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Monday, 26 May 2008

EUROVISION 2008: 1st Russia, 2nd Ukraine, 3rd Greece

After a controversial final vote process (former Soviet Union Countries, Balkan countries and other neighbour countries voted between them), Russia won the Eurovision contest for the first time.

The Eurovision Organisation will have to review the rules so the best song can win without any politic influence. Ukraine and Greece should have won if politics didn't vote. A bit of a shame!

RUSSIA: Winner


UKRAINE: 2nd Position


GREECE: 3rd Position


Thursday, 22 May 2008

Eurovision 2008: Participants before the Semifinals

The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the longest running television shows in the world. It was on the 24th of May, 1956, that Europe saw the first ever Eurovision Song Contest. After 52 runnings, the contest is one of the most typical European traditions.




CURIOSITIES ABOUT EUROVISION:
  • German songwriter and composer Ralph Siegel took part 18 times, often together with Bernd Meinunger.
  • Only three women conducted the orchestra at the Eurovision Song Contest. Nurit Nirsch conducted the Israeli entries of 1973 and 1978, Monica Dominique conducted the Swedish 1973 entry and Anita KERR appeared in front of the orchestra for Switzerland in 1985.
  • Most winning songs were performed in English - songs (mostly) in English won 22 times. French is also popular, with 14 victories. Dutch and Hebrew songs won 3 times each.
  • Six different systems were used over the past decades to pick the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • ABBA is the most successful Eurovision Song Contest winner. The Swedish pop band won the contest in 1974.
  • The most covered Eurovision Song Contest song is Domenico Mudugno's Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu, also known as Volare. The song has been covered by famous stars such as Frank Sinatra, Cliff Richard, David Bowie and many more.
  • Morocco took part in the Eurovision Song Contest only once (1980). Unfortunately, their first attempt was not very successful.

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Spain - España: Rodolfo Chikilicuatre - Chiqui chiqui



Performer: Rodolfo Chikilicuatre
Song title: Baila El Chiki Chiki
Song writer(s): Rodolfo Chikilicuatre and friends
Song composer(s): Rodolfo Chikilicuatre and friends

¡Perrea! ¡Perrea!
¡Perrea! ¡Perrea!

El chikichiki mola mogollón
Lo bailan en la China y tambien en Alcorcón
Dale chikichiki a esa morenita
Que el chikichiki la pone muy tontita

Lo baila Jose Luis, lo baila bien suave
Lo baila Mariano, mi amor ya tu sabes
Lo bailan los brother, lo baila mi hermano
Lo baila mi mulata con las bragas en la mano

¡Perrea! ¡Perrea!

El Chiki Chiki is a Reaggetton
Dance in Argentina, Serbia and Oregón
Give el Chiki-Chiki to that little sister
With el Chiki-Chiki She´s gonna like it mister!

Dance it with Alonso, Dance it with Gasol
Dance it with your brothers, all around the world
Dance it with Bardem Dance it with Banderas
Dance with Almodóvar Dance la Macarena

Y el chiki chiki se baila así

Uno: el brikindans
Dos: el crusaíto
Tres: el maiquelyason
Cuatro: el robocop

Baila el chikichiki baila el chikichiki
Lo bailan los jevis y también los friquis
Lo bailan en la cárcel, lo bailan en la escuela
Lo baila mi madre y también mi abuela

Baila el chikichiki baila el chikichiki
Lo bailan los jevis y también los friquis
Lo bailan en la cárcel, lo bailan en la escuela
Lo baila mi madre y también mi abuela

Lo canta el Tigre Puma con su traje a rayas
Y Juan Carlos le dice ¿por qué no te callas?
En el velatorio del Padre Damián
Pusieron chikichiki y el muerto echó a bailar

¡Bailar, bailar, bailar!

Y el chiki chiki se baila así

Uno: el brikindans
Dos: el crusaíto
Tres: el maiquelyason
Cuatro: el robocop

Perrea Perrea

Lo baila Jose Luis, lo baila bien suave
Lo baila Mariano, mi amor ya tu sabes
Lo bailan los bródel, lo baila mi hermano
Lo baila mi mulata con las bragas en la mano

Y el chiki chiki se baila así

Uno: el brikindans
Dos: el crusaíto
Tres: el maiquelyason
Cuatro: el robocop

Uno: el brikindans
Dos: el crusaíto
Tres: el maiquelyason
Cuatro: el robocop

¡¡¡PERREA PERREA!!!



After a unique national selection process in Spain, where artists submitted their entries primarily through website MySpace, a televised national selection was held where the top songs chosen from MySpace were performed. This was won by Rodolfo Chikilicuatre with his song Baila El Chiki Chiki.
Born in Buenos Aires Argentina in 1972,a young Rodolfo entered the world of music at a very young age. His father, a prestigious stenographer, learned to play the bassoon at the tender age of 37. He transferred his love for music to young Rodolfo. When he was three he played the guitar with great gusto. Shortly after, he dared put some strings on it and that meant the beginning of his love story with music. After playing in the most chic venues in the world, Rodolfo Chikilicuatre eventually got to Spain, the land he had dreamt about so much.

Once a resident in Iberian territory he composed the generational hymn Dance The Chiki Chiki, to be danced with a catchy rhythm. The daring lyrics of the song reflected the social awareness and concerns of the author. Audiences rapidly connected with this reggaeton theme because of the innovative sense of metrics and rhythm.

According to Chikilicuatre himself, to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest is a dream come true,or truth becoming a dream.

Reggaeton is a form of urban music which became popular with Latin American youth during the early 90's and spread over the last years to the rest of the World. Originating in Panama, Reggaeton blends Jamaican music influences of reggae and dancehall with those Latinos, such as bomba, plena, merengue and bachata, as well as that of hip-hop and electronica.

Reggaeton's most notably unique feature is a driving drum-machine track which was derived from a popular Jamaican dacehall rhythm. Many of the sounds found in a typical reggaeton beat are electronically synthesized.

Serbia: Jelena Tomašević - Oro




Performer: Jelena Tomašević feat. Bora Dugic
Song title: Oro
Song writer(s): Dejan Ivanović
Song composer(s): Željko Joksimović

Ko li miluje
milo moje
Ko li usne te snene budi
Ne zaboravi ime moje
Kada krene da
da te ljubi

Klasje
moje ne spavaj
Njega ljubi
mene uspavaj

Ne lomi mi led
vodu nema
Ne soli mi ranu
suza nema
Ko li zaigra
oro moje
Neka ne igra za nas dvoje
Klasje, mene uspavaj

Nuna nej, nuna nuna nuna nunu nunu nej
Nuna nej, nuna nuna nuna nunu nunu nej
Na Vidovdan
probudi me
Da ga opet pogledam

Nuna nej, nuna nuna nuna nunu nunu nej
Nuna nej, nuna nuna nuna nunu nunu nej

Na Vidovdan
Probudi me
Da ga opet pogledam

Na Vidovdan
Probudi me
Jos jednom, da ga pogledam


Jelena Tomašević will carry the hopes of the Serbian nation in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade. Jelena has a tough act to follow after Marija Šerifović's victory in Helsinki, but will be hoping she can make it two victories back to back for Serbia with the song Oro.
Jelena Tomasevic was born in Kragujevac on 1 November, 1983. She entered the world of music in a town where she finished Elementary School and Gymnasium. At the age of eight, she won the top award at the Children’s Music Festival Sarenijada, and three years later, she became the winner of the Yugoslav Children’s Festival.
After becoming a member of the Abrasevic Folklore Ensemble, one of the most successful ensembles in Serbia, her music career soared. She achieved tremendous results at the most prestigious festivals.In 2002, Jelena emerged on the Serbian music scene and her career as a pop singer started to take off. She won over the jury in the superfinal of the TV show 3K DUR which was broadcast on RTS Three with the aim of promoting young talented artists. Later that same year, she was second at the Zrenjanin Festival and won the best novice award. She was the Serbian representative at the prestigious music festivals in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Belarus.
After this turning point in Jelena’s career, she made a huge breakthrough. In 2003, she competed for the first time at the Budva Festival and finished second at the prestigious festival Slavjanski bazar in Belarus.In 2004, she participated with great success in the Beovizija Festival. In 2005, she met Zeljko Joksimovic. She became a member of the Minacord Production Company. At the Beovizija 2005, she sang the song Jutro (Morning) composed by Zeljko Joksimovic and written by Aleksandra Milutinovic and won the top award.
Jelena was considered one of the favourites at the Serbian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. She came second in the final. Later that same year, she sang the soundtrack to the film Ivkova slava which was written by Zeljko Joksimovic.The film pulled in a record number of viewers.In December 2007 Jelena Tomasevic entered the Beovizija 2008 Open Competition with the song Oro composed by Zeljko Joksimovic and written by Dejan Ivanovic.On 10 March, 2008, she won the Serbian national selection having received the highest number of points from both the jury and televoters. She was awarded the best interpretation prize by the selection jury.

France: SEBASTIEN TELLIER - DIVINE




Performer: Sébastien Tellier
Song title: Divine
Song writer(s): Sebastien Tellier / Amandine de La Richardière
Song composer(s): Sebastien Tellier

I’m
Looking for a band today
I see the Chivers anyway
Through my eyes

OH oh oh i'm
I’m alone in life to say
I love the Chivers anyway
‘Cause Chivers look divine

Look away
They try to find the Milky Way

They love to drink it everyday

No no no you
You and I, It's like you said
I’m not a Chivers anyway
You look fine

Oh oh oh I
I’m alone in life to say
I love the Chivers anyway
Cause Chivers look divine

Look away
They try to find the Milky Way

I

Toi et moi C'est comme tu sais
Comment mon coeur a succombe

Oh oh oh I'm
Looking for a band today
I see the Chivers anyway
I ‘ll be a Chivers guy some day
In my mind


After weeks of suspense and rumours, France made up its mind for Belgrade Sébastien Tellier will represent the country with a song titled Divine.
Sebastien Tellier is one of these few rare bred artists, combining virtuosity, humour and overall talent reminding us of entertainers à la Robert Wyatt, Syd Barret or Serge Gainsbourg. His live performances are considered as being intense, emotional experiences hypnotising the audience.

In 2001 Sebastien went on his first world tour with his début album L'Incroyable Verité, as the opening group for AIR, playing 80 dates in total and delivering his uncompromising mixture to an international audience for the first time: His track Fantino was instantly used for Sofia Coppola's highly acclaimed film Lost In Translation. I

t is not only his talent and his physical presence on stage, which confer his shows that special touch, but also Sebastian’s choice of collaborating artists.For his second album, Politics, released in 2004, he teamed up with a wide range of artists, including Tony Allen, the inventor of afro-beat and one of the most influential drummers of his time.

Further Sebastien Tellier collaborated with his long term partner, Pamelia Kurstin, maybe the best Theremin player in the world as well as with the always excellent pianist Simon Dalmais. The results from these collaborations can be more than exhibited. The seminal piece La Ritournelle is widely considered to be one of the most moving love songs ever recorded andwas one of the most anticipated releases in the United Kingdom in 2005.

“One day, Sebastien Tellier’s slow-burning club anthem will be huge”

NME, January 2005.

His work finds a lot of appreciation among fellow artists and got him a place on stage as the opening act on Royksopp's European tour, as well as the The Magic Numbers or Moby's tour support in France. Always searching for new styles and opportunities to develop his musical universe Sebastien Tellier also collaborated with the Bulgarian Symphonic Orchestra or the Parisian Boule Noire Orchestra.

2006 saw the release of Sebastien Tellier's Sessions album, consisting of acoustic reinterpretations from his previous Politics album. Besides keeping himself busy with production, remixing other artists and lending his voice to other musicians Sebastien also made a step into the movie world. He played the main role in Quentin Dupieux's film Non Film, a movie of a charismatic and photogenic leader in a world where we can film without a camera, as well as Dupieux's latest film Steak, released in June 2007.

Furthermore he has produced the soundtrack for Narco, a French production starring Benoît Poelvoorde, Guillaume Canet and Zabou Breitman, as well as contributing to Daft Punk's Electroma film with a track called Universe.

Sébastien Tellier is the latest in a long line of eccentric Frenchmen.

Germany - No Angels - Disappear




Performer: No Angels
Song title: Disappear
Song writer(s): Remee, Hanne Sorvaag & Thomas Troelsen
Song composer(s): Remee, Hanne Sorvaag & Thomas Troelsen

On and on I’ve tried to move it along
(It won’t stop)
Tried to find the strength to turn it around
(It won’t stop)
Everything’s been off since you went away
And time just broke the promise to ease the pain

Cause I need you here
And it’s just not fair
That it won’t get better
Why did you disappear
And we got nowhere
But it won’t stop there
Though you’re gone forever
I can’t make you disappear

Crashing,breaking memories in my mind
(It won’t stop)
Never ever close to getting it right
(It won’t stop)
Best time of my life now it’s washed away
Still the stars they know how to spell your name

Cause I need you here
And it’s just not fair
That it won’t get better
Why did you disappear
And we got nowhere
But it won’t stop there
Though you’re gone forever
I can’t make you disappear

Cause you got into my heart of stone
And I can’t get used to being all alone

Cause I need you here
And it’s just not fair
That it won’t get better
Why did you disappear
And we got nowhere
But it won’t stop there
Though you’re gone forever
I can’t make you disappear


Germany will be represented by the group No Angels. "We welcome new challenges time and again - this is what defines us as a band and as girlfriends, we don't just try and do things the easy way, but we set ourselves goals that give us the possibility to develop as women and as artists," the group says.
Their success story to date remains unique in the world of music and impressively illustrates that no one should underestimate girl power... No Angels took off in 2001 when the band won the first Popstars contest. Their debut single Daylight In Your Eyes and their album Elle'ments went straight to #1 of the Media Control Charts - and then they really kicked off with sold-out tours, countless music and media awards (Echo, Bambi) and gold as well as platinum awards. The albums Now... Us and Pure (top position #1) as well as the swing album When The Angels Swing silenced all critics because, by that time, the No Angels had long shaken off with a smile the clichés and prejudices associated with being a manufactured band. These ladies have rocked an entire nation - everyone simply succumbed to their seductive and energized pop sound and catchy tunes... Following a three-year break, No Angels are back with their brand new album Destiny and have conquered the charts and the hearts of fans with their single Goodbye To Yesterday. This caused a perfect sensation: both single and album went straight to number 4 of the charts - a perfect comeback for the ladies! Hit singles such as Maybe and Amaze Me as well as Teardrops brought out the strength and new quality of performance of the No Angels. And the fans are thrilled!

A childhood dreamNo Angels are back... and ready to write the next chapter of their success story! On 6 March, the No Angels are facing their next challenge and they are full of passion and enthusiasm about it: With their participation in the German preliminary round of the Grand Prix Eurovision Song Contest a childhood dream of the angels has come true. "Millions of people follow this event, every year, so we really enjoy taking part in the preliminary round," Sandy, Nadja, Lucy and Jessica said. The No Angels will present their new song Disappear live and they have a very special reason for choosing the track A Song. According to the band, the sound of A Song "perfectly captures the mood of spring and it's bound to touch a lot of people - not only in Germany." On their fantastic comeback, in 2007, the No Angels comment: "We are proud to be together again. Each one of us is proud of being part of No Angels - this feeling welds us together more than ever before," Lucy describes the band's mood and Nadja adds; "We have always known that we would reunite and make a fresh start as a band. Somehow, it is a new beginning. We have gone through a phase of development during the three-year break, experimenting a lot and we are now returning to the stage with this wealth of knowledge and experience taking the next step together again, as a family."

More easy-goingThe No Angels have worked at a breathtaking speed since their sensational debut and this has shaped the four workaholics and passionate performers and laid the foundation for a new chapter "We have always been prepared to give everything for the band and have set very high personal standards where songs and shows are concerned. Of course, we had our disagreements but they were also important! Each one of us has tried to bring herself and her individual style into the band. Now we have become calmer and more easy-going," Sandy says and Jessica adds; "Each one of us used the opportunity of experimenting with solo projects and petting her own ego. Since we no longer have to prove what we can do as individuals, we can now show what we can do here and now as a group, as the No Angels team."

We are a family!These four ladies know exactly what they want and they say it outright; "The decision to reunite was a very easy one to take. Of course, the No Angels are having a comeback!' But we didn't want to leave anything to chance. We wanted everything to be exactly the way we wanted. We go back such a long time as friends, we know each other inside out and now we can combine the creative, artistic and business sides of our careers in the best possible way," Nadja describes their approach to the No Angels reunion. On their album Destiny, which has been released on 14 March in a Reloaded Deluxe Edition the four women comment; "We have perceived the work for this album in a completely different way. There was a certain feeling of ease in the air, because we have so much fun together. This may sound banal but the most important thing for us is to have fun, to enjoy singing and having fun creating something that no one can take away from us. We are a family!"

UK: Andy Abraham - Even If




Performer: Andy Abraham
Song title: Even If
Song writer(s): Andy Abraham, Andy Watkins & Paul Wilson
Song composer(s): Andy Abraham, Andy Watkins & Paul Wilson

Your keeping me fascinated
No I ain’t running all over town
I feel so intoxicated
I’m struggling to keep
My feet on the ground
I’m not playing girl
This ain’t no game at all
And for the first time
I’m not looking for love
So come here baby
Listen to me
I just want cha
To believe me
Even if the world stops lovin
I could never stop lovin you
Even if the sun stops risin
I still wanna wake up with you
Even if my heart was breakin
I could never break your heart too
Even if all words lost their meaning
You would understand I love you
Your sensuality thrills meIt strips me to my soul
As your reality cures me
Your lovin takes a hold
I’m barely in control
I’m not pretending girl
That ain’t what’s goin on
There’s no room for lies
Ain’t no room at all
So come here baby
Listen to me
I just want cha
To believe me
Even if the world stops lovin
I could never stop lovin you
Even if the sun stops risin
I still wanna wake up with you
Even if my heart was breakin
I could never break your heart too
Even if all words lost their meaning
You would understand I love you
Break it down break it down girl you gotta know
We got to break it down break it down it’s
Time to feel the flow
Break it down break it down girl you gotta know
We got to break it down break it down it’s
Time to feel the flow
Even if the world stops lovin
I could never stop lovin you
Even if the sun stops risin
I still wanna wake up with you
Even if my heart was breakin
I could never break your heart too
Even if all words lost their meaning
You would understand I love you


Six acts participated in the British national final Eurovision - Your Decision, but only one could represent the country in the final of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest which will take place in Belgrade on the 24th of May. Five of the contestants had to go home again - but it was Andy Abraham who managed to get the majority of the UK televotes and will be the country's joy in the Beogradska Arena performing Even If.
Andy is a man of mass musical talent, personal integrity... a family man. Andy is a songwriter. A man who has braved and exceeded all expectations and media obstacles over the last four years. Andy is a man who has dealt with the media spotlight with such personality that he has been dubbed the "man and voice of the people" Andy has sold half a million records in less than two years. Andy Abraham is a man of the people. There are no airs and graces. A man who has nurtured his vocal and writing talent for many years and now, on his own terms is set to move on to the world stage. Andy is the UK's chosen representative at the 53rd Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade, Serbia.

Andy co-wrote Even If with his favourite co-writers Andy Watkins and Paul Wilson from Absolute. A team who, like Andy have sold more records than we care to mention. Andy is currently working on his 3rd solo album, also entitled Even If, due for release on 26th May. The single Even If will be physically available on 12th May with digital release two weeks prior.

"I'm freaked out! What can I say - the public and my loyal fans have voted me in and I'm over the moon. They believe like I did that ‘Even If' is a song for the masses. The UK audience have once again been behind me. I'm seriously hoping and I will try my best to make them proud out in Serbia because it is about the song. I really hope people in Europe give the song a chance..." Andy Abraham said, 30 minutes after been chosen by the UK audience.

Andy will be the perfect ambassador for the UK. In a year where his beloved football team (England) have been unable to make the cut for the Euro 2008, Andy sees his performance in Serbia as an opportunity to restore pride to the UK.

From obscurity to chart artist Andy Abraham's meteoric rise to chart star has been what dreams are made of. Andy is exactly as you would expect. He is a father first, the family man who just happens to have the voice to stop you in your tracks.

Andy has sold over half a million albums in less than two years and embarked on a sold out nationwide tour that culminated in a sold out concert at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London. Andy's hugely loyal fan base will now back him all the way to the Eurovision final in Serbia with the soulful funk and self-penned track Even If. As Andy explains: "It is a soulful love song guaranteed to be appreciated by both British and European music fans alike." Andy is one of the only X Factor contestants that still connect both musically and personally with his mentors on the X Factor Show. Both Sharon Osborne and Simon Cowell, collectively commented that Andy is "the most genuinely nice guy...he looks set to do us all proud in Serbia."

Andy continues to work excitedly on his third album which will comprise original material co-written by Andy and various hugely successful writers & production teams from home and abroad. Andy moves on to the world stage and the next phase of his musical career, where he gets to showcase to the public his own style of music whilst keeping the core of his fans happy. As he says: "I believe it's important to write and be involved in the next stage of my career because I've so much to prove to myself. I take nothing for granted. This is a great journey for me and my family. My family is everything to me. My wife Denise is my manager, and we are embarking on the next stage of my musical journey together." Now is the time for Andy to convey his great vocal ability but also his unique song writing talents. The ride has only just begun....

Andy with a team of trusted and experienced industry executives has put together his own label B-Line Records. The music industry has changed considerably over the last couple of years, with artists taking a greater level of control in their careers. As Andy says: "The opportunities are endless. I have handpicked my own team who share my vision for my career. Whether it is Radiohead, George Michael I am at the coalface of my career."

Portugal: Vânia Fernandes - Senhora do Mar




Performer: Vânia Fernandes
Song title: Senhora Do Mar (Negras Águas)
Song writer(s): Carlos Coelho
Song composer(s): Andrej Babić

Senhora do mar
Ante vós, me tendes caída
Quem vem tirar meia da vida e da paz
Desta mesa, desta casa, perdidas?
Amor, qu’é de ti?

Senhora do mar
Ante vós, minha alma está vazia
Quem vem chamar a si o que é meu?
Ó mar alto, traz pr’a mim
Amor meu sem fim!

Ai, negras águas, ondas de mágoas
Gelaram-m’o fogo no olhar
Ele não torna a navegar!
E ninguém vos vê chorar
Senhora do Mar!

Quem vem tirar meia da vida e da paz
Desta mesa, desta casa, perdidas?
Amor, qu’é de ti?

Ai, negras águas, ondas de mágoas,
Gelaram-m’o fogo no olhar.

Feridas em sal, rezas em vão…
Deixai seu coração
Bater junto a mim!

Ai, negras águas, ondas de mágoas
Gelaram-m’o fogo no olhar
Ele não torna a navegar!
E ninguém vos vê chorar
Senhora do Mar!


Vânia Fernandes enjoyed a landslide victory in the Portuguese national selection, and will represent Portugal in the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade with the song Senhora Do Mar (Negras Águas)
Vânia was born in Funchal, on the island of Madeira ,and is most popular in Portugal for having won the RTP talent show Operação Triunfo, a Pop Idol kind of programme, in 2008.However, her connection with music dates back to her childhood…

The following are only a few of the main events in which Vânia’s voice stood out, in 2007 she is a final year student of the Instrument – Singing Professional Course, at CEPAM, the Madeira Conservatory, under the guidance of Prof. João Pereira, and a final year student of the Jazz course.

She has several projects in various musical styles, mostly in the field of jazz, among which the project with the Júlio Resende Quartet.In February 2007 she took a training course, as part of the Leonardo da Vinci Project, in the Helsinki Conservatory, representing the Madeira Conservatory.

In October 2006 she participated in Portugal Taste and Madeira Taste in Guernsey and Jersey (USA) respectively, as the representative of the Madeira Regional Government.

In April2006 she won the Reconnaissance Prize at the Jazz Festival, in Lisbon, representing the Madeira Conservatory. In August 2005 she became becomes the Voice Supervisor at the Vozes do Atlântico Festival.

In April 2005 she attended the master class by the baritone Prof. António Salgado, who has a doctorate in Vocal Technique. In August 2004 she participated in the Vozes do Atlântico festival, as chorus supervisor.

In June 2004She was part of the resident band Humberto Fournier Sextet, which opened the Jams at the Irish Pub, during Funchal’s Jazz Festival. In October 2003 she began her piano studies at the Conservatory, with Professor João Luíz.

Also in October2003 – She began, with the band Oficina” her experience as a jazz singer. In November 2002 she began her activity in several musical events, in the field of fado. In October 2001 she began her singing studies at the Conservatory. She also won 1st place at the Vozes da Madeira Festival as well as beginning her professional life as a singer in hotels and bars in the Madeira region, in the field of light/pop/rock music.

In June 2001 she finished her secondary studies and won the contest Talentos à solta, that took place in Calheta. In June 1999 – She won the contest Funchal a Cantar. In June1997 she began her participation in regional shows (such as Madeira em Festa, by João Luís Mendonça), hotels and television shows. In June 1997 She participated, for the first time, in the contest Funchal a Cantar.

F.Y.R. Macedonia: Tamara, Vrcak & Adrian - Let me love you



FYR Macedonia's Business Environment



Performer: Tamara, Vrčak & Adrijan
Song title: Let Me Love You
Song writer(s): Rade Vrchakovski-Vrcak
Song composer(s): Rade Vrchakovski-Vrcak

Let's go, let's go, let's go
What'cha gonna do if I let you know
You're the only one I've been dreaming of
I've never felt love like this before

Let's go, let's go, let's go
Where the moon is full and the lights are low
We can do it so slow, kiss in slow-mo
Until dawn breaks, then I ride out solo

You always knew how to make me cry
I feel so helpless without you
I'm starting to lose my mind
I wanna be with you tonight

The stars above glow like they're making love
I'm running under the moonlight
Alone in this sleepless night
Just to be right by your side

Let me love you
Let me love you
Unfold your angel wings
Fly out from my wildest dreams
Let me love you
Let me love you
Kiss me and let me die
Before you say goodbye

Let's go, let's go, let's go
What'cha gonna do if I let you know
You're the only one I've been dreaming of
I've never felt love like this before
Let's go, let's go, let's go
Where the moon is full and the lights are low
We can do it so slow, kiss in slow-mo
Until dawn breaks, then I ride out solo.

You always knew how to make me cry
Who needs a smile when my tears
Are so full of love inside
And they are stronger than my pride

Let me love you
Let me love you
Unfold your angel wings
Fly out from my wildest dreams
Let me love you
Let me love you
Kiss me and let me die
Before you say goodbye


Tamara, Vrčak & Adrian won the ticket for FYR Macedonia to the Eurovision Song Contest during the 2008 Skopje Festival. They will perform in English in Belgrade with the song Let Me Love You.
Tamara, Vrcak, and Adrijan are young, talented, and very popular performers in Macedonia.

Skopje Music Academy senior student Tamara born in Skopje, 1 June 1985 is definitely one of Macedonia's best female singers. She started her music career in 2001 with a huge hit written by Robert Bilbilov, Dali znam (Do I know?), which she performed at the Suncane Skale Festival in Montenegro the next year. In 2003 she continued to participate in festivals.

The song 1003, performed at the Budva festival in Montenegro, topped the charts. She also performed with her mother Branka, an opera singer, at Ohrid Fest in Macedonia, winning the third prize. Tamara participated three times in Makfest in Stip, Macedonia. In 2004 with Nemirna (Restless), in 2006 Sedmo Nebo (Seventh Heaven) with Vrcak won her the first prize, and in 2007 she had a memorable performance of the ballad Smesno, zar ne? (Funny, isn't it?). The audience in Serbia remembers very well her song Sex with the Belgrade group 187, which was very popular in 2004. The next year, the album Sino (Blue), produced and composed by Aleksandar Masevski, was released, earning an album of the year award.

In 2006, Tamara and Vrcak were a big success with the song Losa devojka(Bad Girl), performed at the Budva Fest.

Tamara has already felt the challenge of the Eurovision Song Contest singing as a backing vocalist for the late Tose Proeski in 2004, and in 2007 she came second at the Macedonian national final.

Rade Vrcakovski-Vrcak was born in Skopje on 17th November 1980. He is a well known composer, songwriter, and performer, whose two albums Kako da pobegnam od se (If I could run away) and Vo tvoeto srce (In your heart), earned him numerous awards for best song, album, songwriter, discovery of the year, most played song.

Although a senior medical student, he has chosen a career in music. Vrcak performed at Makfest three times: in 2001 with Andrijana Janevska he won the second prize, in 2004 with Robert Bilbilov he won the third prize, and finally his duet with Tamara earned him first place.

Vrcak's latest album was released in 2007 and was a huge success, as it was one of the best selling albums in the country. Singles from the album received heavy airplay, as well as making several appearances on MTV Adria. Vrcak was a UNICEF ambassador of goodwill and he was given a Mother Teresa humanitarian award.

Vrcak is also known as the author of the lyrics for the song Ninanajna, which was the Macedonian entry for the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest. It was actually his idea to write a song for his good friends Tamara and Adrijan and himself! And this is Let Me Love You, the song that won the Skopje Festival 2008, the FYR Macedonian national final!

Tamara, Vrcak, and Adrijan foster different music styles, but the three of them together are a real blast on stage! An outburst of energy, enthusiasm, and great music!

Adrijan was born in Skopje on 13th February 1984. He is a Music High School graduate (viola) currently studying English.

He entered the showbiz world singing at Nota Fest in 2001 and won the first prize, which was the first time for a newcomer to win the majority of votes of the jury and the audience. Adrijan has since become a household name both in FYR Macedonia and Albania, having released four albums, three in Albanian and one in FYR Macedonian.

He is well known for his attractive stage performances thanks to his dancing and choreography skills. Adrijan won the first prize at Videofest, a best male performer award at Topfest, twice won a best video award at the Video Festival in Tirana, best stage performance at Makfest, first prize at Ohrid Fest. In 2006 his duet with the famous Esma Redzepova won the second place at the Macedonian Eurovision Song Contest final. Adrijan is constantly on tour, not only in FYR Macedonia and Albania, but also in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Italy and Switzerland

Cyprus - Evdokia Kadi: Femme Fatale




Performer: Evdokia Kadi
Song title: Femme Fatale
Song writer(s): Vangelis Evangelou
Song composer(s): Nicos Evagelou

Γεια σου μάγκα, είμαι’γω γυναίκα και ανήκω σ’ένα φύλο που το λέτε «ασθενές»Ντελικάτη πιο λεπτή κι’αδύναμη από κάθε αρσενικό που τριγυρνά στον καφενέΟ καλός Θεούλης με λυπήθηκεκαι μου’δωσε ένα όπλο που με κάνει δυνατήΜου’πε «Μην φοβάσαι εσύ κορίτσι μου τον άντρα θα τον έχεις πάντα σε .....υποταγή!»Μπαμ και κάτω σ’έριξα στα δύκτια μου και μ’ένα κοίταγμα μου σου θολώνω την ματιάΜπαμ και μέσα στα όνειρα σου τρύπωσα και κούνια που σε κούναγε γιατί είμαι έγω Θεα!

MEN’S CHORUS: Μπαμ και κάτω μ’έριξες στα δύκτια σου και μ’ένα κοίταγμα σου μου θολώνεις την ματιά“Femme Fatale” στα όνειρα μου τρύπωσες και κούνια που με κούναγε γιατί είσαι εσύ Θεα!

EVDOKIA:Κι’όλο εσύ να μου μιλάς γεμάτος πάθος να κοιτάςΣαν γλυκός πιστός φρουρός ξανά μ’ακολουθάς

MEN’S CHORUS: “Femme Fatale” και το μυαλό μου κόλλησε στα μάγια που μου έκανε η δική σου τσαχπινιάΜπαμ και κάτω μ’έριξες κορίτσι μου και τ’ασθενές το φύλο μου σκλαβώνει την καρδιά!

EVDOKIA: Μπαμ και πάλι το μυαλό σου κόλλησε στα μάγια που σου έκανε η δική μου τσαχπινιάΜπαμ και κάτω έπεσες αγόρι μου και τ’ασθενές το φύλο σου σκλαβώνει την καρδιά!

MEN’S CHORUS: Κι’όλο εγώ να σου μιλώ γεμάτος πάθος να κοιτώΣαν γλυκός πιστός φρουρός ξανά σ’ακολουθώ και...

EVDOKIA:Μπαμ και κάτω πέσατε στα δύκτια μου και μ’ένα κούνημα μου σας ταράζω τα νερά“Femme Fatale” στα όνειρα σας τρύπωσα και ζήτω που καήκατε γιατί είμαι έγω Θεα!Μπαμ και πάλι το μυαλό σας κόλλησε στα μάγια που σας έκανε η δική μου τσαχπινιάΜπαμ βρε μάγκες όλοι σας την πάθατε γιατί είμαι εγώ γυναίκα που τους άντρες κυβερνά!

MEN’S CHORUS:“Femme Fatale”, “Femme Fatale”, “Femme Fatale”.


Evdokia Kadi has been chosen to represent Cyprus at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest. Surrounded by dancers, she sang Femme Fatale to victory. Her song was awarded 104 points by a jury and televoters, only 4 points more than runner-up Nikolas Metaxas.
Evdokia Kadi was born in Nicosia in 1981.

She started singing in 2001, in a student café of the University of Cyprus. She took part in different concerts in Cyprus and abroad alongside several Greek and Cypriot singers and performers.

She has been performing as a lead singer at various venues in Cyprus.In 2006 she joined the CyBC Folk Orchestra. She is currently preparing her first solo album.

Evdokia won the Cypriot national selection by a narrow margin, and will take her charismatic performance of Femme Fatale to the Eurovision Song Contest stage in Belgrade.

Malta: Morena - Vodka





Performer: Morena
Song title: Vodka
Song writer(s): Gerard James Borg
Song composer(s): Philip Vella

Vodka
Na zdarovye!Na zdarovye!

The hunt is still on
Here in Gorkiy Park
I’m in Danger Zone
Everywhere is pitch dark
I’m running away
To a blanket of snow
“Spy 1 to Spy 4 I’ve deciphered the code”

VODKA that’s the secret word
VODKA and they want it so bad
VODKA I’ve deciphered the code
Got a rush in the head VODKA
A transparent word

Na zdarovye!- -Na zdarovye!

Cold blood drums within
They breathe down my neck
Spy 1 to Spy 4 we just have to connect
Their footsteps are near
Closing in for the kill
My pulse has gone dead
With a heart-racing chill

VODKA that’s the secret word
VODKA and they want it so bad
VODKA I’ve deciphered the code
Got a rush in the head VODKA
A transparent word

Na zdarovye!- -Na zdarovye!


Morena has won the 2008 Malta Song For Europe Festival with the song Vodka, by Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg and thus will represent the island at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade.
She is 23…

She has been described as the Mediterranean Volcano….

She has got one of the most particular voices in Malta, and she sings anything from rock to progressive pop….

“SPY 1 to SPY 4…… I’ve deciphered the code”…. It’s MORENA.

This dynamic singer hails from the island of Gozo, and has swept through the local music scene like a tornado, winning some of the most prestigious festivals, which include Festival Kanzunetta Maltija and being awarded Palma Tad- Deheb (Golden Palm Award) for her achievements.

Relatively new to the music scene, she has always been highly interested in singing ever since she was a little girl and danced in front of the mirror with a broomstick. Coached by her elder sister Georgina, who is a soprano, she slowly but surely began to develop her vocal talent. Once she was 18 she became the lead singer of the band Spectrum, and is still their front liner till this very day.

In 2006, she was offered to sing in a duet with Paul Giordimiana. The song was called Time, and this was Morena’s first taste of the Malta Song for Europe festival. She placed 9th, but soon realised she was not about to give up on winning the golden ticket to the Eurovision Song Contest. Hurricane Morena would be back!

Meanwhile she took part in several TV shows, and continued her collaboration with well known composer/producer Philip Vella, with whom she had worked in the past.

In the last year, she also met Gerard James Borg who immediately was very impressed by Morena, and the successful song-writing duo decided to invest their time and energy in the Mediterranean Volcano.VODKA, was the result of one of their works, and soon enough Morena was recording in the studios.

A few months later she was performing on the Malta Song for Europe podium, belting out the catchy song which she prefers to describe as progressive pop. She won the festival, winning the media’sand people’s hearts on the way, and now she is ready to VODKA her way to the Eurovision Song Contest!“SPY 1 to SPY 4…. You just have to connect”.

Hungary: CSEZY - SZIVVERES (CANDLELIGHT)




Performer: Csézy
Song title: Candlelight
Song writer(s): Imre Mózsik (English) Jánosi (Hungarian)
Song composer(s): Viktor Rakonczai

Weeks go by
Summer scents expire
Autumn leaves, memories
An untold desire

It burns in me
Waiting patiently
Never sleeps or tires
But grows by the hour

Come (and) wake me from this lonely place
All I want is you
If you take me to the stars and back
I will know my dream is true

I will fly tonight
Forever keep you in my heart
Make it feel so right
When you love me by sweet
Candlelight
Hold me ‘till the morning shine
All my fears subside
When I look into your eyes

So step inside
And place your hand into mine
What you are is a blessing to my life
Hát Istenem most légy velem küldd el hozzám őt
Nem számít mennyi még, olyan jó rá várni

I will fly tonight
Forever keep you in my heart
Make it feel so right
When you love me by sweet
Candlelight
Hold me ‘till the morning shine
All my fears subside
When I look into your eyes


Csézy has won Eurovíziós Dalverseny 2008, the Hungarian national selection, with the song Szívverés which has subsequently been translated as Candlelight and will thus represent Hungary in the second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Thursday, 22nd of May in Belgrade.
Csézy won the Hungarian national selection of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song named Candlelight, and she will participate in the Semi-Final in Belgrade. The local final took place in Budapest, and during the show 15 songs were performed. Among the contestants, not only newcomers, but also highly popular singers and bands tried to achieve the first place. The Hungarian viewers voted for Csézy, the young, beautiful and exquisitely talented singer.

Csézy was born in November, 1979 in a small town far from the capital, called Mezőkövesd.

Her childhood was a little bit different from the one of average children, since Csézy's parents considered it extremely important to provide high-level musical education to their daughter from a very young age. This lead to her comprehensive musical qualification, which covers various fields, she is not only a singer of great talent and much creativity, but also plays on the piano.

Csézy graduated from the Béla Bartók Music Department of the University of Miskolc. Afterfinishing school, she toured with intensity in the company of her former classmates, and they did not have to wait too long for their first success. In Spain, the group won the first prize at an international contest where they were singing local folk and polyphonic songs. If we are talking about folk music, mention must be made that Csézy was born in a family which is proud to preserve Hungarian folk traditions, namely she is the last descendant of the worldwide famous Matyó dynasty.

In 2007, Csézy's childhood dream came true when her debut album hit the shelves of Hungarian music stores. There was no doubt about her classical background, but in order to gain a wider audience, she wanted to show her talent in the field of pop music as well. The first single from the album became a huge success in Hungary, since local radio stations picked up the moving ballad immediately. The spectacular, visually fantastic video prepared for the song also remained in high rotation of Hungarian music TV channels for weeks.

Candlelight,the song that Csézy will perform in English at the Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade, is another beautiful, heartbreaking ballad. The composer is Viktor Rakonczai, its lyrics were written by Imre Mozsik. Viktor Rakonczai's name might be familiar to those who have been following the history of Eurovision Song Contest, as he was one of the singers of the boygroup named VIP which, representing Hungary, had attended the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin in 1997. At that time they finished the contest in an outstanding 12th position. Now Viktor is eager to return to stage of Eurovision as a musician, since he will accompany Csézy on the piano at the event.

It is also worth saying a few words about the superb background vocalists. The four guys are members of the a cappella vocal band called Fool Moon. The band was formed in 2001 by five young men, each with a solid background in classical and light music. The group has been invited to take part in numerous a capella events and festivals throughout Austria, Germany and The Netherlands. Fool Moon is also the winner of several international contests of the said music genre: the International Ward Swingle A Capella Contest in Graz in 2005 as well as the Sixth Taiwan A Capella Contest in 2006 just to name a few.

So now, the future for Csézy looks brighter than ever, and she is ready to conquer Europe by singing the fantastic song, Candlelight.

Csézy will represent the Hungarian Television at the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade

Georgia: Diana Gurtskaya - Peace will come




Performer: Diana Gurtskaya
Song title: Peace Will Come
Song writer(s): Karen Kavaleryan
Song composer(s): Kim Breitburg

Look the sky is crying cold bitter tears
Weeping for the people lost in fear
While we fight for nothing my eyes run dry
Are you still so blind to ask me why...why

Say it out loud peace will come
Everybody shout peace will come
When you stop and tame your rage
Something's gotta change
Something's gotta change

Say it out loud peace will come
Everybody shout peace will come
Blow the trumpet beat the drum
Peace will come

Sometimes words kill faster than bullets do
And the face of war is never true
Kids with guns are always too young to die
Are you still so deaf to ask me why...why

My land is still crying
Torn in half
My world is slowly dying
My heart is only crying
Peace and love


In what was largely a two horse race in the Georgian national selection, Diana Gurtskaya won with the song Peace Will Come and will be only the second ever representative at the Eurovision Song Contest from Georgia.
Diana Gurtskaya was born on July, 2nd, 1979 in Abkhazia in Georgia. She is blind from birth. During the armed conflict in Abkhazia, her family was forced to remove from their native town and she stayed in a camp for refugees and later moved to Russia.

In 1995 she finished boarding school for blind and visually impaired children in Tbilisi. While studying at a special school she was successfully educated at a musical school in the piano class.

Diana was 10 years old when she first performed on a stage of the Tbilisi Philharmonic Hall. The specific manner of singing of the small girl brought to her unanimous public recognition.

Outstanding vocal talent, ambition and hard work, let Diana become the winner of the international festival of young singers Yalta-Moscow-Transit in 1995 and receive a special prize of the jury.

Her talent and constant desire to improve her skills led Diana to become a brilliant student at GnesinichMusical School in Moscow, Russia, in a class of variety vocal. After her graduation, in 1999 Diana began her independent singing career.

In 1999 Diana became the laureate of the contest Slaviansky Bazar in Vitebsk, Belarus. She repeatedly became the laureate of the trophy Zolotoy Gramafon, festivals, Song of the Year, Ovation and many others.

Diana is honoured with state awards of different countries, including the Honour Award in Georgia, the Honored artist of the Russian Federation and the Award of Saint Barbara in Ukraine amongst others.

Diana Gurtskaya's talent is esteemed not only in Georgia and Russia, but also in many countries of the world. She successfully performed in Madison Square Gardens in New York, also in Canada, Israel and the states of the former USSR. Diana's duets with world celebrities, such as Toto Cutugno, Demis Roussos, Ray Charles and others are very popular.

In 2003 she entered in the Russian Academy of a Theatrical Art where she is still studying.

Besides art and singing, Diana conducts public and charity activities. In 2004her personal initiative was established, Diana Gurtskaya's Charity Fund On call of heart, in order to help blind and visually impaired children. The singer regularly visits orphan's houses and special schools for disabled children.

Recently Diana has released two albums; You are here and You know, Mum, songs from which remain constant hits. The third album is being prepared to be released.

Diana is married to a wellknown Moscow lawyer Peter Kucherenko. In June 2007 their son Konstantin was born.

Denmark - Simon Mathew - All night long




Performer: Simon Mathew
Song title: All Night Long
Song writer(s): Jacob Launbjerg, Svend Gudiksen & Nis Bøgvad
Song composer(s): Jacob Launbjerg, Svend Gudiksen & Nis Bøgvad

The sun is up
I'm feeling great
I'm just enjoying life
Right here in the shade
Lets take a ride, right away
I'll be by your side
So easy, the easy life
Celebrate the good times

All night long
All night long
Celebrate good times
Come on
All night long

Who's to tell
What's to come
All I know is tomorrow
Today will be gone
Get out, out of bed
Put on your blue suede shoes
Get up, up and dance
Celebrate the good times

All night long
All night long
Celebrate good times
Come on
All night long

All night long
All night long
Celebrate good times
Come on
All night long

If your life is like a sad song maybe
You should try and celebrate it, celebrate it

All night long
All night long
Celebrate good times
Come on
All night long

All night long
All night long
Celebrate good times
Come on
All night long

All night long
All night long
Celebrate good times
Come on
All night long



The Danish television viewers decided to send Simon Mathew with All Night Long to the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade, Serbia.
Simon Mathew is 24 years old and was born in Grenå, in mid Jutland. At the age of 9, he and his large family moved to the town of Hirtshals in North Jutland where he lived until he moved to Copenhagen four years ago in order to be able to focus more on his music.

Music itself and the performing aspects of it, have always been an important ingredient in the life of the young vicar’s son, who was the singing and performing child in a large group of brothers and sisters, in Simon’s case since he was six years old. First as a member of a gospel choir, later on still more often with his older sisters, primarily Rebekka and Sabina.

Simon Mathew’s favourite genre has always been pop, he has performed with his own or other people’s songs, and at the age of 15, he made an agreement with a publishing firm which was to handle the rights of his songs that were to make out his first album.However, financial cuts and relocations in the record company prevented his album from becoming reality.

This did not discourage Simon Mathew. On the contrary, he continued performing and also recorded a promotion video, and his first successful attempt to win national fame was made in the talent contest Scenen Er Din (the Danish equivalent of the international TV-show Star Search), where he presented When I Get You Alone, and later You're the Voice, before he won the prize with I Don't Wanna Be.

That certainly paved the way for his first album, Simon Mathew, which was released in 2005. Many of the songs turned out to have hit qualities in them, first and foremostDreamer which was a number one on the Propaganda List, but also These Arms, which has not only been played frequently on Danish radio stations but has also become number one on the socalled Tjeklisten.

In addition to his increasing number of concerts in cafés and other smaller musical stages, Simon Mathew has started a lecture tour on youth related issues, problems that are specifically related to institutions where he has given these speeches.

Simon Mathew has also teamed up singers and entertainers who have performed with different shows including lectures, stand-up, song and music typically dealing with issues a little more serious than usual.

The interest in Simon Mathew has certainly not diminished as a result of his performance in the TV show Vild Med Dans (fDanish version of the BBC’s show Strictly Come Dancing), and in between, he has held the odd job in a video store, and he has found the time and energy to record a single called, Never Another You.

After attending school, first in Grenå and later in Hirtshals, Simon Mathew has taken no other formal education. He gave up after a mere three months at the so-called MGK – Musical Base Course - in Ishøj, Copenhagen, because he much preferred the performing life on the stage.

Currently, he is taking an admission course to be admitted into the Danish police force, a job of his choosing, not only because he wishes to work with other people but also because his job as a lecturer on youth issues has given him an acute interest in police work.

Bulgaria: Deep Zone & Balthazar - DJ, Take Me Away




Performer: Deep Zone & Balthazar
Song title: DJ, Take Me Away
Song writer(s): Dian Savov
Song composer(s): Dian Savov

When the night falls down I want you
DJ please take me away

And when the lights go down I need you
DJ please take me away

I’ll take you away

Take me away


The Bulgarian representatives for the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest have been selected. It's Deep Zone & Balthazar. Their song DJ, Take Me Away is a contemporary dance track with an energetic stage performance.
Deep Zone Project was formed in 2000 by three musicians, DJ’s and studio engineers, who are recognised in Eastern Europe for their talent for song writing and making club anthems.

After the release of their debut album Ela Izgeiin 2002, DJ Dian, Rossko, Luybomir Savov (Dian’s father) and Joanna aka Deep Zone Project, were nominated in a smashing five categories at the 2002 MM TV Music Awards. The Award Best Song was well deserved as their track Ela Izgrei was massive hit around the Balkans. In the next year 2003 they left the MM TV Awards Ceremony with another award - their track Without Caffeine won the Best Club Track of the Year.

Their massive hit DJ, Take Me Away has reached Number 2 Position at MTV Europe’s World Chart Express, and won the Bulgarian Eurovision 2008 song contest selection process.


The collaboration with DJ Balthazar took the group to another dimension with their massive national club tours Welcome To The Loop and Red Line (20 dates each), which gathered an audience of more than 30000 people.

Joanna Dragneva, aka Joanna, the lead vocal of Deep Zone, was born in Sofia 21 years ago and soon she discovered that she was born for music and television. At age ten, she started studying at the Lyubomir Pipkov Bulgarian National Music School. At the moment, she studies at the Pancho Vladigerov National Music Academy in Sofia, specialising in percussion and pop & jazz singing.

All along, Joanna has been anchor of Bon-Bon TV show at Bulgarian National Television (BNT). Joanna was backing vocal of the Bulgarian pop stars Georgi Hristov, Nely Rangelova, Krum, and others. In 2005, she became anchour of Melo TV Mania show on BNT, and since the next year till now Joanna has been a reporter in Everybody in front of the TV screen show of BNT.

Joanna has played percussions at the Sofia Youth Philharmonic band and at the American symphonic orchestra. Since 2006, Joanna has been vocal and percussion player in Deep Zone & Big Band.

Balthazarstarted DJ'ing in 1998 and now he is known as one of the most respected and popular DJs and producers in Bulgaria.

He has performed at every major club in his country as well as on many big raves and various radio and TV shows. His international gigs have taken him to nearly 20 European countries including England, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Malta and Cyprus, to name a few.

Very often he plays at special events alongside well known and respected DJ's or Live acts. Balthazar is also owner of the Renesanz agency, with which he promotes numerous parties and books foreign house and techno DJ's for selected clubs and events. 4 times a year Renesanz organizes big raves for more than 2000 people.

With this Balthazar has become one of the biggest promoters in electronic music in Bulgaria. Since 2003 he has been producing music with his studio partner JackRock and they released so far more than 50 tracks/remixes on different labels. Balthazar's own style varies between groovy/minimal techno and electro/tribal/progressive house, always corresponding with the newest records on the scene. Usually his sets are quite energetic and technically perfect.

Croatia: Kraljevi Ulice & 75 Cent - Romanca




Performer: Kraljevi Ulice & 75 Cents
Song title: Romanca
Song writer(s): Miran Hadži Veljković
Song composer(s): Miran Hadži Veljković

VIDIŠ PRIJATELJU JA PAMTIM SVE
I MORAM TI REĆ DA IZMEĐU OVE
I MILION DRUGIH PJESAMA
NE POSTOJI RAZLIKA

Jer život taj za nama briše tragove
U dobru noć on pušta čudne vragove
Pa svaki san je hladnim suncem obasjan
A sjećanja su skoro sva ugasnula

Da pitaš me još samo jedno znao bih
Da boje sve tek s ovom rimom postoje
A noć i dan su nekog stiha trag
I nestat će kad naše pjesme izbljede

Zasvirajte noćas tu romansu
Tiho nježno da me razboli
Tugu kad umire slavuj
Kad se duša s tijelom razdvoji

Zasvirajte noćas tu romansu
Al polako da je čuju svi
Neka opet sviraju gitare
Već odavno nisam slušo njih

GOVORE MI DANAS
DA SAM U BANANI
TEHNOLOŠKI OTPAD
KO MAJMUN NA GRANI

A JA SAM BIO PRVI
INTERNET NA SVIJETU
NA BRODOVIMA S GLAZBOM
UMREŽIO PLANETU

Pamtim i sad sve snove svojih pjesama
Sva maštanja i lica što su nestala
Ko sjene su još dio mojih buđenja
Zarobljena u mene davno utkana


After a nervy jury voteand televote in Croatia, Kraljevi Ulice & 75 Cents won the national final Dora'08 and will represent the country at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest with Romanca.
Kraljevi ulice (Kings of the Street), are a legendary band of street performers whose story begins in 1987.

The members are Miran Hadži Veljković and Zlatko Petrović Pajo. They often perform as a quartet with the help of their friends and great musicians, the irreplaceable Ladislav Demeterffy Laci on the accordion and Zoran Lovrić Zoc. They have won over the hearts of sympathisers of all ages with their performances and charm.

For the last ten years Kraljevi Ulice have successfully organised street festivals and events. They're the authors of the Cest is d' Best' festival, a Martin is in Zagreb event and Summer on Stross. They organise Marks Fair and Promenade Concerts. They are also the initiators of one of the most important city events today, Advent in the Heart of Zagreb.

Kraljevi Ulice will be joined by 75 Cents on stage for their Eurovision Song Contest entry Romanca.

Latvia: Pirates Of The Sea - Wolves of the Sea




Performer: Pirates Of The Sea
Song title: Wolves Of The Sea
Song writer(s): Jonas Liberg/Johan Sahlen/Claes Andreasson/Torbjorn Wassenius
Song composer(s): Jonas Liberg/Johan Sahlen/Claes Andreasson/Torbjorn Wassenius

With a hii hii hoo and a hii hii hey!
We‘re hoisting the flag to be free
We will steal the show, Jolly Rogers go
We are wolves of the sea

Don’t try to run it’s all set and done
There’s treasure in sight
We are robbing you blind I hope you don’t mind
We are taking it all tonight

Just walk away we'll count it all
Pirates will stand and the loser will fall

With a hii hii hoo and a hii hii hey
We’re bound to be close to the sea
Our captain will stand on the bridge and sing
Pirates are all we can be

With a hii hii hoo and a hii hii hey!
We‘re hoisting the flag to be free
We will steal the show, Jolly Rogers go
We are wolves of the sea

Down to the core we’re coming for more
With a sword close at hand
We are scary and bold chest full of gold
We get sealegs when sighting land

The hook of our captain is looking at you
There’s no Peter Pan so what can you do

With a hii hii hoo and a hii hii hey!
We‘re hoisting the flag to be free
We will steal the show, Jolly Rogers go
We are wolves of the sea


After a series of Semi Finals, and a Grand Final ofEirodziesma 2008 in Latvia, Pirates Of The Sea sailed to a famous victory with the song Wolves Of The Sea and will represent Latvia in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest.
The Tremendous Trio are :

Aleksandra Kurusova, a frequent Latvian champion at Sport Dances, student of foreign languages at Latvia University and the winner ofthe Latvian edition of Strictly Come Dancing.

Jānis Vaišļa,an adventurous traveller, TV and radio moderator, producer, cameraman. A real pirate himself, he spent 2 years sailing around the world.

Roberto Meloni, a singer who represented Latvia at the Eurovison Song Contest in 2007 as a member of the group Bonaparti.lv. Roberto is an Italian who since the year 2002 has been living in Latvia. He has participated in such musicals that where staged in Latvia as The Robinsons Treasures, West Side Story and Les Misérables.

With a Swedish song entitled Wolves of the Sea, this almighty team call themselves the Pirates Of The Sea, and will represent Latvia at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade, Serbia.

Wolves of the Sea is a story about the historical endeavours of our ancestors, and tells of their backbreaking lives, rebellious spirit, freedom, masculinity and tenderness while showing their patriotism and love for the planet earth, and an unquenchable thirst for adventure.

Belarus: Ruslan Alehno - Hasta la Vista




Performer: Ruslan Alehno
Song title: Hasta La Vista
Song writer(s): Eleonora Melnik
Song composer(s): Taras Demchuk

You shone on me like a blinding star
I’ve just never seen such a light so far
All my days like fairy tales

I begged you to look in my loving eyes
But you were as cold as Arctic ice
And your laugh
Has killed my love

The story is close to the final cut
It won’t be the end but a running start
So don’t be upset please don’t ask me why
I say goodbye

Hasta la vista baby
I'm gonna miss you maybe
You can be really happy
Though it’s not fair
Hasta la vista baby
I'm gonna miss you maybe
Hasta la vista blame me
But I don’t care

No way to repair the broken glass
There’s nothing to share nor to discuss
Now I see
You’re not for me
You’ve cast me away to a desert shore
You’ve shattered my heart now you keep the score
Have a rest
You’ve done your best

The story is close to the final cut
It won’t be the end but a running start
So don’t you pretend you can’t get it why
I say goodbye.

Hasta la vista baby
I'm gonna miss you maybe
You can be really happy
Though it’s not fair
Hasta la vista baby
I'm gonna miss you maybe
Hasta la vista blame me
But I don’t care

Hasta la vista
Hasta la vista


Ruslan Alehno has been chosen to represent Belarus at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest. He will sing Hasta La Vista in Belgrade.
Ruslan Alehno was born in 1981 in the Belarussian town of Bobruisk.His musical abilities were revealed in early childhood, when he started to take bayan classes. However it was not enough for the young talent, and on leaving musical school Ruslan could already play the guitar, tube, piano and drums.

When he was 16, Ruslan wrote his first musical composition. The role ofthe only spectator andcritic as well was given to his mother. At that time Ruslan couldn't even imagine that the real life story, which had evoked the content of his first composition, would appear again someday in his future hit Hasta la vista.

In his motherland, Belarus, Ruslan Alehno has already improved his image as successful singer. This was confirmed by the huge number of his victories at different vocal competitions, song contests and festivals. In 2001Ruslan was the winner of Belarussian TV project Hit-Moment , in 2003 he was the winner in Clear Voice nomination Crossroads of Europe festival in Belarus and also laureate of Molodechno-2003 vocal contest in Belarus.

Theinternational festival Malvy 2004 in Poland brought to Ruslan one more new victory.But the most important achievement in the musical career of Ruslan Alehno was his victory in Russian TV-project People's Artist-2 (Russian version of Pop-Idol). It gave him the possibility to access the wide audience of pop music fans, for them to discover a new performer and also a sensual, open-hearted, sincere hero, whose songs and voice had conquered lot's of women hearts.

In 2005, Ruslan released his first album Sooner or Later.In 2008 Ruslan Alehno became the winner of National Television Musical project EuroFest, what gave him the opportunity to represent Republic of Belarus at the most popular and prestigious musical international contest in Europe Eurovision Song Contest 2008. "Take part to win!" said the Head of Eurofest, People's artist of Belarus Aleksandr Tihanovich.