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25
February
2017

Eight acts go to the final in Moldova’s O melodie pentru Europa 2017

Eight acts go to the final in Moldova’s O melodie pentru Europa 2017

Tonight, Moldova held the qualifying round of their O melodie pentru Europa 2017 contest to find the song which will represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.

A line up of fourteen songs was cut down to a total of eight. These eight acts will compete tomorrow in the final, hoping to represent Moldova, in Kiev in the second half of the first semi on May 9th.

Contents

  • 1 The Songs
  • 2 The Results
  • 3 Moldova In The Eurovision Song Contest

The Songs

Vozniuc feat. Vio GrecuDon’t Lie

Vozniuc is accompanied by Vio on the guitar. This slow ballad builds into a strong chorus. The song is about an ex girlfriend and wanting to hear her tell the truth. Being on first is probably a disadvantage, but since eight songs will be getting through, this should be safe.

Emilia RussuIf Only You

Blonde Emilia is stuck with another run of the mill ballad. She has a powerful voice which helps the song move along. The piano is featured a lot in the song, a verse, a chorus which probably isn’t good enough to stand out.

Sandy CA Beautiful World

Another song starting slowly with a solo piano. Sandy has a nice voice, on this standard ballad. However the melody of the song is quite pleasant. By the second verse  more instruments join in which really lifts the song. This should qualify too.

Valeria PașaFreedom

The third female singer in a row, but this song is a bit more up-tempo. The song has a bit of a country feel, and Valeria really belts out the chorus. The guitar is the main instrument here.

Valentina Nejel & Sergiu PungăNe-a fost iubirea un joc

This duo is surprisingly quite lively, but is so similar to Eurovision duets from the seventies, that never did well. The Moldovan sung entry, would make a good video of the virtues of Moldova. Both singers are very strong and duet well together.

Ethno Republic & Surorile OsoianuDiscover Moldova 

A tribute to the  Russian grannies from these five, much younger ladies, who are also exalting the wonders of Moldova. Dressed in traditional costumes, there’s a bit of a shout out to the old Hora in the middle.

Marks & StefanetJoin Us in the Rain

A violin really helps lift this song. Another male-female duet, but the singers are also very good. The song obviously isn’t such a wow that it will win Eurovision, but is a good listen nonetheless.

See alsoLatvia Supernova 2017 final four acts decided

Aurel ChirtoacăDor de mamă  

Aurel’s song is a real slow number with pan pipes thrown in to give it some class. After the pipes disappear this is a mournful tune, with just the guitar accompaniment. This is what Portugal used to send in the seventies.

Big Flash SoundLogic 

This five piece group can hardly be called big nor flash, but it’s the nearest thing to a pop group in the contest so far. Sticking to Moldovan, the female singer is accompanied by a four pice male band , on various instruments. Not really good enough to stand out.

SunStroke ProjectHey Mamma 

The return of SunStroke, with a song in the same vein as Clean Bandit’s Rockabye. The saxophone features after the verses, which really helps. The hollow violin also makes an appearance. The song isn’t a real classic, but should be enough to get into the final.

Diana BrescanBreath 

Back to the ballads again and another competent female singer. Diana has the advantage of performing towards the end. The piano features all he way through this song as well. When the backing singers join in, the song comes to life.

Nadia Moșneagu –  Never Give Up on Us 

By now the songs are all starting to run into each other. This is a bit more dramatic, with computer generated music blending with a big orchestra. Natya, the name she also goes by, has a very operatic and powerful voice.

Samir LoghinGlow

This is probably the song with the most life about it, so far this evening. The song very much has a feel of Swedish Melodifestivalen about it. There is a bit of eastern music too. Samir and his backing band are all dressed in white.

THE ONEDance

To end the show, this wanna be rock band definitely has the most lively song of the evening. The song is a fine one to dance along too. Lots of brass features in the background, while the band play along with their guitars and drums.

The Results

The top eight acts qualify for tomorrow nights final. The top four jury choices automatically qualified. That was SunStroke Project, Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu, Diana Brescan and Aurel Chirtoacă.

 JuryPublic
Vozniuc feat. Vio Grecu 5 7 To The Final By Public
Emilia Russu 2 3 
Sandy C 4 6 
Valeria Pașa 6 8 To The Final By Public
Valentina Nejel & Sergiu Pungă 0 5
Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu 10 – To The Final By Jury
Marks & Stefanet 0 12 To The Final By Public
Aurel Chirtoacă 7 – To The Final By Jury
Big Flash Sound 1 2 
SunStroke Project  12 – To The Final By Jury
Diana Brescan 8 – To The Final By Jury
Nadia Moșneagu 0 1
Samir Loghin 0 10 To The Final By Public
The ONE3 4

Moldova In The Eurovision Song Contest

Will this be lucky or unlucky for Moldova, as they appear this year, for the thirteenth time at Eurovision. Debuting in 2005 with Zdob şi Zdub and the song, Bunica Bate Toba, Moldova got off to a good start finishing in 6th place with 148 points.

The following year, Arsenium dropped the country to 20th place, but Natalia Barbu, made a good recovery in 2007 taking Fight into the top 10. This was the last time Moldova made the top 10.

The duo of Pasha Parfeny and Aliona Moon, both managed 11th place in 2012 and 2013 with Lautar and O Mie. However since then Moldova have failed to qualify to the final.

Their 2010 entry Runaway by SunStroke Project and Olia Tira became a viral sensation years later, with epic sax man featuring all over social media.

Below you can enjoy, jury favourite, SunStroke Project’s entry for this year, Hey Mamma.

Categories: Eurovisionary

25
February
2017

Omar Naber will represent Slovenia at Eurovision 2017

Omar Naber will represent Slovenia at Eurovision 2017

Omar Naber will represent Slovenia in Kyiv this May.

After two semi-finals and one national final, the Slovenian selection EMA has its winner. Indeed, it will be Omar Naber with the song On My Way for Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.

Eight acts fought tonight at the Grand Final of EMA 2017. Among the eight artists, some are familiar to EMA and Eurovision.

Contents

  • 1 The Songs
  • 2 The Show
  • 3 The Results
  • 4 Slovenia in Eurovision Song Contest

The Songs

Sell Out – Ni Panike

The staging remained the same. It was better this time with improved vocals from the male singer. The song was still enjoyable to hear and it was a good way to start the show .

Nuska Drascek – Flower In The Snow

Last time, she performed last in her semi-final. Tonight, she was second in the running order and the pressure was there because of her vocals, which were a bit off at the beginning. Throughout the song, only the chorus sounded good.

Tim Kores Koni – Open Fire

The staging used the same technology as that in the semi-final, which means one reminiscent of those used by Måns and Sergey Lazarev recently. The vocals were weaker than in the semi final.

Nika Zorjan – Fse

This was one of the favorites tonight. The backing vocalist of Tinkara Kovac delivered a better performance compared to the semi-final. This is particularly true of the chorus, which was a bit off in the semi-final.

See alsoCroatia's entry My Friend will be premiered the 2nd of March

KiNG FOO –  Wild Ride

The quality of the song was very strong due to the powerful vocals of the female singer. But, it is a song a bit dated for this year; it sounded like a song from the 90’s because of the chorus.

Omar Naber – On My Way

After a powerful rock song, a peaceful ballad by Omar with a very good vocal quality. It is not as common to have male ballads and this one was very well done and seemed like heaven compared to the rock song that came before.

BQL – Heart Of Gold

The duo of brothers was back again. The vocals seemed a bit better than in the semi-finals. As with Nika Zorjan, the song is written by Maraaya and is of good quality. It is a mix of ballad and pop sound.

Raiven – Zazarim

The beginning was spot on compared to the semi-final, when she had a mic issue. But, tonight, it was much better, with a very good staging and a good mystical atmosphere.

The Show

As in the semi-finals, the opening act was ManuElla, performing her entry of last year Blue And Red. After that performance, the artists were presented. As in the semi final, the hosts sang the opening act about EMA.

The hosts of the show tonight were the same as in the semi-finals, Maja Martina Merljak, Tina Gorenjak and Tanja Kocman. Mario Galunic explained how to vote and presented the participants at the beginning.

In this final, special guests performed on stage. They were Jamala, winner of Eurovision 2016, ManuElla, winner of EMA 2016 and Toni Centiski, the Croatian representative in 1994.

Manuella performed one of her songs, Salvation. After a second recap, the representative of Croatia in 1996 sang his Eurovision entry of the same year and another song called Lako Noc. The interval act continued with Jamala performing her winning song 1944.

The Results

These are the results of the Grand Final of EMA 2017.

DrawArtistSongJuryTelevoteResultsRanking
01Sell OutNi Panike 0 24 246th
02Nuska DrascekFlower In The Snow 56 12 68 4th
03Tim Kores KoniOpen Fire 10 0 10 8th
04Nika ZorjanFse 20 36 56 5th
05KiNG FOOWild Ride14 0 14 7th
06Omar NaberOn My Way 64 60 124 WINNER
07BQLHeart Of Gold 42 72 114 Runner-up
08RaivenZazarim 46 48 94 3rd

The EMA 2017 results table.

Slovenia in Eurovision Song Contest

The country participated for the first time in 1993. In the pre-qualifying round that year, they finished first. In the final of 1993, they ended up in the 22nd place.

Yet, Slovenia has never won the contest and has struggled to get good rankings. For instance, the country managed to be in the top 10 three times since their debut. The most recent one was in 2001 with the song Energy performed by Nusa Derenda.

Last year, Slovenia selected ManuElla and her song Blue And Red to represent it in Stockholm. She performed in the Second Semi-Final and did not qualify for the Final. She placed 14th with 57 points.

Below you can watch Omar’s entry On My Way.

Categories: Eurovisionary

23
February
2017

Melodi Grand Prix 2017 – Meet the contestants!

Melodi Grand Prix 2017 – Meet the contestants!
  • Location Herning, Denmark
  • Photographer Wouter van Vliet
  • Date Thu, 23 February 2017

Two days before this year’s Danish final, Melodi Grand Prix 2017, preparations are well underway. After a full day of reeharsals in Boxen, Herning, the contestants met up with fans and press and the local library.

  • Koncert med Berte & Band (Melodi Grand Prix 2017)
  • Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2017 Artists
  • Group photo (Melodi Grand Prix 2017)
  • Ida Una (Melodi Grand Prix 2017)
  • Thomas Ring (Melodi Grand Prix 2017)
  • Rikke Skytte (Melodi Grand Prix 2017)
  • Anja (Melodi Grand Prix 2017)
  • Calling Mercury (Melodi Grand Prix 2017)
  • Anthony (Melodi Grand Prix 2017)
  • René Machon (Melodi Grand Prix 2017)
  • Sada Vidoo (Melodi Grand Prix 2017)
  • Jeanette Bonde (Melodi Grand Prix 2017)
  • Johanna Beijbom (Melodi Grand Prix 2017)
  • Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2017 Artists
  • Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2017 Artists
  • Anthony, Ida Una and Rikke Skytte (Melodi Grand Prix 2017)
  • Melodi Grand Prix 2017 Fans
See alsoMelodi Grand Prix 2017: Get to know the Danish finalists

Categories: Eurovisionary

23
February
2017

Melodi Grand Prix 2017: Get to know the Danish finalists

Melodi Grand Prix 2017: Get to know the Danish finalists

Two X-Factor winners, Two former national finalists, a living doll and a duo that has only performed together once. That is just some of the acts competing to represent Denmark at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. We introduce you to all ten Melodi Grand Prix participants.

A very strong line-up with a mix of well established names and talented new comers, that’s what is waiting for us when Denmark chose its winner on Saturday the 25th. 10 acts are fighting in the national final Melodi Grand Prix and via two rounds of voting, one will end up winning the trophy and the honour of defending the red and white Danish colours at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

Let’s take a closer look at the participants:

Song no 1: Ida UnaOne (Written by Peter Bjørnskov and Lene Dissing)

Ida Una19 year old Ida is one of the talented new comers. She was discovered as one of the songwriters spotted a few videos of her and her boyfriend singing cover songs on YouTube. Ida is a high school student, but has always loved to sing growing up in a family where it has been natural to sing on a regular basis.

The songwriters are well established with both Melodi Grand Prix and Eurovision experience. Together they are behind two runner up’s in the Danish final, Sleepless by Anne Noa in 2011 and Unbreakable by Mohamed Ali from 2013. Peter also co-wrote Bryan Rice’s Breathing from 2010 which also finished second. Lene made it to Eurovision as she was one of the songwriters behind the entry representing Andorra in 2009 which was sung by Danish Susanne Georgi (One half of the duo Me & My).

Song no 2: Thomas RingVesterbro (Written by Thomas Ring)

Thomas RingBack in 2010 Thomas won X-Factor Denmark. He has released three albums, the latter just a few days ago, and managed a day time job as a teacher. His latest album is his first in Danish, just like he also sings the only song in Danish in this year’s national final.

Thomas, who is 36 years, mainly sees himself a songwriter, and the song Vesterbro is also 100% written by himself. (Vesterbro is a vibrant part of the capital Copenhagen and centrally located, EDT.). He is used to working alone and has previously also said that he is most comfortable with that.

Song no 3: Rikke SkytteColor My World (Written by Mads Løkkegaard, Joël Pagiël MacDonald, Mohamed Alitou and Laura Kloos)

Rikke SkytteJust being 18 years old, Rikke is the youngest of the Melodi Grand Prix participants this year. She is a high school student at a music line, and just like Ida she has also uploaded several videos of herself to YouTube, although this has been self composed songs. Last year her first single My Vibe was released.

Behind the song Color My World is quite an international team. Mads is Danish, Joël and Mohammed Dutch and Laura is German. Only one of them, Mads Løkkegaard has before had songs in the Danish final. Last year he wrote To Stjerner to Muri og Mario, but his best result was achieved in 2007 where James Sampson finished second with Say You Love Me.

Song no 4: AnjaWhere I Am (Written by Anja Nissen, Angel Tupai and Michael D’Arcy)

Anja NissenAnja needs little introduction despite the fact that she has dropped her last name Nissen for the 2017 Melodi Grand Prix final. She was runner up in last year’s Danish final with the song Never Alone which was the big fan favourite. Anja is Australian, but with both parents being Danish. She won the Australian edition of The Voice in 2014 and released an album following that success.

The song is completely Australian written. Anja was part of the songwriting production, and this is the first time one of her own songs will be released. Where I Am is written together with songwriter Michael D’Arcy who previously worked together with Jessica Mauboy, the Australian interval act for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, and former X-Factor Australia participant Angel Tupai.

Song no 5: Calling MercuryBig Little Lies (Written by Thomas Sardorf, Rune Braager and Martin Luke Brown)

Calling MercuryIt is rare you have a duo with so little experience as Calling Mercury. The participation in the Danish national final will only be the second time they perform together, the first time was for only 200 people. They are both 25 years old, met each other in high school and has been making music together before, mainly electronic, and done just by the use of a laptop with vocals being recorded on the computer’s build in microphone! They are eager to learn new things, both professionally and personally, so a professional TV production like Melodi Grand Prix will sure teach them a trick or two.

Big Little Lies is written by British singer and songwriter Martin Luke Brown and the two Danish producers and songwriters Thomas Sardorf and Rune Braager, both with previous Melodi Grand Prix experience. Thomas co-wrote the 2015 Danish finalist entry Manjana and for Rune, Big Little Lies is his 8th participating song, just as he also was a part of the songwriter team behind the 2009 Eurovision entry from Andorra.

See alsoMelodi Grand Prix 2017 – the 10 Danish songs released

Song no 6: Anthony – Smoke In My Eyes (Written by Kim Nowak-Zorde, Kasper Larsen, Hans Petersen, Ollie Marland and Phil Plested)

AnthonyThe name Anthony might not ring a bell with that many Danes, but as soon as you say Anthony Jasmin many will know that you are talking about the duo that became the first group to win the Danish X-Factor. That happened in 2014, and now Anthony is trying his solo career, as was originally the plan as both him and Jasmin auditioned as solo singers, but was put together as a duo by the judges. They released the EP Stick Together, but split up just after that. Anthony is 22 years old and have the past few years been living in Miami, US where he has been a part of starting up the Danish café chain Dr Smood. For him the Melodi Grand Prix participation is a way of saying Hey, I am still here, and I still want to do music.

It is a team of British and Danish songwriters who is behind Smoke In My Eyes. Kim was a part of the team that wrote Cliché Love Song which Basim brought to Eurovision in 2014. One of the two Brits on this Melodi Grand Prix for Anthony, Ollie Marland is well known for his participation in X-Factor UK in 2015 where he caused controversy for already being a professional.

Song no 7: René MachonWarriors (Written by Astrid Cordes, Alexander Grandjean, Hans Petersen and Lars Andersen)

René MachonJust like Anja, René is back at Melodi Grand Prix for a second attempt. He took part in 2015 as a duo together with Tina singing Mi Amore, which unfortunately didn’t manage to live up to being a fan favourite. This time René is solo and he is looking forward to another go at showing what he got. He has a day time job as a teacher, a girlfriend and four children – and then he has for 20 years been lead singer in the cover band Cruise. In 2011 he released his debut album titled Puls.

The song is written by the four Danish songwriters Astrid Cordes, Alexander Grandjean, Hans Petersen and Lars Andersen.

Song no 8: Sada VidooNorthern Lights (Written by Christoffer Lauridsen, Andreas Öhrn and Alessandra Günthardt)

Sada VidooSada Vidoo is probably the most noticeable acts in this year’s Danish Melodi Grand Prix final. She is hard to miss as she has chosen to live is a doll. It is not just an act, but her life style. She lives in London, and took part in the recent edition of X-Factor UK, but she is not unknown to the Danish audience as she in 2014 released her first album, and wrote Infernal’s 2006 smash hit Ten Miles, and in 2000 she was vocal on DJ Aligator’s Lollipop. She has also taken part in a TV musical competition in Denmark under her birth name Nicole Stokholm. Sada Vidoo is Arabic and means named princess, and it was a name which just came to her, as she previously explained it.

Northern Lights is written by Danish Christoffer Lauridsen and the two Swedes Andreas Öhrn and Alessandra Günthardt. Christoffer also wrote Sophia Nohr’s entry in last year’s Danish final Blue Horizon. Alessandra wrote Azerbaijan’s Eurovision entry from 2014 Start A Fire.

Song no 9: Jeanette BondeHurricane (Written by Jeanette Bonde, Alexander Grandjean, Jeppe Pilgaard Ulrichsen and Nermin Harambasic)

Jeanette BondeIt is a professional and trained singer, yet unknown to most TV viewers, we find performing the song Hurricane. Jeanette is a freelance musician, and a well established backing singer. She has a master degree in singing, rhythmic choir conducting and songwriting, and finished her studies in 2014. Jeanette also performs as a part of her own trio Jeanette Bonde TRIO and she is a conductor for a gospel choir. For the 30 year old singer, Melodi Grand Prix 2017 will be her debut as a solo singer.

The song is written by Jeanette herself together with Alexander Grandjean, Jeppe Pilgaard Ulrichsen and Nermin Harambasic. Nermin is a part of the Norwegian songwriter- and production company Dsign Music, which has big success with songs for K-pop artists like Girls’ Generation and Red Velvet.

Song no 10:  Johanna BeijbomA.S.A.P (Written by Peter Wallevik, Daniel Heløy Davidsen, Patrick Devine, Christian Fast, Dimitri Stassos and Freja Jonsson Blomberg)

Swedish Johanna, 29, is very familiar with the Eurovision concept. She has been backing singer a total of four times – for four different countries: Malta in 2007, Sweden in 2012, Georgia in 2013 and finally Denmark in 2015. Already at the age of 14, she was hired as regular backing singer by Swedish songwriter legend Thomas G:son.

A.S.A.P is written by a team of six songwriters from Denmark, Ireland and Sweden, with Dimitri Stassos being most known in Eurovision circles as he composed Soraya’s 2009 Spanish participation song as well as the Greek 2012 entry Aphrodisiac sung by Eleftheria Eleftheriou. Dimitri also worked together with Freja Jonsson Blomberg in relation to last year’s Danish final where Veronica’s Illusion sang their song The Wrong Kind.

Categories: Eurovisionary

22
February
2017

Croatia’s entry My Friend will be premiered the 2nd of March

Croatia’s entry My Friend will be premiered the 2nd of March

“My Friend” is the title of this year’s Croatian entry. It was announced earlier this week. Today Željko Mesar, The Head of Croatian Eurovision Delegation, revealed some more details about the song, which will be performed by 35 years-old Jacques Houdek.

The announcment of Croatia’s song’s title marked at the same time launching of a digital campaign #beMyfriend, that has been developed by Jacques Houdek and his team. Houdek wrote following about this project on Facebook:

Remember your friends, make them happy by dedicating a photo to them, show them how important they are to you, make new friends! Let this song and the #beMyfriend campaign be a celebration of friendship, the joy of living and a priceless wealth of love, trust and mutual respect!

This morning Željko Mesar explained in HRT’s (Croatian National Public Broadcaster) morning show, Studio 4, that My Friend is a bilingual song. He also said that Houdek probably will be accompanied by three backing vocalists, one violinist and one cellist on the stage in Kyiv. According to Mesar, Croatian representative has been preparing for Eurovision for the last eight months. Furthermore we can expect that Houdek’s performance is going to be different compared to his earlier performances.

Croatia’s entry, My Friend, will be premiered the 2nd of March on the Croatian National Public Radio at 14:00 CET. While waiting, let’s look back at their 2016 entry Lighthouse:

Categories: Eurovisionary

22
February
2017

Australia to announce its Eurovision 2017 entry on March 7th

Australia to announce its Eurovision 2017 entry on March 7th

Australia’s next Eurovision act will be announced by SBS on Tuesday the 7th of March. For the first time ever, their artist and song will both be revealed at the same time. This will happen in a live performance at a secret location in Melbourne, hosted by Julia Zemiro and broadcast of course by SBS.

This live performance will be broadcast on SBS’s official Facebook page from 17:30 local time, (07:30 CET). Rumours are already flooding the internet, with X Factor winner Isaiah Firebrace, and pop duo The Veronicas being the favourites to represent Australia in its third participation at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Australia will be performing in the first half of the first semi final on 9 May, and are hoping to win this year after Dami Im’s second place in Stockholm last year with her song Sound Of Silence. Enjoy her performance in the video below:

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