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Eurovision is sponsored by TikTok, for the thrid year in a row!

For the third consecutive year, TikTok, the most popular platform among young people, comes back as a sponsor of the Eurovision Song Contest.

With 600,000 posts already on the #Eurovision2024 hashtag, TikTok is the number one discussion forum for our favorite contest. With exclusive and behind-the-scenes content, TikTok has revised the way all fans of the competition will experience and celebrate the world’s biggest live music event.

It is not yet known whether this will follow last year’s pattern, where the first rehearsals were exclusively uploaded on TikTok, the Eurovision account, or whether the exclusive content mentioned in the announcement will cover something else

Of course, you can also follow Eurovisionfun on TikTok, since exclusive material is also uploaded there, from the biggest Eurovision website in Greece and Cyprus!

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Source: Eurovision.tv

Germany: Grossstadtgeflüster never applied for Das deutsche Finale 2024!

The speculated fan favorite Grossstadtgeflüster will not take part in the German preliminary round Das deutsche Finale 2024 for the selection of the German representative at Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö. The reason for this is quite simple: the band hadn’t even applied to NDR for it. The group made this clear today in a statement on social media.

It all fit! The title of the song “Ich kündige” is concise, unique and catchy. It was released after 1 September 2023 and could have simply been limited to the usual three minutes which is a requirement for a Eurovision Song Contest entry. And the song had already triggered a hype in the Eurovision bubble and on TikTok in advance. Nevertheless, Grossstadtgeflüster will not take part in the German Eurovision preliminaries in 2024 and thus will not get a chance to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Malmö, Sweden.

You can listen to their song “Ich kündige” at the video down below:

Specifically, the band responded to the rumours with a statement on an Instagram post, which can be seen below:

“Because of the many people asking us if we would participate in the ESC:

Certainly, it would have been an honor for us to secure the last place for Germany.

However, we didn’t apply because we’re pretty terrible at meeting deadlines, and on top of that, we tend to develop a mysterious skin irritation whenever we walk too close to a German flag.”

As early as October 12, there have been reports about a possible application of Grossstadtgeflüster with “Ich kündige” on ESCKompakt, noting that the band had not confirmed that they were involved in the application process.

Lots of hype had been developed around the song “Ich kündige” and its video. A Tiktok with the song had reached almost 3 million views within two days. A hint from the X fan account Songfestival Azerbaijan did the rest to spark the hopes in the Eurovision bubble.

So now, two days before the official announcement of the actual participants in the Eurovision preliminary decision Das deutsche Finale 2024, comes the clarifying cancellation. With this, the band is probably doing NDR a favor, because the possible disappointment of the fans about the non-participation of Grossstadtgeflüster should have evaporated by then.

Source: esc-kompakt.de

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Eurovision 2024: The rules of Eurovision 2024 are released! | The ratio between juries and televoting is still not specified!

EBU has released through the official Eurovision website the rules of the 2024 contest to be held in Malmö, Sweden.

What needs to be pointed out is that the National Juries and the National Audiences will be combined according to a ration which will be decided later. More specifically the rules specify:

“In the Final; the points of the National Audiences and of the National Juries shall be combined according to a ratio which is determined by the EBU, subject to the Reference Group approval, to calculate the official result of the Final.

For example, if the ratio is 50-50, the points of the National Jury carry the same weight as the points of the National Audiences”

As it seems there are also still no plans to introduce the use of Auto-Tune in the contest and use of such or lipsyncing are explicitly prohibited. The pre-recorded backing vocals are still allowed in this year’s contest too.

Do you think that there will be a later announcement for a change in the ratio of combined voting, by EBU? Let us know in the comments section below!

Source: EBU

OGAE Song Contest 2023: Participants and Lineup

The OGAE Song Contest 2023 has officially revealed its list of participating entries, marking the third time that OGAE Australia will host this prestigious event. This year’s edition will feature 31 songs in the competition.

Originating in 1986, the OGAE Song Contest stands out as one of the most successful Eurovision-affiliated contests. Annually, OGAE clubs (short for Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l’Eurovision, or the General Organisation of Eurovision Fans) are invited to submit songs that have not been featured in the official Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC), or national finals.

The voting period for this year’s competition has officially commenced and will run until October 21st, with the winner set to be announced on November 25th.

In the wake of Australia’s victory in the 2021 edition with “Fly Away” by Tones and I, the country was slated to host the OGAE Song Contest in 2022. However, the contest had to be canceled for the year due to ongoing geopolitical tensions involving Ukraine and Russia. Consequently, Australia is now gearing up to host the event in 2023.

 

Here is the lineup of participating countries, with the corresponding links:

 

 

For more comprehensive information about the contest, including the complete rulebook and snippets of the competing songs, visit OGAE Australia’s website

 

Source: eurovoix

 

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Ukraine: A Discussion about Eurovision 2023!

 

The Ukrainian team has reflected on their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, which was hosted by the United Kingdom on their behalf.

Led by Oksana Skibinska, Head of the Ukrainian delegation, and Herman Nenov, Creative Director of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 for Ukraine, the team discussed the contest’s impact, the selection of interval acts, and their objectives in an interview with Anna Tulyeva, host of the Eurovision Ukraine video blog?

 

Did everything work out the way you planned?

 

The ideas and messages I wanted to convey were conveyed. The result is good, and a lot of people, in particular Eurofans, in my opinion, were satisfied. This year’s Eurovision was the best presentation of Ukraine among all three Song Contests organised after our victory in the contests (2005, 2017 and 2023). It was during this Eurovision that there was “the most Ukraine” and Ukrainian artists for all years, despite the fact that we were already the host country of the competition twice. Regarding the interval acts, I want to say that each of the Ukrainian artists invited by us this year carried a certain truth about our present. There were no random people there. I was against showing the same artists, and the same assets of ours a third time. We had the task of showing different musical directions of Ukraine.

 

 

Tell me, what ideas were included in the interval acts? How were they created?

 

All the ideas were determined by December, we went to the Christmas holidays already having a road map, and from January we started negotiations with artists and the realisation of the production. All performances were thought out in the moments of the most violent attacks. Alyosha’s performance was invented in a bomb shelter. The first idea came to me during the period of missile attacks. I was in the shelter and I witnessed a conversation between a girl and a boy, they were talking about the fact that they cannot, unfortunately, now hug and be together to support each other. It touched me and became the impetus for the first Semi-Final interval act. For me, all interval acts had to be honest, because ideas were really born in super extreme conditions. We were looking for such artists – as honest as possible.

 

Tell us about your collaborations. Who did you enjoy working with the most?

 

In general, I am just humanly grateful for the way the BBC team treated us. They didn’t just ask, “How are you there?”, but they were really worried when we had shelling. Speaking of Ukrainians, the best collaboration for me was with the Big Brave Events 1+1 media team. In general, it was a very large international collaboration with the creative team of the competition, 1+1 media and director Tim Van Someren , a world-famous director who created commercials for the Olympic Games. Tim came up with the British part, I came up with the Ukrainian part, related to the subway and the journey of the Kalush Orchestra. This idea was very important for us, for the entire Suspilne team. You understand when in Britain, people can hold festivals, gather for events – people in Ukraine spent many months of their lives in the subway, gave birth there, sang songs, hid from rocket fire. The National Selection and other cool Ukrainian creative projects took place there. The 1+1 team, which was responsible for the production of the Ukrainian part, also added their cool ideas: with Maria Prymachenko, with Banksy. Despite the large number of co-creators, we turned out a very coherent work.

 

What is Eurovision 2023 to you? If you could put your opinion into one short sentence, what would you say?

 

Oh, I can’t be brief about this Eurovision. First, for me this is probably a historic event in my life. I am very grateful for this honour, it is an experience I will never forget.

 

How was this year’s Eurovision Song Contest? How do you feel about it now, after the end of the competition?

 

It was a unique Eurovision, it cannot be compared with any other. It took place in unprecedented conditions when one country held a competition on behalf of another. And at the beginning, perhaps no one understood what “on behalf of Ukraine” means. It took almost a year for this understanding, in fact, the preparation lasted from October to May. There were precedents when one country won and another hosted. Our case is unique, because from the beginning, when Great Britain took on the obligation, the BBC clearly stated: “We will do this Eurovision on behalf of Ukraine.” The same words of Sam Ryder that it will be a Ukrainian party in Britain, a Ukrainian holiday. What kind of holiday can be when people die in Ukraine? It was one of the key issues for us – to find a balance and keep Eurovision in a way that people enjoy watching.

 

It was a unique Eurovision. Has your perception of the competition changed after this year?    

 

Eurovision is a big venue, a powerful platform. It is more than a competition, and this year’s Eurovision proved it. In unique circumstances, the circumstances of the war in Europe, Eurovision became the place where 37 countries united around common values. Ukraine’s victory in 2022 had great symbolism and meaning, Ukraine needed this victory for moral elevation, for understanding that we are not alone. This year, the Eurovision Song Contest was a victory for us, something Ukrainians can be proud of.

 

You can watch the full interview on Ukraine’s Eurovision YouTube channel:

 

 

Source: eurovoix

 

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BBC Radio 2’s listeners voted Sam Ryder’s “Space Man” as their favourite ever Eurovision UK entry!

Radio 2 today reveals that Space Man by Sam Ryder from 2022’s Eurovision Song Contest is Your Ultimate UK Eurovision Song following a listener vote to discover the nation’s favourite ever Eurovision UK entry.

Making Your Mind Up by Bucks Fizz (1981) is in second place, Ooh Aah…Just a Little Bit by Gina G (1996) is in third place, Love Shine a Light by Katrina and the Waves (1997) in fourth, and Save Your Kisses for Me by Brotherhood of Man (1976) rounded off the top five.

The full Top 40 countdown hosted by Steve Wright is available on BBC Sounds from Monday 24 April and broadcast on Radio 2 on Saturday 13 May, 1-3pm.

From Tuesday 21 March, listeners were asked to vote for up to five of their favourite songs of all the UK entrants that have competed in the Eurovision final since our first entry back in 1957 (with the exception of the cancelled 2020 contest and the 2023 entry). Voting closed on Tuesday 11 April, with the results compiled for this special show, Your Ultimate Eurovision Song.

Space Man represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, after being internally selected through TaP Music and the BBC, the British broadcaster for the Eurovision Song Contest. It was co-written by Ryder alongside Amy Wadge and Max Wolfgang in London. At the contest in Turin, Ryder finished in second place with 466 points, becoming the highest scoring UK Eurovision entrant, winning the jury vote with 283 points, and scoring the third highest jury votes by a contestant. He scored the best UK their best result since 1998 and its first top three result since 2002. Space Man peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the highest-charting UK Eurovision entry since Gina G’s Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit in 1996.

Sam Ryder says: “This is just bonkers! We went into that competition as fans and we thought it may be that we come absolutely dead last. But what we can achieve is holding ourselves with a certain grace and respect for being there in the first place, and gratitude first and foremost. When we were sat there on the night and those scores started coming in, we were looking at each other bursting out laughing because we didn’t have a clue that would happen. And now this result! I’m just so grateful. Thanks to all of the listeners who voted and everyone at Radio 2 who supported the song from day one – I really honestly appreciate it.”

Steve Wright says: “Sam Ryder’s Space Man has really taken off with Radio 2 listeners! I can’t wait to count down the rest of the chart and see who else has been blasting off into the hearts of Radio 2 listeners as we all look forward to this year’s Grand Final.”

Helen Thomas, Head of Radio 2, says: “We’re thrilled to see that Sam Ryder’s Space Man continues to resonate so strongly with our listeners. It’s testament to Sam’s exceptional talent as a songwriter and performer. I can’t wait for everyone to hear all the other stellar Eurovision specials which we have in store on Radio 2 and on BBC Sounds, from Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Eurovision Kitchen Disco to OJ’s Eurovision After Party, not to mention our live coverage of the semi finals for the first time with Paddy O’Connell and the Grand Final commentary hosted by our own Scott Mills and Rylan.”

The Top 40, as voted by Radio 2 listeners:

1. Sam Ryder – Space Man (2022)

2. Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up (1981)

3. Gina G – Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit (1996)

4. Katrina and the Waves – Love Shine a Light (1997)

5. Brotherhood of Man – Save Your Kisses for Me (1976)

6. Sandie Shaw – Puppet on a String (1967)

7. Cliff Richard – Congratulations (1968)

8. The New Seekers – Beg, Steal or Borrow (1972)

9. Lulu – Boom Bang-a-Bang (1969)

10. Michael Ball – One Step Out of Time (1992)

11. Sonia – Better the Devil You Know (1993)

12. Bardo – One Step Further (1982)

13. Scooch – Flying the Flag (For You) (2007)

14. Mary Hopkin – Knock, Knock Who’s There? (1970)

15. Imaani – Where Are You? (1998)

16. Olivia Newton-John – Long Live Love (1974)

17. Daz Sampson – Teenage Life (2006)

18. Cliff Richard – Power to All Our Friends (1973)

19. Lucie Jones – Never Give Up on You (2017)

20. Lynsey de Paul & Mike Moran – Rock Bottom (1977)

21. Love City Groove – Love City Groove (1995)

22. Blue – I Can (2011)

23. The Shadows – Let Me Be the One (1975)

24. Clodagh Rodgers – Jack in the Box (1971)

25. SuRie – Storm (2018)

26. Frances Ruffelle – Lonely Symphony (We Will Be Free) (1994)

27. The Allisons – Are You Sure? (1961)

28. Molly – Children of the Universe (2014)

29. Jade Ewen – It’s My Time (2009)

30. Jessica Garlick – Come Back (2002)

31. Precious – Say It Again (1999)

32. James Newman – Embers (2021)

33. Sweet Dreams – I’m Never Giving Up (1983)

34. Co-Co – The Bad Old Days (1978)

35. Belle and the Devotions – Love Games (1984)

36. Scott Fitzgerald – Go (1988)

37. Samantha Janus – A Message to Your Heart (1991)

38. Jemini – Cry Baby (2003)

39. Electro Velvet – Still in Love with You (2015)

40. Bonnie Tyler – Believe in Me (2013)

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Source: BBC

Latvia: Sudden Lights with “Aijā” in Eurovision 2023!

After one Semi-Final and a Grand Final, Supernova 2023, the selection process for the next Latvian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, has just finished.

The big winner of Supernova was Sudden Lights with the song “Aijā“, who will travel with the Latvian flag to Liverpool.

The Participants:

  1. Alise Haijima – “Tricky”
  2. Luīze – “You To Hold Me”
  3. Raum – “Fake Love”
  4. Toms Kalderauskis – “When It All Falls”
  5. Artūrs Hatti – “Love Vibes”
  6. Patrisha – “Hush”
  7. Sudden Lights – “Aijā”
  8. 24. Avēnija – “You Said”
  9. Avéi – “Let Me Go”
  10. Markus Riva – “Forever”

The Results:

The song with the highest number of votes based on the combination of votes from a jury panel and the Latvian public will be declared the winner.

Τhe results were as follows:

  1. Sudden Lights – “Aijā”
  2. Patrisha – “Hush”
  3. 24. Avēnija – “You Said”
  4. Markus Riva – “Forever”
  5. Avéi – “Let Me Go”
  6. Raum – “Fake Love”
  7. Toms Kalderauskis – “When It All Falls”
  8. Alise Haijima – “Tricky”
  9. Artūrs Hatti – “Love Vibes”
  10. Luīze – “You To Hold Me”

Sudden Light will wave the Latvian flag in Liverpool with “Aijā“!

Don’t miss the exclusive interview from Sudden Lights on our Youtube channel some days ago!

 

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Estonia: Alika with “Bridges” in Eurovision 2023!

After two Semi-Finals and a Grand Final, Eesti Laul 2023, the selection process for the next Estonian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, has just finished.

The big winner of the evening was Alika with the song “Bridges” , who will travel with the Estonian flag to Liverpool.

The Participants:
The presenters of the evening were Grete Kuld and Tõnis Niinemets, and the evening took place at Saku Suurhall in Tallinn.

In today’s Grand Final, twelve songs competed to represent Estonia in Liverpool.

  1. Meelik – “Tuju”
  2. Inger – “Awaiting You”
  3. JANEK – “House of Glass”
  4. Elysa – “Bad Philosophy”
  5. m els – “So Good At What You Do”
  6. Bedwetters – “Monsters”
  7. Andreas – “Why Do You Love Me”
  8. Alika – “Bridges”
  9. Anett x Fredi – “You Need to Move On”
  10. OLLIE – “Venom”
  11. MIA – “Üks samm korraga”
  12. Sissi – “Lighthouse”

The Show:

  1. Meelik – “Tuju”

Meelik opened the final of Eesti Laul 2023. They are using a black and white effect for their performance until the third chorus. They have a well thought-out performance.

2. Inger – “Awaiting You”

Second on stage is Inger. He is on a round platform, sitting on a chair. He is very good on TV, but has slight vocal difficulties.

      3. JANEK – “House of Glass”

Janek will follow up Inger with a powerful ballad. His performance for the grand-final is simplistic unlike his semi-final one. There are multiple videos during his performance that show him in a room full of confetti. 

      4. Elysa – “Bad Philosophy”

Elysa was one of the two wildcards. She is accompanied by three dancers that were dressed in red and black. She will not be among the strong vocalists tonight.

5. m els – “So Good At What You Do”

The red colour continues to prevail in m els’ performance. She starts her performance from the front of the stage and ends up on a high platform. She’s a present performer and a good vocalist.

6. Bedwetters – “Monsters”

The first rock song of the final. The Bedwetters have an eccentric performance reminiscent of Winny Puhh. The crowd was going crazy.

7. Andreas – “Why Do You Love Me”

After Bedwetters’s bombastic performance, Andreas sings an ethereal ballad accompanied by a female dancer. Low lighting prevails. Not many changes from his semi-final performance.

8. Alika – “Bridges”

Alika is accompanied by a piano that has the illusion of being played on it’s own. She’s dressed in white. One of the best vocalists from this Eurovision season.

9. Anett x Fredi – “You Need to Move On”

Anett x Fredi are next, an atmospheric and well-staged performance that will get highly appreciated by the jurors.

10. OLLIE – “Venom”

The second rock entry of the night. The performance is very professional. Pink lighting predominates, and Ollie’s vocals are very good.

11. MIA – “Üks samm korraga”

Mia follows Ollie’s energetic performance. She sings in Estonian while wearing a silver jumpsuit. She is accompanied by a pianist and a dancing couple.

12. Sissi – “Lighthouse”

Sissi will close Eesti Laul 2023. She is dressed in white for her Eesti Laul performance. Manages to stand out on her own and gave Alika a run for her money.

The Results:

The winner will be selected over two rounds of voting. In the first round, an international jury (50%) and public televote (50%) will determine the top three entries to proceed to the superfinal. The second round will be fully determined by the public televote.

The jury panel that will vote in the first round of the final consists of Alma (Finnish musician), Birgit Simal (Belgian TV producer), Kat Reinhert (Berklee College of Music professor), Lucas Gullbing (Swedish music producer), Deban Aderemi (British journalist, editor at Wiwibloggs), Matther Tryba (American music producer), Anja Roglić (Serbian TV producer, music editor at RTS), Joe Bennett (American musicologist), Tomi Saarinen (CEO of Live Nation Finland) and Yves Shifferele (Swiss Eurovision Head of Delegation).

eesti laul 2023 jurors

The results of the juries were as follows:

These are the combined results

In the final round, the country’s representative emerged solely from the people at home.

The Super Final was contested by:

The final results:

  1. Alika – “Bridges”
  2. OLLIE – “Venom”
  3. Bedwetters – “Monsters”

The winner of Eesti Laul is the one and only, Alika with the song “Bridges”

Estonia will participate in the first half of the second semi-final of Eurovision 2023, claiming one of the tickets leading to the grand final.

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Photo source: Gea Kumpel / ERR

Estonia: The Semi-Finals Running Order of Eesti Laul 2023 has been revealed!

A short while ago, the Estonian broadcaster announced the running order of the 20 artists who will compete in the two semi-finals of Eesti Laul 2023!

Janek will open the curtain with House of Glass, while Anett and Fredi will be the last to perform in the first semi-final with You Need to Move On. Inger‘s Awaiting You will be the first song to be heard in the Second Semi-Final, which will end with Alika‘s Bridges.

The running order for the Two Semi-Finals is as follows:
First Semi-Final – January 12
  1. JANEK – “House of Glass”
  2. Ellip – “Pretty Girl”
  3. Kaw – “Valik”
  4. MERLYN – “Unicorn Vibes”
  5. MIA – “Üks samm korraga” (One step at a time)
  6. Neon Letters & Maiko – “Tokimeki” (Palpitation)
  7. OLLIE – “Venom”
  8. Andreas – “Why Do You Love Me”
  9. Bedwetters – “Monsters”
  10. Anett x Fredi – “You Need to Move On”
Second Semi-Final – January 14
  1. Inger – “Awaiting You”
  2. Linalakk & Bonzo – “Aeg” (Time)
  3. Meelik- “Tuju”
  4. Elysa – “Bad Philosophy”
  5. Robin Juhkental – “Kurbuse matused” (Funeral of sorrow)
  6. m els – “So Good At What You Do”
  7. Wiiralt – “Salalik“
  8. Sissi – “Lighthouse”’
  9. Carlos Ukareda – Whiskey Won’t Forget”
  10. Alika – “Bridges”

Eesti Laul 2023

In the semi-finals, five songs (out of ten) from each show will be selected to advance to the Grand Final. Three songs will be chosen by the audience and two by the jury.

In the Grand Final the show will have two rounds of voting. The first round will determine the entries that will advance to the Super Final, 50% by the jury and 50% by the TV audience. There the Estonian representative is selected by 100% televoting .

Eesti Laul 2023 will take place on the following dates:

First Semi-Final – Thursday 12 January
First semi-final – Saturday 14 January
Grand Final – Saturday 11 February

Last year’s winner of Eesti Laul and Estonia’s representative at Eurovision 2022 was Stefan with the song “Hope”. He finished in 13th place in the Grand Final, bringing his country back to the final after an elimination in 2021:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdTpQmMem8U

Stay tuned for all developments about Estonia in Eurovision 2023!

Source: ERR

Eurovision 2020: Netflix to broadcast Eurovision 2020 in the USA

A problem that afflicts fans on the other side of the Atlantic seems to have come to an end after EBU announced a while ago that Netflix will have the Eurovision shows available on its platform right after the end of its live broadcasting.

On Monday, July 22, all Netflix subscribers in the US will have  both the semifinals and the final of Eurovision 2019 available.

Jon Ola Sand, executive supervisor of all the EBU’s live events, stated:

« The EBU is thrilled that the world’s biggest television entertainment program will now be available to viewers in the US, one of the largest television markets. The US viewers will now enjoy all three fantastic evenings this year for the first time and the entire contest in 2020. This is a perfect timetable with plans to launch an American version of the Contest in 2021 ». 

Until recently, it was impossible to watch the contest, as well as all the videos, later on YouTube, as they were blocked, on the other side of the Atlantic.

A very important development that will bring the US closer to the Eurovision Contest, always backing plans to convey the concept in 2021 there!

This news comes as a follow-up to Netflix’s announcement that it is preparing a film about the Eurovision contest, starring Will Ferell.

Source: EBU