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Iberian Divas do The Musicals

Posted by eurovision on top on June 28, 2017 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Simone the Oliveira (Portugal 65/69) and Paloma San Basilio (Spain 85) will take part in two very different Musicals as special moments for their careers.

Paloma San Basilio will be Norma Desmond on "Sunset Boulevard", the Spanish version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical that will premiere on December 27 in Tenerife. "Sunset Boulevard" is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber (with Don Black script ) based on Billy Wilder's film "Twilight of the Gods." It premiered in London in 1993 with Patti LuPone starring, and a year later appeared in Los Angeles and Broadway with Glenn Close in the lead role

The idea is that, after its Tenerife premiere, in the first months of 2018 a small tour of six Spanish cities will take place in September or October to open a season in a theater on the Gran Vía in Madrid.

In the 80's Paloma played the role of Evita in the Show with the same name.

Simone de Oliveira will take part in the Musical with her name and inspired on her but SIMONE, THE MUSICAL is much more than a musical in its own name, where its history, filled with characters like Ary dos Santos or Carlos do Carmo that also took part in Eurovision like author and singer, respectively. 

At age 79, Simone de Oliveira still has dreams to come true and many memories to share. From iconic themes such as "Desfolhada" or "Sol de Inverno", Simone will unveil herself and, once again, publicly surrender herself for what she believes, for what she feels like Destination, and makes it an example cherished by all the Portuguese.  

Simone, will premiere on september 23th at Lisbons Tivoli. 

Portugal: Live Concert two more confirmed

Posted by eurovision on top on June 22, 2017 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The portuguese event for september (Setubal, 9th) keeps running and two more names were just confirmed:

Mirela, runner up in the spanish national final twice, will be representing Spain in the event after last years representative Barei attended the show.

A Lithuanian singer will join the party again, after Andrius Pojavis. This time, Portugal will welcome Sasha Son, also know as Sasha Song. He represented his country in Eurovision in 2009.

Sasha and Mirela will join Sansa Vujic, Nathan Trent, Timebelle and Ilinca and Alex Florea in the stage of the José Afonso Auditorium. Celia Lawson and Anabela are the national names confirmed so far.

We will keep you updated but don't hesitate to ask us about accomodation, how to reach the place, etc: [email protected]

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!)

#ESC2017 #EOT weekly report #5

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on February 19, 2017 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

It's a new week and now we already know 13 songs in total and 8 of them we are going to present to you in this weekly report.


As usual you just need to check out to have the updated you need to.



1. France - a surprise again


Alma is the name of the artist who will follow Amir as representative for France. And maybe she doesn't just have the same first letter "A", perhaps she also will have the realistic chance to turn into a fan favorite. The song is fresh and has some arabic influence. And always sounds interesting and at least since Turkey doesn't compete anymore at Eurovision it is something we don't hear so much at the contest.


But a song with this sounds coming from France maybe has a special meaning! "Celebrating diversity" a country with terrorist attacks shows at the contests how diversity also has a positive impact on the muical work.

2. Germany - going back to "perfect"!?

Levina won the national selection, being the chosen artist who at the end had two songs the audience could select from. And it was a small surprise that the song "Perfect life" was voted the most.

In the last years the life of the german participants at eurovision was everything but not perfect.

If Levina will be able to change this again and come back to the successful times of Germany will be seen in Kiev.

3. Hungary - the most special entree this year so far

Joci Papai "Origo" won the hungarian national selction of 2017. In the last year Hungary did a good development at Eurovision making a lot of top 10 rankings.

This year Hungary is sending a special song to the contest and we will see if they will be able to continue with the success they had in the last years.

4. Italy - 12 points!?

San Remo was once again the contest choosing the italian singer and entree. And the winner accepted to go to Eurovision Francesco Gabann.

Eurovision 2017 already has the first fan favorite! The song is completly different to the songs we are used to coming from Italy, in the last years.

And maybe this is the biggest surprise and making so many fans like the song. "Occidentali's Karma"

5. Malta - the country will the big wish to win

Claudia Faniello is the winner of the national final and will travel to Kiev for the small sunny island.

Malta is maybe the country with the biggest wish to finally win the eurovision song contest adult version. With the recent victories at the junior version of the contest this wish may have been growing.

At the same time the country is not gettinh Breathless in fighting for it.Good luck for 2017 with a strong voice and song!

6. Poland - always the underdog

Without a big eurovision history of decades the always undersog Poland had some surprised in the last years.

This year Kasia Mos will try again to get the flashlights in the press center and on the red carpet doing an outstanding performance and getting a lot of points from the televote!

7. Spain - this year with the biggest drama so far

It looked everything so nice at the national final. An Eurocasting with an artist getting a white card for the national final and some internal selections. Some fays before the national final there started to come some rumors up, that one of the jury memebers would have a preference for one of the candidates. And since the final there is a big discussion about euroDRAMA, euroFRAUD and bringing the national selection also into national parliament and to court.

Sad for the national spanish music. Actually the selected artist who got 3rd at the televote is Manel Navarro.

8. Switzerland - Apollo...13!?

Timbelle is the winner of the national final this year. The group will perform the song Apollo... if it will be a performance like Apollo 13 or if they will do like some artist the last years who got better and flashed the audience will be seen in Kiev.

Actually the song is not bad but there are maybe still some adjustments needed.

Some more national selections are running. And also two more artist were selected from Israel and Croatia. More about that in the next week.

Don't miss the weekly update. Stay updated!

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.


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. 


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 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".


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!


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.


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.


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!