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It’s gonna be a bumpy ride! Mohombi set for Melodifestivalen?

It’s gonna be a bumpy ride! Mohombi set for Melodifestivalen?

A day before we will finally hear which acts are going to take part in Melodifestivalen, Aftonbladet are doing their utmost to complete the list. The next name they can reveal is “Bumpy Ride” singer Mohombi! A world famous singer to Melodifestivalen It seems Christer Björkman had his eyes set on getting a couple of big names to take part in the show. One of those is Mohombi. He is most famous for his 2010 single “Bumpy Ride”, which charted in fourteen countries and even scored a #1 hit in The Netherlands. The song went double platinum in Mohombi’s home country Sweden. Back in 2016, the Swedish-Congolese singer received a Grammy Award for Pitbull’s album Dale, where he was a featured artist on one of the songs. Comeback after fourteen years Perhaps surprisingly, this would not be Mohombi’s first ever Melodifestivalen adventure. For his first participation, we need to go back to 2005. Then 19 years old, Mohombi took part together with his brother as Group Avalon. The duo didn’t progress from the semifinal, after they finished in sixth with “Big Up“, a bilingual song in English and French. The group split soon after Melodifestivalen and Mohombi went on to pursue …
No Melodifestivalen 2019 return for Magnus Carlsson

No Melodifestivalen 2019 return for Magnus Carlsson

Rumours have been swirling ahead of Tuesday’s reveal of the Melodifestivalen 2019 acts. However one name who won’t be returning is Magnus Carlsson who announced the news on Facebook tonight. Magnus Carlsson ends Melodifestivalen speculation Earlier today we reported that Petra Marklund of September fame is the latest name to be linked to Melodifestivalen 2019. As well as this there is speculation of returns for the likes of Anna Bergendahl, Margaret and Wiktoria. Among a growing list of over 20 acts reported by Aftonbladet as the press conference for the live reveal of the acts draws closer. Unfortunately one rumoured name who won’t be appearing in the 2019 edition of Sweden’s selection show, Melodifestivalen is Magnus Carlsson. Now there’s been speculation far and wide for months, so it’s just as good that you hear it directly from me. Yes, it is true that I have been asked to participate in Melodifestivalen 2019. It has then been very interesting to stand on the sidelines and consider how I one day was said to have accepted yes and the next waiting for answers if I have entered. So here it is; it would have been fun to be in and I’m glad …
Christer Björkman chasing Petra Marklund for Melodifestivalen?

Christer Björkman chasing Petra Marklund for Melodifestivalen?

This Tuesday, SVT will tell the world which 28 acts are going to take part in Melodifestivalen. The last couple of spots in the contest are still up for grabs, as Christer Björkman seems to be chasing a few artists he really wants to see taking part. One of those reportedly is September singer Petra Marklund. The ‘last minute’ spot It’s not unusual for the SVT producers to wait as long as they possibly can to confirm their Melodifestivalen list, even internally. Back in 2017, Björkman was hoping he could convince Loreen of a comeback to Melodifestivalen. He eventually succeeded, but only got the final ‘yes’ on the night before the press conference. Thankfully, he reserved a spot for her. Had she said no, he would also have had a back up option ready to take part. That same scenario seems to be happening this year. At the top of Christer Björkman’s list, the name of Petra Marklund appears. The now 34 year old singer has had international success under her stage name September. In 2006 and 2007, she scored hits with “Cry For You” and “Can’t Get Over”. In Sweden, she scored a major hit with “Händerna Mot Himlen” back …
Ireland’s Brendan Murray eliminated from X Factor UK

Ireland’s Brendan Murray eliminated from X Factor UK

Tonight’s airing of The X Factor in the UK saw the elimination of Brendan Murray. The former Irish Eurovision participant was voted out in the show’s penultimate week. Brendan misses out on X Factor final The sixth weekend of live shows saw the competition reach its semi final stage, with each act performing two songs. Brendan delivered an intimate performance with his interpretation of Snow Patrol’s Run.   As part of an ABBA tribute, his second performance was a cover of the Swedish quartet’s single I Have a Dream. A brutal double exit at the end of tonight’s show saw Brendan fail to secure a place in next week’s grand final.  He was eliminated along with fellow finalist Danny Tetley.  Participation in X Factor live tour confirmed Despite missing out on the competition’s final week,  the 21 year old has secured his place in the show’s live arena tour.  The show goes on the road from February next year, stopping off at arena’s across the UK & Ireland. It was announced last week that the final eight contestants would be eligible to participate. Brendan’s X Factor journey Brendan’s first audition  We first reported of Brendan’s participation in the show back in …
Anna Bergendahl, Margaret to return to Melodifestivalen 2019?

Anna Bergendahl, Margaret to return to Melodifestivalen 2019?

As we are getting closer to the reveal of the artists participating at next year’s Melodifestivalen, Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet has released more names as to who could potentially be in next year’s competition. Anna Bergendahl Anna performing her entry on the Eurovision stage Anna Bergendahl began her career in Sweden, participating in the Swedish version of Idol where she managed to place fifth in her season. She is well known for representing Sweden in 2010, with her song “This is My Life”. Unfortunately, she’s mainly famous for failing to qualify for the Grand Final, placing 11th in her Semi-Final. This marked the only non-qualification for Sweden. Margaret Margaret performing ‘In My Cabana’ in the Melodfiestivalen stage Margaret is well known to Eurovision fans for participating in Krajowe Eliminacje 2016 with her song “Cool Me Down“. She was hotly tipped for the win, not just in the National Final but also for Eurovision, as Poland was high in the betting odds at the time. Unfortunately, on the night of the selection, she placed second, just behind Michal Szpak with his song “Color Of Your Life“. After her participation in Krajowe Eliminacje, she has been signed to Warner Music Sweden and has …
First wave of tickets for Eurovision 2019 to go on sale in December?

First wave of tickets for Eurovision 2019 to go on sale in December?

As we start to progress further to the National Final season, fans are starting to question, when will tickets for next year’s contest go on sale?Well, according to fellow Eurovision Fan website Wiwibloggs, the tickets for next year’s contest could potentially go on sale next month as per the ticketing tender that KAN has put into place. How many tickets will be on sale? The Tel Aviv Convention Center will be on the smaller venues to host the Eurovision Song Contest.  We previously reported that around 6,000-7,000 tickets will be on sale.  Out of this, 4,000 of the tickets will be for the main arena, whilst 2,000-3,000 tickets will be for the Green Room, which is situated in Pavillion 1 of the Tel Aviv Convention Center. The tickets that will be available for this year’s show will be lower than what was available in Lisbon this year, which had roughly around 10,000 tickets on sale. What Ticket Types are Available? As with every year, there will be different types of tickets available and they are as follows: Free Reserved Tickets – These will be given by KAN to different entities (Delegations, Eurovision 2019 Sponsors, EBU guests, production members, etc.)Reserved tickets …
Voting for the Eurovision Top 250 is now open!

Voting for the Eurovision Top 250 is now open!

Songfestival.be have opened the voting window for the Eurovision Top 250. The Belgian fansite will organise the voting for the third time, with the New Year’s Eve tradition now going into its anniversary tenth edition. Voting links You can vote for your ten all time favourites in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest through Songfestival.be. All you need to do is go to the website here, login through social media and off you go! In the coming days, you’ll be able to go to the voting page easily through ESCXTRA.com. We will make sure to keep reminding you to vote for your favourites in the #ESC250. Voting will remain open for the next two weeks, so you have plenty of time to decide which ten songs deserve your points. Who is your all time favourite? In the next two weeks, the ESCXTRA.com team will be introducing you to their all time Eurovision favourites. In a series of articles, we’ll be telling you which ten songs we have voted for. Is “Euphoria” also a favourite among our own editors? The Swedish entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 has been a dominant force in the Eurovision Top 250 for years. …
Finland: Eva + Manu tease Eurovision participation

Finland: Eva + Manu tease Eurovision participation

Will the pop-folk duo Eva + Manu represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019? At least their behavior on social media suggests so. Leaving hints on social media It all started with a Facebook post captioned “Already looking towards Spring 2019 becaaause…”. Few Finnish Eurovision fans commented on the picture, suggesting this might hint them representing Finland in Tel Aviv next year. The duo responded to the comments quite cryptically, but didn’t deny anything. After that, Eva + Manu posted a picture of Lordi on their Instagram story. The picture was taken from Lordi’s victorious Eurovision performance. This picture was captioned “Remember when these guys took over the stage? So good!” Eva + Manu who? Eva + Manu (or Eva & Manu) are Finnish Eva Louhivuori and French Emmanuel “Manu” Laudic. The couple met in Boston while studying in Berklee College of Music. They moved to London in 2010, but decided to travel all around the Europe and write music. In 2010 they released their first EP. After that they moved to Finland and their first album Eva & Manu was released. The second album Cinnamon Hearts was released in 2014. Although the couple decided to break up in …
Kalomira denies interest in Eurovision return

Kalomira denies interest in Eurovision return

Last night, we reported that Kalomira was potentially negotiating a Eurovision comeback with ERT. We have reached out to her management, who have now said that a comeback is not on the cards. 2018 yes, 2019 no ESCXTRA.com contacted Kalomira’s management to ask them what was true in the reports OGAE Greece published yesterday. The management responded as follows: No such thing is true. Kalomira was interested in 2018 because it would have been ten years since she last went to Eurovision but couldn’t because of family commitments.Kalomira’s management to ESCXTRA.com The last statement they made is no news. In an interview of July this year, the 33 year old spoke about her potential Eurovision participation in Tel Aviv. She then said her instinct told her not to do it. The Greek broadcaster eventually decided to send Yianna Terzi to Lisbon. Search ongoing With Kalomira being out of the picture for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, ERT still have quite a few options open to them. Recent reports also suggested that Georgian born singer Tamta was negotiating a Eurovision adventure. And, as is traditional, former winner Helena Paparizou has also mentioned her interest in a return to the contest. Greece …
Michael Schulte wins the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at the Bambi Awards

Michael Schulte wins the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at the Bambi Awards

The Bambi Awards took place in Berlin earlier this week, and the 2018 German representative Michael Schulte won a People’s Choice Award in the category ‘New German Music Stars’ at the Germany’s most prestigious media award. Smiles all around for Michael Presenting the People’s Choice Award is established German musician ‘Udo Lindenberg. As you can see from his reaction, Michael looked very happy as he was announced as the winner. Thankful for all the support! Michael took to his social media channels to express his thanks to all the fans that voted, in order for him to win this prestigious award. View this post on Instagram Wahnsinn!! Wir haben den Bambi!!😱🎉🙌🏻 Vielen vielen Dank an alle die so fleißig abgestimmt haben! Eine große Ehre diesen Preis überreicht zu bekommen und dann auch noch von Dir, lieber Udo! Vielen lieben Dank für Deine Worte danach – ich weiß das sehr zu schätzen! @udolindenberg @bambi_awards #partyyyyy Und jetzt auf zur Tour!🙌🏻 A post shared by michaelschulte (@michaelschulte) on Nov 17, 2018 at 1:10am PST Amazing! We have the Bambi!!, many thanks to everyone who voted so hard! A great honor to receive this prize and then from you, dear Udo! Thank you …
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