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Participating broadcaster from France, France 2, has revealed at today's press-conference more details about Destination Eurovision, the planned French national selection final.

From the 1500 songs received, 18 were chosen for the live shows. Among chosen entries are the ones written by such established professionals like Zazie, Maître Gims, Grand Corps Malade, Vitaa and Dany Synthé. The competing acts will be revealed in a form of teasers just days before each of the two semifinals, which are planned for January.

Destination Eurovision will be made of two semi-finals with 9 songs each and a grand final. All shows will be hosted by singer Garou. In each semifinal professional jury made of three Francophone (Amir, Christophe Willem (who already has a juror experience from X-Factor) and Isabelle Boulay (who had been coach in La Voix, the Quebec version of The Voice) and three international jury members (Christer Björkman (Sweden), Nicola Caligiore (Italy) and Olga Salamakha (Belarus)) will select 4 qualifiers for the final.

In the final, the result will be decided by a jury of 10 international members (Sweden, Italy, Belarus, Bulgaria, Armenia, Switzerland, Russia, Israel, Finland and Iceland) and televoting on 50/50 base.

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Giovanni Montalbano (Italy) has topped online voting for the second wildcard in San Marino with 388633 on the deadline at 23:59 London time. It is worth noting, that practically all of his votes were gained during the last day of the competition. In the last 1.5 hours of the voting, Montalbano had added 155,000 votes narrowly beating his compatriot GLORIA ZACCARIA, who finished with 382237, also more than doubling her vote in the last 24 hours, and counting on par with the winner during last hour of the vote.

1in360 organizers have confirmed Giovanni's victory officially.

32 singers have reached mark of 1000, 22 - of 2000, 17 of 5000, 15 of 10000, 9 of 25000, 6 of 50000, 5 of 100000, 3 of 200000 and 2 of 300000.

1. Giovanni Montalbano (Italy) 388633
2. GLORIA ZACCARIA (Italy) 382237
3. Julian Lesiński (Poland) 203579
4. Miguel Vicente (Spain) 190879
5. Tom Hartis (France) 112313
6. Marcus Reischmann (Germany) 50045
7. Yana Gloushak Яна Глушак (Russia) 33649
8. Dario Mifsud Bonnici (Malta) 33127
9. Stavros Pilichos (Greece) 28208
10. Mac Zavadsky (Poland) 23448
11. Camilla Dentale (Italy) 18219
12. Jessika (Malta) 17921
13. HIlary Smile (Italy) 15169
14. Sofya Angel Barocco (Russia) 15115
15. Benjamin Coveliers (Belgium) 10388
16. Sebastian Calleja (Malta) 6494
17. Panagiotis Mademlis (Greece) 6232
18. Maika Barbero (Spain) 4853
19. Raylan Arbizu (Spain) 4446
20. William and Deban (United Kingdom) 3423
21. Elena Petresca (Macedonia) 2714
22. René Reith-Schäfer (Germany) 2027
23. Bjorn Rosier (Belgium) 1939
24. Oyku Dogan (Turkey) 1896
25. Ones Antoine (Haiti) 1739
26. Elisa "ELYSA" Kolk (Estonia) 1494
27. Eduard Alexogiannopoulos (Greece) 1403
27. Dario & Grecia Bezzina (Malta) 1403
29. Andi Taranik (Belarus) 1330
30. Dionisis Kostis (Greece) 1269
31. Camilla North (Norway) 1206
32. Marco Antonio Gaitano (Spain) 1030

Interestingly, 4 of top 10 singers, including both Montalbano and ZACCARIA, have failed to gain 100 votes in the first stage of the competition.

ESCCovers has been following daily progress of the acts, and standings for every of 10 days of the voting can be found in the archives.
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3days https://www.facebook.com/EurovisionCoverage/posts/10155175370496305
2days https://www.facebook.com/EurovisionCoverage/posts/10155175370496305
1day https://www.facebook.com/EurovisionCoverage/posts/10155175370496305

Additional info on ESCKAZ San-Marino page: https://www.facebook.com/EurovisionCoverage/posts/10155175370496305

www.1in360.com - Searching for the "internet candidate" and San Marino's official representative for Eurovision 2018

Russian #eurovision alum Alsou sounded great at the recent World Cup draw https://t.co/GRLaZSIi4N

She is one of the biggest pop stars in Russia, who represented her country in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 and finished in the second place. She also co-hosted the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, which was held in Moscow.

And now Alsou has been given additional international exposure, thanks to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will be held next year in Russia.

The 34-year-old singer co-hosted the official 2018 FIFA World Cup drawing ceremony, which recently held at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow. She was joined on stage by Ivan Urgant, another host of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009. #eurovision #fifa #worldcup #alsou


It is the last day for the artists to get likes for their videos in the San Marino second wild card. Here are the current top 10. Voting will close at midnight tonight and tomorrow this time we will look at the final totals. In brackets their totals the previous day.

02 - Gloria Zaccaria (Italy) 153606 (115324)
03 - Miguel Vicente (Spain) 142391 (101225)
04 - Julian Lesinski (Poland) 133777 (99356)
05 - Tom Hartis (France) 102882 (85067)
06 - Marcus Reischmann (Germany) 45075 (32384)
07 - Dario Mifsud Bonnici (Malta) 33038 (31892)
08 - Yana Gloushak (Russia) 30512 (26065)
09 - Stavros Pilichos (Greece) 25870 (24435)
10 - Mac Zavadsky (Poland) 22813 (22039)

We were clearly wrong when we said yesterday the race for the wildcard can only be between the top 3 with probably each of them ADDING a further 30 000 to 40 000 likes in the last 2 days. Out of nowhere someone came and jumped to position 1 - this video gained over 100 000 likes in ONE SINGLE DAY.

01 - Giovanni Montalbano (Italy) 169 008

Participant of the Russian national preselection for the Eurovision 2008 joined the "Islamic State" and was killed in Iraq.

Popular in Chechnya, pop singer Aza Bataeva was killed in Iraqi Mosul. As the "Caucasus. Reality" was told by relatives of the singer, along her were killed her husband and her sister, who had travelled to the Middle East to persuade Aza to return her home. It is reported that Bataeva was killed in September, but the news became public only now.

Information that Aza Bataeva may be in Syria, was obtained by the law enforcement agencies of Russia at the end of 2015. Initially, she and her husband moved to Turkey, and from there the couple moved to the territory controlled by the extremist organization "Islamic State" (prohibited in the territory of Russia).

Upon joining ISIS, Bataeva started publishing propaganda videos on YouTube. On one of these videos, a woman with a completely covered body and face (except eyes) demonstratively tears apart the Russian passport given on the name of Bataeva and calls to leave aside everything that, according to the Quran, is considered taboo and "get on the straight way." At the same time in the credits to the video it was written: "Awards must be received only on the way of Allah". To top it all, a few photos are shown in the video, on which the same woman poses with the black flag of the "Islamic state" and shoots Kalashnikov rifle (judging by the credits, photos were taken in the Iraqi city of Mosul).

Bataeva was born in 1983, she graduated from the music school of arts of Yuri Nikolaev in Moscow, took part in the Russian selection for Eurovision 2008 with the song Lonely Rain, where she took 21st place.

21st place in the 2008 Russian preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest.


It is the second last day for the artists to get likes for their videos in the San Marino second wild card. Here are the current top 10. In brackets their totals the previous two days.

01 - Gloria Zaccaria (Italy) 115324 (64725 - 54605)
02 - Miguel Vicente (Spain) 101225 (73545 - 50825)
03 - Julian Lesinski (Poland) 99356 (61680 - 39403)
04 - Tom Hartis (France) 85067 (58682 - 39241)
05 - Marcus Reischmann (Germany) 32384 (16900)
06 - Dario Mifsud Bonnici (Malta) 31892 (30496 - 22238)
07 - Yana Gloushak (Russia) 26065 (20957 - 15666)
08 - Stavros Pilichos (Greece) 24435 (23598 - 19709)
09 - Mac Zavadsky (Poland) 22039 (20403 -18114)
10 - Camilla Dentale (Italy) 15324 (back in the top 10)

Clearly now the race for the wildcard can only be between the top 3 with probably each of them ADDING a further 30 000 to 40 000 likes in the last 2 days.


It is a day later and time for the latest on artists to get likes for their videos in the San Marino second wild card. Here are the current top 10. In brackets their totals the previous day.

01 - Miguel Vicente (Spain) 73545 (50825)
02 - Gloria Zaccaria (Italy) 64725 (54605)
03 - Julian Lesinski (Poland) 61680 (39403)
04 - Tom Hartis (France) 58682 (39241)
05 - Dario Mifsud Bonnici (Malta) 30496 (22238)
06 - Stavros Pilichos (Greece) 23598 (19709)
07 - Yana Gloushak (Russia) 20957 (15666)
08 - Mac Zavadsky (Poland) 20403 (18114)
09 - Marcus Reischmann (Germany) 16900 (new in top 10)
10 - Hllary Smile (Italy) 14806 (13235)

Some small changes in to top 10 but it is clear that the top 4 will fight it out for the wildcard.
Besides the top 10, 19 other videos have more than 1000 likes.

RT @wiwibloggs: Russia's @BilanOfficial and @sergeylazarev have released the music video for "Prosti menya". Hear their thoughts on the col…

Dima Bilan and Sergey Lazarev are presenting their brand new video clip! Enjoy! 🇷🇺️ #Eurovision #Russia

Eurovision Russia: Dima Bilan and Sergey Lazarev unveil video clip for Prosti menya - ESCToday.com

Eurovision Russia: Dima Bilan and Sergey Lazarev unveil video clip for Prosti menya - ESCToday.com

Eurovision news 2018: For sure, this has been something long-awaited by many fans! Dima Bilan and Sergey Lazarev, two Russian superstars and former Eurovision participants have

In June they debuted their duet “Prosti menya” (Forgive Me) at the Muz-TV Awards in Moscow, before jetting off to Portugal to film the music video.

And this morning #Eurovision 2008 winner Dima Bilan and Eurovision 2016 televote winner Sergey Lazarev unveiled the fruits of their Iberian labour.

A mid-tempo pop ballad with a nostalgic feel, “Prosti menya” can be read in many ways. To some it sees the singers pleading for a woman’s forgiveness. It drips with pain and regret — not to mention a quietly powerful melody. “Well, make me pretend for a moment that I’m yours,” they sing. “How can I believe again, in these subtle worlds?” At the same time there is a subtext about their actual friendship and history with each other, which you can read about on wiwibloggs.com. Regardless of your reading, they bring their emotions to life in the ancient city of Sintra, having filmed at or along its beaches, forests and rock outcrops. #sintra #portugal #russia #russianpop #dimabilan #sergeylazarev

Russia's @BilanOfficial and @sergeylazarev have released the music video for "Prosti menya". Hear their thoughts on… https://t.co/zfH4p7Rbu2

They’re two Kings of Russian pop. But there’s definitely no Game of Thrones bloodshed between friends and #eurovision stars Dima Bilan and Sergey Lazarev. Their video for “Prosti menya” is out now (and you can watch it soon on wiwibloggs.com). As for now, enjoy these behind-the-scenes pics — taken on set in Portugal. Photos by Ana Ray 🇷🇺❤️ #eurovisionsongcontest #esc #dimabilan #sergeylazarev #lazarevthebest

Former Russian Eurovision participants Dima Bilan and Sergey Lazarev have presented music video for their joint song "Prosti menya" (Forgive me), which was filmed in Portugal.

Eurovision heroes Dima Bilan (Euro 2008 winner) and Sergei Lazarev (second place in Euro-2016), recorded the joint track “Prosti menya”(Forgive Me), its premier became a sensation at the main Russian music award - MUZ TV. And after that the star duet made a video for this song. And it is symbolic that for inspiration artists went to the capital of Eurovision-2018 Portugal - a country of wonders and fairy tales! The ancient city of Sintra, truly lost in time, its remote corners, beaches, rocks and forests proved to be an ideal place for embodying the idea of a music video.

Dima Bilan: "For me, this is a special story that stands out from the stream of my music videos. Several powerful energies converged here: the creative work of top professionals Mozgi production (I was glad to work again), Sergey's acting charisma, and quite another - mine. And most importantly, these elements did not sink each other, but merged into a single stream of creativity. We were united and inspired by this noble dramatic story and inimitable poetics of the surroundings of the city of Sintra, their windswept, wild coastal beauty.

In the history itself, you can search for many subtexts. And there is a subtext, which, perhaps, is heard by everyone. The track is called "Forgive me" - and, perhaps, it's some kind of our meeting at "zero latitude" with Sergei. We were "pushed headlong" in different periods of time. And in this video we can say to each other: "Sorry, dude, it's okay!"

Sergei Lazarev: "Such duets happen infrequently, they have a high concentration of nerves, feelings and emotions, it so happened that our creative paths with Dima started in one year, in one place - we were both participants of the New Wave 2002 contest in Jurmala. our paths were parallel, sometimes crossing, sometimes moving away from each other. We were compared, confronted, quarreled, but, in the end, time put everything in its place. Each of us became an independent successful solo artist with his multimillion audience of fans, each of us went many trials, ups and downs, and this video is about our way."

Dima Bilan & Sergey Lazarev – “Prosti menya”:
https://youtu.be/4m25OSlKfWs - music video
https://youtu.be/4m25OSlKfWs - iTunes
https://youtu.be/4m25OSlKfWs - Apple Music
https://youtu.be/4m25OSlKfWs - Google Play

Official video Bilan Dima/Lazarev Sergey "PROSTI MENYA" ( "FORGIVE ME") Режиссёр: Леонид Колосовский Оператор: Владислав Воронин Линейный Продюсер: Денчук Ви...


Time for the latest on artists to get likes for their videos in the San Marino second wild card. Here are the current top 10. In brackets their totals the previous three days.

01 - Gloria Zaccaria (Italy) 54605 (38045 - 30093 - 27118)
02 - Miguel Vicente (Spain) 50825 (40442 - 30575 - 20815)
03 - Julian Lesinski (Poland) 39403 (24411 - 14901 - 5818)
04 - Tom Hartis (France) 39241 (26282 - 9699)
05 - Dario Mifsud Bonnici (Malta) 22238 (14878 - 9645- 8156)
06 - Stavros Pilichos (Greece) 19709 (15854 - 11198 - 7796)
07 - Mac Zavadsky (Poland) 18114 (15512 - 10463 - 6009)
08 - Yana Gloushak (Russia) 15666 (12125 - 9441 - 6293)
09 - Hllary Smile (Italy) 13235 (12545 - 11124 - 7504)
10 - Camilla Dentale (Italy) 10717

Some small changes in to top 10 but it is clear that the top 4 will fight it out for the wildcard.

Besides the top 10, 16 other videos have more than 1000 likes.

Anonymous asked:

You say you don't really like eastern beauty but like half of this blog consists of guys from russia, hungary and Israel lmao


Com’on, how could you pair up Israel with Eastern Europe?? Beside this… In order to explain it better: while beard and hairy chest are my personal turn-ons, I’m normally not into fair-haired, blue-eyed, shaved and muscular guys, which is usually related to Eastern beauties from Czechia, Ukraine, Russia, etc. Like —>


Anyway, I share those guys because I recognize their beauty and I’m completely fine with it. They’re hot and beautiful for a lot of people, that’s so obvious :)

#eurovision #esc

FINLAND 1 - 0 - 0 🇫🇮



1. You may call us Finland and Finns, but we call ourselves Suomi and suomalaiset.

2. Altho if you don´t mind, we would rather you did not call us anything ever. Actually if we could both pretend each other doesn´t even exist, that would be just great!


3. Yes we are a notoriously shy and reserved nation with a gigantic inferiority complex - especially when compared to our neighbor Sweden.

4. Who incidentally we loooooove beating in hockey.


5. Saimaannorppa aka Saimaa ringed seal can only be found in Finland and is highly endangered.


According to a count done in 2015, there are only about 320 individuals left, and therefore quite understandably whenever one is found dead in a fisherman´s net or by the hands of a poacher etc., it causes headlines and outrages.

6. 70% of Finland is made up of forests - that´s roughly the size of the entire area of the United Kingdom.

7. Finland was awarded the Summer Olympics for 1940, but then things got all sorts of fucked up thanks to Adolf & co., so those plans were scrapped even tho we had a brand-spanking new Olympic stadium and everything! Dammit!

Oh well, we were compensated in 1952 when we finally got the honor of hosting our only (so far) Olympic games.


8. Those 1952 Olympics were the first time Coca Cola was introduced to Finns.


9. No, we do not have polar bears.

10. We also don´t have KFC, Wendy´s or Dunkin´ Donuts.

11. Yes I am very upset about all those things mentioned above but especially about KFC.

12. Finland was the first country in Europe which gave women the right to vote (1906).


13. The Finnish language does not separate words such as “she” or “he”. We just use a gender-neutral “hän”, which means “that person”.

14. The national bird of Finland is the whooper swan.


15. Helsinki has the world´s most Northern metro system.


16. Savonlinna hosts their annual Opera Festival in a Medieval castle.


17. We are vindictive and petty as HELL. Just ask Silvio Berlusconi.


18. A Finnish person will drink approximately 129 litres of milk a year.


19. Some years ago, the word for mother (”äiti”) was voted the most beautiful word in the Finnish language.

20. Moomins are, as some of you MAY REMEMBER FROM A SPECIFIC DEBACLE FROM EARLIER THIS YEAR, from Finland and were created by OUR Miss Tove Jansson.


21. Unlike many other countries which after gaining independence tore down all statues and other remnants of their history under foreign rule, in Finland we chose to keep ours up as reminders of our past.

For example, on our main square aka the Senate Square you will find Czar Alexander II standing proudly.


22. And speaking of statues, one of the landmarks of Helsinki is Havis Amanda.


It depicts a mermaid who decides to leave the sea and walk on… well, not water.

Each year on April 30th, she is “crowned” with a cap, to represent all those who have graduated from secondary school and earned their caps.


As of 2010, internet access has been a legal right in Finland.

24. Do you have one of those cupboard things over your kitchen sink, the kind where you place your dishes to dry?


That was invented by a Finnish woman called Maiju Gebhard in 1945.

25. The longest word in the Finnish language is “epäjärjestelmällistyttämä­ttömyydelläänsäkäänköhän”, which loosely translates to “not even by her lack of organization, do you suppose”.

26. Angry Birds are from here.


27. Finland is also the birth place of the most successful ski jump champions of all time, Matti Nykänen.


28. After his sports career came to an end, Matti has been a permanent fixture in the tabloids with his… issues… involving alcohol abuse, domestic abuse (he even served time in prison for attempting to kill one of his many ex-wives) and an assortment of careers including stripping and now singing. 

He is also responsible for one of our most beloved and useful quotes of all time: back in the 80s when he was still jumping from towers and competing in Canada, he got into some “situations” and was sent back home as punishment. When he arrived at the airport, a journo asked him “Matti, did you drink alcohol?”, to which Matti replied “Maybe I did drink, maybe I didn´t drink”.

All bases covered then!

The man is a fucking genius.



There are absolutely ZERO public payphones anywhere in Finland.

30. For a very short period of time back in, Finland had a female president AND a  female Prime Minister. 


Sadly that arrangement came to an abrupt end when the Prime Minister was forced to resign over a scandal involving some sort of Iraq documents which I´m still, a decade later, completely baffled by.

31. As those who come on this blog surely know by now, Yours Truly is a passionate berry picker - and being a berry nut in Finland is easy indeed since a) we have one of the cleanest natures in the world and b) all living things you find in nature, you can keep - within reason, of course.


Usually a good principle is to keep about 100 meters distance from the nearest house. Other than that, you´re good to go!

32. People in in Northern Finland aka Lapland area have a very specific unit of measurement called the “poronkusema” which could be loosely translated to “Reindeer´s piss”. Roughly it means the distance a reindeer can walk before needing to urinate. It´s quite a long distance…

33. Our current President Sauli Niinistö is a survivor of the tragic tsunami which took place in South-East Asia on Dec 26, 2004. Over 200 000 people (including almost 200 Finnish tourists) died in one of the worst natural disasters of our time - Mr. Niinistö and his sons saved their own lives by climbing up a telephone pole and staying there for several hours.


34. In Finland October 13th is National Failure Day which aims to encourage people to share their failures and learn from them rather than hide their heads in shame and pretend all is well.

35. The REAL Santa Claus lives up in Rovaniemi and you can visit his village all year long.


36. Sheldon gave us a good laugh and an ego boost.

37. We like eating Rudolf with lingonberries and mash.


38. On some years we get A LOT of snow, but on others we get practically none. Back in 1997, in Lapland the snow reached up to 190 cm.

Incidentally I am 155 cm.


39. In the Finnish language there is an alphabet called Å which isn´t actually a part of a single Finnish word in the entire Finnish language - it is simply a remnant from our many centuries spent under Swedish rule.

40. Unesco has reported that Finland´s tap water is the cleanest in the world.


41. A handy Finnish saying: “Early bird catches the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese”.

42. For some God forsaken reason, Finland and Estonia have the same national anthem.

43. Sadly accurate these days.


44. Sadly accurate these days.


45. Rosina Heikel (1842 - 1929) was Finland´s and in fact the Nordic countries 1st female doctor.


46. When something is a failure/a dud, the common term in the English language is “a lemon”. Over here, it´s “susi”. Susi also means wolf.

47. And susi should not be confused with sisu! 

48. In Lapland you can spend your vacation in an igloo.


49. Fines for speeding are determined by the offender´s income. Basically if you earn more, you have to pay more. The highest fines have been over 100 000 €. Stay poor, kids!

50. Pamela Anderson´s grandparents were from Finland.


51. Yes we like getting our drinks on, and most of us go abroad to Tallinn to get our drinks on for a lot less €s.


52. In Lapland, the Sun never rises from November to January.

53. In reverse, the Sun never sets from June to July. We call it “The Nightless night”.

54. Finland has exactly 1 Eurovision victory under its belt.


55. In 2018 Saara Aalto will be repping us.


Please vote for us. Please?

56. Nokia became famous for their mobile phones, but originally they manufactured rubber boots.


57. We don´t dub movies or TV shows.

58. We do however sometimes give them ridiculous and extremely SPOILER ALERT-y names. For example, “The Shawshank Redemption” was translated to “Rita Hayworth - Key to escape”.

I mean… C´MOOOOON!

59. Sometimes that´s all you can do.


60. Simo Häyhä aka “White Death” was one of the deadliest snipers of all time. During a 3 month stretch of the Winter War, he shot roughly 200 Russian soldiers before getting shot in the face himself. He survived and lived to be 96.


61. We don´t use the 1 and 2 cent coins. You CAN try paying with them as they of course are legal currency, but there are no guarantees you´ll get very far.

62. Feb 14th may be a day for lovers for the rest of the world, but we know it as “Friend´s Day”.

63. Tipping is not (thankfully) a part of the Finnish culture.

64. The guy longing for Sven in Titanic (the coat dude) was portrayed as a Swede, but was actually a Finn called Jari Kinnunen.


65. Karelian pies with egg butter are the best thing ever.


66. Märket island which is situated between Finland and Sweden had to have the border lines twisted a bit because the Finns who built that lighthouse, accidentally built it on the wrong side…


67. While often named as one of the 5 Scandinavian countries, Finland isn´t technically even a part of Scandinavia: we ARE however a part of the Nordic countries.

68. If you are invited to a Finnish sauna, you are expected to go nude.

69. Finnish armed forces are mandatory for men but voluntary for women.

70. Moomin mugs are peculiarly popular especially among Asian tourists. They can sometimes pay even thousands for rare ones.


71. We never had vikings, but there is one viking tale about a princess called Skjalv, daughter of the Finnish King Froste (those aren´t even Finnish names…), who was stolen as war loot to Sweden but ended up strangling her captor with a gold chain. 

72. Our 4th president was Kyösti Kallio, who was forced to resign from office after the Winter War on December 19th 1940. On that same day he was about to step onto a train to take him back home for retirement, when during his final official ceremony at Helsinki Railway Station, in front of his soldiers and while the orchestra played, he suffered a fatal heart attack and died right there in front of everyone. Legend says he collapsed into the arms of our greatest war hero and later president himself, Marshall C.G.E. Mannerheim (seen in the white hat next to President Kallio).


73. Marshall Mannerheim is the only person in Finnish history who has been rewarded that particular military honor. In fact, he is and forever will remain the only person who has the title “Finland´s Marshall”, an honor bestowed upon him for his services to his home country during Finland´s tumultuous early years of independence.


A few years ago he was voted by the Finns themselves as the most important Finnish person of all time.

74. In June 1942, Adolf Hitler came to Finland to pay his respects to Marshall Mannerheim on his 75th birthday. As a little “souvenir” for future generations, the sneaky Finns recorded a snippet of his and Mannerheim´s private conversation.

It is the only known recording of Hitler speaking with a calm, normal voice, as he was very particular about only being filmed while screaming and ranting his ideologies.

75. Roughly 3 million tourists visit Finland each year and I think at least 2 500 000 of them are always going exactly where I´m going too.

76. We like to make things hard for foreigners.


77. We don´t have any mountains.

78. But we have lakes. We have a shit ton of lakes. 187 888 lakes to be precise.


79. FYI


80. All our days end with -tai (Monday = maanantai, Tuesday = tiistai etc.), except for Wednesday. Wednesday is called keskiviikko.

81. We have a lot of free time.


82. J. R. R. Tolkien used the Finnish national epoch the Kalevala as inspiration for the languages in the Lord of the Rings saga.

83. The St. Louis Arch was designed by a Finn called Eero Saarinen.


84. Every summer we arrange what is called Kaljakellunta aka “Beer float” which pretty much just consists of taking a floatie and a case of beer and… well, that´s about it.


85. If you want to enhance your sauna experience, you can use a birch whisk.


86. The bubble chair was designed by a Finnish man called Eero Aarnio.


87. Thursdays are the “official” pea soup and pancakes day all over Finland.


88. Finns love queuing.


89. Life expectancy for men is 78 years and for women 84 years.

90. In Tornio you can play golf in two countries:


91. Finns invented the so-called Molotov´s cocktail.


92. All people in Finland must pay a TV tax even if they do not they own a TV.


We celebrate Christmas on the 24th of December.

94. Finns love salmiakki aka salty licorice.


I don´t, btw.

95. Finland is one of the few countries in Europe which has not banned sex with animals - and some actually take advantage of that loophole…



96. Armi Kuusela won the 1st ever Miss Universe pageant in 1952.


97. In 2006, Conan O´Brian did a sketch about looking like our then-president Tarja Halonen and it ballooned into a huge movement.

98. Weeeeell…


99. On every Independence day, the current president hosts a party at his residence for about 2 000 dignitaries, celebs, politicians etc. We riff raffers sit at home in our sweatpants and watch it on TV with some nachos and snarky comments.




Despite you reeeeally getting on my nerves SO MUCH and SO OFTEN, I still love you. 💙



#thisismy1000thpost #andI'mdedicatingittoFinland's100thanniversary #HappyBirthdayDearFinland! #PaljononnearakasSuomi! #Finland #Eurovision #2006 #2017 #2018


We are a little earlier today with our update on artists to get likes for their videos in the San Marino second wild card. Here are the current top 10. In brackets their totals the previous two days.

01 - Miguel Vicente (Spain) 40442 (30575 - 20815)
02 - Gloria Zaccaria (Italy) 38045 (30093 - 27118)
03 - Tom Hartis (France) 26282 (9699) - changed his name
04 - Julian Lesinski (Poland) 24411 (14901 - 5818)
05 - Stavros Pilichos (Greece) 15854 (11198 - 7796)
06 - Mac Zavadsky (Poland) 15512 (10463 - 6009)
07 - Dario Mifsud Bonnici (Malta) 14878 (9645 - 8156)
08 - Hllary Smile (Italy) 12545 (11124 - 7504)
09 - Yana Gloushak (Russia) 12125 (9441 - 6293)
10 - Sofya Angel-Barokko (Russia) 9013 (8235 - 7116)

On 11th position is Camilla Dentale (Italy) which is just 7 likes behind the 10th position


We are halfway in the period allowed for artists to get likes for their videos in the San Marino second wild card. Here are the current top 10. In brackets their totals yesterday at this time.

01 - Miguel Vicente (Spain) 30575 (20815)
02 - Gloria Zaccaria (Italy) 30093 (27118)
03 - Julian Lesinski (Poland) 14901 (5818)
04 - Stavros Pilichos (Greece) 11198 (7796)
05 - HIlary Smile (Italy) 11124 (7504)
06 - Mac Zavadsky (Poland) 10463 (6009)
07 - Tom Leo Tabguy Wiart (France) 9699 (not in the top 10 yesterday)
08 - Dario Mifsud Bonnici (Malta) 9645 (8156)
09 - Yana Gloushak (Russia) 9441 (6293)
10 - Sofya Angel-Barokko (Russia) 8235 (7116)

Bon anniversaire, Patricia Kaas, happy birthday! The French singer celebrates her 51st birthday today, 5 December. Do you remember the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest held in Moscow, Russia? Patricia captivated the audience and tv viewers with her brilliant performance of “Et s'il fallait le faire“. She finished eighth in the competition, giving France the first top ten result since 2002. Watch again her performance at Moscow’s Olympic Indoor Arena on 16 May 2009 here… Félicitations Patricia Kaas!
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Patricia Kaas represented France at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow with the song Et S'il Fallait Le Faire

Here is the top 13 of the Fan Clubs voting for the 1st wildcard in San-Marino preselection 1in360:

1. Emma Official Sandström (Finland) 51
2. Franklin Calleja (Malta) 49
3. Sada Vidoo (Denmark) 36
4. Tiago Braga (Portugal) 35
5. Яна Глушак Yana Gloushak (Russia) 31
6. DEREK - Domenico Caringella (Italy) 29
7. Colé van dais (South Africa) 24
7. Judah Gavra (Israel) 24
7. Justinas Stanislovaitis (Lithuania) 24
10. Mahan Moin (Sweden) 20
11. Rick Jurthe (Germany) 20
12. Tinashe Makura (Zimbabwe) 19
13. Dario Mifsud Bonnici (Malta) 16

Thus, first wilcard winner is Emma from Finland. Votes have been received from fan clubs of Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Malta, Belgium, Rest of the World and combined vote of the ESC Press.

San Marino page: http://esckaz.com/2018/smr.htm

The Go 2018


Eurovision 2018 is less than six months away. The

the who, the how and the when of each countries contribution beginning to be announced and revealed. Some have been more forthcoming than others. Some are known to be secretive others are an open book.

Here is what I know:


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

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

FINLAND: SAARA AALTO [Usually use UMK to select their entrant. YLE unhappy with submitted songs, rejected all of them and placed their fate with Saara. National final of 3 songs on March 3rd]

THE NETHERLANDS: WAYLON [Male part of Common Linnets. Returning for second bite of cherry. No other news]



Festivali i Këngës is the first of the national finals. Unless someone else comes through with a song reveal in December, this will be the first entry of Eurovision 2018.

GREECE, SAN MARINO and SLOVENIA: San Marino has 1in360, Slovenia has EMA, while the Greeks have a yet to be named national final. They are all taking place in February, but a date has not been announced so far.

MALTA: Song for Europe will be held February 3.


Entscheidungsshow is taking place in Zurich on February 4th.

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. 

MGP in Denmark is taking place on February 10th 


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

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

MOLDOVA: Moldova has a semi final on February 22nd, before the 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.

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

BELARUS: Live auditions in January; up to 15 entrants; final no later than March 1st

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


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.


CROATIA: Expect the return of the DORA contest.

CYPRUS: National final; date unknown

FRANCE: Rumour of a national final this year.


Supernova will be their selection method again. 30 entries, dates not known yet.

ISRAEL: Holding their Next star contest at the moment to select their entrant. Song will come in March

LITHUANIA: Usually hold an exhaustive national final; no news though.

SPAIN: Operation Triunfo is going to be selection for Spain. How exactly is yet to be announced.

GERMANY: National final; but no details as yet.

The rest: Austria, Armenia, Australia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Georgia, Ireland, Poland, and Russia are unknown at this time. Most of these will announce an internal selection. 

#doesn'tArmeniauseDepiEvratesilastheirnationalselection? #Eurovision #2018

#Eurovision #Russia @jsvok to perform today at the @UNESCO event in Paris devoted to the Disabilities Day… https://t.co/joEmsYgEIQ

Yulia Samoylova today will perform at Maison de l'UNESCO in Paris as guest of a special program devoted to the Disability Day.

The event is initiated by UNESCO Artist for Peace and Emeritus of the Russian Federation, pop singer and actress Zarifa Mgoyan, known as Zara, who has a long-standing commitment to charities and programmes helping people with disabilities. The aim of these charities and programmes is to involve children, who are visually impaired and hard of hearing, in artistic activities and to raise awareness of the difficulties they encounter.

As part of this year's Disability Day programme, Zara will perform live in Paris with the participation of artists with disabilities. Accompanied by Yulia Samoylova, Valentin Tkachenko and the ensemble ‘Singing Hands’, they will perform a repertoire of beautiful songs about love and friendship in French, Serbian, English, Russian and sign language.

Russia page: http://esckaz.com/2018/rus.htm

Zarifa Mgoyan (Zara) - UNESCO Artist for Peace

#Eurovision @fkirkorov and @dkontopoulos Dream Team to work with a representative of a "friendly (to Russia) countr… https://t.co/Gf9fYmiKDS

"Egoist" is Dima Bilan's latest album release! Check out his full 11-track album 🇷🇺️ #Eurovision #Russia

Russia: Dima Bilan unveils latest album Egoist - ESCToday.com

Russia: Dima Bilan unveils latest album Egoist - ESCToday.com

Eurovision news 2018: Two-time Russian representative Dima Bilan has released his latest album, entitled Egoist. Multi-awarded Russian star Dima Bilan turns the page with his n

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