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24
September
2017

EBU express concerns over UA:PB under-funding

UKRAINE – The 2018 draft of state budget envisages providing only 775 mln UAH (approx. 25 mln EUR) for financing UA: PBC. The sum is around half of the budget defined in the Law on Public Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine.

The management board of UA: PBC regards the possible underfunding as a threat to the freedom of speech. It also sees it as a way of getting the broadcaster under control on the eve of a general election campaign.

EU representatives express their concerns with the possible underfunding of UA: PBC and demand from the Ukrainian government to fulfill its obligation toward UA: PBC.

The EBU was one of the first to express its position concerning under-funding financing of UA: PBC. The statement of the organization says that UA: PBC is the core of recent political reforms in Ukraine. A robust and independent public service broadcaster is a crucial tool in the fight against corruption, the respect of the rule of Law, and important step towards Ukraine’s European integration.

The European Broadcasting Union calls on the Ukrainian Government to ensure appropriate, fair and independent funding for UA: PBC in line with the Ukrainian Law and European standards.

“A sudden drop in its funding levels, would undermine the important process of reform UA: PBC has undertaken in order to operate as sustainable and independent public service media organization,” EBU Director General Noel Curran said.

We should not forget that there are pending two cases: how Ukrainian television will get the 15 million Euros deposited as guarantee and also to deal with the fine of EBU (200,000 Euros) for messing with Eurovision 2017 hosting.

Categories: Oiko Times

23
September
2017

Slavko auditions for X-Factor UK

Slavko auditions for X-Factor UK

Slavko Kalezić (Montenegro 2017)

Montenegrin singer, Slavko Kalezić may have missed out on a place in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, yet that hasn’t put him off achieving his dream of superstardom.

No stranger to the X Factor franchise, Slavko previously auditioned for the Adria version of the show, reaching the Judges Houses stage of the competition. During that edition, he was mentored by former Eurovision Finalist, Zeljko Joksimovic.  While he wasn’t successful in the show, he did release an album the following year and even appeared as a guest singer with his song Krivac.

His dream is not over and this weekend saw him reaching another milestone in his career, auditioning for the original X Factor in the UK. Auditioning with Beyoncé’s End of Time, the same song that brought him to the attention of The X Factor Adria judges but with one noticeable difference – Slavko’s now infamous style (for which he won the Barbara Dex Award) and his trademark hair braid.

Slavko gave an impressionable performance with his dance moves and flicking his hair to and fro. After the initial shock of seeing this flamboyant performer, Nicole Scherzinger and the Montenegrin singer were on the same linguistic wavelength as she found her ‘inner diva’ in Slavko. Simon Cowell was speechless, while we discovered Louis Walsh (Brendan Murray’s manager)  met Slavko at Eurovision and was his inspiration to travel to the UK for the audition. The X Factor is always known for its novel acts, and, over the years, we have seen many, such as Chico, Same Difference, Wagner and Jedward, all of whom have gone on to have varying degrees of success. The latter also competed at Eurovision in 2011 and 2012; on both occasions, they qualified to the final for their homeland of Ireland and, in 2011, even reached the top ten with their song Lipstick.

Confusion and dazed faces from Simon aside, Slavko was successful in tonight’s X Factor audition getting three out of four judges to say ‘yes’ and prompting Simon to admit ‘he had never seen anything like that’. Slavko moves on to the following stage of the competition. We will see him next at Bootcamp, where he will sing alongside all the successful auditionees for a place at the dreaded 6 Chair Challenge.

How well will he do?  Stay up to date with all the latest on Slavko’s X Factor journey with us here at Eurovisionary!

Categories: Eurovisionary

23
September
2017

Eurovision stars send prayers to Salvador Sobral (updated)

Eurovision stars send prayers to Salvador Sobral (updated)

Salvador Sobral during Festival da Canção 2017.

Jamala, Manel Navarro, Martina Bárta and Alexander Rybak are amongst the Eurovision stars who have sent positive messages to Salvador Sobral. The 2017 winner was allegedly moved into intensive care after his heart condition worsened.

It has been a rough month for the 2017 Eurovision winner, Salvador Sobral. In a video uploaded to YouTube earlier this month, the singer announced a break in his musical career to focus on getting better, In the same video, the singer also announced a special farewell concert in Estoril. Since then, the singer has been admitted to hospital and has recently been rushed to the intensive care unit as his condition has worsened.

Responding to this unfortunate situation, Salvador’s Eurovision colleagues have been nothing but supportive of him and shared some love with the singer. Manel Navarro – Spain’s 2017 representative – was the first one to write him a public message. The two singers have become great friends since Salvador visited Spain in order to promote his Amar Pelos Dois entry.

Manel touched everyone’s heart with his kind and deep words through social media: “When your heart is tired, use mine. You will always have mine for both of us”.

Not as deep but as kind, Martina Bárta (Czech Republic, 2017), who has always expressed her huge love for Salvador and Amar Pelos Dois, took also some time to write a couple of words to her friend: “Dear Salvador, I’m thinking of you and believe in your quick recovery”, she said. “Be strong, my friend.”

Jamala – the 2016 Eurovision winner – also posted a picture with this year’s winner on social media along with a full Portuguese message that translated says: “Salvador, we are all with you! Ukraine is with you! We’re praying for you! Be strong! Everything will be ok.”

Update – shortly after this article was initially published, another Eurovision winner, Norway’s Alexander Rybak (2009) also posted a Facebook message of support, which can be seen below: 

We hope Salvador pulls through and is able to beat this situation. In the meantime, we should take some time to appreciate this demonstration of companionship by these Eurovision stars. After all, that’s what the competition stands for. Do you remember these slogans? “We are one” (2013), “Building Bridges” (2015), “Come Together” (2016).

Singer’s condition has deteriorated

While earlier reports claimed Salvador’s hospitalization was just for control purposes and that “all vital functions were under control”, new reports say otherwise.

Portuguese magazine Flash! is reporting that the Amar Pelos Dois singer is now being treated by leading experts in their field and that his life is at great risk. They go further, saying that, even if they find a compatible heart for Salvador, he may not be well enough to receive it.

The same source claims that visits are extremely restricted and that Salvador is being watched 24 hours a day. Salvador’s representatives haven’t said a word about this as yet.

Salvador broke down in tears during farewell concert

On September 8th, Salvador Sobral took to the stage for the last time before his hospitalization to perform in front of roughly 3,000 people who showed up to support the Portuguese hero before his brief departure.

The singer had promised a “special and beautiful” performance and he kept the promise. During Amar Pelos Dois, Salvador was joined by his sister, Luísa Sobral, and the emotion took over. The audience also joined in, cheering and singing the words, with Salvador breaking down in tears and struggling to finish the song. A hug between him and Luísa during the performance was heartbreaking.

Eurovision’s YouTube official channel uploaded a video of the performance with images provided by RTP that can be watched below.

Categories: Eurovisionary

23
September
2017

Eurovision Insight Podcast: On Days Like These

Eurovision Insight Podcast: On Days Like These
http://archive.org/download/escinsight_20170922_500/escinsight_20170922_500.mp3

As the new Eurovision season begins to talk shape, the message is clear. Everything is great. We don’t know exactly what these great things are, but they are great. Time to sit down to see what’s been happening in the last two weeks on the latest Insight News podcast.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: On Days Like These

Catch up with the latest news on Eurovision 2018 and Junior Eurovision 2017, the latest National Final news and submissions, plus music from Lotte. Hosted by Ewan Spence.

Keep listening to the ESC Insight podcast over the summer for more Eurovision news, fun, and chat. You’ll find the show in iTunes, and a direct RSS feed is also available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

Categories: ESC Insight

22
September
2017

Eurovision stars send prayers to Salvador Sobral

Eurovision stars send prayers to Salvador Sobral

Salvador Sobral during Festival da Canção 2017.

Jamala, Manel Navarro and Martina Bárta are amongst the Eurovision stars who have sent positive messages to Salvador Sobral, after the 2017 winner was allegedly moved into intensive care. Salvador had checked into hospital as a precaution due to his health condition, yet new reports claim his condition has worsened.

It has been a rough month for the 2017 Eurovision winner, Salvador Sobral. In a video uploaded to YouTube earlier this month, the singer announced a break in his musical career to focus on getting better, In the same video, the singer also announced a special farewell concert in Estoril. Since then, the singer has been admitted to hospital and has recently been rushed to the intensive care unit as his condition has worsened.

Responding to this unfortunate situation, Salvador’s Eurovision colleagues have been nothing but supportive of him and shared some love with the singer. Manel Navarro – Spain’s 2017 representative – was the first one to write him a public message. The two singers have become great friends since Salvador visited Spain in order to promote his Amar Pelos Dois entry.

Manel touched everyone’s heart with his kind and deep words through social media: “When your heart is tired, use mine. You will always have mine for both of us”.

Not as deep but as kind, Martina Bárta (Czech Republic, 2017), who has always expressed her huge love for Salvador and Amar Pelos Dois, took also some time to write a couple of words to her friend: “Dear Salvador, I’m thinking of you and believe in your quick recovery”, she said. “Be strong, my friend.”

Last but not least, Jamala – the 2016 Eurovision winner – posted a picture with this year’s winner on social media along with a full Portuguese message that translated says: “Salvador, we are all with you! Ukraine is with you! We’re praying for you! Be strong! Everything will be ok.”

We can only hope Salvador pulls through and is able to beat this situation. In the meantime, we should take some time to appreciate this demonstration of companionship by these Eurovision stars. After all, that’s what the competition stands for. Do you remember these slogans? “We are one” (2013), “Building Bridges” (2015), “Come Together” (2016).

Singer’s condition has deteriorated

While earlier reports claimed Salvador’s hospitalization was just for control purposes and that “all vital functions were under control”, new reports say otherwise.

Portuguese magazine Flash! is reporting that the Amar Pelos Dois singer is now being treated by leading experts in their field and that his life is at great risk. They go further, saying that, even if they find a compatible heart for Salvador, he may not be well enough to receive it.

The same source claims that visits are extremely restricted and that Salvador is being watched 24 hours a day. Salvador’s representatives haven’t said a word about this as yet.

Salvador broke down in tears during farewell concert

On September 8th, Salvador Sobral took to the stage for the last time before his hospitalization to perform in front of roughly 3,000 people who showed up to support the Portuguese hero before his brief departure.

The singer had promised a “special and beautiful” performance and he kept the promise. During Amar Pelos Dois, Salvador was joined by his sister, Luísa Sobral, and the emotion took over. The audience also joined in, cheering and singing the words, with Salvador breaking down in tears and struggling to finish the song. A hug between him and Luísa during the performance was heartbreaking.

Eurovision’s YouTube official channel uploaded a video of the performance with images provided by RTP that can be watched below.

Categories: Eurovisionary

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