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Claudia Faniello "I'm still trying to fully absorb the fact that I'm actually going to Eurovision"

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on April 23, 2017 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

It took 11 times for the sister of Fabrizio Faniello to follow him to Eurovision. This year is her time.

Read now what she told us about her participation.


1. It took you 11 times to get the ticket to represent Malta at the eurovision. Where does the motivation came from to try it so often?


To be resilient is a way of life for me, music is my everything and the Eurovision stage was in my bucket list. Dream , work hard and achieve.


2. Who is the private person Claudia?


A very relaxed human being, peaceful, dreamer and a traveller.


3. How would you describe the development of your musical career and work through since 2006, the first time you tried to get the ticket to eurovision?


Little by little with perseverance it has been an ongoing growth both musically and personally.


5. What was the inspiration behind your song?

 

Real life experiences


6. What is the one thing you are looking for the most in Kiev?


To be on stage and sing Breathlessly.


7. Any musical projects and objectives for the time after eurovision?

 

My 2nd Album


8. And - now where you did it, could you imagine to return to participate to represent Malta

 

I have no idea, I'm still trying to fully absorb the fact that I'm actually going.

 

9. Europe is in a very special decade. What is your message to our readers and to europe? Why shouldn’t europe become „breathlessly“?

 

I believe they all should become breathless by beautiful experiences they go through life. May they be real and in touch with their emotions.


We wish the best of luck to Claudia.


Pedro de Almeida

Jogi: "no matter what nationality or minority you belong to, the main answer is love"

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on April 13, 2017 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Joci is the first gypsy singing for Hungary and he is the one bringing back ethnic music to Eurovision this year.

Eurovision on top had the chance to speak to Joci and get some background about his participation.

Read now what Joci thinks about his participation this year.


1. Joci, how would your best friend introduce you?

He can always trust me, and depend on me. I never judge their lives, choices, however, if asked, can advise one thing or another. Also, I can be a real joker once a party gets going.


2. What was the background of your decision to participate at the Hungarian national final this year?

Once this song, Origo came to me, I knew that I must share it with a broader audience. I think its words together with the tune can touch a great mass. Europeans, Romanis, and, actually people from around the world.


3. What is the story behind your song?

Just read the english lyrics and feel free to understand and get the ‘feeling’.

Verse 1: Time for you to close your eyes To see me clear without disguise For you to have my heart in all You have to get to know my soul If you don’t need me let me go I was meant to be a John Doe Suffering’s a thing I know But the Lord is mindful of his own Chorus: Jálomá lommá, jálomá lommá Jálomá lommá lomalom Jálomá lommá, jálomá nédinná Jálomá lommá, lomálom

Verse 2: Why didn’t you let me know My skin’s color will stop the show My eyes are brown, you knew it well They’ll never change as I can tell You fill me up right to the brim But we’re overflown so leave me be Go away and shut the door You’ll be damned forevermore

Chorus: Jálomá lommá, jálomá lommá Jálomá lommá lomalom Jálomá lommá, jálomá nédinná Jálomá lommá, lomálom

Rap: At the age of 4 God talked to me And armed well to set me free With this weapon I couldn’t stop to exercise It grew to be my part like the sword for the Samurai I can trust it, he’s a friend I know Will show me the truth and a way to follow It’s covenant that stays with me forever It can’t be forsaken now or never The child’s blessed with mysterious powers They are all afraid, I can tell, the doubters My strings attack and the bodies cry There’s no defence, it’s like venom and it’s set to fire That’s spreading ‘round and through the masses You hear the tunes, you know I got this! A million scars and endless road near and far Tears of thousands streaming down my guitar

Chorus: Jálomá lommá, jálomá lommá Jálomá lommá lomalom Jálomá lommá, jálomá nédinná Jálomá lommá, lomálom


4. You said that you know that your song was powerful. Why is it so and what’s the message of Origo?

For me this song is like the achievement of a lifetime, it represents my whole life. I wrote both the music and the lyrics and I’ve managed to write it just as I wanted to. Pain, knocking around, being offended, coming together and the love of music – these are significant things in my life and are all included in this song. I know that this is a bit of a cliché but the message of the song is hope. We shall never give up and we have to fight for our dreams and desires. I’m the living example why you should never give up: my dream has come true.


5. You are one of the less countries this year singing in their own language and having an ethnic touch. Why did you decide to do so?

Because I am extremely proud of my mother tongue and its melody. Should we have translated it in English, something would have been lost. Not the real thing, plainly.


6. What have your musical career looked like so far?

Topsy and turvy, full of ups and downs. Not to be compared to the success I am experiencing nowadays.


7. What is your objective for eurovision?

The highest possible spot. But – more importantly – to transmit the meaning of my song: the pain, challenge and hope attached to it, which most people experience or have experienced in their lives one way or the other. On the other hand, I am not particularly attached to a certain outcome. The exposure this contest brings me is already the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. Instead of stressing myself out focusing on an end goal I try to put on the daily work, constantly working on being a better singer, a better artist and find more and more effective ways to get my message through. Right to the hearts of the people in my audience.


8. Did you manage to watch your performance in the final of A Dal 2017?

Yeah, I’ve watched my performance twice already, once during the show, right before the grand finale and I’ve also seen the part when I burst into tears during singing my song, Origo for the last time. I don’t think that my victory has sunk in: my heart knows it already, but I still need to grasp it with my mind. It was an electrifying evening, indeed. You get hungry if you make it to the final four and you start to believe that you can actually win. I believed in my song from the start, I knew that it was very powerful and that it can make it to the top. But I never would have thought that I could win – I simply couldn’t allow the thought to cross my mind as I was so


9. Can you make a living as a singer in Hungary?

Honestly, for me being a singer was the only choice as that’s the only thing I know how to do! That’s my path and I can’t sacrifice my only and my biggest treasure. And you can see this in my song, Origo. It’s as if I were not the author but merely an agent in this whole thing. Maybe the words were given to me by God and He helped with the melodies. He was with me during the whole of A Dal, in the prayers before I entered the stage. There’s an indescribable connection between us. And I’ll need him more than ever in Kyiv.


10. Europe is in a very special decade. What is your message to our readers and to europe? What should do europe in the „Ori?

My message is this: no matter what nationality or minority you belong to, the main answer is love which our parents must plant in our hearts. This is what matters, and protects us should we sometimes stray from the beaten path. Faith, basically. In love and each other.


We wish Joci the best of luck and hope that his message works at the eurovision.


Pedro de Almeida



Manel: "That was not really a big deal in the national final"

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on April 11, 2017 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)


The spanish final in fact was the biggest drama in the running eurovision season. There have been rumors of biased jury members, of "Tongo" what spanish people say, when they think something is manipulated with money.

The winner Manel told us “ it was no big deal”. Read now what he told us.


“EuroDrama” was what RTVE said after the national final and the hard reactions a Spanish national final never had seen before. There have been rumors, that the selection of Manel was already decided before. And also the national parliament asked for explanation about. Till today the national broadcaster didn't publish the televoting results.


The peak of the scandal was the former head of delegation resigning. Eurovision on top wrote a special about this situation, which you invite you to read. Click here to read the article: "About Blatter, fans, hooligans, euroDRAMA and possible fraud"


1. Manel, who were the young boy 6 month ago?

It was a boy, just signed to Sony Music Spain with his first single, "Candle", coming out. But I have the same dreams and illusion than those days. Well I have now one more: to win Eurovision.


2. Why did you decided to participate at the national final at spanish TV?

I never thought of being in a contest like this, but one day, my record label asked me if I wanted that my second single was one of the options for the festival. I thought it could be fun, so I got in. I never expected to win our own selection.


3. As non spanish media, we just got a few headlines about the national final. How would you explain to a foreign media what the story around the national selection is?

That was not really a big deal. Now everything is calmed because in so many other countries happened similar things. For example, in Sweeden, who won the jury's favorite. As in our case. Or Mans Zemerlow won Eurovision, not being the first in tele vote.


4. „Do it for your lover“ is a good mood summer song. What does the song means to you?

For me is an anthem for love. Is a song that I wrote for those who I really care about. I think that you always have to everything you can for the people you love. That's what the song is about.


5. What are your plans for the time after eurovision?

My first EP is coming out in a few weeks, just before Eurovision. After the contest I'm going on tour, and in September my first album will be available in the stores. I can't wait!


6. Regarding Kiev, what is the thing you have the most respect about?

Everything. Now that I'm on the process I cannot express with words how exciting everything is to me. Is the most beautiful experience of my life. I always have so much respect for the public, imagine with that many million viewers!


7. You are doing a lot of promo, what was actual your personal highlight and why?

Meeting all the other contestants. If I had to choose one moment, maybe would be when I sang "Do it for your lover" in the ucranian national selection and Jamala danced the whole song. She was so nice backstage with me. I would never forget what she said to me and about my song.


8. How was the experience in Amsterdam for you?

Incredible. What an amazing crowd!


9. Europe is in a very special decade. What is your message to our readers and to europe? What should be message what should we „do for our europe“?

We all should spread love, not hate. We should celebrate diversity, celebrate friendship, celebrate happiness. She should do it. Do it for our lovers. hehe


We wish Manel all the best for his performance and the RTVE that after this year they will be able to make peace with the spanish fans, but first of all with the spanish audience, which maybe lost a bit of trust and passion in the spanish Eurovision participations this year.


Pedro de Almeida

(no I am not spanish!)

San Marino: 1 Mio. views for the courageous lion and the beautyful panther

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on April 1, 2017 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (1)

It's the smallest country but this year with the heart of a lion and the beauty of a panther. 1 million views do have their video on youtube. Something what we usually see at videos from Sweden and other favorits. For San Marino it is already a very big thing!


Valentina is returning, but this year she will share the stage. And also Ralph Siegel is back, the Mr. Eurovision, who still shows his personal passion for Eurovision with every entry he writes.


Did you know that the biggest population of san marino outside the home country is in Detroit, Jimmie's home town?
Read about this fact, the message of the song, the objectives Jimmie has and also what US knows about the ESC.


1. Let’s start with the most obvious question about San Marion’s entree this year. Valentina, what have you done last year in may? ;)

Last year in may I just came back in my beautiful country ‘’San Marino’’ after a long time spent in London, realizing how much is important my family and my home environment.


2. Jimmie could we ask you to introduce Valentina? Which color would she be, which dish and which animal?

Valentina is the color red because she is passionate. Tiramisu because she’s sweet :)

And a Lion because she is courageous ( 4 times ESC!!!! she must be)


3. Valentina and how would you introduce Jimmie? Color, dish, animal?

Jimmie is a black beautiful panther and a nice piece of beef.haahha


4. Now seriously Valentina, tell us, why are you coming back for the 4th time?

Seriously?? Just for my loving Eurovision fans and angering the bad ones..;D


5. Jimmie, would you like to speak about your musical career so far?

Of course. I played the starring male role in a musical called SISTERELLA which was produced by Michael Jackson. It was a modern version of the classic fairytale Cinderella. I played the Prince (Jean Luc).

Later I had the great opportunity to play Barack Obama in a musical called

HOPE-The Obama Musical Story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZVBSTm5dG8


6. What do you and US americans know about this contest?

Before moving to Germany, I knew nothing about the ESC. But, I began following it around 2008. It’s obviously a really big thing in Germany with a long history. I think it’s amazing how the ESC can bring so many people together from different cultures. That’s the power of music. To move and inspire people in a positive direction. I’m honored to be able to be a part of the music world.

I think most Americans never heard of ESC. But, it is starting to get some attention. There are some bloggers in the U.S that is helping to spead the word. I found out through a blogger that i’m the 15th American to take part in ESC. That’s really awesome! I’m so proud to be a part of the ESC history.


7. Valentina, it’s the first time you will share the eurovision stage. How does it feel for you and how did this idea come up?

When Ralph Siegel called me to ask me if I wanted to rejoin Eurovision song contest, I was not so convinced but then he mentioned the duo option and I said I can do it, but in black and white and here we are. I’m so glad to have found Jimmie Wilson, we felt immediately very well, we can not wait to share the energy that we create together with the audience.


8. What is your message, with your song?

Valentina: This song is a hymn granting permission that all mankind should give in to believe in one’s neighbour. Lets us go to the emotion and fan, dancing, singing, creating and loving, with no degrees of separation celebrating diversity.

Jimmie: The message in the song is about two spirits finding their way to each other. It’s a positive message full of energy and passion.


9. Jimmie, what is the one thing you are looking for the most at eurovision?

First, i’m just really honored to be a part of the ESC history. Especially working with ESC

A-Team Valentina and Ralph Siegel. I only want to represent San Marino with pride and do my best. I found out recently that San Marino has a strong connection to my hometown of Detroit , Michigan. The largest community of Sanmarinese living outside of San Marino are in Detroit. Somehow it is fate that Detoit and San Marino are connected again.


10. Europe is in a very special decade. What is your message to our readers and to europe? What should be the „spirit of europe“?

Jimmie: My message is that of the ESC ‚Celebrate Diversity‘ It shouldn’t matter what your nationality, race, sexual orientation, or religion is. Because in the end, when all is said, we bleed the same color red. We are ONE RACE. The HUMAN RACE.

Valentina: the spirit of respect the differences. Live life now, fully, learning from the pain and rejoicing and respecting our neighbours as an opportunity of evolution and love.


After this strong statements of Valentina and Jimmie there is nothing more to add.


We just thank for this wonderful interview and wish to San Marino and Detroit all the best of luck for my!


Pedro de Almeida

OG3NE "we sang the song the first time on mum's bed"

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on March 27, 2017 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

They performed the song for the first time live on stage at the Eurovision in Concert, closing the event. And it was the biggest surprise of the night. The song in fact wins a thousand times being live performed by the three sisters. That’s the final bit a powerful and potential winner song needs.


The three girls are smart, beautiful, talented and fabulous singers, no wonder that they won the Voice in The Netherlands.


Eurovision on top had the chance to get some answers to interesting questions. Read now what they say…


1. Why is it important for you to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest?

“We have always been Eurovision fans and sit on the sofa together as a family to watch it every year. So when you get the chance to take part yourself you’ve just got to grab it! We think it’s fantastic that, at our ages – 22 and 21 years old – we get the opportunity to represent our country on such a big stage.”

2. What are your expectations of the contest and of staying in Kiev?

“We are expecting a hectic but amazing experience. We’ve never been to Ukraine so we’re very excited to be heading there! We’re going to do everything we can to make The Netherlands proud of us and to bring the title back home. We also want to put a smile of pride on our mother’s face. It’s an acknowledgement, a kind of recognition, for all she has done for us and what she still means to us. We’re so excited about it all!”

3. What is the song “Lights and Shadows” about?

“Home life for us and for many other people whose family situation has been disrupted by illness. Many people probably already know that our mother has been suffering from a serious illness for several years now. It’s had a big impact on our family. We support each other through thick and thin but some sadness still remains. Our breakthrough and the stories we now have to tell bring moments of happiness for Mum. In “Lights and Shadows” we sing about how unstable life is for a patient as well as his or her family and of fighting with positivity and hope. Above all we try to give strength to people in this kind of situation.”

4. What do you want to get across through your song?

“It is a song of hope that’s meant to give strength to people who are ill – and their families. It is a poem to our mother and a shout of encouragement to everyone whose family situation is being disrupted by sickness. You’ve got to fight the fight with positivity and hope, enjoying special moments and appreciating each other. We’re trying to give everyone a bit of strength to get them through.”

5. The song was written by your father and Shelley’s boyfriend. Have you also contributed elements to it?

“The most important things for us were that our harmonies should be prominent in the song and that it should have a beautiful message. To begin with, a writers camp was organised in which all kinds of songwriters and producers took part. We were on the selection committee and were amazed that so many songwriters had come up with so many beautiful songs. But in the end, it was “Lights and Shadows” that best fitted our story and voices.”


6. The source of inspiration for “Lights and Shadows” was your mother’s illness. How did she react when she first heard the song?

“When Lights and Shadows was nearly ready, we all went upstairs and sat on Mum’s bed. We sang it there for the first time. It was such a special moment. She is unbelievably proud of us and always beams when she hears the song.”

7. What can you tell us about your act?

“Straight after the song was chosen, we set about building a team around us. We really wanted to leave nothing to chance. We’ve now got an excellent team of managers, directors and creative specialists from every field. ‘Phase One’ saw the launch of the song and the video but we’re now busy stepping things up to a whole new level for Kiev. Phase One was a taster. For the rest, you’ll just have to wait and see…”

8. What does OG3NE stand for?

“The ‘O’ is our mother’s blood group. ‘Gene’ is for the genes we share. And, of course, ‘3’ is because there are three of us!”

9. What have been the best moments from your career?

“In spite of our young ages, this year we’ll be celebrating 10 years together as ‘artists’. Throughout this time there have been many moments we cherish. In 2014 we were the first group to become winners of ‘The Voice’ and that’s when OG3NE came into being. We got our real breakthrough in 2016 through the ‘Beste Zangers’ TV programme. Every week we could demonstrate what OG3NE really stood for: three sisters singing in harmony. The period in the run-up to the Song Contest has also been extremely special and something we’ve not experienced before.”

10. You took part in the Junior Song Contest. How will this experience help you in Kiev?

“Taking part in the Junior Song Contest ten years ago as Lisa, Amy and Shelley made a big impression on us and it’s something that we still cherish to this day. For three small girls, everything just seemed even bigger and more amazing. Whether it will help us in Kiev or not, we just don’t know but every experience makes you stronger.”

11. What is your favourite ever Eurovision song?

“Waterloo by ABBA, Fairy-tale by Alexander Rybak, What’s Another Year by Johnny Logan, Rise Like a Phoenix by Conchita Wurst.”

 

Thanks for this answers and it will be a pleasure to see the ladies again in Kiev!


Pedro de Almeida