Etzia competing to represent Sweden at EuroVision 2017

Source: SVT

Etzia in Melodifestivalen 2017: Want to help other women

On Saturday it’s time for debutant Etzia to take the stage in Malmö Arena with the song “Up”. The song is an energetic and full motion and Etzia want with it spread joy and warmth in February cold. But her participation also means a lot to her in her efforts to help other women get around in the music industry.

Etzia has a cheerful number with lots of dancing. But her contribution also stands for something much bigger and more important. Etzia has for several years been working to help other girls in the music industry through the organization Femtastic. The organization is a music network that works to highlight the girls in hip hop and urban music culture and to try to even out the difference between men and women.

Male-dominated industry

– The goal is to promote the live scene to make it 50-50 between men and women and giving women the confidence to take on more in all artistic disciplines, says Etzia.

Etzia explains how the music industry and particularly in just hip hop and urban music is male dominated and it can be difficult for women to take place. Even in Melodifestivalen Etzia mean that there have not been many women who have come forward as a songwriter but more and more people take for themselves.

– It’s only a matter of time. It is time now, says Etzia about the change.

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Arabella Kiesbauer Hosts the 60th Eurovision tonight from Vienna

Hosts in 2015

It’s Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer to guide Europe through the 60th edition. And yes, the Green Room host will be Conchita Wurst!

This year, ORF has decided to pick three hosts, who are all well respected and with huge experience in hosting huge events – Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer.

Arabella Keisbau

Arabella Kiesbauer’s career started already in the 1980s at ORF before she moved to host her own talk show in Germany for 10 years and significantly influenced the TV landscape there. She returned to ORF in 2002 to lead the talent show Star Mania. Since 2008 she has been an ambassador for integration in the team of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Integration. In 2013 she was honoured for the commitment to tolerance and against racism with the Golden Medal of the Republic of Austria.


Cheering for Mary N’diaye in the 1st round of the Swedish Song Contest

I’ll admit that when I first moved to Europe I thought the EuroVision Song Contest was a bit strange. I didn’t understand the voting or why Israel was a competing country.

While I still don’t understand the voting nor took the time to learn why Israel competes here (who cares, really) I look forward to the yearly competition. And after I moved to Sweden it became a tradition to watch at least the 1st and last nights of the Melodiefestivalen with friends. It’s the Melodiefestivalen, Swedish Song Contest, which decides who will represent Sweden at Eurovision.

Last year Sweden won Eurovision again with Loreen’s Euphoria which means all eyes in Europe will be on Malmö, Sweden this year when we host Eurovision. One thing I like about Eurovision is the opportunity it provides for the host countries to showcase themselves. Will be interesting to see how Sweden does this. I’m sure they will include the indigenous Sami people award-winning writer Lola Akinmade Åkerström written about.

Performers in the 1st round of Melodiefestivalen
Performers in the 1st round of Melodiefestivalen

This year I’m rooting for fellow Maishagalen award winner Mary N’diaye. She’s super talented and cute as a button and very likable.

Melodiefestivalen facts about Mary:

Mary N’Diaye – Gosa

Songwriters: John Åsgärde, Mattias Frändå and Mary N’Diaye

Mary N’Diaye makes her debut in the Melodiefestivalen (Swedis Song Contest) with a song that was written specifically with the purpose to be in the contest.

“I thought a lot about what a feeling it was I wanted to convey with the song, and it is a joy,” she says.

Above you can see Mary N ‘Diaye’s music video “Big Dreamer”.
In 2012 Mary participated in the talent program The Voice, where she made it to the semifinals, and she has also managed a career in Africa and has been opening for Akon.

I wanted to write a song that shows who I am as an artist and want to leave an impression with the audience. I want them to be happy when they have seen my number, she said.

Last year’s Eurovision Song Contest was a great inspiration for Mary.

The artists could do their thing in full. It’s almost unlimited what you might have for clothes and the dancers and the camera angles and the audience, so I felt that I want to do.

Fact: Mary N’Diaye
• Occupation: Artist.
• Residence: Stockholm.
• Grew up: Stockholm.
• Melodifestivalen Routine: Competing for the first time.

Good luck Mary N’diaye!

Loreen won Melodifestivalen 2012 with the song “Euphoria” – will represent Sweden at Eurovision

Lorine Zineb Noka Talhaoui, better known by his stage name Loreen (previously Lorén), born October 16, 1983 in Stockholm, is a Swedish Idol Participant, singer and producer of Moroccan-berbiskt descent. In 2004 she participated in Idol 2004, where she finished fourth. In 2011 she participated in Melodifestivalen 2011 with the song “My Heart is Refusing Me” but went no further than second chance.

Loreen won Melodifestivalen 2012 with the song “Euphoria”. She moved on from the first race in Växjö and went straight to the Final on 10 March 2012. There, she finished in first place and therefore will represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Glennis Grace, Dutch Diva

Eurovision Biography

‘Amazing Grace’ has certainly risen to the occasion since her triumph in the Dutch finals of the National Song Contest 2005 with her energetic power ballad ‘My Impossible Dream’. (Her song scored a unanimous 12 points from all jury members and the televoting audience).

In the press, she has become known as ‘Amazing Grace’! At 26 years old, Amsterdam-born Glennis took the audience and the jury by storm with her powerful voice and emotional performance.

She got a standing ovation during the Dutch finals and the Netherlands hope that the international audience in Kiev feels the same way. It???s been a long time since a Dutch Eurovision contestant received so many compliments from other countries. A lot of people are comparing her song and performance to the Eurovision days of C??line Dion and Corinne Hermes, who both won the contest by the sheer power of their voices.

Glennis has been invited by Greece to perform her song as a ???special guest??? during their finals in Athens. And the video of ‘My Impossible Dream’ was broadcast in the UK, Spain and Israel during their national finals. Even at this early stage, Glennis is leading in several internet polls. The secret of her success? Well, it???s ‘seeing is believing’. Kiev here she comes!!

As Glennis says, “I come alive on stage, the audience gives me energy.”

Ever since Glennis was six years old, singing has been her life ??? she just loves the stage. Coming from a musical family and raised in a well-known musical area of Amsterdam, she entered many talent contests and won most of them. When she was 12 she performed with Audrey Hepburn at a Unicef gala and, at the age of 13, she was invited by the Spanish singer Julio Iglesias, to join him in a duet, during his concert tour in Holland. When she was 15 she won a prestigious talent show on national Dutch television and she made her first records. For years to come she was considered one of the best singers in Holland. She appeared in an endless stream of radio and TV shows and was often chosen to be a ‘special guest’ in big arena shows of leading Dutch superstars like Frans Bauer and Rene Froger.

A Dutch diva with international allure; but no record deal???

Everybody expected her to really break through with her album ‘Secrets Of My Soul’ in late 2003. It contained songs from renowned American songwriters and producers like Diane Warren, Rodney Jerkins, Babyface, R. Kelly as well as numbers by Sweden???s Jorgen Elofsson and Brian Rawlings from the UK. But, in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and the UK, the album didn???t sell enough to break even and the Dutch record company EMI Records, in a period of decline, had to let her go. Glennis was without a recording contract and says there was ???nothing much happening???. Times were hard and money was low (only her manager stayed by her side) and the Glennis Grace story almost came to an end.

Then suddenly, she realised that her dream was not impossible??? She was asked her to sing a song for the Dutch National Song Contest and felt that she had ???nothing left to lose???. She decided to do it which brings us (and her) back to the beginning of this story. Will her tale be continued in Kiev? Let???s hope so; it???s been 30 years since the Netherlands last won the Eurovision Song Contest.
Television credits:
“Kids Top 20” (1 episode, 2005)
– Episode #1.103 (2005) TV episode

“Life & Cooking” …. Herself (4 episodes, 2003-2007)
… aka Life en cooking (Netherlands)
– Episode #8.9 (2007) TV episode …. Herself
– Life & singing 2006 deel 2 (2006) TV episode …. Herself
– Life & singing 2006 deel 1 (2006) TV episode …. Herself
– Episode #3.16 (2003) TV episode …. Herself
“Shownieuws” …. Herself (1 episode, 2007)
– Episode dated 26 September 2007 (2007) TV episode …. Herself
“Barend en Van Dorp” …. Herself (1 episode, 2005)
– Episode dated 1 June 2005 (2005) TV episode …. Herself
The Eurovision Song Contest Semi Final (2005) (TV) …. Dutch entry (15th place)
“Top of the Pops NL” …. Herself (1 episode, 2005)
– Episode #1.223 (2005) TV episode …. Herself
Nationaal songfestival (2005) (TV) …. Herself
National Song Selection (2005) (TV) …. Herself – Special Guest