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19
October
2017

Greek final 2018: Stereo Soul and DJ Koncept join the race

Greek final 2018: Stereo Soul and DJ Koncept join the race

The X Factor finalists Stereo Soul now hope to represent Greece in Lisbon 2018.

Stereo Soul and DJ Koncept have become the fourth act to confirm publicly they have submitted an entry for the 2018 Eurovision Greek final. Their electro-pop ballad will be adding variety as the other acts known so far had described their entries as having traditional elements. 

As reported earlier, the Greek public broadcaster ERT has contacted record labels in regard to putting together a national final for Eurovision 2018. Areti Ketime, Panagiotis Tsakalakos and Vasiliki Stefanou have already publicly confirmed that they have submitted songs.

Today, it became known that male duo Stereo Soul have joined the race with a song created by successful Greek music producer and performer DJ Koncept – their collaboration will be backed by label Heaven Music.

DJ Koncept confirmed the news and revealed details about the song:

We have today submitted our song to ERT and we hope that we will be given the chance to present it to the Greek audience, who will also decide if, after all, our proposition is the one that can win over the musical tastes and the hearts of the whole of Europe. We created this song with love and passion. Even though it was initially all in English, respecting the specifications of ERT, we recorded again with Greek lyrics, too. It is a sensitive song with a dynamic character and interpretation by the two wonderful voices of Panagiotis and Bradley, known to the people as Stereo Soul.

DJ Koncept, composer and producer of the entry.

Stereo Soul consist of Panagiotis Pallis and Bradley White-Dale. The act became known when they took part in the fourth edition of the Greek version of The X Factor, where they ranked third in the show’s final. They include Pop, Soul, R&B and Musicals as part of their genre. Southend-born Brit Bradley had previously competed in The X Factor UK 2012. When asked, Panagiotis, the other half of the duo, sounded very enthusiastic about the song and its potential for live staging:

The song is an atmospheric mid-/uptempo electronic pop ballad, very melodic though not slow, with a modern sound and love-themed lyrics-wise, with a very beautiful, allegorical use of language. In terms of production, it is electric sound combined with synths and strings in the background and massive backing vocals during the chorus that are also recorded by us. We hope that we will be allowed to present it to you live, irrespective of which candidate will finally represent us in Lisbon because, more than anything, we believe that it is a strong song of this genre, which would allow our vocal ability to show during its live performance, and, on top of that, has potential for a very impressive onstage presentation. We are therefore hoping and keeping positive that ERT will offer us this chance.

Panagiotis Pallis, one half of Stereo Soul.

Both Stereo Soul and DJ Koncept have previously shown interest in representing Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest. This year, both acts had (separately) contacted ERT expressing their wish. However, in the end, the broadcaster decided to go with Demy and hold a final in order to select her entry among three songs composed by Eurovision veteran Dimitris Kontopoulos (Belarus 2007, Ukraine 2008, Greece 2009 & 2017, Azerbaijan 2013, Russia 2014 & 2016).

Stereo Soul (Bradley White-Dale and Panagiotis Pallis) and DJ Koncept (Kostas Papadouris) in the studio last week.

The description of their song for 2018 – electro-pop sound and some English lyrics – hints that the initial stipulation by the ERT that the song ought to be sung in Greek and, preferably, have traditional elements may have been relaxed. Provided that ERT’s plans go ahead as expected, this is probably a good thing as it will provide the Greek audience with a wider variety of choice.

The deadline for submitting entries to ERT is tomorrow, 20th October.

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In the following video, you can listen to Stereo Soul’s cover version of Orkisou (Swear), a song originally sung by former Eurovision entrant Alexia Vassiliou (Cyprus 1987). Do you think that the duo would be a good choice for Lisbon? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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17
October
2017

San Marino opens its doors to the world to find 2018 representative

San Marino opens its doors to the world to find 2018 representative

While being one of the last countries to confirm their presence in the competition, San Marino is bringing a revolutionary, unforeseen national selection to Eurovision 2018. 1 in 360 is the name of the project that will have no restrictions of any sort in order to find the country’s best representative.

San Marino’s future in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 was quite uncertain after this year’s bad result that ended up with the broadcaster’s director claiming that there is no place for microstates in the competition. Nonetheless, SMRTV got its confidence back and presented a completely revolutionary project to select San Marino’s representative for next year in Lisbon.

1 in 360 is in other words an internet search for the best candidate to represent the country that will come together in a sort of talent show. There are no restrictions of any kind – this includes age, music genre or nationality – and the winner will get a record label deal besides representing San Marino in Eurovision.

The national selection will be divided into three parts. First, the interested candidates will upload a cover of a song or an original piece from October 21st until November 30th. At this stage, groups with more than 6 members will not be admitted. In the second phase, the songs will be published and each candidate will have to build a following. The organisation will then invite a total of ten candidates to the first of its seven live shows.

In the live shows, the competitors will sing against each other until there’s a final round where the winner will be crowned as San Marino’s official representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

The 1 in 360 live shows will be broadcast on the internet and via satellite TV across Europe in order to get its candidate out there.

It’s an open challenge. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, your age or your favorite music genre. This one is for you! If you’re interested follow the link and good luck!

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17
October
2017

Greece 2018: Vasiliki Stefanou confirms entry for national final

Greece 2018: Vasiliki Stefanou confirms entry for national final

Vasiliki Stefanou will be representing label Polymusic.

Twenty-four year old singer Vasiliki Stefanou has become the third artist to publicly confirm that she has submitted an entry for the consideration of Greek public broadcaster ERT and its national final for Eurovision 2018. 

Vasiliki Stefanou is a musicology student in the National and Capodistrian University of Athens. The young singer has previously studied piano, musical theory and harmony and has already had collaborations with credible artists in the Greek music scene.

As previously reported, ERT is working on putting together a national final regarding the selection of the Greek entry for Lisbon. With a deadline of 20th October fast approaching, Vasiliki is only the third artist to have publicly confirmed they have submitted a song after Areti Ketime and Panagiotis Tsakalakos did so some days ago.

Vasiliki purports that she prefers traditional, soulful music to the ‘plastic shininess’ of reality shows and the commercial part of the music scene in Greece. She describes her entry as a ‘love song’ with musical elements reminiscent of the traditional music of Epirus, the Western part of mainland Greece.

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This is consistent with ERT stipulations for this year, which favour Greek lyrics and traditional musical elements. Indeed, a characteristic of Vasiliki’s song will be the use of clarinet – the musical instrument being typical to both Greek and, more broadly, Balkan traditional music.

A close translation of Vasiliki’s flowery statement to InfeGreece (in Greek) translates as follows:

I am very happy that I will participate as a candidate for the competition part of Eurovision, one of the longest running music events with millions of tele viewers around the world. My record label, Polymusic, after a letter by ERT to record companies with which it set the terms and conditions for participation in the contest. I thank them for the honour and trust. Our song is full of traditional sound elements, following an Epirus musical style and with Greek lyrics. The creators of the song are Giorgos Kyriakos and Magda Varoucha, young talented creators and friends of mine. It is a love song framed by the traditional sound of the clarinet, (thus) representing the melodic motifs of Epirus, and, at the same time, endowing tradition with new breath through ‘ethnic’ elements. I find the recommendations this year from ERT and the ‘restriction’ as to the fact that it will accept candidate songs that will have solely Greek lyrics and a Greek sound as absolutely consistent with the musical path I have been carving and, due to that, I am twice as happy. I hope that our song will have the recognition it deserves and that it will represent Greece at the final in Lisbon.

    Vasiliki Stefanou on her entry for the Greek national final.

In the following video, you can watch Vasiliki’s rendition of Ola Se Thymizoun (Everything Is Reminiscent Of You), a much-loved ballad within Greece, during a popular Saturday night show.

What are your impressions of the artists that have confirmed interest so far? Does it look like the Greek final is going the right way? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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15
October
2017

Slavko clings to X Factor seat as he jets off to South Africa

Slavko clings to X Factor seat as he jets off to South Africa

He may not have got through the Semi-Final at Eurovision, but Montenegrin singer Slavko Kalezić is riding high in The X Factor UK after reaching the final audition stage of the show.

We here at EuroVisionary are indeed visionaries as we correctly predicted last night that Slavko would retain his seat at the Six-Chair Challenge and jet off to the ‘Judges’ Houses’ round of the competition.

After a gruelling two-hour long show, we have finally seen Slavko get the thumbs up from his ‘outer’ diva, Nicole Scherzinger. As is customary with X-Factor UK, each of the categories go to their respective judge’s house for a final performance and a chance to appear on the live shows.

Slavko was successful and will now set off with his other 5 peers in the ‘Overs’ to the beautiful country of South Africa.  There, he will sing one last time for Nicole and her guest judge, UK Grime Artist Stormzy, who is fast becoming one of the biggest artists in the country and will be able to spot the talented from the bunch.

It will be interesting to see how far Slavko can go in the competition, will he get to the live shows or bomb at the last stage?  Only time will tell but keep posted for all the up to date news from us here at EuroVisionary!

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14
October
2017

Slavko still holding on to his X Factor UK chair for tonight

Slavko still holding on to his X Factor UK chair for tonight

Slavko Kalezić (Montenegro 2017)

Slavko has managed to get a seat in tonight’s Six Chair Challenge at The X Factor UK. Will the Eurovision 2017 entrant for Montenegro manage to hold on to his chair by the time tomorrow’s show is over?

Slavko is just one step away from the X Factor live shows as he sang his heart out to win a seat in the dreaded Six Chair Challenge. Tonight, he sang They Tell Me I Am A Bad Boy by David Guetta.

His performance started with the Montenegrin addressing all the judges one by one before making special eye contact with Nicole Scherzinger. It all went fairly smoothly, Slavko in his characteristic diva style throughout, his braid staying firmly on his head this time. Former pussy cat doll Nicole Scherzinger has the difficult choice of whittling down her category to just six.

Slavko had looked a bit worried when a previous contestant was booed by the crowd. He needed not to have worried though. After some very positive feedback from Louis Walsh, Nicole gave Slavko one of the remaining chairs.

Former Dutch national finalist Berget Lewis also managed to get a seat in Nicole’s team. During her performance, Slavko looked quite tense, probably due to appreciating her vocal ability.

Two chairs were swapped over the evening, though Slavko managed to survive both changes made by Nicole. It remains to be seen whether the Montenegrin artist will manage to hold on to it during tomorrow’s show when the rest of Nicole’s candidates, including 2010 Cyprus entrant Jon Lilygreen, will perform. Stay tuned for what happens tomorrow night!

In the next stage of the competition we will see Slavko and the rest of the ‘overs’ jetting off to an exotic location. Six contestants will go but only three will progress to the live shows.

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13
October
2017

Jamala becomes Ambassedor of Goodwill to help tackle human trafficking

Jamala becomes Ambassedor of Goodwill to help tackle human trafficking

Jamala during Interval act at Eurovision 2017

Jamala has joined the likes of Angelina Jolie and Jared Leto in becoming Ambassedors of Goodwill to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery. This issue is affecting a lot of people around the world, also in Ukraine.

Ukrainian singer Jamala became Ambassador of goodwill to counter human trafficking. The winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest supported the long-standing work of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the UN Agency for Migration, on combating and preventing modern slavery in social advertising. A special clip will be broadcast on the Ukrainian TV channels on October 18th, the European Day against Human Trafficking. In addition, a nationwide outdoor advertising campaign is also planned to raise awareness of the issue.

According to a study commissioned by IOM, since 1991, more than 230,000 Ukrainians have been trafficked. Since 2000, the IOM has been providing assistance to almost 14,000 victims of contemporary slavery. In the first six months of this year, the IOM Detected 639 victims of human trafficking for labor and sexual exploitation in 23 countries, in particular, in Ukraine. This figure is 30% higher compared with the same period in 2016.

In Ukraine, a lot of people live on the verge of poverty and are ready to work wherever and in all conditions. They are, as a rule, victims of human traffickers and slavery. Unfortunately, the number of casualties is increasing every year. This campaign, of course, will not solve the problem, but may attract the attention of the media, officials, and society. The main goal is to warn Ukrainians that they need to be very careful when they consider proposals for work abroad.

Jamala

A recent IOM study shows that one fifth of Ukraine’s population said they would be prepared to illegally cross the border to work illegally, work in locked-out premises or give a passport to the employer. This comes after the Ukrainian hryvnia lost 70% percent of it’s value against the dollar in 2012. However, the economy of the country has been slowly showing signs of recovery.

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Dr Thomas Lothar Weiss, Head of the IOM Mission in Ukraine spoke about the new initiative “We greatly appreciate Jamala’s participation in our campaign to prevent modern slavery. We believe that Jamala will help save many human destinies”.

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