Friday, September 30, 2016

ITALY: IL VOLO RELEASES NOTTE MAGICA

Italian trio has released their new album, a tribute to the original three tenors with a special guest appearance by Placido Domingo. The concert this summer in Florence's Piazza Santa Croce with an audience of 6000 was such a success they decided to release the whole event as a CD and a Deluxe version 2CD+DVD. 
Next spring a new world tour will start that will bring these arias everywhere. 
The original Three tenors happened 26 years ago in Rome's Terme di Caracalla with Placido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti. 

SWEDEN: MÅNS ZELMERLÖW AIMING TO MAKE IT BIG IN EUROPE AND ASIA

Måns Zelmerlöw has said a big fat "No" to all tv programme hosting and musical offers in Sweden as he's giving it all in 2017 to conquer Europe first and then Asia, as he tells to Aftonbladdet. His agenda is emptied of all things Swedish and after his new album comes out in November he's to make a promo tour in Europe in the beginning of 2017 followed by a tour before summer. Then in summer a promo tour in Asia followed by a tour in fall. He's ready to invest all savings he's got from Heroes and Cara mia over the years and give it all he's got for an international career. 
He tells his new album will be very variable as he says he thinks he's more of a live artist, that's where he is at his best and can't stick to one genre only. And having a break from Swedish entertainment business for awhile will be only good as he's been all over the place the past two years, public needs to long for him a bit for a change. He's also very surprised about his success in France, the last country he thought he would make it.....

Thursday, September 29, 2016

EUROVISION FINLAND: ARE THESE POSSIBLE UMK2017 ARTISTS?

As usual YLE has been in complete silence how many entries they have received for UMK2017 and this year not even the artists - to be honest very, very few every year and usually those wannabe nobodies in search for some media coverage - have come out shouting out their intentions and how they have sent in a song that will win it. Yah right.
So far there's only a handful of names that can be digged out from social medias that they may have sent in an entry, or have toyed with the idea. Let's have a look....

Katrin Johansson. I have never heard of her but her wikipedia tells all sort of things. Sounds very promising though, as you can judge yourself from her older video below...
Dead Girl Diamonds is a pop rock grunge rap band from Rauma. Not so quite sure about them though....
Lauri Yrjölä is a professional guitarist playing with Isac Elliot, Sanni, Antti Tuisku and Janna and is now trying to step out as a singer-songwriter as well. 
Lyel is a German born indie artist living in Helsinki these days and has already had global releases of her songs. Sounds and looks very interesting indeed....
And then we have two acts I hope have not sent an entry after all: Suamenlejjonat and Kolmen Keisarin Liitto..... 

As usual we will know the chosen ones only in January. Unless someone leaks them beforehand as has happened the past two years.... Until then, keep guessing and hoping. Jari Sillanpää won't be in.

NEW RELEASES FROM PASHA PARFENY, JUSTS, AMIR AND VAIDAS BAUMILA

Eurovision veteran boys have been busy releasing new songs this summer/fall. Pasha Parfeny has dropped his first names and go only as Parfeny now and sings about Eve's wardrobe in Haine Evei while dropping his. Add apples and snake and the storyboard is ready. Justs is dark and mysterious in Have it all. All fashion telephone box is the main feature. What else do you need when you have it all; song, voice & looks?  Amir's On dirait video brings back the summer's sun that here in Finland is already missing and memories of this Eurovision season. Feel good song in every sense. Vaidas Baumila offers us something in English this time. He is apparently dreaming Panama as doesn't seem so sunny and warm in the seas of Lithuania.... 

MTV EUROPE MUSIC AWARDS FLIRT WITH EUROVISION AGAIN

Some years ago MTV and Eurovision were living in a parallel realities never even getting close. Then slowly some Eurovision entrants or wannabes started popping up in the nominees or even winning awards (maNga, Marco Mengoni, Lena, Dima Bilan...)
This year is no exception, as many as six Eurovision stars are nominated in their home countries to be the one and only for the race for the ultimate award: in Italy we have Francesca Michielin and Emma, in France Amir, in Belgium Laura Tesoro, in the Netherlands Douwe Bob and finally in Poland Cleo, who battles it out with wannabe Margaret
In Romania this year's runner up Vanotek is nominated. Special mention for Spain's Alvaro Soler who would be pefect for Eurovision.... who knows?
In Finland it might be in pack for Antti Tuisku this year crowning his newfound megasuccess. The other nominees are Eveliina who has taken the spotlight from her girlfriend Sanni a bit (last week the girls were in the singles top-20 as #1 and #2, some celebration in that household I suppose...), rap's bad boy Nikke Ankara, humour band Teflon Brothers and finally Vesala, ex-PMMP who's solo career has started the best possible way....
Check out the Finnish videos after the jump.....

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

FINLAND: JARI SILLANPÄÄ WOULD DO EUROVISION AGAIN, BUT UMK...

It's no secret Jari Sillanpää is a big Eurovision fan besides being one of the biggest stars in Finland for the past 20 years already. His trip to Istanbul 2004 didn't quite go as he (and we) may have planned so the will to make it better is there. Recently he's got a new team behind him and he's more popular than ever, selling albums again, filling Olympic stadium for his birthday party, winning reality variety shows on television, judging Talent and having a song in the radio top-100 for almost two years already... 
And guess what? His new team thinks he'd be perfect for Eurovision. Or rather Eurovision is a perfect for Jari. Leri Leskinen tells in Jari's recently published biography: "That huge stage, all those parties, it's so Jari. He's been there once but he should do it again. The whole event is like made for him. We have talked about it. We should have some huge ballad there, it's fashiobable now. Adele has vintage written all over, so did late Amy. It's big, But would he go? I think he would. But there's one big obstacle: the Finnish selection now is this UMK. That's not good for him. We should have one artist only final for once."
So, without UMK we would most likely get Jari back. Maybe with something like his latest hit Suurempaa....

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

FRANCE: PATRICIA KAAS IS BACK! NEW ALBUM AND TOUR

Patricia Kaas is back! I mean the Patricia who's not doing cabaret or paying hommage to Edith Piaf. She's back as herself in a new album (propably titled La langue que je parle) to be released in November, her first of that kind since 2003's Sexe fort. Even if 13 years cap may sound a lot she's been busy in between with Kabaret album (2009) and Kaas chante Piaf (2012), Eurovision song contest 2009 and two world tour,s writing an autobiography L'Ombre de ma voix..... 
Here are the first two singles off the new album:
She will be touring from January 2017 again all over France

Monday, September 26, 2016

ESC 2017 AUSTRIA: RUSSKAJA SELECTED? AUSTRIA GOING NUTS AGAIN?

And while we are at rumors here's another one. Austria is going internal this time (last time was with Conchita, btw). They have given us weird stuff from Alf Poier to Träckshittaz and Global Kryner, not forgetting some rather challenging stagings over the decades. Now it seems they want to challenge us again after the beauty and elegance of Conchita and Zoe with something else. So what would be more effective than sending a Russian Turbo Polka metal band to Ukraine? It's been awhie we had some crazy ska in Eurovision anyways.... 
The band is often featured in the ORF late night entertainment shows as party band and therefor their selection would make more than sense - keep it in the family! - and here are their efforts with the one and only Conchita Wurst for example:

ESC 2017 BELGIUM: PIERRE LIZÉE OR OLIVIER KAYE FOR KYIV?

Just like neighbouring the Netherlands also Belgium seems to have found the right cards for the Eurovision success in the past years. And if it works, why change it? Once again they are apparently selecting internally the artist and once again from The Voice contestants. 
Two very different artists with different styles are rumored to be the ones they are trying to figure out who would guarantee a better success and keep Belgium in the Top-10 for the third consegutive year.
20-year-old Pierre Lizée would follow the footsteps of Loic Nottet by being a bit on the alternative side and has gained success and fame after the show despite making only the semifinal.
23-year-old Olivier Kaye did make the final, and has belted out various musical styles with ease, and may have not such a clear genre and profile as Pierre and is more traditional.
It is reported songs are being written and produced for both artists so in the end it might be a question who gets a better and more suitable song and whole package for Kyiv, but one thing is for sure: Belgium continues to showcase new fresh talents again. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

ITALY: FRANCESCA MICHIELIN RELEASES ALMENO TU

Francesca Michielin releases sixth single off her album di20 (re-released as di20are) following L'amore esiste, Battito di ciglia, Lontano, her Eurovision 2016 entry Nessun grado di separazione and Un cuore in due. Almeno tu is also on a soundtrack of Italian film Piuma directed by Roan Johnson, while Francesca will hit the road in october with her new tour. 

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