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EXCLUSIVE: We talk to Tamara Todevska after Eurovision

EXCLUSIVE: We talk to Tamara Todevska after Eurovision

North Macedonia’s 2019 Eurovision Song Contest participant ‘Tamara Todevska’ speaks to ESCXTRA about her Eurovision journey this year, and what we should expect from her now that the contest has finished. Tim: Tamara, when you first got announced as the representative for North Macedonia, did you expect achieving North Macedonia’s result to date. Tamara: Hm. I knew that something great was going to happen but I never imagined that it would be this big. For me at that point the most important thing was to assemble the right team. Once we had that, I knew that something special was about to happen. We believed in our song, in our project, in ourselves and I think when you do this, success is inevitable. Tim: Ever since you returned from Tel Aviv, do you think that North Macedonia’s perception of the contest changed? Do you think it would change North Macedonia’s approach to the contest? Tamara: Taking into consideration our poor results over the years, many people stopped watching Eurovision. I think this was the first time in years that people in such big numbers watched the show in our country. During the voting people were sending me photos of them watching …
Bulgaria’s BNT reportedly “bankrupt” with debts approaching 25 million euros

Bulgaria’s BNT reportedly “bankrupt” with debts approaching 25 million euros

This weekend, Bulgarian newspaper Capital has revealed that Bulgarian National Television (BNT) is “bankrupt”. BNT’s debts are reportedly approaching 50 million lev, which is equivalent to 25 million euros. This revelation precedes the upcoming election for a new Director General at BNT, set to take place on July 5. Four key areas of spending Capital reports that a large amount of the debts owed by BNT have been amassed during the reign of current Director General of the broadcaster, Konstantin Kamenarov. According to the newspaper’s sources at BNT and the Ministry of Finance, the debts can be blamed on four key areas: Increased costs for foreign productionsBuying more rights to sporting eventsIncreasing the salaries of employees at BNTPurchasing major film packages and programmes According to some of Capital’s sources, the majority of Kamenarov’s spending has taken place in the past few months due to his expectation that he will no longer by Director General after next month’s election as a result of a drink-driving conviction. Election candidates need to tackle the financial crisis at BNT With the candidates for the upcoming BNT election due to be revealed later this month, it is expected that they will have to present a …
Muireann McDonnell gears up for audition on The Voice Kids UK

Muireann McDonnell gears up for audition on The Voice Kids UK

This evening, the third series of the UK edition of The Voice Kids commenced on primetime ITV. Eagle-eyed viewers will have noticed that during the green room segments that precede each blind audition, a certain Junior Eurovision star was spotted. That star was Ireland’s 2017 entrant in Tbilisi, Muireann McDonnell! Muireann McDonnell backstage during tonight’s episode of The Voice Kids UK Follows the footsteps of Zena Donnelly Muireann follows in the footsteps of Zena Donnelly, Ireland’s entry at the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Valletta. Zena participated in The Voice Kids UK in 2017, successfully reaching the battle rounds! Now 13-year-old Muireann won the Irish national selection Junior Eurovision Éire in November 2017 with Súile glasa, co-written by herself alongside James McGuire. In Tbilisi, Súile glasa went on to finish in 15th place earning 42 of her 54 points via the online vote. (Editor’s note: One of the most unjust results in recent years!) Russia’s Polina Bogusevich was victorious in Tbilisi with Wings. Stay tuned for Muireann’s audition In tonight’s opening episode of The Voice Kids UK, Muireann was spotted talking to another auditionee prior to their own audition. Based on previous years, it is almost certain we’ll see …
CONFIRMED: Running order for the OGAE Second Chance Contest 2019

CONFIRMED: Running order for the OGAE Second Chance Contest 2019

The songs and running order for the 33rd edition of the OGAE Second Chance Song Contest, has officially been revealed. The Italian fan club is organising this year’s contest after the country’s victory in 2018, with Annalisa’s “Il mondo prima di te”. Since 1987, the OGAE Second Chance Contest has been selecting songs that didn’t make it through the national final season. Each country’s official fan club puts forward a song to represent it at the annual competition that is organised by the previous year’s winning fan club. OGAE fan clubs then vote and deliver their results, exactly like the Eurovision Song Contest. This year’s selected songs and running order is as follows: No.Entry1Croatia: Lorena – Tower of Babylon 2Czech Republic: Barbora Mochowa – True Colours 3Hungary: The Middletonz – Roses 4Latvia: Edgars Kreilis – Cherry Absinthe 5Denmark: Julie and Nina – League of Light 6Albania: Mirud – Nene 7Estonia: Lumervav ft Inga – Milline Päev 8Sweden: Anna Bergendahl – Ashes to Ashes 9Portugal: Surma – Pugna 10Moldova: Maxim Zavidia – I Will Not Surrender 11Finland: Darude ft Sebastian Rejman – Superman 12Norway: Mørland – En Livredd Mann 13Iceland: Friðrik Ómar – Hvað ef ég get ekki elskað? 14Romania: Bella …
Victor Crone: I want to come back in the future

Victor Crone: I want to come back in the future

This year’s Eurovision madness has barely ended but Victor Crone is already making plans for the future! Shortly after the Eurovision final came to an end, he expressed an interest in returning to the contest for Estonia with his sights set on a top 5 finish. Return to Eurovision? Speaking to Estonian broadcaster ERR, Victor Crone expressed some disappointment over finishing in the right hand side of the scoreboard: “I am a little bit disappointed. I would have liked to have given Estonia a better result, be a bit higher in the leaderboard, but we ended in the middle.” In addition, he reflected on the performance he gave in the final. He noted that he did his best and he didn’t blame the result on anything in particular: “I think I had a great performance in the final. I gave it my all, the vocals were pretty good and I don’t know…I’m not blaming anyone. We had a good time, I’m going to miss all of it.” Most of all, he proclaimed that he had a great Eurovision experience and how it was a childhood dream come true: “It was a surreal experience. I have been watching and dreaming about …
Saara Aalto’s ‘Dance Like Nobody’s Watching’ is the official 2019 Pride in London song!

Saara Aalto’s ‘Dance Like Nobody’s Watching’ is the official 2019 Pride in London song!

It has been announced that Saara’s song ‘Dance Like Nobody’s Watching’ from her international debut album ‘Wild Wild Wonderland’ will be the official song for ‘Pride in London’ 2019. The ‘Pride in London’ edit of the song has been released ahead of the event. Listen to the new version of Dance Like Nobody’s Watching: Spotify: Apple Music: On the road once again The Finnish songstress has just finished her ‘An Evening with Saara Aalto‘ tour, where she toured Finland and the UK. Saara has announced that she will be appearing in shows this summer, some of which include Pride events throughout United Kingdom. Saara Aalto at the Eurovision Song Contest After numerous attempts at representing Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest, Saara finally had her wish granted when YLE internally selected her to represent Finland in Lisbon in 2018. After performing three songs at UMK: Saara Aalto, the jury and the public selected ‘Monsters’ as Saara’s entry. She placed 10th in her Semi-Final, thus bringing the country back to the Final after three years of non-qualification. She placed 25th overall in the competition. Are you happy that ‘Dance Like Nobody’s Watching’ is the official Pride in London song?. Will you be watching Saara at any …
New dates for Duncan Laurence’s European Tour confirmed!

New dates for Duncan Laurence’s European Tour confirmed!

Before winning the Eurovision Song Contest, Duncan has already announced that he will be touring The Netherlands and Europe later this year. But due to popular demand, he has added new cities and changed the venue in some of his existing dates, due to popular demand. Paris, Zurich, Helsinki and Oslo added! Duncan has expressed his excitement to the new dates on social media, showing that he is eager to get on the road later this year! If you are interested in buying tickets for any of his shows, you can do so by clicking here. In addition to touring Europe later this year, Duncan has recently announced that he will be holding a show in ‘Ziggo Dome’ in March 2020. The venue (which is in contention to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2020) has been known to host concerts for International artists, as well as past Eurovision participants. Duncan Laurence at the Eurovision Song Contest The Netherlands internally selected Duncan Laurence to represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest. In Tel Aviv, Duncan has managed to bring The Netherlands to the Grand Final for a fourth consecutive year. In addition to his participation in the Grand Final, Duncan has …
Anne-Marie David calls for the return of Luxembourg to Eurovision

Anne-Marie David calls for the return of Luxembourg to Eurovision

In an interview with France Televisions, Anne-Marie David has said that it’s “essential” for Luxembourg to return to the Eurovision stage. Luxembourg’s history at Eurovision Luxembourg hasn’t participated at the Eurovision Song Contest since 1993. Despite an enviable history that includes five contest victories, the national broadcaster, RTL, continues to stay away from the world’s biggest singing competition. In the interview the 1973 Eurovision winner said “Fans of the competition in Luxembourg are asking for the return to Eurovision. Let’s mobilize, because it’s essential!” The French singer also highlights Luxembourg’s illustrious history: “Luxembourg is one of the countries that won the most Eurovisions in the time they participated in the competition.“ “Let’s mobilize, because it’s essential!”Anne-Marie David A local online newspaper, Luxemburger Wort, quotes Anne-Marie David’s comments and also delves deeper into the story. It cites a 2013 fan petition to the Luxembourg Chambre des Députés that urged RTL to rethink its non-participation. In response, RTL said that finances were the reason for the continued absence. Are you also hoping for Luxembourg to return to Eurovision? How can the smaller nations tackle the big issue of finances? Let us know in the comments section below or on our socials, @ESCXTRA.
North Macedonia: Tamara Todevska honored by the Prime Minister

North Macedonia: Tamara Todevska honored by the Prime Minister

Earlier this month, Tamara Todevska brought North Macedonia to the Grand Final for the first time since 2012. She ended up finishing in 7th place, even winning the jury vote. This made “Proud” the country’s most successful entry to date. In light of this, she was honoured by the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev. “A Hero and a Strong Voice for Pride” Prime Minister Zaev had a photo opportunity with Tamara herself and the North Macedonian delegation that travelled to Tel Aviv this year. Regarding Tamara, the delegation and “Proud”, Mr Zaev said the following: You have become heroes and a strong voice for pride that girls and women are fighting for achieving their rights.Prime Minister Zaev on Tamara’s success at the Eurovision Song Contest In return, Tamara has expressed her gratitude and thanks for the support that she has received during the contest. Tamara and the entire author and stage team thanked for their support and shared strong impressions and excitement with the performance at Eurovision in 2019. She also stressed that the tremendous support they had, even before the final evening, was a further motivation and encouragement for the unrestrained performance and for great success.The North …
LRT in touch with the EBU regarding Italy’s Semi Final televote discrepancy

LRT in touch with the EBU regarding Italy’s Semi Final televote discrepancy

Yesterday, we reported an anomaly between the televoting results published by Italian broadcaster RAI and the data published by the EBU after the grand final. The results released by RAI showed that Lithuania made the top 10 in the country’s public televoting with 4.13%. This however, was not reflected in the results published on the official website. If the former turns out to be the correct results, we would see a tie break situation which may have seen Lithuania qualify to the grand final over Denmark. Lithuanian broadcaster LRT have since acknowledged our findings and confirmed that the EBU have been contacted for clarification on the matter. The Head of Delegation added his thoughts: “The situation is really interesting. We, as the broadcaster have suffered the moral and ranking injustice. we may have sufficient information for this error to be recognised.” The findings also reached Lithuanian representative, Jurij Veklenko, who remains satisfied with how things panned out. I did everything I could, but what happened has happened. Those who were in the finals were worthy of their place and I see no point in unnecessarily depriving them of their place on the table.Jurij Veklenko The singer added that it would be …
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