Thursday, December 31, 2015

TODAY'S THE DAY: #ESC250 WILL BE REVEALED AND BROADCASTED! ENJOY!

This is the day of the year when you can spend hours and hours and hours listening to the best and most loved Eurovision entries from 1956 to 2015 when the Top-250 will be revealed one by one on escradio
Will last year's top Loreen, The Common Linnets and Conchita Wurst keep their top positions? How many 2015 songs will enter? And will Måns Zelmerlöw still be the hero of the season or will someone else be more popular now six months later?  Where is Waterloo? Is it only teardrops to Emmelie and still a fairytale for Alexander? How many Sammarinese entries there are? Are they all by Valentina Monetta? Find it all out by listening the countdown!
The countdown starts at 11am CET and runs al the way to the midnight and new year 2016. And the best part is all the songs have been voted by you (you did vote, didn't you? If not, you have no right to complain! :-) )
Check out also the #ESC250 videos here as soon as they happen....
Ans here I will publish the list later on.... 
Don't forget to tweet
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1 (1) Loreen - Euphoria (Sweden 2012)
2 (3) Conchita Wurst - Rise Like A Phoenix (Austria 2014)
3 (-) Il Volo - Grande Amore (Italy 2015)
4 (2) The Common Linnets - Calm After The Storm (The Netherlands 2014)
5 (-) Måns Zelmerlöw - Heroes (Sweden 2015)
6 (5) Pastora Soler - Quédate Conmigo (Spain 2012)
7 (-) Elina Born & Stig Rasta - Goodbye To Yesterday (Estonia 2015)
8 (6) Abba - Waterloo (Sweden 1974)
9 (-) Polina Gagarina - A Million Voices (Russia 2015)
10 (-) Loïc Nottet - Rhytm Inside (Belgium 2015)
11 (10) Sanna Nielsen - Undo (Sweden 2014)
12 (8) Emmelie De Forrest - Only Teardrops  (Denmark 2013)
13 (4) Alexander Rybak - Fairytale (Norway 2009)
14 (9) Lena - Satellite (Germany 2010)
15 (14) Yohanna - Is It True? (Iceland 2009)
16 (12) Sertab Erener - Everyway That I Can (Turkey 2003)
17 (-) Mörland & Debrah Scarlet - A Monster Like Me (Norway 2015)
18 (13) Helena Paparizou - My Number One (Greece 2005)
19 (-) Elhaida Dani - I'm Alive (Albania 2015)
20 (52) Antique - Die For You (Greece 2001)
21 (40) Johnny Logan - Hold Me Now (Ireland 1987)
22 (-) Edurne - Amanecer (Spain 2015)
23 (50) Patricia Kaas - Et S'il Fallait Le Faire (France 2009)
24 (15) Zeljko Joksimovic - Lane Moje (Serbia And Montenegro 2004)
25 (11) Marija Serifovic - Molitva (Serbia 2007)
26 (31) Zlata Ognevich - Gravity  (Ukraine 2013)
27 (17) Secret Garden - Nocturne (Norway 1995)
28 (24) Eric Saade - Popular (Sweden 2011)
29 (34) Ott Leppland - Kuula (Estonia 2012)
30 (23) Anne-Marie David - Tu Te ReconnaÓtras (Luxembourg 1973)
31 (28) Katrina & The Waves - Love Shine A Light (United Kingdom 1997)
32 (18) Rona Nishliu - Suus (Albania 2012)
33 (120) Farid Mammadov - Hold Me  (Azerbaijan 2013)
34 (-) Aminata - Love Injected (Latvia 2015)
35 (26) Danijela - Neka Mi Ne Svane (Croatia 1998)
36 (19) Ivi Adamou - La La Love (Cyprus 2012)
37 (7) Anouk - Birds (The Netherlands 2013)
38 (57) Margaret Berger - I Feed You My Love  (Norway 2013)
39 (35) maNga - We Could Be The Same (Turkey 2010)
40 (29) Hari Mata Hari - Lelja (Bosnia And Herzegovina 2006)
41 (-) Maria Olafs - Unbroken (Iceland 2015)
42 (-) Guy Sebastian - Tonight Again (Australia 2015)
43 (-) Nadav Guedj - Golden Boy (Israel 2015)
44 (16) Urban Symphony - Rändajad (Estonia 2009)
45 (-) Anti Social Media - The Way You Are (Denmark 2015)
46 (37) Vania Fernandes - Senhora Do Mar (Portugal 2008)
47 (22) Anabel Conde - Vuelve Conmigo (Spain 1995)
48 (-) Marta Jandov· & Vaclav Noid Berta - Hope Never Dies (Czech Republic 2015)
49 (25) Shiri Maimon - Hasheket Shenish'ar (Israel 2005)
50 (33) Edyta Gorniak - To Nie Ja! (Poland 1994)
51 (43) Valentina Monetta - Crisalide (Vola) (San Marino 2013)
52 (77) Kaliopi - Crno I Belo (F.Y.R. Macedonia 2012)
53 (39) Hadise - Düm Tek Tek (Turkey 2009)
54 (30) Lordi - Hard Rock Hallelujah (Finland 2006)
55 (20) Ani Lorak - Shady Lady (Ukraine 2008)
56 (36) Vicky Leandros - Après Toi (Luxembourg 1972)
57 (71) Dima Bilan - Believe (Russia 2008)
58 (21) Ruth Lorenzo - Dancing In The Rain (Spain 2014)
59 (-) Nina Sublati - Warrior (Georgia 2015)
60 (68) Amina - C'est Le Dernier Qui A Parlé Qui A Raison (France 1991)
61 (-) Knez - Adio (Montenegro 2015)
62 (32) Dana International - Diva (Israel 1998)
63 (89) France Gall - Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son (Luxembourg 1965)
64 (119) Aram MP3 - Not Alone (Armenia 2014)
65 (74) Anna Vissi - Everything (Greece 2006)
66 (-) Maria Elena Kyriakou - One Last Breath (Greece 2015)
67 (48) Céline Dion - Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi (Switzerland 1988)
68 (41) Marie Myriam - L'oiseau Et L'enfant (France 1977)
69 (83) Sebnem Paker & Grup Etnic - Dinle (Turkey 1997)
70 (54) Aysel & Arash - Always (Azerbaijan 2009)71 (63) Harel Skaat - Milim (Israel 2010)
72 (45) Mia Martini - Rapsodia (Italy 1992)
73 (-) Michele Perniola & Anita Simoncini - Chain Of Lights (San Marino 2015)
74 (-) Anastasiya Vinnikova - I Love Belarus (Belarus 2011)
75 (145) Milan Stankovic - Ovo Je Balkan (Serbia 2010)
76 (49) Charlotte Perrelli - Hero (Sweden 2008)
77 (-) Maraaya - Here For You (Slovenia 2015)
78 (248) Loukas Giorkas Feat. Stereo Mike - Watch My Dance (Greece 2011)
79 (-) Monika Kuszynska - In The Name Of Love (Poland 2015)
80 (58) Greta Salome & Jonsi - Never Forget (Iceland 2012)
81 (212) Ell & Nikki - Running Scared  (Azerbaijan 2011)
82 (60) Duo Datz - Kan (Israel 1991)
83 (55) Sebalter - Hunter Of Stars (Switzerland 2014)
84 (51) Donatan & Cleo -  My Slowianie/We Are Slavic (Poland 2014)
85 (78) Softengine - Something Better (Finland 2014)
86 (161) Grethe & Jörgen Ingmann - Dansevise (Denmark 1963)
87 (170) Birgit - Et Uus Saaks Alguse  (Estonia 2013)
88 (27) Mei Finegold - Same Heart (Israel 2014)
89 (172) Krista Siegfrids - Marry Me (Finland 2013)
90 (64) Marco Mengoni - L'essenziale (Italy 2013)
91 (96) Sergej Cetkovic - Moj Svijet (Montenegro 2014)
92 (70) Tolmachevy Sisters - Shine (Russia 2014)
93 (76) Ofra Haza - Hi (Israel 1983)
94 (104) Safura - Drip Drop (Azerbaijan 2010)
95 (45) Zeljko Joksimovic - Nije Ljubav Stvar (Serbia 2012)
96 (-) Jean Gabilou -  Humanahum (France 1981)
97 (81) Gigliola Cinquetti - Non Ho L'eta (Italy 1964)
98 (-) Elnur & Samir - Day After Day (Azerbaijan 2008)
99 (84) A Friend In London - New Tomorrow (Denmark 2011)
100 (215) Vanilla Ninja - Cool Vibes (Switzerland 2005)
101 (101) Maria Yaremchuck - Tick Tock (Ukraine 2014)
102 (105) Kati Wolf - What About My Dreams? (Hungary 2011)
103 (38) Sirusho - Qélé, Qélé (Armenia 2008)
104 (-) Elnur Huseynov - Hour Of The Wolf (Azerbaijan 2015)
105 (87) Kristina - Horehronie (Slovakia 2010)
106 (-) Uzari & Maimuna - Time (Belarus 2015)
107 (-) Ann Sophie - Black Smoke (Germany 2015)
108 (66) Euroband - This Is My Life (Iceland 2008)
109 (59) Paula Seling And Ovi - Playing With Fire (Romania 2010)
110 (129) Maria - Hold On Be Strong (Norway 2008)
111 (62) Carola - Invincible (Sweden 2006)
112 (114) Freaky Fortune & Riskykidd - Rise Up (Greece 2014)
113 (198) Roberto Bellarosa - Love Kills  (Belgium 2013)
114 (75) Lena - Taken By A Stranger (Germany 2011)
115 (121) Brotherhood Of Man - Save Your Kisses For Me (United Kingdom 1976)
116 (160) Sabina Babayeva - When The Music Dies (Azerbaijan 2012)
117 (211) Tajci - Hajde Da Ludujemo (Yugoslavia 1990)
118 (-) John Karayiannis - One Thing I Should Have Done (Cyprus 2015)
119 (46) Ruslana - Wild Dances (Ukraine 2004)
120 (109) Cascada - Glorious  (Germany 2013)
121 (132) Brainstorm - My Star (Latvia 2000)
122 (90) Kejsi Tola - Carry Me In Your Dreams (Albania 2009)
123 (-) Raphael - Yo Soy Aquel (Spain 1966)
124 (86) Alexandros Panayi - Sti Fotia (Cyprus 1995)
125 (137) Frida Boccara - Un Jour, Un Enfant (France 1969)
126 (94) Natasha St-Pier - Je N'ai Que Mon Ame (France 2001)
127 (-) Vilija Mataciunaite - Attention (Lithuania 2014)
128 (79) Robin Stjernberg - You  (Sweden 2013)
129 (-) Electro Velvet - Still In Love With You (United Kingdom 2015)
130 (97) Gigliola Cinquetti - Si (Italy 1974)
131 (99) Jalisse - Fiumi Di Parole (Italy 1997)
132 (-) 2B - Amar (Portugal 2005)
133 (47) Mocedades - Eres Tú (Spain 1973)
134 (241) Dino Merlin - Love In Rewind (Bosnia And Herzegovina 2011)
135 (188) Sopho - Visionary Dream (Georgia 2007)
136 (-) Monika Linkyte & Vaidas Baumila - This Time (Lithuania 2015)
137 (233) Teach-In - Ding-A-Dong (Netherlands 1975)
138 (203) Roman Lob - Standing Still (Germany 2012)
139 (168) Christine Guldbrandsen - Alvedansen (Norway 2006)
140 (69) Maja Keuc - No One (Slovenia 2011)
141 (-) Lisa Angell - N'oubliez Pas (France 2015)
142 (151) Domenico Modugno - Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Italy 1958)
143 (-) Voltaj - De La Capat/All Over Again (Romania 2015)
144 (155) Maggie Macneal - Amsterdam (The Netherlands 1980)
145 (134) Mihai Traistariu - Tornero (Romania 2006)
146 (-) Sahlene - Runaway (Estonia 2002)
147 (112) Dima Bilan - Never Let You Go (Russia 2006)
148 (106) Tinkara Kovac - Round And Round (Slovenia 2014)
149 (72) Dschinghis Khan - Dschinghis Khan (Germany 1979)
150 (44) Molly - Children Of The Universe (United Kingdom 2014)
151 (115) Tom Dice - Me And My Guitar (Belgium 2010)
152 (245) Getter Jaani - Rockefeller Street (Estonia 2011)
153 (126) Regina - Bistra Voda (Bosnia And Herzegovina 2009)
154 (159) Gali Atari & Milk And Honey - Hallelujah (Israel 1979)
155 (128) Edsilia - Hemel En Aarde (The Netherlands 1998)
156 (-) Tommy Körberg - Stad I Ljus (Sweden 1988)
157 (204) Buranovskiye Babushki - Party For Everybody (Russia 2012)
158 (-) Chanée & N'evergreen - In A Moment Like This (Denmark 2010)
159 (92) Alice & Franco Battiato - I Treni Di Tozeur (Italy 1984)
160 (118) Elisabeth Andreassen - I Evighet (Norway 1996)
161 (169) Charlotte Nilsson - Take Me To Your Heaven (Sweden 1999)
162 (131) Hanna - Leave Me Alone (Finland 2007)
163 (130) Alenka Gotar - Cvet Z Juga (Slovenia 2007)
164 (205) Azucar Moreno - Bandido (Spain 1990)
165 (-) Leonor Andrade - Ha Um Mar Que Nos Separa (Portugal 2015)
166 (-) Dina Garipova - What If (Russia 2013)
167 (195) Alyosha - Sweet People (Ukraine 2010)
168 (88) Teo - Cheesecake (Belarus 2014)
169 (138) Maarja-Liis Ilus & Ivo Linna - Kaelakee Hääl (Estonia 1996)
170 (-) Serebro - Song #1 (Russia 2007)
171 (-) Kate Ryan - Je T'adore (Belgium 2006)
172 (167) One More Time - Den Vilda (Sweden 1996)
173 (53) Doris Dragovic - Marija Magdalena (Croatia 1999)
174 (135) Carola - Fångad Av En Stormvind (Sweden 1991)
175 (-) Tooij - Stay (Norway 2012)
176 (-) Eleftheria Eleftheriou - Aphrodisiac (Greece 2012)
177 (154) Ruth Jacott - Vrede (The Netherlands 1993)
178 (222) Lenny Kuhr - De Troubadour (The Netherlands 1969)
179 (142) Hera Björk - Je Ne Sais Quoi (Iceland 2010)
180 (-) Filipa Azevedo - Ha Dias Assim (Portugal 2010)
181 (113) Imaani - Where Are You? (United Kingdom 1998)
182 (-) Birgitta - Open Your Heart (Iceland 2003)
183 (207) Olsen Brothers - Fly On The Wings Of Love (Denmark 2000)
184 (122) Sandrine François - Il Faut Du Temps (France 2002)
185 (-) Basim - Cliché Love Song (Denmark 2014)
186 (234) Koza Mostra Feat. Agathon Iakovidis - Alcohol Is Free  (Greece 2013)
187 (93) Séverine - Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue (Monaco 1971)
188 (239) Jill Johnson - Kärleken Är (Sweden 1998)
189 (-) Herreys - Diggi-Loo, Diggi-Ley (Sweden 1984)
190 (144) Twin Twin - Moustache (France 2014)
191 (-) Cezar - It's My Life (Romania 2013)
192 (165) Athena - For Real (Turkey 2004)
193 (153) Eythor Ingi - Eg a Lif  (Iceland 2013)
194 (133) Silje Vige - Alle Mine Tankar (Norway 1993)
195 (-) Rebeka Dremelj - Vrag Naj Vzame (Slovenia 2008)
196 (143) Paula Seling & Ovi - Miracle (Romania 2014)
197 (116) Andr·s K·llay Saunders - Running (Hungary 2014)
198 (232) Paul Harrington & Charlie Mcgettigan - Rock 'N' Roll Kids (Ireland 1994)
199 (197) Sunstroke Project & Olia Tira - Runaway (Moldova 2010)
200 (123) Nicole - Ein Bißchen Frieden (Germany 1982)
201 (-) Walters & Kazha - The War Is Not Over (Latvia 2005)
202 (236) Poli Genova - Na Inat (Bulgaria 2011)
203 (-) Marlayne - Gve Me One Good Reason (The Netherlands 1999)
204 (108) Valentina Monetta - Maybe (San Marino 2014)
205 (189) Boaz - The Fire In Your Eyes (Israel 2008)
206 (-) Bojana Stamenov - Beauty Never Lies (Serbia 2015)
207 (117) Verka Serduchka - Dancing Lasha Tumbai (Ukraine 2007)
208 (85) Joy Fleming - Ein Lied Kann Eine Br¸cke Sein (Germany 1975)
209 (-) Gianluca - Tomorrow (Malta 2013)
210 (178) Suzy - Quero Ser Tua (Portugal 2014)
211 (194) Nina Zilli - L'amore e Femmina (Out Of Love) (Italy 2012)
212 (110) Aliona Moon - O Mie (Moldova 2013)
213 (-) Trijntje Oosterhuis - Walk Along (The Netherlands 2015)
214 (135) Carola Häggkvist - Främling (Sweden 1983)
215 (-) Malena Ernman - La Voix (Sweden 2009)
216 (91) ByeAlex - Kedvesem (Zoohacker Remix) (Hungary 2013)
217 (164) Paul Oscar - Minn Hinsti Dans (Iceland 1997)
218 (209) Jedward - Lipstick (Ireland 2011)
219 (192) Mor Ve Otesi - Deli (Turkey 2008)
220 (124) Kalomira - Secret Combination (Greece 2008)
221 (102) Eimear Quinn - The Voice (Ireland 1996)
222 (228) Kaija Kärkinen - Hullu Yö (Finland 1991)
223 (-) Urban Trad - Sanomi (Belgium 2003)
224 (127) Sonja Lumme - Eläköön Elämä (Finland 1985)
225 (177) Vicky Leandros - L'amour Est Bleu (Luxembourg 1967)
226 (125) Corinne Hermes - Si La Vie Est Cadeau (Luxembourg 1983)
227 (199) Jan Johansen - Se På Mig (Sweden 1995)
228 (-) Amaury Vassili - Sognu (France 2011)
229 (-) Pollapönk - No Prejudice (Iceland 2014)
230 (-) Daniel Kajmakoski - Autumn Leaves (F.Y.R. Macedonia 2015)
231 (-) Mika Newton - Angel (Ukraine 2011)
232 (216) Hara & Andreas Konstantinou - Mana Mou (Cyprus 1997)
233 (238) Can-Linn (Featuring Kasey Smith) - Heartbeat (Ireland 2014)
234 (156) Johnny Logan - What's Another Year (Ireland 1980)
235 (140) Niamh Kavanagh - In Your Eyes (Ireland 1993)
236 (158) Emma - La Mia Citta (Italy 2014)
237 (166) Jade Ewen - It's My Time (United Kingdom 2009)
238 (-) Anne-Marie David - Je Suis L'enfant Soleil (France 1979) 
239 (237) t.A.T.u. - Ne Ver Ne Boisia (Russia 2003)
240 (111) Jelena Tomasevic Feat. Bora Dugic - Oro (Serbia 2008)
241 (103) Umberto Tozzi & Raf - Gente Di Mare (Italy 1987)
242 (243) Lucia Moniz - O Meu Coraçao Nao Tem Cor (Portugal 1996)
243 (150) Peter, Sue & Marc - Io Senza Te (Switzerland 1981)
244 (148) Juliana Pasha - It's All About You (Albania 2010)
245 (141) Toto Cutugno - Insieme: 1992 (Italy 1990)
246 (-) Bobbysocks - La Det Swinge (Norway 1985)
247 (-) Evridiki - Ime Anthropos Ki Ego (Cyprus 1994)
248 (202) Kasia Kowalska - Chce Znac Swoj Grzech... (Poland 1996)
249 (221) Gina G - Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit (United Kingdom 1996)
250 (80) Simone De Oliveira - Desfolhada Portuguesa (Portugal 1969)

SONGS OF THE YEAR: #1 MARCO MENGONI - IO TI ASPETTO

Oops, he did it again. His two albums released this year are both amazingly good, and there's no shortage of the songs to add on this list. But I took this one as it's been the other summer feel good party song and uts me in a good mood instantly. It could have been also Guerriero or Ti ho voluto bene veramente, for the replays I have had with them but it's New Year's eve so party on!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

SONGS OF THE YEAR 2015: #2 MADONNA - GHOSTTOWN

Like some critic said: If this was sung by any other major female star it would be a planet wide hit. It's Madonna and she's in the phase of her career it's fashionable put her down. Great track from the very underrated album. Everytime this comes on radio or wherever it makes me stop on my tracks for a moment..... When it all falls, when it falls down.....

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

ESC 2016 SPAIN: HERE ARE THE SIX

Three out of six, that's what the rumors and gossip got out of the final six that Spanish television has chosen to sing their songs in their national final televized some time later. Let's start with the names we already "knew".... Videos are not their entries but recent songs. The entries will be released later!
Xuso Jones (26, born Jesus Segovia) is a singer, songwriter, plays guitar and piano he learned via internet. He's talents using the new www world we live in as he become a sort of a Youtube success that lead him to Los Angeles where he released his debut album in 2013. Since then he has done movie music from Mexico to China. He got known in native Spain thanks to Tu cara me suena show and he has released his second album. His song is penned by Swedes Andreas Öhrn & Peter Boström....
Maverick (Lopez, 19) comes from The Voice where his couch was Laura Pausini. He has dedicated himself to music the past six years and sings varies musical genres and has trained his voice a lot. He has just released his debut album.  His song is written by Juan Magan, Luiggi Olivares and Darling A. Cuevas
Maria Isabel (20) won the Junior Eurovision song contest at the age of 9 in 2004 and released four albums and performed in places from Americas to japan. Last year she returned to music and tries a major comeback. Her entry is written by David Santisteban.

Electric Nana, or Monica Vazquez (28) has been writing music since she was 14. Nana Electric was born in 2007 but she released her debut album only this year, all songs in English. She has also written her entry.
Salvador Beltrán (23) started playing guitar at 13 and later added piano. His debut album was released in 2012. His second album came out this year and it's a cocktail of rock, reggae, bossanova and funly pop. Hopefully his entry he wrote with Miguel Angel Arenas has also a hint of his other passion, flamenco!
Barei (33, born Barbara Reyzabel) is a singer-songwriter who has been around for 16 years already, with two albums released. She has also written songs to other artists like Malú and Edurne. She has written her song with Ruben Villanueva.




SONGS OF THE YEAR: #3 FRANCESCO DA VINCI - AMO L'AMORE

Now this is a surprise. It just got stuck in my head and I just like it. That's all. A bit of Napoletan passion never hurt anuýone..... 

Monday, December 28, 2015

ESC 2016 MONTENEGRO: HIGHWAY TEAMS UP WITH BOJAN JOVOVIC

Bojan Jovović, ex-No Name has joined Higway, the trip (Petar Tošić, Luka Vojvodić and Marko Pešić) that is going to represent Montenegro in the Eurovision song contest 2016 in Stockholm. It seems they needed some vocal power and experience in their Eurovision adventure that they want to do the best way possible. Bojan is joining also them for the recording of their album so it seems the band is a quartet now on for real....
It's worth remembering No Name also won the Serbia & Montenegrin national final also in 2006 in rather controversial way that ended with the country pulling out from the contest and then falling apart altogether. For other reasons though...

SONGS OF THE YEAR 2015: #4 ALVARO SOLER - EL MISMO SOL

Alvaro Soler gave us the classic summer hit. And then when you just thought you got it out of your system it was re-released featuring Jennifer Lopez.... The soundtrack of my summer days.... 

ESC 2016 ALBANIA: ENEDA TARIFA WINS WITH PERRELLE

The winner is Eneda Tarifa (33) with Përrallë, or Fairytale. This was her 4th festival after 2003, 2007 and 2009. She has confirmed the song will be performed in English in Stockholm, and that most likely includes also re-recording, re-arranging and re-producing it....
1. Eneda Tarifa
2. Aslaidon Zaimaj
3. Flaka Krelani
4. Rezarta Smaja & Klodian Kaçani
5. Enxhi Nasufi
6. Nilsa Hysi
7. Dilan Reka
8. Teuta Kurti
9. Renis Gjoka
10. Evans Rama

Sunday, December 27, 2015

TONIGHT: EUROVISION 2016 ALBANIA FINAL

54th Festivali i Këngës reaches final tonight and instead of 18 entries they sent 22 to the final. It's going to be a long night. FiK is along with Italy's Sanremo festival the only one still with old time glamour with artists in evening gowns and men in suits while live orchestra is playing. This said, in the recent years Italian artists have relaxed with the wardrobe while Albania this year finally sounds somewhat modern, partly. I didn't quite agree with the qualifiers as only 13/22 of my favourites made it so I can only hope one of them wins tonight. Then we can start waiting for revamp and English version, or even a song change. Maybe.
You can watch it on eurovision.tv as well at 20.30 CET.
Here are my favorites in no particular order:

SANREMO 2016: SCIALPI ACCUSES CONTI OF HOMOPHOBIA

Scialpi is another sour grape in the Sanremo cake. Hecomes out accusing Carlo Conti of homophobia - such an easy card to play now that after decennies he finally came out earlier this year and thanks to that has made a few headlines and tabloids again. He says he sent in a song already last year and even if Conti apparenly liked it a lot it didn't make the final cut. Now he has been served a no thank you again.....
This blogger, once upon a time a huge Scialpi fan btw, thinks it might rather be that his song sucks. It's over 20 years he has released anything decent and worth remembering. That was a long time before he started experimenting with his lips and botox and stuff, but that's just a minor detail.... No one has been interested, not even a diehard fan like me in his music. Then he even changed his artist name to Shalpy and we were wondering what kind of Prince like complex he is having? I tried to pretend interested but when he raped Alice's Vento caldo dell'estate I think even I had enough....
Yet there's a little light of hope that he  actually does have a good song? Maybe? Let us hear it and don't start accusing people of homophobia, let us judge first!
But like said, he was great back in the day. He collaborated with Mango and his debut single Rocking rolling was rather revolutionary at the time, Cigarettes and coffee, also from the debut album I listened so much the vinyl is all scratched, is an evergreen today. He did Sanremo in 1986 with No East, no West, and year later with Bella età but finished only 16th both times. He hit jackpot in 1989 with Pregherei winning Festivalbar. Another great tracks and fantastic albums followed including Il grande fiume, Cani sciolti, A... amare and then in 1992 he was back in Sanremo with È una nanna but once again Sanremo wasn't kind to him as he didn't reach the final. 1994 came Baciami but since then it's been worse and worse. But his early career greatest hits live on forever!

SONGS OF THE YEAR 2015: #5 KRISTA SIEGFRIDS - ON & OFF

Krista Siegfrids is delivering nice pop tunes one after another and this one is particularly catchy and soon you will be singing along..... Hopefully her Melodifestivalen entry will be equally good!

ESC 2016 ALBANIA: HERE ARE THE FINALISTS

Albania's Festivali i Këngës final takes place tomorrow night and the winner is supposed to go to the Eurovision song contest 2016 in Stockholm next May. Instead of nine songs per semifinal it seems 11 did qualify making it a final with 22 songs instead of 18..... Still they managed to let out Revolt Klan and Egzon Pireci! Who knows what the jurors were thinking..... 

Adrian Lulgjuraj – “Jeto dhe ëndërro” (Live and dream)
Sigi Bastri – “Ëngjëll I lirë” (Free angel)
Dilan Reka – “Buzëqesh” (Smile)
Lujz Ejlli (Luiz Ejlli) – “Pa mbarim” (Without end)
Nilsa Hysi (Nilsa Hysa) – “Asaj” (To her)
Erga Halilaj – “Monolog” (Monologue)
Florent Abrashi – “Të ndjek çdo hap” (I follow your ever step)
Teuta Kurti – “Në sytë e mi” (In my eyes)
Kozma Dushi – “Një kafë” (A coffee)
Aslajdon Zaimaj – “Merrmë që sot” (Take me right from today)
Egert Pano – “Mos ik” (Don’t go)
Kristi Popa – “Ajo çfarë ndjej” (What I feel)
Rezarta Smaja dhe Klodian Kaçani – “Dashuri në përjetësi”(Love in eternity)
Jozefina Simoni – “Një det me ty” (A sea with you)
Genc Tukiçi – “Sa të dashuroj” (How much I love you)
Evans Rama – “Flakë” (Flame)
Besa Krasniqi – “Liroje zemrën” (Free your heart)
Enxhi Nasufi – “Infinit” (Infinite)
Flaka Krelani – “S’je për mu” (You’re not for me)
Renis Gjoka – “Ato që s’ti them dotë” (What I can’t tell you)
Lindi Islami – “Për një mrekulli” (For a miracle)
Eneda Tarifa – “Përrallë” (Fairytale)

Saturday, December 26, 2015

ESC 2016 AUSTRIA: FANCY A WILDCARD?

Just when Germany dropped its wildcard part of the national final, Austria adopts it. The final will have ten songs, nine picked up by ORF and one being selected among these 37 hopefuls that had the courage to send their entry to a Facebook page..... I did have a quick listen and no, I don't care who gets through...... None got me interested or even listen to the the song in full, even if there are a couple of quite interesting ones that are almost there but not quite. Yet. 

Amiro - Taboo
Azrah - The one
Busy Bazaar - Never alone
Celina Ann - Life is on your side
Christine Strasser - I saw the light
Conny Conrad - We are we.ll be
Coperniquo - Turn your back
Cornerstone - Whatever
Cosima Turgel - Here I am
David Siedl ft. Madelene & MC Vio - Wah wah whine
E.Y.E. - Kiss
EARased - Better now
Esteban's - Portrait
Gerry+Me - Schön gelacht
Jake Rathburn - No other love
Kevin Etheridge - Palmtrees on your mind
Kevin Sudl - Magnetized
Laura Kamhuber - Stay tonight
Leinöl - Dinanderie
Leo Aberer - Menage a trois
Mani - I just wanna dance with you
Mary Broadcast - Not in my name
Merlin Miller - Moneypoliert
Miblu - Padme amidala
Mizgebonez - Nichts dafür tun
Natalia Kazaishvili - Our tune
Ola Egbowon - Addicted
Outline - The day
ProjectM - Say goodbye
Roxana Razaghi - It's you
Sara Koell - Closer to the sun
Sarah Be - You'll need me
Solarkreis - Vergiss mein nicht
Sperenzi - Rocket
Tasha - Not in my name
The Track feat. Florian Kresser - One voice
XDream - Gerne mir dir






ESC 2016 ALBANIA: FIK SEMIFINAL TWO TONIGHT

Albania continues its search for the 54th Festivali i Këngës winner and the most likely Eurovision song contest 2016 entry tonight. I have listened the preview clips and have a few favorites, but then these are kind of songs that come alive or die on stage depending on performances so they are subject to change as I don't have any mega favorites...  This second semifinal seems quite a lot stronger than the first one, so picking up the finalists is harder.... (*these are the ones I'd send to the final based on tapes only...) This post will be updated with comments and results in due time...
You can watch live here from 20.45 CET.
Qualifiers!
Genc Tukiçi – Sa të dashuroj
Evans Rama – Flakë

SAN MARINO: IROL MC WINS I TALENTI DEI CASTELLI

San Marino had its very own talent show this fall and in Tonbola di Natale the winner was out: rapper Irol MC representing San Marino Città, with his Vuoto. The contest was organized by Banca di San Marino, but in the jury we had also Eurovision Head of delegation Alessandro Capicchioni.... which naturally makes you wonder if this could be used also for Eurovision selection, as I already wrote in early November, way before the other sites took a hint of it btw. 
Among the nine castles or castelli was also Montegiardino, represented by Anita Simoncini with Simone Giacomini but the well deserved winner is Lorenzo Salvatori aka Irol MC. How would you feel with some Sammarinese rap in Eurovision?

ESC 2016 SPAIN: NATIONAL FINAL ON ITS WAY - WITH MATEO, XUSO, SOLER, GOMEZ, LOPEZ, MAVERICK?

Spain is organizing a national final once again with six artists. TVE has launched hashtag #euroapuesta also for fans for hints but says it's going to be six young artists with a lot of talent competing. Strangely all the names circulating for sure are male (Måns Z effect?) with the exception of Mirela but maybe she's only a fan wish and not seriously considered at all? 
Six interesting names that could do well with a right song for sure. Hopefully they will stick to their own style that you can listen in their songs after the jump instead of the bought G:son style.... Spain, don't be stupid - bring back you own rhythm!!! You've got it! And it's a hit, look at Enrique Iglesias. 

SONGS OF THE YEAR 2015: Special mention: JARI SILLANPÄÄ - SINÄ ANSAITSET KULTAA

Next five days I will count down the Top-5 songs of 2015 based simply on my memory. I don't use Spotifys or similar that would just rank down the most played songs or such so it's just me and the songs that have been playing the most in my head over the past year; songs that have ment something special to me, songs that I like and still enjoy to listen to..... the songs that I sing in the shower in short.
We start off with a special mention. Jari Sillanpää's Sinä ansaitset kultaa was released already in 2014 but over the year has become propably the biggest hit of his career and deserverly so. It charted for weeks and months, and is still on on Radioplay charts top-50. And it's a great track. It was about the time that he got a hit I like after 20 years of career! 

Friday, December 25, 2015

ESC 2016 ALBANIA: FIK SEMIFINAL ONE TONIGHT

Albania starts its search for the 54th Festivali i Këngës winner and the most likely Eurovision song contest 2016 entry tonight. I have listened the preview clips and have a few favorites, but then these are kind of songs that come alive or die on stage depending on performances so they are subject to change as I don't have any mega favorites...  (*these are the ones I'd send to the final based on tapes only...).  You can watch live here from 20.45 CET.

After seeing the show and hearing the songs I stick to my earlier impressions and predictions/hopes for the qualifiers. Maybe the order changed a bit but then I haven't revealed it, have I? :-)
And the results will be revealed surprisingly only after the second semifinal tomorrow! Ok.....
Qualifiers!
*Egzon Pireci – Triumf
Grupi Simbol – Artiste
*Voltan Prodani – Dëgjoje këngën o Atë
Adrian Lulgjuraj – Jeto dhe ëndërro
*Sigi Bastri – Engjëll i lirë
*Dilan Reka – Buzëqesh
*Lujz Ejlli – Pa mbarim
*Nilsa Hysi – Asaj
Orgesa Zaimi - Një shishe në oqean
*Erga Halilaj – Monolog
Florent Abrashi –Të ndjek çdo hap
*Teuta Kurti – Në sytë e mi
Kozma Dushi – Një kafe
*Aslaidin Zaimaj – Merrmë dhe sot
Egert Pano – Mos ik

Monday, December 21, 2015

ESC 2016 LITHUANIA: 28 NAMES FOR THE MARATHON SELECTION....

Lithuanian television has announced the names for the national selection for the Eurovision song contest 2016. A total of 28 artists or acts will go through the weekly eliminations of artists/acts and songs and after 8 weeks we will have a matching pair as a winner, or so we all hope!
Among the participants we have two previous entrants Donny Montell (or Donatas Montvydas) and Erika Jennings who got style back in 2001. Aistė Pilvelytė is back for the 8th time at least and has been the runner up twice, will she finally make it? And then we have Ruslanas Kirilkinas back. He has been also to the Finnish Idols and caused a minor scandal when his gay sex porn pics from early 2000's made the tabloids when he made a name in music business..... And then we have some other familiar names like 4 Roses. 

4 Roses
Alice Way
Baiba Skurstenė-Serdiukė
Berta Timinskaitė
Deividas Žygas
Gabrielė Grigolaitytė-Vasha
E.G.O.
HIT
Ieva Zasimauskaitė
Milda Martinkėnaitė
Neringa Šiaudikytė
Saulenė Chlevickaitė
Donatas Montvydas
Ištvan Kvik
Lawreigna
Ruslanas Kirilkinas
Vlad Kalugin
Behind The Moon
Catrinah
Eglė Jakštytė
Elena Jurgaitytė
Erica Jennings
Jurgis Brūzga
Petunija
Rūta Ščiogolevaitė
Ugnė Smile
Valdas Lacko 
Aistė Pilvelytė

How it all happens? Have a look at the procedure after a jump:

Saturday, December 19, 2015

ESC 2016 MOLDOVA: HERE ARE THE 24 CHOSEN ONES

The Moldovan selection was becoming a bit of a joke but then the last minute rush brought us 47 submitted songs and now 24 has been chosen for the semifinals. And no, Sasha Bognikoff didn't make the cut with his two songs this year either.... :-) You can listen all the entries here. Among them also Belarusian Litesound (ESC 2012) and quite a few familiar names from previous selections..... and even Natalia Barbu (ESC 2007) in the group ELLE.

Andrei Ioniţa & Onoffrei - Lie
Diana Brescan - Till the end
Felicia Dunaf - You and me
Katherine and Litesound - Imagine
Rodica şi Ivan Aculov - Stop lying
Big Flash Sound - Când vrei
Doiniţa Gherman - Irresistible
Valeria Paşa - Save love
Lidia Isac - Falling stars
Viola - In the name of love
Cristina Pintilie & Alex Calancea Band - Picture of love
Valentin Uzun - Mine
DoReDoS - FunnyFolk
Max Fall & Vozniuc Dan & Malloy - Game over
Maxim Zavidia - La la love
Chris Maroo - Tonight
ELLE - Tare
PRIZA - Rewind
Beatrice - Saved my heart for you
Anna Gulko - Never let go
Che-MD - Vodă e cu noi
Emilia Russu - I am not the same
Criss Jeff - Good life
Nadia Moşneagu - Memories

Friday, December 18, 2015

MÅNS ZELMERLÖW GETS NAKED FOR THE GOOD CAUSE

Reigning Eurovision song contest champion and the host of the next contest in May 2016 in Stockholm Mäns Zelmerlöw bares it almost all in GT following some other Eurovision stars like Blue and Jedward (see more here) All for the good cause of course, prostate cancer - something this blogger can also relate having experienced it in my closest circle. Nothing to laugh about. 
The annual Naked issue of GT or Gay Times features also several other celebrity men out of their designer fashion and stage or sports outfits. I guess Christmas came early to some fans when they can unwrap their most wished gift already now.... Maybe. 

But it's not the first time he gets naked.... he did so when hosting the annual QX Gala some years ago. Who knows what he and Petra have in store for us in May?!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

DOLCENERA FOR EUROVISION? FIRST SHE HAS TO WIN SANREMO....

Ok, it's no secret by now I'm supporting Dolcenera in Sanremo and for Eurovision song contest 2016 in Stockholm so let's have a quick look at her musical past..... She was born in 1977 as Emanauela Trane in Lecce, south of Italy but moved to Firenze at the age of 18. She started music studies at the age of six with piano, later adding clarinet and singing. She wrote her first songs at 14 and soon she formed a band and was also in a jazz quartet. Soon she's singing in promotions and doing backing vocals in tv-shows. Below is all you need to know about her career; the biggest hits and best videos. Have a look and enjoy!

ESC 2016 HUNGARY: A DAL PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED

Hungary has published the 30 hopefuls to represent Hungary at the Eurovision song contest 2016 in Stockhom. Among them several familiar names from the previous selections, and even a winner. Anrdás Kállay-Saunders did try as solo every year until he won, and now after one year break he's back at it but with his band Kállay-Saunders Band. Listen to their entry below.
The HUngarian selection follows the familiar routine: three heats starting on January 23, then two semifinal and the grand final on February 27.

André Vásáry – Why
Anna Patai – Colors 
B The First – You told me you loved me
Bálint Gájer – Speed bump
Benji – Kötéltánc
By The Way – Free to fly 
C.E.T. (Alex Kabai) – Free
Egy Másik Zenekar – Kéne közös kép
Fatima Mohamed – Ott leszek
Freddie – Pioneer
Group’n’swing – Szeretni fáj
Ív – Love kills me
Jázmin Török – Power of love
Júlia Horányi - Come Along 
Kállay-Saunders Band – Who we are
Karmapolis & Böbe Szécsi - Hold on to
Laci Gáspár – Love and bass
Maszkura & The Tücsökraj – Kinek sírjam
Misztrál – Reggeli reggae
Mushu – Uncle tom
Nika (Mónika Veres) – Beatuiful Love 
Odett – Stardust
Oláh Gergő – Győz a jó
Olivér Berkes – Seven seas
Parno Graszt – Már nem szédülök
Passed – Driftin’ 
Petra Veres-Kovács - Singing peace
Petruska – Trouble in my mind
Reni Tolvai – Fire 
Szilvia Agárdi – It is love

ESC 2016 GEORGIA: NIKA KOCHAROV & YOUNG GEORGIAN LOLITAS FOR EUROVISION

Georgian television has announced this morning their internal choice: Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitas (they are Giorgi Marr, Leva Shanshiashivli and Dima Oganesian), an alternative indie rock band that's been around for 15 years. An open call for songs has been also launched..... Why I am not excited?

Monday, December 14, 2015

MARCO MENGONI BEATS ADELE AND GOES PLATINUM IN A WEEK

Adele has been dominating all the possible charts all over the globe but there's one country where she is beaten: Italy. Marco Mengoni's new album Le cose che non ho, part two of the project that saw the release of multiplatinum selling (over 100.000) Parole in circolo earlier this year sold over 60.000 in its first week beating Adele's 25 clearly, she sold "only" 46.000 and has already dropped to number 3 as also Coldplay beats her.
Another Eurovision star Emma is already dropping from #2 to #5 in it ssecond week in the charts but has sold 25.000 and certified gold already.... 
Yesterday he performed the smash hit Ti ho voluto bene veramente in Che tempo che fa, watch here. At 20 mins on he performs also Guerriero/Esseri umani. And there's Luciana Littizzetto!
The video has been already viewed over 16 million times and the album includes a song written by Sia for him, Rock bottom.

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