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🇸🇲 Senhit: ‘I’m back. I’m ready. I will enjoy everything’

🇸🇲 Senhit: ‘I’m back. I’m ready. I will enjoy everything’

Earlier this week, I had the genuine pleasure of meeting San Marino’s hope for Eurovision success in Rotterdam: Senhit. Even though I spent no more than an hour with the singer and her team, we covered a broad range of topics for an in-depth discussion. This includes her Eurovision experience nine years ago, her evolution of musical style, her thoughts on the 2020 contest, diversity and, of course, her 2020 entry. Hello Senhit! Would you like to introduce yourself to our readers? My name is Senhit (spelt with an ‘H’!). I’m from Italy, but I will represent San Marino for the second time at the Eurovision Song Contest, in Rotterdam. And I’m very happy and very glad because when they called me 2011 I have to be honest to you, I underestimated the contest because I didn’t know that it was so big. I enjoyed it though and it was an amazing opportunity. I met so many people and it was very good. A very big dream for me. You know, the fact that the contest allows people to sing together and the only language is music was, for me, a very beautiful and special opportunity. So after almost 10 …
🇸🇪 Slideback Sunday: when ABBA won the war

🇸🇪 Slideback Sunday: when ABBA won the war

Last week, Riccardo took us back to the turn of the century with Alsou’s Solo. Today, we take a look even further back into the past, when Napoleon did surrender― ok, not that long ago. ABBA rarely needs an introduction, having enjoyed such an enduring fame and such an impact on pop culture across continents that it seems almost strange that their humble beginnings were as Sweden’s first win in Eurovision, in 1974. Their win kickstarted what would later come be known as a powerhouse entrant whose acts are always watched close. Listening to the host in the original recording is hilarious, as he describes a country that has never won – if only they knew what they were getting into! Not only did Waterloo propel Sweden onto a bright new future in the Song Contest, but it also paved the way for ABBA’s eventual worldwide success. The enduring appeal of ABBA and Waterloo The song remains a massive part of our collective psyche, riding on its initial fame and taking on a life of its own. It has proved to be probably one of the best ambassadors of Eurovision’s original aim of bringing people together in entertainment. Looking at …
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. 🇬🇧 James Newman to represent United Kingdom with “My Last Breath” The UK’s artist for Rotterdam was revealed by Greg James on BBC Radio 1 and by Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 2… 🇬🇧 James Newman to represent United Kingdom with “My Last Breath”
🇸🇪 ESCXTRA predicts: Melodifestivalen 2020 Andra Chansen

🇸🇪 ESCXTRA predicts: Melodifestivalen 2020 Andra Chansen

This Saturday, Sweden will choose the last four finalists for the final of Melodifestivalen 2020. In this article, Sami and Tim try to predict the outcome of the four duels. Duel 1: Anis Don Demina vs. Ellen Benediktson & Simon Peyron Two very different songs will compete in the first duel. Anis Don Demina competed in the third semifinal of the contest while Ellen Benediktson & Simon Peyron took the stage last Saturday in the fourth semifinal. Anis Don Demina has dominated the Spotify charts and has the most views on YouTube out of all the songs competing in Melodifestivalen 2020. On Spotify, the song peaked on the fourth place on Spotify’s Swedish chart. So far, the highest position on the chart for Ellen Benediktson & Simon Peyron has been 59th. It seems that Anis Don Demina’s song is more for the younger audience, while the older audience might appreciate the great vocals of Ellen & Simon more. Anis has a bigger fanbase. However, will this be enough for fans to ring up and pay for a vote? 3-9 10-15 16-2930-44 45-5960-74 75+ TelevoteTotal:Anis Don Demina 111000003Ellen Benediktson & Simon Peyron 000111115 Prediction: Ellen Benediktson & Simon Peyron to the …
🇱🇹 Audrius Giržadas – Lithuania Head of Delegation [INTERVIEW]

🇱🇹 Audrius Giržadas – Lithuania Head of Delegation [INTERVIEW]

Long before this year’s national final season had started, I decided I’d be attending Lithuania’s selection show. Little did I know that it would turn out to be one of the stand out shows of the year. The night before the final of Pabandom iš naujo, I sat down with Audrius Giržadas, Head of Delegation for Lithuania, and had a chat about all things Lithuania and Eurovision… So Audrius, this is the 11th year of you commandeering the Lithuanian ship at the Eurovision Song Contest. Do you still have the same enthusiasm for Eurovision as you did back in 2010? I wouldn’t say the same enthusiasm because I’m not as naive as I was in those days. But I still love what I do very much. Sometimes I think about being more deeply involved in the process from a television point of view. I’m more television production than music so when I watch Eurovision, I look less at the show on the stage and more at how the team is working, what people around are doing, especially when they are changing the set on stage. This is the most interesting thing for me. I would like to sit in the …
🇷🇺 Slideback Sunday: Solo and the beginning of Russia’s Eurovision success

🇷🇺 Slideback Sunday: Solo and the beginning of Russia’s Eurovision success

Last week Angelos took us back to the Latin rhythms of Romania’s 2012 entry. This week we go a litter further to the east and a little further back in time to 2000 when Russia began the new millennium with a second place by Alsou. The first of many successful results…and for me the best one! Russia is undoubtedly a Eurovision powerhouse having enjoyed many top 10 finishes since their debut in 1994. However, it wasn’t until 2000 that they reached the Eurovision podium with Alsou’s second place with her song “Solo“. I have to admit that Russia is not among my favourite Eurovision countries, although I do like quite a few of their songs (though they tend to be the guilty pleasure ones – think Serebro and Babushki). But if you ask me what I first think when talking about Russia and Eurovision, the answer is “Solo” by Alsou. And I promise it has nothing to do with the fact that Alsou and I are born on the same day, June 27 (although a few years apart). I only discovered that cherry on top detail later. Blue, beige and smoke Having become a superfan in 2013, I discovered this …
🇷🇴 Slideback Sunday: When Mandinga made us dance to latin rythms..

🇷🇴 Slideback Sunday: When Mandinga made us dance to latin rythms..

It’s Sunday again, which must mean it’s time for another slideback! This week, we’re going back to 2012 and Baku, Azerbaijan when Romania sent an uplifting latin inspired song by the group Mandinga. About “Zaleilah” “Zaleilah”, a bilingual love song performed English and Spanish has been described as Latin-influenced, with other inspirations including Balkanic, Cuban, Gypsy and salsa music. Lyrically, it revolves around “a woman deeply in love with her ‘chocolate boy’, [possibly] someone who is merely sweet, or someone who is of African descent” its instrumentation consists of a bagpipe, marching drums, accordions and trumpets. Reviewers noticed similarities between “Zaleilah” and “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” (2010) by Colombian singer Shakira. While some people praised “Zaleilah” for its catchiness and dance nature, some viewed it as mediocre and unoriginal. However, “Zaleilah” received a nomination in the Best Song category at the 2011 Romanian Music Awards. Romania reached 12th place in a field of 26 in Eurovision Song Contest 2012, scoring a total of 71 points.Commercially, “Zaleilah” reached the top 100 of various charts after Eurovision, and peaked at numbers two and six in Romania and Moldova, respectively. It also reached the top 50 in Sweden and Billboard‘s Mexico Espanol Airplay chart, the top 60 in Austria and the top 100 in Germany. “Zaleilah” attained lower success in Russia, …
🇱🇹 Lithuania: Pabandom iš naujo 2020 – A four-horse race?

🇱🇹 Lithuania: Pabandom iš naujo 2020 – A four-horse race?

After years of a drawn-out and bloated format, this year saw Lithuania present one of the most consistent and polished selections of the year. This was achieved whilst still maintaining that distinct Lithuanian charm that we know and love. This means that we will be going into a final where half of the line-up could realistically have a path to victory. In this editorial, we break down the four-horse race the selection has turned out to be… The story so far… This year, LRT’s selection for Eurovision underwent a rebrand. The slogan for this year’s competition is Pabandom iš naujo, which translates to ‘Let’s Try Again’. Previously Eurovizijos Atranka, a producer of the show commented last year that they were in it to win it for 2020. [Lithuania’s best result is in 2006 with ‘We Are The Winners’], so let’s try again and let our representatives go higher this year. LRT also revealed that the final of their selection will be upscaled, and will be held in the Žalgiris Arena in Kaunas. Following the second and final semi-final of Pabandom iš naujo 2020, we were presented with the eight songs in contention to represent Lithuania in Rotterdam: Aistė Pilvelytė – UnbreakableRūta Loop …
🇮🇱 Slideback Sunday: 10 years ago, when Israel left only words

🇮🇱 Slideback Sunday: 10 years ago, when Israel left only words

It’s Sunday, which must mean it’s time for another slideback! This week, we’re going to Oslo where Harel Skaat took to the stage with “Milim”. Has it really been 10 years? Going back to 2010, it was only my second year watching Eurovision as an 11-year-old who was intrigued to find out what the contest had to offer next. This was, of course, following the events from the year before, where I had witnessed a violin playing Norwegian take the trophy. At the time of the 2010 contest, I was foolishly hopeful of my home country of the United Kingdom to do well, as I didn’t take much notice of the other 24 better songs in the final. I always preferred saxophones and glittery shorts anyway. Fast forward to (roughly) 2017, and I find myself looking back on entries of the past. I come across a lyric video of “Milim” and end up playing it on repeat. Despite this, anyone who knows me would probably be saying, “but it’s a ballad, you don’t like ballads!”. While that’s pretty spot on, I happen to make exceptions if said ballad is not sung in English. Safe to say, I’m sick of the …
Saturday Summary – This week’s #Eurovision headlines

Saturday Summary – This week’s #Eurovision headlines

We are in the middle of the Eurovision national final season. It’s getting more and more intense and we get more and more news. So it’s understandable if you are not able to catch all the news at the moment. But don’t worry! We are here to give you a summary of all the big news from the past seven days in our weekly #SaturdaySummary! Check the following pages for the latest headlines. Stefania to represent Greece ERT announced this week, that Greece will be represented by Stefania! In Rotterdam, she will perform the song “SUPERG!RL”! Listen to her previous works and get all the details below: 🇬🇷 OFFICIAL: Stefania to represent Greece in Rotterdam!
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