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Weekend Wrap-up: This week’s Eurovision news headlines

Weekend Wrap-up: This week’s Eurovision news headlines

Welcome to the latest edition of our news round-up series which takes a look back at the Eurovision news headlines from the past seven days. Here you’ll find all the important news. Whether you need to catch-up or to remind yourself what has happened in the Eurovision world, this is the article for you. Want to read more? You can access the full articles by clicking on them.
🇷🇸 Petar Aničić: “My song is about a guy of 14 years old who experiences love feelings”

🇷🇸 Petar Aničić: “My song is about a guy of 14 years old who experiences love feelings”

Junior Eurovision is taking place this month, which means that both fans and contestants are very excited about the upcoming show! ESCXTRA had the opportunity to have a chat with some of the participants, who will represent their country this year. Our next interview is with Petar Aničić, who is representing Serbia in Junior Eurovision 2020 with his song ‘Heartbeat’. We got to know Petar a bit more, as well as his participation at this year’s contest. Watch our interview with Petar here: We would like to thank Petar and the Serbian delegation for allowing us to undertake this interview. Petar’s road to Junior Eurovision 2020 In September, Petar sent two self written songs to the national broadcaster of Serbia. The judges there saw a lot of potential in him and his songs during the first round, so he passed to the second round. There he also succeeded and he got selected to represent Serbia in Junior Eurovision this year with “Heartbeat”. You are able to get to know Oleksandr a bit more, by heading to his Junior Eurovision profile, by clicking right here. You are also able to follow Petar on Instagram @iampetaranicic. Serbia at the Junior Eurovision Song …
🇬🇪 Slideback Sunday: Can Georgia ‘Keep On Going’?

🇬🇪 Slideback Sunday: Can Georgia ‘Keep On Going’?

Georgia’s Eurovision journey Georgia could be considered a ‘new’ country in Eurovision, debuting in 2007 with ‘Visionary Dream’. They managed to qualify right away, getting an 8th place in the largest semi-final in Eurovision history: 28 participants in total! Their good luck streak continued in 2008, when ‘Peace Will Come’ got an impressive 11th place in Belgrade. Moscow 2009 is the only year the country missed out on the contest, due to the controversy surrounding their selected entry ‘We Don’t Wanna Put In’. The caucasus country thankfully returned in the following years, qualifying 5 times between 2010 and 2019. Georgia always manages to bring a surprising mix of music to the contest! They are not afraid to experiment with different kinds of music and staging, like 2014’s ‘Three Minutes To Earth’ and 2016’s ‘Midnight Gold’ proved. However, they also do not shy away from classic Eurovision ballads, as fans are sure to recall their most successful entry ‘Shine’ in 2010. From dark performances like ‘Warrior’, to rock music with ‘One More Day’, to ethno-jazz with ‘For You’, Georgia has something in store for every Eurovision fan! Varada varada In 2019, Oto Nemsadze provided Georgia with their second Eurovision song sung …
🇲🇹 Chanel Monseigneur: “Going to Poland was awesome and I would love to go back for a holiday”

🇲🇹 Chanel Monseigneur: “Going to Poland was awesome and I would love to go back for a holiday”

We are counting down the days until the Junior Eurovision Song Contest of 2020. Despite the fact that nobody will be able to attend the contest in real this year, ESCXTRA still managed to speak with some of the candidates. In this article, you will meet Chanel who represents Malta this year. Watch the interview with Chanel in this video: We would like to thank Chanel and the Maltese delegation for allowing us to undertake this interview. Chanel Monseigneur’s road to Junior Eurovision 2020 Chanel may be only 9 years old, but this girl knows what she wants. With the help of her father, she took her first steps in the music world. He recorded a video in which Chanel could be heard singing and sent it to a singing teacher. Chanel clearly loves challenges as she already competed in several music competitions in and outside Malta, and there are still lots of them on her bucket list. In the future she hopes to participate in The Voice Kids, Britain’s Got Talent, New Wave in Russia and even the adult Eurovision Song Contest. But now it is time for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Chanel signed up for the Maltese …
🇪🇸 Soleá: “Even though we are going through rough times, we always have to try and look forward.”

🇪🇸 Soleá: “Even though we are going through rough times, we always have to try and look forward.”

With the Junior Eurovision Song Contest fast approaching the ESCXTRA team had the chance to speak with some of the participants, who will be representing their country at this year’s contest. The next participant we got the chance to ask questions for is Spain’s Junior Eurovision 2020 representative Soleá, where we got to know her a bit more, as well as asking her about her participation at the 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. We managed to ask a lot of questions from Soleá, so make sure you click through the pages: ESCXTRA: What should the people know about Soleá? I am a very happy kid, with a lot of energy. I love being with my family and Friends and dance and play with my sisters. ESCXTRA: When you are not on stage, what do you like to do in your free time? I love to dance and write different songs with my father, sisters and cousins. ESCXTRA: What is your favorite place in Spain? My favourite place in Spain in Sevilla, the city where I live! ESCXTRA: What is your favorite and least favorite subject in school? My favourite subject is Music and Art but I also like maths a lot! …
🇳🇱 Unity: “The song ‘Best Friends’ belongs to us”

🇳🇱 Unity: “The song ‘Best Friends’ belongs to us”

Junior Eurovision is taking place this month, which means that both fans and contestants are very excited about the upcoming show! ESCXTRA had the opportunity to have a chat with some of the participants, who will represent their country this year. Our second interview is with Unity, who are representing The Netherlands in Junior Eurovision 2020 with their song ‘Best Friends’. We got to know Demi, Jayda, Naomi and Maud, discussed all kinds of music and, of course, had a talk about Junior Eurovision 2020. Check it out below: Thank you to Unity and the Dutch delegation for allowing us to undertake the interview Unity’s journey to Junior Eurovision The girls from Unity were not always one group. The preselection in The Netherlands starts with solo auditions. After this, the decision is reached which participants make it to the next round, after which the songs are selected. The people who made it through the audition round are either left as a solo act, or they are paired up to perform a song together. This was the case for the girls from Unity, who won the national final with 34 points. Head to Unity’s Junior Eurovision profile if you would like …
🇺🇦 Oleksandr Balabanov: “This year was my last try, so I had nothing to lose”

🇺🇦 Oleksandr Balabanov: “This year was my last try, so I had nothing to lose”

With the Junior Eurovision Song Contest fast approaching the ESCXTRA team had the chance to speak with some of the participants, who will be representing their country at this year’s contest. Starting us off, is Ukraine’s Junior Eurovision 2020 representative Oleksandr Balabanov, where we got to know him a bit more, as well as asking him about his participation at the 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. You are able to watch our interview below: We would like to thank Oleksandr and the Ukrainian delegation for allowing us to undertake the interview. Oleksandr Balabanov’s Junior Eurovision journey Before winning the ticket to represent Ukraine at the 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, he has participated in the Ukrainian National Selection for Junior Eurovision twice. In 2018, he was the lucky ten shortlisted with his song ‘”My dity zemli!” (Ми діти землі!)’ and managed to place 2nd in the online vote. A year later in 2019, Oleksandr returned to the competition, with his song ‘Power In You’, where he was one of the ten entries shortlisted. In 2020, Oleksandr returned to the competition for one last try, where he succeeded with his song ‘Vidkryvai (Open Up)’, which won most of the votes. Oleksandr …
Weekend Wrap-Up: This week’s Eurovision news headlines

Weekend Wrap-Up: This week’s Eurovision news headlines

Welcome to the latest edition of our news round-up series which takes a look back at the Eurovision news headlines from the past seven days. Here you’ll find all the important news. Whether you need to catch-up or to remind yourself what has happened in the Eurovision world, this is the article for you. Want to read more? You can access the full articles by clicking on them. ERR reveals the finalists for Eestil Laul 2021 Things are shaping up in Estonia, as they have now revealed the names of the contestants that will be taking part in Eesti Laul 2021. The list of course includes Uku Suviste, as well as multiple returnees. 🇪🇪 Remaining semi-finalists for Eesti Laul 2021 revealed
🇳🇱 REVIEW: Duncan Laurence’s debut album “Small Town Boy”

🇳🇱 REVIEW: Duncan Laurence’s debut album “Small Town Boy”

They say ‘Good Things come to those who wait’. Well, we waited so long, but a year on, after winning the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, reigning champion Duncan Laurence, has finally released his debut album ‘Small Town Boy’. Featuring 12 tracks, Duncan delivers a personal and well-thought-out album. Most of the songs featured have been released previously through his EP ‘Worlds on Fire’ in the Spring of 2020, with a couple of singles released in the lead up to the release of the album. We are happy that the reigning champion has finally released his album so we thought about diving into the album with a full review. Join us in celebrating this release with us. For the first track of the album, we open up with ‘Beautiful’, which was also the opening track from his EP ‘Worlds on Fire’. Duncan described the song in his Song Stories, that the story was originally was about a friend from school, which then evolved to a song about his friends now, who knows him behind the stage. The slow and mellow vibe continues on to the second track, which is ‘Yet’. Duncan co-wrote the track with Lodewijk MartensMatthijs de RondenWill Knox. The …
🇪🇪 Slideback Sunday: Maarja-Liis Ilus sings about her “Forbidden land”

🇪🇪 Slideback Sunday: Maarja-Liis Ilus sings about her “Forbidden land”

When I was assigned Estonia for “Slideback Sunday” I felt that I had so many options and great Estonian songs to choose from that I didn’t know where to start from. Estonia is undoubtetly one of my favorite countries in Eurovision and one of those that I am looking forward to every year. I chose “Keelatud Maa” from 1997 because it’s one of those songs that have aged well and that I enjoy listening to til today, 23 years later. I remember clearly Eurovision 1997 from my teens, it’s one of my favorite Eurovision years ever with so many wonderful songs that have survived on their own, despite so many years having passed.Maarja-Liis Ilus had competed for Estonia the year before and had achieved a respected 5th place in 1996, it was Estonia’s second attempt. So I was really excited what then 16 year old Maarja-Liis Ilus would come up with (solo this time).“Keelatud Maa” (Forbidden Land, in English) is soft, atmosphearic and melodic ballad performed in Estonian. The song starts slowly with a piano, and then is growing into a beautiful timeless ballad performed flawlessly by Maarja-Liis ilus. It’s sung from the perspective of a woman whose lover is …
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