Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Serbia - Nova Deca - Sanja Ilić & Balkanika

Nova Deca by Sanja Ilić & Balkanika is the entry for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
Nova Deca (New kids) was written by Sanja Ilić, Tanja Ilić and Danica Krstajić.

Serbia selected the entry for Lisbon in a National Final Beovizija on February 20.
17 songs were selected. Among the contestants was Rambo Amadeus (Montenegro 2012). He teamed up with 70's star Beti Đorđević but only ended 9th.
You can listen to all the songs here at RTS Beovizija Youtube channel.

More later...

Links and sources
RTS Eurovision pages
The recent entries of Serbia are here: 20172016 - 2015 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The latest at the Lisbon Collection

Welcome to the Lisbon Collection
Like every year we’ll be bringing you all the release info on entries of this years Eurovision stars.

You'll find all official releases (physical and digital), promo info (as much as possible) and the odd coverversion, chart position and important trivia.
Always under construction, the latest updated pages are at the top of this links list.
More to come soon....
Serbia - Beovizija songs online, Sanja Ilić & Balkanika win 
Montenegro - Vanja Radovanović wins Montevizija
Greece - NF axed, Yianna Terzi to Lisbon
Belarus - Еўрабачанне-2018, Alekseev wins
Israel - Netta Barzilai wins HaKokhav HaBa
Macedonia - Lost and found Eye Cue
Croatia - Crazy about Franka
Spain - Operación Triunfo revived, Alfred & Amaia to Eurovision, Eurovision Gala CD on February 23.
Denmark - Melodi Grand Prix Songs Out (if you're in Denmark), Rasmussen wins.
Italy - the 68th Sanremo. CD out on Februari 9. Sanremo Vinili, Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro win the ticket.
United Kingdom - Eurovision you decide, songs out! SuRie Storms to Lisbon.
Hungary - A Dal 2CD out now
Switzerland - ZiBBZ siblings win Die ESC 2018 Entscheidungsshow
Malta - MESC 2018 won by Christabelle's Taboo.
Cyprus - It's Eleni Foureira!
Ireland - Ryan O'Shaughnessy to Lisbon
Czech Republic - Eurovision Song CZ, Mikolas Josef wins the ticket to Lisbon
France - Destination Eurovision for Madame Monsieur, Mercy already a top 10 hit.
Russia - Yulia Samoylova to Lisbon ?
Germany - Unser Lied Für Lissabon
Sweden - Melodifestivalen CD on 25-2
Albania - We have our first song for Lisbon
Austria - Cesar Sampson to Lisbon
Finland - Saara Aalto, always the Runner Up?
Netherlands - Waylon back after the storm
Belgium - Laura Groeseneken or Sennek.
Azerbaijan - Aisel
Georgia - Iriao brings us Ethno-Jazz
Australia - Jessica Mauboy returns to Europe, for serious this time.
Absent Friends - Let's raise a glass...
Portugal - Festival da Canção
Iceland - Söngvakeppnin 2018
Estonia - Eurolaul
Romania - Selecţia Naţională
Slovenia - EMA 2018
Norway - Melodi Grand Prix
Armenia - Depi Evratesil
Ukraine - Нацотбора Євробачення
Lithuania - Eurovizijos Atranka
San Marino - First time ever National Final
Latvia - Supernova
Moldova - O melodie pentru Europa
Bulgaria -
Poland -



About the Lisbon Collection:
The Lisbon Collection, a "branch" of the Eurovision Collectors Guide,  collects info all official releases (physical and digital), promo info (as much as possible) and the odd coverversion, chart position and important trivia. 

Digital release info may not apply to all territories, you gotta do some investigating yourselves there.
All digital release images (DRI's) are taken from iTunes and/or Amazon or sources noted otherwise,
Digital release also includes streaming (like Spotify), but not all releases can be found there.

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Due to my working hours I won’t always be able to publish the latest news first, but the Lisbon collection will be your Collectors Guide to the 2018 contest and it will be here to stay for future reference.



Montenegro - Inje - Vanja Radovanović

2016 CD Svi Životi Moji
Inje (rime, poem) by Vanja Radovanović is the Montenegran entry for the 2018 contest.
He wrote the song himself.
Listen and watch here at RTCG (song starts at 0:45)

The Montenegran selection Montevizija took place on Februari 17.
5 songs were in the running.


Vanja Radovanović (Вања Радовановић) has released (at least) two albums: Pričaj Dodirom  (Talk by touching, 2008) and Svi Životi Moji (All my life, 2016)

In 2006 he entered the semi final of Beovizija, the infamous Serbia-Montenegro selection for Eurovision that in the end didn't produce a Eurovision entry.
His song Kad Me Jednom Za Te Ne Bude (If I'm not the one for you) ended 21st (out of 23) in the first semi. The song was released on the Beovizija 2006 CD (RTS 415784)


Links and sources
Vanja Radovanović:
RTCG Montevizija pages
Montenegro in Eurovision: 2017 -  2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2009 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Greece - Oneiro Mou - Yianna Terzi

Digital release image
Gianna (or Yianna*) Terzi (Γιάννα Τερζή) will represent Greece in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
A National Final with five songs was planned but after two disqualifications and two not paying the contribution only Terzi was left.

The song is Oneiro Mou ( Όνειρο μου, My dream) written by Aris Kalimeris, Dimitris Stamatiou, Mihalis Papathanasiou and Gianna Terzi herself.
Listen here at Panik records Youtube

Oneiro Mou was a released as a digital single on Februari 16.
*The digital stores use the name Gianna, her own website and FB say Yianna.


Links and sources:
Yianna Terzi: Website, Facebook
The recent entries from Greece are here:
2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009

Belarus - Forever - Alekseev

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Alekseev is the winner of the Belorussian National Final on Februari 16.
His song Forever is written by Kyrylo Pavlov and Evhen Matyushenko.

Forever was released as a digital single on January 10.
The Russian version of the song Навсегда was released on November 10 2017.

Ukrainian Nikita Alekseev (Микита Алєксєєв) was a semi finalist in Voice Of Ukraine in 2014 and went on to release one album, one EP  and eight singles. All digital releases only.
His biggest hit in Ukraine and Russia was Пьяное солнце  (Pyanoye solntse, Drunken sun) from 2015.

Versions
Together - Eurovision version (3:08)
Навсегда - Russian version (3:45)


Russian version digital release image
Links and sources
Alekseev:  Facebook, VKontakte
BT (ByTV) Eurovision pages
The youngest entries of Belarus: 20172016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Israel - Netta Barzilai

Pic from Netta's Facebook
Netta Barzilai (נטע ברזילי) will represent Israel in Lisbon.
Israel selected their singer for Eurovision through reality show / singing competition HaKokhav HaBa (The Next Star, הַכּוֹכָב הַבָּא). A song for the contest will be revealed in March.

More later....


Links and sources:
Netta Barzilai: Facebook
The Next Star at Mako.co.il
More Eurovision gems from Israel: 20172016 - 2015 2014 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Macedonia - Lost And Found - Eye Cue

Pic from Eye Cue CD Само Сакав! from 2015
Macedonia (F.Y.R.) will participate in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Lost And Found by the band Eye Cue. The song is written by band member Bojan Trajkovski.

Eye Cue currently are Marija Ivanovska, Bojan Trajkovski and Ivo Mitkovski. I'm not sure Mitkovski is still in the band as the MRT article doen't mention him.

More later...

Links and sources:
Eye Cue: Facebook
MRT announcement
Macedonia's Eurovision adventures of 2017 -  2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 

Croatia - Crazy - Franka

Franka will participate in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest for Croatia.
Her song Crazy is written by Branimir Mihaljević with lyrics by Franka (Franka Batelić) herself.

Picture from Franka's Facebook
Franka tried to get to Eurovision before. In 2009 she performed Pjesma Za Kraj (The final song) in the Croatian selection Dora and finished 7th.
In 2010 she ended 7th again in Dora with Na Tvojim Rukama (In your arms).
In 2011 she recorded one of the early versions that eventually became Celebrate (by Daria Kinzer). HRT shared this one to the public through soundcloud two years ago. Listen to it here.

Songwriter Branimir Mihaljević co-wrote the 2010 Croatian entry Lako Je Sve by Feminnem.
This one didn't make it to the final ending 13th in the 2nd semi.


Links and sources:
Franka: Website,  Facebook
Eurosong.hr
Croatia's songs from the past few years: 2017 -  2016 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009

Monday, February 12, 2018

Spain - Tu Canción - Alfred & Amaia

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Spanish broadcaster TVE revived the good old Operación Triunfo to select this years Eurovision star.
The last five contestants had 9 songs among them (incl. duets) from which the Eurovision entry was chosen.
Alfred Garcia & Amaia Romero won the Eurovision Gala with their duet Tu Canción (Your song), written by Raul Gomez.

A week after the Eurovision Gala Amaia Romero went on to win the whole OT competition. Boyfriend and Eurovision partner Alfred Romero finished 4th.

All nine songs from the Eurovision Gala were released on digital platforms on the 29th of Januari. A CD release is on the cards for February 23 (see OT CD's below)
You can listen to all the songs here (you'll need Spotify).

Operación Triunfo
TVE started Operación Triunfo (OT), a reality show style talent competition, in 2001 to select the 2002 Eurovision entry. The first series was won by Rosa Lopez who went to Eurovision with the song Europe's Living A Celebration. She ended in 7th place in Tallinn. The TV shows, accompanying concerts and CD releases were extremely successful.
The Eurovision entries of 2003 and 2004 were also connected to the OT series but the Eurovision singer were not the winners: Beth (Dime, 8th in 2003) was 3rd in OT and Ramon (Para Llenarme De Ti, 10th in 2004) was 2nd in OT.
In the following five editions the ties between OT and Eurovision were severed but the 2005 runner up Soraya Arnelas went on to represent Spain in the 2009 Moscow Eurovision. Edurne, who was 6th in the 2005 OT went to Eurovision in 2015.
Operción Triunfo died a slow death after the 2011 season but it is revived in 2017/2018.

OT CD's
All entries from the Eurovision Gala are released on a Deluxe 2CD on February 23. It has one CD Lo mejor (2ª Parte) with more highlights from the show (incl. a cover of Quedate Conmigo) and a second CD with all 9 songs from the Eurovision selection. (see full tracklist at the end of this post). The Deluxe edition also has 16 postcards, everything you always wanted.

Other CD's with music from the new Operación that were already released are:
- Operación Triunfo 2017: Lo mejor (1ª Parte) was released on December 8 and features highlights from the first shows. It includes Eres Tu (The Spanish 1973 entry, OT live clip here) performed by all contestants.

- Operación Triunfo 2017: Duetos was released on December 26. This one features duets from the OT Christmas show. 
- Operación Triunfo 2017: No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti was released on February 2 . This one features love songs to tie in with Valentines day. It includes a coverversion of last years winner Amar Pelos Dois by Alfred García.
- Operación Triunfo 2017: Lo mejor (2ª Parte) is out on February 23. (Single CD and Deluxe 2CD, see above)
All CDs are released by Universal Music Spain.

Charts
Tu Canción enters the Spanish charts at #1.
Spanish top 50

Links and sources:
Operación Triunfo pages
Viva España: 2017 -  2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009

Tracklist CD 2 - Operación Triunfo 2017: Eurovisión
1. Camina - Finalistas de Operación Triunfo 2017
2. Al Cantar - Amaia
3. Arde - Aitana
4. Que Nos Sigan Las Luces - Alfred
5. Lejos De Tu Piel - Miriam
6. El Remedio - Ana Guerra
7. Tu Canción - Amaia y Alfred
8. Lo Malo - Aitana y Ana Guerra
9. Magia - Miriam y Agoney

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Denmark - Higher Ground - Rasmussen

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Higher Ground by Rasmussen is the 2018 Eurovision entry for Denmark. The song is written by Niclas Arn and Karl Eurèn.

Higher Ground has been released as a digital single along with instrumental and karaoke versions.

Jonas Flodager Rasmussen a.k.a. Bon Jones is the lead singer of rock cover band Hair Metal Heröes.

Versions
Higher Ground - single version
Higher Ground - karaoke
Higher Ground - instrumental
- all digital releases.

DMGP
Denmark announced their list of hopefuls for the 2018 contest on January.
The songs are released on February 5, the final is on February 10.
Note: Right now it seems most songs are still only available in Denmark, Higher Ground is available worldwide-ish.

One of the contestants was Sannie, the artist formerly known as Whigfield. I have so many fond memories of her 1994 hit Saturday Night. She didn't make it to the final three.
The full list is here at DR.


Links and sources:
Rasmussen: Hair Metal Heröes Facebook
DR Eurovision / MGP pages
Denmarks recent entries: 20172016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 

Italy - Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro

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Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro won the 68th Sanremo festival with their song Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente. The song is written by Ermal Meta, Fabrizio Moro and Andrea Febo.

The duo will go to Eurovision but it is not sure that they will perform Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente in Lisbon. 

The Sanremo winner will be released as a limited edition vinyl single, planned release is on Februari 28. See below for all vinyl releases of this years Sanremo entries.
Digital release is out now.

Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente can also be found on Ermal Meta's new album Non Abbiamo Armi (out now on Mescal records) and on Fabrizio Moro's new "best of" album Parole Rumori E Anni. (RCA). This also includes Moro's Sanremo songs of 2007, 2008 and 2017 as well as his own version of the Noemi song Sono Solo Parole from from Sanremo 2012. (see Chi sono... below).

Chi sono...
Fabrizio Moro has released 11 albums since 1996. His first Sanremo was in 2000 with the song Un Giorno Senza Fine (13th in the newcomers section).
In 2007 he still had to go through the newcomers section (now named Sezione giovani) and ended at #1 with the song Pensa, which became a #1 hit in the Italian charts.
In 2008 he finished 3rd in the Big section with Eppure Mi Hai Cambiato La Vita. In 2010 his Non è Una Canzone didn't make it to the final 10 and 2017 he ended 7th with Portami Via.

Moro also participated in Sanremo as a songwriter. He wrote Sono Solo Parole for Noemi in 2012 (3rd place) and Finalmente Piove for Valerio Scanu in 2016 (13th place).

Ermal Meta first competed solo at Sanremo in the 2016 newcomers section Nuove proposte) with the song Odio Le Favole placing 3rd. But his earliest Sanremo appearance was with the band La Fame Di Camilla. With their song Buio E Luce they entered the newcomers section (Nuovo generazione) but didn't proceed to the final four.
In 2017 he ended 3rd in the big artsist Sanremo with Vietato Morire.


The Sanremo 2CD
The Italian Sanremo festival took place from February 6 to February 10.
Some familiar names were in the contest: Riccardo Fogli (Eurovision 1983), Luca Barbarossa (1988), Decibel with Enrico Ruggeri (1993) and Nina Zilli (2012)

The 2CD with all Sanremo 2018 songs incl. all songs from the new artists section (Nuove proposte) was released on Februari 9. (RCA)

Sanremo Vinili
Last year the Sanremo contest produced six vinyl 7" inch singles for the collectors. (Including the winner by Francesco Gabbani) (list here)
It must have been a success as this year there are many vinyl Sanremo singles on the calender. Will the winner be among them?
Most are limited editions on coloured vinyl. All release dates between Februari 9 and Februari 28.

Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro - Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente (Columbia)
Red Canzian - Ognuna Ha Il Suo Racconto (BMG)
Mudimbi - Il Mago (Warner)
Diodato e Roy Paci - Adesso (Carosello records)
Renzo Rubino - Custodire (Warner)
Noemi - Non Smettere Mai Di Cercarmi (Red Sap)
Roby Facchinetti & Roccardo Fogli - Il Segreto Del Tempo (RCA)
Decibel - Lettera Dal Duca (RCA)
Ornella Vanoni - Imparare Ad Amarsi (RCA)
Mario Biondi - Rivederti (Columbia)
Ron - Almeno Pensami (RCA)
Annalisa - Il Mondo Prima Di Te (Warner)
Enzo Avitabile - Il Corraggio Di Ogni Giorno (RCA)

And then there's another interesting vinilo out now, the 1958 Italian classic entry Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu get a limited edition 60th anniversary re-issue. Read more about that here at Eurocovers.

Website Altro Spettacolo has a list and lots of info on all Sanremo artists new albums. Find it here.

Charts
Italy top 20:
Switzerland top 100: 16

Links and sources
Ermal Meta: Facebook, Page at Mescal records
Fabrizio Moro: WebsiteFacebook
RAI Sanremo pages.
Altro Spettacolo
Italy's entries since they came back from a very long break: 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011

Thursday, February 8, 2018

United Kingdom - Storm - SuRie

Pic from SuRie's facebook
SuRie won the BBC's Eurovision You Decide with her song Storm, written by Nicole Blair, Gil Lewis & Sean Hargreaves.

The six songs competing in the U.K. selection were revealed on January 24 and can all be heard here at the BBC's Eurovision pages.

SuRie (Susanna Marie Cork) released her full debut album Something Beginning With... in 2016 (CD and digital).
This album includes a song (also) titled Storm but it's a different one from the Eurovision entry. I noticed Storm stormin' up the iTunes charts (well at # 112) but I guess people are buying the early album one as the Eurovision tune hasn't been released yet.
Before that she released a 5 track EP SuRie.
In 2017 she released a single Lover, You Should've Come Over.

Something Beginning With... 
Links and sources:
SuRie: WebsiteFacebook
BBC Eurovision pages, Facebook
The U.K. have their moments here: 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 2011 - 2010 - 2009
Bring Back Eurovision To The U.K..

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Hungary

Hungary continues their successful A Dal preselections to find a Eurovision entry for Lisbon.
30 songs, 3 heats, 2 semi finals and a final on 24 februari.
The 2CD  with all 30 songs is out since February 2. (see picture below for tracklist. (MTVA 1271)
It is available now at BeaRecords


Links and sources:
Thanks to Thomas.
A Dal Website,  Facebook
More about Hungary's entries here: 20172016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 2012 - 2011 - 2009


Monday, February 5, 2018

Switzerland - Stones - ZiBBZ

Digital release image
Sister and brother duo ZiBBZ (siblings, ZiBBZ, get it?...) will sing their song Stones for Switzerland in the Lisbon contest.
They wrote the song themselves with Canadian singer/songwriter Laurell Barker. (who also has a song in this years Melodifestivalen btw).
Stones was released as a digital sing on January 9.

ZiBBZ are Corinne Gfeller (Coco) and Stefan Gfeller (Stee). They are currently based in Los Angeles where they recorded their second album It Takes A Village which was released in September 2017.

Switzerland had six songs to choose from in their ESC 2018 Entscheidungsshow on February 4.
You can listen to all songs here at SRF's Youtube channel.

Charts
Switzerland top 100: 62

Links and sources:
ZiBBZ: Website, Facebook
SRF Eurovision pages
More Swiss entries to check out: 20172016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Malta - Taboo - Christabelle

Pic from Christabelle's FB
Christabelle Borg will represent Malta in the Lisbon Song Contest.
The song Taboo was written by Johnny Sanchez, Thomas G:Son, Muxu and Christabelle herself.
Listen: Here's the studioversion and the Live one (Youtubes)


Malta's National final was on Februari 3. You can listen to all the songs here at TVM.

Christabelle Borg participated in the Malta Eurovsision Song Contest several times:
2014 - Lovetricity (8th)
2015 - Rush (2nd)
2016 - Kingdom (4th)

For Thomas G:Son it's his 14th Eurovision entry. (see end of this post). Muxu (Matthew Mercieca) co-wrote the 2015 Junior Eurovision winner Not My Soul with and for Destiny Chuckunyere.

Links and sources
Christabelle Facebook
Maltasong pages
More Malta: 20172016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009

Thomas G:son (Thomas Gustafsson) is a prolific Eurovision songwriter. He (co-) wrote many songs for prelections in Sweden, Norway and Spain and also some for Romania, Finland, Denmark, Latvia, Poland and Belgium.
Seven of G:son's songs made it to Eurovision and with Euphoria the victory is his:
Sweden 2001 - Listen To Your Heartbeat - Friends
- written with Henrik Sethsson, 5th place
Sweden 2006 - Invincible - Carola
- written with Carola Häggkvist, Henrik Wickström and Bobby Ljunggren, 5th place
Spain 2007 - I Love You Mi Vida - D'Nash
- written with Andreas Rickstrand, Tony Sanchez-Ohlsson and Rebeca, 20th place.
Norway 2007 - Ven A Bailar Conmigo - Guri Schanke
- 18th in semi
Denmark 2010 - In A Moment Like This - Chanée and N'Evergreen
- written with Henrik Sethsson and Erik Bernholm, 4th place.
Sweden 2012 - Euphoria - Loreen
- written with Peter Boström, winner of Eurovision 2012
Spain 2012 - Quédate Conmigo - Pastora Soler
- Wiritten with Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson and Erik Bernholm, 10th place
Georgia 2013 - Waterfall - Sopho Gelovani & Nodiko Tatishvili
- Written with Eric Bernholm, 15th place
Spain 2015 - Amanecer - Edurne
- Written with Peter Boström and Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson, 21st place
Georgia 2015 - Warrior - Nina Sublatti
- Written with Nina Sublatti, 11th place
Georgia 2016 - Midnight Gold - Young Georgian Lolitaz
- Written with - Kote Kalandadze, 20th place
Cyprus 2016 - Alter Ego - Minus One
- Written with - Minus One, 21st place
Cyprus 2017 - Gravity - Hovig
- He wrote this one all by himself, 21st place

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Cyprus - Fuego - Eleni Foureira

2017 CD Βασίλισσα (Vasilissa)
Eleni Foureira (Ελένη Φουρέιρα) will sing for Cyprus in Lisbon.
Her song Fuego is written by Alex Papaconstantinou a.k.a. Alex P.

So far Eleni Foureira has released four solo albums, the most recent being Vasilissa (Βασίλισσα, Queen)
In 2010 Eleni featured on the Greek Natiuonal Final entry Kivotos Tou Noe (Noah's Ark) by Manos Pyrovolakis which ended 2nd.

For Alex P. it's the 4th Eurovision song that features him as a co-writer.
2007 - Yassou Maria - Sarbel (Greece, 7th place)
2009 - Always - Aysel & Arash (Azerbaijan, 3rd)
2012 - La La Love - Ivi Adamou (Cyprus, 16th)
He also wrote songs for Antique and Elena Paparizou solo.


Links and sources:
Elena Foureira: Website, Facebook
More Cyprus in Eurovision: 2017 -  2016 - 2015 - 2013 - 2012 2011 - 2010 - 2009 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Ireland - Together - Ryan O'Shaughnessy

2016 album Back to square one
RTÉ announced that Ryan O'Shaughnessy will participate for Ireland in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
Ryan O'Shaughnessy wrote the song Together together with Marc Caplice and Laura Elisabeth Hughes.
The song will be revealed later.

Ryan O'Shaughnessy is a Britain's Got Talent and Voice Of Ireland contestant. His debut single No Name was a top 3 hit in Ireland and also went to 31 on the U.K. charts.
His debut mini album Ryan O'Shaughnessy was a No. 1 in the Irish album charts in 2012 and went to No. 9 in the U.K..
He released his first full length album Back To Square One in 2016.

And if you thought his name sounds familiar, Ryan's uncle Gary O'Shaughnessy represented Ireland in 2001.


Links and sources: 
Ryan O'Shaughnessy: Website,  Facebook
More entries from Ireland: 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009



Sunday, January 28, 2018

France - Mercy - Madame Monsieur

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Madame Monsieur have won Destination Eurovision, the French selection for Lisbon with their self penned song Mercy.
Madame Monsieur are Émilie Satt and Jean-Karl Lucas. They have release one album, Tandem (2016), which is well worth checking out.
They are currently finishing their new album Vue D'ici which will include the Eurovision entry.

Mercy has been released as a digital single (Play Two).
In the week before the French final Mercy already entered the French charts at #8.

France selected their 2018 entry through a three night preselection.
The final was on January 27. All 18 songs competing have been released (digital)
Find out more here at the Destination Eurovision pages.

Versions:
Mercy - single version (3:58)
- digital release
For the Eurovision CD the song will have to be edited to a three minute version.

Charts
IFOP France top 200: 8, 3, 17
Suisse Romande top 20: 16

Links and sources:
Madame Monsieur: Facebook
France 2 Eurovision pages
French Eurovision history: 20172016 - 2015 - 2014 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009

Czech Republic - Lie to me - Mikolas Josef

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Lie To Me by Mikolas Josef is the Czech entry for the 2018 contest. He wrote the song himself.
The official video is here at MJ's Youtube.

Lie To Me was released as a digital single on November 19.
The lyrics are pretty raunchy and contain the occasional F-bombs so I'm pretty sure we'll see another version for the Eurovision contest and CD. (current lyrics at Musixmatch)
The videoclip has the F-words faded out a bit, but doesn't leave much to the imagination...

The Czech Republic selected their Lisbon entry through an online National Final thingy.
The songs were voted for for two weeks (until January 22) with the official Eurovision.tv Voting app. The final reveal, including a jury vote, was on Januari 29.
You can listen to all six finalists here.

Versions
Lie to me - Single version (Explicit)
Lie to me - Video version

Links and sources:
Thanks to Frank
Mikolas Josef: Website,  Facebook, Soundcloud
CTV Eurovision Pages, Facebook
Some more Czech Eurovision efforts: 20172016 - 2015 - 2011

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Russia - Yulia Samoylova

After last years pathetic political display and withdrawal it was already stated that the ill fated Yulia Samoylova  (Юлия Самойлова) would come back to represent Russia in 2018.

Links and sources:
Yulia Samoylova: WebsiteFacebookVK
Russia's recent entries: 2017 (withdrawn) -  2016 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Sweden

The 17th edition of the "modern" Melodifestivalen will decide the Swedish entry for the Lisbon contest.
You know the recipe, four heats, a second chance round all in different cities and a final on March 10 in Stockholm. 28 songs in all.

The Melodifestivalen 2018 2CD with all songs is expected to drop on February 25.

The official Melodifestivalen album has been the #1 selling album of the year in Sweden every year since 2007 but the 2016 edition got stuck at #3 and it got even worse in 2017 when it ended at #7. 
In 2004, 2005 and 2006 it was #2, in 2003 it was #4, in 2002 it was #13.

At the end of this page you can find statistics of all the chart activity of MF entries since the 'modern' MF was introduced. 

Links and sources:
SVT Melodifestivalen pages.
Charts at Sverige Topplistan.
Find out more about these Swedish entries: 2017 -  2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009



MF In the charts
So Melodifestivalen is big business and it makes Lotta Svenska Kronor, but it's good to see a good part of money going to good production of both the TV shows and the records. And a large part of the often recordbreaking televoting revenue always goes to charity, åååååh....

Below are the chart results of Melodifestivalen and Eurovision hits in the Swedish top 60 since 2002, when the 32 song MF was introduced.
In a sudden change, 2010 saw only a few entries released on cdsingle, and it showed decline in the number of MF hits.
Since a few years downloads are the main factor in  the Swedish charts so several Eurovision hits chart without being released on cdsingle. Some only chart one or two weeks just after the contest.

Melodifestivalen (and Eurovision) in the Swedish charts
2018 top 100: 6 MF hits - 0 top 10 hits - 0 #1 hits - 0 Eurovision hits
2017 top 100: 21 MF hits - 6 top 10 hits - 0 #1 hits - 9 Eurovision hits
2016 top 100: 26 MF hits - 9 top 10 hits - 2 #1 hits - 12 Eurovision hits
* 2016 Digilistan top 60 - 17 MF hits - 9 top 10 hits - 2 #1 hits
2015 top 100: 19 MF hits - 6 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 6 Eurovision hits
* 2015 Digilistan top 60: 22 MF hits - 9 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 14 Eurovision hits
2014: 17 MF hits - 5 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 6 Eurovision hits
* 2014 Digilistan top 60 2014: 22 MF hits - 10 top 10 hits - 2 #1 hits - 18 Eurovision hits
2013: 22 MF hits - 6 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 4 Eurovision hits
2012: 17 MF hits - 7 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 4 Eurovision hits
2011: 18 MF hits - 7 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 2 Eurovision hits
2010: 28 MF hits - 10 top 10 hits - 3 #1 hits - 9 Eurovision hits
2009: 28 MF hits - 12 top 10 hits - 2 # 1 hits - 16 Eurovision hits
A record breaking 15 Eurovision hits in the week after the contest, most on downloads alone
2008: 30 MF hits - 14 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 9 Eurovision hits
2007: 28 MF hits - 10 top 10 hits - 2 #1 hits - 7 Eurovision hits
2006: 23 MF hits -10 top 10 hits - 3 #1 hits - 6 Eurovision hits
2005: 23 MF hits - 9 top 10 hits - 4 #1 hits - 3 Eurovision hits
2004: 22 MF hits - 8 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 3 Eurovision hits
2003 : 17 MF hits - 8 top 10 hits - 3 #1 hits - 2 Eurovision hits
2002 : 13 MF hits - 4 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 3 Eurovision hits

* 2014: The official charts in Sweden have gone a bit crap, with Spotify and other steamers as a much too infuential source. This list is still the 'official chart' but we'll feature the digilistan as well.
The Digilistan is now the main (digital) sales based Swedish chart.
Changes in 2015: The MF has only 28 entries and the official charts have gone up to a top 100.
Changes in 2016: The method for the official Swedish charts has changed again, now it is almost the same as the digilistan.

You can check your Swedish charts weekly at Sverige Topplistan

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Austria - Cesar Sampson

In December ORF introduced Cesar Sampson as the singer of the Austrian Eurovision entry for Lisbon.
Singer and songwriter Sampson has a little Eurovision experience. He was a backing vocalist for the Bulgarian entries of 2015 and 2016.
A song will be presented in Februari.

Picture taken from Cesars facebook

Links and sources:
Cesar Sampson: Facebook
Austria's Eurovision glory: 20172016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 2011

At the end of the 2014 Conchita post at the Copenhagen Collection you can find a list with all charts results of Austrian entries in the home charts. (1965 to 2017)

Georgia - Iriao

Georgia selected the Ethno-Jazz outfit Iriao (ირიაო) to represent the country in Portugal.
Pic from GBP press
Links and sources:
Iriao: Facebook, Soundcloud
Eurovision Georgia pages
Georgia on your mind? : 2017 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009