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SVT to reveal Melodifestivalen entrants on November 27th

Swedish broadcaster SVT has revealed when we’ll find out who is going to take part in Melodifestivalen 2019. The date for the press conference has been set for Tuesday, November 27th. Revealing their hopefuls The Swedish broadcaster is used to making a big media event of their Melodifestivalen announcement. As is tradition, they’ll host a press conference to announce all 28 hopefuls. They announced the date on Twitter: November 27th! 💙— Melodifestivalen (@SVTmelfest) November 16, 2018 In the weeks leading up to the announcement, Aftonbladet have been trying to complete the list of entrants already. The newspaper reported numerous names that might be set to take part in the show. Most of the names mentioned so far are successful former entrants of the show, such as Alcazar’s Lina Hedlund, joik singer Jon Henrik Fjällgren and FO&O singer Oscar Enestad. Other names on the list include Nano, Wiktoria, Jan Malmsjö and Anton Hagman, as well as former winners Arvingarna. The Lovers of Valdaro have been confirmed to take part as they won P4 Nästa’s talent hunt. Four semis and four hosts A few weeks ago, SVT already announced who would be hosting Melodifestivalen 2019. Two of the hosts are familiar faces …

Ruth Lorenzo, Brisa Fenoy and Emma Sandström submit songs to Gala Eurovision

RTVE’s submissions for Operación Triunfo 2018‘s Gala Eurovision closed yesterday. Now familiar names, including Ruth Lorenzo, Brisa Fenoy and Emma Sandström have revealed they have submitted songs. From Eurovision to Gala Eurovision composer At the close of submissions RTVE have received over 1000 entries, far exceeding the number received last year. Since then, names of composers who have been invited and applied have begun to emerge. Following Wednesday night’s episode of OT Gala 8, Ruth Lorenzo, who achieved a top 10 result with ‘Dancing In The Rain’ in 2014, announced during the post-show OT Chat that she had entered a composition for the January selection show. Despite charming the audience with her X Factor and talent show knowledge on the judging panel, it proved to be a dramatic night for the Eurovision 2014 singer. OT favourite Famous received his first nomination by Ruth Lorenzo, although he was later saved by the academy. However all was well again in the OT Chat post-show as Ruth declared Famous to be her personal favourite. Lo más difícil que he tenido que hacer desde que tuve que cambiar el vestido de eurovision a última hora 😱Muchísimas felicidades a Famous por seguir en la academia, …

Switzerland to announce their entry in March!

The Swiss broadcaster, Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) has announced that the final stage of their selection process to select the Swiss entrant to the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest is underway. They also announced that the entry will be announced in March although the date of the reveal was not specified. The contest is due to take place in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Change of Direction. In the Eight years that spanned 2011-2018, Switzerland has used the National Final format Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow (The Big Decision Show). But for 2019, SRF decided to take a different approach to the selection format. The Internal Selection Format. As a result, we reported that SRF decided that the way forward was to opt for Internal Selection. They announced that a panel of 100 members of the public. 6100 people applied to be a part of this “Public Jury”. These were narrowed down to 1000. Furthermore these 1000 were interviewed to therefore narrow them down the the final 100. 20 industry experts would also help to decide who will represent Switzerland. So the voting will be on a 50/50 basis. One of these industry experts was revealed as Romania’s 2010 Third-Place and 2014 entrant, Ovi.  The Italian …

Tal Barnea and Sharon Ben-David join Tel Aviv’s core team

Though we are just on the cusp of Minsk for Junior Eurovision 2018, that hasn’t stopped updates for the adult contest next year. Israeli media have reported two new members have been added to the core team for Tel Aviv 2019. Both additions would be working under the vision of Ms. Zivit Davidovitch, who will be the Executive Producer for Eurovision 2019.  Who is Tal Barnea? Eagle-eyed fans may recognise Mr. Barnea by name or even recognise his face. In Lisbon Mr. Barnea was the head of delegation for Israel. During the 2016 and 2017 contests he was the deputy head of delegation for Israel. However, his interaction with Eurovision stretches all the way back to the last time the country hosted at the turn of the century in 1999! In 2005, Mr. Barnea started working at the EBU in Geneva as a project manager.  In Tel Aviv 2019, Mr. Barnea will be the Director of International Relations, acting as the coordinator of the EBU and Eurovision operations at KAN. As part of this role, he will be accountable for arranging activities with the many international partners who are involved in the production of the contest. Obviously, this will include …

ERR reveals the 24 Eesti Laul 2019 semifinalists

The Eesti Laul 2019 semifinalists were revealed today. The line-up includes many familiar names, including Estonia’s Eurovision 2013 representative Birgit and 2014 representative Tanja as part of the group The Swingers. Stig returns as songwriter Stig Rästa, who has taken part in Estonia’s national selection every year since 2013 either as a singer or a songwriter, returns again as a songwriter. The song “Storm” is performed by Victor Crone, who has previously taken part in Melodifestivalen 2015. He performed the song “De rår vi inte för” with Behrang Miri but failed to reach the final. Estonia’s Eurovision 2013 representative Birgit and 2014 representative Tanja take part together with the group The Swingers. Tanja has written their song together with Timo Vendt and Mihkel Mattisen. Sandra Nurmsalu also returns after representing the country in Eurovision 2009 with the band Urban Symphony. She also took part in Eesti Laul 2014. Eesti Laul 2019 semifinalists Kerli Kivilaan – Cold Love, written by Kerli Kilivlaan, Egert Milder, Andres KöpperKadiah – Believe, written by Kadi PollSofia Rubina-Hunter – Deep Water, written by Sofia Rubina-Hunter, Jaanika Tenn, Oljana KalssonInger – Coming Home, written by Inger Fridolin, Karl-Ander ReismannThe Swingers – High Heels in the Neighbourhood, written …

Belgium: Valentine Brognion for Tel Aviv?

With the Eurovision season having just started and the countries revealing their plans for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, it seems that we might have the first artist for 2019, coming from Belgium! Valentine Brognion to represent Belgium? According to exclusive information from oikotimes.com, the Belgian Broadcaster responsible for their 2019 participation, RTBF, has opted once again for an internal selection. In particular, they are reportedly ready to announce Valentine Brognion as the Belgian representative! The broadcaster is currently silent whether Valentine will fly the Belgian flag in Tel Aviv. Who is Valentine Brognion? The 20-year old artist is the winner of The Voice Belgique 2018. If RTBF announces her as the Belgian representative, she will be following the footsteps of Roberto Bellarosa, Loïc Nottet and Blance, who were all selected by RTBF after having previously competed in The Voice. She has not released any recordings since her victory. Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest One of the founding countries in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, Belgium has only missed three contests: 1994, 1997 and 2001. Despite this Belgium has only won the contest once, in 1986. Since the introduction of the semi-finals Belgium has struggled to qualify for …

RTVE announce 336 songs submitted so far for Eurovision 2019

Spanish broadcaster RTVE has announced that they have received 336 songs to date as they search for their potential entry for Eurovision 2019.  So many choices The majority of the songs submitted so far are either pop or a ballad. On the other hand, trap and heavy metal songs are less common in the bunch. Furthermore, RTVE reports that the songs they have received are in various official languages spoken in Spain. In that case, there’s a possibility that we will be hearing the likes of Catalan or Basque in these songs. Old and new faces Moreover, the songwriters of these 336 songs consist of young newcomers who are looking to enter the music industry for the first time. On the other hand, there are many familiar faces that have submitted a song, as these people have previously taken part in Eurovision. The chosen ones The deadline to submit an entry is this week, on November 15. Songwriters and producers can choose their preferred contestant from Operación Triunfo 2018. This also includes those that have already been eliminated. In addition, RTVE have reached out to professional artists and songwriters to submit their entries.  Twenty songs will be shortlisted. Once they …

Italy: You can now listen to the Sanremo Giovani competing entries!

As we reported back in late June, Italian broadcaster (RAI) eliminated the newcomers section of Sanremo and instead created a brand new show called Sanremo Giovani. You can now listen to the 69 potential entries!  From 69 to 24 You can now listen to the 69 potential entries from Sanremo Giovani! It may take a while to listen to all, but you can do so here! The show will take place between December 17 to 21 and will see 24 newcomers participating. The line-up will consist of 18 entrants selected through an audition round and 6 from local singers from the Sanremo Academy. They will compete for 2 places in the Sanremo Festival next February. Furthermore, the winners will also compete for victory at the Festival, something newcomers were not able to do until now. Thus, the winners may potentially be Italy’s Eurovision 2019 entrant(s)!  An effort to find new musical talents RAI says that the idea comes from the show’s Artistic Director and popular Italian singer Claudio Baglioni, who believes it is very important to strengthen RAI’s efforts to find new Italian musical talents. Before the shows, singers will have the opportunity to introduce their music and personal stories …

RTVSLO open submissions for EMA 2019 and introduce changes to format

The submission window for Slovenia’s national final (EMA) is now officially opened and will close next December 14. RTVSLO also introduced some changes to the format compared to previous years.  No more semi-finals In 2019, there will no longer be semi-finals of EMA. Instead, the show will take place on a single night with up to 10 participants competing. During the final, a professional jury will select 2 acts that will then proceed to a superfinal. Eventually, televote will decide the winner of the duel, who will earn the right to be Slovenia’s 25th representative at Eurovision.  Only Slovenian citizenship holders may compete According to RTVSLO rules, only Slovene may compete at EMA. However, unlike last year, there are no requirements on the language of the songs as they may be performed in any language. Additionally, RTVSLO also have the option of inviting entrants to the show.  Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest Slovenia made their Eurovision debut back in 1993 with 1X band being their first representative, finishing 22nd. So far, Slovenia made 24 appearances at the contest, only missing out in 1994 and 2000 and qualified for the final on 14 occasions. To date, their best result is …

Germany reveals impressive list of Unser lied für Tel Aviv songwriting camp participants

Last year, in Lisbon, Germany’s string of bad results in Eurovision came to an end when Michael Schulte came 4th with his song, You Let Me Walk Alone. This was Germany’s best result in the contest since Lena’s win with Satellite in 2010 and it appears to have spurred a lot of interest in the country. The list of songwriters taking part in the Unser lied für Tel Aviv songwriting camps has just been revealed and it is looking like Germany may be heading for another top 5 result! The 24 songwriters have spent five days supporting the six Unser lied für Tel Aviv candidates. The songs will be performed in a “preliminary round” in February. Lars Ingwersen and his team will pick which songs will advance to the Unser lied für Tel Aviv live show. Several Eurovision alumni The list of songwriters includes several previous Eurovision participants and songwriters. Tim Schou was the lead singer of the Danish band A Friend in London, who came 5th in Eurovision 2011 with their song New Tomorrow. The band went on to release an album in 2013 before disbanding in 2014. You may know Axel Ehnström by his stage name, Paradise Oskar, with …