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Voting for the 2020 edition of #ESC250 begins on November 9

Voting for the 2020 edition of #ESC250 begins on November 9

As we are heading to the end of the year, we are also getting closer to another yearly tradition, the ESC250 vote. Songfestival.be has announced that the window to cast your votes will commence on November 9, and will close on the 6th December. Despite the cancellation of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, Songfestival.be has confirmed, that the songs for the 2020 contest, will be included in this year’s edition. It’s only two weeks before we open the voting for this edition of #ESC250. Have you made a decision yet or are you still struggling with selecting only 10 out of 1615 songs? 😅We can’t wait to receive your votes! See you all in two weeks! #Eurovision pic.twitter.com/A4rLg4kD8r— Songfestival.be (@Songfestival_be) October 26, 2020 Details on how you are able to cast your votes will be revealed by Songfestival.be nearer the time. Get ready to cast your votes The format is simple: all you need to do is select your ten favourite Eurovision songs of all time. Then, the ESC250 team will combine your votes with everyone else’s to assemble this year’s hit list. 2020 is the twelfth year that Eurovision Top 250 will be held and for the past eight …
Eurovision and National Final stars release their version of ‘Over The Moon’

Eurovision and National Final stars release their version of ‘Over The Moon’

On October 23, Netflix unveiled their latest feature-length edition movie ‘Over The Moon’. As with tradition, films will come with a song to promote the film to audiences. The title track for the movie is sung by Cathy Ang. However, in order to cater to local markets, Netflix has released 15 different versions of the title track. With this, Netflix has recruited Eurovision and National Final artists to release their version of the track in their respective territories. Poland – Viki Gabor – “Wznieść się chcę” First up in the list, is reigning Junior Eurovision champion Viki Gabor, who has released the Polish version of the song. To coincide with the release of the film, Viki has released a music video for her version. Italy – Elodie – “Volo via” Next up in the list, is Sanremo 2020 participant Elodie. As with the other artists on this list, she has also worked on local adaptations of animated films, such as Trolls. Spain – Aitana – “Volaré” Another national final artist making the list is Aitana, who released the Spanish version of the song. At the time of writing, her music video has already amassed over 1 Million views on Youtube, …
🇦🇺 Australian Eurovision acts among National Live Music Awards winners

🇦🇺 Australian Eurovision acts among National Live Music Awards winners

Last week, several Eurovision artists were awarded with National Live Music Awards in a virtual awards ceremony for the annual event. The awards, which were first awarded in 2016, celebrate Australia’s diverse live music industry. Previous winners of the awards include Australia Decides participants Electric Fields, R&B singer Ngaiire and “Dance Monkey” hitmakers Tones & I. This year’s ceremony was hosted virtually from The Triffid in Brisbane on 20th October. Guy Sebastian wins for charity work Among the winners was Australia’s first-ever Eurovision participant, Guy Sebastian, who won the ‘Musicians Making A Difference’ Live Award. He was presented with the award for his work with The Sebastian Foundation – which works with Australian families – and his work with Firefight Australia. As well as Guy, Australia Decides 2020 participant Jaguar Jonze won the award for Queensland’s Best Live Act, beating the likes of Mallrat and Miiesha. The singer, who tried to represent Australia with “Rabbit Hole” this year, posted on her Instagram story following her win saying that: This is so unbelievable. Thank you so so so so much. I’m honestly crazily humbled. – Jaguar Jonze, speaking on Instagram And if two Eurovision stars wasn’t enough, Electric Fields’ Zaachariaha Fielding …
🇦🇺 Montaigne to headline Sydney’s ‘Express Yourself – Queer Discovery’ showcase

🇦🇺 Montaigne to headline Sydney’s ‘Express Yourself – Queer Discovery’ showcase

As live music slowly returns to parts of Australia, Eurovision star Montaigne is returning to the stage next month. On November 28 she will headline Sydney’s first ‘Express Yourself – Queer Discovery’ event in collaboration with APRA AMCOS and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Montaigne returns to the stage while you Express Yourself Next month Sydney begins the Great Southern Nights initiative to bring back live music, as New South Wales recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic. Throughout November the plan is for 1000 Covid-safe gigs to take place across Sydney and Regional NSW. Within this plan sees a new event in partnership with APRA AMCOS and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. ‘Express Yourself – Queer Discovery’ is a new event which sees emerging LBTQIA+ talent take to the stage with established acts. Whereby a panel of industry experts will judge each act. There is a total of three showcases and six acts across them. Which will see two lucky acts get the opportunity to perform at Mardi Gras 2021. During the first showcase Australia’s rising LGBTQIA+ star Montaigne will headline the show. Her first live public concert since the country went into lockdown. The event kicks off on …
Have you voted in the Second Cherry Song Contest 2020?

Have you voted in the Second Cherry Song Contest 2020?

Following on from the success of last year’s return of the Second Cherry Song Contest, the long-standing Eurovision second chance competition is back with a brand new vote for 2020. With an accompanying podcast series that runs during the Eurovision ‘off-season’, the contest concludes on Saturday 7th November in a live show as part of Eurofest – the ever-popular Eurovision night held at London’s Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Last year’s 2019 contest Last year the winner was Ukraine and the fan favourite MARUV with her banger “Siren Song“. Eurovision’s loss was Second Cherry’s gain! The final 2019 Second Cherry scoreboard The 2020 online televote Much like the voting at Eurovision, this online vote represents 50% of the total vote. The other 50% will be made up from the Jury vote (those that are attending the Eurofest night on 7th November) and the winner will be announced live on the same night. Use the form below the playlists to then cast your votes (Google account required). Please read the form for further details. HAPPY VOTING! The Second Cherry Song Contest 2020 YouTube Playlist
‘Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga’ included in Netflix’s award season campaign

‘Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga’ included in Netflix’s award season campaign

As awards season approaches for the world of cinema, Netflix has selected the films they will be pushing and backing in hope of bringing home a few trophies to their California headquarters. And, guess what… one of the films that has made the list is Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga! Next year’s Academy Awards may have been delayed by two months – but Netflix are still preparing for the big night in advance! Will Eurovision win any trophies in the upcoming awards season? Only time will tell… Soundtrack in the spotlight Launched earlier this month, Netflix’s ‘For Your Consideration’ website features 28 films that Netflix believe are worthy of nomination for awards, like the Oscars, next year. The Eurovision film features on the list alongside many other favourites including Michelle Obama’s documentary film Becoming, Netflix’s new animation Over the Moon and historical legal drama The Trial of Chicago 7. The film’s subpage notes director David Dobkin, editor Greg Hayden and stars Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as ‘for your consideration’, however the main focus is clearly on the film’s catchy soundtrack. The film’s stand-out song, ‘Husavik’, which proved to be a global iTunes success in the summer, …
🇦🇺 Australia: Montaigne teases details of potential Eurovision 2021 entry

🇦🇺 Australia: Montaigne teases details of potential Eurovision 2021 entry

Back in April, SBS announced that Montaigne will return to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. She had been set to represent the country at the 2020 contest, prior to the contest’s cancellation. Having teased a “totally f****d” potential entry back in the summer, Montaigne has given more details in a recent stream. Back in August, Montaigne posted a string of tweets revealing that she had written and (presumably) recorded a demo for a potential entry, describing it as “totally f****d”. Appearing as a guest on the Dragon Friends Twitch stream, she went on to describe what is possibly the aforementioned entry: But I am pretty sure I have a song. It’s called “JC Ultra” and it’s a reference to MKUltra, that f****d brainwashing program that the CIA tried to do back in the day, in the ’70s or the ’80s. It’s about a society of aliens that has a major music label as a front for a brainwashing program where they try to brainwash potential music celebrities to go out and spout pro-alien propaganda to try and help the aliens to integrate into human society better and covertly usurp human power.Montaigne on Dragon Friends, as transcribed by Wiwibloggs She also …
🇬🇧 Think About Things to feature on Strictly Come Dancing

🇬🇧 Think About Things to feature on Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing, one of the UK’s most popular and longest running TV shows will feature the Icelandic smash hit “Think About Things” as Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing and his Venezuelan partner Karen Hauer will dance the Cha-Cha-Cha to the song. On Saturday it’s Launch Show was watched by 8.9m viewers. That’s impressive seeing as 42.2% of the UK tuned in to watch. So you can see this is a big deal! About “Think About Things” “Thinking About Things” was meant to have represented Iceland this year at Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Performed by & Gagnamagnið. The contest was due to take place in Rotterdam this May but due to the Covid_19 pandemic however the contest was cancelled. The contest was rescheduled for May 2021 as well as taking place in Rotterdam. It has currently not been announced if Daði Freyr will represent Iceland in 2021. “Think About Things” also spent four weeks in the UK singles chart this year, peaking at 35. Strictly Eurovision This isn’t the first time Eurovision has been performed on Strictly Come Dancing. In fact this is the sixth time, here are the other five occasions Eurovision has featured. The first time came …
🇵🇹 Junior Eurovision star Rita Laranjeira wows on The Voice Portugal

🇵🇹 Junior Eurovision star Rita Laranjeira wows on The Voice Portugal

Over the past few weeks, the latest series of The Voice Portugal has been underway on Portuguese television broadcaster RTP. Amongst the contestants taking part in the blind auditions phase of the show was the nation’s 2018 Junior Eurovision representative Rita Laranjeira. A four-judge turn for Rita Rita, now 15-years-old, took to the stage of The Voice with a cover version of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love”, made famous by singer-songwriter Birdy in 2011. Rita’s emotional and technically excellent vocal delivery impressed all four judges, most notably Diogo Piçarra who turned his chair within seconds of hearing Rita’s voice. By the end of Rita’s audition, all four judges – Diogo Piçarra, Aurea, Marisa Liz and António Zambujo – wanted the 2018 Junior Eurovision star on their team. Under encouragement from Marisa, Aurea chose to “block” Diogo from being chosen by Rita as her mentor. In the end, the decision paid off for Aurea as Rita chose to join her team. Following her impressive audition, Sintra-born Rita will now progress to the battles round as part of Team Aurea which is expected to air next month on RTP. Rita at Junior Eurovision 2018 In 2018, RTP internally selected Laranjeira as Portugal’s representative …
🇬🇧 SuRie launches her Patreon Page

🇬🇧 SuRie launches her Patreon Page

UK’s Euerovision 2018 representative SuRie has recently launched her own Patreon Page. The launching of the page, was done, after advice from her fans. Upon the launch, SuRie has expressed her excitement and can’t wait to share new content. Launched! 🚀 https://t.co/qKig0MR3MdI’ve taken your advice and thank you for it. I’m creating a community on Patreon and can’t wait to share entertainment, escapism and exciting endeavours with wonderful Patrons. You’re all invited.Shedio art by @jbirdfallon pic.twitter.com/zyi2o9qgqS— SuRie (@surieofficial) October 18, 2020 Different subscription levels, and two goals revealed! With the launch of her Patreon Page, SuRie has made an introduction video (filmed from her Shedio) of what her patrons can expect from her page: Upon the launch of her Patreon Page, she has already listed three goals that she can achieve, if she can reach certain thresholds: Upon reaching 500 Patrons, SuRie will launch her podcast, titled ‘Woodshedding’ – here, you can expect “conversations of creativity, culminating in a spontaneous musical conclusion. I’m already curating some absolutely fabulous guests and can’t wait to share the chats and choons!”Upon reaching 1,500 Patrons, SuRie will do a cover of Daz Simpsons ‘Teenage Life‘, which represented the United Kingdom at the 2006 Eurovision …
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