Eurovision 2016 – Another selection season is over and I will be doing a series of articles summarising the selection shows and the acts chosen. Today I am will write again about how stars of TV Talent Shows, especially the Voice are starting to take over Eurovision Choices
There aren’t as many TV Talent Shows these days as there once were. “Pop Idol” is rarely shown these days and the “X Factor” only seems to be shown in few countries now. Simon Cowell’s “Got Talent” franchise is still going strong but as a show that is not 100% focused on singers, we rarely see contestants of these shows in Eurovision Selections. “The Voice” however is huge across Europe and singers will even go to the country next door if they are from a place where the show doesn’t exist just to be noticed in the industry
It seems contestants of these shows are not only being chosen internally to represent in Eurovision but they are also being chosen by broadcasters to take part in selections. The majority of times it’s these singers that run triumphant due to fanbases established by such shows. Lets run through the singers of this years selection season that took part in these TV Talent Shows.
“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. Unfortunately the only European Countries the show still airs in are Germany and France.
Only one of this years hopefuls has come from this series. Robin Bengtsson who came 5th in Melodifestivalen took part in Idol back 2008 and came third. This is him looking very young performing “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia on 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. The show has currently has versions in European Countries such as Georgia, Greece, Bulgaria, Albania, Hungary, Montenegro and of course The UK and Australia
This year saw a few X Factor Alumni in National Selections across Europe. Dami Im of Australia won the 2005 series of show in Oz and Poland rep Michal Szpak came 2nd in 2011 on the Polish Show. Highway who will represent Montenegro came a respectable 4th place in 2015 on The X Factor Adria. Francesca Michielin of Italy won the 2011 series of The X Factor over in her native country
Other notable names that came from the show include:
Gergő Oláh (A Dal Finalist) won the Hungarian version in 2012
Andrei Ioniță (Moldova Finalist) came in the Romanian Series back in 2015
Oscar Zia (Melodifestivalen Finalist) took part in The X Factor Sweden in 2012
Aida Nikolaychuk (Ukraine Finalist) won the Ukraine Version in 2013
Vladislav Kurasov (Ukraine Finalist) came 3rd in the Ukraine Version in 2012
“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 sees more of The Voice contestants representing their nations at the contest in May.
Samra, who is representing Azerbaijan took part not only in The Voice of Turkey (2015) but also The Voice of Azerbaijan in 2016 where she fared better. Laura Tesoro representing Belgium won the Flanders version of The Voice in 2014. The German representative Jamie-Lee Kriewitz won The Voice of Germany in 2015 and Croatia’s Nina Kraljić won The Voice of Croatia in the same year.
Iveta Mukuchyan who is representing Armenia took part in the German version of The Voice in 2012 where she was chosen by the controversial Xavier Nadoo to be in his team but she failed to win. Even the UK are joining in as Joe and Jake met when they both competed separately on the UK version of the show in 2015. Jake failed to make the live shows when Will.I.Am eliminated him in the Knockout stages but Joe was more successful on the show making the live shows for Team Rita Ora after wowing with his slow version of the rap song “Hey Ya!” by Outkast
Other singers we have seen throughout the many National Finals this year include:
Dorota (Poland Finalist) came runner-up in the Polish version in 2013
Mikko Sipola (Finland Finalist) won The Voice of Finland in 2012
Saara Alto (Finland Finalist) came runner-up to Mikko
Samanta Tina (Latvia Finalist) took part in the Lithuanian Version of The Voice in 2015
Tonya Matvienko (Ukraine Finalist) came 2nd in the Ukranian Version of the show in 2011
Rising Star 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 has been shown in various countries such as France, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Turkey, Greece, Italy and Russia. However very few countries in Europe have it now… Turkey and Israel
Freddie who is representing Hungary came fourth in the first and only series of Rising Star in his country an of course, the show is huge in Israel. After the success of last years winner Nudav Guedj the Israeli Broadcaster has gone with this concept again. Hovi Star won the 2016 series so will now be representing the country in May.
A lot of internal selections seem to be winners or past contestants of The Voice these days and rarely is there a National Final without one or two singers from The Voice or The X Factor ETC. Does winning such shows help influence the voting public at home? Margaret was the clear fave with international fans in the Polish Selection but was beat by X Factor Winner Michal Szpak. Laura Tesoro may have had an advantage also after having won The Voice in her home country.
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?