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🇮🇪 Animated Riverdance movie coming soon

🇮🇪 Animated Riverdance movie coming soon

The world-famous Eurovision 1994 interval act, Riverdance, is soon to be in cinemas… as an animated musical comedy! Production companies, Aniventure and Cinesite Animations, along with River Productions are currently in post-production stages of a new movie called “Riverdance”. The movie will be released in cinemas later this year. The movie will be directed by Eamonn Butler and Dave Rosenbaum. It is Eamonn Butler’s first directing role but he is no stranger to the film industry, working on the visual effects for movies like The Addams Family and Avengers: Endgame. It is Dave Rosenbaum’s second outing as a director. In 2004, he directed The Picture of Dorian Gray. Since then he has worked as production manager on movies like The Lorax and Despicable Me 3. The journey of Keegan and Maya The animated movie has been inspired by the Grammy Award-winning Eurovision interval act, Riverdance, which debuted 25 years ago at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. Production company Aniventure describe the film as showing Riverdance “to a new generation in a way never before seen or experienced”. A brief synopsis of the movie has been revealed on the official website: A young Irish boy named Keegan and his Spanish friend …
🇸🇪 Jakob Karlberg: “This is a good opportunity to show a great song”

🇸🇪 Jakob Karlberg: “This is a good opportunity to show a great song”

Before the fourth semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2020 in Malmö, we had the chance to speak with Jakob Karlberg, who will take part with “Om du tror att jag saknar dig” (eng. If you think I miss you). The song is written by Henrik Moreborg, Isak Halldén, Nanne Grönvall and Jakob himself. We talked about the expectations, the creating process and what’s next with Jakob! “I’m very happy and glad to be part of the competition” The Malmö Arena for the forth semi-final is the biggest arena he played in so far. Jakob already looks forward to the people filled arena this Saturday. The song was created in a songwriting camp. There they got randomly put together without knowing each other. He talks about how easy it was for everyone to come up with the right ideas and that the song was done in about two hours. How he approaches the songwriting is always different. But usually, he starts with the melodies almost always. In his performance, he has a lot of little gimmicks. He’s coming from bands, so it was sure for him to have other people on stage. Jakob will be on stage with Daniel on the drums and …
🇸🇪 Frida Öhrn: “It’s all about fun and singing your heart out”

🇸🇪 Frida Öhrn: “It’s all about fun and singing your heart out”

Before the fourth semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2020 we had the chance to speak with Frida Öhrn, who will open the show with her entry “We Are One”. The song is written by Hampus Eurenius, Nicklas Eklund and herself. We talked about her entry, expectations, her past and what is next for Frida. After performing her act already in her sleep, she finally was able to bring it on stage! After months of preparations, Frida was happy to finally bring her act to the stage. She rehearsed her entry so far in a small dance studio, where it’s different because you don’t get a feeling for the stage. It all came together now in Malmö. She is from Solna, where the Friends Arena is and she would love to perform for her home crowd. Before the performance she always gets nervous, but the good kind of nervous. It’s always a different experience, even though it’s her fourth time in Melodifestivalen. This time Frida is on her own with her own song and her own words. She feels confident with her entry and lives to open the show. Her goal is to see the audience dance and clap along with her music. …
🇸🇪 Ellen Benediktson ‘The voices are the main instrument’ & Simon Peyron ‘Now, I’m actually showing all my sides to people’

🇸🇪 Ellen Benediktson ‘The voices are the main instrument’ & Simon Peyron ‘Now, I’m actually showing all my sides to people’

Ellen Benediktson has participated in Melodifestivalen twice (2014 & 2015) and Simon Peyron has participated once (2014) with his band Outrigger. For the first time, the two artists will be joining forces and sing a duet ‘Surface’ for this year’s Melodifestivalen in the fourth semi-final. In our interview, we talked about what both of them have been up to since their last participation in Melodifestivalen, and their first reaction of their performance. Watch our interview with the duo below: Thanks again for Ellen, Simon and their team to give us the time and chance to speak with Ellen & Simon! , we would like to wish them the best of luck in this week’s semi-final. Stay tuned to our ongoing coverage of Melodifestivalen. Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter, @escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates! Also, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to see our reactions to the news in the run up to Rotterdam!
🇸🇪 Loreen to perform Melodifestivalen medley at the Andra Chansen

🇸🇪 Loreen to perform Melodifestivalen medley at the Andra Chansen

Eurovision 2012 winner and three-time Melodifestivalen participant Loreen will perform at the Andra Chansen of this year’s contest. She will perform a medley of her three entries. Also inducted to the Hall of Fame Loreen will perform the three entries she has taken part in Melodifestivalen with. She debuted in the contest in 2011 with “My Heart Is Refusing Me” but failed to reach the final. She then returned next year with “Euphoria” and didn’t only win Melodifestivalen, but the whole Eurovision Song Contest. In 2017 she came back with “Statements”, but again failed to reach the final. Next to performing, Loreen and the team behind “Euphoria” will be inducted to the Melodifestivalen Hall of Fame, which was introduced this year. Longest Andra Chansen ever The Hall of Fame gala will take place during the andra chansen, which will be a great nostalgic event where all the chosen people have been invited. About 20 of the 48 elected members will make appearances on stage during the evening. Also performing are Tomas Ledin and Björn Skifs, Måns Zelmerlöw and Lill Lindfors and After Dark and Anna Book. The show is expected to be longer than usual, at least 1 hour and …
🇳🇴 Olav Viksmo-Slettan steps down as Norwegian commentator

🇳🇴 Olav Viksmo-Slettan steps down as Norwegian commentator

Norwegian broadcaster NRK have announced this morning that Olav Viksmo-Slettan will step down as Norway’s commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest, after ten years of commentating. Olav’s first contest was the 2010 contest, held in Oslo. NRK’s Eurovision producer, Hege Nelvik, will also step down from her role ahead of the 2020 contest. Olav’s successor in the Norwegian commentary box has already been decided, but will not be announced by NRK until April. Finishing on a “nice and round number” Talking to NRK, Viksmo-Slettan was thankful of his role in the contest and was happy to end of a decade of commentating. I’ve been so lucky to do this job for so many years, and found that ten was a nice and round number to round off. Everything has its time. It is important for us, who have been there for a few years, to take a step to the side so that others also get the chance.– Olav Viksmo-Slettan, former Norwegian commentator (translated from Norwegian) The Norwegian radio and television reporter, who began his career at Radio Vest, took up the role of commentator in 2010. He took over the role from Synnøve Svabø, who commentated on the 2009 …
🇫🇷 The English chorus “broke the ears” of the French Minister of Culture

🇫🇷 The English chorus “broke the ears” of the French Minister of Culture

The French Minister of Culture said that the English chorus in Tom Leeb’s Eurovision 2020 entry “broke his ears”. He still believes that France is being represented with pride, even in a foreign language. “It is an independent choice of France Télévisions” During a parliamentary hearing on Tuesday, the Minister of Culture Franck Riester was asked about France’s entry for Eurovision 2020 by a member of parliament Jacques Krabal. It is true that the refrain is in English, it broke my ears a little this morning on the radio. It is an independent choice of France Télévisions. But I sent a message of it being a surprise that the chorus of the song is written in English. Franck Riester of “The Best In Me” Franck Riester says that everyone must set the example to ensure that France is represented everywhere with pride, even though French productions in foreign languages are also a way to spread French culture. Tom Leeb and the broadcaster France Télévisions revealed the French entry for Eurovision Song Contest 2020 last week. The song “The Best In Me” is written by Thomas G:son, Peter Boström, John Lundvik, Amir Haddad and Léa Ivanne together with Tom Leeb himself. …
🇸🇪 Robin Bengtsson travels to London to film music video for “Take A Chance”

🇸🇪 Robin Bengtsson travels to London to film music video for “Take A Chance”

Melodifestivalen 2020 finalist Robin Bengtsson revealed on Instagram that he is currently in London, filming the music video for his entry “Take A Chance”. “I even got off at Leicester Square” It’s very fitting for Robin to film the music video in London, as he refers the city in the lyrics for his entry. The lyrics talk about the underground and the Leicester Square. First Robin posted some black and white footage from several locations in London before revealing that music video for “Take A Chance” is “coming soon”. The song itself will be released on February 22nd, after the fourth semifinal of Melodifestivalen 2020. On his most recent Instagram post he also says that he is “recording some fun stuff in London”. View this post on Instagram På lördag efter sista deltävlingen i @melodifestivalen släpps äntligen ”Take A Chance” på @spotifysweden och alla andra ställen 🙌🏽⭐️🤩 just nu är jag i London och spelar in lite roliga grejer, kolla min story för att se mer! A post shared by Robin Bengtsson (@robinbengtssons) on Feb 18, 2020 at 3:26am PST Robin Bengtsson is taking part in Melodifestivalen for the third time. He won the contest on his second attempt and …
🇵🇱 Lake Malawi to sing “Lucy” at Szansa na Sukces final?

🇵🇱 Lake Malawi to sing “Lucy” at Szansa na Sukces final?

Following his semi-final win on Sunday, Albert Černý confirmed on his Instagram story that he would be competing in this weekend’s final alongside the rest of Lake Malawi. Rumours have now began circulating that Lake Malawi will compete with their new single, “Lucy”. Could Lake Malawi be heading back to Eurovision this year? After winning the third semi-final of Szansa na Sukces, Albert seems to be the centre of much talk around the new Polish national final format. Now, it seems he won’t be going alone on Sunday… Problems with the format? After winning the show last Sunday, Albert posted the following news on Lake Malawi’s Instagram story: I didn’t expect to advance to the final – the level was high and we did “Friend of a Friend” last year… Anyway, I did “Please Please Me” and happened to win! So I am happy to say, Lake Malawi will be taking part in the final of Szansa na Sukces on Polish TV on February 23rd at 15:15.– Albert Černý, speaking on Lake Malawi’s Instagram story A Twitter user replied to the story, asking the question “Does this mean all of Lake Malawi will be in the final?”. In reply, the …
🇸🇪 Anis Don Demina scores biggest Spotify debut from Melodifestivalen 2020

🇸🇪 Anis Don Demina scores biggest Spotify debut from Melodifestivalen 2020

The third semifinal of Melodifestivalen 2020 took place in Luleå last Saturday. While Mohombi and Mariette qualified to the final, Anis Don Demina and Drängarna were given the second chance. Now Anis Don Demina has scored the highest debut on the Swedish Spotify chart out of the songs already released on streaming services. Over 100 thousand streams Anis Don Demina‘s “Vem e som oss” debuts on the number five spot on the Swedish Spotify chart based on the streams on Sunday, February 16. His song was streamed over 111 thousand times. This is the highest debut out of the songs that have been released on streaming services. Every week after the show, the songs that didn’t pass to the final are available on various streaming services. Drängarna scores the second-highest position on the chart after being the ninth most-streamed song in Sweden on Sunday. Their entry “Piga & dräng” was streamed bit over 95 thousand times. Before this, FELIX SANDMAN had the highest debut on the Swedish Spotify chart out of the Melodifestivalen 2020 songs. He peaked on the 11th spot the day after the song was released on Spotify. Currently his song “Boys With Emotions” sits on 45th spot …
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