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🇸🇪 Sweden to air ‘Sveriges 12:a’ as part of their alternative programming for Eurovision

🇸🇪 Sweden to air ‘Sveriges 12:a’ as part of their alternative programming for Eurovision

Since the cancellation, of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, the participating broadcasters have been preparing alternative programming for May. The EBU has confirmed alternative programming for May 16. However, there is still the gap for May 12 & 14, when the Semi-Finals are due to take place. For Sweden, they will fill part of this gap in the form of ‘Sveriges 12:a’. SVT celebrates #Eurovision week 2020 with 3 TV specials! May 9th: All 41 entries in "Inför ESC". The viewers vote for 26 finalists in the #Melfest app. May 14th: A winner is selected in "Sveriges 12:a". May 16th: "Europe Shine a Light". All at 21:00 CET. 👇https://t.co/ptk3XVgdH5— Melodifestivalen (@SVTmelfest) April 3, 2020 Sweden in search of their winner of Eurovision 2020 On May 9, David Sundin (one of the hosts of this year’s Melodifestivalen) will present the 41 entries of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, along with Christer Björkman. Once presented, the voting would then be opened on the Melodifestivalen app, where the Swedish audience would pick 25 entries for the final, which will be revealed on May 14. Christer Bjorkman had the following to say about SVT’s alternative programming: I am glad that the viewers can also …
🇫🇮 YLE to release Eurovision Diaries on April 6

🇫🇮 YLE to release Eurovision Diaries on April 6

Eurovision 2020 may not be happening, but at least, we are able to reminisce about to reminisce about last year’s contest. Finnish broadcaster YLE has confirmed that it will be releasing a Documentary about the Eurovision Fans titled ‘Eurovision Diaries’, you are able to watch a teaser of the documentary below: A Sneak Peek into the life of Eurovision Fans The majority of people think that Eurovision only takes place in May, when technically, it’s all year round who are hardcore fans of the contest. The Documentary looks at the lives of Eurovision fans across the globe during the 2019 Eurovision Season, as well as the contest itself; which took place in Tel Aviv. Also taking part in the Eurovision Diaries documentary is Finland’s 2013 Eurovision participant and Fan-Favourite Krista Siegfrids, who has also done voice-overs for the documentary. View this post on Instagram A post shared by K R I S T A S I E G F R I D S (@kristasiegfrids) You are able to watch the official theme song ‘Love is My Favourite Song’ by Sonja Lumme, who represented Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1985 with the song ‘Eläköön elämä’ which placed 9th overall. …
Eurovision.tv launches “Eurovision Home Concerts”

Eurovision.tv launches “Eurovision Home Concerts”

With most of Europe now on lockdown, Eurovision.tv is launching a new series called “Eurovision Home Concerts”! The series will be shown on YouTube and across Eurovision’s social media channels! Each episode will feature famous Eurovision artists performing their entry and a cover of a Eurovision favourite! The first episode will be published this Friday (3rd April). New episodes will follow every Friday! Eurovision fans will be able to vote for each artist’s cover song through Twitter polls. Even with this year’s contest cancelled, it won’t stop a few 2020 acts popping up along the way too! Bringing people “together”! Ryan O’Shaugnessy was announced as the first artist to be taking part. He represented Ireland at the 2018 contest in Lisbon. He will appear in the first episode, performing his Eurovision entry, “Together”, alongside his cover song, “Think About Things” (Iceland 2020). Today, Tamara Todevska was announced as the second artist to take part. As well as her jury vote winner, “Proud”, she will also perform last year’s runner-up “Soldi”. Italy’s 2019 entry won the public vote with 41.1%. It hasn’t been announced whether Tamara will also perform her 2008 non-qualifier, “Let Me Love You”, during the online concert. More …
🇬🇧 Songwriter Bill Martin passes away at the age of 81

🇬🇧 Songwriter Bill Martin passes away at the age of 81

Scottish songwriter and music publisher, Bill Martin, has passed away at the age of 81. Bill wrote three Eurovision entries – “Puppet on a String”, “Congratulations” and “Toi”. Bill’s songwriting partner, Phil Coulter, expressed his condolences on Twitter, stating that Bill’s passing marks the “end of an era”. More bad news.Heard this morning of the passing of BILL MARTIN. He was my songwriting partner for almost twenty years and an important part of my life and career. I remember with most affection our early struggles in Denmark Street.End of an era.— Phil Coulter (@Phil_Coulter) March 26, 2020 Life and career Bill Martin was born on 9th November 1938 in Govan, near Glasgow in Scotland. He wrote his first song at the age of 10, however did not have a song released until 1963. His first song to be released on record was Tommy Quickly’s “Kiss Me Now”. In 1965, he met his songwriting partner Phil Coulter who he worked with for almost twenty years. Together, they wrote songs for many major artists including Elvis Presley, Cilla Black, The Foundations and George Harrison. Martin, along with Coulter, wrote his first Eurovision song in 1967 – “Puppet on a String”. The song, …
More countries announce alternative Eurovision programming

More countries announce alternative Eurovision programming

Four more countries have announced they will be organising their own alternative programming to replace this year’s contest, which was cancelled last week. Austria and the United Kingdom have already announced their own programming to replace the first ever Eurovision to be cancelled. The alternative programming includes a preview show from Germany, a week of programming in the Netherlands, a look back at memorable Eurovision moments in Norway and an online contest in Spain. 🇩🇪 Germany – ESC-Songcheck German broadcaster NDR has announced that it will still run its preview show, ESC-Songcheck, during the week that Eurovision should have took place in. The show will see a panel of jurors vote on the 2020 entries to find their favourite. The jurors for the show include Germany’s Eurovision commentator Peter Urban, 2006 German representative Jane Comerford and TV presenter Thomas Gottschalk who commentated on the 1989 contest. An online vote is also being considered for the show, which will be broadcast in the week commencing 11th May. Alina Stiegler and Stefan Speigel will present the show. Jane Comerford, who took part in Eurovision 2006, will be on Germany’s jury 🇳🇱 Netherlands – A week of programming The host country for the …
🇮🇸 Daði Freyr will not compete in Söngvakeppnin again – but will happily go to Eurovision

🇮🇸 Daði Freyr will not compete in Söngvakeppnin again – but will happily go to Eurovision

In an interview on radio station Bylgjan this afternoon, Daði Freyr talked about Söngvakeppnin, Eurovision, the cancellation and his musical future. Among other things he said that he does not intend to take part in Söngvakeppnin again. 2020 songs not eligible for 2021 Last week it was announced that the songs that had been selected to participate in Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will not be eligible to compete in next year’s contest. This means the broadcasters has to choose between sending this year’s artist(s) with a different song or finding a new representative. A lot of broadcasters have already announced their decissions, but so far no news have emerged regarding what RÚV is thinking of doing. Will not take part in Söngvakeppnin again In an interview with radio station Bylgjan this afternoon, the Icelandic 2020 entrant, Daði Freyr, says that he will not participate in Söngvakeppnin again. He would however love to go to Eurovision. If RÚV wants him to ever represent Iceland at Eurovision, they will have to select him internally for 2021. The reason for this decission is perhaps not what one might expect. Daði told Bylgjan: “No, I won’t participate in Söngvakeppnin again. We have already won …
🇪🇸 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!
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