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Portugal’s Dina passes away, aged 62

Portugal’s Dina passes away, aged 62

We are sad to report the death of Ondina Veloso. Under her stage name Dina, the Portuguese singer represented her country at the Eurovision Song Contest 1992 with “Amor D’Água Fresca”. She was aged just 62 years of age. A fruitful career Dina was born back in 1956 in the Viseu District in central Portugal. She started her musical career as an 18 year old by composing songs for several artists. Her first attempt at Festival da Canção came in 1980 with “Guardado Em Mim”. Despite finishing only eighth, broadcaster RTP recognised her talent and gave her a prize for being the revelation of the show. It led Dina to keep trying in Festival da Canção. She returned in 1982 and again in 1992. On that final attempt, her uptempo “Amor D’Água Fresca” took the crown. The song was full of references to fruits, to which she compared her lover, who reportedly had a tang of orange in their skin and a black berry mouth. The lyrics, written by Rosa Lobato de Faria, have managed to get a place in the collective memory of the entire country. At the Eurovision Song Contest 1992 in Malmö, Sweden, Dina only managed to …
Eurovision Song Contest loses U.S. home as “Logo” couldn’t renew rights to broadcast

Eurovision Song Contest loses U.S. home as “Logo” couldn’t renew rights to broadcast

The American news page Deadline reports, that the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest might not get broadcast in the United States, as the US channel “Logo” loses the rights to air the contest. Just in 2016 the channel started airing the contest and grew on ratings just last year. Will someone else get the chance to broadcast the contest? What’s next in the US? It was just in 2016 when “Logo”, a channel belonging to the VIACOM group, picked up the rights to air the Eurovision Song Contest in the United States. They aired the contest from 2016 to 2018. The last years contest was watched by an average of 74,000 linear viewers, 10,000 more than the 2017 average. (The contest also was available on other Logo platforms.) However, according to ‘Deadline Hollywood’, Logo will not be able to continue this upward trend as the broadcaster could not extend the rights to broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest. For now the contest has no home to get broadcast in the US. Could maybe Netflix step in? The global platform is not in the live event business and rarely picks up shows, that it can only distribute in the US but picking up …
Eurovision 1970 winner Dana set to make pop comeback

Eurovision 1970 winner Dana set to make pop comeback

At the age of 67 and almost half a century since winning Eurovision, it seems that Irish star Dana will be releasing new music very soon! Catholic to Pop The “All Kinds of Everything” singer last released a pop album back in 1982. After that, she focused more on releasing religious records as well as spending five years in politics as a member of the European Parliament. Speaking to the Irish Mirror, Dana seemed amazed at the fact that she is still singing at nearly 70. She’s encouraged by many widely famous singers who are still performing decade after decade. “But there are plenty of others older than me still doing it. Like Cher, Dolly Parton, Mick Jagger…an endless list of fine performers. That really encourages me because I do get self-conscious about it”Dana speaking to the Irish Mirror New album on the way Dana has finished recording a brand new pop album in Rome, Italy. Her nieces and nephews, who are part of a group called The Rua, encouraged her to make a comeback with this album. This will be released on The Rua’s independent label, but no date has been confirmed yet. The Irish singer recalls her time …
Madonna set to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019?

Madonna set to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019?

Israeli newspaper Haaretz have confirmed that American super star Madonna will perform during the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest next month. They base their confirmation on an undisclosed EBU statement. Madonna and Eurovision 60 year old legendary performer Madonna will reportedly perform as part of the interval act in Tel Aviv. Haaretz broke the news earlier today and have, according to their article, sought confirmation from the European Broadcasting Union, which they received later today. Rumours of Madonna appearing at the contest don’t just stem from 2019 only. As the American superstar now lives in Lisbon, fans were hoping to see her appearance in Portugal last year as well. However, for this year Canadian-Israeli billionaire Sylvan Adams set his eyes on getting her to the contest in Tel Aviv. The gig will reportedly cost Adams over $1 million. The entrepreneur is also known for bringing the cycling event Giro D’Italia to Israel in 2018. A long process Back in February, reports already suggested that Madonna was likely to accept the deal offered to her by the organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest and Sylvan Adams. America’s favourite first rose to fame in the early 1980s. She scored worldwide …
New ABBA music to be released in September?

New ABBA music to be released in September?

Just under a year ago, it was announced that ABBA will be reuniting for their first release in 35 years. Since then, fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of one of the biggest groups in pop music history. According to Ekstra Bladet, we will be hearing this new music in the coming months! 44 years after their Eurovision victory, Sweden’s ABBA remain one of the most successful and popular acts to ever grace the Eurovision stage. After a 35-year hiatus, it was announced that ABBA would be making a comeback in the form of a virtual show. This announcement was followed by the news of a forthcoming release, via the group’s official Instagram account. Unfortunately, the NBC/BBC television special, originally planned for December, was delayed until an unknown date in 2019. Thankfully, the project now seems to be back on track. “It has been delayed for a long time” Speaking to Denmark’s Ekstra Bladet, Bjorn Ulvaeus revealed that the project had been drawn out longer than expected. Although he didn’t go into the exact details behind the holdup, he did say that they wanted to wait until the virtual ‘avatars’ were perfected. It was suggested that both songs have …
Dana International confirms appearance at Eurovision final

Dana International confirms appearance at Eurovision final

Eurovision in Concert always is a place and time for news and rumours to be checked with certain artists. The same happened this time, when host Cornald Maas asked Dana International about the rumours of her being part of the final in Tel Aviv… Presence or performance? The Israeli singer wasn’t clear in her answer. She confirmed that she would indeed get a role during the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. It is very likely to be during the interval act, if we may believe her. Another beloved rumour for the interval act is American pop star Madonna. Dana International attended Eurovision in Concert at AFAS Live in Amsterdam this weekend. She has been appearing in several shows this year to celebrate the return of Eurovision to Israel. Earlier this month, she appeared in Melodifestivalen to duet on “Diva to Diva” with 1999 winner Charlotte Perrelli. The winner of the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest opened Eurovision in Concert with her winning song “Diva”. Afterwards she announced the first 2019 act of the show, her fellow Israeli Kobi Marimi. EBU and KAN have so far not released any information about the interval acts for the Eurovision Song Contest next …
Mikolas Josef debuts his anticipated sold out show!

Mikolas Josef debuts his anticipated sold out show!

Sold out Forum Karlín experienced a world show performed by Mikolos Josef at his concert debut! So far, no Czech interpreter has achieved such success in the Eurovision Song Contest as Mikolas Josef and on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 in Prague he showed everyone what he has been working on the past months. Visitors to the concert were able to hear live hits for the first time, as well as hot news. My Name Is Mikolas Josef An hour and a half busy schedule, giant stage, dancers, African vocalists, band, costumes… Mikolas Josef surrounded himself with the best in his field and showed the public several months of preparing his first solo concert. Already during the first song the audience got introduced to the band and *surprise* the chorus of African vocalists. Unconventionally, Mikolas appeared in front of the crowd with his guitar, played the drums, and played the piano, and showed that the music he composes and records himself on most of the instrumentsas well. Fans have not only seen Lie To Me, Me Gusta, or the latest single of Abu Dhabi, but also complete new songs that Mikolas has been working on abroad. Strong emotions were triggered by …
Mikolas Josef is ready to headline his first big show tonight!

Mikolas Josef is ready to headline his first big show tonight!

After the Eurovision Song Contest, Mikolas Josef, celebrated a huge international success with his song “Lie To Me”. “Me Gusta” and “Abu Dhabi” were the next songs that following his successful footsteps. Tonight Mikolas will take the next stage in his career, when he will headline his first big show in Prague with about 3.500 people attending the show. “MY NAME IS MIKOLAS JOSEF” ‘You only get one first time, so we are doing our utmost to make sure all of us will get a kick out of the hour-and-a-half show,’ Mikolas said about the preparations. According to a well-informed source, bigwigs from the music giant Sony, who have so far not visited any concerts in the Czech Republic, are also expected to come! Perhaps all the Czech celebrities among his admirers and loyal fans will turn up. ‘The capacity of the concert venue is about 3,500 people and 90% of seats have already been sold. Of course, we are pleased by such interest, and we believe the atmosphere will be great,’ Mikolas adds. The renowned choreographer Jakub Dvořák has again created a vibrant dance arrangement, this time with Mikolas and the band accompanied by more than 20 dancers and …
Salvador Sobral “no longer resentful” towards Eurovision

Salvador Sobral “no longer resentful” towards Eurovision

Speaking to Portuguese music website BLITZ, 2017 winner Salvador Sobral opened up regarding his Eurovision participation and is now grateful for what the opportunity has given him. Seeing Eurovision in a new light Sobral spoke to BLITZ mainly to promote his new album “Paris, Lisboa”, which is out now. However, he briefly mentioned Eurovision and how grateful he is for it. “I no longer have a resentful relationship with Eurovision. I am very grateful for what it has brought me”Salvador Sobral speaking to BLITZ Talking about Portugal’s representative for this year, Conan Osiris, Salvador believes that Conan has “everything to gain” because “difference wins”. Referring back to himself, Salvador says he was the most different person at Eurovision 2017 and, as a result of that, he won. “Paris, Lisboa”, the new album by Salvador, was released last week. It includes the song “Mano a mano” which he performed at the Eurovision 2018 final. Rather impressively, he sings 4 languages on this album. Furthermore, Salvador spoke of his successful heart transplant operation and how it encouraged him to begin working on his second studio album. “I’m here after all, this will continue. If everything goes well it’s better to start thinking …
Serhat’s ‘Say Na Na Na’ written in five minutes!

Serhat’s ‘Say Na Na Na’ written in five minutes!

In a recent interview with INFE Cyprus, Serhat revealed how he came to represent San Marino in this year’s contest. He revealed several fascinating nuggets of information, but most surprisingly that his entry for Tel Aviv ‘Say Na Na Na Na’ was written in just five… yes five minutes! Serhat explained he was not initially looking to return to the contest. However, he was contacted by SMRTV to see if he was interested in another shot. The singer explained the first thing that came to his mind during the call: If we have a good song, I will do itSerhat Within five minutes, Serhat called the broadcaster back to confirm his interest with a simple sentence: ‘We have the song’. Clearly, the phone call inspired a muse! Serhat’s second entry is quite probably be the fastest written song entered the Eurovision Song Contest? Certainly beats Guy Sebastian’s record of a few days! Speaking about the song and its inspiration, Serhat explains: Say Na Na Na is an invitation to celebrate life. It gives hope and happiness to everyone. We all need and deserve it always but especially in these days. The inspiration came from a great musical movie “Sound of …
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