Lisbon 2018

For all the news about the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest taking place in the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon.

Michael Schulte dominates Dutch radio charts at No. 1

Since the success of the grand final in Lisbon, Michael Schulte reached the top of the Dutch radio charts with his entry “You Let Me Walk Alone”. “QMusic” is one of the biggest radio stations of the Netherlands and lets their audience vote for their favourite songs. The German singer not just reached No. 1, but also stayed there since then. This comes not as a surprise as both the jury AND the televoting awarded the German entry with the maximum points! Michael Schulte celebrates success abroad Michael not just made it to No. 1 of the German iTunes Charts after his outstanding performance in Lisbon, but reached the charts in several countries all over the world. Almost a month after the contest he is still charting in different countries, for example, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Spain. It remains as one of the most successful entries from this years Eurovision. Michael Schulte represented Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. He finished 4th with his entry “You Let Me Walk Alone” making it the best German result since the victory by Lena in 2010!

TVR board to “impose resignations and sanctions” following Romania’s failure to qualify

History was made in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, with three nations all failing to qualify for the first time: Azerbaijan, Romania and Russia. This leaves only Australia and Ukraine with 100% qualification records in the contest. As a result of their country’s non-qualification, the board at Romanian broadcaster TVR are taking strong actions against those responsible as reported by adevarul.ro. “Resignations are required” Last week, Romania’s Eurovision 2018 result was amongst the topics of discussion at the TVR board meeting. According to Home Media, TVR believes that the organisers of the Romanian performance were “not up to the level international competition requires”. In addition, “following the poor showing by the Romanian delegation, resignations will be required” and “sanctions will be imposed”. Furthermore, TVR was disappointed at the Romanian delegation’s reaction to their non-qualification in Lisbon. Instead of taking responsibility, the Romanian team blamed technical problems with the voting lines in those countries with “large Romanian communities” such as in Germany and Italy. Lead singer of The Humans, Cristina Caramarcu, also posted similar claims on her social media pages following the semi-final. Establishing a consistent investment strategy Overall, the TVR board has requested that external staff involved in the 2018 Eurovision …

Netta interviewed: “There were so many setbacks, I was ready for defeat…I even collapsed”

It’s been just weeks since Israel’s Netta captured the hearts of viewers across Europe with her song, Toy. Now, she has sat down for an interview with Israeli newspaper, Israel Hayom, and discussed the intensive two weeks in Lisbon, her worries in the run-up to the contest, and the crazy days following her win. The interview comes the day after the composer of Toy, Doron Medalie, claimed to be the real winner, rather than Netta. Furthermore, just days ago, the Toy music video became the most viewed video ever on the official Eurovision YouTube channel! “I was ready for Eleni, the standard thing, to win” Despite winning by a sizeable margin, Netta says that in her heart she was prepared to lose: I never had that feeling – the victory was not in my pocket at any stage. Even in Hakokhav Haba, and at every other point in my life, I always had to fight for my place, even with myself. To be honest, I fight not because of what other people think of me, but because of what I think of me. In the weeks before the final, Cyprus generated a massive amount of hype, even beating Israel to …

TOY composer claims he’s the ‘bigger winner’

Doron Medalie, the composer of Netta’s winning song “TOY” has revealed to Israeli newspaper MAKO that he sees himself as the bigger winner of Eurovision 2018. In the exclusive interview with MAKO, Doron expresses that Netta took a dislike to the song in the beginning and was adamant on sending her own composition to Lisbon. He continues to explain how Netta was keen to do everything single handily and didn’t like being told what to do. “It was taking a wild horse and putting it into a luxurious stable, so it is very normal that the horse will try to resist”” He continued to reveal how this year’s winner was fearful about her entry and especially anxious about TOY’s success after the competition. He recalled her saying on numerous occasions, ‘what am I going to do with such a big hit after the contest?” Whose win was bigger, his or Netta’s? When asked who’s win was bigger – his or Netta’s,  Medalie recalls a conversation he had with Netta in which he told her he would win the contest one day, with her welcome to join in his plans.  He believes his win was the bigger one as he managed …

EBU confirm no Eurovision Blu-Ray release

Since 2004, the EBU have released an official DVD of the Eurovision Song Contest, usually available several weeks after each edition. In 2011, an official Blu-Ray edition was released to co-incide with the transition to high definition. A Blu-Ray version was then absent for the next five years before making a return last year. This year however, a high definition release of the contest was once again absent from shelves which puzzled many. I wonder what the production run is on the annual #Eurovision CD and DVD. Also, why no Blu-ray? And do they need liner notes doing? — jcb*ll*ngt*n (@faces_of_jeff) May 12, 2018 Bad news for fans of High Def We reached out to the EBU for an official response on the matter, to which we received the following: As the shows are all online on YouTube and everything’s been digitalised, the demand for a Blu-Ray is very limited hence we decided there won’t be one. The statement confirms that the 2018 contest will only be released physically on DVD format. The only way fans can re-watch the show in High Definition is to replay the live stream on YouTube. It also hints that with the EBU focusing on …

EBU respond to fresh vote-buying claims

A few days ago, one member of the Serbian group Balkanika, which represented the country at this year’s contest,  made a shocking revelation on live television stating that vote-buying had occurred at this year’s contest. “I saw vote-buying going on between serious Eurovision countries.” While speaking on the RTS show Jutro sa Jovanom i Srđanom,  Mladen Lukić revealed how he witnessed votes being bought by various jury members across competing countries.  There is a man walking around and arranging things – making trades with the jury votes. I was sitting next to a delegation when a man arrived and made deals with another country. I saw vote-buying going on between serious Eurovision countries EBU’s response to the allegations Shortly after the revelation, news of the vote-rigging scandal began to spread. Our friends at Eurovoix reached out to the EBU for an explanation, to which one was promptly received. The EBU, as well as an external auditor, rigorously reviews all submissions for Jurors in close consultation with the broadcasters. All jurors sign an agreement with the EBU before taking part, confirming that they will remain impartial and cast their votes strictly on the performances in the shows that they adjudicate. There is also a procedure …

“Not Your Toy” – Netta not sold on original cut of winning song

She took the Eurovision trophy back to Israel and granted the country their fourth win at the contest.  Although now it has been revealed how this year’s champion, Netta, was originally not on board with her winning song. The producer behind the Israeli selection show, Yoav Tzafir, has revealed in an interview with Israeli entertainment site Y-Net how Netta had many doubts about the song and whether it was the right choice for Eurovision. Netta had set her sights on ‘own composition’ In the interview, Yoav explains how Netta confided in him on several occasions and expressed how she felt no connection to Toy, struggling to see a way of making it work on stage. He goes on to reveal how she was adamant in going to Lisbon with her own composition – an idea that was quickly rejected by the committee. She insisted on going to the song selection committee with a song that she wrote. The chorus was something like ‘cool, cool great!’ She wanted it, but the committee thought differently. Making “Toy” her own With her own composition dismissed,  he goes on to explain how Netta eventually put her own stamp on the song, a process which involved breaking …

WATCH: Behind the scenes look at the 2018 Spokespersons!

The voting sequence is one of the most exciting moments for a Eurovision viewer – though we rarely think about what happens before and after a country’s spokesperson goes on the air. In what appears to be an annual piece of entertainment for loyal fans, a montage of footage from several of this year’s voting feeds has been made available.  It’s worth pointing out that the content used in the video was freely available to viewers with a satellite dish during the grand final, which we believe is where the footage originates from. You can find a version from the 2017 contest below: We’re sure you’ll agree that it’s all a very interesting watch!

Mikolas Josef welcomed home by hundreds of fans after success in Lisbon

After achieving a major success at the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon past Saturday, Mikolas Josef returned home and thanked his fans by giving a spontaneous concert in the heart of Prague. Hundreds of people showed up to welcome him home and celebrate the sixth place. Back to the roots As he began his musical career as a street artist, it was obvious to thank all his fans back home by doing a small concert on the streets of Prague. Many fans showed up to party with Mikolas and even the mayor of Prague came to join the celebration. The Czech Republic only made it to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest twice so far. Before the past Saturday, the best result was second to last in 2016. Coming sixth overall and fourth in the televoting is a huge step for the Czech Republic and a good direction for the future in the contest. What is next for Mikolas Josef? After signing his first record deal back in April, Mikolas will now go to Los Angeles to record more music. While his Eurovision entry “Lie To Me” is currently charting everywhere, it’s just a question …

Eurovision 2018 Ratings Watch: All eyes on Lisbon?

With an estimated audience of 200 million tuning in to last Saturday’s live broadcast of the Eurovision 2018 grand final,  it begs the question to many – how did the show perform in certain countries? We compiled ratings data from several of the broadcasters which aired the show live, in which the findings unsurprisingly reveal that countries who made the grand final held a larger stake in the number of viewers tuning in. Viewing figures rise in the UK, despite stage invasion In the United Kingdom, 6.87 million viewers tuned in to the show which unfortunately saw SuRie’s performance of Storm interrupted by a stage intruder. This figure is up on last year by  200,000 viewers. In Germany, viewership for the final reached 8.21 million, attracting a 33% share of the overall TV audience.  In Spain, just under half of the entire TV audience tuned in to see Alfred and Amaia perform with a finalised viewing figure of 7.17 million. Over in Italy, the contest is steadily on the up with RAI reporting an audience share of 18.63%. French viewers choose Eurovision over TF1’s The Voice France had strong competition in it’s Saturday night ratings war with the contest going head to head with …