CYPRUS – Sophia Patsalidou, known professionally as Sophia Patsalides (Greek: Σοφία Πατσαλίδου), is a Greek Cypriot teen singer. She represented her nation at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with her song “I pio omorfi mera” (The most wonderful day). Patsalides was born on 16 December 2000 in Nicosia, the capital city of Cyprus. She is currently a student at The English School of Nicosia. Patsalides has been interested in music since she was little, but started singing when she was 3. She grew up listening to pop music, such as Beyoncé. On 21 July 2014, Sophia Patsalides was internally selected to represent Cyprus at the 12th annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta. She was the fifth to perform on the evening with her song I pio omorfi mera. Following the final, she said that she would “love” to participate in the adult Eurovision for Cyprus.
Bill Martin’s musical career stretches over fifty years, from his first taste of success with Adam Faith to his upcoming collaborations with artists including Celine Dion. For ESC Insight readers, two of his biggest hits are going to be instantly recognisable (Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet On A String‘, and Cliff Richard’s ‘Congratulations‘).
Ewan caught up with Bill at his show in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, to talk about his career, winning the Eurovision Song Contest for the UK, his other involvements with the Song Contest, and who he’d get to sing Scotland’s first Eurovision song…
Eurovision Insight Podcast: In-Depth With Songwriter Bill Martin
Ewan Spence shares a drink with songwriter Bill Martin to talk about his Eurovision memories, with ‘Puppet on a String’, ‘Congratulations’, ‘Let Me Be The One’, ‘All Kinds Of Everything’, and more…
Sandie Shaw and Bill Martin (image: billmartinsongwriter.com)
You can follow Bill’s latest endeavours at his website, www.billmartinsongwriter.com.
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Serbia has chosen a new strategy when it comes to selecting their act for the Eurovision Song Contest. Broadcaster RTS has announced a public anonymous competition for the selection of a composition that will represent Serbia in the most watched world music competition.
Applications are open until the 20th of October 20. Even though there will be a televised show next year, it will still be the broadcaster that makes the call on who gets to sing for Serbia at the contest.
In recent years Serbia made a partially or fully internal selection. But after Tijana Bogićević (pictured above) did not make it to the final with her song ‘In Too Deep’, there is now a change of plans.
Artist must have Serbian nationality
Even though composers from all over the world are allowed to apply a song to the Serbian selection, the performing artist must have the Serbian nationality. The song also must be song in Serbian or another national language in the Balkan nation, which could be Hungarian, Bosnian, Slovakian, Croatian, Albanian or Romanian.
After the 20th of October an RTS selection committee will narrow down all composed songs to a list of maximum ten songs. These songs will be performed live in a show broadcast by RTS, but it is not a national final as we are all used. After that show a jury will pick which song will represent Serbia in Lisbon for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
Serbian broadcaster announced today a public anonymous competition for the selection of the song that will represent at the 2018 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The winner will be chosen by an expert jury only, without the involvement of the public.
In order to develop and promote musical creativity in the field of pop music, the Serbian broadcaster is now preparing for an actual selection in order to find their 2018 Eurovision representative.
A selection committee of Radio-Television of Serbia (RTS) composed of music editors will select 10 songs out of the submitted ones – without knowing who is behind which songs. Should it be that any of the received songs do not live up to the required music quality, RTS has reserved the right to independently choose the song that will represent Serbia.
After the selection of 10 compositions by the selection committee, an expert jury consisting of eminent music producers will select the song which will represent Serbia at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018.
The main rules of the Serbian selection:
The composers can be of any nationality;
Chosen artist must be Serbian
The lyrics of the song needs to be in one of the official languages of the Republic of Serbia: Serbia, Hungarian, Slovak, Romanian, Croatian, Rusyn and Albanian
The authors should submit a recorded composition
Deadline to submit entry is the 20th of October
Songs should be sent via postal service to JMU, Radio-televizija Srbije Zabavni program, Muzička redakcija
Takovska 10, 11000 Beograd, Serbia – marked „Za Pesmu Evrovizije 2018”
The chosen songs will be revealed for the first time in the national final show organised by RTS
In the video below, take a look at Serbia’s 2017 entry In Too Deep by Tijana Bogićević – here in a 4K edition.
The EBU has confirmed that there will be a Eurovision Asia Contest. It is the Asia-Pacific version of the most spectacular television entertainment event in the world; the Eurovision Song Contest. The format is currently in development and today saw the launch of the official website EurovisionAsia.tv.
In recent years, Australia’s Head of Delegation Paul Clarke talked to ESC Daily a couple of times about the plans for an Asia-Pacific version of the contest.
The EBU’s production partners are working together to establish the Eurovision format in the Asia-Pacific region, bringing together up to 20 countries to compete in one extraordinary live annual Grand Final. Eurovision is finally coming to Asia.