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Ola Melzig: This year is treacherous

Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 18, 2018 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Ola Melzig arrived from Sweden to Lisbon, 9 months ago to work in Eurovision as director of technical production. 

In a interview to the portuguese media Diario de Noticias he left very good impressions about the work of the portuguese staff in a country he didn't know very well, since he brought with him an espresso machine: "It was before knowing the great nation of coffee that Portugal is".

About the portuguese people he says: Maybe they are not the best people to show up at a meeting time (laughs).They are very friendly and open, generous. When we started, Carla Bugalho (Portuguese head of delegation) said: "We are Atlantic, not Mediterranean. They will see that there is a difference." And there is. The delivery of work is very accurate. We received exactly what we asked for. They are very proud of the country. In love. If they like, they involve 110%.

Ola predicted the winner last year and about this time he says: "This year is treacherous. Israel stands out, the singer is very cool, has a lot of attitude, but if she does not perform at the same level, another ten may appear. It's too early to tell. Overall, there are very good songs."

source: DN

Top 5 Things about Aisel (Azerbaijan)

Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 18, 2018 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Azerbaijan will be at Eurovision for the 11th time and will be represented by Aisel. In 10 years, the worst position of Azerbaijan was a 10th place and always reached the final!

Will Aisel do it again? Who is Aisel?

1. Aysel Mammadova, 28, is a singer from Baku, Azerbaijan

2. Aisel was internally selected to represent Azerbaijan by the broadcaster İctimai Television (İTV).

3. Some people think she is the same Aisel that represented the country in 2009 with Arash! Aysel's surname from 2009 was Teymurzadeh.

4. X My Heart, her song, has been arranged by Tim Bran who also produced City Lights, the Belgian entry of 2017 which finished fourth.

5. The back vocals of Aysel in Lisbon are 4 portuguese singers (Rui Andrade, Hugo Baptista, Sandra d’Andrade, Salomé Caldeira); coached by Alex Panayi, the cyprus singer of 1995 and 2000.

Portuguese Eurovision Books

Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 18, 2018 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Two new books about Eurovision will be soon available, this time at the host country, Portugal and in portuguese language.

"Portugal 12 pts - Festival da Canção" (Âncora), about the portuguese National Final and Eurovision it's written by Jorge Mangorrinha and João Callixto, two researchers about Tourism and Music, respectively.

On the other hand, the first portuguese president of OGAE Portugal, journalist and creative supervisor of Eurovision 2018 will release "Eurovisão - dos ABBA a Salvador Sobral" (Esfera dos Livros).

These two bibliographic records will remark the portuguese victory and will work as a souvenir of Eurovision in Portugal, mostly for fan collectors. 

Salvador: at Luisa's Concert and at next ESC

Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 17, 2018 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Luísa Sobral debuted last Friday at the Estoril Casino's (Lisbon area) to perform the best themes of his career. In the concert, Salvador Sobral starred in the high moment of the night when he took the stage to play with his sister Amar Pelos Dois.

Luisa and Salvador Sobral performed the theme that earned them the victory at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017, one of the first performances of Salvador Sobral after having undergone heart transplant surgery. It was the penultimate show from Luisa's tour as she has been touring the country since last September. 

Guaranteed is also the performance of Salvador Sobral at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, on May 12, at the Altice Arena, taking the stage with the Brazilian Caetano Veloso. For those who are not familiar with Brazilian Music, Caetano is one of the biggest names on the brazilian music scene. He is been awarded with 9 Latin Grammy Awards and the Grammy for Best Music World Album. 

source: DN  picture: Casino Estoril

"I want to be the next Jon Ola Sand"

Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 12, 2018 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I was watching the show of RTP dedicated to Eurovision, especially because 30 days are missing! And the countdown has already begun!

The program did not bring me anything new because I follow Eurovision every day but there was a moment that brought me beautiful memories of when I was a child! With the great difference that I was not a child in the XXI century, but in the 80's. Therefore, I did not have internet and the Eurovision news came to us weeks before through the videos that the public television broadcast. I still remember to record the songs with my radio tape. Silence please! And my whole family respected my admiration for Eurovision.

I still remember the first day! It was the year of 1981 and since there was nothing else to see on television, my family, as everyone in Europe I suppose, gathered around television. I remember that I asked my uncle: "What program is this? Is it repeated next year?" And everything started there! 1982, I was weekly informed but waiting for the big moment: Doce and their Bem Bom; Lucia and her song Él. When it was over, I remember that we called my Spanish family to talk about Eurovision.

We received information on the TV Guide, the week before and the week after! And although we always expected a good result, Portugal never won!

But today, watching the program about Eurovision on television, a 10-year-old boy appeared! His name is João Parreira and they interviewed him because he likes Eurovision. I saw him 30 years ago! João says that his friends do not understand him because they do not like Eurovision, they like to play football, but little by little they start watching and listening the songs! João spends all the time he can listening Eurovision Songs at YOUTUBE.

I always felt, somehow just like João, someone who could not talk about Eurovision! And is that the internet did not exist! We had no mobile!

João's mother explains that her son no longer likes playing with the computer so much, he likes Eurovision, he wants to be a Eurovisiologist. "I want to be the next Jon Ola Sand", he said! Almost like me! With the difference that I did not talk about it! Even once in a high school class where I read something written at a table "One step out of time, one reason ..."! WOW! It was Michael Ball's song! And even if it was anonymous, I did not have the courage to write anything so that my partner from another class would realize that I also liked Eurovision. I found out ten years later when I met him in a Eurovision chat room.

Today João did a Quizz about the contest and of course he guessed everything! In the end, his mother gave him a ticket to watch Eurovision! João almost cried!

How will the future eurofan be? And how would I be if I had internet 30 years ago? And how would I be if Portugal had won Eurovision when I was a child?

Thank you João!

Nuno Valerio