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Alfred and Amaia of Spain have started their Eurovision preparations. Was recorded final contest version of their entry Tu Cancion, held photoshoot for the official promotional products and shooting of the music video.

Making of video:
Recording of the ESC version: https://youtu.be/r5dYFQ_VQno
Official photoshoot: https://youtu.be/r5dYFQ_VQno

Complicity, sensitivity, magic ... These are the three characteristics that have accompanied Amaia and Alfred as they passed through the 'Operación Triunfo' stage. Same qualities now move to the Eurovision Song Contest and to the music video of 'Tu canción', which they have recorded this weekend in Madrid.

Directed by Gus Carballo, the video of 'Tu canción' reflects the spirit of the song composed by Raúl Gómez: a love story focused on the magic of the two artists and the vocal quality of both.

Alfred: "It's very nice, I think if the song represented us well, the video will be even more, it will be beautiful", said the Catalan musician during the recording.

"The concept of the music video is about the first time, the first encounter, the first love … And what a duo! It is the first time that the kids make a video clip and it was very important that they do not lose their freshness or innocence, which they have to transmit, along with the experiences that they are living!", said Gus Carballo. He previously has worked with such artists as Diego Torres and Rubén Blades, Macaco, Pablo Alborán, Pablo López and Juanes, Wally López, Antonio Orozco, Vanesa Martín, Barei, Manuel Carrasco and others.

Maialen Fernández de Arroiabe, the stylist in charge of dressing the duo for the video of "Tu canción", assures that the essential thing is to achieve a coherent look between them, elegant and urban. Something current.

Spanish duo will attend promotional events in London, Israel, Amsterdam and Madrid. They will also take part in series of concerts in Spain - on March 3 and 16 they will meet again on the stages of the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona and the Palacio Vistalegre in Madrid with their 'Operación Triunfo' comrades. On 24 March they will participate in the charity concert 'La Noche de Cadena 100'; and will travel on the 15th to Tenerife to the Cadena Dial Awards, where the program of La1 'Operación Triunfo' will receive the prize for the musical phenomenon of the year.

Spain page: https://youtu.be/r5dYFQ_VQno

Así ha sido el rodaje del videoclip de "Tu canción", tema con el que Alfred y Amaia representarán a España en el Festival de Eurovisión 2018 Puedes ver más e...


There is a group called DE STRANGERS from Antwerp Belgium who has done tons of covers of Eurovision songs. It is hard to work out just how many they have covered but as of now, we have discovered 27 among the more than 700 songs they have recorded. The 27 covers are
01 - Austria 1966
02 - Ireland 1970
03 - UK 1971
04 - Belgium 1971
05 - France 1976
06 - UK 1976
07 - Belgium 1977
08 - France 1977
09 - Israel 1978
10 - Israel 1979
11 - UK 1981
12 - Belgium 1983
13 - Luxembourg 1983
14 - Yugoslavia 1983
15 - Sweden 1984
16 - Belgium 1984
17 - Belgium 1985
18 - Norway 1985
19 - Belgium 1986
20 - Belgium 1987
21 - Belgium 1989
22 - Yugoslavia 1989
23 - Italy 1990
24 - UK 1997
25 - Israel 1998
26 - Denmark 2000
27 - Estonia 2001

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


We got the following to share with Eurovision fans

Dear Eurovision lovers!

We want to present you a unique opportunity and innovation:

This year, ESC fans can become co-owners of a Eurovision Song 2018!
Starting Friday 16th of February at 10 p.m. CET until the 3rd of March, fans get the opportunity to become shareholders of San Marino's ESC entry 2018 on www.globalrockstar.com

Please find all details in the attached press release.

We'd be very happy if you could spread these news in your channels :)

This was San Marino's 1in360 preselection Show 1:

Watch San Marino's 1in360 Show 2 live, tomorrow Fr. 16.2 at 8 p.m. CET:

all the best
Christof Straub


Here is the press release

Fans become shareholders of a Eurovision-Song 2018!

As from this Friday, 16th February 2018, 10pm (CET), fans can become part of a Eurovision song by purchasing shares of the track representing San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Investors will then receive royalties from every stream and download of that track for the next 70 years. This unique opportunity is available on www.globalrockstar.com.

This year, Global Rockstar was engaged by 1in360 as the artistic director to assist in the selection for San Marino's ESC 2018 candidate. To choose the best candidate and song, 11 international artists (from Zimbabwe, Israel, Norway, Germany, San Marino, Italy, Malta, Finland, Austria) are performing their songs in a three-part TV-show on San Marino RTV, produced by 1in360.

The first show, in which the 11 candidates performed their first song, was broadcasted last Friday.

On Friday, the 16th of February, 8 p.m, show 2 will be broadcasted.

(livestream on https://youtu.be/ZSXINkIICFE

In show 2, all 11 artists will perform a second song. At the end of this show, 1in360 will select the best song for each of the 11 candidates under a system that considers both jury and public voting. In the final TV-show (3rd of March) the artist and song that will represent San Marino at the ESC will be selected out of all 11 candidates and songs presented.

From the end of show 2 until the final TV-show (from 16.2 -3.3), all ESC enthusiasts and music fans will be able to invest in their favorite artist and song on www.globalrockstar.com. All fans who invest are supporting the production of the 11 songs to a high-end track with the best producers, musicians and engineers.

In return, the fans become shareholders of that track and earn money by receiving royalties from the revenues generated by all streams and downloads for the next 70 years.

ESC songs in the past reached up to 120 mio streams on Spotify, which equals a revenue of approximately 960,000.- EUR. Owners of shares from the right track can make a great benefit.

But not only the ESC song investors will have a return: All supporters will receive royalties for 70 years from the track in which they invested: All 11 resulting productions will be published and marketed worldwide.

About Global Rockstar:

Global Rockstar was founded by the Austrian songwriter and producer Christof Straub (Papermoon, ZOË) and has conducted the world's largest online music contest during the past years.

In December 2017 Global Rockstar launched the first royalty-based crowdfunding-platform for music: Fans who invest in music productions become shareholders of the resulting track, and earn money by receiving royalties from the revenues generated by all streams and downloads of the track for the term of copyright.

„We are proud to give artists, fans and investors a new opportunity to take part in the music business with this innovation ", said Global Rockstar founder Christof Straub. „A global smash hit can generate 100,000 EUR a day on streaming platforms. Now fans and artists can equally profit from this new model."


Become a part of a Eurovision Song 2018:


Global Rockstar Website:


San Marino TV livestream https://youtu.be/ZSXINkIICFE



Show 1 on Youtube:


Global Rockstar - Believe in Music

Global Rockstar - Believe in Music

We believe that fans should be able to support artists directly, and get rewarded. We believe that every new artist deserves a global stage to earn money. We believe in music.

France selects its song for Lisbon


The international juries and the French voting public
have spoken. Please welcome the second confirmed song of Eurovision 2018, “Mercy” by Madame Monsieur.


Madame Monsieur was formed in 2013 by vocalist Émilie
Satt and producer Jean-Karl Lucas. They have a production credit on “Smile”, a
2015 song recorded by French rapper Youssoupha, and in 2016 they released their
debut album Tandem. Their Eurovision
entry is based on the story of a child born aboard a SOS Méditerranée
vessel, a rescue ship helping refugees escaping from the horrors of war
plaguing their homeland. At the final of Destination
, they proved to be the clear choice of the voters at home.
Finishing third in the jury vote 22 points shy of Lisandro Cuxi, they ended up
overcoming him by a convincing 24 points after the public votes were tallied.

“Mercy” is a song that catches your attention right
from its opening lyrics, painting a vivid image of a child taking its first
breath between country lines, in the middle of the sea. From there on out, it
carefully tells the story, approaching it with a level of respect and
compassion that would not be possible were Madame Monsieur not excellent
lyricists. This song will prove a controversial choice for France, make no mistake.
The issue of refugees in Europe is still very much a thorny one, with backwards
views and policies equally likely to come from your run-of-the-mill bigot and
far-right leaders of nations. But this is precisely why it needed to be sent to
Eurovision. The contest is ready for an entry like this now, and there are
several reasons why it deserves your attention. 

This is a song with a difficult subject matter that
gets the tone perfectly right, and this in itself is no small feat. Jamala’s “1944”,
which won in 2016, was on paper about the singer’s family, but the contextual
information available from its title and its use of Crimean Tatar made it very
specifically about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and war in general.
“Mercy” doesn’t judge, doesn’t condemn and doesn’t take sides. It presents you
with a picture and allows you to interpret it as you see fit. But, crucially,
it doesn’t pull back any punches. “We had nothing to lose but life.” “We knew the price.” “I am
all those children who were taken by the sea.” It hits hard without being
overblown and unnecessarily dramatic or preachy, a balance that is not easy to

“Mercy” is, also, not actually about a war, or who is
fighting who, or what they’re fighting about. It’s about a child who owes their
life to a long string of sacrifices and fortunate occurrences, their voice speaking
for all the others who were lost attempting the very same trip. It eloquently and
poetically relays a tale that is touching, powerful and resonant. Add to it, it ends
it in a hopeful light, having the child herself speak out to us, possibly
several years later, telling us that she is alive and well. Hearing her from
the other side of the abyss, after overcoming thousands of perilous miles, is
bound to tug at least a few heartstrings. 

And yet, the song achieves all of this while still
being, you know, a song. It can be
listened to and enjoyed on its musical merits. The production is expertly
handled, sophisticated and knowingly restrained, with some chilly electronic
touches evoking the deep blue of the sea. Émilie’s yearning vocal guides it
through the beautiful, sad melody that won’t be forgotten easily. The song
breathes maturity in every aspect, benefiting from a smart, economical
arrangement that isn’t overstuffed and invites the listener. 

Above all else, “Mercy” is topical and, like all good
art, addresses the state of the moment. Decriers who feel that it has no place
at Eurovision would be wise to remember that the contest has always reflected
on current matters, bending to the whim of the times. Arabic countries have
steered clear after Israel’s debut. A song about European
unification won in 1990. Yugoslavia was banned as part of sanctions for their
role in the Yugoslav wars. And, of course, there’s “1944.” “Mercy” speaks about
where we are now as a species and confronts us with a tragedy that is unfolding
before our very eyes and that should not be overlooked. It’s socially
conscious, to be sure – but we live in very socially conscious, uneasy times.
It was bound to spill over into Eurovision sooner or later, and it’s important
that it did. France could’ve sent a number of songs instead of this one, but in
doing so, they would’ve swept the issue under the rug. The public obviously
responded to it and felt that it needed to be heard. At Eurovision, there’s no
question it will also elicit some very strong reactions.


This brings me to the main obstacle that “Mercy” has
in its path. On a purely subjective note, I had a very intense emotional
reaction to this song, something that doesn’t happen often. I’m not ashamed to
admit that it made me cry. But it did so only after I looked up its lyric
translation. As I saw it during the second semi-final of Destination Eurovision, it struck me as a lovely, catchy,
bittersweet pop song, and I was unaware of its weight. Going into Eurovision,
the main challenge for Madame Monsieur will be how to stage and present it in a way that’s going to convey its message to swaths of people who may
not speak a word of French. Last night they tried this with images of people
forming a globe, and it felt very anticlimactic and half-assed, in stark
contrast to the nature of the song. Basically, they have to overcome the language
barrier. With some songs this is not an issue, as the mood manages to carry
over via music and vocals, but the lyrics of “Mercy” are absolutely essential
to its worth as a song and need to really be taken in. I hope the French use
the time they have to think hard about what they’re going to do on the Lisbon
stage. Because the other option – translating all or part of the lyrics – is a
high risk strategy that could very well undo all the effort that went into the
songwriting process. 

Nevertheless, my hopes are high. “Mercy” continues a
string of French entries at Eurovision that have all been good-to-great. If
Madame Monsieur iron out the creases in their presentation, they will prove to
be formidable contenders when May comes around. A very good finish may be in
the cards if they continue to tread carefully. 

Lastly, a big round of applause for the other finalists
and Destination Eurovision itself. Allow
me to echo what Jon Ola Sand said last night: this needs to become a tradition.
France has put together an entertaining, high quality national selection show
that was bursting with talent and gave us some of the most interesting songs of
the Eurovision season so far. Whatever happens in Lisbon this year, I hope that
France continues down the path they laid out.

#amazinganalysis #mercy #madamemonsieur #refugees #france2018 #mercilafrancepourmercy

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Netta, 25, performs in clubs and weddings in Tel Aviv and was one of this season’s big favourites right from her first audition.

She has a unique look, which reflects her unique musical style: She’s a one-woman show that you have to watch in order to understand.

Her uniqueness is not only her look and style, but also her special vocal looper. Oozing charisma, style and beats that she threw down herself while singing, she had the audience in the palm of her hands. JOWST laid down his own DJ flair at Eurovision last year. Maybe Netta is the next big thing? We’d have to see if the Eurovision rules would allow this kind of performance though.

Netta Barzilai נטע ברזילי won preselection show "HaKokhav HaBa L'Eurovizion" and will represent Israel at the Eurovision 2018. Her song will be chosen internally in around a week's time.

Israel page:

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