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27
March
2017

Croatia: Severina unveils her poison in latest hit Otrove

Croatia: Severina unveils her poison in latest hit Otrove

The Balkan pop star has returned! Back with her second single from her upcoming album, Croatia’s Severina is back with her latest dance release Otrove.

Released online earlier today, Severina’sOtrove is predicted to become the next big hit across the Balkan nations having almost accumulated 100,000 views within the first couple of hours of its release!

Produced by KC Blaze, Otrove combines a mixture of Balkan dance, EDM and rap music in order to become the next big hit for the Croatian pop-folk singer.

When two Eurovision stars collab

Not only one, but two former Eurovision participants have come together in order to write Severina’s second hit from her forthcoming album; Bosnian rapper Jala Brat features together with the Croatian pop-icon, having previously competed at the Stockholm hosted contest in 2016.

Speaking of her latest collaboration with Jala Brat, Severina revealed:

When I heard the song ‘Otrove’, I heard a poet, I heard an above the average talent, who wasn’t aware of it. And that’s what gives him charm and why people love him. Thank you, Jala Brat, keep flying high…

Jala Brat added:

The song has been written in a few late hours and it was created especially for Severina. It is sincere and has a clear message that anyone, who was once poisoned with love, can relate to.

Check out Severina’s poison with her latest release!

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27
March
2017

Armenia: Iveta Mukuchyan at the Pan Armenian Entertainment show

Armenia: Iveta Mukuchyan at the Pan Armenian Entertainment show

The 2016 Armenian entrant Iveta Mukuchyan performed her Eurovision entry Lovewave at the Pan Armenian Entertainement show in Los Angeles, back in November, but here’s a video to celebrate her performace.

Iveta Mukuchyan who represented Armenia in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden has performed her Eurovision entry Lovewave at the Pan Armenian Entertainement awards show in Los Angeles on the 6th of November.

The Eurovision diva also won the awards for Representing Armenia the best on International Platform and for Armenia’s Entertainment Ambassador voted by the public. The event was organised back in November and is for now the only edition of it’s kind.

Check Iveta’s performance below

💁🏻WATCH my performance on Pan Armenian Entertainment Awards 2016 #LoveWave #AmenaAmena 🎼🎤Want to thank Global Arts International for the invitation and to all 🇦🇲 Armenians for the prize "For Representing Armenia the best on International Platform". Դիտեք իմ ելույթը Pan Armenia Entertainment Awards-ում: Շնորհակալություն եմ ուզում հայտնել Global Arts International-ին հրավերի համար, ինչպես նաև ամբողջ աշխարհի հայերին «Հայաստանը միջազգային հարթակում լավագույնս նեկայացնելու համար» մրցանակին արժանացնելու համար 🙂

Posted by Iveta Mukuchyan on Thursday, March 23, 2017

What are the Pan Armenian Entertainement Awards?

With a dispersed Diaspora, the mission of the 2016 Pan Armenian Entertainment Awards was to encourage the preservation of culture and history both historic and contemporary by bridging the national and international gaps between generations. Organized by the Global Arts International in association with Pan Armenian Media Group, the 2016 Pan Armenian Entertainment Awards was the first event of its kind, honouring and awarding artists from every corner of the world for their labor of love in the fields of music, film, television, media and fashion.

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27
March
2017

Eurovision 2017: EBU needs to come up with a Plan B

Eurovision 2017: EBU needs to come up with a Plan B

It’s clear yet that the EBU desperately needs Russia to be present at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest which takes place this May in Kyiv, Ukraine. After last week’s travel ban to Julia Samoilova, the EBU comes with a statement by Eurovision Reference Group chairman.

From the very beginning we have made it clear that we expect that all the participants qualified for the contest could take part. If the decision to ban entry to the Russian candidate remains in force, the EBU will try to ensure that Russia could participate,Frank-Dieter Freiling told the German Tagesspiegel newspaper on Sunday.

How the story unfolds

Last week saw a ping pong game between 4 sides. The Ukrainian Security Services (SBU), the EBU, the Russian Channel 1 and the Ukrainian UA:PBC. The story started when SBU announced that the Russian representative Julia Samoilova is considered persona non grata to Ukrainian authorities, and a travel ban is applied to her from entering the country. Automatically this causes a problem to the organisation of the contest. The host channel of this year’s Eurovision, UA:PBC commented that they are going to respect the law of the government of Ukraine.

But the hot potato is on the hands of the European Broadcasting Union, the EBU. In the beginning, the EBU kept distance from what the Ukrainian government and specifically the Security Services of Ukraine would decide for Julia Samoilova. Probably the EBU was expecting a different decision from SBU, so right after the travel ban announcement, the EBU had to come up with a proposal. For this occasion, they suggested that Russia would still participate in the contest but remotely, as Julia Samoilova would perform live on a stage outside Ukraine, via satellite.

So far this idea was rejected officially from Channel 1 and the Ukrainian side as well.

What do you think will happen in the end?

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24
March
2017

Eurovision 2017: Kyiv to have have various Fan Zones throughout the city

Eurovision 2017: Kyiv to have have various Fan Zones throughout the city

The City of Kyiv is gearing up for the forthcoming 2017 Eurovision Song Contest and will be installing Fan Zones in various locations throughout the city. Kyiv will be beautified with thousands of tulips, whilst visitors and Eurovision fans will be able to enjoy a 3D  laser show, Karaoke and various fun activities.

If you are coming to Kyiv for Eurovision there will be lots of fun activities in store for you. You will be able to experience and live Eurovision throughout the city at the following locations in Kyiv: Poshtova Square, Sophia Square, St. Michael’s Square, Troitska Square, Khreshchatyk Street.

The Fan zone at Sophia Square will open on the 30th April. The area consisting of 200 x 200 meters will be covered with an artificial green lawn and decorated with 10,000 tulips. A grand stage measuring  26 x 16 meters will be installed specially for the occasion where artists from all over Ukraine will grace the stage.

On the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, located next to St.Michael’s Square, a 3D-laser show will be demonstrated.  A children’s playground will be installed in the square too.

Poshtova Square will be housing the  Retrospective of Eurovision project, where everyone will be able to sing away to all time ESC songs and melodies on the karaoke.

At Troitska Square visitors will be entertained and treated to the best of jazz and classical music.

The Official Fan Zone will the Eurovision Village, which be located at Khreshchatyk Street (the part between B.Khmelnytskyi and Prorizna Streets). Here Eurovision fans and guests will be able to enjoy live performances from this year’s Eurovision participants. The 3 Eurovision live shows will be broadcast here on giant screens, hence gathering crowds to watch the competition and enjoy the atmosphere! There will be lots of activities taking place at the Eurovision Village: competitions, shows, performances, food stalls etc.

The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 9, 11 and 13 May at the IEC in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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24
March
2017

Australia: SBS reveals hosts for Kyiv!

Australia: SBS reveals hosts for Kyiv!

SBS, the Australian national broadcaster has revealed today that Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey will be the new Aussie hosts for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

Thunder and lightning it’s getting exciting down under as the Aussies are getting all geared up for the forthcoming 2017 Eurovision Song Contest scheduled to be held in Kyiv next May. SBS the Australian national broadcaster is working round the clock in order to prepare for its ESC participation in Ukraine.

Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey will be the new Aussie hosts in Eurovision (photo credit SBS)

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, and provide commentary of the Semi Finals and Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest,May 12 – 14 on SBS.

You can watch the announcement of the Aussie hosts in the video below:

Mr. Michael Ebeid (SBS General Director) says:

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 Kyiv, Ukraine.

Besides getting into the patriotic flag-waving spirit and guiding Australia through  Isaiah’s journey from Semi Final 1 to fingers-crossed-hold-your-breath glory at the Grand Final, the new duo will be immersing themselves in all the wonderful, and the more wacky parts of the contest. Myf and Joel will dive behind the scenes as 43 acts from around the world prepare to take the stage, hoping to win over the voting public and jury for those douze points.

Myf Warhurst says:

I truly fell in love with Eurovision back in 1998 when Guildo Horn performed a sweaty bell solo mid song for Germany, and from there, it was love at first sight. I’ve hosted Eurovision parties ever since. It was an honour to be a member of the Aussie voting jury last year, but now, getting into the arena and actually hosting the glittery Olympics of music…. It’s an absolute dream gig for me. I’m still pinching myself!

Joel Creasey says:

I couldn’t be more ready to accept the job of Eurovision host, and give Aussies an all-access pass that I think we truly deserve as gatecrashers. I’ve started studying up on this years’ acts and am going to need to map out my plan of dressing rooms to sneak into backstage – I’ve got my eye on the Swedish backup dancers and Romanian rap yodelers at this point.

Australia will compete in the Eurovision Song Contest for the 3rd time when it takes the stage in Kyiv. Isaiah Firebrace will defend the Aussie colours at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with his entry Don’t come easy.

Australia in Eurovision

Australia debuted at the ESC in 2015 with Guy Sebastian, last year the country nearly won the contest with Dami Im. 2017 will see the country’s 3rd consecutive Eurovision participation.

SBS will air all three Eurovision Shows live from Kyiv next May. The Eurovision Song Contest is very popular down under, SBS has been airing Europe’s favorite television show for more than 30 years. The Aussies are faithful Eurovision fans with many of them travelling half the world in order to attend the contest

The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 9, 11 and 13 May at the IEC in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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23
March
2017

Croatia: Jacques Houdek’s music video to be released soon!

Croatia: Jacques Houdek’s music video to be released soon!

The Croatian entrant for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Jacques Houdek is due to shoot his music video for his entry My Friend this week

Jacques Houdek will represent Croatia at this year’s Eurovision song contest in Kyiv with his song My Friend and will take part in the second semi-final. His creative team will be filming his official music video this week on the 22nd and 23rd of March and it will be in Zagreb, Croatia. Jacques is very pleased with this idea as he grew up in the Croatian capital.

The video will be directed by  well known producer Katja Restović who has already worked with Jacques before, having directed previous songs of his such as Miris zene, Kao kise kap, Otkade nemam and Zid. She also directed the official music video of Crotian singer and entrant at Eurovision 1999, Doris Dragović‘s and her song Marija Magdalena which ended at a very prestigious 4th place in the final.

Katja Restović is very happy and excited to work with Jacques again:

I have great respect for his exceptional talent, and working with him has always been an honour. We share the same sense of aesthetics, quality, and artistic sensibility, and I am truly enjoying working on the project.

She also explained that she has been working on the screenplay for already multiple weeks:

The spot will have a very human, emotional, warm touch, and its message will celebrate the miracle of life. Our differences are supposed to bring us together instead of dividing us, because life isn’t a dress rehearsal – we should live in the moment. We all forget and ignore this all too often, and so this video and song are a true challenge. I will try to make the video engender the emotion that Jacques has so richly provided with his voice, and this is exactly what he wants and expects from me as director. Filming has been scheduled for 22 and 23 March in Zagreb, and I will be filming with my dear friend, cameraman Josip Ruzić and his team. My assistant Ana Sever will be responsible for the making of video and for photography during the recording.

While waiting the official music video you can watch the lyric video here:

The #beMyFriend Campaign

The Croatian creative team would like to inform all readers that the #beMyFriend  campaign is still underway, the goal of which is to spread love and frienship and to create a friendly atmosphere. This campaign was recognised and supported by many big stars and many public figures with photographs and messages of support to Jacques Houdek having been published by Croatia’s former Eurovision representatives Maja Blagdan and Vanna as well as representatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina Maya Sar and Maja Tatić; Alka Vuica, Ivana Banfić, E.N.I., IvanaKindl, Doris Pinčić, Andrea Čubrić, Ante Pecotić and Predrag Martinjak Peggy, Antonija Šola, Aleksandra Milutinović, and many others. Jacques is especially happy with this show of support from his colleagues.

Croatia in Eurovision

The country participated a total of 22 times and qualified 17 times, they reached their best score yet in 1996 with Maja Blagdan and in 1999 with Doris Dragović placing 4th. They last participated in 2016 with Nina Kraljić and her song Lighthouse which reached the 23rd place in the final with 73 points.

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