The first post-Rotterdam meeting of the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group took place in Geneva this week.
From left to right: Claudio Fasulo, Deputy Director of RAI Uno, Simona Martorelli (RAI), Felix Bergsson (RÚV), David Tserunyan (AMPTV), Martin Österdahl (EBU), Carla Bugalho (RTP), Yuval Cohen (KAN), Sietse Bakker (NPO), Astrid Dutrenit (NPO), Frank-Dieter Freiling (ZDF).
(Note: Claudio Fasulo isn’t on the Reference Group and Alexandra Redde (FTV) who is, is absent from the photo.)
The Reference Group is made up of elected Heads of Delegations, executive producers from previous Host Broadcasters and the ESC Executive Supervisor from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). It’s their job to steer the Contest from Host to Host.
The triumphant Italian Head of Delegation, Simona Martorelli, shared her excitement about Italy’s chance to host the world’s biggest music event:
'There is a lot of enthusiasm around the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy. This victory is combined with a sentiment of rebirth that Italy really needs. We’re looking forward to working with the Reference Group on producing an incredible ESC in Italy in 2022.
In the story of Eurovision, my favourite song is ABBA’s Waterloo and my favourite Italian entry is, of course, Maneskin’s Zitti E Buoni!'
Dismissing the old proverb ‘all roads lead to Rome’, Simona revealed the number one item on her agenda:
'Our first task is of course to find a great Host City over the summer for next year’s show.'
Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl welcomed the Reference Group to the EBU headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland:
It’s great to finally be able to welcome the Reference Group to Geneva and meet in person for the first time in over 18 months.
The handover between the previous and next year’s Host Broadcaster is always a special moment and even more so this year. We’ve reflected on three spectacular shows in Rotterdam and are excited to welcome the team from RAI onboard and already looking forward to what they will bring us in 2022.
The countdown to Italy 2022 begins!
#EurovisionAgain has returned with the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest, which was hosted by Spain in Madrid. Fans can watch together via a live YouTube premiere from 21:00 CEST this evening (Saturday 19 June) or view the show after it has broadcast on the official Eurovision YouTube Channel.
Eurovision fans are expected to cause the hashtag #EurovisionAgain to trend once more, as they follow the show and tweet along on Saturday evening.
The @EurovisionAgain twitter account will run a fan poll for fun after the final act (Finland’s Jarkko & Laura) has performed to see if they can finally break the famous four-way tie.
They are also providing scorecards for fans to download and print.
Join in the fun over on Twitter!
We’re not getting into a dispute as to whether a hurricane in Tanzania is technically known as a tropical cyclone or not, HOWEVER, our favourite Serbian girl group Hurricane are in Zanzibar right now and will host an exclusive Instagram Live on the official Eurovision account from 12:00 CEST today!
LookLab Hurricane – Serbia 🇷🇸 with NikkieTutorials
The 1984 Portuguese Eurovision entry Silêncio E Tanta Gente by Maria Guinot is being used by Portugal’s Federação Portuguesa de Futebol to promote the team’s participation in the UEFA European Championships.
The song (English translation: 'Silence and So Many People’) used in the context of Portugal’s Euros campaign alludes to the current COVID-19 situation and the fact that many fans cannot currently be together. The video features the team’s fans from across the world.
Às vezes é no meio do silêncio
(Sometimes it’s in the midst of silence)
Que descubro o amor em teu olhar
(I find love in the look of your eyes)
É uma pedra
(It’s a stone)
É um grito
(It’s a shout)
Que nasce em qualquer lugar
Às vezes é no meio de tanta gente
(Sometimes it’s in the midst of so many people)
Que descubro afinal aquilo que sou
(I find at last what I am)
Sou um grito
(I’m a shout)
Ou sou uma pedra
(I’m a stone)
De um altar aonde não estou
(From a place where I am not)
Silêncio E Tanta Gente was entered into the 1984 Eurovision Song Contest in Luxembourg and received 38 points, finishing in a respectable 11th place.
Singer, songwriter and pianist, Maria Guinot passed away in 2018 at the age of 73.
Eurovision champion and budding vintner Måns Zelmerlöw has announced a summer tour.
Fresh from rocking the rooftops in Rotterdam, the superstar from Scania has lined up 13 gigs across Sweden, and is be expected to perform all his hits including his latest single Come Over Love.
1 July: Kungsbacka, Tjolöholms Slott
2 July: Uppsala, Parksnäckan
16 July: Örebro, Stadsträdgården Trädgården
23 July: Östersund, Park Summer
24 July: Rättvik, Dalhalla
29 July: Mariehamn, The Rockoff Festival
1 August: Borgholm, Kackelstugan
4 August: Tvååker, Strömma Farmlodge
5 August: Karlstad, Nöjesfabriken
19 August: Malmö, Pildammsteatern
21 August: Sundsvall, Stadshusparken
22 August: Bollnäs, Colliniparken
31 August: Stockholm, Mossebacketerrassen
Tickets are available from Måns’ official website.
The might not have made it to the Eurovision stage for a second time but The Mamas are still going strong.
Today they’ve released a cover version of Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, explaining this decision the Mamas said:
Even though it’s a song with playful lyrics wrapped in a fun summery beat, it comes with an important message about the journey from body shaming to body positivity; a modern take on a classic tale of the perfect beauty standards and impossible societal norms that affect our confidence, image and self-worth, and how to break away from them. From “in the locker she wanted to stay”, to “showing her curves, honey she came to SLAY!”
Of course there are plenty of cover versions of this iconic summer anthem already, with perhaps the best known being released in the UK by Bombalurina – a side project of television presenter Timmy Mallett and It’s My Time-composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber.
The song is available to stream on Spotify.
Massive football fan or simply desperate to steer any footy chat back to Eurovision at the very first opportunity?
Allez Ola Olé! ⚽️
In perhaps the biggest news of the week, we can report that Jendrik has settled on a new hair colour:
Over on his official instagram page the I Don’t Feel Hate singer revealed: 'So I did something'.
He joins Iceland’s Hulda from Gagnamagnið in the exclusive blue hair club.
More hair news as we get it…
We love to see Eurovision artists thriving – so it’s delightful to learn Daði Freyr’s world tour has sold out.
Sharing the news on his Twitter account, Daði said: 'The tour SOLD OUT! I’m adding two new shows in Berlin and Tilburg and upgrading to bigger venues in Prague and Munich! Added tickets go on sale on Friday! <3'
You can check out his website for further tour info.
Daði og Gagnamagnið
Fyr og Flamme have been added to Copenhagen’s Tivoli Garden Party line-up due to take place in July. The event embraces all kinds of music, offering something for everyone, from pop lovers to EDM enthusiasts.
The 2021 Eurovision Song Contest was the first time since 1997 that Denmark sent a song completely in Danish.
The duo will take to the stage at 19:00 CEST on Friday 9 July and will no doubt perform their entry Øve Os På Hinanden which just missed out on qualifying, finishing 11th in the second Semi-Final.
Fyr og Flamme (Denmark 2021)
The hunt to find the next Junior Eurovision champion has begun.
Deutschland will take part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the second time, selecting their participant in a national final: Junior ESC – Wer fährt nach Paris? (‘Junior ESC – Who’s Going To Paris?’) on Friday 10 September.