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Ireland’s Zena Donnelly joins Team Pixie after successful audition on The Voice Kids UK!

Ireland’s Zena Donnelly joins Team Pixie after successful audition on The Voice Kids UK!

A few weeks ago, we discovered by chance that Zena Donnelly would be taking part in the first season of The Voice Kids UK. Of course, Zena represented Ireland in last year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Her performance of Bríce ar Bhríce earned Ireland their first top 10 finish at Junior Eurovision. Tonight, the second auditions episode of the series aired on ITV and Zena took to the famous stage! Zena knows best! The 14-year-old chose to perform a cover of Mamma Knows Best by Jessie J, a track from Jessie’s debut album Who You Are. She had to impress at least one of the three coaches, Danny Jones, Pixie Lott and will.i.am, in order to progress to the next round. Our Irish starlet belted out the big-band influenced number and won immense praise from the coaches and support from the studio audience. Pixie turned her chair for Zena as soon as she hit the first big note! Zena then joined team Pixie. You can watch Zena’s performance below: In a beautiful moment, Zena told the judges about when she sang a duet with Whitney Houston when she was 7 years old. Seeing Whitney on tour, Zena held up a sign asking to sing with her. …
Does Instagram predict an Icelandic superstar duet for 2018?

Does Instagram predict an Icelandic superstar duet for 2018?

In Kyiv last month, Iceland failed to qualify for the Eurovision grand final for the third year in a row. For a country where well over 90% of the population tune in to the contest, this is NOT a good thing. Now, two Instagram posts have us thinking; might we have the solution to this situation?  Will history repeat itself? This is not the first time this happens, though, it actually happened once before; in 2005-2007. After that, however, they qualified for the next seven years. Can we hope for a repeat of that, starting in Lisbon next May? But to make that happen, Iceland needs to come up with something spectacular. And that might just have happened already! Parallel Instagram posts On June 2 we noticed something interesting on Instagram…actually on two separate Instagram accounts.     I’m not sure if the ice creams are identical (different angles 😛 ), but it looks to me like they’re sitting in the exact same spot! Wearing fairly similar tops…and they were both there to take part in the same songwriting summer camp! It might be wildly optimistic, but a Eurovision entry written and performed by two of Iceland’s best and most …
Saara Aalto will join the judging panel on Finland’s relaunch of “The X Factor Suomi”

Saara Aalto will join the judging panel on Finland’s relaunch of “The X Factor Suomi”

Towards the end of last year, we followed Saara Aalto’s remarkable journey on The X Factor UK. Despite appearing in the bottom three on three separate occasions, the former UMK runner-up eventually won over the British public. After winning the vote in both the quarter-final and the semi-final, Saara went on to finish in second place in the final. She subsequently signed record deals with Sony Music UK and Sony Music Finland. From X Factor contestant to X Factor judge! Today, Saara has announced that she is going to become one of the four judges on the Finnish version of The X Factor. So far, only one series of X Factor Finland has been aired and this took place back in 2010. However, Saara’s appearance on the British version of the show last year received massive interest from the Finnish public. Towards the end of the series, the show aired live on Finnish TV. Therefore, MTV3 in Finland has embraced this popularity to relaunch their own version of the show. “I know what it takes to go through a competition like this” Saara is overwhelmed with this opportunity, expressing her delight on her Facebook page: The show will air in spring 2018 Saara is being joined …
Norway: Battle of the Stars 2017

Norway: Battle of the Stars 2017

As some of you might remember, last November Knut Anders Sørum (Norway 2004), won the title of Norway’s Ultimate Entertainer. He won this title after going all the way in the tv-show “Battle of the Stars”. One of the songs he performed on his way to victory was Loreen’s “Euphoria”. Knut Anders performing “Nessun Dorma” Battle of the Stars In Battle of the Stars well known singers compete in various musical genres. The winner of the show is the one who handles most of the genres the best. Today NRK revealed the names of this year’s participants, and to the Eurovision/MGP insider there are quite a few familiar names. Eurovision artists No less than three former Eurovision artists are taking part; Aleksander Walmann, Didrik Solli Tangen and Benedicte Adrian. Aleksander gave Norway a top 10 finish just three weeks ago, performing “Grab the Moment” with JOWST in Kyiv. Didrik represented Norway with “My Heart is Yours”, finishing in a very disappointing 20th place on home ground in 2010. And who can forget “Lenge leve livet”, the Norwegian entry from 1984? Benedicte is the blond half of Dollie de Luxe, who gave Norway a 17th place, while “skiing” on stage. She …
Lena surges to iTunes #1 after emotional performance of ‘If I Wasn’t Your Daughter’ on Sing meinen Song

Lena surges to iTunes #1 after emotional performance of ‘If I Wasn’t Your Daughter’ on Sing meinen Song

Yesterday, we wrote about If I Wasn’t Your Daughter, the brand new single release by 2010 Eurovision winner Lena. The acoustic version of the song is now available on all digital music platforms. However, since our previous article, the popularity of If I Wasn’t Your Daughter has surged substantially. This is due to a stunningly emotional performance by Lena on German music show Sing meinen Song aired just a few hours ago. A show all about the music Sing meinen Song is a show where several musicians from a variety of musical genres face the “great musical challenge” of singing each other’s hits. It all takes place in front of a “breathtaking backdrop” and in a “relaxed atmosphere”. Not only do the artists taking part sing each other’s hits. They also treat us to special performances of their very own songs. Lena did exactly that tonight, giving her first live TV performance of If I Wasn’t Your Daughter. Her fellow musicians and the watching audience were immediately wowed. Watch the must-see performance below! http://world.webclips.akamai.rtl.de/vod/videolounge09/59/555194_vsms_20170606_j67371_05_lena.mp4 The public are full of praise for Lena Without doubt this is one of the most personal songs Lena has ever released. As written in our previous article, in the …
Australia’s Guy Sebastian: It’s time for all of TV’s music talent shows to be “rested”

Australia’s Guy Sebastian: It’s time for all of TV’s music talent shows to be “rested”

Guy Sebastian is one of Australia’s biggest stars, and also one of reality TV’s biggest success stories. He won the first season of Australian Idol back in 2003. He has since released eight albums, all reaching the top 10 in Australia. In addition, a remarkable 21 of his singles as lead artist reached the top 20 of his national singles chart. Furthermore, some of those singles have achieved international success. Guy Sebastian: It’s time for talent shows to be rested 2012’s Battle Scars charted in Scandinavia and the United States. Tonight Again charted all over Europe in 2015 following Guy’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. Of course, Guy was Australia’s first ever Eurovision entrant when they were invited to Vienna to celebrate the contest’s 60th anniversary. So it may come as a surprise that today, Guy has called for television talent shows to be “rested” considering the huge career platform one was for himself. A key problem: the “recycling” of talent In an interview with KIIS FM in Australia, Guy explained that the TV talent show market had become too saturated. He believes the proof of this is that the various shows, such as The X Factor and The Voice, are now “recycling” …
Sandra Reemer dies aged 66

Sandra Reemer dies aged 66

Dutch singer and former Eurovision participant Sandra Reemer has died. The three time Eurovision entrant died from breast cancer. Cancer diagnosis The singer was diagnosed with breast cancer just three months ago. She discovered something was wrong during the recordings of a TV show in Indonesia. When announcing her diagnosis, therapies had started to treat and battle the cancer. A battle she now sadly lost. Sandra Reemer’s manager announced the sad news this afternoon. She was aged just 66 and is best remembered outside the Netherlands for her three Eurovision participations. Sandra and Eurovision Sandra Reemer took part in Eurovision for the first time in 1972. Together with Andres, she finished in fourth place. Four years later, broadcaster NOS asked her to fly the Dutch flag on home soil in The Hague. As a result of her ninth place, the Dutch were happy to send her to Eurovision again, this time with Colorado in 1979. She missed the top ten for the first time, finishing in twelfth. Remarkable is that Sandra participated under three names: Sandra&Andres, Sandra Reemer and then her band name, Xandra. From 2000 to 2005, Sandra relived her Eurovision days with Marga Bult and Maggie MacNeal to form …
Lucie Jones joins Encore Radio replacing Blue’s Duncan James

Lucie Jones joins Encore Radio replacing Blue’s Duncan James

The United Kingdom’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, Lucie Jones, has today been announced as the new host of Encore Radio’s Sunday Morning request show. She will be replacing another former Eurovision performer, Duncan James of Blue who represented the UK in 2011, while he takes a break. Encore Radio is the UK’s musical theatre radio station, so Lucie is a perfect fit. Lucie has performed previously on the West End in Les Miserables and recently toured the UK with Rent. Her next production will be the UK tour of Legally Blonde, for which she will play Elle Woods. Lucie Jones is a “bubbly character” In making the announcement, Encore Radio’s Managing Editor, Jamie Crick, said: “We first interviewed Lucie on tour in Rent and her bubbly character and natural charm fit so well with the rest of the team and I’m so pleased to have her as part of the growing family of Encore Radio talent, people who love musicals and want to share that with our audience across the south-east on DAB Digital Radio and all over the UK” Lucie Jones finished 15th at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. She earned the United …
Edward af Sillén rewrites ‘Love Love Peace Peace’ for 2017

Edward af Sillén rewrites ‘Love Love Peace Peace’ for 2017

Last year, Jamala won the Eurovision Song Contest. But after the competing entries had finished, it was Love Love Peace Peace that took the fans (and many other viewers) by storm. The lyricist and Swedish commentator in Eurovision, Edward af Sillén, has rewritten those lyrics for 2017… Let’s see which entries featured! Twerks in a monkey suit Surely we can all imagine which elements from the 2017 contest would feature in this year’s Eurovision parody. Who can forget Azerbaijan’s man on a ladder… with a horse head? Or the Moldovan wedding dresses? Obviously, both of those got a good mention, as well as Italy’s monkey. The lyrics feature twerking. We missed the twerking, but we certainly saw the monkey dance. Oh, and he just had to mention the Ukrainian ass during Jamala’s interval. Nothing says winner like…   “Nothing says winner like a violin”, said Måns during the 2016 performance. Few violins were seen during this year’s final, but the one we did see, finished in third. As did the saxophone, which Edward now told us to bring to create the perfect Eurovision winner. Edward’s full post can be seen here, on his Facebook page. We’d like to know what you would …
Salvador Sobral Labelled An “Inept Idiot” After Comments on the Manchester Arena Bombing

Salvador Sobral Labelled An “Inept Idiot” After Comments on the Manchester Arena Bombing

During Sobral’s Eurovision experience, and after, he has been known for his controversial comments. During dress rehearsals for the grand final, he wore a sweatshirt with the logo “S.O.S. Refugees” on the front, and was almost disqualified for it. Now, he has commented on the Manchester Arena Bombing last week, and it has not been received well by some! Uh oh. What did he say? In response to the Manchester Arena Bombing, Sobral said in an interview with RTP: “A lot of importance is given only to certain attacks, and I would like to hear about those attacks that aren’t reported about. I know that it’s very difficult, almost impossible, especially with social media, since it gives a lot of importance to them. It would be good if there was an agreement in the media about the reporting of terror attacks.” His comments have generated some criticism, especially from Portuguese actress, Maria Vieira, who commented on Facebook: “This guy is an inept idiot who does not say what he knows or knows what he says!” She posted the comment on an article regarding Sobral’s comments, but Vieira has since deleted her comment. Vieira is known for being very vocal with …
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