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The Netherlands: All the performances of “Eurovision in Concert 2023”!

Eurovision in Concert 2023 took place in AFAS Live in Amsterdam, last night, with 29 of this year’s entrants performing live.

The concert was hosted by Cornald Maas and Hila Noorzai. Cornald has been the Dutch Eurovision commentator since 2006. Hila is a radio DJ and member of the committee that selected this year’s Dutch representatives (Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper). She also hosted the Eurovision 2021 press conference in Rotterdam.

The artists that performed last night were the following:

Albania – Albina & Kelmendi Familija

Balcan sounds and consistent vocals is what we got from Albina and the Kelmendi Family! Might be the suprise entry of this year.

Armenia – Brunette

Brunette singing about her Future Lover with ethereal vocals and the crowds singing along. Beautiful performance!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KspC8I7MXl0

Australia – Voyager

Voyager give what they promise! Rock and electronic sounds, so 2025! What is concerning though, is that even though their song is supposed to be very uplifting, the crowd was too static. Also falsetto was not always on point.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx73Q68eWwU

Austria – Teya & Salena

That’s not a song where you can show off some unreal vocals, however it’s the song that will definitely make you dance! And Teya & Salena deliver, solid vocals and much much fun! One of my personal favourites and if you ask me, a finalist and highly likely a Top5 entry!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zdh6cFfcfKo

Azerbaijan – TuralTuranX

TuralTuranX “tell us more” about their entry this year, however I’m still not getting it. A song that I could listen to the radio without complaining, but wouldn’t catch my eye/ear at the contest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XiT0RvJPn0

Belgium – Gustaph

The queerest entry of the year! His vocals are as good as the studio version! He is a fun guy! This is the kind of entries that I would like to qualify, even though that’s not the style of songs that I normally listen to!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgx-CPHRx5A

Czechia – Vesna

I can only comment on their vocals. They were okay. However, this entry started off as a potential winner, but I’m not getting that vibe, at least not yet. But hey! It’s just a party performance! Let’s wait for their contest rehearsals!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CocNlkxpxdg

Denmark – Reiley

Danish heart-throb Reiley, had his best performance to date. Some minor vocal issues, but overall a nice performance!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuT–QEIyag

Estonia – Alika

Nice song and great vocals! But for me, it’s no more than just that. I wouldn’t be surprised if Estonia got disqualified.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UKYFFFWjgU

Finland – Käärijä

Normally, that’s a song that I can’t stand listening to for more than 10 seconds. Strangely, combined to his eccentric looks and his super nice personality, I could now handle listening to his entire Amsterdam performance! Personal opinion aside, I can totally see why this is a contender for the win.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xd0n_sNDiAo

France – La Zarra

Unfortunately, after a statement in her personal Twitter account, La Zarra announced that she has to cancel her appearance in Amsterdam, due to personal circumstances.

Germany – Lord of the Lost

I can’t be objective, I don’t like this style of music. I can only be objective about their vocal abilities, which are on point I must admit!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmPSRnNpd0A

Iceland – Diljá

That’s a song that I would add to my daily playlist, however, this song lacks something that I still don’t know what it is! Diljá’s voice is great admitedly!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjjsWy1R93k

Ireland – Wild Youth

Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” x “Ritmo De La Noche” x “We Are One” would be a great mashup! I low-key like this song and I loved their Amsterdam performance. But something tells me that they will struggle to qualify this year. Let’s see what happens!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NY6OODALZU

Latvia – Sudden Lights

Another performance that sounds exactly like the recorded version of their song! I didn’t see the love from the AFAS Live crowd.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1qFm5Wtkgg

Lithuania – Monika Linkytė

Monika definitely sounds even better than the studio version of the song. She will try to claim a high placement in the rankings of the jury voting in this year’s contest! In the beginning I didn’t quite like “Stay“, I can now say that I love her vocals on this track!

Malta – The Busker

They were not bad, not at all sounding bad live, but were they as good as it needs to be to qualify to the final show of Eurovision Song Contest? Song-wise I think not.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIswu3YrrfU

Moldova – Pasha Parfeni

Despite the technical issues with his Madrid performance, Pasha, the Moldovan 2012 representative and returning artist of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, managed to pull off his performance. Great vocals and energy overall!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7LsW-dA_0U

Netherlands – Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper

It’s really sad to see my 2nd place to perform questionably in their own country’s party concert. Their vocals sound a bit off at times and as a duo their vocals don’t seem to connect on their live performance. I hope they fix it till their semi-final, I don’t want to see them become the shocking non-qualifier of the year.

Norway – Alessandra

Very much improved vocally, Alessandra, gets carried away by the strength of her song and her fans are absolutely loving it! The whistle note was so-so. She will improve, I am sure!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F97_a4eMpK0

Romania – Theodor Andrei

Theodor has a nice voice, but this song is totally “Off and On” so one would either like it or not. I don’t.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gyin57pzpcc

San Marino – Piqued Jacks

Their are very very good vocally. Their lead vocalist sounds like Klaus Meine, frontman of Scorpions band. Their song is not at all bad after all.

Slovenia – Joker Out

I simply love this band and this song! One of my favourites! I love how they sound in each and every appearance they make before the contest. I hope they continue delivering up until the Eurovision finals!

Spain – Blanca Paloma

A blend of flamenco and modern sounds, bringing Spanish tradition to 2023. Her vocals are absolutely amazing. I just don’t get the hype around this entry, it is a great entry for Spain, but definitely not a top 3 entry as many fans are claiming over at social media!

Sweden – Loreen

Her vocals are out of this world! Another amazing performance of the former Eurovision 2012 winner and potential 2023 winner! And for those that claim that she sings with the assistance of an Auto-Tune device, I can assure you that even when she rehearsed in the corridors of Malmö Arena or Friends Arena during the Melodifestivalen season, she sounded exactly the same, or even better than the studio version! My winner for sure!

Switzerland – Remo Forrer

I absolutely love his Amsterdam (and every single one of his) live performance! I can’t wait to see this song complete and staged and Remo joined by his four dancers! I think he will qualify! But let’s wait and see!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGsRTZ5sPcA

Ukraine – TVORCHI

I love TVORCHI and their song and their Amsterdam performance. They sounded really really good, I am a fan of their style of music, but I don’t see this entry winning. Let’s see another country winning this year!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOFkzKOkc_k

United Kingdom – Mae Muller

Come on, she doesn’t sound as atrocious as most of the Twitter people claim. And at least she enjoys it and the crowd loves her! I hope she will do much better in Liverpool!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EMepsNxZUU

 

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Netherlands: Eurovision in Concert 2023 takes place tonight in Amsterdam!

Eurovision in Concert 2023 takes place in The Netherlands tonight , with 29 of this year’s entrants performing live.

The concert will be hosted by Cornald Maas and Hila Noorzai. Cornald has been the Dutch Eurovision commentator since 2006. Hila is a radio DJ and member of the committee that selected this year’s Dutch representatives (Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper). She also hosted the Eurovision 2021 press conference in Rotterdam.

The full line-up is as follows:

  1. Albania – Albina & Kelmendi Familija
  2. Armenia – Brunette
  3. Australia – Voyager
  4. Austria – Teya & Salena
  5. Azerbaijan – TuralTuranX
  6. Belgium – Gustaph
  7. Czechia – Vesna
  8. Denmark – Reiley
  9. Estonia – Alika
  10. Finland – Käärijä
  11. France – La Zarra
  12. Germany – Lord of the Lost
  13. Iceland – Diljá
  14. Ireland – Wild Youth
  15. Latvia – Sudden Lights
  16. Lithuania – Monika Linkytė
  17. Malta – The Busker
  18. Moldova – Pasha Parfeni
  19. The Netherlands – Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper
  20. Norway – Alessandra
  21. Romania – Theodor Andrei
  22. San Marino – Piqued Jacks
  23. Slovenia – Joker Out
  24. Spain – Blanca Paloma
  25. Sweden – Loreen
  26. Switzerland – Remo Forrer
  27. Ukraine – TVORCHI
  28. United Kingdom – Mae Muller

In addition, Katrina Leskanich (Eurovision 1997, UK, winner, “Love Shine a Light“) will  appear as a special guest.

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Australia: The country of Oceania reveals its Eurovision 2023 entry tomorrow!

The biggsest country of Oceania, Australia, is going to reveal its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 tomorrow. As it is already known for months, SBS opted for an internal selection this year avoiding the national final process.

In particular, a countdown video was uploaded to the official Eurovision YouTube channel earlier for the announcemnet not only of the artist but also of the song with which their country is going to compete the coming May in Liverpool.

Australia is going to reveal its entry tomorrow at 19:30 CET and you can watch it by clicking the link here, that leads to the official Eurovision YouTube channel.

Last year Australia was represented in the Contest in Torino by Sheldon Riley and the song “Not the Same” which despite the fact that it qualified second from the second semi-final, it ended up only in the 15ht place of the Grand Final receiving only 125 points.

Who do you think is going to be the next reprsentative of the country in the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest? Share your thought in the comments below.

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Australia: Sheldon Riley wins the brand new “You’re a Vision” award!

Australia wins the new You’re A Vision Award! According to the Eurovision fans, participant Sheldon Riley wore the most remarkable outfit on the 2022 Eurovision stage. The You’re A Vision Award aims to celebrate the creativity and diversity that embody the Eurovision spirit.

Sheldon Riley finished 15th in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin. In his striking and remarkable white gown, which weighs 40 kgs, he performed his song “Not the Same”. According to the fans who voted, that was enough to win the new and positively spirited You’re A Vision Award. Australia had a big lead over numbers 2 and 3, Spain and Norway. San Marino just missed out on a place in the top 3.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wosfFz2FJPU

The top 3:

  1. Australia
  2. Spain
  3. Norway

The new You’re A Vision Award was announced on April 29. Striking pantsuits, dresses, costumes and other creations will forever play a crucial part of the magic of Eurovision. As a participating artist, this occasionally means taking risks and standing out involuntarily, or standing in the spotlights with a dashing fashion choice. The You’re a Vision Award celebrates this inspiring diversity and creativity. Of course it is up to the real Eurovision fans to determine whose outfit was the most notable of them all.

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Source: songfestival.be

Australia: Confident of staying in Eurovision

Next year is the last in which Australia is guaranteed a place in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The largest country on the continent of Oceania was invited to participate for the first time in 2015 through SBS, which is an associated member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), and in 2019 their participation was extended until 2023.

But Paul Clarke, Creative Director of Eurovision: Australia Decides and Director of Blink TV is convinced Australia has proven it belongs on the stage.

A week ago in Turin, Paul Clarke said:

“Another part (of being here) is doing a little bit of lobbying. Working around the soft political power. The embers are always burning at Eurovision. I’m really confident that will be extended. I think they like our sense of a irreverence and we’ll have a crack with some wild prop. The Kate Miller-Heidke performance is remembered as one of the absolute greatest moments of props they’ve ever seen!”

Would you like Australia to participate in the Competition indefinitely? What do you think will be the fate of the country? Tell us your opinion in the comments.

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all developments around Australia’s participation in the contest.

Source: TVTonight

Iceland: Possible host country in case Ukraine or Australia win!

According to Icelandic media, Iceland could be a potential host for Eurovision 2023 should Australia or Ukraine end up winning this year’s contest.

As an associate member of the EBU, SBS cannot host Eurovision in case they win. SBS would then have to nominate another broadcaster to organise the show in their country in cooperation with them. Ukraine, the favourites to win Eurovision 2022, would be unlikely to host the 2023 contest due to ongoing war in the country.

SBS previously requested in 2020 that Iceland would host the contest if Australia won. Skarphéðinn Guðmundsson, RÚV’s program director, says that the agreement in question is still unclear and that no public agreements are in force. Skarphéðinn further explained the EBU position on letting Iceland host:

“The EBU has repeatedly expressed its support, confidence and trust in smaller competing nations. And the conditions at home have been thoroughly examined for follow-up and confirmation. “

According to Fréttablaðið, Egilshöll is the most likely location for a Eurovision to be hosted in Iceland. Egilshöll is multi-purpose sports hall in Reykjavík. The venue has a capacity of 18,000 for concerts.

Systur will compete in the final of Eurovision 2022 with “Með hækkandi sól”:

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Australia: Sheldon Riley’s interview to EurovisionFun!

After the second rehearsal, Sheldon Riley  spoke exclusively to EurovisionFun.

Australia’s representative for Eurovision 2022. Talking about his rehearsals, Sheldon said that it is a dream coming true and that everything is bigger and better than he expected.

He said that his rehearsals are going really well, but he is a perfectionist and he wants everything to be perfect so he tries even more and he will make some small changes for the second semi-final so that everything will be as it should.

As for the masks that he wears during his performances, he said that he likes wearing them because they hide some things that he is insecure about, but on the same time there is nothing better than taking them off.

You can watch the entire interview of Sheldon Riley in the video below:

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Eurovision 2022: Australia’s Second Rehearsal!

Seventh day of rehearsals in Turin and the last countries of the Second Semifinal are ready for their rehearsals. Australia is first on the scene. She is represented by Sheldon Riley with ‘Not The Same’.

Who is Sheldon Riley?

Sheldon is known both for the strong visuals in his performances and for his fascinating music. Performing, singing, writing and playing the piano is inherent in what it is, considering music as the purest way of expressing one’s emotions and allowing oneself to heal.

In February 2022, Sheldon won the Eurovision – Australia Decides with his song Not The Same, but this was not his first time on television, having previously competed in The X Factor Australia, The Voice Australia, and even America’s Got Talent.

The rehearsal

Sheldon is at the bottom of two giant stairs, to his left and right. She is wearing a huge white wedding dress with fur, covering the floor.

He also wears silver shiny jewelry on his face and hands, as in the national final.

The lighting is quite dark, while the shots are close and from above.

A strong vocal performance by Sheldon, with his great notes ready to break up the stage.

Watch the exclusive clip of the second rehearsal through the cameras:

EBU / ANDRES PUTTING

EBU / CORINNE CUMMING

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Eurovision 2022: Australia’s First Rehearsal!

Second to last on today’s rehearsal programme is Australia, with Sheldon Riley and his powerful ballad Not The Same.

Everything about Sheldon Riley:

Sheldon is critically acclaimed for both the strong visuals in his performances and his captivating music.

The Sydneysider considers performing, singing, writing and playing piano as intrinsic to who he is; regarding music as the purest way of expressing his emotions and allowing himself to heal.

In February 2022, Sheldon won Eurovision – Australia Decides with his song Not The Same… but this wasn’t his first time at the rodeo, having previously competed on The X Factor Australia, The Voice Australia and even America’s Got Talent.

The Rehearsal

Sheldon’s at the bottom of two flights of giant steps, and his outfit is the opposite of Achille Lauro’s – there’s ACRES of it, with a huge fur-trimmed white wedding train that drapes to the floor. He’s also wearing his silver sparkly face and hand jewellery, keeping up the 2022 Eurovision standard for incredible outfits.

This is a powerful vocal performance from Sheldon – those big notes are blowing the roof off the Pala Alpitour right now.

@eurovision Wow! A strong vocal performance from @Sheldon Riley 👏🇦🇺 during his first rehearsal at #Eurovision #Eurovision2022 #EurovisionTikTok ♬ original sound – Eurovision

EBU / NATHAN REINDS

EBU / NATHAN REINDS

The second rehearsal of Australia will take place on Friday 6/5 and we will be able to have a better view of what Sheldon Riley will be presenting on stage.

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Australia: Emily Griggs New Head of Delegation For Eurovision

The Australian broadcaster revealed their new Head of Delegation for Eurovision Song Contest, and that is Emily Griggs.

Emily Griggs has been named as the new Head of Delegation for Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest and is the Head of Entertainment and Food at SBS. Emily became part of SBS in August of 2021 from BBC Studios where she was Head of Development and Content, overseeing such shows as Mastermind.

Emily takes that leading role of Head of Delegation from Josh Martin. Josh previously commissioned the launch of a televised selection for Australia; Eurovision – Australia Decides. Also, Paul Clarke keeps his role as the overall Creative Director for the Australian Participation in the contest.

Australia will be represented by Sheldon Riley and the song “Not the Same“:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByUD4d89_is

Australia will perform in number 8 of the running order in the second semi-final on May 12, for a ticket for the Grand Final on Saturday.

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the participation of Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy!


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