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Dutch commentator and selection jury member Jan Smit: “I hope we pick a DJ”

The commentator of the Eurovision Song Contest in The Netherlands, Jan Smit, has spoken about his hopes for Tel Aviv. The singer, who is also part of the selection committee which chooses the act, is hoping for a DJ to fly the Dutch flag. “Nothing concrete” During RTL Late Night, a talk show on Dutch television, Jan Smit spoke about the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. After answering questions about his own possible participation, host Twan Huys asked Smit about the reveal of the Dutch artist. Surprisingly, Jan Smit replied by saying that nothing is concrete just yet. It seems the broadcaster has not taken any definite steps so far. The answer Smit gave last night is similar to what he said six weeks ago. He then also said that no concrete steps had been taken, but he then also said the broadcaster was in discussions with several artists. We also know that rising star Davina Michelle is not among those in talks, despite being rumoured for a while. A DJ to Eurovision? Jan Smit also spoke out on his hopes for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. His aim for Tel Aviv is an act that could actually …

After Alcazar: Lina Hedlund is set to take part in Melodifestivalen 2019

We are just weeks away from the official announcement of the competing artists. Who will take part in next year Melodifestivalen? Another name the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet now revealed is Lina Hedlund. And Lina is no newcomer in Melodifestivalen… Lina’s second solo in Melodifestivalen When Alcazar will end their career for now on New Year’s Eve, Lina Hedlund will be solo and she is wasting no time. As Aftonbladet now reveals, Lina is set to take part in next year’s Melodifestivalen. This would be her sixth time taking part in the competition, but only the second time as a solo artist. This time she will compete with a modern pop-schlager song. According to Aftonbladet the song is written by Dotter, who took part in Melodifestivalen 2018 with her song “Cry”. It will be the sixth time that Lina Hedlund will perform at the Melodifestivalen. In 2002 she competed with her sister Hanna Hedlund with the song “Big time party”, the following year she set up solo with “Nothing can stop me”, which made it to Andra Chansen. After that, she has competed three times with Alcazar, 2009 with “Stay the night”, 2010 with “Headlines and 2014 with” Blame it on the …

WATCH: Little Mix live react to Margaret’s “Cool Me Down”

Arguably the world’s biggest girl band, Little Mix have been busy promoting their brand new single Woman Like Me across Europe over the past few weeks. One of their most recent stops was at Polish showbiz news website Plejada and they were asked to take part in a live react song which included the one and only Cool Me Down by Margaret… A line-up of Polish songs for Little Mix One half of Little Mix, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards were asked by interview host Grzegorz Dobek to give their thoughts on three songs by Polish artists. After hearing tunes by Podsiadłę and Martyniuka, the final song for Leigh-Anne and Perrie to react to was one very familiar to the Eurovision community… 2016 Krajowe Eliminacje runner-up Cool Me Down by Margaret, who also reached the 2018 Melodifestivalen final with In My Cabana. As you can see from 3:00 into the interview below, Leigh-Anne and Perrie immediately loved Cool Me Down and called it their favourite of the three tracks they heard within seconds of that familiar reggae-pop beat beginning. “I’ve heard one snippet and I’m already a fan!” “She’s got Zara Larsson vibes about her!” exclaims Leigh-Anne. Perrie wholeheartedly agrees: “I like the …

Jon Henrik Fjällgren to return to Melodifestivalen?

As we’re getting closer to SVT’s announcement of the Melodifestivalen 2019 participants, Aftonbladet are doing a mighty job in trying to find out who will take part. The next name they’ve added to the list is two time entrant Jon Henrik Fjällgren. All about the song According to Aftonbladet, SVT made their hopes rather clear to Jon Henrik Fjällgren. They were hoping he would once again make an appearance at the Swedish national final for Eurovision. The jojkare however said he would only do so if he would find the perfect song. It seems he has now found that song. A well known, but so far unnamed, composer has reportedly collaborated with Jon Henrik Fjällgren on his new Melodifestivalen entry. The Colombian-Swedish singer has participated twice before. A joik to Eurovision? On his previous two participations, Fjällgren always made it to the final of Sweden’s most beloved television show. His first attempt, “Jag Är Fri (Manne Leam Frijje)” finished in second place in 2015. The only song that kept him away from victory was “Heroes” by Måns Zelmerlöw, who would later go on to win the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. Despite being one of the favourites upon his return …

RTP wins an Eyes and Ears of Europe Award!

This year’s Eurovision Song Contest has managed to win an award for its campaign ‘All Aboard” What is the Eyes and Ears of Europe Awards? The Eyes and Ears of Europe Awards are a recognition to outstanding design, promotion & digital achievements. “The industry association Eyes & Ears of Europe was founded in 1996 by filmmakers from the German television landscape. The aim was to promote awareness of media designers and marketers for their products, to encourage quality-related debates and identify future-oriented perspectives.”Eyes and Ears of Europe on what the award is about RTP’s response to this acheivement “An international recognition for both the company and myself. […] The concept and graphic were developed within RTP itself, without hiring an external company.”RTP’s Nicolau Tudela, Art Director on winning  About ‘All Aboard’ When RTP chose ‘All Aboard’ as its slogan last year, RTP spoke about the reasons behind their choice. The main aspects of the slogan are Diversity, Respect and Tolerance. “For centuries, Portugal explored the world by sea. Today, Lisbon is more and more the city of all colors, a great harbour of cultures and sounds that welcomes you all to come aboard!”Creative Manager of RTP, Gonçalo Madaíl on the slogan What our …

Eurovision commentator Rylan Clark-Neal joins BBC Radio 2

Eurovision commentator Rylan Clark-Neal has joined BBC Radio 2. The TV and radio host will take over from Zoe Ball for the Saturday afternoon show, the broadcaster announced. Rylan and the BBC The radio show Rylan will be hosting will be his first solo hosting job at the BBC. Their relationship came to life last year, when Rylan joined the BBC Eurovision team. As an expert during Eurovision: You Decide, he impressed many viewers with his knowledge of the Eurovision Song Contest. A few weeks later, the BBC announced that Rylan Clark-Neal would travel to Lisbon to co-commentate the Eurovision Song Contest semifinals, alongside Scott Mills. He served as the replacement for Mel Giedroyc. BBC Radio 2: A new adventure Rylan Clark-Neal has pretty much done it all in show business. From cooking on television at Celebrity MasterChef to taking part in the X Factor, he’s been there. After his X Factor adventure, he went on to be a television host. He has presented Celebrity Big Brother, as well as his own talk show Up Late With Rylan. Recently, Rylan had to say goodbye to Big Brother UK, as Channel 5 decided to stop airing the show. Radio is however …

Anton Hagman and Bishara Morad set for Melodifestivalen 2019?

It has become one of the traditions in the build-up to the Melodifestivalen artist announcement: Aftonbladet’s attempt to complete the list of participants. They’ve now reported that several artists are set to compete, with 2017 finalist Anton Hagman being one of them. Anton Hagman: The man who eliminated Loreen The most prolific of those artists mentioned by Aftonbladet is Anton Hagman. His claim to fame came back in 2017, when he entered Melodifestivalen with his song Kiss You Goodbye. To the surprise of many, he succeeded in defeating her song Statements. Bishara Morad – From Insta to Melfest? He’s currently just fifteen years old, so he would no doubt be the youngest entrant to Melodifestivalen next year if he indeed appears on the list. Bishara Morad is someone who’s making a career through Instagram, where uploads clips of himself singing well-known tunes. He currently has about 90,000 followers. Bishara will turn sixteen just two weeks before the first Melodifestivalen semifinal. That makes him eligible to take part in next year’s edition. View this post on Instagram Adele – Hello A post shared by Bishara Morad (@bisharamorad) on May 4, 2018 at 8:57am PDT Jan Malmsjö – A 77 year career Melodifestivalen is …

DMGP runner-up Natascha Bessez enters The Voice of Holland

Her father is of French descent, her mother from Chile. She grew up in New York and almost entered the Eurovision Song Contest for Denmark. And now, Natascha Bessez has entered The Voice of Holland! Why The Voice of Holland? During the show, the 31 year old told host Martijn Krabbé that she moved to The Netherlands recently. When she lived in New York City, she met a Dutchman. Together with him, she moved to the town of Vlaardingen. As she is now trying to start a career in her new home country, she decided that The Voice of Holland was the best stage for her to try this. During her audition, she performed Finesse “They got Glennis Grace, we got her” Natascha’s audition received rather mixed reactions from the coaches. Lil’ Kleine turned around almost immediately, being impressed by Natascha’s rap skills. He was, however, the only of the four coaches to turn around. Once Natascha left the stage, former Eurovision entrants Anouk and Waylon told the crowd they were no fans of her performance. Anouk said that she wondered why Natascha went through the effort of coming from the United States to The Netherlands to “torture” people. Waylon on …

Buranovskiye Babushki to donate earnings to build retirement home

They became the Russian grannies in 2012 that melted the hearts of Europe. But, six years on from the pop-tastic ‘Party for Everybody’, Buranovskiye Babushki are using their music for charitable purposes. In September, the group established a foundation to build a retirement home. When completed, the shelter should be able to accommodate 20 people in their rural village of Buranovo. In a recent interview with TASS, the artistic directer for the group Olga Tuktareva explained that the idea initially came from the local priest. After hearing the plan, the group decided to get involved to give back to the community.  We are donating our earnings to the construction of a home for lonely seniorsOlga Tuktareva It should be noted, however, that this is not the first act of philanthropy from the group. Back in 2015, they donated concert fees to help construct a church. Interestingly, Tuktareva elaborated that the home would be built near a church.  The granny-funded shelter is already creating a growing buzz. A relatively small village, Buranovo had an estimated population of around 658 in 2011. The media interest of possibly the nations most well-known and loved grannies will definitely help the group achieve their goal. …

Several artists reveal elimination from Unser Lied für Israel

While German broadcaster NDR is remaining silent on those who made the cut for the time being, several artists are announcing that they have been eliminated from Unser Lied für Israel. Another one bites the dust…and another one Nina Kutschera, Dimi Rompos and Thilo Berndt have all recently revealed to their fans that they haven’t been selected to compete in Germany’s national selection. Singer-songwriter Nina is known for reaching the live shows of The Voice of Germany back in 2014. However, she announced via Instagram that she is not one of the finalists. View this post on Instagram Hey❤️ ich hab gerade eben einen Anruf von (Werbung wegen Verlinkung – unbezahlt) @eurovision_de bekommen. Für mich hat es nicht ausgereicht und die Liveshow findet ohne mich statt. Es ist vollkommen ok für mich! Ich bin nicht traurig, obschon auch etwas enttäuscht -ABER! Ich hab gesehen wie stark wir hier sind. Keine der Communities (und die anderen sind alle größer) hat so dermaßen gerockt und Liebe verteilt wie unsere/meine! Dafür bin ich unendlich dankbar! Ich hab ganz genau gesehen wer hinter mir steht und bin wahnsinnig stolz darauf ❤️ Danke für all deinen Support. Das alles hat mir Flügel gegeben. Und nun …