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Something wrong?

By Krikor K.

Not only wrong but also sad... All these happened a couple of days ago during Madonna's concert in Paris, France.

A part of the top of the Stade Lelodrome fell down injyring two workers while a technician passed away... Four more people went to the hospital making the concert stop there...

Queen of pop couldn't believe the happenings and she did not stop saying sorry to the family of the unlucky technician...


 


Mariah Carey's apology...

By Krikor K.

Super star of pop Mariah Carey felt the need to say sorry to everyone via her twitter profile for her performance during Michael Jackson's funeral. The singer couldn't hold back her tears obviously moved and touched by the special situation.

"I really feel sorry and I need to apologise to everyone for my bad performance that day but I was really sad and I couldn't stop crying especially when I saw him..." said the diva of ballads... Plus she added "We will never say good-bye to him as he'll always be the king of pop music!"


 


Bad joke about Britney...

By Krikor K.

Hackers managed to enter Britney Spears' "Twitter"'s account posting a message saying that the princess of pop died!!!

Many fans around the world couldn't believe that their favorite singer/performer had gone until a new message by the own family of the singer typed that Britney is fine and alive (!!) relaxing at her home...
 


Celebrities React To Michael Jackson Death

By Krikor K.
Celebrities are expressing their shock, grief and remembrances after the news of Michael Jackson's death. Below is a collection of quotes from various stars about the King of Pop's tragic death.






I can't stop crying over the sad news. I have always admired Michael Jackson. The world has lost one of the greats, but his music will live on forever! My heart goes out to his three children and other members of his family. God bless." - Madonna

"I can't find the words right now to express how deeply saddened I am by Michael's passing. We have lost a genius and a true ambassador of not only Pop music, but of all music. He has been an inspiration to multiple generations and I will always cherish the moments I shared with him on stage and all of the things I learned about music from him and the time we spent together. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones." - Justin Timberlake

"This is such a tragic loss and a terrible day. The incomparable Michael Jackson has made a bigger impact on music than any other artist in the history of music. He was magic. He was what we all strive to be. He will always be the king of pop! Life is not about how many breaths you take, but about how many moments in life that take your breath away. For anyone who has ever seen, felt, or heard his art, we are all honored to have been alive in this generation to experience the magic of Michael Jackson. I love you Michael." - Beyonce Knowles

"I was so excited to see his show in London. We were going to be on tour in Europe at the same time and I was going to fly in to see him. He has been an inspiration throughout my entire life and I'm devastated he's gone!" - Britney Spears
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Michael Jackson Dies After Cardiac Arrest

By Krikor K.
Michael Jackson, the sensationally gifted child star who rose to become the "King of Pop" and the biggest celebrity in the world, died Thursday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press...

The person said Jackson died in a Los Angeles hospital. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.

The circumstances of his death were not immediately clear. Jackson was not breathing when Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to a call at his Los Angeles home about 12:30 p.m., Capt. Steve Ruda told the Los Angeles Times. The paramedics performed CPR and took him to UCLA Medical Center, Ruda told the newspaper.

Jackson's death brought a tragic end to a long, bizarre, sometimes farcical decline from his peak in the 1980s, when he was popular music's premier all-around performer, a uniter of black and white music who shattered the race barrier on MTV, dominated the charts and dazzled even more on stage.

His 1982 album "Thriller" — which included the blockbuster hits "Beat It," ''Billie Jean" and "Thriller" — remains the biggest-selling album of all time, with more than 26 million copies.

He was perhaps the most exciting performer of his generation, known for his feverish, crotch-grabbing dance moves and his high-pitched voice punctuated with squeals and titters. His single sequined glove, tight, military-style jacket and aviator sunglasses were trademarks second only to his ever-changing, surgically altered appearance.

By some measures, he ranked alongside Elvis Presley and the Beatles as the biggest pop sensations of all time. In fact, he united two of music's biggest names when he was briefly married to Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie.
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Giusy Ferreri in Greece!

By Krikor K.

She is a rising star in the Italian music stage as her hits "Novembre" and "Non ti scordar mai di me" are beloved in many countries around the world. Fans of her admit that her voice reminds a lot of Amy Winehouse's voice but of course they say that Giusy has her own personal style!

Giusy is also beloved in Greece and that's why the italian singer decided to visit the country for two concerts. The one will take place on 13th July 2009 in Athens and the second one will be held in Thessaloniki on 14th July 2009.




 


New song by D.V. !

By Krikor K.

Despina Vandi, one of the greatest stars of Greece, has now released her new song.

The song is written by Phoebus, who is the composer of all her songs since 1998 and it's called "Iparhi zoi" (=There is life). "Iparhi zoi" is dedicated to a Greek charity company named "To hamogelo tou pediou" (= The kid's smile).
This is a brand new pop song by D.V. who released her last album during 2007...

People in Greece talk for a great comeback and Despina has already planned a special summer tour all around Greece starting from Thessaloniki. With her, during her concerts will be also famous Greek singer Stelios Maksimos, the bands "Goin' Through" and "Nevma" and the Greek raper Thirio...


You can listen to the song below :

 


Smart Eurovision in Greece!!!!

By Krikor K.

That's a gala!

The students of the foreign languages' school "Start Smart" by Eleni Petropoulou wanted to welcome summer and celebrate the end of this year's school period by presenting on their own way 7 of the 42 songs of this year's Eurovision Song Contest!


The show's name was "Smart Eurovision" and took place on June 13th 2009 in Athens, inside the Close Gym of Drosoupoli (Athens). Special guest of the festival was Mando, who had represented Greece at the Eurovision 2003!

The show had also presenters who presented the songs in English and French!


It is worth to watch the videos because the kids had done a GREAT job...

. Greece


. Azerbaijan

. Turkey


Stay tuned for the videos of Iceland, Albania, Norway and Cyprus!!
 


Sirusho got married!

By Krikor K.

Male fans of the amazingly beautiful Armenian singer stop flerting her!!!

Sirusho, the No1 Armenian singer, got married her beloved Levon Kocharian on June 6th 2009. Levon, who is the son of Robert Kocharian - the president of Armenia- and Sirusho had been in relationship for about 3 years.


No matter how young the singer still is (just 22 years old) she said she had no problem to get married as she is so in love with Levon.


The marriage got place in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia and it was the medias main theme for several days!


You can watch some photos from the wedding below :
 


"Butterflies and Evlis" just for you...

By Krikor K.

Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir, simply known as Yohanna, has released her debut album "Butterflies and Evlis" during 2008 in her native country Iceland. Though the album is right now famous in Europe basicly due to the 2nd place which Yohanna managed to win at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009.

The album contains 13 slow and atmosphairing songs. The song "Is it true?" with which Yohanna represented Iceland at the Eurovision is now featured in the album as bonus track...
It's a great album with very good songs by a young and very beautiful singer with a soft voice...

It's really worth to download it and you can do it HERE. Below there is also the full tracklist of the "Butterflies and Elvis"...


The cover of the album...

Tracklist:
01. Beautiful silence
02. Say goodbye
03. Butterflies and Elvis
04. Funny thing is
05. Worryfish
06. Lose myself
07. Spaceman
08. I miss you
09. Rainbow girl
10. The river is dry
11. Walking on water
12. White bicycle
13. Indian ropetrick
14. Is it true (Bonus track)
 


Download Rybak's album!!

By Krikor K.

The winner of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, Alexander Rybak, released his debut album under the title "Fairytales". The album contains 9+2 (bonus) songs between them of course major hit "Fairytale" which won the Eurovision Song Contest 2009. The album is released by EMI Universal.

"Fairytales" has a kind of complicated story on its release date! The album has been released on May 29 2009 in Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Norway, Switzerland, Turkmenistan and Ukraine, on June 2 2009 in Greece and Cyprus, on June 3 in Sweden, on June 4 in Estonia and it's planned to be released on June 15 in the Uk!

The album is at the #1 of the Norwegian charts so far while the single "Fairytale" is also #1 in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece and Sweden!

So far, there are three main singles :
1. Fairytale
2. Funny Little Word
3. Roll with the wind

Producers of the album are
Kim Edward Bergseth, Henrik Wikström and Amir Aly.

Tracklist:
01. Roll with the wind
02. Fairytale
03. Dolphin
04. Kiss and tell
05. Funny little world
06. If you were gone
07. Abandoned
08. 13 horses
09. Song from a Secret Garden
Bonus tracks :
10. 500 miles
11. Vocalise

You can download the album HERE

* using the certain link to download the album you have also the chance to download some extra unofficial bonus tracks apart from the official tracks of the album...
The feautured tracks are :
. Fairytale (DJ Lello Remix)
. No milk today
. Foolin'
. Kypalinka (Live in Belorusian)
. Fairytale (Karaoke version)
 


P!nk got angry!!!!

By Krikor K.

Kanye West was invited a couple of days ago in Paris in order to watch a catwalk show. At the end of the show he admited that the gowns were very beautiful but he'd like to see more furs!

This line made the famous American singer P!nk get angry and tell during an interview that Kanye is disgusting and stupid and that he should give his own skin and make furs!!


I guess it's crystal clear that the pop/rock singer is so against the furs!
 


Sinead O'Connor in Athens!

By Krikor K.

One of the most famous Irish singers, Sinead O'Connor (who can just not love the song "Only time" by her?) is visiting Athens of Greece to perform with the famous Greek male singer Filippos Pliatsikas.

The Greek singer is about to start his summer tour around Greece on June 12 2009 and he will be joined by Sinead during his first concert! The concert will take place at the Karaiskaki Stadium and will for sure be over-crowded as both singer have many fans!

We're talking about one
of the most interesting concerts in Greece... Greek fans...do not miss it!
 


"Memoirs of an imperfect angel" by Mariah Carey

By Krikor K.

"Memoirs of an imperfect angel" is the title of the twelveth studio album of Mariah Carey! The American singer, who is one of the greatest voices ever on earth, feels happy about her new album as she says that it's going to be one of her best albums.

"Memoirs of an imperfect angel" will be released on September 18 2009 by Island Records. The full tracklisting is not yet announced but there are four confirmed songs : . H-A-T-E u . 100% . I wand to know what love is and . Obsessed Producers of the album are the own singer and Antonio L.A. Reid who has helped singer like Toni Braxton, Ciara, Usher, Didio, P!nk, Avril Lavigne etc... Can't wait Mariah!!!


 


New single and video by H. Paparizou

By Krikor K.

On April 10, 2009, Helena Paparizou, the No1 singer of Greece, has released the single "Tha 'me Allios" (= I'll be different), a new song, not included on her most recent album. It was composed by DonK with lyrics by Eleana Vrahali.
Some days ago the video of the song has officialy been released as well...

The certain song is already a hit in Greece and Cyprus and will probably be included in Paparizou's new album... "Tha 'me allios" is also used as soundtrack of the new commercial of the Fanta Company of fruit-flavored fizzy juices in Greece!

You can download the song here and watch the video below...


 


MTV MOVIE AWARDS: The list of winners...

By Krikor K.

It was Sunday May 31st 2009 when the 2009 MTV Movie Awards took place in California, USA. The ceremony was hosted inside Gibson Amphitheater. American actor and writer Andy Samber was the presenter of the evening. "Twilght" received the most of the awards as far as the award for the "Best movie" of 2009...

You can see all the winners below...

Breakthrough Performance (Female) - Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical 3: Senior Year)

Best Fight - Cam Gigandet & Robert Pattinson (Twilight)

Breakthrough Performance (Male) - Robert Pattinson (Twilight)

Best Male Performance - Zac Efron (High School Musical 3: Senior Year)

Best Kiss - Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart (Twilight)

Best WTF Moment - Amy Poehler (Baby Mama)

Best Song From A Movie - The Climb by Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana: The Movie)

MTV Generation Award - Ben Stiller

Best Female Performance - Kristen Stewart (Twilight)

Best Comedic Performance - Jim Carrey (Yes Man)

Best Movie Villain - Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)

Best Movie - Twilight
 


Eurovision stars in Greece!

By Krikor K.


The Eurovision Song Contest has a great success in Greece the last years. That is why a Greek company which organizes a beauty contest (it's not yet announced which one) invited four of the 2009 Eurovision singers as guest stars to perform on stage during the contest...


These four stars are : Alexander Rybak from Norway, who also won the contest, Hadise from Turkey who ended 4th and has a great success due to her entry "Dum Tek Tek", AySel and Arash who came 3rd for Azerbaijan and Svetlana Loboda who represented Ukraine with the song "Be my Valentine"...

These are still rumors so we have to wait and see if those 4 singers are actually going to visit Greece and perform during the beauty contest...
 


Soraya's new single...

By Krikor K.

Maybe the final place of Spain at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest be very dissapointing, though the country's representer Soraya is not feeling down!

She is already a huge artist in her native country and she already has released 4 succesfull albums. Soraya is now planning to release her new single "Caminare"...


The certain song was officially released as a duet with the famous Belgian super star Kate Ryan but now Soraya is re-releasing it by singing it alone...
 


A. Rybak in Romania!

By Krikor K.

The winner of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, Alexander Rybak is officialy invited at the Romanian anual music awards "Romanian Music Awards 2009" in order to perform his worldwide hit "Fairytale"...

The Belarussian/Norwegian singer is already super star around the world due to his victory in the famous European song contest...


Apart from Romania, Rybak is planned to perform in many countries around Europe...
 


Amy on cinema!

By Krikor K.

There is no doubt that Amy Winehouse's life is very interesting and mysterious... Probably this stayed reason for Daphne Barak to direct a movie based on the British singer's life named "Saving Amy"!

Barak started collecting information about Amy and her drug-use-"hobby" since November of 2008 meanwhile she still keeps contact with the parents of the singer in order to learn how they feel and react...


It's not yet announced the final date of the movie's official release...
 


Aqua : the return!

By Krikor K.

The famous Danish band of the 90's "Aqua", which made a worldwide hit with the song "Barbie Girl", is now back after 7 years of not releasing any single song...

The new single of the band is named "Back to 80's" and it's the first single of the band's new album which is planned to be named "The Greatest Hits"...

The single has been released on May 25 2009 and the album is planned to be released on June 15 2009...

The album will also include hits of the band such as "Barbie Girl", "Turn back time", "Doctor Jones" etc...
 


Eurovision 2009 : The Grand Final

By Krikor K.
Saturday May 16th 2009 : the day of the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009...

The even took place inside Olympic Indoor Arena and hosts were Alsou and Ivan Urgant who were excellent presenters! The show opened with Terem Quartet and Cirque du Soleil and then Dima Bilan who performed "Believe" which won the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 and brought the contest in Russia.




First country to perform was Lithuania...


01. Lithuania
Song : Love
Artist : Sasha Son
Sasha Son opened the big final with his ballad "Love". Sasha was playing the piano and performing his entry joined by three backing vocalists. The performance is just like the one from the Semi Final and the same fire came out from his hand at the end of the song! Lithuania ended 23rd collecting 23 points!




02. Israel
Song : There must be another way
Artist : Noa & Mira Awad
Both singers were seemed to be more confident than in the Semi Final night. They have both changed their hairstyle and the performance was strong enough! Israel ended 16th with 53 points...



03. France
Song : Et s'il fallait le faire
Artist : Patricia Kaas
The stadium couldn't stop screaming for Patricia who was on stage ready to perform her entry. "Et s'il fallait le faire" is one of the bookmarks' favourite to win the contest and Patricia is doing a great stage performance which moves everyone... Finally, the song voted by 107 points which gave to the country just the 8th place...



04. Sweden
Song : La voix
Artist : Malena Ernman
It's one of the fans' favourite songs and that's why everyone claps. Malena was better in the Semi Final as far as the vocal part but still she was amazing on stage... Though the song placed 21st collecting just 33 points...

05. Croatia
Song : Lijepa Tena
Artist : Igor Cukrov ft. Andrea
Singer Igor is on stage joined by the female dancers who also do the backing vocals. Air machine is used during all the song which gives another option to the entry... Andrea is on stage by the middle of the song and by the time she starts singing makes everyone pay attention to her...18th place and 45 points for Croatia...

06. Portugal
Song : Todas as ruas de amor
Artist : Flor-de-Lis
The band is really happy being in the Final and the cute song makes the stage and the atmosphere even more beautiful. The amazing graphics via the LED screens give another joy to the contest and people seem to enjoy the entry. Flor-de-Lis are really good both in singing and in performing...They ended with 57 points which gave them the 15th place.

07. Iceland
Song : Is it true?
Artist : Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir
The big surprise of the contest! Many people compared the "story" of Jóhanna to Shiri Maimon's story (Israel 2005) : A very beautiful ballad with a very beautiful singer but noone could imagine the high place which could reach at the end! Jóhanna made an excellent performance on stage, dressed just like in the semi final night, in blue. Jóhanna was joined by her backing vocals which did their best to make Iceland proud - and I think they did! 2nd place for Iceland with 218 points!!

08. Greece
Song : This is our night
Artist : Sakis Rouvas
Alongside Norway, Greece was for one more year the bookmarkers' favorite to win the contest. With Sakis Rouvas as the lead singers many Greeks believed that the 2nd victory could come. Things changed after Sakis' performance in the Final as everyone admited that he was not good enough for a victory... Dressed in white and joined by Alex Panayi as backing singer and 4 dancers/singers Sakis danced a lot and performed "This is our night". It was crystal clear that he was anxious something which helped for the 120 points and the (dissapointing) 7th place...

09. Armenia
Song : Nor Bar [Jan-Jan]
Artist : Inga & Anush Arshakyan
The two sisters, who managed to make many friends in Moscow due to their sweetness, did it very well in the contest. Much better than the Semi Final night, Inga & Anush performed the traditional Armenian song and finished 10th with 92 points making the Armenians all around the world proud!

10. Russia
Song : Mamo
Artist : Anastasiya Prihodko
It's time for the host country to be on stage and people can't stop clapping their hands. Anastasiya is on stage dressed in white using the sad face which gives the perfect note to the song. A huge screen behind her shows her face which is getting older and older minute by minute... It's a good song in Russian and Ukrainian with traditional Russian music sample. 11th place and 91 points...

11. Azerbaijan
Song : Always
Artist : AySel ft. Arash
The Azeri people should be proud of accepting "using" Arash in their entry, as his poplularity helped the country to be on top3! Both AySel and Arash were excellent on stage and showed that they worked really hard for it. The song is one of the favorites of all and it's going to be a huge summer hit around Europe! Azerbaijan ended 3rd having collected 207 points...

12. Bosnia&Herzegovina
Song : Bistra Voda
Artist : "Bistra Voda" from Bosnia&Herzegovina had many fans as it was the one and only balkan ballad in the contest. Regina didn't did something different than the Semi Final's performance and they ended 9th with 106 points no matter everyone believed that the song could reach the top3...

13. Moldova
Song : Hora din Moldova
Artist : Nelly Ciobanu
An excellent ethnic song by Moldova which managed to make everyone pay attention to it! Nelly was amazing on stage both in singing and in performing the song "Hora din Moldova". The 14th place with 68 points are really few for it...

14. Malta
Song : What if we?
Artist : Chiara
It's the biggest surprise ever : Chiara, the amazing woman from Malta, with the sweet heart and the crystal voice who has earned the 3rd and the 2nd place in previews contests now ends 22nd with 31 points!! No matter her magical voice, Chiara was very anxious on stage and that costs her the low position...

15. Estonia
Song : Raendajad
Artist : Urban Symphony
A very beautiful entry by Estonia who finally sent a good song after many years of bad entries! Urban Symphony were on stage dressed in black and playing the violin and the celo while Sandra Nurmsalu was singing the song in estonian... The country ended 6th with 129 points!

16. Denmark
Song : Believe Again
Artist : Brinck Niels
One of the best ballads in the contest ever managed to collect 74 points and the 13th place which is really low... Brinck was amazing on stage performing "Believe again" which has composed the famous Irish singer Ronan Keating! For sure it deserved many more points and of course a higher place...

17. Germany
Song : Miss Kiss Kiss Bang
Artist : Alex Swings Oscar Sings
The song earned many more fans after its stage performance! Oscar managed to turn the Russian stage to a club of Las Vegas by his performance and everyone had fan due to the good rhythm of the song. As a hightlight, finally on stage the very famous burlesque
artist, model and actress Dita Von Teese did the sexy dance after turning to half naked! Germany ended 20th with 35 points...

18. Turkey
Song : Dum Tek Tek
Artist : Hadise
She was better than the Semi Final for sure, but still Hadise was not perfect at all. Though the song is very catchy and it's going to be a huge hit. Hadise ended 4th with 177 points...

19. Albania
Song : Carry me in your dreams
Artist : Kejsi Tola
A very good copy of "Secret Combination"'s performace (Greece 2008) Kejsi at least was doing something and not standing like a statue as she was in the Albanian national final! She was very good in the singing part and by the dancing she showed that she worked hard! With the long blond hair and the cute pink dress Kejsi reminds of the Barbie doll!! The song came 17th with 48 points...

20. Norway
Song : Fairytale
Artist : Alexander Rybak
He's the winner of the contest making his country Norway winner for the 3rd time in the history of the contest. To be honest Alexander was so much sure for his victory something which made him behave badly in Moscow... No matter that, the song was good and managed to collect 387 points (!!!!) and be the winner! It is the highest score for a winner in the contest and it had 169 points difference from Iceland who came 2nd!!!!

21. Ukraine
Song : Be my Valentine
Artist : Svetlana Loboda
The sexiest singer of the contest ever is on stage performing the cathy song "Be my Valentine"! Sexy dress, hot moves, smokes, drums, Ukrainian flags and three male dancers dressed as ancient Greek soldiers were on stage to complete the Ukrainian entry for the 2009 contest which finally got 76 points and the very low 12th place...

22. Romania
Song : The Balkan Girls
Artist : Elena Gherorge
The Balkan girls they like to party like nobody and that was obvious by the 6 girls of the Romanian delegation who did their best to make Romania proud! The very beautiful singer, Elena, sang the song very well but it finally ended 19th with 40 points...

23. United Kingdom
Song : It's my time
Artist : Jade Ewen
Jade is on stage making everyone watch her by her amazing voice... It could easily win but it finally ended 5th with 173 points. Very good score for the Uk which is scoring low in the last 5 years... The rumors came true and Sir Andrew Lloyed Webber, who composed the song, was on stage playing the piano... Smokes and violin players helped the song to be even more perfect on stage...

24. Finland
Song : Lose control
Artist : Waldo's people
Finland is doing very well in the contest after Lordi's victory back in 2006 and every year is in the final, no matter that it is not scoring high there!! A very good pop/dance song by Waldo's people, not in hard rock style after 2006, which ended 25th and last with 22 points!

25. Spain
Song : La noche es para mi
Artist : Soraya Arnelas
"La noche es para mi" is the favorite song of all which ended 2nd from the last (24th with 23 points). Soraya was good on stage but the whole performance and the song couldn't make anyone vote for it... Though the song could turn a hit in the clubs around Eurovision and Latin America...

After a strong scoreboard with many surprise in the voting part, Norway wins the contest having collected 387 points!!!! Last year's winner Dima Bilan and the 1st Eurovision winner ever, Lys Assia from Switzerland are on stage to give the trophy to Alexander Rybak who can't hide his joy!

See you all in Oslo, Norway for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest!!!!!!





 


Interview : Annet Artani

By Krikor K.
Annet Artani is a Greek/American singer, with an amazing voice. She represented Cyprus at the Eurovision 2006 with the song "Why angels cry?"... Nowadays, she's in the USA enjoying her life and her new album which is about to be released. Already her first english song "Alive" is available on iTunes driving everyone crazy!!!

As she is experienced with the contest, Annet gave an interview to me telling some things about the Eurovision Song Contest, both Greek and Cypriot 2009 entries and of course about her...
Check it out...

01. First of all Annet i would like to thank you for accepting this interview...
Annet = No problem Krikor... I should thank you for asking me.

02. Let's start with some words about yourself
Annet = Well, i basically grew up writing and singing since i was a child, and did alot of talent pagents while i was in school that i won, and eventually found myself recording my own songs at 15 years old. Within a few years after winning a scholarship for songwriting from BMG, I studied music and go asked to tour with Britney and wound up writing the hit song "Everytime". When i was in La working as a songwriter and singing with Cyndi Lauper and Taylor Dayne, I was told about the Fame Story Auditons and wound up moving to Athens and stayed for almost 4 years. My fame via Fame Story and support and love from my Cypriot fans led me to compete to represent Cyprus Eurovision, which was one of my biggest honors!
(you can tell us some chilhood memories, first steps on singing...)

03. In Greece people know you basicly from the Fame Story 3. What memories do you have from there?
Annet = I remember feeling like I needed to just focus on being myself. i could see that some people were trying to provoke or impress, but i didnt want to be known as "that" girl. I wanted me to like me or hate me because that was their genuine opinion. I tried to tune out as much of the negativity I sensed from the other contestants by doing yoga, which made me look even weirder i think!, and focused on staying true to myself :0)

04. For what reasons did you left the academy?
Annet = I didnt have a choice. I was told that I had 20 min to leave OR sign a contract for about 7-9 years for management and contract, and I always wanted to come back home and have a career in the US, so committing to something for that many years sort of scared me.

05. How came the co-working with Britney Spears and her song "Everytime" which you composed?
Annet = After the Dream Within a Dream tour in which i sang backgrounds for her, we became friends and bonded over breaking up with our boyfriends.
So we sat down in her house and starting writing. It was a very cathartic moment to share with another girl who has gone through something similar.

06. Who asked you to sing "Why angles cry?" and take part in the Cypriot National Final for the Eurovision 2006?
Annet = The songwriter of Why Angels Cry, Petros Giannakis, asked me to compete within Cyprus, and i was lucky enough to win and go!

07. Can you tell us which was your first reaction after listening to the song?
Annet = I thought it was beautiful and meaningful.

08. Were you sure that the Cypriot audience would choose you and your song as the winning song of that night?
Annet = No. You can NEVER be too confident or too sure. I was just happy to be there!

09. Share with us your first thoughts after knowing that "Why angels cry?" is the Cypriot entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006...
Annet = I was crying from the excitment and i felt overwhelmed to be a Greek and not a Cypriot have to represent them with honor and pride. Its one of the most humbling moments of my life and I'm very grateful to have been chosen.

10. Can you also share with us your memories from Athens and Eurovision 2006?
Annet = Well, one thing i will not forget is being afraid of Lordi. They looked scary to me! One of the girls who sang with me kept trying to get me to take a picture with them and I didnt have the guts to, so i think I got close enough for her to snap one quickly! haha! I know...I was being a baby! Also, the moment I stepped foot on that stage and saw all those people, I wanted to cry. It was so emotional. And Im proud that i wore that yellow dress. It symbolized the struggles of the Cypriot people and I finally felt like I could represent them with honor after taking the time to know more about them, their history and their struggles.

11. Do you feel like having learned things in general for your life from the Eurovision?
Annet = I dont think you can walk away from that experience without having learned something. I learned that doing your best and having honor and pride in what you do is the most important thing of all.

12. How do you comment on your appearance in the semi final?
Annet = I like that i was simple and classy and I also liked that i wore yellow. Maybe I am not Cypriot, but I felt like I carried all of Cyprus with me in that song and was honored to wear that color!

13. Why, do you think, that the song did not make it to the final?
Annet = I was told a week before that I wouldn't make it to the final, btw. This is not something I ever told anyone. I know there was alot of political stuff involved and I also dont think its a coincidence that my song was NOT played in Greece.

14. Have you attend the final of the Eurovision?
Annet = No, i was in the recording studio :0)

15. Do you like Lordi's song which finally won the contest? Which other 2006 entries do you like?
Annet = I think Lordi had a great performance and a great stage show, and a good song. As for the other songs, i think some were great and others were not. But from what i see, its not about the song as much as it is about the performance and the elements of the showmanship. I did the best i could with a ballad about children dying and angels crying. it was a respectful sweet solemn song and I couldn't have performed it any other way without being disrespectful.

16. Is Annet generally a fan of the Eurovision Song Contest? Is there any song from the history of the contest which you like most?
Annet = I am a fan! ofcourse! And I dont want to be biased, but i LOVED My #1 by Elena Paparizzou because i think she and the whole concept was brilliant.

17. What did you do after the Eurovision?
Annet = I left Greece a year ago and I just released my first worldwide single with an American label! I'm very excited. In the coming weeks it will be going to radio internationally and so is the video!

18. Tell us about your brand new song "Alive" which is already loved by the fans...
Annet = Its sold thousands already and I am SO grateful for everyones support!!!! I had been in a bad relationship for a while and this song was written in Vancouver, Canada, during the time I was building up my strength to leave him. I didnt leave the relationship til a year later and the situation became much worse, and sadly, ended violently. The video touches on this subject as well, and Im hoping to send a message to girls everywhere that you shouldnt stay in a relationship with anyone who treats you badly EVER. So that video will premiere soon and I'm very proud to take a stand on that subject. A year ago i was crying and found myself in despair, and now I'm a new woman who has turned my life around. I feel very grateful for having music as my outlet and using that as my therapy and I hope this song does that for others as well.

19. Would you take part again at the Eurovision Song Contest?
Annet = Ofcourse i would!

20. What do you think about the Greek and the Cypriot entries for this year?
Annet = Well, I think Sakis is perfect for this contest, and he has proven himself to be a winner many times! As for Christina, i think she looks like an angel and its a very good song. My only concern is that Eurovision winners are usually more extroverted and explosive. And I think I learned this first hand! :0)

21. If you would responsible to choose someone to represent Greece at the contest, who would you suggest?
Annet = If it was up to me, I would hold a contest for NEW people. People who have NEVER gone before. People who are unknown talent and who would be grateful to be up there. I think that this shows unity and support towards the young talent within a country.

22. Annet, thank you so much for this interview. We wish you all the best for you life...
Annet = Thank you for asking me Krikor! Good luck to Greece and Cyprus this year! I will be watching all the way from NYC!!!!!!!!!!!!!
oxAA~

www.youtube.com/AnnetTV
www.myspace.com/annetartanimusic

Krikor K.

You can enjoy some "Annet" below :

01. Annet's performance at the Eurovision 2006


02. Annet's first appearance in Greece : She sang "Endless Love" making everyone speechless by her voice while all the other contestants of the academy joked by leaving the studio after listening to Annet!!!


03. Annet singing "Without you" with another contestant during Fame Story 3


04. The song "Everytime" by Britney Spears is composed by Annet!!


05. Britney Spears performing "I'm not a girl not yet a woman". At 4:35 you can see Annet who is doing the backing vocals!!!

 


** BEST OF THE WEEK **

By Krikor K.

Just like every Friday, today is also the time for another proposal by the "Krik! Music Corner"...

A very popular singer from Turkey (born in Belgium), Hadise, is representing this year her native country at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Dum tek tek". The song is already a hit around Europe and not only and the singer managed to become even more famous... Turkey is also one of the favourite countries to win the contest this year...

Hadise today released her new international album "Fast Life" which contains 10 brand new songs, all in english, including her Eurovision entry "Dum Tek Tek". Already a hit, song "Supernatural Love" is probably the summer's hit in Turkey! The whole album is on r'n'b and american style, totally different from the singer's two previews albums which were mostly baised on the ethnic style...

The tracklisting of "Fast Life" :
  1. Düm Tek Tek
  2. Fast Life
  3. Supernatural Love
  4. Long Distance Relationships
  5. Hero
  6. Married Men
  7. I'll Try Not To Cry
  8. Obsession
  9. Double Life
  10. First Steps
  11. On Top
Bonus track :
12. Düm Tek Tek (Remix)

DOWNLOAD THE ALBUM HERE

Enjoy "Supernatural love" below :


 


Eurovision 2009 : The 2nd Semi Final

By Krikor K.

The 2009 Eurovision's 2nd Semi Final took place yesterday, May 14th 2009 inside the Olimpiyskiy Arena. Hosts, once more, were Natalia Vodianova and Andrey Malahov.

The director's job was by far better in the 2nd Semi Final, comparing to the 1st one, and the stage seemed more amazing!

19 countries took part in the 2nd Semi Final. The show started with the Croatian entry... The last country to perform was The Netherlands...

Here are the qualifying countries :
  • Azerbaijan - AySel & Arash - Always
  • Croatia - Igor Cukrov feat. Andrea - Lijepa Tena
  • Ukraine - Svetlana Loboda - Be my Valentine! (Anti-crisis girl)
  • Lithuania - Sasha Son - Love
  • Albania - Kejsi Tola - Carry me in your dreams
  • Moldova - Nelly Ciobanu - Hora din Moldova
  • Denmark - Brinck - Believe again
  • Estonia - Urban Symphony - Rändajad
  • Norway - Alexander Rybak - Fairytale
  • Greece - Sakis Rouvas - This is our night

The eliminated countries are:

  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Serbia
  • Poland
  • Cyprus
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Hungary
  • Netherlands
Big surprise, as it was turned out, was Cyprus which did an excellent performane on stage but finally did not make it to the final. Also, Serbia, for the 1st time will not be in the Final of the contest. Lithuania probably was the "saved from the juries" country and finally made it to the final. The bookmarks' favourites Greece, Norway, Azerbaijan, Estonia and Ukraine passed to the Final as well. The pop song of Albania managed to impress the viewers and pass to the final, like the ethnic entry of Moldova did! We have also two beautiful ballads qualifying : Croatia and Denmark...

Watch the results of the 2nd Semi Final below :
 


Eurovision 2009 : The 1st Semi Final

By Krikor K.

Yesterday, May 12th 2009, took place in Moscow (Russia) inside the Olimpiyskiy Arena the first of the two Semi Finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009.

The contest opened with theTolmachevy twins who won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2009! Hosts of the show were famous top model Natalia Vodianova and Russian tv presenter Andrey Malahov. Generally, people admited being dissapointed by the whole show and especially by the director.

The stage finally did not work that well for the songs as it is huge and sometimes singers on stage do not appear on tv!
18 countries from Europe performed today in order to qualify for the Grand Final. Only 10 of them managed to so and these countries are :
  • Turkey
  • Sweden
  • Israel
  • Portugal
  • Malta
  • Finland
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Romania
  • Armenia
  • Iceland
The other 8 countries which did not make it to the final are :
  • Montenegro
  • Czech Republic
  • Belgium
  • Belarus
  • Andorra
  • Switzerland
  • Bulgaria
  • FYR Maceodnia
As a surprise, Switzerland did not make it to the final, while countries like Portugal and Finland were not that sure to be on the final. Bookmarks' favorite for sure was Turkey, no matter the bad performance it did. Also Bosnia&Herzegovina, Armenia and Malta were the sure countries to make it to the final. Beautiful surprise is the entry of Romania. The very beautiful and joyful song by gorgeous Elena Gheorghe convinced people to vote for her and now she can enjoy the Final as well! Below you can watch two videos via the youtube channel. The first one is the 10 qualifying countries and the second one is a backstage video by Eurovision.tv which help you see the reaction of the singers in the Green Room...

It's worth to mention that the famous Russian girl band t.A.T.u. did the interval act for the Semi Final 1... / Time machine : t.A.T.u. represented Russia back in 2003 placing 3rd...



 


Eurovision 2009 Corner : The welcome party!

By Krikor K.

Sunday May 10th 2009 : the day for the official opening ceremony for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest!

All the artists of this year's Eurovision gathered together to celebrate the opening of the Contest. A very glamorous gala, organised by Channel One Russia, took place in the Eurodom! Hosts of the beautiful evening were Alsou and Andre Malakov. Alsou will present the Grand Final alongside Ivan Urgant while Andre Malakov is the presenter of the two Semi Finals with the famous Russian model Natalia Vodyanova.

Many Eurovision stars of the past were there to perform and have fun :
. Carola - Swedish entries on 1983 (3rd), 1991 (winner) and 2006 (5th)
. Dana International - Israel's entry on 1998 (winner) and composer of the Israeli entry on 2008
. Lys Assia - Switzerland's entries on 1956 (winner / first Eurovision winner ever!), 1957 (8th) and 1958 (2nd)
. Philip Kirkorov - Russian entry on 1995 (17th) and composer of Belarus 2007 (4th) and Ukraine 2008 (2nd)
. Ruslana - Ukrainian entry on 2004 (winner)
. t.A.T.u. - Russian entry on 2003 (3rd)
. Dschinghis Khan - Germany entry on 1979 (4th)
. Teach-in - Netherland's entry on 1975 (winner)
. Marija Šerifovic - Serbian entry on 2007 (winner)
. Dima Bilan - Russian entry on 2006 (2nd) and 2008 (winner)

The artists had a lot of fun and they all felt ready for the big days of the contest.
The first Semi Final will take place tomorrow, Tuesday May 12th 2009, the second one on Thursday May 14th 2009 and the Grand Final is planned to be on air on Saturday May 16th 2009...

Check out the videos from the wonderful gala :

Part 01.


Part 02.


Part 03.


 


Eurovision 2009 Corner : Part 5

By Krikor K.

Almost all the countries from the two semi finals have completed the second round of their rehearsals. Lithuania, Moldova, Albania, Ukraine, Estonia and Netherlands which take part in the 2nd Semi Final haven't done their 2nd rehearsal yet... The rehearsals for the Semis ended today after the Greek 2nd rehearsal. Lithuania will be the first country to rehease tomorrow and Moldova, Albania, Ukraine, Estonia and Netherlands will follow.

Today, it's also the rehearsal day of France, Russia, Germany, UK and Spain which will take place at the Fin
al...

03. France
Song : Et S'il Fallait Le Faire
Artist : Patricia Kaas
Patricia is on stage to rehearse
for the 1st time. The stage is all in red making a great romantic and erotic atmosphaire. Parts of the lyrics of the song are being shown from the LED screens. In the middle of the screens, at the back, there is a huge silver "K", obviously it's the first letter from the singer's last name, Kaas. Patricia is wearing a simple black outfit. The atmosphaire inside the arena is amazing as they all cheer for Kaas and her magnificent performace. No reason to talk about the vocal part : the woman is a myth!



10. Russia

Song : Mamo
Artist : Anastasiya Prihodko
It's the time for the host country, Russia, to make its debut rehearsal. Singer Anastasiya is on stage. Green,
pal pink and white lights are decorating the beautiful stage of Eurovision Song Contest 2009. The singer is simply dressed with black top and trousers as the 1st rehearsal is only for the vocal part! Anastasiya is very good on singing as she has very clear voice. She is joined by 5 singers as backing vocalists who also are very good. Behind the singer, who is not moving, there is a huge portrait of herself in black backround. Her face on the portrait is sad and pained as the song talks about the difficult part of loving someone.



17. Germany
Song : Miss Kiss Kiss Bang
Artist : Oscar Loya

The stage becomes a small club of Las Vegas for the German entry "Miss Kiss Kiss Bang" and Oscar Loya gives a special performance for it! Dressed in white costume and black trousers, Oscar can both sing and dance very well and everyone is impressed by
his performance. On stage with him is the composer of the song, Alex Kristensen. Alex also has 3 female dancers dancing around him. It's not bad at all...




23. United Kingdom

Song : It's my time
Artist : Jade Ewen

Jade Ewen is on stage to make her rehearsal. She is wearing a pair of jeans and a grey/silver shining top. Her voice is magnificent and the whole performance is really good. There is a white piano on stage... Maybe the rumors that Andrew Lloyd Webber would be on stage with her come true! Jade is on the top of some stairs from where she starts singing her entry and she ends on the other side of the stage. With her there are 4 male musicians playing violin... Two of them dressed in white costumes and the other two in black! Rumors say that Jade's gown will be in white colour. Seems like both juries and viewrs will vote for her...



25. Spain
Song : La noche es para mi
Artist : Soraya Arnelas
Soraya is about to do her first rehearsal in Moscow on "La noche es para mi". The intro of the song has been changed a bit... Similar to the Uk entry, Soraya and her dancers are siting in some stairs before the dancing part. Soraya wears a beautiful, hot dress but it's not sure if it's gonna be her final one. She's good in both singing and dancing. The performance is very impressive. The stage is bathed basicly in red colour! Highlight : The final note of Soraya as the end of the song!!! Very good performance!



 


Eurovision 2009 : The Final Hosts announced

By Krikor K.

Milla Jovovich will not be the host of the Grand Final's evening as it was said some weeks ago.

The presenters of the Eurovision 2009 - Final will be Alsou and Ivan Urgant. The beautiful and famous Russian singer Alsou was asked firstly to host the two Semi Finals but she will finally be on stage during the Final.

The two Semi Finals will be finally presented by the famous model Natalia Vodyanova and the tv presenter Andrey Malakhov.

 


Ani Lorak's new album!

By Krikor K.


After "Shady Lady" with which the Ukrainian super star Ani Lorak represented Ukraine at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest placing 2nd on the Final, it's time for her 11th studio album called "Solnce".

The album is produced by the Greek composer/music producer Dimitris Kontopoulos. Dimitris had also produced "Shady Lady" so since then the t
wo musicians are really good friends! Ani Lorak is going to release the album someday on May of 2009 but she is already enjoying the success of the song "Solnce" which has been released since December of 2008!

The album also includes her 2008 great heat "Shady Lady", its Russian version (С неба в небо) and also the English version of "Solnce" (I'm Alive)...


"Solnce" is a very be
autiful ballad, cover of the Greek song "Ki an tora den thimase" sang by Irini Merkouri and composed by Dimitris Kontopoulos.


The cover of the album "Solnce"

Tracklisting :
  1. Птица (Bird)
  2. А дальше… (And More...)
  3. Танцы (Dances)
  4. Небеса-ладони (Heaven-lady)
  5. Солнце (Sun)
  6. Мечта о тебе (Dreams About You)
  7. Дальние страны (Distant Countries)
  8. Идеальный мир (Ideal World)
  9. Пламя (Flame)
  10. Нелюбовь (Dislike)
  11. Крылья чудес (Wings of Miracles)
  12. С неба в небо (From Sky to Sky) (Russian version of Shady Lady)
  13. I’m Alive
  14. Shady Lady

Ani Lorak and Dimitris Kontopoulos

During May 2009 Ani Lorak will take part in a huge party in Moscow where she will present her new album while on June 5th 2009 she will appear on Muz TV's Music Awards presenting her dance single "Adache"...

You can download the album by HERE


Enjoy the hits "Solne" and "Adache" below :


::..Solne..::




::..Adache..::