SWEDEN – Wiktoria has been dropped as a juror at this years Eurovision Song Contest. Wiktoria is being replaced by Lisa Ajax after it was deemed that Wikitoria was no longer appropriate to be a juror. Wiktoria had already been sharing her views on the songs in this years contest on the Swedish preview show The decision to replace Wikitoria was not influenced by the EBU but was instead taken by SVT to avoid any speculation. (source: http://www.eurovoix.com)
BELGIUM vs DENMARK – The Belgian Eurovision entry ‘What’s The Pressure’ by Laura Tesoro is the final act at the second semifinal on Thursday, May 12th. Tesoro will compete directly against Lighthouse X from Denmark who chose for a highly recognizable and distinctive title song: ‘Soldiers Of Love’. This week, TV host Jens Geerts and Belgian singer Liliane Saint-Pierre were guests at the Belgian talk show ‘Aan Tafel’ on TV Limburg and TV Oost. Geerts asked Saint-Pierre in advance for a first response to the Danish song, since Liliane entered the Eurovision Song Contest almost 30 years ago with the exact same title song. Will Belgium’s 12 points go to Denmark this year?
MALTA – In her first comments after the rehearsal, Ira said that she is very excited but is feeling very well. She added that the stage is exceptional and obviously is very different from the 2002 stage when she represented Malta for the first time in this festival. Meanwhile during her first rehearsal, the Maltese singer wore a six-metre long dress during her song performance of “Walk on Water” at the Eurovision Song Contest. The dress uses irawhat is known as real-time tracking technology and a projection never seen before on the European Song Contest stage. This means that Ira will have the liberty to walk on stage where ever she wants, without bothering whether the various images that will be projected on her dress appear or not. However, with the assistance of dancer Scorpion, the dress is removed during the singing performance and reveals a short black dress that Ira will wear underneath. The performance on stage was produced by Stefan Book.
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA – The producer of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s 2016 Eurovision Song Contest stage act, Haris Pašović, says the wire fence separating its singers over the duration of their performance is symbolic of the situation Europe is currently facing. “The fate of refugees from Syria and Northern Africa is heartbreaking. At the same time, Europe is in fear. Bosnians remember the time when the Balkans was going through its apocalypse. More than a million people had to emigrate and leave their homes behind, with many of them finding refuge in Europe and across the world. They are now successful and respected members of society in their adopted nations”, Pašović says. He adds that the wire fence, which will be featured in the country’s stage performance, is partly inspired by the Flossenburg concentration camp where there was an orchestra made up of prisoners. “Not long ago millions of Jews and Roma people, together with political prisoners and homosexuals were captured and placed in death camps in Europe during the holocaust. There were many musicians among them, some of them had to play and sing in camp orchestras. Our performance shows that under the migrant crisis there is numerous amount of human talent and beauty”. Deen, the frontman of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s entry, previously said that the stage routine will be “very clear, to the point and will send a very nice message to Europe and the world in three minutes”. “It will be a theatrical performance produced by Haris Pašović. The concept is edgy and explicit, while the message is clear. We are fighting for love and equality and that we should enjoy one another”, he said.