Max Jason Mai
Max J. Mai is a Slovak musician and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist and frontman of the hard rock/pop rock band Terrapie and alternative/metalcore band MAXJMAI. Max was raised in Košice, where he played with several music groups, he began his music career in 2004 as the singer and rhythm guitarist of the pop rock-jazz band Skivers. He played in heavy metal/trash metal band Blackened. In 2009 he achieved success in Czechoslovak Idol. In 2010 he toured the Czech Republic and Slovakia with his band Terrapie, releasing three studio albums - Čo sa týka lásky, mirosmajda.com and Terrapie, achieving success in "Zebrik Music Awards" - and winning 3 awards from 4 nominations in the categories of newcomer of the year, record of the year and song of the year. In 2012 Max founded a new band named Max Jason Mai / MAXJMAI using his childhood PC gaming nickname "MaxJMai" and participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 for Slovakia with single "Don't Close Your Eyes", where he finished 18th in the semi final with 22 points, thus failing to qualify for the grand final.
In the end of 2015 he released. Max is influenced by a wide range of artists of several genres, his earliest influence was Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, the first album he owned when he was only 8 years old was Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzmosis, one of his earliest inspirations as a singer. Additional influences include Whitesnake, Guns N' Roses, System Of A Down, Alice In Chains and Alter Bridge. Max's favorite singers include David Coverdale, Robert Plant, Serj Tankian, Myles Kennedy, Rob Halford, Chris Cornell and Axl Rose, he fuses together his favourite elements of rock and soul singers into his own singing style based on emotion. He has a four octave vocal range. Max resides in Prague, Czech Republic, he is known for being a supporter of animal rights campaigns. Čo sa týka lásky mirosmajda.com Terrapie Don't close your eyes Rising Angels White Black Official website Official website
Eurovision Song Contest 2010
The Eurovision Song Contest 2010 was the 55th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Oslo, following Alexander Rybak's win at the 2009 contest in Moscow, Russia with the song "Fairytale", it was the third time Norway had hosted the contest, having done so in 1986 and 1996. The contest was broadcast from the Telenor Arena in Greater Oslo, Norway; the 2010 winner was Germany with Lena singing "Satellite", written by American Julie Frost and Denmark's John Gordon. It was Germany's first win in twenty-eight years, its second since the Contest's inception, its first win as a unified country, it was the first time a "Big Four" country won the contest since the rule's introduction in 2000. The semi-finals took place on 25 and 27 May 2010 while the final took place on 29 May 2010; the European Broadcasting Union announced that the voting system used in the semi-finals would change from previous years to balance jury voting with televoting. A return of accompaniment by orchestra was proposed, but did not happen.
Thirty-nine countries took part in the contest, with Georgia returning after a one-year hiatus, Andorra, the Czech Republic and Montenegro withdrawing. Lithuania announced its withdrawal from the competition, but was among the 39 participants confirmed by the EBU. A global financial crisis affected. Notably it was the first time since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004 that Sweden failed to qualify for the final; the last time Sweden was absent from the Eurovision final was in 1976. 150 million Norwegian kroner was the venue budget agreed upon by Trond Giske and Hans-Tore Bjerkaas the Norwegian Minister for Culture and the head of Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. This represents a larger budget than that allotted in the 2007 Contest in Helsinki, but is not as much as the budget in Moscow for 2009; the revised estimated cost for the concert now stands at 211 million kroner. At a press conference in Oslo on 27 May 2009, it was announced that the show was to be held in the Oslo metropolitan area.
NRK argued that Oslo was the only city with the required capacity and infrastructure to hold the show. On 3 July 2009, it was decided that the venue would be the newly constructed Telenor Arena, in the municipality of Bærum neighbouring Oslo; the Oslo Spektrum was ruled out to host the contest due to its smaller size and capacity as was Valhall in Oslo and the Hamar Vikingskipet. NRK announced the theme art and design for the Contest on 4 December 2009, during the Host City Insignia Exchange between the Mayors of Moscow, Oslo and Bærum, marking the official kick-off of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 season; the theme art, a series of intersecting circles, was selected to "represent gathering people and the diversity of emotions surrounding the Eurovision Song Contest." In addition to the base colour of white, the logo was created in black and pink. A preview of the stage design was released on 6 May 2010, featuring no LED screens, opting instead for various other lighting techniques. Unlike the 2009 and the 2008 postcards, the 2010 postcards were based in simplicity but included an innovative idea, they are shown like they could be seen right in the venue, over the crowd's heads.
The basic synopsis of the postcards is a numerous group of little golden balls forms the shape of each country. They move and form a screen where we can see a pre-recorded video of a little crowd from in a city of the country about to perform supporting and cheering their act. After that, a few seconds of the performer of the country getting ready in the stage are shown. In the part of the shape of the country, there were little discrepancies: some countries' shapes, such as those for Serbia, Israel and Azerbaijan, were not shown, due to territorial or border disputes in those areas. NRK announced the hosts of the contest on 10 March 2010; those chosen were Erik Solbakken, Haddy Jatou N'jie, Nadia Hasnaoui. Solbakken and N'jie opened the three shows, introduced the artists, reported from the green room during the voting, with Hasnaoui presenting the voting section and scoreboard announcements; this was the second Eurovision Family of Events that Hasnaoui had co-hosted, after doing so at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2004, in Lillehammer.
This was the second time. On 11 October 2009 the European Broadcasting Union announced that the format of the semi-finals was to be changed so that the results would be determined by a combination of 50% national jury and 50% televoting, making it more consistent with the final; each country's votes were determined by combining the televoting results. This replaces the semi-final format used in the 2008 and 2009 contests in which the countries with the top nine highest points from the televoting results in each semi-final qualified for the final; the tenth semi-final place was given to the country with the highest number of points from the jury's votes which had not qualified for the final from the televoting results. On 26 October 2009 the EBU announced that the voting would be open throughout the competition and would conclude 15 minutes after the end of the last song. A number of fans began a campaign
Eurovision Song Contest 2014
The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 was the 59th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Copenhagen, following Emmelie de Forest's win at the 2013 contest in Malmö, Sweden with the song "Only Teardrops"; this was the third time that Denmark hosted the contest, the most recent previous occasion being in 2001. The two semi-finals took place on 6 and 8 May 2014, the final on 10 May 2014; the shows were presented by Nikolaj Koppel and Pilou Asbæk. The show organisers from Copenhagen all in all spent 112 million Danish kroner on the contest; the host broadcaster, DR, chose the B&W Hallerne as the host venue after considering several bids from cities and venues across Denmark. Thirty-seven countries participated. Overall, there were two fewer countries competing compared to the previous year, making thirty-seven participants, the smallest number since 2006. Bulgaria, Croatia and Serbia announced their withdrawal from the 2014 Contest. San Marino and Montenegro both qualified for the final for the first time.
The winner was Conchita Wurst with the song "Rise Like a Phoenix", written by Charley Mason, Joey Patulka, Ali Zuckowski, Julian Maas for Austria. This was Austria's first win in the competition since 1966. Jokes made about Wurst had sparked controversy, whilst Russia were booed several times during the contest. Netherlands and Sweden finished second and third with the former achieving their best result since their victory in the 1975 Contest. Armenia finished fourth, which equals their best result to date, while Hungary finished fifth, achieving its best result since its fourth place in 1994. Of the "Big Five", only Ruth Lorenzo of Spain achieved a place in the top ten, while Italy got its worst result ending at 21st place. A new record of 195 million viewers for the Eurovision Song Contest was reported; the official compilation album of the 2014 Contest was released by Universal Music Group on 14 April 2014, featured all 37 songs from the contest, including the official #JoinUs theme performed during the interval act of the grand final.
The host broadcaster, DR, the EBU won the International TV Award at the Ondas Awards for their production of the contest. On 2 September 2013, Danish public broadcaster DR announced that it had chosen Copenhagen as the host city for the 2014 contest; the contest was held at the former shipyard Refshaleøen, in the B&W Hallerne, with the social networking hashtag "#JoinUs" as the motto. The location had been refurbished to accommodate the event, with the surrounding area transformed into "Eurovision Island"—an Olympic Park-inspired complex housing the event venue, press centre, other amenities; the mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, declared in late August that the city would contribute to the budget with 40 million. He announced that the aim was to make the Eurovision 2014 into the greenest contest to date since Copenhagen had been elected European Green Capital for 2014. Five cities had been considered as host city of the contest, including Herning and Copenhagen, both favourites to be the next host.
The Parken Stadium, located in Copenhagen, which hosted the 2001 contest and Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, which hosted the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2013 final, were the first venues to join the bidding phase. Fredericia and Aalborg entered the phase with the Messe C and Gigantium venues, respectively; the fifth city to join the phase was Horsens, with the venue being the courtyard of the former Horsens State Prison. In the event that Horsens had been chosen to host the contest, the courtyard would have been covered by a permanent glass roof; the contest was provisionally set to take place on 13, 15 and 17 May 2014, the dates were brought forward a week in order to accommodate the candidate cities. On 17 June 2013, the municipality executive of Aalborg decided not to bid for hosting the contest due to the city's lack of sufficient hotel capacity. While DR required the host city to have at least 3,000 hotel rooms, the city of Aalborg had only 1,600 hotel rooms, more than half of, booked for other events taking place at the same time as the Eurovision Song Contest.
On 18 June 2013, DR announced that formal bids on hosting the contest had been received by the municipalities of Copenhagen and Horsens, that the Municipality of Fredericia had confirmed its intention to place a formal bid, too. On 19 June 2013, the deadline for placing bids on hosting the contest, it was reported that Wonderful Copenhagen, the official convention and visitors bureau of the Greater Copenhagen area, had proposed three different venues in its bid on hosting the contest: The Parken Stadium, a large tent on the grounds of DR Byen and the B&W Hallerne. On 25 June 2013, the Municipality of Fredericia announced that the Triangle Region had withdrawn its bid on hosting the contest, due to the lack of a suitable venue. DR required the hosting venue to have no pillars blocking any views and an interior height of at least 16 metres. However, no venues in the region met those requirements and, Fredericia was no longer in the running for becoming host city of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.
On 28 June 2013, Anders Hørsholt, CEO of Parken Sport & Entertainment, stated that the Parken Stadium was no longer in the running for hosting the contest due to several football matches having been scheduled to take place at the stadium in the weeks leading up to the contest. Key Host venue The competition consisted of two semi-finals and a final, a format, in use since 2008
Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Poland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 21 times since its debut in 1994. Although Poland did not become a member of the European Broadcasting Union until 1993, earlier contests had been broadcast on Telewizja Polska, the Polish broadcaster. Poland's debut in the contest in 1994 remains its most successful entry, with Edyta Górniak finishing second; this remains Poland's only top five result in the contest. The country reached the top ten for the second time with Ich Troje finishing seventh in 2003. Poland failed to qualify from the semi-finals in six out of seven years between 2005 and 2011, before withdrawing from the contest in 2012 and 2013. Since returning in 2014, Poland had qualified for the final for four consecutive years, achieving a third top ten finish in 2016, with Michał Szpak finishing eighth; the country failed to qualify for the final for the seventh time in 2018. The first performance by Poland was at the 1994 contest: Edyta Górniak's song was by far the most successful for Poland to date, receiving 166 points and placing second.
Poland was disqualified that year though. Six national delegations formally petitioned for Poland to be disqualified; the Polish entry for the 1995 contest was again selected through internally was Justyna Steczkowska with "Sama". Steczkowska could not replicate Górniak's 2nd place, placing 18th; the 1996 entry was Kasia Kowalska with "Chcę znać swój grzech...". Song was placing 15th with 31 points. Poland competed in the 1997 competition with the song "Ale jestem", was the first uptempo Polish entry, performed by Anna Maria Jopek. At the close of voting, it had received 54 points, placing 11th in a field of 25. In 1998 Poland was represented by band Sixteen they performed the song "To Takie Proste" in the final of the competition, finishing 17th of 25 entrants. in 1999 Mietek Szcześniak represented Poland with the song "Przytul mnie mocno",he was the first man who represented his country. He placed 18th with 17 points. Poland returned to Eurovision following an enforced one-year absence 2002. For the 2003 contest Poland organized its first public selection for Eurovision entry.
This placing allowed Poland to skip the semi-final of the 2004 contest, automatically qualifying for the final. The Polish entry for the 2004 contest was again selected through National Final, the winner of Krajowe Eliminacje was Blue Café with "Love Song". Group could not replicate Ich Troje's 7th place, placing 17th. In 2005 TVP went back to an internal selection, picking "Czarna dziewczyna", a multilingual song performed in Polish and Russian. Poland competed first time at the semi-final; the song just missed out on a place in the final, coming 11th in the semi-final with 81 points only 4-point behind Latvia. Poland's 2006 entry with the comeback of the public vote on TVP, Ich Troje were chosen again in 2006 with song "Follow My Heart", but could not repeat their 7th place from 2003 failed to qualify for the final, coming 11th with 70 points in the semi-final only 5-point behind Macedonia. Poland's 2007 entry, "Time To Party", sung by The Jet Set, only finished 14th in the semi-final. Poland's only appearance in the final between 2005 and 2011, was in 2008.
Its song placed a lowly 24th. In the 2009, Poland selected Lidia Kopania and her song "I Don't Wanna Leave" performed in the second semi-final on 14 May 2009, however she failed to qualify finished 12th with 43 points; the 2010 entry for Poland was Marcin Mroziński with song "Legenda", country performed in the first semi-final on 25 May 2010 but he didn't qualify for the final, finishing 13th with 44 points. In 2011, Poland was represented by Magdalena Tul, the country's entry was sung in Polish, her song was called "Jestem", translated as "I'm", although a favorite with bookmakers, "Jestem" failed to qualify finished last 19th with 18 points in the first semi-final. This is the worst Polish result to date. Members of the Polish OGAE have said at their annual convention that they would like Edyta Górniak to represent Poland for a second time. For years it was unknown if Górniak would enter Eurovision again, until when in 2016 she made a second attempt at representing her country in the contest, placing third in the national final.
In December 2011, it was announced that Poland would not compete at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku. The Polish broadcaster stated that having to organize the European Football Championship 2012 was a major factor in their withdrawal. TVP informed esctoday.com that their decision to abstain does not hamper their chances of being back in 2013, thus leaving the door open for a return. However, Poland confirmed on 22 November 2012, that it will not be participating in 2013. TVP, the Polish national broadcaster has confirmed on 5 December 2013 that Poland will return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014. On 25 February, it was announced that Donatan and Cleo would represent Poland with their song "My Słowianie", they qualified for the final placing 8th with 70 points, making it only the second time Poland has qualified for the final since 2008. Donatan and Cleo performed 9th in the final and ended up placing 14th out of 26 w
Eurovision Young Dancers 2015
The Eurovision Young Dancers 2015 was the fourteenth edition of the Eurovision Young Dancers competition. The final was held in the New Theatre in Plzeň, Czech Republic on 19 June 2015; this was the first time that the Czech national broadcaster, Česká televize, had organised a Eurovision event. The event is aimed at young dancers aged between 16 and 21, competing in modern dances, be it solo or in couples, as long as they were not professionally engaged. Ten countries participated in the 2015 contest. Viktoria Nowak of Poland won the contest, with Staša Tušar of Slovenia placing second. On 24 April 2014, the Czech city of Plzeň, was selected as the host city for the 2015 edition of the biennial Eurovision Young Dancers; the reasons behind this decision was to coincide the Young Dancers event alongside the European Capital of Culture, of which the city were organisers of a series of cultural events with a strong European dimension. In November 2014, it was announced that the host broadcaster for the Czech Republic, Česká televize, had selected the New Theatre as the venue for the contest.
The building first opened on 1 September 2014, showcasing a performance of Bedřich Smetana's The Bartered Bride, has "state of the art" technology for a theatre of its kind. The 2015 Eurovision Young Dancers took place on 19 June 2015; the format consisted of dancers who were non-professional and between the ages of 16–21, competing in a performance of dance routines of their choice, which they had prepared in advance of the competition. All of the acts took part in a choreographed group dance during'Young Dancers Week'. On 10 March 2015, host broadcaster ČT, announced that Libor Bouček had been chosen to host the 2015 edition. Bouček, a well-known television presenter, speaks fluent Czech and English, has experience with hosting live events, with his most recent being the 2014 European Athletics Championships. Česká televize, stated that his repertoire is why they decided to choose him to host the contest. Jury members of a professional aspect and representing the elements of ballet and modern dancing styles, score each of the competing individual and group dance routines.
Once all the jury votes had been counted, the two participants which received the highest total of points progress to a final round. The final round consisted of a 90-second'dual', were each of the finalists performed a 45-second random dance-off routine; the overall winner upon completion of the final dances was chosen by the professional jury members. The jury members were as follows: Canada – Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Landé Czech Republic – Jiří Bubeníček Spain – Zenaida Yanowsky The contest was limited to a maximum of fourteen countries, only ten countries had confirmed their participation. Ten countries have confirmed their participation in the 2015 contest; the following countries, listed in order of broadcasting dates, have confirmed that they will broadcast the contest. For a country to be eligible for potential participation in the Eurovision Young Dancers, it must be member of the European Broadcasting Union; the EBU issued an invitation of participation for the 2015 Contest to all 56 active members.
Ten countries had confirmed their participation, whilst the following list of countries declined stating their reasons as shown below. Armenia – On 30 January 2015, the Armenian broadcaster Public Television of Armenia announced that they would withdraw from the competition. Armenia last competed at the Eurovision Young Dancers 2013 event. Belarus – On 26 February 2015, the Belarusian broadcaster Belarusian Television and Radio Company announced that they would withdraw from the event, after last competing at the 2013 event. Belgium – The Flemish broadcaster Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie announced on 3 December 2014 that they had no plans to return in 2015. Belgium last took part in 2005. Croatia – The Croatian broadcaster Croatian Radiotelevision, who last participated at the Eurovision Young Dancers 2011, announced on 30 January 2015 that they would not take part in the 2015 event. Cyprus – The Cypriot broadcaster Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation announced on 5 December 2014 that a decision on participation had yet to be taken, making a return to the 2015 event possible.
The island country, who last participated at the Eurovision Young Dancers 2005, did not make their return in the end. Finland – The Finnish broadcaster Yleisradio announced on 10 December 2014 that they were unable to take part in the 2015 event. Finland last took part in 2005. Ireland – On 28 November 2014, the Irish broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann announced that they had no plans to return to the event in 2015, after last taking part in 2001. Latvia – On 5 March 2015, the Latvian broadcaster Latvijas Televīzija announced that they would not take part in the 2015 event. Latvia last participated at the 2005 Young Dancers event. Ukraine – On 19 February 2015 it was confirmed that the Ukrainian broadcaster National Television Company of Ukraine, who last took part at the 2013 Eurovision Young Dancers, hadn't made any decisions on participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 and Eurovision Young Dancers 2015 due to their current financial and political situations and their focus on the creation of a public service broadcaster.
United Kingdom – On 2 October 2014 the British Broadcasting Corporation annou
I'm Still Alive (TWiiNS song)
"I'm Still Alive" is a song written by songwriter/producer Bryan Todd for Slovak sister duo TWiiNS. They represented Slovakia on the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf; the song premiered on the 2011 Slovak Miss Universe competition. It is the first Slovak entry not to be performed in Slovak