Eurovision – With the ever growing popularity of TV Talent Shows across Europe, we are starting to see a record amount of Eurovision Acts coming from these shows. Artists exposure on these shows help them get selected in the National Finals and this year has the most Alumni’s than ever.
Currently there are four mainstream TV Talent Shows with exceptional popularity across Europe and this year we have definitely seen a surge of contestants from these series of shows. A lot of countries are starting to use The Voice in particular to seek out their entries with The X Factor being just as a popular route.
Although the prizes of these shows does not include the right to represent in Eurovision, their exposure on these shows does help in getting them the backing of the public.
Pop Idol started in 2001 in the UK where it lasted for two series. Although the show did not last long in its originated country, Pop Idol had many series in countries all across Europe including Armenia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Norway, Estonia and France.
Pop Idol is not a wide-spread TV show across Europe these days… only Estonia, Sweden, France, Norway, Germany and Portugal still produce the show today. Three of this years acts started their career on Pop Idol in their respective countries.
Australia – Guy Sebastian (2003 Winner)
Georgia – Nina Sublatti (2013 Winner)
Sweden – Måns Zelmerlöw (2005 5th Place)
Another TV Talent Show of British Origin, Got Talent started in 2005 and aims to find talent of all varieties such as Singing, Dancing, Comedy and has even seen Dogs win the show. Got Talent has been shown in a total of thirty-five countries across Europe since the shows conception and is till shown in 26 of them.
Bojana Stamenov of Serbia is the only entry to hail from “Got Talent” when she came fourth in 2012 however the runner-up in Sweden’s Melodifestivalen was also from this show… Jon Henrik Fjällgren who won the show in 2014. Back in 2008, Norway Runner up Erlend Bratland also won the show.
The X Factor
The X Factor, yet another British Series started in 2003 replacing Pop Idol. Since then the show, where already established singers and producers mentor a group of singers in the aim of winning the overall series, has been shown in twenty-four European Countries. This year we saw a lot of X Factor Alumni in the selection process including Macedonian Rep Daniel Kajmakoski.
Germany – Mrs Greenbird (2012 Winners)
FYR Macedonia – Daniel Kajmakoski (2014 Winner)
Hungary – Kati Wolf (2012 Sixth)
Hungary – Spoon (2014 Sixth)
Romania – Tudor Turcu (2012 Winner)
Moldova – Kitty Brucknell (2011 Seventh X Factor UK)
The Voice, originating in The Netherlands has become the biggest TV Talent Shows across Europe and over the past few years we have seen plenty of hopefuls coming from past editions of the Voice. Thirty countries in Europe are currently airing their own versions of The Voice This year we have a record year of The Voice contestants representing their nations at the contest in May.
Albania – Elhaida Dani (2103 Winner of The Voice of Italy)
Azerbaijan – Elnur Hüseynov (2014 Winner of The Voice of Turkey)
Belgium – Loïc Nottet (2014 Second)
Greece – Maria Elena Kyriakou (2014 Winner)
Portugal – Leonor Andrade (2014)
United Kingdom – Bianca Nicholas of Electro Velvet (2014 Blinds)
Rising Star is the newcomer of the bunch and originated from Israel where it is known as HaKokhav HaBa. The shows concept has been bought by various TV broadcasters in Europe but it is yet to reach the success levels of The Voice. It is only shown in France, Germany, Hungary and Portugal within Europe with new seasons starting in Turkey, Greece, Italy and Russia this year. The United Kingdom were going to buy it but the BBC cancelled it shortly after the announcement.
Israel’s representitive Nadav Guedj was selected via this method this year but if he succeeds in qualifying for Israel, perhaps other countries will follow suit in selecting their entrant in the future.
Fame Academy or Operación Triunf as it is known in Spain where it originated is a rather old TV talent shown which is no longer shown in European Countries. Fame Academy as it was known in the United Kingdom or Star Factory as it is known in the USA and France has it’s contestants living in a house where they are taught by coaches each week. At the end of each week the contestants would perform live and one knocked out until a winner was determined.
This year sees two finalists who found fame from this TV show more than ten years ago but as the show is no longer shown in Europe any future acts we’ll see from the franchise would have had fame a long time since taking part.
Spain – Edurne (2005 Sixth)
Russia – Polina Gagarina (2003 Winner)
The Voice is the major player at the moment and whereas countries like the UK are against using finalists from The Voice to do Eurovision, other countries are embracing their winners. Rising Star is becoming a successful show Europe-wide with more countries taking it on it would not be surprising to see more artists coming from this format too.
Do you think countries should start giving Eurovision rights to the winners of shows such as The Voice and Rising Star? It provides the best of both worlds by allowing the public decide on who to send whilst allowing the broadcaster to pick the song. A possible winning formula?