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ERT managing director steps down, broadcaster under government supervision

ERT managing director steps down, broadcaster under government supervision

According to reports from the Greek media, the current managing director of ERT, Yiannis Drosos, has stepped down from his position in the broadcaster. Specifically, he submitted his resignation to the responsible Deputy Prime Minister and State Representative, Stelios Petsas. Changes in ERT’s administration Following the recent legislative election in Greece, the government announced changes within several organizations in Greece. Those changes include the country’s public broadcaster, ERT. Furthermore, the managing director of the broadcaster resigned from his position, meanwhile the rest of the board will step down as well. However, according to government sources, they did not request the resignations of the board members. On the contrary, it was asked for them to remain as members until their replacements are found. ERT under PM supervision Among the changes made in the government was the responsibility for the country’s public broadcaster. Following a presidential decree, ERT is no longer under the responsibility of the Ministry of Digital Policy. Instead, the broadcaster will now be directly under the supervision of the newly-assembled government and its Prime Minister. “We have the tools in our hands, ERT, APE-MPA, a highly trained staff, here in the General Secretariat of Information, and a good mood …
Little Mix star sends love to Eleni Foureira after live debut of “El Ritmo Psicodélico”

Little Mix star sends love to Eleni Foureira after live debut of “El Ritmo Psicodélico”

A number of Eurovision stars headed to Greece a couple of weeks ago for the MAD Video Music Awards, and one of the biggest names was Cypriot Eurovision runner-up Eleni Foureira! She performed brand new single “El Ritmo Psicodélico” for the first time alongside picking up two awards! Fuego: Song of the Year! Eleni was victorious in the Best Female Modern and the MAD Radio Song of the Year categories, the latter for her Eurovision smash “Fuego”. A big congratulations are in order! View this post on Instagram Sweating on stage be like ☄💦 Tonight at Mad awards 2019 we performed for the first time El ritmo psicodelico and it is one of my favorite acts ever! Be there or be square 😈 @official2j you are the real deal! Thank you @billroxenos 🙏🏽 A post shared by Eleni Foureira (@foureira) on Jul 6, 2019 at 11:15am PDT Live debut of “El Ritmo Psicodélico” Alongside her impressive double-award win, Eleni took to the stage to perform her brand new single “El Ritmo Psicodélico”, taken from her recently-released EP “Gypsy Woman”. Among her many fans applauding her exceptionally energetic performance in the Instagram comments was Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall. Now can …
Kate Miller-Heidke will be touring Australia

Kate Miller-Heidke will be touring Australia

Hey, you! It’s her again! Back from a successful Eurovision stint and months of drifting in space like an orbiting satellite, Kate Miller-Heidke has just announced a brand new tour happening all across Australia. Spinning around the entire globe gets tiresome after a while so this tour will focus exclusively on Australia. The entire thing kicks off in late September and continues into October as Kate Miller-Heidke will be taking on some of the most famous venues in the country. She is promising to play new arrangements of your favourites and some brand spanking new songs with a bunch of kick-arse musicians! Giant poles will likely NOT be included, but you may still get to hear Zero Gravity live and the entire event is sure to be out of this world. But don’t just take our word for it, listen to her own ones down below: Tickets will go on sale July 12th (with ones for Brisbane and Caloundra already on sale) and you can buy them by heading on over to www.katemillerheidke.com/shows. So if you happen to be in Australia during any of the concert dates…What are you waiting for? Go and grab a ticket! GO GO GO! Kate …
Laura Bretan revealed as winner of Romanian pre-selection jury, Ester Peony 10th

Laura Bretan revealed as winner of Romanian pre-selection jury, Ester Peony 10th

In order to choose the 24 semi-finalists for Selectia Nationala 2019, an 11-piece jury of Romanian music industry professionals ranked each submission. The scores of this have since been revealed which crowned eventual runner-up Laura Bretan as the pre-selection jury favourite. Winner Ester Peony only placed 10th with the Romanian music professionals. Laura and Bella out in front The 11 jurors ranked all submissions, plus 9 further entries submitted when a wildcard space opened up courtesy of Dan Bittman’s withdrawal. You can see the full results of this below, made known to us courtesy of escforum.net. A green highlighting indicates the winner of the contest, yellow highlights a late wildcard entry and red indicates a withdrawn entry. It is of course worth noting that these rankings were decided based on studio recordings submitted in late 2018. In the show itself, Laura Bretan won the televoting in a landslide but was overruled by the international jury’s preference of Ester Peony. 11 Romanian music professionals A reminder of the 11 Romanian music professionals can be find below courtesy of a reliably sourced Wikipedia editor: George Balint – Realitatea Muzicală music journalistFelix Crainicu – Radio România Actualități hostHorea Ghibuţiu – unsitedemuzica.ro music journalistBogdan Miu – …
Luca Hänni collaborates with Vangelis Kakouriotis at the VMA Awards

Luca Hänni collaborates with Vangelis Kakouriotis at the VMA Awards

Following the success of ‘She Got Me‘, The 2019 Swiss’ entrant, Luca Hänni, was invited to perform the track at the 2019 MAD VMA Awards. The event took place at the Faliro Sports Pavilion Arena in Greece. Luca did not perform solo however, as he was joined on stage by up and coming Greek artist Vangelis Kakouriotis. Shortly after taking to the stage, the 22 year old added a twist on the track, with a verse performed entirely in Greek. Will we see Vangelis in 2020? Vangelis was heavily rumoured by the Cypriot press as a potential candidate to represent the country at the 2019 contest. Not only is he signed to the same label as Eleni Fouriera, but he himself has expressed an interest to fly the country’s flag one day. It’s also worth noting that last year, Tamta joined the 2018 Czech representative, Mikolas Josef, on stage at the 2018 VMA Awards to perform an exclusive VMA version of Lie To Me. Luca wins Swiss Influencer Award Luca has much to smile about as he was recently awarded the International Infuencer award at presigious Swiss Influencer Awards ceremony. This comes shortly after the news that ‘She Got Me’ …
Claire Richards says Steps ‘could do Eurovision’

Claire Richards says Steps ‘could do Eurovision’

In a recent interview with Bang Showbiz, Steps member Claire Richards have mentioned that the group could potentially participate at the Eurovision Song Contest in the future. Scared of the Dark – The song Steps won with at the ‘OGAE Song Contest’ in 2018 ‘There’s a few texts going backwards and forwards’ In her interview with Bang Showbiz, Claire has mentioned she always rejects the idea of participating in the Eurovision Song Contest. She has however mentioned that whenever she watches the contest, her rejection weakens for a time. “See I’m always the one that goes, Ah No, Absolutely Not and then I watch Eurovision and then I go, we could maybe do it and there are a few texts going backwards and forwards”Claire Richards on the thought of participating at the Eurovision Song Contest Claire also mentioned that the fear of potentially placing last at the Grand Final has been a factor when the interest of participating in the contest arose. “If you do that show, you can’t ever go in there expecting to win and we would have to have that attitude. But we’ve always been so lucky that everything we’ve ever done has always been so great …
KEiiNO performing exclusive acoustic set in Edinburgh tomorrow

KEiiNO performing exclusive acoustic set in Edinburgh tomorrow

Norway’s KEiiNO, the winners of this year’s public vote, are performing an intimate gig tomorrow night in Leith, within the Edinburgh area. After storming to first place in the televote with 291 points at the Eurovision Grand Final in May, Norway’s KEiiNO will perform tomorrow night at the Leith Depot. Made up of trio Fred Bulijo, Tom Hugo and Alexandra Rotan, KEiiNO will take to the stage at the intimate bar and music venue at 21:30 BST. Described on the official ticketing site as a “highly exclusive acoustic concert”, the group will be performing their hugely popular Eurovision entry ‘Spirit in the Sky’, as well as their cover of ‘Shallow’ and their new single ‘Praying’. Not only that, the ‘supergroup’ will additionally be performing their most popular songs from their respective solo careers, as well as some selected covers. KEiiNO’s gig tomorrow at the Leith Depot should prove to be an up-close and intimate affair, with only 50 tickets available to see the group perform. With tickets prices at 110 NOK (approximately £10) and with the chance to meet the group after the set, £10 looks a steal to see one of the most popular entrants from the 2019 Eurovision …
Saara Aalto makes The Independent’s Pride Power List 2019!

Saara Aalto makes The Independent’s Pride Power List 2019!

On the morning of the Pride in London march, The Independent has published a list of the UK’s top 100 most-celebrated LGBT+ figures. Alongside the likes of Sir Ian McKellen and Clare Balding OBE is Eurovision’s very own Saara Aalto! Despite hailing from Finland, the star has been embraced in the UK for the past few years following her success in X Factor UK. Over the past few years, Finland’s Saara Aalto has established herself as a household name in the United Kingdom. Her career in the UK began when she finished second in the X Factor. She went on to release her international debut album Wild Wild Wonderland. Earlier this year, she returned to British TV as a participant in Dancing On Ice, finishing third. Last month, it was announced that her single “Dance Like Nobody’s Watching” was chosen to be the official song for Pride in London 2019! The list seeks to showcase “the members of the LGBT+ community in the UK who have made the greatest positive impact in the past year in the fight for the equality and inclusion of LGBT+ individuals”. As a proud, openly-gay woman, Saara has used her platform to represent her community. …
EBU wants Eurovision 2020 in Maastricht, reports Dutch media

EBU wants Eurovision 2020 in Maastricht, reports Dutch media

Today, AD newspaper from The Netherlands is reporting that Maastricht is the EBU’s favoured host city for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in The Netherlands. If this proves to be the case, the MECC Maastricht would be the host venue. It’s all about the money The newspaper cites “inside sources” that Maastricht is the EBU’s top option. Nevertheless, Rotterdam is still working hard to steal away the hosting rights. Maastricht Mayor Annemarie Penn-te Strake seemed confident in a quote earlier today in which she describes her city as “the most European city in The Netherlands”. Sources suggest that Maastricht is also much richer than “closest competitor” Rotterdam and are more likely to be able to stump up the 15 million euros needed to host this large-scale competition. The “crossroads” of Europe Other benefits of Maastricht are suggested to be its geographical advantage of being at the crossroads of The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany as well as its “historical city centre”. Aside from Maastricht and Rotterdam, only Utrecht, Den Bosch and Arnhem remain in the race to hand in their “bid book” for their potential hosting plans. Yesterday, Amsterdam withdrew from the race. Amsterdam next city to withdraw from 2020 Eurovision …
Anggun to hold special charity concert in Indonesia this week

Anggun to hold special charity concert in Indonesia this week

2012 French Eurovision representative and global star Anggun is gearing up to host a special charity concert on Friday, July 5 in her country of birth, Indonesia! The aim is to raise money for brand new education facilities in those areas of Indonesia most in need. Anggun is collaborating with P&G to hold a “Gemilang” charity concert to help Indonesian children get better education facilities. All ticket sales will be donated to Save the Children Indonesia to provide 100 study rooms in disaster-affected and in-need areas in Indonesia such as Palu, Donggala, Lombok, Sumba and West Java. Save the Children Indonesia A career spanning more than 20 years With 11 studio albums and almost 40 singles to her name, Jakarta-born Anggun has maintained a successful career for more than twenty years, throughout Europe and South-East Asia. She hit the Eurovision stage for France with “Echo (You and I)” seven years ago, earning a fan favourite status despite an eventual placing of 22nd in the grand final in the Azerbaijani capital city of Baku. We wish Anggun and Save the Children Indonesia the best success for their concert on Friday.
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