Thursday, March 21, 2019

EUROVISION: NEW SOUNDS FROM ROSSINELLI, RIZZOTTO, SEVERINA AND MICHAEL SCHULTE

Once again some more or less recent releases from Eurovision stars. Enjoy!
Anna Rossinelli has kept her career going nicely and this Hold your head up comes from her Swiss #1 album released this January. The video has an interesting floating in the milk kind of imaginary, that Italian Dolcenera took a step further in her Piú forte....
Also Laura Rizzotto has been very active post-Eurovision and her latest is Tightrope. As usual she has written the song herself. There's also a remix
Severina has been dropping hits the past two years including Halo, and finally released a new album this year. She keeps on breaking regional records on Youtube, like having 1,3M views in a day of a new video. Not bad. And no wonder. At 46 she still shows the girls who's the hottest....
Michael Schulte is another example that Eurovision won't hurt your career. He has been going strong ever sinc his top-5 finish. Back to the start is excellent catchy pop song, a bit the same genre Måns Zelmerlöw likes to do these days.... 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

EUROVISION: NEW SOUNDS FROM HAREL SKAAT, DIOGO & ANTONIO, SALVADOR SOBRAL AND JAMALA

More more or less recent releases from Eurovision winners and stars. Enjoy!
Fan favorite and Next Star Eurovision judge Harel Skaat has released late last year this בחיי (Honestly), a happy little pop tune, that honestly doesn't change the world or become an evergreen but it's fun 3+ minutes, catchy and earworm so be aware!
Match Portugal's biggest star (who sadly missed Eurovision at home) Diogo Piçarra and Spanish ex-Jesc runner up and The Voice winner Antonio José and a dramatic ballad A dónde vas with mixed lyrics and this is where it leads you to. 
Staying in Portugal we have Salvador Sobral coming to ruin the plans in Anda Estragar-me Os planos. It's off his new album Lisboa, Paris, out March 29. Simple and kinda funny. No fast food!
Jamala has been in the medias lately for all the wrong reasons but she keeps also releasing music. Самға (Samğa) is in Kasakh language if I have understood right, which makes it even more interesting. She has developed her own sound and this fits into it like a glove. 

Monday, March 18, 2019

FINLAND: KRISTA SIEGFRIDS - DING DONG DIVORCE!

Marry me, she sung to the whole of Europe back in 2013, when she and Janne Grönroos had been together already almost ten years. The year after Janne finally took the hint and proposed to her in Maledives but it would take another three years when they finally got married late 2017. Less than two years later the marriage is sadly over. Krista comments on her social medias:


We got to grow up together with Janne. He has taught me a lot and made me a better person. We have experienced a lot together, downhill and uphill. Life changes people, as well as their needs and dreams. We have decided together to continue the journey as friends. I am really grateful that we have shared all these years together. I will appreciate and love you forever Janne.❤ We hope that we will get the peace we need to recover from our divorce. We do not comment on this further.

Janne shared pretty much the same text in his social media while both shared the same aphorism:
Janne has been working in Stockholm since March 2017, while Krista has been working between Finland and Sweden mostly. 

EUROVISION: AMSTERDAM CALLING 2019!

If you are heading to Eurovision In Concert in Amsterdam on April 6th be sure to make it a day, or  a night earlier because on 5th there's the pre-party in Melkweg! Organized by OGAE NL the event features previous Eurovision winners and stars to have a great time mingling with the other fans and enjoying the music. Marga Bult aka Marcha is not only performing her Rechtop in de wind but also being the hostess of the evening. More info here

EUROVISION: NEW SOUNDS FROM KALIOPI, SHIRI MAIMON, BRAINSTORM AND VINCENT GROSS

Another look & listen of what Eurovision (related) artists have been releasing lately...
The Balcan Queen Kaliopi released late last year  Hajde da pjevamo  asking us all to sing along in her pop rock song looking 50+ fabulous topped with her one of a kind voice. 
Shiri Maimon is back with  נשימה (Breathing) off her new album, first in seven years. It comes with a simple yet effective video. She has been busy with musicals and tv-projects the past few years, including the Next Star for Eurovision....
Latvian Brainstorm aka Prāta Vētra perform the main theme Мотив (The motive) of a Russian romantic comedy Семь ужинов (Seven dinners) and even star in the film's final scene. Very nice song indeed!
Vincent Gross has gone a long way since his attempt to represent Switzerland in Eurovision. Now he has teamed with German Stereoact for Nicht allein sein, a catchy fun pop song that flirts with tradition and more modern sounds. One day he will make it to Eurovision... I am waiting!



Sunday, March 17, 2019

ITALY: MAHMOOD'S SOLDI REMIXED BY DENIS FIRST

After the Benny Benassi remix here comes another one by Denis First. Enjoy!

EUROVISION: NEW SOUNDS FROM ZOË, IMRI, GUY AND LENA

Another look & listen of what the Eurovision stars have been up to lately....
Ever lovely ZOË has released already late last year this wonderful feelgood tune C'est la vie. Catchy and 100% ZOË, what could you ask for more? Only more of this same....
Imri has been bitten by the Latin fever it seems and has released earlier this month this summer song with mixed Hebrew and Spanish lyrics. Imrico, Ay que rico!
Also released already late last year Guy Sebastian's Before I go that sounds like works of Symphonix with its beat and gospel choirs. The same pool Sweden is fishing this year. Great song anyways.
Eurovision 2010 winner Lena is also having a minor Latin vibe in Don't lie to me, second single off from her new album out in April. Her previous single Thank you already gave glues of this new sound. 


Saturday, March 16, 2019

EUROVISION 2019: YOUTHFUL AND MALE. FROM ZENA TO SERHAT

From 16 to 54, that's the (known*) age range of this year's Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv. 
Zena from Belarus is the youngest turning 17 in September while San Marino's very own Turk Serhat will celebrate his 55th birthday in October. Malta's Michela, Belgium's Eliot and Croatia's Roko are also born in the 2000's.
The oldest artists besides Serhat come from the north: Finland's Darude (43) and Sebastian Rejman (41) with Tom Hugo (39) of Norway's KEiiNO. They're also the only artists born in the 1970's (and  Serhat the only one in the 1960s).
Nineteen artists were born in the 1990s - 1994 being the most common year (Ester, Luca, Nevena, Duncan, Srbuk and Sarah). Thirteen were born in the 1980's with 1989 having the most (Katerine, Oto, Lake Malawi's Albert, Paenda, Conan and Fred of KEiiNO). 
One could say it's a very youthful edition. And a very masculine one, too. It's also a year of masks, crowns and underwater videos.


*Missing data of band members of D-Mol, Tulia, Hatari, Carousel and rest of Lake Malawi, and Zala & Gasper. 

Friday, March 15, 2019

EUROVISION: NEW SOUNDS FROM BILAN, SAMPSON, MORO, ZELMERLÖW

Last few weeks have had some Eurovision related releases outside the national final bubble from previous winners and other well placed acts. Enjoy!
Dima Bilan released last year his yet another addition to his endless string of hits at home soil. Океан (Ocean) is an atmospheric ballad and comes with a nature filled beautiful video....
Fabrizio Moro has released today video for Ho bisogno di credere (I need to believe), first offering from his new and 10th studio album Figli di nessuno, out April 12. It's a melancholic ballad with some pseudo rapping (and no trademark screaming) and video that fits nicely with the overal mood. Very good!
Last year's Eurovision 3rd placed César Sampson has finally released a follow up to his Nobody but you called Stone cold. Maybe not as catchy as his entry was but this has all the same ingredients from beats to gospely choirs and César's beautiful vocals. 
Eurovision winner and all around man Måns Zelmerlöw is prepairing new album and the first taste is this duet with Dotter, Walk with me premiered in this year's Melodifestivalen's Andra Chansen.  Not bad at all....

AUSTRIA: CONCHITA IS DEAD, LONG LIVE WURST!

Thomas Neuwirth, Eurovision song contest 2014 winner has been flirting with the idea of getting rid of his alter ego Conchita Wurst already for years and it seems the time has come. 
A week ago he released a video Trash all the glam where he was potrayed in a latex jumpsuit like a crisalide to be born and heading to the new direction, Wurst. 
And here he is now, without glamour, wigs and evening gowns as a bearded man and and not a lady, in Hit me. Wurst is reborn.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

FINLAND: EUROVISION WINNER OX LEAVES LORDI

 
Eurovision winner 2006 Lordi is losing another member of its winning formation. After Kita (2000-2010) and Awa (2005-2012) also Ox (2005-2019) is leaving the band after this summer's festivals. In the band's website he says there's no drama or major issues. He only has a strong urge to do something else in music and be available for new adventures. He thanks the band and the world's best fans for this 13 years long journey. Ox aka Samer El Nahhal is half Egyptian and he has studied in Los Angeles Musicians Institute. He spent part of his childhood in Libya and Irak wherefrom they fled when the war started.
Kita or Sampsa Astala has been active after Lordi with his band Stala & So and they even participated in the Finnish national final back in 2010 - that got him fired from Lordi actually. He also plays in several other bands, plays drums and does backing vocals besides writing and producing songs for others.
Awa aka Leena Paisa left Finland and moved to Italy to live with her Italian boyfriend Cosimo after Lordi, and returned to Finland after their break up in 2015. She has played keyboards in various projects including Sampsa Astala's band Qma. In 2018 she joined Dingo, one of the most succesful Finnish bands, especially in the 1980's.




Monday, March 11, 2019

EUROVISION 2019: ISRAEL DRAWS A PERFECT N.O 14 SLOT IN THE FINAL

The Head of delegations from the 41 participating countries are all gathered in Tel Aviv to hand over their entries for Eurovision song contest 2019 among other things, like electing members for the Reference group for the next two years - among them Italian Nicola Caligiore again - and getting information on the final plans for the stage and performances and the state of preparations and what is in store for May in general.
One of the jobs to do at this point is to draw where thee host country will perform in the final and Israel got the perfect number in the midway: 14th. Thirteen entries will come before them, thirteen will follow them. 
Meanwhile we will have a rather masculine contest this time. Or maybe it is the most masculine ever? Statistic nerds out there will surely look into that.  A total of 18 male soloist vs. 14 female ones. In addition in duos/trios/groups we have 3 male voices and 4 females plus two with both vocalists. So it's 21-18 (+2). But not even one classic male/female singing duet.
English dominates with 27 songs and 4 songs are mixed with English and some other language(s). 
Besides English we will hear Hungarian, Polish, Serbian, Slovene, Georgian, Iceland, Portuguese, French, Albanian, Croatian, Italian, Spanish and few lines in Arabic, Abhkaz, Sami and Turkish. 
However the semi-finals are very uneven: first one has 8 languages while the second only four. 
We have returnees from Hungary, Serbia, San Marino, North Macedonia and Russia: Joci Papai (8th in 2017), Nevena Božović (11th in semi-final in 2013 as a member of Moje3), Serhat (12th in semi-final in 2016), Tamara Todevska (10th in semi-final as part of Tamara, Vrčak and Adrian, backing singer in 2014), Sergey Lazarev (3rd in 2016). Then there's among others Lithuanian Jurij Veklenko, already a backing singer in 2015


Sunday, March 10, 2019

ISRAEL: KOBI MARIMI PRESENTS EUROVISION HOME ENTRY, HOME

Last but not least here comes Home by Kobi Marimi, thee Israeli home entry in Eurovision song contest 2019 in Tel Aviv. A ballad highlighting Kobi's original voice and way of singing the best of ways. This clearly isn't everyone's cup of tea but I have been lapping up Kobi's tea since the first audition and this song is taylor made for him, starting off with his trademark lament, then builts and erupts with the choir before calming down for the finish. For me this goes straight to top-5....

ARMENIA: SRBUK IS WALKING OUT FROM EUROVISION 2019

Armenia was the first to announce their internally chosen artist already in November 2018, but we had to wait until tonight to hear the chosen song by Srbuk. Walking out almost became the last song to be heard but officially that goes to Israel's home entry even if it's already leaked to the www.....
Walking out is a decent song and well performed by Srbuk but not something this blogger will have high on my scoreboard propably judging first impression. However this is the third song this season mentioning the crown....

MALTA: MICHELA BRINGS CHAMELEON TO EUROVISION 2019

Malta has revealed its entry for Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv by X Factor winner Michela Pace (18) and it's called Chameleon - no, not the Ira Losco song she won with in 2016 before they changed it into some random Walk on water. Michela is good but loses this blogger once the chorus hits in - I have always found that kind of sounds irritating and this is no excption. Maybe I'm just old, I don't know.
But the video is rather fab featuring all trends what comes to interior design this season: exotic flowers and parrots, palm trees and other animals. And a lot of flowers everywhere! Spot on in that department, looks like a shoot for some department store's spring/summer catalogue. And I know a thing or two about those!

Saturday, March 09, 2019

SWEDEN: JOHN LUNDVIK WINS WITH TOO LATE FOR LOVE

John Lundvik was the big favorite and last year's third (My turn) became the clear winner with his joyful, engaging gospl driven Too late for love, and there's a real risk Sweden wins again in Israel. You rarely see such a joy of performing on stage. Add fabulous backing choir, great vocals and a killer song. He scored full points from the international jury (8 times 12) and also topped the televotes. Well done.
John (36) was born in London and adopted to a Swedish family. He's been living in Sweden since he was six and has a past as a national level athlete before starting to write songs to others, and finally makee it as a singer last year. In Tel Aviv he will be competing against himself as he's also co-writer of the UK entry.
The on stage backing vocalists of John Lundvik are two American and two Swedish women. One of the Americans, Ashley, didn't get the time off for the #Melfest final from her day job in Washington DC. So she quit and decided to move to Sweden. I love her already!
1. John Lundvik - Too Late for Love (jury 96+ televote 85) 181
2. Bishara - On My Own (38+69)107
3. Hanna Ferm & LIAMOO - Hold You (48+59) 107
4. Jon Henrik Fjällgren - Norrsken (Goeksegh) (19+55) 74
5. Mohombi - Hello (32+42) 74
6. Wiktoria - Not with Me (36+28) 64
7. Arvingarna - I Do (27+37) 64
8. Nano - Chasing Rivers (54+10) 64
9. Lisa Ajax - Torn (39+23) 62
10. Anna Bergendahl - Ashes to Ashes (20+36) 56
11. Lina Hedlund - Victorious (32+8) 40
12. Malou Prytz - I Do Me (23+12) 35

RUSSIA: SERGEY LAZAREV SCREAMS AT EUROVISION 2019

The love of you're the only one has turnd sour in three years and this time Sergey Lazarev presents Scream, written by Dimitris Kontopoulos and Philipp Kirkorov, with lyrics by Sarah Vaugh. Fokas Evangelinos will take of the staging. Moscow Symphony Orchestra is heavily featured in the track.
What an anti-climax after all this wait.....

SWEDEN: MELODIFESTIVALEN 2019 FINAL TONIGHT

Last but not least, Sweden will choose its entry for Tel Aviv 2019 Eurovision in Melodifstivalen, this season's last national final. 12 songs made it to th final from four semi-finals and on second chance round. John Lundvik seems the one to beat and Jon Henrik's fat might be once again be close but not winning. Anna is after a revenge and we can't rule out Hanna & LIAMOO either just yet. 
This blogger's favorites are Anna and Mohombi, and John would be fine, too. Anyone else will once again drop Sweden off my top-20 or so.... 

1. Jon Henrik Fjällgren - Norrsken (Goeksegh)
2. Lisa Ajax - Torn
3. Mohombi - Hello
4. Lina Hedlund - Victorious
5. Bishara - On My Own
6. Anna Bergendahl - Ashes to Ashes
7. Nano - Chasing Rivers
8. Hanna Ferm & LIAMOO - Hold You
9. Malou Prytz - I Do Me
10. John Lundvik - Too Late for Love
11. Wiktoria - Not with Me
12. Arvingarna - I Do

ITALY: MAHMOOD'S SOLDI REMIXED

Benny Benassi remix. Run time 3'00

Friday, March 08, 2019

NORTH MACEDONIA: TAMARA GOES PROUD TO EUROVISION 2019

Former Yogoslav Republic of Macedonia is now North Macedonia, and they're sending to Eurovision a real veteran, internally chosen Tamara Todevska with Proud. An emotional ballad dedicated to her daughter and full of girl power. 

POLAND: TULIA TAKES PALI SIE: FIRE OF LOVE TO EUROVISION 2019

Today's already fourth published entry comes from Poland. Tulia was announced as the act weeks ago but now their entry has been confirmed. Pali się: (Fire of Love) is a revamp from their debut album. This is certainly brave move and different.
Tulia are Tulia Biczak, Joanna Sinkiewicz, Patrycja Nowicka and Dominika Siepka. Their about one year existance has given them already a lot of success and awards.

AZERBAIJAN: CHINGIZ BRINGS THE TRUTH TO EUROVISION 2019

Azerbaijan has revealed their internally chosen entry for Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv. It comes from the Borislav Milanov-Trey Campbell & co hit factory and indeed there's no doubt this will we another success. Truth is sung by Chingiz Mustafayev (27), a name that has been tipped as the one for weeks already.  Born in Moscow but living in Azerbaijan for over 20 years he has already represented his country in New Wave 2013, and did also The Voice of Ukraine in 2016. Since then he developed his flamenco inspired pop but now for Eurovision takes a radio pop turn. The song comes with visually stunning video that features some of this year's trends: face masks and underwater males....

AUSTRIA: PAENDA RELEASES LIMITS

Another release today: Austria's Limits by Paenda for Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv. This one needs some digestion.....

IRELAND: IT'S SARAH McTERNAN FOR EUROVISION 2019

Ireland is today's first to announce and publish their entry: it's 25-yeae old Sarah McTernan with 22. She came third in The Voice of Ireland in 2015, and last year tried her luck in the Sammarinese selection.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

SAN MARINO: SERHAT PRESENTS SAY NA NA NA

Serhat continues with shameless disco pop with his second Eurovision adventure for San Marino. Say na na na is even catchier than I didn't know in 2016.
The video drops at midnight.


BELARUS: 3ENA TO EUROVISION 2019 WITH LIKE IT

Like it, she said and the jurors did. Junior Eurovision star 3EHA aka Zinaida Kupriyanovich (16) has won the Belarusian national final for Tel Aviv 2019 Eurovision with Like it.
ZENA - Like it 69
BLGN feat. Mirex - Champion 65
Sebastian Roos - Never getting close 62
Michael Soul - Humanize 59
Alyona Gorbachyova - Can we dream 59
KeyCi - No love lost 59
NAPOLI - Let it go 58
PROvokatsiya - Running away from the Sun 55
Aura - Čaravala 55
Eva Kogan - Run 54

NETHERLANDS: DUNCAN LAURENCE PRESENTS ARCADE FOR EUROVISION 2019

Today's second internally chosen entry premiere for Tel Aviv Eurovision 2019 comes from Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands. His self-written song is called Arcade, a ballad/anthem. Now I want to see how they bring that video on stage! I suppose they can't take much lead from that..... :-)


SWITZERLAND: LUCA HÄNNI WITH SHE GOT ME FOR EUROVISION 2019

Switzerland has published today its internally selected entry for Tel Aviv 2019 Eurovision and it's widely rumoured and speculated Luca Hänni with She got me. A nice pop tune with a little Latin flavour.
Luca (24) is singer-songwriter/model. He gained popularity by winning the German Deutschland sucht den Superstar 2012. He has released four albums, all of them top-6 incl. two number ones in Switzerland, and charting also in Germany and Austria. 

BELARUS: NATIONAL FINAL FOR EUROVISION 2019 TONIGHT

Belarus is the second to last national final this season (Swedn being the last one as usual on Saturday). This time there will be only a jury vote, and in case of a tie another round of voting.... Let's see if they finally send NAPOLI, or if PROvokatsiya will make it? Alyona sounds like a standard entry for any eastern country though. This blogger kinda likes Aura, but the fan favorite is ZENA. But this is Belarus, anything can happen...

Michael Soul - Humanize 
ZENA - Like It
Eva Kogan - Run
BLGN & Mirex- Champion
Sebastian Roos - Never Getting Close
Alyona Gorbachova - Can We Dream
Aura - Čaravala
NAPOLI - Let It Go
KeySi - No Love Lost

SPAIN: MIKI RELEASES LA VENDA VIDEO AND REVAMPED VERSION

This is the hot week of releases and here is Spain's revamped version of La Venda by Miki and it's official music video. Not much change really, which is only good. 

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

GREECE: KATERINE DUSKA PRESENTS BETTER LOVE FOR EUROVISION

Tonight was Greece's turn to present its entry for Tel Aviv 2019 Eurovision, Katerine Duska's internally selected Better love
She's got an interesting voice and the song's certainly different from what one thinks whn thinking of Greek Eurovision entries.... Rather anthemic really. 

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

CYPRUS: TAMTA PRESENTED REPLAY FOR EUROVISION 2019

Tamta's video for Replay featured on Youtube tonight at 8pm. We already hard from the leaked demo and teaser snippet it sounds very much like last year's runner up Fuego. And indeed it does, like a love child of Fuego and this year's withdrawn Siren song from Ukraine what comes to the sound. But Siren song was better than either of these two in my books....
It's a bit weird they go with the such a same recipe (same team and writers) and such similar song. Ok, it worked last year but it's no guarantee it will work again (except among euroboys). The risk is high it will backfire and the juries for example could ignore this totally. And Tamta doesn't seem to have "it something" Eleni and her hair did. But we will see....


Monday, March 04, 2019

SERBIA: NEVANA BOZOVIC TAKES THE CROWN TO TEL AVIV

Serbia's national final Beovizija 2019 was won by 24-year-old Nevana Božović with self written Kruna (Crown).  She's no stranger to Eurovision having represented her country in Junior Eurovision 2007 (Piši mi, 3rd) and as a member of Moje 3 in the real thing in 2013 (Ljubav je svuja, 11th in semi-final). She's also The Voice 2012 runner up. She has released a dozen singles since 2007. 
1. Nevena Božović - Kruna (televotes 8+jury 12) 20
2. Dženan Lončarević - Nema suza (10+7) 17
3. Saška Janks - Da li čuješ moj glas (6+10) 16
4. Nataša & Una - Samo bez straha (12+2) 14
5. Wonder Strings & Ivana Vladović - Moja bol (5+8) 13
6. Ivan Kurtić - Bella (7+4) 11
7. Majdan - Budim te (3+5) 8
8. Lord - Radnički sin (2+6) 8
9. Sofija Perić - Aritmija (4+1) 5
10. Jana Šušteršić - Viktorija (0+3) 3
11. Aleksandra Sekulić - Tugo (1+0) 1
12. Ana Popović - Lutaš (0+0) 0

GEORGIA: OTO NEMSADZE GOES AHEAD TO EUROVISION

Oto Nemsadze (29) has won the Georgian ticket to Tel Aviv 2019 Eurovision with Sul tsin iare (სულ წინ იარე) aka Go ahead. He scored over 44% of the televote in the fourway final. This was Oto's second attempt to get to Eurovision having participated two years ago in the national final with his band Limbo with Dear God (10th)
He's no stranger for competing or winning though: 2010 he won Geostar/Idols, and in 2013 he was runner up in The Voice of Ukraine. 
1. Oto Nemsadze - Sul tsin iare 44,13%
2. Lisa Kalandadze - Sevdisperi zgva 35,51%
3. Giorgi Nakashidz - Sul tsin iare 11,06%
4. Giorgi Pruidze - Me mjera 9,30%

Sunday, March 03, 2019

SERBIA: BEOVIZIJA 2019 FINAL TONIGHT

Serbia returns after several years to the national final Beovizija to find their entry for Eurovision song contest. This week two semi-finals were held on Wednesday and Thursday where six songs qualified for tonight's final after combined jury and televotes. Familiar names among both artists and songwriters. This blogger is a bit disappointed with the outcome despite being a fan of big Balcan ballad and Slavic melancholy. Jana, Nevana and Aleksandra are minor favorites of mine in this rather uninspiring group of songs. Dunja, Mr Doo, Tamara and most of all Extra Nena should have been in the final instead....

Final - March 3, 2019
1. Saška Janks – Da li čuješ moj glas **
2. Majdan – Budim te *
3. Sofija Perić – Aritmija **
4. Dženan Lončarević – Nema suza **
5. Ivana Vladović & Wonder Strings – Moja bol ***
6. Jana Šušteršić – Viktorija ***
7. Lord – Radnički sin **
8. Nevena Božović – Kruna ****
9. Ana Popović – Lutaš **
10. Ivan Kurtić – Bela ****
11. Nataša & Una – Samo bez straha **
12. Aleksandra Sekulić – Tugo ****

GEORGIA: IDOL FINAL TONIGHT - WHO'S GOING TO EUROVISION?

Georgia is using Idols to pick up their artist for Eurovision song contest 2019 in Tel Aviv. Tonight's the final with four acts left in the race. We will hear them singing their entries (titles below) and all the songs will be in Georgian! Big Hooray for that!
The artists in the final have a LOT experience in various talents shows, even winning them but are back here, strange as it seems. Second chances anyone? Or is it Eurovision that makes them try again?

Update: It seems the final is tomorrow, Sunday March 3 after all :-)

The finalists are:

Giorgi Nakashidze
He has already won Georgian X Factor 2015 and sings everything from opera to rock
Giorgi Pruidze
Also this Giorgi was in X Factor 2015 and made it to the live shows.
Lisa Kalandadze
She's already been in Idols and also X Factor and seems to be a bit of a favorite to get the Eurovision ticket.
Oto Nemsadze
He won already the Georgian Idol 2011, and placed third in the Ukrainian The Voice and has even tried the local Eurovision national selection 2017...

Their entries are, three songs (chosen among the over 200 submitted) for four singers:

01. “სევდისფერი ზღვა” (Sevdisperi Zghva) – Liza Kalandadze 
(Levan Basharuli)
02. “სულ წინ იარე” (Sul Tsin Iare) – Oto Nemsadze 
(Roma Giorgadze)
03. “სულ წინ იარე” (Sul Tsin Iare) – Giorgi Nakashidze 
(Roma Giorgadze)
04. “მე მჯერა” (Me Mjera) – Giorgi Pruidze 
(Tamar Babilua)

PORTUGAL: CONAN OSIRIS BRINGS TELEMÒVEIS TO EUROVISION

Fan favorite Con Osiris won the Portuguese national final with Telemòveis last night. He scored full points from the jury and televoters alike. How the idea of Portuguese Eurovision has changed in just three years! From sending an old fashioned "we don't care what others think" ballad and winning to rather alternative modern pop song that came last to very alternative something....  I just have to look and admire.
Conan, aka Tiago Miranda (30), ex-porn shop assistant has released three albums since 2011.
1. Conan Osíris - Telemóveis (12+12) 24
2. NBC - Igual a ti (10+8) 18
3. Matay - Perfeito (7+10) 17
4. Madrepaz - Mundo a mudar (7+6) 13
5. Surma - Pugna (8+4) 12
6. Calema - A Dois (4+7) 11
7. Mariana Bragada - Mar doce (3+5) 8
8. Ana Cláudia - Inércia (5+3) 8

NORWAY: KEiiNO BRINGS SPIRIT IN THE SKY TO EUROVISION 2019

Fan favorite Keiino has won the Norwegian national final with Spirit in the sky. First international jury and televoters voted 50-50 four songs to the Gold Final. In Gold Final there were two duels (KEiiNo Vs. D'Sound and Adrian Vs. Anna-Lisa, and the winners KEiiNO and Adrian met in the final golden duel and KEiiNO emerged as the winner... with only televoting.
KEiiNO is Sámi rapper and joiker Fred-René Buljo and singers Alexandra Rotan and Tom Hugo Hermansen, and it was formed for Eurovision.
KEiiNO - Spirit in the Sky 
D'Sound - Mr. Unicorn Gold Final

Adrian Jørgensen - The Bubble Gold Final
Anna-Lisa Kumoji - Holla Gold Final

Chris Medina - We Try Eliminated
Mørland "En livredd mann Eliminated
Erlend Bratland - Sing for You Eliminated
Ingrid Berg Mehus - Feel Eliminated
Hank von Hell - Fake It Eliminated
Carina Dahl - Hold Me Down Eliminated

MOLDOVA: ANNA ODOBESCU WITH STAY TO EUROVISION

Anna Odobescu has won the Moldovan national final with Stay.

1. Anna Odobescu - Stay (jury 12+ televote 10) 22
2. Maxim Zavidia - I Will Not Surrender (5+12) 17
3. Diana Brescan - Lies (10+5) 15
4. Vera Țurcanu - Cold (8+7) 15
5. Lemonique - Gravity (7+8) 15
6. Tinna Gi - Virus (6+6) 12
7. Marcela Scripcaru - Meteor (4+1) 5
8. Aurel Chirtoacă - La cinema (3+2) 5
9. Siaj - Olimp (2+3) 5
10. Che-MD feat. Elizaveta Ivasiuk - Sub Pământ (1+4) 5

ICELAND: HATE WILL PREVAIL AS HATARI GOES TO EUROVISION 2019

Hatari has won the Icelandic national final with Hatrið mun sigra beating Friðrik Ómar in the superfinal. It's worth noting the two songs in Icelandic songs are on the top.
Hatari is Klemens Hannigan, Matthías Haraldsson and Einar Stefánsson.They have released one EP and a number of singles. Hatari is known for their live shows, including their BDSM-inspired stage costumes and they describe themselves as an "anti-capitalist BDSM techno performance art group" and claim the group's primary aim is to bring about the downfall of capitalism... and apparently they have some antisemitic ideas, too, and intend to create some chaos in Tel Aviv.....
1. Hatari - Hatrið mun sigra 
(televote 46,17%+jury 24,19% - Superfinal 57,571%)
2. Friðrik Ómar - Hvað ef ég get ekki elskað? 
(24,64%+20,47% - Superfinal 42,29%)
3. Kristina Skoubo Bærendsen - Mama Said (16,19%+20%)
4. Hera Björk - Moving On (9,22%+19,53%)
5. Tara Mobee - Fighting for Love (3,09%+15,81)

Saturday, March 02, 2019

FINLAND: DARUDE & SEBU BRING LOOK AWAY TO TEL AVIV EUROVISION

UMK2019, the Finnish national final was held in Turku's Logomo, and YLE had put a lot of effort into opening and interval acts showcasing Krista Siegfrids' talents as a performer and showgirl, no doubt about that. On th other hand her side kick Kristoffer Sandberg was totally useless and I can honstly say I didn't laugh to his "humorous" monologues even at once and the show was over gay as usual underlining the fact most Eurovision haters say: it's all gay. How unoriginal. How boring. Yawn.
The three stagings for the songs were a lot better than last year's efforts but didn't really have any truly original and never seen before elements; Eurovision fans propably thought about last year's UK's cage like staging, or Demy's water tank for Greece two years ago....
In the end Look away was a real winner with both international juries (incl. of course Wiwiblogger like there was no one else in the world to call, and Emmelie De Forest who also performed in thee show)



1. Look away (jury 96 + televoters 148) 244
2. Superman (74 + 73) 147
3. Release me (70 + 19) 89


FINLAND: UMK2019 FINAL TONIGHT

Finland is choosing its entry for Eurovision song contest 2019 tonight in Logomo, Turku. DJ Darude of Sandstorm fame was internally chosen to represant the country and he presented three entries in February, all sung by singer-musician-actor Sebastian Rejman.
Eurovision veteran Krista Siegfrids is hosting the live show with Kristoffer Sandberg and Mikko Nousiainen. Eurovision winner Emmelie De Forest will also perform.
The winner will be chosen by 50-50 international jury (UK, Ireland, Spain, Israel, Norway, Sweden, Deenmark, Czech Republic) and televoters. It seems it's going to be between Superman and Look away as they have featured best in various polls. Superman has references to Sandstorm in arrangements while Look away is the only one Darude aka Ville Virtanen and Sebastian Rejman have written together. This blogger is team #Superman. 

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