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Just talk to us already: Romania

Posted by Caroline on April 28, 2011

Enough with Jedward and their Sexy Utility Vehicle already. Let us restore some sanity to this blog, in the shape of the first ever Romanian entrant to take on the Eurovision Blog interview. All hail – Romanian Dave! Who is actually from Newcastle. But you get our drift….

Introduce yourselves, and Dave, tell us how a chap from Newcastle ended up representing Romania in Eurovision this year? Well I came to Romania as a missionary volunteer to help orphaned children and children with disabilities which during this period i met my girlfriend and decided to stay. After some time i was found singing in a karaoke bar by a friend of mine who offered me a job singing every week in a local shopping centre. This lead to meeting Gabriel Baruta who heard about an English singer in Oradea and I was offered to join his band Hotel FM. Together we competed into the most important international festival and song contest organized in Romania called CERBUL DE AUR (The Golden Stag) where we arrived into the semi final. After some period of being together Gabi had written a song for Eurovision which I found perfect for my voice and asked if he was interested in going to compete in the Romanian Eurovision preselection and he agreed. So that in 2010 we arrived on 2 place from jury and 7th place from public which brought us into 4th place in the final – winners being Paula Seling and Ovi. Again this year I asked if he was interested in going back and he agreed, this time we were glorious and won the National ESC Final.

Are you looking forward to going to Dusseldorf? What can we expect from your stage show? Yes I’m looking forward to Dusseldorf – I can’t imagine any artist in the competition, who isn’t :)) Our show will be very similar to our national final show as we don’t want to complicate things:))

Which of this year’s other entries do you rate? I rate Bosnia and Herzegovina as a wonderful piece along side Denmark and Finland. Everybody seems to be going towards this club scene lately and I think we should try to save some of the real music as much as possible before we loose it all and the world turns into computerised voices and effects :)))

Which is your favourite Eurovision entry of all time and which is your favourite from your home country? My favourite entry of all time must be Waterloo of course :)) I honestly cannot say I remember a good song from the UK :))

Here in the UK Eurovision is regarded by many as a bit of a joke (something we are aiming to change this year with our entry) How is it regarded in Romania? Yes as an Englishman I know myself how the English look at things and before I entered into the competition, I used to think the same and wasn’t too interested in the whole Eurovision thing :)) But now as a competitor it changed the way I think about it, and now my eyes are opened to just how big the competition is for singers. Maybe for us Brits it’s an old competition but for most of Europe and the singers competing its actually a huge way of getting noticed, and for foreign bands to get known. :)) Most artists around Europe are trying to get a foot into the UK and American market to start their career on a bigger level, which seems very hard to do these days, but with Eurovision they can be seen by the whole world which managers and music production labels etc etc maybe watching who may offer some kind of contract etc to help them further their career and move up the ladder in the music world and to try crack the UK and America or the world :)) In Romania the Eurovision isn’t such a big deal like the Swedish people for eg, but it’s watched by a large number of people :))

Why do you think so many people still love it so much even after all this time?  Well because it’s entertaining and the world is at war, (WHOSE COUNTRY HAVE THE BEST SINGERS ETC).. people are very nationalist and when their country wins they grow 10 feet tall :)) But this is only how I think things are and it is still a very competetive show with Europe’s best singers, Why shouldn’t it still be watched?

What will be the first thing you do if you win? If I win ill probably pass out first , then I’ll drink a beer or 2 after coming to to celebrate as for the last 8 months I’ve been on strict no drinking alcohol schedule :)) then I’ll begin planning on the next steps to get on some shows in the UK to try promote Hotel FM :))

  I’ve heard the UK entry and of course the UK have a great chance of winning this year with Blue, they sing well, the song is commercial and radio friendly and could sell well after Eurovision. People say it was a death sentence for them coming on Eurovision but I actually think it will revive them from their sleep that they have had over the last 10 years. I wish the UK good luck but I’m sure this year you dont need it :))

And finally, tell me why Romania should have the chance to host Eurovision in 2012 and which city do you think it should be held in? Well I think Romania has proven over the last years that they do have good artists and this year our song has a strong message, its a very positive song with a happy go feel to it 🙂 Also Romania have never won the Eurovision before so it would be an honour as an Englishman to bring here the trophy.

Romania has had it tough over the years and I think and it would be great for Europeans to come to Romania to finally see how Romania truly is but the most important fact is that we believe in our song and we believe in ourselves :)) If the Eurovision comes to Romania in 2012 I think it should be made in Bucharest the capital. Finally I wish all the contestants good luck and may the best song win :))

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The mind boggles…..

Posted by Caroline on April 28, 2011

Guess it wasn’t an April Fool after all then……:)

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Just talk to us already: Serbia

Posted by Caroline on April 23, 2011

Let’s give a warm welcome to Nina, the first ever Serbian participant to tackle the Eurovision Blog interview. Young lady, we salute you (and your song’s not half bad either!)

Introduce yourself and tell us how you ended up representing Serbia in Eurovision this year!
Hi, my name is Nina and I am ordinary girl from Belgrade, student and singer. This year is magical year for me, as I ended up as Serbian representative on this year Eurovision Song Contest. This is big honor for me and I will try my best on Düsseldorf stage. I was selected on National Contest in Belgrade, after composer Christina Covac decided that I should be the voice for her fantastic composition called “Magical”.

Are you looking forward to going to Düsseldorf? What can we expect from your stage show?  Yes I am, really looking forward to this year Contest. My stage show will be very similar as the one that won Serbian Contest. It is retro, cheerful, fun.

Which of this year’s other entries do you rate? I rate all entries, really I do. Congratulations to all participants from Serbia and myself.

Which is your favorite Eurovision entry of all time and which is your favorite from your home country? Of course that I admire group ABBA and also I do think that Marija Serifovic from Serbia who won ESC 2007 is the best our song of all time.

Here in the UK Eurovision is regarded by many as a bit of a joke (something we are aiming to change this year with our entry). How is it regarded in Serbia? I think that some things are changing globally considering Eurovison. In last 10 years stage show was as much important as the songs. I believe that some new wave is coming up and that quality of the songs is now days something to consider and that is good.

Why do you think so many people still love it so much even after all this time?
Eurovision Song Contest has its specific charm and long tradition. It is unique and it is family TV show for all generation.

What will be the first thing you do if you win? Well I did not thought about it but I presume that I would share that emotion with my beloved ones.

Have you heard the UK entry and what do you think of it? Is it a bit better than our recent entries or are we going to come last again? Be honest……:) Yes, it is definitely better and I wish you all success and good results in final.

And finally, tell me why Serbia should have the chance to host Eurovision again in 2012 and which city would you choose to host it? Well, Serbia is changing on better every year. Belgrade is beautiful and it is capital of the country. Of course, maybe we could consider Novi Sad as host as well. We love to host big shows in our country and I just can say that it would be amazing to do it again after just 4 years.

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Just talk to us already: Norway

Posted by Caroline on April 23, 2011

As the Eurovision Blog interviews quest continues apace, it’s time to say Haba Haba! to Norway’s Stella Mwangi. Actually a simple “hello” would suffice….

Introduce yourself and tell us how you ended up representing Norway in Eurovision this year! Since I saw the Eurovision in Oslo last year, I got a powerful feeling saying that I should write a song for the next year’s contest. I wrote Haba Haba together with my producers Big City and Beyond51. The song is inspired from my grandparent’s wisdom words. The Norwegians loved the song and voted for me until I won. That was probably the happiest day of my life cause my dream was transformed to reality.

Are you looking forward to going to Dusseldorf? What can we expect from your stage show? Oh yes I can’t wait! My performance will be wonderful, just have to wait and see 😉

Which is your favourite Eurovision entry of all time and which is your favourite from your home country? I have to go with Bobbysocks with ‘La det svinge’. That song always make me want to sing and dance.

Here in the UK Eurovision is regarded by many as a bit of a joke (something we are aiming to change this year with our entry). How is it regarded in Norway? Eurovision is big in Norway, that’s why I’m so grateful for getting such a huge opportunity to show the world what I can.

Why do you think so many people still love it so much even after all this time? I guess it’s because music never dies.

What will be the first thing you do if you win? Wow I think I will go bananas!

Have you heard the UK entry and what do you think of it? Is it a bit better than our recent entries or are we going to come last again? Be honest……:) I think the song is good and has a positive message that will inspire a lot of people to have more faith in themselves.

And finally, tell me why Norway should have the chance to host Eurovision once again in 2012 and which city would you choose to host it? Because I will make the whole of Europe to smile, sing and dance with me! 😉 If I was to choose a town, then I would choose the town I grew up in which is Eidsvoll or the town I live in now which is Lillestrøm. But it’s funny cause they are both very small towns so I think we’ll have to build many hotels.


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Just talk to us already: Malta

Posted by Caroline on April 20, 2011

Taking over the mantle of Eurovision Blog’s  ‘nicest person on the Eurovision stage’ from last year’s winner George Alkaios, meet Glen Vella from Malta. He has a very good sense of humour, don’t you know…..:)

Introduce yourself and tell us how you ended up representing Malta in Eurovision this year!
Sooo… I’m Glen, and I’m easy to get along with and have a very good sense of humour. I represented the Maltese Islands on a number of occasions abroad and also brought back home awards. I always learnt from past experiences, both being good or bad. I get inspired very much by soul music such as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. This was my 5th time in the Malta Eurovision song contest. And this was the year where I really put all my energy to win the contest. I got the highest votes from the public and jury… so I guess they liked my song and chose me to represent Malta with One Life.

Are you looking forward to going to Dusseldorf? What can we expect from your stage show? I am really looking forward for the excitement that the Eurovision stage brings with it. I feel that I am well prepared mentally and musically. My aim is to give a good vocal and overall performance. I have to admit that I really wish that Malta makes it to the final as we’re really working hard for it and I would love to celebrate my 28th Birthday singing on the Big Stage on the 14th May…It will be my best ever birthday present

Which of this year’s other entries do you rate?
There’s a lot, I can’t name them all. But I listened to all of them. There’s a lot of different styles in compositions and a very good level of entries. It’s difficult to find a favourite out of such a strong lot.

Which is your favourite Eurovision entry of all time and which is your favourite from your home country?
There are so many that I think of one particular song and another comes to mind… I don’t think I can name them all but I always loved the winning songs!!

Here in the UK Eurovision is regarded by many as a bit of a joke (something we are aiming to change this year with our entry) but in Malta it is a major event. Why do you think the Maltese are such big Eurovision fans?
Since Malta is a very small country, music industry is very limited, so Eurovision gives us the chance to show our productions on a larger scale and the Maltese people strongly believe in us singers and in our talents.

Why do you think so many people still love it so much even after all this time?
As already stated, many people have at heart the local singers and are always ready to support them, especially in this prestigious contest.

What will be the first thing you do if you win?
Regardless of the result in Dusseldorf, I will for sure continue with my singing career. I’m a down to earth person and am not dreaming about winning the contest and what might happen. But if I win, the first thing most probably I will start crying with joy and although I do not have wings, I will start flying…….I will thank God for giving me this experience and thank Him for surrounding me with so many special friends and people whom without their continuous help and support I would have not been able to make it to Dusseldorf.

Have you heard the UK entry and what do you think of it? Is it a bit better than our recent entries or are we going to come last again? Be honest……:)
Olalala… I’m always honest 🙂 So, since I am a fan of Eurovision I listened to all of the songs, including the UK entry. I have also met the members of Blue while they were in Malta. I can say that I Can is a cool song! Good luck UK and to all the Blue team! We’ll definitely support you!

And finally, tell me why Malta should have the chance to host Eurovision in 2012 and which city would you choose to host it?
So let me dream a bit… Malta is a jewel island in the Mediterranean and people will be enchanted by its beauty and by the warm hearted Maltese people. We also have the best climate one can imagine and this will make it an ideal place to host Eurovision 2012. Malta being so small, we’d probably have the whole island hosting the festival. As for the place for the actual event, we’ve hosted large events such as MTV concerts etc so I’m sure we’ll find the best location!

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Just talk to us already: Switzerland

Posted by Caroline on April 20, 2011

Hoping that the rest of Europe will be In Love For A While with her song (oh come on, we sat here for hours working on this intro, you try coming up with something better 🙂 ), Anna Rossinelli takes on the Eurovision Blog interview challenge….

Introduce yourselves and tell us how you ended up representing Switzerland in Eurovision this year! My name is Anna Rossinelli. For almost 3 years I’m playing with my band in the streets of our hometown Basel and other European cities. One day David Klein passed by and heard us play. Later he called me and asked me if I wanted to sing his song for the Swiss Eurovision preselection. Of course I said yes.

Are you looking forward to going to Dusseldorf? What can we expect from your stage show? Of course I do, it’s a good feeling to be part of such a big event. Our stage show is going to be authentic and easy, but there will be some surprises.

Switzerland failed to make it out of the semi-final last year, how do you plan to change that this year? In the last years men represented Switzerland, I think it’s time for a woman.

Which of this year’s other entries do you rate? I really like the song from Italy.
Which is your favourite Eurovision entry of all time and which is your favourite from your home country? I don’t have a favourite all time Eurovision song. The best representative of my country is probably Celine Dion.

Here in the UK Eurovision is regarded by many as a bit of a joke (something we are aiming to change this year with our entry). How is it regarded in Switzerland? Many people in Switzerland are a bit disappointed that it has really been a long time since Switzerland has reached the final.

Why do you think so many people still love it so much even after all this time? The nice thing about the ESC is that so many nations come together and their very different styles of music get mixed in the same event.

What will be the first thing you do if you win? I’m calling my friends and I’m going to have a real big party.

Have you heard the UK entry and what do you think of it? Is it a bit better than our recent entries or are we going to come last again? Be honest……:) Of course I heard the UK entry. It’s a big advantage that Blue already is a famous band, so I definitely think you’re not going to become last again.

And finally, tell me why Switzerland should have the chance to host Eurovision in 2012 and which city would you choose to host it? It’s been more than 20 years since Switzerland won last time, so it’s about time. I would choose my hometown Basel, there’s a big stadium and it’s a nice city.

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It’s back…..!

Posted by Caroline on April 19, 2011

The 2011 version of Scoreboard Simulator, the game is now up and running at ESC Nation. Not that we have been playing it very much at all (scuttles off to formulate random win for FYR Macedonia. Again.)

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Just talk to us already: Denmark

Posted by Caroline on April 18, 2011

And the Eurovision interview season continues apace, as Danish hopefuls A Friend In London settle down for a chat with some friends in London. Or something…

Introduce yourselves and tell us how you ended up representing Denmarkin Eurovision this year!
A FRIEND IN LONDON is: Tim Schou – vocals, guitar, Sebastian Vinther Olsen –
guitar, vocals, Aske Damm Bramming – bass, vocals, Esben Svane – drums, vocals.
We were offered to perform the song and we thought it was a very strong song that
fitted very well together with our other songs, so from that point on we didn’t have to
many doubts about participating. It is all about the music for us.

Was the band name A Friend In London inspired by an actual friend in London, or
was there some other reason behind the name?
Yes, there was an actual friend 🙂 since we chose the name it has become a very
good metaphor for what we do as a band. Building bridges between countries and
interacting with our fans.

Are you looking forward to going to Dusseldorf? What can we expect from your stage
show?
Very much!! Our stage show will basically be the same as we did in Denmark but on
a much bigger scale so it will fit the arena. There will be some changes but we can’t
reveal anything yet.

We are big fans of your song at Eurovision Blog, but which of this year’s entries do
you rate?
Thank you. France and Azerbaijan have very good entries this year in our opinion and
we also like the Norwegian entry a lot.

Which is your favourite Eurovision entry of all time and which is your favourite from your home country?
Waterloo by ABBA is probably the song that has had the most impact on song writing
and producing afterwards so that’s probably our favorite. From Denmark we have to
mention the late Tommy Seebach. He has done a lot of great stuff for the Eurovision.

Here in the UK Eurovision is regarded by many as a bit of a joke (something we are
aiming to change this year with our entry). How is it regarded in Denmark?
A lot of people in the Danish music business also still consider it a joke, and we
would also like to try to make a change to this way of perceiving it. But the general
reception in the public has been very good.

Why do you think so many people still love it so much even after all this time?
When the Eurovision is on it is all about the music and having fun. It is a breath of
fresh air in between all the bad news you get everyday.

What will be the first thing you do if you win?
Open a bottle of champagne, light a cigar and call our moms 🙂

Have you heard the UK entry and what do you think of it? Is it a bit better than our
recent entries or are we going to come last again? Be honest……:)
It is a very professional production performed by a strong artist. It will definitely be in
the top 10 this year.

Given that the UK has entered a four-piece all-male band this year in the shape of
Blue, and you are also a four-piece all-male band, do you regard the UK as being
among your bigger rivals in the competition?
For sure and also because the theme of the lyrics is the same in the two songs. It is
very strong message that everyone can relate to.

And finally, tell me why Denmark should have the chance to host Eurovision in 2012 and which city would you choose to host it?
The host city would be Copenhagen. We are so ready to host it again, we have a very
strong song and rumour has it we have some very pretty girls here, so there you go J

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It’s a bumper weekend….

Posted by Caroline on April 16, 2011

….in Eurovision land and no messing. At least if you happen to live in the UK. For starters, Eurovision fans and cynics who are STILL convinced the UK cannot possibly win in Dusseldorf can either have their suspicions confirmed or be pleasantly surprised by tuning in to Eurovision: Your Country Needs Blue on BBC1 at 6.10pm. This is what we get this year in lieu of an actual selection contest (they should of course have titled it Hands Off Our Song, Your Country Doesn’t Actually Need You This Year but that was clearly too long to fit in the Radio Times) and is a documentary about the boys making their bid for the contest. No doubt I Can will also be featured, punctuated by clips of the UK making fools of itself on a continental scale so we can all point and laugh and smugly say that it won’t be like that THIS year. Will it….?

Then on Sunday it’s the annual UK Eurovision preview party at London’s Shadow Lounge, from 5pm – midnight, with performances from the likes of Romanian Dave, Bulgaria’s Poli Genova, Senit from San Marino, winsome Swiss lass Anna Rossinelli, Glen Vella from Malta, Italy’s Raphael Gulazzi and – gasp! Dana International. Sadly your humble Eurovision Blog editor can’t make it this year but if you are going and you happen to bump into Josh Dubovie wandering the corridors looking a bit lost and puzzled, do give him our best….

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If it’s good enough for Sebastian Tellier…..

Posted by Caroline on April 9, 2011

THIS has to be the oddest story of the entire Eurovision season. Next week: Duncan James reveals that I Can has been snapped up for £40m to be sung by the cast of the next Halifax ad. Actually he won’t really. We just made that bit up. But anyway. If nothing else, it means the song will have legs beyond the semi-final (do you note our optimism there??????). And hey, if Sebastien Tellier’s Divine can make it on to a Renault ad then why not indeed?

(Just out of interest has anybody actually seen this ad? Please do tell us if you have…..)

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