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Artists that tried again!

Posted by eurovision on top on March 19, 2017 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest might be a dream for a lot of artists, specially newcomers that have nothing to lose.

This year, like every year, 12 artists tried to reach the eurovision stage once again...unfortnally they loose their try!

These are the artists/songs:

 

 

 

She went to Eurovision with the band Vanilla Ninja and the classic Cool Vibes (2005). With the band or alone, she tried Eesti Laul for 6 times.

 

 

She took part in ESC two years ago and found the spotlight together with Stig Rasta.

 

 

 

They loved so much Eurovision that they really want to try it again. This year, for the second time since 2015 when they placed 5th.

 

 

 

Al Bano is a classic and managed to represent Italy n 1976 and 1985 with her wife Romina Power. This time he was elliminated pretty soon in San Remo festival. 

 

 

 

Sasha Song didn't find his way to Eurovision again but the new sounds of the artist makes him one of the best in LIthuania. 

 

 

 

 

In 2014 he took part in the band Firelight and represented Malta. One year before he tried it alone and was the runner up. Better together than alone Richard!

 

 

From world music to pop, Marcin Mroziński was the act of Poland in 2010.

 

 

Going to Eurovision in 2005 made him wanted to visit Kiev again. He was the singer of the portuguese band 2B.

He achieved one of the best performances and positions for Romania in Eurovision with Tornerò, so he tried again last year and also this one! He won't surrender!


From Sweden, we had three former eurovision contenders, two of them were winners of the contest: Charlotte Perrelli and Loreen. Charlotte went to Eurovision twice and Loreen seems to be addicted to it. 

 


More and more, Eurovision is a platform to reach some success, and it seems that the National Finals also.

I still can't believe that I am following Loic's footsteps

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on February 21, 2017 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (6)

Belgium is one of the surprises of the last years, what ever changed it did make a difference at the participations and the results. The small country turned again into a big participant fighting for a victory in the next years, if the continue the way they started to walk on.

This year once again a former The Voice participant is going to Eurovision. Blanche is the name.


Read now why Blanche is excited about eurovision, where the name Blanche comes from and what the meaning is.


1. Why did you accept to participate to the Eurovision Song Contest?

I had never thought about it before, to be honest. We made the song without having the contest in mind specifically. The selection committee liked the end result and here we are. For me it has been a positive, unique and rewarding experience and I look forward to the rest of my Eurovision adventure.


2. Aren’t you scared of creating too much of an “Eurovision” image?

No, I was already involved in a few musical projects before being selected, and Eurovision will only help me to improve them.


3. Loic Nottet represented Belgium in 2015. Did you see his performance? Wat did you think about it? Does his experience inspire you?

I watched his performance a few days after the contest ended, and it was really impressive, both technically and artistically. The success he had afterwards is of course due to his talent but it also proves that Eurovision can be a very positive and constructive experience for an artist. I still can’t believe that I am following in his footsteps...


4. Did “The Voice Belgique” help you to prepare an international competition?

Yes, because I learned to sing and perform live on stage on television, while taking part in that show. All of a sudden I became a person in the public eye, and my coaches, Cats on Trees, have really helped me grow as an artist.


5. How do you feel now that you are representing Belgium?

It’s really crazy, I’ll be to representing an entire nation. I am sure it will be fun to meet the other participants as well. It’s like an international summit, but an artistic rather than a political one.


6. 204 millions of viewers will watch The Eurovision Song Contest. Does that number scares you?

The fact that so many people from different cultures and walks of life are going to watch me perform from their living room is quite strange ... but also exciting.


7. Why did you chose Blanche as your stage name?

Blanche is my third given name. My career is taking off and the idea of starting from a blank page (une page blanche in French) that still has to be written, really suits me. I sing in English but I wanted to keep a Fench touch to it all, because I like our beautiful language. I have never sung in French but with my new stage name, I will always have something French about me. Furthermore, I like the sound and look of the name Blanche. I really like my first name, but I wanted something new and unique. There quite a few great singers who go by the name Ellie already. I didn’t want to change my personality, I just wanted a name that’s in line with my projects and my artistic approach. I’m not alone in supporting this new venture, and my new stage name is a way of showing that. For the public, I’m Blanche but for the team that I am working with, Blanche has a collective feel to it.


8. You’re now finishing the song with Pierre Dumoulin, front man of the band Roscoe. How was it to meet him and how is the collaboration going?

Pierre is the one who heard me sing during my participation in The Voice Belgique. He approached me via the band Cats on Trees, who were my coaches, and through his record company [PIAS]. He told me my voice inspired him and he really wanted to write music for me. We spent a bit of time in the studio together, and he impressed me with his musical talent. Everything went well and we decided to carry on together, because we really clicked.


We wish the best of look to Blanche and hope eurovision will help her to get more colours on her white musical work career site.


Eurovision on top will follow Blanche and let you know what the participation will bring to her.


Pedro de Almeida

About Blatter, fans, hooligans, euroDRAMA and possible fraud

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on February 13, 2017 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (4)

Where money is, there are a lot of interests, at FIFA, OPEC etc. and in all industries, in all big organizations. From time to time we get to know a peak of the iceberg of fraud, corruption or let us say "influence management" or better known as lobby management. And it is ok, the laws allow to "manage" opinions. And for everyone it is ok, when they do it in a smart way! And at the end don't ignore obviously the opinion / voice of the public.

BLATTER

It happened to Mr Blatter from the FIFA and it always will happen when someone goes to far. But sometimes there are some situations when they just go one step to far. Maybe because that with every step they did before they felt more and more secure that nobody will notice. But when this one step to far is made the public reacts very strong and without any mercy. 

FANS

And at this point it is very important to differentiate totally from the emotional reaction of a disappointment when your favorite team, artist, football star etc. doesn't win and people complain about the referee.

Coming back to Eurovision there is a lot of emotion and a lot of discussions about "the game, the referee etc" like every Saturday afternoon in the Irish, English, Spanish and German pubs after an important soccer game.

euroDRAMA

euroDRAMA is the common wording for emotional Eurovision reactions in due to votings and national selections. It's very often linked to the Eurovision fan base. And a lot of people refer to the gay majority in that fan base and assume that there the drama comes from.

But who says or thinks that does have the same interlectual level like the people saying that "foreigners are criminal", "women can't drive" or "all Islamic are terrorists and shouldn't travel into the country".

HOOLIGANS 

Like in all topics there are also at Eurovision, fans being to emotional and going to far with the names and shout outs they have. But nothing comparing with what fans say to a referee at a Saturday afternoon in one of the Spanish, English or German stadiums. And what would happen if one of the biggest Spanish newspapers "ElPaís" would call this Spanish soccer fans "Hooligans"?

So did Fernando Navarro in ElPaís of Sunday 12th February 2017 about the Eurovision fans and the fact of their emotional reaction and disappointment of the winner.

Apart the very strange comparison Fernando Navarro should have respect for victims of real "Hooligans" like the French police man Daniel Nivel, who was close to death. And also at the eurocup of 2016 were sad examples about what hooligans are and what they are interested in. It's always an interest into fights and violence. Something Eurovision fans never did in their 60 years of history, and also didn't show at all during the emotional reactions after the final jury decision last Saturday night at "objectivo Eurovision". That's not just bad journalism that's an irresponsible naming by ElPaís!

FRAUD 

Also in the soccer world there have been some cases of fraud by referees. Because there is a lot of interests helping specific teams to win in specific games. Sometimes there is also a lot of money involved. And that didn't happen in champions league games, it was on regional leagues level like for example in Germany in 2005. 

So the fact is - it happens! Everywhere! And when it is very well and smart done, nobody will notice or be able to figure out! So FRAUD is everywhere where money is! It would be very strange if it wouldn't be the case at Eurovision, still the biggest music event worldwide, where record labels like Sony are involved. 

In relation to what people assume about fraud, only just a few cases of fraud can be proved. Often when it is to obvious or someone is not smart or careful enough, it becomes discovered.

euroFRAUD

Going back to the Spanish national selection it was very easy to answer to the reaction of the fans with the usual "euroDRAMA" explanation. So did the jury member Xavier Martinez during the announcement of his votes after the 5, 6 and 7 points. Where he gave the minimum points to the public favorites. And it was not more not less like when in a soccer stadium the fans whistle because they don't like the referee decision. The same immediate reaction of euroDRAMA had also the only lady in the jury Virginia Diaz. Interesting statement.

Also Mr Blatter still repeated that he is innocent. Mr Clinton did for a long time repeat he did not have ... and also actual presidents use the simple way of saying "the press lies" it's all a pressDRAMA

But beside this claim and the easiest way of just giving the fault to the eurofans or let us say "euro-hooligans" there are some other interesting facts, which Mr Blatter oh sorry Mr Martinez should answer. And some others the FIFA or let us say RTVE. 

  • why did Mr Martinez in Social Media officially supported Manel Navarro? (no, that's not the one who wrote the article for ElPais. Actually we couldn't double check if it is his father or uncle. But actually we have to assume that Navarro is a common name in Spain)
  • why did RTVE chose him as jury member having the rule that it isn't allowed to have a link between any jury member and an competing artis?
  • why did Mr Martinez mentioned also the streaming numbers etc as reason for his 12 points of the artist? Wasn't it just about the performance of that night?
  • why did RVTE for the first time ever changed the rule that in the case of same points the jury would decide?
  • why did "40" (where Mr Martinez works) published one hour before the show a news with the winner Navarro?
  • is RTVE giving the money back to people who voted, because their choice didn't count at the end?
  • why did date, time and jury just have been announced few days before the national selection?

Everyone who is still speaking about euroDRAMA is mixing things and not getting the situation. That's more than the usual emotional reaction of fans. It's the accusation of euroFRAUD! 

It is like before a final of the World Cup changing the rules of 90 min play time + 30 minutes of prolongation into "the referee can decide when he finishes the game" how would Germany react, if the referee would finish the whole game after 107 minutes after England scoring? Yes it is difficult to see the difference between drama and fraud. It is also at soccer. And there are always people saying that the victory was bought and the referee gave the victory... and maybe it happens only 1 in 1000 times. 

But it doesn't change nothing at all, that when there are facts which seem to alert, that they have to been taken very seriously!

EuroDRAMA? Eurovision hooligans? - from our point of view - not at all! 

EuroFRAUD? Maybe! And this has to be seriously analyzed. 

And the responsible people at RTVE and also of the jury should stop to make it very simple speaking about "EuroDRAMA" and take into consideration that they are accused of FRAUD and act like that!

Its not the voices of some freaky fans they are hearing, it's the ghosts they called with the things they did. The facts of 

  • making people spend money in a televote and not let them decide (something all casting shows in the world do better)
  • posts in Social Media with Xavier Martínez and Manel Navarro
  • posts in social media about possible chats / messages
  • posts of Websites before the finale decision 

this things which have to be clarified.


And like Mr Blatter, Trump, Clinton etc also RVTE at the end will have to explain it maybe at court. 

Eurovision on top has information that artists and composers are checking with advocates serious steps to take it to court.


AND THE LOSER IS...

If it will be proved euroFRAUD or just an other chapter of euroDRAMA and who the right winner is, we don't know.

 

But definitely we know that there is already one big looser out of all of that: the RTVE!



#ESC2017 #EOT weekly report #4

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on February 5, 2017 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (3)

Every year there are also a lot of artists being announced of their national broadcaster without knowing the song.


Also this year there are already some artists which we know, but we still don't know what they are going to sing. In this weekly report we will give you an overview about this artists for Kiev.


1. Armenia


Artsvik won the national final, which was about finding the right artist. The talented singer was selected by a jury formed my some former eurovision artists from Armenia like Aram MP3, Iveta, Essai (memeber of group Genealogy) etc.


Also Armenia picked a talented former The Voice singer. Artsvik participated at the russian version of that casting show.


2. Cyprus

It's the second armenian talented singer, but he is going to participate for the sunny island Cyprus. In 2010 and 2015 Hovig already tried to get the ticket to eurovision but missed it.

Now in an internal selection the national broadcaster selected  him. Hovig was the first announced artist in the 2017 season.

He will perform a song of the former eurovision winner composer Thomas Gyson. So we can be excited what the result of Cyprus will be.



3. Azerbaijan

The land of fire is also a successful land of songs at the eurovision. And also this year the country is sending a experienced team to the contest.

Diana Hajiyeva won't be for the first time at eurovision. She was already last year at the contest, as background singer of "Miracle". In 2011 she participated at the national final and lost against the later winners.

This year she will work together with Elnur, who already participated two times for Azerbaijan at the  contest, in 2008 and 2015 making good results. Maybe this wil lbe a good chance for her.


4. Greece

DEMY is the greek artist this year. Greece had a bad moment last year, making it NOT to the final for the first time, since there is the semi final methodology.  Maybe the national broadcaster took some lessons learned this year to make a better selection.

Demy is a talented singer who is NOT comiing from one of the international successful formats like X Factor, Idols or The Voice. But she already successful in her home country and had a first number one album.

This in combination with the experienced and very successful song singer Dimitris Kontopoulos could be the result of the lessons learned of last year.

We will see what the song will be and if Greece will do better this year.


5. Ireland

Brendan Murray is maybe the singer with the biggest fan base so far. As member of the boy band HomeTown he is used to sing in front of huge audiences and had already a number one hit.

He is the the younger and hipper version of the participant of last year, who was an older former boy band singer.

Also for Brendan the song is still not known, but so far we know, the fans will support him.


6. F.Y.R. Macedonia

Jana Burceska is an other former casting show participants. But no from The Voice or X Factor like the most of the others. She is ex participant of the only macedonian edition of idol, where she made the 5. place.

We still don't know which genre the song will be. But we already know that the singer will be talented and will try to get a ticket to the final again.



In the next days Switzerland and Germany will select their entrees and Eurovision on Top will give you the updates and news you need to know.


Pedro de Almeida


#ESC2017 #EOT weekly report #3

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on January 29, 2017 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (1)

 

This year the season seemed to take a lot of time to start. But now, end of January the machines for the selection of songs started their engines and we are getting more and more representatives and songs.

 

This week we can present you more artist and more songs.

 


1. UK - when a danish winner works with a british talent

Less people spoke after the UK slection about the fact that since a long time UK is sending a former eurovision winner to the contest. Emmelie the Forrest is one of the song writers of the british entree this year.

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The singer is Lucie Jones an other former X factor singer in the eurovision contest. And as a welsh young lady maybe she can show to the world the power of this UK part, like the men did during the european soccer championship last summer.


Her song could be a kind of statement of the eurovision community about the UK entries of the last years. Maybe that was also the sign the executive supervisor of the EBU Ole Sand wanted to send to the audience, being part of the same on during the show.


2. Finland - sends a powerful dark balade

Norma John is the finish duo who will perform the finish song of 2017 - the start of the song rememebers a bit Anouk's song in 2013. The balade is dark and very lightful, powerful at the same time.


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3. Georgia - the land with the biggest surprises in the last years

Georgia had in the last years mybe the most diverse kind of performances. Is it a kind of brave competition spirit or maybe more representing the musical taste of this country?

"Keep the faith" - is the title of the song this year. Maybe a statement that this country keep's the faith to win some day this contest.

This year it is Tako Gachechiladze who will will powerful fight to make this happen.

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4. Belarus - Folk for europe

Belarus in the last years ended the scandals after national selections. This year they send a fresh, national, folk song.

NAVI is the name of the band and it could work very well in the neighbour country Ukraine with that tipical folk song.

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This are so far all new songs of the last days and weeks.


In the next week we will present "the artists without a song" - all representatives we missed to present to you, which till now are waiting for their songs to be announced.


Stay tuned.


Pedro de Almeida