanremo once, in 2007 in the era of Pippo Baudo. She's done a lot of television, some movies, dubbing and even recorded an album, and is wellknown also in German speaking Europe. If Italy would win and host Eurovision, I suppose she'd be high on the list of possible hostesses at Rai.
Argentero made himself known in Big Brother, third season ending third. He continued modelling and moved to television films, and today has starred in almost 20 movies already.
Bova, ex-swimmer and now succesful actor and sex symbol (even Madonna well to his charms) and he has over 40 films to his credit.
Both guys have also been in Sanreo in previous years as guests promoting their films, other projects or simply themselves....


Monday, November 27, 2017

ITALY: HERE ARE THE 8 FOR AREASANREMO, TWO WILL GO TO NEWCOMERS

 

Sanremo's Newcomers has the two way selection. Next month Sarà Sanremo, broadcasted live on Raiuno on December 15 will select six of the Newcomers (Here are the lucky ones), and two additional names will come from AreaSanremo selection. Out of over 800 submission 145 were invited for live auditions last week in Palafiori in Sanremo and a special committee chose the eight for another live audition including Sanremo's host and artistic director this year, Claudio Baglioni. Two of them will join the Sarà Sanremo qualifiers in the festival next February. Several names have already various talent show experience: Leonardo from Amici, Manuel and Giorgia The Voice. 

Andrea Maestrelli - Non è vero
Diego Esposito - Voglio stare con te
Daniele Ronda - Un'altra bugia
Leonardo Monteiro - Bianca
Alice Caioli - Specchi rotti
Martina Attili - Un incubo ogni giorno
Manuel Foresta - Vivo davvero
Giorgia Pino - Cose cosi



Sunday, November 26, 2017

RUSSIA WINS JUNIOR EUROVISION 2017

What a mess. The new voting system gave us very weird results. Apparently also the voting during the show didn't work and failed totally when the votig platform crashed. In the end Russia won despite being  2nd with juries and only 6th with online vote. Georgia won with the juries but in online voting finished only 12th! And 2nd overal. Australia did a solid third with both and also in the final result. The Netherlands won the online vote but after finishing 9th with the juries ended up only 4th. Now I'm happy this nonsense is over for another year.... 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

JUNIOR EUROVISION 2017 TOMORROW - VOTE NOW!

Tomorrow the revamped Junior Eurovision song contest takes place in Tbilisi, Georgia. Quite frankly this blogger can't get at all excited about this affair this year either, and actually I'm listening the songs for the very first time while writing this  post.
Once again there are artists that would fit into ESC rather than JESC (Belarus, Macedonia, Poland), all of them girls as always, balanced by a couple of baby boys (Malta, Georgia). Rather bland but solid set of songs this year but none really getting me interested. I kinda liked Macedonia as whole even if very unoriginal and heard about a zillion times before, and Poland is maybe the best of them all, not very JESC but good singer, good song. The best combination thinking this is JESC is maybe (again) the Netherlands: the song fits the guys, it comes across as real and not as manufactured and let's show some talent as some other (Eastern) entries. I once again I sadly remember songs like Bzz ... That was real kid's music for kids by kids. Like this should be.

The voting has been changed and EBU is testing  online pre-voting insight for the ESC as well, so click here, listen the recap and vote: JESC2017

1. Cyprus - Nicole Nicolaou - I wanna be a star
2. Poland - Alicja Rega - Mój Dom
3. Netherlands - Fource - Love me
4. Armenia - Misha - Boomerang (բումերանգ)
5. Belarus - Helena Meraai - I am the one (Я самая, Ya samaya)
6. Portugal - Mariana Venâncio - Youtuber
7. Ireland - Muireann McDonnell - Suile Glasa
8. Macedonia - Mina Blazev - Dancing through life
9. Georgia - Grigot Kisphidze - Voice of the heart ( გულის ხმა; Gulis khma)
10. Albania - Ana Kondra - Don’t Touch My Tree (Mos Ma Prekni Pemen)
11. Ukraine - Anastasiya Baginska - Don't stop (Ne zupyniai)
12. Malta - Gianluca Cilia - Dawra tond
13. Russia - Polina Bogusevich - Wings (КРЫЛЬЯ)
14. Serbia - Jana Paunović & Irina Brodić - Ceo svet je naš
15. Australia - Isabella Clarke - Speak up
16. Italy - Maria Iside Fiore - Scelgo (My Choice)

Friday, November 24, 2017

ITALY: FRANCESCO GABBANI RELEASES LA MIA VERSIONE DEI RICORDI VIDEO

Francesco Gabbani has released yet another single and video off his Magellano album, La mia versione ei ricordi and the video.... err... looks very familiar! His version of memories of last Christmas.....

Thursday, November 23, 2017

SAN MARINO: HOD CALLS OUT FOR THE SAMMARINESE ARTISTS

San Marino's Head of delegation Alessandro Capicchioni declared his disappointment for the lack of Sammarinese artists in the search for their 1in360 search for the next Eurovision star in an interview he gave to Eurofestival News. So far 750 submission from 70 countries in five continents have arrived but only two  three of them are from San Marino.

I'm very disappointed. I don't hide the fact that most of this has been made for them. Or rather an international selection process has always been out stragedy, and finally we managed to do it. For this we have said no to several proposals from abroad to be able to give a chance to home artists. We have also made a few shout outs in local media and we are still hoping for a last minute rush - otherwise we may have to give Miss Monetta a call!

He also explains how they put the symbolic fare of 4,99 euros to avoid multiple submissions and those who would do it just for the fun (Well, that hasn't stopped some creatures exposing their non-talent to the world, this blogger thinks), and how changing the selection process is always also a risk:

With Ralph Siegel is was so easy last year after five years together already. It was very yeasy with Serhat, too. With Antonello Carozza it's a different story. We believed and trusted in him but he didn't keep his word and we are talking via lawyers these days. I know he is now pursying his career far away, better so! Our collaboration with 1in360 is progressing fine, despite our many demands. 

He also tells Måns Zelmerlöw's participation as a judge wasn't a deal done, but some overeager fan picked up it from a mock pagegabba they were testing for graphics etc and lasted online just for a few minutes. As we know now, he's off to BBC to host their national final and therefor he won't be in San Marino's team. But Zoe is. He also hopes Francesco Gabbani would be.....

So, here are the two  three Sammarinese submission so far. Share some love and click for them to reach the top:

and while at it, show some love to this almost Sammarinese, too
Michele Imberti


NEW SOUNDS FROM JUSTS, GUY SEBASTIAN, EMIN & ANI LORAK, KRISTINA

 
Latvian Justs is back with another goodie, Are you there. Electric beats and his voice mixed with a video full of skaters, models, empty industrial spaces.... Nice effort!
Australian Guy Sebastian is back big time, and Bloodstone is his latest from his new album Conscious featuring lovely gospely undertones. Great beat and great vocals again. 
Eurovision runner up Ukrainian Ani Lorak and Eurovision interval act Emin from Azerbaijan are hitting the Russian charts with Prostit'sya (Проститься) that comes with a beautifully shot bath tub video. The song itself is a very typical Russian radio charts song that could be sung by any of the big names. But it's a very pleasant one masterfully performed by the stars. 
Slovakian (and Czechian) superstar Kristina has released Sympatie (from Tri želania/Three wishes film soundtrack) continuing her endless string of hits. Slovakian tv, wake up and send her off to Eurovision again!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

SAN MARINO: MICHELE IMBERTI ENTERS 1IN360

 
I was planning to ignore the Sanmarinese 1in360 selection process until final stages, but something came up and I just have to do my duty. No, it's not Valentina Monetta but the next best thing: Michele Imberti. Share some love and click like. Pretty please? (And you propably know his song, too, btw)


Monday, November 20, 2017

WEEKLY DOSE OF EUROVISION STARS SOCIAL MEDIA AFFAIRS: TWO ENGAGEMENTS AND TWO BUSINESS OPENINGS

 Gabbani is recovering from a flu....
... and getting into Xmas mood
while the ESC Class of '17 had a get together in Chisinau
Glen Vella got engaged
... and so did Mika Newton
 Robin opened his shop offering cuts and coffee
 and Sergey opened his Podel Shtrudel shop
Eric was still starstruck by Kikki
Freddie had some cake. His dog was jealous.
Rybak was a happy shopper
Poli had some  - again....
Isaiah went for a muddy swim
Lindita did what she does best
Vaclav had an urgent need to paint his walls
Tamara did Israel
This week's cover girls are Iveta and Helena
How was your week?

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