Eurovision first started in 1956 with only seven countries participating. In the years of 2008, 2011 and 2016 the contest had 43 countries competing which broke the world-record. 42 nations participated in their last event however this years contest was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Eurovision is known for launching the careers of iconic artists including ABBA, Celine Dion, Lulu and Oliver Newton-John. The Djooky Music Awards are on course to do the same.
The cancellation of festivals, concerts, and music contests this year has limited artists’ options to showcase their talent. Music platform Djooky launched the Global online competition to seek out the most talented artists and songwriters from around the world to participate. Since launching in July DMA has seen an uptake in entries. 165 artists from 55 different countries.
The Global Voting Round will take place on 29th August 2020 in which the top three entries for each continent will compete for the main prize. Applications for the Djooky Music Awards Autumn 2020 will open on 30 August 2020 at 00:00 GMT.
The prize includes a trip to Capitol Studios in LA to record a song with Brian Malouf, a US producer who has worked with musicians such as Queen and Amy Winehouse. There is also coaching sessions with the best music experts globally and a cash prize to upgrade recording equipment.
The judge panel is made up of prestigious producers and musicians including Brian Malouf, Sacha Skarbek, best known for writing James Blunt’s hit singles “You’re Beautiful” and “Goodbye My Lover,” as well as Miley Cyrus’ hit song “Wrecking Ball.” Patrice Rushen who composed and recorded the hit song, “Forget Me Nots,” and Justin Gray who has collaborated with a diverse range of artists including Avril Lavigne, Mariah Carey, John Legend, David Bisbal, Luis Fonsi, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, James Bay, and Reignwolf.
Brian Malouf, co-Founder and Senior Judge at Djooky said:
“To our knowledge, this is the largest international song competition ever held. It is an impressive achievement considering that even the Eurovision, most probably the world’s best-known song contest brand, has seen only 50 countries take part over the course of its multi-decade history.”