Copenhagen 2014

For all the news about the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest taking place in the Danish capital city of Copenhagen.

Jazz version of ‘Rise Up’ released

Jazz version of ‘Rise Up’ released

A new version of the Greek entry in Copenhagen, ‘Rise Up‘, by Freaky Fortune and Riskykidd, has been released. In their official facebook, Freaky Fortune made it available with the following quote: Here it is Freaky people! Another version of our new single “Rise Up” this time with a Jazz mood! Join the groove n’ ‪#‎RiseUp‬ Freaky Fortune and Riskykidd represented Greece in Copenhagen and finished in 20th position with 35 points. You can hear the new version of ‘Rise Up’ below:
Vilija wins the Barbara Dex Award

Vilija wins the Barbara Dex Award

The traditional Barbara Dex Award for the worst outfit of the Eurovision Song Contest has been won by Lithuania’s Vilija. Her black and blue leather/rubber outfit managed to get 311 votes, with the runner-up only receiving 90 votes. Vilija is the successor of contestants such as Serbian girl group Moje 3, Albania’s Rona Nishliu and Ukraine’s Verka Serduchka. The runner-up this year was a tie between Moldova’s Cristina Scarlat in her robot/knight uniform and the Roman Empire style Italy’s Emma chose. The full top 10 can be found below: 1. Vilija (Lithuania) – 311 votes 2. Emma (Italy) – 90 votes 2. Cristina Scarlat (Moldova) – 90 votes 4. The Shin & Mariko (Georgia) – 76 votes 5. Hersi (Albania) – 64 votes 6. Twin Twin (France) – 56 votes 7. Can-Linn ft. Kasey Smith (Ireland) – 52 votes 7. Tijana (FYR Macedonia) – 52 votes 9.  Donatan & Cleo (Poland) – 40 votes 10. Elaiza (Germany) – 30 votes
Irish charts packed full of ESC songs

Irish charts packed full of ESC songs

As many of the songs from this year’s Eurovision have been appearing in music charts throughout Europe, Ireland’s charts seem to be reaching new records! The Netherlands have claimed the #4 spot this week, after coming in at #50 last week following their appearance in the first semi-final last Tuesday night. 7 of the 2014 entries feature in the Top 40, and overall 14 song in the Top 100. It seems the Irish public received the competing songs with open arms, regardless of Ireland’s non-participation in the Grand Final in Copenhagen. Here is the list of the songs breaking into the Top 100:   #4 Calm After The Storm – Common Linnets #10 Rise Like A Phoenix – Conchita Wurst #21 Undo – Sanna Nielsen #34 Silent Storm – Carl Espen #36 Children of the Universe – Molly #38 Cliché Love Song – Basim #39 Heartbeat – Canlinn ft. Kasey Smith #49 Hunter of Stars – Sebalter #60 Not Alone – Aram MP3 #72 Something Better – Softengine #73 Rise Up – Freaky Fortune ft. RiskyKidd #79 Moustache – Twin Twin #88 Miracle – Paula Seling & Ovi #92 Running – Andras Kallay-Saunders #93 Coming Home – Firelight   Even Loreen’s Euphoria made a come-back, featuring at #84! This somewhat reflects the results provided by …
Conchita Wurst to appear in The Graham Norton Show

Conchita Wurst to appear in The Graham Norton Show

Conchita Wurst is set to appear this evening in The Graham Norton Show. The show will air tonight at 23:35 CET on BBC One. She will join Dawn French, Kirsten Dunst and Bear Grylls as guests in the show. Graham Norton himself has tweeted to be “on a Conchita high” and posted a picture of both of them together on Instagram. This is their first reunion after Copenhagen, where Norton was in charge of providing comment for the BBC.   On a Conchita high! http://t.co/w8x7NMdu7I — graham norton (@grahnort) May 15, 2014   Conchita has further revealed that she received a bouquet of flowers from Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish with a card that read “We love you, Elton and David”.   The instagram pic from Graham Norton:  
Ruth Lorenzo receives Eurovision dress as gift

Ruth Lorenzo receives Eurovision dress as gift

After an appearance in ‘Hable con ellas‘ a TV show broadcast by the private channel Tele5, Ruth Lorenzo received the dress she wore for Eurovision as a gift. During her stay in Copenhagen there were rumours about how much she had spent in the new dress (it was said it had cost approximately €2,000), which she spoke about during a press conference. She explained that it had been a loan by the designer and the only expense they did was for the dress to be fitted to her. She also said that the designer had promised to give her the dress for free if she won the contest. After Conchita’s victory Ruth had to give the dress back, but now she has received it as a surprise.     During the show, wearing the dress, Ruth sang an acoustic version of ‘Dancing In The Rain‘, which you can see below:     There was also talk about the similarities between Conchita and Ruth. Ruth said that but for the facial hair they are very similar. As an anecdote, Ruth said that after her performance Conchita came to her to confess that you are everything I have ever wanted to be …
Stage has been dismantled

Stage has been dismantled

It took a very long time to put the stage together, almost three months, and in less than one day it has been dismantled. Jan Lagermand, head of show, stated that We are very proud of the work we have delivered , and as a department tremendously honored to have been part of the big thing. We are ready to do it again. He further went on to explain that they submitted the bid for the stage design on 6 January and by 3 February the began the work to get everything in place for the contest to be held in May. He said that, generally, the work was not much more complex than anything they had done before, but that there were elements, like the interplay of water, fire, wood and light that presented some challenges. So this is the last goodbye to what some have referred as the best stage in the history of Eurovision. Lagermand says that it took three months for the set design to build up and only 17 hours to bring down. From Saturday night until late Sunday afternoon.  
Sanna Nielsen live tonight

Sanna Nielsen live tonight

Sanna Nielsen, who got the chance to represent Sweden in Eurovision after 6 failed attempts and ended up in third place, will be performing live this evening at Gröna Lund in Stockholm. The concert will start at 20:00 CET and the price of the entries varies depending on the time of purchase (110 kr in the entrance (220 kr between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) or 240 kr for the Green Card which gives free admission to all concerts this season). Relive Sanna’s performance at the grand final of Eurovision 2014:
With the old 50-50 system, the results would be a lot different!

With the old 50-50 system, the results would be a lot different!

As everyone knows, Austria’s Conchita Wurst won the Eurovision Song Contest with her song “Rise Like A Phoenix”. Straight after the final, the EBU has released the full results of this year’s Contest, for the very first time! We have the rankings of each and every juror per country, and the full ranking of the televotes in every country separately, for both semi finals, and the final. Seeing how much I love statistics and numbers, I wanted to work out what would have changed if we still used the old system (last used two years ago in Baku), where the juries awarded points for the top 10 in their opinion, and when they didn’t have to rank the songs from first to last. Converting all the rankings we got this year into points (1 = 12, 2 = 10, … 10 = 1, 11-x = 0), and in a combination with the top 10 in televoting in each and every country, I saw that the results would be slightly different, and that we would have had a different final, than the one we had! The current point system gives an advantage to the songs finishing just out of the top …
Basim presents acoustic version of ‘Cliche Love Song’

Basim presents acoustic version of ‘Cliche Love Song’

Basim, the home team ambassador in Copenhagen, has just a few moments ago published on his facebook account the acoustic version of ‘Cliche Love Song‘, the entry with which he represented Denmark and came 9th with 74 points last Saturday. Hope you enjoy!
From a legend to a star in the making. Cher stands up for Conchita

From a legend to a star in the making. Cher stands up for Conchita

Pop legend, Cher, has given two pieces of advice to Conchita Wurst, the winner of Eurovision 2014. She thinks the Austrian needs a better name and wig, but clarified that this is not meant to be criticism and that she admires her resolve. But it did not end there. Cher continued to talk about Conchita or, in the case of her next tweet, Tom, sympathising with the tears she imagines he must have shed trying to stay true to himself and admires him for staying true to himself and achieving his dream… on his terms. She shared some of her past experience and pain, when her and Sonny were called names, hit and thrown out of places simply for looking different and were thrown out of plenty of places simply because of this. Seems, though, that what triggered all this were a couple of friends of her making fun of Conchita, so even though she recognises she didn’t watch Eurovision, she felt that she needed to stand up for her and speak back to her friends. She crowned this series of tweets by adding that the way someone looks is not a threat. My biggest respect for Cher, giving advice …
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