Run Away (SunStroke Project and Olia Tira song)
"Run Away" is a song performed by SunStroke Project and Olia Tira, represented Moldova at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in May 2010 in Oslo, Norway. The song won the final of the O melodie pentru Europa 2010, it gained the maximum number of points from the televotes. In the contest, it was performed first on the night of the first semi-final, preceding Russia's Lost and Forgotten and passed to the final; the inspiration for the "Epic Jazz Jive" came from observing ducks, waddling through sand, on the beach. After the contest, "Run Away" would become the subject of a major internet meme surrounding the saxophone solos performed by saxophonist Sergey Stepanov who, in a phenomenon similar to Rickrolling and Trololo, was dubbed the "Epic Sax Guy" in videos on YouTube; this song is used more as background music of video gaming "Best moments" videos. The rules of the contest prohibited musical instruments being played on stage, meaning Stepanov was not playing the saxophone at all, but rather synchronising movements with a prerecorded track.
Official music video – YouTube 10 hours of Epic Sax Guy
Eurovision Song Contest 2012
The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was the 57th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Baku, following Ell & Nikki's win at the 2011 contest in Düsseldorf, Germany with the song "Running Scared" — marking the first time that the country had won the contest; the contest was held at the newly constructed Baku Crystal Hall, with semi-finals held on 22 and 24 May 2012, followed by the final held on 26 May 2012. Forty-two countries competed in the contest — one less than the record number of 43 set at the previous contest, with Montenegro returning for the first time since 2009, the withdrawal of Armenia due to security concerns in relation to the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan, Poland due to financial concerns; the contest was won by singer Loreen from Sweden with the song "Euphoria" — written by Thomas G:son and Peter Boström, the song scored a total of 372 points. Russia finished with Serbia finishing in third, they were followed by the host country, which reached the 4th place.
Albania finished 5th. Germany and Spain were the three members of the "Big Five" that managed to rank within the top 10, finishing in 8th, 9th and 10th places respectively; the lead-up to the contest was met with political concerns and protests surrounding the host country, including its human rights record and allegations by advocacy groups that Baku was carrying out forced evictions in the construction of the contest's venue, along with objections to the contest's presence by Iranian officials—who felt that the event was anti-Islamic because it was, according to them, a "gay parade". Azerbaijan got the right to host the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest after winning the previous 2011 edition with the song "Running Scared" performed by Ell & Nikki. Baku, the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, as well as the largest city on the Caspian Sea and of the Caucasus region, was named the host city for the contest, with the venue being the Baku Crystal Hall, built a few months prior to the contest on the city's coastline.
Shortly after Azerbaijan's victory at the 2011 edition, officials announced that a new 23,000 seat concert venue was to be built near National Flag Square in Baku, as a potential venue for the event. Three days other venue options were revealed by organisers, such as the 37,000-seat Tofiq Bahramov Stadium and the Heydar Aliyev Sports and Exhibition Complex. On 2 August 2011, Alpine Bau Deutschland AG was awarded the contract to construct the Baku Crystal Hall. Preparations for construction began in the area shortly after the announcement. Though the full cost of the contract was not named, the government allocated 6 million AZN for the construction of the venue. On 8 September 2011, Azad Azerbaijan TV reported that Baku Crystal Hall would be the venue of the contest, but no formal confirmation was made at the time by the EBU. On 31 October 2011, Ismayil Omarov, the director general of Azerbaijani national broadcaster İctimai Television announced that a decision on the venue choice would be taken by the steering committee in January 2012.
On 25 January 2012, it was confirmed. Though the venue had an extended capacity of 23,000 people, only 16,000 people were able to attend each show. Tickets for the contest became available online for purchase on 28 February 2012. In a meeting of the Eurovision Reference Group on 29 June 2011, it was decided that the televoting system would revert the format used most in the 2009 Contest, in which the phone and SMS lines opened for a fifteen-minute window after all songs had been performed, instead of opening before the show starts, the system used between 2010 and 2011; the results format of each show remained the same with each country's votes being decided on a 50:50 split between televoting and a national jury. Each participating country had their own national jury, which consisted of five professional members of the music industry. Under the official rules released on 24 November 2011, the number of participants in the final was raised to 26, including the host nation, the "Big Five", the ten qualifiers from each semi-final.
This was the second time in the Eurovision Song Contest that 26 countries were in the final, the first being the 2003 Contest. The draw that determined the semi-final running order was held on 25 January 2012 at the Buta Palace; the participating countries, excluding the automatic finalists, were split into six pots, based upon how those countries voted in past contests. From these pots, half competed in the first semi-final on 22 May 2012; the other half in that particular pot competed in the second semi-final on 24 May 2012. This draw acted as an approximate running order, in order for the delegations from the countries to know when their rehearsals would commence and determine which semi-final the automatic finalists would be allowed to vote in. 1.^ Armenia withdrew a month and a half after the semi-final allocation draw. The design of the contest was built around the motto "Light your fire!", inspired by the nickname of Azerbaijan itself, "Land of Fire". Each introductory video postcard began with a shot of the artist and performers, followed with the flag and country name in a handwritten font with a background resembling the yellow and red fire of the 2012 theme art.
The postcards consisted of various shots of Azerbaijan, with a caption displaying'Azerbaijan' and underneath'Land of...', which were followed by the name of a town or geographic feature, showing the landscape and culture of the country. Some postca
Eurovision Song Contest 2008
The Eurovision Song Contest 2008 was the 53rd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Belgrade, following Marija Šerifović's win at the 2007 Contest in Helsinki, Finland with the song "Molitva"; this year was the first time. The shows were hosted by Jovana Janković and Željko Joksimović at the Belgrade Arena which had a total capacity of 25,000 seats; the host broadcaster was RTS. After a total of 272 points, Dima Bilan representing Russia was declared the winner, with the song "Believe"; this was Russia’s first win in the contest. Russia came third in the semi-final. Ukraine were runners up for the second year running, with 3rd place going to Greece, 4th to Armenia seeing their best result so far and 5th to Norway. Host of the contest, finished 6th. 2008 saw, for the first time Eurovision.tv streaming national finals live on ESCTV with broadcasters' permission. On 30 January 2008, Eurovision.tv revealed the theme of the Contest: "The Confluence of Sound", inspired by Belgrade's location at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers.
Serbia gained the right to host the Contest after Marija Šerifović won the 2007 Contest in Helsinki, Finland. Since Serbia was the winner of the preceding contest, the 2008 contest was subsequently held there; the Belgrade Arena was chosen as the venue for the contest, is among the largest indoor arenas in Europe, with a total capacity of 25,000 seats. On 14 September 2007, the Mayor of Helsinki handed over the "Eurovision keys" to the Deputy of Belgrade; this ceremony is meant to be a tradition from the 2008 contest and onward, the ring contains a key from every city that has hosted the competition. Due to problems and riots in Belgrade following the unilateral declaration of independence by Kosovo on 17 February 2008, the EBU held a phone conference to decide if the contest should be moved to a different country. Ukraine was considered an option since they came second in Eurovision Song Contest 2007. YLE were another option, as they hosted the previous year's competition in Finland. Greece's Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi offered the EBU to host the contest in Athens, Greece again.
It was decided that the contest would stay in Belgrade, with the EBU giving support. RTS would gain a guarantee of safety and security from the government of Serbia for all visitors and participants of the contest; the delegations of Albania and Israel had special security. RTS ran a competition that led to the creation of the 2008 Contest's branding and the stage; the theme of the Contest was based around the "confluence of sound". This was symbolic as Belgrade lies on the confluence of the Sava and Danube; the logo chosen, a treble clef, formed the graphical basis of the design created by Boris Miljković. The postcards in the first and second semi-final were based around the creation of the flag of the nation, to perform next; each post card had a short story related to its people. During each postcard a short letter was displayed. All were in the national language of the artist's country, with the exception of the Serbian postcard, which consisted of "Welcome to Belgrade" and "Welcome to Serbia" in various languages and the Belgian postcard, written in the constructed language the Belgian group performed in.
The postcards were brought to an end by a stamp with this year's Eurovision logo. According to RTS the stage represented native identities and modern themes and universally recognised messages; the confluence-themed stage contained a large number of television and LCD display screens. The stage had settings for all new electronic possibilities including some movable parts of the stage, it was designed by Chicago-based David Cushing. The first semi-final was created around a city theme; the contest opened with a panorama of the city of Belgrade forming in the stage's background with two waves sliding down the stage to meet in the centre – at the confluence, the overall theme of the contest. The second semi-final was based around the theme of water, enhanced by the look of the stage during the interval act where the water formed the main colours of the stage; the final was based on the theme of the confluence. Construction of the stage lasted several days and was carried out by various teams from across Europe.
Pyrotechnics were used for the entries from Armenia, Finland, Turkey, the Czech Republic and Switzerland. The stage received positive feedback from the media and fans describing it as "one of the best looking stages in the history of the competition". At a press conference in Helsinki in May 2007, Svante Stockselius, executive supervisor of the Contest for the EBU, announced that the competition's format may be expanded to two semi-finals in 2008 or 2009. On 28 September 2007 it was announced that the EBU had approved the plan of hosting two semi-finals in 2008. Based on research conducted by the EBU's tele-voting partner Digame, the semi-finalists were sorted into the two heats through the drawing of lots, seeded to keep countries that have a significant history of voting for each other apart; each broadcaster had to broadcast the semi-final in which they took part, with the broadcasting of the other semi-final being optional. The draw for the semi-final allocation occurred in the Belgrade City Hall on Monday 28 January 2008 at 13:00 CET and was conducted by the hosts of the contest Jovana Janković and Željko Joksimović.
First, two envelopes with'Semi-Final 1' and'Semi-Final 2' were drawn. Three countries from each pot were chosen randomly to take part in the first semi-final
Hora din Moldova
"Hora din Moldova" is a song by Moldovan singer Nelly Ciobanu and was the Moldovan entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, held in Moscow, Russia. The song was composed with lyrics written by Andrei Hadjiu and Aris Kalimeris; the song competed in the second semi-final on 14 May 2009 and qualified for the final, where it finished 14th with 69 points
Natalia Barbu is a Moldovan singer and songwriter. She is best known for representing Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with the song "Fight". Throughout her career, Natalia has worked with a group of musicians called Trigon on an alternative jazz-folk experiment, she writes her own lyrics, composes the music for most of her songs, collaborates on the arrangements with her crew. In 2006, Natalia Barbu signed a three-year contract with Cat Music Records office in Bucharest, her main success has been the release of her single "Îngerul meu" in Romania. The song remained in the Romanian Top 100 for 11 weeks at No.1, was much featured on MTV Romania. On 14 December 2006, Barbu was selected to represent Moldova at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with the song "Fight". At the contest, she qualified from the semi-final on 10 May 2007 and placed 10th in the final on 12 May 2007, scoring 109 points. In 2012, she began collaboration with musical producer Radu Sirbu and songwriter Ana Sirbu under the label Rassada Music.
At the end of the summer Natalia premiered her new track, "I Said It’s Sad", which she says is a major style change for her. The new song reached #1 position in Top 10 Airplay Moldova. In 2012, she released "Iubire Cu Aroma De Cafea", "Confession", which participated at the Romanian national selection for Eurovision Song Contest 2013. In 2011, Barbu married a Romanian millionaire and lives with him in Romania. Între ieri şi azi Zbor De Dor Eurovision Song Contest - Helsinki 2007 Fight - 2007 I Said it's Sad Natalia gave an interview for Wikipedia: listen Natalia Barbu's official page on Youtube Natalia Barbu's personal page on Youtube Official website Interview by Ludmila Mamaliga Natalia Barbu not participating again because of cost
Nelea Ciobanu-Mărgineanu, known professionally as Nelly Ciobanu is a Moldovan singer. Ciobanu graduated from music college of the city of Tiraspol and made her debut on stage in 1993, with her brother as part of duo "Master Dinamit", she represented Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 with the song "Hora din Moldova", placing 14th. Ciobanu is a winner of multiple international competitions: in 1998 won second prize at the festival "Yalta - 98", 1999 "Grand Prix" at the "Discovery" in Bulgaria, the second prize at the festival "Voice of Asia", in 2000 - the first prize at the festival "Slavic Bazaar" in Belarus, the bronze medal of "Delphian Games" in Russia, in 2002, the golden prize of the festival "Spring of April", in 2003 - second prize at the festival "New Wave" in Jūrmala, the Grand Prix of K. Shulzhenko contest, second place in national pre-selection for Eurovision Song Contest 2005, was jury member at "Five Stars. Sings in 11 languages: Romanian, English and Korean, she has toured with many Russian artists and international stars such as Patricia Kaas and Mike Bolton.
On 24 December 2005 her daughter, Mirela Christiana was born. Nelly Ciobanu represented Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, Russia with the song "Hora Din Moldova", written by her and composed by Veaceslav Daniliuc, she ranked 14th with 69 points in the Final. It was announced on 16 January 2012 that Nelly Ciobanu would try to represent Moldova once more, with the song "Turn on the light" Official website
Eurovision Song Contest 2016
The Eurovision Song Contest 2016 was the 61st edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Stockholm, following Måns Zelmerlöw's win at the 2015 contest in Vienna, Austria with the song "Heroes"; this was the third time the contest had taken place in Stockholm, after 1975 and 2000. The contest was held at the Ericsson Globe and consisted of two semi-finals on 10 and 12 May and the final on 14 May 2016, with all three live shows hosted by Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede; the winner of the contest was written and performed by Jamala. This was Ukraine's second win and its first since 2004; this was the first time since the introduction of professional jury voting in 2009 that the overall winner won neither the jury vote, won by Australia, nor the televote, won by Russia, with Ukraine placing second in both. It was the first song with lyrics in Crimean Tatar to win or enter the contest; the win was controversial as, under the old voting system, Australia would have won the competition on only their second attendance.
Forty-two countries participated in the contest. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Ukraine returned after absences from recent contests, while Australia returned after debuting as a special guest in 2015. Portugal withdrew due to their national broadcaster's insufficient promotion of their music-based media, while Romania had planned to participate, but was forced to withdraw due to repeated non-payment of debts by their national broadcaster to the European Broadcasting Union; the contest was the first to implement a voting system change since 1975: each country's professional jury points were announced as before, while the results of each national televote were combined and announced in reverse order. Twenty-six countries competed in the final, the first to be broadcast on live television in the United States; the Czech Republic managed to qualify for the final for the first time in five attempts since its debut in 2007, while both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Greece failed to qualify from the semi-finals for the first time the latter being absent from the final for the first time since 2000.
In the final, Australia finished second, improving on its debut in 2015, while Bulgaria finished fourth, its best result at the time since its debut and first participation in a final since 2007. Justin Timberlake performed during the interval act of the final. A record-breaking 204 million viewers worldwide watched the contest, beating the 2015 viewing figures by over 5 million; the contest took place in the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, following Sweden's victory at the 2015 contest in Vienna with the song "Heroes", performed by Måns Zelmerlöw. The Ericsson Globe has a capacity of 16,000 attendees, this was the second time the contest has been staged at the venue, after the Eurovision Song Contest 2000. Host broadcaster Sveriges Television announced on 24 May, the day after winning the 2015 contest, that the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm was their first choice venue. However, other cities and arenas were invited to apply, those making a bid had three weeks to submit their offer to SVT. SVT announced on 1 June the conditions under which cities and venues could announce their interest in hosting the contest: SVT had to have access to the venue at least 4–6 weeks before the contest to build the stage and rig up lighting and technology.
A press centre with a specific size had to be made available at the venue. A specific number of hotels and hotel rooms had to be made available in the vicinity of the venue; the host city had to be near a major airport. An announcement regarding the venue was expected from SVT by midsummer, with the Ericsson Globe announced as the venue on 8 July. Key Host venue The preliminary dates for the contest were announced on 16 March 2015 at a meeting of Heads of Delegation in Vienna, with the semi-finals took place on 10 and 12 May and the final on 14 May 2016; these were subject to change depending on SVT, but were confirmed when Stockholm was announced as the host city. Discussions were held in 2014 between the EBU and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union regarding the inclusion of a guest performance from the ABU TV Song Festival at the contest; the EBU confirmed on 16 July 2015 that they are looking into the possibility of the proposal, discussed at the ABU General Assembly in 2014. SVT proposed a change of start time of the contest from 21:00 CEST to 20:00 CEST on 9 September, arguing that such a change would help to promote family viewing of the contest in eastern Europe when it would run late into the night.
However, the EBU published the public rules of the contest on 28 October, which stated that the start time would remain at 21:00 CEST. The EBU announced on 23 September that rather than using clips from their respective music videos, extended clips from the dress rehearsals of the six acts who qualified directly to the final would be shown as previews during the semi-final in which they were allocated to vote; the core team for the contest was announced by the EBU on 26 October. Johan Bernhagen and Martin Österdahl were Executive Producers, while Tobias Åberg was Head of Production; the three live shows were directed by Sven Stojanović and the contest was produced by Christer Björkman. The EBU announced on 18 February 2016 that a new voting system would be implemented at the contest for the first time since 1975; the new system, inspired by the voting system of Melodifestivalen, involves each country now awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting.
Televoting votes from all the countries are pooled. After viewers have cast their votes, the