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Sennek focuses full-time on music as she quits her position at IKEA

Laura Groeseneken, known in the Eurovision world as Sennek, represented Belgium in the big Eurovision stage in Lisbon. For a while, she divided her time between music and working as a visual merchandiser at IKEA. However, in a recent interview she revealed that she now resigned from IKEA to work full time in music.  Now looking for a record label Earlier this month, Sennek appeared in a program on Belgian TV called  “Van Gilst & Gasten”  and revealed some details of her post-Eurovision months and future plans. In fact, she said that soon after the contest, she headed to France to attend a song-writing camp that lasted four months. She also added that a very good song came from it and now she is looking for a record label saying: I wrote one song, just one, but it’s a really good one! It was great, we have some really good songs ready. But now I’m looking for a good team to work with and a super cool record label. People can call me now, I’m ready. It was great in France, in a rural area with Maxime, the producer I worked with for Eurovision.” After returning from France, she decided …

Eurovision News Conference to be hosted in Cyprus

According to an announcement made by CyBC, Cyprus will be hosting one of the news conferences held ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest in April 2019. Conference to take place in April Reportedly, the European Broadcasting Union has selected Cyprus as the hosts for the news conference. The event will take place in April 2019 in the city of Limassol. Over 100 journalists from 30 countries will attend the event. The Contacts Meeting is an event to discuss the exchange of news. It is not associated with the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv in 2019. Panikos Hadjipanagi, the news director of CyBC and member of the EBU committee, suggested that Cyprus hosted the news conference. The EBU unanimously selected Cyprus to be the host. Besides the island, the other candidates for hosting the conference were Austria and Norway. Cyprus gets to host in 2019 afterall! Cyprus was one of the big favorites to win Eurovision 2018 with Eleni Foureira’s “Fuego”. Ahead of the grand final, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades stated that the country would be willing to host the contest in case of a victory. However, Foureira lost to Israel with Netta’s “Toy” and therefore Cyprus lost their chances …

Cornald Maas and Marlayne Sahupala to host Eurovision in Concert

News from Amsterdam’s biggest Eurovision party is coming rapidly at the moment. After a confirmed date and a confirmed venue, we now know who the hosts of the event will be: Cornald Maas and Marlayne Sahupala. Cornald Maas to return The organisers of Eurovision in Concert have once again managed to secure two experienced hosts for the event. Both of them have a good amount of Eurovision experience. Cornald Maas has been the commentator for AVROTROS for ten years, starting in 2006. He only had a short break between 2011 and 2013. His co-host at the event will be Marlayne Sahupala. The television host and singer has been on television since the early 2000s. She also represented The Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1999. Her One Good Reason finished in eighth place, her country’s last top ten result until Anouk and The Common Linnets took part in Eurovision. Yes! Looking forward to this!! https://t.co/cWSRCDJfRX— Marlayne Sahupala (@MarlayneS) September 24, 2018 Tickets on sale soon AFAS Live will once again be the venue for the event, as was confirmed recently. Tickets will be going on sale very soon. At the end of this week, on 28th September, the organisers will …

Is it true? Is Yohanna married? Yes, indeed!

Love is truly in the Eurovision air, the beloved Icelandic singer Jóhanna Guðrún got married yesterday, on 21st of September to her long time partner Davíð Sigurgeirsson. Yohanna married in a lovely church called Garðakirkja, in Garðabær, Iceland. Yohanna married Davíð Jóhanna took part at Eurovision in 2009 with the song “Is it True”, a strong ballad that gave Iceland one of their best results at Eurovision. That is second place, but Iceland has reached that place only  two times. The other time 10 years earlier in Jerusalem. Davíð is an Icelandic guitarist, and they have been together for a while and have a child together. The show was filled with artist and singers. Among them was Stefanía Svavarsdóttur, who has taken part at Söngvakeppnin, she performed the ABBA song “Thank You for the Music”. She also took duet with Elísabet Ormslev, who also take part at Söngvakeppnin. The Newly Weds performed The couple was of course encourage to perform on the stage. One of the guests took their performance and posted it on Instagram.  When Jóhanna sang ” Power of Love” with Davíð playing on the guitar. But the song is written by Jennifer Rush and is mostly know …

The OGAE Song Contest 2018 has started

The 33rd edition of the oldest OGAE fan contest, the OGAE Song Contest, has been offically kicked off by OGAE Australia. The Australian fanclub organizes this year’s contest after their victory in 2017, with Dami Im’s “Fighting for Love”. The OGAE Song Contest is, as usual, the third contest of the off-season, after the Second Chance Contest and the Retro Second Chance contest. The results of those should be revealed in October. What is the OGAE Song Contest? The OGAE Song Contest first took place in 1986, between different OGAE national clubs. It is an auditory contest, which means that national clubs each submit one song as a track, and not as a performance or a videoclip (for the latter, there is the OGAE Video Contest). Voters should only judge the tracks. Entries must respect some simple yet strict rules: The songs must be original (no cover)They must have been released the year of the contest or the previous year They must be sung in one of the country’s official languagesThere must be at least one member of the act from the country it represents (the UK can’t send an all-American band, for example)They must not have taken part in …

Lithuania to host Eurovision After Party

LRT and Ieva Zasimauskaite are holding the first ever Eurovision After Party on December 16  at Zalgiris Arena in Kaunas. It will be first Eurovision Party to be held after the competition. “Finally, Eurovision is coming to Lithuania!” In an interview with 15min.lt, Ieva expressed her excitement about the concert and wanting to share her experiences from Lisbon. “I want you to be close by and feel what I felt in Lisbon.  I want each one of you to touch this musical adventure closely.It’s a very symbolic event for me. First of all, this is the desire to celebrate the end of the Eurovision Song Contest, transferring your experience and experience to a new country representative.  This is an opportunity to once again remember the special “Eurovision” for Lithuania this year and that this year we proved to ourselves and to Europe that the victories that we consider victories are not always true. We have seen that winning is possible even without giving first place, and Lithuania is a strong player in the big Eurovision Ieva on the Eurovision After Party Ieva has already expressed her excitement on social media about the event, especially the fact that fans all over Europe are travelling …

Gaia Cauchi to make X Factor UK appearance

The list of Eurovision artists appearing on X Factor just keeps on growing. After Brendan Murray‘s appearance a while ago, tonight will be the night for not only Cezar Ouatu, but also Maltese star Gaia Cauchi to take her chances in the United Kingdom. From Junior Eurovision to The X Factor UK Fifteen year old Gaia Cauchi rose to European fame back in 2013. She represented her country, Malta, at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest that year in Kyiv. She ended up winning the contest with her entry The Start. To honour her achievement, she received the Midalja għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika, the Medal for Service to the Republic of Malta, a prestigious award. On tonight’s X Factor, Gaia Cauchi will be hoping to impress the judges: Simon Cowell, Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Fiels, as well as Louis Tomlinson. She will sing Paloma Faith’s Only Love Can Hurt Like This. As TellyMix reported, Robbie Williams was impressed by the young songstress, but he does have some concerns over her young age… Next phase approaching The next phase of X Factor UK is rapidly coming closer. Tomorrow, on 23rd September, we’ll see the last auditions. After those, we will hear and see which acts …

Cezar Ouatu makes X Factor UK his life!

After charming audiences across the continent in Malmö at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with “It’s My Life”, Cezar Ouatu from Romania takes to The X Factor UK stage on Saturday 22nd September to win over the judging panel.  Born in Romania, raised in Italy. Opera surprises the judges.  The X Factor isn’t well known in the UK for having a diverse range of genres represented on the show. In fact, artists who are not usually from a pop music background tend to aim for a place on Britain’s Got Talent instead. However this year, having already seen a choir and a senior citizen crooner or two, it’s now the turn for opera.  Whilst “It’s My Life” was a popera approach to performing by Cezar Ouatu, his X Factor audition is purely opera. Auditioning with “Nessun dorma”, one of the most well known pieces, Cezar shocks the judges with his prowess and operatic capabilities.  13th at Eurovision, how far can he go this time? This year’s auditions phase is almost over. At the end of the show on Sunday 23rd September, the acts will find out which ones are proceeding to the Six Chair Challenge round of the competition.  After …

Sam Bailey among artists interested in Eurovision: You Decide

Ever since British broadcaster BBC revealed that Eurovision: You Decide will return for 2019, artists have been expressing their interest on Twitter. Former Eurovision stars Tamar Kaprelian and JOWST are the most prolific ones, along with former X Factor winner Sam Bailey. From prison officer to X Factor winner Back in 2013, 36 year old prison officer Sam Bailey auditioned for X Factor. She ended up winning the show that year, mentored by Sharon Osbourne. She impressed the UK public with many power ballads, such as The Power of Love and My Heart Will Go On. In ten of the fourteen shows, she topped the public vote. In the other four, she finished in second. She eventually left Simon Cowell’s label, Syco Music in 2015, just two years after winning X Factor. A year later, she released her second album. The songs for Sing My Heart Out were all recorded in the United States. Her focus then switched to other projects, such as musical theatre and a charitable project to support LGBTQ+ rights in Chechnya. After BBC’s call for artists yesterday, a fan tweeted at Bailey, asking her to submit an entry for Eurovision: You Decide. The singer says all she would need …

Glennis Grace gives Eurovision a “big fat no”

It’s September and that means the Dutch rumour mill for the Eurovision Song Contest has started to get into swing. The name we most heard being mentioned as a potential candidate for Tel Aviv is America’s Got Talent finalist Glennis Grace. She has now responded: It’s a ‘big fat no’. Once was enough Grace of course represented her country back in 2005. At the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, she then failed to make it through to the final. It seems Eurovision is not a happy memory for the 40 year old. On her website, the singer mentions her Eurovision adventure in one short sentence, saying she sang My Impossible Dream in Kyiv, Russia. Yes, that’s right, her website says Kyiv is in Russia. When the RTL Boulevard reporter asked Glennis Grace about a potential return to the contest, the singer came up with a few varieties of the word ‘no’:  Nah, nah, no, nope. I’ve been saying it for years. I’ve done it once and I would not do it again. No.Glennis Grace in RTL Boulevard It seems we can safely cross Grace’s name off the list of potential candidates for Tel Aviv. So far, the Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS has …