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24
March
2017

Australia: Warhurst and Creasey new commentators

Australia: Warhurst and Creasey new commentators

Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey are the new Australian hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Radio host, presenter, and music buff Myf Warhurst, together with comedian and sequin buff Joel Creasey are the new duo who will host SBS’s broadcast, providing commentary at Eurovision.

SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid said: “Australians have embraced Eurovision since SBS’s first broadcast more than 30 years ago and as a nation, we feel incredible warmth and admiration for the countries, their cultures, the contest, and what it represents. Already loved by Australian audiences, Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst perfectly capture this spirit, and we’re thrilled to welcome them as SBS’s new Eurovision hosts.”

Long-time lounge room fans, first-time attendees, Myf and Joel will have their very first Eastern European taste of the world’s biggest song contest when they land on the ground in Kiev, Ukraine.

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23
March
2017

Russia: EBU offers participation through satellite connection

Russia: EBU offers participation through satellite connection

Russia might still take part in the Eurovision Song Contest, even though their chosen artist Julia Samoylova was refused entry to host country Ukraine. The EBU has offered the solution that Russia will take part through a satellite connection during the second semi final.

On 22 March the Ukrainian authorities issued a travel ban on the artist chosen as the Russian entrant to the Eurovision Song Contest, Julia Samoylova.

The EBU thinks to have found a solution for this issue, and let Russia take part in a way that has never been done before. They write: “In order to maintain the non-political nature of the Eurovision Song Contest, the EBU has been working hard to find a solution to this situation and has taken the unprecedented move to offer Channel One Russia the opportunity for Julia to still participate in this year’s Contest by performing live in the 2nd Semi Final via satellite. Should the Russian entry qualify for the Grand Final the same solution would apply.”

“This is something that has never been done before in the Contest’s 60 year history but, in the spirit of Eurovision’s values of inclusivity and this year’s theme of Celebrate Diversity, the decision has been taken to ensure that all 43 entrants are given the opportunity to participate.”

Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand said: “We are continuing our dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities with the ambition to have all artists present to perform in host city, Kyiv, which is, of course, our preferred option. It is imperative that the Eurovision Song Contest remains free from politics and as such, due to the circumstances surrounding Julia’s travel ban, we have felt it important to propose a solution that transcends such issues. We have offered Channel One Russia the opportunity for Julia to perform live via satellite as it is the EBU’s intention that every broadcaster that has chosen to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest does so, as has been the case for all previous events in the contest’s history.”

ESC Reference group chairman Frank-Dieter Freiling expressed his hope though, that the political leadership of Ukraine will not implement the travel ban and find a solution in line with the contest´s slogan “Celebrate Diversity”.

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22
March
2017

Eurovision 2017: Russia not allowed to take part in Kiev

Eurovision 2017: Russia not allowed to take part in Kiev

Several news outlets report that Ukraine will ban the Russian participant in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, Julia Samoylova, from travelling to Ukraine. Julia was due to represent Russia with the song ‘Flame Is Burning’.

“Ukraine’s Security Service has banned Russian national Yulia Samoylova from entering Ukraine for three years,” SBU spokesperson Olena Hytlianska said in a statement. “This is due to information that she had violated Ukrainian law.”

Reason for the ban is the fact that Samoylova performed in the Crimean city of Kerch in 2015.

EBU: “Respect the local laws”

The Ukrainian authorities have confirmed to the EBU that they have issued a travel ban on the Russian Eurovision artist. The EBU reacts as followed:

“We have to respect the local laws of the host country. However we are deeply disappointed in this decision. As we feel it goes against both the spirit of the Contest, and the notion of inclusivity that lies at the heart of its values.”

“We will continue a dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities with the aim of ensuring that all artists can perform at the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv in May.”

Azerbaijan 2012

In 2012, the EBU strictly demanded security guarantees from the Azeri government. These guarantees with regards to freedom of expression as well as the safety for a potential Armenian participant. The Azeri government temporarily changed its visa policy for Armenian citizens. However, in the end, the Armenian delegation decided to withdraw from the contest nonetheless.

This year, EBU took similar notions with Ukranian broadcaster NTU. Earlier on in the season, EBU’s Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand stated that “all Russian artists should be able to participate in Kiev, even the ones on the “blacklist”.”

Russia plans to withdraw from contest permanently

Meanwhile, Russia plans to step down from taking part at the Eurovision Song Contest in the future. “If the Eurovision leadership is silent, it’s completely politicized and biased,” Russian politician Frants Klintsevich said.

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21
March
2017

Australia: Melbourne organizes preview party cruise after Sydney sells out

Australia: Melbourne organizes preview party cruise after Sydney sells out

The Australian Eurovision club (ESCFAN) and radio station Joy 94.9 are jointly hosting a Eurovision cruise after a similar event in Sydney sells out. The demand for the preview party in Sydney was so high, that ESCFan decided to organize a second one on a boat in Melbourne. 

This cruise will take place upon ‘The Lady Cutler’ which is a special showboat moored in the Melbourne docklands. The event will take place on Saturday 8th of April, with boarding commencing at 5.30pm local time, and the sailing time set for 6pm.

London and Amsterdam party

In the last couple of years, London and Amsterdam and several other European cities have organized Eurovision pre-parties. Obviously it is really difficult to get 2017 participants to perform Down Under. However, the organization of ESCFan managed to create an interesting program nonetheless.

All 43 of this years competing entries will be played throughout the night, with your chance to vote for your favourite. Prizes will be awarded for various different activities whilst on the ship. You can purchase food and drinks on board.

For more info please visit the ESCFan Website.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • $25 – ESCFAN members and JOY members
  • $35 – Non early bird tickets (after 15th March)

Isaiah Firebrace

This years Australian representative, Isaiah Firebrace will sing ‘Don’t Come Easy’. At only 17 years old, he has some big shoes to fill after Dami Im’s 2nd place performance in Stockholm.

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18
March
2017

Armenia: “Fly With Me” released in full version

Armenia: “Fly With Me” released in full version

Armenia has released the full version of their Eurovision song “Fly With Me”. It is the song that Artsvik will perform in Kiev this May. Watch the video here at ESCDaily!

The Armenian entry is the last one that we did not know yet. The Armenian delegation will take part in the first semi final on the 9th of May in Kiev.

Listen to Artsvik ‘s song

Depi Evratesil

Artsvik won the national preselection Depi Evratesil. In this competition, modeled after The Voice, Armenia chose its singer for Eurovision but not yet the song. Essaï (member of the band Genealogy, Armenia 2015) was Artsvik’s coach in Depi Evratesil and he guided her towards victory.

After the competition, ARMTV did not release a lot of news about their song selection process. Now it appears that they have internally selected a ballad. ESCDaily’s Armenia expert Ani Shahoyan had already speculated on such a choice earlier on in the season.

“During the contest Artsvik mainly came up with ballads. I think she will come up with something like that. It would be something new and different for Armenia, compared to recent years,” Ani stated in our podcast Scout Around.

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17
March
2017

Italy: Francesco Gabbani cuts out the entire second verse

Italy: Francesco Gabbani cuts out the entire second verse

Italy has presented the final version of their Eurovision song “Occidentali’s Karma”. They have cut out the entire second verse of the song.

In the original version, with which Francesco Gabbani won the San Remo Festival, was 3:38 minutes. This exceeded the infamous time limit of three minutes set for Eurovision. Therefore, the Italian delegation has decided to cut out the second verse. Right after the first chorus, the song goes back to the pre-chorus sentence “AAA cercasi storie dal gran finale, sperasi.”

Listen to “Occidentali’s Karma” below

Gorilla

Ever since Francesco Gabbani and his dancing gorilla won San Remo, they have topped the betting lists as favourites to win the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev as well. It remained to be seen, however, how the original version would be cut down to three minutes. Now that we know the answer to that, fans, journalists and experts can continue their discussions about how this entry will fare with both juries and televoters.

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