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🇫🇷 Natasha St-Pier revealed as Cupcake on Mask Singer

🇫🇷 Natasha St-Pier revealed as Cupcake on Mask Singer

The Masked Singer concept is taking the world by storm! After Max Mutzke won the German version of the ‘hidden talent’ show, we found out another Eurovision star took part in the show. Last night, Natasha St-Pier was revealed as the Cupcake on the French version, Mask Singer. From Céline Dion to The Black Eyed Peas One thing is sure: Natasha St-Pier managed to show many sides of herself to the French public over the past couple of weeks. She sang songs like Pour que tu m’aimes encore by Céline Dion, but also I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas. She even came up with her version of California Dreamin’. Her farewell song last night was a Sam Smith one: Stay With Me. Her powerful, deep voice shines through, even when she looks like a giant Cupcake. It is no surprise that the jury, which includes Eurovision 2012 entrant Anggun, were fairly confident that this just had to be Natasha St-Pier. Natasha St-Pier after the reveal (Source: TF1) The 38 year old singer originates from Canada, but has built herself a decent career in France. She represented the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 in Copenhagen. She finished …
“Bim Bam Toi” suddenly going viral in France

“Bim Bam Toi” suddenly going viral in France

The internet is full of surprises. “Bim Bam Toi” – the French entry at Junior Eurovision 2019 – becoming an online “lyp-sinc” trend on Tik Tok and Twitter is one of these. But don’t worry if you’ve missed it, it’s mainly trending in France. The undiscovered source Since at least November, and probably before the Junior Eurovision Song Contest took place (on November 24th), videos of people lip-syncing to “Bim Bam Toi” (wrongly called “Bim Bam Boum”) have been popping up on Tik Tok, a social media app whose popularity lies in hashtag challenges, with users filming themselves lip-syncing to audio clips or videos. It’s sadly proven impossible to find the first of such videos. On November 25th, the day after the JESC final, where “Bim Bam Toi” ended up fifth, a compilation video was posted on Youtube with the best “BimBamBoum challenge” videos published on Tik-Tok. The influencer who made it bigger This week, French youtuber Juju Fitcats posted her own Tik-Tok contribution to the so-called BimBamBoum Challenge, as she was waiting for take-off in a plane. With more than a million subscribers, that spark was enough to fully ignite the trend. The challenge got bigger, and people started …
Swedish broadcaster TV4 and Finnish broadcaster MTV3 have left the EBU

Swedish broadcaster TV4 and Finnish broadcaster MTV3 have left the EBU

Last month, two private commercial broadcasters left the European Broadcasting Union, the governing body in charge of all contests within the Eurovision brand (ESC, JESC, EYD, etc.). This raises the number of broadcasters leaving the EBU in 2019 to three, after Spanish broadcaster COPE left earlier this August. Finnish commercial broadcaster MTV3 (formally TV3) was the first of these two to leave. The private broadcaster was bought out by a Swedish telecommunications company in 2018. After the buyout was approved by the European Commission in October, MTV3 officially withdrew. MTV3 had been a member of the EBU since 1957, but had no direct connections to any Eurovision affiliated events. Soon after, Swedish broadcaster TV4 withdrew their membership as well. TV4 joined the EBU in 2004, and competed in Eurovision adjacent events in the 2000s. In 2006, 2007, and 2009, TV4 participated in Junior Eurovision, organizing national finals for their participation and presenting hosting bids in 2008 and 2009. TV4 also was the Swedish broadcaster for the Eurovision Dance Contest when the contest was held in 2007 and 2008. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below or at social media. Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on …
🇧🇾 Junior Eurovision’s Liza Miznikova to compete in The Voice Kids Poland

🇧🇾 Junior Eurovision’s Liza Miznikova to compete in The Voice Kids Poland

In this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Belarus came 11th out of 19 participating countries with Liza Misnikova and her song, Pepelny (Ashen). She will also take part in the upcoming season of The Voice Kids Poland! The Polish commentator for Junior Eurovision, Artur Orzech, revealed the news during the live broadcast of the contest last Sunday: This girl has a really strong relationship with Poland. She loves our country so much that she took part in the recordings for the third edition of The Voice Kids, where, as we can already reveal, she was quite successful.Artur Orzech The Voice Kids Poland was were the previous two winners of Junior Eurovision, Roksana Węgiel and Viki Gabor, were first discovered. Could this also be Liza’s way to fame? What do you think of this news? Are you excited to see Liza take part in The Voice Kids Poland? What were your thoughts on her Junior Eurovision entry, Pepelny (Ashen)? Let us know in the comments below and on social media @ESCXTRA
🇦🇹 Thea Devy to represent Austria in Rotterdam?

🇦🇹 Thea Devy to represent Austria in Rotterdam?

Austria has confirmed that they will indeed be participating in next year’s contest in Rotterdam. Since the confirmation of their participation, ORF has been quiet, as to how they will be selecting their act for 2020. Since then, it has been reported that the 2020 Austrian representative has already been selected, but with no timescale as to when the Austrian representative and their entry will be released. One of the names that has been rumored to represent Austria in 2020 is up and coming singer-songwriter Thea Davy. Her name came into the mix when I.B. Music & Production confirmed the news on their Facebook page. Who is Thea Davy? Thea herself is new to the music scene. She started writing her own songs back in 2017. Her debut single was entitled “Waiting For”: As well as being a singer-songwriter, Thea is also a strong supporter of charity work. In 2017, she donated 35cm of her hair to the charity Verein Haarfee, which helps to provide wigs for children who have lost their hair as a result of chemotherapy. Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest Austria has participated in the contest 52 times since debuting in 1957. They have won twice, in 1966 and 2014, meaning they …
🇮🇹 Mahmood announces 2020 tour!

🇮🇹 Mahmood announces 2020 tour!

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: 2019 has been a good year for Mahmood. His successes are made all-the-more sweet considering the ridiculous controversy that followed his Sanremo victory. Keeping the ‘good vibes’ rolling into 2020, he has announced new tour dates for the new year! Firstly, he won the prestigious Sanremo festival after entering as a total outsider, beating the likes of Ultimo and Il Volo. Then, “Soldi” became a global hit following his San Remo win. After placing second at Eurovision, he embarked on his first European tour, with multiple sold-out dates. Not to mention, the first stop of this tour was the European Parliament! Oh, and he also won an MTV EMA for Best Italian Artist. So yeah, a pretty good year you could say. If, unlike me (ha), you were unfortunate to miss out on tickets to his Europa Good Vibes tour, you’re in luck! This week he announced that he will be returning to several European cities for a 2020 tour! You can view the dates in the post below: View this post on Instagram 14.04.2020 MILANO #mahmood2020 Biglietti disponibili in prevendita online da domani ore 11.00 e nei punti vendita da venerdì 6 …
🇦🇱 Albanian crisis impacts Festivali i Këngës

🇦🇱 Albanian crisis impacts Festivali i Këngës

Thoughts in all of Europe and the rest of the world are currently with Albania. A devastating earthquake hit the country a couple of days ago, killing 50 people and injuring almost 1,000. The crisis has affected the entire country, including the annual Festivali i Këngës. Strongest earthquake in 40 years For Albania, the 6.4-magnitude strike was the worst earthquake to hit the country in over forty years. Port city Durrës and close by village Kodër-Thumanë suffered the worst damage from the earthquake. In both Durrës and the capital Tirana, a state of emergency was declared soon after the earthquake. In total, over 2,500 have lost their homes. They currently stay in tents, hotels and the Niko Dovana Stadium in Durrës. As a result of the disaster, both Albania and Kosovo declared last Wednesday a national day of mourning. Two of the victims came from Kosovo. The international community soon responded to the crisis in Albania. The United Nations announced they would be sending two disaster experts to the Balkan country. Several countries have also decided to help out financially. Artists support Albania Financial aid is crucial in Albania right now, which is why several world famous pop stars have …
🇧🇪 Hooverphonic nominated for the Belgian Music Industry Awards

🇧🇪 Hooverphonic nominated for the Belgian Music Industry Awards

On 6 February, 2020 it is that time again. Then Flemish broadcaster VRT, in collaboration with POPPUNT, presents the annual Music Industry Awards. Traditionally, the public will vote for their favourite artists of the year. Belgian Eurovision 2020 candidate Hooverphonic has a chance of winning two awards. Read more about it in this article. Two nominees On 29 November, VRT announced all nominees for the MIAs 2019. Hooverphonic receives two nominations. The band itself has a chance to win the ‘Best Band’ award and Alex Callier also received a solo nomination for ‘Producer’. With this, VRT immediately opened the voting lines. All Belgians can vote for their favorite artists of the past year from 29 November. View this post on Instagram We’re nominated for @de_mias as Best Band, Alex is nominated as Producer 😍 Please bring out your vote through the link in our bio! 🙏🏻 #demias A post shared by Hooverphonic (@hooverphonicoff) on Nov 28, 2019 at 11:22pm PST Previously won MIAs VRT and POPPUNT will organize the 12th edition of the MIAs on 6 February. The award show dates back to 2007. Hooverphonic has also received several nominations in the past and has already won two awards. Both …
Hungarian Government responds to ‘too gay’ Eurovision backlash

Hungarian Government responds to ‘too gay’ Eurovision backlash

Earlier in the week, an article on index.hu suggested that Hungary’s recent withdrawal to the 2020 contest was due in part to the contest being ‘too gay’. While the article cites anonymous sources, the comments have been widely circulated throughout the fandom, which has also grabbed the attention of UK media. The contest has a historic and long-held connection with the gay community. Yesterday, The Guardian picked up the story, writing that ‘Hungary pulls out of Eurovision amid rise in anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric‘. The piece contextualises Hungary’s withdrawal with the socio-political climate of Hungary, including a reported rise in anti-LGBT+ rhetoric. However, these two articles have not gone unnoticed. Zoltán Kovács, Hungary’s Secretary of State for International Communication, has dismissed these claims. He describes the contents of the index.hu article as ‘fake news’. Taking to Twitter he writes: What are you talking about? This is shameless muckraking, gossip from your liberal press organs. Nobody in the HU government ever said Eurovision is, in your words, “too gay.” But don’t let the facts get in the way of your sensational, liberal story line. #fakenews https://t.co/yLc0TW8CUr— Zoltan Kovacs (@zoltanspox) November 27, 2019 Statements In an official statement to The Guardian, Hungarian broadcaster MTVA …
🇵🇱 Lanberry “tempted” to try again to represent Poland at Eurovision

🇵🇱 Lanberry “tempted” to try again to represent Poland at Eurovision

Polish singer-songwriter Lanberry has just secured her second consecutive victory at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, after co-writing “Anyone I Want to Be” for Roksana Węgiel in 2018 and “Superhero” for Viki Gabor in 2019. Now, she has revealed that she would “never say never” to taking part in the adult contest for Poland. First attempt in 2017 Back in 2017, Lanberry made her first attempt to represent Poland at Eurovision with the English version of her massive national hit “Piątek”. Titled “Only Human”, she entered the national selection Krajowe Eliminacje as one of the favourites but ultimately placed 6th. Kasia Moś was victorious with “Flashlight”. “Never say never” Speaking to eurowizja.org following Poland’s win in Gliwice at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest on Sunday, Lanberry reveals she would never rule out attempting to represent Poland once again: When it comes to representing Poland at Eurovision, I can definitely say one thing – I do not say no. However, I do not know if [I will try to represent Poland] this year but I will think about it. Lanberry was also asked a similar question in the lead up to Junior Eurovision 2019 on Polish breakfast television. There, she responded …
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