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Francesca Michielin (Italy) and her team reveal more about the staging concept.....

Francesca Michielin – No Degree of Separation

Italian entrant at the 61st Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden

“The Seed of the Tree of Life”

Interview with Italy

Francesca Michielin will perform her track on Saturday 14 May 2016 at the Grand Final of the 61st Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden. The staging delivers a symbolic message of the song, ending with Francesca passing the seed of the tree of life to the viewing audience.

The message is a continuous theme, throughout all her videos from her recent album ‘di20are’ as well as her artwork.

The message is simply – we are all different but we are all the same….’there is no degree of separation’ between us, as humans, just that we are individuals with different backgrounds, but yet still ‘fruit from the same tree’. Francesca reminds us that there should be no walls between us, and continues with the theme from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, with ‘Building Bridges’ and really believes in the true spirit of the contest, in sharing music, experiences and ‘coming together’.

Interview with Italy

Francesca wishes to emphasise this message throughout her performance with different symbols ie, diamonds, balloons, 3D glasses, butterflies - ending with her passing the ‘growing’ seed from the tree of life to the audience demonstrating hope and a new beginning, and reminding us all – ‘there is no degree of separation between us’.

Semi Two dress rehearsal photos

Ira Losco (Malta) Celebrates diversity and equality with you all....

IRA LOSCO CELEBRATES MALTA BECOMING NUMBER ONE IN EUROPE FOR LGBTI EQUALITY

Ira Losco will be celebrating Malta being named number one in Europe for LGBTI equality[1] this evening and is inviting Eurovision fans to join her. Ira will be armed with a selfie stick to see how many people she can get in the picture, in the true spirit of this year's theme, #ComeTogether.

Malta zoomed up to the number one spot after bringing in civil unions, outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation and introducing one of the most progressive transgender laws in the world, where identity doesn't depend on a doctor’s certification. The country is bringing in a law to ban gay conversion therapy and both the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader have committed themselves to marriage equality.

Press conference from Malta

Ira Losco, whose song “Walk on Water” ranks highly with the bookmakers for Saturday’s final has long been an advocate of LGBTI rights.

Ira said, “If I win I will be thrilled, of course, but Eurovision fans will be winners too, because they would be able to look forward to a brilliant contest next year in a country that is genuine about LGBTI equality. Malta would be turned into a Eurovision sunshine island.”

Malta is already making preparations to host Junior Eurovision for a second time in November 2016.

The event is at 19:30 tonight in the Eurovision Press Centre in Stockholm. Ira will share the photo on her Facebook page and is asking everyone to tag themselves.

Read more here:

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/05/10/uk-slips-down-to-third-place-in-eur...

Francesca Michielin (Italy) and her team receive a huge endorsement from top Italian artist Adriano Celentano

An iconic endorsement from the world famous Italian artist Adriano Celentano for Francesca Michielin

A wonderful surprise arrives for the Italian entrant at the 61st Eurovision Song Contest, Francesca Michielin via Adriano Celentano’s personal blog:

"This is the story of one of us", and this one girl was born by chance in Italy…Francesca I’m supporting you and nothing will change my mind. 'No degree of separation between us'…”sei forte”, you rock! Adriano Celentano

Adriano Celentano

http://www.ilmondodiadriano.it/blog/

Francesca Michielin will represent Italy and perform in the first half of the Grand Final of the 61st Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday 14th May 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Adriano Celentano (photo attached) is a world famous Italian singer, composer, producer, comedian, actor, film director & TV host with album sales over 150 million.

For further information please contact:

Kabir Naidoo
Head of Press - Italian delegation

Måns Zelmerlöw releases a new single.....you can win a copy of the promotional press kit here;

Måns Zelmerlöw

Just last week the Eurovision Song Contest winning artist Måns Zelmerlöw released his new singel "Fire In The Rain". The song is written by Simon Strömstedt and produced by Fredrik Sonefors (produced "Should've Gone Home"). A music video for the single "Fire In The Rain" will be released during the upcoming week.

Måns Zelmerlöw

Måns Zelmerlöw has had an amazing year since he won The Eurovision Song Contest in May last year. After an 8 month long tour around Europe and Australia, two multiplatinum certified singles and one gold record winning album. Måns is now ready to release new music. In June he will be releasing an EP and during the summer he will be out on tour. For more information on tour dates please visit mzw.se

Måns Zelmerlöw

To win a copy of this promo kit please answer he following questions; First person with all the correct answers in a comment below will win the kit, please include your e mail address in the comment so that we can contact you for postage details

1. How many 12 points did Måns Zelmerlöw get last year?
2. What's the name of Måns Zelmerlöw first song entered in Melfest
3. What's the name of Måns Zelmerlöw's dog?

Good luck....

Denmark; Press release

Delegation of Denmark have released the following;

Lighthouse X take on Eurovision with
a message of love, diversity and respect:
“Europe, let’s all be Soldiers of Love”

Lighthouse X meet & greet Eurovillage

Lighthouse X (pronounced ‘ten’) is a Danish pop group on a mission to change the world for the better. Tomorrow they will take the stage at the Ericsson Globe, and with their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, they hope to help unite the continent, as they invite everyone in Europe to become Soldiers of Love. It is the quintessential Lighthouse X song – their battle hymn – and no other song captures the band’s message of love and hope and their vision of a better world as strongly as this one.

Lighthouse X was founded on the belief that music can make a significant difference in the world. That music can open minds and hearts across all ages, genders and languages. That music can truly unite people.

This belief in the power of music has been incorporated into their song Soldiers of Love, which led them to victory in the national song contest.

Press Conference with Lighthouse X from Denmark

Inspired by the Paris attacks
Now they are ready to represent Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, and they invite everyone in Europe to become Soldiers of Love. The continent needs more compassion, and Lighthouse X hope that their song can help unite Europe.

Soldiers of Love has a very strong source of inspiration:

“It was written the day after the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015. The song isn’t explicitly about the attack, but the feeling of sorrow and despair we shared with our fellow European citizens stressed the need to write a song about unity and humanity – and how we have to fight hatred with love. It’s the only way forward.”

“This is our battle hymn”
Explaining how important the song is to Lighthouse X, the band states the following:

“It is the quintessential Lighthouse X song. No other song captures our message of love and hope and our vision of a better world as strongly as this one. So it’s a very important song to us, and when we perform it live, it feels truly empowering. We’re the soldiers of love, and this is our battle hymn.”


Søren Bregendal, Johannes Nymark and Martin Skriver were all close friends when they decided to form Lighthouse X back in 2012. They realized they all shared the urge to make music with a strong, positive message, so they decided to join their musical forces and form a band.

#singtogether

Gabriela from Czech Republic started unique challenge called #singtogether. Watch the video and share it!

It is easy – each country will support the singer who will perform after him by singing the part of their song. It means that Czech Republic is singing the part of Cyprus song. Montenegro will sing Iceland song, Switzerland will sing Israel song etc. Country that is the last one will sing the song of the first one – for example Belgium will sing Latvia song.

Ok? Let´s have a fun and #singtogether!

Tele 2 Song For Europe.....

https://www.thesoundofeurope.com/#/

From www.eurovision.tv

Stockholm, Sweden Tele2, the Official Mobile Operator of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest has launched an initiative, The Sound of Europe, which is the world's first crowdsourced singing voice, calling for openness and love for all.
Music knows no boundaries and this is true of the Eurovision Song Contest, founded in 1956 with the ambition to strengthen the bonds across borders. It is with this in mind that Tele2 has launched the campaign, The Sound of Europe, which is entirely in-keeping with the theme for 2016, Come Together.

Tele2 has commissioned a song, One, specially produced by Sweden's Pontus Winnberg, who has worked with artists such as Madonna and Britney Spears. By downloading the The Sound of Europe app, anyone can sing their contribution, up to and including 14th May when the Grand Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will take place.

Contributions will be collected on the website of The Sound of Europe allowing users to follow in realtime as more and more people gather with their singing voices. At the Eurovision Song Contest, all voices will be gathered in one crowdsourced singing voice, singing the song, One. All revenues of the common version will go to all those in need through the organisation Radiohjälpen. Download the app on iTunes and Google Play.

To find out more visit the website of The Sound of Europe.

https://www.thesoundofeurope.com/#/

Press Release from Tele 2

2016-04-25
Tele2 and Pontus Winnberg Crowdsources Song to promote openness in Europe
Tele2 launches the initiative The Sound of Europe to promote openness and tolerance. Tele2 is the official telecom operator for Eurovision Song Contest which celebrates 60 years in 2016. As a part of the anniversary, Tele2 will let Europe become part of the world’s largest crowdsourced singing voice, where all proceeds go to charity Radiohjälpen.
Eurovision Song Contest was first broadcasted in 1956 by EBU (European Broadcasting Union) as a cross border initiative meant to strengthen the bonds between countries in an increasingly scattered Europe.
Tele2’s initiative The Sound of Europe wants to shed light on current societal influences by using EBU’s original philosophy, and promote a more open and tolerant society for all. An app named after the campaign will help people from all over the globe to unite through song, creating the world’s first crowdsourced singing voice in the song “One”.
– The initiative shows that mobile connectivity enables inclusion and promotes new types of interactions that go beyond national, personal, and cultural borders. We are proud to pioneer the creation of the world’s first crowdsourced singing voice. It will be very exciting to see how our initiative evolves and engages people throughout Europe, says Karl Skoog, Brand Concept & Engagement Manager at Tele2.
Pontus Winnberg (Miike Snow/Amason) Creates the Song “One”
The song “One” has been exclusively produced by Pontus Winnberg, (Miike Snow/Amason) as well as producer for artists like Madonna and Britney Spears.
By downloading the app The Sound of Europe, anyone can join in and sing their contribution until May 15, when the grande finale of Eurovision Song Contest takes place.
The crowdsourced singing voice can be heard at www.thesoundofeurope.com, where people will be able to follow its growth in real time. After the Eurovision finale, the song contributions will come together in the song “One”. All proceeds from that version of the song will go to charity Radiohjälpen, helping people in need.
– I am very proud to be part of the The Sound of Europe initiative. I produced the song “One” exclusively for Tele2 in order to show how music has the power to unite people to create openness across borders. The song’s message speaks for itself and I am convinced that many will appreciate the initiative and contribute with their voice to create a more open and inclusive society, says Pontus Winnberg.
Join in and sing your contribution by downloading the app The Sound of Europe on App Store or Google Play. See the singing voice grow at www.thesoundofeurope.com.
For more information, please contact:
Malin Selander, Head of media relations Tele2 Sweden, Phone: 070-426 40 06
TELE2 IS ONE OF EUROPE'S FASTEST GROWING TELECOM OPERATORS, ALWAYS PROVIDING CUSTOMERS WITH WHAT THEY NEED FOR LESS. We have 14 million customers in 9 countries. Tele2 offers mobile services, fixed broadband and telephony, data network services, content services and global M2M/IoT solutions. Ever since Jan Stenbeck founded the company in 1993, it

has been a tough challenger to the former government monopolies and other established providers. Tele2 has been listed on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm since 1996. In 2015, we had net sales of SEK 27 billion and reported an operating profit (EBITDA) of SEK 5.8 billion

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