It’s Ryan Dolan for Ireland!

Yesterday, the Irish national selection, Eurosong 2013, took place in RTÉ studios in Donybrook, Dublin and we found out that Ryan

Ryan Dolan (right) celebrating with host Ryan Tubirdy

Ryan Dolan (right) celebrating with host Ryan Tubirdy

Dolan will represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden with his dance track “Only Love Survives“! Comhgairdeachas Ryan!

As with previous years, the national selection was broadcast on a special edition of the chat show “The Late Late Show”, and five mentors were employed to find the best song and mentor the acts with the hope of winning Eurosong and going to Eurovision. Below was the running order of last night:

  1. Inchequin – Son Kez/The Last Time
  2. Aimée – Crashing Down
  3. Zoe Alexis – Fire
  4. Ryan Dolan – Only Love Survives
  5. Kasey – Kiss Me There

1994 co-winner Paul Harrington played the piano during Aimée’s performance and Ireland’s 2005 representative Donna McCaul was providing backing vocals for Zoe’s performance. Lordi, the winners of the Contest in 2006, also dropped in to perform their winning song “Hard Rock Hallelujah”. Then, we took a break from Eurovision as host Ryan Tubirdy chatted with Hollywood star Danny DeVito. Then, it was time to get down to business. Around the country, five juries were casting their votes along with the Irish public themselves and after these five juries had cast their vote, Aimée was in the lead, with Ryan only two points behind her. Then, the Irish public’s votes were in. Ryan got the most amount of points and was declared the winner of Eurosong 2013 and will represent Ireland in Eurovision. Below is the music video for “Only Love Survives”.

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Greece, Russia and F.Y.R. Macedonia have decided!

In the past couple of days, both Greece and Russia have announced who they will send to Malmö and what song they will sing. As well as these countries, F.Y.R. Macedonia Countries mentioned in this posthave officially confirmed the title of their song and more! Below, I’ll just give you a brief summary of what happened yesterday & today.

CyprusGreece – Yesterday, the Ελληνικός Τελικός (Greek Final) took place last night in the Gazi Music Hall in Athens and was won by the band Koza Mostra and Agathonas Iakovidis with their song “Alcohol Is Free“. There were four songs competing for the chance to represent Greece in Sweden in May. Also, many guests sang at the national final. These guests included: Eleftheria Eleftheriou, Ivi Adamou as well as six previous Eurovision winners: Dima Bilan, Alexander Rybak, Vicky Leandros, Marija Serifovic, Ruslana and Elena Paparizou who won for Greece in 2005 with “My Number One”. In the end, “Alcohol Is Free” won! An interesting fact is that even though the title is in English, the song is completely in Greek, apart from the refrain, which is the men singing “Alcohol is Free”. καλή επιτυχία ελλάδα!

RussiaRussia – This year, the Russian broadcaster Channel One selected the representative for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest internally and selected a young talented singer Dina Garipova. In Malmö, Dina will perform the song “What If“. The song was composed by two Swedish producers Gabriel Alares, Joakim Bjornberg along with Russian musician Leonid Gutkin. “The singer’s choice was obvious and quite logical, – said the Channel One Russia music director Yurij Aksyuta. “We have chosen Dina internally but actually it was a public choice. The Russian TV viewers voted for the winner of The Voice and Dina alone got nearly one million of votes.” As for a bit of background, Dina is originally from Tatarstan and started singing with the age of six. Dina sings pop and rock songs in Tatar, Russian, French, English and Italian. Удача Дина!

F.Y.R. MacedoniaF.Y.R. Macedonia – As I reported in other posts, Vlatko and Esma were selected internally and their song was to be entitled “Opsesija” or “Obsession”. Well now, we know that the song will not be called “Opsesija”, but rather “Imperija” which means “Empire” in English. “Imperija” was composed by Simeon Atanasov, Dejan Momirovski, and Borče Nečovski. A music video is being made for the song, and both the song and the video are going to be shown on the 27th of February in a television show especially for revealing the song. The song will be presented in the new studio of MRT, and the show will also feature Big Band, and the orchestra of the Macedonian National Television. Good luck F.Y.R. Macedonia!!

What’s your opinion? Let me know!

Italy and Latvia have decided!

Last night, Latvia and Italy decided who they would send to Malmö! Even though the Sanremo Festival, Italy’s national final,

Purple countries are those are yet to make the decision, green countries are those who have decided, red countries are those mentioned in this post.

Purple countries are those are yet to make the decision, green countries are those who have decided, red countries are those mentioned in this post.

concluded last night, we only know the artist and the song will be revealed closer to the Contest. Below I’ll give you a brief summary of what happened last night.

Marco Mengoni

Marco Megoni will sing on behalf of Italy in Sweden.

ItalyItaly – The Sanremo Music Festival’s Grand Final took place last night in Sanremo, of course! The night wasn’t about finding out who would be sent to Sweden, but finding both the best established and best non-established Italian artists. The festival ran from the 12th to the 16th and when the Festival was over, it was revealed that Marco Mengoni will represent Italy in Malmö on the 18th of May. Buona fortuna Italia!!!

LatviaLatvia – As well as the Sanremo Festival, Latvia’s national final, Eirodziesma, was taking place in Ventspils. Twelve songs, six from each semi-final, were competing for the right to represent the Baltic country in Malmö, where a 50/50 mixture of televoting and a ten-member jury decided that Marta Ritova, PeR and Samanta Tina would progress to the super-final. There, the phone lines were re-opened and when closed again and the votes were counted up, PeR were chosen to

PeR will represent Latvia in Malmö.

PeR will represent Latvia in Malmö.

represent Latvia in Sweden! Lai jums veicas Latvija!

What do you think of the choices made?

Natália Kelly will “Shine” for Austria!

Natália KellyAustria’s national final, Österreich rockt den Song Contest, has just finished in Vienna and Natália Kelly will represent Austria in Sweden! Congratulations Natália!!

Five songs were in the running to represent Austria in Malmö, both the Austrian public and a jury will decided who will rock the Malmö Arena for them. Tonight’s show was split into two parts. In the first part, each singer performed a former Eurovision winning song and in the second part, the songs that hope to go to Sweden competed to represent Austria. Below was tonight’s line-up and the songs they sang:

  • Yela sang “Love Shine a Light” in the first part of the show and her song “Feels Like Home” was performed in the second part.
  • Falco Luneau was performing “What’s Another Year?” first and then his co-written song “Rise Above The Night” second.
  • In the first part of the show, the band The Bandaloop was singing ABBA’s “Waterloo” and they sang their song “Back to Fantasy” in the second part.
  • “Ne partez pas sans moi” by Céline Dion was be performed by Natália Kelly and she sang “Shine” in the second part of the show.
  • And finally, Elija was singing Loreen’s “Euphoria” in the first part and then his own composition “Give Me A Sign” in the second part.

As I said above, as well as the Austrian public, there was also a jury made up of representative from Serbia, Ireland, Germany, the UK and Sweden. These jury members were:

  • Shay Bryne from Ireland
  • Luke Fisher from the UK (Luke reports for escxtra.com, maybe you could take a look?)
  • Gerd Gebhardt from Germany
  • Marija Šerifović from Serbia (Marija won the Eurovision Song Contest on Serbia’s debut performance as an independent country)
  • Anton Zetterholm from Sweden

After the votes were counted, it was revealed that Natália will represent Austria in Malmö! Viel Gluck  Österreich!

Did Austria make the right choice? Who was your favourite?

Tonight: Austria’s national final!

Austria's finalists and the host! Austria’s national final, Österreich rockt den Song Contest, will take place tonight in Vienna at 20:15 CET. Five songs are in the running to represent Austria in Malmö, Sweden on the 14th of May and tonight, both the Austrian public and a jury will decide who will “rockt den Song Contest” in the Malmö Arena!

Tonight’s show will be split into two parts. In the first part, each singer will perform a former Eurovision winning song and in the second part, the songs that hope to go to Sweden will compete to represent Austria. Below is tonight’s line-up and the songs they will sing:

  • Yela will sing “Love Shine a Light” in the first part of the show and her song “Feels Like Home” will be performed in the second part.
  • Falco Luneau will perform “What’s Another Year?” first and his co-written song “Rise Above The Night” second.
  • In the first part of the show, the band The Bandaloop will sing ABBA’s “Waterloo” and they will sing their song “Back to Fantasy” in the second part.
  • “Ne partez pas sans moi” by Céline Dion will be performed by Natália Kelly and she will sing “Shine” in the second part of the show.
  • And finally, Elija will sing Loreen’s “Euphoria” in the first part and sing their own composition “Give Me A Sign” in the second part.

As I said above, as well as the Austria public, there will also be a jury made up of representative from Serbia, Ireland, Germany, the UK and Sweden. These jury members are:

  • Shay Bryne from Ireland
  • Luke Fisher from the UK (Luke reports for escxtra.com, maybe you could take a look?)
  • Gerd Gebhardt from Germany
  • Marija Šerifović from Serbia (Marija won the Eurovision Song Contest on Serbia’s debut performance as an independent country)
  • Anton Zetterholm from Sweden

So will Austria make the right choice? Who is your favourite?

It’s Cascada for Germany!

Cascada is the favourite among fans.

Cascada will represent Germany in Sweden on the 18th of May with “Glorious”.

Unser Song für Malmö has just finished and the band Cascada will go to Sweden! Congratulations Cascada!

As I said in the previous post, the Contest took place in the TUI Arena in Lena’s hometown of Honover. Loreen opened up the show with Euphoria and Lena followed with Satellite. After Anke Engelke was introduced and told a couple of jokes, the national final was underway. Below is a list of artists in order of appearance.

  1. Finn Martin – Change
  2. Mobilée – Little Sister
  3. Blitzkids mvt. – Heart on the Line
  4. Betty Dittrich – La La La
  5. Ben Ivory – The Righteous Ones
  6. Saint Lu – Craving
  7. LaBrassBanda – Nackert
  8. Nica & Joe – Elevated
  9. Mia Diekow – Lieblingslied
  10. Söhne Mannheims – One Love
  11. Die Priester feat. Mojca Erdmann – Meerstern, sei gegrüßt
  12. Cascada – Glorious

After the songs had been performed, the public was asked to voice their opinion on the twelve entries by means of televoting, which accounted for one third of the total result. Apart from that, one third of the result was made up by the votes of an expert jury, consisting of singers Tim Bendzko, Roman Lob (he represented Germany in Baku), Anna Loos, Mary Roos and radio host Peter Urban. The result of an online vote of the radio listeners was the final part of the voting, and the radio listeners were already asked to cast their votes for their favourite songs one week ago. In the same timeframe, all twelve songs were played very regularly on the German public radio channels that are most listened by youths. These three parts of the voting were then converted to the legendary 1-12 point system. In the end, Cascada gained the highest score in the combined vote and will thus represent Germany in Malmö next May! Good luck Cascada and see you in Sweden!

Tonight: Germany chooses!

Tonight, the German national selection, Unser Star für Malmö, will take place in the TUI Arena in Hanover. Twelve acts are competing for the chance to represent Germany

Anke Engelke will host tonight's show.

Anke Engelke will host tonight’s show.

in Sweden, all of which are well known in Germany. The Unser Star für… series has produced two of the most successful Eurovision representatives to date: Lena and Roman Lob and tonight,these acts, that are famous in Germany are trying to get themselves known internationally.

Tonight’s show, which is in Hanover, Lena’s hometown, will be presented by previous Eurovision host and comedienne Anke Engelke. Anke stole the hearts of Europe when she hosted the show in 2011 along with Stefan Raab and Judith Rakers and made us laugh our socks off, so maybe she might do it again! You can listen to the songs before tonight’s show on Eurovision.de. The line-up of tonight is:

  1. Die Priester  feat. Mojca Erdmann – Ave Maris Stella
  2. Finn Martin – Change
  3. Mobilée – Little Sister
  4. Blitzkids mvt. – Heart On The Line
  5. Betty Dittrich – Lalala
  6. Ben Ivory – The Righteous Ones
  7. Saint Lu – Craving
  8. LaBrassBanda – Nackert
  9. Nica & Joe – Elevated
  10. Mia Diekow – Lieblingslied
  11. Söhne Mannheims – One Love
  12. Cascada – Glorious
Cascada is the favourite among fans.

Cascada is the favourite among fans.

With regard to the voting, it will consist of three parts, which are equally weighted. One part will be up to  the TV public, by televoting. Along with that are the votes of an expert jury, consisting of pop singer Tim Bendzko, Roman Lob who represented Germany in Baku last year, pop singer Anna Loos, schlager singer Mary Roos and Peter Urban, who Eurovision fans will know as he commentates for Germany at the Contest. The final part of the voting will be the results of the radio listeners, who have already been voting for the songs for a week, while the smaller radio channels, such as Bayern 3, Bremen Vier, 1LIVE (WDR), Fritz (RBB), HR 3, MDR Jump, NDR 2, SR 1 Europawelle and SWR3 have been playing all twelve songs regularly. You’ll be able to watch  Unser Star für Malmö on ESCTV at 20:15 CET. Viel Glück Deutschland!

Klapa Ensemble revealed in Croatia!

The Croatian broadcaster, HRT, has just revealed the names of the six men who will fly the Croatian flag in Malmö in May for the Eurovision Song Contest! The ensemble consists of two tenors, two baritones and two bass players. These people are:

The first tenor is Marko Škugor from the klapa Kampanel and the second tenor is Ante Galić who’s from the klapa Sinj. Then, Nikša Antica and Leon Bataljaku are two men who have baritone voices and are from klapas Kampanel and Crikvenica respectively. Ivica Vlaić and Bojan Kavedžija are from both the Sebenico and Grdelin klapas ans are the final two men of the ensemble and will play the bass in Malmö. The group will be called ” Super Klapa”, most likely as there are five klapas that are coming together to form a “super Klapa”.

Composer Mojmir Čačija chose the six lucky men and will be in charge of vocal arrangement while producer, Nikša Bratoš, together with Dragan Brnas, will arrange the song itself. The members of the klapa have already recorded the song and the song will be ready to be released sometime during next week. A little snippet of the song, called Mižerja, will be presented on the evening news broadcast on HRT. Also, if for some reason, Mižerja is decided against, the Klapa has recorded a back-up song called Cili svit za bili cvi which means “If the outside world were to flower” in English. Good luck Croatia!!

Croatian team

Elitsa and Stoyan go for Bulgaria!

Today, Bulgaria revealed that Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankulov-Stundzhi will represent Bulgaria in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö! This is the second time that Todorova and Yankulov-Stundzhi will have represented Bulgaria, as they did so back in 2007 with their song “Water” and not only did the country qualify for the first time, it finished in 5th place, Bulgaria’s best ever placing!

Elitsa and Stoyan were internally selected by a committee made up of officials at BNT, who discussed and reviewed many other artists and musicians. The most crucial factor for picking Elitsa and Stoyan was that they were the most successful Bulgarian participants in Eurovision and also, they had already won the vote of the general public back it 2007. To many, sending previous Eurovision participants is good practice as other countries have repeated this: Lena, Jedward, Sakis Rouvas, and this year Valentina Monetta is returning for San Marino.

At the end of the Contest year in Baku, an unofficial survey was carried out by OGAE Bulgaria, bg.com and BNT to see who fans would like to see at Eurovision. The survey indicated several characteristics of a successful song; a dynamic song with ethnic lyrics was the most liked, with a mixture of Bulgarian and English lyrics coming in second place.

In the way of how the song will be picked, the duo can offer up to five songs and BNT will pick the top three and broadcast them on both TV and radio for a fortnight. On the 3rd of March, Elitsa and Stoyan will sing these three songs one more time. Once these songs are performed, the combination of the viewers and the jury votes will decide which song will go to Malmö.

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Will Elitsa and Stoyan take the Contest to Sofia? Let me know!

Finland and Norway have decided!

Tonight, we were shown who Norway and Finland would send to Sweden and they have finally chosen! Below each country, their songNorway and Finland will be posted so you can take a listen for yourself! Twenty-one of thirty-nine countries have now picked their artist(s), with Bulgaria picking their artist tomorrow.

FinlandFinland – As I said in the previous post, the final of UMK took place in Espoo and it was decided that Krista Siegfrids will go to Malmö with her song “Marry Me”.  The performers sang for a panel of judges that would rate the song out of 10. After each song was performed and the results were in, we learned that Siegfrids, Mikael Saari and Diandra were all tied for first place, but Diandra was ruled as both Siegfrids and Saari had all received 9 and 10 points, but Diandra had only received 8 points by each jury member. In the end, Siegfrids was declared the winner and representing Finland in Malmö. Congratulations Krista!!

NorwayNorway – As well as UMK, Melodi Grand Prix was talking place in the Oslo Spektrum. The show has just finished and we are happy to say that Margaret Berger will be going to Eurovision with her song “I Feed You My Love”. After all the songs were performed and after a break had to be taken, we found out that Annsofi, Margaret, Adélen and Sirkus were through to the super-final. The singers performed one last time and the televotes were in. “I Feed You My Love” was the clear winner with the other favourite, “Bombo”, coming in second place, 36,618 votes behind Margaret. Congratulations Margaret!

So Finland and Norway have chosen! What do you think of their songs?