After managing to get away from having a commentator or two on the 2019 and 2021 editions of Eurovision, we aren’t getting as lucky this year. Amidst pressure from the European Broadcast Union, who insist on having local country commentators on their coverage, NBC has announced that figure skater Johnny Weir will be your host for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest on Peacock. Weir IS a huge fan of the contest, so that’s something – as my wife put it, they could have thrown some macho sports guy on the mic and they could have made a hash of it.Read more
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BREAKING NEWS: The participants in the American Song Contest have been revealed!
I’ll have a full run down later, but for now, as released about 1 hour ago, here’s the complete list of each state/territory and their performers for the first (hopefully annual) American Song Contest, premiering March 21 on NBC! According to the Wikipedia article, the songs will not be announced until they are performed on the show, and will be released as each week’s show goes forward. Atlantic Records is the shows’ industry partner and will release the songs accordingly. As announced a couple weeks ago, Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dogg have been named hosts of the ASC, which, inRead more
“Shop Safe” act could end up utterly destroying the online reselling community – Speak up NOW!
RED ALERT! CALL TO ACTION! If you are part of the online reseller community, or regularly make purchases online from merchants in the Discogs Marketplace (or ANY other platform that specializes in reselling), it’s time to MOBILIZE! And you CANNOT afford to take this lightly! A new bill sponsored by Rep. Gerald Nadler (D-NY), called the “Shop Safe” act, could and according to most experts on the subject WILL destroy the online sellers community as we all now know it. It’s long and confusing in places, but it focuses on burden of proof for not selling “counterfeit mark” goods, andRead more
Eurovision ’21 – Dadi Freyr says Gagnamagnid likely out of live competition due to positive COVID test
Iceland’s Dadi Freyr tweeted the following message to his fans this morning: A member of Gagnamagnið got a positive test result this morning. Unfortunately this probably means that we will not take part in the rehearsal today or live show tomorrow and a recording from our second rehearsal will be used in stead. pic.twitter.com/93yravOHSY — Daði Freyr 🥑 (@dadimakesmusic) May 19, 2021 and the follow up tweet: We have all been extremely careful the whole trip so this comes as a huge surprise. We are very happy with the performance and super excited for you all to see it! ThankRead more
YES! Eurovision 2021 to stream LIVE on Peacock in the US
HALLELUJAH!!! Prayers have been answered – Eurovision is returning to U.S. television screens! As part of their deal to be the broadcast home for the upcoming launch of The American Song Contest, NBCUniversal has put together a deal to air the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest – ALL OF IT – on their streaming network, Peacock! Unlike the European Broadcast Union‘s deal with Logo TV, who carried only the live finals from 2016-2018, and their deal with Netflix, which carried the show on a same day tape delay in 2019, Peacock will air ALL THREE Eurovision broadcasts LIVE in the UnitedRead more
It’s OFFICIAL! NBC will play host to “The American Song Contest”
We’ve been hearing about “The American Song Contest“, the officially licensed US spinoff of the long running Eurovision Song Contest, for about two years now, since it was first announced during Eurovision week in 2019. Now, we can consider it official! A press release about the upcoming 2021-22 television season includes ASC as part of NBC‘s Spring 2022 schedule! Here’s the press release: “AMERICAN SONG CONTEST” America’s biggest live entertainment event has arrived! Based on the worldwide phenomenon “Eurovision Song Contest,” organized for 65 years by the European Broadcasting Union and watched by 200 million viewers annually, this amazing musicalRead more
PASSAGES: Menudo’s Ray Reyes passes at 51
If you were a teen girl in the 1980s, chances are you had a poster of Menudo somewhere on your wall; the year (or even the month, heh heh) you had it up would have determined which members of the rotating always youthful Puerto Rican boy band would have been featured. Ray Reyes, who was a member of the band during the days when Menudo attempted (and unfortunately largely failed) to conquer America as they had other countries, passed away on April 30 2021 from a heart attack; he was just 51 years old. Reyes, born in New York CityRead more
PASSAGES: Bay City Rollers’ singer Les McKeown dead at 65
Another day, another part of my teen years gone… Les McKeown, who sang lead for the major hits from mid-70s teen heartthrob Scottish band Bay City Rollers, died suddenly Tuesday (4/20), he was 65 years old. McKeown was the lead singer for the band during their major hitmaking period from 1973-78, which saw Rollermania spread around the world. They had more hits in their native UK and in Europe than they managed in the U.S. but still managed a number of smashes here, the biggest of which was their 1975 #1 smash “Saturday Night” (which ironically was NOT a singleRead more
PASSAGES: Jim Steinman, creator of “Bat Out Of Hell”, dead at 73
He was an incredible songwriter, and an even more incredible producer. Jim Steinman, the man who put Meat Loaf on the map in 1977 with “Bat Out Of Hell” and who helped his career resurgence in 1993 with “Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell“, has died, he was 73. Steinman became one of the most prolific writers and producers in the 1980s and 1990s, writing and/or producing huge hits for a variety of acts that crossed genre lines, including Barry Manilow (“Read ‘Em And Weep“), Barbra Streisand (“Left In The Dark“), Bonnie Tyler (“Total Eclipse Of The Heart”,Read more
BREAKING NEWS: France’s Valentina wins Junior Eurovision 2020!
11 year old singer Valentina and her fan-favorite song “J’imagine” took the Grand Championship at the 2020 Junior Eurovision Contest, telecast live from Warsaw Poland this morning and afternoon, delivering the first JESC victory for France in the contest. The song has been one of the fan favorites since it was announced in September. Kazakhstan’s Karakat Bashanova took second with her song “Forever“, and Spain’s Solea took third for her monster fan favorite “Palante“. The Netherlands and Belarus rounded out the top five. The show was a technical marvel, mixing graphics and video feeds together, as well as a liveRead more