The Israeli Eurovision National Final will take place in Jerusalem on March 7 and the song line-up is almost complete.
Over the past three nights, thirty prospective candidates have battled it out in Israel’s national selection process: KDAM 2013. These have now been whittled down to nine entries, with one more to be decided this Sunday (March 3) from three second chance competitors. These are the songs and singers for the Second Chance Round:
Russia will be sending a young reality star to Eurovision this year in the form of Dina Garipova. Selected by way of an internal process, she will be singing the song What If in the first half of the first semi-final on May 14.
Dina Garipova is something of a popular choice, having become well-known as the 2012 winner of the Russian version of The Voice. TV viewers in Russia were given the power of the vote and Ms. Garipova received nearly one million of them.
Her Eurovision song has not yet been made available, but she can be seen here performing during her run on the talent show:
Koza Mostra & Agathonas Lakovidis: Greek Representatives
Koza Mostra and Agathonas have won the Greek vote in the country’s National Final and will represent Greece in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Sweden. The song is called Alcohol is Free and was one of four contenders at the Gazi Music Hall in Athens. The winning entry was selected by a 50/50 jury vote and tele-voting.
Over the past few weeks and months, twenty songs have been announced for participation in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. There’s also one which is not 100% certain, but at the time of writing it has been submitted as the entry for Belarus. So, which songs have been decided upon so far?
Albania: Identitet sung by Adrian Lulgjuraj and Bledar Sejko.
There are four more songs due to be announced during February. Greece (18th), Ireland (22nd), Spain (26th) and Macedonia (27th). Currently, the remaining thirteen countries are due to submit their songs during March.
Countries which have chosen their singers, but not their songs are:
Armenia: Gor Sujyan.
Bulgaria: Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankoulov.
Italy: Marco Mengoni.
Macedonia: Vlatko Lozanoski & Esma Redžepova.
Spain: ESDM – El Sueño de Morfeo
And so to Greece today to discover this country’s choice.
Another Eurovision week comes to a close with the announcement of the winner of the 2012 Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan last night.
As predicted, it was a fight between the grannies from Russia and Sweden’s electro dance number. In fact, the fight was over fairly early in the voting as Loreen’s Euphoria built up a substantial lead and could not be caught.
Here are the full results:
Sweden (Loreen: Euphoria) 372 points
Russia (Buranovskiye Babushki: Party For Everybody) 259 points
Serbia (Željko Joksimović: Nije ljubav stvar) 214 points
Azerbaijan (Sabina Babayeva: When the Music Dies) 150 points
Albania (Rona Nishliu: Suus) 146 points
Estonia (Ott Lepland: Kuula) 120 points
Turkey (Can Bonomo: Love Me Back) 112 points
Germany (Roman Lob: Standing Still) 110 points
Italy (Nina Zilli: L’amore è femmina (Out of Love)) 101 points
Spain (Pastora Soler: Quédate conmigo) 97 points
Moldova (Pasha Parfeny: Lăutar) 81 points
Macedonia (Kaliopi: Crno i belo) 71 points
Romania (Mandinga: Zaleilah) 71 points
Lithuania (Donny Montell: Love is Blind) 70 points
In what has become something of a tradition with some ex-Soviet countries, Belarus has pushed aside previous winner Alena Lanskaya in favour of boy band Litesound and the song We Are the Heroes.
This is the second year in a row that Belarus has changed its song. Last year, if memory serves correctly, it was because their song sounded like another. This year, who knows? Could it be that Ms Lanskaya’s English was, how should we put it, sub par and that the song was not that great?
I’m sure that the country’s voting public and jury must feel that this year’s whole voting process was a complete waste of time and money.
Belarus has now selected the song that will represent the nation at Eurovision 2012. It’s called All My Life and sung by Alena Lanskaya.
Decided upon by 50/50 jury and tele-vote, the song is testament to the fact that most non-English singers should not sing in English. Particularly when the song in question has few, if any, redeeming features. See The Eurovision Song Reviews.
Since last posting, a total of thirteen national songs have been announced. The only ones amongst them not to have been heard as yet are Rambo Amadeus singing Euro Neuro (Montenegro), Izabo singing Time (Israel) and Kaliopi singing Black and White (Macedonia).
However, more national finals are due this week. Germany makes its final decision on February 16th, while Latvia, Croatia, Ukraine and Italy decide upon their songs on the 18th. Georgia has just announced its final will be on the 19th. So, another busy weekend of Eurovision news to come.
Still no word from the UK about its plans and all is quiet in the San Marino and Greek camps. If memory serves me well, decisions will have to be made within the next six weeks.
After four hours, yes four hours, Malta finally chose its song for the Eurovision Song Contest. It came down to a close run thing between the songs This is the Night and Pure, with the former sung by Kurt Calleja winning out in the end by a matter of a few points.
Different to its usual earnest ballads, This is the Night is an uptempo number that wouldn’t be out of place at a hotel disco anywhere across the Mediterranean. I’ve a feeling it will appeal to Euro Song devotees and garner enough points to make the Final. Not the winner though.