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SOUTH AFRICAN INDEPENDENT ARTIST MUSIC AWARDS (Linda Kilian)

On 28 APRIL 2021 the first South-African Independent Artist Music Awards will take place. It will take place at Platteland in Centurion.

ESC Covers will report on some of the nominations (those that have covered a Eurovision song in their careers) and also publish one of their Eurovision covers.

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Sanna Nielsen releases brand new song ‘Decembernatt’

Sanna Nielsen [photo@ Kristoffer Jansson]
Sanna Nielsen [photo@ Kristoffer Jansson]
Sanna Nielsen makes a welcome return with her new song Decembernatt (December night). It is a charming and warm emotional song with a lovely melody sung beautifully by Sanna.

Decembernatt is composed by Peter Kvint and Peter Jacobsson Morén.

Sanna represented Sweden at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with Undo and of course previously participated several times in the Melodifestivalen national selection.

You can hear Decembernatt below.

Source: ESC Covers; Parlophone/Warner Music

AT THE OGAE PARTY in the euro fan cafe

Symphony from Swaziland and the winner of the first Afri music song contest also met up with another guest at the OGAE party last night. This time it is SANNA NIELSEN who participated for Sweden at the 2014 Eurovision in Copenhagen. She placed in the top 5 with her song UNDO which was covered in Afrikaans. Sanna stays in the same hotel as Roy van der Merwe, the owner of this website and who brought Symphony to Lisbon. Cole van Dais, a South African artist covered many Euro songs (more  than 20) and she was a guest in Copenhagen at euro club and met Sanna that year. On top of it, Suzy from Portugal who represented Portugal in Copenhagen was a the host of the evening

 

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ISABELL OTREBUS – POLISH 2017 EUROVISION SELECTION

Isabell Otrebus will compete in the Polish Eurovision selections with a Fredrik Kempe song

Isabell Otrebus is a 19 years old singer and was born and raised in Stockholm by Polish emigrants. She speaks fluent Polish and Swedish and started to play piano at the age of six. She then went on to study music in school. Finally, Isabelle graduated a Diploma of Music at the well-known Rytmus Music high school in Stockholm in 2016.

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During high school she participated in Poland Got Talent (Mam Talent) at the age of 16 where she qualified for the semi finals. Isabell did also several concerts in Sweden during that period and one of them was in front of the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf where she backed up Sanna Nielsen with her Eurovision hit “Undo” – written by Fredrik Kempe (Celine Dion, Il Divo, Måns Zelmerlöw) and David Kreuger (Westlife, Britney Spears).

But it was a few years later when Fredrik and David where scanning Youtube for new female singers when they suddenly found Isabell. A friend of David send him a link to her Poland Got Talent performance and David phoned her up straight away. Next day in the studio she completely blew them away.

– It’s one of the best voices I’ve heard for years. She did a test on “Titanium” by David Guetta in one take and when I heard her I knew we’ve found a new star, David Kreuger says.

Isabell Otrebus is competing the Polish pre-selections for Eurovision this Saturday, 18th February, with “Voiceless”. It’s written by Fredrik Kempe and David Kreuger.

– The song is about bringing light to those in darkness, a home for the homeless and a voice to the voiceless, says Isabell Otrebus.

The single will be available on Spotify and iTunes on Friday.

Thank you to ROBERT SKOWRONSKI of Warner music for this

SANNA NIELSEN MUSIC COMPETITION

Linda Kilian’s new CD HOOR JY MY (Do you hear me) contains no less than 6 Sanna Nielsen covers, two in English and four in Afrikaans. Mad events has kindly donated two CD’s to us and one will be given to Sanna herself and the other one is up for grabs in a competition. Before we get to the competition, here is information on the six covers

01 – HEART OF MINE – same title as it is covered in English

02 – I’M IN LOVE, Sanna’s 2011 selection song – same title as it is covered in English

03 – VAGAR DU, VAGAR JAG, Sanna’s 2007 selection song – SAL JY WAAG (Will you take a risk)

04 – IF YOU WERE MINE – EK DINK AAN JOU (I think about you)

05 – EMPTY ROOM, Sanna’s 2008 selection song – SO ALLEEN (So alone)

06 – UNDO, Sanna’s 2014 Eurovision entry – HOOR JY MY (Do you hear me)

Now how to win this CD? Do a comment on this post and tell us your favourite of the 6 Sanna songs and why. One lucky fan will win this CD. If that person is in Stockholm, he or she will get it there, otherwise we will post it to you once Eurovision is over

R O W BEST SONG – FINAL TWELVE

Hello again Rest of the World!

Thank you so much for all your diligence, hard work and sacrifice in getting through round two of our search for the favourite Eurovision song for our brilliant fan club. The results have been tallied.  The top twelve songs have been selected… by YOU!
Now… We ask for you to provide a typical Eurovision scorecard to the twelve songs… That is allocate 12, 10 and then 8-1 points in order of your most favourite (12 points), down.  This means two songs will indeed receive nil points from each voter.  C’est la vie!
The finalists are as follows:
ABBA – Waterloo
Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up
Gina G – Ooh Aah… Just A Little Bit
Dana International – Diva
Lena – Satellite
Loreen – Euphoria
Emmelie de Forest – Only Teardrops
Conchita Wurst – Rise Like A Phoenix
Sanna Nielsen – Undo
Il Volo – Grande Amore
Loic Nottet – Rhythm Inside
Morland & Debrah Scarlett – A Monster Like Me
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The timeframe to get these votes through – until midnight 10 January CET.
As previously, please send your votes to escvotes@gmail.com .
Should you wish to discuss this further, please feel free to comment below… If anyone wishes to complain, please send an email directly to our customer service division transvision.vamp@bidc.com (this is not monitored).
Have fun!!!
Rest of the World…. Start voting….
NOW!

IS MELODIFESTIVALEN A SEVENTH WONDER?

Fred Medeiros, OGAE R OW member and our accredited journalist to the 2015 edition of Melodifestival recalls his first in 2008.

 

After visiting the last seven Melodifestivalen finals myself, I wonder what actually is it that keeps fans coming back for more. Is it the Schlager pop, is it the top quality productions or is it simply the hypnotising sparkle of the disco ball? Melodifestivalen is Sweden’s most watched television programme and the most watched national final by international fans. I originally visited my first Stockholm final in 2008 as I chose not to go to Belgrade that year. So as I prepare for my eighth final, I’m looking back over past 7 years to see if Sweden’s national selection is Ira Losco’s “Seventh Wonder”?

Not unlike other years, previous participates are often the hot topics of all the press.  When previous winners participate for another chance of represented Sweden they are normally favourites to win.  In 2008, Charlotte Perrelli (Nilsson), who actually won the 1999 ESC in Jerusalem entered again with the “almost textbook” Schlager/power disco dance number “Hero.” Not unsurprisingly, “Hero” was a clear favourite before a single note had even been heard. Penned by Fredrik Kempe, the new Thomas G:Son, and Bobby Ljunggren, who had already written 3 Melodifestivalen winners, “Hero” was dripping with potential and yearning to be heard by every European Schlager fan.

After 4 long weeks and 32 songs, “Hero” was no disappointment.  It shone with every bit of glitzy sparkle and Schlager-tinged note.  It had everything you’d expect from a Swedish euro-pop hit with an over-the-top diva, shimmering sequins, wind machines and a dramatic earth-shattering crescendo. Saying all that “Hero” wasn’t a runaway winner. The 2008 final was full of classic euro-pop anthems.  BWO had entered with their best entry “Lay Your Love on Me” which actually could have won if the competition that year hadn’t been so stiff.  Their euro club style was already doing well charting all over Europe including in the UK, arguably the toughest European market to crack. Linda Bengtzing entered with her third attempt, also her best entry, with “Hur svårt kan det va?” (How hard can it be?) Linda’s energetic dramatic beat driven song really was excellent but was overshadowed by being in the same semi-final as “Hero.” Sibel’s ballad “That is Where I’ll Go” and Amy Diamond’s bubblegum pop “Thank You” were both popular as well and very well written songs in their own right.  There were also several novelty songs the best being Christer Sjögren’s “I Love Europe.” Classic Eurovision formula that could of actually had done well across the continent for the ESC.

Saying all that “Hero” had only one clear rival, Sanna Nielsen and her emotional ballad “Empty Room.” Like “Hero”, “Empty Room” was co-written by Bobby Ljunggren and was Sanna Nielsen’s first entry in English, a winning formula?

Sanna Nielsen had entered several times before but this was clearly her best entry yet.  Although, I still have a weakness for “Vågar Du, Vågar Jag” (If You Dare, I Dare Too) her 2007 euro pop anthem. So with her fifth attempt Sanna had her voice, a touching emotional performance and the right song to walk away with the trophy but Charlotte Perrelli was standing in her way. In the end of a very dramatic final Nielsen actually won the public vote over Perrelli but the jury had backed Perrelli. So Perrelli had won her place to represent Sweden at Eurovision.

In the run up to Eurovision in Belgrade, Sweden were favourite with the bookies and they were clearly favourites to win but oddly Sweden wouldn’t of actually qualified for the final, placing 12th in the second semi-final but during 2008 there was a jury override vote.  If the top ten songs chosen by the public didn’t match the juries top ten the highest scoring non advancer at that point would become the tenth place entry.  So “Hero” knocked out the Macedonian entry “Let Me Love You.” Sweden finished in a very poor 18th place in the final.  Ironically Nielsen’s “Empty Room” went on to win the OGAE second chance contest.

Overall 2008 was an amazing introduction to the live event. The sheer excitement and drama of the selection had me wanting more but I believe the superb quality of music keeps me hooked.