Malta: Changes announced for MESC 2023!

According to an announcement by Maltese broadcaster PBS, in a meeting, which was attended by the 40 artists who will compete at MESC 2023, changes to the format of the national final were discussed, including the introduction of quarter-finals.

PBS Executive Chairman Mark Sammut stated that these changes are being made to give more Maltese singers the opportunity to showcase their talent at this festival which year after year attracts a bigger audience.

The 24 songs that will advance to the Semi-Final will be selected from four Quarter-Finals through public and jury voting. From the Semi-Final 16 acts will advance to the Grand Final, where they will compete to represent Malta at the 67th Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool, UK.

It was also announced that Paul Giordimaina, Mike Spiteri, Ludwig Galea and Moira Stafrace will act as consultants in the selection, offering support to the participants.

Through a draw, it was determined that the song that will appear in the first place of the first Quarter-Final is Hailey’s Tik Tok, while Maria Cristina will compete last in the fourth Quarter-Final with Our Flame.

The Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2023 program is as follows:

First Quarterfinal – January 13
Second Qualifinal – January 20
Third Qualifinal – January 27
Fourth Qualifinal – February 3rd
Semi-Final – February 9
Grand Final – February 11

The candidates are the following 40 artists:

Among them we find Brooke who has tried to represent the country in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and was a fan favourite. Also two last year’s MESC participants, MATT BLXCK as well as Aidan, who finished second to Emma Muscat. Finally, we have four past representatives, Fabrizio Faniello (Malta 2001 and 2006), Jessika (San Marino 2018), Francesca Scibberas (Malta Junior Eurovision 2009) as well as Eliana Gomez Blanco who represented her country at Junior Eurovision 2019.

Malta last year lost their qualification streak with I Am What I Am and Emma Muscat finishing 16th in last year’s second semi-final. You can remember her appearance below:

Will we see a familiar face representing Malta in the upcoming song contest? Stay tuned for all developments!

Source: TVM

Junior Eurovision 2022: Maléna and Rosa Linn will perform as interval Acts!

A few hours ago, the interval acts of Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022, were revealed. In detail, the previous representatives of Armenia in both Eurovision and Junior Eurovision will perform!

Rosa Linn, represented Armenia in Eurovision 2022 with the song “Snap”. She may ended up in 20th place of the Grand Final but afer the contest, her song went on to break multiple records and became one of the most streamed Eurovision songs of all time, winning many platinum plaques throughout the world.

For Junior Eurovision 2022, Rosa Linn will perform a reworked version of her song that will contain traditional Armenian instruments.

Joining Rosa on stage will be the reigning champion of Junior Eurovision, Maléna, who won the contest with the song “Qami Qami” in 2021. Maléna will perform her new song “Can’t Feel Anything”, whose music video will be published soon.

We remind you that Junior Eurovision 2022 will take place in Yerevan, Armenia in December 11 with Iveta Mukuchyan, Garik Papoyan and Karina Ignatyan as hosts.

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022, in Armenia!

Source: junioreurovision.tv

Italy: Festival di Sanremo 2023 finalists to be announced on December 4!

The artistic director and presenter of Festival di Sanremo, the well-known Amadeus, attended the Milan Music Week and spoke about the hot topic of the Italian music industry, the big music festival!

In detail, he said that he will announce the finalists of Festival di Sanremo 2023, next Sunday, December 4 on TG1 on 13:30 CET.

He stated that for yet another year, what is of utmost importance in the selection process is the song and not the singer as “the song is what brigs the success to the singer and not vice-versa”.

We remind you that Festival di Sanremo 2023 will take place from February 7 to 11, and apart from the artists that Amadeus will announce next week, the top three artists of Sanremo Giovanni, will win a ticket to participate in Festival di Sanremo in February.

The previous winners of Festival di Sanremo and Italy’s representative in Eurovision 2022 was Mahmood & Blanco with the song “Brividi“ and they managed to bring their country in the top 10 of the Grand Final for the second year in a row, finishing 6th:

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Italian participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, in Liverpool!

Ukraine: Watch the official music video of “Nezlamna” for Junior Eurovision 2022!

One of the first countries to select their song for Junior Eurovision 2022 was Ukraine, choosing Zlata Dziunka with the song “Nezlamna” (Unbreakable) through a national final.

Ukraine was one of the first countries to reveal their song for Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022, which is going to take place in December 11, in Yerevan, Armenia.

After their national final took place, Zlata Dziunka was selected to represent Ukraine in Junior Eurovision 2022 with the song “Nezlamna” (Unbreakable), a song in Ukrainian and English language.

A while ago, the country’s public broadcaster, UA:PBC, published the official music video of their song, with the new version of the song through the official YouTube channel of Junior Eurovision.

Watch the music video of “Nezlamna” by Zlata Dziunka for Junior Eurovision 2022:

What do you think about Poland’s song in this year’s Junior Song Contest? Write us in the comments below!

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022, in Armenia!

Evangelia: The song she proposed in Cyprus for Eurovision 2022 has been released!

As she first revealed to Eurovisionfun and in the interview she gave us, Evangelia released the video clip of the song she had proposed in Cyprus for Eurovision 2022.

The song is called Aphrodite and the references to the island of Aphrodite in Cyprus are clear. It is in the familiar style of Evangelias, with an ethnic and uptempo rhythm.

Evangelia participates with three songs in this year’s ERT selection process as well, although as she told us one of the three is her favorite and the one she believes deserves to be on the stage of the competition.

Enjoy the song:

Do you think Aphrodite would have had better luck than Andromache’s Ela?

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the developments!

Spain: Benidorm Fest 2023 entries will be released soon!

RTVE announced the date we will get to listen the Benidorm Fest 2023 entries for the first time.  The competing songs for Benidorm Fest 2023 will be released next December 19.

The following songs are competing on Benidorm Fest 2023 to represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023

  • Quiero arder– Agoney
  • Desde que tú estás– Alfred García
  • Yo quisiera–  Alice Wonder
  • Flamenco– Aritz Arén
  • EaEa -Blanca Paloma
  • Uff! – E’ffemme
  • La Lola  -Famous
  • Mi familia–  Fusa Nocta
  • Inviernos en Marte – José Otero
  • Quiero y duelo–  Karmento
  • Arcadia – Megara
  • No nos moverán- Meler
  • Tracción-  Rakky Ripper
  • Aire  -Sharonne
  • Que esclati tot -Siderland
  • Tuki – Sofía Martín
  • Sayonara–  Twin Melody
  • Nochentera– Vicco

In addition to these announcement, RTVE is giving away two doubled tickets for the Benidorm Fest 2023 Semifinals and the Final during their TV specials for the Christmas Lottery, New Year’s Eve and Epiphany Day.

Source: Eurovision Spain

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Estonia: Ultima Thule withdraws from Eesti Laul 2023!

Ultima Thule withdrew from Eesti Laul 2023 after the death of their singer Riho Sibul.

The bandUltima Thule” together withWiiralt” would participate in Eesti Laul 2023, the Estonian national final  for the Eurovision song contest. However, in a statement they revealed that they withdraw from the competition. The decision comes after the death of the bands singer and guitarist Riho Sibul at the age of 64 last Sunday. Wiiralt agreed to continue participating in the competition on their own with the songSalalik” (Secret). Martin Saaremäe, a member of Wiiralt, said that Riho’s style will be honoured during the bands performance at Eesti Laul.

 

“His music has influenced both Wiiralt and our own personal lives to a great extent. It is sad that ‘Salalik’, our Eesti Laul entry, also speaks of death coming to a village.”

 

Should Wiiralt decide to completely withdraw from the contest, one of two reserve entries will be selected to take their place.

Eesti Laul 2023 will consist of two semi-finals and one final, which will be presented by Tõnis Niinemets and Gret Kuld. The dates of the competition are as follows:

  • First semi-final 12 January Viimsi Artium
  • Second semi-final 14 January Viimsi Artium
  • Grand Final 11 February   Tondiraba Ice Hall

A total of 20 songs will compete in Eesti Laul 2023. These songs are:

  • Sissi – “Lighthouse”
  • Wiiralt – “Salalik” (Secretive)
  • Carlos Ukareda – “Whiskey Won’t Forget”
  • Alika – “Bridges”
  • JANEK – “House of Glass”
  • Ellip – “Pretty Girl”
  • Kaw – “Valik” (Choice)
  • Andreas – “Why Do You Love Me”
  • Meelik- “Tuju” (Mood)
  • Elysa – “Bad Philosophy”
  • m els – “So Good At What You Do”
  • Robin Juhkental – “Kurbuse matused” (Funeral of sorrow)
  • Neon Letters & Maiko – “Tokimeki” (Palpitation)
  • Bedwetters – “Monsters”
  • Anett x Fredi – “You Need to Move On”
  • OLLIE – “Venom”
  • Linalakk & Bonzo – “Aeg” (Time)
  • MERLYN – “Unicorn Vibes”
  • MIA – “Üks samm korraga” (One step at a time)
  • Inger – “Awaiting You”

Stefan represented Estonia at Eurovision 2022 with the song “Hope”. He finished 13th in the final with 141 points.

Source: Eurovoix

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Croatia: Record breaking number of songs submitted to Dora 2023!

The submission process for the Croatian national final, Dora, ended just three days ago and a record number of entries, for Croatian standards, has already been made public.

HRT, the Croatian public broadcaster, received a total of 196 entries! From these, the Dora committee will decide in the coming weeks which artists will be given the green light to compete at Dora 2023, which will take place within next February.

As we have already informed you in a previous article, the Croatian broadcaster wants to further involve fans of the contest in the selection process, hoping that this will avoid malicious comments made in the past while increasing the credibility of the selection.

Is there any artist you would like to see representing Croatia in the future? What do you think of the new song selection system? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Jutarnji.hr

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New voting systems: Not all countries will make the Rest of the World televote!

Yesterday the EBU announced changes to the voting system for the Eurovision Song Contest.  The news took many fans by surprise, as we began to understand the impact of one of the biggest changes in the voting system in recent year.

One of  the most important changes is that now only the vote from the public will chose the finalists in the two semi-finals.  Further, countries not participating in the competition will be able to vote in both Semi-finals and the Grand Final.

There were of course many questions related to the change in the voting rules coming from the fans.  Therefore the EBU, through Eurovisiontv, further clarified how the new voting rules will operate.

In particular, it was explained how the voting of the global public will work, which is expected to change a lot in the competition while also recognizing the global impact of the competition beyond Europe.

Only specific group of countries will make the Rest of the World vote

An important change in the voting rules is the establishment of a Rest of the World vote.  Viewers from non-competing countries will now be able to vote on all shows .

The vote from the global public will be added to the final result as the televote of an additional country. There will be no jury vote from non-participating countries. This means that for Eurovision 2023 we will have 37 sets of scores from an equal number of juries and 38 sets of scores from televoting (37 participating countries + the global audience score). Thus, for the first time the public will have a higher impact in the final result, since their votes will make 50.6% of the final result, with 49.4% coming from the jurors.

In addition, the EBU has revealed that only certain countries not participating in the competition will be able to take part in the vote, with the full list of eligible countries to be published shortly before the show begins.

Those interested will only be able to do so through a secure online platform using a credit card from their country.

The EBU Voting Partner will ensure that only audiences from countries that are allowed to vote online, as defined by the Referral Group, the governing body of the Competition, will be able to vote and be charged accordingly.

Below, you can watch our live broadcast reacting to the change of the voting method, with our guest Agi Menoutis:

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for more updates about Eurovision 2023

Source: Eurovision.tv

San Marino: Changes in the voting system could allow the country to use televote!

After yesterday’s announcements on the changing of the voting system for Eurovision 2023, the Head of Delegation of San Marino, states that a new opportunity was born for the country.

The small country that is located inside Italy, has never managed to create a sufficient amount of televote calls, and that is because its telephone networks are connected to those of Italy. So during the televote sequense, it is not possible to distinguish the televotes from San Marino from those of Italy. In the end the result of the televote of San Marino is calculated by the a combination of the results of other countries with similar voting patterns.

After yesterday’s announcements, Alessandro Capicchioni, the Sammarenese Head of Delegation, stated that new online voting, is of great interest. This is what he said to San Marino RTV:

“It could be an opportunity to implement televoting also in San Marino using the new online systems instead of telephone calling.”

We remind you that San Marino will pick its representative through the national final “Una Voce per San Marino” for the second year in a row, which will take place in Teatro Titano right in the heart of the country.

The key dates are:

  • The Academy and Casting – December 13 to 17 and January 3 to January 11.
  • Semi-Finals of Una voce per San Marino – February 12 to 16
  • Final – February 25

The previous winner of Una Voce per San Marino and San Marino’s representative in Eurovision 2022 was Achille Lauro with the song “Stripper“ but he didn’t mange to bring the country to the final for the third time in a row and the fourth time overall, ending up in 14th place of the second semi-final:

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the participation of San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, in Liverpool!

Source: sanmarinortv.sm