AUSTRALIA – Watch Dami Im performing her Eurovision 2016 entry at the Australia Day 2017 in Sydney. Dami Im said about the event: “Yesterday I felt very Australian singing outside the iconic Sydney Opera House with other amazing Australian Artists that I admire. My parents did not expect this when they brought me and my brother here in 1998… Thank you Australia!”
GEORGIA – Tako, the Georgian national final winner and 2017 Eurovision representative spoke in regional media about the use of Russian invasion to her country newspaper post during her performance: ”I smiled when I read the reports of the Russian press. From a dozen of shots and things at the background the picked the one they wished to report about. The video was devoted to all global accidents, like September 11, conflict in Syria, Nice Attack or Hunger in Africa. And they have focused only on one shot. But anyway it is a good thing that the story broke, if even due to the one frame. Unfortunately, or fortunately my performance in the Eurovision Song Contest will have nothing of it”, says the singer. (source: http://www.esckaz.com)
IRELAND – Irish national broadcaster RTE has received 330 songs for the country’s Eurovision representative, Brendan Murray, who was internally selected by the broadcaster. RTE says it is now shortlisting the best songs. Ireland hopes to return to its former Eurovision glory, after failing to qualify to the final for the past three years.