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Eurovision without LED is a great idea for me

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on February 18, 2018 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Albania was the first country selecting the singer and song. It was through the national and traditional festival. This year Eugent won the contest with the song "Mall". In Lisbon he will fight for a grand final ticket, singing in his own language.

Eurovision on top had the chance to speak to Eugent about Salvador's victory, his thoughts about Portugal and his expectations about the Eurovision Song Contest. Read now what he had to tell.

1. Eugent, when you think of Portugal, what is the first thing you think about?

History and hospitality.

2. Have you ever been to Lisbon and what did you like the most? Or what are you the most excited about Lisbon, if it is your first time?

I've been twice in Lisbon! I like the city and its hills, the sea and the beautiful history rapresented beautifully in different areas of Lisbon. The food, ah the food, since i am pescatarian i love it so much.

3. What was your reaction about the victory of Salvador last year?

Finally, among different producers and media there are still people that really enjoy and like beautiful music that derives entirely from the soul not just only commercial music made for commercial causes. Well deserved 1000%

4. What is the message of your song “Mall”?

It's the only way that came natural to me to express the longing when being away from my family and the people i love and yearning to meet them and stay near them.

5. What is your link to Eurovision so far?

To be sincere i haven't been following eurovision each year but this year i like the colors that the contest is bringing. It's diverse and very friendly at the same time.

6. What do you expect from Eurovision for your musical career?

I only want my music to be heard outside the national boundaries of Albania. Maybe there are people outside Albania that will find themselves in my art.

7. What does the theme “All aboard” means to you?

I imagine the whole thing as a big ship with different people on it, sailing towards the same direction, love, in the sea called life.

8. Eurovision this year will be without big LED walls, what do you think about that fact?

A great idea for me. The people will be entirely focused on the vocal performance and the emotional feelings the artists will bring on stage.

9. The inspiration for the theme of this year was the ocean. Which meaning does it has for you?

Limitless, free and robustness. A strong bond showing power.

10. What is your biggest musical dream or objective you would like to realize?

I live my dream everyday while doing music. I feel very fortunate.

We thank Eugent for the time and answers and wish him and Albania all the best for may in Lisbon.

Pedro de Almeida

I guess you can consider me as a kind of a newbee in ESC

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on February 4, 2018 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

He is young, he has talent, he is smart and he will be a fresh sea breeze in the eurovision song contest.

Eurovision on top had the chance to interview Mikolas Josef, a young man with humor and nothing to loose in Lisbon. But we think a lot to win

1. Mikolas, when you think about Portugal, what is the first thing having in mind?

Surely the first thing that comes to my mind is Cristiano Ronaldo and a country that I have sadly never been to.

2. Have you ever been to Lisbon and what did you like the most? Or what are you the most excited about Lisbon, if it is your first time?

I have not yet been to Lisabon. However that will change in exactly 8 days and I cant wait to see it! Many of my friends urge me to also visit other cities like Porto and Sintra. I am a passionate traveller and every chance I get I go for a hike. Perhaps that is the reason most of my music videos were shot in places outside of my hometown. I would love to see Faro and Lagos too. I truly hope we will get a chance to travel around.

3. What was your reaction about the victory of Salvador last year?

Honestly I was not surprised. He was so pure and authentic that even if he did not win he would be the winner to me.

4. What is the message of your song “Lie to me”?

Believe it or not, Lie to Me took me exactly one year to write and produce. It came to be after a long lasting depression that followed after a very bad break up that I have been through. Like most of my songs it was written as a sad balad with a guitar and after some time I was just like.. I dont want to think like this anymore you know? I want to move on and get on top of things and let go of the hurt and negativity. Lie to Me is basically me transforming that negativity in myself and letting out something positive into the world. Something that people can dance to and laugh about. Honestly, it saved me. The message is - if you are ever going through a struggle like I did try to see it in the more positive light no matter how hard that appears to be.

5. What is your link to Eurovision so far?

I admit I started to look more closely on ESC after I was asked to go there one year ago. I guess you can consider me as a kind of a newbee in ESC (laughter)

6. What do you expect from Eurovision for your musical career?

I have decided to go to Eurovision with no expectations at all. I am very happy I get to represent my country but my mind is not set on any price. I will just be myself, have fun and lets see what happens!

7. What does the theme “All aboard” means to you?

Positivity! It says that all are welcomed without trying to point out any differences between us. Also, Portugal being famous for its seamanship I think it fits very well.

8. Eurovision this year will be without big LED walls, what do you think about that fact?

I kind of like it actually. It will put more focus on the performance!

9. The inspiration for the theme of this year was the ocean. Which meaning does it has for you?

All I can say about this one is that I am very afraid of deep waters (laughter) Swimming in where I cant see the bottom always gives me the feeling that something can bite me out of nowhere haha.

10. Czech Republic still is waiting for a big success at Eurovision. How do you think, you could change that?

I am trying to look at ESC not as a competition but more of like countries getting together showing how far they managed to get in music during the previous years. I believe that the moment you start competitng you lose the magic. After all, this is music. Look at Salvador. He was there only for the music and thats it. I will be there to share emotions and I wont think about coming first or last. Maybe that was the mistake the people who went to represent my country did in the previous years.

Eurovision on top wishes the best of luck to Mikolas and we will continue to update you about his steps on the way to Lisbon.

Pedro de Almeida

Interview with RAINER HOEGLMEIER: the face of Fur Alle

Posted by Eurovision On Top on October 15, 2017 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We are not pretty sure if the name RAINER HOEGLMEIER sounds familiar to every Eurovision fan but by saying Fur Alle (Germany 1985) you will recognize him. We had the chance to talk with Rainer about his life, Eurovision and his career. Did you know that he had a great success in Brasil? Do you know he lives in the US? Get to know better the great artist that is more than the face of Fur Alle!

You took part in Eurovision in 1985. Which memories do you keep from your participation on it?

I have many fond memories from the ESC but especially remember all the press that was there all the rehearsals and I heard every song so many times. We were treated very well and welcomed in Sweden it was an amazing experience. I also remember that we were very nervous when we started to sing and Petra who sang in the front with me grabbed my hand and then we just immersed in our song. The audience was also amazing!!

Was that participation important for you as an artist? What did you learn from it?

Yes, it was the most important station in my career something I will always cherish. I also learned what the ABBA song “The winner takes it all” really means. Even though we made a close second place the winner got all the attention. I also learned to enjoy every moment of the experience as it goes by quickly. My songwriters, producers and record company were extremely supportive and taught me a lot. I had a ton of fun and we worked as a team. I also learned never to cross anyone that helps you on your way as you will meet them again someday. I am still friends with my writers, producers and my band members.

For some of the first fans of Wind, you might still be the face of the band. Why did you leave Wind?

I left the band because I got married to an American and moved to the US. It was a hard decision but I did not want to stay in the way of the band’s success that’s why I left as soon as they found a replacement for me.

Do you think the career of the band would have been different with you?

I am sure it would have been different but not sure if it would have been better. The person that replaced me is a very talented vocalist and has a lot of charisma.

In the album Mittendrin you included Für alle and With Bleib wie Du bist you also included there Wind hits? It seems you still have a sentimental connection with Wind. Will we see a reunion one day?

As far as a reunion goes that depends on the rest of the band I am always open to that and always like meeting up with my former band members. And of course I am sentimental (in general) as well as my songs I recorded with Wind they were great songs for example “Herz aus Stein” was written by Rainer Pietsch who also was our conductor at the ESC and a incredible person as well as a brilliant writer so it was an honor to re-record this song with the lyrics of Bernd Meinunger also a friend of mine and one if not the most successful lyricist in the German music industry. Lass die Sonne in dein Herz which I recorded for my last Album was written by Ralph Siegel who was also my producer and writer and just such a cool song that it had to go on my CD as I always wanted to record this song.

How do you see Eurovision now? Do you follow it? Have you think in doing it again?

I follow the ESC over the internet as it is not being shown on TV here. With the right song I would love to get a second chance however I also realize that the contest is not what it was back then.

Moving to the USA might have been a big change in your personal life. What did you expect from it as an artist?

I had big dreams moving here as far as being a recording artist and also made some connections however nothing really worked out. I recorded a song with a local Producer that was also the brains behind Glenn Medeiros that had a big hit world wide with “Nothings gonna change my love for you” the business is much tougher here than anywhere else.

We read you are a hairdresser. What are the similarities between that job and music?

Lol its actually not true I am not a hairdresser I am one of 3 equal partners in a chain of hair salons (6 locations) my area of expertise is in Computers and marketing. That being said I have been in the fashion and hair industry since 1982 and these industries are very similar to the music biz there are many talented artists and it does not matter weather you create hair styles, clothing or music its all art.

In 1988 your song "Just a little love" entered the big Brazilian market because of a soap opera. How did it happen?

Until recently I had no idea this song was even available there so I can not even comment on that just happened to see it on Youtube. This song was produced by Ralph Siegel (a ESC icon) and written by a good friend of mine Wolfgang Keilhauer which I thanks to Facebook have ver much contact too. Wolfgang also wrote a great song for Boney M called “Somewhere in the World”.

In your website it is possible to read “I notice that the German Schlager really missed me ...”. Is it the way you expected?

I think the correct translation is I missed the German Schlager and yes until the age of internet I really missed German Schlager and just in general European music.

The Schlager industry in Germany is very big. Which advice would you give to a young artist that wants to have success?

Whatever it is you want to do is don’t stop believing in yourself and never ever give up. It took me many years and a lot of fortune and stars aligned the right way to get a break. The more you try the better chances you have and “READ EVERYTHING YOU SIGN CAREFULLY” Just because someone offers you a recording contract does not mean that anything will ever happen.

Tanz mit mir in den Sommer and Dream On are the new singles. What can we expect from you in the future?

On October 10th my Christmas album will be released. It has always been a dream of mine to release a Holiday CD in German and Englisch this made my dream come true. The CD has some newer and some previously released songs for the Holiday season along with a duett with my daughter that is called “Let there be Peace on Earth” which is fitting for the current international events and a song where my nephew played trumpets. The CD is called “Holy Night in New York / Da wo Du bist da ist Weihnacht”.

Svala: "We all deal with something in life. No one has a perfect life."

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on May 2, 2017 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

SVALA is already No. 1in the actual charts in Iceland and already had a lot of success in her life. But also a hard accident which changed her life for ever. Read now this interview with a very special depth!

1. SVALA - how would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Svala Karitas Björgvinsdóttir and I´m an icelandic singer and songwriter. I started recording music when I was 7 years old. I´ve released countless hit singles and been in three bands throughout my career. I had my first number one single when I was 11 years old and then my second number one single when I was 16 years old in Iceland. When I was 20 years old I was signed by EMI in America and signed one of the biggest record contract ever made with an icelandic artist. My first american single which I co-wrote came out in 2001 and became quite popular in America and was on the top 30 Billboard Charts over there. I´ve released 2 solo albums and 3 albums with my band Steed Lord. I formed my band Steed Lord in 2006 and we had quite the success worldwide. The band was together for 10 awesome years. We toured all over the world, designed a clothing line for H&M, had our music in a lot of american tv shows, commercials and a couple of movies. I moved to Los Angeles in 2009 and I´ve lived there for 8 years with my husband who is a songwriter, producer and director. I have my own clothing line called KALI which is sold online. Last year I formed my new band Blissful and our single "Elevate" came out and did really well on Spotify. I became a judge on famous tv show The Voice in Iceland in 2015. I adore cats and science fiction books and movies.

2. You already had a lot of musical experiences. What was the biggest success for you so far?

It´s hard to say cause I feel proud of many things I´ve accomplished. I became a judge on the famous tv show The Voice in Iceland in 2015 and I´ve done two seasons of it. It´s a big honour to be a part of such a huge show that´s in 62 countries around the world.

3. 2008 you had a hard accident, how did this impact your life and musical career?

Yes it was an almost fatal car accident in Iceland with my band Steed Lord. We were all injured very seriously and had internal bleeding and many broken bones. I stayed in the hospital for 2 weeks and my husband was there for 4 months. He almost died. It was a horrible accident that changed our lives forever. He had many surgeries and we weren´t sure if he was gonna make it. Me and my husband and both his younger brothers and their dad were in the car. It brought the family together in a very beautiful way. After surviving such a serious car accident you don´t ever take life for granted. Every day and every second is a gift. It only took a half a second for another car to hit our car head on. Life can be taken away from you in a split second. After such an experience you stop worrying about material things and silly things. Life is so precious and life is so beautiful. I´m just thankful for every day I have on this earth. I may sound corny but it´s true, I´m so thankful that we all survived.

4. How did the idea came up to participate at the national pre selection?

It was actually my husbands idea and not mine hehehe. Me and him wrote Paper together with Lester Mendez and Lily Elise. For the last two years me and Einar, my husband, have been writing a lot of new music for our new band Blissful. And "Paper" came out of one of those writing sessions. We knew right away that this song was very epic and big. And my husband thought it would be a great idea to send it in to the national selection in Iceland. It took me a couple of days to be convinced but then I decided to do it cause the message is so important in my song and I knew that it would probably do pretty well there. Also I only wanted to compete in Eurovision if it was on my own terms and with a song that I co-wrote and could stand behind completely. And "Paper" is such a personal song and I´m very proud of it. And it feels right to compete with a song that I believe in so strongly.

5. What is the story behind your song „paper“?

I wrote my song “Paper” about a very personal experience. It´s about dealing with difficulties in your life but overcoming them. I´ve been very open in the media in Iceland that I dealt with a lot of anxiety throughout my teenage years and early twenties. Music has always been my salvation and my safe place and I wanted to write about what I went through when I dealt with those difficulties. We all deal with something in life. No one has a perfect life. This is what connects us as human beings. The word paper in my song is a metaphor for emotions. When I wrote the lyrics I wanted to describe the relationship I have with myself while dealing with anxiety. My anxiety makes me feel fragile and makes me feel vulnerable like paper. The purpose of me writing my song is to be open and honest about myself and not be ashamed about dealing with this. Because when we are open and when we talk to each other, we are setting ourselves free. By not being ashamed we are facing our fears and we are not giving up. I still have my bad days but thankfully I´m at a much better place now and anxiety doesn´t control my life anymore. But it´s so important to me to talk about it to be able to help others and inspire. Hopefully my song does that for people around the world that deal with difficulties in life.

6. How was your experience as a judge of the Voice in Iceland?

It has been such an amazing experience. I´ve been in the music business for a long time and basically since I was a little girl. And I love being able to be a mentor singers that are want to make it in the industry. I have so much to give and I love being able to support them and help them in taking their first steps towards their career. I became the ultimate stage mom with my team. I wanted all of them to win and do the best in the competition. I felt like they were my children heheh. Also being a part of such a huge tv show that´s in 62 countries around the world is such an honour. It is the biggest tv production ever made in Iceland and it´s been amazing to be a part of it.

7. For other countries actual participants of the Voice are going to Eurovision. Why are you going, even being judge of the same show?

Because I believe in the song I wrote.

8. What are your plans for the time after eurovision?

I´m releasing a lot of new music with my new band Blissful. And we are also releasing a lot of music videos that we direct ourselves that come out with the new music. I´ll be touring a lot around the world. And working on some new exciting projects.

9. Europe is in a very special decade. What is your message to our readers and to europe? What should be written on the „paper“ of europe

We have to lead by example!!! We need to always let love and compassion guide us. Live in the light and unite. Stay strong and not give up.

We thank Svala for this interview and wish the best for eurovision and the time afterwards... for sure for every single moment in life.

Pedro de Almeida

Norma John: Music can help us through difficult times and things of our lives

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on May 1, 2017 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The duo from Finland was the big surprise during the first rehearsals and is maybe not just a black bird, but also a potential back horse.

They present with their nothern coolness a cool song. Eurovision on top had the chance to speak to the duo and get some interesting facts about their participation.

1. How would you introduce Norman John?

Norma John is an indie band of two friends; Leena and Lasse. We write our own songs and do music because we love it and it’s our passion! We met each other 15 years ago when we were teenagers and started doing music together.

2. „Blackbird“ reminds the very successful dutch entree of 2013 in Malmö „Birds“. But what was the inspiration for your song?

The inspiration was life itself and it was a story that needed to be written. It came from our personal experiences. The bird part of our song is more symbolic :)

3. What have your musical career looked like in the last years?

We have been very busy with music these past years. We both have worked as a musician for a long time and we've been writing songs also to other artists. Lasse has been working also as a tv-studio musician and with other Scandinavian artists.

4. What do you think can eurovision bring to your musical career?

Eurovision is a great platform for new music and we really hope that people would listen to our music also after the competition. To be able to reach people and touch people with your own music, is really something we would hope to do in the future too.

5. What have you done in the night when Lordi won the contest for Finland?

Actually I (Lasse) had a gig somewhere in the middle of Finland that night. When we heard that Finland had won, we immediately played "Hard Rock Hallelujah"...hahah!!

6. What is your main objective for Eurovision this year?

Norma John is all about stories and we hope that people can connect to the song. Of course it would meen the world to us to get to the Eurovision final this year, with this story :)

7. What is the story and message behind your song?

The song is about loosing some-one. It is a song that almost everyone can relate to, because we´ve all been there! But we don’t think of it as just a sad song, it feels hopeful and empowering to us too. Music can help us through difficult times and things of our lives.

8. Europe is in a very special decade. What is your message to our readers and to europe? If the „blackbird“ shouldn’t sing, what birds should sing in europe actually?

Stay safe people, be kind to each other, spread the love, don't hate! And let all birds sing :D

We thank the band fo this interview and wish the best for Kiev.

Pedro de Almeida