Stefania: “I will take the 12 points from The Netherlands”! (Video)

In the show of the TV station SKAI, Love It with Ioanna Maleskou, Stefania and one of the composrs of “Last Dance”, Dimitris Kontopoulos, were connected live a while ago.

Directly from Amsterdam, where the recording of the greek entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is taking place, they talked about the song and the upcoming contest.

Regarding “Last Dance”, Dimitris Kontopoulos stressed that:

Yesterday’s recording went very well and we have a few more hours left tonight in Rotterdam. “Last Dance” is a pop track with some 80s elements, a modern track in a genre that is currently playing around the world. The message of the song is that sometimes, we think the end has come, and when that comes there is always a new beginning. It is optimistic, it can be called “Last Dance” but in essence it conveys the message that… this is not the last dance!

Stefania in turn expressed her joy that she will represent Greece in the contest:

They ask me why I am not participating again for the Netherlands and I answer that I have already represented the Netherlands (in JESC) and now I want to go and bring something better for Greece. I know that Fokas will help me a lot and we will bring a good result for Greece.

Dimitris Kontopoulos, jokingly when asked by a journalist whether there will be a Greek element in the song, said that:

The dancers on stage will be Greek, the Greek flag will be everywhere I hope, when we get the points. This will be the Greek element!

Stefania was sure that she will get the 12 points from the Netherlands, the country that was born and lives with her family.

I will get the 12 points from the Netherlands!

At the end of the interview, Stefania gave us another flawless interpretation of last year’s song, “SUPERG! RL”.

You can watch the whole interview in the video below (it’s in Greek):

Norway: Listen to the songs of KEiiNO and TIX for the MGP 2021!

The songs of KEiiNO and TIX, which compete directly in the final of MGO 2021 on February 20, were recently released. KEiiNO is the group that won the televoting in Eurovision 2019, while TIX is a famous singer, producer and songwriter. Read more

Finland: Listen to Teflon Brothers x Pandora’s song for UMK 2021!

Recently, the Finnish broadcaster YLE released the second song of UMK, the country’s national final for Eurovision 2021. It is the song of Teflon Brothers x Pandora, “I Love You”.

“I Love You” is not just an instant catchy melody, it aims to help people better express their feelings and become more open and courageous.

We are the Teflon brothers and we represent the people of Finland. And what better way to represent your audience than to be officially crowned Finland’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest?
Our mission is to bring people to joy, celebration and love. We want to tell everyone that love does not care about the language you speak or your appearance. It is the power of non-verbal cues or, as Pandora likes to call it, mental interaction.

The Teflon brothers have been holding the party in Finland for over a decade and now they want to bring their message of love all over Europe!  The idea for I Love You and participating in the UMK has been around for a long time. The seeds of cooperation between the Teflon brothers and Pandora were planted four years ago, in a random meeting behind the scenes.

The seven artists who will claim the golden ticket to Rotterdam are:

Oskr – Lie
Teflon Brothers x Pandora – I Love You
Danny – Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua
Laura – Play
Aksel – Hurt
Blind Channel – Dark Side
Ilta – Kelle mä soitan

The songs that will compete in the grand final of UMK 2021, which will be held on February 20, will be announced one every day, as follows:

January 14 – Oskr – Lie
January 15 – Teflon Brothers x Pandora – I Love You
January 18 – Danny – Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua
January 19 – Laura – Play
January 20 – Aksel – Hurt
January 21 – Blind Channel – Dark Side
January 22 – Ilta – Kelle mä soitan

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the news regarding Finland’s participation in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest to be held in May in the Netherlands.

Finland: Listen to Osk’s song for UMK 2021!

Some minutes ago, the Finnish national broadcaster YLE released the first song of UMK, the country’s national final for Eurovision 2021. It is Oskr’s song, Lie.

Oskari Ruohonen, also known as Oskr, is a singer and songwriter from the city of Turku. He has been a member of popular bands such as Yournalist and Traffic Island. Oskr is an extremely talented and organic person from a family of musicians. He has written, produced and performed himself and his brother in both Finnish and English. The UMK Competition will serve as the next step in Oscar’s career as he returns to his roots, to perform in English. Oskr idols include James Blake, Bon Iver and Jon Bellion.

Unfortunately, most people do not have the guts to say what they really feel, especially when the stakes are high. They usually end up saying what they think the other person wants to hear. This is something that is universal for all people and cultures, which makes the Eurovision Song Contest the perfect place for my song and its message.

Oskr

The seven artists who will claim the golden ticket to Rotterdam are:

OskrLie
Teflon Brothers x PandoraI Love You
DannySinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua
LauraPlay
AkselHurt
Blind Channel Dark Side
IltaKelle mä soitan

The songs that will compete in the grand final of UMK 2021, which will be held on February 20, will be announced one every day, as follows:

January 14 – Oskr – Lie
January 15 – Teflon Brothers x Pandora – I Love You
January 18 – Danny – Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua
January 19 – Laura – Play
January 20 – Aksel – Hurt
January 21 – Blind Channel – Dark Side
January 22 – Ilta – Kelle mä soitan

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the news regarding Finland’s participation in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest to be held in May in the Netherlands.

Sweden: Melodifestivalen odds shortly after the announcement of the distribution in the semifinals!

The announcement of the distribution of the artists in the semifinals of Melodifestivalen 2021, as well as the order of their appearance in them, has caused some differences in the bets.

The last place, in the fourth semifinal for Eric Saade, dropped his odds and brought him to the first place, together with Danny Saucedo, who will also appear last, but in the first semifinal. It is common practice for Christer Bjorkman, who decides the order of appearance, to place in the last place of each semifinal, the strongest participations. Tradition wants the last place of the fourth semifinal to always be the big favorite of Melodifestivalen, although last year in this position was Hanna Ferm, who finally took the fourth place in the final.

After Eric Saade and Danny Saucedo, Dotter follows, Tusse and The Mamas close the top five. Charlotte Perrelli is in seventh place.

Danny Saucedo 4.00
Eric Saade 4.00
Dotter 6.50
Tusse 6.50
The Mamas 8.00
Kadiatou 12.00
Charlotte Perrelli 16.00
Paul Rey 18.00
Anton Ewald 21.00
Mustasch 24.00
Frida Green 26.00
Klara Hammarström 36.00
Alvaro Estrella 41.00
Arvingarna 51.00
Efraim Leo 51.00
Elisa Lindström 51.00
Emil Assergård 51.00
Patrik Jean 51.00
Sannex 51.00
Jessica Andersson 61.00
Lovad 61.00
Tess Merkel 61.00
Clara Klingenström 76.00
Lillasyster 86.00
Nathalie Brydolf 86.00
Wahl feat. Sami 100.00
Julia Alfrida 126.00
Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos 251.00

Melodifestivalen 2021 starts on February 6 with the First Semifinal and ends with the Grand Final that will take place on March 13. 2021 is the last year that Christer Bjorkman is at the helm of Melodifestivalen. He would very much like to achieve Sweden’s seventh victory and tie Queen Ireland.

France: The Final of Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez will be on Saturday 30th January!

French public television, announced that the Final of Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez, the national final of the country for Eurovision 2021, will be on Saturday 30 January at 21:05 CET.

National final for 2021 in France

TV France decided to organize a show in order to allow the French public to choose between 12 artists from all over France, the song and the representative of the country in the competition.

This program is called Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez, and will be presented by Stéphane Bern and Laurence Boccolini in France 2. The audience and a jury of celebrities will choose their favorite song, in a ratio of 50-50.

700 applications were submitted to TV France, all hoping to win the coveted ticket. 20 performers had a final audition at the Apollo Theater, with 12 of them finally winning the ticket to Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez.

The final will eventually take place in Paris and not in a peripheral city, as originally rumored, in a television studio, in a specially designed stage for this purpose.

This is how the winner will be chosen

The 12 candidates will compete in three different phases in order to select the winner of Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez!

– Qualifiers: The 7 songs that won the public vote will be selected for the “Ultimate Vote”
– The Euro Ticket: A wild card will be awarded only by the jury until the 8th song that will also qualify for “Ultimate Vote”
– The final vote: Then the votes will be zeroed. The audience and the jury of 50% will highlight the winning song

The jury, will consist of the following members:

 Amir (President of the Commission)
– Marie Myriam
– Jean-Paul Gaultier
– Natasha St Pier
– Duncan Laurence
– Chimène Badi
– André Manoukian
– Elodie Gossuin
– Augustin Galiana
– Michèle Bernier

Among the members of the jury, former eurostars of France, the last winner of the competition, Duncan Laurence, but also famous personalities of the country, such as Jean-Paul Gaultier.

The 12 finalists are:

  • LMK – Magic
  • Ali – Paris Me Dit
  • Casanova – Tutti
  • Barbara Pravi – Voilà
  • Cephaz – On A Mangé Le Soleil
  • Amui – Maeva
  • Andriamad – Alleluia
  • Philippines – Bah Non
  • Juliette Moraine – Pourvu Qu’on M’Aime
  • 21 Juin Le Duo – Peux-Tu Me Dire?
  • Terence James – Je T’Emmènerai Danser
  • Pony X – Amour Fou

The head of delegation, Alexandra Redde-Amiel, said that French television was inspired by Sweden’s Melodifestivalen, while claiming that it reflected among the candidates the country’s contemporary music scene.

You can take a look at our interviews with Barbara Pravi, Casanova and Andriamad.

Who do you think will be the winner of Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez?

Eurovision 2021: Indications for the B or C scenario from the statements of the Rotterdam hoteliers!

A spokesman for the Rotterdam hoteliers ‘association told the Dutch media that 3,000 hotel rooms in the city were being reserved by the countries’ missions, always in consultation with public television, as well as the EBU and organizers. This practically means that the scenario that will be announced in a few weeks and based on which Eurovision 2021 will take place, will be B or C.

The EBU announced four scenarios in early autumn for the 65th Eurovision Song Contest. Each of them includes different measures, depending on the epidemiological data, that will prevail during the period of the event. From a contest as we know it from previous years, which is scenario A, to a contest via live on tape videos, as Junior Eurovision 2020 was conducted and is scenario D, there are various restrictions and precautions that will allow the contest to return to our TV screens next May.

According to Roel Dusseldorp, a spokesman for the Rotterdam hoteliers, the city’s hotel units, in consultation with the organizers, have 3,000 rooms reserved for the needs of delegations and accredited journalists, a much smaller number than usual. In fact, Mr. Dusseldorp also states that there is a possibility to add additional rooms, in case the presence of the public in the stands of the Ahoy Arena will be allowed.

The above is a clear indication that the scenario that will eventually be chosen will be B or C. In both cases we have a contest with several precautions. Smaller delegations, much fewer journalists at the press center, etc.

So be patient until the beginning of February when we will know how this year’s Eurovision song contest will take place!

We remind you that Eurovision 2021 is scheduled for May 18-20-22.

Source: eurovoix

Italy: Amadeus wants ABBA in Sanremo 2021!

This is a bomb really. Amadeus in a radio interview on Saturday on Radio 2 revealed that he wants ABBA as guests in Sanremo 2021!

Following the reunion at last year’s Sanremo festival of the legendary Italian band Ricchi e Poveri, Amadeus sets the bar even higher for this year’s edition of Sanremo. According to what he revealed on Radio 2, the artistic director and presenter of the festival, Amadeus, revealed that he eagerly wants to bring ABBA to Teatro Ariston in March!

ABBA has sold millions of records worldwide, and in 1974 they were the winners of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Waterloo.

We remind you that Sanremo 2021 is going to take place from the 2nd to the 6th of March.

See below the appearance of Ricchi e Poveri at Sanremo 2020:

Source: illmessaggero

France: This is how the 2021 eurovision entry will be chosen!

French public television, in a special press conference recently at the Apollo Theater, presented the details of Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez, the national final of the country for Eurovision 2021.

National final for 2021 in France

TV France decided to organize a show in order to allow the French public to choose between 12 artists from all over France, the song and the representative of the country in the competition.

This program is called Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez, and will be presented by Stéphane Bern and Laurence Boccolini in France 2. The audience and a jury of celebrities will choose their favorite song, in a ratio of 50-50.

700 applications were submitted to TV France, all hoping to win the coveted ticket. 20 performers had a final audition at the Apollo Theater, with 12 of them finally winning the ticket to Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez.

The final will eventually take place in Paris and not in a peripheral city, as originally rumored, in a television studio, in a specially designed stage for this purpose.

This is how the winner will be chosen

The 12 candidates will compete in three different phases in order to select the winner of Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez!

Qualifiers: The 7 songs that won the public vote will be selected for the “Ultimate Vote”
The Euro Ticket: A wild card will be awarded only by the jury until the 8th song that will also qualify for “Ultimate Vote”
The final vote: Then the votes will be zeroed. The audience and the jury of 50% will highlight the winning song

The jury, will consist of the following members:

Amir (President of the Commission)
– Marie Myriam
– Jean-Paul Gaultier
– Natasha St Pier
– Duncan Laurence
– Chimène Badi
– André Manoukian
– Elodie Gossuin
– Augustin Galiana
– Michèle Bernier

Among the members of the jury, former eurostars of France, the last winner of the competition, Duncan Laurence, but also famous personalities of the country, such as Jean-Paul Gaultier.

The 12 finalists are:

  • LMK – Magic
  • Ali – Paris Me Dit
  • Casanova – Tutti
  • Barbara Pravi – Voilà
  • Cephaz – On A Mangé Le Soleil
  • Amui – Maeva
  • Andriamad – Alleluia
  • Philippines – Bah Non
  • Juliette Moraine – Pourvu Qu’on M’Aime
  • 21 Juin Le Duo – Peux-Tu Me Dire?
  • Terence James – Je T’Emmènerai Danser
  • Pony X – Amour Fou

The head of delegation, Alexandra Redde-Amiel, said that French television was inspired by Sweden’s Melodifestivalen, while claiming that it reflected among the candidates the country’s contemporary music scene.

The date of the national final is still unknown, although everyone wants it to take place in January. There will be newer announcements as to whether or not there will be an audience presence.

Tomorrow, a Eurovision medley with the 12 candidates, filmed at the Teatro Apollo, will be broadcast through the lunch magazine of France 2.

You can take a look at our interviews with Barbara Pravi, Casanova and Andriamad.

Who do you think will be the winner of Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez?

 

Greece: “Last Dance” is Stefania’s song for Eurovision 2021!

It is a fact, ERT a few minutes ago revealed the title of the song that will represent Greece at the 65th Eurovision Song Contest, in May in Rotterdam. The committee of the Greek public television decided that out of the five songs that Stefania’s synthetic team submitted to the crisis, Last Dance is the one that will be the 41st Greek entry in the contest!

The ERT Press Release:

Με το τραγούδι «Last dance» και τη Stefaniaη Ελλάδα στην Eurovision 2021

Με ένα χορευτικό τραγούδι που έχει τον τίτλο «Last dance» η Στεφανία Λυμπερακάκη (Stefania) θα εκπροσωπήσει την Ελλάδα στον 65o Πανευρωπαϊκό Διαγωνισμό Τραγουδιού της  Eurovision 2021, που διεξάγεται από τις 18 έως τις 22 Μαΐου στο Ρότερνταμ της Ολλανδίας, μετά την περσινή αναβολή του λόγω της πανδημίας του κορωνοϊού. Το «Last dance» είναι μια σύνθεση των Δημήτρη Κοντόπουλου, Arcade, Sharon Vaughn, ενώ creative director για την οπτικοποίηση του τραγουδιού θα είναι ο Φωκάς Ευαγγελινός.

Η σχετική απόφαση ελήφθη από κοινού από την επιτροπή που συγκροτήθηκε στην ΕΡΤ για την επιλογή του τραγουδιού, σε συνεργασία με την καλλιτεχνική ομάδα της Στεφανίας στην οποία ανατέθηκε η επιμέλεια της συμμετοχής στην 65η Eurovision, ύστερα από ακρόαση πέντε τραγουδιών που προτάθηκαν από τους δημιουργούς. Υπενθυμίζεται ότι η Ελλάδα θα εμφανιστεί στον Β΄ Ημιτελικό, που έχει προγραμματιστεί στις 20 Μαΐου 2021.

Stefania’s “last dance” with a recipe for success

Stefania (Stefania Lymperakaki), now 18 years old, will have another opportunity to represent Greece in the Eurovision contest, after its cancellation last year due to the pandemic. With a completely different song from SUPERG!RL, ​​Stefania hopes to move the audience of Europe and Australia, achieving a very good result.

Dimitris Kontopoulos, ARCADE and Sharon Vaughn, all important creators with parchments inside and outside the contest, hope that 2021 will be the year of Greece. Fokas Evangelinos is preparing to do a great job, making another stage presentation that will be discussed.

The next steps of the Greek delegation

On Sunday 10/1 Stefania is coming to Greece again, in order to make the final recording of Last Dance. The song is orchestrated and as a production is in its final form. The video clip will take place in February, with director Kostas Karydas as director for the second consecutive year.

The presentation of the song will take place in March, without having yet decided how. Do not forget that at the end of March, the Greek delegation must deliver to the EBU the live on tape video, while at the meeting of the HoDs, which is scheduled for March 15, in addition to the video clip, it must have submitted the complete concept of the stage appearance.

 

 

ERT’s expectations for Last Dance are high

Both the artistic team and ERT have high expectations from the Greek entry this year. Everyone’s goal is to place high in the standings, achieving the best result of Greece in the last 10 years in the contest.

Eurovisionfun is one of the lucky ones who listened to the song and we agree that this targeting is completely realistic. The song is faithful to the musical current of the time (80s pop), but with a modern orchestration, highlighting in the best way the voice skills of Stefania. It could very well be a song by Dua Lipa, while it also stands out lyrically.

It also has messages for the difficult situation we all experienced in 2020, with young people “missing” important moments, from the most beautiful period of their lives, but the future must be bright, since it can not and will not be the last dance…

We remind you that Greece will compete in the first part of the second semifinal of Eurovision 2021, on May 20.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the developments regarding the Greek entry, since you are constantly learning everything exclusively and in time here!