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🇳🇱 Duncan Laurence to release an album in 2020

🇳🇱 Duncan Laurence to release an album in 2020

Back in the studio Reigning Eurovision winner Duncan Laurence only recently released his debut EP ‘Worlds On Fire’, but he is already back in the studio! Fans of Duncan will be more than pleased to hear that he is back to making music, and this time for a full album. While his EP consisted of 5 songs, including his winning entry ‘Arcade’, this album is most likely full of new and unreleased songs. Drive-in announcement Duncan announced the news yesterday at a drive-in concert, a COVID-19 friendly alternative to big concerts in venues. The lucky few who attended were the first to hear the news, which Duncan confirmed afterwards on Twitter as well: “An album. This year. 2020.” While there is no official date for the release at the time of writing, fans can still look forward to some new music before the end of this year. It was so nice to be back on stage. And yes I said it. You heard it. An album. This year❤️. 2020. Sleep tight everyone x pic.twitter.com/WfyVhaz6aT— Duncan Laurence (@dunclaurence) September 1, 2020 Duncan Laurence at the Eurovision Song Contest The Netherlands internally selected Duncan Laurence to represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. …
🇳🇱 Can we expect a new logo for Eurovision 2021?

🇳🇱 Can we expect a new logo for Eurovision 2021?

Happy Eurovision New Year! September has started, which means that every song that comes out from now, could be a potential entry for the contest in 2021. We cross our fingers to get a brilliant new Eurovision season. Who’s excited? New logo? When scrolling through the Instagram feed, we came across this post by Ben Prins. Ben is part of the Eurovision team of 2020 and 2021 and takes responsibilities for design and branding. On 1 September, he published a post on his Instagram feed with the following comment: “OPEN UP AGAIN! Babet Verstappen en ik zijn er klaar voor!”. We love to see motivated people to give us Eurovision 2021 in the best way possible. However, when looking at the photo, there was another eye catcher. A new logo? View this post on Instagram O P E N U P A G A I N @babetverstappen en ik zijn er klaar voor. #esc2021 L E T S G O @teamesc2021! #eurovision #songcontest #esc #songfestival #wegaanerweervoor #design #branding #feest A post shared by Ben Prins (@ikbenprins) on Sep 1, 2020 at 5:41am PDT UPDATE Following the publication of our article, the Executive Supervisor of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest Sietse …
🇨🇿 Mikolas Josef shares five-year battle with anxiety: “Every day is worth living”

🇨🇿 Mikolas Josef shares five-year battle with anxiety: “Every day is worth living”

In 2018, thousands of Eurovision Song Contest fans took Mikolas Josef into their hearts as he became, and remains, the most successful representative from the Czech Republic at the contest. Now, Mikolas has bravely shared his five-year battle with anxiety via his Instagram page. A battle beginning in 2016 Mikolas explains that his battle with anxiety began in 2016. However, earlier this year, Mikolas tells us that his anxiety had reached a new peak. In regards to the effects of the anxiety, he says that it causes his body to shake for four hours, his heart to race like he is having a heart attack and when he stands up, he falls down. Furthermore, he struggled to put his words together and when combined all of these anxieties with his asthma, he feels that there is “no oxygen in the air”. The Czech star explains that initially he thought the best option, when his suffering reached a peak this Spring, was to quit his record label out of “fear of looking weak”. However, he now realises that “showing weakness and taking the judgement that follows is actually sign of strength”. Re-evaluating himself To make progress in his battle, Mikolas reveals …
🇮🇱 Netta reflects on changes to her life and career during COVID-19 lockdown

🇮🇱 Netta reflects on changes to her life and career during COVID-19 lockdown

Eurovision 2018 winner Netta speaks on the COVID-19 pandemic, her daily life and career. She also touches on precarious situation the culture industry finds itself in due to the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the vast majority of us. However, it is interesting to hear details about it from someone living an unusual life already. Netta leads such an unusual life, as a member of a select club of Eurovision winners, and based in the cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv. As such a high-profile figure in the entertainment industry in Israel, she has been emphasising how important that entertainment is to society. Speaking to Reuters a few days ago, she spoke of the difficulties in working for her and singers like her in a lockdown environment. She had to cancel a large promotion tour for her new single. She also had to find a new way to engage with her fans. The answer, like many other musical artists at different times this year, was to host internet performances. She started with podcasts and worked her way up to concerts, internet performances. A few months ago, she released her new single ‘Cuckoo’, written before the pandemic. Yet, for containing the …
🇦🇺 Isaiah Firebrace revealed as ‘Wizard’ in the Australian version of The Masked Singer

🇦🇺 Isaiah Firebrace revealed as ‘Wizard’ in the Australian version of The Masked Singer

The second season of the Australian version of ‘The Masked Singer’ is currently airing. Throughout the season, Eurovision fans have been linking former Eurovision participants in the line-up of the latest season. Now, as the second season of the show is now mid-way through, the first former Eurovision participant in the current season is now confirmed. Australia’s Eurovision 2017 representative Isaiah Firebrace is revealed as ‘Wizard’ from the latest episode of the show. You are able to watch his cover of Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’ below. Isaiah found it difficult to keep his participation a secret from his father In an interview on ‘Behind the Mask’, Isaiah has revealed that he found it difficult to keep his participation a secret from his father. In addition to this, he also talked about his costume and his experience performing on it. The latest season of The Masked Singer continues on over at Network Ten in Australia. Will we find another former Eurovision participant in the remaining line-up? Stick around to find out. Isaiah Firebrace at the Eurovision Song Contest In 2017, Australia internally selected Isaiah Firebrace in Kyiv with the song ‘Don’t Come Easy’. Isaiah’s participation at the contest, saw Australia reach the …
🇬🇧 James Newman sparks speculation of a Eurovision return in 2021

🇬🇧 James Newman sparks speculation of a Eurovision return in 2021

As the BBC remains quiet on the Eurovision 2021 front, James Newman – who was set to represent the United Kingdom at this year’s Eurovision – has teased fans today on Twitter today, revealing he “had a productive week writing” alongside the “My Last Breath” co-writers. James was due to represent the five-time winning nation in Rotterdam with “My Last Breath” before the contest was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As usual with the BBC, they have kept their plans under wraps for the 2021 contest, unlike many countries who have already invited their artists back from 2020. A winning combination “My Last Breath” was written by James Newman himself along with Adam Argyle, Ed Drewett (who has worked with acts such as Little Mix and One Direction) and Eurovision-winning songwriter Iain James (who co-wrote the 2011 winner, “Running Scared”). Writing on Twitter this morning, James teased at new content coming up written by the same team responsible for his 2020 entry: Had a productive week writing with the my mates who I wrote My Last Breath with!— James Newman (@JamesNewmanUk) August 27, 2020 Last year, the BBC teamed up with record label BMG to select their Eurovision entry. …
🇩🇰 Ulla Pia passes away at the age of 75

🇩🇰 Ulla Pia passes away at the age of 75

Danish singer Ulla Pia has passed away at the age of 75, after being diagnosed with cancer in March. Ulla represented Denmark at the 1966 Eurovision Song Contest, performing “Stop – mens legen er go”. Before passing away on Saturday, she had been living in a nursing home in Copenhagen. Tributes have been paid to the singer, with Danish broadcaster DR featuring an obituary, documenting Ulla’s career. Life and career Ulla Pia was born on 17th February 1945 in Copenhagen, and from a young age, her talent was noted and she began a career in jazz music, performing alongside bands and orchestras. She was soon becoming a well-known name in Denmark, as she began to branch out to pop music and appear on many TV shows. In 1963, Ulla married guitarist Ole Berndorff with whom she had her only child, Katrina. By the mid-1960s, Ulla had began performing with jazz musician Finn Ziegler who suggested that she should compete in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, the Danish selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. To her surprise, she won the selection with a landslide victory, despite competing against past Eurovision entrants Dario Campeotto and Gustav Winckler. Performing “Stop – mens legen er …
🇺🇦 Ukraine Independence Day: Eurovision & Vidbir stars perform in Kyiv

🇺🇦 Ukraine Independence Day: Eurovision & Vidbir stars perform in Kyiv

Some of Ukraine’s biggest musical stars came together to perform in Kyiv’s Mikhailovskaya Square as part of the 2020 Ukraine Independence Day celebrations. ICTV have published the video of the performances. An unforgettable, bright show was staged by the stars on Mikhailovskaya Square in Kiev for the Independence Day. They presented the song history of modern Ukraine from 42 fragments of iconic compositions. The country celebrates Ukraine Independence Day on 24th August. As part of the celebrations a variety of Ukrainian singers performed a range of well known songs to celebrate the song history of Ukraine. Performers included Eurovision and Vidbir favourites Jamala, Ruslana, Tayanna, Tina Karol, Verka Serduchka and The Hardkiss. Normally at this time large crowds would gather in Kyiv for a range of street performances and concerts. However due to the Covid-19 pandemic organisers had to create an alternative with more distanced performances. The sixteen minutes feature performances from Eurovision winners Ruslana and Jamala, Eurovision 2007 runner-up Verka Serduchka (of course making a a grand entrance!) and 2006’s 6th place Tina Karol. The Hardkiss perform a clip of Jamala’s ‘1944’, with Jamala returning to cover their hit ‘Make Up’. What do you think of the performance of …
🇳🇱 Rotterdam Ahoy set to cut 40% of their staff

🇳🇱 Rotterdam Ahoy set to cut 40% of their staff

The Eurovision venue for 2021, Rotterdam Ahoy, will be laying off nearly half of their staff. This is due to the cancellation of events scheduled at the venue and the overall impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. Closed since 13 March, business hasn’t been good at the Rotterdam Ahoy Arena. Like so many other venues across Europe, it has been unable to host the large events it depends upon. This has made it financially unviable to keep on all of its staff. Out of the 270 staff who are permanent employees, 100 will be losing their jobs. According to Ahoy’s director Jolanda Jansen, who spoke to Dutch paper de Volkskrant in this interview, things are dire for Ahoy, and the industries, particularly catering, that its staff represents. She also highlights that Ahoy is not the only company affected, though for investment reasons Ahoy was in a worse situation. It really is a bloodbath. I think it is dramatic. Our turnover was reduced from 45 million euros to 0. There is simply no work, the catering industry has come to a complete standstill. We cannot do otherwise.Mojo Concerts and the RAI are also cutting more than 30 percent of the jobs. We …
🇰🇿 Daneliya Tuleshova makes America’s Got Talent Semi Finals

🇰🇿 Daneliya Tuleshova makes America’s Got Talent Semi Finals

She’s conquered her native land Kazakhstan. Conquered Ukraine on “The Voice Kids”. Taken Europe by storm in Belarus representing Kazakhstan at Junior Eurovision. Now the starlet it taking America by storm as she progresses to the semifinals of America’s Got Talent. Her journey so far Firstly, her journey started in June when she auditioned for the show with the song “Tears Of Gold” by Faouzia. She gave a note perfect performance with outstanding vocal affectations matching those of the Canadian-Moroccan singer songwriter. This prompted a well deserved standing ovation from the audience as well as leaving judge Sophia Vergara open mouthed. You can watch the performance below. Faouzia even left a comment praising the young Kazakh on the AGT YouTube channel. She had to wait to perform her quarterfinal performance, until August exactly. This is due to the fact that the series like eveything this year was put on hold thanks to the Covid_19 pandemic. Daneliya performed Harry Styles’ “Sign Of The Times” in front of giant LED walls full of fans watching at home and the four resident judges. After her performance she won a second wave of praise from all four judges who gave her a standing ovation …
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