Welcome to another set of highlights from the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 as the real excitement begins. The press center opens, the media and press representatives are now able to join the arena and the rehearsals and we have the first set of press conferences. Here are the highlights of the day (this post will be updated throughout the day).
GERMANY: LENA IS BACK
The winner of the 55th edition of Eurovision Song Contest, Lena, will publish her newest single one day before Grand final of this year’s contest. The single is tittled “Mr. Arrow Key” and is penned by Lena and Sweden’s Linda Carlsson ( Miss Li ), while the producer is Sonny Boy Gustafsson. Lena already performed this song on her “No One Can’t Catch Us” tour on which she held 13 concerts around Germany. Beside studio version, on iTunes, you will be able to find a live version of “Mr. Arrow Key” and also live versions of “Stardust” and “Goosebumps”, all three from Hamburg’s concert.
SWEDEN: VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH BJORN ULBAEUS
Former ABBA member, Björn Ulvaeus, gave an excellent interview to the euronews. Björn said that every year he watches the contest, but also that he is sorry that now it is more about the show and not the songs.
There he talked about ABBA’s win at Eurovision and how it affected the group, but also about the opening of ABBA museum in Stockholm. You can watch the whole interview here.
OIKOTIMES ON THE MEDIA SPOTLIGHT
Today another newspaper reports sourcing oikotimes.com. It’s the Hungarian website reporting on the Hunagrian review of oikotimes.com. You can read the review sourcing oikotimes.com here.
EUROVISION 2013: POSTCARD ONLINE
Here you can see a preview of the postcards for the Eurovision Song Contest as you can see the production quality is amazing and the idea implemmented is more than great. Have a look here.
IRELAND: RYAN DOLAN RELEASES HIS ALBUM
Ryan Dolan, who is representing Ireland this year at Eurovision will publish his very first album in just few days. Album is called “Frequency” and will be available for download on iTunes on the night of first semifinal in which he is performing. This is surely a great way of promoting and making people interested in it. Via his twitter account, Ryan said to all of his followers that he can not wait for people to hear all the songs from it.
HUNGARY: BYEALEX AVOIDS BREACH OF RULES
EBU seems to have stopped ByeAlex from breaching the rules. Hungary wanted to surprize everyone by singing parts of their song in Swedish during the Eurovision Song Contest. But EBU did not approve of it. “We came with this idea to late” the guitarist from Hungary, Daniel Kövago says.
ROMANIA: THEY ARE HAPPY WITH THE REHEARSAL (WELL IF THEY SAY SO…)
As in the case of all delegations, the Romanians’ program started with the sound check, together with a professional team from SVT, the Swedish national television. Cezar and Alexandra Toma (backing vocal) tested the sound for the song “It’s My Life” and, altogether with the composer Cristian Faur and the head of delegation Dan Manoliu, discussed with the technical staff all the details and small necessary corrections. After that, Cezar had the first rehearsal and his performance and show determined some of the journalists declare that “we have a winner” – as we later were told – and even bet on Romania’s entry! Cezar, dressed in a black outfit with leather, velour and gemstones, created especially for him by the famous Romanian designer Doina Levintza, entered the scene and proved one more time his vocal incontestable qualities, which formerly had got his fans call him “The Voice”.