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19
August
2017

Serbia prepares for 2018 national selection

Serbia prepares for 2018 national selection

Tijana Bogićević (Serbia 2017)

Serbian broadcaster announced today a public anonymous competition for the selection of the song that will represent at the 2018 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The winner will be chosen by an expert jury only, without the involvement of the public.

In order to develop and promote musical creativity in the field of pop music, the Serbian broadcaster is now preparing for an actual selection in order to find their 2018 Eurovision representative. 

A selection committee of Radio-Television of Serbia (RTS) composed of music editors will select 10 songs out of the submitted ones – without knowing who is behind which songs. Should it be that any of the received songs do not live up to the required music quality, RTS has reserved the right to independently choose the song that will represent Serbia.

After the selection of 10 compositions by the selection committee, an expert jury consisting of eminent music producers will select the song which will represent Serbia at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018.

The main rules of the Serbian selection:

  • The composers can be of any nationality;
  • Chosen artist must be Serbian
  • The lyrics of the song needs to be in one of the official languages of the Republic of Serbia: Serbia, Hungarian, Slovak, Romanian, Croatian, Rusyn and Albanian
  • The authors should submit a recorded composition
  • Deadline to submit entry is the 20th of October
  • Songs should be sent via postal service to JMU, Radio-televizija Srbije Zabavni program, Muzička redakcija
    Takovska 10, 11000 Beograd, Serbia – marked „Za Pesmu Evrovizije 2018”
  • The chosen songs will be revealed for the first time in the national final show organised by RTS

In the video below, take a look at Serbia’s 2017 entry In Too Deep by Tijana Bogićević – here in a 4K edition.

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18
August
2017

Time travel back to Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 1980

Time travel back to Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 1980

Bamses Venner wins Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 1980

A broadcaster still searching for the right format, a legendary Eurovision winner soon fighting for her career – and her life, that was what I found as a travelled back to the beginning of my favourite national final decade. This time, the jury got it wrong.

Imagine that you can travel back in time. What will you do? And what will you tell the people you meet about the future? As the curious Eurovision fan I am, I will go back to previous national finals. I want to see why my parents’ and grand parents’ generations voted as they did. I want to talk to the participants from back then, and I also want to follow the big developments happening within music and TV production.

The Danish broadcaster DR was still searching for the right format in 1980, the third year after its return to the Eurovision Song Contest. After two very different selections, they now went for a mix of the two. Six songs in 1978, 17 in 1979 – and now in 1980, 12 songs. A totally open selection in 1978, a completely closed one in 1979 – and now in 1980, half of the songs selected via an open selection, and the other half specially invited as they did well the year before.

Contents

  • 1 A goodbye to Grethe Ingmann
  • 2 Gry – a star is about to shine
  • 3 Lecia and Ivan Pedersen meets
  • 4 Watch the highlights
  • 5 Did Denmark made the right choice?
  • 6  Voting
  • 7 In this series

A goodbye to Grethe Ingmann

When I stepped into the time machine, programmed to the 29th of March 1980, I was shortly thinking of my trip back to ’79. Back then I didn’t dare to tell Tommy Seebach about the tragic destiny that was waiting for him. I knew I would face a similar situation in 1980.

Grethe Ingmann, Denmark’s very first Eurovision winner, was among the participants. It was third year in a row for her. I hadn’t talked to her in ’78 or ’79, but this would now be my last chance if I was ever to meet her. I was in doubt. Yes, she was a former Eurovision winner, and I would love to meet her. On the other hand, I once again faced the situation that I wouldn’t be able to tell her about the future waiting for her. It would be too cruel, and I respected her too much to do that.

When Grethe passed away of liver cancer in 1990, I was 14 years old. I was already a Eurovision back then, but Grethe hadn’t been much in the media the years, or even the decade before. It was before everyone had computer and access to the internet, so I barely knew Grethe when the news broke. I however still clearly remember how it was me who first heard the news, and told my parents. If I didn’t instantly knew that this was a big loss for the country, my parents shock, told me so.

Later I had the opportunity to check up on her career, and conclude that yes, the shock of my parents had been rightful. It was a big loss when she passed away, only 52 years old. Unfortunately I would also read story after story about how she struggled in the 1980’s to find a space for her in the music scene, and never really managed. I would also read how she was drinking too much, and made a rare appearance live on TV – just a few months before her death – unfortunately drunk!

I decided just shortly to tell Grethe that I loved basically all of her songs, and that she, in my eyes, was one of very few female singers at that time with the very unique talent that made her able to shine in jazz, classic as well as pop. She could do it all – and I wish she would have realised back then that the music scene in Denmark, which was about to change, did have space for her.

Gry – a star is about to shine

Do you remember Denmark’s 1983 Eurovision entry Kloden Drejer sung by Gry? In 1980 this was still a few years away, but I couldn’t help but telling Gry about it, when I ran into this 15 year old girl shortly after the final. She was there to support her mum Vivian – but also as part of the children choir backing Tommy P up on stage.

This was Gry’s first Melodi Grand Prix appearance, although one could argue that technically this was in 1964 when her mum took part being pregnant with her.

In 1980, Gry was just about to start her career and follow in the footsteps of her mum and her aunt who had sang together with Vivian at the Danish final in 1964. Gry’s first single was released later in 1980. A few more singles followed in the coming years, but her big beak through would be the 1983 Danish winner.

As I told her about her future, I also showed her the moves “rejehop” which would become her trademark. She jumped right into trying it, and laughed as she couldn’t get these awkward moves right – not yet.

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Lecia and Ivan Pedersen meets

At the 1980 Danish final, I noticed how Lecia and Ivan Pedersen met, and I thought about the future waiting for them. Here in 1980, Lecia took part together with her sister, and Ivan as a part of McKinleys.

Just two years later, the two of them would form Laban, and break through with the smash hit Hvor Skal Vi Sove I Nat, a cover of the Italian Sarà Perché Ti Amo. Though the duo never took part in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, they were one of the most popular Danish acts in the ’80’s, and would also gain international succes.

Lecia would later participate solo several times, and in 1989 win the OGAE fan clubs Second Chance contest with the song Landet Camelot. Ivan also took part in 1982, that time with the group Taxie.

Watch the highlights

A video with all the highlights from this 1980 Dansk Melodi Grand Prix is available. It includes clips from all 12 performing artists, the voting done directly after each song and the final presentation of the participating acts. Watch it also to find out if one half of Olsen Brothers, Jørgen, might just actually be Greek!

We have provided you with English subtitles directly on the video.

Did Denmark made the right choice?

In 1978, I was in doubt. In 1979, I wasn’t. Denmark made the right choice. After having heard all the songs again here in 1980, unfortunately I have to conclude that the jury members in the Danish final, got it wrong, in my opinion.

Bamses Venner were really popular, and would remain a household name until after the death of lead singer Flemming “Bamse” Jørgensen New Year’s Night 2010/11. I do love their song in this Danish final, Tænker Altid På Dig, but I just don’t think it was right for Eurovision, and certainly not at that time. It is very much Danish in its tune and presentation, and I think the jury members simply didn’t think about the fact that the Danish winner would represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Denmark finished 14th out of 19 participants. But which of the other 11 songs in the Danish final could have done better? I might be a slightly bit biased as I am a sucker for the male-female duets which in particular the 1980’s would have plenty of. Kirsten and Søren (Hot Eyes) wasn’t formed yet, but Birthe Kjær took part in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix in 1980 for this first time – and this was a duet with Henning Vilen.

In my opinion, their song Du Og Jeg, written by the 1978 Danish Eurovision participants Mabel, would probably have gained a better result at the Eurovision Song Contest. It is fresh, and a lot more ’80’s in its sound. I am glad Birthe did finally get to Eurovision in 1989, though it should have happened earlier.

 Voting

ArtistTitlePlacementPoints
VivianJeg Er Fængslet Af Dig11th39 points
Tommmy P.Syng En Sang Om Evig Fred8th59 points
The LollipopsNu Er Det Morgen5th61 points
Susanne BreuningMozart Jensen11th39 points
Bamses VennerTænker Altid På Dig1st84 points
Grethe IngmannHej, Hej, Det Swinger3rd69 points
DaimiFri Mig10th43 points
Henning Vilen & Birthe KjærDu Og Jeg2nd74 points
Brødrene OlsenLaila5th61 points
McKinleysRobin Hood9th47 points
Hans Mosters VovseSwingtime Igen4th65 points
Lecia & LucienneBye, Bye7th59 points

In this series

  • 1978 – with Brødrene Olsen and Mabel
  • 1979 – with Tommy Seebach and Kim Larsen

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16
August
2017

Melodi Grand Prix: Denmark to select 2018 entry in February in Aalborg

Melodi Grand Prix: Denmark to select 2018 entry in February in Aalborg

Annette Heick and Johannes Nymark

The 2018 Danish national final will take place on the 10th of February in the North Jutlandic city of Aalborg. Hosts of the show will once again be Annette Heick and Johannes Nymark. A big fire recently left doubt about the arena, but it will be ready in time.

Aalborg was favourite to host next year’s Danish final, Melodi Grand Prix, but a big fire in the beginning of July threatened to destroy that. However it turned out the damages to the arena aren’t bigger that they can be re-build and ready in time for the Danish final 2018.

The 2018 Danish final will take place on the 10th of February in Gigantium, Aalborg. Hosts of the show will, just like here in 2017, be Annette Heick and Johannes Nymark. It is Annette’s third year in a row as host. Johannes was part of the trio Lighthouse X which represented Denmark at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. Their entry Soldiers of Love unfortunately failed to make it to the final.

2018 will be Aalborg’s 7th time as host city for the Danish national selection.

In July the Danish broadcaster, DR, announced some changes to their selection, but the main format remains the same with 10 songs competing to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest. This year, Anja had the honour to do so with the song Where I Am which you can enjoy in the video below – this time in a special Multi Cam edition:

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15
August
2017

Eurovision acts heading for Portugal’s Eurovision Live Concert

Eurovision acts heading for Portugal’s Eurovision Live Concert

Eurovision Live Concert - Portugal

The line up for Portugal’s Eurovision Live Concert is complete. It features a lot of current Eurovision acts such as Denmark’s Anja Nissen, Nathan Trent from Austria and Timebelle who represented Switzerland. But also former acts like Portugal’s own Anabela, and Sasha Son from Lithuania will be performing.

While most Eurovision parties take place a few months or weeks before the main event, some take place after. That’s the case with Eurovision Live Concert – Portugal. The event’s ninth edition will be held on the 9th of September 2017 in Auditório José Afonso in Setúbal, Portugal.

Overall, eight acts will get to perform in Eurovision Live Concert – Portugal 2017. Three of those are faces from the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv: Anja Nissen from Denmark, Nathan Trent, Austria and Timebelle who represented Switzerland. Mirela from this year’s Spanish national selection will also perform Contigo at the party.

The organisation made sure to leave space for former acts such as Serbia’s Sanja Vucic (2016), Sasha Son (Lithuania 2009) and even a few Portuguese classics like Celia Lawson (1997) and Anabela (1993). A few other surprises are reserved for the day.

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Ilinca & Alex from Romania were set to perform as well, but had to cancel as Ilinca, who has been accepted into the Bucharest Conservatory, will have exams that day.

The event is free on turn up at the door, but this will be standing tickets further away. If you want to get closer to the stage, and be guaranteed a place to sit, you can buy a ticket which gives better access and facilities. Prices for the event goes from 10 to 160 euros per person and the tickets are already on sale. The highest value includes hotel accommodation for two nights with breakfast, access to the Welcome Cocktail and to the Organisation’s Cocktail party, a boat tour with the artists at Sado’s river, access to the after party and, of course, a ticket to the main event.

Here’s a sneak peek from last year’s event when Rui Andrade performed a medley of Eurovision songs:

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15
August
2017

Ukraine’s Eurovision logo wins prestigious design award

Ukraine’s Eurovision logo wins prestigious design award

The creators of this year’s Eurovision logo have won a prestigious design award for their work on the project. Despite fans thinking it looked like something else, the logo was based on a traditional Ukrainian necklace.

The brand of Eurovision has won the Best of the Best award in the Communication Design nomination at the prestigious Red Dot awards. This was a joint project of the Banda Agency and Republique. News of the win was published on the collaborators official facebook page yesterday.

This year’s logo was based around a traditional Ukrainian bead necklace called Namysto. This is a protective amulet and a symbol of beauty and health. It is made up of many different beads, each with its own design and individuality.

The slogan Celebrate Diversity instantly divided opinion amongst fans. It was criticised as people felt that Ukraine was not a country that celebrated diversity, and some even compared the logo to anal rings.

What is the Red Dot?

The Red Dot are prestigious awards to celebrate excellent international achievements in design. This year the awards are celebrating their 25th anniversary. Over the course of several days, 24 experts rated more than 8,000 creative works from agencies, designers and companies from 50 countries worldwide. The best works in each category were awarded the Best of the Best award for exceptionally high design quality.

The award ceremony will take place at the Red Dot Gala in Berlin on the 27th of October.

You can remind yourself on the project Eurovision by watching their official brand video below.

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14
August
2017

Bosnia and Herzegovina comeback to Lisbon 2018 not realistic

Bosnia and Herzegovina comeback to Lisbon 2018 not realistic

Bosnia and Herzegovina is not likely to return to the Eurovision Song Contest for its 2018 edition. Head of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian delegation, Lejla A. Babović told EuroVisionary, that she thinks, that it is very unlikely.

Since 2012 Bosnia and Herzegovina participated only once in the Eurovision Song Contest due to the national public broadcaster’s (BHRT) heavy financial problems. This have been caused by an ineffective collection system of the licence fee. The Bosnian government’s many attempts to agree on a long-term solution for funding public service media failed every time. It brought public service media into danger of collapsing, that would have a destroying effect not only on the media system – it would also contribute to a further fragmentation of the country along the ethnic lines.

Back in June this year, various international organisations, including EBU, BHRT, the Council of Europe and the European Federation of Journalists, met in Sarajevo in order to try to contribute in solving the problems, that public service media in Bosnian and Herzegovina is facing. The participants came up with 23 recommendations, which were sent to all relevant authorities in the country and international partners. They also agreed on, that the collapse of public service media is unacceptable.

In the beginning of this month BHRT moved a step closer to securing sustainable funding by making an agreement with the Electric Company (Elektroprivreda – JP EP). It means that the licence fee will be collected through electricity bills from August 2017. Although it is expected, that this development should have a positive impact on Bosnia and Herzegovina chances to return to the Eurovision Song Contest already next year, Head of Delegation Lejla A. Babović is far from optimistic regarding the issue simply because there might not be enough time.

Although BHRT has signed an agreement with Electric Company about collecting the license fee through electricity bills, we need a certain time in order to consolidate our business activities and make plans for how to repay our debt. This is the reason why I think, that it is not realistic to see Bosnia and Herzegovina participate at 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. However for the final decision about the participation we have to wait until September 15th this year, which is the deadline to apply for participation at 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

Lejla A. Babović, Head of Delegation for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Eurovision Song Contest

The country made its debut at the Eurovision Song Contest in Milstreet in 1993, when Fazla came 16th in the final with the song Svabolsvijeta. Bosnia and Herzegovina didn’t participate in the contest from 2013 to 2015 due to broadcaster BHRT’s financial problems.

Bosnia and Herzegovina re-entered the competition again in Stockholm in 2016 with the song Ljubav je. Dalal, Deen, Jala and Anja Rucner, who performed the song, failed to qualify Bosnia for the final for the first time in history of the contest, as they finished 11th in the first semi-final.

This year the country withdrew from the contest still due to the financial problems within the national public broadcaster. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s best result was in 2006, when Hari Mata Hari came 3rd in the final with the song Lejla.

In the video below you can enjoy their 2010 entry Thunder And Lightning by Vukašin Brajić. It finished 17th in the final.

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