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🇭🇺 Slideback Sunday: reviewing “Miért kell, hogy elmenj” by V.I.P.

🇭🇺 Slideback Sunday: reviewing “Miért kell, hogy elmenj” by V.I.P.

This week it is Aline’s turn to give some attention to a song from Hungary. This country debuted in 1994, so we can say that they are fairly “new”. However, they have given us some great entries over the past 26 years. Let’s return to the year of 1997. A little back history During the 90’s, we collectively enjoyed the music of boy bands such as Backstreet Boys, Boyzone and Take That. Hungary has responded very well to this, and so the Hungarian boy band V.I.P. was born. Józsa Alex, Imre Rakonczai, Viktor Rakonczai and Gergő Rácz, four men of which two are brothers, formed the group in 1997. In that same year, they represented Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest after winning the national selection. Dublin 1997 Viktor Rakoncza, one of the members, composed the song “Miért kell, hogy elmenj” together with lyricist Krisztina Bokor Fekete. Péter Wolf conducted the orchestra during the final on 3 May. In Dublin, the band performed in 19th position out of 25 entries, between Malta and Russia. After the voting sequence had finished, Hungary finished 12th with a total of 39 points. The highest score that night came from winner United Kingdom, giving …
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. The Black Sea Songwriting Camp commences in Bulgaria It was revealed this weekend, that the 2020 Black Sea Eurovision Songwriting Camp 2020 has commenced. The aim of the songwriting camp is to write a song, for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. 🇧🇬 BNT set up “Black Sea Songwriting Camp” to write 2021 entry
🇦🇿 Slideback Sunday: Show us the right way!

🇦🇿 Slideback Sunday: Show us the right way!

For this week’s edition of ‘Slideback Sunday’, we are travelling to Azerbaijan, a country which has a rollercoaster history in the Eurovision. We will be focusing on its debut song “Day after day” by Elnur & Samir. As the song and the performance symbolises fight between good and evil, this entry has a love or hate relationship among the fans. Life like roller coaster It feels unbelievable, that Azerbaijan is actually one of the youngest Eurovision family members. The Caucasian country debuted in 2008 along with San Marino and the only country who joined the family since then is Australia in 2015. And a line from my beloved Fusedmarc song perfectly describes Azerbaijan’s journey in Eurovision: life like roller coeaster. Azerbaijan actually got off to a good start – the debut got them a place in top 10 and after that they achieved five consecutive top-five results between 2009 and 2013 with, including 1st place in 2011. Unfortunately, since 2014 the Land of Fire lost its fire: 4 years in a row they missed the top 10, but the biggest ‘oops’ happened in 2018 when for the first time country haven’t qualified to the finals. However, in 2019 Chingiz broke the …
🇦🇹 Beyond Eurovision: Nathan Trent

🇦🇹 Beyond Eurovision: Nathan Trent

Over the summer, we are featuring a new series called Beyond Eurovision. Every week, we look at what happened to Eurovision stars since they took part in the contest. Next up in the series in Nathan Trent, who was a Eurovision finalist in 2017 for Austria. What happened after he run on air in Kyiv? Where it all began Back in June 2016, Nathan Trent released his debut single “Like It Is” – however, it failed to make an impact on the Austrian charts. No fear, as four years later, the music video has been viewed over 160,000 times on YouTube. Shortly after the song was released, he began his Eurovision adventure with his selection for Austria being announced in December 2016. In the same year, he was also shortlisted to represent Germany at the contest – a job which was finally taken up by Levina. His song, “Running on Air” was released on 28th February and hit the Austrian charts peaking at number 18. At the contest, Nathan appeared alongside his large crescent moon, making it through the semi-final in seventh place. Furthermore, in the final, Austria placed 16th with 93 points. Good vibes for Nathan! Following the contest, …
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. Andorra could return to Eurovision in 2022, says Susanne Georgi After confirming in May that she had “found the money for Andorra to return to Eurovision”, Susanne Georgi has now revealed that the government has given a “verbal green light” for a possible return to the contest in 2022… 🇦🇩 Andorra could return to Eurovision in 2022, says Susanne Georgi
🇷🇺 Slideback Sunday: A lullaby for a volcano that erupted on the Eurovision stage

🇷🇺 Slideback Sunday: A lullaby for a volcano that erupted on the Eurovision stage

For this week’s edition of ‘Slideback Sunday’, we have headed east to a powerhouse nation both in terms of the worldwide political landscape and the Eurovision Song Contest: Russia! I have decided to use this opportunity to shine a light upon their 1995 entry, where we find a very familiar face but perhaps an unfamiliar song to certain fans. Russia’s Eurovision Journey In 1994, the landscape of the Eurovision Song Contest changed forever. While the previous edition saw the debut of three former Yugoslav nations, this felt somewhat like a trial-run of sorts when compared to the influx of new countries at the 1994 contest! Fans and casual viewers alike were treated to songs from the likes of Poland, Romania and Slovakia among others for the very first time. However, the appearance of one nation in particular ignited the interest for many at the time. Russia selected their very first entry with a national final in March 1994, won by relatively unknown singer Youddiph. As a result, Youddiph and her song billed as ‘Eternal Wanderer’ (although performed in Russian) flew the flag for Russia in Dublin Ireland. In a result that surprised many at the time, Russia managed a top …
🇮🇸 Beyond Eurovision: Páll Óskar

🇮🇸 Beyond Eurovision: Páll Óskar

Over the summer, we are featuring a new series called Beyond Eurovision. Every week, we take a look at what happened to Eurovision stars in the years after (and sometimes before) their participation in the contest. This week we find out what Páll Óskar, who represented Iceland in the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest with «Minn hinsti dans», has been up to. Eurovision Song Contest On the big night in Dublin, Páll Óskar was the final act on stage. A large part of the audience watching the show in homes across Europe probably choked on their coffee/wine/whatever they were drinking when his show started. His was the most daring performance seen on the Eurovision stage to date. Páll Óskar performed the song seated in a white leather sofa, wearing black latex pants, a white shirt and black jacket. He was surrounded by four young women, dressed in S&M-inspired latex outfits. The staging gave us the most overtly sexy and provocative performance seen at the contest yet. Ahead of its time Both the song and the performance are widely regarded as being way ahead of their time. Many believe that «Minn hinsti dans», and Páll Óskar’s performance, would have done a lot …
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. KAN to hold 16-song national final to find Eden’s song for Rotterdam It’s been reported that a national final consisting of 16 songs will be used to find Eden’s entry for Rotterdam. 🇮🇱 KAN to hold 16-song National Final to find Eden’s song for Rotterdam
🇱🇺 Slideback Sunday: Canadian stokes the embers of Luxembourg’s golden era

🇱🇺 Slideback Sunday: Canadian stokes the embers of Luxembourg’s golden era

Luxembourg’s Eurovision Journey Decades before San Marino entered the fray- casting a wide geographical net in search of its Eurovision acts- Luxembourg was up to the same trick. The Grand Duchy was operating on a rather higher plane, however, amassing five Eurovision victories between 1961 and 1983. Courtesy of French and Greek singers, this nation of 3-400,000 became a Eurovision heavyweight with a golden touch. But after Luxembourg’s 1983 win, the tide turned. Before bowing out of the contest in the wake of relagation for 1994, only two more top ten positions would be achieved, both courtesy of loan signings. The latter of these was Lara Fabian. Now an international star, Fabian was a relatively unknown Belgian teenager, finishing in fourth behind another teenager, Céline Dion. In the ’90s, Fabian would join Dion as a Canadian citizen. Lara Fabian represents Luxembourg in 1988 Two years prior, it was a Canadian singer who achieved Luxembourg’s last podium finish. Hailing from English-speaking Manitoba in western Canada, Sherisse Laurence sang “L’amour de ma vie”, to achieve third place. The German team behind the song were more renowned for generating pop hits for Baccara, but the oh-so-’80s synth-ballad met with favour from the juries, …
🇧🇪 Beyond Eurovision: Tom Dice

🇧🇪 Beyond Eurovision: Tom Dice

Throwback to Eurovision 2010 in Oslo, Norway. Tom Dice wrote history for his country Belgium by reaching the grand final for the first time since the semis were introduced. With “Me And My Guitar” he conquered a lot of European hearts. As a result, he won his semi final and finished sixth in the grand final. This is to date the best result from Belgium on Flemish side. How is Tom Dice doing right now? You’ll discover it in this article. A little background story Tom Dice set his first steps in the music world back in 2009. Originally, he was part of a group called “The Dice”, which inspired him to wear the name “Tom Dice”. His solo adventure started at X Factor 2008-2009, in which he finished second. After his success there, he signed his very first solo contract with SonicAngel. A new young Belgian artist was born! Tom Dice performing Bleeding Lights by Leona Lewis, which he later released as a single. The road to Eurovision Shortly after his X Factor-success, Tom Dice got approached by Flemish broadcaster VRT. The big question fell, “Do you want to represent Belgium at Eurovision 2010?” Tom Dice accepted, and so …
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