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🇲🇦 SNRT spokesperson unaware of any Eurovision discussions

🇲🇦 SNRT spokesperson unaware of any Eurovision discussions

Following AD.nl’s interview with Jon Ola Sand opening up to the possibility that Morocco could return to the contest in the future, a spokesperson for Moroccan broadcaster SNRT have said they are unaware of any such discussions. The country previously took part in the contest once, in 1980. “No information on this subject” Karim Sbai, the Director of Communications for SNRT, told Moroccan newspaper Telquel that: At my level, for the moment, I have no information on this subject.– Karim Sbai, speaking to Telquel This news comes after EBU Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, talked about how countries from North Africa and the Middle East would “make the contest more varied”. He also said that the EBU has been having conversations with Morocco, something that SNRT are now denying. Morocco at the Eurovision Song Contest Morocco has taken part at the Eurovision Song Contest on just one occasion in 1980. Samira Bensaïd represented the North African nation with “Bitaqat Hub”, which finished in 18th place (second-to-last), with just 7 points. French-Algerian conductor, Jean Claudric, headed up the orchestra for Morocco. “Bitaqat Hub” was the first and only song to date to be performed fully in Arabic. Morocco are also the …
🇲🇦 Morocco to return to the Eurovision Song Contest?

🇲🇦 Morocco to return to the Eurovision Song Contest?

In an interview with AD.nl, Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest, has opened up about the possibility that Morocco could return to the Contest in the future. The country only participated once in 1980 but conversations have been ongoing with broadcasters in the region. “We do have conversations with Morocco” During the AD.nl interview, Jon Ola Sand confirmed that the EBU has been having conversations with Morocco. When asked about the possibility of these countries participating, he mentioned that Morocco along with other North African and Middle Eastern countries which are members of the EBU, such as Jordan, Algeria and Lebanon, would make the contest more varied. “We have 41 participating countries [in 2020] and would be at our limit with 44. We just don’t get a bigger festival organized in one year. For now, I have no signals from the [region]. I personally would be in favour of it as it would make the contest more varied. We do have conversations with Morocco. Of course, they have already taken part and may be in favour again. So far, I have never had to say no to an EBU member who wanted to [join the Contest].” Jon Ola Sand on participation of …
🇳🇱 Rotterdam Ahoy renames a part of the arena in honour of Duncan Laurence

🇳🇱 Rotterdam Ahoy renames a part of the arena in honour of Duncan Laurence

As The Netherlands gears up to host the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, the man that brought the competition to Rotterdam; Duncan Laurence has been honoured by having a part of this year’s host venue ‘Rotterdam Ahoy’ named to him. The name of the artist’s entrance in Rotterdam Ahoy is now called ‘Door Duncan’ ‘An Official Thank You & A Memorable Reminder’ The General Manager for this year’s host venue Jolanda Jansen has the following to say when Duncan was given the honor: “Through Duncan we have brought this wonderful event to the Netherlands, to Rotterdam and to Ahoy, that deserves an official thank you and memorable reminder.”  Jolanda Jansen on Thanking Duncan (translated) In addition to the renaming of a part of Rotterdam Ahoy, Duncan was given a plaque by culture alderman Said Kasmi. The plaque will be hanged in ‘Door Duncan’ as well as Rotterdam’s town hall. Duncan Laurence at the Eurovision Song Contest The Netherlands internally selected Duncan Laurence to represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. In Tel Aviv, Duncan managed to bring The Netherlands to the Grand Final for a fourth consecutive year. In addition to his participation in the Grand Final, Duncan also managed to win the ‘Press …
🇧🇾 Liza Misnikova auditions for The Voice Kids Poland

🇧🇾 Liza Misnikova auditions for The Voice Kids Poland

After participating in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Gliwice-Silesia, we reported that the Belorussian representative Liza Misnikova will be competing in the latest edition of The Voice Kids of Poland. Liza’s audition aired in last night’s episode where she sang ‘Break Free‘ by Ariana Grande feat. Zedd. Full house from The Voice Kids coaches Liza’s performance has certainly left a mark on the coaches. As you can see from the clip, all of the coaches turned their chair for her, which even includes Eurovision alum Cleo who represented Poland in Copenhagen in 2014. After deliberation with the coaches, it was ultimately Liza’s choice, she chose to go with Tomson & Baron of Afromental. The duo is known for mentoring Viki Gabor in last year’s edition of the contest, where she ended up bringing a second consecutive win for Poland in last year’s contest. Liza Misnikova at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest In 2019, Belarus selected their Junior Eurovision representative through a national final. Liza Misnikova emerged victorious with her song with her entry ‘Pepelny’ (Ash)‘. During her participation in this year’s contest, she managed to place 11th with 92 points from the jury and online vote. How do …
🇬🇧 Lucie Jones to perform a solo concert in London’s West End next month

🇬🇧 Lucie Jones to perform a solo concert in London’s West End next month

The UK’s former Eurovision representative, Lucie Jones, will take to the mic at London’s West End next month. Tickets for the show are still available so don’t miss your chance to be there! To celebrate achievements in her multi-platform career, Lucie will perform a one-off gig at the Adelphi Theatre on Sunday 16th February. Besides representing the UK at the 2017 contest with the Emmelie de Forest penned ballad ‘Never Give Up On You‘, Lucie has been wowing audiences with her roles in west-end musicals. Last year, Lucie joined the cast of ‘Waitress’, playing the lead role of Jenna. Due to its success, the production is set to embark on a UK-based theatre tour later this year. But Lucie’s theatre portfolio doesn’t end there, with previous roles including Les Misérables, Legally Blonde, The Wedding Singer, and Rent. In 2009, Lucie competed in the sixth series of The X Factor UK where she secured a place in the live shows. In the fifth week of live finals, she suffered a shock elimination from the competition. Accompanied on stage by the 22-piece London Musical Theatre Orchestra, Lucie will work her way through classic and modern hits. It’s a strictly one-off gig and with just a few weeks …
🇲🇹 X Factor Malta contestant at centre of SMS spam allegations, “zero-tolerance policy” adopted

🇲🇹 X Factor Malta contestant at centre of SMS spam allegations, “zero-tolerance policy” adopted

Maltese broadcaster TVM uses the hashtag #EverybodysWatching to promote their primetime X Factor Malta show and its certainly an accurate title. Over 145,000 viewers tuned in for the second live show, almost a third of the entire population of the island. It’s serious business! However, it seems that the family of one contestant has taken things a bit too seriously… Fans angered by contestant’s “cheating” Following the second live show on Sunday night, many Maltese fans with no relation to contestant Karl Schembri posted alleged screenshots of received SMS messages that asked them to vote for “their son” Karl. Fans were angered by the messages, claiming the SMS “spamming” to be “cheating”. As summarised by lovinmalta.com, the text message received by numerous Maltese fans was phrased as follows: “I really appreciate if tonight you vote for my son Karl Schembri, finalist of X Factor Malta. Will send SMS number when televoting is open. Thank you very much” Fans reacted badly to this SMS “marketing” with lovinmalta.com including some fan opinions: “She better tell us where she gathered the number for our mobiles from. I don’t know you from Adam and we received two messages to vote for Karl.” “Where is …
🇬🇧 BBC films 2020 “Pointless” Eurovision special featuring John Lundvik, Måns Zelmerlöw and more!

🇬🇧 BBC films 2020 “Pointless” Eurovision special featuring John Lundvik, Måns Zelmerlöw and more!

Yesterday, the BBC filmed a very special edition of popular quiz show “Pointless” at Elstree Studios in London. Yes, it was for a new Eurovision special of the show and it is starring Eurovision artists from the UK and beyond! The Eurovision Pointless celebrities are… According to users on Twitter and Facebook that attended the filming of the show, the four teams participating for their chosen charities were: Dana (Ireland 1970) & SuRie (United Kingdom 2018)John Lundvik (Sweden 2019) & Jade Ewen (United Kingdom 2009)Måns Zelmerlöw (Sweden 2015) & Niamh Kavanagh (Ireland 1993 and 2010)Mike Nolan & Jay Aston (United Kingdom 1981) Whilst the line-up is yet to be fully confirmed by the BBC, Måns confirmed his appearance via his Instagram story (see featured image) whilst John and Jade both confirmed their appearance with an Instagram post which you can see below! View this post on Instagram 🎬 First international TV show is done and will be broadcast soon. Thank you BBC for having me! A post shared by John Lundvik (@johnlundvik) on Jan 22, 2020 at 2:06am PST View this post on Instagram Filming a special Eurovision ep for BBC pointless today! Won’t be aired till Eurovision season but …
🇧🇪 Belgian folk duo Urban Trad split up for the second time

🇧🇪 Belgian folk duo Urban Trad split up for the second time

The name ‘Urban Trad’ may still ring a bell. In 2003 they just missed out on the victory at the Eurovision Song Contest in Riga. An unexpected but very pleasant success for Belgium. The group already broke up in 2012, but had a reunion in 2015. After five years, the group decides to separate again. Last concert in Belgium Soetkin Collier, one of the two singers, announced that from now on the group will focus on their own projects. This made it clear that it was about the final goodbye to the group. The group made this official announcement during their last concert that took place in Leopoldsburg. Around 300 spectators attended this last concert. It is not the first time that the group has split. In 2012 the group already announced a farewell, but three years later Urban Trad came together again with a slightly changed formation. After five years the group says goodbye to the public again, but now for good. Short portrait on Urban Trad The Belgian folk group Urban Trad first saw the light in 2000. The group consisted of both Flemish and Walloon members. The group made their big breakthrough after participating in the Eurovision …
Martin Österdahl is the new Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor

Martin Österdahl is the new Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor

Jon Ola Sand is stepping down after the 2020 contest. Martin Österdahl has been appointed Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest and Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Martin Österdahl was Executive Producer for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 and 2016 in Malmö and Stockholm. He also was a member of the Reference Group between 2012 and 2018. The decision was made by the EBU Director of Media Jean Philip De Tender together with the Chair of the ESC Reference Group, the Contest’s governing board, ZDF’s Dr Frank Dieter Freiling. Martin is the perfect candidate to continue and build on the exceptional work done by Jon Ola Sand over the past decade. The Eurovision Song Contest has been transformed under Jon Ola’s guidance, setting new standards in world-class television production. Martin is a great creative talent and has invaluable experience from his work as Executive Producer of two exceptional Contests and numerous other successful entertainment shows. He is an excellent leader and storyteller, which is core for us to work closely with EBU Members to develop and grow the world’s largest live music event in the next decade and beyond. Jean Philip De Tender on Martin Österdahl Martin will begin …
Did you hear? Eurovision tidbits, week 3/20

Did you hear? Eurovision tidbits, week 3/20

We have checked out even the most remote corners of the Euroverse, searching for “not so breaking” news to keep you entertained. On our trip we found some very recent tidbits, but we also stumbled across a few not so recent ones that we believe you might appreciate. Oh, and the Xtra good goodiebag is back! Enjoy! Victor(y) for Franka! Let’s start this round-up of tidbits with the happiest of them all; Victor has arrived! A week ago Franka gave birth to her and husband Vedran’s first child; beautiful baby boy Victor! Welcome Victor, and congratulations Franka and Vedran! View this post on Instagram Svijete, evo me… Viktor❤️ A post shared by F R A N K A (@frankaofficial_) on Jan 5, 2020 at 10:39am PST
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