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23
June
2017

Samra brings sexy back in Badminton

Samra brings sexy back in Badminton

Samra during her "Badminton" video

2016 Eurovision participant Samra has just released a new single titled “Badminton”. Along with the song, the Azerbaijani representative premiered the respective music video unleashing all of her sensuality influenced by pop artists such as Ariana Grande or Nicki Minaj.

We all were introduced to Samra due to her Eurovision entry Miracle – an anthem for all the broken-hearted ones – but times have change and she finally made justice to her 2016 entry lyrics… Just in a more personal way as she surely said goodbye to her innocent girly image. “This time, I’m letting you go”, she sang.

Well, she did and her mother approved. In fact, despite of how sexy and sassy the video is, Samra revealed in a press release that her mother was the one “working on the images”. The video contains no storyline, instead it features multiple sets that resemble to Nicki Minaj’s 2014 video for Anaconda or Ariana Grande’s current looks while making obvious visual references to the sport badminton.

While the video and the song have just been released, Samrra admits it has been hanging around for a while: “The song appeared in my repertoire more than six months ago…”, she tells, admitting that this time around she is not focused in quantity but in quality: “I am satisfied with the work done and I am grateful to the whole team working on the project.”

The pretty pop once heard in Miracle has now been replaced by a more mature electropop. The pretty girl image promoted during Eurovision ’16 has also been substituted for the bad girl image represented in the song and respective video. If you’re having a hard time imagining such scenario, go ahead and check it out:

Categories: Eurovisionary

23
June
2017

MAD Video Music Awards 2017: five reasons to attend the event

GREECE – Four days left for the 2017 edition of MAD Video Music Awards. The event will take place on June 27th at the Athens Take Kwon Do arena supported this year by #cocacolagreece and #aussie. Lots of Eurostars will attend and perform on stage such as Demy and Helena Paparizou and almost all of them are nominated for an award as you can see and vote for them at www.videomusicawards.gr. The following five videos made huge success due to their premiere at the MAD video Music Awards throughout the 13 years the event is taking place. So you have the following five reasons why to buy your ticket and attend the event via www.viva.gr.

Categories: Oiko Times

23
June
2017

Ukraine’s trying to understand reasons of withholding Eurovision guarantee

UKRAINE – The National Public Television Broadcasting Company is trying to understand the reasons of initiating the procedure of arresting the EUR 15 million guarantee in Geneva provided by Ukraine to the European Broadcasting Union for hosing the Eurovision song contest.

“We have hired a law firm from Switzerland, as we need to clarify all the circumstances of the lawsuit and determine the procedure for applying the arrest in line with Swiss legislation,” Board Chairman of National Public Television Broadcasting Company Zurab Alasania said.

According to a letter to the European Broadcasting Union, the Geneva department did not inform the union on the grounds of arresting the funds and did not mention the initiator of the procedure.

SOURCE: INTERFAX

Categories: Oiko Times

23
June
2017

Engelbert Humperdinck: I don’t watch Eurovision. It’s very political.

UNITED KINGDOM – In 2012 Engelbert Humperdinck represented the United Kingdom ending up 25th with 12 points. Speaking to Metro UK he explained how he justifies the result and why he doesn’t watch the Eurovision Song Contest.

No, I don’t watch it. It’s very political. The UK will never be up there again because the competition is too controlled. No matter how much talent you send out there from the UK, nothing will come of it. […] How can you put a person on who is a global artist when there are people there who don’t have record contracts and have never appeared in an arena before and win a music contest? There was a group of Russian grannies who were cooking when they were singing. How does that make sense? And they came second.

Categories: Oiko Times

22
June
2017

A temporary conquest – Portugal’s victory put in perspective

A temporary conquest – Portugal’s victory put in perspective

Salvador and Luísa Sobral at the Eurovision 2017 Winner's Press Conference

In Portuguese, there’s a saying that goes like this: “Quem espera, sempre alcança”. Something like “who waits long enough will eventually get there”. Isn’t it just appropriate? After 49 attempts, Portugal did it and was finally crowned as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest and no one was truly expecting it.

Everyone was hoping for it – making justice to what the green in our flag represents – but never really thought it’d happen.

Well, it did and the nationalism feeling took over the nation. In fact, Salvador Sobral’s win coincided with one of the biggest events of the country – Benfica’s victory party (the biggest football team in Portugal) – and even the festivities stopped to pay homage to Amar Pelos Dois. Now, that’s having an impact!

The day after the victory, Lisbon was filled with billboards congratulating Salvador and Luísa, the airport was invaded by thousands of people welcoming back the winners, every magazine would be covered by Salvador Sobral and every news channel would make the impossible to, at least, say the smallest thing about him. Let’s not talk about how every social media feed was flooded with him! But don’t let yourself be fooled by this Salvador phenomena.

Prior to this year, the last time portuguese people paid attention to Eurovision takes us all back to Vânia Fernandes’ Senhora Do Mar in 2008 – when there was a significant feeling of hope that it’d be our year. Following that, only Suzy managed to be newsworthy for the worst reasons. While most Eurovision fans enjoyed Quero Ser Tua, in Portugal, it only contributed for a greater disdain of the competition reinforcing the idea that the contest was filled with “fast-food music”, using Salvador Sobral’s own words. That’s exactly why I am advising you not to be fooled by all this event surrounding the victory. Not only the attention is more towards Salvador than the contest itself, but it will be ephemeral… Until the end of the next edition of the contest to be more precise.

In reality, Eurovision is no longer what it used to be in Portugal. The older generation (the main age group that watches the show) often remembers the times when the entire country would stop to see the competition. Nowadays, an average of 650,000 people – if RTP is lucky – will turn on to watch the final. On top of that, back then an artist would have a long lasting career after participating in Eurovision. Nowadays, they’ll be lucky to even be on the news after winning Festival da Canção. I’d dare to say that the youngest Portuguese generation had never heard of Eurovision up until this year – hopefully that’s a good sign for the future.

But that’s how everything goes. Everything has a peak, a stable period and a downfall to then rebound. Eurovision in Portugal has just rebounded but the downfall could’ve been avoided or at least could’ve been less deep. Older Eurovision acts agree and have no doubts when they say “Portugal (meaning RTP) never wanted to win”. Nucha (1990) and Carlos Mendes (1972) have both stated that.

“I remember vividly how every country was throwing parties and had billboards of their acts all over the city”, Nucha recalled a few years ago. “We – Portugal – were just there to see and eat. We weren’t there to win because it would cost too much to RTP.” Curiously enough, Carlos Mendes recalled something similar after Salvador’s victory: “In 1972, we didn’t win because RTP didn’t want to. I was called out for promoting my song way too much and was advised that if I won, it would be a major issue for the country due to the lack of conditions”.

This brings us back to the first paragraph of this article: “Portugal (…) was finally crowned as the winner (…) and no one was truly expecting it.” Not even RTP. In fact, after the very first meeting surrounding the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the possible price breakdown of approximately 50 million euros was all over the news and the main concern was on how to produce a low cost event.

See alsoPhotos: At the Winner's Press Conference: Salvador Sobral with his trophy – and his sister

Either way, this can only mean a better future for Eurovision’s reputation in the country. This victory was more than taking to the trophy home. This made everyone realize that the contest is not only about politics or about the biggest countries. It also isn’t just about pop music or what’s festive. It’s about delivering a good message, a good song, a good feeling and spreading love.

See you in Portugal next year!

Categories: Eurovisionary

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