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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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23
March
2017

Ukraine 2017: The plot thickens with EBU’s proposal

Ukraine 2017: The plot thickens with EBU’s proposal

The travel ban applied to the Russian representative in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, by the Security Services of the host country, Ukraine caused an avalanche of actions and reactions. Earlier today the EBU suggested a brilliant idea to include Julia Samoilova in the Eurovision show(s), where she would perform remotely on a stage outside Ukraine. Little they know.

Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister reacts

Through his personal Twitter account, the Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister, Vyacheslav Kirilenko, rejects EBU’s proposal since having Julia performing remotely is equally illegal as to have her entering the Ukrainian territory.

Трансляція виступу Самойлової українськими телеканалами-це таке ж порушення укр законів, як і її в'їзд до України. ЄМС мала б зважити на це.

— В'ячеслав Кириленко (@KyrylenkoVyach) March 23, 2017

Гастролі та телепередачі за участю персон нон-ґрата в Україні заборонені. Рішення-у зміні учасника від РФ. А позиція ЄМС політизує конкурс.

— В'ячеслав Кириленко (@KyrylenkoVyach) March 23, 2017

According to Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, it makes no difference if the person is present on location or she appears live on the Eurovision show(s), since she’s considered persona non grata.

Furthermore, Kirilenko suggested to Russia that they should pick a participant who has not violated the Ukrainian laws.

ЄМС немає сенсу переконувати Україну змінити своє рішення по Самойловій.Краще переконати Росію заявити учасника,який не порушував укр закони

— В'ячеслав Кириленко (@KyrylenkoVyach) March 22, 2017

Mocking EBU’s idea

In the meantime, EBU’s suggestion to have the Russian representative performing live via satellite, gave ground to the Eurovision fan community to mock the proposal with various memes.

Don't worry. EBU found a solution for Russia 😆

Posted by Eurovision Questions on Thursday, March 23, 2017

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23
March
2017

Eurovision 2017: Check out the Euroclub, Euro-fan Cafe and Eurovillage venues

Eurovision 2017: Check out the Euroclub, Euro-fan Cafe and Eurovillage venues

UA:PBC the 2017 Ukrainian national broadcaster has released a video today showcasing the locations for the 2017 Eurovision Village, Euroclub and Euro Fan Cafe. 

CEC Parkovy will house the 2017 Euroclub in Kyiv

The 2017 Euroclub and Euro Fan Cafe will be housed under the same roof at the CEC Parkovy whilst the Eurovision Village will be located at the Kreshtchatyk Street.

The Euroclub will open for 2 weeks and will be the official night hotspot for delegations, artists, accredited media and Eurovision fans. It will consist of 2 floors and will run from 01-14 May with a capacity of 3,500 persons. During the first Eurovision week only one floor will be open to guests, the second floor will open from 07-14 May.

The Euroclub will also host the 2017 Eurovision Opening Ceremony on Sunday 7 May.

The Eurovision Village will run from 04-14 May with lots of concerts, live performances, competitions and fun activities. Tourists, guests, fans and locals will be able to enjoy and experience the Eurovision atmosphere in the heart of the city.

The Ukrainian broadcaster has released a video where we can check out the locations and venues for the Euroclub, Euro-Fan Cafe and Eurovision in Kyiv! Let’s check it out….

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

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23
March
2017

Eurovision 2017: EBU suggests Russia to perform remotely

Eurovision 2017: EBU suggests Russia to perform remotely

After the turmoils created by yesterday’s decision of the Security Services of Ukraine to apply travel ban to the Russian representative Julia Samoilova, in Ukraine, the EBU decided to bend the rules and give the opportunity for a remote performance through satellite.

EBU are you sure?

The EBU released a statement after today’s urgent meeting of the Reference Group, the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest. It follows below:

Taking into consideration that this ban might be upheld by the Ukrainian authorities, and 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.”

Frank-Dieter Freiling, Chairman of the Reference Group, the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest, 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.

Who’s holding the hot potato?

So let’s put things straight. Since the reason Julia Samoilova cannot enter the country has to do with the Ukrainian law, the EBU has no word on it. That’s true but what does history tell us?

In the recent past the EBU interfered with governmental decisions, such as in Greece when the government decided to shut down the public broadcaster ERT.

EBU leaders visited the Greek capital back in the day to tackle ERT shut down. Going against the governmental decision, the EBU provided all the means to ERT to broadcast their stream. The point here is that when there is a will, there is a way to work things.

Respecting the values of inclusivity and the Celebration of Diversity, this decision is not ensuring the entrants’ opportunity to participate, rather than throwing the “hot potato” on Russia’s court. A remote participation through satellite, is giving more ground to excluding an artist rather than enhancing inclusivity as stated.

What do you think? How should the EBU react over this issue which is affecting their most successful product, that of the Eurovision Song Contest? Share your thoughts below or on our Facebook page.

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23
March
2017

Ireland: Details of Nicky Byrne’s 2016 entry revealed

RTE, the Irish national broadcaster, has revealed through a freedom of information request, that it spent €337,000 sending Nicky Byrne to Stockholm to compete in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.

The amount covers €64,657 for sending Nicky and the Irish delegation of 18 people to Stockholm, including their flights, hotels and meals, plus the Eurovision entry fee of €88,472, which each country pays to help the host country cover the costs of putting on the show. This didn’t cover any payment to Nicky himself, as he waived his performance fee so more money could be put into production and promotion of the song. A spokesperson for RTE has said

“Providing seven-and-a-half hours of live entertainment content, the Eurovision Song Contest represents excellent value for money for RTE and for Irish television licence fee payers,”

The final for Eurovision 2016 brought in over 1.1 million viewers, which is almost a quarter of the population of Ireland.

Despite their best efforts, and Ireland’s long history of doing well in the contest, Nicky Byrne failed to qualify for the final in 2016, but this years entry Brendan Murray hopes to do better this year with his song Dying to Try.

You can revisit Nicky’s 2016 entry Sunlight below

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23
March
2017

Italy: Learn how to dance Occidentali’s Karma with Francesco Gabbani

Italy: Learn how to dance Occidentali’s Karma with Francesco Gabbani

The 2017  Italian Eurovision hopeful Francesco Gabbani is all set to teach all his fans how to dance to his Eurovision entry Occidental’s Karma! Wanna learn the choreography and dance routine? Let’s check it out

We know that Franceco Gabbani will set the crowds  in a frenzy when he takes the Eurovison stage in Kyiv on 13 May.  The audience will be mesmerised with his unique performance. Let’s learn how to dance to Occidentali’s Karma!

Francesco shows us the steps and dance routine to his Eurovision entry in the video below:

Francesco Gabbani won the 2017 Sanremo Song Festival and will represent Italy at the forthcoming 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. His charismatic performance and unique Gorilla dance routine have made his song one of the favourites to belt the Eurovision Grand Prix in Ukraine next May.

The official video clip of Occidentali’s Karma has gained circa 70 million views on YouTube and counting! The 2017 Italian entry has been awarded gold, platinum discs in his homeland and is heading to a diamond disc.

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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