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#pauloscar #reykjavikpride #pinkvikingship

#pauloscar #reykjavikpride #pinkvikingship

Last week Reykjavik Pride was celebrated in the world’s northernmost capital, with the parade and concert on Saturday as natural highlights. One third of the Icelandic population took to the streets to participate in the celebration, among them the Canadian ambassador to Iceland who marched in the parade with his husband.  And as always, Páll Óskar (aka Paul Oscar) rose to the occasion… As we reported a while back, he planned on outperforming his own white swan from last year’s parade with a pink viking ship, as a tribute to all the queer “vikings” who have been silenced in Iceland through the centuries, from settlement to today. In addition to rocking the parade, Páll Óskar also rocked, or rather danced, the Pride concert. He was the closing act, performing three songs, including his most recent hit, “Líttu upp í ljós” (Look Into the Light). You can listen to this below. His final song of the concert, though, was what he called “the national anthem. I mean *our* national anthem.” This song is currently the 7th most popular song in Iceland, and if you want to help keep it on the radio playlist, you can vote for it here. (You need to vote for 5 songs, …
Summer releases – Part 4

Summer releases – Part 4

Hi all!! A new week begins and it brings with it the fourth part of our summer releases recap/review!! Today, we’re gonna be travelling all over Europe for our analysis, so buckle up and enjoy the ride!! 😀 OPS (Romania) – S.A.M.P. (She’s After My Piano) This is the third version of this song we get to hear. The first version was performed by Belgian group 2 Fabiola when they competed at the 2014 Belgian national selection for Eurovision. Then, Ovi (composer of the song) made his own version with Paula Seling, for Ovi’s 2014 album “A Bit of Pop Won’t Hurt Anyone”. Time for version number 3 now: Fun track with that sort of 1940s trumpet/piano sound mixed with electro bits and the great vocals from the newly-formed duo OPS (same people, different name). Ovi and Paula, we love you but it is time to hear something brand new, don’t you think? Severina (Croatia) – Calimero This lady is absolutely nuts!!! You gotta love her sense of humour, regardless of liking her voice and/or the music she makes. “Calimero” is a track that can remind you of her ESC entry “Moja Štikla”, but in a slower tempo. There is not a …
Summer releases – Part 3

Summer releases – Part 3

Hiya, it’s me again!!! Missed me??? 😉 This is the third chapter of the summer releases recap, plus a quick analysis on each one as a bonus. Do you agree with our views?? Disagree?? Speak up and get your voice heard too!! 😀 Sofi Marinova (Bulgaria) – Като дете (Kato dete) And we begin with (Queen) Sofi!!! She brings a catchy tune called “Like A Child”. It’s a true example of the style (Queen) Sofi is famous in her own country for: pop music with a strong influence of her ethnic origin. The track has a bit of a reggaeton flavour to it, which can make it appealing for music lovers beyond Bulgaria, despite the language barrier… The video is also a true portrayal of Marinova, colorful, has her wearing several styles and the featured locations were carefully chosen to match her looks, even the car at the beginning of the vid, haha!!!!! It was shot in the Bulgarian city of Stara Zagora. Nice to see the Bulgarian Queen back, isn’t it? 😉 Soraya (Spain) – You Didn’t Do It Soraya is Spain’s new disco diva (she’s dropped her last name and THAT is the definition of a diva, right? If you have any doubts about it, then …
Summer releases – Part 2

Summer releases – Part 2

Hi again, boys and girls!!!! 😀 To continue this series of Summer releases we have chosen some Eurostars of past editions but included a BRAND NEW release of this year’s Israeli star, Nadav Guedj! Take a look with us and let us know what YOU think!! 🙂 Nadav Guedj (Israel) – Summer Together “Summer Together” is the new song of the 16 year-old. This is not just another track for our “Golden Boy”, but the official song for the Coca-Cola Summer Love 2015. Summer Love is one of Israel’s biggest parties, including all sorts of activities mainly focused on sports, fashion, food and live music for young people. Regarding the track, published today, it is a laid-back tune, funky and not pretentious but quite enjoyable and light enough to make pop music lovers happy for just a bit over 120 seconds. The video shows Nadav enjoying himself with friends and performing, very appropriate scenarios, representing what both the song and the festival mean. Harel Skaat (Israel) – Hollow Staying in Israel, we take a look at “Hollow”, which is Harel Skaat’s new single. The official video was published in early July on Skaat’s YouTube channel.  This is a song dealing with the feelings of heartbreak and void …
Guy Sebastian returns to Europe!

Guy Sebastian returns to Europe!

Europe welcomed Australia with open arms when they took part as a special guest country for the 60th Eurovision Song Contest, and Guy Sebastian was rewarded with 5th place. Guy is now capitalising on this European success by returning to the continent for a series of concerts beginning later this month! The Madness European Tour, named after his current album, will start in Oslo at the end of August and take in Stockholm, Cologne, Mannheim, Berlin, Hamburg and Amsterdam. Tickets are available from Guy’s official website and details on the dates can be found below. Will you be going out to see the Australian Idol in action?
Summer releases – Part 1

Summer releases – Part 1

Hi everybody!!! Did you think that only because we are enjoying Summer days in the Northern hemisphere there are no ESC-related news? Well, if you were thinking that, guess what? Wrongggg!!!! 😉 Wanna take a first look at (or remember) some of this year’s contestants’ new releases on the WWW? Find the vids below as well as some opinions on each one after listening to them just once (kind of replicating the ESC experience, if you will): Nina Sublatti (Georgia) – Locked Box Continuing with the mysterious and hypnotical sound of “Warrior”, Nina delivers here a more intimate performance, with some Björk (not Hera) and perhaps some Tori Amos thrown into this track. Despite only being 20 years old, Nina manages to sound very adult and intriguing. the only downfall is that the track is, at times, a little bit repetitive. Nevertheless, it is still pleasant to hear this contemporary and effective song. I am not a big fan of fade-out endings but that fits here. Nina Sublatti (Georgia) – You Call Me Devil Far from her Eurovision entry, Nina’s voice is hard to recognise here, but not in a bad way, showing her versatility. In a deep tone, Nina follows the rhythm …
Celebrating Reykjavik Pride in a pink viking ship

Celebrating Reykjavik Pride in a pink viking ship

Páll Óskar, the Icelandic representative in the1997 Eurovision Song Contest, has participated in every single Reykjavík Pride parade. And, being the sparkling person that he is, he never fails to impress. Last year he sailed through the streets of the Icelandic capitol on the back of a huge, sparkling white swan! When it‘s time for this year‘s parade, he will be sailing through downtown Reykjavik again, but this time in a real size pink viking ship. Yes, you read that right. A real size. Pink. Viking ship. The idea, Páll Óskar tells gayiceland.is, is to pay respect to all the queens who have been silenced throughout the centuries in Iceland, ever since settlement. Ethnologist and historian Særún Lísa Birgisdóttir has researched old, Icelandic manuscripts, starting with the settlement of Iceland, looking for any mention of gay people. „The few things she found were nicknames, terms of abuse and strange descriptions of beardless men and manly women,“ explains Páll Óskar. “What struck me in Særún’s research was the almost total silence surrounding the history of gay people in Iceland, their lives and feelings. She could barely find anything on the matter until around the second world war. It is as Icelandic gay men …
Molly Pettersson Hammar is doing ‘Something Right’

Molly Pettersson Hammar is doing ‘Something Right’

Melodifestivalen 2015 singer Molly Pettersson Hammar has just released her brand new single. The song is called “Something Right” and is due to be included in the singer’s debut album expected to be released later in the year. The song is similar to her Melodifestivalen song, “I’ll Be Fine”, and also has similar sounds to songs by British singer Ella Henderson (“Ghost” and “Mirror Man”). It is definitely what I would call a “summer song”. The song was written by Molly herself together with Lisa Desmond, Tim Larsson and Tobias Lundgren and was released digitally just today. You can listen to the song below.
Tele2 Arena back in the race after all?

Tele2 Arena back in the race after all?

Earlier today, Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported that Tele2 Arena and Friends Arena will not put in a bid to host the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. However, one of the people quoted there has now sort of withdrawn his statement… The CEO of Hammarby, Henrik Kindlund, stated that they could not make room for Eurovision for four to six weeks earlier today. We reported this story here. That same CEO has now however said that there may be a possibility for Tele2 Arena to host Eurovision after all. He said so in an interview with Stockholm Direkt. Kindlund however added that moving Hammarby from Tele2 Arena will only be possible if a good solution is found. It is not sure what kind of solution Kindlund was aiming for, but it seems he’s contradicting himself today… A story to be continued!
Simon Cowell ‘interested’ in leading UK selection

Simon Cowell ‘interested’ in leading UK selection

It’s already been a week since the Eurovision final and whilst this week has seen major chart success for many of this year’s entries including Måns Zelmerlöw’s winning song ‘Heroes’, the UK entry ‘Still In Love With You’ has had no such impact after plummeting the scoreboard with only 5 points. The UK’s disappointing result has sparked media coverage which saw leading newspaper The Sun publish a double page spread earlier in the week demanding that the BBC change their strategy. However, The Mirror has since reported that music mogul Simon Cowell has expressed his interest in taking charge of the UK’s selection. Speaking to the tabloid, the X Factor judge who is responsible for kick starting the careers of acts such as Leona Lewis, One Direction & Little Mix revealed that he has considered the challenge. ““One hundred per cent I’d love to take the reins for Eurovision. I have thought about it. “The idea of taking it on for one year and trying to get someone to represent the UK, someone new – I’d love that.” He admitted that he thought Electro Velvet didn’t stand a chance with the 1920s Swing inspired entry ‘Still In Love With You” …
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