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🇫🇮 Aksel Kankaanranta nominated as the breakthrough artist of 2021

🇫🇮 Aksel Kankaanranta nominated as the breakthrough artist of 2021

The radio station YleX has released the nominees as the breakthrough artist of 2021 in Finland. Among the names is Aksel Kankaanranta, who was chosen to represent the country in Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Aksel Kankaanranta won Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2020 with his song “Looking Back” and was set to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam. He told in an interview with Voice.fi that he didn’t submit a song to UMK21, although he does fit some of the clues given by the broadcaster Yle about the 2021 artists. Last year Aksel released his first single in Finnish “Muista kuka oot”. Currently he has two record deals, one for his music in English and another for the music in Finnish. The nominees also include duo Lili & Luna that includes Leena Tirronen, who represented Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 as part of Norma John. The duo has released two singles, their latest song “Lopputekstit” was released last November. A panel of music experts will choose the winner but public also has a chance to vote for their favourite. The winners of both votes will be revealed later this month. Can Aksel Kankaanranta be the breakthrough …
🇳🇱 KNVB aiming for audience at Euro 2020 – hope for Eurovision?

🇳🇱 KNVB aiming for audience at Euro 2020 – hope for Eurovision?

With the covid-19 pandemic sending parts of Europe back in lockdowns, chances of a crowd at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 were decreasing rapidly. However, there may be a shimmer of hope coming back now. According to newspaper De Telegraaf, Dutch football federation KNVB are working on a plan to allow fans to attend football matches during Euro 2020… Euro 2020 with a crowd The football federation has worked together with other responsible parties in Dutch football to create a plan that should guarantee a crowd being possible for football matches. The plan should definitely make sure the next Eredivisie season, starting in August, will have crowds there. However, the plan doesn’t stop there. In addition, the Netherlands are hosting four matches during Euro 2020. The European Football Championship is currently set to start on 11th June, with Amsterdam hosting three group stage matches and a match in the round of 16. The KNVB plan currently also includes an attempt to allow a crowd to attend these matches, as they feel Euro 2020 shouldn’t be held in empty stadiums. Vaccines and rapid tests KNVB have not yet published the full plan, but reports suggests they want to introduce a strict …
🇮🇪 Liam Reilly passed away at the age of 65

🇮🇪 Liam Reilly passed away at the age of 65

The start of the new year wasn’t as lucky for everyone. We are sad to report that Laim Reilly died at the age of 65. Career & Eurovision Liam kicked off his singing career in 1978 as a member of Bagatelle. The group was known for their songs “Second Violin”, “Leeson Street Lady” and “Summer in Dublin” and influenced the beginnings of U2, by their own admission. The band reformed in 1992 and returned to tour in 2010. After spending some years in the US, the Irish singer returned to his home country. In 1989 he took part in the Irish preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest in Lausanne. He finished second in that preselection. Liam didn’t give up and tried again one year later. 1990 was apparently his lucky year as he got to represent Ireland with piano ballad “Somewhere In Europe”. With this entry he kicked off Ireland’s glorious decade by finishing joint second with France. Both countries received a total of 132 points. They got beaten by Toto Cotugno from Italy. One year later in 1991, Liam Reilly returned as the composer of Kim Jackson’s entry “Could It Be That I’m In Love”. She finished joint 10th …
🇸🇪 Nanne Grönvall wants to return with One More Time

🇸🇪 Nanne Grönvall wants to return with One More Time

Nanne Grönvall most recently took part in Melodifestivalen in 2020 with her song “Carpool Karaoke”. Now she told on Twitter that next she wants to return with One More Time, the band she represented Sweden with in 1996. “We’re working on it!” Nanne Grönvall represented Sweden in 1996 together with her husband Peter Grönvall and Maria Rådsten as the group One More Time. The song “Den vilda” finished third in the final. Since then, she has taken part in Melodifestivalen five times as a solo singer. Last weekend Nanne tweeted that she would love to return to the contest with the band One More Time. She says that the group is currently writing new songs. Would love to do that some time again with One More Time. We’re working on it – writing new songs! 🎶😉 We wish you a fantastic 2021, @seanpw13 🎉❤️ https://t.co/2aOvkpkDWS— Nanne Grönvall (@nannegronvall) January 2, 2021 In 2020 Nanne Grönvall took part in Sweden’s Eurovision selection Melodifestivalen as a singer with the song “Carpool Karaoke” and as a songwriter for the song “Om du tror att jag saknar dig”. Both of the songs failed to reach the final, but James Corden reacted on “Carpool Karaoke” …
🇸🇪 Melodifestivalen 2017 runner up “Hold On” featured in Ford ad campaign

🇸🇪 Melodifestivalen 2017 runner up “Hold On” featured in Ford ad campaign

I was watching real American football Saturday night over here in the States (that’s right, I’m sporty af) on ESPN, and between the blur of commercials that ensued during timeouts, I noticed something… familiar. Playing on the TV was a commercial from Ford Motors. It wasn’t a commercial I had seen before: an ad about the pandemic and about “finishing strong,” whether that meant 2020 or the pandemic in general. I knew there was a reason why I had this familiar feeling, but it was late and I was just waiting for Texas A&M to end the game already so I could go to bed. So I hadn’t put two and two together just yet. Cut to Sunday afternoon, watching more football on FOX, one of the country’s biggest television stations, and the commercial played again during one of the most important football games of the weekend. Then, more awake and attentive than before, I focused on the commercial and the song. And it came to me. The song, coinciding with the commercial’s “Finish Strong” theme, was none other than “Hold On” by Nano, which came so close to representing Sweden at Eurovision 2017, coming 2nd in the final behind …
🇬🇷🇨🇾Greek and Cypriot Eurovision stars perform at MAD TV Video Music Awards

🇬🇷🇨🇾Greek and Cypriot Eurovision stars perform at MAD TV Video Music Awards

The biggest stars from Greece and Cyprus descended last night for the annual MAD TV Video Music Awards. Yes there were Eurovision stars involved too, giving performances and winning awards. They included two time Greek representative Helena Paparizou and Cypriot representatives Eleni Foureira and Tamta. Fierce performances. Tamta, who represented Cyprus in 2019 with her song “Replay” who gave her a very respectable 13th place in Tel Aviv, Israel was up first. She performed her cover of the song “Love Is A Compass” by the artist Griff. The song was used for Disney’s Christmas Advent for 2020 in collaboration with cancer charity Make A Wish Foundation. Tamta provided her voice for the Greek-Cypriot localisation. Tamta wore a beautiful white feather dress to accompany an equally poignant song. Please take a look for yourself. Eleni Foureira who represented Cyprus in 2018 with “Fuego” who finished as the runner-up in Lisbon, Portugal and also regained the runner-up position in the recent ESC250 countdown gave two performances and won “Best Modern Female”. The first performance was a remix of her latest hit “Dokimase Me”. In a full length leather effect trench coat with suspenders, Eleni gave a moody, sultry performance with equally moody …
#ESC250: Loreen wins for the ninth time!

#ESC250: Loreen wins for the ninth time!

It’s become quite the tradition: For the twelfth time, escradio.com and songfestival.be have organised the #ESC250. A list containing the 250 best Eurovision songs of all time. The results will be broadcast on escradio.com from 11:00 AM CET until just before midnight. 2020 will be the twelfth edition of the #ESC250. Aside from the tradition to host it on 31st December, it’s also a bit of a tradition that Loreen tops the list. Last year, her “Euphoria” was the clear #1 for the eighth time already. Joining her in the top five were newcomer Duncan Laurence (The Netherlands 2019), as well as Eleni Foureira (Cyprus 2018), Mahmood (Italy, 2019), and KEiiNO (Norway 2019). The oldest song to make the top ten was Secret Garden’s “Nocturne” at #10. You can see the full list here. Now, as we already know, the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Songfestival.Be has since confirmed that the songs that were due to compete for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, are eligible to enter. But now… onto 2020! Will someone be able to end Loreen’s eight-year winning streak? Check out the results below, as ESCXTRA.com will update the article throughout …
🇪🇸 Pastora Soler and Al Bano unmasked on Spain’s ‘Mask Singer’

🇪🇸 Pastora Soler and Al Bano unmasked on Spain’s ‘Mask Singer’

In the semifinal of Spain’s first ever Mask Singer: Adivina Quién Canta, two Eurovision stars were revealed as participants. Not only did Spain’s powerhouse Pastora Soler reveal herself, the same goes for Italy’s legendary entertainer Al Bano Carrisi. Pastora Soler is El Pavo Real The Peacock on the show, El Pavo Real in Spanish, was eliminated during the semifinal. When the mask came off, 2012 Eurovision entrant Pastora Soler revealed herself as the singer behind El Pavo Real. In the shows leading up to her reveal, the judges hardly ever guessed Pastora’s identity correctly. It took them until the sixth show to mention her. At that point, all of the judges named Pastora Soler as their pick for the peacock. However, after her elimination, the judges weren’t as sure as a week earlier. Only Malú guessed her name correctly, but the Eurovision link was visible for many. Javier Calvo put his money on Gisela, who represented Andorra back in 2008, with José Mota going for Ruth Lorenzo. In previous weeks, both Rosa López and Paloma San Basilio were also considered as potential singers behind the peacock mask. During her time on the show, Pastora Soler focused on English repetoire. She …
🇳🇱 “Door De Wind” hits #29 in Dutch all-time Top 2000 chart

🇳🇱 “Door De Wind” hits #29 in Dutch all-time Top 2000 chart

A pleasant surprise for Eurovision fans in the Netherlands: 31 years after its Eurovision debut, “Door De Wind” has become a massive hit in the country. The Belgian entry was covered by Miss Montreal with great success. On the annual all-time Top 2000, the new version hit a stellar #29. What is the Top 2000? The annual Top 2000 may require some explanation. In 1999, Dutch radio station NPO Radio 2 kicked off their idea. Dutch people would get the chance to vote for their all-time favourite songs to compose an all-time top 2000 of the nation’s favourite songs ever. Voting is always possible in the first week of December, with over a million votes determining who makes the cut and who doesn’t. Traditionally, the battle for the top spot is between two songs. The aforementioned “Bohemian Rhapsody” usually tops the list, but “Hotel California” by the Eagles isn’t far behind. This year however, they were both pipped to the post by Danny Vera’s “Roller Coaster”. Miss Montreal’s “Door De Wind” The success story of Miss Montreal’s “Door De Wind” is an interesting one. The 36-year old participated in this year’s De Beste Zangers, in which famous singers cover each …
🇬🇷 Helena Paparizou and Tamta share the stage on The Voice of Greece

🇬🇷 Helena Paparizou and Tamta share the stage on The Voice of Greece

If you love a Greek diva, The Voice of Greece was your place to go last Sunday as Helena Paparizou and Tamta teamed up for a throwback performance. The duo got together to perform some 90s and early 00s classics for the Greek audience, which no doubt went down well. Tamta brings back the 90s Dressed in shiny silver with some fierce green eyes, Tamta took the stage to perform songs we all know – and love. As she entered the stage, Helena Paparizou got up from her coaching chair and joined her. The duo treated us to wonderful renditions of La Bouche’s Be My Lover and Gala’s Freed From Desire. After that, they brought us a slow version of Kylie Minogue’s 2001 chart hit Can’t Get You Out Of My Head. On her Instagram, Tamta celebrated the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest winner, stating she was one of those who went out on the streets of Athens when Helena Paparizou won the contest. She went on to add that it is always an honour to share the stage with her. Can Helena Paparizou win? Helena Paparizou has been a member of the coaching staff on The Voice of Greece since …
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