Sergey Lavrov: “The EBU decision on Belarus was disgusting and pure censorship”!

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized the Eurovision Song Contest and EBU’s decision for banning the Belarusian entry from the upcoming contest in Rotterdam.

Organizers of the contest disqualified Belarus from the contest last week after deeming their songs too political.

Speaking in Thursday’s televised comments, Lavrov called the decision “disgusting” and “pure censorship”.

The decision to ban Belarus from the Eurovision Song Contest was really disgusting. An act of clear censorship!

Sergey Lavrov

The first song submitted to the contest called “I’ll teach you” allegedly mocked protesters who disputed the results of the Presidential elections last summer.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said the country would submit another song, but the organizers said the replacement was also breaching the rules and that Belarus would be disqualified.

Armenia’s withdrawal due to the Nagorno-Karabakh war and the blockade of Belarus reduced the number of countries participating in this year’s competition from 41 to 39, while proving beyond doubt that those who believe that politics has nothing to do with the contest, are watching something different.

Listen to the song that would represent Belarus at Eurovision 2021 below:

Do you agree with Sergey Lavrov or do you consider the exclusion of Belarus fair?

Source: Associated Press

Sweden: Tusse is now the big favorite to win Melodifestivalen 2021, according to odds!

The upheaval that became apparent on Thursday, when the snippets and video rehearsals of the songs of the third semifinal of Melodifestivalen 2021 were made public, was completed just minutes after the semifinal took place. Tusse is now the big favorite to win the Melodifestivalen, constantly increasing its difference from the second Dotter.

The bets

Tusse with Voices seems to have impressed not only the Swedish public who generously cast their vote by sending him directly to the March 13 final, but also the betting companies, which consider him the first favorite to win and represent Sweden. at Eurovision 2021.

Dotter has now dropped to second place with odds starting at 3.2 and reaching 4. In third and fourth place we see two contestants whose songs we do not yet know, Eric Saade and The Mamas. Danny Saucedo is fifth and Charlotte Perrelli climbed to sixth place, after yesterday’s qualification, with Still Young.

The Melodifestivalen continues next Saturday, February 27 with the fourth and final semifinal.

Below is a cover of Rise Like A Phoinix, performed by Tusse during Idol, which he won:

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding Sweden’s entry in Eurovision 2021!

Source: Eurovisionworld

Moldova: We listened to Natalia Gordienko’s Eurovision song and we present it to you! EXCLUSIVE

Natalia Gordienko and the Dream Team, who are signing the Moldovan entry this year, are literally almost ready for Eurovision 2021. The song is in its final form, the video has already been shot, and rehearsals for the stage show have begun. We had the pleasure to listen to the final version of the song and we present our impressions!

Initially, as we wrote in our previous articles, it is a song that has nothing to do with Prison, last year’s song of Natalia Gordienko in the contest. It is quite sexy and very special. It is loyal to the pop music scene that is currently breaking ground in Eastern Europe. Characteristic songs of the genre are many recent releases of Svetlana Loboda, Max Barkish, Zivret, Dima Bilan etc.

It is a sound like the one that Maruv first tried to bring to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019, the Siren Song. The difference between them is that Gordienko’s song is more melodic, while its orchestration is more with western elements.

 

Δείτε αυτή τη δημοσίευση στο Instagram.

 

Η δημοσίευση κοινοποιήθηκε από το χρήστη Gordienko Natalia (@natalitsa)

You have already read about the statements of both Gordienko and Kirkorov, as well as others, which predict a very positive result in Eurovision 2021. In our opinion, the chances for the top 5 are high, as it is certain that it will do extremely well in televoting of Eastern Europe but also in Western European countries, where significant populations of the former Soviet states live, as it is a sound very familiar to them.

The title of the song has not been announced yet, but Natalia Gordienko promised us a sweet surprise. The music is written by Dimitris Kontopoulos and Philipp Kirkorov, the lyrics by Sharon Vaughn, the director is Fokas Evangelinos, while the vocal teacher is Victoria Chalkiti. Project manager of the project is Elias Kokotos.

The video clip of the song is expected to be announced by March 8.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding Moldova’s entry in Eurovision 2021!

Denmark 2021: Dansk Melodi Grand Prix presenters revealed!

DR, the Danish public broadcaster will broadcast the Danish national final for Eurovision on Saturday, March 6.  Eight contestants will take part in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix this year.  There will be no audience during this national final.  However, the contestants will perform accompanied by the Grand Prix Orchestra.

Today the Melodi Grand Prix presenters were revealed.  Tina Müller and Martin Brygmann will host the Danish national final.  Tina Müller is well known as a sports news presenter.  She has also hosted major live shows.

Martin Bryggmann is an actor, comedian and musician.  This is his first time hosting the DMGP.  However, he is no stranger to the Danish national selection.  He has been a member of the professional juror in the past and co-wrote 2005’s song I Must Be Crazy by the group Sweethearts.

In February 10  we will get to know the names of the 2021 DMGP contestants.  The names of the artists and their songs will be revealed in 3 different radio shows: ‘P3 Buffeten’ (on DR P3 between 9.04 and noon), “Formiddag på 4’eren” (on DR P4 between 10.03 and noon) and “P4 Play” (airs on DR P4 from 12.15 to 14.00) on Wednesday 10 February until 2 pm (Danish time).  The songs will be public at 2 pm on dr.dk and the DR’s Grand Prix app.

The winner of the DMGP will be decided exclusively by the vote of the audience.

Ben & Tan won 2020 DMGP and were set to represent Denmark in Eurovision.  Tan has already ruled out a 2021 participation:

“I feel we would take the place from some others. After all, we have tried to be part of the show. It must be someone else’s trip next year. That is most fair. And you can run the risk of going again and then lose, and that’s what people remember. So we would rather leave it to victory and then otherwise focus on our music.”

Tan

Let’s enjoy Ben & Tan’s winning performance from the 2020 Dansk Melodi Grand Prix

 

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the news, regarding DMGP 2021!
Source: dr.dk

Norway: Big public response to the Monument of KEiiNO!

KEiiNO say they are delighted with the public reception of the Monument, their song for MGP 2021, with which they hope to once again represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Within 24 hours, the Monument was watched by 68,000 on YouTube, while it was also found in the iTunes charts of many countries. In particular, it was first in Norway and Israel, 13th in Denmark, 20th in Sweden and 45th in the United Kingdom.

Thank you SO SO much!! This is crazy!! We are so thankful!! 🖤

Δημοσιεύτηκε από Keiino στις Σάββατο, 16 Ιανουαρίου 2021

Tonight, during the first semifinal of MGP 2021, we will have the opportunity to watch the live performance of Monument by KEiiNO and we will have a better picture. Watch the acoustic version of Monument below:

Italy: Jalisse complains for the 24th rejection in the Sanremo Festival!

Jalisse, the duo that won Sanremo in 1997, then representing Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest with Fiumi Di Parole winning fourth place, publicly expressed their protest and displeasure that they were once again not selected among the competing artists in the upcoming festival.

Jalisse, which consists of Alessandra Drusian and Fabio Ricci, and is a couple in life, are constantly trying since their victory at Sanremo 1997, to be back on the Ariston stage, without success.

Fabio Ricci wonders in his long post on the official page of Jalisse, if in the end the reason for their rejection is that they do not have the right acquaintances. Nevertheless, as he characteristically states, they will insist, because they remain romantic.

Every year, with fearless hearts, for 24 years, we hang on to television, hand in hand like two dreamy lovers, like when you wait until Santa Claus arrives late or when you are the last in a long line and you hope it’s your turn and instead they close your door. We hope that Jalisse will be among those names that will be announced, with the new song that we submit to the jury, every year.

Jalisse a Sanremo? 24 volte no!

Anche stasera, come da 24 anni, Alessandra e Fabio hanno seguito la tv per scoprire i…

Δημοσιεύτηκε από Jalisse στις Πέμπτη, 17 Δεκεμβρίου 2020

Jalisse wonder why they are cut every year, saying that they do not want to believe the rumors that everyone who is selected has friendly relations with people on the jury, etc. Fabio Ricci also reveals the song they sent to last year’s festival, saying that they will definitely release the song they have submitted this year as well.

Eurovision 2021: The prevailing scenario for the contest | Only vaccinated audience at the Ahoy Arena?

Many interesting things were said by the executive supervisor of the Eurovision song contest, Martin Österdahl, about the course of the preparation of the next contest, even under the special conditions imposed by the pandemic all over the world.

As of September, the EBU has announced four possible scenarios for Eurovision 2021. Four scenarios that depend on the course of the pandemic and the prevailing epidemiological data.

Most likely are B and C scenario

Martin Österdahl reveals that the most likely scenarios for the 65th Eurovision Song Contest are B and C. That is, a contest with social distancing, masks, rapid tests and fewer fans in the arena and journalists at the press center. Unfortunately, he is not able to rule out scenario D at this time, although he considers it less likely.

We can not predict with the crystal ball, the situation with the pandemic is difficult. What we can say at the moment is that scenario A, ie a regular Eurovision Song Contest, is not possible. However, Scenario B or C is more likely, ie a contest with more or less social distance and some artists may need to make use of the videotape. In the worst case, we will be forced to do the show as in Junior Eurovision, with all delegations competing with videotaped appearances.

The presence of the audience is uncertain

The presence of the fans on the stands of the Ahoy Arena should not be taken for granted. Martin Österdahl emphasizes that the presence of the audience will depend on the decisions of the Dutch government and the measures that will apply during the competition period.

The situation is dynamic and constantly changing. We are not entirely sure how things will be in May, but it seems that the space that will be available in the arena will be limited. Fans are very important for Eurovision, but let’s not forget that the contest is primarily a TV show. It is possible to make a show even without an audience and we will do it if necessary, but we would definitely like to have the audience inside.

Is vaccination mandatory for those in Ahoy?

Another topical issue is the mandatory vaccine, for those who wish to take part in such big events as Eurovision.

We are following developments regarding vaccines. There is no such thing in our regulations at the moment, but it is something we are seeing up close.

When will the final decisions be made?

As announced from the beginning, the final decisions on the scenario that will eventually be used in the conduct of Eurovision 2021 will be taken at the beginning of the year, most likely by February.

It seems that at the beginning of the new year, critical decisions will be made for our preparations.

How do you judge all the above? Which scenario do you think the EBU will follow in the run-up to Eurovision 2021?

Estonia: Interview with Hans Nayna, candidate for Eesti Laul 2021!

Hans Nayna, originally from Mauritius, is among the candidates for Eesti Laul 2021, to represent Estonia at Eurovision 2021. We spoke with him shortly after the announcement of his song, One By One!

Hello Hans! Shorty after the announcement of the candidate songs for Eesti Laul 2021, we would like to tell us which is your favorite among them?

Estonia surprised me for having such good songwriters and music producers. Actually when you listen to it, there’s one song that really comes out. Tartu – Redel. It kinds of reminds me of the Joker’s Why so serious?

Let’s suppose that you will be the winner and you go to Eurovision. How do you imagine yourself in Rotterdam?

I see myself in the semi finals of Esti Laul which is actually much of a blessing for my carreer.. I would first try and get my feet into the finals, then we’ll talk…

Eurovision is a dream for you?

Eurovision was a surprise. A nice one!

What is the message of your song?

There’s that one thing that fascinates me about people. It’s like how much some of them can be awesome in their own way of doing things, how much they can hold on when things go wrong and how much will power they can put in what they believe.. Let’s say it’s an ode to people.

Can you reveal us some things for your performance in Eesti Laul semi finals? What we can expect from you?

At this point, you can expect me to be me. Always have been much of a band guy with my guitar all around but this time I am going down into the song and focus on the singing performance. Stagewise, have you watched the video clip?

Have you ever visited Greece?

No. Thriving to 🙂

Something you think the fans should know about you?

They should know that i have releases available, two full albums produced in Mauritius. So for those who want to know more would also like to know how fan i am of Sia, Jacob Banks and Dermot Kennedy.

Thank you Hans. Good luck

The semifinals of Eesti Laul 2021 will be held on February 18 and 20, while the grand Final on March 6, 2021.

The interview was given by Stella Gialetzi

EBU: “All the contestants sang live at Junior Eurovision 2020”!

There is no Eurovision Song Contest without drama, the same of course could not be the case at Junior Eurovision 2020. The 18th Junior Eurovision Song Contest had France as the winner, but there were many who claimed that in Valentina’s live on tape video, she sang playback. The same accusations were leveled against the videos of Belarus and Russia.

In fact, on the occasion of the accusations that literally closed the internet after the end of the contest, the head of the entertainment program of the Spanish public television (TVE), Toñi Prieto, formally asked the EBU, if indeed all the contestants in the live on tape videos, they performed their songs live.

EBU responded immediately to TVE, saying that as it was in the rules of this year’s contest, all participants in the live on tape videos, sang live, with the backing vocals playback. EBU emphasizes that there were also the necessary control and safety valves, to confirm the above.

The winner Valentina also referred to the issue, rejecting all the accusations:

We remind you that in Junior Eurovision 2020 the contestants had to videotape a live interpretation of their song, at an earlier time than the contest. These 12 live on tape videos competed on Sunday, as due to the pandemic, the live presence of the artists in Warsaw was impossible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iIMGA0aUZE

Source: Eurofestivales

 

Russia: Little Big say that they will definitely submit songs for Eurovision 2021!

They were one of the big favorites to win this year’s canceled Eurovision Song Contest. Little Big, who are rumored to be re-selected by Russian public television (Channel 1) for the next contest, are essentially confirming their interest, but also that they will seek a new representation. Read more