Anna Cecilia Sahlin, known professionally as Anna Sahlene and by the one-word stage name Sahlene, is a Swedish performer best known as a singer: she placed third at the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 with "Runaway" the Estonian Eurovision entrant for 2002. Born in Söderhamn on 11 May 1976, Sahlene was the oldest of seven children having three younger brothers and three younger sisters. Both her parents had strong musical inclinations which were passed on to their children, with Sahlene herself singing from an early age in addition to learning cello, guitar and piano; however her performing career began as an actress: at age nine she had a lead role in The Children of Noisy Village, based on a story by Astrid Lindgren, subsequently reprised her role - that of Anna - in the sequel More About the Children of Noisy Village appearing in both films billed as Anna Sahlin. Sahlene did not pursue a performing career subsequent to these two films - although she appeared on television in 1989 when the two Noisy Village films were run as a seven part series - until the age of eighteen when she moved to Stockholm with aspirations to be a singer.
She was for several years a member of One Voice a gospel choir directed by Gabriel Forss whose members performed as background vocalists on recordings by such artists as Eric Gadd and Robyn. She was among the members of One Voice who formed the chorale for the Charlotte Nilsson performance of "Take Me to Your Heaven" at Eurovision 1999 where, representing Sweden, the number won. At the subsequent Eurovision 2000, held in Stockholm, Sahlene was again onstage as one of the members of One Voice who formed the chorale for the Claudette Pace performance of the Maltese entrant "Desire". Sahlene's own recording career began in 1997 when she fronted the band Rhythm Avenue on their album Twelve Steps Down the Avenue. Sahlene's first solo single in 2000 was called "The Little Voice". Three videos were made for tracks recorded by Sahlene for Roadrunner Arcade Music: "Fifth Element". "The Little Voice" and the 2001 single release "House" were both minor Swedish chart hits for Sahlene with respective peaks of #51 and #52.
Sahlene recorded tracks for a The Little Voice album release, shelved due to EMG's buyout of Roadrunner Arcade Music and its eventual fall into bankruptcy. However Sahlene was afforded the opportunity to serve as opening act at Swedish concerts by Robert Plant and Bon Jovi as part of the promotion for The Little Voice album prior to its release being canceled. Sahlene was subsequently signed to Virgin Records Sweden but had yet to record for that label when Virgin Sweden was contacted in January 2002 by an Estonian songwriting team who had entered their composition "Runaway" in Eurolaul 2002: top Estonian pop star Ines had recorded the demo of "Runaway" but opted out of performing the song in Eurolaul and the songwriters - unable to solicit another Estonian singer - were now hoping to recruit a singer from Sweden. Virgin Records telephoned Sahlene with the offer to perform "Runaway" at Eurolaul 2002 the evening of the day the label was contacted by the songwriters and at 6 a.m. the following morning Sahlene flew to the Estonian capital of Tallinn where she rehearsed with the writers of "Runaway" over the two weeks remaining prior to Eurolaul 2002.
On 26 January 2002 Sahlene's performance of "Runaway" at Eurolaul 2002 resulted in a first-place finish, with "Runaway" resultantly becoming the Estonian entrant for Eurovision 2002 and on the night of competition for Eurovision 2002 - mounted 25 May 2002 at Saku Suurhall Arena in Tallinn - Sahlene's performance of "Runaway" resulted in a third-place finish."Runaway" debuted at #20 on the Swedish singles chart dated 12 June 2002 but failed to rise higher although it did spend 14 weeks in the Top 40 with seven of those weeks in the Top 25. In 2003 Sahlene made her first bid to represent her native Sweden at Eurovision participating in Melodifestivalen, the Swedish national preselection round for Eurovision, with the number "We're Unbreakable" which on 8 March 2003 bowed out of Melodifestivalen 2003 with a fifth-place finish in Round #1 of Semi-Final #4. Sahlene had admitted prior to Melodifestivalen 2003 that the intent of her Melodifestivalen participation was to showcase "We're Unbreakable" only to the point of securing a hit in Sweden and Estonia: she was sure "We're Unbreakable" would not be voted by the Swedish public as their Eurovision entrant and Sahlene in fact preferred not to compete on the Eurovision main stage for a second consecutive year."We're Unbreakable" was included on Sahlene's debut album It's Been a While which consisted of tracks from her unreleased Little Voice album and conctained "Runaway": It's Been a While was released on M&L Records - a Lionheart Music Group label - in April 2003 and "Unbreakable" became a hit on Swedish radio although it was not released as a physical single and therefore did not chart.
Sahlene's name was leaked as a possible performer for the Melodifestivalen 2004 entrant "Baby I Can't Stop": however the eventual performer of the song was Gladys del Pilar. Sahlene was a guest performer on the album What a Wonderful World by the Joybells, singing the title track for that summer 2004 release. In February 2005 Sahlene's second album Photograph was released on M&L's parent label Lionheart with artist credit reading Anna Sahlene: the addition of the first name "Anna" to Sahlene's professional name was first evident on this album's advance single "Creeps" - released in January 2005 to be
Partners in Crime (song)
"Partners In Crime" was the Estonian entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, composed by Henrik Sal-Saller and written by Berit Veiber and sung in English by Gerli Padar. More than for the song, the media attention on the Estonian delegation was for the fact that Gerli's brother, Tanel Padar, had won the Eurovision Song Contest a few years before. In a number of interviews and press conferences, Gerli was asked to comment on the matter. On the night of the semi-final of the contest the song was performed 23rd. At the close of the voting it had received 33 points, placing 22nd of 28 countries competing, failing to pass to the final. Gerli Padar was supported on stage by two backing singers Johanna Münter and Mirjam Mesak, three male dancers with whom Gerli danced throughout the song; the song was succeeded as Estonian representative at the 2008 contest by Kreisiraadio with "Leto svet"
Neiokõsõ is an Estonian group who represented their country in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 with the song "Tii" and came 11th in the Semi-Final with 57 points. The song was sung in the Võro language, spoken in South-Eastern Estonia
Dave Benton is a pop musician from Aruba who lives in Estonia. He is one of the 2001 winners of the Eurovision Song Contest. At the age of 50 years and 101 days at the time of his victory, Benton is the oldest singer to win Eurovision. Born Efrén Eugene Benita in 1951 on the Caribbean island of Aruba, he went to local schools, he was fluent in English and Papiamento, the creole language of the island. He had a daughter. In his 20s, he moved to the United States; as a drummer and a backing vocalist, he worked with The Drifters, Tom Jones, Billy Ocean, José Feliciano and The Platters. While living in the Netherlands in the 1980s, he met his future wife Maris, an Estonian, on a cruise ship, they settled in Estonia in 1997 and have two daughters and Lisa. Benton has had a varied musical career in Northern European countries, he speaks eight languages: English, Papiamento, French, German and Estonian. He performed in the German production of the musical City Lights, after which he was asked to replace Engelbert Humperdinck on his Australian tour.
Benton has released and produced quite a few albums one of which in his native tongue, Papiamento. He has had more of a career as a performing artist. In 2001 he performed with budding Estonian rock singer Tanel Padar and boyband 2XL to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 with their song "Everybody". Benton was a contestant at the 1981 OTI Festival held in Mexico City, he finished in 20th place at this contest. Benton won the Eurovision Song Contest for Estonia. In 2010, Benton participated as a celebrity contestant on the fourth season of Tantsud tähtedega, an Estonian version of Dancing with the Stars, his professional dancing partner was Valeria Fetissova. He is a grandfather, his oldest daughter Nathaly, from his first marriage, has a girl called Tanisia. Dave Benton at Yahoo! Music Dave Benton at Estonian Bands Database Dave Benton on IMDb Aruba-born Dave Benton Joins with Tanel Padar for Top 2001 Eurovision Honors, Caribia Digest Dave Benton:'I was asked in Estonia and Finland' Estonians record previews, Dave Benton is back!, Eurovision TV
Reality television is a genre of television programming that documents purportedly unscripted real-life situations starring unknown individuals rather than professional actors. Reality television came to prominence in the late 1990s and early 2000s with the global successes of the series Survivor and Big Brother, all of which became global franchises. Reality television shows tend to be interspersed with "confessionals", short interview segments in which cast members reflect on or provide context for the events being depicted on-screen. Competition-based reality shows feature gradual elimination of participants, either by a panel of judges or by the viewership of the show. Documentaries, television news, sports television, talk shows, traditional game shows are not classified as reality television; some genres of television programming that predate the reality television boom are retroactively labeled reality television, including hidden camera shows, talent-search shows, documentary series about ordinary people, high-concept game shows, home improvement shows, court shows featuring real-life cases.
Reality television has faced significant criticism since its rise in popularity. Critics argue reality television shows do not reflect reality, in ways both implicit, deceptive; some have been accused of underdog to win. Other criticisms of reality television shows include that they are intended to humiliate or exploit participants. Television formats portraying ordinary people in unscripted situations are as old as the television medium itself. Producer-host Allen Funt's Candid Camera, in which unsuspecting people were confronted with funny, unusual situations and filmed with hidden cameras, first aired in 1948, is seen as a prototype of reality television programming. Precedents for television that portrayed people in unscripted situations began in the late 1940s. Queen for a Day was an early example of reality-based television; the 1946 television game show Carry sometimes featured contestants performing stunts. Debuting in 1948, Allen Funt's hidden camera show Candid Camera broadcast unsuspecting ordinary people reacting to pranks.
In 1948, talent search shows Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour and Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts featured amateur competitors and audience voting. In the 1950s, game shows Beat the Clock and Truth or Consequences involved contestants in wacky competitions and practical jokes. Confession was a crime/police show which aired from June 1958 to January 1959, with interviewer Jack Wyatt questioning criminals from assorted backgrounds; the radio series Nightwatch tape-recorded the daily activities of Culver City, California police officers. The series You Asked for It incorporated audience involvement by basing episodes around requests sent in by postcard from viewers. "You're Another", a science fiction short story by American writer Damon Knight, first appeared in the June 1955 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and contains the earliest fictional depiction of what is now called reality television. First broadcast in the United Kingdom in 1964, the Granada Television documentary Seven Up!, broadcast interviews with a dozen ordinary 7-year-olds from a broad cross-section of society and inquired about their reactions to everyday life.
Every seven years, a film documented the life of the same individuals during the intervening period, titled the Up Series, episodes include "7 Plus Seven", "21 Up", etc.. The program was structured as a series of interviews with no element of plot. However, it did have the then-new effect of turning ordinary people into celebrities; the first reality show in the modern sense may have been the series The American Sportsman, which ran from 1965 to 1986 on ABC in the United States. A typical episode featured one or more celebrities, sometimes their family members, being accompanied by a camera crew on an outdoor adventure, such as hunting, hiking, scuba diving, rock climbing, wildlife photography, horseback riding, race car driving, the like, with most of the resulting action and dialogue being unscripted, except for the narration. In the 1966 Direct Cinema film Chelsea Girls, Andy Warhol filmed various acquaintances with no direction given; the 12-part 1973 PBS series An American Family showed a nuclear family going through a divorce.
In 1974 a counterpart program, The Family, was made in the UK, following the working class Wilkins family of Reading. Other forerunners of modern reality television were the 1970s productions of Chuck Barris: The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, The Gong Show, all of which featured participants who were eager to sacrifice some of their privacy and dignity in a televised competition; the 1976-1980 BBC series The Big Time showed, in each of its 15 episodes, a different amateur in some field trying to succeed professionally in that field, with help from notable experts. The series is credited with starting the career of Sheena Easton, selected to appear in the episode showing an aspiring pop singer trying to enter the music business. In 1978, Living in the Past recreated life in an
Kerli Kõiv, better known mononymously as Kerli, is an Estonian singer and songwriter. Born in Elva, Kerli entered multiple singing competitions before being signed to Island Records in 2006 by LA Reid. In 2007, she released her debut self-titled extended play and in 2008, released her debut studio album, Love Is Dead, which charted on the Billboard 200; the lead single from the album, "Walking on Air," charted in many countries and was featured as the iTunes Store's Single of the Week where it was downloaded over 500,000 times, a record at that time. In the years following, Kerli was featured on Almost Alice with the song "Tea Party" and she began to abandon her alternative rock sound and started to adopt a more electronic and dance-influenced sound, as can be heard in her 2010 single "Army of Love". Following the release of Love Is Dead, Kerli began production on a second studio album which became her second extended play Utopia, released in early 2013, where it became Kerli's second release to chart on the Billboard 200.
Two promotional singles from the EP, "Army of Love" and "Zero Gravity", were released prior to the release of the album's first official single, "The Lucky Ones". All three songs entered the top ten of Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart. Two songs which were co-written by Kerli for Utopia — "Skyscraper" and "I Feel Immortal" — were recorded by artists Demi Lovato and Tarja Turunen, respectively. Kerli's version of "I Feel Immortal" was released on Frankenweenie Unleashed!. In 2013, Kerli performed twice on Dancing with the Stars. In November 2013, Kerli signed a record deal with Ultra Music. Kerli Kõiv was born in Elva on February 7, 1987, her mother, Piret Kõiv, was a social worker, her father, Toivo Kõiv, was an auto mechanic. Her parents separated when she was 16. Kerli has stated that when she wrote "Supergirl"—a song about domestic violence written for Utopia—she "put in mother's body, said things that wished that would've said to her dad when was little", her younger sister, Eliisa, is a musician who competed in the third season of Eesti otsib superstaari.
As a child, Kerli studied ballroom dancing for eight years. She was first introduced to music by her kindergarten teacher, who told her mother that Kerli had "nice pitch" and that she was interested in taking her to various singing competitions. At eight years old, Kerli gained an interest in classical music, as there was an absence of music in her early life, she only possessed two cassettes, which were albums of Bonnie Tyler and Phil Collins, she began writing stories, mini books, poems at the age of 10 to escape from her "abusive" household to an "imaginary world". Despite being discouraged from doing so, Kerli dropped out of school at the age of 16 to pursue her musical career. In 2002, Kerli competed in the singing competition Laulukarussell in the age group category 13–15 and on May 18, won with the song "Bridge over Troubled Water". In 2002, she falsified her age to enter the Baltic song contest Fizz Superstar, as the minimum age was fifteen, she ended up winning the contest, gaining a singing contract to Universal Republic Records by Rob Stevenson.
She was dropped as Stevenson's position at the label changed. Estonian media began to use the term "Kerli Syndrome" as a synonym for "failure". Kerli has stated, that she feels no resentment towards her home country. In a 2008 interview she said the following: Stevenson signed Kerli to his label Stolen Transmission but the label went bankrupt. At the age of 16, Kerli moved to Stockholm where she competed in Melodifestivalen in 2003 but was eliminated in the second semifinals. In 2004, she was the runner-up in that year's Eurolaul – a televised competition that determines the song that will represent Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest – with her song "Beautiful Inside". While in Stockholm for two years, she worked with numerous producers and due to lack of money as the contracts she had gained were unsuccessful, she ate nothing but rice for three months, lived in an abandoned house during winter and slept on a cot. At the age of 18, she moved to the United States where she continued to perform and write songs getting an audition with L.
A. Reid, who signed her to Island Def Jam Music Group in 2006. In 2006, Kerli worked with producer and mixer David Maurice on an autobiographical set of songs, the first set of which were released on a self-titled EP in 2007, she released her debut album, titled Love Is Dead on July 8, 2008, following her debut single "Walking on Air" and "Creepshow", a promotional single. "Creepshow" was featured in the TV series Fringe, The City, as well as in the video game Burnout Paradise. The music video for the song "Love Is Dead" was released on February 29, 2008 and the music video for "Walking on Air" premiered on MTV Overdrive on May 20, 2008. "Walking on Air" was downloaded 550,000 times when it was featured as iTunes' "Single of the Week", a record at the time. The song appeared twice on So You Think You Can Dance? as well in an advertisement for Fringe. Love Is Dead charted at number 126 on the Billboard 200 for the week of July 26. In 2008, she was selected to perform a song titled "When Nobody Loves You" for the video game 007: Quantum of Solace, as well as the song "Bulletproof" on the official soundtrack of Punisher: War Zone.
In 2009, Kerli performed at the Estonian music festival Õllesummer in Tallinn. On September 10, 2009 Island Def Jam announced Kerli's iPhone application and the first song, S
Through My Window
"Through My Window" was the Estonian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, performed in English by Sandra Oxenryd. As Estonia had not qualified for the final in their previous appearance, the song was performed in the semi-final. Here, it was performed twenty-first. At the close of voting, it had received 28 points, placing 18th in a field of 23 - missing the final and forcing Estonia to qualify through the semi-final at their next appearance. On stage with Sandra Oxenryd, there were 3 backing singers from Sweden, Estonians Dagmar Oja and Jelena Juzvik. Following the Contest, the song was covered by South African boy band Hi-5 as Daai Liedje