EuroStarz: 2017 Line-up Starts to Take Shape

EuroStarz – The annual off season EuroStarz concert will take place in London on 19th August 2017.  The event will take pace in The Star of Kings pub in Kings Cross, London. Hosting and performing at the event will be Karl William Lund, one of the six acts to take part in BBC Eurovision You Decide in 2016. 

Also announced to date is Anjeza Shahini (Albania 2004) and MIHAI (Romania 2006) with lots more acts t be revealed, so put the date in your diary.

Twitter: @starzconcert Website: www.eurostarz.co.uk

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  1. Anjeza and MIHAI are two acts I did not like in ESC. I hope that the line-up will imporove …

  2. Off-topic: good luck, Morgan!

  3. Good luck, Morgan!

  4. Another fanboy speaking: GOOOO Morgan!

  5. Thank you guys! The results are in, and they’re good. I will keep you posted. I also won’t forget about posting the full results for Fridas when I find the time!

  6. @ Lina, Morgan won a seat in the French parliament.

  7. Off-topic: 20 portuguese artists have confirmed they will take part in a relief concert in Lisbon’s MEO Arena dedicated to the victims of the horrible summer fires consuming the area of Pedrógão Grande. They include Eurovision winner Salvador Sobral and current FdlC contestant for Portugal Ana Moura.

    • Portuguese delegation in Fribourg has already confirmed that Ana Moura will be at Meo Arena. The artist will not have to attend the dressing rehearsals and cheese degustations that are currently taking place for Fdlc 20. :-)

  8. Another off-topic: EscInsight had an article about the issue of vocal samples allowed this year for the norwegian entry. As the rules don’t allow “any sort of vocal imitations that aim to replace or assist the contestant’s live voice”, the EBU has grabbed the last few words to claim that they were not meant “to replace or assist” but simply added on as special effects. Not a very strong line of argumentation, made even thinner by the author’s insistence to turn all this into a question of “innovation and authenticity” in her last paragraph, even one can very well argue it is the exact opposite…


    • This video shows that more acts then the Norwegian one is actually using pre-recorded or computer-created backing vocals, but with more subtlety. Some of these claims are a bit of a stretch, but nevertheless it shows that you can get away with a lot of pre-recorded sounds these days:

      • I’d say that the person who made this video is probably right about Latvia, Ukraine, Sweden, Serbia, Israel and Romania. Armenia and Spain had sampled vocals in the recording but it doesn’t seem to me they used it in the lives. In the other cases they mention I don’t hear any sampled vocals at all – just various electronic instruments. Italy had a problem not having the orchestra shouting “Ale!” and relying on just five people to do it so that was definitely not recorded.

        What these cases show is that despite what they claim, Norway went well beyond sampled vocals, using whole pre-recorded or autotuned phrases that one can clearly pick up during the particular segment.

        • In the Italian case the ”ale” part was recorded as it’s as you say an impossibility to make it sound like 30ish people or something. In the Latvian case and a lot of others I would say yes, they used pre-recorded or computer generated voices in their live performance, yet subtle as to not really make that much of a difference in the end.
          Having said that I think its incredibly unfair that Spain gets forced to use live vocals and Norway are not as it is a similar case.

          • But they did not make it sound like 30 people. On the contrary, compared to San Remo it shounds more like a whisper rather than a shout, at least until the moment where all the arena gets in the action as well. In fact, that was one of the main weak points of their ESC live.

            • yeah it didn’t sound loud, but it was still pre-recorded as no one sang the ”Ale” part, thats the point I am trying to make here. It is unfair as the orchestra is not in use at Eurovision for the italian case, but it still was pre-recorded :P
              I have to disagree, there were many heavier elements that made the Italian act underwhelming, then the ”ale” part.

            • The backing vocalists were singing it. They are seen to do so and I don’t think they would be allowed to lip-synch (thankfully we are not there yet).

              The whole point is that per the rules, the onus of compliance in this as in everything else is on the broadcasters. The EBU itself is merely presiding. Norway asked for special permission because they went way beyond merely sampled vocals as part of the instrumentation.

            • My point is it didn’t even sound at all like they were singing it, there vocals as heard before didn’t even make a sound on at the ”ale” part.
              So I am far from convinced that they actually sang it or they might have also mixed it so they barely could make a sound. To me I dont really care as it didn’t make that much of a difference, but according to the rules, it’s by far a stretch.

              To allow the norwegian entry to use pre-recorded vocals is just gonna open up a can of worms. Hopefully the weaklings at the EBU will do something next year as it will surely be at least one act that uses a lot of pre-recorded or computer generated vocals.

  9. Italian version of Austria 17:

  10. And the studio version of the Sergey-Dima duet:

  11. Off-topic: More ESC rumours flying in Turkey as Sinan Akcill, the composer of their 2009 entry, revealed in a radio interview that turkish television had originally planned to enter the 2016 contest with Atiye, one of the country’s biggest pop stars. He did not clarify why they pulled out in the end, but said he believes that recent changes in TRT administration may lead Turkey back in the contest in 2018.

  12. Still 29 degrees here. That is the problem with heat waves here in Stuttgart. It doesn not cool down at night. I will probably sleep in the basement. LOL

  13. Loreen,Conchita,Francesco Gabbani,Slavko,Ruth Lorenzo,Azucar Moreno,Barei,Soraya,Rosa,Mirela,LeKlein,Baccara,Kate Ryan,Suzy to perform during the world pride in Madrid.

  14. When it’s results time in ETSC and you see no pts coming your way:

  15. A small quiz:

    1966, 1969
    1974, 1976
    1990, 1995, 1997
    2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009

  16. Quiz No. 2:

    1956, 1957, 1958, 1959
    1960, 1964, 1966, 1967, (1968), 1969 esp, uk, fr
    1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1979
    1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, (1986), 1987, 1988, 1989
    1990, 1991, 1992, (1993), 1994, (1996), 1997, 1999
    2000, 2001
    2011, 2017

  17. Summer Solstice and eurovision sites post songs like this one:

  18. Open selection for France according to France’s 2 press release.The song must contain at least 70% French lyrics.

  19. On an Anders’ like quiz. What do these 2017 acts have in common?


  20. Off topic: William and Deban are at it again with the biggest crimes of the season:

    What do YOU think? What is your biggest crime of the season? haha just love their commitment! XD

  21. Just wanted to send my annual best wishes to all John/Juan/JoanJean/Yanni/Ion/Jan s here and in the world and whatever version of John you have in your own language! for saint’s day tomorrow, here in Barcelona and Catalonia it’s going to be a crazy night as usual as it is one of most treasured celebrations:

    • In Greece, Johns celebrate their nameday on the official feast of St. John the Baptist on the 7th of January. People do jump over fires on the 23rd of June which is marked as the birthday of St. John the Baptist in the church calendar.

  22. Anelia go to Lisbon! <3

  23. Quiz No. 3:

    1980, 1983, 1985, 1987
    1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997
    2016, 2017

    1956, 1957, 1958, 1959
    1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 esp uk nl fr
    1970, 1971, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1979
    1981, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1989
    1995, 1998
    2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009?
    2010, 2012

    1972, 1974, 1975, 1976
    2011, 2013, 2015


    2004, 2006?,

  24. Off-topic: An swedish advertising agency has turned “Fångad av en stormvind”, the 1991 ESC winner into an ode to wind turbines!

  25. Here’s an easier (well, I hope…) quiz for you. A truly summer quiz :-)

    Above, Dimitris posted the clip from “You’re Summer”, by Nova & The Dolls (Sweden 1973).

    1) From 1956 to 2017, what country has presented more songs with the word “SUMMER” in their titles?

    2) Apart from Sweden, can you name the other 5 countries that have presented songs with the word “SUMMER” in their titles?

    3) Which of those “SUMMER SONGS” ranked higher?

    Good luck!

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