Israel 2019

For all the news about the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Israel.

Deposit crisis officially solved: Israel will host Eurovision 2019

After several weeks of a situation in standstill, and with an escalation of words yesterday, the “deposit crisis” is finally solved. IPBC will take a loan to pay the EBU, and the Government shall guarantee it should the contest be cancelled for external reasons. What is the deposit crisis? If Israel wants to host Eurovision, the public broadcaster IPBC (Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation) must pay a guarantee deposit to the EBU (European Broadcasting Union, which organizes the contest). This deposit serves two purposes : it shows that the broadcaster is able to finance the hosting, and should the hosting in Israel be cancelled – whatever the reason –, it would fund the hosting elsewhere. However, if all goes well, the deposit should be sent back to the IPBC after the contest. This year, the EBU asked for a 12 million euros deposit (50 million New Israeli Shekels). The IPBC considers it cannot pay those 12 million without cutting into production and staff (up to 200 redundancies). Being a public broadcaster, it asked for extra funding from the Government, which has been refusing it, considering any extra funding would be seen as political meddling, and that the annual budget (178m euros) …

Backup plans and shutdown threats : Israel deposit crisis esclates 24 hours before the deadline

As we reported yesterday, Israeli broadcaster IPBC has not yet paid a financial guarantee of 12 million euros to the EBU. Today, the EBU and the Israeli Government have issued several statements regarding the situation, as we enter the last 24 hours before we reach the deadline. What is the “deposit crisis”? Israel won Eurovision in 2018, and as such, is entitled to hosting the next edition, in 2019. They accepted to host, so it is now the role of the new public broadcaster IPBC (whose main channel is KAN) to organize the events. Because of the situation in Israel (new broadcaster, tensed local geopolitics, etc.), the EBU requires a garantee deposit of 12 million euros. It serves two purposes: first, it would prove that the country and broadcaster have the financial capacity to host ; and second, if events lead to the cancellation of the contest in Israel, the deposit can be used to fund the back-up plans. However, if all goes well, the 12 million euros should go back to the IPBC once the 2019 contest finishes. The crisis is simple: the IPBC asked for financial help from the Government in order to pay the deposit. The Government, …

Latest reports: Israel 2019 once again in jeopardy?

A few moments ago reports have surfaced that Israel might be on the verge of giving up the right to host the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel in 2019. The €12 Million Deposit Debacle In order to guarantee the hosting of the contest in Israel, IPBC must deposit a €12 Million deposit into a bank account in Switzerland.  The first deadline to get the deposit to EBU has passed, but luckily enough, they were given an extension until the 14th August.  However, there is a possibility that IPBC will not be able to gather enough funds to give the deposit to the EBU. IPBC has appealed to the Prime Minister for a quick solution Gil Omer (who is the chairman of the public broadcaster) has written to Prime Minister for assistance in regards to the situation, in which he has mentioned the following: “In two days, the Israel Broadcasting Corporation is required to provide a guarantee in the amount of € 12 million to ensure the existence of the Eurovision 2019 competition in Israel. This is a point of no return, after which, if the guarantee is not provided as required by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) It will not be …

Serbia Confirms for Eurovision 2019

Serbia has announced on social media that it will participate in next year’s competition in Israel.  Serbian Broadcasting Corporation – RTS has confirmed its participation in Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel! Public anonymous competition for interested participants is open for entries until November 1st [email protected] #Eurovision #ESC #SerbiaESC #Beovizija— RTS | Serbia ESC (@SerbiaESC) August 8, 2018 RTS has given interested participants until the 1st November to submit entries Return of Beovizija confirmed RTS will once again use Beovizija to select the act that will represent them in Israel.  According to RTS, once the entries have been submitted, the entries will then be analyzed and shortlisted by a committee consisting of music editors of RTS based on music quality. If, however, there are entries which the committee feels does not meet the music quality, RTS has the right to override this and let the entry compete. RTS has also confirmed that Beovizija will use a mixture of voting in order to select their act for Israel. 50% of the votes will come from music experts and 50% of the vote will come from the public. Serbia at the Eurovision Song Contest Serbia debuted as an independent nation at 2007 with …

1in360 releases a “Brand Identity Redesign” for the second edition

On August 8th, 2018, 1in360 posted a video on their Facebook page that comprised of a “redesign” of the 1in360 brand. This announcement comes months after the London based competition expressed intent for a second edition. 1in360 is one of the newest additions to the family of Eurovision national selections, and was one of the most intriguing selections in the 2018 Eurovision season. The contest was open to acts across the world for a chance to represent San Marino in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Shortly after the winner of the contest was chosen, 1in360 made an announcement on their official Facebook page, stating that they “have every intention to come back next year with a bigger and better selection…” Though the winning entry did not succeed in Lisbon, the selection still showed a lot of promise for the micronation, which has only qualified once out of nine attempts. What’s different? In the video posted on the 1in360 Facebook page, we are introduced to the 5 “core values” of the contest. These include inclusiveness, across boundaries, creativity, uniqueness, and premium content. The video states that the goal of 1in360 is to “…carry these values to new talent and audiences across …

Austria yet to confirm entry for Eurovision 2019 but have begun to shortlist entrants

After a surprise third place result for Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, ÖRF are yet to confirm their participation for the 2019 edition of the competition but are reportedly already looking at names to internally select as their representative in Israel to build on the success of Cesár Sampson in Lisbon, Portugal. Continuing with an internal selection? Since 2017, Austria has selected their Eurovision entrant internally, allowing the artist and songwriters a lot of time to perfect their song for the contest. Qualifying twice consecutively, Nathan Trent and Cesár Sampson both profited from being selected early in achieving strong results for the Central European nation. Although rumours are beginning to appear that ÖRF have started shortlisting potential artists for 2019, it must be remembered that both Trent and Sampson were officially announced in December – so there are plenty of weeks ahead before we can begin to expect any official confirmation on which artist will represent Austria. Fellow Eurovision fansite, wiwibloggs, have picked up that on social media, Joe Traxler has been publicising his name in regards to a potential Eurovision selection – thanks to an Instagram post that Nathan Trent himself has liked! Thanks for the shoutout @austrovision 🙏🏻 …

EBU respond to TRT claims

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has responded to Turkish broadcaster Turkish Radio and Television Corporation’s (TRT) claims that the Eurovision Song Contest needs to be “fixed” in order for them to return. What did TRT say? Previously reported by us that Ibrahim Eren, who was last year appointed as the general for the broadcaster was asked a question about the future of Turkey’s participation of the contest. Well it wasn’t positive at all. You can read what was said below. TRT break Eurovision silence – “If they can fix it, Turkey will join Eurovision again” What did the EBU say? A spokesperson to the European Broadcasting Union had this to say in response. “The Eurovision Song Contest’s values are of universality and inclusivity and our proud tradition of celebrating diversity through music,” The Spokesperson then followed on to say this. “TRT has made a huge contribution to the contest in the past, including hosting the event in Istanbul in 2004, and we would very much welcome them back should they decide to participate again,” LGBT rights on the decline in Turkey. Musa Igrek, a Turkish journalist told reuters.com that LGBT issues are being poorly dealt with in Turkey as he …

Denmark confirm participation in Eurovision 2019

Confirmations for Eurovision 2019 are rolling in. Danish broadcaster DR have confirmed to ESCToday that Denmark will be participating at Eurovision 2019 in Israel. Denmark has traditionally used their national selection Dansk Melodi Grand Prix to select their Eurovison entry. They are expected to continue this tradition, with DR to reveal details on submissions at a later date.  Can Denmark make it four wins at Eurovision? Denmark debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957, with three wins to date. Grethe & Jorgen Ingmann in 1963,  Olsen Brothers in 2000 and Emmelie de Forest in 2013.  In 2018 the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix was won by Rasmussen with the song ‘Higher Ground’. The Viking inspired track was a success in Lisbon, placing 9th in the Grand Final, thanks in part to being 5th with televoters. 

Lithuania confirm Eurovision 2019 participation

As preparations and participations for the new Eurovision season continue to roll in, Lithuania confirms their interest for Israel 2019. Lithuania confirm participation Speaking to fellow fan site ESC Today, Lithuania’s national broadcaster (LRT) confirmed their participation for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Therefore ensuring the entire Baltic trinity, along with Estonia and Latvia, will be present in Israel. So far over 20 countries in total have confirmed their intentions for 2019. Whilst no official announcement has been made, it is likely Lithuania will continue to stick with the Eurovizijos format. Stay tuned for more updates in due course. Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest Next year will mark Lithuania’s 20th appearance in the contest, having made their debut in 1994. Their first entrant Ovidijus Vyšniauskas with the song Lopšinė mylimai failed to leave a lasting impression on Europe, finishing last with the dreaded nil points. However that didn’t deter the plucky Baltic nation, who after some early stop starts, have attended every year since 2004. The semi-final era has seen some mixed results, Lithuania’s best finish coming in 2006 with LT United and the aptly named We Are The Winners. Despite the name, LT United could only manage 6th. …

Sweden’s P4 Nästa 2018 finalists and guests revealed

Sveriges Radio have revealed the eight finalists for P4 Nästa 2018. One of the prizes for winning the competition will be the opportunity to compete at Melodifestivalen 2019. Sveriges Radio have described the acts as offering everything from “pop and modern rock to a country ballad and nostalgic synthpop”. The eight acts were selected from the winners of local P4 Nästa selections held across all of the regional P4 stations in Sweden. The public online voting has already started, with the final taking place on August 25.  A jury will also be voting during the live broadcast. Beside The Bridge – Cool KidSpring City – Back On Our StreetsThe Lovers Of Valdaro – Lost ForeverPatricia Birgersso – Här Och NuEwelina Westin – Fading LightJosias Andersson – En Kort SekundAmandine X – Beautiful MessJahr – Magic Melodifestivalen winners announced as guests Photo: Micke Grönberg / Sotarn Otf / Karla Anton Björkman. Melodifestivalen winners Benjamin Ingrosso (2018) and Anna Bergendahl (2010) will be performing at the P4 Nästa 2018 live final, as well as last year’s P4 Nästa winner Stiko Per Larsson. Stiko competed in Melodifestivalen 2018 with his song ‘Titta vi flyger’.