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🇧🇾 Campaign urges EBU to remove Belarus from Eurovision 2021

🇧🇾 Campaign urges EBU to remove Belarus from Eurovision 2021

The Belarusian Foundation for Cultural Solidarity recently launched a campaign against the Belarusian state broadcaster. The ongoing campaign is calling the European Broadcasting Union to remove the Belarusian broadcaster from the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. What is the campaign for? The Foundation recently contacted the EBU urging the organization to remove the country from the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. Specifically, the Foundation has requested that the country is not only removed from the competition, but also have its broadcasting rights and membership from the Union revoked. In a post, the founder of the Foundation, explained that they do not want Eurovision removed from Belarus but rather the broadcaster itself to have no association with the event. He added that they are aiming to prevent BTRC from participating in the upcoming EBU meeting in Rotterdam. “BT today is not a media broadcaster, but an instrument of political pressure and propaganda”Sergei Budkin Sergey Budkin created the Foundation in October 2020 in order to provide support for the Belarusian cultural community. Budkin crated the Foundation amid the political crising following the presidential election of the country. Major support for the campaign There has been major support for the campaigh from the public. Specifically, …
🇳🇴 Ulrikke: “I would love to be a part of MGP and Eurovision once again”

🇳🇴 Ulrikke: “I would love to be a part of MGP and Eurovision once again”

As Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2021 continues with its heats, last year’s winner Ulrikke Brandstorp has said she would like to return in the future. Ulrikke was offered a finalist slot in this year’s selection, but declined the invitation. Many fans were disappointed to hear that Ulrikke would not be returning to Melodi Grand Prix 2021 to defend her title. However, as she stated in her statement last year, she would love to return in the future, just not this year. She reiterated this intention via her Instagram story this week, as reported by Eurovoix: I would love to be a part of MGP and Eurovision once again, but not this year and probably not next year. But one of my biggest dreams is to win Eurovision, so of course [I would].Ulrikke responding to a fan question via Instagram Ulrikke’s busy year Following her MGP win, Ulrikke had a good year in her native Norway. In the summer of 2020, she was invited to perform on the Norwegian music show Allsang på Grensen. She sang her Eurovision 2020 entry ‘Attention’ she was joined by the Villekulla group of young singers. She also released a new single “What Would You Do …
🇫🇮 Erika Vikman and Ilta among the nominees for Emma Awards

🇫🇮 Erika Vikman and Ilta among the nominees for Emma Awards

UMK artists Erika Vikman and Ilta have been nominated for Emma Awards, the most prestigious music awards in Finland. Is “Syntisten pöytä” the song of the year? UMK20 fan favourite Erika Vikman got nominated in two categories. Her single “Syntisten pöytä” is one of the six nominees in the category Song of the Year. She is also nominated as the Finnish Artist or Band of the Year, which is decided by the Finnish public. Recently Erika got more good news as it was announced that “Syntisten pöytä” has streamed enough in Finland to give her a platinum record. UMK21 contestant Ilta also got two nominations, including the Finnish Artist or Band of the Year. She also has nomination in the category Best Schlager with her album Näitä hetkiä varten. Those who expect Ilta to maybe bring Helena Fischer type of schlager to UMK21 might get disappointed, as Finnish Schlager music is slightly different from the Central European Schlager. Ilta’s entry “Kelle mä soitan” will be released tonight, January 21, at 23:00CET. BEHM, who performed as the interval act in Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2020 got the most nominations this year, six in total. Could “Syntisten pöytä” be the song of the …
Eurovision artists victorious at the Scandipop Awards 2021

Eurovision artists victorious at the Scandipop Awards 2021

The winners of the annual Scandipop Awards have been revealed today. Plenty of Eurovision artists got nominated and some of them were victorious at this year’s awards. KEiiNO win all their categories KEiiNO won in three categories in this year’s Scandipop Awards. These are the best group, the best album and the best electropop with “Black Leather“. Another act winning more than one category was The Mamas, who won in the best new artist and the best breakthrough single with “Move“. Three-time Melodifestivalen participant Dotter won the best pop with her 2020 entry “Bulletproof” while Sweden’s Eurovision 2010 representative Anna Bergendahl won the best EP with Vera. Benjamin Ingrosso got voted as the best male artist. Norwegian singer and Melodi Grand Prix 2013 contestant Julie Bergan got the award for best dancepop for the song “Kiss Somebody” while Melodifestivalen star and Sweden’s Junior Eurovision 2006 representative Molly Sandén got the award for best r&b-pop for “Jag mår bra nu“. Eurovision winner Carola and Swedish superstar Zara Larsson joined forces in “Säg mig var du står” and won the award for best schlager-pop over Erika Vikman‘s “Cicciolina” and Rein Alexander‘s “One Last Time”. Former Alcazar-member Tess Merkel, who will compete in …
🇸🇪 New Melodifestivalen app to bring the audience together in a virtual way

🇸🇪 New Melodifestivalen app to bring the audience together in a virtual way

As we all know, Melodifestivalen will take place in a really different way this year. No Melfest-tour through Sweden, no Friends Arena, no audience… However, SVT has found a solution to bring our beloved Swedish show as close as possible to the viewers at home! Want to know more? Keep reading. Mello Tillsammans That’s going to be the name of the upcoming application. On Melodifestivalen’s Instagram account, we can already find a video in which the application gets explained. The users will get to create groups to watch the six Melodifestivalen-shows together without being in the same room. As an ultimate test of the app, SVT will broadcast the Melodifestivalen edition of 1979. Note: the application will only be available on iPads, as it requires a larger screen. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Melodifestivalen ✨ (@melodifestivalen) Melodifestivalen 2021 to kick off next month The first national selections have kicked off their journey last weekend and more will follow soon. On 6 February, it’s Melodifestivalen’s turn. 28 candidates will fight for the ticket to represent Sweden in Rotterdam. To read more about the hosts or participants, you can find previous articles on our website. Who do you …
🇩🇪 Ilse DeLange to take part in Germany’s Let’s Dance

🇩🇪 Ilse DeLange to take part in Germany’s Let’s Dance

Ilse DeLange has been announced as one of the participants in Germany’s Let’s Dance, the equivalent of Strictly Come Dancing. The Dutch singer will first step on the dancefloor on 26th February. Ilse DeLange and her German adventure Taking part in Let’s Dance is the next step on Ilse’s German adventure. For a while now, the 43-year old has been aiming for a breakthrough there. After scoring hit after hit in her home country, she now felt it was time to aim for a bigger market. Her latest album, Changes, stayed in the German charts for eleven weeks. Before the Corona pandemic put live events to a hold, DeLange expanded her German club tour due to popular demand. To boost her German career, DeLange took part in Sing meinen Song – Das Tauschkonzert in 2020. The show, based on the Dutch format Beste Zangers and similar to Sweden’s Så Mycket Bättre, brought her a lot of attention in Germany. After her participation there, DeLange once again represented the Netherlands in a contest: the Free European Song Contest. There, she claimed second place with Changes, only just behind Spain’s winner Nico Santos. The German market is wide open for Ilse DeLange …
🇫🇮 Pave Maijanen passes away, aged 70

🇫🇮 Pave Maijanen passes away, aged 70

We are sad to report that Pave Maijanen has passed away. The Finnish singer represented his country at the Eurovision Song Contest 1992. He died at the age of 70. Pave Maijanen: A true multi talent It’s safe to say that Pave Maijanen was a true multi talent. He was born in 1950 in Lappeenranta, in the south east of Finland. In his teenage years, he already started playing with several bands. His work included both vocal performances as well as work as a bass player. Pave Maijanen released his first ever solo single in 1975. It wasn’t until the 1980s that Maijanen decided to record music in Finnish as well. His success reached new heights. His single Aiaiai became a disco hit, with the albums Maijanen and Palava Sydän both reaching diamond status in Finland. After a less successful start of the 1990s, Pave Maijanen decided to enter the Eurovision Song Contest. He however finished in last place with his song Yamma Yamma. At the end of the decade, he founded a new group alongside fellow Eurovision entrant Kirka. They were called Mestarit Areenalla and sold out ice hockey arenas all over Finland. In the latter stages of his …
🇬🇧 “Think About Things” to feature on Dancing on Ice

🇬🇧 “Think About Things” to feature on Dancing on Ice

Ahead of the launch of the new series this Sunday, ITV’s Dancing on Ice has revealed the songs that the first batch of celebrities will be skating to. Comedian Rufus Hound and his professional partner Robin Johnstone will skate to Daði & Gagnamagnið’s “Think About Things”. The show, which began in 2006, sees celebrities trying out figure skating as they compete against each other to become the series champion. The celebrities have nowhere to hide as their every move is watched by the judges – Diversity’s Ashley Banjo, actor John Barrowman and 1984 Winter Olympic champions Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean. The Week 1 tunes are in! 🎵 Which skate are you SO ready for? #DancingOnIce pic.twitter.com/x6ENA3atDx— Dancing on Ice (@dancingonice) January 15, 2021 A Eurovision skating history “Think About Things” isn’t the first Eurovision song to feature on Dancing on Ice. We’ve dug into the skating archives and found some past performances to some Eurovision classics. Back in series 5, cookbook author Tana Ramsay and her partner Stuart Widdall skated to ABBA’s 1974 winner, “Waterloo”, scoring just 12 points out of a possible 30. She was eliminated in the same week. The next Eurovision song wouldn’t be heard until …
🇳🇱 “Arcade” becomes most-streamed Eurovision winner on Spotify

🇳🇱 “Arcade” becomes most-streamed Eurovision winner on Spotify

After re-releasing his song “Arcade“ in November with Fletcher, Duncan Laurence’s winning Eurovision song is in the spotlight again. “Arcade” has officially beaten Euphoria in number of streams on the music platform Spotify, with 164 million streams at the time of writing. Where do the streams come from? While “Arcade” has continuously done well on Spotify, reaching 100 million streams in April 2020, the numbers have increased in a short period of time. One of the reasons may be found on TikTok, a popular social media app where people make videos with music playing in the background. “Arcade” was used by many Harry Potter fans on TikTok to create videos featuring Draco Malfoy, and has since then gained success on the app. With almost 500.000 videos featuring the song or a remix of the song, “Arcade” can certainly thank TikTok for some of its streams on Spotify. With this, Duncan joins other Eurovision stars who have gone viral on TikTok, such as Netta and Daði Freyr. Other popular winning songs Duncan Laurence is not the only one who can pride himself on a high number of streams for his winning entry. Not all Eurovision winners are successful on Spotify. For …
🇬🇷 Greece: ERT planning national final for Eurovision 2022?

🇬🇷 Greece: ERT planning national final for Eurovision 2022?

A few months ago, it was announced that Stefania would record five potential entries for Eurovision 2021. Last week, it was announced that she will perform “Last Dance” at this year’s contest in Rotterdam. The song is set to be released in March, marking Greece’s fourth consecutive internal-selection. Could they be about to break this trend? In recent a interview on The Euro Trip podcast, Giannis Argyriou from Greek news site Eurovision Fun calmed that ERT intend to hold a national final to select their Eurovision 2022 entry: ERT’s intentions for next year are to have a national final. This is something a lot of people in Greece have wanted for several years. A lot of artists have expressed their desire to participate in a national final for Eurovision.Eurovision Fun’s Giannis Argyriou speaking on The Euro Trip There had been rumours about ERT’s intentions to host a national final for Stefania’s entry, before opting for another internal selection. The truth is ERT wanted to a national final this year for the selection of Stefania’s song but the pandemic made it difficult.Eurovision Fun’s Giannis Argyriou speaking on The Euro Trip The last time Greece held a full national final was back in 2015, with Eurosong 2015 – …
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