The surprise of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest was the extraordinary performance of the Ukrainian musician Onuka. With her appearance in the interval act in the Grand Final she has caught a lot of attention from the million TV spectators. Onuka’s music is a very interesting and cool combination of electro music with ethnic elements.
Due to the poor results in the past years for Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest a new method has been evolved. The aim is to match the German choice with the music taste of the international audience in a better way.
It’s still very early for the 2018 ESC season to announce the first performer. The Flemish broadcaster VRT is the first one to announce the singer for Lisbon. The internal choice felt to Laura Groeseneken also known as SENNEK from Leuven, Belgium. She is going to compose a goose bumps song on her own song for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Belgium is quite successful in the past years, so the expectations are quite high.
What another bad news, German ESC singer Joy Fleming has died in the age of 72. She represented Germany in the first Swedish Eurovision Song Contest 1975. Her song “Ein Lied Kann Eine Brücke Sein” has only reached the 17th place, but has become an ESC evergreen since. Joy Fleming has released over 30 singles and 25 albums and acted as a Jazz, Soul and Schlager singer.
This year’s ESC winner Salvador Sobral, who has enchanted millions of Europeans with his emotional ballad “Amar Pelos Dois” is suffering under serious heart disease and needs a donor heart. Salvador has cancelled his last concerts a week ago, he is now in hospital at the intensive care unit as his condition is getting worse.
Today there has been an official press conference held in Lisbon by the official broadcaster RTP and the EBU with the announcement that Lisbon is going to be the ESC city 2018. No other city in Portugal offers such a big arena with a capacity of over 20.000 people in the discussion were also Braga, Gondomar, Guimares and Santa Maria de Feira. The former EXPO area in Lisbon perfectly matches the needs of this big festival.
It’s always interesting to have a look at the details of the voting. Nowadays as we have the full results by juries and televoters. This means that we can see which countries have profited from the juries or the televoters and which countries did not. In the attachment you will also find the complete scoreboards where you can allocate which jury or televoters by a country gave their points to.
The Eurovision winner Salvador Sobral has arrived in his home country. This afternoon he landed at the Lisbon airport together with his sister Luisa. The airport was filled with a lot of enthusiastic journalists and fans to welcome the new hero from Portugal. Salvador was accompanied by an armada of policemen to guide him to the car.