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Ukraine: Go_A’s song has already been chosen| It’s going to be released in March.

A few minutes ago, the official Twitter account of Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest tweeted that the jury has already selected the song with which Go_A will fly the Ukrainian flag in Rotterdam in May 2021. It’s release is expected to take place in March. The band cast three songs through which the entry was chosen.

The Ukrainian panel of the jury consists of 5 members:

  • Jamala, Eurovision 2016 winner
  • Evgeny Filaton, Μember of The Maneken band
  • Ruslan Kvinta, Music Porducer
  • Yarloslav Lodigin, UA:PBC Council Member
  • Dmitry Khorkin, UA:PBC Council Member

 

Norway: Watch the trailer of MGP 2021!

Earlier today, the Scandipop music site post on their Twitter account the trailer of Melodi Grand Prix 2021, the procedure through which Norway is going to choose their next representative at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest 2021, in Rotterdam.

 

The MGP 2021 is going to be held on the following dates

Semi-finals:
16 January 2021
23 January 2021
30 January 2021
6 February 2021
13 February 2021

Final:
20 February 2021

Italy: Only 400 spectators at San Remo 2021?

According to the Italian press of today, RAI is considering to allow only 400 spectators to be present at Teatro Ariston, under of course strict measures.

The plan under consideration, envisages the presence of 400 spectators, who, after they go through COVID-19 tests, will be transferred to a cruise ship at the city harbour. They will be on board under strict quarantine from the 2nd to the 6th of March 2021. Every evening special buses will drive those 400 spectators to Teatron Ariston for the festival. During the Festival rapid tests will be carried out, so that the organisers make sure that everyone is safe.

There are similar plans for the accredited journalists, while it is examined that they will stay at the casino of San Remo where the press centre might possibly be. RAI’s plan is to protect everyone involved at the organising of San Remo, so that the Festival can be televised as close as possible to normal conditions.

Source: tvblog.it 

Albania: The language of the “Karma” is yet to be decided

After her victory at Albania’s national final, Festivali i Këngës, Anxhela Peristeri gave her first short interview to the reporter of the public broadcaster RTSH.

Among others she mentioned how happy and emotional feels and that representing Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest was one of her dreams.

As far as the final form of her entry is concerned, Anxhela Peristeri commented that they haven’t made their minds up regarding the language yet (whether it is going to be in English or in Albanian) since her team was focused on the Festivali i Këngës. Moreover, she left open the possibility that there might be some changes at the lyrics.

Below you can watch the video of her firsts statements after her victory

https://youtu.be/6HcTwZ48Jhc

Russia: With Little Big in Eurovision 2021?

A very important speculation is circulating internet the last hour. According to the Russian Eurovision fan club VK, the CEO of the public broadcaster Channel1, Konstantin Ernst, has confirmed that Little Big will have a second chance to get on the Eurovision stage.

On 28th of September Channel 1 confirmed that it is going to be the responsible broadcaster for the selection of the representative of Russia at Eurovision 2021, since the 2020 was canceled. In Russia, there are two broadcasters that are members of the EBU, Channel 1 and RTR. Therefore the project is undertaken alternately by each channel.

If the speculation of the fan club VK is true, then Little Big will raise the number of the returning artists from 2020 to 23.

It is unknown yet when the speculations will be confirmed from Channel 1, since we are used to get the news from Russia at the very last moment.

Let’s remember the entry that was meant to compete at the 2020 contest, and was one of the hot favourites.

https://youtu.be/L_dWvTCdDQ4

 

Lithuania: Songs submission for the national final kicks off

There weren’t a few, those who interpreted the prolonged silence of the Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT as a possible cancelation of the national final, which all the same had been announced since April 2020, and as an indication that The Roop band might be selected internally for 2021. However, a few moments ago, LRT announced the opening of the submissions process for the national final, through which the next representative is going to be chosen.

With the 2020 format to Eurovision 2021

Lithuanians are going to follow the successful concept of 2020 for the national final of 2021 as well.  The initial plan is the national process to be composed of 6 shows. The submissions deadline is on 14th of December, while the selection of the contestants will be carried out by a working committee of LRT, until 23rd of December. The songs must not last more than 3 minutes, must have been released from 1st of September 2020 and onwards and the maximum number of performers on stage must be 6.

The voting process will remain the same. 50% of the result will be determined by a professional jury and 50% by the public through televoting.

The money from the televoting process will be used for the staging of the Lithuanian entry in Eurovision 2021, as well as for the promotion of the song and the video clip.

The Roop will be direct to the final

The Roop who were the representatives of the Baltic nation in this year’s canceled contest and were one of the hot favourites to bring the the trophy to Lithuania for the first time, will have the chance to be advanced direct to the final, should they submit a song (which is very possible).

Vytautas Bikus, a creator who has competed many times in the past in Eurovision with the colours of Lithuania, will lead the team that will oversee the whole process. LRT Deputy Managing Director Gytis Oganauskas said about the new project:

Last year’s changes to the national “Eurovision” selection paid off, so there will be no major innovations in this year’s selection rules, except of the circumstances related to the pandemic.

 

Let’s take a look again at the missed chance of Lithuania to win the trophy:

https://youtu.be/1EAUxuuu1w8

Source: LRT

 

 

Eurovision 2021: 41 countries to participate!!

A few moments ago, the EBU revealed the list of the participating countries at the upcoming contest of Eurovision 2021, on 18th, 20th and 22nd of May in Rotterdam the Netherlands. Actually they are the same 41 nations that were about to take part in the 2020 contest that was canceled due to the COVID19 pandemic.

EBU and the Dutch host broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS have already revealed the 4 scenarios which their are focused on, and they abide by the restrictions and the facts of the pandemic and according to which the Eurovision 2021 will take place. The scenario, which will be chosen, will be announced in due time.

Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said:

“We are grateful for the commitment of the 41 participating broadcasters in helping us bring the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2021.”

“We have the exact same line up of countries that would have competed in 2020 and we are thrilled that they will all return next year. Together with our host broadcasters we are continuing to develop the 4 different scenarios and maintaining a dialogue with all participants. The team from NPO, NOS and AVROTROS are working hard on ensuring the Eurovision Song Contest will provide the excitement and innovation expected by over 180 million viewers, despite the challenging circumstances.”

 

Of the 41 nations taking part, 35 will compete in two Semi-Finals with 10 successful acts from each Semi-Final joining the Big 5 (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom) and hosts the Netherlands in the Grand Final.

Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, said:

“It is fantastic that the same 41 countries that would have taken part this year still want to come to the Netherlands in May 2021. This demonstrates their confidence in our country still being able to organize a successful Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam next year, after the cancellation of the 2020 edition.”

“We have set the bar high to create 3 amazing live shows for an audience of 180 million people, even in these challenging times. To achieve this, we are working on an extensive protocol that guarantees the health of employees, participants, the press and visitors as much as possible.”

 

Participating broadcasters
The following countries (and EBU Member broadcasters) will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam:

Albania (RTSH)

Armenia (AMPTV)

Australia (SBS)*

Austria (ORF)

Azerbaijan (Ictimai TV)

Belarus (BTRC)

Belgium (VRT)

Bulgaria (BNT)

Croatia (HRT)

Cyprus (CyBC)

Czech Republic (CT)

Denmark (DR)

Estonia (ERR)

Finland (YLE)

France (FT)

Germany (ARD/NDR)

Georgia (GPB)

Greece (ERT)

Iceland (RUV)

Ireland (RTE)

Israel (KAN)

Italy (RAI)

Latvia (LTV)

Lithuania (LRT)

Malta (PBS)

Moldova (TRM)

The Netherlands (AVROTROS)

North Macedonia (MKRTV)

Norway (NRK)

Poland (TVP)

Portugal (RTP)

Romania (TVR)

Russia (Channel One)

San Marino (RTV)

Serbia (RTS)

Slovenia (RTVSLO)

Spain (TVE)

Sweden (SVT)

Switzerland (SRG SSR)

Ukraine (UA:PBC)

United Kingdom (BBC)

*EBU Associate

 

It is worth to be mentioned this is the first time since 1990 that we have the same amount of participating countries in two consecutive years.

Source: Eurovision.tv

Greece: More details about Stefania’s candidate songs

In an interview given by our representative in Eurovision 2021 Stefania Lymberakakis on the tv show “Eftycheite” on OPEN BEYOND Channel, which was aired today, we were provided with some further information regarding her candidate songs for the contest.

Regarding their style, she clarified that they bear no resemblance to SUPERGIRL but are closer to the style of her last single “Friday”. Αfter a communication we had with the team of creators, we were told that Stefania replied that the songs are like Friday and not like Supergirl, since they have no ethnic elements and are pop songs. None of the songs sounds like Friday. Stefania also added that there is no ballad among them.

Apart from the songs, she mentioned her collaboration with Sakis Rouvas and her communication with Konstantinos Argyros, but also was asked about the possibility her boyfriend, who is also an artist, to accompany her on the Eurovision stage. She gave a negative answer.

You can watch the entire interview by clicking here.

Norway: MGP 2021 Final on 20th February with audience!!

Today, Stig Karlsen, the person in charge for the organisation of the national final of Norway, provided us with some fresh news.

First and foremost, we have the dates of the Melodi Grand Prix 2021!!

1st semifinal: 16 January 2021

2nd semifinal: 23 January 2021

3rd semifinal: 30 January 2021

4th semifinal: 6 February 2021

5th semifinal: 13 February 2021

Grand Final: 20 February 2021

As we observe, MGP 2021 will have the same structure as MGP 2020.

The next news concerns the venue and the question of whether there will be an audience.

As far as the host venue in concerned, just like in 2020, MGP2021 will be hosted at H3 Arena at Bærum, suburb of Oslo. Furthermore, the answer in the question of whether there will be an audience, the answer of NRK is yes, for both the semifinals and the final.

Of course, there will be less physical presence… It’s gonna be a different MGP season, but we are going to do it the right way!!

Source: escnorge

Poland: The National Broadcaster wants Alicja Szemplińska for 2021

The public broadcaster of Poland, yesterday during the press conference for the Junior Eurovision 2020, confirmed the participation of the country at the Eurovision 2021, expressing at the same time their intention to be represented by Alicja Szemplińska.

The official confirmation of Alicja will occur at a later stage, after the necessary arrangements with her record company. When this happen, Poland will be the 21st country that chooses the same artist from the canceled 2020 contest.

At the press conference, during which the three presenters of the 2020 Junior Eurovision were presented, the head of the national broadcaster Jacek Kurski praised the employees of TVP for their effort to organise a contest completely different from those who have been held until today. In fact, to the unpleasant surprise of all of us, Jacek Kurski predicted that Eurovision 2021 will be held in the same way, that is, in favor of Plan D. Τhe artists will appear from their countries and not live from Rotterdam. However, the executive supervisor of the competition, Martin Österdahl, who was online, did not comment on this.

Source: dziennik-eurowizyjny