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Hooverphonic respond to criticism: “In the circus of bad taste there is room for a pearl”

HooverphonIc respond to crItIcIsm to theIr song for eurovIsIonBelgian national broadcaster VRT is in charge for the Belgian entry for the ESC this year and they made us all excited with their choice to select Hooverphonic as the Belgian representative for the ESC 2020 in Rotterdam.Hooverphonic revealed their song for the competition “Release Me” early today at MNM – a famous radio station in Belgium. However soon after the reveal, the Belgian media outlets and music industry professionals criticized the song for being too repetitive and monotonous. One of the critics was also that the song “doesn’t fit to Eurovision at all”. Hooverphonic made clear that this was their intention, stating:“We clearly opted for a Hooverphonic song and not a song that was specially made for Eurovision and that would no longer sound like Hooverphonic.”Hooverphonic added that they only said yes to Eurovision because they were allowed to stay themselves.Alex Callier, a member of Hooverphonic went on further by stating:“I have already heard a few other songs and I think that our song stands out. In the circus of bad taste there is also room for a pearl. Our mission is just to be different.”The group cannot understand and agree with the criticisms:“The people who are critical now, I don’t think they’ve been watching Eurovision for years. In recent years, things have really changed there. Look at Salvador Sobral or Blanche, those are also atypical songs that did well.”The Belgian ESC 2020 representatives also responded to the criticizms that the song is “too monotonous and repetitive”:“Those people got stuck in their youth. Songs like those from Sobral or Blanche also don’t have a lift and yet they also scored very well. And moreover: where is the lift in pop music? You don’t need large power ballads anymore. We want to do it with small emotions.”Being asked about the staging Hooverphonic teased that the staging will be clear, simple and sober and that the clothing will be traditional Belgian.What do you thInk about the crItIcs and HooverphonIcs reactIons? Tell us In the comments sectIon below.Source: vrt.be BÜYÜK FİNALE... i (function($){$(document).ready(function($) { var event_month = 5 - 1; desc = 'KALDI'; eventDate = new Date(2020, event_month, 16, 00, 00, 00, 0); $('#shailan-countdown-REPLACE_TO_ID_1').countdown({ until: eventDate, description: desc, format: 'yowdHMS', timezone: 0 }); }); })(jQuery); Facebook Twitter Instagram en çok okunanlar “Eurovision Kudüs’te düzenlenmeli” Mart 26, 2018 Türkiye, Eurovision’da yer almayacak Eylül 21, 2019 Hatari sorularımızı cevapladı Nisan 5, 2019 EBU, oylama sistemini değiştirmeye hazır Ekim 22, 2019

Dami Im will participate at Australia Decides in 2021

DamI Im has just announced a bIg surprIse for her fansYes – you heard it right, Dami Im, who represented Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016 will try to return to Eurovision and will participate at Eurovision Australia Decides in 2021.She just announced the suprise during the live broadcast of Australias national final for the 2020 ESC by saying:“I realised that I miss Eurovision and that’s why I will participate at Eurovision Australia Decides next year to represent Australia at Eurovision.”As mentioned above, Dami Im represented Australia at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with “Sound of Silence”. She topped the jury vote but finished second overall at the end of the show.Would you lIke to see DamI Im back at EurovIsIon? Tell us In the comments sectIon below.Photo by: Unknown BÜYÜK FİNALE... i (function($){$(document).ready(function($) { var event_month = 5 - 1; desc = 'KALDI'; eventDate = new Date(2020, event_month, 16, 00, 00, 00, 0); $('#shailan-countdown-REPLACE_TO_ID_2').countdown({ until: eventDate, description: desc, format: 'yowdHMS', timezone: 0 }); }); })(jQuery); Facebook Twitter Instagram en çok okunanlar “Eurovision Kudüs’te düzenlenmeli” Mart 26, 2018 Türkiye, Eurovision’da yer almayacak Eylül 21, 2019 Hatari sorularımızı cevapladı Nisan 5, 2019 EBU, oylama sistemini değiştirmeye hazır Ekim 22, 2019

Thorsten Flinck disqualified from Melodifestivalen 2020 because of criminal charge

Mellodrama – Thorsten FlInck dIsqualIfIed from MelodIfestIvalen 2020!SVT, the Swedish national broadcaster has announced that Thorsten Flinck, who was due to compete in the second semi final of Melodifestivalen 2020 is disqualified from the competition because he is charged criminally  with unlawful threat and vandalism. Anette Helenius, project manager of Melodifestivalen announced:“We are extremely sad. We wanted to see Thorsten Flinck on stage on Saturday. However he is currently in an ongoing legal process and that’s why we can’t allow him as a competitor.”SVT is currently searching for a new artist who will perform the song “Miraklernas tid”, written by Thomas G:son. Was It the rIght decIsIon? Tell us In the comments sectIon below.Source: blogg.svt.sePhoto by: Janne Danielsson/SVT BÜYÜK FİNALE... i (function($){$(document).ready(function($) { var event_month = 5 - 1; desc = 'KALDI'; eventDate = new Date(2020, event_month, 16, 00, 00, 00, 0); $('#shailan-countdown-REPLACE_TO_ID_3').countdown({ until: eventDate, description: desc, format: 'yowdHMS', timezone: 0 }); }); })(jQuery); Facebook Twitter Instagram en çok okunanlar “Eurovision Kudüs’te düzenlenmeli” Mart 26, 2018 Türkiye, Eurovision’da yer almayacak Eylül 21, 2019 Hatari sorularımızı cevapladı Nisan 5, 2019 EBU, oylama sistemini değiştirmeye hazır Ekim 22, 2019

Jon Ola Sand: “The time of singing turkeys is over”

Jon Ola Sand made several announcements about EurovIsIonJon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest recently gave an interview to ad.nl where he made some announcements about what we can expect from this years competition in Rotterdam but also about the voting system and the political voting.Being asked what we can expect from this years show Jon Ola announced that the show will include an atmosphere of Rotterdam and that it will showcase the culture, art and the history of reconstruction. He also believes that the show will be creative and with high technology standards:“I think it will be an amazing, creative and developed production. Expect a lot of technical highlights. It is easier for the EBU to work in Rotterdam than in Ukraine in 2017 for example as they didn’t have much experience with big live competitions.”Being asked about which changes were essential in the last years, Jon Ola Sand expressed his satisfaction with the current voting system and the abolition of the live orchestra, stating:“It was important to remove the live orchestra. Therefore we can guarantee more participating countries as an organisation with 41 countries and a live orchestra would be too complex. The juries are also an important addition to the contest. With the introduction of the juries, the time of singing turkeys on stage is over. The music is more important again.”Jon Ola Sand also announced that the EBU would allow a maximum of 44 countries to take part at the ESC, stating:“We have 41 participating countries this year, our limit would be 44 as we didn’t host a show with such an amount of participating countries before. We also have no signs from the middle East. I would be happy if they would join in as the contest would be more versatile. We talk with Morocco. Until now, I didn’t say no to an EBU-member who wanted to take part.”Jon Ola Sand also thinks that it would be wrong to exclude Armenia and Azerbaijan from the competition only because they don’t award points to each other. He explains:“It’s not good that they award 0 points to each other but what can we do? Exclude them? No, we are already very proud that they share the same stage, we want to keep them on board and hope that the situation will change with lots of talking. In fact, we have thought about changing the voting system in the last few years. For example to give 25% power to the juries and 75% to the public or vice versa. But we believe that the current 50% jury and 50% televote is the best voting system.”Jon Ola Sand will resign after this years competition in Rotterdam.What do you thInk about the announcements of Jon Ola? Tell us In the comments sectIon below.Source: ad.nlPhoto by: Pim Ras Fotografie BÜYÜK FİNALE... i (function($){$(document).ready(function($) { var event_month = 5 - 1; desc = 'KALDI'; eventDate = new Date(2020, event_month, 16, 00, 00, 00, 0); $('#shailan-countdown-REPLACE_TO_ID_4').countdown({ until: eventDate, description: desc, format: 'yowdHMS', timezone: 0 }); }); })(jQuery); Facebook Twitter Instagram en çok okunanlar “Eurovision Kudüs’te düzenlenmeli” Mart 26, 2018 Türkiye, Eurovision’da yer almayacak Eylül 21, 2019 Hatari sorularımızı cevapladı Nisan 5, 2019 EBU, oylama sistemini değiştirmeye hazır Ekim 22, 2019

Finland: UMK 2020 finalists announced

The UMK fInalIsts are announced!It’s time for Finland to select it’s Eurovision entry. Finland will select its Eurovision entry via Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu this year. Both in 2018 and 2019 UMK was being held only for the artist who was going to represent Finland at the ESC. This year, there will be 6 finalists battling to get the ticket to Rotterdam.These 6 finalists competing in UMK 2020 are:Tika – I Let My Heart BreakErika Vikman – CicciolinaAksel Kankaanranta – Looking BackF3M – BananasSansa – Lover ViewCatharina Zühlke – Eternity From the 24th of January, Finnish national broadcaster will reveal one song each day. UMK 2020 will be held on the 7th March. What do you thInk about thIs years UMK lIne-Up? Tell us In the comments sectIon below.Photo by: YLE BÜYÜK FİNALE... i (function($){$(document).ready(function($) { var event_month = 5 - 1; desc = 'KALDI'; eventDate = new Date(2020, event_month, 16, 00, 00, 00, 0); $('#shailan-countdown-REPLACE_TO_ID_5').countdown({ until: eventDate, description: desc, format: 'yowdHMS', timezone: 0 }); }); })(jQuery); Facebook Twitter Instagram en çok okunanlar “Eurovision Kudüs’te düzenlenmeli” Mart 26, 2018 Türkiye, Eurovision’da yer almayacak Eylül 21, 2019 Hatari sorularımızı cevapladı Nisan 5, 2019 EBU, oylama sistemini değiştirmeye hazır Ekim 22, 2019

Martin Österdahl is the new Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest!

We have our new Boss – It’s MartIn ÖsterdahlThe Eurovision Song Contest has its new Executive Supervisor – Martin Österdahl.3 months ago it was announced that Jon Ola Sand, the current Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest will step down from his role. The EBU opened the applications for the new search of the Executive Supervisor and today it was announced that Martin Österdahl has the honour to be the new Executive Supervisor.EBU director of Media Jean Philip De Tender together with the chair of the ESC Reference Group made the decision. Jean Philip is very confident with the decision, stating:“Martin is the perfect candidate to continue and build on the exceptional work done by Jon Ola Sand over the past decade. The Eurovision Song Contest has been transformed under Jon Ola’s guidance, setting new standards in world-class television production. Martin is a great creative talent and has invaluable experience from his work as Executive Producer of two exceptional Contests and numerous other successful entertainment shows. He is an excellent leader and storyteller, which is core for us to work closely with EBU Members to develop and grow the world’s largest live music event in the next decade and beyond.”Martin Österdahl will be the Executive Supervisor of the ESC and also of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Martin is very happy about the honour of stepping to the footsteps of Jon Ola Sand, stating:“The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s largest live music event and the longest-running show on television. Its ability to entertain and unite people across Europe and beyond is unique and something that should never be taken for granted. I feel greatly honoured to be given the opportunity to strive for its continued evolvement and popularity into the future. I’m looking forward to joining the team in Geneva in May and can’t wait to get started.”Martin Österdahl already has several Eurovision experiences. He was the Executive Producer of the ESC in 2013 and 2016 and was a member of the Reference Group between 2012 and 2018. Jon Ola Sand is very confident that the ESC is in safe hands, adding:“I’ve been working alongside Martin Österdahl for many years. First at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 and then again in 2016 but also in the ESC Reference Group where Martin was a valued member for 7 years. I’m confident that the future of the Eurovision Song Contest is in very capable hands and that Martin is the right person to take this incredible show to the next level.”Martin will start his role as the Executive Supervisor immediately after the grand final of the ESC 2020.What do you thInk about our new ExecutIve SupervIsor? Tell us In the comments sectIon below.Photo by: Sören Vilks BÜYÜK FİNALE... i (function($){$(document).ready(function($) { var event_month = 5 - 1; desc = 'KALDI'; eventDate = new Date(2020, event_month, 16, 00, 00, 00, 0); $('#shailan-countdown-REPLACE_TO_ID_6').countdown({ until: eventDate, description: desc, format: 'yowdHMS', timezone: 0 }); }); })(jQuery); Facebook Twitter Instagram en çok okunanlar “Eurovision Kudüs’te düzenlenmeli” Mart 26, 2018 Türkiye, Eurovision’da yer almayacak Eylül 21, 2019 Hatari sorularımızı cevapladı Nisan 5, 2019 EBU, oylama sistemini değiştirmeye hazır Ekim 22, 2019

Germany: National final very unlikely

Is Germany droppIng Its natIonal fInal?ESC-Kompakt reports that German national broadcaster NDR has decided to drop its national final “Unser Song Für” but didn’t communicate the decision externally. There are several indicators that we won’t be able to see a German national final. One of them is that the national final, which was usually held in the end of February, is not listed in the program schedule in February of ARD, the German national broadcaster which always broadcasted the show. It is unlikely that a national final will be held in March as all the delegations have to submit their respective entries with all staging details on the 6th of March. ESC-Kompakt also reports that the 100 Eurovision juries, which were selected by NDR didn’t hear anything from NDR lately. Some of them even got informed that there will be no national final this year. It is likely that Germany will go the same way as Switzerland did last year. Swiss national broadcaster selected the artist and song internally through several processes. An official confirmation is yet to be made by NDR.Would you lIke to see an Internal selectIon from Germany? Tell us In the comments sectIon below.Source: esc-kompakt.de BÜYÜK FİNALE... i (function($){$(document).ready(function($) { var event_month = 5 - 1; desc = 'KALDI'; eventDate = new Date(2020, event_month, 16, 00, 00, 00, 0); $('#shailan-countdown-REPLACE_TO_ID_7').countdown({ until: eventDate, description: desc, format: 'yowdHMS', timezone: 0 }); }); })(jQuery); Facebook Twitter Instagram en çok okunanlar “Eurovision Kudüs’te düzenlenmeli” Mart 26, 2018 Türkiye, Eurovision’da yer almayacak Eylül 21, 2019 Hatari sorularımızı cevapladı Nisan 5, 2019 EBU, oylama sistemini değiştirmeye hazır Ekim 22, 2019

The United States might debut at Eurovision!

The US to make a Eurovision debut?You heard it right, we might see the United States of America in the Eurovision Song Contest in the near future.Jon Ola Sand confirmed the news at a panel at the Eurosonic festival conference. Depending on how the American Song Contest will develope, the US might take part at the actual Eurovision Song Contest. However Jon Ola Sand confirmed that it will not happen until he is in the position as the Executive Supervisor. He will resign after this years competition in Rotterdam.What do you think about the idea to invite the US to Eurovision? Tell us in the comments section below.Source: dvhn.nl BÜYÜK FİNALE... i (function($){$(document).ready(function($) { var event_month = 5 - 1; desc = 'KALDI'; eventDate = new Date(2020, event_month, 16, 00, 00, 00, 0); $('#shailan-countdown-REPLACE_TO_ID_8').countdown({ until: eventDate, description: desc, format: 'yowdHMS', timezone: 0 }); }); })(jQuery); Facebook Twitter Instagram en çok okunanlar “Eurovision Kudüs’te düzenlenmeli” Mart 26, 2018 Türkiye, Eurovision’da yer almayacak Eylül 21, 2019 Hatari sorularımızı cevapladı Nisan 5, 2019 EBU, oylama sistemini değiştirmeye hazır Ekim 22, 2019

Tom Leeb will represent France at Eurovision 2020

Tom Leeb wIll represent France at EurovIsIon 2020The rumours are true – French singer and actor Tom Leeb will wave the French flag at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam!Last week, French media rumoured Tom Leeb as the French representative for the 2020 competition. These rumours are now official as the French Eurovision Twitter page confirmed the rumours.💥 #Eurovision2020 💥Nous sommes fiers de vous annoncer que #TomLeeb défendra nos couleurs au prochain concours de l’Eurovision diffusé le 16 mai sur @france2tv ! RT pour l’encourager pic.twitter.com/QGMrQtJJ7E— Eurovision France 🇫🇷 (@EurovisionF2) 14. Januar 2020Tom Leeb is known for being a singer, actor and also a comedian in France. He has already released an album in 2019 called “Recollection”. He took part in a lot of movies, series and already has theatre experience.The song with which Tom will represent France is yet to be announced.What do you thInk about the French representatIve? Tell us In the comments sectIon below.Source: France 2 Photo by: France 2 BÜYÜK FİNALE... i (function($){$(document).ready(function($) { var event_month = 5 - 1; desc = 'KALDI'; eventDate = new Date(2020, event_month, 16, 00, 00, 00, 0); $('#shailan-countdown-REPLACE_TO_ID_9').countdown({ until: eventDate, description: desc, format: 'yowdHMS', timezone: 0 }); }); })(jQuery); Facebook Twitter Instagram en çok okunanlar “Eurovision Kudüs’te düzenlenmeli” Mart 26, 2018 Türkiye, Eurovision’da yer almayacak Eylül 21, 2019 Hatari sorularımızı cevapladı Nisan 5, 2019 EBU, oylama sistemini değiştirmeye hazır Ekim 22, 2019

Dua Lipa and Mika will perform at Sanremo 2020

Sanremo 2020 Is gettIng nearer and we already have the confIrmed guest stars!This year, the Italian national broadcaster will once again determine its Eurovision entry via Sanremo, the biggest music competition in Italy.Last week, the line-up for this years competition was announced. In todays press conference Amadeus, the host of this years Sanremo has confirmed the special guests who will perform during the show as interval acts. Dua Lipa and Johnny Dorelli are only two of the amazing line-up for the interval acts.Host and artistic director Amadeus stated:“We are working on other names to seal the contracts, we’d like Al Bano and Romina, with a new song written by Malgioglio, as well as Zucchero and Ultimo.”The confirmed guest stars until now are:Dua LipaItalian entertainer Johnny DorelliMassimo RanieriRanieri together with singer-songwriter Tiziano FerroLebanese-British popstar MikaMonica Belluci Rula JebrealSabrina SalernoAlketa VejsiuMara VenierGeorgina RodriguezSanremo 2020 will be held between the 4th of February and 8th of February.What do you thInk about the guest lIne-up? Tell us In the comments sectIon below.Source: ansa.itPhoto by: RAI (logo) BÜYÜK FİNALE... i (function($){$(document).ready(function($) { var event_month = 5 - 1; desc = 'KALDI'; eventDate = new Date(2020, event_month, 16, 00, 00, 00, 0); $('#shailan-countdown-REPLACE_TO_ID_10').countdown({ until: eventDate, description: desc, format: 'yowdHMS', timezone: 0 }); }); })(jQuery); Facebook Twitter Instagram en çok okunanlar “Eurovision Kudüs’te düzenlenmeli” Mart 26, 2018 Türkiye, Eurovision’da yer almayacak Eylül 21, 2019 Hatari sorularımızı cevapladı Nisan 5, 2019 EBU, oylama sistemini değiştirmeye hazır Ekim 22, 2019