Eurovision 2022: 41 countries joining the 66th contest in Turin!

Public broadcasters from 41 countries will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest when it returns to our screens next May.

Fans of the Contest will welcome back ARMTV from Armenia and RTCG from Montenegro, both taking to the stage for the first time since Tel Aviv in 2019.

It’s also a special year for Norwegian broadcaster NRK as they will be celebrating the selection of their 60th Eurovision entry during the Melodi Grand Prix grand final on Saturday 19 February.

We will also witness the 300th ‘Big Five’ performance – that’s a song from one of either France, Germany, Italy, Spain or United Kingdom.

Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, shared his thoughts on the line-up:

‘We are so excited that we once again have over 40 broadcasters competing to win the iconic Eurovision trophy in Turin next May.

The team from Rai are working hard on preparations to welcome all the delegations to a new Host City and ensuring the Eurovision Song Contest will provide the excitement and state-of-the-art spectacle expected by nearly 200 million viewers.’

On the announcement of the 41 participants, Simona Martorelli and Claudio Fasulo from Italian broadcaster Rai added:

‘After 31 years, Italy is proud to host the Eurovision Song Contest again! As Executive Producers, we are incredibly excited to set up this amazing event and welcome delegations from 41 nations to Turin next year.

Above all, we strongly believe the Eurovision Song Contest will allow us to showcase and share the beauty of Italy with a global audience via the elements that unite us all: music and harmony.’

The Italian city of Turin won the race to become the Host City of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, setting Saturday 14 May as the date of the Grand Final, which will be held in PalaOlimpico along with two Semi-Finals on 10 and 12 May.


Albania: Elhaida Dani returns to Festivali i Kenges!

She is one of the most popular singers in Albania and as everything shows, in a few months we will see her again at the Festivali i Kenges, claiming to represent her country in the 66th Eurovision Song Contest. We are of course talking about Elhaida Dani who confirms the rumors that existed in the past and wanted her as one of the participants in the upcoming FiK!

Elhaid Dani has a karmic relationship with Italy, the country that will host Eurovision 2022, since in 2013 she won the first edition of The Voice of Italy, winning in the final with an inconceivable 70% of the votes!

In recent years, many have supported the possibility of Elhaida Dani returning to the Eurovision stage. In 2022 this is very likely to happen, if of course FiK wins, which will be held as usual next December.

Recently, through her Instagram profile, she responded positively to the urging of a fan to represent Albania once again in the European song contest, saying:

– When will you understand that the whole of Europe wants to see you again in Eurovision?

– All of Europe? You say; Let’s go then

This will be Elhaida’s third entry in FiK, which she won in 2014 with the song Diell. Elhaida then changed the song with which she participated in Eurovision 2015, performing I’m Alive, occupying the 17th place in the final.

Would you like to see Elhaida Dani representing Albania again in the Eurovision Song Contest?

Albania: “My grand father was Greek, that’s why my name is Greek” | Anxhela Peristeri speaks at ERT!

In the news bulletin of ERT, the representative of Albania in Eurovision 2021, Anxhela Peristeri, was hosted. Among other things, she mentioned her Greek origin.

As she stated, in fluently Greek, the contest was for quite years one of her dreams and goals:

What you give you take. So we must do good to others in order to get something good. My composer and I thought every year to take part in FiK but we were always busy. This year, due to the pandemic, we had time to deal with and find a nice song between two or three that we wrote and went to the competition.

She even mentioned her origin and her relationship with Greece:

My grandfather was Greek, so my last name, Peristeri, is also Greek. I worked in Greece, I have collaborated with Paola, Antonis Remos, Valantis and Lena Papadopoulou. Albania is my homeland, I was born and raised here, I became famous here and people supported me and they still support me. Greece is a beautiful country that I adore, there I have most of my friends and I spent my best years.

You can watch all the interview in the video below:

Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Albanian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021!

Anxhela Peristeri: “Karma will remain in Albanian for Eurovision” (Video)

Two days after her victory at FiK 59, Anxhela Peristeri opens her heart to Stella Gialetzi from the Eurovision Buddies, giving answers to everything. In which language will sing Karma in Rotterdam? What is her connection with Greece? What is the answer to all those who commented negatively on the results of the festival? What are her plans for her stage appearance in the competition? But let’s start from the beginning. Read more

Albania: The language of the “Karma” is yet to be decided

After her victory at Albania’s national final, Festivali i Këngës, Anxhela Peristeri gave her first short interview to the reporter of the public broadcaster RTSH.

Among others she mentioned how happy and emotional feels and that representing Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest was one of her dreams.

As far as the final form of her entry is concerned, Anxhela Peristeri commented that they haven’t made their minds up regarding the language yet (whether it is going to be in English or in Albanian) since her team was focused on the Festivali i Këngës. Moreover, she left open the possibility that there might be some changes at the lyrics.

Below you can watch the video of her firsts statements after her victory

Albania: Inis manager announces statements in advance, while characterizing FiK as corrupt!

FiK without dramas is not possible and this year’s festival could not not follow this rule. Ersin Parlak, who is the manager of Inis, which was the big favorite according to the online polls of the fans, broke out through his personal Instagram account, announcing relevant statements, while characterizing the contest as corrupt. Read more

Albania: Eurovision Buddies give us their top3 for FiK 59! (Video)

Eurovision Buddies are back, to comment, discuss, interview and keep us company on the road to Eurovision 2021!

Their first video it’s about the first national final of the season, Albania’s FiK 59 of course. With them, GOS and Giota will have a new member, Stella!

Watch their video below:

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Albania: The stage is being built for FiK 59 but its dates are still uncertain!

The construction of the FiK 59 stage started today in the Italy square of Tirana. So far, the Albanian public television RTSH has not officially confirmed the dates of the festival.

By December 26, RTSH sources say that FiK 59 will take place, although they have not yet finalized the deadlines, waiting to see the developments with the pandemic, the internal unrest that broke out in the last days due to the murder of a citizen by the police, but also the mood of the weather. Do not forget that FiK 59 will take place outdoors and the weather plays an important role in its smooth running.

However, the construction of the tent started today:

It was previously reported from unofficial sources that FiK 59 would take place this week. So far, however, RTSH has not confirmed such a thing.

We remind you that the contestants of FiK 59 are the following:

Hosts of FiK 59 will be Jonida Vokshi and Blendi Salaj.

Stay tuned to Eurovision Fun for all FiK 59 developments!

Editorial: How fair will the “live on tape video” be for Eurovision 2021?

The announcement of the EBU and the Dutch organizers for the live on tape video that will be made by the 41 participants of Eurovision 2021, although it ensures that the contest will take place even in the worst case scenario regarding the course of the pandemic, but leaves many questions in the part of justice and equal conditions that should govern the competition.

What exactly is live on tape video?

According to what was announced, all participating broadcasters were asked to record a live performance of their entry in their country. This recording will be delivered before the contest and will take place in a studio. The recording will take place in real time (as it would in the Contest) without making changes to the vocals or any part of the show itself after the recording.

There will be freedom in the delegations, to present as they consider their entries better, but instructions will be given which will ensure the fairness and integrity of the competition. There will be no audience and the recording should be unique and not be published before the event in May.

Delegations are allowed to use similar technical capabilities and dimensions that would be available on stage in Rotterdam, but are also free to choose a more limited production facility. Video recordings must not contain augmented or virtual reality, overlays, confetti, drone shots, water, color use or green screen.

How to ensure meritocracy and fairness in the contest?

In addition to the above, the EBU also announced a series of safety valves, which will ensure that the 41 live video tapes will have been made under the same conditions. Indicatively, we mention that those present in the video recording will be a representative of the Dutch public broadcaster, while the shooting will be watched by the executive supervisor of the contest, as well as a representative from an independent voting observer (E&Y). The duration of the shooting will be one hour and at this time the participants will be able to videotape up to three times their appearance. The selection of the shot will be made by the Head of Delegation and another authorized representative.

Our doubts about live on tape video

First of all, let’s say that even under normal conditions, not everyone competes on equal terms. What do we mean by that? We see in recent years on the eurovision stage, impressive appearances, with the help of the use of technology. Technology that not all broadcasters can use. Fro example Serbian public broadcaster cannot spend the money that Swedish public broadcaster spends. Albanian television cannot spend the money spent by Russian or Azerbaijani television and so on.

So, many times the countries participating in the contest can start from different points of view, but what mitigates the above a bit is that they share the same stage and it is ensured that everyone sings live. With the advancement of technology, and given that each country can use any studio it wants, even that is in question.

We read that Russia uses virtual reality in its appearance for Junior Eurovision 2020, where the contest will take place via live on tape video. An effect that other countries probably will not have at their disposal, for economic and technical reasons.

Of course for the live on tape videos of Eurovision 2021 the EBU has banned such special effects. However, LEDs are not prohibited and it is possible for different sized scenes, something that, as you understand, will differentiate the final result.

What we all hope is that everything you read remains on a theoretical level only. The situation with the pandemic to improve and to have a Eurovision as close to normal as possible, with the 41 artists performing their songs on the stage of the Ahoy Arena!

What is your opinion about the live on tape video? Are equal conditions guaranteed for all?

Albania: Festivali i Këngës 59 to be held on December 17, 18 and 19!

In less than a month we will officially know the first song of Eurovision 2021. As revealed in a tv interview by Era Rusi, one of the candidates of FiK 59, the annual Albanian song festival will take place on December 17, 18 and 19! Read more