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Listen: Giulia Falcone & Alexandre Bertet and their charming cover of ‘One’ by U2

Giulia Falcone & Alexandre Bertet have collaborated on a beautiful cover version of the U2 song, One.  The duet was arranged so that Guilia would sing at home in Italy and Alexandre would sing and play the piano from his home in France.

The beautiful duet interpretation of One is a song of hope during these difficult times for the world.

Giulia is a 14 years old singer from Italy, who is comfortable singing pop and also classical arrangements. She has a charming voice and has already recorded such diverse songs as Caruso and Out Here On My Own. We look forward to hearing more from her in the near future.

Alexandre is a talented young musician and vocalist from Marseille in France. He was a popular contestant on The Voice Kids 5 in France. He also got to join famous French singer, Patrick Fiore (1993 ESC France) in a concert.

You can listen to Giulia and Alexandre perform One below.

Source: ESC Covers

CYPRUS 2017 JUNIOR EUROVISION

CyBC, the broadcaster of Cyprus, has announced the name of their representative for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Georgia. Nicole Nicolaou has been internally chosen by the broadcaster to represent Cyprus on November 26 in Tbilisi. The young performer will sing the song “I Wanna Be A Star” written by Constantinos Christoforou. Constantinos has represented Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest as a solo singer in 1996 with “Mono yia mas” and 2005 with “Ela Ela (come baby)” and as a member of the band One in 2002 with “Gimme”.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS – DENMARK 2017 SONGS

I have listened to all 10 songs, the 30 seconds or so they published. Like the Polish 10 songs, none of the Danish 10 are bad, but after such a short listen, nothing stands out. Here is what I thought after hearing it once
10th place
ANTHONY – SMOKE IN MY EYES
This was like noise in my ears but this I did not want to runaway

9th place
RENE MACHON – WARRIORS
I thought we had enough warriors for a life time at Eurovision

8th place
JEANETTE BONDE – HURRICANE
Austria brought a great Hurricane in the 80’s but this one can pass me by, I won’t be caughted in a love storm by this

7th place
THOMAS RING – VESTERBRO
The only non English song and it is quite nice although reading on internet that it is about prostitutes

6th place
IDA UNA – ONE
Very nice girl but the song is like 100 or so I hear regularly, nothing stand out to make me want this to be my number one

5th place
RIKKE SKYTTE – COLOR MY WORLD
The spelling of color is American and the song sounds American

4th place
SADO VIDOO – NORTHERN LIGHTS
In the early 70’s a UK group Renaisance has a song with this title which was fantastic, I was hoping for something similar but it did not reach the same heights

3rd place
ANJA NISSEN – WHERE I AM
I guess she is the favourite, she looks sings, sings nice, but the song is not a WOW

2nd place
JOHANNA BEIJBOM – A.S.A.P
Love the title but felt slightly disappointed at the first hear

1st place
CALLING MERCURY – LITTLE BIG LIES
The other 9 acts are all solo artists, this is a duo and I like it, it is easy on the ear and I already know it after 30 seconds. But I guess the average voter will not like it
Some fan made a video of his/her rankings

EUROVISION 2002 – TALLINN – ESTONIA

I hated the 2001 winner from Estonia but was delighted to go there – I have always wanted to go to the three Baltic States but due to politics, South African citizens were not able to travel there until 1995 or so. Now I was able to go to the first one. It was my first Eurovision to a country without an embassy in South Africa and so problems to get the visa. Estonia made a special arrangement for to me to pick up a Baltic visa at the Latvian embassy in De Hague on my stopover there before I flew onto Tallinn.

Estonia also made me feel really special and even gave me a free VIP ticket for the final. I do not really like sitting inside the venue but I did and once the performances were over, I rushed out to follow the voting on the big screen inside the press hall.

In the press hall was free beer as a beer company was one of the sponsors.

We had a wonderful hotel; the people were so special and so hard working. The woman at reception misspelled by surname by writing it as one word instead of three loose words and she said they are not allowed to make such mistakes and I got one night stay in the hotel for FREE. Across the street from our hotel was Stockman, the Finnish chain store and I bought some CD’s there.

Personally I regard Tallinn as one of the best places to stay. We had many invitations to the various embassies and at one embassy (it was the Latvian embassy), Morten and I were the first guests and so we have a long chat with the ambassador. In the old city there were also various parties organised by some of the countries and people sort of jump from one party to the next (I think one night there were three parties at the same time and close to one another).

I predicted Latvia to win after seeing the stunning and surprising performance. It is not one of my favourite songs, but already by then Eurovision moved away from a SONG CONTEST more to a PERFORMANCE CONTEST due to tele-voting. Even 4 days before the final, the Latvian head of delegation wrote in my passport “See you in Riga next year”.

Macedonia had a special promo single packed very interesting. A local singer Jenny Kirsten covered the Estonian entry of that year song and packed her single in a similar way (just more African).

Greece brought Michalis Rakintzis with a song called “S.A.G.A.P.O”. Besides the lovely promo single, Michalis gave me also a full CD

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Spain had high hopes this year – they has a whole selection over several weeks and in the end Rosa with “Europe’s living a celebration” won and came to Tallinn. I was very disappointed with the song, I expected so much better. It was also the biggest group of Spanish fans I had seen at Eurovision.

Ralph Siegel was also back, and this time with “I can’t live without music” by Corinna May who won the selection a few years earlier with a song but was then disqualified. This song was catchy but totally wrongly performed.

Slovenia rocked the boat by sending Sestre with their song “Samo Ljubezen” and we attended a party hosted by them.

Switzerland brought Francine Jordi. I had known her already with especially songs from the Grand prix of Volksmuzik. The song was good but they entered with the French version and I thought the English and German versions were better choices.

Malta nearly won when Ira Losca, while singing “7th wonder” threw star dust during her performance and surprised people.

Denmark brought a strange CD with 20 tracks on – it was recorded live at Martinez Ballroom on 22 January. They thought I would like it since it contains Safri duo with their song BAYA BAYA. To be honest besides Safri duo, I have never heard of any of the 19 other artists in this CD and have never played it as well. But being a collector, it has a spot in my CD collection.

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As the venue was outside the city center, we went there every day in a shuttle bus and all the time we traveled with some delegation and artists and have really great personal contact.

Musically I like the following songs
Israel – Light a candle – Sarit Hadad
Estonia – Runaway – Sahlene
Cyprus – Gimme – ONE
France – Il faut du temps – Sandrine Francois
Malta – 7th wonder – Ira Losco
Switzerland – Dans le jardon de mon ame – Francine Jordi

Interesting is that there were actually no song I hate – a few were just average
United Kingdom – Come back – Jessica Garlick
Russia – Northern girl – Prime minister
Spain – Europe’d living a celebration – Rosa
To read previous years go to esscovers
http://www.esccovers.com/tag/lookingback/

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