11
June
2018

‘Eurovision 2038 – here we come!’ – Måns Zelmerlöw welcomes baby boy

‘Eurovision 2038 – here we come!’ – Måns Zelmerlöw welcomes baby boy

Måns Zelmerlöw and his family

Måns Zelmerlöw is readying things up so his newborn can follow his footsteps and win Eurovision one day. In a new social media picture, the Swedish singer and his partner welcomed their new baby.

Måns Zelmerlöw brought the Eurovision trophy back to his homecountry Sweden in 2015 and made everybody proud with his winning song. Now things are different and a lot more exciting as the Heroes singer has just became a father for the first time.

Back in December, Måns posted a picture on Instagram about the wonderful news of him expecting his first child from Ciara Janson – an English actress mostly known for her role as Nicole in the British soap opera, Hollyoaks. From that moment on, Måns along with the Eurovision fandom could not wait to see what his son would look like and the moment has finally arrived.

To celebrate the great news, take a look at this Instagram timeline and remember how things developed into this so very special moment, starting with the very first post announcing the big news:

Small hero coming!! ❤️❤️❤️ #werecheesyaf 📸@itsmotherland

A post shared by Måns Zelmerlöw (@manszelmerlow) on

During nine long months, we see Ciara radiant as she waits for her baby…

And now we wait. On a spontaneous bed of grass.⌛️ 📸: @itsmotherland

A post shared by Ciara Janson (@ciarajanson) on

Your ‘peak performance’ was exactly what got us into this situation 🙄

A post shared by Ciara Janson (@ciarajanson) on

And finally, today – the 25th of May – we welcome Måns’ and Ciara’s first son into the world.

Welcome to the world you perfect little superhero. Eurovision 2038 – here we come!

A post shared by Måns Zelmerlöw (@manszelmerlow) on

While the baby boy’s name hasn’t yet been revealed, we certainly can’t wait to hear more about it and see more cute pictures of this exciting new chapter of their lives! We wish all the very best to this young couple!

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11
June
2018

Missed the final twice in three years – how does Greece move on?

Missed the final twice in three years – how does Greece move on?

Yianna Terzi (Greece 2018)

Greece, one of the previous so powerful countries at the contest, is facing a “Eurovision crisis”. Missing the final twice in the past three years, it’s time for the Greeks to wonder about what went wrong, and what they can do in the near future to bring their country back to the game.

The Mediterranean country made it’s debut to the contest back in 1974. Since then, Greece has enjoyed massive success with remarkable Top 10 and Top 5 placings. Also, Helena Paparizou made the country “Number One” all over the Europe by bringing the trophy back home in 2005.

However, it is clear that something has been missing in the past few years. The country is suddenly struggling, and they need to get back on track quickly to remain a country you can count on to deliver.

So, that’s how you bring Greece back to Eurovision glory!

Step one: Believe in it (Yes as Alexander says). Eurovision is such a famous TV show throughout the year and almost everyone watches it in Greece. It can bring a lot of benefits for the national broadcaster, ERT.

But ERT needs to pay more attention to it’s selection process. Basically, they must take the contest seriously again. How can they do that? It’s easy! By making an open call to all types of artists, from the younger to the older ones, who will be free to submit their songs. Then a well-organized national final to be held with the public having the rights to choose the proper song and the artist who will represent the country on the big Eurovision stage.

Step two: Just roll with it! (Nahh, just kidding, Alex just get out of my mind!). So, step two: A song always needs the best possible promotion.

In the last few years, Greece did literally nothing to promote their song across Europe. It’s time for ERT and the record labels to allocate money onto that purpose – don’t expect the artists to pay themselves if they want promotion. Attending some of the Eurovision pre-parties will be a good idea. In that way, people will feel closer to the song, and they will have the chance to meet the artist and find out more about him/her. Another idea is to give a number of interviews on local and world media. In that way, you will keep the interest and all the buzz around your entry.

Step Three: Key word is work. All that matters, not only in Eurovision, but in life in generally, is work. Starting with the right clothing and ending with the right staging, all needs to be done properly and in the right time. Experienced and talented people will be needed to ensure things that can lift up a performance so badly that it can slay on stage.

To sum up, the country is actually living a “Greek tragedy” as bad results continues to come one after another. Greece is currently lost in Eurovision bottom. But, with lot of efforts and team work, the spirit and the results can be found again.

In the video below you can see clips from Yianna Terzi hearsing her Eurovision entry Oniro Mou, which finished 14th in the first semi-final no where near the 10 qualifiers.

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11
June
2018

Bosnia and Herzegovina is not definitely out of 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

Bosnia and Herzegovina is not definitely out of 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Several Eurovision media recently reported that, Bosnia and Herzegovina won’t be able to come back next year. Lejla A. Babović, responsible for the Eurovision project within BHRT (Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Radio and Television) explains why it however is too soon to conclude anything.

According to Babović, nothing has been decided yet although she is pessimistic about Bosnia and Herzegovina’s chances to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest next year: “I cannot confirmed anything right now. But I have to make you aware of that the EBU has sanctioned BHRT which means that we are not allowed to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest“.

The sanctions, Babović is talking about here, has been imposed in december 2016 as BHRT’s debt to the EBU is over 3 million euros.

We also asked Lejla A. Babović if BHRT would consider to make comeback to the contest, if the sanctions are lifted. She explains that the current situation makes them unable to decide such things yet. Next month’s Football World Cup is used as an example of something they want to broadcast, but currently haven’t secured yet.

It is still too early for BHRT to make any decision about participation in the Eurovision Song Contest even if we weren’t sanctioned. Why? Because for many years, the financial situation and working conditions on BHRT didn’t make it possible for us to make plans in good time. Especially when it comes to such a demanding project as the Eurovision Song Contest is. The present model of collecting the licence fee (through electricity bills) provides the minimum level of existence for BHRT. At the current moment we are struggling to acquire the broadcasting rights for FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer, so people in Bosnia and Herzegovina can follow this prestigious event on the public broadcaster. Nobody knows what will happen after that. 

Lejla A. Babović (BHRT)

Financial difficulties have been a serious issue for the national broadcaster for a very long time threatening them to shut down in the worst-case scenario. A year ago, EBU, BHRT, the Bosnia and Herzegovina Journalist Association, the Council of Europe, the Office of the OSCE Representative of Freedom of the Media, the European Federation of Journalists and the South East Europe Media Organisation held an international conference in Sarajevo, where they concluded that the collapse of public service media (PSM) in Bosnia and Herzegovina is unacceptable. Back then, Marko Filli, who is EBU Board Member, said that BHRT’s debt towards the EBU is the slightest problem, and that is very easy to make an agreement regarding the repayment. 

It seems that there is a lot of goodwill to help BHRT, but we still need the decisive mesaures to be taken by the broadcaster and the EBU, so that Bosnia and Herzegovina again can become a full member of Eurovision family. The country last took part in 2016. In the video below, remind yourself of their entry Ljubav Je.

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11
June
2018

Do you feel like dancing? Learn Eleni’s “Fuego” dance moves

Do you feel like dancing? Learn Eleni’s “Fuego” dance moves

Eleni Foureira (Cyprus 2018)

Did you ever dream of rehearsing the choreography of “Fuego” with Eleni Foureira herself? Now you can begin practicing the moves from this year’s Eurovision runner-up.

Eleni Foureira has been one of this year’s Eurovision acts that has mostly benefited from the show’s exposure. Not only did she get exposure for her Cypriot entry Fuego in many European and South American countries, she is now travelling Europe for promotional purposes. Her first stop is Spain. The Greek singer has been invited to perform her Eurovision hit at Fama a Bailar – a dancing talent show similar to So You Think You Can Dance – but not alone.

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Instead, Eleni took the stage with the TV show’s cast and, because of that, she spent some time rehearsing with the team. The program has a live YouTube channel that airs 24 hours a day. An hour of rehearsal is available online. In the video, Eleni performs the song more than three times with several breaks for specific moves, making it easier for everyone to learn and practice the routine.

With this being said, if you haven’t had the chance of learning the choreography just yet, here’s your chance. You can also take a look at the final performance of Fuego that aired in last night’s live show.

Eleni Foureira is Greek, but represented Cyprus at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. She came second, only losing out to Israel’s Netta in the final.

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11
June
2018

Isaura sings about lesbian love in new single “Closer”

Isaura sings about lesbian love in new single “Closer”

Isaura in "Closer"

A girl singing about another girl is not something we usually hear, but Isaura is making that change in her new single “Closer”. Portugal’s 2018 representative has just put out a new single and will soon release her breakthrough album.

People can be cruel and quite judgemental when they see a woman dressed in a certain way or rocking a specific hairdo but that has never bothered Isaura, who featured on this year’s Portuguese act. Another thing that certainly didn’t shake her off was the Eurovision last place with O Jardim as she seems ready to move on.

In between Eurovision rehearsals, interviews and even parties, Isaura has never forgotten about her own career outside of the bubble. Therefore, she had many things prepared by then and is now sharing a little bit of it with her audience. The most recent one being her brand new English single Closer where the Portuguese singer talks about a girl, a brave move taking in consideration all of the prejudice that still goes around the world. “She always says what she’s thinking (…). She always makes me feel like I am winning”, she sings during the first verses of this alternative Pop song that resembles American popstar Halsey’s music style.

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Closer was written by Isaura and produced by Diogo Piçarra, who withdrew of this year’s Festival da Canção after being accused of plagiarism. As for the music video – where Isaura’s loved one dances with a man in the middle of the street – it was directed by Liliana Ramires.

Isaura’s breakthrough album – Human – is also now available for pre-ordering in all digital platforms. In the meantime and while we wait for it, take a look and a listen to Closer:

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11
June
2018

Eleni Foureira meets Cypriot president Nikos Anastasiadis in Presidential Hall

Eleni Foureira meets Cypriot president Nikos Anastasiadis in Presidential Hall

Eleni and Nikos Anastasiadis

After her recent Eurovision success, Eleni Foureira today met with the Cypriot president. Invited to the meeting was also “Fuego” songwriter Alex Papaconstantinou and the rest of the team behind this year’s runner-up entry.

Today, at the Presidential Hall in Cyprus, Eleni Foureira met with the Cypriot president Nikos Anastasiadis. He expressed his interest to meet the woman who made his country proud. He congratulated her with the second place that she brought home for Cyprus.

I’m very glad to welcome Eleni Foureira, Alex Papaconstantinoy and the whole team who represented us at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. We would like to thank them for their work. They became very good ambassadors for Cyprus abroad.

Nikos Anastasiadis, President of Cyprus, on Twitter.

Moments after her meeting with the president, Eleni said that it was so beautiful to be there, that she was honored and thrilled to meet Mr. Anastasiadis. The Greek singer took the opportunity to also reveal that she is going on a summer tour, starting her journey from Cyprus.

In the video below, you can hear Fuego performed live at this year’s Eurovision Village in Lisbon, Portugal:

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