28
March
2020

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Juke Box Jury 2020 #3

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Juke Box Jury 2020 #3
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As mentioned in last week’s Juke Box Jury notes,  Eurovision 2020 is not working out as planned. But we still have Juke Box Jury, even if we recorded it before the Great Cancellation. We shall keep going.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Juke Box Jury #3
with Donna Sluggett and Ross Middleton

Serbia: Hasta La Vista, by Hurricane.
Albania: Fall From The Sky, by Arilena Ara.
Georgia
: Take Me As I Am, by Tornike Kipiani.
Switzerland
: Répondez-moi, by Gjon’s Tears.
The Netherlands: Grow, by Jeangu Macrooy.

ESC Insight will be reviewing all of the songs selected for Rotterdam 2020 here on Juke Box Jury, so  stay up to date with all our Eurovision coverage by listening to the ESC Insight podcast. You’ll find the show in iTunes, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. A direct RSS feed is  available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

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28
March
2020

Eurovision Insight Podcast: The Community Comes Together

Eurovision Insight Podcast: The Community Comes Together
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In a difficult week for the world, the Eurovision community is coming together to keep the spirit of our Song Contest alive, to support each other, and to provide a space for moments of joy and relief. It’s been fabulous, don’t stop.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: The Community Comes Together

It’s been a curious week for the Eurovision Song Contest, but the community has come together. Ewan Spence looks at the creativity out there, why it is important for us all, and catches up on the latest Song Contest news.

Stay up to date with all the Eurovision Song Contest by listening to the ESC Insight podcast. You’ll find the show in iTunes, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. A direct RSS feed is  available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

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28
March
2020

Eurovision stays home with Ryan O’Shaughnessy and others

Eurovision stays home with Ryan O’Shaughnessy and others

Ryan O'Shaughnessy

Last week came the news that many Eurovision fans were dreading, as the ongoing threat from the novel virus COVID-19 brings unprecedented devastation to populations across the world, the 65 year old song contest has for the first time in it’s history been cancelled.

It is a tough time for people that invest a lot of energy into their hobbies and past times. Since the announcement of Eurovision 2020’s cancellation, other major events have been halted by the spread of the virus. Only days ago sporting fans saw the I.O.C. declare the games of the 32nd Olympiad in Japan postponed until 2021,  theatre enthusiasts have seen the 74th Tony Awards postponed until mid-April (optimistically) and Glastonbury being rescheduled to June 2021.

As much as we are disheartened by the decision taken by the EBU, it is without doubt the correct decision for all those who work on the show and who travel from across the world to enjoy the event annually.  Yet the EBU should be applauded for maintaining a positive outlook on the future of the contest.  Already they have honoured all the artists chosen for 2020 by reassuring them that the release of the always anticipated compilation CD will go ahead, as well as officially announcing that 10 of the 2020 artist have so far been asked back to next year’s contest by their respective broadcasters.

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May 2021 seems a long way off, as we are still in March of 2020, yet there is simply nothing we can do but keep our spirits up.  Many on social media are continuing with their own personal contests with followers in different groups and pages on facebook and instagram creating polls for each semi final and having a Grand Final to choose their winner.  This year all 41 songs are winners as they worked hard to bring us a great show and through no fault of their own will not be able to showcase those great entries with the world on such a vast stage as Eurovision’s.

All this being said, the EBU have stepped in to help fans through this longer than anticipated Eurovision Blues period.

Starting next Friday, 3rd April on the official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube page, will be Eurovision Home Concerts, a weekly show which will see some of our favourite past Eurovision contestants along with 2020 entrants perform some classic eurovision songs and their own contest hit and this year’s entrants will get their first opportunity to share their talents to the whole of Europe since the cancellation announcement.

While you #StayAtHome, we have something exciting coming to our YouTube Channel every Friday!🥳

YOU can choose the #Eurovision songs your favourite artists will cover from THEIR homes!📲

👉 https://t.co/ua6pWNOvHz#EurovisionHomeConcertspic.twitter.com/Q7l4zUq17B

— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) March 27, 2020

This will be an interactive experience with the public getting the opportunity to choose which song each artist covers, from an option of four songs chosen by the artist directly.

The first episode will feature multiple artists, 2018 Irish entrant Ryan O’Shaughnessy is the first to be announced he will sing one of these four songs and you can vote on which one you want to see him sing:

Which ONE of his four choices do YOU want to hear him cover?🎙️

The poll will close tonight at 22.00 CET🕙@Ryan_Acoustic | #EurovisionHomeConcerts | #Eurovision

— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) March 27, 2020

More artists will be announced in due course, but it will be a great way to bring fans together as they come to terms with the loss of their’s and Europe’s favourite TV show.

From all of the EuroVisionary team, we want to wish you well and hope you stay safe and stay home, if that is possible.

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23
March
2020

Video: Fans celebrating 45 years since Turkish Eurovision debut

Video: Fans celebrating 45 years since Turkish Eurovision debut

Turkish fans + OGAE Turkey logo

Yesterday saw the 45th anniversary of Turkey’s debut at the Eurovision Song Contest. A group of OGAE Turkey members celebrated it by singing their country’s debut song “Seninle Bir Dakika” from their homes.

People all over the world are staying at home to stay safe and protect others from the Coronavirus’ COVID-19 disease. This is no exception in Turkey who have so far registered 30 deaths. The situation brings alternatives to spend good and effective time at home.

The cancellation of Eurovision 2020 also caused sadness among fans in Turkey. Even though the country has not  participated since 2012, there are many fans who still follow the contest closely. Many of them are members in the fan club OGAE Turkey.

As a result of staying at home, but still mark this 45th anniversary of the first Turkish participation, a group of Turkish fans recorded a video of them singing Seninle Bir Dakika, the country’s first ever Eurovision entry.

In the embedded video below, take a look at what they Turkish fans produced:

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21
March
2020

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Juke Box Jury 2020 #2

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Juke Box Jury 2020 #2
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Yes, Eurovision 2020 is not working out as planned, and some things change. But some things will remain, such as Juke Box Jury. After all, we started last week, so we’d better keep on going.

Think of it as our way to honour the songs.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Juke Box Jury #2
with Ellie Chalkley and Scott Reid.

North Macedonia: You, by Vasil.
Romania
: Alcohol You, by Roxen.
Bulgaria
: Tears Getting Sober, by Victoria.
Moldova: Prison, by Natalia Gordienko.
Spain: Universo, by Blas Cantó.

We’re going to be running thorough all of the songs selected for Rotterdam 2020 here on Juke Box Jury, so  stay up to date with all our Eurovision coverage by listening to the ESC Insight podcast. You’ll find the show in iTunes, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. A direct RSS feed is  available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

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21
March
2020

Ireland: Fifty years ago today Dana won Eurovision with All Kinds Of Everything

Ireland: Fifty years ago today Dana won Eurovision with All Kinds Of Everything

Dana

Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Irish win at Eurovision, when Dana took the title with the song All Kinds Of Everything. Some may say she saved the future of Eurovision.

Way back in 1970, the Eurovision organisers had a problem on how to decide where to host the 15th Eurovision Contest. The previous year, four countries drew for first place when it had been hosted in Madrid, Spain. To avoid Spain having to host the following year, they were eliminated as potential hosts, as was The United Kingdom as they had hosted in 1968.

That left a choice between France and The Netherlands, with Amsterdam eventually being chosen as the host city.

One problem solved, the next one came when Portugal, Sweden, Finland and Norway decided they did not want to participate due to the shambolic four way tie the previous year, with Austria also deciding to give it a miss.

So in 1970 the future of the contest looked bleak, when only twelve countries agreed to participate and it seemed a given that Knock Knock Who’s There, the United Kingdom’s entry by Mary Hopkin was going to win.

However, a little 18 year old from Derry, Northern Ireland had different plans when she entered the stage to sit on her little box. Dana, real name, Rosemary Brown, gave an instantly appealing performance of a Derry Lindsay and Jackie Smith song, All Kinds Of Everything. Before the voting had even started it seemed that she was the obvious winner, and when Belgium awarded the song 9 of its 10 points, the win was secured.

Eurovision organisers were delighted to have such a popular winner, and the song became an international best seller, knocking Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water from the top of the charts in the United Kingdom. Interest in the contest was revived again, and the missing countries returned the following year.

Dana went on to have a very successful career with hits including Please Tell Him That I Said Hello, Fairytale and Its Going To Be A Cold Cold Christmas.  She even entered politics and tried to become the Irish president. Eventually Ireland would rack up seven wins, a record they have held since 1996.

Mary Hopkin finished second, while a newcomer from Spain placed 4th. That newcomer, Julio Iglesias eventually became a global superstar, a feat repeated by his son Enrique.

For now though, let’s celebrate Dana’s 50th anniversary win, as All Kinds Of Everything Reminds Me Of You.

This reflection article is based on the author's ownpersonal experience. Views expressed belongs to him or her, and are to be seen as unrelated to EuroVisionary.com.

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