|Posted by Eurovision On Top on May 15, 2016 at 7:25 AM||comments (0)|
The after Eurovision season is starting now and with it, some frustrated fans, some happy fans, countries returning, maybe countries withdrawing and some of the delegations already planning!
This year we faced a new voting system, and it was clearly exciting till the end of the show! Of course not everyone liked the winner (LIKE EVERY YEAR), of course not everyone loved the new system, but we must respect the rules! YES, Eurovision has rules and in every contest it's very necessary! You may like the rules or not, but no one has the right to protest after the result!
So, we have a winner!!!
It's the song political? Maybe! Jamala won with the actual rules? YES!!
Like last year with Il Volo the same happened now with Australia vs. Ukraine! But once again, you got RULES! Ukraine might not have been the 1st in the televoting or 1st in the jury; but as Mathematics show, if Australia or Russia would have been the 1st in both juries or televoting should have won!
But we spent the morning calculatin how would it be with the previous system, and with some marge of errors (we've been partying), we show you the results below with Australia winning the contest! But hey!!! And if Australia had won? Surely a lot fo people would have been complaining all night saying that it is not Europe, and on, and on!! Is there a consensual winner? No, never!! So, Congratulations Ukraine!! Congratulations Jamala!!
|Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on May 12, 2016 at 12:45 PM||comments (0)|
Why is Australia at the Eurovision? - This question is answered by the EBU with the 30 years tradition of Australia with the contest and the passion of the australians for the contest.But what does that mean and how does it look like? Eurovision on top had the unique opportunity to meet an amazing family from Australia, who made the way from Australia to Stockholm and remind the rest of Europe about what the contest (should) mean(s).
Read now a short interview we had with this family and get to know what the Eurovision is from an Australian point of view.
1. First of all, who are you?
We are Bruno 42, Cindy 42, Katija 11 and Lysiane 9. We come from the Adelaide hills, a quiet cherry, grape and apple growing region 30 minutes from the Centre of Adelaide, South Australia. Cindy and I both work in public health and the girls are at school. We play lots of soccer and Katija plays the piano. I love working on old cars and mess around with digital music. Cindy is a knitter and loves cooking. Lysiane is a very strong soccer player. We love playing board games together.
2. What is your link to eurovision?
Our link to eurovision stems from our multicultural heritage. Both of my parents were born in Italy migrated as teenagers in 1960 to australia. Cindy's mother is australian but father left Slovenia in the 1950's. I grew up listening to older Italian music, as Italian culture in australia is preserved from the 1950's. I was surprised at how different italian culture is now compared to what we practice in australia! My parents enjoyed the eurovision telecasts in the 70's and 80's sporadically,but it was never accessible. Cindy and I watched eurovision a lot from 1995,but never seriously. I listened to a lot of electronic music and Cindy alternative. Once our children came along it completely changed things. Both of our children absolutely love it and it has become a religion to them. It provide us with a fresh set of music every 12 months and exposes us to both culturally diverse and different forms of music that we would never even dream of listening to. It becomes or anthem for 12 months.
3. Why did you have that "wish" once to come to eurovision?
It went on our bucket list about 5 years ago in a New Zealand airport lounge when my girls were watching the Dvd. A stranger came up to us and immediately introduced himself as having been to a semifinal performance on a few occasions. He told
us how it could be done. We were entranced. We realized it was something we could work towards when the girls were the right age and that it would be the experience of a lifetime. The colour, drama and experience that we would associate with actually being here would add another layer to our 12 months of music listening! It is just so exciting and we are privileged to be here!
4. How would you describe the image of Eurovision in Australia?
Eurovision is polarising. Australia has its roots in Europe and it provides a link for those with a past. But it also has strong australian followers. So it is very well known thanks to some great commentating from Sam and Julia (we love them! ) and it's transmission. It has now become a strong reason to party and in every city there are now many Eurovision parties. Every year we get together with a few other families and on a Saturday after lunch watch the semifinals before watching the finals quasi live. We dress up as our favourite nation from the last year and prepare a traditional dinner from the host nation...so we ate swedish meatballs just a few years ago! We play eurovision bingo, have assigned countries according to our heritage and vote for our winners. Many australians do it this way!
5. How did you prepared and planned your trip?
The hardest thing was getting tickets. Because we wanted the family show we felt it was easier. The televised events are too late for the kids. We were online in the waiting room when it opened and the minute the tickets were released we tried to book them. It took a lot of sweat and tears as the bookings kept dropping out before we could confirm them. It was not fun but we got there! We flew into Italy first to see family and expected it to be easy to get flights from Pisa to Stockholm. Unfortunately the flights were fully booked so decided to go to Goteburg then train it across to Stockholm. We fly back to Pisa 3 days after the show. The accommodation was difficult as all the hotels were full or way to expensive (including air bnb!). So we booked two rooms in a motel. For fun we checked out airbnb a week ago and found that apartment prices had dropped significantly thus were very lucky to find an affordable place a lot closer. When we went to book the train (we assumed it would be like Italy) found that it was fully booked up for the day we need to travel. The flights were also fully booked...hence we managed to find a seat on the bus from goteburg...7 hours! But we are here and really happy!
6. What are the things you like the most about eurovision?
It relates to the exposure to the unexpected. The showmanship and cultural pride. Understanding other points of view. And it all happens in a positive nature. It opens our minds to other forms of music and helps us understand what we like and don't like, and that other people like different things, and that's ok! I don't like how it is becoming an english song competition but really appreciate the countries that sing a few phrases in english so i understand! For this reason i love Greece France Italy....but B and H really empower to me what eurovision is about. .singing proud for your country and your people celebrating your differences.
7. What was absolutly as you expected them to be?
The many and colourful people we have met who support the show. Eurovision attracts nice people. Not many events can boast this. We love the celebrations outside the arena and the acceptance of the people of the fun of it all. I love how a lot of it is free and accessible. I was surprised that the family shows did not have more people. Maybe they are charging to much? It really should be full given the experience it provides!
8. But have been the most exciting things you didn't expect to be how they have been?
The most exciting things were seeing the artists on the street and at the village stage. We love the people in the eurovision village as they are all so friendly and open. We loved seeing artists from older years singing (Roberto Bellarosa especially) their songs. I almost feel they don't do this enough! We are super excited to be able to support australia!
9. How is it for your two girls to live the contest?
Katija: it is really cool to see them in real life and to see the big reveals and watch the scene changes between the songs. You get to see all of the party and celebrations all around whereas in australia it is mostly in houses.
Lysiane: get to see it in real life. To see the inside and not have to look at where the cameras are. You can be louder in the show. You get to see the scene changes. It is great to see the hosts in real life (Petra and Mars) and you could wave to them! You can also see the green room where the contestants will sit.
10. What will you tell your family and friends when you are back in Australia about Eurovision?
Most of them think we are crazy so we won't say much. ..hehehe. ..really we will tell them how lucky we have been for everything to have worked out how it has. How it is warm and happy to be around. How it is a once in a lifetime thing that has great value in understanding different cultures and people. And the music is great too! It is just great fun!
We thank Cindy and Bruno for the interview and wish this family an unique experience and we are really happy to have Australia joining this contest, with the artists and with this people.
Pedro de Almeida
|Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on May 4, 2016 at 6:10 PM||comments (0)|
It's the third day of rehearsals at the Globe Arena, a sunny day and the first day for the countries of the second semi final. It's the day a lot of artists wait for since weeks and month... to feel the first moment on stage, to get a feeling for the staging and a first feedback of the press.
This moment of eurovision truth today was for the participants of the second semi final.
Latvia started the day, very early, just in time and very professional, like the artist said at the press conference. The second country was Poland - one of the surprises and underdogs of this year. Poland testes two different outfits and also staging of background performers with violins.
During the press conference Poland surprised with some answers like the person to whom the singer dedicated his actual album - his mother who passed away - a moment not only the singer had tears in his eyes. But also the answer with whom he would like to sing a duet with was suprising - Tina Turner was the answer.
Switzerland was the next one on stage, with Rykka in a new hair colour and a basic performance as well. If it will be enough to have a good song and smoke coming out of the clothes will be seen.
The first surprise of the day was Israel performing made of stars. The song, which is a complete different one to the last years "golden boy" turned into a very powerful and strong song being supported by an amazing staging... clear, basic but strong, specially with a highlight at the end, turning into a strong moment.
Strong was also the statement of the israel artist speaking about what Kaliopi told him, that winning the eurovision is not about bringing the trophy home, it's about having a song the people remember years later.
After the lunch break it was Belarus on stage. The country which in the past liked to change artists or songs, this time chose to change the staging. The rumours about Ivan going nakedon to stage together with wulfs turned into reality. But at the end the song stays the song. A lot of special effects and virtuell stuff for an average song.
Serbia performed with a new look, nothing reminds Amy Winehouse anymore. But it reminds the only serbian winning performance so far of 2007. The backgrounds, the moves and the final pose.
Completly without any special effects, just with lightings, worked Ireland. The sining performance seemed like not to be on the point. We will se how the next rehearsals will go.
Interessting moment after the first performance: no applaus or reaction in the press center.
The last three of the second semi final for the day were FYR Macedonia, Lithuania and Australia, who for the first time have to go through a semi final. This for sure was one of the most expected rehearsals of the day.
FYR Macedonia this years send the known Kaliopi, so everyone was excited to see how she would performe.And she didn't disappointed at all.
Lithuania comes with a strong performer, singer and song. It is basic but powerful and maybe once again they will do it striaght to the final.
But the biggest surprise for today was Australia for sure. Amazing and interesting staging, a brilliant singer and a fantastic song. Maybe an underdog!?
That was the just the first part of the second semi final. Tomorrow morning EOT will be back and give you an update about how the second half is going.
Pedro de Almeida
|Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 23, 2016 at 12:40 AM||comments (0)|
Australia's second competitor in Eurovision is Dami Im! Find more about her with these 5 tips:
1. Born in South Korea, Im emigrated to Australia with her family at the age of nine.
2. She independently released her debut studio album, Dream, in 2010.
3. Dami won the fifth season of The X Factor Australia and subsequently received a recording contract with Sony Music Australia.
4. After winning The X Factor, Im released her debut and winner's single "Alive", which debuted at number one in the Australian Charts.
5. She is married with Noah Kim, a former South Korean military serviceman, they live in Daisy Hill, a suburb of Logan City.
|Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 21, 2016 at 1:00 PM||comments (0)|
In just one day you will have the chance to listen the new album of Dami Im: Classic Carpenters.
It is no more than a tribute to The Carpenters including covers of their biggest hits like Close to you or A song for you.
The artist will be on tour and in case you want to see her Live in Australia after Eurovision, you can buy tickets from the 1st of july!