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🇫🇮 UMK16 alumni Heroines win All Together Now Suomi

🇫🇮 UMK16 alumni Heroines win All Together Now Suomi

The girl group Heroines formed by three former Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) participants has won the Finnish version of talent show All Together Now. Rafaela Truda, Ylona and Stella Christine all took part in Finland’s Eurovision 2016 selection Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu. Only one of them, Stella Christine, qualified to the final of the contest. This year the three singers formed a group called Heroines and took part in the Finnish version of All Together Now. After performing “Highway To Hell” and “Show Must Go On” in the final, they were crowned as the winner and received the main prize, 20 thousand Euros. Näytä tämä julkaisu Instagramissa. Henkilön HEROINES (@heroinesmusic) jakama julkaisu First single out now This week the group also released their first single “Rules”. The song is written by the members together with Arto Ruotsala. Previously Arto worked with Saara Aalto as a producer for her UMK 2018 entry “Queens” and co-wrote Alva‘s UMK 2017 song “Arrows”. What do you think about Heroines’ first single? Let us know below or on social media @ESCXTRA!
🇺🇦 Natalie Papazoglu wins “Turkvision 2020”

🇺🇦 Natalie Papazoglu wins “Turkvision 2020”

After five years of waiting and multiple delays we finally have closure to the Fourth Turkvision Song Contest and it’s been won by Ukraine and Natalie Papazoglu with the song “Tikenli Yol” Who took part? A total of 26 countries, regions and oblasts took part all remotely due to the Covid_19 pandemic. The hosts were situated in Istanbul, Turkey. They are as follows. 1 Albania – Ilire Ismajli “Perseri” 2 Nogai – Zhanna Musayeva “Muñayma” (Мунъайма)3 Bashkortostan – Ziliya Bahtieva “Halkyma” (Халҡыма) 4 Bosnia and Herzegovina – Armin Muzaferija “Džehva” 5 Northern Cyprus – Çağıl İşgüzar “Acıtır Hep Hayallerim” 6 North Macedonia – Cengiz Sipahi “Kal Yanımda” 7 Tuva – Oorzhak Omak Çopanoviç “Bayla la Talgam” (Байла ла Талгам) 8 Azerbaijan – Aydan İlxaszade “Can Can Qardaş Can” 9 Poland – Mishelle “Doğma yerlər” 10 Tatarstan – Diliya Ahmetshina “Ğafu it, awılım” (Гафу ит, авылым) 11 Germany – Seyran Ismayilkhanov “Odun” 12 Iraq Turkmen – Sarmad Mahmood “Kelebek” 13 Găgăuzia – Yulia Arnaut “Kemençä” 14 Khakassia – Darya Tacheyeva “Ot chalynda” (От чалында)15 Ukraine – Natalie Papazoglu “Tikenli yol” 16 Serbia – Haris Skarep “Doživotno osuđen” 17 Kyrgyzstan – Aiganysh Abdieva “Yupiter” (Юпитер) 18 Belarus – Svetlana Agarval “Məni anla” …
🇧🇬 VICTORIA will perform a Christmas concert on wheels today in Sofia and online

🇧🇬 VICTORIA will perform a Christmas concert on wheels today in Sofia and online

What better way to begin the festive season than with a Christmas concert! And in this most unusual of years, VICTORIA, the Bulgarian artist for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 and 2021, will perform hers on wheels throughout the city of Sofia and streamed online on her YouTube channel. “I can’t wait for the concert today” VICTORIA’s holiday decorated bus will take her through the capital city of Bulgaria for around 2 hours, starting at 17:00 CET today. During the concert, she will perform some of her biggest hits as well as some festive classics. On 20 December I am hosting my first #Christmas concert on wheels around the city of #Sofia! 🎄 🚚 We will stream the concert live this Sunday at 17 CET via my YouTube channel! 🎅 Can't wait! ❄️ #iCardEurovisionBG pic.twitter.com/Cp5JVURLA0— VICTORIA (@victoriageorge_) December 16, 2020 I can’t wait for the concert today. We hope to bring the Christmas spirit in Sofia with our music bus, which will go around the town centre for two hours. We can’t make any stops but we will stream the event so we can share it with everyone. It’s great that our Eurovision 2021 official sponsor iCard supported the event, …
🇦🇺 Eurovision stars join the panel for The Voice Australia 2021

🇦🇺 Eurovision stars join the panel for The Voice Australia 2021

We know that The Voice and Eurovision have been going hand in hand for the past few years. This can vary in each country and scenario. However, the main trend is usually previous Eurovision participants are either a Coach or a previous contestant. Well in Australia, they just announced the coaching line-up for the upcoming season of The Voice. One of the coaches Guy Sebastian (who represented Australia at Eurovision in 2015) expressed his excitement about returning to the show for another season, with his fellow coaches. View this post on Instagram A post shared by guysebastian (@guysebastian) Familiar faces joining the panel One of the names confirmed to join the panel is ‘Rita Ora’. She auditioned for Eurovision: Your Country Needs You back in 2009. Rita is already familiar with ‘The Voice’. She was a coach in the UK edition of the show in its 4th season. During her stint, she was the coach of Joe Woolford, who went ahead and represent the UK in 2016 with Jake Shakeshaft. Another familiar name on the coaching panel is Jessica Mauboy. She represented Australia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song ‘We Got Love’. The announcement comes after it …
🇫🇮 Krista Siegfrids revealed as Taikahattu and Mikko Leppilampi as Pakkanen in Masked Singer Suomi

🇫🇮 Krista Siegfrids revealed as Taikahattu and Mikko Leppilampi as Pakkanen in Masked Singer Suomi

Eurovision 2013 star Krista Siegfrids and the 2007 host Mikko Leppilampi were revealed to be behind masks in the Finnish version of Masked Singer. Krista Siegfrids as Taikahattu Näytä tämä julkaisu Instagramissa. Henkilön K R I S T A S I E G F R I D S (@kristasiegfrids) jakama julkaisu Krista Siegfrids is best known for representing Finland at Eurovision Song Contest 2013 but since has also hosted the Finnish national selection Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu and taken part in Sweden’s Melodifestivalen – twice! Recently she gave birth to her firstborn, but before that she had time to perform in Masked Singer Suomi. She made it all the way to the semifinal of the show as the Taikahattu (Magic Hat). Over the six shows we saw multi-talented Krista showing many sides we haven’t seen before. Next to proving she really can sing with Sia‘s “Chandelier” and Édith Piaf‘s “La vie en rose“, she also showed her skills in rapping! Mikko Leppilampi as Pakkanen Mikko Leppilampi hosted the contest back in 2007, when it was held in Helsinki, Finland. Next to being a host, he is also known as actor and singer. However, some of his performances surprised everyone. Mikko Leppilampi …
Eurovision Again: our Top 10 non-qualifiers

Eurovision Again: our Top 10 non-qualifiers

Tonight a special one off edition of Eurovison Again (#EurovisionAgain) will be shown live on the Eurovision YouTube channel at 21:00 CET. The show will feature 26 popular non-qualifiers from 2004 to 2019, as voted for by Eurovision fans and “12 sites and podcasts from the Eurovision fan community”. The team here at ESCXTRA were asked to contribute our votes and we can now reveal our top 10. Through a 50/50 combination of public votes on the Eurovision Instagram account and the input from 12 websites and podcasts from the fan community the top non-qualifier from each country has been chosen. In tonight’s show the 26 songs will be revealed and you will be able to vote to crown the winner of best Eurovision non-qualifier. 10 – Latvia 2017:  Triana Park – Line 09 – Finland 2012: Pernilla Karlsson – När Jag Blundar 08 – Slovakia 2010: Kristina – Horehronie 07 – San Marino 2012: Valentina Monetta – Crisalide (Vola) 06 – North Macedonia 2018: Eye Cue – Lost and Found 05 – Iceland 2016: Greta Salome – Hear Them Calling 04 – Greece 2018: Yianna Terzi – Oniro Mou 03 – Israel 2014: Mei Finegold – Same Heart 02 …
🇲🇦 KAN’s Foreign Editor calls for Morocco to return to Eurovision

🇲🇦 KAN’s Foreign Editor calls for Morocco to return to Eurovision

Last week, Morocco became the latest country to agree to normalise relations with Israel. Now, a KAN journalist is calling upon the African nation to make a return to Eurovision for the first time in over 40 years. Morocco last took part in the contest in 1980, when they scored just seven points in their only appearance at the contest. With Israel returning to the contest after a one-edition break in 1981, Morocco withdrew – and have not returned since. Could a return be on the cards in the upcoming years? “Peace is here” Writing on Twitter, KAN’s Foreign Editor and radio presenter Eran Cicurel shared his wishes for Morocco to return saying that, “Israel and the Eurovision community wants you back in the Eurovision game”. הרשו לי לנצל את ההזדמנות ולפנות לרשות השידור המרוקאית:Morocco. Peace is Here. Israel and the Eurovision community wants you back in the game. @Eurovision https://t.co/7iumm39QuO— ערן סיקורל | Eran Cicurel | عيران شيكوريل (@EranCicurel) December 10, 2020 It’s not the first time this year that Morocco and Eurovision have been mentioned together. Back in January, former Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, said that the EBU was in talks with Morocco regarding a return to …
🇨🇾 Kalomira pulled out of Eurovision talks due to coronavirus concerns

🇨🇾 Kalomira pulled out of Eurovision talks due to coronavirus concerns

After many months of speculation, Elena Tsagkrinou was finally announced as Cyprus’ representative for Eurovision 2021 in November. However, you may remember that Kalomira revealed that she was also in talks to represent the island nation. She’s now said in an interview that she pulled out of those talks due to coronavirus concerns. It’s not the first time Kalomira has been rumoured to be returning to the contest – she was also rumoured to be in talks to represent Greece in 2019. Eurovision fans will know Kalomira from her 2008 entry, “Secret Combination”, which brought Greece their third 3rd-place finish of the 2000s. “It was a risk to travel” Speaking on Greek morning show, Happy, Kalomira revealed that she decided against continuing talks to represent Cyprus at Eurovision 2021, due to concerns about travelling during the ongoing pandemic. It was a risk with the coronavirus to travel with my children. There I put the brake.– Kalomira, speaking on Happy She revealed in an interview with Songfestival.be back in September that her team had contacted the Cypriot broadcaster about a possible return to Eurovision. Clearly, that didn’t go ahead. However, she has not ruled out a return altogether. Yes, I would …
🇦🇺 Jessica Mauboy signs with Warner Music Australia

🇦🇺 Jessica Mauboy signs with Warner Music Australia

After 16 years with Sony Music, Australia’s Eurovision 2018 representative Jessica Mauboy has signed a new deal with rival label Warner Music Australia. New music to come in 2021 The Australian Eurovision 2018 representative has said that she is now ready for the next chapter of her career. “I have had an incredible journey with Sony, for which I will forever be grateful. It’s now time for the next chapter of my career and I’m very excited to be joining the team at Warner Music. I have been spending my time in studio lately and looking forward to releasing new music in the new year”Jessica Mauboy In addition, the President of Warner Music Australasia, Niko Nordström, said: “Jessica is a warm-hearted superstar artist and an exceptionally unique talent and we at Warner Music Australia are so thrilled to welcome her to the family”Niko Nordström on Jessica Furthermore, A&R Manager Marcus Thaine added: “We are so over the moon to be working with Jessica. She is an unparalleled artist in Australian history, and we can’t wait to bring her incredible creative vision to life in this new era of her career!”Warner Music Australia A&R Manager Marcus Thaine on Jessica Jessica signed her first …
🇧🇬 VICTORIA makes Bulgaria’s Forbes ’30 Under 30′ list

🇧🇬 VICTORIA makes Bulgaria’s Forbes ’30 Under 30′ list

Bulgaria’s Eurovision 2020/2021 representative VICTORIA continues to make strides as she goes on. After a successful year, with nearly 3 million streams and half a million listeners on Spotify. VICTORIA is revealed as one of the people who made Forbes Bulgaria’s 30 under 30 for 2020. To mark the occasion, VICTORIA took to social media, to thank Forbes Bulgaria, as well as congratulating the other people who have made the list for 2020. View this post on Instagram A post shared by VICTORIA (@victoriageorgievaofficial) The preparation for VICTORIA’s Eurovision 2021 participation cotninues on After being confirmed as Bulgaria’s representative for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. VICTORIA has been hard at work finding the song that she will be singing for Rotterdam. With the “Black Sea Songwriting Camp” set up to potentially find her song. Meanwhile, VICTORIA has released her new song ‘Ugly Cry’, which could be her entry for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. The entry which VICTORIA will perform in Rotterdam will be released in March. Bulgaria at the Eurovision Song Contest Debuting in 2005 in Kyiv, Bulgaria sent Kaffe with the song “Lorraine”. Their debut entry remains their worst to date – placing just 19th in the semi-final. They …
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