SEMI-FINAL 1: KARLSTAD – 3 FEBRUARY
RENAIDA – “ALL THE FEELS”
BENJAMIN INGROSSO – “DANCE YOU OFF”
EDWARD BLOM – “LIVET PÅ EN PINNE”
JOHN LUNDVIK – “MY TURN”
KIKKI DANIELSSON – “OSBY TENNESSEE”
SIGRID BERNSON – “PATRICK SWAYZE”
KAMFERDROPS – “SOLEN LEVAR VAR HOS DIG”
SEMI-FINAL 2: GOTHENBURG – 10 FEBRUARY
IDA REDIG – “ALLTING SOM VI SA”
JONAS GARDELL – “DET FINNS EN VÄG”
MARGARET – “IN MY CABANA”
LIAMOO – “LAST BREATHE”
SAMIR & VIKTOR – “SHUFFLA”
MIMI WERNER – “SONGBURNING”
STIKO PER LARSSON – “TITTA VI FLYGER”
SEMI-FINAL 3: MALMÖ – 17 FEBRUARY
MARTIN ALMGREN – “A BITTER LULLABY”
DOTTER – “CRY”
MONCHO – “CUBA LIBRE”
MÉNDEZ – “EVERYDAY”
KALLE MORAEUS & ORSA SPELMÄN – “MIN DRÖM”
JESSICA ANDERSSON – “PARTY VOICE”
BARBI ESCOBAR – “STARK”
GEORGIA – The 2017 Junior Europrediction edition concluded this morning and we have the results. We invited our readers to cast their votes. With more than 2,100 unique voters Belarus declared the winner. We added the oikopanel voting as jury voting this year and we declared Russia as the winner. Then we screened the combined results and we saw Belarus winning the overall poll. From the ranking of the various Junior Europrediction sessions we see that the favourites for today’s live show are: Belarus and Russia with Italy and Malta as dark horses. Don’t miss the live event from your regional national television or through www.junioreurovision.tv
UNITED KINGDOM – BBC conformed that national selection show Eurovision: You Decide 2018 will take place in Brighton Dome on February 7th with host Mel Giedroyc and 2015 Eurovision winner from Sweden, Måns Zelmerlöw. There will be six finalists. BBC informs about the procedure: “Culminating a huge national song search for the Eurovision Song Contest, six shortlisted acts will be battling it out to be our next UK representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, alongside some special guest performances. The six contestants will take to the stage in a bid to impress the viewers at home, with an expert panel close by to offer their thoughts on how the songs could look and sound on the stage in Lisbon, Portugal.”
AUSTRALIA – Same sex marriage referendum ended up with a public approval of 61.6% and now the parliament should issue the bill to make it legal. Various Eurovision stars praised the Aussies’ decision. Delta Goodrem (JESC 2015 composer) said “Crying with happiness?”, Isaiah Firebrace (Australia 2017) posted a rainbow emoticon on Twitter and Anja Nissen (Denmark 2017) stated “One word… Yes”. Dustin the Turkey (Ireland 2008) said: “Thinking of me good pals Skippy & Emu tonight.” Australia’s spokesperson Lee Lin Chinn said: “As a newsreader for a public broadcaster I’m meant to have zero opinions so I’ll just say this… GOOD! ABOUT TIME! SUCKED IN OPPOSING VIEW!” There were very positive posts also from Sara Aalto (Finland 2018), Myf Warhurst (Australian commentator), Julia Zemiro (SBS commentator 2009-2016) and Joel Creasey (SBS commentator).
One word… YES!!!! 🏳️🌈 #pride #lgbt #yes #equality
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SWEDEN – Norwegian electropop star Kamferdrops, comedy legend Jonas Gardell, Swedish Idol act Renaida Braun and folk singer Kalle Moraeus are the latest rumoured names for the 2018 Melodifestivalen edition according to the one and only, Aftonbladet. Kamferdrops is the stage name of upcoming Norwegian musician Heidi Musum. Jonas Gardell is a hugely successful and popular Swedish comedian, author and playwright. Renaida is known from her participation last year in Swedish Idol and Kalle is a successful Swedish folk musician. Regarding Alcazar, Aftonbladet reports that they still don’t have the song they want to enter Melodifestivalen 2018 (yet!)
SPAIN – Ainhoa Cantalapiedra, winner of Spain’s second season of Operación Triunfo said that she would love to go to Eurovision but she claims the procedure inside TVE is not transparent. More specifically she said: “I would love to try again and represent Spain at Eurovision but only when everything is more transparent.” The singer approached this year’s situation and ended up defending Manel Navarro from the critics who, for her, was part of a set up: “It was not fair to watch the poor guy being surrounded by negativity because Spain’s format isn’t transparent enough.”
FINLAND / POLAND – Norma John who represented Finland this year in Kyiv and missed the final although it was one of the fans favourite (even for the trophy) are collaborating with Kasia Mos, also participating in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. They are going to Poland this December and record a duet with Kasia Mos which will be released on January 18th.
dear friends! Thank you for following and thank you for your patience. It's been a long time since #blackbird and we've been writing dozens of new songs hoping to get something released for you guys to listen. It's been a hard process trying to figure out the way to publish stuff. Which song, with who, how, etc etc. Originally the plan was to have our next single out there in the beginning of summer but then things really turned complicated. We felt that everything depended on other people and we lost track a bit. But thanks to your support and love, we got back. Stronger than ever🔥❤ finally, good things are happening. We're gonna go to Poland on december and gonna record a duet (all three of us;) with the lovely @kasiamos_official and it's gonna be released of course❤ Our next single is going to be released on January 18 and it's gonna be epic, we're soooo happy and can't wait!!!! Stay tuned!! Love you guys!!!!❤❤ never give up and always believe in yourself💯💯😎peace out!!!☮️💟 #normajohn #newmusic #newsingle #duet #kasiamos #staytuned #soexcited #single #music
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EBU – European Broadcasting Union declared that there will be no tolerance and will not allow any use of the Nagorno Karabakh in the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, since Armeniann participant Michael Grigoryan (Misha) is from the disputed region (just like 2010 JESC winner, Vladimir Arzumanyan). Since internationally, this region is recognised as Azeri territory any Armenian statement in the show will be penalised, just as happened with Iveta and her flag show off during the screening of the Green Room in Stockholm.
GREECE – Today’s drama episode from Greece has a statement by the composer of Areti Ketime’s song. Mr Dimtris Karras claims that there is a going to be a song leak the coming days and warns those trying to disqualifying Areti’s entry that ERT has declared none of the songs will be disqualified if the songs leak.
SAN MARINO – Margaret, Egine, Berget and Syuzanna Melqonyan are bidding for San Marino as their bids found in the platform of the 1in360 marathon selection are fake and re uploaded few hours alter. The mess started to clear up. Margaret’s entry was indeed fake and removed from the platform. But there are a lot of rumours regarding fake submissions such as those of: Ben Woodward, Yola Dinis, Maxine Swaby. It’s clear now that the effort for an international selection for San Marino is a mess.
EUROVISION.TV REPORTS / SWITZERLAND – A record high of 43 countries will participate in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R Macedonia) joins the line up for next May. A date for the first wave of ticket sales for the event has also been revealed as 30th November.
The EBU and Macedonian Radio Television (MRT) are pleased to announce that MRT will now participate in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. This follows the lifting of sanctions imposed for non-payment of debt. MRT will be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest for the 18th time.
Those purchasing tickets when the first wave goes on sale now have the opportunity to see the highest number of participants in 7 years.
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said “The EBU and MRT have worked quickly to find a resolution on this matter together, which ensures that MRT are able to join us in the Eurovision Song Contest once again, and we are pleased to announce that this has now been possible. This means we will have a record-equaling number of countries participating in Lisbon, and we are very confident that those who are successful in purchasing tickets will enjoy their Eurovision experience next year.”
As announced today, the first wave of tickets for the Grand Final will be released on November 30th. Tickets will be available to purchase priced at various levels between 35 and 299 Euros, from 11:00 CET on the ticketing website https://www.blueticket.pt/.
GREECE – It is reported that ERT’s artistic jury met again to discuss possible problems with songs which didn’t meet the criteria originally set by the Greek national broadcaster. There seems to be two songs that didn’t meet the criteria of Greek sound as requested therefore the broadcaster decides now that three songs will only proceed to the national final.
ERT decided to disqualify Duo Finalists, which is actually a duet which works at ERT and raised a lot of questions with their qualification to the final. But due to the fact that their song didn’t meet the ERT music criteria, the duet is disqualified. It seems that ERT doesn’t want another scandal. Also the song of Tony Vlachos is disqualified for the same reasons. Therefore the three finalists are:
MIN KSEHNAS TO ELIO
TO ONEIRO MOU
Greek national broadcaster has given the three bidders time to finalise their demos and present their official production to ERT and by December 5th we will know the details for the national final including the date and venue of it.
NORWAY – Will we see Marcus & Martinus and in the line up for the 2018 edition of Melodi Grand Prix (MGP)? Well we don’t know the answer yet (but we surely would love to) but we know what NRK is planning to do with NRK this year. No more snippets! Finally! NRK announced that unlike previous years’ this time there will be directly full version release of the songs for MGP 2018 and actually two months in advance. This is set to happen on January 15th Melodi Grand Prix producer Stig Karlsen says that this happens in order “to see if any of the submitted songs stand out in and have a greater impact than the others.” NRK has received 1200 songs for MGP 2018. Regarding the song Stig Karlsen sounded says, “There are very many talented people engaged in next year’s MGP. It’s going to hurt to pick only ten songs and ten artists to fight to represent Norway in Lisbon!”.
SAN MARINO – The 9th participation of San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest will be decided through an international marathon selection for the first time ever. Over 600 singers submitted their songs so far but the thing is that none of them is from San Marino! Alessandro Capicchioni, Head of Delegation says: “It is a competition also designed for home artists… and for which we have developed a system that enhances them. We can not wait to prove that even our artists have something to say”. Submissions due on November 30th. Those gathering more than 100 likes or shapes, or pay 4,99 Euros will be considered by the San Marino jury. Ten songs will be announced in early December, three of them will be wildcards. A series of live shows will determine the winner eventually with voting by jury and public. Eurovision songs will be decided internally and for the three finalists these songs will be available in the final (late February).
SWEDEN – Kikki Danielsson and Martin Almgren are the two new names in the rumour mill of Aftobladet for the 2018 Melodifestivalen edition. Danielsson was born in Osby, Sweden, and resides in Gävleborg. In total, she has participated nine times at the Swedish Melodifestivalen and one time at the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix. She has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twice, in 1982 (as a part of the Swedish pop and country group Chips with the song “Dag efter dag”, finishing 8th) and in the 1985 (solo) with the song “Bra vibrationer”, finishing 3rd. Karl Martin Ingemar Almgren is a Swedish singer and winner of Idol 2015 which was broadcast on TV4. Almgren was born in Lindesberg. He released his debut single Can’t Hold Me Down after winning the Globen finale.
IRELAND – Louis Walsh has confirmed that Westlife will get back together. Does this ring a Eurovision alarm? Westlife split in 2012 after selling over 50 million records worldwide. But five years on, it looks like the foursome of Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan are already gearing up for a return. Speaking in Dublin tonight, Louis told RSVP: “A Westlife reunion is definitely going to happen… but I have no idea when. “I’m still really good friends with all of the lads. I think the reunion will be great, but its up to them to decide when they will do it.” Louis, who also managed rival Irish band Boyzone, revealed he has been in contact Westlife member Mark. He added: “I was chatting to Mark Feehily last night about the Christmas album he’s bringing out, and its amazing. I’d forgotten how talented he is.” Meanwhile, Walsh has ruled out being on TV for another 10 years as he ‘doesn’t want to be like Bruce Forsyth.’
THE NETHERLANDS – 1988 Dutch representative in the Eurovision Song Contest, Gerard Joling says he had a song ready for Eurovision 2018 but he was too late submitting his song to AVROTROS. The revelation took place at the RTL Late Night. His song is titled I Can Count On You, written by Bram Koning and Kees Koek. The artist said: “It was a damn good song. I might even send it in for Waylon, he would be perfect for it. There are gorgeous changes of tempo, it’s a colossal song.” He will have to remain satisfied with his Shangri-La entry in 1988 and his 9th position in the scoreboard.
EBU – The Reference Group is the committee overseeing the development and future of the Eurovision Song Contest. Their task is to modernise the contest and oversee the annual preparations by the host. Furthermore, they keep an eye on the financial side of the Eurovision Song Contest. Earlier this autumn EBU added DR’s Head of Entertainment Jan Lagermand Lundme in the EBU’s Reference Group. In the latest update of its formation, EBU announced French Head of Delegation Edoardo Grassi although it should have been Paul Hrytsak as he is the latest Executive Producer of a Eurovision event. The currently elected Heads of Delegation are Aleksandar Radic (RTVSLO), Nicola Caligiore (RAI) and Emilie Sickinghe (Avrotros). The group is completed by DR’s Head of Entertainment Jan Lagermand Lundme. He is also joining this year after being invited by Jon Ola Sand personally to fullfil and advising role. Interestingly, neither Edgar Böhm (ORF) nor Pavlo Hrytsak (UA:PBC) have a place in the EBU Reference Group. João Nuno Nogueira (RTP) is joining the board as next year’s Executive Producer. SVT’s Martin Österdahl produced the 2016 contest and is also in the group.