Thursday, December 31, 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR! FELICE ANNO NUOVO! HYVÄÄ UUTTA VUOTTA 2010!


BlogIlkar wishes all the readers happy new year 2010 and thanks for the continuous support. Let's make 2010 even better, bigger and brighter, Oslo is waiting for us. And yes, it's Un año más!

Yohanna's wishes for 2010 and thanks!


Top-250 - The Countdown!

And here's the Top-10 - the ten most voted Eurovision songs of all time as voted by over 800 fans all over the world! Watch live countdown in 3.minutes.me here.

10. Secret Garden - Nocturne (1995:Norway)
9. Ani Lorak - Shady Lady (2008:Ukraine)
8. Edsilia - Hemel En Aarde (1998:Netherlands)
7. Marija Šerifović - Molitva (2007:Serbia)
6. ABBA -Waterloo (1974:Sweden)
5. Željko Joksimović & the Ad Hoc Orchestra - Lane Moje (2004:Serbia)
4. Helena Paparizou - My Number One (2005:Greece)
3. Sertab - Everyway That I Can (2003:Turkey)
2. Danijela - Neka Mi Ne Svane (1998:Croatia)
1. Yohanna - Is It True (2009:Iceland)

Top-250 - The Countdown!

The countdown continues live on 3minutes.me here. Meanwhile here's what's been going on in positions 51-90!

50. Imaani - Where Are You? (1998:United Kingdom)
49. Olsen Brothers - Fly On The Wings Of Love (2000:Denmark)
48. Natasha Saint-Pier - Je N'ai Que Mon Âme (2001:France)
47. One More Time - Den Vilda (1996:Sweden)
46. Sebnem Paker - Dinle (1997:Turkey)
45. Gigliola Cinquetti - Si (1974:Italy)
44. Eurobandið - This Is My Life (2008:Iceland)
43. Charlotte Nilsson - Take Me To Your Heaven (1999:Sweden)
42. Anne-Marie David - Tu Te Reconnaîtras (1973:Luxembourg)
41. Corinne Hermès - Si La Vie Est Cadeau (1983:Luxembourg)
40. Lenny Kuhr - De Troubadour (1969:Netherlands)
39. Edyta Górniak - To Nie Ja (1994:Poland)
38. Sandrine François - Il Faut Du Temps (2002:France)
37. Kalomira - Secret Combination (2008:Greece)
36. Katrina & The Waves - Love Shine A Light (1997:United Kingdom)
35. Hadise - Düm Tek Tek (2009:Turkey)
34. Ruth Jacott - Vrede (1993:Netherlands)
33. Umberto Tozzi & Raf - Gente Di Mare (1987:Italy)
32. Dana International - Diva (1998:Israel)
31. Céline Dion - Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi (1988:Switzerland)
30. Marie Myriam - L'Oiseau, L'Enfant (1977:France)
29. Kate Ryan - Je T'Adore (2006:Belgium)
28. Charlotte Perrelli - Hero (2008:Sweden)
27. Vicky Leandros - Après Toi (1972:Luxembourg)
26. Dima Bilan - Never Let You Go (2006:Russia)
25. Sakis Rouvas - Shake It (2004:Greece)
24. Anabel Conde - Vuelve Conmigo  (1995:Spain)
23. Patricia Kaas - Et S'il Fallait Le Faire (2009:France)
22. Amina - Le Dernier Qui A Parlé (1991:France)
21. Mocedades - Eres Tú (1973:Spain)
20. Alexander Rybak - Fairytale (2009:Norway)
19. Carola - Invincible (2006:Sweden)
18. Mia Martini - Rapsodia (1992:Italy)
17. Alice & Battiato - I Treni Di Tozeur (1984:Italy)
16. Shiri Maimon - Hasheket Shenish'ar  (2005:Israel)
15. Dima Bilan - Believe (2008:Russia)
14. Vânia Fernandes - Senhora Do Mar (2008:Portugal)
13. Hari mata Hari - Lejla (2006:Bosnia and Herzegovi)
12. Rita - Shara Ba'rechovot  (1990:Israel)
11. Urban Symphony - Rändajad (2009:Estonia)

Top-250 - The Countdown!

Watch live on www.3minutes.com here.

90. Sandra Kim - J'aime La Vie (1986:Belgium)
89. Malena Ernman - La Voix (2009:Sweden)
88. Johnny Logan - Hold Me Now (1987:Ireland)
87. Chiara - Angel (2005:Malta)
86. Elisabeth Andreasson & Jan Werner Danielsen - Duett (1994:Norway)
85. Soraya - La Noche Es Para Mí (2009:Spain)
84. Sakis Rouvas - This Is Our Night (2009:Greece)
83. Niamh Kavanagh - In Your Eyes (1993:Ireland)
82. Anna Maria - Jopek Ale Jestem (1997:Poland)
81. Boaz Mauda - Ke'ilo Kan (2008:Israel)
80. Anna Oxa & Fausto Leali Avrei Voluto (1989:Italy)
79. Luminita Anghel & Sistem - Let Me Try (2005:Romania)
78. Aud Wilken - Fra Mols Til Skagen (1995:Denmark)
77. Urban Trad - Sanomi (2003:Belgium)
76. Ivo Linna & Marja-Liis Ilus - Kaelakee Hääl (1996:Estonia)
75. Nina - Nacida Para Amar (1989:Spain)
74. Sopho - Visionary Dream (2007:Georgia)
73. Elisabeth Andreasson - I Evighet (1996:Norway)
72. Carola - Fångad Av En Stormvind (1991:Sweden)
71. Friederika - Kinek Mondjam El Vétkeimet (1994:Hungary)
70. Darja Švajger - Prisluhni Mi (1995:Slovenia)
69. Jalisse - Fiumi Di Parole (1997:Italy)
68. Brinck - Believe Again (2009:Denmark)
67. Maribelle - Ik Hou Van Jou (1984:Netherlands)
66. Jill Johnson - Kärleken Är (1998:Sweden)
65. Sirusho - Qele Qele (2008:Armenia)
64. Eimear Quinn - The Voice (1996:Ireland)
63. Regina - Bistra Voda (2009:Bosnia and Herzegovi)
62. Jan Johansen - Se På Mej (1995:Sweden)
61. Mihai Trăistariu - Tornero (2006:Romania)
60. AySel & Arash - Always (2009:Azerbaijan)
59. Azùcar Moreno - Bandido (1990:Spain)
58. Teach In - Ding-A-Dong (1975:Netherlands)
57. Milk & Honey - Hallelujah (1979:Israel)
56. Lordi - Hard Rock Hallelujah (2006:Finland)
55. Doris Dragovic - Marija Magdalena (1999:Croatia)
54. Lisa Andreas - Stronger Every Minute (2004:Cyprus)
53. Jade - My Time (2009:United Kingdom)
52. Lúcia Moniz - O Meu Caração Nao Tem Cor (1996:Portugal)
51. Antique - Die For You (2001:Greece)

Top-250 - The Countdown!

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130. De Toppers - Shine (2009:Netherlands)
129. Maggie McNeal - Amsterdam (1980:Netherlands)
128. Ines - Once In A Lifetime (2000:Estonia)
127. Lena Valaitis - Johnny Blue (1981:Germany)
126. Jelena Tomaševic ft. Bora Dugic - Oro (2008:Serbia)
125. Ruslana - Wild Dances (2004:Ukraine)
124. Mary Roos Nur Die Liebe Lässt Uns Leben (1972:Germany)
123. Cleopatra - Olou Tou Kosmou I Elpida (1992:Greece)
122. Anjeza Shahini - The Image Of You (2004:Albania)
121. Diana Gurtskaya - Peace Will Come (2008:Georgia)
120. Flor-de-Lis - Todas As Ruas Do Amor (2009:Portugal)
119. Inga & Anush Arshakyanner - Jan Jan (2009:Armenia)
118. France Gall Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son (1965:Luxembourg)
117. Olta Boka Zemrën - E Lamë Peng (2008:Albania)
116. Joëlle Ursull - White And Black Blues (1990:France)
115. t.A.T.u - Ne Ver’, Ne Bojsia (2003:Russia)
114. Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan - Rock 'n' Roll Kids (1994:Ireland)
113. Alenka Gotar - Cvet Z Juga (2007:Slovenia)
112. Peter, Sue & Marc - Io Senza Te (1981:Switzerland)
111. Nuša Derenda - Energy (2001:Slovenia)
110. Evridiki - Comme Ci, Comme Ça (2007:Cyprus)
109. Texas Lightning - No No Never (2006:Germany)
108. Alexandros Panayi - Sti Fotia (1995:Cyprus)
107. Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann - Dansevise (1963:Denmark)
106. Frida Boccara - Un Jour, Un Enfant (1969:France)
105. Verka Serduchka - Dancing Lasha Tumbai (2007:Ukraine)
104. Nicki French - Don't Play That Song Again (2000:United Kingdom)
103. Keti Garbi - Ellanda, Hora Tou Fotos (1993:Greece)
102. Justyna Steczkowska - Sama (1995:Poland)
101. Magdi Rúzsa - Unsubstantial Blues (2007:Hungary)
100. Séverine - Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue (1971:Monaco)
99. Christine Guldbrandsen - Alvedansen (2006:Norway)
98. Beth - Dime (2003:Spain)
97. Sherisse Laurence - L'amour De Ma Vie (1986:Luxembourg)
96. Ofra Haza - Hi (1983:Israel)
95. Joy Fleming - Ein Lied Kann Eine Brücke Sein (1975:Germany)
94. Lena Philipsson - It Hurts (2004:Sweden)
93. Duo Datz - Kan (1991:Israel)
92. Esther Hart - One More Night (2003:Netherlands)
91. Brainstorm - My Star (2000:Latvia)

Top-250 - The Countdown!

Watch live on www.3minutes.com here.

170. Rita Guerra - Deixa-Me Sonhar (2003:Portugal)
169. Anastasia Prihodko - Mamo (2009:Russia)
168. Silje Vige - Alle Mine Tanker (1993:Norway)
167. Gina G - Ooh, Aah, Just A Little Bit (1996:United Kingdom)
166. Isabelle Aubret - La Source (1968:France)
165. Daniela Simons - Pas Pour Moi (1986:Switzerland)
164. Waldo's People - Lose Control (2009:Finland)
163. Ingeborg - Door De Wind (1989:Belgium)
162. Johnny Logan - What's Another Year (1980:Ireland)
161. Natalia Barbu - Fight (2007:Moldova)
160. Marija N - I wanna (2002:Latvia)
159. Vicky Leandros - L'Amour Est Bleu (1967:Luxembourg)
158. Evridiki - Ime Anthropos Ki Ego (1994:Cyprus)
157. Maria Haukaas Storeng - Hold On Be Strong (2008:Norway)
156. Mouth & MacNeal - I See A Star (1974:Netherlands)
155. Tina Karol - Show Me Your Love (2006:Ukraine)
154. Kamil Mikulcik & Nela Pocisková - Let'Tmou (2009:Slovakia)
153. Kenan Doğulu - Shake It Up Shekerim (2007:Turkey)
152. Omar Naber - Stop (2005:Slovenia)
151. Paloma San Basilio - La Fiesta Terminó (1985:Spain)
150. Sibel Tüzün - Süper Star (2006:Turkey)
149. Evridiki - Tairiazoume (1992:Cyprus)
148. Noa & Mira Awad - There Must Be Another Way (2009:Israel)
147. Wig Wam - In My Dreams (2005:Norway)
146. Birgitta - Open Your Heart (2003:Iceland)
145. Nicole - Ein Bisschen Frieden (1982:Germany)
144. Gigliola Cinquetti - Non Ho L'Eta (1964:Italy)
143. Xandee - 1Life (2004:Belgium)
142. Linda Wagenmakers - No Goodbyes (2000:Netherlands)
141. Vanilla Ninja - Cool Vibes (2005:Switzerland)
140. Chara & Andreas Konstantinou - Mana Mou (1997:Cyprus)
139. Udo Jürgens - Warum Nur, Warum? (1964:Austria)
138. Sofia Vossou - Anixi (1991:Greece)
137. Toše Proeski - Life (2004:(FYR) Macedonia)
136. Elitsa & Stoyan - Water (2007:Bulgaria)
135. Conny Froboess - Zwei Kleiner Italiener (1962:Germany)
134. Ajda Pekkan - Petr'oil (1980:Turkey)
133. Dulce - Lusitana Paixao (1991:Portugal)
132. Domenico Modugno - Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (1958:Italy)
131. Serebro - Song #1 (2007:Russia)

Top-250 - The Countdown!

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210. Kim Jackson - Could It Be That I'm In Love? (1991:Ireland)
209. Jeane Manson - J'Ai Déja Vu Ça Dans Tes Yeux (1979:Luxembourg)
208. Simone de Oliveira - Desfolhada (1969:Portugal)
207. Lilianne St-Pierre - Soldiers Of Love (1987:Belgium)
206. Anabela - A Cidade (Até ser Dia) (1993:Portugal)
205. Toto Cotugno - Insieme: 1992 (1990:Italy)
204. Roger Cicero - Frauen Regieren Die Welt (2007:Germany)
203. Alex C. feat Oscar Loya - Miss Kiss Kiss Bang (2009:Germany)
202. Selma - All Out Of Luck (1999:Iceland)
201. Magazin & Lidija - Nostalgija (1995:Croatia)
200. Karolina - Od Nas Zavisi (2002:(FYR) Macedonia)
199. Silvia Night - Congratulations (2006:Iceland)
198. Kejsi Tola - Carry Me In Your Dream (2009:Albania)
197. Alexia - Aspro Mavro (1987:Cyprus)
196. Paul Oscar - Minn Hinsti Dans (1997:Iceland)
195. Glennis Grace - Impossible Dream (2005:Netherlands)
194. Michael Hajiyanni - Genesis (1998:Cyprus)
193. Gülseren - Rimi Rimi Ley (2005:Turkey)
192. Deen - In the disco (2004:Bosnia and Herzegovi)
191. Sandra - Through My Window (2006:Estonia)
190. Heart 2 Heart - Nei Eða Já (1992:Iceland)
189. Svetlana - Cours Après Le Temps (1982:Luxembourg)
188. Maria Guinot - Silêncio E Tanta Gente (1984:Portugal)
187. Extra Nena - Ljubim Te Pesmama (1992:Yugoslavia)
186. Dollie de Luxe - Lenge Leve Livet (1984:Norway)
185. Svetlana Loboda - Be My Valentine (Anti-crisis Girl)! (2009:Ukraine)
184. Hanna Pakarinen - Leave Me Alone (2007:Finland)
183. Rollo & King - Never Ever Let You Go (2001:Denmark)
182. Sedat Yüce - Sevgiliye Son (2004:Turkey)
181. Annie Palmen - Een Speeldoos (1963:Netherlands)
180. Marija Sestic - Rijeka Bez Imena (2007:Bosnia and Herzegovi)
179. Anna Vissi - Everything (2006:Greece)
178. Marc Roberts - Mysterious Woman (1997:Ireland)
177. Dschinghis Khan - Dschinghis Khan (1979:Germany)
176. Mor Ve Ötesi - Deli (2008:Turkey)
175. Lindsay Dracass - No Dream Impossible (2001:United Kingdom)
174. Maywood - Ik wil Alles Met Je Delen (1990:Netherlands)
173. Åse Kleveland - Intet Er Nytt Under Solen (1966:Norway)
172. Brotherhood Of Man - Save Your Kisses For Me (1976:United Kingdom)
171. Remedios Amaya - Quién Maneja Mi Barca (1983:Spain)

Top-250 - The Countdown!

You have voted! Over 800 votes were casted and here are the results. You can watch the countdown live on partner site 3minutes.me here.

250. Elina Constantopoulou - Pia Prosefhi (1995:Greece)
249. Jakob Sveistrup - Talking To You (2005:Denmark)
248. Ingrid Peters - Über Die Brücke Geh'n (1986:Germany)
247. Lise Darly - Tout De Moi (2005:Monaco)
246. Rodolfo Chikilicuatre Baila El Chiki Chiki (2008:Spain)
245. Monica Aspelund - Lapponia (1977:Finland)
244. Maarja-Liis Ilus - Keelatud Maa (1997:Estonia)
243. Kasia Kowalska - Chce Znac Swoj Grzech (1996:Poland)
242. Put - Don't Ever Cry (1993:Croatia)
241. Andrea Demirovic - Get Out Of My Life (2009:Montenegro)
240. Nino - Hano (2001:Bosnia and Herzegovi)
239. Family Four - Vita Vidder (1971:Sweden)
238. Belle & the Devotions - Love Games (1984:United Kingdom)
237. Marcha - Rechtop In De Wind (1987:Netherlands)
236. Anne-Marie David Je Suis L'enfant Soleil (1979:France)
235. Linda Williams - Het Is Een Wonder (1981:Netherlands)
234. Sheeba - Horoscopes (1981:Ireland)
233. Teddy Scholten - Een Beetje (1959:Netherlands)
232. Jónsi - Heaven (2004:Iceland)
231. Voice - Nomiza (2000:Cyprus)
230. Arzu Ece - Sev (1995:Turkey)
229. Betty Missiego - Su Canción (1979:Spain)
228. Feminnem - Call Me (2005:Bosnia and Herzegovi)
227. Ishtar - O julissi (2008:Belgium)
226. Dana - All Kinds Of Everything (1970:Ireland)
225. d'Nash - I Love You Mi Vida (2007:Spain)
224. Anonymous - Salvem el món (2007:Andorra)
223. Stefán & Eyfi - Nina (1991:Iceland)
222. Ann Christy - Gelukkig Zijn (1975:Belgium)
221. Ilanit - Ei Sham (1973:Israel)
220. Simon Mathew - All Night Long (2008:Denmark)
219. Pas de deux - Rendez-vous (1983:Belgium)
218. Sergio Dalma - Bailar Pegados (1991:Spain)
217. Elena Gheorge - The Balkan Girls (2009:Romania)
216. Izhar Cohen & The Alphabeta - Abanibi (1978:Israel)
215. Paolo Meneguzzi - Era Stupendo (2008:Switzerland)
214. The Milestones - Falter Im Wind (1972:Austria)
213. Karina - En Un Mundo Nuevo (1971:Spain)
212. Karoline Krüger - For Vår Jord (1988:Norway)
211. Mary Roos - Aufrecht Geh'n (1984:Germany)

Top-250 - The Countdown!


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If the fans got to say theirs in France...


... France would send Mika. He's not French but Lebanese-American and has lived in the country for a long time and speaks fluent French. He has previosuly expressed his interest toward Eurovision and his wish to represant Lebanon - would France do? He beats Emmanuel Moire and Christophe Willem in a fan poll. Worth mentioning is Patricia Kaas came second last year in this poll (won by Chimène Badi who came 4th this time). It is also known France is aiming to send another big name to Eurovision after Patricia Kaas. Previous Eurovision entrants Lara Fabian and Natasha St-Pier came 8th and 12th, and other names include Najoya Bèlyzel, Anggun, Helene Segara, David Guetta. Emma Shapplin and Miss Dominique.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Finnish stars in studio and on the road in 2010


It's the end of 2009 and it's a good opportunity to see what's in store for next year by the Finnish Eurovision stars. This year's Waldo's People have been in the studio and we will get to hear some new stuff in March 2010. Also Teräsbetoni is in the studio but the date of the release has not yet been set. Lordi will head to the studios in Nashville, USA in February with their new producer Michael Wagener (Ozzy Osborne, Accept, Alice Cooper, Metallica) and a new album will come out in 2010. Jari Sillanpää will go on with his Kuin elokuvissa tour in March 2010, and Hanna Pakarinen her gigs in clubs. Katri Helena will also start her new tour Salaisuus in March,  and another veteran Marion Rung will also hit the road, backed by her gold selling album Elämänvoimaa, her first in nine years.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Dima Bilan's perfume business


News are a bit old but did you know Dima Bilan launched with Oriflame two perfurms: Excite by Dima Bilan for men and Dancing lady by Dima Bilan for ladies. Anyone has had a sniff? The perfurms come with a song Co mnoy / Dancing lady.

VASILY LAZAROVICH FOR UKRAINE!


NTU has announced moments ago that Vasily Lazarovich (28) will sing for Ukraine in Oslo 2010. A surprising choise as he has yet to release his debut album and has just a few videos under his name, like Proshay, Svoboda and  Gordy. More ballad here and some dance here. Something in English here and  jazzy stuff here. The man is his own producer and I think he's very promising. There's now an open call for songs for him. Let's see if the Ukrainians will turn this into a megaholabaloo once again on stage as he has the makings for it or will they be a bit more sober?! And it looks like Oslo 2010 will be a very male dominated affair!

HAREL SKAAT FOR ISRAEL - this time for real


IBA has in the end stick to their original choice and Harel Skaat (26) finally gets his chance in Eurovision! The final decision was made moments ago.

Feminnem back in Croatia



Croatian TV has announced the names for the Dora 2010 participants. Feminnem is trying once again!  And there are many other familiar names in the line up, too! These songs were selected out of 177 sent in songs and eight of them will go to the final where they will meet another eight songs, the invited ones.

- Giuliano Danic - Moja Draga
- Vokalina Skupina Rivers - Bez Tebe
- Martina Vrbos - Ti I Ja
- Mijo Lesina - Tajna Ljubavi
- Betty Belle - Ne
- Doris Teur - Ti me ne Zasluzujes
- Nikola Marjanovic - Ti i Muzika
- Feminnem - Lako je sve
- Franko Krajcar - Jobrni Je Jobrni
- Klapa Iskon - Vrime Za Kraj
- Teska Industrija - Nazovi Stvari Pravim Imenom
- Izvodac - Sada Osjecam To
- Tomislav Modric & Ansambl -Trio Tulipan
- Valungari - Vol or ne vol
- Drazen Zanko - Moja Ljubav Jedina
- Flip Dizdar - Sunce

Ready for the 250 all time best?



Together with four other Eurovision fansites, including yours truly,  3minutes.me organised a Eurovision Top 250 this year. The votes have been counted, the list is ready! Tune in on 3minutes.me, where the broadcast of the 250 best Eurovision songs will start at 10:00 CET on Thursday!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Israel: Harel or Vladi?


Looks like there's a cat fight in Israel involving two TV stations, money and managements. And in the middle two local Pop Idol runner ups Harel Skaat and Vladi Bleiberg. The Israeli parliament will settle the matter tomorrow, they promise. Let's see how this ends. Will Harel have to stay home when he finally accepted to go for it??? Will the fact Vladi has already made some name in the Eastern Europe turn the cards for him?

Lena Ph & Orup live in P4



Missed the Lena Philipsson & Orup live show this summer? No worries, you can listen to it right here on radio!

Marija Serifovic's Angel



The Helsinki 2007 Eurovision winner, Marija Serifovic of Serbia has released a new album Andeo (Angel) earlier this month for the Serbian market. This follows her previous and third album Nisam andeo (I'm not an angel) in 2008. The album has been recorded in Sweden and produced together with Robin Rex. The album comes while waiting for Marija's first album in English to be launched later. She admits regretting she didn't do it right away after winning Eurovision... Meanwhile she is apparently in love!

JULIANA PASHA FOR ALBANIA!



Juliana Pasha (29) has won the national final in Albania with Nuk mundem pa ty, whatever it means. Anjeza Shahini came second and Kamela Islami third. Kamela was surely my favourite out of this top-3. Juliana came already 3rd in 2007 and 2nd last year so one can call this a "working win".  My favourites didn't do so well: 3rd, 7th, 8th, 15th and 19th. Oh well... (And judging the comments on various message boards fans are not happy screaming corruption and the usual. If there is a jury they blame the jury. If there is a televote they want a jury! Simple as that.)


  1. Juliana Pasha - Nuk mundem pa ty - 133 points
  2. Anjeza Shahini - Në pasqyrë - 118 points
  3. Kamela Islami - Gjëra të thjeshta  - 116 points
  4. Pirro Çako - Një tjetër jetë - 106 points
  5. Flaka Krelani - Lë të bëhet çfare te doje - 99 points
  6. Bojken Lako & Banda Adriatica - Love love love - 98 points
  7. Denisa Macaj - Aria - 92 points
  8. Dorina Garuci - Sekreti i dashurisë - 78 points
  9. Mariza Ikonomi - La, la, la - 76 points
  10. Rovena Dilo - Përtej kohës - 69 points
  11. Iris Hoxha - Zërin tim ta ndjesh - 67 points
  12. Erga Halilaj - Party - 66 points
  13. Erti Hizmo & Lindita Halimi - Nuk të dorezohem - 66 points
  14. Goldi Halili - Tirana Brodway - 64 points
  15. Kejsi Tola - Ndonjëherë - 58 points
  16. Stefi & Endrri Prifti - U dogjem mrekullisht - 45 points
  17. Guximtar Rushani - Gëzuar - 43 points
  18. Era Rusi - Fjalë dhe gjunjë - 41 points
  19. Teuta Kurti - Mall i pashuar - 19 points
  20. Claudio La Regina - Ave Maria - 17 points

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Some Euroviisut 2010 releases


The first Finnish semifinal is only less than two weeks away and there have been already some releases, or singles or albums will be released shortly. Amadeus will release his debut album on January 27 (including Anastacia, Matador, Pyyhi tuuli kyyneleet and Onnemme kyyneleet amongst others) and Osmo Ikonen will release his second album including Heaven and hell in February. Eläkeläiset has already released a 2-cd with their "greatest hits" including their entry Hulluna humpasta. Antti Kleemola has already a radio hit with his Sun puolella and the single will be released shortly, as will Bääbs do with her You don't know tomorrow. Kuunkuiskaajat also released their debut album before Christmas and it includes two versions of their entry Työlki ellää. The album includes also Taivaallinen and Loputon tie. Promo singles for radio stations have been released several others, including Maria Lund who already made #4 in the radio playlists followed by Amadeus at #5, Eläkeläiset at #7 and Antti Kleemola at #9 causing a minor scandal as the Radio Suomi in question is an YLE one.Worth mentioning is that fan favourite Heli Kajo is currently without recording contract....

Kuunkuiskaajat - Työli ellää video


Another Euroviisut 2010 video for you folks: Kuunkuiskaajat with their folksy and happy Työlki ellää. The title says it's practising video but it's just a run through of the song full of joy and happiness!And here they sing Winter wonderland in Finnish.

Laura & Veeti = Princess & frog


Laura Voutilainen and Veeti Kallio will be dubbing the new Disney cartoon The Princess and the Frog that will premiere in Finland in mid-February 2010. This is not the first time the Eurovision veteran in 2002 and hopeful in 2010 are singing together, in 2001 they dueted on Laura's album in Ei edes kuolema.

Don't play in love in Belarus


The Belarussian selection that was supposed to be for Eurovision 2010 has come to an end with Artyom Mikhalenko and Don't play in love (click Show 2 over the pics)  emerging as another language challanged winner. This contest was hosted my ONT that didn't get the full EBU membership and therefor the situation is rather unclear in Belarus. A new round of selection is going to be held in February and then the two broadcasters will decided who gets to go to Oslo 2010. The only thing for sure is the writers of this song are going to be there as guests!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Special treat: Sun puolella in Spanish!


A special treat for my lovely readers. Rafael De Alba has made a Spanish adaption De tu lado of Antti Kleemola's Sun puolella in Euroviisut 2010. Enjoy!

Rafael De Alba - Chelsea boy video


Rafael De Alba has sent this song Chelsea boy to the Spanish selection and here comes the video! Enjoy! And vote after January 13!

Albania: Two acts qualified for the final


Last night in Albania they had the so called newcomers night. Two acts will join the 18 "big" finalists in the final tomorrow. Tonight instead the big ones will perform their songs with a different version, arrangements, duets and so on.... The qualifiers were 14-year-old  Goldi Halili and Iris Hoxha.

Celine Dion - D'eux 15th Anniversary edition


D'eux was Celine Dion's first collaboration with Jean-Jacques Goldman, and since its original release in March 1995 it has become the best selling French language album in the world with over 9 million copies sold. Later three of the songs would make it to her next English language album Falling into you: If that's what it takes, I don't know and Fly. But the original French one topped the charts in France, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands. In Canada it made it only #7 but has since sold 7 x platinum. The total European sales of the album is around 8 million, nearly 4,5 of them in France alone. And now you can have it remastered with added bonus tracks (demo and singback versions of some of the songs) and a DVD. The DVD contains the videos for Pourque tu m'aimes encore, Les derniers seront les premieres, J'attendais and Je sais pas, interviews and Tv-apparences. A must have! I have always preferred Celine in French and I'm a fan of Goldman since the times of Quand la musique est bonne... And here's a later collaboration, Puisque tu pars/Let's talk about love

Friday, December 25, 2009

HAREL SKAAT FOR ISRAEL


The rumours were true this time (finally!) and Harel Skaat will go for Israel for Eurovision 2010 in Oslo. Great! The national selection Kdam will be held later where Harel will perform 4 songs, out of which the winner will be chosen. It's quite remarkable that all four artists known so far for Oslo 2010 are male soloists!

UPDATE: Today, December 26 IBA has announced the announcement was not ment to be announced so the saga continues at least until Monday: will he be or will he not be the chosen one?

Albania 2010: Kejsi, Teuta, Kamela, Dorina or Flaka?


Albania kicked off its selection production for Eurovision on Christmas eve with Festivali I Këngës offering a lot of etcnic ballads and a few uptempo numbers, all with live orchestra. One can only wonder how the songs will turn out on studio versions (and in 3 minute version)! Previous winner Anjeza Shahini did a great job with her song but it might be just a bit too much drama for Europe. Teuta Kurti was one of my favourites (love that lonely piano) but the song's way too long and should be reworked for Eurovision in case of a win. Same goes for Kamela Islami. A very nice track (again with the lonely piano in the background!) with low spoken parts. Dorina Garuci offered an uptempo song that owed quite a lot to Charlotte's Hero in the first lines of the refrain. With a good remix this one could be a good choice for Oslo 2010. Maybe... Juliana Pasha seems to be some sort of a favourite but I find her songs simply boring. Denisa Macaj offers very Joksimovic sounding song and at that it is beautiful. Halilaj brings in the English language with a noisy annoying song. Hopefully the juries don't think it's what Europe will want from Albania this year! Era Rusi looks like she means business but the song's useless. Flaka Krelani surely makes the most of her song and might be fighting for the top places. Last but not least last year's winner Kejsi Tola who is a contender for a bis with her lovely ballad. And there were others, too, but they didn't provocate much attention - positive - in me so... On 27th we will know the winner.

Harel Skaat for Israel?


Punctual as every year the news I have been waiting for have arrived: Harel Ska'at for Israel! This is the fourth year in a row he has been announced and then the news have turned not to be true. As it seems his management has thought the previous years it wouldn't be good for him "at this point of his career" but this time around he/his team have proposed themselves to IBA. Will IBA say "yes" after three "no"s? Waiting for official announcement, until then it's just an everlasting rumour.... Here he is in action: At ve'ani, Veat, something else. I for sure hope this time it's true!

Malta - 3rd semifinal


Malta has its third semifinal some days ago featuring previous winner Miriam Christine with uptempo and repetitive Beautiful contradiction, The Garrett with classic Eurovision americanized ballad My dream, Tiziana Calleja with latin inspired Words are not enough that promises a lot but the mix and the singer just aren't tight enough, Eleanor Spiter with rather forgettable pop song Velvet ocean, Francesca Borg with I surrender that is unfortunately lost in anonymous arrangement. It might need a much stronger and heavier orchestration to make it stand out. Last but not least selection veteram Eleanor Cassar with rather over performed Choices. And no, I still don't think we have heard the winner yet. Out of these I would pick up My dream, it felt genuine and pleasant to listen to.

EXCLUSIVE: Spain needs a Chelsea boy!


BlogIlkar proundly presents Rafael de Alba's entry for the Spanish selection for Eurovision 2010, Tu pais te necesita! This is third time he presents a song after Quédate hoy in 2008 and One more chance in 2009. and now he goes in English with Chelsea boy.  You can listen to all these three songs with several others on his MySpace. Songs to the selection can be sent until January 12, 2010 and the day after the voting starts!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Finding a way to Betlehem


Here's Find my way to Betlehem, Carola's new Christmas song for 2009. BlogIlkar wishes all the readers a peaceful Christmas time.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Osmo Ikonen - Heaven or hell video


Another Euroviisut 2010 artist has published a videoclip, Osmo Ikonen to his Heaven or hell. Previously Bääbs did a fun video for You don't know tomorrow.  Osmo is one of the main contenders if you believe the fan poll in Viisukuppila.fi..

Not so Silent night: Carola & Liza Minnelli


Watch Carola trying to save the Silent night sung with Liza Minnelli two years ago in Stockholm.... Meanwhile her Christmas in Betlehem album has been charting on iTunes here and there including reaching top-5 in Sweden and Norway (and #4 in Sweden  in the "real" album charts) and is/was charting in top-20 also in Finland, Luxembourg, Italy and Belgium, and in top-50 in Portugal, Switzerland, Denmark, Netherlands, Greece and debuts in Austria at #173. In the US it made to #154 on iTunes

Claudie Faniello has eye on Sanremo as well


Another familiar name in Sanremo 2010 Nuova generazione is Claudia Faniello with Guardami. She has been a regular in the Maltese selection for Eurovision the past few years. High alert, L-Imhabba ghamja, Caravaggio, Sunrise and Blue sonata are her songs from there. besides that she won Festival Kanzunetta Indipendenza 2006 with Ma nafx. She's trying to win the ticket to Oslo with Samsara. Will she get to do both Sanremo and Eurovision in 2010?

UPDATE: Apparently the voting in the website has no meaning whatsover. A jury will pick up the few names (6-8) who will get to Sanremo Nuova generazione 2010....

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Roberto Meloni aiming for Sanremo 2010, too!


Roberto Meloni may be a big star in Latvia and has represanted the country already twice in Eurovision - in 2007 with Bonabarti.lv and a year later with Pirates of the Sea - but in his home country Italy the sardinian singer is little more than a nobody. Therefor, he is one of the many unknown ones to try to get to Sanremo 2010 Nuova generazione with his song Per un domani. Good luck, Roberto!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Turkey 2010: Is it one of these?


TRT launched an email voting for the fans to name their favourite singer for Turkey in Oslo 2010 some time ago and apparently these four names were the most voted for: maNga, the band that won the MTV Europe music award 2009 for Europe's favourite act, Armenian-Turkish alternative rock star Hayko Cepkin, Emre Aydin who won the same MTV Europe award maNga did a year before, singer-song writer Sebnem Ferah and pop singer Murat Boz. TRT is now negotiating with the artists in question - all of them mentioned many times the past couple of years as possible entrants, or wished for - and also trying to figure out what kind of an act would do in 2010: male, female or a band. If this top-4 turns out true it is quite remarkable Tarkan is not on it.... and why no one ever mentions Mustafa Sandal?

Slovakia gets 1 out of 60


Slovakian TV has announced the 60 acts that will be presented in six semifinal on January 22, 24, 29, 31 and February 5 and 7. The two semifinals will be held on February 14 and 21 and the grand final on February 28. The Slovakian Eurovision represant in 1996, Marcel Palonder is trying a bis, so are 15 acts from the 2009 selection as well, including Thomas Bezdeda (3rd), Martina Shindlerova (5th), Robo Opatovsky (6th), Smola y Hrusky (9th), Peter Bazik (10th), Andrea Sulovska (10th), Michal Chrenco (12th) and Robo Simko & MassRiot (13th). The rest are newcomers.

Malta - 2nd semifinal


A couple of days have passed from the second Maltese semifinal but nothing was lost listening the songs a bit late. Glen Vella imitated badly Michael Jackson, Aldo Busuttil was the tenor of the evening but the song's not going anywhere and he struggled to keep it going at all. Claire Galea played the Patricia Kaas card and despite lacking her charisma delivered a rather nice 3 minutes. Claudia Faniello offered a rather chaotic pop song that many seem to like and talk as possible winner. I'm not so sure she will win this time either. (Will she eventually break Olivia Lewis's record?) Josef Tabone had rather catchy pop song but it's been heard so many times before with all its Na na nas and ooh ooh yeahs. At last Godwin Lucas & Eve Daily with their old fashioned Eurovision ballad. But no. I think and hope we still haven't heard the Maltese winner ...

Torna a Surriento with Didrik & Alexander


As mentioned before Didrik Solli-Tangen is taking part in the Norwegian semifinals hoping to represant his home country at home ground in Eurovision 2010. He is also a friend of Alexander Rybak who brought the contest to Oslo and here they are together performing an Italian classic Torna a Surriento! Didrik's MGP song My heart is yours is composed by Fredrik Kempe who has already penned and/or performed in Melodifestivalen and Eurovision songs like Finally, Cara mia, Hero, Hope & glory, Moving on and La Voix. Sounds like a winning combination!

Bääbs - a covergirl


Bääbs has been busy prepairing for Euroviisut 2010 and various newspapers have run interviews with her but Sue magazine put her in the cover of their 15th anniversary issue! And rightly so. Bääbs came from nowhere and qualified as one of the three songs from the open contest on internet for the Euroviisut 2010 semifinals joining the invited artists. Here's a bit of the interview in Sue.


"I don't know really how it all started. We were speculating about Euroviisut I guess and soon a Facebook group Viola Euroviisuihin was born. In the end however we decided the guys would write the song and Bääbs would sing it solo." Bääbs or Päivi Kankaro tells. "My dad has always said: "Then when you are in Eurovision... " and once even sent me a newspaper article where Lordi's and TV-resistori's (her band) albums critic was on same page with a note attached "This is the closest you've got to Eurovision so far" she continues. "Eurovision in Finland is an institution. Usually we have ended with a flop but Lordi showed what a success in Eurovision can mean to the whole nation. I have followed Eurovision always. Some years with less interest, some with more but always. As a kid it was a huge thing, we used to gather together and enjoy the show with our own votes and all. Being here is though no childhood dream. I am an artist and every artist dreams of big arenas. I like to perform and I'm in this with 100%. We will do a big show as this is the right arena for it. My career will go on after Eurovision and I'm not afraid of critic or failure. This is one opportunity. So far this all circus has only brought positive things: I have met some wonderful people who are sincerely interested in it and in me. I'm not a dead serious person, I can take things with humour and self irony so harsh critic doesn't hurt me even if it's not very nice either. Finns in general take Eurovision too seriously and are so pessimistic. If we don't succeed every year, so what? Let's try next year again! Eurovision is flirt, drama, glitter and entertainment! The right additude is the main thing, to have fun. If someone else happens to win, so what? Life goes on..."

Bääbs will perform You don't know tomorrow in the first semifinal on January 8, 2010.

BlogIlkar Guest Review vol. 2


This blog's favourite multi-European fan Peter is up again with a review. This time about the Euroviisut 2010 songs. It's nice to see how we disagree and agree in perfect harmony! :-) You can also read Rafael De Alba's review here.

Well here we are again, another year when Finland is full of motivation to get another taste of Eurovision victory. Over the last few years there have been very inventive ways of picking a song that will appeal to a broad cross-section of Europeans. Finlands format is quite interesting and should produce a worthy winner for Finns, but will it be a song/singer combination that will appeal to Europe? Who knows? just another 5 months will tell. The following are my comments on the songs that have been chosen as this years finalists. While some of my comments may seem harsh, I do respect these people a lot for entering and being chosen for the finals, and wish them all the best of luck .... but only one can go to Oslo !

Amadeus - Anastacia
• Nice up beat opening, good beat, the attempt at being a greek entry doesn't really work !! Sounds like a mix between a Greek tragedy and a Chinese propaganda anthem - suffers from an incessently recurring theme which isn't much worth writing about - a forgetful melody - not a eurovision hopeful. (but still a good beat) 3
Nina Lassander - Cider Hill
• Beverly Hills 90201 here we come - oh no - it's a just a sweet melody. Nice touch with the zitar. Pleasant balad, but no real climax, a weak chorus. still a nicely constructed song - not a totally successful modulation (key change) - not the worst song, could get through to the final, maybe even has a chance of going to Oslo! 4,5
Bääbs - You Don't Know Tomorrow
• Dramatic opening, if a bit sparse. Original melody, good contrast of motifs, simple accompaniament which gives a solid foundation to the song. Some weakness at the 2 minute mark. The modulation is clear, but too repetitive. Should get to the final, probably won't go to Oslo. 4,5
Boys Of The Band (BOB) - America (I Think I Love You)
• Boys bands haven't had the greatest successes in Europe - remember D'Nash a few years ago ? The rock style will probably appeal to the Finns, but probably won't appeal across Europe - and the sending a song which proclaims love for America may not gain a lot of votes. Again this may make the final, possibly even Oslo, but not a Eurovision winner - it would be a risky choice !! 3,5
Pentti Hietanen - Il mondo è quì
• Flashback to the 80s, and why not have some Italian - a nice language choice, nice song, very traditional - don't expect this to get to the final, but would be a hit in a normal concert hall. 3,5
Monday - Play
• Good opening, gets straight into the melody. This will appeal to a wide range of listeners going by recent Finnish history. It's a strong song, I would expect it to get to the final and has a chance to go to Oslo. 4
Antti Kleemola - Sun puolella
• Nice song, sung with feeling (even a non-Finn can detect some emotion) - nicely sung, nice strong chorus, nice melody - I like it - good enough to be in the final - has a chance for Oslo, but I'm not sure. 4
Heli Kajo - Annankadun kulmassa
• "Tiri tiri tomba" type song (look it up in google) - a fresh approach to the style - playful, and pretty lively - could be a surprise and get to the final, but it won't go further !! 2,5
Sister Twister - Love At The First Sight
• Like the opening, fresh, lively. The song has a good melody, the only negative is the repetition and it can be a bit monotonus as there is little variation ! If this was a competition for a 1 minute song, it would win ! but it's not, and it won't ! 3
Veeti Kallio - Kerro mulle rakkaudesta
• Not a particularly great song, a bit boring actually - too little variation in the melody ! still though it has a good beat, is dramatic in parts, the climax is a bit disappointing. Will not be in the final, and certainly not in Oslo. 2
Maria Lund - Sydän ymmärtää
• what is this ? "Jungle Book" à les 1920s ??? not much to say ...... a non starter 2
Osmo Ikonen - Heaven Or Hell
• good opening, good beat, I could imagine a good staging for this, and it could come across well !! still though the song isn't the strongest . But who ever said the best song has to win ??? it might get to the final - but no further ! 3,5
Kuunkuiskaajat - Työlki ellää
• Love the opening, dramatic, original, fun, could come across very well. Another attempt at a southern European feel.... a nice sing along song, but won't get to the final ! 3
Linn - Fatal Moment
• Another rock type song, good opening, Linns voice isn't that strong. Sounds like a song that was thrown together from a lot of loose ends - not convinced that it's one coherent unit - had potential ... in the first 20 seconds ...... 2
Eläkeläiset - Hulluna humpasta
• A bit wacky, a bit crazy, a bit loopy, a bit impossible to see this get to the final ! 1

Prediction for the final
• Nina Lassander - Cider Hill
• Bääbs - You Don't Know Tomorrow
• Monday - Play
• Antti Kleemola - Sun puolella
• Osmo Ikonen - Heaven Or Hell
Winner ?
• Nina or Bääbs are my choices .....

BlogIlkar thanks Peter for the review and time will tell who gets it right.... :-)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Sanremo 2010: Here are the names!


Today seems to be the day of various lists and here comes also the list of Sanremo 2010 Big category. Many familiar names but also surprising absenses like Matia Bazar, Paola Turci and Gerardina Trovato whose presence was given as a sure thing just a day or two ago. Toto Cutugno and Enrico Ruggeri are the only Eurovision artists this time, but along them also previous winners of Sanremo are Arisa (last year's New comers winner), Simone Cristicchi (2007), Povia (2006), Fabrizio Moro (Newcomers winner 2007) and Sonohra (Newcomers winner 2008). Personally I'm a bit disappointed with the list. None of my real favourites is included and I do not have an instant favourite to pick up at this point. And yes, Emanuele Filiberto is there, too. He could have been the king of Italy if things went a bit different way....

ARISA – “Ma l’amore no”
MALIKA AYANE – “Ricomincio da qui”
SIMONE CRISTICCHI – “Meno male”
TOTO CUTUGNO – “Aeroplani”
NINO D’ANGELO – “Jammo ja”
IRENE GRANDI – “La cometa di Halley”
MARCO MENGONI – pezzo da decidere
MORGAN – “La sera”
FABRIZIO MORO – “Non è una canzone”
NOEMI – “Per tutta la vita”
NOMADI ft IRENE – “Il mondo piange”
POVIA – “La verità (Eluana)”
PUPO, EMANUELE FILIBERTO E LUCA CANONICI – “Italia amore mio”
ENRICO RUGGERI – “La notte delle fate”
VALERIO SCANU – “Un attimo con te”
SONOHRA – “Baby”

And more semifinal names: Iceland!


RUV has also announced the artists and the songs in their three semifinals. And here they are: 


Semi Final 1: 
Íris Hólm - "The One"
Karen Pálsdóttir - "In The Future"
Kolbrún Eva Viktorsdóttir - "You Are The One"
Sigurjon Brink - "You Knocked On My door"
Matthias Matthiasson - "Out Of Sight"

Semi Final 2: 
Edgar Smári Atlason - "Now And Forever"
Sigrún Vala Baldursdóttir - "I Believe In Angels"
Menn Ársins - "Gefst ekki upp"
Jógvan Hansen - "One More Day"
Hvanndalsbræður - "Gleði og glens"

Semi Final 3: 
Anna Hlín - "Komdu til mín á morgun"
Arnar Jónsson - "Þúsund stjörnur"
Sigurjón Brink - "Waterslide"
Steinar Logi Nesheim - "Every Word"
Hera Björk - "Je Ne Sais Quoi"

Samuel and Sebastian back in Slovenia - but only as reserves!


Slovenian TV has announced the 14 songs that will compite in the semifinal and their reserves. Half of them will join the seven invited songs in the final. Amongst the semifinalist we have some familiar names like Brigita Suler and Manca Spik while two other familiar names Samuel Lucas and Sebastian made it only as reserves! Here are the semifinalist:

Dež - Nina Pušlar
Dovolj ljubezni - Martina Šraj
“Franjo”- Zadnji Taxi
Gremo na Emo - Vaso & D Plejbeks
Iz navade - Petra Pečovnik
Le en dan - Martina Feri
Moj si zrak - Marko Vozelj
Narodno zabavni rock - Ansambel Roka Žlindre & Kalamari
Od tod do večnosti - Sara Kobold
Para me - Brigita Šuler
Priznam - Ylenia Zobec
Roko mi daj - Langa
Tukaj sem doma - Manca Špik
Živim za zdaj - Saša Zamernik

And the reserves:

Ptice v letu - Zala Hodnik
“Na pravi poti” - Samuel Lucas
Ko mine ta dan - Andrej Ikica
3 stvari - Sons
Nova pomlad - Katja Fašink in Rok Ferendja
Bodi ob meni - Sebastian
Gremo ven - Skupina Suplenca

Greece: Katerine & co.


ERT has finally confirmed the list of ten artists to take part in the national final in the end of February and this time it is for real, it seems. Most names speculated before are in it, including Katerine Avgoustakis who seems to be the pre-contest favourite and the one to beat. Here they are:

Giorgos Alkaios & Friends

Michael von der Heide for Switzerland


Switzerland goes national again when they announce a Swiss Michael von der Heide as their represant for oslo 2010 with Il pleut d'Or so for a change it sounds like we will have a song in French! The song will be publicly presented on January 9, 2010.  He has been around since 1996 and has released seven albums so far. He also participated in the German selection in 1999 with Bye bye bar finishing 5th. This announcement came as no surprise as his name has been circulating for some time now. Here is a medley of his biggest hits.

The Netherlands: Shalalie shalala?

The song the Netherlands is sending to Oslo has been revealed today. Pierre Kartner wrote the song last Sunday in a few hours and the result is here. He sings himself on this demo but six unexprienced singers will try to make wonders with and win the honor to bring it to Oslo 2010. Good luck NL, you're going to need it! Well, at least it is and remains in Dutch: Ik ben verliefd, shalalie....

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Welcome #167: Myanmar

New countries keep finding Blogilkar. This time it's Myanmar, previously Burma that becomes the 167th country to pay a visit.... Welcome!

Norwegian line up complete


NRK has announced the artists in the third and last semifinal so the line up is now ready and it seems to be very strong in the host country of Eurovision 2010. Most names have been rumoured already so no big surprises. Mira Craig and A1 are there as is Didrik Solli-Tangen, a friend of Alexander Rybak. Here is the full list:

3rd semi final, 23 January
- Mira Craig - I'll take you high (Mira Craig)
- Fred Endresen - Barracs on the hill (Fred Endresen, Olaf Øwre)
- Belinda Braza - Million Dollar Baby (Robin Nordahl, Frode Andersen & Gerard James Borg)
- Didrik Solli-Tangen - My heart is yours (Hanne Sørvaag & Fredrik Kempe)
- The Diamond - European girl (Matias Tellez, Håkon Njøten & Axel Vindenes)
- Karoline Garfjell - Tokyo night (Aggie Peterson)
- A1 - Don't want to lose you again (Ben Adams, Mark Read, Christian Ingebrigtsen, David Eriksen)

2nd semi final, 16 January
- Venke Knutson - Jealous couse I love you (Laila Samuelsen, Alexander Kronlund, Lucas Hilbert)
- Heine Totland - The best of me is you (Heine Totland, Hans Petter Aaserud & Arne Hovda)
- Skanksters - Life is here today (Arne Hovda)
- Tomine Harket - Be good to me (Tommy LaVerdi & Peter Ställmark)
- Maria Arredondo - The touch (Rolf Løvland)
- Alexander Stenerud - Give it to me (Alexander Stenerud)
- Hanne Haugsand - Don't stop (Mariann Thomassen & Lars Erik Westby)

1st semi final, 8 January
- Gaute Ormåsen - Synk eller svøm (Gaute Ormåsen, Laila Samuelsen & Kim Bergseth)
- Lene Alexandra - Prima Donna (Lene Alexandra Øien, Jarl Aanestad & Simon Walker)
- Johnny Hide - Rewind Love (Julian Berntzen)
- Bjørn Johan Muri - Yes Man (Simone Larsen, Simen Eriksrud & Bjørn Johan Muri)
- Elisabeth Carew - Rocketfuel (Elisabeth Carew & Thomas Eriksen)
- Maria Haukaas Storeng - Make My Day (Merethe LaVerdi)
- Keep Of Kalessin - The Dragontower (Arnt Obsidian Grønbech, Torbjørn Schei, Vegar Larsen & Robin Isaksen

Fun documentary of the Finnish music festivals


While Finland was struggling year after year in Eurovision, from one fiasco to another null pointer we did well in various festivals in Poland, Romania, DDR and Bulgaria in 1970's and early 1980's. Marion won Sopot (twice) and Jukka Kuoppamäki Rostock and other awards were rolling in but in Eurovision nothing.... Now those festivals are pretty much gone, Finland has even won Eurovision once and also the other Finnish pop music festival Syksyn Sävel that produced hits like Melodifestivalen does in Sweden these days is only a distant memory... watch this fun documentary with dozens of Eurovision national final songs, clips from various festivals and footage you may have never seen before in YLEäs Areena here: Mrs Screen's music history! It's entertaining even if you don't speak Finnish! And try to spot as many familiar faces as you can! The clip is available until December 20, 2009.

Heli Kajo Annankadun kulmassa - almost


Heli Kajo performed a very succesful miniconcert in Willi Wäinö in Helsinki - actually not far from the corner of Annakatu Street the song tells about. It was her first major performance and as she is currently without a record deal also a show case for the music business professionals. Asko Kallonen, ex-boss of BMG Finland who these days runs his own record company Helsinki Music Company was spotted there looking very satisfied so it is a safe bet to suppose Heli has been signed by now! And she is a very hot favourite to win the Finnish national final in January. Here is the very first public performance of her funny and charming Annankadun kulmassa.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Miodio aiming for Sanremo 2010


Miodio that remains the only act to represant San Marino in Eurovision now that it is clear the city state is not going to make a come back in Oslo 2010 after all, is trying to get to Sanremo 2010. They have applied for the Nuova Generazione category with a song called Perdo contatto. Let's hope they will made it to the stage of Teatro Ariston! They have been slowly making their way from Eurovision with Complice to It's ok to Evoluzione genetica.

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