SWITZERLAND – The Swiss representative at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, Sebalter, recently spoke of a spontaneous concert he held in the Swiss mountainside. During a hike, the singer saw a mother and her son sitting, neither of which recognised him. He broke into song for the six-year-old. Later on, the boy’s mother wrote to Sebalter, thanking him for the chance encounter and noting that her son took up guitar lessons as a result of the impromptu concert. Sebalter said he had goosebumps while reading the letter from the mother. “She wrote that our meeting will be remembered as her most beautiful experience of the year. I got goosebumps when I read that, that’s fantastic! The most beautiful thing in existence as a musician is the sharing of emotions, and without music I would not have such experiences”, the singer said. Sebalter represented Switzerland in 2014 with the song “Hunter of Stars”, finishing 13th in the final. The singer will release his new album “Awakening” on January 20.
SAN MARINO – Michele Perniola, who represented San Marino at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 and the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, has entered the Italian talent show “Amici di Maria De Filippi”. The show, which features aspiring artists aged between 18-26, has produced several popular singers. The 18-year-old Michele Perniola represented San Marino with the song “O-o-O Sole Intorno a Me”. He came tenth. Two years later he took to the stage at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna together with Anita Simoncini with the song “Chain of Lights”. It failed to qualify for the final.
YUGOSLAVIA – Yugoslavia’s representative at the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest, Tajči, went on to have a career in the United States following her Eurovision performance. She has been living in the States for over past twenty years where she has performed in churches, hosted a TV show, and become a holistic life coach. Most recently, she launched the “Waking up in America” project. ” ‘Waking Up in America’ is a talk show series made for TV. It’s a part of a larger project Waking UP Revolution that includes a TV show (as an inspiration); books, blogs, online courses and daily inspiration series (as engaging actionable tools for the audience); and live events (as empowering, connection building opportunities). It explores turning points in our stories (lives) – like the guests I interview – with an intention to help the audience reconnect with their sense of purpose and live it with courage, authenticity, joy and connectedness”, Tajči says. The singer says her favourite Eurovision entries include Abba, Carl Espen’s “Silent Storm” (Norway), Marija Šerifović’s “Molitva” (Serbia) and Il Volo’s “Grande Amore” (Italy). She also enjoyed Polina Gagarina’s live performance of ”A Million Voices” (Russia), noting that the song was packed with emotion that resonated with a similar desire in her soul. Tajči performed at the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest in Zagreb with the song “Hajde da ludujemo” (Lets go crazy). She came seventh, however, the song became a major hit in Yugoslavia and is still extremely popular in the former Yugoslav states. Her career in her home country was cut short by the dissolution of Yugoslavia which was when she moved to the United States.
FINLAND – Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) Supersomepäiviä, the special promo shows of YLE for the national selection will kick off on January 16th up to 25th on YLEUMK Snapchat culminating at Facebook Live 20:00 CET. The contestants will decide the content of the discussion. The schedule has as follows:
16.1. Lauri Yrjölä
18.1. Anni Saikku
19.1. Norma John
22.1. Knucklebone Oscar & The Shangri-La Rubies
23.1. My First Band
24.1. Club La Persé
25.1. Günther & D’Sanz