The runner up song in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest by the Common Linnets, Calm After The Storm, is proving to be a most popular hit in many countries and has already been recorded in several languages by local artists. The latest release we hear about is a Swedish version called Lugn efter en storm by Sannex & Drifters. The vocals are shared by Andreas from Sannex and Erica from the Drifters.
Both acts are popular in the dansband style music in Sweden. The Drifters were originally formed in 1962 and have had several band member changes since then. The current lead singer is Erica Sjöström. The band have had many hit singles and albums over the years and won many prizes including the Swedish Grammy for ‘Best Dance/Pop’ in 2007.
Sannex are also a popular dansband in Sweden having many hit singles and albums since 1990. The current lead singer is Andreas Olsson and he also plays guitar.
You can see the video for Lugn efter en storm here https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qG4teQF7d3s
The X Factor in the United Kingdom is one of the biggest entertainment shows. Last weekend saw the first of the live shows. But two acts who narrowly missed out on the finals are tipped for possible Eurovision success with Ireland. Janet Grogan was a strong candidate in Simon Cowell‘s Over 25s category and Orla Keogh was highly rated amongst Cheryl Fernandez-Versini‘s girls candidates.
Louis Walsh, a mentor on the show since 2004 and has been manager of Jedward, Westlife, Boyzone, has spoken to the Irish Daily Star newspaper. Louis was quoted as saying “X Factor’s loss could be Ireland’s gain at the Eurovision. They should have gone further than X Factor. They’re both young, fresh talents and they should go for it. Janet in particular has a voice that will stand out above anyone else’s if she has the right song.”
The Irish broadcaster, RTE, have changed the mentor format of recent years.
. They will have an open competition to select the song for Ireland in 2015 at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.
Source: Daily Star Ireland; independent.ie; www.esccovers.com
Nazmie Selimi was a participant at the 2009 Festivali i Këngës Eurovision selection in Albania. Now she returns under the shortened name of Naza with a new single and official video. The title is S’jon si une and the song has a laid back and reggae and summery feel.
Nazmie has had considerable success in Albania with several song releases such as Deep In Love and Te lutem and also Degjo zemren. The song that she performed at the Festivali i Këngës was the upbeat Mendohu dhe njëherë. She has also competed in important music festivals such as Top Fest in Albania.
S’jon si une is produced by Zzap & Chriss and the lyrics are by Soulkid. The video is by Asha. You can see Naza’s official video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-AVvNqsX1k&app=desktop
Just a round up over the three OGAE contests for 2014
OGAE Norway has informed us that the results will be available some time next week. Once the exact date is known, we will publish it on the facebooks. Also then Gerry in the USA will reveal how the members in South Africa, Australia and America have voted. He has tabled those separately.
OGAE Spain has set a deadline of 20 October when we have to send them to votes of our club, so you still have until 18 October to vote (if you want)
Unfortunately no news from OGAE BELGIUM over when this will start but it should be in the next week or two
Luara Melody represented Armenia at the 2009 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the song Barcelona, where she finished in second place. Luara is currently located in the USA and has developed in to an outstanding recording artist and performer.
She has released several singles and official music videos including Fire In Me, Story, Christmas Wish, Until We See The Sun and Escape. Each song has shown how versatile Luara is with her music and videos. She goes from the upbeat pop/dance songs to classy ballads.
Now Luara has released a brand new song and video. It is entitled Fighting The Liars. This is an upbeat dance song with a funky edge. The song shows of Luara’s strong and crystal clear vocals. You can listen to her new song and see the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2C9uKA2JbHk&feature=youtu.be&list=UUX1W_QhpfxpgfoFSkeAEkhA
Despite submitting their application to the EBU to participate in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, BNT (the Bulgarian National Broadcaster) has decided not to enter the contest after all due to lack of funds. This will be the second year that Bulgaria has opted not to participate after missing the 2014 contest, also due to financial reasons.
Bulgaria debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 but have had mixed success in the contest. Their best showing was in the 2007 contest in Helsinki, with their entry “Water” by Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankoulov, which placed 5th in the final. This was however the only year they reached the Finals after missing out on qualifying from the Semi-Finals on all their other performances, although they narrowly missed the Finals in 2008 and 2011 placing 11th in their Semi-Final.
Bulgaria will be missed in the contest, and we hope that they are able to return in 2016.
Just a footnote.
Andy informs me that Bulgaria said no if the EBU publishes the list of participating countries NOW, but after JUNIOR EUROVISION, if the list is not published, Bulgaria may decide to go to Vienna – so it is not a 100% no. Maybe if they do badly at Junior, they will not go to Vienna.
The 20 finalists for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest selection were announced on the local TVM show, Xarabank. They include several familiar names from national selections and two former Malta Eurovision contestants return. Glen Vella (2011) and Gianluca Bezzina as part of L-Ahwa with four of his sisters and a brother. Amongst the selection are Sisters (Ekklesia), they are a group of nuns.There will be song composed by 2009 Eurovision winner, Alexander Rybak (Norway) for Franklin Calleja. There will be a semi-final on 21 November and the final will be the following evening 22 November.
Olta Boka represented Albania at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest with the gentle balladZemrën e lamë peng (Hearts trapped in time). She has since gone on to achieve a variety of hits in her country and has been successful in popular festivals such as Top Fest where for example this year she won the Top Albania Radio award with Erik Lloshi for the song Ti me ke mua.
Now Olta is competing in the popular Dance With Me entertainment show on Klan tv in Albania. Here she will show off another of her many talents – dancing. The tv show will run until the end of the year. Her partner will be the Albanian actor Devis Mukor.
Olta will return to music early in 2015. She has recorded many styles of music since Eurovision 2008 including ballads, pop and dance. We will see soon what her next style with entake. In the meantime she is sharpening those dance moves. You can see Olta and Devis dance here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sG4rtAMrBPA
Conchita Wurst won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with Rise Like A Phoenix. Since then some artists have covered the song to give their own interpretation. Two such artists are Simaria Galea from Malta and Fidan Alizade from Azerbaijan.
First we look at Simaria Galea from Malta. She is a gifted singer and rising star in Malta. She has a pop and classical feel to her voice. Simaria has already participated in several music festivals in Malta including the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the Rockestra, the popular concert in aid of the Community Chest Fund. Simaria is also trying for Eurovision and is amongst the 48 hopeful acts recently shortlisted for the Malta Eurosong selection. You can see Simaria perform her version of Rise Like A Phoenix at a local Maltese festival here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbdeY6rPYBc
Fidan Alizade is from Azerbaijan. She is the sister of Safura, who represented Azerbaijan at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest with Drip Drop. Fidan is also a singer with a big future. At the moment she is concentrating on her studies and then she intends to forward her singing career. and she would love to try for Eurovision in the future. But in her spare time she is still singing when she has the opportunities. This year she recorded her own version of Rise Like A Phoenix. You can here Fidan’s version here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=By6ajx3UWes