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Amir collaborates with OneRepublic and we expect a smashing hit

Amir collaborates with OneRepublic and we expect a smashing hit

FRANCE – “No Vacancy” is a song by American pop rock band OneRepublic. It was released as a single via digital download on April 28, 2017. It was written by band members Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle, Drew Brown, and Zach Filkins, as well as Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen from the Norwegian production […]

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RTS defends its choice when Serifovic criticises their way of handling

RTS defends its choice when Serifovic criticises their way of handling

SERBIA – It is revealed that Tijana Bogicevic was the fourth choice for Eurovision 2017 to represent Serbia in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Only three points away, Serbia eliminated in the semi final. The singer is disappointed but it’s not the end of the world for her and the Serbian nation. music taste is […]

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EBU members react: what they enjoyed the most in Eurovision 2017

EBU members react: what they enjoyed the most in Eurovision 2017

The 2017 Eurovision Connect awards have taken place in Ljubljana (May 22), organized in collaboration with RTVSLO. The ceremony was part of an annual event that pays tribute to the best in public service media advertising. During the event, EBU members asked about their favourite moments of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Have a look.

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The Thursday Eurovision telegram with news in brief

The Thursday Eurovision telegram with news in brief

ALMA RETURNS TO PARIS ISRAEL’S NEW BROADCASTER APPLIES TO EBU The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest broadcast marked the end of IBA on May 13th. Now there is a new Israeli national broadcaster, called Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC) and they applied to the European Broadcasting Union for a full membership which will also allow them […]

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Throwback Kyiv: Hosts and Eurostars respond to our annual Red Carpet question

Throwback Kyiv: Hosts and Eurostars respond to our annual Red Carpet question

UKRAINE – Every year, the oikotimes.com team attends the Opening Ceremony’s Red Carpet asking one key question to the participants and hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest. This year was no exception. We asked them almost all what’s their own momentum year since last year’s winner song was called “1944” and it was all about […]

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The Eurovision in Ukraine was an exercise in soft power

The Eurovision in Ukraine was an exercise in soft power

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS / UNITED KINGDOM – Eurovision 2017, held in Kyiv, may have lacked overt politicisation when it came to the performances showcased on stage, especially in comparison to previous years. But as Roch Dunin-Wąsowicz argues, the contest nevertheless delivered a carefully constructed ideological message about Ukraine’s European aspirations and its pride in […]

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One more Ukrainian failure: Milla Jovovich was suppose to host Eurovision 2017

One more Ukrainian failure: Milla Jovovich was suppose to host Eurovision 2017

UKRAINE – Popular Hollywood actress of Ukrainian origin Milla Jovovich was not against to Eurovision song contest 2017. May 13, Kyiv hosted the Eurovision 2017. Leading the competition were Timur Miroshnychenko, Oleksandr skychko and Vladimir Ostapchuk. According to producer Oleg Bodnarchuk, one of the leading competition really wanted to be 41-year-old American actress Milla Jovovich. […]

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Enjoy the music and stop looking for mistakes, says Sirusho

Enjoy the music and stop looking for mistakes, says Sirusho

ARMENIA – Surusho advises to enjoy music and not to overestimate the importance of Eurovision. “I hope we achieve good results every year, but let’s not make it the most important part of life,” the singer told reporters after Dzakh Harut’s concert in Yerevan Sunday. “It’s a festival of music, where we should try to […]

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Poor but better than 2016, the 2017 Eurovision TV ratings in the US

Poor but better than 2016, the 2017 Eurovision TV ratings in the US

UNITED STATES – For second consecutive year, LOGO TV aired the Eurovision Song Contest in the US. Despite the European webcast and YouTube links not available in the US due to copyrights, LOGO TV managed to increase the TV ratings from 50,000 in 2016 to 62,000 in 2017. Michelle Visage and Ross Mathews commentated the […]

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Eurovision 2017 semi finals and final watched by over 180 million viewers

Eurovision 2017 semi finals and final watched by over 180 million viewers

EBU.CH REPORTS / GENEVA – The Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), the world’s longest running annual TV music competition, was seen by over 180 million viewers in 2017. (waiting for Australia to tip it over) The 3 live shows from Kyiv, Ukraine on 9, 11 and 13 May reached around 182 million people across 42 markets*. […]

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Brendan Murray’s Eurovision entry reaches number one in … Armenia!

Brendan Murray’s Eurovision entry reaches number one in … Armenia!

IRELAND – Ireland’s Eurovision song may not have been a big hit in the competition but there was one positive for Brendan Murray. The former Hometown singer was beaten in the semi-final of the competition with his song “Dying to try”. However, while Europe didn’t love the song, one eastern European country certainly did. Speaking […]

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There’s no calm after the storm in The Netherlands

There’s no calm after the storm in The Netherlands

THE NETHERLANDS – Back in January O’G3NE selected their Eurovision 2017 entry penned by their father and dedicated to their very ill mother. Though they issued a songwriting bootcamp inviting everyone to suggest ideas and songs for Kyiv’s Eurovision edition. Among them Dutch band, BLØF who now criticise the decision of the girl band. BLØF […]

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BNT most likely to select internally the same successful team

BNT most likely to select internally the same successful team

BULGARIA – Bulgarian national broadcaster revealed that their 2018 Eurovision Song Contest entry will be selected internally just like 2017. This is a wise decision (probably, although you never know what can happen) after the second position in the Grand Final last week in Kyiv, the best ever placing of Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song […]

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