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EXCLUSIVE Interview with Magdalena Tul, the Polish representative in Eurovision 2011

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Magdalena Tul will represent Poland in Eurovision 2011 with the song ,,Jestem”. She will open the show this year, entering with number 1 in the first Semifinal.

Magda will also open the rehearsals session wich will start this Sunday in Dusseldorf, but before she left to Germany she found the time to answer some questions for us.

It’s been almost two months since you won the Polish National Final. How do you feel as a Eurovision participant?
It took me quite a long time to realize that I would represent Poland in Dusseldorf and I must tell you that I didn’t find it easy. There were a lot of decisions I had to make and a lot of work including the organization of my performance and participation in numerous rehearsals. And there are still a lot of things to be done. I’m a little fed up with all those preparations and I’m really looking forward to going there.

How can you describe your song in one sentence?
The song has a double meaning for me. It highlights the strengths of the fair sex, but in my view, it is the energy and strength of a woman who knows what she wants. Jestem means Here I am.

,,Jestem” also has an English version. Why did you decide to sing in Polish in Dusseldorf?
The song was written in Polish and I performed the Polish version during the National Finals. After winning, I considered the possibility of recording a promotional English version. But during the week preceding the notification, there appeared a slightly rearranged English version that I had sent to Dusseldorf. But I didn’t have much time to think through this decision and timely withdrew the application, replacing it with the Polish version. I think that my intuition told me this, but it was also the e-mails that I received from my fans that helped me take this decision. As I have said in other interviews, it is a good opportunity to present one’s mother language.

What do you think counts more for a song to succeed in Eurovision?
In my view, the song is the most important thing. The whole performance revolves around it and its success depends on it.

Can you reveal something from the show you are preparing for Dusseldorf?
Compared with my performance in Poland, it is going to be completely different and a little more ,,feminine”. But if I reveal any more details now, I won’t be able to surprise you.

You will open Eurovision 2011. How do you feel about that?
I’m performing my song at the very beginning of the first Semifinal. It was my deliberate decision. Before leaving for the organizational meeting, Maria (the manager of the Polish delegation) asked me what starting position I would choose if she drew a wildcard. As a matter of fact, she did draw the first wildcard. So it was before she left that I had decided to choose number 1. It was my lucky number during the national Preselection in spite of the fact that almost everybody said it was the worst of possible starting positions. Instead of complaining, I just started to look on the bright sides of it. Isn’t it fantastic to begin your show for which everybody was waiting impatiently? And isn’t it far less stressful if you open the contest? There is only one disadvantage; we are also the first ones to have our rehearsal. It is held at 9:00 a.m.

What are your thoughts regarding the first Semifinal?
I’d like to successfully realize on stage what I have intended and what I have planned. It would be great to have a chance to compete in the Final.

Have you listened to the other competing songs? Which ones do you like?
I have listened to most of the compositions and each of them includes something that I like. I must admit that they are of very high quality. It is hard to be objective in my case because it is for the first time that I’ve been really interested in the contest for obvious reasons, but I think that at least a few songs have a chance to become world hits.

What do you think about the Romanian song for Eurovision 2011?
I like Hotel FM and Change it’s very catchy and powerful song.

What else do you know about Romania?
I’ve never been to Romania but I hope I’ll have a chance to visit you. Such interviews provide a good oportunity to broaden one’s knowledge about a particular country, but if you really want to gain some knowledge about the social and cultural life of its inhabitants, you should go and stay there for a certain period of time. Mere bookish knowledge is not enough. As far as Romanian music is concerned, the TV programme Jaka to melodia (Name That Tune), in which I regularly perform, has already hosted the two Romanian bands: Akcent and Morandi.

Which countries will you visit on your promo tour?
I attended the concert in Amsterdam. I will be in Greece too. I focus on the preparations, performances. I do not plan a promotional tour. I think that those who will enjoy my song will just vote for it. If they don’t , even the tour will not help.

Besides a win or a good position in Eurovision what other expectations do you have from this participation?
I would like the Polish audience to be proud of my performance. The most important thing is to be able to say to yourself: ,,You have really done your best!” I hope I’ll be able to say something like this after my performance.

Leaving Eurovision aside, what should your fans from Romania know about your music career?
I’m a Polish singer, who has had several years of experience in musical theater. I also work as a session singer and I’m involved in dubbing. The Polish audiences know me mainly from the ntertainment television program entitled Name That Tune, where I perform well-known songs. I’ve also been developing my composing skills and I keep creating and producing new songs. I recorded one album in English language entitled V.O.H.-The Victory Of Heart. The song Jestem (I am) is one of the latest proposals.
My adventure with music began quite early. As far as I can remember, it was already in my childhood that I wanted to have an education in music. I begged of my dad to buy me small keyboards so that I could play the well-known tunes I listened to on the radio. My first dream was to attend a school of music and then a sports school because I fell for ice dancing. Despite the fact that there were a few gifted people in my family, including my dad and my grandfather who used to play the violin and my brother who played the guitar, my parents didn’t take music too seriously and they treated it only as a hobby. However, they let me develop various skills and encouraged me to make my own choices. At the age of 12, I joined the junior band and soon I decided that singing was what I’d like to do in my future life and since then everything has been revolving around it.

In the end, do you have a message for your Romanian fans?
First of all, I’d like to thank you for the nterview and your attention. I wish you the best of luck at Eurovision. Your song Change is really fantastic and I hope we shall meet in the Final. Warm greetings from Poland for Hotel FM and all the readers.

Big thanks to Magda for the interview!

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Câştigătoarea concursului Eurovision de anul acesta a ajuns acasă şi a fost întâmpinată de fani cu ovații, anunta Telejurnalul TVR. 

Imediat după ce a primit trofeul de sticlă, de emoţie, l-a scăpat pe jos şi l-a făcut ţăndări. Din fericire, însă, organizatorii aveau unul de rezervă, aşa că Netta Barzilai nu a plecat acasă cu mâna goală.

Încă de la aeroport, Netta a promis un mare concert, chiar diseară, la Tel Aviv, împreună cu mai mulţi artişti.

Mulţi israelieni sunt mândri de Netta şi spun că, în acest moment, e unul dintre cei mai importanţi ambasadori ai ţării.

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Eurovision 2018 a fost castigat de Israel cu melodia „Toy”

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Israel a câștigat finala Eurovision 2018 de la Lisabona, Portugalia. Cântăreața în vârstă de 25 de ani, Netta Barzilai, a interpretat piesa Toy și a cumulat 529 de puncte. Pe locul al doilea şi al treilea s-au clasat Cipru, cu 436 de puncte, respectiv Austria, cu 342 de puncte.

Netta Barzilai, reprezentanta Israelului, a câștigat finala Eurovision 2018, cu piesa ‘Toy’, pe scena Altice Arena din Lisabona, Portugalia.

Israelianca a fost marea favorită încă din săptămânile care au precedat semifinalele. Piesa ‘Toy’ este un apel la emanciparea femeilor împotriva tuturor formelor de hărţuire.

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The Humans: „Am crezut în șansa noastră până la final și am dat totul pentru România”

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Esc Lisboa și-a aflat finaliștii. La finalul show-ului transmis de TVR, prezentatorii au anunțat câștigătorii semifinalei cu numărul doi: Serbia: Sanja Ilić & Balkanika – Nova deca; Moldova: DoReDos – My Lucky Day; Olanda: Waylon – Outlaw In Em; Australia: Jessica Mauboy – We Got Love; Slovenia: Lea Sirk – Hvala, ne!; Ucraina: Mélovin – Under The Ladder; Ungaria: AWS – Viszlát nyár; Suedia: Benjamin Ingrosso – Dance You Off; Danemarca : Rasmussen – Higher Ground și Norvegia: Alexander Rybak – That’s How You Write A Song.

Ei se alătură câștigătorilor primei semifinale și artiștilor ce reprezintă țările calificate direct în ultimul act al concursului: Marea Britanie, Franța, Italia, Germania, Spania și Portugalia.

Piesa Goodbye, aleasă de publicul din România pentru a ne reprezenta la Eurovision, nu s-a calificat în finală. Deși vocea Cristinei a fost apreciată de jurnaliștii prezenți la Altice Arena ca fiind cea mai bună voce feminină din concurs, iar prestația trupei a fost întâmpinată cu entuziasm încă de la prima repetiție, rezultatul votului nu a fost de partea noastră.

Probleme la sistemul de vot în țări cu mari comunități de români Pe parcursul celor 15 minute alocate sesiunii de vot, numeroși români din străinătate au reclamat defecțiuni tehnice la sistemul telefonic. Mesajele, viralizate prin rețelele de socializare, veneau din țări cu importante comunități de români, precum Germania sau Italia, unde problemele operatorilor de telefonie au grevat posibilitatea de a vota reprezentanții noștri în concurs. Astfel, în Italia, trei dintre rețelele naționale nu au funcționat în acea seară, iar în Germania, abonații unuia dintre marii operatori de telefonie nu au putut trimite voturile.

România, unul dintre concurenții care a avut, de-a lungul timpului, rezultate pozitive la Eurovision, părăsește concursul prematur, alături de alte țări cu participări consistente în istoria competiției – Rusia, Grecia sau Polonia.

„Am crezut în șansa noastră până la final și am dat totul pentru România în această seară. Din păcate, rezultatul a fost altul decât cel la care ne așteptam, dar rămânem cu bucuria că ne-am reprezentat țara pe scena Eurovision”, au declarat artiștii noștri la aflarea rezultatului.

„Joi seara, nu am fost singuri pe scena concursului. I-am simțit alături de noi pe românii de acasă și de pretutindeni, cărora le mulțumim pentru că ne-au susținut și au votat, oriunde unde a fost posibil, pentru calificarea noastră”, au mai declarat membrii trupei The Humans la finalul spectacolului.

Înainte de semifinală, reprezentanții României au primit mesaje de susținere din partea multor vedete autohtone, precum Ștefan Bănică, Dan Bittman, Fuego, Iuliana Tudor, Marina Almășan, Ilinca, Dan Teodorescu, Ovi, Paula Seling, Crina Mardare, Adrian Enache, Diana Dumitrescu, Cezar Ouatu, Mihai Rădulescu, Sonia Argint Ionescu, Adrian Sîna, Caitlyn, Gabriel Cotabiță, ca și de la numeroși fani din țară și din străinătate.

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