Category Archives: 2016 Eurovision Song Contest

Oscar Zia releases new single ‘Skuggor’

Oscar Zia has released a brand new song entitled Skuggor (Shadows). It is a downbeat pop ballad performed in the Swedish language.

Skuggor is available to buy or stream via all good digital stores including Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music and many more.

Oscar Zia took part in the 2014 and 2016 Melodifestivalen shows with Yes We Can and Human and will be one of the hosts in the forthcoming Mello semi-final 2 in Sweden.

You can see the official visualiser video clip of Skuggor below.

Source: ESC Covers


Samra releases new song ‘Biri Yox, Biri Var’

Samra from the video clip of ‘Biri Yox, Biri Var’

Samra has released her latest song and it is called Biri Yox, Biri Var (One no, one there). It is a laid back r’n’b flavour song with a tight production.

Biri Yox, Biri Var is composed by OD. The beat is by Clavis and the mix and mastering are by Drek and edited and operated by Ali Farhad.

Samra represented Azerbaijan at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with Miracle.

You can read more about Samra here.

Source: ESC Covers; I.BAX. © 2020; “mikpro” MMC


Samra returns with ‘Queen’ single

Samra @samraeurovision
Samra @samraeurovision

Samra is back with a brand new song entitled Queen. The track is stylish and upbeat and radio friendly.

Queen is composed by  Erik Dahlqvist, Dino Medanhodzic and Johanna Jansson.  The mix and mastering is by Dino Medanhodzic and the project producer is Ilaha Baxshiyeva. The graphic design and motion is thanks to Amal Alili / BEAT Group. The mastering for music platforms is by Rustam Rzayev / BEAT Group.

The song, Queen, is available to purchase or stream via most digital stores.

Samra represented Azerbaijan at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with the anthemic Miracle.

You can hear Samra and Queen below.

Source: ESC Covers

Big talent on 2016 Pinkove Zvezde kids talent show…with some Eurovision covers

mARTIJA Elena Marko Darija Antonia

The 2016 Pinkove Zvezde kids tv talent show broadcast Serbia, FYR Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Balkans has discovered some gems this year. Martija Stanojković was on the show and has been selected to represent FYR Macedonia at the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta in November. She finished in the runner up position including performing a charming version of the song Vlak.

However, there were also outstanding singers like Elena Bimbiloska, from FYR Macedonia, who included in her songs an amazing performance of Crno i belo (Kaliopi –  2012 ESC FYR Macedonia). The winner of the show was Marko Bošnjak from Prozor-Rama in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Another fine Macedonia singer in the show was Antonia Gigovska. She performed Vrati mi go sonceto and gave a confident and classy show. Finally, we have to look at Darija Vračević from Belgrade in Serbia. She sang Brazil (Bebi Dol – 1991 ESC Yugoslavia). This performance was adorable and full of charm.

You can see performances from Pinkove Zvedze from the artists mentioned below.

Source: Pinkove Zvezde/You Tube; Renata Koleva; ESC Covers – photos:



Christina Magrin will represent Malta at the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Christina Magrin {copyright: TVM/PBS}
Christina Magrin {copyright: TVM/PBS}

Malta recently held a national selection to find their competitor for the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest on their home ground on 20 November. 20 finalists took part performing a cover version song. The winning act was 13 years old, Christina Magrin, who performed a marvellous version of the Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand hit, No More Tears. Voting was 75% jury and 25% televoting.

The 20 finalists and cover songs were –

Miguel BonelloFifth Element, Diva Dance
Kira Copperstone – Listen
Dylan CurmiSee You Again
Francesca DimechDear Future Husband
Layla FitouriAnd I Am Telling You
Fusion In Love With A Monster
Francesca GrimaTitanium
Krista Hili Glitter And Gold
Rachel Lowell I Surrender
Kaylie MagriWhen We Were Young
Christina Magrin No More Tears
Eila MangionListen
Cledia MicallefBring Him Home
Alexia MicallefThe Silence
Luana Mifsud – Wrecking Ball
Veronica RotinI Will Always Love You
Justine Shorfid I’d Rather Go Blind
Lisa-Marie TaboneAt Last
Mariah-Nicola VellaAll I Ask
Chanelle Zarb Hollow

The song for Christina for the 2016 JESC will be announced at a later date. In the meantime you can see her perform No More Tears below.

Source:; ESC Covers

Euro stars perform at Zhara Fest in Azerbaijan

Samra with Filip Kirkorov {copyright: SamraEurovision/}
Samra with Filip Kirkorov {copyright: SamraEurovision/}

For the first time there is a new festival in Baku, Azerbaijan featuring many Russian and Azeri singers including many acts from Eurovision. It was a two day event held at the Sea Breeze recreation centre. The organisers of the event were international recording artists from Azerbaijan, Emin (he performed during the interval at the Eurovision final in Baku in 2012), Grigory Leps and Sergey Kozhevnikov (both stars from Russia).

Amongst the acts to grace the Zhara Fest stage were Polina Gagarina (2015 ESC Russia), Ani Lorak (2008 ESC Ukraine), Alexey Vorobyov (2011 ESC Russia), Tomas N’Evergreen (2010 ESC Denmark), Svetlana Laboda (2009 ESC Ukraine), Filip Kirkorov (1995 ESC Russia) and Samra (2016 ESC Azerbaijan).

Source: facebook/SamraEurovision;; ESC Covers

2016 Eurovision Song Contest – first semi-final results

Top 10 qualifiers from 2016 ESC First semi-final {copyright: ESC Covers}
Top 10 qualifiers from 2016 ESC First semi-final {copyright: ESC Covers}

The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest kicked off in style with the first semi-final tonight. 18 countries competed and 10 acts qualified for the final on Saturday.

The 10 lucky countries to make it were –

  • Azerbaijan
  • Russia
  • The Netherlands
  • Hungary
  • Croatia
  • Austria
  • Armenia
  • Czech Republic
  • Cyprus
  • Malta

There were brief live clips recorded at the jury semi-final show of three of Saturday’s automatic finalists – France, Spain, Sweden

Zoe and the Austrian delegation awaiting the results {copyright: ESC Covers}
Zoe and the Austrian delegation awaiting the results {copyright: ESC Covers}


Tonight we see the first semi-final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. From my point of view I give my predictions of the possible outcome with marks out of 10 –

1.Finland: Sing It Away Sandhja – 5
2.Greece: Utopian Land Argo – 7
3.Moldova: Falling Stars  Lidia Isac – 7
4.Hungary: Pioneer Freddie – 5
5.Croatia: Lighthouse sung by Nina Kraljić – 6
6.Netherlands: Slow Down Douwe Bob – 6
7.Armenia: LoveWave Iveta Mukuchyan – 8
8.San Marino: I Didn’t Know  Serhat – 5
9.Russia: You Are The Only One  Sergey Lazarev – 10
10.Czech Republic: I Stand  Gabriela Gunčíková – 5
11.Cyprus: Alter Ego Minus One – 7
12.Austria: Loin d’ici ZOË – 8
13.Estonia: Play Jüri Pootsmann – 4
14.Azerbaijan: Miracle  Samra – 10
15.Montenegro: The Real Thing Highway – 2
16.Iceland: Hear Them Calling Greta Salóme – 7
17.Bosnia & Herzegovina: Ljubav Je Dalal, Deen, Ana & Jala – 7
18.Malta: Walk on Water  Ira Losco – 7