San Marino will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. The state broadcaster San Marino RTV confirmed their participation and says they will look for their act on the internet.
The Head of Delegation of San Marino and the broadcaster have publically debated whether they would continue to take part in the contest. They believe a small micro state has no chance of success at the contest.
Nevertheless, they will take part in 2018 again. More details on the search strategy in San Marino will be revelaed in due time.
MALTA – During a meeting held today at the PBS Creativity Hub with the 16 MESC 2018 finalists, a draw took place to determine the 1st and the 16th slot in the running of the festival that will take place on the 3rd February 2018 at the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre .
The draw determined that the festival will be opened by a new comer Aidan with his song Dai laga and will close the running order Petra, who will be performing her song Evolution.
PORTUGAL – The Portuguese national broadcaster RTP is planning to stage one of the cheapest Eurovision Song Contests in recent history without comprising the quality of the event. The price tag of some recent editions have ranged between 25 and 40 million euros.
RTP’s Chairman, Gonçalo Reis, noted that the show in Lisbon next May will focus on showcasing the contemporary and modern image of Portugal including its culture of inclusion, tolerance and positivity.
“The contest will be a mobilising project for all creative industries, both for Lisbon and for Portugal as a whole, and will allow the country to continue to build its image on the international stage”, Mr Reis said. RTP noted that the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will be “one of the most interesting ever”.
Portugal will continue to select its entry for the show through the Festival de Canção national final, which will likely be staged outside of Lisbon for at least the next four years.
The upcoming national final will be held in Guimarães, marking the first time the show will be staged outside of the capital since 2001. The semis will take place on February 18 and 25, while the grand final on March 4.
Portugal will take part in Eurovision next year for the 50th time and for the first time on home soil.
Vasiliki Stefanou will be representing label Polymusic.
Twenty-four year old singer Vasiliki Stefanou has become the third artist to publicly confirm that she has submitted an entry for the consideration of Greek public broadcaster ERT and its national final for Eurovision 2018.
Vasiliki Stefanou is a musicology student in the National and Capodistrian University of Athens. The young singer has previously studied piano, musical theory and harmony and has already had collaborations with credible artists in the Greek music scene.
As previously reported, ERT is working on putting together a national final regarding the selection of the Greek entry for Lisbon. With a deadline of 20th October fast approaching, Vasiliki is only the third artist to have publicly confirmed they have submitted a song after Areti Ketime and Panagiotis Tsakalakos did so some days ago.
Vasiliki purports that she prefers traditional, soulful music to the ‘plastic shininess’ of reality shows and the commercial part of the music scene in Greece. She describes her entry as a ‘love song’ with musical elements reminiscent of the traditional music of Epirus, the Western part of mainland Greece.
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This is consistent with ERT stipulations for this year, which favour Greek lyrics and traditional musical elements. Indeed, a characteristic of Vasiliki’s song will be the use of clarinet – the musical instrument being typical to both Greek and, more broadly, Balkan traditional music.
A close translation of Vasiliki’s flowery statement to InfeGreece (in Greek) translates as follows:
I am very happy that I will participate as a candidate for the competition part of Eurovision, one of the longest running music events with millions of tele viewers around the world. My record label, Polymusic, after a letter by ERT to record companies with which it set the terms and conditions for participation in the contest. I thank them for the honour and trust. Our song is full of traditional sound elements, following an Epirus musical style and with Greek lyrics. The creators of the song are Giorgos Kyriakos and Magda Varoucha, young talented creators and friends of mine. It is a love song framed by the traditional sound of the clarinet, (thus) representing the melodic motifs of Epirus, and, at the same time, endowing tradition with new breath through ‘ethnic’ elements. I find the recommendations this year from ERT and the ‘restriction’ as to the fact that it will accept candidate songs that will have solely Greek lyrics and a Greek sound as absolutely consistent with the musical path I have been carving and, due to that, I am twice as happy. I hope that our song will have the recognition it deserves and that it will represent Greece at the final in Lisbon.
Vasiliki Stefanou on her entry for the Greek national final.
In the following video, you can watch Vasiliki’s rendition of Ola Se Thymizoun (Everything Is Reminiscent Of You), a much-loved ballad within Greece, during a popular Saturday night show.
What are your impressions of the artists that have confirmed interest so far? Does it look like the Greek final is going the right way? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
He may not have got through the Semi-Final at Eurovision, but Montenegrin singer Slavko Kalezić is riding high in The X Factor UK after reaching the final audition stage of the show.
We here at EuroVisionary are indeed visionaries as we correctly predicted last night that Slavko would retain his seat at the Six-Chair Challenge and jet off to the ‘Judges’ Houses’ round of the competition.
After a gruelling two-hour long show, we have finally seen Slavko get the thumbs up from his ‘outer’ diva, Nicole Scherzinger. As is customary with X-Factor UK, each of the categories go to their respective judge’s house for a final performance and a chance to appear on the live shows.
Slavko was successful and will now set off with his other 5 peers in the ‘Overs’ to the beautiful country of South Africa. There, he will sing one last time for Nicole and her guest judge, UK Grime Artist Stormzy, who is fast becoming one of the biggest artists in the country and will be able to spot the talented from the bunch.
It will be interesting to see how far Slavko can go in the competition, will he get to the live shows or bomb at the last stage? Only time will tell but keep posted for all the up to date news from us here at EuroVisionary!
Belarus will host the 2018 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The EBU has confirmed this news one month before the 2017 edition in Georgia.
In recent years the winner of the contest got the first right to host the next year, but the EBU is now returning to earlier times, where they handpicked the host country themselves.
2018 will be the second time that Belarus hosts the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. It was held in Minsk in 2010 as well.
EBU explains their choice
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Head of Live Events said: “The rule change to allow a host for next year’s competition to be chosen earlier not only gives the host broadcaster longer to prepare what is a huge production but also protects the future of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
“We are therefore delighted to announce, before we gather in Tbilisi for the 2017 competition, that BTRC will be the host broadcaster of the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. BTRC’s application to host was extremely strong, and we have full confidence that they will put the same enthusiasm into the preparations of next year’s event.”