SPAIN – 2017 Spanish representative panel Navarro dropped by the Academy of Operación Triunfo and greeted the contestants. Although it is still unknown if the show will have anything to do with the Spanish selection for Lisbon, Manel shared his Eurovision experience with the contestants in Operación Triunfo and urged them to be true to themselves.
AUSTRALIA – She was born in New Zealand and she is pop star for years now in Australia. Ricki-Lee Coulter posted on Instagram her wish to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest and represent Australia. “That would be amazing” she replied. She came to fame from the Australian Idol in 2004 and she currently performs soulful and stripped back songs.
GREECE – Thursday meeting at ERT headquarters regarding the national selection seems that didn’t quite work. The meeting will continue on Monday, November 6th with the artistic jury to maybe finalise its decisions for the national selection and its participants. We reminds you that ERT emphasised that if there is a dead end they reserve the right to proceed to internal selection.
ISRAEL – Dana posted a message on Facebook recently shocking her fans: “My Facebook got hacked. My life got hacked, they invaded my most private and personal place. My intimate room. Those of you who saw the post with my picture may have started to realize how much damage can be caused by an online shaming. I am just shocked and asking everyone who saw the pictures — please do not distribute them. Put yourself in my position and remember that this is not the public Dana that you see — it’s the private me. And I’m sure you wouldn’t like to be in my place now! I’m still upset and trying to digest it, soon the whole story will be revealed and I will present my position on the subject.” But she revealed that it was not true as it is part of her promotional campaign for the impact of social media and confirmed that it has happened to her too.
SWEDEN – The utter pop darling that is Wiktoria is out with her first ever Christmas single today. And WHAT a song. She’s kick started the season with a festive up-tempo! ‘Not Just For Xmas’ follows the traditional route of camping it up with an interpretation of the classic Motown sound. And even better – amongst the sleigh bells and cheer, we get a heartbreak lyric. The TRUE meaning of Christmas. Wiktoria delivers the first great festive song of the season. It was produced by Torbjörn Petersson, and written by Joe Killington, Alex White and Katerina Bramley. (Source: scandipop.co.uk)
CZECJ REPUBLIC – Czech national broadcaster’s head of delegation announced that they received 130 songs for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. In 2017 the broadcaster received 300 songs for Kyiv. There still 15 days for the submissions to due and the broadcaster emphasizes that they are open to all music genres. Emphasis is given to Czech artists although Czech broadcaster says that lots of Czech artists submitted songs by international authors.
SAN MARINO – Serhat and American diva Martha Wash team up to revamp and re-release the Eurovision entry “I didn’t know”, now re-arranged by Sweden’s Johan Bejerholm. Serhat says about Martha: “She is a real icon in the music industry and one of the most beautiful voices in the world,” he says. “All her songs from her entire career are my favorites in my playlists. It made me very very happy that she wanted to collaborate with me.” Martha said: “When James, my manager, told me that checking on the Internet he found a very nice song and a special singer representing San Marino at Eurovision Song Contest, I was a bit skeptical,” she says. “Where is San Marino? What exactly is the Eurovision Song Contest? […] All my doubts disappeared when I watched a very charming and talented performer with an unforgettable deep voice performing a very catchy song, so disco style and so well performed on stage. I immediately asked James to contact him to propose a duet. I was so surprised knowing that the song did not get to the final of the contest! It was such a big experience to fly to Istanbul to meet Serhat and I am so happy about the final result of the song. I felt it was perfect singing in duet and our voices match perfectly together.”
IRELAND – 2011, 2013 Irish representatives, Jedward are facing law problems after a legal dispute for merchandising deal with a businessman. Businessman, Patrick Joseph Noonan claims that the brothers didn’t put their best to promote the merchandising. He also claims a loss of 625,000 Euros. Jedward denied the allegations.
EUROPE – European Union and European Broadcasting Union announce a special financial support for the Balkan national broadcasters who suffer from debts. Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia will be benefited from the financial aid package. The news might be good news for FYR Macedonia’s latest ban from Eurovision 2018 and for Bosnian broadcaster who cannot participate due to lack of funds.