Tel Aviv 2019

For all the news about the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 taking place in Tel Aviv, Israel on the 14th, 16th and 18th May.

Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG deliberating selection methods for 2019

Following on from their confirmation to participate in Eurovision 2019, RTCG are currently deliberating on their selection methods to decide who their next entrant will be. Internal or National? Earlier this year, Montenegro’s national broadcaster brought back Montevizija after internally selecting since 2009. From their internal selections however, they have only managed to qualify twice in 2014 and 2015. Although Montevizija didn’t bring them much luck this year either. Vanja Radovanovic’s entry “Inje” failed to make the grand final in Lisbon from the second semi final. Meeting the requirements is vital RTCG (Radio i Televizija Crne Gore) released a statement upon their decision to join next year’s Eurovision Song Contest: By deciding to join the Eurovision Song Contest and sending a Montenegrin representative to the most prestigious music competition in the world, RTCG uses its right and obligation to affirm domestic authors and creators, values and culture to promote its country in front of more than 200 million viewers.The way in which the authors and singer will be selected, which will represent Montenegro at the Eurovision, will be in accordance with the program requirements and internal procedures of the RTCG.Montenegro’s national broadcaster RTCG It’s somewhat unpredictable to guess what we’ll …

BNT confirm Bulgaria’s Eurovision withdrawal

The news we’ve been expecting for a few days has now been confirmed. Bulgaria’s broadcaster BNT has announced their withdrawal from the Eurovision Song Contest. The broadcaster did so on their Twitter channel. Financial reasons In the tweet posted minutes ago, BNT announce that financial reasons are behind their withdrawal. The management of the broadcaster has decided that the costs of Eurovision are too high. OFFICIAL STATEMENT | 15 OCTOBER | Sofia, BulgariaWe are sad to announce that Bulgaria withdraws from #Eurovision. The decision is based on financial reasons because the costs of the project far exceed the financial capacity of BNT according to the Management of the broadcaster— BNT Eurovision Bulgaria 🇧🇬 (@bg_eurovision) October 15, 2018 Eurovision team laid off Bulgaria’s Eurovision withdrawal comes as a surprise. The past few days, signs have been coming out of the broadcaster, though. The entire Eurovision Team, including Head of Delegation Joana Levieva and others, was laid off at the start of the weekend. They then went on to thank all their recent Eurovision entrants. On Saturday, Bulgaria’s 2018 representative JJ confirmed the withdrawal rumours on Twitter. The broadcaster then also confirmed it on Twitter, but told fans to wait for an …

Danish commentator Ole Tøpholm has been laid off by DR

Earlier this year, we reported that EU broadcasters have released an open letter to DR about proposed budget cuts. It turns out that these plans have now come to fruition, as Danish commentator Ole Tøpholm has revealed that he has been laid off as part of the cuts, which involve DR reducing its number of employees by 20%. “Feeling Hurt and Discarded” Tøpholm posted on social media the news that he has been laid off from his position, along with the following picture: I’ve been employed in DR for almost 19 years. I enjoy it every day. It’s fun and a huge privilege.But as a result of the great austerity of 20%. I lose my job as a news host at DR City in Copenhagen. I’m really sorry, and it actually hurts to feel discarded.Instead, I have 14 days to consider another position at DR in NæstvedTøpholm on finding out he has been laid off Since revealing the news, Ole has not confirmed if he has taken up the other position offered by DR. Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest Denmark first appeared at the contest in the second edition in 1957 and has since participated a total of 46 times. It has …

Eurovision: Australia Decides to select entry on February 9th

After teasing a change of plans for the contest, SBS has announced that Eurovision: Australia Decides will be hosted in order to select their entry for their upcoming 2019 contest.  Gold Coast wins the bid According to The Courier-Mail, the Gold Coast succeeded in getting the rights to host Australuia’s first ever national selection. The successful bid from the Queensland Government and Gold Coast City Council managed to win over the likes of Sydney and Melbourne. Remarkably, this is another major event hosted by the Gold Coast, after hosting their first TV Week Logies as well as the Commonwealth Games. “We’re just continuing to build on the Gold Coast’s international reputation as a powerhouse of Australia’s film and television industry.” Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier and Trade Minister Eurovision: Australia Decides After selecting their first 4 entries internally, SBS has decided to let the public decide their Eurovision entry for the first time! The country’s 5th entry will be selected through Eurovision: Australia Decides, the first ever national selection for the country. The selection will be hosted in the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre and will take place on 9 February 2019. The broadcaster, in cooperation with production partner Blink TV, will select the artists for the selection …

Bulgaria withdraws from Eurovision

A member of Equinox, the group which represented Bulgaria in 2018, has confirmed on Twitter that Bulgaria are withdrawing from the Eurovision Song Contest. JJ, also known by his full name Georgi Simeonov, said “it’s extremely sad and disappointing” that Bulgaria will withdraw from the event. In a later tweet, he then went on to say that it was due to finance, rather than performance. I'm extremely sad and disappointed to hear that Bulgaria is withdrawing from Eurovision. It was one if the few opportunities for the Bulgarian performers….— JJ (@itsJJofficial) October 13, 2018 As far as I know it's mainly finacial reason.— JJ (@itsJJofficial) October 13, 2018 Screenshot of JJ’s original tweets, following the deletion of his initial tweet. Cryptic tweets allow Eurovision fans to decipher the news Throughout yesterday evening, the official Twitter account for the Bulgarian delegation was publishing messages which thank a large array of individuals that have helped the nation progress at both the Eurovision Song Contest and Junior Eurovision Song Contest over the past four years. Bulgaria has earned second place in both contests, has successfully hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Sofia and gained a lot of respect within the Eurovision …

RTVE to open submissions for Spanish entries next month!

RTVE has announced that songwriters will be able to submit entries to the Spanish broadcaster between November 1 and November 15.  In addition to the submissions, RTVE will also invite established authors to submit entries as well. How the selection will work A jury panel (made up of two people from the Eurovision fan associations OGAE and AEV, one person from RTVE Digital and two from the music industry) will choose ten songs from among all those received from the submissions. At the same time, entries that were submitted through a direct invitation will also be shortlisted to ten songs by a jury panel consisting of two members of RTVE’s management, 1 of RTVE Digital and 2 professors of the OT Academy. Once the twenty songs have been shortlisted, these will then be recorded by different participants of  ‘Operación Triunfo’. The entries will then be published on RTVE.es for two weeks, where the public can choose their favorite. Once the voting has concluded, the three entries that has the most votes, will have a guaranteed spot at the Eurovision Gala. A jury panel consisting of two members of the RTVE management, 1 of RTVE Digital and two professors of the  OT Academy will select seven out of …

Armenia: 2019 Participation confirmed!

Despite failing to qualify for the second time in the 2018 contest, Armenia seems ready to get back on track! Earlier today, it was revealed that Armenia will participate in Eurovision 2019! Armenian Broadcaster confirms participation According to fellow Eurovision website ESCToday, Armenia’s broadcaster AMPTV has confirmed that the country will participate in the next Eurovision Song Contest! These news bring the confirmed countries to a total of 40! As we previously reported, the countries will have until sometime in October to confirm their participation in Tel Aviv. No information on the selection method yet The national broadcaster only confirmed its intention to participate in the next contest. However, it said nothing regarding the selection method of the entry. In the last two years, the national final called “Depi Evratesil” was used to select the Armenian entry. Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest Armenia first participated at Eurovision back in 2006, finishing 8th and participated every year since, except in 2012. Over the years, Armenia participated a total of 12 times, qualifying to the final on 10 occasions. They reached their best result, 4th place, twice, in 2008 and 2014, with Sirusho and Aram MP3. In 2018, Armenia was represented by Sevak Khanagyan and …

Romania: Multi-city Selectia Nationala likely to return in 2019

As we reported a couple of weeks back, Romania confirmed their participation in Tel Aviv next May. According to local media reports, it looks like the country is set to use a multi-city national final (Selectia Nationala) to pick their 20th entrant. Suceava approached to host According to newspaper Monitorul de Suceava, TVR approached the city of Sucaeva to be one of the host city of the Romanian national final to pick the 2019 entrant. Suceava is a city of approximately 100,000 people located in the Northeast of the country. Based on the same report, the mayor of the city welcomed the offer, with the show to take place in December in the performance hall “Matei Vişniec“. The mayor stated:  We received a request from Romanian Television to be partners, co-producers for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 edition. A regional final was to be held in Sucaeva in December 2018. I replied that we agreed to promote the image of the city. Currently, no further details on the number of shows that will take place are available. In 2018, the selection consisted of 5 semi-finals and one final. The shows took place in the following cities:  Semi-final 1: FocsaniSemi-final 2: Timisoara Semi-final …

Operación Triunfo Gala 2 review – Alfonso eliminated

The 16 candidates who entered the Academia of Operación Triunfo two weeks ago took part in Gala 2 wednesday night. After a long show, it was revealed that Alfonso had been eliminated by the public, then, later, Dave and África ended up being nominated for elimination. Last week, the 16 contestants sang duets, and after rounds of voting and saving, two candidates remained nominated for elimination: Alfonso and Sabela. It meant that one of them had to be eliminated this week. The night’s performances As always, the Gala opened on a group performance by all the contestants: this time, it was “Bonito Es” from Los Sencillos. The performance from the nominated Then came the moment for the nominated contestants to give their best performance: they each had a solo performance, and viewers were asked to vote for the one they wanted to save. First, Alfonso sang a bilingual version of John Legend’s “All of Me”, in a green-blue atmosphere. After he had finished, his husband joined him on stage to support him. Then came Sabela, who sang “Benditas Feridas”, a song entirely in Galician, by Roza Cedrón. Happily surprised that her song had been given visibility by the programm, Roza …

Unser Lied workshop complete – 11 acts named, 5 declined invite

The five-day workshop for ‘Unser Lied’, the German national selection for Tel Aviv, has come to a close. Running between September 28thand October 2nd, a total of fifteen acts competed.  The 15 acts each recorded a 90 second clip of themselves showcasing their style and vocal capabilities. These clips will then be used by jurors to select the competing acts for the selection. Held in Maarwegstudio2, in Cologne-Braunsfeld, twenty singers were invited to this stage, having been shortlisted from over 1,000 submissions. An expert panel initially reduced this to a pool of 198, with a 20-member international expert jury bringing this down to 50. The invited acts were the highest rated out of these. German Eurovision site Prinz ESC were once again invited by NDR to cover the workshop from the ground. The site posted daily updates through a series called ‘Inside Eurovision Workshop 2018’. In addition to reporting the overall mood and format of the workshops, they revealed 11 of the participants. 11 of the 15 acts named On day one, Prinz ESC posted about the first three confirmed participants in the workshops. These are ‘The Voice of Germany’ alum BB Thomaz, London-based singer-songwriter Sebastian Schub and YouTuber Nicole Cross. On day two, they confirmed …