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Saturday summary – This weeks big news for you

Saturday summary – This weeks big news for you

Another week of many events passed and if you couldn’t keep up with everything that happened this past week, we’re here to help you. In this post we will go though the biggest news that happened these past 7 days. Check ESCXTRA.com for even more news. Many decisions This past week we got many new songs for the line-up in Tel Aviv. Estonia selected Victor Crone, Slovenia made a surprise decision in the superfinal and voted Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl to Eurovision. Latvia voted for Carousel in the final of Supernova, Croatia went for Roko in Dora 2019 and Romania more or less voted Ester Peony to represent their country in May. Yesterday Germany decided to send the duo S!sters to Tel Aviv.
New Music Friday this week with SuRie, Mahmood, Eleni Foureira, Ardian Bujupi and more!

New Music Friday this week with SuRie, Mahmood, Eleni Foureira, Ardian Bujupi and more!

Thank God It’s Friday! We at ESCXTRA.com love the Fridays. Eurovision madness is about to kick off, but first we get to listen to new music from our favourite Eurovision and national final stars in our New Music Friday feature. Check out the following pages to find out all about our favourite releases of the week! Eleni Foureira – Triumph What better way to start this week’s New Music Friday article than with the uncrowned queen of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018: Eleni Foureira! She has dropped her latest single “Triumph” this week, a power anthem for girls. And Eleni manages to deliver her anthem with the qualities we know: It’s current, it’s relevant, it’s sassy and it’s extremely catchy. Of course, let’s not forget this song was made in collaboration with a lingerie company, so it’s sure to be sexy as well… You just have to love her!
Throwback Thursday: Belgium’s Urban Trad give traditional a whole new meaning

Throwback Thursday: Belgium’s Urban Trad give traditional a whole new meaning

In this week’s Throwback Thursday, we’re flipping through Belgium’s catalog of Eurovision entries. Despite there being a huge variety of songs to choose from, it all came down to pinning a special moment in time and one of my first obsessions with the contest – Eurovision 2003. Language Twist In a variety of languages across the continent (24 to be officially recognized as working/official) Belgium’s Urban Trad decided to go with a much more creative approach. They used their “Thank You, Next” card to all of them and decided to go with an imaginary language which at that time was probably considered as a tad eccentric. They’ve got 4 languages in Belgium and they’re singing in an imaginary one, the very essence of the Euro! Terry Wogan However, I would strongly disagree. The whole concept of sending something to Eurovision is to stand out and be memorable. The beauty of “Sanomi” as a song is that it completely relies of creating an ambiance and giving the viewer the option to relate to the song in a very personal/subjective way. Urban Trad performing “Sanomi” live at the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 Additionally, the fact that it manages to avoid walking the “middling” line and be polarizing all across the board speaks volumes about the importance of having a creative and “out of the box” approach when it …
XTRA Debate: Should a song be staged like a music video?

XTRA Debate: Should a song be staged like a music video?

Over the years, the Eurovision Song Contest has undergone a multitude of changes. Voting and language, to name a view. However, the most radical change – by far – is the role of performance. Performance is now key to both a memorable and successful 3 minutes on stage. So much so, it is one of the four components national juries use to base their votes on! In recent years we’ve seen a staging trend in both national finals and the contest itself. The aim seems to move less towards a visual typical of a live performance and more like a music video. Is this a successful tactic? Technological feats There are many examples that lend itself to be picked for this topic. The first that immediately came to mind takes us to Estonia. Back in 2016, Cartoon showcased the technological feats that could be achieved live. In the wake of Sweden’s victory in Vienna, the performance of Immortality was a visual feast. Fusing multiple styles of animation, audiences are guided through an abstract narrative as the song develops. It is truly a spectacle. Just under a minute in, we are even shown a mock stage, also animated. I think the …
POLL: Who is your current Eurovision 2019 favourite?

POLL: Who is your current Eurovision 2019 favourite?

Another weekend gone, another poll to get us through the week. Five new songs have been chosen this weekend and we’ve gone from delight to frustration to jaw-dropping shocks. Thirteen songs have now been chosen and we’re gearing up for another week of Eurovision fun. Yes, Eurovision fans… it’s Eurovision time! No one bigger than the United Kingdom Our previous poll turned into a very convincing victory. On their first appearance in the poll, the United Kingdom took a massive victory. Michael Rice’s fans were mobilised better than anyone else’s and therefore, he took the crown with a whopping 62% of the vote. On a very distant 12%, Italy stormed to second place. Mahmood’s “Soldi” nearly beat our previous favourite Miki from Spain. “La Venda” still picked up 10% of the vote. With the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain, the podium consisted solely of Big Five countries. It sure has been a while since that happened! The only known Big Five country to not finish on the podium were France. “Roi” by Bilal Hassani came fifth, just behind Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke. The bottom three were, in the following order, Albania, Czech Republic and Montenegro. Perhaps those can pick up more …
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. London Eurovision Party 2019 tickets are on sale tomorrow with Michael Rice the headline act The London Eurovision Party team have announced that tickets to this year’s event are on sale today! And the first invited guest act has been revealed! London Eurovision Party 2019 tickets are on sale tomorrow with Michael Rice the headline act!
Throwback Thursday: Love at first sign?

Throwback Thursday: Love at first sign?

When we think about Austria at Eurovision, we think about a country before and after Conchita Wurst. Well, at least that is how it works for me. It doesn’t matter if we like the second Austrian victory or not. The effort that the Austrian broadcaster has been putting into the contest have increased, and the quality of the songs they have been sending is the proof. One of those quality acts was “Running on air” by Nathan Trent. But it wasn’t love at first sign. At all. When the inddiference turns into love When the Austrian entry was revealed my first impression was: ok, last year they made a good bet, but this year they have no chances. There was not an imediate connection between me and the song, as it just felt flat. The kind of song that you don’t mind to hear, but certainly not something that I would die for. And this feeling stayed until the first rehearsals. Even though I wasn’t a fan of the song, I followed Nathan’s journey at Eurovision through several interviews. When you represent a country at Eurovision, you need to have in mind that you aren’t just a singer but also …
XTRA Debate: Why Australia Decides was exactly what SBS needed

XTRA Debate: Why Australia Decides was exactly what SBS needed

Australia and radio pop SBS first entered the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2015. They were invited to participate as a long standing associate member with a passion for the biggest entertainment show in these parts of the world. For their first ever competing entry, the broadcaster chose local star Guy Sebastian to fly their flag. His modern pop entry “Tonight Again” immediately brought them their first ever top five result. In the years to follow, the idea of modern pop songs seemed to be the key factor for Australia when internally selecting their entries. Dami Im’s ballad may not have been the most logical radio pick, but “Don’t Come Easy” and “We Got Love” by Isaiah Firebrace and Jessica Mauboy definitely were. Therefore, it is relatively safe to say that ever since their first entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, Australia’s entries can be described as radio pop. That in itself is not a bad word at all, if it weren’t for the fact that Australia’s entries came across as rather safe picks – especially the last two years. It seemed that they, in general were lacking the creativity. That also started to show in their results. Yes, they …
Poll: Who is your current Eurovision 2019 favourite?

Poll: Who is your current Eurovision 2019 favourite?

The season is starting slowly. With only a month to go until the deadline to hand in the entries, we still only have… eight. Perhaps even seven if Mahmood actually withdraws. Anyway, we want to know who your current #1 of Eurovision 2019 actually is in our new poll… King Miki? Contrary to what Bilal Hassani claims, it seems not he, but Miki is the current king of the contest. Spain’s entrant for Tel Aviv has won both previous polls convincingly. After nearly 55% on the first poll, the second poll ended up with “La Venda” winning with almost 46% of the vote. Surprisingly, second place this time went to Albania’s Jonida Maliqi. Her “Ktheju Tokës” finished last on our first poll, but surged to 25% of the vote in this second one, beating France’s Bilal Hassani and Czech Republic’s Lake Malawi. “Roi” scored 18% of the vote, whereas “Friend of a Friend” had to settle for 11%. Since the launch of that poll, four new songs have joined the field. The United Kingdom have chosen Michael Rice for the Eurovision Song Contest, where he will perform “Bigger Than Us”. Saturday was a proper Super Saturday with three new entries: …
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. Israeli billionaire to pay for Madonna’s Eurovision appearance? Israeli media outlet Y Net reported this week that the Israeli-Canadian billionaire, Sylvan Adams, is about to sign an agreement to bring 80’s Queen of Pop, Madonna, to Tel Aviv! Israeli billionaire to pay for Madonna’s Eurovision appearance?
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