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EXCLUSIVE Interview Zlata Ognevich (Eurovision 2013 Ukraine): “I have been following Eurovision for many years now and from what I saw I can make a conclusion that it’s not the outer beauty that people appreciate and It’s more about the song and the staging”

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Ukraine is one of the big favourites to win Eurovision 2013, going to Malmo with Zlata Ognevich and her song “Gravity”. Knowing how much you appreciate Zlata and her song, we thought that you want to know more about her and we took an interview wich you can read below:

Hi Zlata! It’s been almost 5 months since you won the Ukrainean NF for Eurovision 2013. Tell us what have you been doing since then and how do you feel as the representative of Ukraine in Eurovision 2013?
It’s been some hectic time for me and my team. For us it’s a huge
responsibility as I am representing my country which has been very
successful in Eurovision. We invested lots of efforts in creating the video to the song. It was shot in London by the production company SquareZero which has Disney and Burberry among their major clients. Also we finalized the track itself, made some changes in the musical composition. The final version of “Gravity” will be presented only in Malmo.

This was the third time you tried to represent Ukraine in Eurovision. Can you tell us what does “Gravity” has that “Tiny island” and “The Kukushka” didn’t have?
All of the songs which I have ever presented at the National Finals I
really liked. To answer your question, Gravity has a magic sound. It is the kind of music which stands above any particular culture. Its music comes from a country which doesn’t exist and belongs to people which only live in a fantasy world. That’s why I often run into reviews of the song which say it reminds of Avatar, Lion King or is somewhere in between.

Your song is seen as one of the big favourites to win Eurovision 2013. Do you think it’s possible?
I think everything is possible! If you chase your dreams they come true. My big dream is to bring Eurovision back to Ukraine.

The official video for “Gravity” is very appreciated and it’s seen as very artistic. Who had the idea for the amazing video?
The video was shot in London by the production team of SquareZero, an award winning creative company, which specializes in 3D digital animation. They work closely with Disney, Saatchi & Saatchi, Burberry and many others. The video was shot mainly on the green screen because everything that you see there is animation. The video director was Najma Bhatti. She wanted to create a special world in the video and I think she managed to do that!

Can you reveal something from the show you are preparing for Malmo?
Yes! The show will feature a giant bringing me to the magic circle where I will gain a supernatural power. There will be lots of graphic design and I am pretty sure Eurovision has never seen something like this before.

You will compete in the first Semifinal. Do you see that as an advantage or you would’ve prefered the second Semifinal?
This is the least which I was worried about! It doesn’t matter to me. I like my number 7 though. They say 7 is the lucky number!

You are very beautiful and you are leading the polls for Miss
Eurovision 2013. Do you think that will be a plus for you in order to obtain a good result in Eurovision?

I have been following Eurovision for many years now and from what I saw I can make a conclusion that it’s not the outer beauty that people appreciate. It’s more about the song and the staging. I feel very flattered for the compliments which people say in their reviews but I really think that the votes will be sent for the song.

Have you listened to the other competing songs? Wich ones do you like?
Yes! I have listened to several entries and my favourites would be Marco Mengoni, Anouk and Bonnie Tyler.

What do you think about the Romanian song for Eurovision 2013?
I think that Cezar has a very unique voice and the song has an interesting sound. I wish him luck in the competition!

Ukraine is one of the most succesful countries in Eurovision. Can you tell us wich of the former Ukrainean entries do you like?
My favourite entry would be Ruslana. And I really liked Ani Lorak’s
performance.

And wich of the former Eurovision songs do you like?
“Euphoria” by Loreen is amongst my most favourite songs.

Besides a win or a good position in Eurovision, what other expectations do you have from this participation?
I expect many new acquaintance, positive emotions and lots of fun!

Leaving Eurovision aside, what should your fans from Romania know about your music career?
1. I am the soloist of the Ensemble of Song and Dance of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
2. I have mastered a special breathing technique due to my love to swimming and diving. This gives me unique vocal skills.
3. I can imitate the sounds of birds and other animals. When I was in Thailand I learned to imitate horned frogs. They practice their “singing” after shower storms.

In the end, do you have a message for your Romanian fans?
I would love to see you in Malmo and have fun with you!

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Consiliul de Administraţie al TVR a aprobat participarea la Eurovision 2020

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Consiliul de Administraţie (CA) al TVR a aprobat participarea României la cea de-a 65-a ediţie a Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), în limita unui buget care va fi aprobat şi alocat proiectului prin Bugetul de Venituri şi Cheltuieli pe anul 2020.

 

Potrivit calendarului stabilit de European Broadcasting Union (EBU), organizatorul concursului, lista finală a ţărilor înscrise urmează a fi anunţată până la finalul anului. Următoarea competiţie muzicală va avea loc în luna mai, la Rotterdam, Olanda, după ce Duncan Laurence a câştigat finala Eurovision 2019 din Israel, cu melodia “Arcade”.

 

Concursul Eurovision este cea mai importantă competiţie muzicală internaţională, organizată de EBU – cea mai mare asociaţie a televiziunilor publice din Europa. European Song Contest (ESC) se desfăşoară în fiecare an, începând din 1956. Show-ul este unul dintre cele mai longevive şi mai urmărite programe de televiziune din lume, fiind transmis atât în Europa, cât şi în Australia, Asia şi Statele Unite.

 

Televiziunea Română este organizatoarea Selecţiei Naţionale şi participă la competiţia europeană din anul 1993.

 

Cele mai bune performanţe ale României la acest concurs au fost: de două ori locul al treilea (Luminiţa Anghel & Sistem – Kiev, 2005; Paula Seling şi Ovi – Oslo, 2010) şi o dată locul al patrulea (Mihai Trăistariu – Atena, 2006). Melodia românească cu cel mai mare punctaj obţinut în finala Eurovision (172 de puncte) este Tornero, interpretată de Mihai Trăistariu.

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Cine este Duncan Laurence castigatorul Eurovisionului din Israel

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Duncan a interpretat impecabil piesa „Arcade” in cadrul finalei, iar atat publicul, cat si juriul de specialitate din cele 41 de tari inscrise in concurs, i-au acordat punctaje maxime. Duncan a fost desemnat castigatorul Eurovision 2019 cu un total de 491 puncte. Lansata alaturi de Universal Music, piesa „Arcade” este produsa de catre Wouter Hardy, mixata de catre Cenzo Townshend (Snow Patrol, U2, Florence + The Machine) si a fost masterizata la legendarele Abbey Road Studios.

Frumoasa balada are deja peste 20 de milioane de ascultari pe platformele de streaming, peste 10 milioane la videoclipul oficial si a intrat in topul global Spotify. In plus, „Arcade” va primi discul de platina pentru vanzari. Olanda va organiza din nou celebrul concurs, la 44 de ani distanta de la anteriorul castigator. Invitatul special al finalei a fost Madonna, care a urcat pe scena Eurovision din Israel şi a interpretat doua melodii: cea mai recentă piesă, Future” feat. Quavo, extrasă de pe următorul său album – “Madame X”, si hitul „Like A Prayer”, care a împlinit anul acesta 30 de ani.

Zece dintre piesele calificate în marea finală Eurovision Song Contest au fost Universal Music. Malta, Albania, Germania, Slovenia, Cipru, Olanda, Grecia, Italia, Australia, Spania sunt ţările ale căror reprezentanţi au concurat pe 18 mai, în marea finala Eurovision.

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Madonna concertează astăzi în Marea Finală Eurovision

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26 de țări din 3 continente se vor lupta în aceasta seara pentru marele trofeu Eurovision. Organizatorii au pregătit mai multe surprize pentru audiență dorind sa facă cel mai grandios eveniment din istoria concursului.

În acest sens au fost invitați mai mulți foști câștigători ai festialului precum Conchita Wurst(Austria 2014), Mans (Suedia 2015), Dana international (Israel 1998), Netta (Israel 2018), dar și alte nume sonore din istoria competiției ca Eleni Fouriera(Cipru 2018) și Verka Serducka (Ucraina 2007).

Regina pop, Madona va susține un recital pe perioada votting-ului și va fi al doilea artist mare ce cântă pe scena eurovison după ce în 2016 Justin Timberlake a susținut un recital pe scena din Stockholm.

Seara ne promite o luptă crâncenă și multe multe surprize unind oamenii de pe tot continentul prin muzică.

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Show-ul este in direct la TVR 1, ora 22.

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