Now for part two of our New Music Round Up for July. In it we take a look at new releases from Russian girl band Serebro, Belgian songstress Blanche and two acts from this year’s Contest Sweden’s Benjamin Ingrosso and Swiss siblings Zibbz.
With the thrill ride that was Eurovision 2018 now over us, we look towards new music from our past contestants. Hot off the heels of their appearance this year, we get new tracks from UK artist SuRie, Italy’s Ermal Meta and Armenian representative Sevak Khanagyan. Also joining the May line up of new music is 2017 Eurovision champ Salvador Sobral, Austria’s Nathan Trent who teams up with J-MOX, Belgian artist Blanche, Sweden’s Robin Bengtsson and a duet from Melfest winner and runner up (and best mates) Benjamin Ingrosso and Felix Sandman.
Six nations automatically qualify for the Eurovision final. This is the host nation Portugal and the so-called ‘Big Five’ nations; France, Spain, Germany, Italy and United Kingdom. Portugal, as hosts got to choose the slot they would perform in at the final and last month chose number 8 spot. Today the Big Five took part in the draw to find out which half of the final they would compete in.
For the most part Eurovision is a celebration of a range of European identities, a chance for nations to express and showcase their national individuality and prowess. On a whole this is about celebrating the music and culture of these nations and usually sees widespread generic messages evoking peace, love and tolerance. Eurovision rules state that:
‘The lyrics and/or performance of the songs shall not bring the Shows, the ESC [Eurovision Song Contest] as such or the EBU [European Broadcasting Union] into disrepute. No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted during the ESC.’
However there have been moments in Eurovision’s history that have flouted this rule and has seen rising tensions between countries who are at odds with come to the fore and play out through the Contest.
Artist: Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro
Song: No Mi Avete Fatto Niente
Betting Odds: 29/1
Duo Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro will represent Italy at Eurovision 2018. Check out their lyrics to ‘No Mi Avete Fatto Niente’ along with the English translation.
The Eurovision NI World Cup returns for the third consecutive year in 2018. Group D saw SuRie, Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro, Laura Rizzotto, Sennek and Alekseev do battle for The UK, Italy, Latvia, Belgium and Belarus respectively for the two spots in the next round. You’ve been voting since Thursday, the poll has now closed and now it’s time to reveal the results!
The Eurovision NI World Cup returns for the third consecutive year and we continue the competition with Group D. Group D Consists of United Kingdom, Belgium, Latvia, Italy and Belarus. Take a look at their songs below and vote for your favourite in our poll!
Get to know Italian duo Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro better with our 10 Things About…Ermal and Fabrizio!
Italian broadcaster RAI have aired their Eurovision national selection show. Sanremo, a week long series of concerts saw 20 artists that will compete in the Big Artists competition which decides the nation’s artist and song for Eurovision 2018. In the end they opted for ‘Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente’ by Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro.