As a Eurovision fan one thing I love is when our Euro stars collaborate. We get the trifecta with the below clip as Ireland and England combine forces on what can only be described as the Norwegian Eurovision anthem ‘Fairytale’. Niamh Kavanagh and Josh Dubovie pull their collective impressive vocals together to belt out the beloved tune. The duet can also be found on Josh’s new album release ‘Carpe Diem’ which is a collection of covered tracks that include, ‘Chasing Cars’, ‘Save the last dance for me’, ‘Black and Gold’ and ‘Cry me a river’.
Well seeing as the good people of Ireland (not to mention Estonia, Israel, Norway, Portugal and Slovenia), awarded them douze points last Saturday, it might interest you to know that Chanée and N’Evergreen’s album In A Moment Like This is now available on iTunes!
Chanée was very friendly to Styling at the second semi final, blowing him a kiss and laughing kindly when he collided with an NRK camera and a butch lesbian camerawoman as the Irish nearly invaded the stage at the end of the show to celebrate Niamh’s qualification! N’evergreen could barely crack a smile despite their nail-biting qualification. We think track 2, See You The Same Time Tomorrow might be an Industry cover…
In other iTunes news, Lena is topping iTunes charts all over the continent, including our own Irish store and in a move that has surprised everyone, the interval act Glow performed by Madcon is pushing her close in most territories, including Ireland again! Hands high, hands high! Tom Dice and Jessy Matador are also charting well in iTunes stores across the continent. Josh Dubovnie is however nowhere to be seen…
Eurovision is also big on Amazon this week. Auctions on the popular trading site include
- 15,000 glow sticks (Warning: these glow sticks last for 5 minutes only once cracked).
- An Armenian fertility statue that sprouts fungal infections on key changes.
- A vanderly, vanderly vagon. Ideal for gypsies and travelling folk. Must be collected in Rotterdam.
- An LCD stairwell. (Warning: not suitable for use with heels).
- Many, many sets of adult sized wings. Ideal for the grown up princess/deluded queer in your life.
Todays collaboration comes from our previously mentioned ‘forgotten gem’ singer Lagaylia Fraizer, Eurovision winner Charlotte Perrelli who needs no introduction (by the way doesn’t she look great, why she thought an orangina tan and bleach blonde hair would look better for the Eurovision stage is beyond me. Natural will always win out) and Jessica Folcker who like Lagaylia entered the Melodifestivalen twice in years 2005 and 2006. Together they sing a cover of the classic Abba song ‘Dancing Queen’.
While technically this isn’t a usual collaboration it deserves a mention for several reasons. The song is a charity song to raise funds for the fight against Aids. Amongst the various artists performing are Lara Fabian and Natasha St Pier both of whom are Eurovision Alumni. The song also features Daniel Powter, Bob Sinclar and Anggun amongst others. No one does various artist collaborations quite like the French, egos are pushed aside and it becomes all about the charity. Special mention must go to the annual Les Enfoires. The song is sung in both English and French and is quite good.
Todays collaboration comes from Turkey and Greece. Sertab and Mando represented their countries in the 2003 Eurovision.
Sertab won for Turkey with ‘Every way that I can’.
Mando represented Greece with ‘Never let you go’ and came a less than spectacular 17th.
This duet you are about to watch however took place before both ladies graced the Eurovision stage. The song is called Ask/Fos. Both Ladies reach pitches that had me raise an eyebrow, hhmm.
Lara Fabian teamed up with her one time boyfriend Patrick Fiori on the anti-homophobia song about tolerance entitled ‘La Difference’.
Lara represented Luxemburg in 1988 coming fourth.
Patrick represented France in 1993 also coming fourth.
This was one of several live duets the couple performed together. Weren’t they a beautiful couple!
Our next collaboration mixes Eurovision with the Swedish festival Melodifestivalen.
Charlotte Perrilli won the 1999 Eurovision for Sweden with ‘Take me to your heaven’ and also performed again in 2008 with ‘Hero’.
Nanne was the lead vocalist in the group ‘One more time’ which represented Sweden in 1996 finishing third.
Sonja Aldenis has yet to reach the Eurovision but has been in two Melodifestivalen’s 2006/2007.
This collaboration was performed at the 2010 Melodifestivalen.
Todays Collaboration comes from 2008. Each artist represented their specific country in that year and afterwards gathered together to sing a song about peace. The song reminds me of the 1993 Israel entry Shiru or its 1995 entry Amen. Boaz Ma’uda represented Israel placing 9th. Jelena Tomasevic represented Serbia placing 6th and Sirusho represented Armenia placing 4th. Together they sing ‘A time to pray’.
Todays collaboration is a double whammy from Alexander Rybak performing first with Carola and then with Elizabeth Andreassen.
Alexander Rybak won the 2009 Eurovision for Norway.
Carola won the Eurovision for Sweden in 1991 and also performed in 1983 and 2006.
Elizabeth Andreassen represented Sweden in 1982, Norway in 1985 for which she won, Norway again in 1994 and 1996 where she came second.
Two brilliant pop divas in their own right outside of the Eurovision joined forces on dance track ‘Tonight we ride, no digas que no’.
Kate Ryan represented Belgium in 2006 with ‘Je t’adore’ (placing 12th in a semi final)
Soraya Arnelas represented Spain in 2009 with ‘La noche es para mi’ (placing 23rd)
Both girls entries deserved far better but alas to harking on about the past, enjoy this upbeat collaboration.