What’s Up Weekly: 26 December

Your (bi-)weekly dose of Eurovision happenings, featuring a Festivali i Këngës wrap-up, this year in retrospect, and more!

Albania: Arilena Ara To Eurovision 2020

After three nights of performances, “Shaj” was rated most highly by the jury consisting of current Melodifestivalen supervisor and American Song Contest producer Christer Björkman, Greek producer (Sergey Lazarev’s Eurovision songs, among others) Dimitris Kontopoulos, Icelandic Head of Delegation Felix Bergsson, Albanian ethnomusicologist Mikaela Minga, and Albanian poet Rita Petro. In effect, Arilena will represent…

Meet The Artist: Tatyana Mezhentseva and Denberel Oorzhak from Russia

Tatyana Mezhentseva and Oorzhak Denberel will represent Russia at Junior Eurovision 2019 in Gliwice-Silesia with the song “A Time for Us” (Время для нас). The song, a bilingual ballad combining a reinforced beat in the chorus, multiple vocal overdubs, and a considerable amount of synthesized instruments, both realistic (piano, strings, and percussion) and otherwise, combined…

Nightwish’s Floor Jansen: third singer from band to express Eurovision interest

Since their formation in 1996, Finnish symphonic power metal band Nightwish has had three different female lead vocalists. Now Floor Jansen, their latest lead vocalist from the Netherlands, has expressed possible interest in competing for her home country, following the footsteps of her vocalist predecessors. 2000: Suomen euroviisukarsinta with Tarja Turunen In 2000, the band…