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Saara Aalto to replace Victoria Beckham as fifth Spice Girl?

Yes, we know, that is not a headline you were expecting to see today. It’s both incredibly weird yet at the same time sounds like it would be amazing. Is Saara Aalto about to join the Spice Girls? The Spice Girls were a worldwide sensation in the 90’s and their songs are still incredibly popular. It was originally revealed way back in 2007 that the band were intending to reunite but these plans never really kicked off. Until now. In July last year, it was announced that the group would be reforming as a foursome, without Victoria Beckham or “Posh Spice” as she was nicknamed. Rather than just stick with four members, it looks like they may have somebody in mind to become a brand new fifth Spice Girl. That someone is Saara Aalto, Finnish representative at last year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. The rumour started off simply as a joke in an interview with The Sun newspaper over a year ago. But, according to British tabloids it appears that it might actually end up happening. The Spice Girls have also been circulating ideas of “special guests” who will appear in concerts as temporary, one-off fifth members. This includes …

X Factor Malta will return for a second season

It has been announced today on the X Factor Malta Facebook page that the global talent show will be returning to Maltese screens for a second season. Entries are already being accepted to take part in the next season! As the first season of the X Factor Malta comes to close with just two shows remaining – the third live show which will take place tonight and the final which will take place on Saturday (26th January) – preparations have today begun for the second season of the show. The second season will begin in late 2019/early 2020, however, it is currently unknown whether or not Malta’s Eurovision participant for the 2020 contest will be selected through the show, even though the rules do state that you need be currently 15 years of age or over to enter, which would mean that even the youngest of entries would be 16 by the time of the contest. Entries now being taken via WhatsApp! Any interested singers can register their interest for the X Factor Malta by sending a WhatsApp message to the official X Factor Malta number – 99202019 – with their full name, age and email address. Those who are …

Popular Israeli singer Omer Adam refuses to appear at Eurovision due to Shabbat

One of the most popular recording artists in Israel at the moment, Omer Adan, has revealed that he turned down an offer to appear at Eurovision this year. His reason why? He refuses to violate Shabbat. Omer Adam’s PR manager revealed to Israeli newspaper, The Jerusalem Post, that he could not accept KAN’s offer to performed at the event: Omer Adam received an offer to appear in a performance at the 2019 Eurovision. After a meeting between the sides, because rehearsals for the finale would be held on Shabbat, Omer decided – despite the great honor – not to take part in the event. He thanks them from the bottom of his heart for approaching him.Omer Adam’s PR Management Who is Omer Adam? Omer Adam was born in the USA in 1993, but grew up in Israel. He first rose to fame after competing in Kokhav Nolad, a reality show focusing on finding the next Israeli pop star. The show has given us Eurovision names such as Harel Skaat, Shiri Maimon, Hovi Star and Boaz Mauda. However, producers disqualified him after it was discovered that he was under the minimum age for applying for the show (16 years). Despite his …

AVROTROS to select a dance track for The Netherlands?

According to media in The Netherlands, broadcaster AVROTROS have found their song for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Songfestivalweblog.nl have released an article stating that a dance song may be the Dutch pick for Tel Aviv. Song first, artist second AVROTROS have opted to go for a ‘song first’ approach this year, after giving artists complete freedom in the past couple of years. Several composers sent their proposals for the Eurovision Song Contest to the broadcaster. Among those were names like the winner of The Voice of Holland, Jim van der Zee, but the choice has most likely gone another way. Already in November, selection committee member Jan Smit announced that he would like to see a DJ representing the country. The dance scene in The Netherlands is one of the biggest music scenes of the country, delivering music which scores worldwide. Names like Hardwell, DJ Tiësto, Martin Garrix and Armin van Buuren are all Dutch and notably, they have all been ranked #1 by DJ Mag in their annual DJ Mag Top 100. A dance song does therefore not sound too weird if you think about The Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest. It’s a genre …

Finland: Krista Siegfrids to host Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2019

Krista Siegfrids will return to Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu and host the contest in 2019. This is the fourth year she hosts Finland’s national selection. View this post on Instagram Juontajana UMK-lavalla nähdään iki-ihana Krista Siegfrids ✨! Tsekkaa storyn puolelta Kristan fiiliksiä UMK:n lähestyessä 💃🏼. #umk19 #euroviisut @kristasiegfrids A post shared by #UMK19 (@uudenmusiikinkilpailu) on Jan 18, 2019 at 1:18am PST Queen of fabulous opening numbers Krista Siegfrids represented Finland in Eurovision Song Contest 2013 and took part in Sweden’s Melodifestivalen twice, in 2016 and 2017. First time she hosted Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu in 2015. Next to hosting the contest, Krista has given us amazing opening numbers and interval acts. In 2018 Krista performed “Bae Bae Baby” with Finland’s 1994 representative CatCat and opened the show with huge dancing number, including sampling Suzy’s “Quero ser tua”. In 2017 Krista opened the Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu with “UMG Bitch”. The song then became very popular among Eurovision fans and last week we also saw Krista performing it at London’s Eurofest. Last week we asked Krista about hosting Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu this year. Then she couldn’t reveal anything yet, but was open about her love for Eurovision and UMK. And I love it! I’m …

Saara Aalto to sing and skate at the same time on this weekend’s Dancing on Ice!

Saara Aalto skated her way through the first round of British reality competition Dancing on Ice earlier this month. Now, the competition steps up a gear for round two… and Saara is certainly stepping up her game. She’s going to become the show’s first contestant to sing and skate at the same time! A Dancing on Ice first! In news published by British newspaper The Sun, and confirmed by Saara herself on Twitter, it is revealed that Saara will sing Idina Menzel’s Let it Go whilst skating on the ice on Sunday evening’s show. Furthermore, the Finnish Eurovision star will be dressed as Frozen‘s Queen Elsa! “I’ve recorded my own version so I’m going to be skating to my own singing on the ice – live. [Coach Karen Barber] didn’t know I was going to sing, then when I started [rehearsals] she began to suddenly cry. It just blew her away!”Saara Aalto I can’t wait to do this @TheSun! I’m going to be skating to my own version of ‘Let It Go’ AND singing parts of it live😱😍 I think this is a @dancingonice first?! You can stream the song from tomorrow 😘Can you believe I’m gonna do this @danwootton …

Bar Refaeli likely to host Eurovision 2019?

According to recent reports, it is looking likely that Bar Refaeli will be offered one of the hosting positions for this year’s contest which is due to take place in Tel Aviv in May. “Chances of preventing casting Bar is slim to nil” It has been revealed that Bar is currently at the height of negotiations in order to get chosen as one of the hosts of the contest in May. It was also revealed that the tax indictment has not affected the likelihood of Bar landing the hosting gig. “Senior officials involved in the matter made it clear that the chances that the council would prevent the Eurovision production from casting Bar, contrary to the professional opinion, are low, almost nil” In addition to this, it has been reported that Bar (and potential co-host Erez Tal) is set to earn 100,000 NIS (25,000 Euros) for them to undertake the hosting role in this year’s contest. Who is Bar Refaeli? Bar is well known for being a well known model, television host, actress and businesswoman. The Israeli beauty has worn many hats in her career having covered the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, been #1 on Maxim magazine’s annual Hot 100, and has even starred in a Super Bowl commercial. Perhaps most notably, Refaeli also has extensive experience with music competitions as she’s been the host of The X Factor Israel since its inception in 2013. …

Sergey Lazarev to represent Russia with “epic ballad”?

For few months there have been rumours of Sergey Lazarev making his Eurovision comeback in 2019. Now Russian newspaper Moskovskij Komsomolets reports that Sergey will represent Russia in Tel Aviv with “super-ballad, something grand and epic”. Song composed by Philipp Kirkorov and Dimitris Kontopolous? Philipp Kirkorov and his “dreamteam” have dropping hints on social media over the past months. Just two days ago Sergey posted a picture with Philipp Kirkorov and Eurovision 2008 silver medalist Ani Lorak on their holiday in Florida. Earlier we saw composer Dimitris Kontopoulos, producer Ilias Kokotos and vocal coach Alex Panayi working together in studio in Moscow. MK reports that the song is indeed composed by Philipp Kirkorov and Dimitris Kontopolous. According to the newspaper, the lyrics of the song have not been written yet. The recording of the song also involved an entire symphony orchestra. The song is described to be an epic ballad. Official announcement in the end of January According to ESCKAZ, Russia’s representative for Eurovision 2019 will be presented in the end of January. The broadcaster VGTRK hasn’t confirmed any of the rumours. Would you like to see Sergey back with a ballad? Let us know on social media @ESCXTRA!

Are Next Time hinting their Eurovision comeback for FYR Macedonia in 2019?

The popular pop rock duo, Next Time, are discretely sharing some interesting snippets via social media hinting that they might just be FYR Macedonia’s 2019 Eurovision representatives in Tel Aviv. Return on the cards? Granted, their previous Eurovision experience might have finished with a non qualification, however that has not stopped Stefan and Martin from creating new music and becoming a local success. Recently, they have been trying to take their music career in a different direction. They managed to gain momentum in their native country and in the region by covering traditional music and giving it their own touch. One of their latest hits include a rather cinematic take of a traditional song titled “Slusam Kaj Shumat Shumite” which you can listen to below. Hints, hints, hints Taking on social media and having a closer look into their personal and professional lives, Stefan and Martin accidentally (or not) gave their fans a little heads-up about their possible return to the contest. In an Instagram story, the vocalist of the duo, Stefan, put out a recording of his brother, Martin, hitting the treadmill with the caption “Preparing for Eurovision”, which you can see below. The broadcaster, MKRTV, has so far …

Greece: ERT director of international relations refuses to comment on Katerine Duska rumours

While various sites have reported that Katerine Duska has been chosen as Greece’s representative to Tel Aviv, ERT director of international relations Maria Koufopoulou asks people to have patience and focuses on the song. “It will be a song that will make us dance and make us proud as a country” After failing to qualify last year with more traditional, ethnic song, it seems that ERT is looking for more European sound this year. The song is geared to be more pop and sung in other language than Greek. Maria Koufopoulou also states that the artist should be experienced and to be able to stand on the international stage. For the final selection there are some specifications. The artist should be experienced and able to stand on an international stage. It is a championship in which we want to participate with someone who will have these characteristics. And we also want to like them! Will it be Katerine Duska? Recently many sites have reported that ERT has chosen Katerine Duska as their representative for 2019. The Greek broadcaster hasn’t officially confirmed this. According to Ethnos, the final decision will be made later this week. The record companies will not get involved this year …