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Special Radio Awards for Zdravko Colic

Posted by Eurovision On Top on October 10, 2020 at 5:05 PM

Zdravko Colic is for sure the biggest artist from former Yugoslavia, spanning all generations. To prove it and as a way of recognizing it, he just received two awards by Naxi Radio. Zdravko Colic received the most significant radio award, Naxi Zvijezda for all time artist. The award is given in several categories, and the Naxi Star award for all time speaks of the timeless significance of individuals, whose overall work has become part of the heritage of generations.

Naxi Radio listeners also awarded him the "Naxi Star Award for Concert of the Year" (www.naxi.rs)

According to avaz.ba, despite all delayed or cancelled concerts due to coronavirus, Zdravko has been working in new songs and like his last 5 or 6  albums, he will start with his own ideas and then will include new collaborators. For when new material? Let's hope soon when the pandemic is over! 




Our choice for the week (w30)

Posted by Eurovision On Top on July 26, 2020 at 8:10 AM

A song for the summer

As soon as it was edited it reached number 1 on the iTunes of Poland. Edyta Gorniak continues to sow successes and show that she is a very popular artist despite the fact that she has already given up on the international career she promised in the 90s. Single after single, Edyta shows her vocal value.

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19081160-edyta-gorniak-lime-tequila-ila-


 

A promotion song

Many will wonder after this year's Eurovision songs, what the confirmed artists will sing next year. Many are releasing singles in an attempt to test what they might show. Athena makes us curious about Chains on You. Is this Dolla her answer?

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19081155-athena-manoukian-dolla


 

A song like the others

Jedward are back and for many fans, everything they do will always be good. In the same style that we have become accustomed to, this new theme could have been launched during the band's heyday. For the fans it is a refreshment and not to forget that they are still there. And it feels good to see them back!

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19081154-jedward-taste-the-heat


 

A return

Rita Guerra is back. The 2003 Diva and one of the most popular artists in her country returns with a ballad full of rhythms somewhat different from the more classic ones that are usual. What's next?

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19081158-rita-guerra-tudo-vai-passar


The Netflix film: Eurovision has become this

Posted by Eurovision On Top on June 28, 2020 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (15)

Netflix's Eurovision film has already premiered and we've seen it. "Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga" is a film full of stereotypes about the European competition and that has not gathered, like any comedy, a consensus, especially among fans.

 

With a rating of 6.7 / 10 on imdb, Will Ferrell's film ranks 30 in the most popular films on this platform specializing in cinema (28/6/2020). If for some it is "Will Ferrell's Best Comedy in Years" (David Sims, Atlantic) for others it is "The Real Eurovision Is As Absurd and Entertaining As Any Will Ferrell Movie" (Dave Holmes, Esquire). For David Rooney of Hollywood Reporter" the movie's obvious love for the bizarre excesses of Eurovision, and the fun it has with them, make you wish the filmmakers could have condensed all the messy plot padding and just harnessed the excitement of the show. "

 

But let's not mix things up, this film must be analyzed as a comedy film on the one hand, and on the other as a Eurovision film. Let's analyze it one by one, in our opinion.


 

The film:

It is a typical comedy by Will Ferrell, with many jokes and hilarious moments like the performance of the band Fire Saga in the semifinal - this is the highlight. It is a love story as it happens in almost all films that could take place in any other context and not in the Eurovision environment.

To be able to bring together a range of good actors like Pierce Brosnan or the always charming, and perhaps the best performance in this film, by Rachel McAdams is an indisputable feat. The best of Icelandic cinema is present in the film, with renowned actors such as Ólafur Darri Ólafsson or Björn Hlynur Haraldsson.

The excess of jokes about the male organ is something that Will Ferrell should say enough. All that is too much ...



About Eurovision:

It is very important to highlight the perception that Will Ferrell had about Eurovision. His reading of the event is very actual, especially in what Eurovision has become. For those who enjoy Eurovision and for those fans who like to laugh with Eurovision, with its artists and who don't take it too seriously, they will love the movie, specially the new fans. For the more conventional fan, who lived Eurovision with an orchestra, seriously, with a sense of voting, the seriousness of the songs, culture and languages, the offense will be big.

But it is clear that this is a comedy film and Will Ferrell managed to enjoy it, especially, and we say again, what Eurovision has become. For those who are not fans of Eurovision and for those who do not take it seriously and just do zapping, the portrait of Eurovision is reliable.

First, the ridicule of some songs and performers led to exaggeration. The Greek singer and especially Dan Stevens, take their roles to the extreme managing to ridicule songs that ... hey! do not take offense, we have already had a lot like that in Eurovision.

Something extraordinary that Will managed to portray was the backstage game of Eurovision, from the countries that do not want to win and what they do for not winning until the promotion and even those that already knows they will win, like te russian singer. About the promotion maybe Will didn’t get the point well, as well, about the Eurovision fans. But having the support of EBU, it was perhaps better as a way of flirting the United States and finally taking Eurovision to the other side of the Atlantic. The Eurovision fan is portrayed by the character of Will Ferrell who dreams of Eurovision and who creates a world of escape around this dream. How many fans don't live for Eurovision and make it their life? The gay bond is also subtly portrayed through the Russian character, where criticism of Moscow's policies on homosexuality is made. We say subtle because it could have been much more aggressive and thankfully it wasn't.



Fiction interpreters join some real interpreters in the film, curiously Eurovision icons like Netta or Conchita who are suitable for this Eurovision joke attempt, if we think about the common viewer who sees the program. It is not clear whether Eurovision can be taken seriously through this film or whether it helps to ridicule its role. Think of those who don't know these Eurovision winners and characters. They will certainly think that they are some more to enjoy. Perhaps Salvador Sobral's most serious performance may have been an attempt not to ridicule the event, even so, for those who do not know him, he will think that the music of a simple street musician is better than that of Eurovision even though he has been a song that won the contest. After all, not all Eurovision performances are ridiculous, they don't have choreographies or multi lights and fire. Perhaps some fans now understand why Sobral said "music is not firework". For the common viewer, Eurovision has become that.

Anyway, congratulations to Ferrell for the film that makes us laugh. But it won't be too much if everyone has a Eurofan by their side to demystify some of the things that go on in the film.

All Time ALBUMS CHART Top 150 - Number 3

Posted by Eurovision On Top on June 6, 2020 at 5:55 AM

Byle być sobą was the debut studio album by Michal Szpak in 2015. The album includes 12 songs performed in Polish as well as in English. The album, which was dedicated to the singer's mother has met with critical success in Poland. The album placed 1 in the Polish Chart where it spent 42 weeks. It was certified as double platinum. Five songs from the album peaked 1 at the #EOT Top20+5 Chart! 

More than 1000 persons voted in this album so it peaked 3 in this all time chart!

Full ranking here: https://www.eurovisionontop.com/all-time-albums-chart-top150

Our team decided to create a list of all the albums from ESC artists that every fan must have! We spent allmost one year creating it and because ESC 2020 is cancelled we decide to present it you now! Of course we couldn't consider all the artists and of course it might have some we forgot. There are some criteria that we had to consider such as the innovation of an album for its time, its creative aspect, its success, its importance in the history of music and also, not to repeat albums by the same artist. The task was hard and so there is a lot of responsibility. It is not easy to order albums with the tastes of more than 10 people, so we decided to leave the best 25 (in our opinion) in the hands of our readers. Voting took place in the Eurovision week of 2020!


EUROVISIONS - International Conference 2020 (online edition)

Posted by Eurovision On Top on May 27, 2020 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (2)

The third edition of the International Conference EUROVISIONS is taking place on the 26th, 28th and 30th of May 2020 online, unlike  the previous face-to-face editions in Tel Aviv (2018) and in Lisbon (2018) which took place alongside the Eurovision Song Contest. COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the live show of the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest that was due to take place in Rotterdam, and the EUROVISIONS International Conference team also cancelled their scheduled conference in the city. However, the Eurovision spirit is resilient and during Eurovision week many events took place online or were broadcasted on TV helping musicians, songwriters, singers, other professionals andfans to gather and celebrate.

Thus, the EUROVISIONS International Conference team wanted to continue bringing together the Eurovision community of academics, musicians, professionals, and fans organised  a series of online events on the 26th, 28th and 30th of May 2020. The focus is to reflect on how the COVID-19 situation has impacted the event and those involved: broadcasters, organisers, artists, musicians, audiences, fans. Each day we bring you prerecorded interviews and live discussions in which you can participate. 

The 2020 edition of EUROVISIONS International Conference takes place over three days and corresponding to three different strands of content and discussions. On each day, there will be pre-recorded interviews and a round table streamed live through YouTube (Eurovisions Conference Channel) and Facebook (@EurovisionsConference) open to participation by the general public.

Programme:

Tuesday, 26th of May

 

  • City of light: Embracing the Eurovision cities - 18:00 (Berlin time) / 17:00 (Lisbon time)
  • Streaming of pre-recorded interviews with: John van Uden - OGAE Netherland; Reinier Wees – Rotterdam Festivals (Netherlands); Alan Tubery - DJ and fan (Australia) - 19:00 (Berlin time) / 18:00 (Lisbon time)
  • Live Roundtable with: Wilfried van Dellen – Maastricht University (Netherlands) and Nuno Valério - ESC fan, Lyricist, www.eurovisionontop.com (Portugal).

 

Thursday, 27th May

 

  • A Million Voices: Debating the dynamics of the audience - 18:00 (Berlin time) / 17:00 (Lisbon time)
  • Streaming of pre-recorded interviews with: Jess Carniel – Researcher (Australia); Paul Lashmana - Eurostreaming2020.com; Joana Martins - Web content manager, RTP (Portugal). 19:00 (Berlin time) / 18:00 (Lisbon time)
  • Roundtable with: Nuno Galopim - Journalist, fan, Founding member of OGAE Portugal, Creative team ESC2018 (Portugal), Henrike Hoeren - Rotterdam host of German team (Netherlands)

 

Saturday, 30th May

 

  • Think about Things: The challenges of the ESC professionals - 18:00 (Berlin time) / 17:00 (Lisbon time)
  • Streaming of pre-recorded interviews with: Dr. Frank- Dieter Freiling - Head of reference group EBU; Alessandro Capicchioni - Head of San Marino delegation; Carla Bugalho - Head of Portuguese delegation, Member of reference group EBU(Portugal). 19:00 (Berlin time) / 18:00 (Lisbon time)
  • Roundtable with: Frazer Mac - Composer Swiss ESC2019, Poland ESC2020

 

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