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🇪🇸 Pre-PartyES at Home to take place online

🇪🇸 Pre-PartyES at Home to take place online

In the lead-up to the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest, the Pre-Party events have started to cancel/postpone their respective Pre-Parties. Since the cancellation of the Pre-Parties the organisers of the pre-parties have been silent until now. After the announcement of the postponement of Pre-Party-ES, the organisers have confirmed that the event would take place on April 11. However, it the event would be purely online, and you are able to see the announcement below: [ÚLTIMA HORA]#PrePartyESatHome, un homenaje a Eurovisión 2020 que reivindica la responsabilidad global de la pandemia ✊ Varios representantes de 2020 cantarán desde sus casas en este concierto on-line. ¿Quién quieres que participe? 🤩Más info ➡ https://t.co/zMC9KalY2d pic.twitter.com/D7wVhqSTxm— Eurovision-Spain.com | PrePartyES (@eurospaincom) March 25, 2020 To pay tribute to the Eurovision 2020 candidates When the event was confirmed by the organisers, they have mentioned that the event had three objectives. They want to pay tribute to the candidates that were due to represent their countries in Rotterdam, To accompany the Eurovision fans as they are in seclusion at home.To vindicate this health emergency, which does not understand borders, which led to people to stay at home. As the event is newly announced, further details will be …
🇬🇧 SuRie to host online concert on 29th March

🇬🇧 SuRie to host online concert on 29th March

2018 UK representative, SuRie, has announced she will be hosting her own online live concert, iSuRielation, on Sunday 29th March at 19:00 BST (20:00 CEST). SuRie was set to co-host the London Eurovision Party this weekend alongside Paddy O’Connell. However, as a result of social distancing restrictions in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic, the pre-party was postponed for the first time in its history. Invites all around! The “Storm” singer announced on her Twitter that she would be hosting her own online concert this Sunday. You're all invited 🎉A live stream show across SuRie socials for a substitute singsong next Sunday. Not quite the fabulous @LDNEurovision party you deserve, but my pleasure to offer some musical respite.So, what would you like on the set list? pic.twitter.com/Kh9eVGGJ4e— SuRye (@surieofficial) March 22, 2020 Her “lockdown Eurovision party” will be held across SuRie’s social medias so you can all watch and sing along, on what would have been the night of the first pre-party of 2020. SuRie called out to her fans on what songs they would like to see on her set list and many people have replied with their choices of some Eurovision classics from across the eras. Some …
🇬🇧 BBC to broadcast “Eurovision: Come Together” on 16th May

🇬🇧 BBC to broadcast “Eurovision: Come Together” on 16th May

With Eurovision 2020 cancelled, the BBC have confirmed they will be producing a replacement show, “Eurovision: Come Together”, for British viewers. The show will be presented by the BBC’s Eurovision commentator, Graham Norton. The programme will be produced by BBC Studios and broadcast on BBC One. It will feature classic Eurovision performances, interviews and a look at the entries that would have took part in 2020. “Eurovision: Come Together” is part of the BBC’s plans to “entertain the nation in time of need”. Replacing the cancelled event “Eurovision: Come Together” will replace the Eurovision final broadcast, which was due to take place on 16th May. It joins the BBC programming alongside the new Glastonbury Experience, which will replace broadcasts of the world-famous music festival, which was also cancelled last week. In a press release today, “Eurovision: Come Together” is described by the BBC Director-General as a show to bring together the nation in uncertain times. We can all still have a Eurovision moment, even if it is different from the past. Our pledge is to offer the best escapism, fun and distraction we can, alongside the news and information everyone needs.– Tony Hall, BBC Director-General Alongside classic Eurovision performances, the …
🇫🇮 Aksel Kankaanranta would like to represent Finland in 2021

🇫🇮 Aksel Kankaanranta would like to represent Finland in 2021

Aksel Kankaanranta won Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2020, Finland’s national selection for Eurovision Song Contest 2020. However, the contest got cancelled and he didn’t get to represent Finland. He has stated in an interview with Helsingin Sanomat that he would like to take part in 2021. “Everything’s still open” In the interview he says that while everything is still open, he would like to represent Finland with a new song next year. The European Broadcasting Union has decides that the songs selected for 2020 are not eligible to be used in next year’s contest. Aksel says that he has plans on working on new music with his record label EMI Capitol. He think he will be making indie pop. He was supposed to represent Finland with the song “Looking Back”. The producer of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, Anssi Autio, recently told that information about UMK 2021 will come this week. Would you like to see Aksel Kankaanranta in 2021? Let us know by reacting below or on social media @ESCXTRA!
🇦🇺 Montaigne would “really really” like to return next year

🇦🇺 Montaigne would “really really” like to return next year

Following the cancellation of this year’s contest, Montaigne has confirmed that she would like to return next year to represent Australia at Eurovision 2021. She was set to represent Australia in Rotterdam with the song, “Don’t Break Me”. She has reached out to her fans on Twitter today regarding the situation. Montaigne was due to become the sixth Australian representative at Eurovision after winning Eurovision: Australia Decides in early February. “I would really like to do it” The Sydney-born singer Montaigne tweeted today in response to fans asking her whether she would return to compete in Eurovision 2021. In the tweet, she seemed certain that she would like to be invited back to compete next year. Hello everyone wondering about my participation in Eurovision next year. I would really like to do it. Really really. A lot. But that’s up to SBS. So please direct your queries about that to them, what happens isn’t in my hands.– Montaigne, speaking on Twitter (23 Mar 2020) She also reminded her fans that the final decision over whether she would return or not would be made by Australian broadcaster SBS. At the time of publishing, the tweet has now been removed from Twitter …
🇫🇮 UMK producer promises new information next week

🇫🇮 UMK producer promises new information next week

The producer of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, Anssi Autio, promises in an interview with Finnish tabloid Ilta-Sanomat, that there will be news about the future of UMK next week. One artist only again? For the past nine years the Finnish broadcaster Yle has selected their representative to Eurovision Song Contest through the national selection Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK). This year, the winner was Aksel Kankaanranta with his song “Looking Back”. As the Eurovision Song Contest was cancelled for 2020, Aksel never got to represent the country at the contest. This year six artists competed in the Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu. For the past two years, Yle selected their artist internally and let the public choose the song the artist will perform. Saara Aalto and Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman the two internal choices. At the end of this year’s show the host Krista Siegfrids said that also in next year, UMK will be an open contest where anyone can send their songs in. However, as the contest was cancelled in 2020, there is a possibility that Yle follows the footsteps of many other broadcasters, who have given their 2020 representatives a second chance and let them represent the country in next year’s contest. …
🇮🇸 Daði Freyr releases a cover of Eleni Foureira’s “Fuego”

🇮🇸 Daði Freyr releases a cover of Eleni Foureira’s “Fuego”

Daði Freyr was set to represent Iceland at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest with the group Gagnamagnið – but since the contest was cancelled, he has released a cover version of Eleni Foureira’s “Fuego” on his YouTube channel! Reaching out to his fans on Twitter, Daði held a poll to see which Eurovision fan favourite he should cover. With 32.2% of the vote, it was “Fuego”, by Eleni Foureira that was chosen to be covered. “Fuego” beat songs like “Je Ne Sais Quoi”, “Lipstick” and “Arcade”. The people have spoken!I'll be posting the making off on my instagram ❤ pic.twitter.com/oscbruW6k0— Daði Freyr 🥑 (@dadimakesmusic) March 19, 2020 Daði is on fire! Sporting his green sweater, Daði starts the videos by talking about how he wanted his fans to have control over his cover: Eurovision was cancelled yesterday [Wednesday], but this morning I asked my Twitter followers to tell me what song from Eurovision they wanted me to play. And this is the song.– Daði Freyr The cover sees a different take on the 2018 Eurovision runner-up, with more of a funky 80s vibe, similar to the style heard in his Söngvakeppnin winning entry, “Think About Things”. Eurovision fans will originally …
🇳🇱 Marga Bult puts singing on hold to pick up job as nurse

🇳🇱 Marga Bult puts singing on hold to pick up job as nurse

Marga Bult has decided to put all singing activities on hold for the time being. The singer, who represented The Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 1987 with Rechtop In De Wind, wants to pick up her old job as a nurse. She will do so to help fight the outbreak of the coronavirus in the Netherlands. Marga Bult: Back to her old profession The now 63-year old singer has confirmed the news to newspaper De Telegraaf. Due to the measures, put in place by the Dutch government, Marga has had to cancel all of her performances for the time being. The next couple of months are always busy for her, as she’s one of the country’s most beloved Eurovision related acts. Her diary was all about the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Being a nurse isn’t exactly new to Marga Bult. Before she became a professional singer, she already spent quite a few years in the profession. Her dedication to healthcare has never left, so when the Elisabeth-TweeSteden Ziekenhuis in Tilburg put a call online for former nurses and doctors to assist during the outbreak of the coronavirus, Marga didn’t think twice and applied. The singer told newspaper De Telegraaf: …
🇪🇸 Ruth Lorenzo performs balcony concert during coronavirus lockdown

🇪🇸 Ruth Lorenzo performs balcony concert during coronavirus lockdown

Crises encourage people to stand together. As the Eurovision fandom stands together a day after the cancellation of the 2020 contest, we also see Spain’s Eurovision 2014 star, Ruth Lorenzo, performing a balcony concert in Spain. The country is currently in a lockdown situation due to the coronavirus. A message of hope from Ruth Lorenzo The balcony performances aren’t new. Recently, we saw many people singing together all over Italy amidst their lockdown. They even sang Diodato’s “Fai Rumore”, which was going to be Italy’s entry this year, together. Ruth Lorenzo takes a simple, but very effective approach. Sitting on her balcony with a microphone, she opens with her Eurovision song from Copenhagen, “Dancing In The Rain”. Obviously, her next song simply had to be the one she wowed everyone with during her time on X Factor: “Purple Rain”. In her Facebook post, which you can see below, Ruth Lorenzo dedicates the song to her good friend and fellow Eurovision 2014 entrant: Conchita Wurst. Apparently, she still owed Conchita a “Purple Rain”. The Spanish songstress gives it her all for the people listening and, judging by the applause, they really appreciate what she did for them. Earlier that day, she …
🇸🇪 Lina Hedlund to host an Unplugged session with Melodifestivalen stars

🇸🇪 Lina Hedlund to host an Unplugged session with Melodifestivalen stars

Due to the recent restrictions put in place, artists haven’t been able to perform the way they should. Melodifestivalen 2020 host and 2019 participant Lina Hedlund has revealed yesterday that she will be hosting an unplugged session today. View this post on Instagram Ett litet ljus i detta mörker❤️ kärlek och musik till er alla❣️ @nassimalfakir @hedlund_hanna @martinstenmarck @dotter_official @robinbengtssons @fridaohrnofficial @anisdondemina @oscarzia @karantansessions länk i bio #karantänsessions A post shared by Lina Hedlund (@linahedlundofficial) on Mar 18, 2020 at 6:41am PDT Melodifestivalen artists and more! Linda will be hosting this event, along with a few Melodifestivalen artists and much more, the full list is as follows: Lina HedlundDotterRobin BengtssonAnis Don DeminaMartin StenmarckFrida ÖhrnNassim Al FakirOscar ZiaHannah Hedlund The livestream will take place today at 12:00CET and you are able to watch it right here. Will you be watching today’s Unplugged session? Let us know! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter, @escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates! 
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