For the first time in its history, the Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast live in cinemas across the UK. The European Broadcasting Union, who runs the event, has confirmed the grand final of this year’s Contest – to take place in the northern UK city of Liverpool on May 13th – will be beamed into cinemas, where they also encourage fancy dress and singalongs. After many years of Brits slighting the event, which they haven’t won since 1997, Eurovision has caught the imagination in the UK this year, following the British entry Sam Ryder’s second place last year. Ukraine won, but the UK will be hosting in its place, while the war continues in the eastern European country. Tickets for seats in the Liverpool arena – for the grand-final plus two semi-finals and rehearsals – were sold out within 40 minutes of going on sale. In other Eurovision news: TikTok has been confirmed the contest’s entertainment partner for the second year, meaning it will stream the … [Read more...] about Eurovision To Be Beamed Live Into British Cinemas; TikTok Confirmed As Song Contest’s Entertainment Partner
Singer Explains Why She “Butchered” UK National Anthem In Front Of Thousands Of Football Fans
A singer has apologised for “butchering” the British national anthem at an England football match on Thursday evening. Italian-American singer Ellynora had been asked to perform God Save the King before the kick-off of the European Championship qualifier match in Napoli. However, she appeared to have trouble with the song, singing off-key, repeating the first line twice and fiddling with her earpiece. Cameras caught the players catching each other’s eye in bemusement at the disaster and one TV pundit called the performance “a shambles” while fans watching on social media were quick to chime in, accusing her of “butchering” the anthem: Now Ellynora – who previously attempted to represent San Marino in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest – has apologised, explaining a technical error meant she was hearing the music in her earpiece, but out of sync with her performance, and she found it impossible to catch up. And she told the Daily Mail newspaper that she was … [Read more...] about Singer Explains Why She “Butchered” UK National Anthem In Front Of Thousands Of Football Fans
Måneskin Announce First Australian Tour
Eurovision Song Contest winners Måneskin have added their first Australian headline shows to an already stacked international schedule. The Italian band will play four shows in a whirlwind visit later this year, kicking off the Australian leg in Brisbane on Monday, 20th November and moving through Sydney and Melbourne before finishing up in Adelaide on Saturday, 25th November. “We can’t wait to come to Australia, it will be the first time for all of us so we’re pretty much curious about everything, especially the crowd,” the band said in a statement. “It feels crazy to finally be able to meet our fans there!” The extensive world tour celebrates the band’s third album RUSH!, which was released in January to somewhat mixed critical reviews. Despite this, the band enjoyed impressive chart success, reaching #1 in 15 countries and Top 5 in 20 countries, and garnering over 800 million global album streams, adding to the band’s impressive 7.3 billion global artist streams. … [Read more...] about Måneskin Announce First Australian Tour
Cannes & TikTok Have Renewed Their Partnership, But Could That Change Amid The Crackdown On The App?
The Cannes Film Festival has renewed its short film competition partnership with TikTok for a second year in a move that is likely to come under scrutiny amid the global debate over the platform’s privacy and data security record. Delegate General Thierry Frémaux said in an interview with Variety on Monday that the festival was “happy” with the partnership and “the human relationship” it had forged with TikTok, despite a bumpy first edition of the competitio n . His comments come three days after France joined a growing list of countries banning the app on government-issued devices due to security concerns, alongside the U.S., UK, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and Canada. Deadline asked the festival whether this development would have a bearing on the partnership and also whether employees of the festival, which is partly financed by the state, would be covered by the phone ban. The festival didn’t respond. TikTok is among a dozen official partners of … [Read more...] about Cannes & TikTok Have Renewed Their Partnership, But Could That Change Amid The Crackdown On The App?