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16
September
2019

Eurovision: You Decide scrapped as the BBC join forces with record label BMG

Eurovision: You Decide scrapped as the BBC join forces with record label BMG

Michael Rice (United Kingdom 2019)

Eurovision: You Decide has been scrapped. The broadcaster BBC will team up with record company BMG to hopefully find the winning formula to bring success back to the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest. Is this a step in the right direction for the U.K?

It’s been 22 years since the United Kingdom has lifted the Eurovision trophy and in recent years the nation has experienced pretty dismal results at the contest. Last year was no exception when this year’s entry Michael Rice finished in a disappointing last place with his entry Bigger Than Us. In a shock move the BBC has decided to scrap the selection show Eurovision: You Decide and opt for an internal selection with the help of record company BMG.

BMG has had some impressive artsits on their books including Kylie Minogue, Lewis Capaldi and Mabel. It is hoped that BMG will bring fresh ideas to the BBC Eurovision camp.

 “Our commitment to finding the right song has never been higher and this collaboration with BMG, who have access to world class songwriters, is a genuinely exciting prospect and I am certain that together we can find the best song and artist possible for 2020.” Kate Phillips, BBC controller of entertainment commissioning

You can remind yourself of this year’s entry for the United Kingdom by watching our video of Michael Rice performing Bigger Than Us at Eurovision in concert.

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02
September
2019

Vlado Kalember and Srebrna Krila reunite on their new single “Je Li Ti Žao Zbog Nas”

Vlado Kalember and Srebrna Krila reunite on their new single “Je Li Ti Žao Zbog Nas”

Vlado Kalember and Srebrna Krila

Vlado Kalember and Srebrna Krila, who previously represented Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest, are back together as they this summer launched a new song. Last Friday, they also released the video for the song which recalls the memories of young days.

66-years-old Vlado Kalember took part at 1984 Eurovision Song Contest held in Luxembourg. Together with Izolda Barudžija he performed the song Ciao Amore, which finished 18th in the final.

Srebrna Krila (Silver Wings) participated at 1988 contest in Dublin. Their song Mangup came 6th. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s the band went through a series of different incarnations. When their founder, Mustafa Ismailovski Muc, died back in 2000, Srebrna Krila disappeared from the Croatian music scene.

Vlado Kalember and Srebrna Krila have always had a special connection as Vlado was the lead singer when the band was created in 1978. However, Vlado left the band 8 years later as he started his solo career.

Srebrna Krila and Vlado reunited in 2012, when they played a number of concerts in the former Yugoslav republics. Since then they have released two singles: Još Da Mi Te Jednom Ljubit (2017) and Opušteno (2018).

The new song Je Li Ti Žao Zbog Nas, which translates to Are You Sorry For Us, is a very emotional ballad – a look back on those days when we were young. With his recognizable, crispy voice Vlado is reflecting on the early days of childhood with sadness – like he wants to turn back time – as he describes it to the best period in his life.

Je Li Ti Žao Zbog Nas was written by Neno Ninčević, while Vlado Kalember composed the song. Ninčević has earlier been part of the Eurovision circuit as he co-wroted Croatian Eurovision entry Kada Zaspu Anđeli back in 2000.

In the link below, you can watch Vlado Kalember’s and Srebrna Krila’s latest video:

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01
September
2019

Eurovision sand artist gets a golden buzzer on Britain’s Got Talent – Champions

Eurovision sand artist gets a golden buzzer on Britain’s Got Talent – Champions

Kseniya Simonova

This evening, Eurovision sand artist Kseniya Simonova has won the golden buzzer on Britain’s Got Talent – The Champions opening episode. Can she go on to win the entire series?

Kseniya Simonova who got fame among Eurovision fans for the amazing sand art for Mika Newton’s entry Angel participates in this year’s Britain’s Got Talent – The Champions. The series is a special addition where famous acts as well as winners from Got Talent series from all over the world compete against one another in the hope of being crowned the ultimate champion.

Kseniya won this week’s golden buzzer from judge Amanda Holden after a stunning performance dedicated to the children of the world fighting cancer and those who have lost their fight. Earning the golden buzzer means that she has guaranteed herself a place in the next stage of the competition without having to face the vote. The Ukrainian artist competed with a dancing dog, Indian dancers, Australian comedians as well as American Daredevils.

The artist from Southern Ukraine also received the golden buzzer on Australia’s Got Talent – The Champions and won the Ukrainian series

It wasn’t just the judges who were impressed, UK viewers immediately took to Twitter. Many of them admitting the performance brought them to tears.

Kseniya has been in Eurovision more than once. This year she provided art for Moldova’s entry Stay performed by Anna Odobescu.

Do you think Kseniya has what it takes to win the entire series? It will be interesting to follow. You can view her performance in the video below:

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30
August
2019

Rotterdam to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2020

Rotterdam to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2020

Rotterdam

Rotterdam has been selected as the host city of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in May next year. The Netherlands have hosted the competition four times, but this will be the first time that the event has been hosted by Rotterdam.

When Duncan Laurence won the Eurovision Song Contest for the Netherlands earlier this year a total of nine cities put up their hands in the hope of hosting the contest for it’s 65th edition. One by one they pulled out starting with Leeuwarden who’s arena didn’t meet the height requirements set by the EBU. Then Amsterdam, The Hague and Breda bowed out of the race due to various issues such as venues being fully booked and the affordability of hosting.

In the end it was just Rotterdam and Maastricht left. Today, then followed the announcement that it will be Rotterdam who will host the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest.

Rotterdam has been one of the fan favourites in the race to host Eurovision due to it being easily accessible for travelling fans. Rotterdam has Europe’s largest port and is well connected by ferry to the United Kingdom and France. Travellers wishing to travel to Rotterdam from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport can get there in around 20 minutes by train. The city is 23km (14.2 miles)  from The Hague and 61 km (37 miles)  from Utrecht.

As well as trains, Rotterdam boasts a variety of transport methods including a tram, metro and bus service as well as water buses.

Eurovision 2020 dates

Today, we also had the dates for next year’s contest revealed. The final will take place on the 16th of May 2020 with the first semi-final on the 12th of May and the second one on the 14th.

In the video below you can remind yourself of why we are heading to the Netherlands next year: Duncan Laurence and his song Arcade. The performance is from Eurovision in Concert in April 2019, a month before he went to Tel Aviv, Israel and won the Eurovision Song Contest:

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19
August
2019

Nina Kraljić emphasizes the power of love on brand new track “Mala Ljubav”

Nina Kraljić

A couple of days ago, Croatian Nina Kraljić launched her second single this year. “Mala Ljubav” is a classical ballad that praises the power of love.

Nina Kraljić has been very active on the music scene here in 2019. Earlier this year, she released the song Mi. Furthermore, Nina took part in many music festivals in Croatia. Her latest release Mala Ljubav, which translates to Little Love, was premiered Saturday at Šibenik Dalmatian Chanson Evening – a music festival that has been held since 1988.

Mala Ljubav is a typical Nina Kraljić-ballad, where her gentle, but powerful vocal create a magical and intimate atmosphere. The musical background is dominated by the violins as Nina tells a story about the importance of love in our life.

This is a song that requires elimination of all defences, egos and fears towards love. The song requires that we hope and believe that we deserve love in a form, which is pure, sincere, humble, strong, gentle and powerful. Love that protects you and make you feel free and happy, even when you are sad, because you always can be yourself no matter how your day was: happy, sad, cloudy or sunny, just like it says in the song. Love has an answer for everything, because love based om simplicity contains all the complexity which is needed to stay and build a home.

Nina Kraljić

Mala Ljubav is written by Ines Prajo and Arjana Kunštek, who co-wrote the Croatian 2017 Eurovision entry My  Friend performed by Jacques Houdek. They also wrote Bosnia and Herzegovina’s entry Ne  Brini, which Mija Martina performed at the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest.

In the video below, you can listen to Nina Kraljić’s latest release:

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17
August
2019

Eye Cue point out that it is “Too Late” for a difficult relationship on their latest single

Eye Cue point out that it is “Too Late” for a difficult relationship on their latest single

Eye Cue - Too Late

North Macedonia’s duo Eye Cue, who took part at 2018 Eurovision, is back with a new single “Too Late”. It is a pleasant electropop song about a woman, who is in control of her own life.

Back in 2018 in Lisbon, Eurovision fans had pretty high expectations to Eye Cue and their entry Lost And Found. Unfortunately, Bojan Trajkovski and Marija Ivanovska, failed to find their way to the grand final, as they finished 18th in their semi-final.

However, Eye Cue moved painlessly from the Eurovision disappointment as they had a very busy 2019. This year they have played in Australia and in London, where they recorded the latest single Too Late. It seems like London has become North Macedonia’s duo new home, as their previous two tracks from this year, Dancin and Love Me, Hate Me, also were recorded in UK’s capital.

Too Late is a contemporary and energetic track with focus on production, the variety of electropop sounds and Marija’s smooth vocal. The story of this quiet melancholic song relates to anyone, who moved on from a difficult relationship as Marija sings:

“I only want to be with me and if the phone ring ding ding, I’m not answering.”

“It’s too late for me and you
Now we’re done, we’re through
I’m gonna leave it behind
It’s too late, I guess it’s true
I’m gonna leave it, leave it behind”

Too Late has been written, composed and produced by Bojan Trajkovski. You can listen to the song in the video below:

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