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Operación Triunfo’s Miriam Rodriguez to star in Vis A Vis

Continuing the breakout successes for the class of Operación Triunfo 2017, Miriam Rodriguez is taking her music skills to the small screen. She will have a cameo role in season 4 of the hit Spanish prison drama Vis A Vis. Miriam Rodriguez in Vis A Vis Think Wentworth meets Orange Is The New Black with some telenovela angst and you get Vis A Vis. UK audiences will know it as Locked Up, which features on Channel 4’s Walter Presents service for foreign language content. During her time in Operación Triunfo – the Fame Academy meets Big Brother reality show that has taken social media by storm in the last year, Miriam Rodriguez name dropped Vis A Vis as being her favourite show. Seeing an opportunity, a producer for the show offered Miriam the chance to star in the next season. Back in April Miriam released her debut single, Hay Algo En Mí dedicated to the show. This was used to promote the third season, which concluded last month with an average of 3 million viewers. Featuring the dancers wearing the colours of the iconic Cruz del Sur overalls, the passionate power ballad speaks to the experiences of female oppression and …

Netta and Chill: Netta stars in Netflix TV commercial for Partner TV!

Winner and current reigning Queen of Eurovision, Netta Barzilai stars in her first ever Israeli TV commercial for Partner. Who are an online streaming service that is a Netflix provider. Queen of Eurovision meets the Queen of… the United Kingdom? In the commercial, it sees Netta insert herself in some of Netflix’s biggest exports from “Orange is the New Black” to “Stranger Things” and from “Money Heist” to “The Crown” where she comes face to face with Claire Foy’s adaptation of Queen Elizabeth II! Watch the commercial below. About the commercial. Filmed in Kyiv, Ukraine. Netta sings the song “Summer Vacation” by the late Israeli singer/songwriter Naomi Shemer, brilliantly fusing her own looper vocals into the song. The commercial was filmed by “Toy” director, Karen Hochma. Why Netta? The Chief Marketing Officer of Partner, told Israeli business news outlet globes.co.il had this to say about Netta. We’re excited to be part of an original campaign with a young and talented artist like Netta. She has an amazing ability to transcend conventions and penetrate straight to the heart with her musical truth. Her artistic footprint stands out in the campaign. Netta has star power! When talking to Israeli newspaper “Israel Hayom” that what she …

Pastora Soler talks about Spain’s drama-led approach to the Eurovision Song Contest

Spain’s representative from 2012, Pastora Soler, has opened up to morning newspaper El Periódico about Spain’s approach to the Eurovision Song Contest. In the interview to the paper, she explains the sheer pressure that comes with representing your country stating in a matter-of-fact  way: “there’s a lot of pressure in the contest”. No more drama! Pastora’s simple statement can and should be unpacked further. In recent years, almost every Spanish representative have been subject to rumors, scandal and drama. The “Quedate Conmigo” songstress believes that this media circus trend will negatively impact the long-term prospects of acts wishing to represent Spain: So much controversy does not bring any benefit to our future participation. To continue like this, nobody will want to participate.  Let’s not forget the big, loud, nasty DRAMA of last year’s Objetivo Eurovisión, which led to accusations, insults and even physical attacks following Manel Navarro’s controversial win. The Spanish broadcaster was also forced to reveal their budget for the 2015 contest last year. When asked about the pressure from the media, she hinted towards the rumour that RTVE wanted her to sabotage her own performance so they wouldn’t need to host the 2013 contest:  I felt this in my year, everything was analyzed …

Former Eurovision acts to take part in ‘Golden Stag Festival’

The International Golden Stag festival takes place in Romania next month and is set to feature several familiar faces. The annual event, organised by Romanian broadcaster TVR, takes place between 29th August and 2nd September. The festival has two main components;  an international contest and a special guest segment featuring both Romanian and foreign artists. The Eurovision connection Eighteen artists will compete in this year’s edition, several of which are previous Eurovision representatives. Ovidiu Anton (Romania 2016), Lidia Isac (Moldova 2016), John Karayiannis (Cyprus 2015) & Ryan O’Shaughnessy (Ireland 2018) will perform in the hope of winning this year’s trophy and 25,000 Euros.  A total of 110 artists applied to take part in this year’s festival. Other notable names include Inis Neziri, Sebastian Schmidt & Karl Wlliam Lund who have all previously participated in a Eurovision national selection within the last five years. The Golden Stag’s impressive back-catalogue The Golden Stag Festival was born in 1968 when broadcaster TVR looked to create their own version of the MTV Music Awards.  The decision to create the event was in the hope that the contest would inspire both local and international musicians.  Since its first edition, well-known artists have graced the festival’s stage over the years, …

Björn Gustafsson about the collapse and suicidal thoughts

10 years ago Björn Gustafsson started his career in Sweden and fame came very quickly for the only 22 years old Swedish comedian. His big breakthrough was with his performance as the interval act in Melodifestivalen 2008. He also announced the Swedish votes that year, was part of the gaming show Parlamentet and was voted Sweden’s most enjoyable man by Aftonbladet’s reader. All in the same year. In an interview with King Magazin he now talked about the chaotic past 10 year and the ups and downs.  “I think everyone can have suicidal thoughts in difficult times” Everybody probably still remembers, when Björn took the stage in Melodifestivalen 2008 and conquered the hearts of the audience by storm. “These ten years have been chaotic, sometimes. Sometimes I’ve been very dark in my mind, but I’m still glad I’ve experienced them,” he says to King Magazine and continues: “Outside, you have everything, but there are quite other things that mean something real. In such moments it’s hard to talk to others and find like-minded ones.” Changing from unknown to super popular all around the country and even beyond in a very short time, isn’t something you can process very easily. “What would be described …

Cliff Richard wins privacy case against the BBC

It took almost four years after the BBC reported that South Yorkshire police had searched Cliff Richard’s home due to an accusation of child sex abuse (on which no charges were ultimately pressed) for the singer to finally win its legal battle against the broadcaster. Cliff Richard awarded £210,000 in damages The singer will be awarded £190,000 in damages. A further £20,000 in aggravated damages will be awarded for the BBC’s choice of the story as a candidate for the Royal Television Society’s scoop of the year. The BBC’s total liability for the case will be £210,000. Richard was present in court to hear the verdict, after which he stated: “I’m choked up. I can’t believe it. It’s wonderful news”. He cried when the verdict was announced. His legal team, however, have declared that the lawsuit has caused “possibly permanent damage to his self-esteem, standing and reputation” by the coverage of claims he sexually assaulted a young boy following a Billy Graham rally in Sheffield in 1985. The judge handing down the verdict was critical of the BBC’s handling of the case. He found that the BBC had “infringed [Richard’s privacy] rights without a legal justification”. The judge added that …

Greece: Was Kalomoira discussing a Eurovision comeback in 2018?

Kalomira is no stranger to the Eurovision community, as she is the last artist to finish in the Top 3 for Greece, managing a third-place finish with 218 points in 2008. In her recent interview in People Magazine Greece, she revealed that she was in early talks with the Greek delegation in order to come back after 10 years and represent Greece! So, how did these discussions go? When asked about any future participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, Kalomira answered that she was discussing about representing Greece in the 2018 contest. These discussions, however, did not materialize, as she explained that: “This year was the 10-year anniversary of my participation so I was in early discussions about representing Greece, but the plans didn’t proceed. Everything seemed positive, but my instinct told me not to do it. What I have made clear  is that my priority is my children and my husband. Whatever I do, in singing but also in television, should not affect and disturb the children’s routine.”. She then decided to turn down the proposal, with Yianna Terzi finally getting the ticket to Lisbon Kalomira’s opinion about the Greek entry Apart from revealing her potential 2018 participation, Kalomira also expressed her …

Delegations on ships? Local media reveals Eilat’s plans for Eurovision 2019 bid

With just weeks to go before the scheduled announcement of the host city for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, the bidding cities are finalising their plans of how they would host the contest. Today, the deadline for the Eilat, Haifa, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to send their documents to host broadcaster KAN passes and Eilat are first to showcase their hand.  Two potential venues Yesterday, Israel Hayom obtained documents outlined Eilat’s plans for hosting next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Two potential venues are included in their proposal. The first, located in the Port of Eilat, is based around two existing hangers. The temporary construction would hold a capacity of 10,000 spectators. Furthermore, the entire complex would consist of two halls on either side of the main venue. One hall would house the green room, meaning the green room wouldn’t be inside the main arena for the first time since 2013, whilst the other hall would contain the press centre and backstage area. On the other hand, the city’s second option is to host the contest in the Ice Mall. Following the installation of seating and other required venues, such as the press centre, the Ice Mall could hold up to 7,500 spectators. …

Eurovision/Melodifestivalen bonanza!

France isn’t the only country to celebrate July 14. Sweden has its own, very special reason to celebrate this day too; It’s Crown Princess Victorias birthday! The day is named after her; Victoriadagen, and is also the national day of Öland. Victoriadagen is celebrated in Borgholm, which is “the capital” of Öland. Among other things, there is a huge concert, and this year six of the seven artists performing were Eurovision or Melodifestivalen participants! Lineup for the Victoriadagen concert The headliners were Alexander Rybak, Jessica Andersson and Peter Jöback. I guess most of these artists don’t really need further introduction, but just in case! Alexander Rybak Alexander Rybak represented Norway at the 2009 and 2018 Eurovision Song Contests. In Moscow in 2009 he won the contest with his hit “Fairytale”. In 2018 in Lisbon it didn’t go quite as well, when he finished 15th with “That’s How You Write a Song”: Despite being Norwegian he’s also very popular in Sweden. He released an album of Swedish contemporary folk music back in 2011. That same year he also won the Swedish version of “Dancing With The Stars”, “Let’s Dance!“. Jessica Andersson Jessica Andersson represented Sweden at the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest …

Netta: “I hope Will Ferrell treats Eurovision with the respect it deserves!”

Last week, Metro UK published an interview with 2018 Eurovision Song Contest winner Netta. In Sixty Seconds with Netta Barzilai, the Israeli star talked all things Eurovision from her beginnings on HaKokhav HaBa (Rising Star) to the Eurovision grand final itself. Netta also commented on the upcoming Eurovision original Netflix comedy movie starring Will Ferrell. “I hope he’s going to treat Eurovision with the respect it deserves” Back in May, Will Ferrell was spotted in and around the Altice Arena during the Eurovision Song Contest. Then, last month, it was revealed that Will Ferrell will not star in an upcoming original Netflix comedy movie based on the world’s biggest entertainment show. He will also produce the film with Jessica Elbaum and write the script with Andrew Steele. Adam McKay will be the Executive Producer of the film. It received a mixed reaction from fans, with some citing more publicity for the contest as a positive. However, others worried that it could damage the contest’s reputation that has improved so much over the last decade. When asked her thoughts on the upcoming Will Ferrell project, and whether she met him in Lisbon, Netta told the Metro: Will is a funny guy but I didn’t meet …