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Eurovision season starts

September 1st is the start of the Eurovision Season. Every song that is released from now on, can be a Eurovision entry.Due to COVID19, the previous contest had to be cancelled. We don’t know yet what the 2021 contest will look like. Junior Eurovision in Poland will be a first test case for this.Because of the cancellation, a lot of national broadcasters decided to give the same artist a second chance. Therefore, we already have 19 artists confirmed for the 2021 contest. They are: Australia: Montaigne Austria: Vincent Bueno Azerbaijan: Efendi Belgium: Hooverphonic Bulgaria: Victoria Czech Republic: Benny Cristo Georgia: Tornike Kipiani Greece: Stephania Israel: Eden Alene Latvia: Samanta Tina Malta: Destiny Moldova: Natalia Gordienko (unconfirmed!) Romania: Roxen San Marino: Senhit Slovenia: Ana Soklič Spain: Blas Cantó Switzerland: Gjon’s Tears The Netherlands: Jeangu Macrooy Ukraine: Go_A As soon as there is news, we will keep you updated!

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Iceland wins Eurostream2020!

After an exciting voting, Iceland has won Eurostream2020, the online alternative for the Eurovision Song Contest. After a wonderful evening, we now know who might have won the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. It’s Daði & Gagnamagnið who reached the first place. Congratulations, til hamingju Ísland!!Iceland was the winner of both the experts and the televoters. Almost 10.000 people voted in the contest. This made it, despite the technichal problems, a great show. We would like to thank the makers of Eurostream 2020 to let us enjoy the three shows this week! The full result of the contest is: Iceland, 434 pts. Lithuania, 303 pts. Russia, 287 pts. Sweden, 280 pts. Belgium, 278 pts. Malta, 273 pts. Italy, 268 pts. Switzerland, 267 pts. Bulgaria, 256 pts. Azerbaijan, 203 pts. Georgia, 202 pts. Germany, 185 pts. The Netherlands, 176 pts. Romania, 167 pts. Norway, 158 pts. France, 146 pts. Greece, 142 pts. Denmark, 119 pts. Austria, 95 pts. Spain, 87 pts Australia, 82 pts. United Kingdom, 75 pts. Serbia, 72 pts. Armenia, 70 pts. Israel, 67 pts. Albania, 64 pts.

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First ten Eurostream finalists known!

It was a great show, and now we have the results. After an exciting reveal, we know now which 10 songs went through. The number behind the name of the country is the number in the following order next saturday in the final: Lithuania (6)Malta (3)Romania (8)Sweden (16)Russia (13)Israel (21)Norway (12)Australia (2)Azerbaijan (26)Belgium (17)

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This week: Eurostream 2020!!

Of course, we would have loved to keep you updated for the rehearsals of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. But unfortunately, that is impossible.Thank goodness, this week we can follow Eurostream 2020, a great alternative for the contest.On Tuesday, may 5th, you can watch the first semifinal show. On thurday, may 7th, you can watch the second one. Of course, upcoming saturday we will have the Grand Final!!! You can watch them on the Eurostream Youtube Channel or Facebook Page.And guess what: YOU are able to vote in it. There will be an expert jury ánd televoting in the show, just like in the real Eurovision Song Contest.  The first semifinal following order will be:1.Sweden2.Ireland3.Belarus4.Australia5.Lithuania6.Russia7.North Macedonia8.Slovenia9.Azerbaijan10.Norway11.Israel12.Malta13.Croatia14.Belgium15.Romania16.Cyprus17.Ukraine The second semifinal following order will be:1.Czech Republic2.Moldova3.Greece4.Serbia5.Poland6.Estonia7.San Marino8.Iceland9.Austria10.Finland11.Denmark12.Portugal13.Armenia14.Albania15.Switzerland16.Georgia17.Bulgaria18.Latvia So, although there will be no Eurovision Song Contest, there ís an alternative. Hope to see you this week!!

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Draw first semifinal Eurostream 2020

Today, our friends of Aussievision did the draw for the first semifinal of Eurostream 2020. This is what the draw looks like: 01 Sweden02 Ireland03 Belarus04 Australia05 Lithuania06 Russia07 North Macedonia08 Slovenia09 Azerbaijan10 Norway11 Israel12 Malta13 Croatia14 Belgium15 Romania16 Cyprus17 Ukraine The first semifinal will be streamed on may 5th. There has also been a draw for Italy (11) and Germany (20) in the grand final.  

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Iceland wins “Der kleine Song Contest”

In Austria, they had their own song contest this year. Divided over three shows, an expert jury chose three songs to be judged by Austrian televoters. And the winner is…. Iceland! Daði  & Gagnamagnið got 48% of the votes with their song “Think about things”, while Austria was the runner up with 33%. Malta became 3rd with 19% of the votes. The full results of the expert jury where: Show 1 Iceland 75 The Netherlands 71 Bulgaria 71 United Kingdom 66 Belgium 63 Poland 61 Romania 61 Israel 60 Spain 55 Cyprus 50 Georgia 49 Armenia 42 San Marino 35 Belarus 17 Show 2 Malta 97 Sweden 86 France 69 Russia 67 Switzerland 64 Lithuania 57 Finland 56 Ireland 55 Azerbaijan 50 Slovenia 50 Croatia 45 Latvia 36 Portugal 30 Moldova 28 Show 3 Austria 76 Denmark 73 Germany 66 Albania 62 Norway 62 Italy 59 Greece 51 Czech Republic 51 Estonia 48 Ukraine 45 North Macedonia 42 Australia 35 Serbia 35

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Azerbaijan presented it’s entry

photo: instagram Today, Azerbaijan published it’s entry. Efendi will sing “Cleopatra”. We published the leaked entry on our Facebook page already two days ago, but now it’s official and with a video clip. The song is written by Luuk van Beers, Alan Roy Scott and Sarah Lake.  Efendi will perform in the first semifinal.

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Efendi

© EBU/Andres Putting About Quick Facts NameSamirə Əfəndiyeva Born17 april 1991 Nationality🇦🇿 Azerbaijani National SelectionBöyuk Sehne 2014Internal Selection 2020, 2021 In Eurovision2021 Rotterdam2020 Rotterdam (Cancelled) SongMata Hari (2021)Cleopatra (2020) Biography Samira Efendi is an Azerbaijani singer, born in Baku. Since 1994, she had been a soloist of the Children’s Philharmonic under the direction of Ogtay Zulfugarov. In 2001 he entered the children’s music school in Baku, and in 2006 she graduated. In 2006, she entered the Asaph Zeynalli College of Music within the National Conservatory. Three years later, she took part in the talent show Yeni Ulduz. In 2014, she was a finalist in talent show Böyuk Sehne. As a soloist she participated in the BakuProject. She also participated in the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2015, she participated n a concert program dedicated to the European Games in Azerbaijan. She reached the final of The Voice of Azerbaijan in 2016. In the same year she participated in the Belarusian Youth Festival in Shamkir. She successfully represented Azerbaijan at the International Jazz Festival in Alanya, Turkey and gave a solo concert at the Yarat Contemporary Art Center. She performed at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Azerbaijan Volleyball Championship. In 2016, she sang a song called “Sürət”, compiled by Tunzale Agaeva for Formula 1. In 2017, she changed her performance name into Samira Efendi. In Baku she sang “Hello Baki” for the Islamic Solidarity Games. In 2017, a a song and video “Ya Tantsuyu / Dance” was released in Ukraine. She travelded to Bucharest, Romania, for another project. It became the song “Tocame”, a duet with Seeya. In the same year, she represented Azerbaijan in the SilkWayStar contest in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In 2018, she gave a concert in Moscow.In 2020, Samira Efendi was chosen to represent Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest. Unfortunately that didn’t happen, due to the cancellation of the contest. Azerbaijani tv announced her as the 2021 Eurovision representative. She sang the song “Mata Hari” in the contest. The song caught attention of the mayor of Leeuwarden and the commisioner of the King in Friesland, where Mata Hari originates from. They gave a voting advice in favour of Azerbaijan. Her alleged blossoming love with the Norwegian contestant TIX also attracted a lot of attention. In may 2022, Efendi released a new song called “Being a woman”. Entries Mata Hari Country🇦🇿 Azerbaijan Year2021 LanguageEnglish Lyrics and musicAmy van der WelLuuk van BeersTony CornelissenJosh Earl DancersVeronika VolosovaAlexandra GolosnichenkoAdeline DeliAlina Lee Results Semi Points: 138Position: 8Running order: 14 Results Finals Points: 65Position: 20Running order: 21 https://youtu.be/FTQ22S5YC7Q Cleopatra Country Azerbaijan Year2021 LanguageEnglish Lyrics and musicLuuk van BeersAlan Roy ScottSarah Lake ComposersLuuk van BeersAlan Roy ScottSarah Lake Backing Vocals– Results Semi Points: –Position: –Running order: – Results Finals Points: –Position: –Running order: – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0VzBCvO1Wk

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Samira Efendi represents Azerbaijan

Public broadcaster Ictimai has confirmed that singer Samira Efendi will represent Azerbaijan at Eurovision 2020. The broadcaster selected the singer through an internal process. 5 candidates competed to represent Azerbaijan in Rotterdam: Efendi, Laman Dadasheva, Elvin Novruzov, Jabrail Rasulov and Riad Abdulov. In the end, Samira Efendi was selected based on the votes of an international group of musical experts, including music producers, authors and composers, journalists and television industry representatives. Samira is definitely dedicated to the Eurovision Song Contest, this was her 5th attempt to represent Azerbaijan. source: eurovision.tv

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James Newman represents the UK

Photo: Empire rights management In fact, it was already a strong rumour the last few days, but this morning, it is confirmed: James Newman will represent the United Kingdom in the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. The song is called “My last breath” and is written and composed by James himself, Iain Farquharson, Adam Argyle and Edward Drewett. Farquharson, a.k.a. Iain James, co-wrote the 2011 winning Eurovision song “Running scared” for Azerbaijan.James Newman is the brother of hitsinger John Newman and wrote several hits himself. He worked together with a.o. Calvin Harris and Armin van Buuren.

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