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Press Release

DQ's Alive!

Andy on Fri, 05/06/2016 - 14:24

New single release from DQ on May 11th, 2016, and those of you who are in Stockholm for Eurovision, will be the first to hear it performed live at EuroClub on Wednesday at midnight.

It's no coincident that he choose to release his song while there's Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm.

“Eurovision Song Contest is very dear to me. I've always been a huge fan and round this time of year it's like Christmas to me. Something I look forward to and that time of year that I feel the most alive!" Says DQ. His new single bares the title “I’m Alive”.

Next stop Stockholm
Congratulation he will arrive... in Stockholm next week, to guest EuroClub and Euro Fan Cafe to various events and to take part in the big and spectacular Eurovision extravaganza.

“I'm happy and honoured to join you all in Stockholm and to “Come Together” in one big and sharing musical Eurovision "love bubble"!”

On stage with more Stars of Eurovision
DQ will make his appearance together with other special guests in the concert at EuroClub on Wednesday the 11th. Earlier the same day he will pop by Euro Fan Cafe for a Meet and Greet. And Tuesday night he will guest the karaoke bar at EuroClub and sing his frocks off.

“I will perform in the great Eurovision-Show in Euroclub together with other Eurovision artists. On the night I will also sing my new single "I'm Alive" and Drama Queen of cause among other ESC evergreens. Can't wait to spend some nights singing with you guys, Eurovision-fans are the best party people in the world!”.

10 year anniversary next year
“I’m Alive” is the newest single edition to next years album release. It's written by the well known Eurovision composers Christina Schilling, Camilla Gottschalck and William Taylor. In the beginning of 2017 it will be 10 years ago since we met the artist DQ for the first time in the Danish Melodi Grand Prix and ended up representing Denmark in Eurovision 2007.

Last year he released the two singles “All With Love” and “Dance With The Stars”, all three of them will be included on his album.

Meet DQ in Stockholm!
10/5, 24:00: Special guest at the karaoke bar in EuroClub.
11/5, 16:30: Meet and Greet på Euro Fan Cafe.
11/5, 24:00: Premier on “I’m Alive” and Eurovision Concert in EuroClub

Today May 6: Festival starts in Eurovision Village and Euro Fan Café

Andy on Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:55

The Eurovision Village festival in Kungsträdgården starts today. The Choir established by ABBA the Museum, the popular Swedish artist Martin Stenmarck and the Soul Train Club are some of the highlights in the programme.

Stora scenen
17:45–17:55 Presenting: Poli Genova from Bulgarien

Poli Genova represents Bulgaria in Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song ”If love was a crime”.

18:00–18:15 Presenting: Rykka from Switzerland

Christina Maria Rieder, also known as Rykka, represents Switzerland in
Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the sumptuous ballad “Last of Our Kind”.

18:15–18:35 Presenting: Eneda Tarifa from Albania

Eneda Tarifa represents Albania in Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with
the RnB-song “Fairytale”. In Albania she is known as an actress, TV-host,
songwriter and singer.

18:40–18:50 Presenting: Argo from Greece
Argo represents Greece in Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song ”Utopian Land”.

19:00–19:45 The Choir established by ABBA the Museum

ABBA’s immortal songs in a magical choir setting. Listen to Dancing
Queen and other gems in The Choir’s repertoire. The choir
was started by ABBA The Museum to celebrate the 40 year anniversary
of ABBA’s international breakthrough at the Eurovision Song Contest in
Brighton 1974.

20:00–21:00 Martin Stenmarck

Martin Stenmarck’s big breakthrough came when he won Melodifestivalen 2005 with the song ”Las Vegas”. This year he competed with the song “Du tar mig tillbaks”. He will perform in Eurovision Village with his own band.

12:00–15:00 Bollywood Opera

Rossini’s comical opera ”Italian girl in Algiers” has been transformed into a fantastic Bollywood-film performance. The opera is a unique performance with a large ensemble consisting of opera singers, musicians, dancers and children, both professional, internationally known stars and amateurs from Botkyrka. They let us revel in sensuous Rossini coloraturas and Bollywood dancing in a colourful firework of festive music and dancing. On the stage in Dammen in Eurovision Village we will get a sample from the coming show.

21:30–00:00 Club night: Soul train

An evening with a superb mix of soul, funk, disco and RnB from the
70’s until today. The club is hosted by DJ Anders Müller and René Disteli
Hedemyr, a duo that has filled dance floors every night for four years.
Now the club will move out to Dammen in Eurovision Village for one
evening. Don’t miss!

Azerbaijan first rehearsal press-release

Andy on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 12:57

Azerbaijani representative Samra takes the Eurovision stage for her first rehearsal on May 3rd at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. The number is being directed by Roine Söderlundh, who worked once before with Azerbaijan in 2009, helping guide Aysel and Arash to a third place in the final. This prior success made the famous director a logical choice for the Delegation, especially since ‘Miracle’ is the first Azerbaijani mid-tempo Eurovision song since the 2009 entry.

According to the director, the Azerbaijani act is based on the story of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ but with a modern and futuristic approach to the novel. Samra will be supported on the stage by two male and two female dancers. “They could be associated with the surreal Wonderland of broken relationships, and at the same time, they help build up the energy of the performance,” Söderlundh explains, “‘Miracle’ is not only about the end of relationship, but also about healing. We aimed to create positive warm feelings around the song and give some hope to the viewers.”

The on-screen video artwork is based on futuristic plexus geometry, both abstract and emotional. The powerful movement of the lighting fixtures, along with solid pyro-effects, further strengthen the number. The scrupulous camera work leaves nothing to distract the viewer from Samra’s stunning performance.

Samra is joined on the stage by Swedish backing vocals/dancers: Dea Norberg, Jessica Marberger, Zain Odelstål, Patrik Riber.

The stage director has also been very impressed by the 21-year-old singer. “Samra has amazing energy,” he remarked, “To me, it’s not only about her beauty, but her unique charisma and her talent.”

On the same date Samra announces the launch of her Miracle Team app for Android and iOS and Miracle TV vlog, which will be broadcast on the App and on YouTube. Samra and the channel's host, Australian comedian Louis Zezeran, will reveal exclusive details of her preparations in Stockholm on a daily basis and even give her fans a chance to win tickets to the Eurovision show and to join her #MiracleTeam in Stockholm.

Amber supports education for Refugees in Vienna

Andy on Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:32

Amber and the Maltese Delegation have visited the Learning Café in Vienna.

The Learning Café (Lerncafe), set up by Caritas Vienna, is a free of charge service for kids and teenagers coming from refugee families.

Amber adores children. She was particularly keen to make this visit in Vienna, having previously worked for charity in Tanzania and having helped young kids in need in Reggio Calabria in Italy. Indeed, her plan is to go back to Tanzania this summer. Amber’s plan is to become a primary school teacher. She is completing a Bachelor of Education Degree in early childhood.

The Maltese singer was shown around the facilities. The environment is very colourful and child friendly. The Centre offers assistance to children to carry out their school homework, including reading practice, and provides the necessary tools to improve their computer skills. The Learning Café also provides educational guidance for parents with the help of volunteers.

Amber played with the children, taught them about Malta and sang them the song Warrior. Though the children could not communicate in English, Amber managed to build a bridge with big smiles and warm hugs. She also distributed Eurovision memorabilia.

Twenty four NGO’s and other institutions in Austria are calling for an end to unfair politics related to refugees in the EU. Amber signed a petition promoted by the NGO’s and the Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu.

Ukrainian Eduard Romanyuta was arrested right on the red carpet

Andy on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 10:52

Ukrainian Eduard Romanyuta was arrested right on the red carpet

Representative of Moldova was arrested right on the red carpet of "Eurovision 2015"

Ukrainian singer Eduard Romanyuta, who is representing Moldova at Eurovision Song Contest 2015, appeared on the red carpet In Vienna accompanied by police and handcuffed. The audience was shocked.

"Watch the first act on the first half-final and you will get answers to all your questions"- Eduard Romanyuta's comments on his appearances added to already high level of curiosity of the audience. After completion of European-wide promo-tour, Eduard Romanyuta arrived to Vienna to challenge his competition at the final fight and show a worthy performance thus cementing his chances for a victory. The Moldavian representative will be opening 60th Eurovision Song Contest with song "I Want Your Love".

During the last three years Eduard Rmanyuta was hoing his talent and skills at national Eurovision contests in Ukraine. In 2015 absolutely everything was rip and ready - the act, as well as the song. Unfortunately the well-known tragic events at the motherland of the artist left their mark also on art life of the country - Ukraine decided not to partake in the contest this year. Nevertheless, Eduard decided, that Ukrainian voice must be heard in Vienna and instead of despairing, entered Moldovan national Eurovision 2015 contest.

In intense and fair competition between representatives of several countries Eduard Romanyuta emerged victorious and won the right to perform on the stage of the biggest European song contest. And now Eduard is representing not just one, but two nations at Eurovision.

United Kingdom act Electro Velvet Reveal State of the Art LED Costumes

Andy on Sun, 05/17/2015 - 12:50

United Kingdom act Electro Velvet Reveal State of the Art LED Costumes for Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final Performance

Electro Velvet will don state of the art LED costumes that illuminate in time to their song ‘Still in Love With You’ for their performance in the Grand Final of the competition on Saturday 23rd May.

Eurovision Song Contest rules state that a maximum of six people can be permitted on stage during each song therefore Alex Larke and Bianca Nicholas of Electro Velvet will be joined on stage by backing artists Ryan Heseltine, Chris Arias, Scarlette Douglas and Sophie Jones who will also light up the stage in their own cutting edge LED outfits. All of the costumes will incorporate brand new technology which has never been seen before.

The eye catching outfits will complement the circular main stage which has been erected for the competition at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria - host city of the 2015 contest. The stage itself contains a 30 metre wide LED screen and 300 metres of LED strips, making it one of the most visually stunning stages in Eurovision history.

Electro Velvet said: “The whole Eurovision experience has been illuminating for us and we can’t wait to literally light up on stage in front of the entire world - it’s going to be electric!”

Guy Freeman, Head of Delegation for the UK says: “The creative team behind the concept have been working exceptionally hard to ensure that the United Kingdom has a visually stunning and memorable performance on the night of the grand final and we can’t wait for the world to see it.”

From Press-r

María Ólafs’ first ESC rehearsal

Andy on Fri, 05/15/2015 - 15:24

Iceland’s Eurovision 2015 contestant, María Ólafs, has arrived in Austria and already taken her first steps on the big stage. The Icelandic delegation left from RÚV, The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service's headquarters, on Wednesday, May 13th, and 24 hours later María and her backing vocals entered the stage in Wiener Stadthalle for their first rehearsal.

The rehearsal was good. María was wearing her champagne rose coloured dress designed by Icelandic designer Sunna Dögg Ásgeirsdóttir. Next up on María’s calendar is her second rehearsal and press conference tomorrow, Saturday, May 16th. María performs the Icelandic entry, Unbroken, in the second semi-final, Thursday, May 21st.

Before María and the Icelandic delegation left Iceland, María visited the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa to relax, gather strength for the busy days ahead, and record a little message to the Eurovision fans.

María’s butterfly (Maríufiðrildi) necklace and bracelet now available online

Designer Sunna Dögg Ásgeirsdóttir, who designed María's dress and jewellery, and the goldsmiths at Jón & Óskar jewellery have joined María in her support for Hugarafl, an organisation that helps people with mental disorders get back on their feet in the society.

The necklace and bracelet to support Hugarafl are now available for order online at Jón & Óskar’s web page.
Click here to order María’s butterfly necklace and bracelet: http://jonogoskar.is/vorur/skartgripir/eurovision

Anti Social Media EP Premiere

Andy on Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:56

Anti Social Media - The recipe for the perfect soundtrack for your summer!
The Danish pop/rock band, Anti Social Media is ready to release their debut EP the 15 of May, only 4 days before the Eurovision contestants will perform in Vienna, in front of expected, 200 million viewers. The Ep is packed with catchy melodies bringing your mind-set back the happy days of music in the 60s. The debut EP “THE WAY”, includes 6 catchy tunes that embrace the best of several musical genres, from indie-pop to soft rock.

Behind the success-band is the producer team Remee & Chief 1. With an impressive combined win of 5 local Eurovision (Denmark & Germany) and more than 30 million sold albums, it can be no understatement - that they now their way around a hit.

Anti Social Media optimism is predominant, their energy is remarkable, and their lyrics are not only deliberated, but also undeniably good. Anti Social Media is mostly known for their upcoming participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 as the band is going to represent Denmark in the big final-show that takes place in Wien the 23nd of May, where the band hopefully will sparkle with their debut song “The Way You Are”.

Though, Anti Social Media have been very busy before the big adventure in Vienna, the Danish act has still been able to find the time to create their own musical space, which is now ready to be shared on their debut EP, “THE WAY”. The EP deals with typical coming of age issues, such as needing to know if you are “more than a friend”, “being city bound”, a and how the presence of a new person in your life can change everything.

The band exists of guitarist Nikolaj, bass player David, drummer Emil, and lead vocalist Phillip. They have already manifested their relevance in the music industry as much more than a “one-hit wonder”, which the band has so gracefully proven with their debut EP, that makes a perfect soundtrack for the summer of 2015 and the general rollercoaster of life.

1 More than a friend
2 The way you are
3 Whoopsie Daisy
4 Fire Exit
5 Until you came
6 City Bound