Sunday, May 28, 2017

ITALY: MARCO MENGONI AND EMMA WIN MTV MUSIC AWARDS WITH MICHELE BRAVI

Eurovision veterans Marco Mengoni and Emma were awarded as the Best male and Best female singer in Italy when Francesco Gabbani presented the Tim MTV Music awards in Rome's Piazza del Popolo. 
Sadly both were absent - Emma in another channel with Amici final and Mengoni still having his holidays and break from the show m´business somewhere in the world, but he promised an international surprise shortly in his video message. Maybe the workaholic is already ready to return?
The final match was won by Michele Bravi as the Best Performance beating Francesco Gabbani himself. 
Benji & Fede was voted the Best band and the Web star award, Marco Mengoni won also Best fan award and Ermal Meta got the Best new artist award... after 12 years in spotlight.....

Saturday, May 27, 2017

SWEDEN: FRANS IS SORRY AND PRESENTS LIAR

It's been quiet since Eurovision 2016 and Frans despite winning Melodifestivalen and scoring another top-5 for Sweden. He has now released a new song Liar but we have to wait for his album still some time. Being the young schoolboy he is he has been trying to balance between school and music and says his focus is now in summer holidays from school to record his album and then next fall and winter study hard to graduate next June. After that he will fully focus on his blossoming career. Wise kid. And wise parents and team. Well done.
Meanwhile here is Liar. A simple song showcasing his voice and emotions. But why am I thinking of Bette Davis eyes...?

ITALY: FRANCESCO GABBANI HOSTS TIM MTV MUSIC AWARDS FROM ROME TONIGHT

Tonight's the night of Francesco Gabbani's debut as a show host as he presents the Tim MTV Music Awards 2017 live from Piazza del Popolo in Rome. He will also perform with another Eurovision veteran Nina Zilli who has just made a comeback with a new single, Sanremo 2017 revelations Michele Bravi and Paola Turci, Fabri Fibra, Samuel, Levante, Sanremo newcomers winner Lele, Elodie and Gabry Ponte feat. Danti.  Manchester is in everyone's mind but he has stated:

"Manchester has been so sad and an absolutely unjustifiable situation, but the fact that we will be out in the square on May 27 is the demonstration that we will continue to have the sense of freedom to share the joy and emotions of music!"

Besides hosting and performing Gabbani is also nominated as the Best Male artist along with another Eurovision veteran Marco Mengoni, Tiziano Ferro and Michele Bravi. Two more Eurovision stars are nominated for the Best Female artist; Emma and Francesca Michielin along with Alessandra Amoroso and Levante. Some awards are already known: Paola Turci gets MTV History award, Fabri Fibra gets MTV Rap Icon award and the rest will be known after tonight.



UK: BUCKS FIZZ RETURNS AS THE FIZZ - NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY

The Eurovision song contest 1981 winner Bucks Fizz who may not call themselves Bucks Fizz for legal reasons anymore even if everyone does so anyways, are reunited and in the studio recording new material with producer Mike Stock  of Stock-Aitken-Waterman fame and the new album will be released in September as The Fizz.  Read more here. Can't wait!

And below are some of this blogger's favorite Bucks Fizz hits.....

Friday, May 26, 2017

ITALY: NINA ZILLI RELEASES MI HAI FATTO FARE TARDI

Also Nina Zilli is feeling the summer as her new single is very summery reggae inspired tune. This is her first release since 2015 and anticipated a new album. Hooray!

FINLAND: WHAT IF HANNA PAKARINEN SUNG SUNRISE AVENUE'S FOREVER YOURS IN EUROVISION 2007?

A curious details was revealed by Sunrise Avenue's Samu Haber in the popular Vain elämää show, where artists spend a week together and every night cover each others songs between stories of their career and life. On Samu's night Laura Voutilainen had picked Forever yours to cover and Samu told:

"After Lordi won Eurovision in 2006, we were writing a song to Hanna Pakarinen for Eurovision and the demo sounded pretty much like Forever yours. When I played it to the record company people telling this would be on our second album's first single they insisted we record it and it was added to the debut album's special Gold version instead."

So, if the record label didn't like the song so much it could have been one of the two Hanna Pakarinen songs in Euroviisut 2007 and propably Finland's entry as well at home in Helsinki 2007. Hanna never recorded it, of course, but Laura Voutilainen gave an outstanding performance of it in the show first solo, and then as a duet with Samu as he picked it as his favorite out of the six covers of his songs. Check them out here (hopefully available abroad.....)

Curiously Sunrise Avenue has been nominated by many after yet another non-qualification in Eurovision as a suitable Eurovision entrant for Finland..... but we have UMK2018 coming up, so no way....


RUSSIA: DIMA BILAN RELEASES LABYRINTH

Eurovision song contest 2008 winner Dima Bilan keeps on releasing new songs and here comes the latest, Labyrinth (Лабиринты). It's another highly enjoyable Bilan track and his 36th official single already but the first one of 2017. 

NORWAY: ALEXANDER RYBAK IS LOOKING YOUR WAY WITH PHILIP CECIL

Alexander Rybak is having a very productive perios! After the quite wonderful covers of both 1944 and Amar pelos dois he has released Looking my way with Norwegian EDM artist Philip Cecil and while his violin is there it's a bit different sounding affair and his singing is new and fresh. And extremely catchy! Well done!

FRANCE: AMIR HAS NO VACANCY WITH ONEREPUBLIC

Amir has teamed up with American OneRepubic for their French version of No vacancy, who already have released the Spanish one with Colombian singer Sebastian Yatra. Amir fits in like a glove and there's no reason to believe this wouldn't become a huge summer hit...... Dansons!

FINLAND: WANT TO HAVE A TASTE OF CATCAT IN A BOTTLE?

We all know the girls of CatCat are bubbly and sweet but now they are that literally: they have launched their very own dry apple cider with strawberry flavour! Perfect for those endless white summer nights when sun never sets and music never stops and you just don't want to say bye bye baby, baby goodbye.....
If in Helsinki, get yours from a lovely special shop Pien in the heart of Helsinki by Tuomas and Erkki in Ateneuminkuja between Stockmann and the railway station. 

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