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Eurovision 2012 to revert to limited televoting window

The Eurovision Song Contest’s governing body, the Reference Group, has approved an EBU proposal to limit the time for televoting during the contest.

In this year’s contest in May, viewers could vote at any time during the song performances as well as for a limited period afterwards.

However, analysis of voting data shows that an overwhelming majority of viewers still votes after the last song, according to a report on the Eurovision website.

Another argument to drop the full-show voting is the appearance of graphics during the show, which take up as much as 25 percent of the screen due to the required legal information and thereby distract from the artistic performance.

The voting window will now open after the last song has been performed, instead of before the first song.

Initially, the change to a longer voting time was introduced to give viewers the opportunity to vote throughout the show, as during many other television programmes, and to vote instantly when a song is on.

Even though analysis shows that full-show televoting does not put anyone at a competitive disadvantage and that the position in the running order does not favour contestants performing early in the show, the EBU does value the fact that some viewers perceive it as more fair to vote after all contestants have performed, the website report said.

A decision about the length of the televoting window will be taken at a later stage in the lead up to the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

The Reference Group last week held its first meeting in its new composition.

Adil Karimli of Azerbaijan’s public broadcaster, Ictimai TV, has joined the group, together with elected members Maarten Verhaegen from VRT, the broadcaster of the Flemish Community in Belgium, and Dejan Kukric from BHRT (Bosnia & Herzegovina). Christer Björkman from SVT in Sweden was re-elected for a two-year term, while Thomas Schreiber from NDR in Germany remains in the group until after the 2013 contest as executive producer of the 2011 contest in Düsseldorf. Bruno Berberes from France was elected for a one-year term.

The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Baku on 22, 24 and 26 May.


Baku to face no problems in hosting Eurovision guests

Six new five-star hotels corresponding to world standards will be commissioned in Baku by the end of 2011.

According to chief of the Tourism Association of Azerbaijan Nahid Baguirov, 3-4-star hotels will be commissioned before Eurovision-2012 in Baku.

“A number of countries to take part in Eurovision-2012 have already applied for booking places in Baku hotels for April 2012.

I think that beginning from September 2012, the rest member-states of the contest will start a more active reservation of places at the hotels of the Azerbaijani capital city”, Bagirov said.

He said by the end of 2012 it will be possible to predict how many places in hotels are necessary for placement of participants and guests of the European song contest.

“With respect to opening of new tourism facilities, there must be no problems with placement of all participants and guests of Eurovision contest at the hotels of the capital city.

Additional measures will be taken in case of problems for the citizens of foreign countries to get maximum enjoyment and positive emotions from their staying in Baku”, said head of the Tourism Association of Azerbaijan.

Norway starts singer and song selection for Eurovision-2012 in Baku

Norway has started a selection of a song and singer for the Eurovision-2012 song contest in Baku.

Norway’s Eurovision broadcaster NRK has announced selection of songs for national selection competition, the Melodi Grand Prix.

The winner of the competition will represent the country in the song contest next year.

According to rules, everyone who has turned 16 can participate. The songs will be received till 2 September. Foreign composers and singers can also participate in selection.

So, Norway is the 17th country to confirm its participation in the Eurovision-2012 song contest.

Leyla Aliyeva: Baku gets ready for Eurovision 2012

Eurovision festival will go off splendidly. Baku is truly preparing for Eurovision 2012. It gets ready all together: сookers and stylists, town guides and carpet vendors, taxi drivers and policemen are afoot for this festival. It`s hard to find anybody who is not taking this event as a personal holiday in the whole city. Developers could really become aware that they are the most important people ahead of the most popular European song contest. Of course it`s so because you don`t have such an opportunity to build something that will be evaluated by tens of thousands of visitors from all over Europe on every day basis. There will appear in the city a building of absolutely new level. Imbued with confidence, developers claim that they will be able to build a second to none area for Eurovision. A new concert hall is constructed by the sea. Even now long before first musicians and visitors come to this place a beautiful panorama allures.

The whole atmosphere of city is filled with waiting feeling. Everything is gussying up from architectural masterpieces to the greatest beauties of the capital. A great bets are made on various themes which sometimes are so far away from music world.
However the music world on its own is taken by pre-holiday fever. No wonder cause thousands of guests should be not only accommodated and feed, but also entertained.

Source: Leyla Aliyeva, editor-in-chef of “Baku” magazine
Baku Media

Slovenia embarks on a Eurovision Mission!

A bit more than one month ago, Maja Keuc managed to reach a very respectable 13th place in the Final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf with the song No One. It was only the second time that Slovenia managed to qualify from the Semi-Finals since 2004 and it’s been regarded as a big success by their broadcaster RTVSLO.

Instead of waiting and repeat the successful formula, they changed the concept of selecting their representatve for Baku next year with the creation of a new TV show, “Misija Evrovizija” (Mission Eurovision) which will take place in the last quarter of 2011.

The show will be hosted by actor and imitator Klemen Slakonja and this year’s singer for Slovenia, Maja Keuc.

The mission is to seek a winner who will represent Slovenia at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan while the song will be selected in a show, called as usual, EMA.

After Germany in 2010 and Azerbaijan this year chose their acts through casting shows in the most successful way, it seems that more countries are willing to follow on their footsteps and in Slovenia’s case the invitation is open for anyone who feels capable of repeating the success of Maja Keuc or, why not, Lena and Ell/Nikki.

The winner/s of Misija Evrovizija will represent Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku on what will be the entry number 18 for Slovenia in the history of the competition.

Germany starts the search for its star for Baku

Das Erste, ProSieben and the Popwellen and youth radios of ARD are to continue their successful cooperation in choosing Germany’s Eurovision Song Contest entry. After Unser Star für Oslo and Unser Song für Deutschland in 2010 and 2011 respectively, a new song and artist will be found in the spring of 2012 using a similar format.

The successful candidate will represent Germany at the 2012 edition of Europe’s TV show in Baku, Azerbaijan.

This selection process will be produced by production company Brainpool.

A change to next year’s competition is the appointment of one of Germany’s most successful artists, Thomas D, as the Jury Foreman. With his band, Die Fantastischen Vier and as a solo artist he has received many awards including the prestigious Echo five times.

Like his predecessor, Stefan Raab, the 42 year old entertainer will lead the jury, giving expert opinions of all the candidates and will also be the responsible music producer.

Stefan Raab said, “I’m very happy to hand over the jury leadership to to Thomas D. He brings everything that is needed in this role: entertainer qualities, eloquence, charm and of course a lot of musical experience. I’m sure that the young artists in the show will entrust themselves to him. He is also better looking than me!”

Thomas D said about his appointment, “I’ve always wanted to be a president! Being part of this massive musical project is a fantastic task, which I am so excited about and which I take very seriously. I’m also better looking than Stefan Raab!”

Candidates for Unser Star für Baku can now register for casting sessions, which will take place in the city of Köln ahead of the competition, which will be broadcast on Das Erste and ProSieben.

Stefan Raab received high acclaim for his role in the German selection process during the last two years, where he oversaw Lena’s victory with Satellite in Oslo in 2010 and her top ten placing with Taken By A Stranger in Düsseldorf, just over a month ago.

Now he is handing over the reigns to Thomas D, who hopes to achieve a similar success in Baku in May 2012.

Eldar & Nigar in Turkey!

From June 10th till June 15th romantic duo from the Land of Fire will make a couple appearances at the top-rated Turkish TV-show, will give interviews to the numerous media, meet with their friends and fans and on June 14-15 will perform as special guests at “Turkchevizyon 2011” fest.

Can’t wait to know more? Don’t worry, we will keep you posted so check for updates at our site!

Winners of the Eurovision 2011 have signed contract with Universal Music Group

The contract was signed earlier in German office of Universal. The duo Ell/Nikki plans to record the music album very soon and prepares for the European tour.

In the aftermath of the Eurovision victory Running Scared has landing the top lists on many radio stations across Europe.

The Universal Music Group (UMG) is the largest of the Big Four record labels on the globe. The UMG is known for bringing up icon artists like Rihanna, Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas, Celine Dion, David Guetta and many others.

Earlier a romantic duo has signed the cooperation with Romanian top music label Roton. Roton is famous for European breakthrough of dance stars Inna and Akcent. The catalogue includes international artists such as Bob Sinclar, Tiesto, Tom Boxer, Armin van Buuren, Morris, ATB and many more.

In addition Ell/Nikki have signed partnerships with other major labels in Russia, Scandinavian countries, Spain, Portugal, Turkey and Eastern European countries, separate contracts were also signed for Australia and New Zeeland.

Meanwhile on the June 3rd duo will visit Moscow and give live performance at 2011 Muz-TV Award, one of the largest music ceremonies in the Eastern Europe, in Moscow, Russia. They will present the full version of Running Scared stage performance including backing vocalists, the costumes and special effects as at the Eurovision Grand Final. This year’s ceremony will also have German legendary band Tokio Hotel and pop star Arash performing as well as Sharon Stone as the guest star visitor.

Eldar & Nigar are back to Germany (video)

Azerbaijani romantic duo Eldar & Nigar, Eurovision Song Contest 2011 winners, are back to Germany – country that brought main European prize to the Land of Fire. During short stay Eldar & Nigar are going to make as much appearances as they can. Eldar & Nigar have landed in Frankfurt and have already gave an interview to the Radio HR3. Read the rest of this entry

Eurovision Winner “Running Scared” by Ell/Nikki makes huge impact in European Music Charts

Azerbaijan’s 2011 Eurovision Song Contest winning entry is becoming an international hit across Europe already with incredible download numbers after winning the competition. Running Scared by Ell/Nikki has already hit number one in Luxembourg as and has reached the number two spot in Greece, Sweden, Switzerland, number five in Germany and number nine in Norway and  Austria.

Running Scared won the Eurovision Song Contest in Dusseldorf, Germany on Saturday night and is set to follow in the footsteps of 2009 winning song Fairytale and last year’s winner Satellite by becoming a chart hit across the continent. It has broken into the UK Top 40 and the Irish top 30.

The winning performance official video has been viewed more than 1 000 000 times on YouTube in 48 hours, and the official video has received more than 2 million views and is rising fast.

The artists’ management Euromedia Company have received a flood of offers for international record deals and television appearances. After a rapturous return to a celebrating Azerbaijan, Eldar and Nikki will return to Germany tomorrow for a television appearance on the popular entertainment show “TV total” with Stefan Raab. They are also working out an international schedule for television and radio appearances. The European digital release of Running Sacred single is being expected in the nearest days.

For Nikki, the overnight success is still unbelievable: “I just don’t understand what’s happening. Six months ago, I was just a housewife in London, now I’m jet setting all over Europe and people recognise me. I am so humbled by all of this. I never thought something like this could happen to me.”

“We’re not running scared though, we’re loving every minute of it, and we are extremely grateful to everyone that has made this happen. And again I’m the happiest man in the world!” said Eldar.

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