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Malta’s Eurovision stars to perform at Joseph Calleja & Andrea Bocelli concert

Malta’s Eurovision stars to perform at Joseph Calleja & Andrea Bocelli concert

Tomorrow Floriana will host the annual concert of Joseph Calleja who is joined by legendary Italian Opera singer Andrea Bocelli. Also taking to the stage for the orchestral extravaganza are Malta’s Eurovision and The X Factor Malta stars, Ira Losco, Michela Pace and Nicole Frendo! The annual Joseph Calleja concert Since 2009 Malta’s most famous tenor Joseph Calleja has hosted an annual concert in Floriana. This celebration of orchestra and music is a highlight of culture in the Maltese summer. As one of Malta’s leading classical talents, Joseph has received a Grammy nomination and performed around the world for people such as Queen Elizabeth II. Each year a special international guest is invited to perform for the night long entertainment. Past guests have included esteemed artists such as, Anastacia, Ronan Keating of Boyzone and Michael Bolton. This year marks the second appearance of Andrea Bocelli. Iconic classical producer and Opera singer Andrea Bocelli has been a leading light in classical crossover, bringing the genre to world attention topping the global pop charts and amassing over 70 million worldwide sales. During his early career, the Grammy and Oscar nominated singer made his future potential known, by entering and winning the newcomers …
Max Mutzke wins “The Masked Singer Germany”

Max Mutzke wins “The Masked Singer Germany”

Max Mutzkes journey Maxs’ musical career started in 2004 when he took part in “Stefan sucht den Super-Grand-Prix-Star”, a castingshow produced by the private broadcaster ProSieben and hosted by Stefan Raab. The aim of the show was to find a contestant for the real national final produced by ARD. ARD agreed to let the winner of the show compete under one condition: They had to make it into the German Top 40 charts first. In the end, Max Mutzke won “Stefan sucht den Super-Grand-Prix-Star” with his song “Can’t Wait Until Tonight” and charted on number one instantly, giving him a wildcard for the German national final. Eurovision and beyond After winning the national final over favourites like Scooter or Overground, Mutzke went on to obtain an impressive 8th place for Germany in Istanbul. Since then, he has released seven albums and explored different genres like Jazz, Soul or Pop but still didn’t manage to top the success of “Can’t Wait Until Tonight”. “The Masked Singer” Now, with “The Masked Singer”, Max Mutzke went back to his roots. During the Grand Final of the ProSieben produced show, he managed to win over the audience and obtain more votes than his four …
Måns Zelmerlöw drops new album “TIME” on October 18 including a tour

Måns Zelmerlöw drops new album “TIME” on October 18 including a tour

His last album “Chameleon” dropped in 2016 including the songs “Glorious” and “Happyland”. After three years he now prepares to release his brand new album “TIME” this October. This comes with a tour which will stop in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Falun. Måns is back with his new album “TIME” Last spring, Måns Zelmerlöw broke three years of silence and finally released new music. The first single came as early as March and was a duet with Dotter “Walk with Me” – the song quickly became a radio hit and nowadays passes 7 million streams. In May, a total of three singles were released within two days; “Better Now”, “Grow Up to Be You” and “Fuego” which all quickly became big favorites on the radio and are still climbing the charts. The songs gave us a taste of the upcoming album “TIME” which will be released October 18th. We can now also confirm that Måns goes out on Sweden tour in connection with release and visits Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Falun in October. “ I am so incredibly tagged in coming back to Sweden and getting to play at home again! It is always best to play at home in …
Demi Lovato and Dan Stevens join “Eurovision” movie cast

Demi Lovato and Dan Stevens join “Eurovision” movie cast

With filming for Will Ferrell’s Eurovision film well underway, more and more stars are being announced as part of the cast. The latest additions are “Legion” star Dan Stevens and global music sensation Demi Lovato. A birthday surprise Ferrell announced Lovato via an Instagram post yesterday whilst she was celebrating her birthday: View this post on Instagram y’all, Will Ferrell made me a cake…from scratch. It looks completely professional and store bought so I’m not at all suspicious that he baked it himself in all of his free time 😝 #netflixisajoke #eurovisionmovie A post shared by Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) on Aug 20, 2019 at 5:18pm PDT Remember Camp Rock? “Eurovision” will be Demi’s first live-action film appearance in ten years, her most recent being in “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” in which she co-starred alongside the Jonas Brothers. With the “Eurovision” film premise worrying many Eurovision fans thus far, Demi’s presence amongst the cast may go some way to appease them considering her fantastic vocal talents. Dan Stevens goes Russian Meanwhile, a few days ago Dan Stevens was announced to be playing the Russian “Eurovision” contestant, Alexander Lemtov. Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan and Will Ferrell himself are all also …
Operación Triunfo unlikely to be used for 2020

Operación Triunfo unlikely to be used for 2020

Operación Triunfo has been used as the selection process of the Spanish entry for the past 2 years. However, is it possible that Spain will not be using the show as their selection for this year? With the new dates announced for the upcoming OT, it became unlikely that the country will be selecting their singer from the show. New dates for the show Although initially intended to take a break, Operación Triunfo has been confirmed to take place in 2019. Yesterday, the Twitter account of Operación Triunfo announced the details for the castings of the 2019 edition. Apart from the locations where the castings will take place, the announcement also included the dates for the castings. The castings are set to start with Barcelona in October and eventually end in November, which is later than the castings of the previous two years. Considering the fact that the live shows take place about two months after the conclusion of the auditions, will this affect the selection for the Eurovision artist? ☝️🤓 Castings de la próxima edición de @OT_Oficial 👉 https://t.co/V2ze6jejlw #OTFest 🌴 pic.twitter.com/n1n1i0AhrM— OT 2018 (@OT_Oficial) July 18, 2019 Will Operación Triunfo be used as their selection? With the new …
Mahmood announces European tour

Mahmood announces European tour

After the unprecedented success of Soldi across Europe following the contest in May, Italy’s Mahmood has announced that he will be touring Europe at the end of the year. Mahmood finished as this year’s runner up with the contemporary R&B meets Rap track Soldi. Following the contest, the song topped the charts in Italy, Israel and Greece – as well as reaching the top 10 in several other nations. The 26 year old has recently announced that he’ll be touring Europe as part of his Good Vibes tour. Kicking things off in Switzerland on October 23rd, Mahmood will visit eight cities in total. See the full list below. 23/10 – Lugano, Studio Foce24/10 – Zurich, Mascotte27/10 – London, Under The Bridge28/10 – Paris, Cafe de la Danse29/10 – Luxembourg, Rockhall31/10 – Brussels, La Madeleine03/11 – Berlin, Frannz05/11 – Barcelona, Razzmatazz Tickets can currently be purchased here. Soldi’s success keeps on rising Last week we reported on the increasing success of this year’s Italian entry. Soldi has fast become the most popular Italian song on streaming service Spotify, surpassing 100 million streams. On YouTube, the official music video for the track has also recently reached 120 million views.
Frans wins “Amber Nightingale” at Sopot Festival 2019 beating other Eurovision stars

Frans wins “Amber Nightingale” at Sopot Festival 2019 beating other Eurovision stars

Frans represented Sweden on homeground in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with If I Were Sorry. He didn’t win, but finished in a very respectable 5th place with 261 points. However, just a few days ago Frans once again competed with If I Were Sorry, but this time for the Amber Nightingale award at the Sopot Festival 2019. “Nagroda Bursztynowego Słowika” The Amber Nightingale Award, known as the “Nagroda Bursztynowego Słowika” in Polish, is a part of the annual Sopot Festival, in which a handful of international artists compete for the award. This year saw several Eurovision stars competing to win: Alma (not the French Alma – this is a different, Bulgarian Alma!)Frans (Sweden 2016)Lake Malawi (Czech Republic 2019)ChristopherLuca Hänni (Switzerland 2019) During the event, Frans, Lake Malawi and Luca Hänni weren’t the only Eurovision stars on stage. Duncan Laurence performed as the interval act and managed to wow the crowd yet again. View this post on Instagram DZIEŃ 2 – #iDance i TOP OF THE TOP 14 sierpnia rozpoczniemy koncertem #iDance, czyli najbardziej energetycznymi hitami, które porwą do tańca zarówno publiczność w Operze Leśnej, jak i widzów przed telewizorami. Z kolei w ramach koncertu TOP OF THE TOP wystąpią …
Franka is expecting her first child!

Franka is expecting her first child!

We at ESCXTRA would like to extend warm congratulations to Franka Batelic on becoming pregnant with her first child, due in 2020! Franka, who is married to Croatian Football icon Vedran Ćorluka announced their delight on their respected Instagram accounts. “Our little person is coming” Franka delightfully exclaims! View this post on Instagram ✨…Sve dok sanjaš, sto ću puta disat tiše… ja ću smirit vjetar, kiše… ✨ Snimili smo svoju prvu pjesmu i još koji mjesec u duetu pjevamo i plešemo na pozornicama! 🤰🐳 Stiže nam samo naš mini čovjek! @corlukav05_14 ❤️ #growingamiracle #svedoksanjas A post shared by F R A N K A (@frankaofficial_) on Aug 12, 2019 at 4:00am PDT “2020 will be a special one our little family is getting bigger” Ćorluka wrote. View this post on Instagram 2020 will be a special one😉 our little family is getting bigger ❤️ @frankaofficial_ #lavzju A post shared by Vedran Ćorluka (@corlukav05_14) on Aug 12, 2019 at 4:02am PDT The happy parents to be were not the only ones reveling in the delightful news as Ćorluka’s former Croatian team mates Šime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Ivan Perišić, and Luka Modrić piled on the congratulations! Who is Vedran Ćorluka? With 103 caps, …
New Wave 2019 lineup includes Aisel, Inis Neziri, and more

New Wave 2019 lineup includes Aisel, Inis Neziri, and more

The 13 acts competing in the New Wave contest, a competition for young singers, have been released. The contest will be held from August 24th-29th in the New Wave Concert Hall in Sochi, Russia, where the contest has been held since 2015. New Wave has produced many acts for Eurovision and Junior Eurovision since its introduction in 2002. Winners of New Wave that would also compete at Eurovision include Sergey Lazarev (as a member of Smash!!!) for Russia, Cosmos and Intars Busulis for Latvia, Natalia Gordienko and DoReDos for Moldova, and Jamala for Ukraine. Jamala performing “History Repeating” at New Wave 2009 The most notable name on the list of contestants this year is Aisel, representing Azerbaijan. She represented Azerbaijan at Eurovision in 2018 with the song “X My Heart,” finishing 11th in semifinal one and giving the land of fire their only non-qualification to date. Aisel’s performance of “X My Heart” at the first semifinal in Lisbon Another familiar face is Inis Neziri, who competed in Festivali i Këngës 56 in December 2017 to represent Albania in 2018. She placed third with the song “Piedestal.” She would go on in 2018 to win the “Cerbul de Aur” competition in …
Scooch’s David Ducasse is in hospital following heart attack

Scooch’s David Ducasse is in hospital following heart attack

David Ducasse, 42, who took part in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest as part of Scooch, is in hospital following a heart attack last Tuesday. On Sunday 11 August, David posted on his official Facebook page that he suffered a heart attack on Tuesday 6 August and has since been recovering in hospital in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. It is unknown when David will be out of hospital, and he has not yet posted any further updates on social media. Since Eurovision, David founded the Performers Stage School, he has hosted shows on Pride Radio and found himself a consultant for weight-loss groups for Slimming World. David Ducasse in Eurovision Song Contest David Ducasse, along with bandmates Natalie Powers, Caroline Barnes and Russ Spencer, took part in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest as Scooch, representing the United Kingdom. Their entry, “Flying The Flag (For You)”, finished in 22nd place with 19 points – including one set of 12 points from Malta (the UK’s first set of 12 points since Jessica Garlick’s third-place finish in 2002). The song did prove successful in the UK charts however, peaking at number 5. Scooch formed as a group in October 1998 and they released their first single, …
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