The group Takasa, representing Switzerland at this year's Eurovision Song Contest, found some time to answer our questions right after one of their rehearsals in Malmö and they even delighted us singing a typical Swiss song. You can see it in this video interview, which has been recorded in 3D.
Following a rather bland rendition of You And Me by Takasa on Thursday, Takasa really have to turn on the charm to convince those of us watching that they deserve a place in the final. The Salvation Soldiers have to pull out all of the stops if they are to prove themselves worthy of a spot in the final.
Dutch entrant Anouk has an explosive career to look back on in her native Netherlands. Since her breakthrough, platinum sales and sell out concerts have become the norm. Upon the release of her Eurovision entry Birds however, Anouk has just broken quite a special record in the Netherlands which hopefully is an omen for her success in Malmö.
Comments made by Tore Johansson, producer of Anouk's forthcoming album caused great unease last week when he publicly commented that he didn't think the Dutch entry would amount to much in Malmö. Anouk, outspoken as ever defended the song and an excerpt of the song was performed for thr first time yesterday.
The deadline for submissions for the Swiss national selections came to a close yesterday, with a sizeable downturn in entries registered compared to last year. The list of submitted entries includes some suprising names and shows considerable overseas interest.
In accordance with tradition, OGAE Portugal usually think big when attracting stars to their annual concert in Setúbal, just outside of Lisbon. This year is no exception either with quite a few fan favourites taking to the stage at the open air José Aflonso Auditorium.
Pierre Kartner, the man who brought us (or some might say unleashed upon us) Sieneke's Ik Ben Verliefd (Sha-La-Lie) as well as hits under the guise of Father Abraham with the Smurfs in the 70's is the latest to announce his interest in next year's Dutch selection, the Nationaal Songfestival.
Despite a disappointing result in Baku for Joan Franka and her entry You And Me, it wasn't all bad news for Dutch broadcaster TROS. The revamp of Nationaal Songfestival with John De Mol at the helm resulted in a number of triumphs for the channel.
When Dutch singer Joan Franka performed in the second semi-final of the recently held Eurovision Song Contest in Baku she was affected by technical problems as she was unable to hear the best sound. The German crew behind it confirms the problem.