9 September is a spring festival at St. Ursula’s school in Krugersdorp with a variety of artists performing there. It is sort of a charity event. The reason why we are writing about it, is because one of the artists is MARYNA (Booysen) a 20 year old singer who is currently busy doing two Eurovision covers and hopefully she will be able to perform them for the first time at this spring festival. The two songs are the 2016 entry from Macedonia – DONA of Kaliopi and the 2017 entry from Ukraine – TIME of O.Torvald. Both will be in Afrikaans. Maryna has already recorded another Kaliopi song, her 2012 song but Maryna sings this in English as Black and white. Hopefully lots of people will attend this festival.
It is now TIME to look at the 4th artist who will perform at the Eurovision convention in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.
It is BIANCA SHOMBURG who represented Germany at the 1997 Eurovision song contest with the Ralph Siegel and Bernd Meinunger song ZEIT. The English version is called TIME. So Bianca sang about Time long before Belarus had someone in 2015 and Ukraine someone in 2017 singing about TIME. Bianca sounds quite like Celine Dion and it is a pity we have not heard a lot from her in recent years. Maybe she will turn back the time in Frankfurt and sings some fantastic new songs.
Usually the host country put extra effort in to give the press a nice promo single of their entry (Belgrade 2008, Finland 2007, Norway 2010, Sweden 2013, etc) but according to our knowledge Ukraine became the first host country not to hand out a promo item for their entry TIME. So of course ESC Covers got a promo single designed for the library and it is so beautiful – the cover it like 100 better than the song.
O.Torvald won the Ukrainian national selection and will take to the Eurovision stage in May for the home country with their song Time. The rock band actually drew with Tayanna but because they had the most ‘public’ votes they won the battle. I wonder if TVE and Spain were watching how this was done!!
Six acts participated in the final –
Salto Nazad – O Mamo
Melovin – Wonder
O.Torvald – Time
Iliaria – Thank You For My Way
Tayanna – I Love You
Rozhden – Saturn
Alma (France) and Kasia Moś (Poland) were special guests on the show and performed their 2017 Eurovision entries.
You can see O.Torvald perform their winning song below.