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ESC 2018: Hosts and Semi-Final Allocation Draw

Posted by eurovision on top on January 13, 2018 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)


One of the most anticipated moments every year by the eurofans is the announcement of the television organizer of the masters of ceremonies that will lead the festival in their country. This year, the Portuguese television has bet, for the first time in history, by a quartet of girls as presenters of the galas of the 2018 festival.

Catarina Furtado, Sílvia Alberto, Filomena Cautela and Daniela Ruah. they will be the presenters of both the semifinals of May 08 and 10 and the grand final of day 12. As usual, they will introduce the contest, guide the audience in their voting and will be in charge of speaking with the different representatives to know their live reactions.

The EBU has made official this afternoon the news that had already been advanced last Saturday by several Portuguese media. Catarina, Filomena and Sílvia are familiar faces of the RTP and Portuguese homes, while Daniela is the Portuguese actress protagonist of the series North American "NCIS: Los Angeles".

Semi-Final Allocation Draw

The Semi-Final Allocation Draw for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 29th of January at 13:00 CET. The first part of the draw will determine in which Semi-Final each of the six pre-qualified countries (Portugal, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) will broadcast and vote. The second draw will decide in which Semi-Final each of the other participating countries will perform. The 37 Semi-Finalists have been allocated into six pots.

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Albania: Eugent Bushpepa and the first song for 2018

Posted by eurovision on top on January 13, 2018 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Eugent Bushpepa will be the representative of Albania at Eurovision 2018 after winning the Festival I Këngës with the song "Mall".

The election system selected was 100% by jury and "Mall" composed by Eugent Bushpepa himself has been the song that has risen as a winner. In second place was Redon Makashi with his "Ekziston".

Eugent, 33, began singing on Albanian television and has performed with great rock names such as Deep Purple or Bumblefooot, guitarist of Guns N 'Roses. The singer has developed part of his career in Italy, where he lived for several years.

The singer will receive the witness of Lindita who represented the country in the last edition held in Kiev with the song World, not getting the pass to the grand final.

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IRIAO from Georgia

Posted by eurovision on top on January 13, 2018 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The public television of Georgia announced during the special end-of-year program to its representatives in the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It's about the ethnic folk-jazz band IRIAO.

David Malazonia, founder of the group and musical director, is considered one of the best composers of Georgia in these genres. For 30 years he has created music in Germany and Georgia for theaters, television projects, as well as for artists and groups.

The group will receive the witness of Tamara Gachechiladze who represented the country in the last edition held in Kiev, not getting the pass to the grand final. As for the theme they will perform at the festival, the television announced that more details will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Salvador is OK

Posted by eurovision on top on December 10, 2017 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (1)

"It has been evolving all very well," said the doctor who operated singer Salvador Sobral on Friday afternoon. Miguel Abecasis was speaking to journalists at a press conference that took place this Saturday at 18.00. in the Santa Cruz Hospital in Carnaxide, where the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest is recovering.

On waking up, Salvador Sobral, 27, "thanked the team," said the cardiothoracic surgeon. "And he said it with a good voice," added José Pedro Neves, director of cardiothoracic surgery at the Hospital Center of Western Lisbon. The press conference took place less than 24 hours after the intervention. "I can say that Salvador is very excited, very well-disposed," said the doctor Miguel Abecasis, who operated the interpreter of Amar Pelos Dois. The intervention took the "normal" time, about 4 hours.

"He has been waiting for many months, been hospitalized for many months, surrounded by cardiologists, a huge team, there were several clinical decisions in the management of this patient and yesterday it was time to have your heart and Dr. Miguel [Abecassis] proceeded to surgery, "said the director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery department of this hospital, the same where, 31 years ago, Eva Pinto became the first person to receive a heart transplant in Portugal.

The news that a compatible heart existed was received "naturally," the clinician said. "We were talking to him, he realized the difficulties of this type of procedure, so he was very well prepared." The heart failure of Salvador Sobral led the singer to say goodbye to the stage on September 8. At the end of that month he was hospitalized, waiting for a compatible organ.

"It could have been earlier, it could have been later. It was now because only now the conditions all came together," said Miguel Abecasis.

Between the time it is known that a heart is available and the decision to proceed to surgery measures "between 4 to 6 hours," said the surgeon. The time required to assess compatibility with the receiver. In this case, Salvador Sobral.

Details about the donor do not exist. "Impossible," he said firmly, Jose Pedro Neves. The identity will remain anonymous.

Physicians at the press conference: José Pedro Neves, Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery Service of the West Lisbon Hospital Center José Manuel Correia, Clinical Director of the same Center, and Miguel Abecasis, Head of Service, the surgeon who operated Salvador Sobral.

The singer said "three things" to the doctor before the operation: "[He asked me] If I was in shape, to which I replied yes, if we could put music and I asked what music he wanted, he said classical music; who sensitized me a lot, wished me luck, "revealed Miguel Abecasis.

Interned in intensive care, there is a period of convalescence. "There are a lot of cautions to take in these first two weeks. It is a long recovery that will again involve a number of professionals," said the surgeon.

The medication will accompany the life of Salvador, but, although cautious, Miguel Abecasis, affirms that "if everything goes well, it will fall in the group of 85% that, at the age of five, has a normal life." For now, it remains in the Hospital of Santa Cruz, with no date of exit.

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Austria: Cesar Sampson to Lisbon

Posted by eurovision on top on December 5, 2017 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (1)

Cesár Sampson will represent Austria in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. As in 2017, broadcaster ORF opted for an internal selection. The artist has already enjoyed Eurovision success having been part of the Bulgarian team in both 2016 and 2017.

ORF's Television Director Kathrin Zechner said: "Cesár is rhythm, he is a child of humanity, he is a voice! Cesár lives and breathes music and is an empathic artist! He understands how to use his voice, as a singer and as a human being. His musicality, devotion to his artistry and his holistic approach to his musicianship are contagious. He is equally authentic and unique, just an outstanding Austrian artist, who is sure to make our country proud in Lisbon."