This was posted by STE a couple of days ago;
BREAKING- Ekozian broadcaster, STE, today shockingly announced that the country would once again participate in the 53rd WorldVision Song Contest after previously announcing that the broadcaster planned to move away from international broadcasting to focus on the quality of national programming however it has been revealed that MelodieFestivålen winner Hafthor Viktorsson, 25, will represent the country with his winning single Where We Belong.
Ekoz previously fully participated in the 50th edition of the contest, finishing 11th, their second lowest placing since the country’s debut in WorldVision 32. Media reactions to the STE’s announcement differ from outlet to outlet, many describing the broadcasters erratic change of stance in regards to participation of the contest. Public opinion to the contest has dramatically declined in recent editions with a viewership of 51.2% (33,210,923) watching the 50th edition; WorldVision 40 received a viewership of 89.98% (57,230,123). A spokesperson for the WorldVision delegation at the STE stated…
“The STE never conclusively announced that Ekoz would never return to the contest, it was just a case of when is best appropriate. The STE has taken on board the public attitude towards returning and feel it is precisely the right time to return, and the most recent winner of MelodieFestivålen, Hafthor, is a perfect representative for our country. It’s time to get the ratings of the contest back to where they were previously, and we are extremely confident that we will.”
With Ekoz returning, this is only one of the many nations who are returning to the contest.
Together, we are stronger! We are going to Mercedini for the first time as they hosted the 52nd WorldVision Song contest in Langtree! They won over veteran Mister X, and Gurori who left the bidding process half way through… Regardless, Mercedini was the real winner!
It is expected that more nations will participate than last time with this being the accepted nations list;
- Electrum Diplomatic Offices
- Harold I
- Izmedu –
- Kolechian East Grestin
- Mister X
- Missus X
- Normandy and Picardy
Ekoz has been disqualified from participation…
However so far, this has been the running order.
- Missus X
- Normandy and Picardy (Reigning Champions)
Kårnis, Ekoese – According to early and unconfirmed reports from sources, the STE are reportedly debating whether or not to renew the contract to broadcast the WorldVision Song Contest. The current contract, which has seen the country participate in over 17 editions of the contest, will be up for renewal after the 50th WorldVision Song Contest.
Sources state “While the STE is aware that the contest has great relevance and ratings within the country, the broadcaster are looking for newer ways in which to invest in entertainment programming within the borders, as opposed to from an international contest.” Debates are said to be going on within the boardrooms of the STE HQ’s in central Carnise and decision is pending.
Should the STE choose not to renew the broadcasting rights, it is unsure if any of the other major Ekozian television stations will pick up to rights; Ønavaliekkes televisie (ØT) are ‘would-be’ favourites to pick up the rights as they previously held broadcasting rights for the World Hit Festival, which interestingly, the STE now has rights for, however a spokesperson for ØT stated “ØT has no immediate interest in broadcasting the WorldVision Song Contest.”
According to an early online poll, a total of 63 per cent of the voters wanted the STE to continue broadcasting the contest, as opposed to 37 per cent wanting the country to exit from the contest outright. The STE is, of course, yet to confirm whether or not these rumours are false or not, however, for Ekozian WorldVision fans, a lot of uncertainty remains.
Click the links to go straight to each national final, and make sure you have your voice heard! There are a lot of national finals, as all these nations are hoping to making the international audience help them win the all important WorldVision 49, ahead of WorldVision 50.
According to sources at Sony Music Ekoz, the huge Ekozian popstar-turned-host Yohanna van Umsaak, responsible for Ekoz’s highest placing at the WorldVision Song Contest, will return to the hugely popular STE show ‘MelodieFestivålen’ next month. Yohanna achieved a 2nd place finish with only two points between her and the eventual winners, Cinderella Ra’ah from Kishrael.
Sony Music Ekoz neither confirmed or denied that Yohanna would return, however they did confirm that she would be releasing music on the same date of the final of MelodieFestivålen; something that all artists are required to do as a rule of the contest. Yohanna’s last release ‘Cool Me Down’ reached number two in the Ekoesestoplistann as well as charting internationally.
For more information on the upcoming MelodieFestivålen, visit ste.ez/melodiefestivålen
In a statement yesterday, it was learnt that Talvezout was to withdraw their bid stating it’s too premature for them to host when they hosted only three editions ago – in Yaru-Bzheriut, WorldVision 44. Ekoz are still in the race to host the contest in Carnise however, Ekoz isn’t yet safe.
Nekoni has joined the scene;
The logo is certainly flashy and high quality featuring the colours of Nekoni. Do you like the bid? If you want to have a look at it, please click this link, here!
Eyler looks out to the world and isn’t afraid to show what he has.
Here is what Ekoz released today;
Eyler Vålgaard was night announced winner of MelodieFestivålen with a whopping 56% of the public and jury vote. The former Ekozian rugby-union player successfully fought off nine other contestants to win the contest and will thus represent Ekoz at the 47th WorldVision Song Contest in a soon-to-be announced candidate city, of which, Carnise is one of.
Eyler stated “It’s incredible. There were so many big production value performances at Mello this year. I was just there with my guitar singing. I never thought I would win!”. When asked about his performance at WorldVision he stated “I think I won’t change too much. I’d rather be authentic to myself. Plus, it’d be nice to a more stripped performance. Ekoz usually sends a huge production and I’d like to hopefully get votes from my voice and my guitar. We’ll see”
Eyler’s winning single Vertigo has shot straight to the top of the Ekozian iTunes chart after only two hours of being released and is predicted to debut at number one on the Ekoesestoplistan later in the week.
For more news on Eyler and his journey to WorldVision, visitste.ez/worldvision
It may be a hit in Ekoz, but is it good enough regionally and internationally? He will be performing 7th in the Previous Party by BVC in Junteräpten.