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....

WiwiJam debut a success!

For the first time in Eurovision history, fellow Eurovision community Wiwibloggs organised a spectacular, star studded event with appearances from Melodifestivalen candidates, Eurovision veterans and participants in the 2016 class.

Hosts of the night, Deban and William, got the crowed eating out of their hands with their witty introductions and shared enthusiasm, Ant and Dec, watch out for these two.

There were plenty of performances, which we listed below:

Suzy - Quero Ser Tua

Suzy - Quedate Conmigo

The Hungry Hearts ft Lisa Dillon - Laika

Isa - Ego

Lidia Isac - Falling Star (Acoustic French Version) (Moldova 2016)

Lisa Ajax - My Heart Wants Me Dead

Lisa Ajax - Give Me That

Robin Bengtsson - Constellation Price

Iveta Mukuchyan - LoveWAve (Acoustic Version) (Armenia 2016)

Maja Keuc - Close To You

Maja Keuc - No One (Slovenia 2011)

Gabriela Gunčíková - I Stand (Czech Republic 2016)

Gabriela Gunčíková - Highway To Hell

Greta Salome - Hear Them Calling (Iceland 2016)

Greta Salome - Never Forget (Iceland 2012)

Deen - In The Disco (Bosnia Herzegovina 2004)

Alex Panayi - Sti Fotia (Cyprus 1995)

Krista Siegfrid - Like A Virgin/Marry Me (Finland 2013)

Krista Siegfrid - Faller

Serhat - Je m'Adore

Serhat - I Didn't Know (San Marino 2016)

Sergey Lazarev - You Are The Only One (Russia 2016)

Sergey Lazarev - Take It Off

Amir - J'Ai Cherche

Amir - Golden Boy

What a great event. Thank you Wiwibloggs for having us!

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