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Netta and Chill: Netta stars in Netflix TV commercial for Partner TV!

Winner and current reigning Queen of Eurovision, Netta Barzilai stars in her first ever Israeli TV commercial for Partner. Who are an online streaming service that is a Netflix provider. Queen of Eurovision meets the Queen of… the United Kingdom? In the commercial, it sees Netta insert herself in some of Netflix’s biggest exports from “Orange is the New Black” to “Stranger Things” and from “Money Heist” to “The Crown” where she comes face to face with Claire Foy’s adaptation of Queen Elizabeth II! Watch the commercial below. About the commercial. Filmed in Kyiv, Ukraine. Netta sings the song “Summer Vacation” by the late Israeli singer/songwriter Naomi Shemer, brilliantly fusing her own looper vocals into the song. The commercial was filmed by “Toy” director, Karen Hochma. Why Netta? The Chief Marketing Officer of Partner, told Israeli business news outlet globes.co.il had this to say about Netta. We’re excited to be part of an original campaign with a young and talented artist like Netta. She has an amazing ability to transcend conventions and penetrate straight to the heart with her musical truth. Her artistic footprint stands out in the campaign. Netta has star power! When talking to Israeli newspaper “Israel Hayom” that what she …

Switzerland will use an internal selection for Eurovision 2019

Switzerland will be using an internal selection for their 2019 Eurovision Song Contest entry. SRF, the Swiss broadcaster, have announced they will no longer use the Die Entscheidungsshow national final.  Instead of Die Entscheidungsshow the broadcasters will be looking to a 120 member jury to select the song to send to Israel in 2019. The jury will be made of 100 selected members of the public and 20 industry experts. The two juries will have equal 50/50 say in the outcome. In cooperation with Digame, a 100-member public panel will be put together according to selected criteria. Those interested in being a public jury member will be able to apply at the end of August. The 20-member international expert jury will be made up of former members of the respective countries’ juries. Switzerland starts their search September 1st Songwriters, producers and artists will be invited to submit their song from September 1st. These songs will not be made available publicly at any point in the selection. The submission window will close on October 1 at which point the two juries will be invited to listen to all of the songs. The Swiss broadcasters; SRF, RSI, RTS and RTR will have the ability to …

The Mum factor! Claudia and Fabrizio’s mother Anna Faniello goes for Eurovision glory!

One of the most exciting announcements during the Eurovision off-season so far has been the announcement that PBS will use the first season of The X Factor Malta to select Malta’s artist for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Over the past few days, auditions have been underway on the Mediterranean island and one of the contestants is none other than Anna Faniello, mother to previous Eurovision contestants Claudia and Fabrizio Faniello! Leaving the judges breathless? Photographed at Fort Saint Elmo in the Maltese capital city of Valletta, Anna is seen with her son and daughter ready for her X Factor Malta audition. Anna is even wearing the iconic auditionee number sticker! We’ll have to wait until the show airs on television later this year to discover whether Anna was successful. Another summer night, another Faniello? Anna’s son Fabrizio represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, in 2001 and 2006. In 2001, Fabrizio placed ninth with Another Summer Night which is Malta’s fifth best result since the turn of the millennium. His return in 2006 was less successful, with I Do finishing 24th and last in the grand final. Overall, Fabrizio participated in the Maltese Eurovision pre-selection ten times, most recently …

Bosnia and Herzegovina: BHRT decline Ralph Siegel’s sponsorship

BHRT, the national broadcaster in charge of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, declined Ralph Siegel’s offer of money to help them cover the cost of their participation in 2019. A broadcaster under sanctions. The country’s struggles in recent years to sent entries to Eurovision, due to financial difficulties have been well documented. Due to this, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) have set sanctions against them, due to unpaid debts. Due to these sanctions. The broadcaster had to reject Siegel’s offer last year in 2018, hosted in Lisbon thanks to Portugal’s win in Kyiv, with the song “Amar Pelos Dois”. Details of the offer however, was that the country was going to be represented by folk singer Hanka Paldum. What was said? Head of Delegation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lejla A. Babovic had this to say, to news source www.klik.ba. Last year, we could not accept that offer because we did not participate in the Eurosong. We left this opportunity open and this year we contacted the EBU regarding the possibility of BHRT participation at the Eurosong in 2019. Unfortunately, the BHRT remains under the sanctions of the EBU, who told us that BHRT can not participate in the Eurosong until …

Switzerland: RTS open submissions for Eurovision 2019

Throwing stones early, Switzerland’s French language broadcaster RTS have begun their search for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Making use of radio station Option Musique, applicants can start submitting their songs now. RTS Submission window open RTS are hoping to turn Swiss fortunes around and are looking for singers and songwriters who want to be Switzerland’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel. Would be entrants can submit their songs to Option Musique here. Typical Eurovision rules apply: The song cannot exceed three minutes in length. The song must not be published before 1st September 2018. A maximum of six participants on stage. It has yet to be determined how the RTS submissions will filter into the wider complexity of the Swiss format. German language SRF, Italian language RSI and Romansh language RTR have yet to reveal their plans for 2019. Die Entscheidungsshow has been the format of choice during this decade, with the final selection of songs facing of in the national final. This has undergone a revamp in recent times, since the online platform where the public could vote was dropped and the expert check was introduced. Last year also saw the regional quota dropped, which …

Belgium confirms intention to participate in Eurovision 2019

According to eurovisionbelgium.be, Belgium has confirmed an intention to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with broadcaster Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française (RTBF) taking the reigns of selecting the act. The two Belgian broadcasters, French-speaking RTBF and Flemish Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT), take it in turns to be in charge of the nation’s Eurovision participation. While details have yet to be revealed as to how the broadcaster will select the artist and song, RTBF have typically favoured internal selections. This method has led to real Eurovision success stories in recent years – such as Loïc Nottet and Blanche. Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest One of the founding countries in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, Belgium has had a long history of participation, only missing three contests: 1994, 1997 and 2001. Despite this Belgium has only won the contest once, which was in 1986. Since the introduction of the semi-finals Belgium have struggled to consistently qualify for the final. After a recent string of three top 10 results between 2015-2017, it seems that both broadcasters have mastered the formula for Eurovision success. In Lisbon, Sennek flew the Belgian flag with her haunting Bond-esque ballad ‘A Matter of Time’. The song became a …

Germany calling for Eurovision 2019 / Unser Song jury

German broadcaster NDR have opened the application process for people who want to be part of the nations 100 member Eurovision 2019 selection jury. This suggests Germany will again use the Unser Song format to select their Eurovision entry. NDR have again partnered with Simon-Kucher & Partners to help determine a 100 member ‘Eurovision Jury’. The company’s expertise includes complex data modelling and app voting. Firstly the jury will help determine the participants of the televised national final. This jury will then vote again during the show alongside the international jury and the German public. NDR have yet to confirm what the national final will be or it’s name but the repeat of the process introduced at the last national selection ‘Unser Lied für Lissabon’ suggests the show is set to return in the same format in 2019. Germany at Eurovision 2018 Michael Schulte was chosen to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. His song “You Let Me Walk Alone” scored a total of 340 points, giving Germany their best result since Lena won the competition in 2010. Who would you like to see represent Germany in 2019?

Breaking Taboos! X Factor Malta kicks off a nationwide search

Auditions for X Factor Malta are ongoing as the small island nation goes through the process of finalizing the lineup of hopefuls for the upcoming season of the show. In addition to winning the chance to represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, the winner will also get signed to Sony Music Italy in order to jump start an international music career. X Factor Malta winner to represent the country in Eurovision 2019 X Factor Malta Requirements All artists must be sixteen years of age or older by 1st May 2019 Each performance may have up to six people on stage All solo artists must be of Maltese nationality or hold dual citizenship, one which being Maltese. If an act includes more than one performer, only the lead artist needs to fulfill this nationality/citizenship requirement. A Nationwide Search Things are getting serious as the application process has ended and one of the submissions will be the next Maltese Eurovision representative. This past weekend in the PAVI Shopping Complex in Malta the first pop up booth auditions took place in order to narrow down the applicants to a lucky few. The pop up booths are a part of the …

Eurovision 2019: Is Tel Aviv now closer to hosting the contest?

After Netta’s victory in Lisbon, there has been a lot of speculation as for where the Eurovision 2019 will be hosted. There have been many reports on the contest being taken from Israel and given to back- up hosts like Austria. However,  the EBU announced Israel as the host of the 2019 contest, with the city being announced in September. But do the newly released hosting criteria for 2019 mean that Tel Aviv will be the 2019 host? What do the criteria require? Earlier in the day, the Israeli broadcaster KAN released the criteria for the selection of the Eurovision 2019 host city. Among others, the important ones include that: The venue must have a minimum 8,000 people and a maximum 12,000 people capacity, and should be in a covered space There must be at least 3,000 available hotel rooms in the city A press centre with a capacity for 1,500 journalists must be close to the venue The venue must be available for preparations from March to May 2019 However, there is a specific requirement, that the contest rehearsals should also take place during Shabbat. According to the rules of the EBU, there must be two general rehearsals on the …

RTVSLO awaiting new programme plan to confirm Slovenia’s Eurovision 2019 participation

Slovene broadcaster RTVSLO has confirmed to ESCXTRA.com that they have yet to submit an application to participate in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. As is the normal process at RTVSLO, they must await the following year’s programme production plan to be unveiled prior to being able to confirm Slovenia’s participation in the forthcoming contest. “No application yet” With the deadline for broadcasters to provisionally apply for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest slowly approaching, and no announcement from RTVSLO regarding Slovenia’s continued participation, ESCXTRA.com contacted the broadcaster for an update. We thank them for their swift reply to our questions and RTVSLO gave the following explanation to us: RTV Slovenia confirms its participation in the ESC and similar projects of the EBU only after the program-production plan for the year in which the competition is running is adopted.  The plan has not yet been adopted, and no application has yet been made. Defending their Choir of the Year crown? Therefore, Slovenia’s lack of announcement thus far should not worry Eurovision fans. It is part of RTVSLO’s programming strategy to await for the new year’s programme production plan prior to confirming their participation in Eurovision events. This also explains why Slovenia have …