Cyprus: Details on the process of selecting the artist for Eurovision 2021!

On the Omega TV station and on the show Ela Na Deis, Alexandros Taramountas, gave more information about the process that RIK will follow in order to select its artist for Eurovision 2021.

Stikoudi, Papadopoulou or someone else?

The report of the show confirmed what was said this morning at Open TV, but shedding much more detail. Initially, what everyone agrees on is that Katerina Stikoudi and Irini Papadopoulou are among the favorite names, but they are not the only ones.

Sources from RIK confirmed to Alexandros Taramountas that so far RIK has not spoken to any artist, nor obviously to Stikoudi and Papadopoulou. What the reports of the two shows also agree on is that the song that will represent Cyprus at Eurovision 2021 will be a dance track and most possible sung by a female singer.

RIK will suggest songs on the record labels

However, the most important information that was added to the already existing puzzle is that RIK, in the negotiations that it will carry out with the record companies, will suggest songs that it already has in its possession, looking for the artist that will fit better, a method that used in 2018-2019. All of the above, of course, based on what was heard on the show Ela Na Deis and the sources cited by RIK.

Autumn is always a time of developments in RIK for the Eurovision contest and very soon we will surely know more!

Stay tuned to Eurovision Fun for all developments regarding the Cypriot entry in Eurovision 2021

Cyprus: Katerina Stikoudi and Irini Papadopoulou are the favorites for Eurovision 2021!

Giannis Poulopoulos through the morning show in Open TV, revealed that the two names that are currently favorites to represent Cyprus in Eurovision 2021, are Katerina Stikoudi and Irini Papadopoulou.

According to what Giannis Poulopoulos mentioned in today’s show of Open, Eftychite, RIK among the list of artists who publicly expressed their interest in representing Cyprus in Eurovision 2021 favorites are Katerina Stikoudi and Irini Papadopoulou.

Both are very interested and are preparing their proposals for the board of RIK, which will have the final choice. We remind you that Katerina Stikoudi was voted in the first place by our readers, as the best choice for the Cypriot representation in Rotterdam, while Irini Papadopoulou tried to represent Greece in this year’s contest, which was finally canceled, with a song by Doron Medalie, who was also the composer of Netta’s Toy.

Again based on what was heard on Eftychite, RIK wants to be represented with a dance ethnic pop song, something that both singers can support.

Who would you prefer for Cyprus in Eurovision 2021, Katerina Stikoudi or Irini Papadopoulou?

Greece: Stefania’s team will submit four songs to ERT! EXCLUSIVE

The new ERT team that deals with the Eurovision project started with great appetite, under the supervision of the company’s corporate communication director, Dora Chiraki. According to our exclusive information, Stefania’s team will submit at least four songs to ERT, in order to make the final choice of our participation.

In the recent first meeting that took place at ERT, about which we informed you in our previous article, the first schedules were set, but also an initial planning that will be followed. Both in Stefania’s team and on the part of Greek public television, there is moderate optimism, it is no secret that both of them believe a lot in Stefania and that is why her choice was reaffirmed.

Four songs specially written for the competition will be proposed to ERT by Dream Team, in order to make the final selection. So far, of course, it has not been decided how to present the Greek entry, whether a closed selection will be made or whether some kind of television selection will be made with the participation of the public.

Anyway, in the first days of October, Stefania will come to Greece to record the songs prepared by Dimitris Kontopoulos and ARCADE, but also to make TV appearances and interviews.

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the exclusive developments regarding the Greek participation in Eurovision 2021!

Sweden: Julia Alfrida is the first artist for Melodifestivalen 2021!

We now know the first candidate of Melodifestivalen 2021. This is Julia Alfrida, who was selected by the jury of “P4 Nästa 2020” which ended a while ago, to compete in the semifinals of Melodifestivalen next year.

Every year, Swedish Public Broadcaster selects one of the finalists of the P4 Nästa radio competition, which involves young artists and creators. The one selected for the Melodifestivalen is not necessarily the winner of the competition. This happened again this year, after the “P4 Nästa 2020” was won by Hilde & Erik.

Julia Alfrida will compete in Melodifestivalen 2021 with a different song than she did in P4 Nästa 2020. So far no candidate from P4 Nästa has qualified for the Melodifestivalen final, not even in the second round.

Below you can listen to the winning song of P4 Nästa 2020:

“Eurovision returns to normality in 2021” say the Dutch hosts

Two years without Eurovision is too much for the legion of staunch fans of the song festival, but after the worst of the pandemic, there is already a horizon. Eurovision, which was to have been held a month ago in Rotterdam (Netherlands), and which was canceled for the first time in its 64-year history due to the health crisis, already has a new date: from May 18 to 22, 2021. And It will do so on the stage where it was scheduled to be held this year, the Ahoy Arena in the Dutch city (which was converted into a field hospital for a few weeks to treat Covid-19 patients), which has the capacity to 16,000 people. On the other hand, the children’s edition, Junior Eurovision, which is going to be held this year in Warsaw (Poland) on November 29, will change its format and will be converted into a program done on a set instead of in a large venue before thousands of people due to health and safety restrictions.

« We have a whole year ahead of us to analyze in detail the possible scenarios with the parties involved and make the show take place despite the circumstances, making adjustments if necessary. We’re still aiming very high, ”executive producer Sietse Bakker said Monday. The organization has yet to decide the conditions for the celebration of the festival, but at the moment nothing has been ruled out and the possibility that there will be no restrictions due to the pandemic by then is being considered. Rotterdam had already invested 15 million euros to organize Eurovision this year and the city will have to invest 6.7 million more to readapt it next year, according to local authorities quoted by TVE on its website about the festival.

The European Broadcasting Union is already working to determine if they will keep elements that were already prepared for this year, such as the stage (always one of the attractions of the gala). “The stage will be moved to next year, because it was already prepared. Other than that, a lot depends on what is possible at the time, on the availability of everyone involved and what fits with the spirit of 2021, « said Bakker. In the 2021 edition, the songs that had been chosen this year will not be able to be presented, but the participants will be able to repeat.

Source: explica

Italy: Sanremo 2021 will take place whatever it needs. RAI1 director refutes Amadeus statements!

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Philipp Kirkorov: “I promised to take Eurovision no matter what. I want to do it with the best artist, Sergey Lazarev”!

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Stefania’s first song as a composer | Listen the song she composed for “FOURCE”!

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Ireland: Lesley Roy with Bulletproof’s composer in studio | Recording her Eurovision entry?

Ireland is one of ten countries that has not yet revealed whether it will be represented by the same artist who would be represented at Eurovision 2020 or will choose to look for someone else. The truth is that what is apparent is that the country’s public broadcaster will renew its confidence in Lesley Roy, who is in Stockholm to record new songs, possibly to submit them to RTE. Read more