ESC Covers is doing a RADIO SHOW called FROM NORTH TO SOUTH, reporting on the HISTORY of the Eurovision song contest with the on line radio station CAXTON RADIO based in South Africa.
Roy van der Merwe (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Katja Black (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) are the two people recapping some of the highlights and low lights from Eurovision – this is aimed mainly at the SOUTH AFRICAN audience who are largely unfamiliar with the Eurovision song contest that started in 1956 and now will have its 64th event in Tel Aviv in May 2019.
Originally they have planned on just 5 30 minute episodes but due to the long running of Eurovision, they are now at 1980 after 3 episodes so it may probably be 8 to 10 episodes.
Roy will be in Tel Aviv for 15 days and some shows will be done from there which will mostly be asking comments and predictions.
The original idea was to do 41 short shows, of 5 minutes where each episode will handle over the entry of one of the 1 countries in Tel Aviv.
With Roy being technically quite backward, the original plan has changed. The 41 episodes will still be done but all prior to TEL AVIV so all 41 will be available from day one when Eurovision starts. This will mean the 41 episodes will be slightly different.
41 Eurovision fans will still be involved in each episode but in a slightly different way.
You have two ways to do it.
You record your episode of maximum 2 minutes like you would do a good luck message. Once you have recorded it, you will send it to KATJA as by e-mail as a sound file and she will add the song of that country and package it for the radio station. You do it as follows:
HELLO THERE MY NAME IS XXX
I AM FROM XXX (your country)
I am introducing to you the 2019 song of XXX (country) which is XXX (name of the song) by XXX (name of artist)
But before we listen to the 2019, I want to mention that the following 3 songs from this country were special to me over their participating in Eurovision so far:
SONG ONE and artist and year it was an entry
SONG TWO and artist and year it was an entry
SONG THREE and artist and year it was an entry
Now I do hope that XXX (the 2019) will do well in Tel Aviv
MORE OR LESS that.
We will supply the e-mail address of Katja soon.
It is exactly the same, just if you cannot record it yourself, you send the info to Katja and she talks on behalf of you. So she will say
Hello there. On behalf of XXX (name) from XXX (country), I am reporting this. And then what you have send.
The way I wanted to do would have been too much work for Katja as she would have to be available for 41 people to record their little bit and she has her own job and life and has to do this in her off time. Also you are over several times zones and logistically just a nightmare in all.
Of course we hope most of you are technically more equipped than me to record it on a phone or something and send it.
You have until around 1 APRIL to do it.
So far the following countries have been taken
ROY VAN DER MERWE – CROATIA
MORTEN THOMASSEN – NORWAY
MORTEN THOMASSEN – ICELAND
IAN FOWELL – MALTA
ALAN TUBERY – FRANCE
MICHAELA SOWDEN – AUSTRIA
SEVKET YIGIT- ALBANIA
JOE CHANDRAPALA – SWEDEN
JOE NEWMAN GETZLER – SAN MARINO
JOE NEWMAN GETZLER – ISRAEL
DAVID MCKEAN – AUSTRALIA
JORGE SCVET – SLOVENIA
ANDRE DURHAM – DENMARK
KATJA BLACK – NETHERLANDS
SEBASTIAN MNICH – POLAND
ANDY MIKHEEV – RUSSIA
CHRIS HOCKMAN – LATVIA
ELIANA GONCHAROVA – BELARUS
ARMIN DUTTLE – SWITZERLAND
DAVID KOLESZAR – HUNGARY
GARY SPEIRS – ITALY
ANGELO FERNANDEZ – PORTUGAL
PIETER KOTZE – SERBIA
COLE VAN DAIS – AZERBAIJAN
COLE VAN DAIS – BELGIUM
EDWARD FARID WILLIAMS – SPAIN
IDA ANDIA – ROMANIA
IDA ANDIA – MOLDOVA
ALDRIN MIKMIK ANDAYA – CYPRUS
DENNIS O ROURKE – IRELAND
VIRGINIA NARCISA – FINLAND
Katja also has a person for GREECE
So as of now, we have 32 of the 41 countries taken and hopefully we will fill the remaining 9 countries soon. We are now 75% done.