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Sweden: Bishara tops the audience poll ahead the fourth semifinal

Sweden: Bishara tops the audience poll ahead the fourth semifinal

The last semifinal of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2019 takes place tomorrow. Once again, the Swedish fan club Melodifestivalklubben asked the audience leaving tonight’s dress rehearsal, which of the seven acts was their favourite. The winner tonight was Bishara with almost 30 percent of the votes. Melodifestivalen 2018 – deltävling 4 exit poll Bishara – “On My Own” – 166 votes (29.9%) John Lundvik – “Too Late for Love” – 154 votes (27.7%) Arvingarna – “I Do” – 98 votes (17.6%) Pagan Fury – “Stormbringer” – 65 votes (11.7%) Lisa Ajax – “Torn” – 56 votes (10.1%) Anton Hagman – ”Känner dig” – 9 votes (1.6%) Ann-Louise Hanson – “Kärleken finns kvar” – 7 votes (1.2%) 555 people voted in tonight’s poll with many being children and families. Melodifestivalklubben stays that Arvingarna was very popular among children. On the first week the poll predicted correctly the two qualifiers as well as the two artists that went to the andra chansen. On the second week Malou Prytz qualified to the final but placed only fifth in the poll. Hanna Ferm & LIAMOO topped the poll with almost 40 percent of the votes and also qualified to the final. Last week proved that the …
SVT documentary reveals disturbing mistreatment of Dolly Style members

SVT documentary reveals disturbing mistreatment of Dolly Style members

Dolly Style have taken part in Sweden’s Melodifestivalen three times. Most recently (in fact, just a few days ago), they failed to qualify from the third semifinal of Melodifestivalen 2019, despite becoming a big favourite to go “direkt till final”. They’re known as the cute girl band, Molly, Holly and Polly from Dollyville, aimed at young girls. However, only hours ago, SVT have released the first part in a documentary series titled “The Dolly Style Factory” (Dolly style-fabriken in Swedish) showing the dark and disturbing treatment of members of Dolly Style. “We were given target weights” The original Polly of the group, Emma Pucek, describes that after the happiness and excitement of Melodifestivalen, cracks began to appear in the foundation of Dolly Style that couldn’t be ignored. A tearful Emma reveals that every member of Dolly Style are told how they need to lose weight and look a certain way: We were each given a “goal” for our weight, appearance and personality, but then on the outside, we have to show individuality and talk about “being yourself”.I want to have the freedom to be myself as an artist, to be myself, to be Emma. This wasn’t the right way. There …
Spain: Fokas Evangelinos named as the artistic director for Miki’s performance

Spain: Fokas Evangelinos named as the artistic director for Miki’s performance

RTVE has chosen Fokas Evangelinos as Spain’s artistic director in Tel Aviv. Operación Triunfo vocal coach Mamen Márquez will be the musical director. Fokas Evangelinos at Eurovision Mesolongi-born Evangelinos started his career as choreographer in 1991 after first working as a dancer. His first Eurovision gig was with Sakis Rouvas in 2004. The next year he was again responsible for the staging of the Greek act, the victorious “My Number One” by Helena Paparizou. He won the contest once again with Russia in 2008. His most memorable stagings include the ambitious stage show for Sergey Lazarev’s “You Are the Only One” in 2016. In Tel Aviv he will be responsible for Miki’s performance. He said he is very happy to work with Spain for the first time. I am very happy to be able to work with Spain at Eurovision 2019, Miki has a lot of talent and is a very smiling person.Fokas Evangelinos Spain at Eurovision 2019 Spain was on of the first countries to choose their Eurovision representative for 2019. On January 20th, nine Operación Triunfo contestants competed for the right to represent Spain in Tel Aviv. Miki got 34 percent of the televote with the song “La …
Sweden: Dolly Style tops the audience poll ahead the third semifinal

Sweden: Dolly Style tops the audience poll ahead the third semifinal

Once again, the Swedish fan club Melodifestivalklubben asked the audience of the dress rehearsal, which of the competing acts was their favourite. The favourites in the third semifinal of Melodifestivalen 2019 are Dolly Style and Jon Henrik Fjällgren. Melodifestivalen 2018 – deltävling 3 exit poll Dolly Style – Habibi – 144 votes (26.5%)Jon Henrik Fjällgren – Norrsken – 143 votes (26.3%)Omar Rudberg – Om om och om igen – 93 votes (17.1%)Martin Stenmarck – Låt skiten brinna – 62 votes (11.4%)Lina Hedlund – Victorious – 38 votes (7%)The Lovers of Valdaro – Somebody Wants – 35 votes (6.4%)Rebecka Karlsson – Who I Am – 28 votes (5.2%) 543 people voted in this week’s audience exit poll, with many being children. Yet, Melodifestivalklubben states that not all children voted for Dolly Style and many adults also said Dolly Style were their favourite. On the first week the poll predicted correctly the two qualifiers as well as the two artists that went to the andra chansen. Last week young Malou Prytz surprised everyone after placing fifth in the poll but qualified directly to the final. Hanna Ferm & LIAMOO topped the poll with almost 40 percent of the votes and also qualified …
P&O Ferries to set sail on a Eurovision Mini Cruise to The Netherlands

P&O Ferries to set sail on a Eurovision Mini Cruise to The Netherlands

Although Eurovision In Concert in Amsterdam is set for April, P&O Ferries are starting the party season early! Not to be confused with the popular Eurovision Cruise, there is a new party boat offering adventure for those with their sea legs. All aboard in Amsterdam Are you a party animal? Is your ‘Where I’ve Been’ page missing a new location? Do you see yourself as the next Jane McDonald, cruising around Europe being entertained by seamen? Well have P&O Ferries got a treat for you! To celebrate the most famous music competition in the world, the popular tourist ferry company have added a new event to the Eurovision cycle. As from now tickets are available for the Eurovision Mini Cruise. Set to depart from Hull the ferry will sail across the North Sea to Amsterdam and overnight stop in Rotterdam on March 9th and 10th 2019. Tickets will cost from £49 per person for the trip. The Mini Cruise celebrates unity, diversity and equality, inviting you on a musical journey through time from 1956 to the present day with Europe’s biggest hits.P&O Ferries spokesperson With this in mind there will be tributes to the stars of Eurovision past and present …
Romania: The running order for the final drawn

Romania: The running order for the final drawn

Today the running order for the final of Romania’s national selection for Eurovision Song Contest 2019 was drawn. The final takes place on this Sunday, on February 17th. Linda Teodosiu – RenegadesOlivier Kaye – Right NowLaura Bretan – Dear FatherTeodora Dinu – SkyscraperClaudia Mirea – We Are the OnesAldo Blaga – Your JourneyEster Peony – On a SundayLetitia Moisescu & Sensibil Balkan – D A I N ABella Santiago – Army of LoveTrooper – DestinDYA & Lucian Colareza – Without You (Sin Ti)Vaida – Underground Romania in Eurovision 2019 After two semifinals, twelve songs qualified to the final of Romania’s national selection. In the final the winner will be decided by a jury and the televoters. The six jury members will also give their points and the televote will act as the seventh juror. The jury panel has members from Romania, Moldova, United Kingdom, Israel and Denmark and it includes Eurovision 2013 winner Emmelie de Forest. The winner will represent Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv. They will compete in the second semifinal of the contest on May 16th. Who is your favourite to represent Romania in Eurovision 2019? Let us know below or on social …
Lithuania: Monika Marija to sing only one song in the final of Eurovizija 2019

Lithuania: Monika Marija to sing only one song in the final of Eurovizija 2019

Monika Marija is one of the big favourites to win Lithuania’s national selection Eurovizija and to represent the country in Tel Aviv. She has already qualified to the final with “Light On“, but will compete in the second semifinal with “Criminal“. Today she announced that she will only sing one song in the final. Criminal or Light On? Monika Marija announced this on her social media accounts, on Instagram and Facebook. She says both of the songs are very special for her, but she only wants to compete with one song in the final. Therefore she asks her followers to not to vote for “Criminal” this Saturday, on the second semifinal of Eurovizija. I’ll be very grateful to the jury, if you don’t give me points in this semifinal, and I ask the audience to save their money and I sincerely ask you not to vote for me and my song “Criminal” in the second semifinal. I am very happy that my work has received your attention and support, this Saturday I will sing your song “Criminal” with all my heart! And with “Light On”, we will meet in the finals! This probably is a way for her to make …
Australia’s Eurovision participation secured until 2023

Australia’s Eurovision participation secured until 2023

Australian broadcaster SBS have today solidified their presence at the Eurovision Song Contest, by signing a new five year deal with the EBU. Since their initial invitation in 2015, which was stated by the EBU as a one time only event to celebrate the contest’s 60th anniversary, Australia have found themselves present in every edition since. In 2016, they received their best result to date, represented by Korean-born singer/songwriter Dami Im and her entry Sound of Silence. Five years on from the EBU’s kind gesture and the nation have just held their first ever national selection, won last weekend by Kate Miller-Heidke and her song Zero Gravity. SBS’s commissioning editor, Josh Martin, spoke of his delight at the news of Australia’s guaranteed Eurovision future. SBS has been the home of the Eurovision Song Contest in Australia for 35 years and we’re thrilled by this invitation to become a more permanent member of the Eurovision Song Contest family. We will continue to showcase Australia’s amazing talent and diversity to hundreds of millions of people across Europe and the world. It highlights the power of music to bring people together – even from polar opposite sides of the globe. Thank you Europe Jon Ola Sand, …
Lisa Angell to take part in The Voice France

Lisa Angell to take part in The Voice France

According to local newspaperVar Matin, 2015 French representative Lisa Angell has taken part in the 2019 edition ofThe Voice: La Plus Belle Voix, in France. Her blind audition is due to be broadcast this Saturday on TF1. Even though Virginie Vetrano (aka Lisa Angell) has accepted that her career as a singer will soon be over, she decided to challenge herself one last time by taking part in the most recent edition of The Voice: La Plus Belle Voix. Last September, when I turned 50, I wanted to take part in one last contest before dedicating myself to passing on [my passion].Lisa Angell From fan to contestant Lisa Angell already watches the show quite religiously, following it “since the beginning”. So when she decided to challenge herself, it was quite natural to ch oose this show (which is the most popular singing contest in France). The blind auditions were a unique experience for her: Those blind auditions are quite an intense and singular experience. When you walk on stage, you’re striked by the complete silence of the audience, which remains silent during the whole performance. That’s the moment when you have to give it your best. It’s both destabilizing and …
Mahmood having second thoughts over Eurovision participation?

Mahmood having second thoughts over Eurovision participation?

Interesting, yet sad news coming in from Italy this morning. Just over a day after winning the 69th Festival di Sanremo and confirming his Eurovision participation, Mahmood now seems to have second thoughts… “Si, si!” Mahmood’s victory was an unexpected one last Saturday. Coming from the lowest, red zone on Tuesday night, he came out on top in the superfinal with Ultimo and Il Volo. At the press conference after the show, the inevitable question was asked: Will he go to Tel Aviv? The answer was a resounding “Si, si”. Soon after that, the official Eurovision account also confirmed Mahmood as the Italian entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest. However, since then two new interviews with the newly revealed Italian Eurovision entrant have been published where he seems to be in doubt over his plans… “Spoke too soon” The first of those interviews was with radio station RTL 102.5 in Italy. He then said his participation in Eurovision was not yet confirmed as they still had to figure out a couple of things. A rather vague statement, which was clarified in a later interview. That interview was with La Stampa, where they asked him directly about going to Eurovision. To …
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