ITALY – There are information and rumours from regional press that there will be 22 entries for the 2017 edition of Sanremo, 2 more than the previous years. The increase is said to be made due to the high quality of the songs available in the national broadcaster. The revelation will take place on December 12th and there are information that Jalisse (1997) didn’t make it to the final line up (we wish this not be true) along with Emma. Other artists rumoured to be in the list are: Sister Cristina, Giusy Ferreri, Fiorello Mannoia, Elodie, Loredana Bertè, Paola Turci, Syria, Alice Paba, L’Aura, Amara, Lodovica Comello and Chiara with male artists rumoured to be: Alessio Bernabei, Fabrizio Moro, Marco Masini, Sergio Sylvestre, Marco Carta, Francesco Gabbani, Samuel Romano, Gigi D’Alessio, Clementino, Renzo Rubino, Briga, Fausto Leali, Paolo Vallesi, Nesli, Ron and Michele Carrillo.
BELARUS – Although they are still in demo versions and the songs will be re-arranged and re-produced, BTRC uploaded the audio files of the 2017 Belarusian national selection. You can listen to them here and soon you will get the oikotimes.com video review for them. There is no clear favourite and although we consider the over 13 songs level as average there are 3-4 songs that can really make an impact and change the fate of Belarus in the Eurovision scoreboard.
ITALY – Back to the Italian music industry as the 2016 Eurovision entry “Nessun grado di separation” by Francesca Michielin is among the top en most viewed videos on YouTube reaching 23.418.376 views. J AX e Fedez and Alvaro Soler were the most viewed artists (and their videos) on YouTube during 2016.
UNITED KINGDOM – Hosted by Fearne Cotton and Claudia Winkleman, the BBC Music Awards will be broadcast live on BBC One. The 1975, Robbie Williams, Emeli Sandé and Zara Larsson are among the artists scheduled to perform on the night. Coldplay, Justin Timberlake (with his 2016 Eurovision interval act) and Adele are among the nominations in the Song Of The Year Category at the BBC Music Awards 2016. The public will be able to vote for the award between 7am-8pm today (December 7), with the winner to be announced at the ceremony at London’s Excel on December 12. Votes can be submitted via text message or via bbc.co.uk/music.