Ireland 2022: RTÉ opens submissions for their national final

Ireland is the nation with the most number of victories in Eurovision.  However, its most recent results have been far from ideal.  Irish two most recent representatives both ended last in their semifinals.  The country has thus decided to change their selection method for Eurovision 2022.  RTÉ announced Ireland will select their representative through a national final.  This will be the first time since 2015 that Ireland has a national final for Eurovision.

The announcement took place in The Late Late Show.  RTÉ has opened a submission form inviting songwriters and performers to send their tracks.  The songs have to comply with the EBU rules for the Eurovision Song Contest.  After the submission phase ends, a committee of experts will chose the national finalists.  The national final will take place in The Late Late Show.

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Although the application phase is open to anyone RTÉ has made it clear it prefers to have “accomplished songwriters with a proven track record of success in the music industry” in their national selection.

“Although we wish to encourage and identify promising new talent for the future, this is probably not an opportunity for beginners or people with limited or no experience of performing in public to large crowds”. RTÉ

 

Lesley Roy represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 held in 2021 with the song Maps.  She failed to qualify to the Grand Final.

Do you think a national final will change Ireland’s fate in Eurovision?

Greece: The last winner of The Voice is MINOS EMI’s proposal for Eurovision 2022! EXCLUSIVE

We had statements today of the last winner of The Voice of Greece, on the camera of SKAI’s morning show, Love It. Joanne says she would be honored to represent either Greece or Cyprus in the competition. However, the exclusive news conveyed to you by Eurovisionfun is that the record company MINOS EMI will propose to ERT the 19-year-old singer, for the 66th Eurovision Song Contest.

Ioanna Georgakopoulou, who is now introduced as Joanne, a few months ago made her debut in the discography through “Twist in my Sobriety”, by Tanita Tikaram in a dance version.

The 19-year-old winner of the last cycle of The Voice of Greece stood out for her riveting voice and her unique stage presence, giving at the same time her first victory at The Voice, to Elena Paparizou.

According to our reliable information, MINOS EMI has already come to a first contact with ERT, asking for details about the process of submitting proposals for Eurovision 2022 and the Greek representation, which has started since the beginning of the month and will last until 10 October.

MINOS EMI intends to propose Joanne. It remains unknown who the creators of her song will be. However, it is worth mentioning that her new song was edited by DJ Michalis Tsousopoulos together with ARCADE, while the production management was taken over by Joanne’s coach at The Voice, Elena Paparizou, and Nektarios Kokkinos.

Check out Joanne’s statements today for Eurovision at 1.03 (in Greek):

Joanne is added to the names of Good Job Nicky, Amanda Georgiadi, Kalomira and Elias Koza, who will probably submit their proposal to ERT for Eurovision 2022!

Would you like Joanne to represent Greece at Eurovision 2022?

Netta joins Little Big in ‘Moustache’

Eurovision winner 2018 Netta is joining forces with Little Big (Russia 2020) in ‘Moustache’.  The song will be available on August 6.

Little Big made this announcement on their Instagram.  They wrote: “We think you’ll like our «Moustache».  New single feat. @nettabarzi”.  In the same publication they revealed the artwork of their new single.

Netta won the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.  This marked the first victory for Israel since 1998.  Meanwhile, Little Big were due to represent Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 which was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic.  They performed during the 2021 Russian national final.

Are you excited to listen to Moustache by Little Big and Netta?

 

 

 

Eurovision 2021 was safe: Only 48 persons contracted Covid-19!

The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 was a safe event.  According to the first number only 48 out of 29875 visitors were infected with Coronavirus.  This means that roughly 0.16% of all attendees got Covid after the shows.

These are good news for the organizers given the ongoing circumstances.  For instance, these results mean that the number of cases was 1.6 persons per thousand in average.  The number is far lower than the national average in the Netherlands during the same week.  In this period there were around 4.9 cases per thousand in the host country.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 became a test to assess how to carry out with large events in the midst of a pandemic without causing an outbreak.  Accordingly, only a small audience of 3,500 persons could attend each show.  Further, the Eurovision Village took place online.  Measures against the spread of the coronavirus include asking everyone to show a negative Covid test every 48 hours in order to enter the Ahoy Arena.

Incidents

Notwithstanding the great efforts of the organizers, some negative incidents took place.  For instance, before the Turquoise carpet show one member of the Polish and the Icelandic delegation tested positive.  Both delegations could not attend the inauguration event.  Moreover, the Romanian and Maltese delegations missed the carpet event as a precautionary measure.  Apart from that, the Icelandic representatives could not perform live after one of their members tested positive.  One day later, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, Duncan Laurence tested positive.  As a consequence, Duncan did not perform in the interval act as planned.

Thus, the first overall figures after the show looked more positive than initially thought.  However, these numbers do not include the crew, volunteers, press and delegation members who tested positive.  The organizers will publish the full statistics later this month.

 

How do you feel about these results?  Are you planning to attend Eurovision in 2022?

Source: Nu.nl

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!! 🖤

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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.