HUNGARY – We begin our Eurovision news tour with the latest video of Joci Pápai, the man who proudly gave to Hungary this year it’s 7th qualification to the Eurovision Grand Final and placed in the top ten of the scoreboard with his amazing gypsy tune. The song is titled Távol, sang in Hungarian and it’s all about Joci’s music and sound. Traditional Romany music with modern tune all in one. Enjoy it.
FRANCE – French national broadcaster continues its daily revelations upon the participants of Destination Eurovision, the show through which the country will decide its participation in the Lisbon Eurovision Song Contest edition this May. Louka (who will perform the song “Mamma Mia), IGIT (who will perform the song Lisboa Jérusalem), Emmy Liyanna (who will perform the song Ok ou ko) and Madame Monsieur (who will perform the song “Mercy” are the next in thee line up for the show. They join: Malo’ who will perform the song “Ciao”, June The Girl who will perform the song “Same”.
GEORGIA – Europeans welcomed the GPB announcement about Iriao representing the country in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with mixed reactions. On our Instagram story poll the dislikes reach more than 70%. Iriao currently has seven members: David Malazonia (composer, keys, arranger and leader), Nugzar Kavtaradze (Georgian folk instruments), Levan Abshilava (drums, percussion), Shalva Gelekva (bass), George Abashidze (vocals), Mikheil Javakhishvili (vocals) and Bidzina Murgulia (vocals).
PORTUGAL – We might have Ms Tali Eshkoli and her Team from Israel as the winners of the 2017 edition of Eurostar Award powered by oikotimes.com but Euronews declared the 2017 Eurovision winner Salvador Sobral as Culture Personality of the Year. According to Euronews: “The 27-year-old singer won this year’s Eurovision song contest for Portugal with his ballad “Amar pelos dois” (Loving for both of us), which was written and produced by his sister Luísa. He’s also our culture personality of the year with a whopping 63% of votes. Salvador Sobral is also a committed activist who drew attention to the European migrant crisis by attending the first semi-final winners’ press conference in an “S.O.S. Refugees” shirt. He donated all his CD sales profits to the people of Pedrógão Grande and the relief efforts in the town that was severely damaged by deadly wildfires. Sobral, who suffered from a long-term heart condition, underwent a successful heart transplant in December. One reader wrote: “Extraordinary and incomparable, Salvador Sobral.”
SAN MARINO – Although no one besides the organisers, paying any attention to the San Marino selection (yet) it was announced that Zoë (Austria 2016) and Vince Bugg (dancer and choreographer) will be joined by Neon Hitch a British singer. Neon is a discovered talent by Amy Winehouse (probably sometime in a drug-break) and collaborated with famous artists such as Sia, One Republic, Gym Class Heroes and others.
BULGARIA – We will have dozen of episodes of Eurovision soap opera drama with BNT as they put the one teaser after the other. BNT says that among the 13 complete projects submitted to them, one is from a returnee in Eurovision who is not Bulgarian. Then BNT posted a list of potential names hinting that it could be either Conchita, Emmelie de Forest, Kristian Kostov, Poli Genova, Sergey Lazarev, Zeljko Joksimovic. They denied the name of Loreen and they keep saying this artist is not Bulgarian! Well the anxiety rises and at least we hope the final song result to be equal to the anticipation created. Is Bulgarian heading to a first time ever Eurovision trophy? Do they really tease that Laxzarev could be one of the artists representing Bulgaria (as if…)
ISRAEL – The Next Star Israel is gearing up for the next phase of the national selection / talent show through which the country will decide its participant in the Eurovision Song Contest. The participants for the next phase are 20 and they are: Netta Barzilai, Jonathan Mergui, Rinat Bar, Chen Aharoni, Adva Omer, Jose Steinberg, Riki Ben Ari, Jaki Gaforov, AXUM, Howie Danao, “The Yamanz”, Ravit Batashvili, Shir Baruch, Eden Meiri, Tal Mizrahi, Sarit Hativa, Ofir Harush, “The Choice”, Shir Gadasi, Gal Yakobi.