A big announcement from Finnish broadcaster Yle today, reveals that X-Factor UK 2016 runner up, Saara Aalto will represent Finland at Eurovision 2018. The brave move means that the national selection show UMK will be pared back from its usual multiple act over a number of semi finals.Continue reading
Three acts with links to Eurovision have been competing in the fourteenth series of the UK version of the X-Factor. Slavko Kalezic (Montenegro), Berget Lewis (The Netherlands) and Jon Lillygreen (Cyprus) all competed in the Six Chair Challenge this weekend in Nicole Scherzinger’s Overs category in a bid to make it to the Judges’ Houses next weekend. Continue reading
Montenegrin singer Slavko Kalezic impressed the X-Factor judges in his first audition with his trademark plait and an impressive rendition of Beyonce’s ‘End of Time’. He returned to our screens on Saturday evening when he took part in the Boot Camp stage of the competition.Continue reading
September is over and we are well and truly into autumn. It’s time to hoke out your autumnal scarves and jumpers and catch up with your favourite Eurovision stars. This month sees new music releases from the likes of Russian hotties Sergey Lazarev and Dima Bilan, Danish star Basim, Armenian fave Iveta Mukuchyan and new music from the class of 2017: Serbia’s Tijana Bogicevic, Ukraine’s O. Torvald, Italy’s Francesco Gabbani and Belarus’ Naviband.
Slavko Kalezic came to international prominence when he performed ‘Space’ at Eurovision 2017 for Montenegro. The singer became an instant stand out for his bizarre lyrics (Linen is covered with feathers, Wet dreams, Wild nightmares, I surrender…) and his trademark plait whipping dance moves. Although he failed to progress to the live Final, Louis Walsh (who was in Kiev as part of the Irish delegation) convinced him to appear on the UK version of the X-Factor. Continue reading
You can have a great song, great staging and an endearing personality, but all this is lost if you are unable to bring the vocal performance that is expected of you on the big Eurovision stage. 2017 had no shortage of powerful vocals. Here are the contenders for Best Live Vocal at Eurovision NI Awards 2017. Continue reading
The visual presentation has become as important as the vocal and song presentation at Eurovision. You have three minutes to impress, and this can’t always be easily achieved with music alone. In oreder to catch the audiences eye, especially in a field of 40+ entries, acts have had come up with innovative ways to stick out over the years. Here are the nominees for the Best Staging at the Eurovision NI Awards 2017. Continue reading
Eurovision preparation begins months before the Eurovision Final in May. Many countries host their own national selection shows which take place over a number of weeks and usually there are a number of epic tracks that don’t get the chance to progress to the Eurovision finals. We honour those songs that narrowly missed out from the likes of Melfest, UMK, You Decide, Songvakeppnin, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, A Dal, Festivali i Kenges, Eesti Laul, Supernova and many more with the category Best Song From Selection Shows at the Eurovision NI Awards 2017. Continue reading