Monday, February 27, 2017

SERBIA: IT'S TIJANA BOGICEVIC FOR EUROVISION 2017

Serbia has revealed today it's Tijana Bogićević (35) for Eurovision 2017 with a song written by Borislav Milanov, Bo Persson, Johan Alkenas and Lisa Ann-Marie Linder who have already written songs like Rise like a phoenix and If love was a crime....
Tijana tried to get to Eurovision already back in 2009 but scored zero points in the semifinal. Two years later she was at Eurovision however, as a backing singer. Then she moved to the USA and now she's back.....

ITALY: OCCIDENTALI'S KARMA GOES PLATINUM

No stopping for the success of Occidentali's Karma. It has already been certified platinum for its sales in digital platforms. The song is also #1 in both official singles chart as well as the radio play chart. 
The Spotify streams are over 4 million already, and the video on Youtube has passed the 34 million mark (and 2,7 million for the eurovision.tv live version).
Now we can only wait for the Eurovision 3 minute version, that will be Italian only, as announced last week, and then we all can stream and download it again, and watch the video again.....

EUROVISION 2017: WE HAVE (MALE) HOSTS!

After all these decades of Eurovision it isn't easy to have any firsts anymore but Ukraine comes up with one: for the first time ever we have an all male presenter team. Three of them to be exact. Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk and already very familiar Timur Miroshychenko, who will be the Greenroom host while O&V are the main hosts.
Oleksandr (26) is ahouse hold name in Ukraine. He's been around since he was 15, made a name in Ukraine's Got Talent as a parody act but then has moved on to host popular shows on television. 
Volodymyr (32) has done a lot of live shows, presenting fashion shows on television and he's no stranger to dubbing either: he's the Ukrainian Hans in Frozen.
Timur (31) is no stranger to anyone following Eurovision. He has hosted both JUnior Eurovisions held in Ukraine (2009 and 2013). He has been also the Ukrainina commentator in Eurovision since 2007, two years after he started commenting the Junior one. 

AUSTRIA: THE EUROVISION ENTRY LEAKED AND RUNNING ON AIR ALREADY

Austria's the one that got Spotified this year following the previous leaks in Finland and Denmark in the years before. Nathan Trent's Running on air won't be a surrise anymore when it will be launched officially tomorrow.
And how it is? Pleasant to listen, the original "nice". It's a bit unoriginal, easily forgettable, more of a nice album track than a lead single and I doubt it will set the voting lines on fire come May. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

LATVIA: TRIANA PARK FOR EUROVISION 2017

Triana Park finally made it this time - 6th time lucky! - and won Supernova 2017 with Line. The Supernova line up was very mediocre this year and they were the only ones that had something going on so well done.

EUROVISION WEEKEND 24-26.2.2017 - THE RESULTS

The third busy weekend in the Eurovision boubble. As usual I will gather and update here the information and the results as they happen (so the links are being constantly updated). Enjoy!

Friday February 24


Saturday February 25


Sunday February 26

LATVIA: SUPERNOVA 2017 FINAL TONIGHT

Four songs made it to the final in Latvia's Supernova and tonight it's all about televote only. The final four is a bit unwhelming and boring to be honest. None of these songs sounds like a winner, nor manages to keep my interest up til the end. I suppose Triana Park finally wins, but only thanks to their colorful staging and some attitude they have..... 

Triana Park - Line
My Radiant You - All I know
The Ludvig - I'm in love with you
Santa Daņeļeviča - Your breath

ROMANIA: SELECTIA NATIONALA 2017 SEMIFINAL TONIGHT

Romania returns to Eurovision after last year's fiasco and has its Selecția Națională again. Tonight a jury will pick up the ten finalists, while in the final thee will be only televote. The selection hasn't been without scandals this year either and apparently it doesn't matter who are in what happens, the yoel thingy will win it anyways. Maybe. The rest are pretty much inoffensive fillers with a few exceptions like Petale and my original favorite is already out. I'm also amazed MIHAI manages to do a song without falsetto oh-oh-oh's. I'm shocked. 

Alexandra Crăescu - Hope
Ana-Maria Mirică - Spune-mi tu 
Cristina Vasiu - Set the skies on fire
D-lema - Adventure
Eduard Santha - Wild child
Elizé & No Stress - Fără bariere
Ilinca ft. Alex Florea - Yodel it!
Instinct - Petale
Maxim - Adu-ți aminte
Ramona Nerra - Save me
Tavi Colen & Emma - We own the night
Tudor Turcu - Limitless
Xandra - Walk on by
Zanga - Două sticle

Jury votes

PORTUGAL: FESTIVAL DA CANCAO SEMIFINAL TWO TONIGHT

Portugal's  Festival da Canção 2017 continues tonight with the second semifinal. Once again half the songs will proceed to the final after televotes and jury votes.
Last week's first semifinal offered very good songs, Portuguese songs not powing to europop and Eurovision clichès and one must give RTP credit for not taking the easy way out but offering Portuguese music that is not made to fit the Eurovision formula. If only more broadcasters went that way... (Another example is Iceland that has its own style and approach, but then again it's a bit closer to the main European style, perhaps). After all, also Finland won in the end by doing our own thing and not caring about Eurovision formulas.... :-) Let's see what tonight has to offer....

David Gomes - My paradise (jury 6+televote 6=12)
Lena d'Àgua - Nunca me foi embora (10+4=14)
Beatriz Felicio - Ao teu olhar (8+5=13)
Pedro Gonçalves - Don't walk away (4+12=16)
Helena Kendall - Andamos no céu (5+8=13)
Celina Da Piedade - Primavera (12+7_19)
Jorge Benvinda - Gente bestial (7+10=17)
Inés Sousa - Se o tempo não falasse (3+3=6)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

DENMARK: ANJA NISSEN FOR EUROVISION 2017

Second time lucky, ex The Voice of Australia Anja Nissen has won the Danish national final DMGP with Where I am. She scored 64% of the votes in the superfinal beating Ida Una (26%) and Johanna Beijbom (10%)

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