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🇩🇪 Slideback Superstars: looking forward to summer with Germany

🇩🇪 Slideback Superstars: looking forward to summer with Germany

This week it is Aline’s turn to give some attention to a song from Germany. Who still knows this classic from the 80s? It immediately makes you happy and it is also a timeless summer hit. Throwback to Brussels 1987 You may be surprised why I chose a 1987 song. After all, I am only 21 years old. Hereby I want to prove that I am indeed aware of the Eurovision history. I have done my research work and I still discover Eurovision songs that I have never heard before. I listen a lot to ESCRADIO and that is really a big tool for me. In recent years I have heard many songs that I already knew, but which I did not know were Eurovision submissions. One of them was “Lass die Sonne in dein Herz” by German band Wind. Another reason why I opted for this is because the 1987 edition took place in Brussels. So far the only time that Belgium has organized the Eurovision Song Contest. About the song Lass die Sonne in dein Herz was the second of a total of three Eurovision participations. The German group Wind participated in 1985 with ‘Für Alle’, good for …
Analysing the patterns among 13 years of Eurovision semi-final draw allocation pots

Analysing the patterns among 13 years of Eurovision semi-final draw allocation pots

This is an updated version of an article published on 26 January 2019 With a Eurovision Song Contest that was getting increasingly popular year on year, the one semi-final introduced in 2004 had already become unsustainable by 2007. In Helsinki, 28 countries battled it out for just ten places in the final. On the other hand, ten countries were granted automatic qualification no matter how popular their entry was in 2007. The introduction of two semi-finals in 2008 meant that every entry, with the exception of the Big Four and the host nation, would start on a level playing field. Yet, the EBU decided to make that playing field even leveller. Step forward, the draw allocation pots… That 28 country semi-final… With two semi-finals now in place after the battle royale in the 2007 semi-final, the EBU had to conduct a draw in order to allocate countries to each semi-final. Prior to the allocation draw, the countries were separated into six pots which grouped together countries who had a tendency to award points more often to each other than to other participants. By doing this, it would ensure that so-called “voting blocs” would be split evenly between the two semi-finals, thus reducing their …
Saturday Summary – This week’s #Eurovision news headlines

Saturday Summary – 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. Martin Österdahl is the new Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand is stepping down after the 2020 contest. Martin Österdahl has been appointed Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest and Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Martin Österdahl is the new Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor
EXCLUSIVE: An evening with VICTORIA in London

EXCLUSIVE: An evening with VICTORIA in London

This week, ESCXTRA had the privilege of attending VICTORIA’s artist showcase in London. This exclusive opportunity allowed us to not only speak to this year’s Bulgarian representative but also offered us the chance to further understand her musical inspirations. Oliver Lewis and Tom O’Donoghue were on hand to cover the event which includes a series of performances from VICTORIA herself, live and unplugged. VICTORIA: Versatile, contemporary and emotive VICTORIA’s artist showcase was an intimate, exclusive evening full of music professionals, singers and songwriters. Although the poster and other promo material mentioned her participation in Rotterdam, it was not the focal point. Instead, the evening focused on VICTORIA as an artist, her journey, growth and versatility as an artist. VICTORIA performs an Artist Showcase at Tileyard Studios in London, January 2020. © Tom O’Donoghue/Tomodo Photography However, the evening was not detached from Eurovision. Instead, the contest was used as a ‘bookending’ mechanism. Prior to her performances, many in the room only knew VICTORIA as ‘Bulgaria’s Eurovision entrant’. After she finished her set, the room knew her as VICTORIA: a competent and contemporary artist who happens to be representing Bulgaria but is at the periphery of contemporary commercial music. Before she took …
🇨🇾 Slideback Sunday: When Cyprus howled at the moon…

🇨🇾 Slideback Sunday: When Cyprus howled at the moon…

This week’s ‘slideback’ sees Alexi and the team put the 2016 Cyprus entry under the microscope – Minus One and their song ‘Alter Ego’… When I saw that I had been assigned Cyprus for my Slideback Sunday, I knew instantly the song I wanted to go back to and explore. For me, it is one of the more underrated songs from recent years and I felt it was the perfect track to rediscover and one to get Eurofans listening to once again. ‘Alter Ego’ by Minus One flew the Cypriot flag in Stockholm in 2016, finishing 21st – a result that still rankles with me to this day. The song is not too dissimilar from MaNga’s entry for Turkey six years previous – and I would say it is just as catchy, even if the live performance was not as good. So its finish of an admittedly disappointing 21st still confuses me. It’s incredibly memorable, has an ‘ear wormy’ chorus, and even includes a howling wolf – what is not to like! What do the team think? Costa 2016, in my opinion, was the strongest year in Eurovision history in terms of song quality. Apart from one or two countries …
Saturday Summary – Time for a #Eurovision news recap

Saturday Summary – Time for a #Eurovision news recap

The pace of this national final season is getting higher and higher. To always keep you up to date with the latest Eurovision news, we give you a recap of the headlines from the past seven days each Saturday, so you do not miss any news. On the following pages, you find the most important news you can not miss. Artists for France and North Macedonia revealed This week French broadcaster, France 2, revealed the artist for Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam. The artist is Tom Leeb. He released his debut album last year and France 2 first found the song and later matched it with Tom. The song will be presented at a later date. Moreover, Vasil was presented as the artist for North Macedonia. He already has Eurovision experience, as he was one of the backing singers for Tamara in Tel Aviv. Just like in France, the song will be revealed at a later date. 🇫🇷 OFFICIAL! Tom Leeb to represent France in Eurovision 2020! 🇲🇰 Vasil Garvanliev to represent North Macedonia in Rotterdam
🇬🇧 Why everybody wants Fleur East to represent the UK at Eurovision…

🇬🇧 Why everybody wants Fleur East to represent the UK at Eurovision…

After a few years of a fairly active BBC as a result of a return to a national selection process in 2016, British Eurovision fans find themselves in a position they haven’t found themselves in since 2015… January and a very silent BBC. UK fans eagerly awaiting… ANYTHING Since finishing in last place in Tel Aviv, we’ve had one slice of news from the UK broadcaster. Yes, back in September, the BBC revealed that they would be teaming up with BMG to “select a song with broad international appeal and securing an artist who embodies the spirit and values of the Eurovision Song Contest”. Step forward Fleur East Now, as always, Eurovision fans are eagerly hoping the BBC will pull out all the stops and select a fantastic performer and a fantastic song. As a Brit myself, I’ve been hoping for the exact same. So there I was, reading my Twitter feed this evening when I saw this little tweet from former X Factor star Fleur East: It will be in March now! Xx https://t.co/Mb8fi0WV6U— FLEUR EAST (@FleurEast) January 13, 2020 As soon as any British musician teases an announcement or makes an unexpected schedule change to their music release …
🇱🇹 Slideback Sunday: The night of the collective “Aww”

🇱🇹 Slideback Sunday: The night of the collective “Aww”

This week’s ‘slideback’ sees Matt and the team put Lithuania’s 2018 entry under the microscope. Dear Eurofans, we present Ieva Zasimauskaitė and “When We’re Old“… I absolutely love the beginning of the performance. The first shot is the back of the stage looking out at the arena full of audience phone lights being held high. Then the front stage lights are brought up to mark the start of the song. A beautiful start that really sets the tone. I know that the Lithuanian delegation had a hard time convincing the Lisbon production team with their exact staging requirements. But the close up shots are perfection: stunningly lit with a clean, all black backdrop – not easy to pull off in live performance. In the absence of LEDs in 2018, the Lithuanian team made good use of the on screen video overlays of different couples and families. Gently gliding in a soft pink flowing dress, Ieva moves to the bridge section of the stage and ends the performance with the killer blow of looking into her actual husband’s eyes and singing “I’m not afraid to grow old if I have your hand to hold.” I have a very specific memory of …
Saturday Summary – This week’s #Eurovision news headlines

Saturday Summary – 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. 🇳🇱 Jeangu Macrooy to represent the Netherlands in Rotterdam The host entrant for Rotterdam has been revealed! 🇳🇱 Jeangu Macrooy to represent the Netherlands in Rotterdam!
XTRA Debate: Staging Emotions Part 3 – Performing Anger

XTRA Debate: Staging Emotions Part 3 – Performing Anger

We all know that staging is a huge part of the modern contest. Be it a slick dance routine, pyro, lighting effects or clever camerawork: staging makes the performance just as much as the song or act. This visual element of performance works to marry up with the song to become a strong overall package. Much like the song itself, effective staging can manipulate our emotions, incentivising us to vote for or against something. However, we rarely take the time to really consider the ways in which staging can dictate our emotional interpretation of a performance. The lyrics of a song certainly make us feel a certain way… Can staging have the same impact? In the final part of Staging Emotions, we will consider how anger and/or aggression operates on the Eurovision stage. Is anger an emotion doomed to fail on the Eurovision stage? Or are there ways in which anger can be successfully staged? Considering the role of staging internal emotions, as well as how gender may impact staging choices – how does anger work with Eurovision? Anger’s role Eurovision is often depicted as a happy-go-lucky song competition with bubblegum pop, ‘bops’ and cheesy utopian happiness. Anger, therefore, is the …
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