Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sinead and Jade on TV!

Eurovision hopeful Sinead Mulvey will be appearing on The Late Late Show on Friday night at 9.30pm. She will be performing followed by a short interview. This will be the first time we will see what outfits Sinead and Black Daisy are wearing for Moscow and it sounds promising!
If you miss it or you are outside Ireland check it out here.
The foursome will then be playing at The George Nightclub after the show.

Sinead has also signed a recording contract with Sony.

'Et Cetera' will be in the shops on Friday!

Meanwhile Jade will be sharing the couch with Andrew Llyod Webber on The Jonathan Ross show on BBC1.
What a great night’s television!

OGAE Ireland want a fairtytale ending!

Last Saturday night we travelled to Enniscorthy for the OGAE Ireland party.
Norway was the runaway winner followed by Sweden, Greece and Denmark. Ireland scored highly coming in 6th overall.
Jade didn’t score as well as expected but still recevived one point in the final results.

Slovakia was the only country not to score a single point from 60 people (even Czech Rep. got points!)

I seemed to be the only one cheering for De Toppers! Poor fellas!
It was a great night and lovely to see everyone again.

Thanks to Mr. President Diarmuid Furlong.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Interview with Alexander Rybak!

It is time to interview the red hot favourite to win the 2009 Eurovision. The wonderful Alexander Rybak!

SQ: Hi Alexander!

AR: Hi Aidan.

SQ: How does it feel to win MGP 2009 with such a high margin over the other artists and knowing that your song is so well received by everyone?

AR: I am very thankful, of course. But then I have also worked really hard to find a concept that fits the Eurovision formula. And to be honest, I was reaching for the international finals right from the start, so therefore it is a great relief for me that the Norwegian people found my song national as well. This is the best thing that has ever happened to me.

SQ: This is your first time you participated in MGP right? Why now?

AR: First of all, my song was written “accidently” last summer, when I was standing on top of a beautiful mountain playing violin. Suddenly a melody came, and I thought to my self that this is by far the grandest melody I have ever written. This had to be in Melodi Grand Prix. And when I found out about the finals being in Moscow, there was no longer any doubt.

SQ: How did it actually all started for you? How did you end up in music?

AR: Actually, I don`t remember so much of how I “started”, other than my mother and father pushing me a bit when I was five years old, making me practice violin every day. First when I became a teenager, I began to understand how lucky and talented I was. The kids at school didn´t think of it that way though, and I got bullied around. Therefore I soon started to play other genres than classic, trying to “fit in” with the kids. And at the age of 17 I started singing, trying to impress the girls. Some years later, I started to blend all the genres I played, and stuff like “Fairytale” started to unfold.

SQ: What do you like the most about being an artist?

AR: Playing the songs I like the most in front of a great audience is priceless, especially if they don’t throw tomatoes at you. And soon I will get a chance to tell a bunch of new fairytales to my sweet fans.

SQ: What do you like to do to relax?

AR: Playing videogames! My favourites are Mario Galaxy and Twilight Princess for Nintendo, and GTA 4 for X-box. By the way, one of my biggest dreams is to contribute to a new videogame.

SQ: What kind of music do you like to listen to?

AR: I like to draw inspiration from music that is very far away from my own. That way I can widen my musical horizon. I can never get enough of boys like Sting, Andrea Boccelli, and Michael Jackson. They all have a concept that is rock hard, and that is undeniable.

SQ: “Fairytale” is the favourite win Eurovision. How do you feel about that?

AR: That is pretty scary, although it´s nice for Norway to be “pre-favourites” for once. Frankly, I try not to think about it.

SQ: Do you think participating at Eurovision will make a big impact on your career?

AR: At the moment, Eurovision IS my career, and I love it. But I am preparing myself for the worst; that is namely being forgotten. But even if people will grow tired of me, I will still have a memory for life.

SQ: Could you tell us what we can expect from you in the upcoming months? Will you do a promo tour ?Will there be an album?

AR: I am recording my new album now, and there will be a promo tour for the release. My management and I are discussing it these days. This summer I will tour and play a lot tighter with Frikar, the dancers from Eurovision.

SQ: What do you think of the new Eurovision rule where in the final the voting will be decided by jury and public this year?

AR: Very wise! If it is in my favour, remains to be seen.

SQ: Thanks a million Alexander. The best of luck for Moscow. See you there!

AR: Thanks Schlagerqueen!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Caption Time!

Alexander celebrating after winning MGP 2009!

Insert your caption below!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Update!

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you are all having a great weekend.

OGAE Ireland have selected "Out Of Control" sung by Laura-Jayne Hunter which finished third in the Irish national final to represent us in the 'Second Chance Round'. Check out her performance here.

Sinead Mulvey and Black Daisy have been confirmed to appear at the UK preview party in La Scala on April 17th and at the Eurovision party in Amsterdam the following night which will feature 23 of this years entrants along with hunky Mans!

This Wednesday I will be attending Eurovision Extravaganza! in the National Concert Hall which will feature the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Paul Harrington, Charlie McGettigan, Niamh Kavanagh, and backing singers. Presented by Maxi with guest appearance by Dustin the Turkey.

Get your tickets here.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Counting Down the Days!

Eurovision 2009 is only 40 days away!

On Saturday night I attended my first preview party of 2009 and as always there were mixed views!

The results were:

12: Ireland

10: UK

8: Sweden

7: Norway

6: Netherlands

5: Portugal

4: Malta

3: Andorra

2: Hungary

1: Finland

A wonderful result and I would be delighted if any of those countries took the prize!

These were followed closely by Turkey, Spain and Poland!

Bringing up the rear were Czech Rep, Ukraine and last were Serbia.

Switzerland proved popular along with Slovenia and Slovakia all getting positive comments.

This time of the year is always exciting. All the songs are selected, tours are ongoing, official videos are released, performance details are leaked and the excitement is building.

This year has something for everyone and I feel very positive that 2009 will be a great year for Eurovision. There is no obvious winner and the impact of 50/50 voting will hopefully provide us with a close finish.

Despite our bias Ireland's entry was loved by all at the preview party. For some reason it is not proving popular in other online polls and it certainly is an underdog with many feeling qualification will be a struggle.

I am hoping the 2nd position in the running order will help Sinead and Black Daisy particularly coming after Croatia. Both Sweden and Israel qualified from that position last year.

I have a great sense of pride in our entry this year which is quiet different from my feelings about Dustin!

I have no doubt all of the girls will put in a stellar performance.

I think the song deserves a final place and fingers crossed we will see Ireland come out of an envelope on May 14th.
Vote for Ireland!!

I am all booked to fly out to Moscow on Friday morning for the final. Our accomodation is sorted, accreditation done, (visa ongoing!).