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Eurovision.tv launches “Eurovision Home Concerts”

Eurovision.tv launches “Eurovision Home Concerts”

With most of Europe now on lockdown, Eurovision.tv is launching a new series called “Eurovision Home Concerts”! The series will be shown on YouTube and across Eurovision’s social media channels! Each episode will feature famous Eurovision artists performing their entry and a cover of a Eurovision favourite! The first episode will be published this Friday (3rd April). New episodes will follow every Friday! Eurovision fans will be able to vote for each artist’s cover song through Twitter polls. Even with this year’s contest cancelled, it won’t stop a few 2020 acts popping up along the way too! Bringing people “together”! Ryan O’Shaugnessy was announced as the first artist to be taking part. He represented Ireland at the 2018 contest in Lisbon. He will appear in the first episode, performing his Eurovision entry, “Together”, alongside his cover song, “Think About Things” (Iceland 2020). Today, Tamara Todevska was announced as the second artist to take part. As well as her jury vote winner, “Proud”, she will also perform last year’s runner-up “Soldi”. Italy’s 2019 entry won the public vote with 41.1%. It hasn’t been announced whether Tamara will also perform her 2008 non-qualifier, “Let Me Love You”, during the online concert. More …
🇬🇧 Songwriter Bill Martin passes away at the age of 81

🇬🇧 Songwriter Bill Martin passes away at the age of 81

Scottish songwriter and music publisher, Bill Martin, has passed away at the age of 81. Bill wrote three Eurovision entries – “Puppet on a String”, “Congratulations” and “Toi”. Bill’s songwriting partner, Phil Coulter, expressed his condolences on Twitter, stating that Bill’s passing marks the “end of an era”. More bad news.Heard this morning of the passing of BILL MARTIN. He was my songwriting partner for almost twenty years and an important part of my life and career. I remember with most affection our early struggles in Denmark Street.End of an era.— Phil Coulter (@Phil_Coulter) March 26, 2020 Life and career Bill Martin was born on 9th November 1938 in Govan, near Glasgow in Scotland. He wrote his first song at the age of 10, however did not have a song released until 1963. His first song to be released on record was Tommy Quickly’s “Kiss Me Now”. In 1965, he met his songwriting partner Phil Coulter who he worked with for almost twenty years. Together, they wrote songs for many major artists including Elvis Presley, Cilla Black, The Foundations and George Harrison. Martin, along with Coulter, wrote his first Eurovision song in 1967 – “Puppet on a String”. The song, …
More countries announce alternative Eurovision programming

More countries announce alternative Eurovision programming

Four more countries have announced they will be organising their own alternative programming to replace this year’s contest, which was cancelled last week. Austria and the United Kingdom have already announced their own programming to replace the first ever Eurovision to be cancelled. The alternative programming includes a preview show from Germany, a week of programming in the Netherlands, a look back at memorable Eurovision moments in Norway and an online contest in Spain. 🇩🇪 Germany – ESC-Songcheck German broadcaster NDR has announced that it will still run its preview show, ESC-Songcheck, during the week that Eurovision should have took place in. The show will see a panel of jurors vote on the 2020 entries to find their favourite. The jurors for the show include Germany’s Eurovision commentator Peter Urban, 2006 German representative Jane Comerford and TV presenter Thomas Gottschalk who commentated on the 1989 contest. An online vote is also being considered for the show, which will be broadcast in the week commencing 11th May. Alina Stiegler and Stefan Speigel will present the show. Jane Comerford, who took part in Eurovision 2006, will be on Germany’s jury 🇳🇱 Netherlands – A week of programming The host country for the …
🇮🇸 Daði Freyr will not compete in Söngvakeppnin again – but will happily go to Eurovision

🇮🇸 Daði Freyr will not compete in Söngvakeppnin again – but will happily go to Eurovision

In an interview on radio station Bylgjan this afternoon, Daði Freyr talked about Söngvakeppnin, Eurovision, the cancellation and his musical future. Among other things he said that he does not intend to take part in Söngvakeppnin again. 2020 songs not eligible for 2021 Last week it was announced that the songs that had been selected to participate in Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will not be eligible to compete in next year’s contest. This means the broadcasters has to choose between sending this year’s artist(s) with a different song or finding a new representative. A lot of broadcasters have already announced their decissions, but so far no news have emerged regarding what RÚV is thinking of doing. Will not take part in Söngvakeppnin again In an interview with radio station Bylgjan this afternoon, the Icelandic 2020 entrant, Daði Freyr, says that he will not participate in Söngvakeppnin again. He would however love to go to Eurovision. If RÚV wants him to ever represent Iceland at Eurovision, they will have to select him internally for 2021. The reason for this decission is perhaps not what one might expect. Daði told Bylgjan: “No, I won’t participate in Söngvakeppnin again. We have already won …
🇪🇸 Pre-PartyES at Home to take place online

🇪🇸 Pre-PartyES at Home to take place online

In the lead-up to the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest, the Pre-Party events have started to cancel/postpone their respective Pre-Parties. Since the cancellation of the Pre-Parties the organisers of the pre-parties have been silent until now. After the announcement of the postponement of Pre-Party-ES, the organisers have confirmed that the event would take place on April 11. However, it the event would be purely online, and you are able to see the announcement below: [ÚLTIMA HORA]#PrePartyESatHome, un homenaje a Eurovisión 2020 que reivindica la responsabilidad global de la pandemia ✊ Varios representantes de 2020 cantarán desde sus casas en este concierto on-line. ¿Quién quieres que participe? 🤩Más info ➡ https://t.co/zMC9KalY2d pic.twitter.com/D7wVhqSTxm— eurovision-spain.com | PrePartyES (@eurospaincom) March 25, 2020 To pay tribute to the Eurovision 2020 candidates When the event was confirmed by the organisers, they have mentioned that the event had three objectives. They want to pay tribute to the candidates that were due to represent their countries in Rotterdam, To accompany the Eurovision fans as they are in seclusion at home.To vindicate this health emergency, which does not understand borders, which led to people to stay at home. As the event is newly announced, further details will be …
🇬🇧 SuRie to host online concert on 29th March

🇬🇧 SuRie to host online concert on 29th March

2018 UK representative, SuRie, has announced she will be hosting her own online live concert, iSuRielation, on Sunday 29th March at 19:00 BST (20:00 CEST). SuRie was set to co-host the London Eurovision Party this weekend alongside Paddy O’Connell. However, as a result of social distancing restrictions in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic, the pre-party was postponed for the first time in its history. Invites all around! The “Storm” singer announced on her Twitter that she would be hosting her own online concert this Sunday. You're all invited 🎉A live stream show across SuRie socials for a substitute singsong next Sunday. Not quite the fabulous @LDNEurovision party you deserve, but my pleasure to offer some musical respite.So, what would you like on the set list? pic.twitter.com/Kh9eVGGJ4e— SuRie (@surieofficial) March 22, 2020 Her “lockdown Eurovision party” will be held across SuRie’s social medias so you can all watch and sing along, on what would have been the night of the first pre-party of 2020. SuRie called out to her fans on what songs they would like to see on her set list and many people have replied with their choices of some Eurovision classics from across the eras. Some …
🇬🇧 BBC to broadcast “Eurovision: Come Together” on 16th May

🇬🇧 BBC to broadcast “Eurovision: Come Together” on 16th May

With Eurovision 2020 cancelled, the BBC have confirmed they will be producing a replacement show, “Eurovision: Come Together”, for British viewers. The show will be presented by the BBC’s Eurovision commentator, Graham Norton. The programme will be produced by BBC Studios and broadcast on BBC One. It will feature classic Eurovision performances, interviews and a look at the entries that would have took part in 2020. “Eurovision: Come Together” is part of the BBC’s plans to “entertain the nation in time of need”. Replacing the cancelled event “Eurovision: Come Together” will replace the Eurovision final broadcast, which was due to take place on 16th May. It joins the BBC programming alongside the new Glastonbury Experience, which will replace broadcasts of the world-famous music festival, which was also cancelled last week. In a press release today, “Eurovision: Come Together” is described by the BBC Director-General as a show to bring together the nation in uncertain times. We can all still have a Eurovision moment, even if it is different from the past. Our pledge is to offer the best escapism, fun and distraction we can, alongside the news and information everyone needs.– Tony Hall, BBC Director-General Alongside classic Eurovision performances, the …
🇫🇮 Aksel Kankaanranta would like to represent Finland in 2021

🇫🇮 Aksel Kankaanranta would like to represent Finland in 2021

Aksel Kankaanranta won Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2020, Finland’s national selection for Eurovision Song Contest 2020. However, the contest got cancelled and he didn’t get to represent Finland. He has stated in an interview with Helsingin Sanomat that he would like to take part in 2021. “Everything’s still open” In the interview he says that while everything is still open, he would like to represent Finland with a new song next year. The European Broadcasting Union has decides that the songs selected for 2020 are not eligible to be used in next year’s contest. Aksel says that he has plans on working on new music with his record label EMI Capitol. He think he will be making indie pop. He was supposed to represent Finland with the song “Looking Back”. The producer of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, Anssi Autio, recently told that information about UMK 2021 will come this week. Would you like to see Aksel Kankaanranta in 2021? Let us know by reacting below or on social media @ESCXTRA!
🇦🇺 Montaigne would “really really” like to return next year

🇦🇺 Montaigne would “really really” like to return next year

Following the cancellation of this year’s contest, Montaigne has confirmed that she would like to return next year to represent Australia at Eurovision 2021. She was set to represent Australia in Rotterdam with the song, “Don’t Break Me”. She has reached out to her fans on Twitter today regarding the situation. Montaigne was due to become the sixth Australian representative at Eurovision after winning Eurovision: Australia Decides in early February. “I would really like to do it” The Sydney-born singer Montaigne tweeted today in response to fans asking her whether she would return to compete in Eurovision 2021. In the tweet, she seemed certain that she would like to be invited back to compete next year. Hello everyone wondering about my participation in Eurovision next year. I would really like to do it. Really really. A lot. But that’s up to SBS. So please direct your queries about that to them, what happens isn’t in my hands.– Montaigne, speaking on Twitter (23 Mar 2020) She also reminded her fans that the final decision over whether she would return or not would be made by Australian broadcaster SBS. At the time of publishing, the tweet has now been removed from Twitter …
🇫🇮 UMK producer promises new information next week

🇫🇮 UMK producer promises new information next week

The producer of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, Anssi Autio, promises in an interview with Finnish tabloid Ilta-Sanomat, that there will be news about the future of UMK next week. One artist only again? For the past nine years the Finnish broadcaster Yle has selected their representative to Eurovision Song Contest through the national selection Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK). This year, the winner was Aksel Kankaanranta with his song “Looking Back”. As the Eurovision Song Contest was cancelled for 2020, Aksel never got to represent the country at the contest. This year six artists competed in the Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu. For the past two years, Yle selected their artist internally and let the public choose the song the artist will perform. Saara Aalto and Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman the two internal choices. At the end of this year’s show the host Krista Siegfrids said that also in next year, UMK will be an open contest where anyone can send their songs in. However, as the contest was cancelled in 2020, there is a possibility that Yle follows the footsteps of many other broadcasters, who have given their 2020 representatives a second chance and let them represent the country in next year’s contest. …
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