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Has Dotan been selected for Stockholm?

Has Dotan been selected for Stockholm?

Several Dutch media outlets are reporting that Dotan has been selected to represent The Netherlands in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. The 29 year old is the hot favourite to fly the Dutch flag in Stockholm. It’s become quite the tradition in The Netherlands that press get a good idea of who’s flying their flag before the broadcaster actually intend to reveal the name. It was the case in 2014 as well as in 2015. Last week, it was reported that Avrotros were planning to reveal their artist next month. It may however be moved forward if the Dotan rumours keep coming. When we asked Avrotros earlier this week about their plans for 2016, they told us there was no news yet and that there was no set date for an artist reveal just yet. They did however confirm that an internal selection would once again be in place. Dotan Harpenau is a 29 year old singer who rose to fame in 2014 with his single Home. His follow up singles, Fall and Hungry managed to conquer the charts as well. His sudden fame in neighbouring countries meant that Dotan was a contender to represent The Netherlands in Vienna, but due to a lack …
RAI to broadcast ‘Il Volo’ special

RAI to broadcast ‘Il Volo’ special

After achieving third place in Vienna with ‘Grande Amore’ and on the eve of their brand new album release, RAI is dedicating a special programme to the pop opera trio. IL VOLO – UN’AVVENTURA (An Extraordinary Adventure) will be broadcast on 23rd September at 21:00 and will feature a full recording of their concert from only two days previous, at the Arena di Verona on 21st September. The show marks the end of a successful summer tour, whereby all 20 dates sold out fast and each show ended with a standing ovation from the audience. The special will also reference the trio’s history, their victory in Sanremo and participation at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. Two days after the TV special, Il Volo will release their brand new album titled ‘Grande Amore’. This will be available worldwide and contains brand new single “L’amore si muove”. A promo clip for the special and the music video for new single ‘L’amore si muove” can be seen below.
PKN decide to split up

PKN decide to split up

They were without a doubt the act that gathered most attention in the build-up to the Eurovision Song Contest: PKN. The Finnish punk group has now however decided that PKN will be no more after 2016. The man who gave name to the group, Pertti Kurikka, will turn 60 next year. The bass player has said that he wants to quit music when he turns 60 and focuss on founding a handicrafts club, besides his other work as an illustrator and poet. Following his decision, the entire group have decided to end their adventure. The four met each other in a centre for people with developmental disabilities and decided to form a group. After a successful documentary in 2012, The Punk Syndrome, they entered Uuden Musikiin Kilpailun this year and convincingly won it. Despite being favourites for the 2015 Eurovision victory, they finished last in their semifinal. The group will do one last farewell tour before they call it quits. Sami Helle, also bassist in PKN, has decided he wants to go into politics next year. He’s aiming to run for the Helsinki City Council in 2017, for the Centre Party.
Have you heard that… (week 35)

Have you heard that… (week 35)

…Charlotte Perrelli has found her hero? The 1999 Eurovision winner and her groom Anders tied the knot during a lavish wedding in France yesterday. The bride wore an elegant wedding gown by Elie Saab and these wonderfully sparkly shoes! Her new legal name will be Charlotte Jensen Perrelli, but she will keep performing as Charlotte Perrelli. …Loreen had some Mexican help becoming euphoric? In an interview with Elle magazine she admits to having taken part in priest led ceremonies where the psychedelic drug ayahuasca has been used as a tool for the participants to get more in touch with themselves and gain access to a larger part of their brains.  She first tried the drug four years ago, prior to her Eurovision victory. “It meant a lot to me, as it allowed me to look at myself from the outside” Loreen tells Elle. …Jedward are branching out? After finishing sixth in The X Factor (UK) and representing Ireland in both the 2011 and 2012 Eurovisions, they have among other things hosted children’s tv-shows and participated in Celebrity Big Brother. Lately, however, they have tried their luck on other arenas; film and fashion. 2015 has seen the twins both work their magic on the …
Summer releases – Part 6

Summer releases – Part 6

Last chapter of our “Summer releases” series 🙁 but hopefully lots of new music will be released during the rest of the summer and the year! Enjoy our recap below and don’t forget to give your opinions too! 😉 Željko Joksimović (Serbia) – Ranjena Zver One of the most important artists in the recent history of the ESC, Serbian Željko Joksimović, presented a song called “Wounded Beast” in the local version of X Factor (“X Factor Adria“), a show where Joksimović acts as judge. The track is quite a basic disco beat that doesn’t seem to be one of his creations, to be honest. Forgetting for a moment the fact that he wasn’t singing live on the show (where the contestants MUST do so to be judged by him!!), we could say the rhythm, the vocals and even the choreography and the outfits shown on the video above lack the power and elegance we would expect from one of his performances. The keyboard on a silver platter moment made me lose respect for Željko for the duration of that (painfully long and kinda pathetic) instrumental break. NEXT!! Kati Wolf (Hungary) – Utazás Kati, who represented Hungary in Düsseldorf 2011, published the official audio for “Utazás“ (“Journey”)  in late June. A …
Have you heard that…

Have you heard that…

…one Eurostar is heading for Kids’ TV fame, and another walked off the Eurovision stage and down the aisle? …a partnership that was thought to be ending isn’t, while a past bronze medalist has got a new job? …Iceland‘s María Ólafs took on the part of Stephanie in LazyTown this weekend? This happened in Stykkishólmur, a small town in West Iceland. And she will get to reprise the part this Saturday, participating in the LazyTown marathon, which is the children‘s 3k during Reykjavik marathon and Reykjavik Culture night. This LazyTown stint is originally supposed to be a twice off for María, but as she said to the newspaper Vísir on Friday; If these performances go well, perhaps I get to play  Stephanie again in the future.“ …everybody‘s favorite cheesecake, Teo, who represented Belarus in the 2014 contest, got married earlier this summer? Yup! Claiming to have found his cheesecake, he shared pictures from the happy day with his fans on Facebook. He and his wife Olga are now on their honeymoon in Spain. He told his fans; „Olga and me are married and we want 3 Kids !“. Hopefully he will also find the time to make some new music… …Norway‘s …
Meet & greet tickets for Guy Sebastian’s summer tour

Meet & greet tickets for Guy Sebastian’s summer tour

Guy Sebastian returns to Europe following an admirable fifth place in Vienna, to perform his Madness Tour taking in seven venues over the next few weeks. Guy has generously offered the opportunity for you to win a pair of tickets, plus meet the Aussie star at the concert venue of your choice. Keep reading for how to win in our oh-so-simple competition. The dates and venues are as follows: 27 Aug: Oslo, Norway (Parkteateret) 28 Aug: Stockholm, Sweden (Klubben) 1 Sep: – Köln, Germany (Gloria) 2 Sep: Mannheim, Germany (Alte Seilerei) 3 Sep: Berlin, Germany (Lido) 5 Sep: Hamburg, Germany (Knust) 6 Sep: Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Melkweg) This marks Guy’s return to Europe after a short break; he was in Norway in June where he performed at VG Lista 2015 and gave an intimate ‘secret gig’ where our Wiv made this recording of his 2012 hit, ‘Battle scars’… If this has whet your appetite to see Guy live, all you need to do to enter our competition is ensure you follow us on twitter @escXtra and know the answer to this question: What song did Guy sing in his audition for Australian Idol in 2003? Send your answer, twitter handle …
Litesound in Amsterdam

Litesound in Amsterdam

The Belarus boys are celebrating their 10 (!) years in the music business and a few days ago they announced on their official Facebook page that they are visiting the Netherlands for a show on Friday 2 October. The gig will take place at the CC Muziekcafe in Amsterdam, click on the image below for all the details:   Litesound represented their country in the ESC 2012 with the song “We Are The Heroes”:
Summer releases – Part 5

Summer releases – Part 5

Hi everybody! This is the fifth chapter of our “summer releases” series, today dedicated to Scandinavian songs and including the fresh new single by Loreen, which was officially revealed a few hours ago but on the WWW earlier this week, plus other new Scandi tracks for all of you out there!!! Enjoy 😀 Loreen (Sweden) – I’m In It With You And yes, we begin our Scandinavian trip with the latest single coming out of “Paperlight”, Loreen’s second album. “I’m In It With You” is a deep and heartfelt love ballad with a powerful melody and hypnotic arrangements, which, together with Loreen’s voice, creates an ethereal atmosphere full of feelings that are impossible to ignore, while maintaining the mystical personality of the singer as part of the spirit of the song. Loreen sounds incredible in this kind of track, this is a huge hit in my book!! Gorgeous song I’ve played 5000 times already 🙂 Lena Philipsson (Sweden) – Jag Är Ingen Älskling Looking as fabulous as usual, Lena PH brings us a brand new song called “I Am No Sweetheart”, with text and music written by her, which she presented a few days ago as part of the Allsång På Skansen summer shows that SVT organises each …
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