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Måns Zelmerlöw to perform in Iceland

Måns Zelmerlöw, winner of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, will perform at the Icelandic Finals this year.
On the 11th of March the six final Icelandic entries will compete in Laugardalshöll Arena for the chance to represent Iceland in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, Ukraine.
Last year´s guests of honour was Loreen, winner of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan, with her entry “Euphoria” and the Sandra Kim the Belgian singer who won Eurovision Song Contest 1986 with the song “J’aime la vie” .
This year, Swedish Måns Zelmerlöw, is set to perform at least two songs at the Icelandic finals in the Laugardalshöll Arena.
His entry, “Heroes”, was the winning act at the 2015 event in Vienna, Austria.
The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most popular televised events in Iceland and Zelmerlöw´s performance is much anticipated by the fans. The Swedish heart throb is likely to set some hearts aflutter.
Info from Icelandic head of press – David Luther
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LONELY PLANET COMPETITION – ENTRY NUMBER SIXTEEN

Stockholm – super special by Michaela Sowden from Australia
Very little could have surpassed Copenhagen 2014 for me. I mean Conchita winning was my height of my longstanding following of Eurovision. Just amazing! Then to go to Vienna in 2015 was brilliant. How could anything get better?
My expectations of Sweden was up there. It was once again a family affair with number two son, his girlfriend and number two daughter. We were meeting up in Stockholm, after a brief get together in my original home town of Klagenfurt, Austria.
My first high arrived before leaving for Stockholm. I received the news that my fan accreditation had come through. I was on cloud nine! Such a coveted trophy, one that was not expected. My mood was set.
Arriving in Stockholm was traumatic, for the first time in years, me a seasoned traveller had not booked a seat on the train to Stockholm from Copenhagen. What was I thinking? We managed to get on the train. Asked the conductor about seats, and were told we had could have a seat til one  and a half hours out of Stockholm. Then we would have to stand., which wouldn’t have been so bad, as the luggage was safe and secure, and my plan was to visit the dining car. Hmm, did not go down to well with Elle. So off we hopped onto the next train, three hours out of Stockholm, at a train station that was not user friendly. Finally found the next train to Stockholm, to be told that there were no seats at all. With some swift negotiating, some very desperate expressions on our face, and stating we would be happy to stand all the way to Stockholm, with some visits to the Dining car, the conductor softened and let us on. Yes we had to pay for seats, OK in the dining car and had to promise to move around, but hey we were again on our way to Stockholm! We eventually found somewhere to store our luggage, after Elle as punishment for her bad advice rearranged the luggage area. We spent the whole time in the dining car, with occasional movement around the train separately, ( he never said he had to move around together) eating and drinking our way to Stockholm. We arrived late but still managed to meet up with some really great people that afternoon.
Love Sweden! Thoroughly enjoyed the ABBA Museum. One memory that will stay with me was my rendition of Diggy loo in Swedish, a language I have no knowledge of, thankfully though being saved by a fellow fan.
The red carpet was phenomenal, and I had to endure the wrath of Elle, as that coveted selfie of her and Måns did not happen due to camera malfunction. There were so many opportunities to run into the stars and get a selfie. I gave a few koala away, one to a very grateful Eneda from Albania.
Oh, the press center was just fantastic. I loved manning  that fan desk for three hours, even if I was alone! I had fun talking to all the press and to get their opinions.
The people I met up with are just the best in the world!
Would I do this again? Of course, the Eurovision bug has bitten me, once a fan, always a fan.
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LONELY PLANET COMPETITION – ENTRY NUMBER FOURTEEN

Globen B.E and Globen A.E by Sevket Yigit from the United States of America
It is 2009. We are in Stockholm for a week for vacation. Scandinavia has always been one of the places we wanted to visit and here we are in the capital of Scandinavia. We keep seeing Globen on the horizon crouching like an alien ship at the far end of Gotgatan in Sodermalm. We decide to pay a visit to this architectural marvel. It is a chilly April day walking over the bridge connecting Tunnelbana to the white globe which now looks more grey than white as we get closer. Everything looks deserted and quiet, not much of an energy in this neighborhood at this time of the year. The visit starts with a quick video presentation in the SkyView lobby (by the way, only thing I remember from this presentation is the famous “Welcome Europe “greeting delivered by the Swedish girl in the opening act of ESC 2000) Then we proceed to the slow climb with the SkyView elevator up to the top. The view is nothing but disappointing. I remember standing up in the air in vast grayness and see residential buildings all around. Is that all? Did I pay all that just to see Swedish suburban homes and project apartments? And we can’t even go inside the arena? Bummer. I am mad.
It is 2016. We are back to Stockholm and we will be in Globen arena not once but four times. Walking over the same bridge connecting the subway station to the arena again for the first semifinal, we hear the songs of this year playing as a welcoming gesture to the guests. There are people selling flags and earplugs (ha ha, no thanks! my eardrums are ready for the high notes). Someone hands me a free Austrian flag. It must be Eurovision serendipity because Zoe with her song “Loin d’ici” is my favorite.
During our four visits to Globen, it is a chain of amusing moments we experience with other people. Here are some, noteworthy of mentioning:
Security is tight this year in an anticipation of a possible terror attack. We are already used to living in these difficult times in USA and happy to see Sweden is taking this seriously. Going through the security, a girl approaches to me and asks me if she can check me. I say “Yes”. In many parts of the world, being checked by the opposite sex can be a big no no but in a very liberal country like Sweden where gender boundaries are completely eliminated who cares really. She gives me a thorough exam including my ass cheeks getting their share of delicate touch. Of course I am clear and I say “ Thank you, I didn’t know the ticket came with the free deep tissue Swedish massage.” It is all laughters afterwards.
It is the first semifinal that we are standing next to the pedestal on the right where Mans and Petra come every now then and do their presentations. I get a glimpse of smile from Mans while snapping a photo of him. Petra is having hard time to climb up and down the stairs with high heels biting her lips with distress but back to her normal smiley face when the camera light is on. We immediately become friends with the security guy by the pedestal and spend most of our time chatting with him. We say “Thank you for keeping everything safe and in order” to the security guy before we leave and he says which I think must be Swedish politeness “ Thank you for being responsible and making my job easy”. Ha ha..Did I really have a choice of being naughty?
It is the second semifinal I am seated next to a father and a teenager son who came all the way from a small village near Gothenburg to see their favorite which is no surprise Norway. Working with kids everyday at my job, I immediately click with the young boy. He is so passionate about Eurovision. He pokes me every couple of minutes to express his feelings and show his knowledge : “ Look at the dome, it is beautiful isn’t it?” “ Do you know Agnete is actually a Sami?” This goes on and on. I feel happy that a bright new Eurovision fan generation is blooming already.
On the final night, we decide to hang out in the Globen lobby for a while and visit some of the exhibits. There is an SVT exhibit and they are giving a free subscription if we get into a draw after answering some Eurovision related questions. It must be easy peasy you would think. The girl at the exhibit gives us the questions. One question is “ How many times did Sweden win ESC?” So I start counting all the Swedish winners starting from Herreys to Mans. I can see the girl’s raised eyebrows and the grin on her face. I know I am doing something wrong and not getting the answer correct. I keep reciting the winners several times forgetting ABBA each time. When I finally get it, it is a big explosion of laughters.
For me, timeline is divided into two as Globen B.E (before Eurovision) and Globen A.E (after Eurovision) now. The vast grayness and emptiness of Globen 2009 has now become a spectrum of colors and sounds in Globen 2016 with different timbres of human touch. The togetherness, laughs, chuckles, love and banter we shared under this globe has now made everything complete.

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EUROVISION – YOU DECIDE SHOW IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

Former Winners Take to the Stage for Eurovision: You Decide as Tickets go on General Sale

Eurovision Song Contest royalty will be taking to the stage at the United Kingdom national selection show Eurovision: You Decide.The two show stopping former winners will perform live in a bid to inspire the six competing acts who will battle for the honour of representing the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

The BBC today confirms that current Eurovision champion and Eurovision 2016 co-host Måns Zelmerlöw will appear, to sing his winning song from last year’s contest “Heroes” plus former United Kingdom Eurovision Song Contest entry Katrina will also perform with the winning song from the 1997 competition “Love Shine a Light”

Katrina says: “I can’t believe it has been nearly 20 years since we won the contest back in 1997, it’s definitely time for another UK win in the competition! Eurovision is a very special event and is something that stays with you forever – it’s always an honour to perform to such passionate crowds and it is a thrill to be doing it again at the UK National Final.”

Hosted live from The O2 Forum Kentish Town by Mel Giedroyc, the 90 minute UK Eurovision extravaganza will be broadcast live on Friday 26th February on BBC Four featuring performances by six competing acts before the voting lines open and the public are invited to choose the song and act that will represent the United Kingdom at this year’s contest in Sweden.

The six competing acts will be revealed on Monday 22 February on The Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2.

Tickets to attend Eurovision: You Decide will go on sale onFriday 22 January at 10 am via bbc.co.uk/eurovision

Notes to Editors

Eurovision: You Decide will be broadcast live on BBC Four on Friday 26 February at 7.30pm.
The show will also be available to watch via eurovision.tv

Måns Zelmerlöw and Katrina were announced as special guest acts on Friday 22 January on The Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2.

Tickets to attend the event will cost £35 and are available via bbc.co.uk/eurovision

Eurovision: You Decide will be Exec Produced by Guy Freeman and Produced by Helen Riddell.

BBC Music comprises of new partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives led by Director Bob Shennan. Since launching with the stunning recreation of God Only Knows in Autumn 2014, commissions have included the BBC Music Awards on BBC One, the classical music initiative for schools ‘Ten Pieces’ and BBC Music Day, bringing communities across the UK together through music. Other highlights have included Adele at the BBC for BBC One, The Mercury Prize for BBC Four and 6 Music and a raft of exciting commissions exclusively for BBC iPlayer including Amy Winehouse in her Own Words, Elton Live at Eden, Festival Pass with Rudimental and Duran Duran and Music Box with Guy Garvey. Festivals come alive on our digital platforms, with world leading coverage of Glastonbury, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and a whole host of unique events. BBC Four is the home of music programming with 2016 highlights including with People’s History of Pop, Part-Time Band, The Most Dangerous Band in the World: The Story of Guns N’ Roses and Daft Punk Unchained.

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TOP 10 EUROVISION ARTISTS DUETS

By Steve Humphreys (Australia)

One of my favourite moments from back in Vienna 2015, was seeing just how well contestants Mans Zelmerlow (Sweden) & Guy Sebastian (Australia) got on together during that week. Then this great freindship even transcended onto the Eurovision scoreboard, when both countries gave each other 12 points. There was even talk of a future duet between Mans and Guy, that would be special. This has got me thinking how many times has two stars of the past Eurovision Song Contests have actually got together to make a duet? besides covering a Eurovision entry, itself.

So  I did some searching around and came up with my own

Top 10 Eurovision artists duets.

1. Maria Haukaas Storeng & Måns Zelmerlöw- ‘Precious to Me’

2. Christer Björkman & Shirley Clamp- La Vie/ This is My Life

3. Agnetha Faltskog & Tomas Ledin- Never Again

4. Johnny Logan & Nicole – No One Makes Love like You/Niemand liebt so wie du

(composed by Ralph Siegel and Bernd Meinunger)

5. Elisabeth Andreassen & Tor Endresen- All over the World (MGP 15)

6. Olivia Newton-John & Cliff Richard- Suddenly (From Xanadu movie)

7. Timoteij Feat Alexander Rybak-Vända Med Vinden

8. Malena Ernman & Sarah Dawn Finer – Sancta Lucia (2013)

9. Jan Johansen & Jill Johnson- Let it be me

10.  Anita Skorgan Med Jahn Teigen- Friendly

If you know of some other Eurovision duets, let us know in the comments,

Footnote: When putting this Top 10 together I realised that just one artist that actually technically should not be on the list, as they have not appeared on a Eurovision Song Contest stage, Who is that?

 that’s Timoteij. I think this is okay as I recon they will make it to Eurovision one year in the not too distant future.(fingers crossed) (also the fantastic Sarah Dawn Finer made it as an interval act in Malmo)
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Presentation to Mans Zelmerlow

Big day today at the Stadthalle as Richard Thiele and Andrew Pentecost got to meet Man Zelmerlow during his press conference and present him with the Heroes Messages from the OGAE Rest of the World fans and their Gift Bag with Post Card from Roger Armistead-Rainey and the Covers CD Roy van der Merwe had produced with Gerry Avelino’s great cover artwork. Their reward was a huge hug from Mans. Experience the moment with them below.

Melodifestivalen Final 2015 – Sweden Decides Tonight

In Stockholm tonight at the Friends Arena the Swedish public and international juries will choose this year’s Swedish entry for the 60th Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.  With a special performance by last year’s winner, Conchita Wurst.

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Twelve songs will be competing for the title this year as four, instead of two, songs proceeded to the final from last week’s Andra Chansen (Second Chance) round.  The standard of songs this year and the lack of a clear front runner are making the prediction element a difficult one but I’ll give it a go.

Watch it live at SVT Play at 20:00 CET Click Here!

Who will win?

1) Samir & Viktor “Groupie” – Predict 10th place

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This song joined the final by winning its duel against Behrang Miri in the Second Chance.  This song is still a novelty one and they have added a falling into bed scene at the end but that doesn’t change the song.  The public do like this song especially the teens and will do well in the televoting but most of the juries will shun this song.

2) JTR “Building it Up” – Predict 12th Place

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This boyband won their place by directly qualifying from the fourth semi-final and are popular with the masses of children screaming for them but the song and performance are still a bit luke warm. Without that showstopper edge and a bad draw in the running order this song will fail to finish well.  The juries will have too many songs to choose from which will make some of the entries unmemorable. I believe this will be one of them.

3) Dinah Nah “Make Me (La La La)” – Predict 9th Place

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Dinah Nah won her place by beating Dolly Style in her Andra Chansen duel. This typical Europop club hit is popular across many of the international fans of the contest but unfortunately they can’t vote.  The voting public won’t back this song as much as some of the others as Loreen has still cast a shadow on all subsequent dance hits from Sweden.  It will take awhile for this to pass and believe it is still too early for the Swedish public buy in.  The juries will like it but like isn’t good enough to place well.

4) Jon Henrik Fjällgren “Jag är Fri (Manne Leam Frijje)” I am Free – Predict 2nd Place

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Jon Henrik won his place in the third semi-final and has been one of the hot favourites.  The song hasn’t changed apart Jon Henrik’s wardrobe but it doesn’t matter the atmospheric song will do extremely well with the Swedish public having recently won Sweden’s Got Talent.  The main area of contention is the international juries, will they or won’t they go for it?  I believe it will do very well and if the juries get behind it will win.  I believe it is a two horse race at this point between John Henrik and Måns Zelmerlöw.

5) Jessica Andersson “Can’t Hurt Me Now” – Predict 8th Place

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Jessica won her place in the very first semi-final and has been forgotten mostly since then.  The song and performance haven’t changed but it is still missing that dramatic build or climatic edge.  It is a shame as the song and performance are beautiful but simply forgettable.  Ballads always do well but this year with so many songs competing for points it will leave many in the dust and unfortunately this song will fall in that category.

6) Måns Zelmerlöw “Heroes” – Predict Winner

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Måns qualified directly to the final from the fourth semi-final and is the odds on favourite to win.  The innovative performance and sheer popularity of the song will make the public pick up their phones to vote.  The juries will fall for this as well as the feast for the eyes is also met with its Guetta-like styling which stands against club based hits like “Europhia” as something entirely different. It is a refreshing performance that you won’t forget and believe he can only be beaten if the juries fall for Jon Henrik.

7) Linus Svenning “Forever Starts Today” – Predict 7th Place

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Linus beat Andreas Weise in the second chance to win his place in the final.  His performance and song are solid and a change of direction in styling to last year’s “Bröder”.  His main issue again are that there are too many songs competing for those all-important points.  The ethnic feel to the song will get the juries backing it and his sincere performance will get the public voting.

8) ISA “Don’t Stop” – Predict 5th Place

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ISA won her place in the third semi-final and gained many children followers.  Her song is mainstream pop and is very well written.  I believe she will pick up votes from the juries and she will certainly have the backing of most children out there.  The only issue she will face is that there is crossover appeal from Eric Saade’s entry which means they both could lose out on points to each other.  ISA is definitely one to watch and if she participates again she could take the crown.

9) Magnus Carlsson “Möt Mig I Gamla Stan” – Predict 11th Place

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Magnus achieved his place in the final directly from the second semi-final and his absolute Schlager hit is extremely popular with the gay audience.  This is the type of song that could of won ten years ago but time has moved on since then.  The song has lots of appeal but the juries and public will opt for his more contemporary counterparts.  This is the sort of song I love and so glad that this style is represented in the final as it means that Schlager isn’t dead just not as mainstream as it once was.

10) Eric Saade “Sting” – Predict 4th Place

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Eric qualified for his place way back in the first semi-final and showed that his “Popular” fan base hasn’t diminished.  Honestly Saade could enter and do well with almost any type of song due to his popularity.  The song is a grower and I have grown to like but for the majority of viewers and juries this will be the first time listening to it which lies part of the problem.  The stylised performance with dancing shadows, rising platforms, pyrotechnics and glitter will be hard to forget but will the voters like it enough to pick up the phone to vote, I don’t think so.  The majority of his points will come from his dedicated fan base.

11) Mariette “Don’t Stop Believing” – Predict 3rd Place

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Mariette won her place in the second semi-final with her atmospheric and mesmerising performance.  Nothing has changed here but it also didn’t need to as promotes its dark side feeling very well.  The international juries will love the song and performance.  The Swedish public who don’t care for the mainstream pop style of Måns, Eric and ISA will go for this and in a big way.  With her debut performance in Melodifestivalen, I believe Marietta will be pleased with her placing and in a less competitive year this could win.

12) Hasse Andersson “Guld och Gröna Skogar” Gold and Green Forests – Predict 6th Place

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Hasse beat Kristin Amparo in the Second Chance to win his place in the final.  His sheer likability of a happy song in the sight of Spring approaching just makes people smile.  It is very Swedish and the public love this and will go for it in a big way.  The juries will overlook this as filler because it isn’t a style of music that many countries listen to as mainstream.  All his points will come from the televote but just how many will decide on his overall placing.

Do you agree?

Melodifestivalen 2015 Semi-Final 4 Results

On Saturday, Sweden hosted its last semi-final in Örebro.  In my opinion, it was the best show of the four.  With Måns Zelmerlöw and JTR securing places in the final on the 14th March.

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Midnight Boy – Don’t say no – Eliminated (7th Place)

A popular song writer in his own right, Midnight Boy has produced a typical 80’s gay anthem that wouldn’t be out of place in any retro discotheque.  His performance is very good only noticed one off note. Unfortunately the Swedish public didn’t agree placing it last.

Caroline Wennergren – Black swan – Eliminated (5th Place)

This is Wennergren’s second attempt in Melodifestivalen she qualified previously to the final and finished 5th overall with “A Different Kind of Love.”  I found this song a bit boring actually Wennergren’s raspy voice was the only character I noticed in the performance.

JTR – Building it up – Advances direct to the final

JTR are a Swedish boy band made up of three brothers that actually rose to fame by participating in X Factor Australia.  They finished in 7th place but have subsequently released an album that has charted in both Sweden and Australia.  I honestly didn’t think much of this song and found it to be the most boring of the evening.  The song wasn’t interesting enough and has a fairly weak hook.  I believe popularity and good looks possibly haven’t hurt their result.  I was shocked that the qualified directly for the final.

Hasse Andersson – Guld och gröna skogar (Gold and green forests) – Advances to the second chance

For 35 years, Hasse Andersson has been performing his Swedish country music achieving chart success mostly in the 80’s.  This jolly traditional country number was refreshing and sweet.  The dancers and staging just brought together the sense of spring.  Andersson’s overall performance was fairly solid for the 67 year old and with a catchy hook I easily hummed along to the melody.  It clearly won’t win any awards but still welcome to see and hear some happy, well written music.

Dinah Nah – Make me (La la la) – Advances to the second chance

This is Nah’s first Melodifestivalen entry with the simple but effective staging she has managed a ticket to the second chance.  The song isn’t as strong as Midnight Boy’s but it is repetitive and the dance sequences with the earthquake effects works very well.  Definitely another club style song, “Make Me (La la la)” lacks that super strong chorus that a club track needs.  Still an impressive first outing.

Annika Herlitz – Ett andetag (One breath) – Eliminated (6th Place)

Herlitz is a singer and voiceover actress, most famous for being Elsa in the Swedish version of Disney’s Frozen.  She has perform the Swedish version of “Let it Go”, “Slå Dig Fri” for the film and countless times to the Swedish public.  With such a powerful song, I was expecting a WOW from Herlitz which she delivered a lovely performance but wasn’t quite the diva power of “Let it Go”.  Arguably this was my favourite song of the evening.  It built well and had all of the traditional touches of a classic Swedish Schlager hit.  I think it was missing that overly dramatic big note that these songs are built on.

Måns Zelmerlöw – Heroes – Advances direct to the final

This is Zelmerlöw’s third entry to Melodifestivalen, finishing 3rd with “Cara Mia” and 4th with “Hope & Glory.”  He also co-hosted the contest in 2010 which he gained lots more popularity.  This was clearly the favourite to win the semi-final and SVT often put the hot favourite to win the crown in the last place of the 4th semi-final.  Being named Sweden’s sexiest man several years in a row probably doesn’t hurt your chances either.  Honestly the song is OK, it’s growing on me.  The first 30 seconds is dreadful, sounding something like an old fashioned folk singer.  What makes this amazing is the staging and special effects of the performance.  This could well win but I still think that the Semi orphan might walk away with the victory.

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