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One week until Eurovision in Concert

29 March 2014 at 20:30 CET

Over the course of the next week, we will be previewing the acts that are going to be appearing at Eurovision In Concert, by either through interviews, or videos of the entries. Plus we will be finding out each day more about some of the background to this keenly anticipated event, which is already sold out.

Keeping the Dutch spirit alive

"The idea of Eurovision In Concert  was born after the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008" explains René Romkes "after four consecutive years of disappointing results in the Eurovision for the Netherlands. We noticed the general interest for participation was declining and we (a group of fans) wanted to do something about that. We decided to organise an event to keep the Eurovision spirit alive in the Netherlands"

René heads up a team of six Dutch fans who organise the concert, the other team members are; Johan Mak, Ralf Reinink, Paul Roos, Barry van de Cornewal, and Jeroen Smits.

Tomorrow we will look at some of the challenges this team of fans has faced over the years.

Let's look today at four of the acts who will be appearing at the event.


First up are the artists who don't have too far too travel to Amsterdam, and that is act representing the Netherlands.

Forming The Common Linnets, Ilse DeLange and Waylon are two exceptional artists who have joined forces to work on a new album and to represent their country with the song Calm After The Storm. The song has been composed by Ilse DeLange, JB Meijers, Rob Crosby, Matthew Crosby and Jake Etheridge

Watch The Common Linnets perform Calm After the Storm


Next we will have a look at Freaky Fortune featuring RiskyKidd who are representing Greece with their self composed song Rise Up 

Freaky Fortune are Nikolas Raptakis and Theofilos Pouzbouris. Both 23 years old, both studied music since their early years. RiskyKidd is a 19 year old rapper, born and raised in London, by his Jamaican mother and German father. His actual name is Shane Schuller. 

Watch Freaky Fortune feat. RiskyKidd perform Rise Up


Sergej Ćetković is another artist who has also composed his own entry; Moj Svijet is the title of the song that he will represent Montenegro with.

Sergej's first appearance, which occurred 28 years ago, can be taken, tentatively, as the official beginning of an impressive musical career. In 1986 when he won the second place at the child festival "Our joy" in his native Podgorica, Sergej was only ten years old and he did not dream that he would become a pop star in future.

Watch Sergej Ćetković perform Moj Svijet


Conchita Wurst representing Austria was amongst the first acts to confirm their participation at Eurovision In Concert. Conchita will perform the song Rise Like A Phoenix, composed by Charly Mason, Joey Patulka, Ali Zuckowski and Julian Maas.

Tom Neuwirth was born on November the 6th, 1988, and he, for the first time, performed as his alter ego Conchita Wurst in 2011. Since then, he has been a symbol for tolerance and artistic freedom in Austria and beyond. His motto: "Be the best version of yourself rather than a bad copy of someone else!"

Watch our interview with Conchita Wurst 

Tomorrow we will look at some more songs and interviews with acts who will be at Eurovision In Concert 2014.