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16 minutes ago, Msig said:

 

And I think someone might have been a little inspired by the Rebel Heart Tour performance of "Illuminati"

 

:lmao: For sure ! 

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11 minutes ago, Jazzy Jan said:

Go Kate - so over the top but something different for Australia. 

 

It’s ghastly 😵

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12 minutes ago, windsor67 said:

It’s ghastly 😵

:lol: it is a real eccentric type of Eurovision entry.  Kate is a trained opera singer and is using that side of her voice in force.  I imagine they will do a lot more work on the staging for Eurovision.  

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2 hours ago, Msig said:

That's how it used to be regarded in Sweden, too, during the 1990s and early 2000s. But Swedish television made a serious effort of changing the attitude of the Swedish music industry towards the contest. It has paid off to the extent that songs that have competed in their national Eurovision selection dominate local charts from February-June.

Internationally successful songwriters and producers such as RedOne, Desmond Child and Robert "Mutt" Lange have all entered songs into the Swedish selections in recent years.

But the BBC has tried too. We've tried various ways of picking a song in different styles of competition but we just end up with X-factor style rejects.

However, part of the problem is we know we're unpopular ever since we invaded Iraq. That really changed things. And now with Brexit we're disliked even more so we know we're going to bomb. 

And we do think it's hilarious when we come last. It's just one of those things.

It will change one day, especially if Brexit is cancelled (which it could still be).

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2 hours ago, jonski43 said:

But the BBC has tried too. We've tried various ways of picking a song in different styles of competition but we just end up with X-factor style rejects.

However, part of the problem is we know we're unpopular ever since we invaded Iraq. That really changed things. And now with Brexit we're disliked even more so we know we're going to bomb. 

And we do think it's hilarious when we come last. It's just one of those things.

It will change one day, especially if Brexit is cancelled (which it could still be).

UK being unpopular? What a lame excuse for not giving a damn! :lol:

Russia, despite being very unpopular all over Europe ever since they invaded parts of Ukraine in early 2014, managed to finish 7th in 2014, 2nd in 2015 and 3rd in 2016. Their entry even won the public vote in 2016!

No, the real issue is that the Eurovision team at BBC, who are in charge of selecting the songs taking part in the UK national selection, have an outdated and distorted view of what the Eurovision Song Contest is all about and what it takes to do well in the contest.

You need a top-notch creative team (songwriters/producers/choreographers) and a strong vocalist who is used to performing on live television. And preferably a song that is either co-written by the performing artist or, alternatively, written specifically for that artist. It also speaks volumes that most of the songs in the 4 most recent UK finals have been written by Danish or Swedish songwriters, often with no British people on the team.

If a song isn't good enough to chart in the country it's representing, it isn't good enough for Eurovision!

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1 hour ago, Msig said:

UK being unpopular? What a lame excuse for not giving a damn! :lol:

Russia, despite being very unpopular all over Europe ever since they invaded parts of Ukraine in early 2014, managed to finish 7th in 2014, 2nd in 2015 and 3rd in 2016. Their entry even won the public vote in 2016!

No, the real issue is that the Eurovision team at BBC, who are in charge of selecting the songs taking part in the UK national selection, have an outdated and distorted view of what the Eurovision Song Contest is all about and what it takes to do well in the contest.

You need a top-notch creative team (songwriters/producers/choreographers) and a strong vocalist who is used to performing on live television. And preferably a song that is either co-written by the performing artist or, alternatively, written specifically for that artist. It also speaks volumes that most of the songs in the 4 most recent UK finals have been written by Danish or Swedish songwriters, often with no British people on the team.

If a song isn't good enough to chart in the country it's representing, it isn't good enough for Eurovision!

Preach! 

One can argue that countries like Germany or Serbia are unpopular too yet they managed to win. Serbia even won with a song which was performed in Serbian and not in English.

If a song/performance is good, then the viewers will vote for it, regardless of the country. Simple as that.

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Montenegro will be represented by D-moll and their song "Heaven".

IMO, the worst possible song won the Montenegrin final 🙄

 

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Mahmood just won the 2019 Sanremo Festival with the song "Soldi", meaning that he has the right to represent Italy at Eurovision.

However, it has prevously happened that the winners of Sanremo declined the offer to go to Eurovision, most recently in 2017, in which case the broadcaster selects an act for Eurovision from among the other participants of the Sanremo Festival.

 

UPDATE: It has now been confirmed that "Soldi" will be Italy's entry in ESC 2019

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Kobi Marimi will be representing Israel on home ground in ESC 2019. His entry will be selected internally and revealed at a later stage.

Here's his performance of The Beatles' "Let It Be" from the final of HaKokhav HaBa L'Eurovizion, the reality singing competition used to select Israel's Eurovision entrants since 2015.

http://www.mako.co.il/tv-the-next-star/video?subChannelId=16cbb271192e8610VgnVCM2000002a0c10acRCRD&vcmid=8edb542d273e8610VgnVCM2000002a0c10acRCRD

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On 2/9/2019 at 3:12 PM, jonski43 said:

And we do think it's hilarious when we come last. It's just one of those things.

Don’t flatter yourself, it’s us the Germans who usually end up with zero points 🤪 

But yeah, it has become sort of a masochist pleasure to us as well. 

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11 minutes ago, Lolo said:

Don’t flatter yourself, it’s us the Germans who usually end up with zero points 🤪 

But yeah, it has become sort of a masochist pleasure to us as well. 

😂 Perhaps Merkel and May should join together and sing 'I got you babe'?

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The next countries to select or reveal their entries are Poland (15 February), Estonia/Slovenia/Croatia/Latvia (16 February) and Romania (17 February)

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After having been rumoured as the Greek entrant for quite some time, Greek-Canadian singer/songwriter Katerine Duska has now been confirmed as the Greek representative in ESC 2019.

Her song for Eurovision will be released in March, so here's her biggest hit so far:

 

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Just revealed: Tulia will be representing Poland at ESC 2019!  😍 Tulia is an all-female vocal group known for having revived "white voice", a traditional Eastern European style of singing. Their Eurovision entry will be announced at a later date, but two of their previously released songs would be eligible to enter:

 

 

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@Msig Homophobic jury completely sabotaged Luka's performance for Croatian final, Roko will be representing Croatia

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On 2/15/2019 at 3:42 PM, Msig said:

Just revealed: Tulia will be representing Poland at ESC 2019!  😍 Tulia is an all-female vocal group known for having revived "white voice", a traditional Eastern European style of singing. Their Eurovision entry will be announced at a later date, but two of their previously released songs would be eligible to enter:

 

 

Interesting, mainly for the folklore. The songs are rather meh though. But yes, I recognize that singing style from former soviet related cultures. 

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 so in shame that I'm from Croatia 

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10 hours ago, M_Sinner said:

@Msig Homophobic jury completely sabotaged Luka's performance for Croatian final, Roko will be representing Croatia

I only heard the winning song. Not too impressed. And his outfit is so tacky.

And the songs chosen by Latvia and Slovenia are sooo sleep-inducing 🙄

 

Estonia also chose its entry Saturday night, performed by Swedish singer Victor Crone.

 

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Her victory in the Romanian final was very surprising and somewhat controversial, as she placed only 8th in the public vote, but it's official now: Ester Peony will represent Romania with the song "On a Sunday".

 

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