Category Archives: 2015 Eurovision Song Contest

Måns Zelmerlöw & Polina Gagarina release ‘Circles and Squares’

Måns Zelmerlöw & Polina Gagarina have collaborated on a dream team duet for the song Circles and Squares. It is the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2021 Official Song to be held in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Måns Zelmerlöw launches his own wine – Cava: Hola MZ Cava

Måns Zelmerlöw has launched his own wine called Cava: Hola MZ Cava by Måns Zelmerlöw. It is a dry, healthy and fruity Cava that is both organic and vegan.

Måns won the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden with Heroes and is one of the presenters at the Melodifestivalen 2021 shows.

Launching a Cava was obvious for Måns, as Spain is his great source of inspiration when it comes to both food and wine. Måns lived for a time partly in Barcelona where he spent a lot of time writing music and enjoying the culture, the weather, the relaxed lifestyle and the people. In Spain, his already strong interest in food and drink developed further.

After a few weeks in Barcelona, ​​I started to find restaurants that the locals went to and got my first “real” tapas experiences. We sat for hours and ordered right after right, drank Cava late into the night and just enjoyed. With an enormous love for Barcelona in particular, and the surrounding nature, it feels extremely exciting that I have had the opportunity to make a Cava together with Hermansson & Co and the producer Barcelona Brands SL, says Måns Zelmerlöw.

Cava: Hola MZ Cava by Måns Zelmerlöw is available for purchase in Systembolaget’s order assortment.

Måns Zelmerlöw & Polina Gagarina will soon release a duet which will be the theme to the World Figure Skating Championships taking place in Stockholm, Sweden this year.

Source: ESC Covers

Alex Larke – “Shine On” review

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Alex Larke, the male half of Electro Velvet is back with a new single, which is exclusively guest reviewed for ESCCovers by Mike Duncan of ESCKAZ:

“Debut single, a new haircut and a video filmed in part in some sun kissed location in Greece. His little sister Anna has a cameo at the start of the video with a delightful little bundle who I think is Alex’s and Tamara’s little peanut….cute, very cute…. 

Anyway onto the music. Well first a confession, I am a sucker for big strings and old style retro electronic organ so was kinda hooked right from the start. Then up pops Alex, sporting aforementioned new hair do, filling the screen with his big muff and grabbing attention. Then he sings. At first I did a bit of a double take, who is this? Where is the deep crooner from Electro Velvet, who is this (almost) falsetto geezer giving it large into the camera?? Yep, it’s him. This is a completely different style from those that know Alex from Eurovision but I kinda like it. Like I said always a sucker for big strings and a organ or two thrown in…..

I am reminded of Ocean Colour Scene from back in the 90’s and Alex’s putting on the “I’m Noel Gallagher and you better believe it” act simply adds to the whole 90’s Britpop vibe. Like I said I’m a sucker for all that….just add some more drums and a guitar riff here and there and I’m back in 1996 trying to style out a Paul Weller look and not succeeding.

Alex has moved on from his Eurovision foray a few years back, I hope he continues in this vein, much more suited to his style and voice than the flippy-flappy EV single….just needs to add in some edgy drums please and keep doing this…..well done (7.5/10)”

Alex Larke releases his debut single, ‘Shine On’ of EP ‘Disposable Love’, on February 3rd 2017. Available from all good digital retailers and streaming sites like Amazon

Alex Larke represented the UK at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, as part of Electro Velvet. More on his official site: larkemusic.com

Electro Velvet Performs at the UK’s Eurobash

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At the UK’s annual Eurobash, one of the special guests this year was the UK duo, Electro Velvet.  They actually performed their entry and took photos with fans.

When interviewed Bianca Nicholas explained her struggle this year.  When she came back from Eurovision, she followed and read all the negative press they received.  She fought back but over time she found that it actually has destroyed her confidence as a performer.  She now worries whenever she performs and gets herself in a state that she can’t mentally break out of.  She very rarely performs now so it was a real treat for her to perform for us.  She said that true Eurovision fans have been her only redemption from the experience.

Alex Larke announced that he didn’t pay attention to any of the press when he got back from Vienna and he is actually getting ready to complete his next project.  Alex has released a solo album with a fusion of different styles and will continue to grow from his experience.  He said that he didn’t regret his decision in participating in Eurovision but just wished that the UK general public would get behind their chosen entry regardless if they like it or not.

Måns brings the Heroes Tour to London

 

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As the winners tour concluded last night in Copenhagen.  Let’s have a look at some of the great moments that Måns gave us.  Back on the London leg of the tour, just outside London’s West End at the gay venue, Heaven, Måns delivered a very intimate concert to a massive crowd.  Performing most of his new album, Perfectly Damaged, but also some amazing favourites of the past.

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He pleased the crowd by performing the Melodifestivalen 2009 finalist classic, Hope & Glory but it was the Mirrors Tung Version, which was a funk rock version of the song that still had an infectious beat.

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He then sang the ever popular Cara Mia from Melodifestivalen 2007, which in my eyes still should of won of that year.

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And of course no evening would be complete without the 2015 Eurovision winner, Heroes.  Annouced by Conchita and replaying that winning moment back in Vienna.

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Overall, it was a night to remember and can’t wait for the next time that Måns stops off in London.  He is welcome back anytime.

 

Destiny Chukunyere will sing for Malta at 2015 Junior Eurovision

Destiny Chukunyere {copyright: PBS}
Destiny Chukunyere {copyright: PBS}

Malta have held the selection to find the act that will represent them at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Sofia, Bulgaria. 20 acts performed a song of their choice. The show was held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta on Saturday 11 July.

The voting was a combination of expert jury and televoting. The winning act was Destiny Chukunyere who performed her soulful version of Think originally recorded by Aretha Franklin. The song for Junior Eurovision will be revealed by PBS later in the year.

The 20 acts were –

Thea Aquilina

Haley Azzopardi

Amy Marie Borg

Ilenia Camilleri

Aidan Cassar

Destiny Chukunyere

Francesca Dimech

Kelsey Farrugia

Sarah Farrugia

Nicole Frendo

Christina Magrin

Isaac Mercieca

Raisa Marie Micallef

Sarah Micallef

Gabrielle Portelli

Veronica Rotin

Nicole Sciberras

Victoria Sciberras

Rebecca Scicluna Rizzo

Andy Shaw

You can see Destiny perform Think below.

Source: www.escflashmalta.com; www.esccovers.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuQwRncLvDY

Euro acts appear at Sunčane Skale festival in Montenegro

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The 21st edition of the popular music festival Sunčane Skale took place earlier this week in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. Many Euro acts guessed in the festival that was held over two days. The first part of the festival was a competition for lots of up and coming acts. The second night was a festival where acts performed their latest hits.

Former Eurovision acts performed at the festival including Magazin (Croatia 1995), Pamela Ramljak from Feminnem (Bosnia-Herzegovina 2005 and Croatia 2011), Jelena Tomašević (Serbia 2008), Bojana Stamenov (Serbia 2015) and Knez (Montenegro 2015).

The competition part of the festival was won by Karin Soiref from Gibraltar with Sing My Song. Karin got to perform this again as part of the festival on the second evening. Karin was later interviewed and she said she “would like to represent Gibraltar at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest”.

Source: www.esccovers.com; Balkanika tv