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Dalita releases her new single Kyanqe Bem e/Life Is A Stage

Dalita Avanessian represented Armenia at the 2011 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in her home nation singing the song Welcome To Armenia. She finished in fifth place that year.

Dalita is growing in popularity all the time in Armenia and she recently won the top prize at Multiknik 2014 Annual National Youth Music Awards. This was for her role as the main actress of the In the Camp movie.

Now Dalita has released her brand new single. It is called Kyanqe Bem e/Life Is A Stage. It is a happy and upbeat song that puts everyone in a great mood.  The song is composed by Rafayel Mnatsakanyan. It is arranged and recorded by A Production (Davit Danielyan and Davit Javadyan and edited by A company and directed by Alen Simonyan.

You can see the video for Kyanqe Bem e/Life Is A Stage here

Source:; Dalita/Facebook

Dalita {copyright: Dalita/Facebook}
Dalita {copyright: Dalita/Facebook}

Monica Aspelund – Dutch version of Lapponia

Monica Aspelund sang Lapponia for Finland at the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest held in London at the Wembley Conference Centre. Finland finished in 10th position that year.

Monica recorded a Dutch version of Lapponia. It is entitled Wie isoleren moet neemt purplex-platen van Opstala. As the post on You Tube says “One of the more puzzling Eurovision language versions to have emerged over the years, listen and enjoy as Monica instructs us about the benefits of Finnish building products”.

You can hear the Dutch version here

Monica Aselund (sleeve of Wie isoleren moet neemt purplex-platen van Opstalan)
Monica Aspelund (sleeve of Wie isoleren moet neemt purplex-platen van Opstalan)



Julia Kedhammar releases official song of 2014 World Floorball Championship

Fresh from representing Sweden at the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Julia Kedhammar has released her brand new song called Dancing For Gold. It is the official UNIHOC 2014 World Floorball Championship 2014 song. For those not familiar with the sport floorball is a type of indoor floor hockey. The world championships will take place in Gotherburg, Sweden in December.

Julia sang Du är inte ensam at the recent Junior Eurovision Song Contest held in Malta. Her upbeat dance song was composed by Julia with Thomas G:son.

The Dancing For Gold music video was produced by Pablo Labanino together with UNIHOC with clips from the IFF, the SIBF, YLE and TV4 channels.

You can hear the song here

Source: Julia Kedhammar Official Facebook

Julia Kedhammar {copyright: Julia Kedhammar Official Facebook}
Julia Kedhammar {copyright: Julia Kedhammar Official Facebook}


Amber will represent Malta at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest

Amber has won the 2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest final with her powerful ballad, Warrior. The song is composed by  Elton Zarb and Muxu who were the successful team behind Gaia Cauchi ‘s victory at the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with Start.

14 finalists qualified from last night’s semi-final and they all competed at the Marsa Shipyard venue, where the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was hosted last week.

Runner up position went to Christabelle with Rush and third place went to Glen Vella, the 2011 Eurovision participant for Malta, with Breakaway.

The guests included the 2014 Maltese Eurovision participants, Firelight and the winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, Conchita Wurst.

Congratulations to Amber on her victory and now we will see her carry the Maltese flag to Vienna in May 2015.

You can see Amber perform Warrior here

Source: PBS;

Amber {copyright: PBS}
Amber {copyright: PBS}


Mariam Kakhelishvili – what she has been doing since Minsk 2010

Mariam Kakhelishvili is the Georgian girl with the big soulful voice that rocked Junior Eurovision in 2010. In Minsk that year she sang Mari-Dari, a catchy upbeat dance song, that finished in fourth position.

Mariam was born on 9 October 1995 and first came to spotlight by finishing third in Nichieri (Georgia’s Got Talent). After the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2010, Mariam has been concentrating on her studies as well as perfecting her powerful vocals.

Mariam has participated in the X Factor in Georgia where she received rave reviews for her performances of songs like I Have Nothing (Whitney Houston), When You Touch Me (Freemasons) and Crazy (Gnarls Barkley).

Now Mariam is ready for another challenge to take her career to the next level. Her big ambition is to represent her country at the Eurovision Song Contest. With her big vocals and strong commitment there is every chance we will see a lot more of Mariam in the future.

You can see Mariam perform When You Touch Me here and I Have Nothing at her audition here

Source: www.esccovers,com

Mariam Kakhelishvili {copyright: Mariam Kakhelishvili/Facebook}
Mariam Kakhelishvili {copyright: Mariam Kakhelishvili/Facebook}

The 14 finalists in Malta

Malta tonight held the semi-final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. 20 acts competed for a place in the final to be held on Saturday night (22 November). The show was held at the same venue as the Junior Eurovision Song Contest one week ago, Marsa Shipyard.

The 14 acts who made it to the final were –

  • Chris GrechClosed doors
  • Glen VellaBreakaway
  • JessikaFandango
  • TrilogyChasing A Dream
  • ChristabelleRush
  • FranklinStill Here
  • Lawrence GrayThe One That You Love
  • Karen DeBattista12 Baker Street
  • Daniel TestaSomething In The Way
  • DominicOnce In A While
  • L-AhwaBeautiful To Me
  • AmberWarrior
  • Deborah CIt’s OK
  • Ekklesia SistersLove And Let Go



Liza Kenia participating in erti-ertshi show in Georgia

Liza Kenia was a member of the all girl Group Princesses at the 2009 Junior Eurovision Song Contest where the they performed Blue Bird. Liza has come a long way since those days and is currently having success as a solo singer and is working on her official debut album.

Right now Liza is participating in the popular GDS tv show erti-ertshi in Georgia. The tv show format is known as Your Face Sounds Familiar in many countries. Popular artists dress up and imitate popular singers.

Liza has this week performed as Rihanna and she performed her popular hit, Where Have You Been. Her appearance and performance was very memorable. It will be interesting to see what other famous acts Liza will perform as in the coming weeks.

There are eights acts taking part in the tv show this season. Besides Liza there are Temo Sajaia, Zura Javaxia, Salome Bakuradze, Nini Tsiklauri, Goga Mesxi, Nuka Kvaliashvili and Giorgi Suxitashvili.

The show is broadcast every Wednesday on GDS channel in Georgia at 19:00 CET. You can see Liza perform as Rihanna here

Source: GDS; Elen Mikiashvili;

Liza Kenia {copyright: GDS/Liza Kenia/Facebook}
Liza Kenia {copyright: GDS/Liza Kenia/Facebook}

Conchita releases official video for Heroes

Conchita Wurst was the runaway winner at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with Rise Like A Phoenix. Now Conchita has released the official follow up single. It is entitled Heroes and the official promo video has been released for the song.

Heroes is an anthemic and soulful pop ballad. It is composed by Sebastian Arman, Joacim Persson, David Bronner, Thomas Neuwirth and Andreas Kleerup.

You can see the video for Heroes here


Conchita Wurst - Heroes {copyright:}
Conchita Wurst – Heroes {copyright:}

Irina Khechanovi wins top music prize in Moldova

Irina Khechanovi was a member of Group Candy who won the 2011 Junior Eurovision Song Contest for Georgia with Candy Music. Now Irina has had a big success in Moldova by winning the Grand Prix at the Festival – Doina and Ion Aldea – Twin Hearts, in Chisinau, Moldova.

Irina performed Lertare and was winner amongst 24 other competitors. She has now received invitations to compete in further festivals in Russia, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Romania.

Group Candy consisted of Irina with Irina Kovalenko, Ana Khanchalyan,  Mariam Gvaladze and Gvantsa Saneblidze. You can see Irina perform Lertare here


Irina Khechanovi {copyright: Irina Khechanovi/Facebook}
Irina Khechanovi {copyright: Irina Khechanovi/Facebook}




Czech Republic are back for Eurovision 2015

After an absence of five years Czech Republic will return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015. Jan Ola Sand, Executive Producer of the contest said “We are very excited to have Czech Republic return to the Eurovision Song Contest after 5 years of absence, making the Eurovision Family even more complete for the 60th anniversary edition.”

There will not be a national final to select the song for Vienna. The local broadcaster,  ČT, will select internally the entry to carry the flag.

The last Czech entry for Eurovision was Aven Romale by ČT have taken part on three occasions in total so far. The first entry was in 2007 with the rock band Kabát and their entry Malá dáma. In 2008 Tereza Kerndlová sang Have Some Fun, where she was accompanied on stage by the Twiins (who later represented Slovakia at the Eurovision Song Contest with I’m Still Alive in 2011). You can see the video for Have Some Fun here


Czech Republic flag
Czech Republic flag