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Israeli billionaire to pay for Madonna’s Eurovision appearance?

Israeli billionaire to pay for Madonna’s Eurovision appearance?

There’s been plenty of speculation this year regarding a potential appearance by Madonna at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in 2019. In 2016, Justin Timberlake made a special appearance to perform his new single, Can’t Stop The Feeling, so the idea really isn’t that insane. This morning, the Israel media outlet Y Net are reporting that the Israeli-Canadian billionaire, Sylvan Adams, is about to sign an agreement to bring the 80’s Queen of Pop to Tel Aviv! One of Sylvan Adams’ main business partners, Danny Ben-Naim, says: After much deliberation, Adams has given the green light to finance Madonna’s performance at the Eurovision Song Contest. The signing is expected in the coming days, there are a few small things to close.Sylvan Adams believes that the participation of an artist like Madonna in the Eurovision will significantly increase the exposure and media coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest and the events that accompany it, and through Madonna’s visit to Israel, millions will be exposed to the wonderful people and beauty of the State of Israel.Danny Ben-Naim Sylvan Adams Sylvan Adams is an Israeli-Canadian billionaire. He mostly makes money from real estate business and frequently donates money for sports events. For example, …
Sweden: Mohombi wins the audience exit poll ahead the first semifinal

Sweden: Mohombi wins the audience exit poll ahead the first semifinal

As in previous years, the Swedish fan club Melodifestivalklubben are asking the audience of the dress rehearsals, which of the competing acts was their favourite. With almost 25 percent of the 648 votes, the winner in Gothenburg was Mohombi with “Hello”. Melodifestivalen 2018 – deltävling 1 exit poll Mohombi with “Hello” – 161 votes (24.9%)Wiktoria with “Not With Me” – 120 votes (18.5%)Nano with “Chasing Rivers” – 119 votes (18.4%)Anna Bergendahl with “Ashes to Ashes” – 88 votes (13.6%)Zeana feat. Anis Dom Demina with “Mina bränder” – 80 votes (12.3%)High 15 with “No Drama” – 67 votes (10.3%)Arja Saijonmaa with “Mina fyra årstider” – 13 votes (2.0%) Melodifestivalklubbens exit poll has been rather accurate in the past. Last year it predicted correctly six of the eight finalists from the semifinals. What happens in Gothenburg? Tomorrow the seven artists will compete for two places in the Melodifestivalen final and two spots in the second chance round, andra chansen. Next to the competing acts, we will see the hosts, Sarah Dawn Finer, Eric Saade, Marika Carlsson and Kodjo Akolor, doing a medley of Israel’s winning entries. The number will include Sarah as the 2018 winner Netta and the other hosts as her …
Mélovin to perform as an interval act for Vidbir 2019

Mélovin to perform as an interval act for Vidbir 2019

According to a recent interview with STB, Mélovin has confirmed that he will be indeed performing as an interval act in Vidbir 2019. During this interview, he was asked about how he feels returning to Vidbir and who he is rooting for.  Mélovin will be performing his new track ‘З тобою, зі мною, і годі’ (With You, With Me, Not). You can watch its official music video below: ‘For me, everything is a stage’ When asked about returning to the Vidbir stage, Mélovin mentioned how happy he is to just perform for a live audience once again: For me, everything is a stage. Not the Eurovision stage, the National selection, but just the stage.  Here I can perform, show my song, delight the audience, perhaps even those who have never seen me Mélovin on performing on the Eurovision stage Mélovin speaks about the Vidbir 2019 participants During his interview, Mélovin was also asked about who he thinks will win Vidbir, to which he mentions that he does have a favourite: I don’t even know, I haven’t watched anyone yet. I know that there will be KAZKA, and I will be rooting for them this year Mélovin on who he thinks should win Vidbir this year Following this, Mélovin was asked if he is worried about their vocals on the night of the competition. KAZKA’s last performances were incredibly cool.  I know that she was perfecting her vocals, it’s cool that a person …
Saara Aalto to dance to a Eurovision winning song on Dancing on Ice

Saara Aalto to dance to a Eurovision winning song on Dancing on Ice

Earlier tonight, it was announced that Saara Aalto will be skating to Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet on a String’ – the UK’s winning entry from 1967 – on this week’s Dancing on Ice. Notably, this was the UK’s first winning Eurovision entry. Once upon a time on Fairytales Week, @RealJaneDanson & @slongchambon skate to @QueenWillRock, @RyanSidebottom & @YayItsBrandee skate to @RagNBoneManUK, @missgemcollins & @TheMattEvers skate to @taylorswift13 and the story doesn't end there… #DancingOnIce pic.twitter.com/2WliYHQKjr— Dancing On Ice (@dancingonice) January 31, 2019 Saara skating her way through the competition Now in the fifth week of this year’s competition, Saara is going from strength to strength. Saara managed to start the competition scoring 20.0 in the first week, up to 27.0 in the fourth week of the competition! In a Dancing on Ice first, Saara sang and skated to the Disney song ‘Let It Go’ from the motion picture ‘Frozen’ in week three. This gave her the third-highest score from the judges that week and marked her most memorable performance so far. Saara performing ‘Let It Go’ at Dancing on Ice Unfortunately, the week after this spectacular performance, Saara found herself in the ‘skate-off’ with Grease star Didi Conn. Thankfully, all four of the judges opted to save Saara and Hamish, thus putting them through to the fifth week of the competition. …
Måns Zelmerlöw: “The UK will win Eurovision within 10 years, I’m sure!”

Måns Zelmerlöw: “The UK will win Eurovision within 10 years, I’m sure!”

We are now just over a week away from Eurovision: You Decide 2019 in which the United Kingdom’s representative for May’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv will be chosen! Naturally, the media hype amongst British media outlets is beginning to build. One example of which is in TV Choice magazine in which editor Graham Kibble-White interviews You Decide host Måns Zelmerlöw. “I can’t wait to start our banter!” For the second year in a row, 2015 Eurovision winner Måns will be joining co-host Mel Giedroyc to host the UK selection show. This year, for the first time, the show will be hosted at MediaCity UK in Salford. Speaking about Mel, Måns says: “I can’t wait to start our banter over the script. We had so much fun last time and everything felt very easy with her.” “I love how Eurovision makes people come together” Three-time Melodifestivalen finalist Måns has always been a Eurovision fan. Undoubtedly, the slogan of the 2016 contest which he co-hosted with Petra Mede was the perfect one for him: “I’ve always been a fan, and it was such a precious moment as a child, sitting with my family, judging the performances. I love how it …
Bilal Hassani launches a complaint for homophobic cyber-bullying

Bilal Hassani launches a complaint for homophobic cyber-bullying

After a strong resurgence in homophobic attacks against him on social media, the French representative at Erovision 2019 decided to act and launched a complaint against this online bullying. An “avalanche of hatred” since the victory Bilal Hassani first saw a resurgence of homophobic attacks online when he was announced as a candidate for Destination Eurovision in early December. But after his victory, the “hatred campaign” turned into “an avalanche” according to his lawyer, Mr. Étienne Deshoulières. So much that yesterday, Bilal decided to inform the authorities by lodging an official complaint. The complaint is made “against X”, a French expression meaning “against unknown persons”, since the attacks come from a multitude of social media accounts. It has been filed as charges of “homophobic threats, outrage and incitation to hatred and violence” (injures, provocation à la haine et à la violence et menaces homophobes). As his lawyer said to the press, the sentence for such charges can reach six years of jailtime and a fine of 45,000€ (£39,300) in France. Not the first case of cyber-bullying for Bilal Bilal is no stranger to online bullying. His public coming-out in 2017 on Twitter, his love for wigs, and his personality have …
A new record: over 2 million tune in to Destination Eurovision final

A new record: over 2 million tune in to Destination Eurovision final

Last night, we saw a spectacular final of France’s Destination Eurovision which saw Bilal Hassani taking the crown with his song, Roi. We look forward to seeing him in Tel Aviv in May, as do the 2.14 million viewers who tuned in to the Destination Eurovision final to see him win! Breaking records With 2.14 million people watching the show live on France 2 last night, this is the largest number of viewers for a Eurovision national final that France has ever had. After a disappointing number of viewers in last week’s second semifinal, the show bounced back with an 11.7% share of the viewers. This means that 11.7% of TV viewers at that time saw all but the last 30 seconds of the winner’s reprise, as France 2 decided to cut the feed from the studio before the song had ended… Bilal’s victory Bilal Hassani won last night’s Destination Eurovision 2019 final and will therefore represent France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with his song, Roi. He was decided to be the winner by a 50/50 combination of public televote and international jury. The international juries points were announced first, and after a rather lengthy voting procedure (mostly …
Polina Gagarina to take part in “Singer 2019”!

Polina Gagarina to take part in “Singer 2019”!

Russia’s Eurovision 2015 participant and Runner-Up, Polina Gagarina will participate in hit Chinese Reality TV show Singer. This time last year, not many of you readers might have been aware of China’s hit singing Reality TV show Singer. But last year the show was launched into the worldwide sphere when British Pop star, Jessie J became the first non-Chinese singer to win. With breathtaking renditions of Prince and The Revolutions’ “Purple Rain“, Whitney Huston’s “I Have Nothing“, Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and Eurovision winner Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On“. Plus her own hit’s such as “Domino“, “Bang Bang” and “Flaslight“ Not the only Eurovision name involved. As we have previously reported, Polina will be joining Bulgaria’s 2017 entrant and fellow Runner-Up Kristian Kostov in the competition. Other competitors include:- Liu Huan – Singer of Beijing Olympics 2008; Former Panel Judge of “The Voice of China”Yang Kun – Former Panel Judge of “The Voice of China”Chyi Yu – Legendary Singer-Songwriter from TaiwanWu Tsing-Fong – Lead Vocalist of One of The Taiwan’s Hottest Indie Bands – “Sodagreen“ In addition to these 4 names, each week the competitors will be joined by a wild-card challenger who will compete to remain in the competition alongside …
Eva Simons says “Yes” to the Eurovision Song Contest… for 2020

Eva Simons says “Yes” to the Eurovision Song Contest… for 2020

Before The Netherlands announced Duncan Laurence as their act for the Tel Aviv contest, media were swirling over their pick for this year. One of the mentioned names was Eva Simons. The singer has now said she’d love to represent her country. “They never called me” The singer was a guest at RTL Late Night met Twan Huys yesterday evening to discuss her new single “Like That”. During the interview, host Twan Huys decided to ask Eva about the rumours that arose last week. She said that she had no idea what was going on, but appreciated the love she received from Twitter followers. She went on to add that she would have loved to represent The Netherlands at Eurovision. Broadcaster AVROTROS never reached out to the singer. A potential reason for that is that they were accepting singers’ proposals more than actively reaching out to big names. She actually had a couple of songs ready. She says: I had a couple of big tunes, you know. Ones I could send in. My own pride prevented me from sending them in. Or maybe I was just afraid to be turned down. One of the songs I had ready is “Baila …
UPDATE: Welcome North Macedonia! Greek MPs finalise name change deal

UPDATE: Welcome North Macedonia! Greek MPs finalise name change deal

FYR Macedonia and Greece call it truce on the 27 year old ongoing name dispute. Both sides have come to an agreement and we can say goodbye FYR and hello to the Republic of North Macedonia. After a long and thorough diplomatic process, both sides have come to an agreement to the name Republic of North Macedonia or Severna Makedonija, in Macedonian. However, despite the what it seems an obvious sign of relief for both sides, the name resolution still has to be approved by the Macedonian people and the Greek parliament. That challenge will still be a mountain to climb, as Greek Prime Minister Tsipras has not yet secured any support in parliament. Solution? Under the newly achieved agreement, the country that has been known as the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia will be named North Macedonia. The citizens of the country will get to keep the term Macedonian as well as the official spoken language. Both countries agreed that the new name would be used both internationally and bilaterally. So even the countries that have recognized the small Balkan country as Macedonia will have to adapt the new name. Additionally, countries will be able to use both the …
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