Sweden: New music festival, tribute to Eurovision and Mello in Stockholm next May!

Despite the fact that Eurovision and schlager are among the most popular music in Sweden, this type of music has been conspicuous by its absence in Sweden festival scene.

As Tobbe Ek and Aftonbladet reported, there will be a new one-day festival at Stockholm Olympic Stadium with around 20 of the biggest schlager and Eurovision artists, next May!

Entertainment and event manager Navid Kabiri has teamed up with Anders Boström, who co-founded Summerburst, and nightclub organizer Samin Adjoudani, and together they are behind Drömmen, which will take place on Saturday, May 25 in Stockholm. On stage there will be, among others, CarolaCharlotte PerrelliLinda Bengtzing, Méndez, Jessica Andersson Kate Ryan and Army of Lovers who have already confirmed their participation at the festival.

Some of the Melodifestivalen and Eurovision artists are known for a handful of songs, but will they all do full concerts? Or how will the arrangement be? Navid Kabiri comments:

“We’re focused on the hits, these artists know the audience wants to hear them. This is Drömmen, it should be dreamy and not sleepy, but we also talk to the artists about what they want to do. It should be a tribute to them and to this music. Some will want to do a couple of songs and others will come with bands and do longer gigs. We will release more names as they become available.”

The Drömmen festival will take place at Stockholm Stadion on Saturday, May 25, 2024 and tickets go on sale on Tuesday, December 12.

Source: Aftonbladet

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Luxembourg: How its representative for Malmö is chosen!

Luxembourg is returning to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2024 after 30 years. As such, the Duchy’s public broadcaster decision-makers have the difficult task ahead of them of finding the delegate and the song that will represent Luxembourg in Malmö.

Thus, the day before yesterday, Wednesday 22 November, the live auditions for the selection of Luxembourg’s representative at Eurovision 2024 started. These auditions will serve to select the finalists for the national final from which the artist representing the Duchy at the 68th edition of our favourite competition will emerge.

The auditions process

It has been more than three decades since Luxembourg, the small Western European duchy with five wins under its belt, last took part in the Eurovision Song Contest. As it goes without saying, the music industry has changed dramatically compared to the early 1990s.

This was the reason why Luxembourg’s public broadcaster, RTL, turned to a panel of five experts who will have the first and last word in choosing the finalists of the national final, as the expectations and interest of the people of the Duchy exceeded all expectations.

In total, 459 artists expressed their interest to participate in the process of selecting the Luxembourg representative in the 68th Eurovision Song Contest. Then there was the pre-selection stage from which RTL‘s decision-makers singled out some 70 songs and 50 artists to be judged by the international panel. All the artists are either Luxembourg citizens, residents or closely linked to the cultural scene of the Duchy.

Source:RTL/Steve Müller

As a reminder, the panel of five Eurovision experts in charge of selecting the finalists for the Luxembourg national final is made up of the following:

Christer Björkmann, who is a Swedish producer and TV presenter as well as a former Eurovision participant (Sweden 1992). Björkmann has also served as Head of Delegation for Sweden, has produced the Contest in 2013 and 2015, where it was hosted in Sweden, as well as the only American Song Contest to date in 2022.

Jan Bors, who has served as Head of Delegation for the Czech Republic.

Cesár Sampson, who has represented Austria at Eurovision in 2018, taking first place in the jury vote. Sampson will also play an active role in the Czech national selection this year, as artistic director and presenter of the national final.

Alex Panayi, who is considered a Eurovision expert. Panagi has represented Cyprus at Eurovision twice, in 1995 and 2000. In recent years, he has acted as Vocal Coach for many Eurovision entries and was also the vocal coach for Helena Paparizou in 2005.

Tali Eshkoli, who is an Israeli television producer. Eshkoli was a producer for Eurovision 2019, has also worked on the Miss Universe 2021 contest held in Israel and has been a jury member for national selections of various countries over the years.

Source: RTL/Steve Müller

Contestants’ impressions

The process has caught the attention of the Luxembourg media, as enthusiasm is widespread in the small Western European country for its return to Eurovision after 1993.

“It has without doubt shaken up the industry in Luxembourg,” says Edsun, one of the artists present at the Rockhal, where auditions started yesterday and will run until Friday. “It has given everyone a lot of hope as to what our country can accomplish and where we can take our music. No matter what happens, Eurovision will open doors for our artists and serve as a springboard.”

“The whole experience has been incredibly exciting,” explains Shirley from the Luxembourgish band The Spaceminers, who auditioned Wednesday. “For artists, Eurovision acts as an incomparable creative prompt and the way the process in Luxembourg has been, artists have not only been motivated to write and propose new songs but have also had the opportunity to work with renowned composers.”

Jury’s impressions

Relying on an international jury at this point is crucial in order to ensure impartiality in the selection process.

“The musical industry in Luxembourg is blossoming, but it is small, as is our country,” points out Eric Lehmann, the head of the Luxembourgish delegation to Eurovision.

“By bringing in international juries, none of which are familiar with our music scene or know any of the artists, we ensure that everyone gets the same attention and treatment. Furthermore, these experts bring invaluable knowhow to the table. They know what Eurovision requires. And let’s not forget that the Luxembourgish entry won’t be judged by anyone in Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest, but by the other countries, which is also why this outside view is important to us.”

The five jury members seem acutely aware of what’s at stake and are fully invested in finding the right song for Luxembourg.

“Luxembourg has such an incredible Eurovision heritage, and we’ve waited a very long time for a return – it’s important to work really hard on making it successful,” underlines Tali Eshkoli. “It’s not easy to find the best song, the best singer, and the best performance, but I need all three. We need an entry that can create that magical moment and a unique staging.”

Jan Bors is no less demanding: “I’m looking for perfection, for talent and for a great song of course. I’m looking for a Eurovision winner, not just a song that will qualify for the final. The song and the artist need to be an impeccable match.”

Meanwhile, for Alex Panayi, the most important thing is: “Originality and honesty! And you know it when you hear it. As a vocal coach I’m obviously also very attentive to the voice and what can be done to make it even better. When I listen to each song here, I also imagine what it would sound and look like on the Eurovision scene. There’s a lot to consider.”

How the act will look and sound in context is equally vital for César Sampson: “I’m looking for a song that translates well to Eurovision. It needs to be a hybrid, something that would work as well on television as it would in a stadium. So, a stageable song and a solid performer. I want to find a winner, someone who can fill a stage. You don’t need a specific music genre to succeed in Eurovision, and that’s the beauty of it. But you need a song with a vibrant range, with a ‘beat’ like in theatre.”

“As a group, our jury has very different starting points, but it makes a great dynamic,” concludes Christer Björkman. “For me, it’s important to find a song that can connect contemporary music with Luxembourg’s Eurovision legacy. What I’m looking for is a contemporary hit with a touch of Luxembourg, and I have no doubt that we will find a great selection of songs to fit the criteria for the national selection in January!”

The auditions continue until the beginning of December, when the list of candidates who will compete in the national final in Luxembourg will be announced. The Duchy’s national final will take place on 27 January and will give the people of Luxembourg the chance to choose the song and artist who will represent them at the 68th Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö in May, 31 years after their last performance in 1993.

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Source: RTL

Cyprus: Andrew Lambrou releases new single “Take My Breath Away”!

A few minutes ago, the representative of Cyprus in Eurovision 2023, our beloved Andrew Lambrou released his new single, entitled “Take My Breath Away”.

The young artist gave Cyprus its best Eurovision result since Eleni Foureira. And now, after ‘Can’t Break a Broken Heart‘, Andrew Lambrou is back with a new song, officially out today via Panic Records.

Andrew co-wrote the song with Cameron Robertson, while the release is accompanied by an intense and highly artistic music video, directed and recorded in Athens by Dani Darla, while the high-fashion clothes are designed by DANTE, who was also responsible for his Eurovision 2023 outfits.

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Italy: “Due Vite” is now a five times platinum record!

One of the biggest “winners” of this year’s Eurovision was undoubtedly Marco Mengoni. Following his win in Sanremo 2023 with “Due Vite“, he accepted the invitation and represented his home country for the second time in Liverpool, finishing fourth.

Having won such a prestigious for the Italian music scene festival, his song “Due Vite” has become a major success. As Mengoni posted himself yesterday on X, “Due Vite” is now a five times platinum record, having sold more than half a million copies since its release date.


The song remains also extremely popular on all streaming platforms. To this day, the official video of “Due Vite” counts 95 million views on Marco Mengoni’s official YouTube channel and over 86 million streams on Spotify.

His record had a warm reception in several European countries, such as Switzerland, where it was also platinum certificated. Moreover, a few months prior, Mengoni released a French version of “Due Vite“.

It looks like Marco Mengoni follows in the footsteps of his predecessors, as several recent Italian Eurovision artists, such as Mahmood, Diodato and Francesco Gabbani, went also platinum following their Sanremo win.

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Luxembourg: The preselection’s final line-up will be decided by an international expert jury!

Luxembourg’s return to Eurovision after thirty years of absence is expected to be epic. A national selection will be held in order to choose the next Luxembourgish act and the preparations are on fire. The preselection was open to

  • either singers who already had a maximum of three songs to submit
  • or singers who did not have a song but they would like to represent Luxembourg in Eurovision and would therefore be contacted via RTL with a team of songwriters.

Following the closing of the submission window for the first category and the finish of the “castings” stage for the second category, RTL underwent an evaluation process, coming down to a shortlist of around 70 songs and 50 artists.

Now, it is up to an international jury to decide the final line-up.

The international jury

The choice of an international jury was made in order to achieve the greatest possible neutrality in a small country as Luxembourg. Hence, this jury consists of the following five members, strongly associated with Eurovision:

Christer Björkmann, who is a Swedish producer and TV host as well as a former Eurovision participant(Sweden 1992). Björkmann has also served as a Head of Delegation for Sweden, has produced the 2013 and 2016 editions of Eurovision Song Contest held in Sweden and the only and only to date American Song Contest.

Jan Bors, who has served as a Head of Delegation for Czechia.

Cesár Sampson, who has represented Austria in the 2018 edition of Εurovision and was crowned as the jury winner. Sampson will also play an active role in the Czech preselection this year, serving as an artistic director and the presenter of the national final.

Alex Panayi, who is also considered as a Eurovision expertise. Panayi has represented Cyprus in Eurovision on two occasions, in 1995 and 2000. In recent years, he has served as a vocal coach for several Eurovision participants and was also the backing vocalist of the 2005 winner, Helena Paparizou.

Tali Eshkoli, which an Israeli television producer. Eshkoli has been the producer of the 2019 edition of Eurovision, has also contributed to the 2021 edition of the Miss Universe competition held in Israel and has served as a jury member in various Eurovision preselections.

What’s next for the Luxembourgish preselection?

The names of the finalists who have managed to convince the jury will be revealed at the beginning of December.

The Luxembourgish national final will take place on January 27, 2024 in a major live show broadcast on RTL Télé. Viewers will be able to vote for the person they want to see represent Luxembourg at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 in Malmö.

The former Eurovision powerhouse will return to the contest after thirty years of absence. During its almost fourty years participation, Luxembourg was crowned as the winner five times in total.

Will Luxembourg mantain its glorious Eurovision course? Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all news!

Source: RTL

Junior Eurovision 2023: Amir will perform during this year’s interval act!

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2023 has officially started. All delegations have arrived in Nice, while the opening ceremony as well as the running order draw were held yesterday.

The French, hosting for the second time in just three years Amir, promise us a wonderful show and the surprises do not stop from coming. Amir who represented France at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016, is set to perform at Junior Eurovision 2023 this coming Sunday, November 26.

With his song J’ai cherché, he managed to bring France back to to the top ten after seven years, finishing in the respectable sixth place. Amir was also one of the composers of the 2017 French entry, “Requiem”. Since then, his personal career has taken off, having released three studio albums and appeared on numerous television shows. Furthermore, he has won several MTV Europe Music Awards and NRJ Music Awards.

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2023

The 21st edition of Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Nice on the 26th of November, following Lissandro’s win last year in Yerevan.

16 countries will participate, having started today their first technical rehearsals. The 16 participating countries will perform on Sunday on the following order:

  1. Spain
  2. Malta
  3. Ukraine
  4. Ireland
  5. United Kingdom
  6. North Macedonia
  7. Estonia
  8. Armenia
  9. Poland
  10. Georgia
  11. Portugal
  12. France
  13. Albania
  14. Italy
  15. Germany
  16. The Netherlands

Spain will open the show, Netherlands will close it, while the host country, France, will perform 12th.

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Sweden: Two Eurovision winners will pay tribute to Eurovision in Malmö this spring!

One thing that is now clear is that Malmö Live Concert Hall on March 1–2 will make a Eurovision tribute in the form of “Everyone loves Eurovision“.

It will be a “musical summary of the last 50 years of Eurovision” you can read on Malmö Live‘s website.

On stage will be Eurovision winners Måns Zelmerlöw and Danish Emmelie de Forest, but also Cornelia Jakobs and Motoboy who, together with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, will perform songs from Eurovision history.

Tomorrow, on November 20, the tickets will be released and then more about the event will also be revealed.

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Source: Sydsvenskan

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Voting for #ESC250 has just begun – Vote for your favorites!

The annual voting for the selection of the 250 best songs in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest begins today on the website Songfestival.be in collaboration with EFR12Radio.

You can vote for your ten favorite songs of all time in this poll, which closes on December 10 at 12:00 CET, while the results will be revealed on New Year’s Eve as always.

How to register your vote?

You can register your vote by clicking here .

To register your vote, you must first connect to your personal account via a social network (Facebook, Google, or Twitter). Once logged in, you can search for your favorite song by country or year in which it was performed.

Then, after the entry shows up, click the Like button, and it will be added to your ranking. You may adjust the songs you’ve selected by dragging the entries up or down.

You award 12 points to your favorite entry, 10 to the second favorite, and so on. If you want to erase an entry from your ranking, press the x to the right of each participation. You can vote for up to ten songs.

After selecting your ten favorite entries, press the “Send Votes  button to register your vote. Press the “Vote button to confirm your vote.

You may be unable to access the page immediately due to the hundreds of users attempting to vote. But keep in mind that you have until December 10 to vote.

Eurovision Top 250

This year marks the 14th anniversary of the annual Eurovision Top 250 online poll, which attracts thousands of voters from around the world each year. The results are announced on the last day of the year, and all songs from the competition’s 65-year history are included.

Loreen with “Euphoria” gave up her throne in 2022, after ten years at the top, passing her crown to Chanel, with “SloMo“. Last year, Loreen came in second place with “Euphoria“, and Cornelia Jacobs came third with her song “Hold Me Closer“.

Will Chanel be able to maintain her lead or will Loreen return to the top? What are your ten favorite innings of all time? Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all developments regarding the Eurovision Top 250. 

Italy: Il Volo and Annalisa to perform a duet in Sanremo 2024?

Sanremo 2024 is just a few months away, and judging from what has been revealed recently, it will likely be the most spectacular edition in its recent history. According to recent speculation, which if confirmed will in fact cause a musical sensation, the Festival’s previous winners and third-place winners in the Eurovision Song Contest, Il Volo, will perform a duet with the fan favorite, Annalisa.

Annalisa and Il Volo aiming for victory at the Teatro Ariston?

Annalisa is a part of Warner Music, while Il Volo are a part of Sony. They are both being managed by the same management agency, Friends & Partners. Is it a possible scenario that the Ferdinando Salzano-led agency is encouraging them to enter the festival together in order to increase their chances of winning?

The composers of their song, namely Edwyn Roberts and Stefano Marletta, are also mentioned in various articles published on the Iternet. Edwyn Roberts and Stefano Marletta are both renowned writers and are accredited of several successful singles.

Still, this won’t be the first time Annalisa and Il Volo have collaborated. A few months prior, their cover performance of the famous “A Star Is Born” song, “Shallow”, was praised.

The possible candidates for Sanremo 2024

All Music Italia magazine recently published a list of the most likely candidates for Sanremo 2024. This list consists of:

  • Alessandra Amoroso (Epic/Sony Music Italy)
  • Il Volo (Sony Music)
  • Geolier (Warner)
  • Annalisa (Warner Music)
  • Bresh (Epic/Sony Music)
  • Irama (Warner Music)
  • Pinguini Tattici Nucleari (Columbia/Sony Music)
  • The Kolors (Warner Music)
  • Angelina Mango (LaTarma Records)
  • Alfa (Artist First)
  • Dargen D’Amico (Island Records/Universal)
  • Tedua (Epic/Sony Music)
  • Achille Lauro (Warner Music)
  • Ghali (Warner Music)
  • Rose Villain (Warner Music)
  • Diodato (Carosello Records)
  • Mahmood (Island Records/Universal Music)
  • Sangiovanni (Sugar Music)
  • Mr. Rain (Warner Music)
  • Gianmaría (Epic/Sony Music)
  • Jalisse (Starpoint)
  • Patty Pravo
  • Rhove (EMI/Universal Music)
  • Gigi D’Alessio (GDG/Sony Music Italy)
  • Ernia (Island Records/Universal Music)
  • Rocco Hunt (Epic/Sony Music)
  • Francesco Gabbani (BMG)
  • Ditonellapiaga (BMG)
  • LA Representative di Lista (Numero Uno/Sony Music)
  • Tropico (Numero uno/Sony Music)
  • Matteo Paolillo (ADA Music Italy/Warner Music)
  • SALMO (Columbia/Sony Music)

The 74th edition of Festival di Sanremo will take place from February 6 to February 10 in Teatro Ariston in the small in Ligurian city of Sanremo. The winner will have the option to represent Italy in the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, should he or she desire so. If the winner declines, RAI reserves the right, following its own criteria, to select an alternative artist from the other competitors. Three groups of people will vote in order choose the winner:

  • the general public
  • a committee from radio stations
  • and a jury of accredited journalists who attend the festival

Last year’s winner of Sanremo and hence, Italy’s representative in Eurovision 2023, was Marco Mengoni with his song “Due Vite”, finishing in fourth place.


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Source: imusic

Australia: Which Eurovision artist was crowned as the winner of The Masked Singer Australia?

The fifth season of the Australian adaption of The Masked Singer franchise has officially come to an end. After twelve episodes, Snow Fox was crowned as the winner of the competition.

About a month ago, we had informed you about the speculation regarding the person that is behind Snow Fox.

Fans believed that behind “Snow Fox” character was Dami Im, who represented Australia in Eurovision 2016. Snow Fox made its first appearance in episode 2 of this season, singing “Addicted To You” by Avicii, leaving the panelists speechless with its vocal range.

Some of the clues indicating the singer’s identity were the following:

  • It was said that Snow Fox was shown holding the Swedish flag. Indeed, Dami Im represented Australia in 2016, when the contest was hosted in Stockholm.
  • Moreover, Snow Fox has two homes. In fact, Dami Im was born and raised in South Korea before moving to Australia when 9 years-old.

Following the win of Snow Fox, the artist’s identity was unveiled. Dami Im was in fact the one behind the mask, being the first Eurovision artist to win The Masked Singer Australia during its five seasons run.


Dami Im was not the first Eurovision artist to participate in The Masked Singer Australia. Sheldon Riley(Australia 2022) and Kate Miller-Heidke(Australia 2019) have also participated, while Sheldon reached the finals but did not eventually win the show.

What is The Masked Singer?

The Masked Singer” is a franchise of worldwide music reality shows. South Korea originated, the show has been aired in more than 60 countries worldwide, being a big success.

The concept comprises celebrities who perform a song anonymously while wearing extravagant masks or full-body costumes. The panelists will then try to figure out the identity based on information provided by the singers about themselves. Following their performances, the singers are voted on by the audience in each round, yet the panelists do not vote. Each round, the performer with the fewest votes is unmasked and eliminated until a winner is crowned.

Dami represented Australia in Eurovision 2016 with her song “Sound Of Silence”. “Sound Of Silence” went on to win the jury vote, finishing in the second place overall, making it the highest-scoring Australian entry ever.

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