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Switzerland: Romania’s Ovi invited to feature on International Jury!

After another failure to qualify in Lisbon, Switzerland announced their change of plans regarding their entry selection in 2019. We now have the first invited member of the International Jury, which will be used to select the Swiss song! Ovi to be an expert juror! In a Facebook post, the Romanian representative in both 2010 and 2014, Ovi, announced that he has been invited to be a member of the International Expert Jury. This jury will be made up of former members of the respective countries’ juries. They will have a 50% say in the outcome, with another jury, a 100-member public panel, having the other 50%. Ovi represented Romania along with Paula Seling twice. In 2010, they achieved Romania’s best result in the contest, coming third with 162 points with their song “Playing with fire”. They returned once again in 2014 with the song “Miracle”. They finished 12th with 72 points. Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest Switzerland was one of the countries that competed in the very first Eurovision in 1956. They were also the first winners with Lys Assia’s “Refrain”. They also won the contest in 1988 with Celine Dion’s “Ne partez pas sans moi.” Since the introduction …

2,295 songs submitted to Melodifestivalen 2019

Melodifestivalen 2019 will not kick off for another six months, but there’s already buzz surrounding next year’s edition. A total of 2,295 songs were submitted which are now being narrowed down to 28. Least amount of songs since 2015 Sweden’s national selection has always generated plenty of interest from songwriters and singers alike. However, the amount of songs submitted ahead of next year’s contest were the lowest since 2015 when only 2,177 songs were sent in. Whether that’s a sign of waning interest remains unknown, but keep in mind that 2015 marked yet another Eurovision win for Sweden. The saying ‘quality over quantity’ has never been more accurate. A possible explanation for the decrease in submitted entries may be that songwriters only send in their best work, while they maximized their chances by sending in a lot of songs in the past. For reference, last year’s contest had 2,771 submitted entries. In 2011, a whopping 3,832 entries were submitted for consideration to compete. Since then, numbers have gone down, but in the last few years they’ve remained somewhat stable.  What to expect in Melodifestivalen 2019 So far, there is only one confirmed act for Melodifestivalen 2019. As ESCXTRA previously reported,  The …

Ukraine will participate in Tel Aviv!

Earlier in Septmber, we reported that Ukraine intended to participate to Eurovision 2019. We now know that they country will indeed participate! No further detail on selection method just yet Ukrainian broadcaster (UA:PBC) confirmed to fellow Eurovision fansite ESCToday that they will participate in Tel Aviv next May. This will be the country’s 16th participation at the contest, having debuted in 2003, only missing out once in 2015.  So far, the broadcaster has yet to reveal further details on how they intend to select their entrant for Israel. In recent years, UA:PBC collaborated with private broadcaster STB to organize the selection. STB funds the national final and the staging at the contest while UA:PBC pays for the fees associated with participation. Eurovision Song Contest 2019 The 2019 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place on 14, 16 and 18 May in Tel Aviv, Israel.  This follows Israel’s Netta Barzilai’s victory with her catchy entry “Toy“. So far, more than countries have either confirmed participation or intent to participate. As we previously reported, countries will have until sometime in October to confirm their participation in Tel Aviv. Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest Ukraine made their Eurovision debut back in 2003. …

Belarus confirms participation in Tel Aviv!

In the past few weeks confirmations of participation in Israel have been rolling in. Belarusian broadcaster BTRC also confirmed the country will participate at Eurovision next May.  No further information regarding selection method Belarus will participate at Eurovision for the 16th time in a row in Tel Aviv, having debuted in Istanbul in 2004. Currently, BRTC has not yet revealed further details regarding how they will select their 2019 entrant. However, it is likely that the country will continue using their televised national final as they have been doing the last few years. Eurovision Song Contest 2019 The 2019 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place on 14, 16 and 18 May in Tel Aviv, Israel.  This follows Israel’s Netta Barzilai’s victory with her catchy entry “Toy“. So far, more than countries have either confirmed participation or intent to participate. As we previously reported, countries will have until sometime in October to confirm their participation in Tel Aviv. Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest Belarus made their Eurovision debut back in 2004 with Alexandra and Kostantin’s “My Galileo” and participated every year since. Unfortunately, the country has struggled to achieve good results at the contest only making the final …

The Dream team is back for 2019

The legendary Eurovision Dream Team consisting of Greek composer Dimitris Kontopoulos, Greek choreographer Fokas Evangelinos as well as Russian superstar Philipp Kirkorov and professionals from UK and Sweden have started preparing for Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Eurovision Dream Team is back in 2019 Philipp Kirkorov that represented Russia in Eurovision Song Contest 1995 and a key member of the legendary “Dream Team” posted a photo on his Instagram account of him and the rest of the Dream Team, revealing that the team is preparing for a comeback for next year in Eurovision Song Contest 2019 to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel.  View this post on Instagram “DREAM TEAM” starts its May adventure from the highest point of the United States of America…! #DreamTeam A post shared by Филипп Киркоров (@fkirkorov) on Sep 22, 2018 at 1:24pm PDT Among the successful entries where the Eurovision Dream Team was involved with is the Belarussian Eurovision entry 2007 “Work Your Magic”, followed by Ukranian Ani Lorak’s entry “Shady Lady” in 2008 ending up 2nd, Greece’s “This Is Our Night” from 2009, Azerbaijan 2013 “Hold Me”, Russia’s “Shine” from 2014 followed the successful Russian 2016 entry “You’re The Only One” by …

Operación Triunfo Gala 0 overview

Gala 0 of the Spanish smash hit reality TV show-National Final hybrid Operación Triunfo occurred last week. We give you a round up of what happened!  Gala 0 started off in a nostalgic tone with the cast of  Operación Triunfo: 2017 performing “Camina”. Watch the performance below. Gala 0 saw performances from famous songs such as Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean”, Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman”, Bishop Brigg’s “River”, Stevie Wonder’s “Faith”. Even Jamelia’s “Superstar” was featured in the Gala 0’s performances. Watch the performances below in a handy playlist. But like with all National Finals and Reality TV shows, we had to have an elimination. Unfortunately, this week we had to say goodbye to Rodrigo and Luis. This elimination therefore meant that they would be refused access to “The Academy” and subsequently be a part of the 16 who will be in the running to represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, which will be occurring in Tel Aviv, Israel. Also noteworthy about Gala 0 is the viewing figures. The show was watched by 2,321,000 people in contrast to 2,656,000 viewers who watched Gala 0 in 2017. However the audience share is up from 2017. 19% watched in 2017 compared to …

Did you hear? Eurovision tidbits, week 38

There is no doubt about it; Love really is in the air in the Euroverse these days. This week’s roundup of not so breaking Eurovision news is filled with love, happiness and positivity. And wisdom and beauty. Enjoy!  Do something that makes you happy!  Did we really need another reason to love Benjamin Ingrosso?! He’s charming, a talented singer, he loves Italian food, is a good chef, just released a new (great!) album…so no; we didn’t. However, he still gave us one! Earlier this week he posted this photo on Instagram, and we’re loving it! View this post on Instagram Do something today that makes you happy! Life’s too short ( literally) ☕️ A post shared by BENJAMIN INGROSSO (@benjaminingrosso) on Sep 19, 2018 at 1:55am PDT I don’t know about you guys, but this picture just makes me soooo happy! I seriously can not stop smiling 🙂 

Eurovision in Concert details revealed

One of the largest Eurovision pre-parties, Amsterdam’s Eurovision in Concert has confirmed the venue for its 11th edition. This news comes just days after the announcement of the date (6th of April). Alongside the announcement, AFAS Live, a new logo for the event was also unveiled on the official Twitter account: Here it is: the logo for Eurovision in Concert 2019! What do you think of it? 😉 And yes.. AFAS Live will be our venue again..😉. News about ticket sales coming up soon! #EiC2019 #eurovision #songfestival #eurovisioninconcert #amsterdam pic.twitter.com/C6XmrK8XGJ— EurovisionInConcert (@ESCinConcert) September 21, 2018 The post confirmed that the venue would indeed be the same as the 2018 edition, despite AFAS originally being a one-off to commemorate its ten-year anniversary of the event. Organisers also promised that news about ticket sales will be made available ‘soon’. With how quickly details are emerging for the event, ‘soon’ could mean a matter of days. ESCXTRA’s pre-party coverage As usual, the ESCXTRA team will be on the ground in Amsterdam, bringing fresh content and updates for fans who aren’t attending. In addition to recordings of the performances, we will be uploading interviews with the performing artists. In the meantime, coverage of last year’s event …

Irish songwriters association to debate over Eurovision boycott

Eurovision 2019 will take place in Tel-Aviv, Israel, next May. Given the political situation in Israel and around it, there has been several calls for boycott in different countries in Europe, as well as in Australia. Ireland was one of the first country where important calls for boycott were made, with Charlie McGettigan (1994 winner) supporting such calls. And despite broadcaster RTÉ confirming participation last month, the Irish Sun reports that Irish songwriters might boycott the contest. Calls for boycotting Eurovision Before Ireland confirmed its participation last month, several figures of the Irish Musical Industry had spoken up in support of an Irish boycott, to protest about the Palestinian situation. Among them was Charlie McGettigan, who won Eurovision in 1994 with Paul Harrington. We have sympathy for nearly two million oppressed people living on a small piece of land and being treated very badly by the Israelis. Charlie McGettigan RTÉ’s confirmation regarding Eurovision didn’t stop those songwriters, and it seems they are now considering boycotting the contest on a professional level, with the IASCA. A debate should take place In 2011, Irish music writers created a new union, the IASCA: the Irish Association of Songwriters, Composers & Authors. The IASCA’s …

Australia: SBS rejects boycott letter

Australia’s broadcaster SBS has declared they do not support the calls for a Eurovision boycott, as rumours swirl over their 2019 selection. We got Eurovision love and a boycott rejection Many notable names from across the arts of media and culture had as previously reported, signed a petition calling for a boycott of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest hosted by Israel. Amongst this list were also names from the Eurovision family, as well as household names in Australia. Supporters of the petition from Australia included L-FRESH The LION who was part of their national jury earlier this year in Lisbon. However SBS has today issued a statement reported by The Australian Jewish News denouncing the boycott. Speaking to the paper, SBS declared that they will continue to broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest. Informed by a source, it was stated that: SBS has been the home of Eurovision for 35 years because of the way the contest celebrates diversity and brings different cultures together, united in a common passion for music. SBS Spokesperson Australia to use national final selection in 2019? Whilst SBS have yet to confirm their 2019 participation, interesting rumours have started to surface. Could Australia be considering switching …