Monday, December 31, 2012

ARE YOU READY FOR THE ESC TOP-250?


Last week the voting for the #ESC250, the one and only annual Eurovision charts, ended. All over 4000 votes were counted and here are some facts:
- 47 countries made it to the TOP250 (including two countries that do not exist anymore as such). Which countries do you think did not make it?

- There are songs from 48 editions of the contest that made it.

- There are 36 winning songs in the list

- The songs on position 122 and 123 have the same title, but in a different language.

- There are 61 songs in this years charts that weren't in last year's, that includes songs from 2012 of course, but also some older ones...

The ESC250 is organised by 12points.tv, in cooperation with OGAE, Songfestivalweblog, INFE, escradio, belgovision and ilkar.blogspot.
The countdown starts at 11 CET at escradio. Before midnight and new year we will know who's the number one! Is it still Lane moje?

Congrats to Loreen for winning this voting, too. Another first for her credit, never before the latest winner has went to #1 on this poll. And Pastora Soler scored #2 spot, amazing! Felicidades!


1  (new) Loreen-Euphoria (Sweden 2012)
2  (new) Pastora Soler-Quédate conmigo (Spain 2012)
3  (2) Alexander Rybak-Fairytale (Norway 2009)
4  (4) Lena-Satellite (Germany 2010)
5  (10) Sertab Erener-Everyway That I Can (Turkey 2003)
6  (5) Eric Saade-Popular (Sweden 2011)
7  (1) Željko Joksimović & Ad Hoc Orchestra-Lane moje (Serbia and Montenegro 2004)
8  (3) Elena Paparizou-My Number One (Greece 2005)
9  (12) Marija Šerifović-Molitva (Serbia 2007)
10  (13) Abba-Waterloo (Sweden 1974)

11  (7) Yohanna-Is It True? (Iceland 2009)
12  (new) Rona Nishliu-Suus (Albania 2012)
13  (24) Urban Symphony-Rändajad (Estonia 2009)
14  (6) Edyta Górniak-To nie ja! (Poland 1994)
15  (11) Anabel Conde-Vuelve conmigo (Spain 1995)
16  (25) Katrina & The Waves-Love Shine a Light (United Kingdom 1997)
17  (new) Željko Joksimović-Nije ljubav stvar (Serbia 2012)
18  (23) Anne-Marie David-Tu te reconnaîtras (Luxembourg 1973)
19  (14) Charlotte Perrelli-Hero (Sweden 2008)
20  (new) Ivi Adamou-La La Love (Cyprus 2012)
21  (16) Ani Lorak-Shady Lady (Ukraine 2008)
22  (15) Dana International-Diva (Israel 1998)
23  (9) Danijela-Neka mi ne svane (Croatia 1998)
24  (22) Shiri Maimon-Hasheket Shenish'ar (Israel 2005)
25  (80) maNga-We Could Be the Same (Turkey 2010)
26  (17) Secret Garden-Nocturne (Norway 1995)
27  (new) Ott Leppland-Kuula (Estonia 2012)
28  (31) Sirusho-Qélé, Qélé (Armenia 2008)
29  (18) Vânia Fernandes-Senhora do mar (Portugal 2008)
30  (39) Mocedades-Eres tú (Spain 1973)
31  (19) Hari Mata Hari-Lelja (Bosnia and Herzegovina 2006)
32  (37) Lordi-Hard Rock Hallelujah (Finland 2006)
33  (35) Carola-Invincible (Sweden 2006)
34  (20) Anna Maria Jopek-Ale jestem (Poland 1997)
35  (40) Marie Myriam-L'oiseau et l'enfant (France 1977)
36  (21) Patricia Kaas-Et s'il fallait le faire (France 2009)
37  (84) Hadise-Düm Tek Tek (Turkey 2009)
38  (26) Antique-Die for You (Greece 2001)
39  (43) Vicky Leandros-Après toi (Luxembourg 1972)
40  (66) Mia Martini-Rapsodia (Italy 1992)
41  (47) Ruslana-Wild Dances (Ukraine 2004)
42  (64) Céline Dion-Ne partez pas sans moi (Switzerland 1988)
43  (50) Dima Bilan-Believe (Russia 2008)
44  (new) Gréta Salóme & Jónsi-Never Forget (Iceland 2012)
45  (48) Safura-Drip Drop (Azerbaijan 2010)
46  (new) Kaliopi-Crno i belo (Macedonia 2012)
47  (67) Charlotte Nilsson-Take Me to Your Heaven (Sweden 1999)
48  (70) AySel and Arash-Always (Azerbaijan 2009)
49  (33) Kati Wolf-What About My Dreams? (Hungary 2011)
50  (27) Edsilia-Hemel en aarde (Netherlands 1998)
51  (60) Amina-Le Dernier qui a parlé... (France 1991)
52  (59) Jalisse-Fiumi di parole (Italy 1997)
53  (34) Lena-Taken by a Stranger (Germany 2011)
54  (new) Nina Zilli-L'amore è femmina (Out of Love) (Italy 2012)
55  (69) Harel Skaat-Milim (Israel 2010)
56  (53) Dima Bilan-Never Let You Go (Russia 2006)
57  (89) Gali Atari and Milk and Honey-Hallelujah (Israel 1979)
58  (new) Sabina Babayeva-When the Music Dies (Azerbaijan 2012)
59  (32) Johnny Logan-Hold Me Now (Ireland 1987)
60  (55) Maja Keuc-No One (Slovenia 2011)
61  (45) Alice & Franco Battiato-I treni di Tozeur (Italy 1984)
62  (61) Paula Seling and Ovi-Playing with Fire (Romania 2010)
63  (42) Maria Haukaas Storeng-Hold On Be Strong (Norway 2008)
64  (65) Doris Dragović-Marija Magdalena (Croatia 1999)
65  (new) NOX-Forogj, világ! (Hungary 2005)
66  (93) Anna Vissi-Everything (Greece 2006)
67  (78) Jelena Tomašević feat. Bora Dugić-Oro (Serbia 2008)
68  (41) Olsen Brothers-Fly on the Wings of Love (Denmark 2000)
69  (28) Kalomira-Secret Combination (Greece 2008)
70  (49) Joy Fleming-Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein (Germany 1975)
71  (29) Şebnem Paker & Grup Etnic-Dinle (Turkey 1997)
72  (57) Natasha St-Pier-Je n'ai que mon âme (France 2001)
73  (75) Hera Björk-Je ne sais quoi (Iceland 2010)
74  (111) Dulce Pontes-Lusitana paixão (Portugal 1991)
75  (46) Euroband-This Is My Life (Iceland 2008)
76  (new) Tonicha – Menina (Portugal 1971)
77  (71) Gigliola Cinquetti-Si (Italy 1974)
78  (98) Ofra Haza-Hi (Israel 1983)
79  (68) Ruth Jacott-Vrede (Netherlands 1993)
80  (99) Carola-Fångad av en stormvind (Sweden 1991)
81  (38) Jedward-Lipstick (Ireland 2011)
82  (132) Anjeza Shahini-The Image of You (Albania 2004)
83  (85) Dino Merlin-Love in Rewind (Bosnia and Herzegovina 2011)
84  (171) Luminiţa Anghel and Sistem-Let Me Try (Romania 2005)
85  (36) Tom Dice-Me and My Guitar (Belgium 2010)
86  (77) Séverine-Un banc, un arbre, une rue (Monaco 1971)
87  (new) Roman Lob-Standing Still (Germany 2012)
88  (63) Gigliola Cinquetti-Non ho l'età (Italy 1964)
89  (123) Kejsi Tola-Carry Me in Your Dreams (Albania 2009)
90  (236) Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankoulov-Water (Bulgaria 2007)
91  (81) Kate Ryan-Je t'adore (Belgium 2006)
92  (52) Getter Jaani-Rockefeller Street (Estonia 2011)
93  (58) Verka Serduchka-Dancing Lasha Tumbai (Ukraine 2007)
94  (76) Elisabeth Andreassen-I evighet (Norway 1996)
95  (155) Samira Bensaïd-Bitaqat Khub (Morocco 1980)
96  (103) Mihai Trăistariu-Tornero (Romania 2006)
97  (79) France Gall-Poupée de cire, poupée de son (Luxembourg 1965)
98  (112) Chanée and N'evergreen-In a Moment Like This (Denmark 2010)
99  (164) One More Time-Den vilda (Sweden 1996)
100  (30) Chiara-Angel (Malta 2005)
101  (159) Teach-In-Ding-A-Dong (Netherlands 1975)
102  (new) Tooji-Stay (Norway 2012)
103  (new) Semiha Yanki - Seninle bir dakika (Turkey 1975)
104  (new) Jedward-Waterline (Ireland 2012)105  (115) Niamh Kavanagh-In Your Eyes (Ireland 1993)
106  (165) Domenico Modugno-Nel blu dipinto di blu (Italy 1958)
107  (96) Regina-Bistra voda (Bosnia and Herzegovina 2009)
108  (207) Brainstorm-My Star (Latvia 2000)
109  (139) Frida Boccara-Un jour, un enfant (France 1969)
110  (51) Rita Kleinstein-Shara Barkhovot (Israel 1990)
111  (82) Kristina-Horehronie (Slovakia 2010)
112  (90) Jill Johnson-Kärleken är (Sweden 1998)
113  (187) Hanna-Leave Me Alone (Finland 2007)
114  (101) Nicole-Ein bißchen Frieden (Germany 1982)
115  (56) Raphael Gualazzi-Madness of Love (Italy 2011)
116  (143) Nina-Nacida para amar (Spain 1989)
117  (146) Azúcar Moreno-Bandido (Spain 1990)
118  (128) Didrik Solli-Tangen-My Heart Is Yours (Norway 2010)
119  (new) Mandinga-Zaleilah (Romania 2012)
120  (74) Sakis Rouvas-Shake It (Greece 2004)
121  (247) Birgitta Haukdal-Open Your Heart (Iceland 2003)
122  (87) Eimear Quinn-The Voice (Ireland 1996)
123  (109) Malena Ernman-La voix (Sweden 2009)
124  (88) Juliana Pasha-It's All About You (Albania 2010)
125  (94) Dana International-Ding Dong (Israel 2011)
126  (221) Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan-Rock 'n' Roll Kids (Ireland 1994)
127  (8) Milan Stanković-Ovo je Balkan (Serbia 2010)
128  (202) Nadine Beiler-The Secret Is Love (Austria 2011)
129  (62) A Friend in London-New Tomorrow (Denmark 2011)
130  (102) Umberto Tozzi & Raf-Gente di mare (Italy 1987)
131  (153) Athena-For Real (Turkey 2004)
132  (new) Buranovskiye Babushki-Party for Everybody (Russia 2012)
133  (200) Jade Ewen-It's My Time (United Kingdom 2009)
134  (173) Monica Aspelund-Lapponia (Finland 1977)
135  (86) Giorgos Alkaios and Friends-OPA! (Greece 2010)
136  (new) Vicky Leandros - L'amour est bleu ... (Luxembourg 1967)
137  (119) Friderika Bayer-Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet? (Hungary 1994)
138  (117) Alenka Gotar-Cvet z juga (Slovenia 2007)
139  (175) Johnny Logan-What's Another Year (Ireland 1980)
140  (174) Sandrine François-Il faut du temps (France 2002)
141  (145) Maarja-Liis Ilus & Ivo Linna-Kaelakee hääl (Estonia 1996)
142  (214) Dschinghis Khan-Dschinghis Khan (Germany 1979)
143  (122) Serebro-Song №1 (Russia 2007)
144  (new) Can Bonomo-Love Me Back (Turkey 2012)
145  (136) Gina G-Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit (United Kingdom 1996)
146  (120) Corinne Hermès-Si la vie est cadeau (Luxembourg 1983)
147  (new) Eleftheria Eleftheriou-Aphrodisiac (Greece 2012)
148  (154) Sergio Dalma-Bailar pegados (Spain 1991)
149  (218) Lena Valaitis-Johnny Blue (Germany 1981)
150  (188) No Name-Zauvijek moja (Serbia and Montenegro 2005)
151  (121) Amaury Vassili-Sognu (France 2011)
152  (new) Sofi Marinova-Love Unlimited (Bulgaria 2012)
153  (138) Brotherhood of Man-Save Your Kisses for Me (United Kingdom 1976)
154  (73) Urban Trad-Sanomi (Belgium 2003)
155  (197) Ines-Once in a Lifetime (Estonia 2000)
156  (new) Anne Marie David-Je suis l'enfant soleil (France 1979)
157  (new) t.A.T.u-Ne Ver Ne Boisia (Russia 2003)
158  (new) Evridiki-Ime Anthropos Ke Ego (Cyprus 1994)
159  (208) Lisa Andreas-Stronger Every Minute (Cyprus 2004)
160  (133) Tajči-Hajde da ludujemo (Yugoslavia 1990)
161  (205) Sofia Nizharadze-Shine (Georgia 2010)
162  (130) Magdalena Tul-Jestem (Poland 2011)
163  (126) Carola Häggkvist-Främling (Sweden 1983)
164  (125) Selma-All Out of Luck (Iceland 1999)
165  (118) Sandra Kim-J'aime la vie (Belgium 1986)
166  (54) Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann-Dansevise (Denmark 1963)
167  (new) Anggun-Echo (You and I) (France 2012)
168  (135) Loukas Giorkas feat. Stereo Mike-Watch My Dance (Greece 2011)
169  (83) Duo Datz-Kan (Israel 1991)
170  (182) Boaz Ma'uda-The Fire in Your Eyes (Israel 2008)
171  (201) Maggie MacNeal-Amsterdam (Netherlands 1980)
172  (124) Dmitry Koldun-Work Your Magic (Belarus 2007)
173  (new) Compact Disco-Sound of Our Hearts (Hungary 2012)
174  (172) Daniel Diges-Algo pequeñito (Spain 2010)
175  (new) Maya Sar-Korake ti znam (Bosnia and Herzegovina 2012)
176  (72) Blue-I Can (United Kingdom 2011)
177  (108) Sonja Lumme-Eläköön elämä (Finland 1985)
178  (new) Nina Badrić-Nebo (Croatia 2012)
179  (203) Lúcia Moniz-O meu coração não tem cor (Portugal 1996)
180  (150) Alyosha-Sweet People (Ukraine 2010)
181  (new) Maribelle-Ik hou van jou (Netherlands 1984)
182  (241) Hara & Andreas Konstantinou-Mana Mou (Cyprus 1997)
183  (158) Toto Cutugno-Insieme: 1992 (Italy 1990)
184  (180) Nuša Derenda-Energy (Slovenia 2001)
185  (231) Vanilla Ninja-Cool Vibes (Switzerland 2005)
186  (229) Anna Bergendahl-This Is My Life (Sweden 2010)
187  (new) Marko Kon and Milaan-Cipela (Serbia 2009)
188  (243) Niamh Kavanagh-It's for You (Ireland 2010)
189  (new) Christine Guldbrandsen-Alvedansen (Norway 2006)
190  (new) Rita Guerra-Deixa-me sonhar (Portugal 2003)
191  (157) Imaani-Where Are You? (United Kingdom 1998)
192  (new) Maarja-Liis Ilus-Keelatud maa (Estonia 1997)
193  (new) Filipa Azevedo-Há dias assim (Portugal 2010)
194  (181) Alexandros Panayi-Sti Fotia (Cyprus 1995)
195  (206) Silje Vige-Alle mine tankar (Norway 1993)
196  (148) Beth-Dime (Spain 2003)
197  (184) Laka-Pokušaj (Bosnia and Herzegovina 2008)
198  (110) Peter, Sue & Marc-Io senza te (Switzerland 1981)
199  (194) Tina Karol-Show Me Your Love (Ukraine 2006)
200  (92) Evridiki-Comme ci, comme ça (Cyprus 2007)
201  (new) Karolina-Mojot Svet (Macedonia 2007)
202  (140) Anna Oxa & Fausto Leali-Avrei voluto (Italy 1989)
203  (233) Eva Rivas-Apricot Stone (Armenia 2010)
204  (new) Pernilla Karlsson-När jag blundar (Finland 2012)
205  (new) Alsou-Solo (Russia 2000)
206  (183) Mor ve Ötesi-Deli (Turkey 2008)
207  (new) Soluna Samay-Should've Known Better (Denmark 2012)
208  (147) Sophia Vossou-I Anixi (Greece 1991)
209  (113) Karoline Krüger-For vår jord (Norway 1988)
210  (95) Sopho-Visionary Dream (Georgia 2007)
211  (new) Lara Fabian – Croire (Luxembourg 1988)
212  (new) Michalis Hadjiyiannis-Genesis (Cyprus 1998)
213  (new) Katerina Garbi-Ellada, hora tou fotos (Greece 1993)
214  (new) Justyna-Sama (Poland 1995)
215  (191) Inga and Anush-Jan Jan (Armenia 2009)
216  (new) Bardo-One Step Further (United Kingdom 1982)
217  (new) Tommy Seebach & Debbie Cameron- Krøller eller ej (Denmark 1981)
218  (new) Natalia Barbu-Fight (Moldova 2007)
219  (new) Minouche Barelli - Boum badaboum ... (Monaco 1967)
220  (new) Anonymous -Salvem el món (Andorra 2007)
221  (new) Ami Aspelund-Fantasiaa (Finland 1983)
222  (new) Hoffmann & Hoffmann-Rücksicht (Germany 1983)
223  (213) Maywood-Ik wil alles met je delen (Netherlands 1990)
224  (190) Sakis Rouvas-This Is Our Night (Greece 2009)
225  (107) Paradise Oskar-Da Da Dam (Finland 2011)
226  (97) Lena Philipsson-It Hurts (Sweden 2004)
227  (222) Paolo Meneguzzi-Era stupendo (Switzerland 2008)
228  (127) Simone de Oliveira-Desfolhada portuguesa (Portugal 1969)
229  (new) Extra Nena-Ljubim te pesmama (Yugoslavia 1992)
230  (new) Magdi Rúzsa-Unsubstantial blues (Hungary 2007)
231  (160) Bobbysocks!-La det swinge (Norway 1985)
232  (141) Mika Newton-Angel (Ukraine 2011)
233  (211) Xandee-1 Life (Belgium 2004)
234  (new) Nelly Ciobanu-Hora di Moldova (Moldova 2009)
235  (new) Joan Franka-You and Me (Netherlands 2012)
236  (213) Ich Troje-Keine Grenzen-Żadnych granic (Poland 2003)
237  (new) Katerina Hasprova-Modlitba (Slovakia 1998)
238  (new) Eva Boto-Verjamem (Slovenia 2012)
239  (168) Cleopatra-Olou Tou Kosmou I Elpida (Greece 1992)
240  (104) Olta Boka-Zemrën e lamë peng (Albania 2008)
241  (210) Isabelle Aubret-La source (France 1968)
242  (new) Kasia Kowalska-Chcę znać swój grzech (Poland 1996)
243  (new) Filipa Sousa-Vida minha (Portugal 2012)
244  (240) Magazin & Lidija-Nostalgija (Croatia 1995)
245  (116) Birthe Kjær-Vi maler byen rød (Denmark 1989)
246  (129) Kuunkuiskaajat-Työlki ellää (Finland 2010)
247  (new) Maria Guinot-Silêncio e Tanta Gente (Portugal 1984)
248  (178) Isis Gee-For Life (Poland 2008)
249  (new) Rollo & King-Never ever let you go (Denmark 2001)
250  (new) Ledina Çelo-Tomorrow I go (Albania 2005)

SOPHO & NODIKO FOR GEORGIA

Just when you thought you had wrapped up the year with 2013 entrants here comes Georgia and announces its artists. It's another duo and it's another Sopho! After Sopho Khalvasi in 2007, Sopho Nizharadze in 2010 and Sopho Toroshelidze (of Eldrine) in 2011 here comes Sopho Gelovani in duet with Nodiko Tatishvili. 
Nodiko was a child star in his country and later won local Idols in 2009 and later continued his vocal studies in London. Meantime he has collected festival experience and awards in Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Belarus and Georgia.
Also Sopho started by winning local kid's competition and has continued winning awards here and there (Georgia, Armenia, Russia) and has studied in St. Petersburg. She came second in local Idols 2010. 
Listen to him here and here. He's even here. And Sopho takes on Matia Bazar classic Vacanze Romane here. More of her here and here. And here they are together. 

UMK 2013: DIANDRA FLORES - COLLIDING INTO YOU

Diandra Flores (18) is the big pre-contest favorite to win UMK 2013 and the only name one can consider big among the artist, or at least a household name in Finland. Her entry is Colliding into you and it's written by Patrik Sarin, Leri Leskinen and Sharon Vaughn, who has co-written Jedward's Waterline and also Release me by Agnes. Diandra or Didi herself shot to fame from Idols 2012 where by most critics she really didn't have any competition to challenge her. Her father comes from Chile that explains her name, and she suffers from synesthesia, meaning she sees the music as colors and shapes! She started with violin at age of six, later won a kid's singing competition and her talent has caught also the eye of American vocal couch David Lee Brewer who took her under his wings a few months ago and she flew to Berlin to work with him. His previous students include Didi's idol Beyoncè. She is also a devoted fan of Lady Gaga. Her debut album Outta my head went to #1. She tells she was super excited when she was offered a song for Eurovision as she's a huge fan. 

What did the jurors say?
Toni Wirtanen: It doesn't matter what the song is like but Didi is awesome. The song isn't epic even if pretends to be. The song isn't as good as the singer. She could give us so much more but gets an easy job here. 
Aija Puurtinen: I agree. She's such a great singer, it sounds so effortless, she's a real pro. But I think the song should be a bit more challenging, that she would feel the pressure to get it right. Of course as a teacher it is nice to hear she pulls it of easily, you can trust she'll do it perfectly. But to really shine on stage she should have more challenge I think. 
Redrama: With a song like that, text like that... I buy whatever she sells. I believe her. She's not only technically a fantastic singer, she's got more. Feeling and soul that isn't just technical. She's got a world class star inside her, she may not be it yet but she will be. 
Aija: Her voice is so balanced in every level....
Tomi Saarinen: Ok, enough. We have talked enough. She's through!
Here is her website and her Facebook. Her other songs include Prinsessalle, Onko Marsissa lunta?. And here are some of her Idols songs: Listen, I will always love you, I have nothing

Sunday, December 30, 2012

UMK 2013: RAUTAKOURA - ILMALAIVALLA

Rautakoura (Iron fist) has already released five albums and is currently working on the sixth one but has remained rather unknown. Their song Ilmalaivalla is written by the band. Maybe the acoustic mix of bluegrass, blues, folk, pop and roots music isn't exactly the easiest way to stardom in Finland but the ex-Ambassador of the United States spotted them on the street and invited to play in his farewell party! The band comes from Helsinki and the members are Juho Häme, Lauri Häme, Matti Mikkelä and Aleksi Pyysalo. None of them has studied music and are having completely non-musical day jobs. They have played a lot on streets and consider themselves as a street band. They say that if the first prize is a cruise to Sweden and free hotel breakfasts, that's a good enough reason to take part! 
What did the jurors say?
Tomi Saarinen: I think this hits the right place and time. This kind of stuff is hot all over the world right now. It's kind of anti-dance sound. There are examples in the world bands like this making it really big.. (this blogger keeps wondering who?) I only wonder what will happen to them and the sound on a big stage?
Redrama: This is so cool they should be on main stage of huge rock festivals an 30.000 people waving their hands to their beat, if you ask me. Awesome stuff!
Aija Puurtinen: Not only them but in general in big rock festivals there should be bands that play acoustic. That people would hear what acoustic instruments sound like. I think these guys really believe in themselves as this is really kind of hilarious but yet very spiritual music....
Toni Wirtanen: If this eas in Eurovision, just think how cool it'd be that they come on stage after some silicone chick in hotpants from Moldova! Fantastic!
This is their website and Facebook And you can listen their other songs here

#1 in Finland this week: ERIN - MITÄ TÄNNE JÄÄ

Vain elämää dominates still the charts and another song from the show hits the #1 spot before the end of 2012. This time it's Erin covering Cheek's Mitä tänne jää. This is their live duet version and Cheek's original
There are still six songs from the show in Top-20 plus last week's #1 one by Cheek & Jonne Aaron, both from the show but the song isn't. The album is firmly at the #2 after becoming the most sold album in Finland of the 2000's selling already 6xplatinum. The follow up album takes the #1 spot this week! 
Meanwhile the stars of the show Katri Helena, Jari Sillanpää, Erin, Cheek, Neumann, Kaija Koo and Jonne Aaron have given sold out concerts in Barona Arena in Helsinki on December 28 and 30, 2012. The tickets sold out in less than an hour....

EAU D'EUROVISION 2 BY DIMA BILAN

I just posted about the perfeume K by Patricia Kaas but she's not the only Eurovision star to have a perfume. Dima Bilan has released dB Decibel in collaboration with Azzaro. The promotion for the perfume uses his video Lovi moi cvetnye sny
This isn't his first perfume, he has already released Excite by Oriflame. This time they used his song Lady for the advertising, that was apparently his second choice for Eurovision along with Believe

EAU D'EUROVISION BY PATRICIA KAAS

Patricia Kaas has launched her own perfume K that she had been developing for a year. So be sure the wear it when you go and see her on her coming world tour where she sings the songs of Edith Piaf. The tour kicks of from Monaco on January 12, 2013 and continues to France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Lithuania, Latvia, Finland (four dates: Turku May 1, Helsinki May 2-3, Tampere May 5), Romania and so on...)


Saturday, December 29, 2012

ESMA & VLATKO FOR MACEDONIA

Another country manages to announce their artists before the end of the year, Macedonia. The internal selection fell on a very interesting couple, Esma Redzepova and Vlatko Lozanoski. Esma is the queen of gypsy music and well known for her humanity work that made her twice a Nobel Peace award nominee.
Vlatko is no stranger to Eurovision followers and today one of leading pop singers in Macedonia. This blogger has tipped him for Eurovision already for several years so can't be but happy! The song will be also selected internally and presented by the end of February. Meanwhile you can enjoy some songs by them here: Nema den, nema nokj, Breathe in loveSonce ne me gree, Djelem djelem, Devla, Moj dilbere, Caje sukarije

UMK 2013: ILARI HÄMÄLÄINEN - SYTYTÄ MUT VAAN

Ilari Hämäläinen (34) has a long CV in various bands including Siberian Jay, Naked, Kengurumeininki and Rock'n roll Sensation. He has also been in the bands of Idols Pete Parkkonen and Katri Ylander, composed a few musicals and starred in another ones like Hair, Grease and Rent. No wonder as he likes to sing, dance and act. 
He was a big Europe fan as kid (and you can still see it). He says he was a nice guy and that was nice enough poodle rock and not bad like Kiss and others. He wants to be part of the second wave of Finnosh rock and wants to bring some glitter and freshness into it. He has written his song Sytytä mut vaan (Just fire me up) himself and it's his very first song in Finnish! 
What did the jurors say?
Toni Wirtanen: Really cheeky! I have never heard such corny lyrics. On the other hand if he has the courage to sing stuff like this it can't be wrong. At least he's got confidence! 
Redrama: He must be a man with sense of humor....
Tomi Saarinen: But he's got twinkle in his eye.... and besides every good rock song got to have a little bit children's song in it. 
Aija Puurtinen: But the matching the lyrics with the music was awesome. The music and beat was one with the lyrics, could have been from any good musical really. 
Tomi: This coud be the one that becomes the show stopper in final that makes the arena explode. I would put this through, this is one of its kind here and fills a hole.
Redrama: To final? I wouldn't put this through.....
Aija: Me neither....
Tomi: Then I will give this full five points or it won't make the final! (As you can see, the jurors didn't agree on this one. Time will tell who was right....)
Here is his Facebook, and his website.

Friday, December 28, 2012

UMK 2013: MIKAEL SAARI - WE SHOULD BE THROUGH

Mikael Saari (24) comes from Lahti, gets inspired by indie folk and duck feeding grannies. He asked Santa Claus to bring him a vacuum cleaner and this blogger hopes he did get it. He studies musical theater and stars in Hair at the moment in Lahti City theater. He's also a member of Circus showband so he keeps himself busy! He has written his entry himself. He hopes people will hear how beautiful the melody and the arrangement are and also the text, that can touch everybody. He hopes one day he has a song that someone in the street will come and stop him and say: I listen to your song every night before going to bed, it's just so good!
What did the jurors say?
Tomi Saarinen: This is a big song, I felt a bit overrun by it. Maybe the text could have had more layers to it...
Redrama: Very classical but yet fresh. Grand piano, strings... dramatic. But I also think it should have something more to it, a little bit of hope perhaps?
Aija Puurtinen: Piano arrangement was great, piano and vocals danced hand in hand all through the song. I did like this, this kind of song is very welcome in this competition again. 
His Facebook. Listen him sing Hallelujah

Thursday, December 27, 2012

DIMA BILAN'S ALTER EGO IN FAIRY WORLD

Dima Bilan is apparently not content with his flowering career in Russia as Dima Bilan or is he just too busy being the X Factor judge? Either way, he has put his alter ego (or should we say his real self?) Vitya Belan (Dima is born as Viktor Belan) into work and the first single Fairy world is here to all of to see. An album is in the making as well and apparently Dima/Vitya has written all the songs himself.... Maybe he will send little Vitya to Eurovision as well?

UMK 2013: IINA SALIN - LAST NIGHT

Iina Salin (27) is from Mikkeli but lives now in Helsinki, a singer, musician, vocal coach and music teacher. She also sings in Emma Salokoski Voices and was also a finalist in UMO's new talent contest earlier this year. And now she chose UMK instead of The Voice so that she can sing her own song. She likes soul and dance music and lists Madonna as one of her favorites along with Aretha Franklin but feels most confortable singing disco and pop songs. Coffee and chocolate keeps this energetic woman going. 
What did the judges say?
Toni Wirtanen: I must give credit that she comes in with the chorus, the strongest part of the song. 
Aija Puurtinen: Very strong start indeed.
Tomi Saarinen: Best in this clearly is the singer. You can hear she's been doing it a lot.
Redrama: Even if the chorus is very strong I don't think it comes out strong enough. I would make it even stronger as now the beat is the same all through the song. 
Toni: With better production and modifying the song a little you could easily make the chorus come across better. The melody is good, it just has to come out clearer. 
Aija: If the staging is kinda dark and gloomy it could be very strong, not to make it too fresh and glamorous....
You can find more about her in her blog and in her Facebook
Here she sings Respect & Think (at 4'10) and here's Easier in bed

UMK 2013 KICKS OFF TONIGHT

UMK or Uuden musiikin kilpailu or ex-Euroviisut kicks off tonight officially with a presentation program that you can also watch in YLE Areena (in Finland only). In this program the 12 chosen once are shortly presented and you can hear their songs in the background and also the jury is presented and their thoughts about these songs. A short look back to last year - or rather Stig's moderate success and Pernilla's already forgotten win. There's nothing else to tell about the 2012 edition I'm afraid. In the program there are also some songs and presentation videos of the weird stuff that didn't make the cut. You may find some of them in Youtube but the ones in YLE's page are once again visibly only in Finland (and it may be a good thing after all....). Next week the jury will meet the contestants for the first time and they will perform for them in the studio and the contest really starts.... Stay tuned. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

UMK 2013: LAST PANDA - SATURDAY NIGHT FOREVER

Last Panda is a rock band from Oulu but all the guys originate from Kemi, even further north in Lapland. They declae they represent proudly the whole of northern Finland! The band is Henry Ossian, HC Knuuti, Laze, Aapo Väinämö and Matt. The song is written by Henry Tikkanen, Aapo Immonen and arranged by Last Panda. They grew up together and went to same schools so besides music they also share long friendship. They had done the demo and decided to send it to UMK to get some feedback from professionals, as in today's Finland there's no way for small bands to get noticed when suitable TV-programs are missing at the moment. Except now there's UMK where you have at least a chance to get some feedback and maybe even notoriety. The band is ready to break it big and dreams of living of what they love the most: music. They also want to look like a band on stage and think about their look. The black eye make up is no glamrock inspired thing but refers to panda bears, of course! 
And what did the judges think:
Toni Wirtanen: I smell money! We are close to perfection what comes to a punk-pop boyband here. All you need to do is change and fix a little bit the chorus and that's it. Give it to me and I'll modify it and here we have an Eurovision winner!
Redrama: If these guys come across well on stage this is winning material....
Tomi Saarinen: I have heard of this band and seen some footage from their gigs and apparently they do have a good thing going on live so I agree with Redrama and Toni here. 
Toni: We want to find a Finnish international export product we can be collectively proud of and here we are close to it.....
Aija Puurtinen: How many bands we have had who sound this fearless? These guys are afraid of nothing! 
Toni: Just a little bit more Sweden and a hint of America and that's it!
Redrama: I agree! Like we say "when the bridge isn't working let's take the fucker to Sweden!" Let's fix the chorus and there it is!
Want to know more? Here is their website, Twitter, Facebook, and video: The world is burning
Oh, and if you want to have this fancy t-shirt (I've got one, thanks guys!) you can order one for 15 euros at lastpandas@gmail.com (name, address, size and model male/female). Wear it and show your support!

BLUE'S HURT LOVERS ROULETTE

They are finally back, Blue. The new album Roulette will be released in the end of January 2013 and the first single is Hurt lovers, that's also on a German Schlussmacher movie soundtrack. The album includes collaborations with names like RedOne, Ne-Yo and Bruno Mars. Obviously it also includes their Eurovision song I can. This is band's fourth studio album and it's been ten years since the release of the previous one.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

It's time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas once again! And you are more numerous than ever! It's been euphoric year with more hits, more readers, more followers in Facebook and Twitter than ever before. I really appreciate every visit you make, every comment you make and am thrilled day after day how many people visit me. Thank you! A special thank you to my man in Baku 2012, Robert! I hope we will relive it all  again in Malmö 2013! So once again, have a Merry Christmas! Hyvää joulua and Buon Natale!

ZLATA OGNEVICH FOR UKRAINE

Zlata did it this time with a song that didn't quite open to me with the first listening I must say. I just loved her The Kukuscha in 2011 selection won by Mika Newton ahead of Zlata and Jamala not without controversy. Now Zlata brings Gravity to Malmö 2012 with her choir of strong voices backing her. 

01. Zlata Ognevich – Gravity 40
02. Dasha Medova – Don’t Want To Be Alone 37
03. Eduard Romanyuta – Get Real With My Heart 33
04. Mary Yaremchuk – Imagine 30
04. Tetyana Shyrko – Feeling Like A Sir 30
06. Alina Grosu – Let Go 29
07. Dmytro Yaremchuk – Mamo 28
08. RealIvanna – You Gave Me Everything 27
08. DiO.filmy – Medlyak 27
10. Olena Korneva – You’ll Be The Winner Forever 25
10. Emotion – Saviour 25
12. Gvozdivchanka – Naletily Gusenyata 22
13. Inesh – Delayu Shag 18
14. Ana Stesia – Dare To Change 16
15. Triniti – Belym Po Belomu 14
15. Dmytro Skalozubov – Davno 14
15. Marietta – Wonder 14
18. Angelia – Love Is Life 12
19. Matvij Vermijenko – Otkryvaj Menya 10
00. Pekun and Maxim Novytskyj – Zelenyj Dubochok (withdrew)

TODAY: UKRAINIAN FINAL

Even Ukraine is rushing to get its song selected before New Year's and instead of these lengthy selections of many countries they apparently had the song submission until December 21, the songs were out in the open the day after and ... yes, that was yesterday! Today's the final and like Belgium it's not a prime time show but starts at 10.40 CET. Who knows when it ends and how, and will the winner actually win and if the song is the song... As usual many of the songs proposed can't be Eurovision entries as they have been released in some form prior to September 1, 2012 and therefor I have left all the song titles out of this list. Time will tell. Some familiar names among the participants like Zlata Cuccoo Ognevich and Eduard Romanyuta but apparently it's all laid out for 17-year-old Alina Grosu to win... And you can watch it all on eurovision.tv. 

01. Oksana Pekun and Maxim Novitskiy

02. Mariya Yaremchuk
03. Marietta
04. Dmitry Yaremchuk 
05. Inesh 
06. Zlata Ognevich
07. Emotion 
08. Gvozdivchanka 
09. RealIvanna 
10. Tatyana Shirko
11. Trinity 
12. Ana Stesia 
13. Alina Grosu 
14. Dasha Medovaya 
15. Lena Korneeva 
16. Angeliya 
17. Eduard Romanyuta 
18. Matvey Vermiyenko 
19. DiOfilmy 
20. Dima Skalozubov

ALBANIA'S IDENTITET

So they won it, Adrian Lulgjuraj &  Bledar Sejko with Identitet as I warned in my previous post written while I watched the national selection. Definitely a song that works well with a big orchestra but how will it work with sing back and maybe in English? Time will tell. But once again Albania chose what they like and not what they think will do well in Eurovision, which is the whole point of the contest like Fik (and Sanremo and even Melodifestivalen). Anjeza Shahini came second and Hersi Matmuja third....
I can already see from the comments most fans won't like this (like they didn't like Rona last year) but I think it's pretty good!

01. Adrian Lulgjuraj &  Bledar Sejko – Identitet  74
02. Anjeza Shahini – Love 62
03. Hersi Matmuja – Kush ta dha këtë emër? 48
04. Kejsi Tola – S’jemi më atje 42
05. Merland Kademi – Këtu fillon parajsa 40
06. Flaka Krelani – Tek ti në shpirt 39
07. Rezarta Smaja – Ti? 36
08. Bojken Lako – Lot… Jetë? Dashuri 27
09. Rosela Gjylbegu – Dëshirë 11
09. Dr Flori & Fabi – Jam ti! 11
11. Adrian Bujupi – I çmendur për ty 10
12. Kelly – Ylli im polar 3
13. Xheni & Enxhi Kumrija – Arti i një fundi 2
14. Lynx – Si ty askush 1
15. Valon ShehuNuk do të ndal 0
15. Vesa Luma – S’jam perfekt 0
15. Selami Kolonja – Ku je? 0

Saturday, December 22, 2012

ALBANIA DECIDES....

The show is on and I'm really enjoying it. The live orchestra sounds wonderful, the stage is good, the hostess wears something weird (and so does many of the other ladies....) and it's a real festival feeling!
I liked Ardian Bujupi a lot, less Valon Shehu even if it wasn't bad either and really liked Merland Kademi. Makes me think of Avion Travel and some Icelandic singer....
Kelly was great again but Rezarta Smaja did wonders with her song that borrows a bit from No Doubt but it only gives it a nice flavor. Loved it! She was followed another great song and performance by Kejsi Tola.
LYNX followed and wasn't bad at all, then Hersi Matmuja and finally I was able to say "ehm, no".Rosela Gjylbegu started slowly but just got better when the song progressed. Another great one!
Flaka Krelani next, apparently one of the favourites. Her song wasn't bad either but I wasn't convinced. However she was applauded back to the stage. Vesa Luma followed with her uptempo cheap discon that didn't get me too excited really. She was followed by Anjeza Shahini who delivered a catchy pop tune with gusto and managed to get in some gospel feeling towards the end. She was also applauded back on stage....
Then came something totally different with Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko. The orchestra really rocked and the choir gave all out of their vocal cords, and this rock anthem really got the house rocking and despite  not being exactly my cup of tea I kinda enjoyed it. Definitively a dark horse tonight and one to watch! Bojken Lako followed and was totally overshadowed by the previous act who were also called back on stage for extra applause. Selami Kolonja followed with a classy old fashioned ballad.
Then it was time for some rap with Dr.Flori & Fabi. I have liked Dr Flori's previous efforts and this wasn't bad either. Nice melodic rap. Would also be a different choice for Albania but I have less faith in him winning. Another duo followed with Xheni & Enxhi Kumrija, a girl duo singing a rather 13 in a dozen pop rock song. And that's it. Let's see what the jury decides as there is no televote in Albania.... but an partly international jury: Nicola Caligiore (Italy), Joseph Mizzi (Malta), Szilva Puspok (Hungary), Sokol Shupo, JUstina Aliaj, Zef Coba and Petrit Ymeri.
Oh, Ell/Nikki still exist? They materialized in FiK all of sudden... They play-backed some unheard song that was as bad Running scared they play-backed afterwards ... After these puppets a real artist and singer, Rona Nishliu! Belting out the English version of Suus.....

TONIGHT: ALBANIAN FINAL

Albania closes the three day affair of Festivali i Këngës tonight with the grand final. I haven't had time to listen the songs well and good, but two songs caught my attention when posting the Youtube links to previous posts, namely Kejsi Tola's S’jemi Më Atje and Kelly's Ylli Im Polar. I guess we can't forget Ardian Bujupi's I Çmendur Pas Teje either. But the standard of the songs seem to be rather high this year (again) and this Albanian festival is getting one to watch every year, also because it's such a lovely good-old-times affair with big orchestra and stage. A very much like Sanremo but without all the useless talk and extra stuff that has nothing to do with the event and takes the focus off the music. 
The show starts 20.30 CET and you can watch it live on eurovision.tv

Selami Kolonja - Ku Je?
Rosela Gjylbegu - Dëshirë
Kejsi Tola - S'jemi Më Atje
Vesa Luma - S'jam Perfekt
Dr.Flori & Fabi - Jam Ti!
Merland Kademi - Këtu Fillon Parajsa
Rezarta Smaja - Ti...
Ardian Bujupi - I Çmendur Pas Teje
Xhejn & Enxhi Kumrija - Arti I Një Fundi
Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko - Identiet
Hersi Matmuja - Kush Ta Dha Këtë Emër
LNYX - Si Ty Askush
Anjeza Shahini - Love
Kelly - Ylli Im Polar
Bojken Lako - Lotë? Jetë? Dashuri?
Valon Shehu - Nuk Do Të Ndal
Ani Çuedari - Më Ler Një Ëndërr
Flaka Krelani - Tek Ti Në Shpirt

Friday, December 21, 2012

ZLATAN AND EUROVISION?

Everybody knows Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Even this blogger who doesn't follow football at all. A real Malmö boy despite his origins. His wife Helena Seger is a huge Eurovision and Melodifestivalen fan, it is reported, and is trying with Christer Björkman to convince him to be present in Malmö 2013 somehow. Will he be the one to kick start the voting or something? Time will tell.... With his fame and fan base he would surely bring some non-Eurovision loving people in front of the TV come May 18....

CAROLA IN MF AND ESC 2013?

Carola is not taking part in Melodifestivalen 2013 is already known. Apparently she said "nej tack" to the competition but that didn't let Christer Björkman down. He still wants her as an interval act in one of the shows. After all she's celebrating 30th anniversary of Främling and the overnight success start of her career. She's also preparing a new album it seems and should make her comeback to the pop stardom after huge successes in other musical projects. And besides Melodifestivalen what would be better place than Eurovision itself? SVT is trying to find a suitable way to sneak her in the show.... (And not only her....) We will see!

FURTHER CHANGES IN EUROVISION 2013

Several changes has been to the Eurovision song contest as we know it already for the 2013 edition. The most discussed and heavily criticized by fans have been the standing only fan section, and most of all abandoning the draw for the running order. Now let's see how they take on the news of the new rehearsal schedules and system!
The closed doors rehearsals will start in Malmö on May 6 and until Thursday May 9 all the semifinalists will rehearse in peace and quiet without being exploded to the internet only moments later for all of us to see and judge, when things aren't right yet. For many artists Eurovision can be a crucial moment in their career, and they should have a fair change to have peace and quiet for their rehearsal. It's all about them, not about fans and what they want. But journalists and fans and fans pretending to be journalists can follow the rehearsals in EuroClub all those days, but certainly taking pics and videos will be a lot harder. Besides, isn't it nice to have some surprises left for the dress rehearsals? The artists will come and visit EuroClub after their rehearsals for interviews and photos. 
From Friday May 10 to Sunday May 12 the second round of semifinalists rehearsing will take place and the PressCenter will open, too, and it's business as usual. The artists will give a 20 minute press conference after those rehearsals as usual and then stay for further interviews and photos.
The Big 5 plus Sweden will rehearse on Sunday May 12 and Wednesday May 15.
The dress rehearsals and live shows will follow the usual schedule from Monday May 13.
At this point this seems to this blogger a good solution and cuts down a bit the long rehearsal schedule, especially when you can basically skip the early days and concentrate on the finished and polished staging (hopefully!)

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