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Axel Hirsoux wins Eurosong 2014 Final in Antwerp

Axel Hirsoux © een VRT

Tonight in front of thousands of screaming fans at the Antwerp Sportpaleis Axel Hirsoux was voted the winner of Eurosong 2014 and represents Belgium in Copenhagen with the song Mother. This evenings final featured a special performance from Belgium's one and only winner Sandra Kim.

Belgium to opt for revamped national final format in 2014

VRT Logo © VRT

Following the satisfactory placing of Roberto Bellarossa and Love Kills in Malmö, 2014 will see Flemish broadcaster VRT take their turn in selecting the Belgian entry. Judging by recent comments made, the reinstatement of a national final is on the cards.

Anggun and Natasha join forces on striking new concept album

Natasha St. Pier & Anggun Vivre d' © anggun.com

Both singers hail from different corners of the globe but have stood on the Eurovision stage representing France. Canadian warbler Natasha St. Pier and Indonesian beauty Anggun are poles apart in terms of musical genres but found common ground on the concept album Thérèse, Vivre d'Amour.

Four Eurovision artists performed at the OGAE Germany meeting in Munich

Pasha Parfeny OGAE meeting (c) EuroVisionary

Last Saturday the German fanclub OGAE Germany organized its annual convention in Munich. About 200 guests enjoyed a varied programme with the performance of four former Eurovision participants Sandra Reemer Friderika Bayer, Tom Dice and Pasha Parfeny being the highlight.

Roberto Bellarosa to sing Love Kills for Belgium in Malmö

Roberto Bellarosa © RTBF.be

Record company Sony Music was invited to submit six songs to Belgian Francophone broadcaster RTBF, and it was the three tracks Reste Toi, Love Kills and Be Heroes that were deemed the best of the bunch. The Belgian final was, just like last year a low key affair, held as a live radio broadcast on Radio Vivacité.

Tom Dice to give a helping hand in belgian Junior Eurosong

Tom Dice ©  last.fm

With Witloof Bay failing to qualify for this year's grand final by one measly point, Belgium is looking to shake off their disappointment and improve their result in the junior version of the song contest instead, and have drafted in help in the form of golden boy Tom Dice.

Tom Dice releases duet with budding French starlet

Elisa Tovati & Tom Dice

Tom Dice, the young singer that brought Belgium its best result in many years (6th place) with the tender ballad Me And My Guitar back in 2010 is once again in the spotlight, this time as one half of a duo.

2010 - 1st Semi-Final

2010 Logo ©  EBU
Basic information
Date: 
25 May 2010
Contest type: 
Semi-Final 1
Venue: 
Telenor Arena, Oslo, Norway
Broadcaster: 
NRK
Presenter(s): 
Erik Solbakken, Haddy Jatou N'jie & Nadia Hasnaoui
Other shows this year: 
About the contest: 

For the first time in nearly thirty years, the contest was won by Germany. Famed for its anthemic ballads (usually with an ‘everyone should love everyone else’ type theme) and blatant europop, the song that finally brought success is a stylish, contemporary pop song that would have slotted neatly into the charts without looking out of place. The victory by one of the ‘Big 4’ also put an end to the theory that one of these countries would never win the contest again. It was thought that they were at a great disadvantage, as all of their competitors would already be familiar to the audience.

The process of selecting a song proved drawn out for Belarus and Ukraine. Five piece vocal group, 3+2, were selected by an internal jury to perform a song called Far Away, an up-tempo, rock based number. However, and not for the first time in the history of the former USSR member, the song that as originally selected would not be the one to go to the contest.  National broadcaster, BTRC, allowed 3+2 to change the song. The more peaceful and anthemic Butterflies was chosen instead.

The situation in Ukraine was even more complicated. The first singer to be selected was Vasyl Lazarovich with the song, I Love You. However, broadcaster NTU decided that the internal selection process had been unfair and so organised a new final, this time open to a public vote. To say it was organised in a hurry would be an understatement. Writers had only 24 hours to enter a song and the chosen songs were shown on television over the following two nights. This final was won by Alyosha, with a song called Be Free. All was not over yet, as it transpired that Be Free had been on an album that had been released two years previously. Alyosha was allowed to remain as the Ukrainian representative, but with Sweet People. A credible and unlikely 10th place in the final must have made all the effort worthwhile.

Two moments to forget both involved the Russian song. Not many people saw Lost and Forgotten as having the remotest chance of reaching the final. As a result, there was enormous surprise when Russia was revealed as a finalist. What darkened the moment was the booing that emanated from parts of the audience where fans were sitting. Like sulky schoolgirls, they couldn’t let Peter Nalitch enjoy his moment as they indulged in some behaviour more suited to a pantomime. Not content with this, there was more booing, possibly by the same people, when Peter performed in the final itself.

There must have been red faces among the security staff after the Spanish performance. Somehow, a man who seemed to be trying to make a name for himself by interrupting major events, managed to evade security staff and join Daniel Diges and his team on the stage. Fortunately, he wasn’t there to cause harm, only to join in. To Daniels enormous credit, be continued as if nothing had happened, and most viewers probably didn’t realise anything was wrong. In the interests of fairness, Daniel was allowed to perform again after the last song had finished.  

In 2009, the EBU had re-introduced the juries to the voting, to work alongside the public televote on a 50/50 basis. This had only been in the final, although a special jury had nominated a wildcard from each semi-final. In 2010, the national juries were present for the semi-finals as well as the final; their votes were combined with the public to produce the 1-8, 10 and 12 points scoring system.

Hungary, Andorra, Czech Republic and Montenegro all withdrew from the contest, while Georgia returned after choosing to sit out in 2009.

Niamh Kavanagh and Feminnem both made their second song contest appearance. Germany’s Lena enjoyed the experience so much (well, she did win, after all) that she asked to sing again in the 2011 contest.

2010 - Final

Basic information
Date: 
29 May 2010
Contest type: 
Grand Final
Venue: 
Telenor Arena
Broadcaster: 
NRK
Presenter(s): 
Erik Solbakken, Haddy Jatou N'jie & Nadia Hasnaoui
About the contest: 

For the first time in nearly thirty years, the contest was won by Germany. Famed for its anthemic ballads (usually with an ‘everyone should love everyone else’ type theme) and blatant europop, the song that finally brought success is a stylish, contemporary pop song that would have slotted neatly into the charts without looking out of place. The victory by one of the ‘Big 4’ also put an end to the theory that one of these countries would never win the contest again. It was thought that they were at a great disadvantage, as all of their competitors would already be familiar to the audience.

The process of selecting a song proved drawn out for Belarus and Ukraine. Five piece vocal group, 3+2, were selected by an internal jury to perform a song called Far Away, an up-tempo, rock based number. However, and not for the first time in the history of the former USSR member, the song that as originally selected would not be the one to go to the contest.  National broadcaster, BTRC, allowed 3+2 to change the song. The more peaceful and anthemic Butterflies was chosen instead.

The situation in Ukraine was even more complicated. The first singer to be selected was Vasyl Lazarovich with the song, I Love You. However, broadcaster NTU decided that the internal selection process had been unfair and so organised a new final, this time open to a public vote. To say it was organised in a hurry would be an understatement. Writers had only 24 hours to enter a song and the chosen songs were shown on television over the following two nights. This final was won by Alyosha, with a song called Be Free. All was not over yet, as it transpired that Be Free had been on an album that had been released two years previously. Alyosha was allowed to remain as the Ukrainian representative, but with Sweet People. A credible and unlikely 10th place in the final must have made all the effort worthwhile.

Two moments to forget both involved the Russian song. Not many people saw Lost and Forgotten as having the remotest chance of reaching the final. As a result, there was enormous surprise when Russia was revealed as a finalist. What darkened the moment was the booing that emanated from parts of the audience where fans were sitting. Like sulky schoolgirls, they couldn’t let Peter Nalitch enjoy his moment as they indulged in some behaviour more suited to a pantomime. Not content with this, there was more booing, possibly by the same people, when Peter performed in the final itself.

There must have been red faces among the security staff after the Spanish performance. Somehow, a man who seemed to be trying to make a name for himself by interrupting major events, managed to evade security staff and join Daniel Diges and his team on the stage. Fortunately, he wasn’t there to cause harm, only to join in. To Daniels enormous credit, be continued as if nothing had happened, and most viewers probably didn’t realise anything was wrong. In the interests of fairness, Daniel was allowed to perform again after the last song had finished.  

In 2009, the EBU had re-introduced the juries to the voting, to work alongside the public televote on a 50/50 basis. This had only been in the final, although a special jury had nominated a wildcard from each semi-final. In 2010, the national juries were present for the semi-finals as well as the final; their votes were combined with the public to produce the 1-8, 10 and 12 points scoring system.

Hungary, Andorra, Czech Republic and Montenegro all withdrew from the contest, while Georgia returned after choosing to sit out in 2009.

Niamh Kavanagh and  Feminnem both made their second song contest appearance. Germany’s Lena enjoyed the experience so much (well, she did win, after all) that she asked to sing again in the 2011 contest.

Planned Eurovision Concert Cancelled at the Eleventh Hour

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The excitement was no doubt huge for many when an invitation for an upcoming Eurovision concert was sent to their mailbox from the Norwegian Eurovision Fan Club, OGAE Norway. Excitement quickly turned to disappointment however, when it was announced on Friday that the event organiser had no choice but to pull the plug on the imminent concert.

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