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MyHeritage One Big Family Project: Michael Rice

MyHeritage One Big Family Project: Michael Rice

Eurovision 2019’s presenting partner MyHeritage has launched a project titled “One Big Family”. Here, Eurovision stars of past and present will find out about their family roots. In the first part of our series uncovering this, we look at Michael Rice’s results. Hartlepool and beyond This year’s UK representative Michael Rice comes from Hartlepool, located on the North Sea coast of England. However, his results show that the majority of his heritage comes from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. What may come more as a surprise is that just over 30% of his heritage lies in North and Western Europe. Michael’s full results are as follows: MyHeritage also revealed that they found over 4,000 relatives of Michael located in 30 different countries. The majority are based in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand. On the other hand, some were found to be from Hong Kong, Russia and Saudi Arabia! Michael in Eurovision 2019 In just over a weeks time, Michael will take to the stage and represent the United Kingdom with his song “Bigger Than Us”. Michael earned his ticket to Tel Aviv after winning the national selection Eurovision: You Decide. He will perform in the Grand Final on Saturday …
Avrotros release making of video of “Arcade”

Avrotros release making of video of “Arcade”

The official video almost entirely set under water was one of the most discussed of the year. How did they do it? What does it symbolise? Dutch broadcaster Avrotros have now released a video revealing the answers to these questions. Check out the making of of “Arcade”! A symbol of hope Duncan Laurence describes the experience of shooting his official video as a dream of which he cannot quite believe that it is really happening. In the first moments of the video, Duncan and his video director Paul Bellaart discuss the meaning of the under water setting of “Arcade”: That water surface which you see from below symbolises hope. Hope you should always have, because the moment you don’t break the surface, hope will always be there.Duncan Laurence about the official video of “Arcade” Paul Bellaart, who was also responsible for a lot of pre-contest images for The Common Linnets back in 2014, said the idea for the water simply came from the song. He found the song perfect for a dreamy setting under water, which would look different from the world we know in everyday life. Duncan’s mentor Ilse DeLange was also present at the recording of the official …
North Macedonia: Tamara releases International Sign Language version of “Proud”

North Macedonia: Tamara releases International Sign Language version of “Proud”

Back on the 8th of March, International Women’s Day, Tamara Todevska revealed “Proud”. The entry, North Macedonia’s first since their name change, is a celebration of womanhood. In order to keep her message as accessible as possible, she has released an International Sign Language version of the song! Yesterday, the singer had her triumphant first rehearsal. This caused her to rise significantly in the betting odds. In the official music video, Tamara appears alongside a number of different women, ranging in body types and ages. While most of the featured women and girls are lip syncing along to the track, one is following with sign language. Expanding upon this, Tamara has released a video of the song that is fully in International Sign Language, so that fans of the contest who are hard-of-hearing can also receive the message. In the description for the video, uploaded on Tamara’s YouTube channel, she writes the following: A huge thanks to the amazing girls from the State School Center for Education and Rehabilitation “Partenie Zografski” in Skopje for creating this beautiful sign language version of “Proud”. I am so proud of all of you! Tamara’s message alongside the video You can watch the video …
UA:Pershyi & STB to broadcast Eurovision 2019

UA:Pershyi & STB to broadcast Eurovision 2019

For the second year running, Ukrainians will have a choice of two channels to watch the Eurovision Song Contest from. This comes after UA:Pershyi and STB have confirmed that they will be broadcasting the contest. Still tuning in Ukraine gave us a fair amount of drama this year to say that they’re not even competing. The news from their broadcasters comes after a controversial withdrawal from this year’s contest. As a result, they will not be able to vote for their favourites. However, commentary will still be provided. UA:Pershyi and STB will broadcast the full event for Ukrainian fans alike, this will include Russia’s performance by returning artist Sergey Lazarev. Ukraine’s withdrawal Many fans will not want reminding of the story on Ukraine withdrawing this year. But to make this article a bit longer, I’ll need to include it anyway. Ukraine hosted Vidbir for another year to decide on who should represent them in Israel. After a drama-filled selection, in the end, it was MARUV who won with “Siren Song”. However, the singer did not confirm her ticket to Tel Aviv after sharing her contract details to the public. This included having to cancel her concerts in Russia and pay …
Italy: Mahmood’s “Soldi” is certified Triple-Platinum

Italy: Mahmood’s “Soldi” is certified Triple-Platinum

Italy’s Mahmood has been firmly in the top 5 of the odds ever since he won Sanremo back in February. His win also catapulted his success in his native Italy, where the song has become a massive hit. Now, ahead of him even taking to the stage in Tel Aviv, the song has been certified triple-Platinum. This week, Duncan Laurence’s “Arcade”, the current favourite to win, was certified Gold in the Netherlands. But this is not the only song from this year’s contest to reach commercial success. Prior to the contest, Mahmood’s “Soldi” has been the biggest hit of the 41 entries. He broke into the World Spotify charts shortly after his win and remains the most-streamed song of the 41 by a distance. He also recently won the OGAE poll, amassing 411 points and 13 sets of 12 points. Now, before Mahmood even hits the stage in Tel Aviv, he has something else to celebrate. Soldi has now been certified triple-Platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry (FIMI). This means he has sold over 150,000 copies. This is the first certification of his career; the star recently released his debut album Gioventu bruciata to critical and commercial …
Tamara Todevska’s MyHeritage results show relation to fellow contestant!

Tamara Todevska’s MyHeritage results show relation to fellow contestant!

As I’m sure you’re aware by now, MyHeritage are this year’s official sponsors of the Eurovision Song Contest! As such, they are producing lots of ESC-related content on their Eurovision blog. Over the coming days, they will be posting the results of Eurovision contestants, past and present. One of the first to be revealed is that of North Macedonia’s Tamara Todevska, which even revealed a Eurovision relative! Being from one of Eurovision’s Balkan nations, it’s hardly surprising to see that Tamara is 86% Balkan. The remaining 14%, however, reveals a more unexpected mix; Tamara’s results reveal that she is also partially North African, Scandinavian, Ashkenazi Jewish and Finnish! MyHeritage uncovered over 780 DNA relatives, spread across the world from the USA to Kazakhstan. Most notably, they discovered that Tamara is a distant relative of Rizo Feratović, a member of Montenegro’s D-mol! Tamara is already known to be part of one of Eurovision’s many sisterly duos. Now, she has two Eurovision relatives! I never knew about my Jewish background and that some of my family came from North Africa. I have a brand-new perspective on my heritage. …There is a history about me that I never knew existed before.Tamara discussing her …
Eurovision 2011 sand artist Kseniya Simonova returns for Moldova

Eurovision 2011 sand artist Kseniya Simonova returns for Moldova

One of the most remarkable rehearsals of the day today came from Moldova. Anna Odobescu’s performance has an interesting visual element, as she’s being accompanied by a sand artist. It has now been revealed that that sand artist is Kseniya Simonova. From Mika Newton to Anna Odobescu Simonova is no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest. Soon after the Moldovan rehearsals today, people commented that there were striking similarities between the performance for “Stay” and the one for “Angel”, the Ukraianian entry in 2011. That can be correct, as they indeed use the same sand artist. Anna Odobescu is the second artist Kseniya Simonova supports at the contest after Mika Newton eight years ago. She confirmed her involvement on her Instagram account: View this post on Instagram Go #TeamMoldova! @odobesco_anna and I, snow fairy tale at @eurovision Eurovision A post shared by Kseniya Simonova (@kseniya_simonova.official) on May 6, 2019 at 8:39am PDT The Ukrainian artist first rose to fame in 2009, when she won Ukraine’s Got Talent. Her victory there opened the doors to great things. One of those events was her participation in AGT: The Champions. She placed in third there, becoming the highest ranked non-American act to compete. …
Tamta performs acoustic version of “Replay” live on Radio 100FM

Tamta performs acoustic version of “Replay” live on Radio 100FM

Cypriot Eurovision 2019 entrant Tamta has had a busy day in Tel Aviv. The singer performed her entry “Replay” live on Radio 100FM in an all new acoustic version. Her biggest fan Tamta started her day at the Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, close to Tel Aviv. There, she visited eight year old Lambros. CyBC describe Lambros as Tamta’s biggest fan. He has a severe medical condition and has been treated by the Sheba Medical staff since he was born. She sat down with the boy to sing a bit of “Replay” for him. CyBC Eurovision posted the footage on their Instagram account: View this post on Instagram A meaningful performance of Replay for a very special fan ❤️ #TeamLambros A post shared by CYBC: Eurovision Cyprus (@cybc_eurovision) on May 5, 2019 at 9:40am PDT Radio 100FM Later in the day, the 38 year old went to Radio 100FM. She was a guest on the Moshiko Stern Show, where she had an interview with hosts Moshiko Stern and Hillel Abramovich. After the interview, Tamta sat down to perform an acoustic version of her song. She did the performance together with a local guitarist, Omri Zelig. Radio 100FM have published …
Netherlands: Duncan Laurence’s “Arcade” is certified Gold

Netherlands: Duncan Laurence’s “Arcade” is certified Gold

Prior to his first rehearsal in Tel Aviv, Duncan remains the favourite to win this year’s contest according to the bookies. Today we learned that lasers will be used in Arcade’s staging in Tel Aviv. But before he even touches down in the host nation, the song has been certified Gold in his native of the Netherlands! Earlier this week, Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS has announced that 21 cinemas in the Netherlands will be screening the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest this year. This, we can assume, is in anticipation of a victory for Duncan Laurence’s “Arcade”. The song topped the odds following its reveal and has remained there ever since. According to Eurovision World, the song has a 27% chance of winning based on betting trends. Now, before Duncan even hits the stage in Tel Aviv, he has something else to celebrate. The song has been certified Gold in the Netherlands, selling over 40,000 copies since its release. In addition, the song has amassed over 11.5 million streams. View this post on Instagram Whuuuuuut!!l GOLD! Thank you! #arcade #goldenrecord A post shared by 𝕯𝖚𝖓𝖈𝖆𝖓 𝕷𝖆𝖚𝖗𝖊𝖓𝖈𝖊 (@itsduncanlaurence) on May 4, 2019 at 9:26am PDT Who is Duncan Laurence? 24-year-old singer-songwriter Duncan …
Duncan Laurence’s staging to contain lasers?

Duncan Laurence’s staging to contain lasers?

Duncan Laurence will have a stage performance at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 which will contain lasers, Dutch media report. The man responsible for the lighting show for “Arcade” is Ignace D’Haese. Laser rehearsal The report, published by journalist Richard van de Crommert, reveals that a rehearsal with the lasers took place on 22 April in the venue for the Eurovision Song Contest. The laser show was used to get the focus right and took several hours. The weeks prior to the contest were all about the stand-in rehearsals for Eurovision. Ignace D’Haese is the man behind this part of the Dutch staging. The Belgian has been working in lighting design for over 25 years. Together with his team, he has a company which specialises in lighting designs for stage shows, called ARFYES. Lasers can of course mean various things. The general expectation is that the lasers will create a blue effect to replicate the water idea we saw in the official video. Twitter user @The_EscBull responded to the idea with an image of blue lasers, which might give us an indication of the effect for “Arcade”: pic.twitter.com/mGDbSQXwqJ— The Esc Bull (@The_EscBull) May 5, 2019 Return of Hans Pannecoucke Hans …
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