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MELODIFESTIVAL 2021 – HOSTS

The hosts for the Melodifestivalen 2021 have been announced. Some familiar names will be hosting the shows –

  • Semi-final 1 – Lena Philipsson
  • Semi-final 2 – Anis Don Demina & Oscar Zia
  • Semi-final 3 – Jason Diakité
  • Semi-final 4 – Per Andersson
  • Andra chansen (second chance) – Shirley Clamp
  • The final – Måns Zelmerlöw & Shima Niavarani

Lena Philipsson represented Sweden at the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest with It Hurts and has participated in many Melodifestivalen competitions over the years.

Anis Don Demina has participated on the Melodifestivalen stage in 2018 (with Samir & Viktor) and 2019 (with Zeana) and in his own right in 2020 with the song Vem e som oss.

Oscar Zia took part in the 2014 and 2016 Melodifestivalen shows with Yes We Can and Human respectively.

Jason Diakité is also known as Timbuktu and is a Swedish rapper.

Per Andersson is a comedian and actor in Sweden.

Shirley Clamp is well known to Eurovision fans. She has participated in the Melodifestivalen on six occasions – 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011 and 2014.

Måns Zelmerlöw of course won the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden in 2015 with Heroes.

Shima Niavarani is a Swedish-Iranian actress and singer.

Executive producer, Christer Björkman, will also be heavily involved again with this being the 20th Melodifestivalen competition.

Source: ESC Covers; SVT

 

 

MANS ZELMERLOW – SWEDISH TOUR

We got the following press release from Helene Wigren in Stockholm, Sweden. Unfortunately it was in Swedish, so we had to use Google translator.

Måns Zelmerlöw is finally back live after a time break with some exclusive dates in connection with the release of the new album “TIME” in October, the tour makes four stops in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Falun.

Last spring, Måns Zelmerlöw broke three years of silence and finally released new music. The first single came as early as March and was a duet with Dotter “Walk with Me” – the song quickly became a radio hit, passing 7 million streams these days.

In May, a total of three singles were released within two days; “Better Now”, “Grow Up to Be You” and “Fuego” who all quickly became big favorites on the radio and are still climbing the charts. The songs gave us a taste of the upcoming album “TIME” which will be released October 18th. We can now also confirm that Måns goes out on a Sweden tour in connection with release and visits Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Falun in October.

Måns is one of Sweden’s biggest artists and with him in the luggage he has a profit in Eurovision, something many artists can only dream of. The song “Heroes” with which he won Eurovision has today streamed over 100 million times on Spotify! With the music’s new music, Måns has established himself as one of Europe’s biggest pop stars.

” I am so incredibly excited in coming back to Sweden and getting to play at home again! It is always best to play at home in Sweden and in the fall you will see that something completely new,” says Måns.

The tour starts on October 18 at KB in Malmö and then continues to Nalen in Stockholm, Falu Bowling & Krog in Falun and ends on October 27 at Trädgår’n in Gothenburg. We long to finally see Måns Zelmerlöw live at home!

Date:

18/10 – KB, Malmö
25/10 – Nalen, Stockholm
26/10 – Falu Bowling & Krog, Falun
27/10 – Trädgår’n, Gothenburg

Tickets will be released at 9am on Friday, August 23rd via LiveNation.se

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SAN MARINO CANDIDATE – JULIAN LESINSKI

Julian Lesinski is a 27 years old Polish vocalist, theater actor and radio journalist.

He’s a winner of several polish song contests. As a student of acting school, he had performed in theater in Cracov. After that he finished Music & Drama School in 2015. For five years, he worked as radio presenter when he broadcast a program about Eurovision songs.

His first EP was released in 2016 and is avaible in Spotify and website. This year his new singiel ‘Mistrzu’ (eng. ‘Master’) reached almost 15000 views since September. Now Julian is working at new single, which probably will be submit in polish national finals.

As the biggest fan of Eurovision Song Contest and great vocalist, he’s trying his best in San Marino’s ‘Internet Candidate for ESC 2018’ with cover of Charlotte Perrelli’s ‘Hero’.

The most inspiring for him is Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Dami Im, Iveta Mukuchyan, Poli Genova, Helena Paparizou, Roger Cicero, Jamala, Kristian Kostov, Mans Zelmerlow, Loreen, Ann Sophie, Lisa Angell, Guy Sebastian, Magdalena Tul, Sergej Ćetković and Charlotte Perrelli of course.

Contact:
FB fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/julian.lesinski
Website: https://www.lesinskiart.pl
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3khKZKsrZhjK161pxLDgCc
YT: https://www.youtube.com/user/julianno17
E-mail: lesinski.art@gmail.com

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MELODIFESTIVAL FAVOURITES – 2002 to 2016

Here is the favourites from Katja Marie Lund of Slovenia

2002: Kikki, Bettan & Lotta
2003: Fame
2004: Fame
2005: Nanne Grönvall
2006: Carola
2007: Måns Zelmerlöw
2008: BWO
2009: Lili & Susie
2010: Timoteij
2011: Linda Bengtzing
2012: Loreen
2013: Martin Rolinski
2014: Alcazar
2015: Magnus Carlsson
2016: Ace Wilder

MELODIFESTIVAL FAVOURITES – 2002 to 2016

Here is my favourites from 2002 until 2016

2002 – Jan Johansen,

2003 – Jan Johansen & Pernilla Wahlgren tied with Fame,

2004 – Shirley Clamp,

2005 – Shirley Clamp (again),

2006 – Evan,

2007 – Magnus Carlsson,

2008 – Charlotte Perrelli,

2009 – Malena Ernman,

2010 – Timoteij,

2011 – Jenny Silver,

2012 – nothing, I really did not like a single song

2013 – Martin Rolinski

2014 – Cajasastina Akerstrom

2015 – Måns Zelmerlöw

2016 – Samir & Viktor

Måns Zelmerlöw to perform in Iceland

Måns Zelmerlöw, winner of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, will perform at the Icelandic Finals this year.
On the 11th of March the six final Icelandic entries will compete in Laugardalshöll Arena for the chance to represent Iceland in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, Ukraine.
Last year´s guests of honour was Loreen, winner of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan, with her entry “Euphoria” and the Sandra Kim the Belgian singer who won Eurovision Song Contest 1986 with the song “J’aime la vie” .
This year, Swedish Måns Zelmerlöw, is set to perform at least two songs at the Icelandic finals in the Laugardalshöll Arena.
His entry, “Heroes”, was the winning act at the 2015 event in Vienna, Austria.
The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most popular televised events in Iceland and Zelmerlöw´s performance is much anticipated by the fans. The Swedish heart throb is likely to set some hearts aflutter.
Info from Icelandic head of press – David Luther
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LONELY PLANET COMPETITION – ENTRY NUMBER SIXTEEN

Stockholm – super special by Michaela Sowden from Australia
Very little could have surpassed Copenhagen 2014 for me. I mean Conchita winning was my height of my longstanding following of Eurovision. Just amazing! Then to go to Vienna in 2015 was brilliant. How could anything get better?
My expectations of Sweden was up there. It was once again a family affair with number two son, his girlfriend and number two daughter. We were meeting up in Stockholm, after a brief get together in my original home town of Klagenfurt, Austria.
My first high arrived before leaving for Stockholm. I received the news that my fan accreditation had come through. I was on cloud nine! Such a coveted trophy, one that was not expected. My mood was set.
Arriving in Stockholm was traumatic, for the first time in years, me a seasoned traveller had not booked a seat on the train to Stockholm from Copenhagen. What was I thinking? We managed to get on the train. Asked the conductor about seats, and were told we had could have a seat til one  and a half hours out of Stockholm. Then we would have to stand., which wouldn’t have been so bad, as the luggage was safe and secure, and my plan was to visit the dining car. Hmm, did not go down to well with Elle. So off we hopped onto the next train, three hours out of Stockholm, at a train station that was not user friendly. Finally found the next train to Stockholm, to be told that there were no seats at all. With some swift negotiating, some very desperate expressions on our face, and stating we would be happy to stand all the way to Stockholm, with some visits to the Dining car, the conductor softened and let us on. Yes we had to pay for seats, OK in the dining car and had to promise to move around, but hey we were again on our way to Stockholm! We eventually found somewhere to store our luggage, after Elle as punishment for her bad advice rearranged the luggage area. We spent the whole time in the dining car, with occasional movement around the train separately, ( he never said he had to move around together) eating and drinking our way to Stockholm. We arrived late but still managed to meet up with some really great people that afternoon.
Love Sweden! Thoroughly enjoyed the ABBA Museum. One memory that will stay with me was my rendition of Diggy loo in Swedish, a language I have no knowledge of, thankfully though being saved by a fellow fan.
The red carpet was phenomenal, and I had to endure the wrath of Elle, as that coveted selfie of her and Måns did not happen due to camera malfunction. There were so many opportunities to run into the stars and get a selfie. I gave a few koala away, one to a very grateful Eneda from Albania.
Oh, the press center was just fantastic. I loved manning  that fan desk for three hours, even if I was alone! I had fun talking to all the press and to get their opinions.
The people I met up with are just the best in the world!
Would I do this again? Of course, the Eurovision bug has bitten me, once a fan, always a fan.
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LONELY PLANET COMPETITION – ENTRY NUMBER FOURTEEN

Globen B.E and Globen A.E by Sevket Yigit from the United States of America
It is 2009. We are in Stockholm for a week for vacation. Scandinavia has always been one of the places we wanted to visit and here we are in the capital of Scandinavia. We keep seeing Globen on the horizon crouching like an alien ship at the far end of Gotgatan in Sodermalm. We decide to pay a visit to this architectural marvel. It is a chilly April day walking over the bridge connecting Tunnelbana to the white globe which now looks more grey than white as we get closer. Everything looks deserted and quiet, not much of an energy in this neighborhood at this time of the year. The visit starts with a quick video presentation in the SkyView lobby (by the way, only thing I remember from this presentation is the famous “Welcome Europe “greeting delivered by the Swedish girl in the opening act of ESC 2000) Then we proceed to the slow climb with the SkyView elevator up to the top. The view is nothing but disappointing. I remember standing up in the air in vast grayness and see residential buildings all around. Is that all? Did I pay all that just to see Swedish suburban homes and project apartments? And we can’t even go inside the arena? Bummer. I am mad.
It is 2016. We are back to Stockholm and we will be in Globen arena not once but four times. Walking over the same bridge connecting the subway station to the arena again for the first semifinal, we hear the songs of this year playing as a welcoming gesture to the guests. There are people selling flags and earplugs (ha ha, no thanks! my eardrums are ready for the high notes). Someone hands me a free Austrian flag. It must be Eurovision serendipity because Zoe with her song “Loin d’ici” is my favorite.
During our four visits to Globen, it is a chain of amusing moments we experience with other people. Here are some, noteworthy of mentioning:
Security is tight this year in an anticipation of a possible terror attack. We are already used to living in these difficult times in USA and happy to see Sweden is taking this seriously. Going through the security, a girl approaches to me and asks me if she can check me. I say “Yes”. In many parts of the world, being checked by the opposite sex can be a big no no but in a very liberal country like Sweden where gender boundaries are completely eliminated who cares really. She gives me a thorough exam including my ass cheeks getting their share of delicate touch. Of course I am clear and I say “ Thank you, I didn’t know the ticket came with the free deep tissue Swedish massage.” It is all laughters afterwards.
It is the first semifinal that we are standing next to the pedestal on the right where Mans and Petra come every now then and do their presentations. I get a glimpse of smile from Mans while snapping a photo of him. Petra is having hard time to climb up and down the stairs with high heels biting her lips with distress but back to her normal smiley face when the camera light is on. We immediately become friends with the security guy by the pedestal and spend most of our time chatting with him. We say “Thank you for keeping everything safe and in order” to the security guy before we leave and he says which I think must be Swedish politeness “ Thank you for being responsible and making my job easy”. Ha ha..Did I really have a choice of being naughty?
It is the second semifinal I am seated next to a father and a teenager son who came all the way from a small village near Gothenburg to see their favorite which is no surprise Norway. Working with kids everyday at my job, I immediately click with the young boy. He is so passionate about Eurovision. He pokes me every couple of minutes to express his feelings and show his knowledge : “ Look at the dome, it is beautiful isn’t it?” “ Do you know Agnete is actually a Sami?” This goes on and on. I feel happy that a bright new Eurovision fan generation is blooming already.
On the final night, we decide to hang out in the Globen lobby for a while and visit some of the exhibits. There is an SVT exhibit and they are giving a free subscription if we get into a draw after answering some Eurovision related questions. It must be easy peasy you would think. The girl at the exhibit gives us the questions. One question is “ How many times did Sweden win ESC?” So I start counting all the Swedish winners starting from Herreys to Mans. I can see the girl’s raised eyebrows and the grin on her face. I know I am doing something wrong and not getting the answer correct. I keep reciting the winners several times forgetting ABBA each time. When I finally get it, it is a big explosion of laughters.
For me, timeline is divided into two as Globen B.E (before Eurovision) and Globen A.E (after Eurovision) now. The vast grayness and emptiness of Globen 2009 has now become a spectrum of colors and sounds in Globen 2016 with different timbres of human touch. The togetherness, laughs, chuckles, love and banter we shared under this globe has now made everything complete.

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EUROVISION – YOU DECIDE SHOW IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

Former Winners Take to the Stage for Eurovision: You Decide as Tickets go on General Sale

Eurovision Song Contest royalty will be taking to the stage at the United Kingdom national selection show Eurovision: You Decide.The two show stopping former winners will perform live in a bid to inspire the six competing acts who will battle for the honour of representing the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

The BBC today confirms that current Eurovision champion and Eurovision 2016 co-host Måns Zelmerlöw will appear, to sing his winning song from last year’s contest “Heroes” plus former United Kingdom Eurovision Song Contest entry Katrina will also perform with the winning song from the 1997 competition “Love Shine a Light”

Katrina says: “I can’t believe it has been nearly 20 years since we won the contest back in 1997, it’s definitely time for another UK win in the competition! Eurovision is a very special event and is something that stays with you forever – it’s always an honour to perform to such passionate crowds and it is a thrill to be doing it again at the UK National Final.”

Hosted live from The O2 Forum Kentish Town by Mel Giedroyc, the 90 minute UK Eurovision extravaganza will be broadcast live on Friday 26th February on BBC Four featuring performances by six competing acts before the voting lines open and the public are invited to choose the song and act that will represent the United Kingdom at this year’s contest in Sweden.

The six competing acts will be revealed on Monday 22 February on The Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2.

Tickets to attend Eurovision: You Decide will go on sale onFriday 22 January at 10 am via bbc.co.uk/eurovision

Notes to Editors

Eurovision: You Decide will be broadcast live on BBC Four on Friday 26 February at 7.30pm.
The show will also be available to watch via eurovision.tv

Måns Zelmerlöw and Katrina were announced as special guest acts on Friday 22 January on The Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2.

Tickets to attend the event will cost £35 and are available via bbc.co.uk/eurovision

Eurovision: You Decide will be Exec Produced by Guy Freeman and Produced by Helen Riddell.

BBC Music comprises of new partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives led by Director Bob Shennan. Since launching with the stunning recreation of God Only Knows in Autumn 2014, commissions have included the BBC Music Awards on BBC One, the classical music initiative for schools ‘Ten Pieces’ and BBC Music Day, bringing communities across the UK together through music. Other highlights have included Adele at the BBC for BBC One, The Mercury Prize for BBC Four and 6 Music and a raft of exciting commissions exclusively for BBC iPlayer including Amy Winehouse in her Own Words, Elton Live at Eden, Festival Pass with Rudimental and Duran Duran and Music Box with Guy Garvey. Festivals come alive on our digital platforms, with world leading coverage of Glastonbury, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and a whole host of unique events. BBC Four is the home of music programming with 2016 highlights including with People’s History of Pop, Part-Time Band, The Most Dangerous Band in the World: The Story of Guns N’ Roses and Daft Punk Unchained.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2016/eurovision-you-decide

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