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Once Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro accepted the invitation to represent Italy at Eurovision 2018 in the early morning hours of Feb. 11 after winning the Sanremo Music Festival, an interesting thing resulted. We now have three Albanian-born lead singers at this year's Eurovision.

Meta was born in Fier, a city of 85,000 that is located 70 miles south of the nation's capital, Tirana. He lived there until he was 13 when he and his family crossed the Adriatic Sea and settled in Bari, Italy. The singer, as part of the group La Fame, participated in the Sanremo 2010 Newcomers' section. After leaving that band and going solo, he returned to the Sanremo Newcomers' section in 2016. His debut in the Big Artists section came a year later, and he finishing third before he and Moro teamed up for their Sanremo win in 2018. They will sing, "Non mi avete fatto niente," in Lisbon.

The second Albanian-born singer at Eurovision 2018, Eleni Foureira, was internally selected by Cyprus on Feb. 1. Like Meta, she was born in Fier. Foureira and her family, however, headed in a different direction, south to Athens, Greece, a move that occurred when she was 9 or 10 due to the breakout of the Albanian Civil War in 1997. After unsuccessfully attempting to represent Greece at Eurovision a number of times, she will fly the flag of Cyprus in Lisbon, singing, "Fuego," there.

The first Eurovision 2018 performer from Albania was that country's representative: Eugent Bushpepa. He was born in Rrëshen, which is a town of 9,000 situated 45 miles north of Tirana. Although he spent some time in Italy, he returned to his native country after a few years and started becoming a force on the music scene in Albania. He previously sang at Festivali i Kenges in 2008, performing with Rovena Dilo and placing 12th, before making a spectacular return in 2018, winning with his entry, "Mall."

This interesting confluence of Albanian-born artists at Eurovision 2018 brings up an interesting question. Have three countries been represented at the same Eurovision in the past? When? Who?

It's relatively easy to come up with countries who were represented by a pair of acts. Two examples that quickly pop into mind from Eurovision 2017 were Australia (Australia's Isaiah and Denmark's Anja) and Romania (Romania's Ilinca and Alex Florea and Switzerland's Miruna Mănescu and Emanuel Daniel Andriescu). But thinking of a country that was represented by three acts at a single Eurovision is considerably harder to recall.

Ermal Meta and Eugent Bushpepa photos courtesy of Eurovision.tv.

Photos from ESCKAZ.com / ESCCovers.com / Euroforum / Eurovision South Africa's post

AUSTRALIA - The song the UK is taking to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest was co-written by a Queenslander. Queensland songwriter Nicole Blair​ (pictured) is behind the pop ballad “Storm” which British singer SuRie will perform at the contest in Portugal in May. Blair told The Music she co-wrote the song with Gil Lewis and Sean Hargreaves during a one-day writing camp at London’s Tileyard Studios. [ 167 more words ]

United Kingdom 2018 🇬🇧 Australian press points out composer competition between the UK and Australia

United Kingdom 2018 🇬🇧 Australian press points out composer competition between the UK and Australia

AUSTRALIA – The song the UK is taking to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest was co-written by a Queenslander. Queensland songwriter Nicole Blair​ (pictured) is behind the pop ballad “Storm” …

Eurovision Time Capsule: 2018

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*60 years ago: France gets its first win, while Italy’s entry “Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu” becomes an international hit.  Meanwhile, 1957 winner Corry Brokeen becomes the first victim of the phenomenon known as “The Curse of Number Two”

*55 years ago: Denmark gets its first win with “Dansevise”, beating Switzerland into second place

*50 years ago: The first contest broadcast in color sees Cliff Richard of the United Kingdom lose to Spain by one vote

*45 years ago: Israel makes its debut and Luxembourg wins on home ground with “Tu Te Reconnaîtras”.  It remains the highest-scoring song of all time among all scoring systems, taking almost 81% of the total vote

*40 years ago: Israel wins for the first time, sending Middle Eastern broadcasters into an uproar.  Jahn Teigen of Norway becomes the most famous “nul pointer” of all time while Irish representative Colm Wilkinson goes on to become a renowned musical theatre star

*35 years ago: Corinne Hermès gives Luxembourg its fifth (and, at present, final) win.  Carola makes the first of three appearances in the contest for Sweden, and Australia broadcasts the contest for the first time becoming one of its most dedicated fan followings

*30 years ago: In one of the most thrilling voting sequences in contest history, Celine Dion wins for Switzerland, beating the United Kingdom by one point.  She would later go on to international superstardom

*25 years ago: Millstreet becomes the smallest town or city to host Eurovision as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia make their debuts.  In another thrilling voting battle, Niamh Kavanagh gives Ireland its second consecutive win and 5th overall

*20 years ago: Dana International makes history as the first transsexual artist to win the contest.  At the same time, the United Kingdom registers its 15th second-place finish

*15 years ago: Ukraine makes its debut.  Three points separate first from third as Turkey scores its first win.  While at the other end of the spectrum, the United Kingdom finishes last with the ever-dreaded “nul points”

*10 years ago: A second semifinal is added to the contest in Belgrade and Azerbaijan and San Marino make their debuts as Russia gets its first victory, albeit with some controversy over voting.  Longtime UK commentator Terry Wogan resigns from his position as a result, and it is announced that juries would return

*5 years ago: On the 50th anniversary of Denmark’s first win, Emmelie de Forest gives the country its third win

#nice #eurovision #timecapsule #love

🇮🇱We’re only one day away from the grand final of Israel’s The Next Star for Eurovision 2018, which unfolds tomorrow, Tuesday February 13.

Following the semi-final, four acts remain standing and will sing it out for a shot at Eurovision glory. They are: Netta Barzilai, Chen Aharoni, Riki Ben Ari and Jonathan Mergui.

Get an impression of the contestants in our post on wiwibloggs.com to — then vote in our flash poll that will close just hours before the final on Tuesday night.
Who's your favorite?
Europe (and Australia): Start voting now!

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An UNFORGETTABLE adventure shared with my dad!

Thanks to my great friend @mattwright1 for helping me out in surprising my dad for his 60th birthday, he had no idea about this and was genuinely thankful for this trip and appreciated the fly over our beautiful land and country up here in the Top End.
Out of his nerves Dad told matt and I before getting into the chopper that if it was anyone else flying the chopper he wouldn’t dare step foot in it and he quoted ‘but I will do it because it’s matty wright and i trust him’!!!!! Haha dad also added whilst airborne that it had taken him 60 years to finally fly in a helicopter.. good on ya dad 👍🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾💃🏽🎉🎉🎉 @australia @ausoutbacknt #ntaustralia #Australia #dothent #seeaustralia

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!!! BIG 60 but looking younger everyday!🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉

Check out the full trailer for Dundee Tourism Ad now! #SeeAustralia #DundeeTourismAd

The wait is over. Watch the full official DUNDEE trailer right here. It's the surprise no one saw coming (unless you've been on the Internet during the past two weeks). To see more, visit australia.com

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The Go 2018 - Updated again.

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Eurovision 2018 is 100 or so days away (or at least semi final 1). What we know so far is there are many national finals this year. My suggestion is that you don’t make plans for February specifically the late part, and March 3rd.


Here is what I know:


** SEMI FINALS DRAWN**


** KNOWN SONGS/ARTISTS **




ALBANIA:  Mall - Eugent Bushpepa
(Winner of 

Festivali i Këngës. )




AUSTRIA:   Nobody but you - Cesar Sampson (internal)



CYPRUS: Fuego - Eleni Foureira (intenal)




FRANCE: Mercy - Madam Monsieur
(winner of Destination Eurovision)


CZECH REPUBLIC: Lie to me - Mikolas Josef


—————————————————————————————-


AUSTRALIA: JESSICA MAUBOY [No news since the announcement]


AZERBAIJAN: AISEL [Azerbaijan have a history of revealing artist early; song to be announced late.]


BELGIUM: LAURA GROESENEKEN(Sennek) [First to release their artist. No news since]


FINLAND: SAARA AALTO [Songs to be released from Feb 9; National final of 4 songs on March 3rd]


GEORGIA: 

IRIAO
were announced on December 31st. No news otherwise


THE NETHERLANDS: WAYLON [No news]


RUSSIA:  YULIA SAMOYLOVA


** NATIONAL FINALS **


MALTA: Song for Europe will be held February 3.


SWITZERLAND 

Entscheidungsshow is taking place in Zurich on February 4th.




SPAIN: Operation Triunfo is going to be selection for Spain. National final Jan 29; announcement is Feb 5; Six singers; 9 songs which are a mix of solo, duets and a group performance.



UNITED KINGDOM: Eurovision: You decide is returning again after the success from last year. It will held in Brighton on February 7th and in ESC 1998 tradition, hosted by an English person and a Swede.


ITALY: Traditional selection program for Italy is the San Remo Festival for Italian Music which takes place between February 6 and 10. Have gone internal and via jury selection in the past. 




DENMARK:
MGP in Denmark is taking place on February 10th 




ISRAEL: Holding their Next star contest at the moment to select their entrant. They have said there are 3 weeks left in the contest. Expect the person known by around mid Feb. Song will come in March





BELARUS: Live auditions in January; up to 15 entrants. Final is Feb 16.




GREECE: Three song national final on Feb 16.



MONTENEGRO: 

Montevizija 2018 is the national final for Montenegro which is being held on February 17th. Last national final for Montenegro was 2008.


SERBIA: National final Feb 20


GERMANY: February 22nd final 

Unser Lied für Lissabon; six artist revealed.


HUNGARY: A Dal is being held from January and the final is February 24th.


MOLDOVA: Moldova has canceled the February 22nd semi final, so it will be a 16 song final on the 24th.


UKRAINE: Another country with 2 semi final and a final; Semis 10th and 17th February; final one week later on the 24th.




LATVIA:  Supernova will be their selection method again. 30 entries, Final is Feb 24





ARMENIA:  Depi Evratesil begins Feb 3; 20 songs revealed. Final 24th Feb.



SLOVENIA: EMA contest will take place Feb 24; there may be a semi final.


ROMANIA: Romania are using a Swedish method of selecting their song having a five semi final and final process . The final is on February 25th


LATVIA: It’s Supernova again for Latvia. 21 artists and their songs have been revealed. Semi finals Feb 3, 10 and 17. Final Feb 24.


LITHUANIA: Lithuania Nacionalinę Eurovizijos atranką 2018 begins on January 7. Conclusion in expected in March 


ESTONIA: Eesti Laul 2018 is a three show national final. Semi 1 and 2 are February 10th and 17; final March 3.




SAN MARINO: 1in360: the first ever national selection has taken the finalists to Vienna and Bratislava. Two pre-recorded shows on Feb 9 and 16th. Final: March 3.


POLAND: National final March 3.


ICELAND: 

Söngvakeppnin 2018, the Icelandic selection will also have two semi finals and a final, on exactly the same days Estonia are having theirs.


PORTUGAL: The home team are having their annual song contest, Festival da cancao. This year it has been extended to two semi finals (February 18th and 25th) and the final on March 4th.


NORWAY: MGP to be held 10th March.


SWEDEN: Melodifestivalen is the traditional national final from Sweden. The  four semi finals begin February 3, the Andra chansen will be on March 3 and the final on the 10th.


** INTERNALS **


BULGARIA: The song won’t be known till 12th March. 


CROATIA: Confirmed internal selection.


FYR MACEDONIA: Internal selection.


** … AND THEN **


There is currently radio silence from Ireland. Expect internal selections. Maybe a surprise.


#Eurovision

Results of the draw:

First semifinal:

First half:
Belarus, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Albania, Czech Republic, Belgium, Iceland, Azerbaijan, Israel, Estonia

Second half:
Switzerland, Finland, Austria, Ireland, Armenia, Cyprus, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia

Second semifinal:

First half:
Russia, Serbia, Denmark, Romania, Australia, Norway, Moldova, San Marino, Netherlands

Second half:
Montenegro, Sweden, Hungary, Malta, Latvia, Georgia, Poland, Slovenia, Ukraine

Broadcast and vote:
First semifinal: United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal
Second semi-final: Italy, France, Germany

Romania and Australia will perform in the first half of the second semi-final. Australia have always drawn firs… https://t.co/XtXuaMU5cN

Australia will perform in the first half of the second semi final #Eurovision #AllAboard

Let's go @OfficialMALO! Time to get your ticket to Lisbon and be the second Australian artist @Eurovision 2018 next… https://t.co/uhsG830KNy

Et c'est parti! Our Australian reporter Joshua Mayne is describing the performances of the French final of… https://t.co/vdzAAd49s6

Ready for take off! Will we get another Australian artist in Lisbon?! Join us and watch the French final of… https://t.co/Q1bS67pJvA

Let's make it a #AustraliaDay to remember! Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi! https://t.co/wdIKYgiR8G

I LOVE this sister girl @xginnyginx especially catching up on the other side of the world!

Thank you for the big chit chat, gut laughs and for Just being an amazing woman!!!!!

Bulgarian BNT has released the line-up of the international experts that were consulted for the evaluation of the entries of the national preselection:

Gavin Lambert - Betting Analyst at the Eurovision Market;
Gordon Bonello - TV producer and director of the Junior Eurovision 2014-2017;
JOWST - singer, music producer, representative of Norway at Eurovision 2017;
Jan Feddersen - journalist, music critic, ARD Germany;
Theofilos Pouzbouri - singer, composer, part of Freaky Fortune - Greece 2014;
Ronnie Larsson - Swedish Lifestyle Journalist, SVT;
Olga Salamakha - TV producer. Head of the Belarusian delegation of Eurovision;
Paul Clark - TV producer - Blink TV and SBS Australia;
William Lee Adams - Editor-in-Chief, wiwibloggs.com;
Ole Töpholm - radio host, music editor, Eurovision commentator for DR, Denmark;
Giga Kukhianidze - Georgian composer, music producer of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017;
Mart Normet - TV producer, head of Eesti Laul;
Ewan Spence - radio announcer, Forbes columnist, etc.
Aminata Savadogo - singer and songwriter, represented Latvia at Eurovision 2015;
Konstantin Hudov - Ukrainian TV producer, produces Azerbaijan's participation in Eurovision;
Mads Grimstad - project manager of Universal Music Denmark;
Tali Eshkoli - Producer of the Israeli delegation of Eurovision;
Crister Bjorkman - Producer of Swedish Melodifestivalen, Eurovision 2013, 2016, 2017;
Nicola Caligiore - Head of the Italian Eurovision Delegation, RAI Italy;
Vicente Rico - journalist, editor at eurovision-spain.com, organizational team ESPre-Party, Madrid;

"We are very grateful to all the producers who have submitted a project and have invested their creative energy in their participation. First of all, we want to emphasize that whatever estimates the different projects have received, they are in the context of their possible participation in Eurovision. Outside this, there are no right and wrong answers in the music and there are fans of each style. All the songs that participated in our selection were very good and we would love to see them released , "said the producer of the Bulgarian participation in the Eurovision Joanna Levieva - Sawyer.

It is now up to the BNT to decide who will be the one chosen between the shortlisted proposals. In this respect, the Bulgarian Head of Delegation says that the process of final choice will include many factors. "There are a few songs that ranked very close to each other, and we've received pretty good reviews and high scores for them, especially since we're talking about a project that is still in the works. Over the years, we have come to understand that Eurovision is a complex undertaking and we need to consider many factors to choose a song that will actually work well on the big stage. This year, our choice will be particularly difficult because all the shortlisted projects have strong sides. "

To make the selection even more complex and multi-layered, each song is in a different style, pace, and embodies a different type of emotion. The performers are also very diverse in their experience, creative path and achievements. There is also international participation in some of the projects. The only thing that can be said for sure is that the next Bulgarian Eurovision entry will be again entirely in English.

The analysis of the results of the different focus groups clearly shows a trend - a song is sought with a contemporary arrangement that can also achieve commercial success, especially among the biggest music consumers - the youth audience. Although there is no longer a style that we can define as a typical "Eurovision", songs have to be adequate to the trends to have a higher chance of success. At the same time, a distinctive message is sought that will take the product out of the typical mass. Finding the right balance between commerciality and uniqueness is at the core of the selection.

Bulgaria page:

ESCKAZ - Eurovision 2018 - Bulgaria / Болгария

Czech Television has published the names of ten foreign jurors who are evaluating entries of the Eurovision Song CZ. All members of the jury are former Eurovision participants. Their votes will be revealed tomorrow.

Fans can vote until 22:00 local time today. Their results and overall ranking will be revealed on Monday, January 29th.

Members of the international jury are:
Dami Im (Australia 2016)
Iveta Mukučjan (Armenia 2016)
Jalisse (Italy 1997)
Liora Simon (Israel 1995)
Nathan Trent (Austria 2017)
Naviband (Belarus 2017)
Norma John (Finland 2017)
Robin Bengtsson ( Sweden 2017)
Sanja Vučić ZAA (Serbia 2016)
SunStroke Project (Moldova 2010, 2017)

Czech page:

ESCKAZ - Eurovision 2018 - Czech Republic / Чехия

ESCKAZ - Eurovision 2018 - Czech Republic / Чехия

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