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🇹🇷 Sertab Erener performs live at Bodrum Ancient Theatre

🇹🇷 Sertab Erener performs live at Bodrum Ancient Theatre

As the world slowly recovers from the pandemic, mass events start to come back in some countries. On July 25th the Eurovision 2003 winner Sertab Erener finally got a chance to perform live in Bodrum, Turkey. According to Hürriyet Daily News, the event became a part of Kerkisolfej Summer Concerts Aegean Tour which is held in the Bodrum Ancient Theater. The venue’s capacity is more than 3000 people, however it’s too early to let such big audience in. The number of tickets was greatly reduced to 500 due to state restrictions caused by the pandemic. Sertab Erener’s concert became the first one held this year in the Bodrum Ancient Theater. For these 2 hours the singer not only had been performing the hits and songs from her new album but also encouraging her fans to stay safe and positive during such complicated times. The Bodrum Ancient Theater will continue to host such concerts till the end of August. Sertab herself is going on the Kerkisolfej Summer Concerts tour to some other regions of Turkey. Turkey at the Eurovision Turkey made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1975 and has made 34 appearances since then. Many of their entries …
🇷🇴 Romanian singer-songwriter wrs expresses interest in entering Eurovision

🇷🇴 Romanian singer-songwriter wrs expresses interest in entering Eurovision

By the end of March, it was confirmed that Roxen will be back to represent Romania at next year’s Eurovision. However, wrs, who is under the same label as Roxen, has recently expressed his interest in competing in the near future. “Why not” On Monday night, wrs held a Q&A with his fans on Instagram. One of the questions asked was “Would you ever like to enter Eurovision?” to which he answered: Who is wrs? Andrei Ursu, otherwise known as wrs, was born in Romania in 1993. It’s clear that the entertainment industry runs through his family, as both of his parents used to be folk dancers. wrs himself started out as a backup dancer for other artists. In 2015, he became a member of the boy group SHOT, who had hits such as “Buza de jos” and “Inevitabil”. 2 years later, he left the group and moved to London to work on his songwriting skills. It all paid off eventually, as he signed with Global Records in January this year and released his debut single “why”. wrs has released another 3 singles since then, the latest being “la răsărit”. Romania in Eurovision 2020 Roxen was internally selected to represent …
The EuroPlay Games Contest – ‘the Eurovision of video games’ on 28 August

The EuroPlay Games Contest – ‘the Eurovision of video games’ on 28 August

In late August, there will be a gaming competition described as the ‘Eurovision of video games’, the EuroPlay Games Contest. It will run during GamesCom. Fifteen European nations will each showcase a game ready to be released, and a public vote will then choose the winner. It may seem unusual, but the Eurovision format can, with enough will, be applied to other entertainment formats as well. In the form of a games convention it does make a lot of sense. Arguably, game presentation events already have some of the same overlap. That is, their purpose of showcasing new pieces of art. Add in a competitive element based around country of origin, and that’s the Eurovision formula. Gaming trade bodies from the UK, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Latvia, Switzerland, Belarus, Ukraine, Bulgaria, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Australia are taking part in the contest. The format of the Games Contest There will be selections from each trade body prior to the games to pick the entrant, in a similar fashion to how broadcasters pick Eurovision entries. For example, the UK body (UKIE) will use its ‘Game Of The Show’ competition to pick the UK entry on August 24. …
🇮🇱 Netta talks about the selection of “Toy” over “SABABA”

🇮🇱 Netta talks about the selection of “Toy” over “SABABA”

Eurovision 2018 winner, Netta, has opened up about the selection of her song for Lisbon and how “Toy” was not the first song that Netta had planned to put forward for the contest. The original plan was to send a song called “SABABA”, which has now become known as “Bassa Sababa” – which she released as a single last year. The original drat was written by Netta alongside Avshalom Ariel. The song that lost to “Toy” In some recent tweets, Netta revealed that “SABABA” was originally composed after she won HaKokhav HaBa, giving her the right to represent Israel in Eurovision. Along with songwriter Avshalom Ariel, they worked on the song over “four days and nights non-stop”. After hearing the completed version for the first time, they both “screamed with happiness”, she revealed, however she is now “happy with how all the stars aligned in the end”. In the video below, Netta plays a sample of the first draft of “Bassa Sababa” (then known as “SABABA”) which was “sent to Eurovision and lost to Toy”. For English scroll downזו הסקיצה הראשונה של באסה סבבה, שהייתה אז פשוט ״סבבה״.ליל הזכייה בכוכב הבא, אבשלום שלי הביט בי באימה ואמר ״נטע, את נוסעת …
🇦🇩 Andorra could return to Eurovision in 2022, says Susanne Georgi

🇦🇩 Andorra could return to Eurovision in 2022, says Susanne Georgi

After confirming in May that she had “found the money for Andorra to return to Eurovision”, Susanne Georgi has now revealed that the government has given a “verbal green light” for a possible return to the contest in 2022. Andorran broadcaster RTVA has already confirmed that Andorra will not return to the contest next year in Rotterdam, stating that there is currently “no desire to put Andorra’s possible participation… on the table”. “It’s only good news” Speaking on the Wiwibloggs podcast, the singer revealed she had been involved in conversations with the Andorran government who are “very positive” about the potential return in the future. The government, along with RTVA, will make the final decision on whether the return will happen. However, she did confirm that the return would not be in 2021, due to the country wishing to focus on the Covid-19 pandemic. There is sort of a verbal green light, but not for 2021. I’m also agreeing with that 100%. We think it’s too soon. Here we’re still fighting with Covid.– Susanne Georgi, speaking to Wiwibloggs: The Eurovision Podcast A new government for Andorra Back in 2019, Georgi informed the government at the time that she had secured …
🇮🇪 Jedward plan to re-record “Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)”

🇮🇪 Jedward plan to re-record “Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)”

Irish twin duo Jedward have announced their intention to re-record their 2010 hit single “Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)” after their former label deleted the song off streaming platforms and YouTube. Calling out Simon Cowell and Sony on Twitter Jedward voiced their dismay over the decision on their official Twitter, making sure to tag both Simon Cowell and Sony Music UK. Yo @SimonCowell and @SonyMusicUK Why have you removed our Iconic 1st single Under Pressure Ice Ice baby from all streaming Platforms and deleted the official music video? that’s our legacy! we’re outraged it’s part of Pop culture! We demand a response! pic.twitter.com/23WGChUy1U— JEDWARD (@planetjedward) July 17, 2020 In a statement to The Sun, they revealed that they’re planning on re-recording it featuring vocals from either Vanilla Ice (who appeared on the original) or Niall Horan of One Direction fame. “Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)” reached #1 in Ireland and peaked at #2 in the UK, making it the duo’s first hit straight out of X-Factor. Taste the Heat Earlier this month, Jedward released the music video for their latest single “Taste the Heat”. It’s an uptempo pop song with the music video set in a colorful diner. Hopefully the …
🇮🇹 Amadeus returns as Sanremo director, third night for Italian music and compositions

🇮🇹 Amadeus returns as Sanremo director, third night for Italian music and compositions

Artistic director Amadeus has confirmed in an interview with Italian outlet Sorrisi that he will return as the director for Sanremo 2021. He also indicated that while he is not making any major changes to the festival, he is making one. The third night of Sanremo 2021 will be dedicated to Italian music and compositions. However, this won’t necessarily be songs that are linked with Sanremo, as was the case in 2020. The third night of Sanremo 2020 was a special event celebrating the history of the Sanremo festival. For its 70th anniversary, the 24 big artists competing each chose a non-competing duet partner and sang a famous song from the history of Sanremo. This made a long evening of 24 famous Sanremo songs. As an example, Sanremo contest winner Diodato sang “24 Mila Baci”. This is a song from 1961 that is often considered the first rock and roll song to enter the Sanremo festival. He sang it with Eurovision 2012 entrant Nina Zilli. Diodato’s winning song. The performance described above is unavailable visually, but for the curious, here is some audio. This section showed the history of the contest and its influence on Italian music. Amadeus expressed a …
🇨🇾 Cyprus: Elena Tsagkrinou expresses interest in Eurovision participation

🇨🇾 Cyprus: Elena Tsagkrinou expresses interest in Eurovision participation

Earlier this month, we published a list of some of the potential artists being looked at by CyBC/RIK to possibly represent Cyprus at Eurovision next year. The list is part of the broadcaster’s plan to work with an established act for the 2021 contest. Now, yet another Greek star has expressed interest in potentially representing Cyprus.  Before we knew that ERT would be internally-selecting Stefania, Elena Tsagkrinou was among the names being rumoured for Greece. As reported by Eurovision Fun, she expressed interested in Eurovision participation in a recent interview. Eurovision is an institution I have been following for several years – it is amazing to see so many artists and so many different types of music in one big and spectacular celebration. If the right song is found, it would be a great pleasure and honor for me to take part in the competition.Elena Tsagkrinou speaking to HELLO! Cyprus When asked more specifically if she would represent Cyprus at the contest, she said the following: It would be a great pleasure and honor for me to take part in the competition. Either with Greece or with Cyprus, I would give my best for the best result!Elena Tsagkrinou speaking to HELLO! Cyprus …
🇪🇸 Blas Cantó working on new project with Duncan Laurence

🇪🇸 Blas Cantó working on new project with Duncan Laurence

Spain’s Eurovision hopeful for 2021, Blas Cantó, has revealed on Twitter that he is working on a new project alongside Eurovision 2019 winner Duncan Laurence. Blas was originally selected to represent Spain at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song “Universo”. Following the contest’s cancellation, RTVE announced that they had invited him back to represent the nation in 2021. Some “very cool things” in the making! On Twitter, Blas revealed that he had been working on new material with the reigning Eurovision winner alongside three of the “Universo” songwriters. Ayer tuve una sesión con @dunclaurence, @Dangelomusica, @DannHammond y #MikolajTrybulec e hicimos cosas muy chulas. Ojalá contaros más cosas pronto.— Blas Cantó (@BlasCanto) July 23, 2020 Yesterday, I had a session with Duncan Laurence, Dangelo, Dan Hammond & Mikolaj Trybulec and we did very cool things. I hope to tell you more things soon.– Tweet from Blas, translated into English Eurovision entry in the making? In April, Blas said that he wants to go for “something totally different from Universo” for the 2021 contest in Rotterdam. However, he did say that he wants to keep the same team as 2020. He revealed in his latest tweet that Dangelo Ortega, Dan …
🇮🇱 Eurovision 2019 host Bar Refaeli convicted of tax evasion

🇮🇱 Eurovision 2019 host Bar Refaeli convicted of tax evasion

Bar Refaeli, one of the hosts of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, has been convicted of tax evasion by a Tel Aviv court. In court, she pleaded guilty to charges of providing false tax returns whilst living abroad to avoid paying Israeli taxes. Refaeli, who is also known worldwide as a model, was fined 2.5 million shekels (around €629,300) and sentenced to community service for nine months. The investigation into the fraud case began in 2015, before she hosted the contest last year. Income not declared In 2013, Forbes Israel estimated her net worth to be around $20 million, making her the highest paid model in Israel. In a court hearing earlier this week, she admitted to not declaring her worldwide income for several years, however she claimed that during these years she spent most of her time outside of Israel. Her lawyers stated that she had not intentionally avoided paying Israeli tax during these years. Her mother, Tzipi Refeali, who acted as Bar’s agent, was also found guilty of tax evasion and was issued a prison sentence of 16 months and a 2.5 million shekel fine. Bar Refaeli’s Eurovision outing Last year, in Tel Aviv, Bar was one of …
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