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.

X Factor Malta Six Chair Challenge completed

This year, Malta dropped their usual national final (MESC) and opted to pick their Eurovision entrant through X Factor Malta. The competition is now well underway and the Six Chair Challenge is now over, with each of the four judges having picked 6 acts to continue.  Two MESC alumni among the Girls category The first category to battle it out were the Girls, coached by judge Howard Keith Debono. In total, 14 talented singers competed for the 6 spots available. The songs performed ranged from Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” to Mariah Carey’s “When you Believe“. After a tough and heated round, it was Danica Muscat, Jade Vella. Karin Duff, Kelsey Bellante, Michela Pace and Nicole Frendo who successfully proceeded to the next round. Among the names, we see two MESC alumni. In fact, Jade Vella competed once back in 2017 with “Seconds Away” while Danica Muscat appeared a total of 5 times in the contest. Danica sneaked her way to the final 6 after winning an a Capella sing off with Micheale Galea.  Aidan Cassar in the final 6 of the Boys category The following week, it was the Boy’s category turn to compete. This time, it …

Luca Hänni to represent Switzerland in Tel Aviv?

Luca Hänni is the latest artist to be rumoured to be the artist that will represent Switzerland next year. While SRF has already announced their selection format, rumours want Hänni to be the singer that will represent the country in Tel Aviv. Luca for Switzerland? Even if SRF has already announced that their entry will be officially revealed in March 2019, there are rumours that Luca Hänni will be the artist to represent the country in the upcoming contest. The rumours sparked when the official SRF account for Eurovision followed the artist on Twitter. The singer has previously expressed interest in competing in Eurovision. Specifically, the singer was asked back in 2015 and he said: When the call comes Yes? No? I do not know yet! Actually I think it would be a cool thing.Luca Hänni in an interview to Klatsch-Tratsch Who is Luca Hänni? Luca Hänni is a Swiss singer-songwriter and model. He rose to recognition through his participation in the ninth season of Deutschland sucht den Superstarin (DSDF). He managed to win the competition, making him the first non-German artist to win. Since then, he released multiple albums and singles. His debut single ‘Don’t Think About Me’ was #1 in Switzerland, …

Israeli media names Lior Suchard as third Eurovision 2019 host

The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 is set to take place in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israeli media seems rather certain that Erez Tal and Bar Refaeli are hosting the contest, and now they are reporting that there is a third host: Lior Suchard! A “supernatural entertainer” Lior Suchard is a mentalist and self-described “mystifier”. He was born in one of the cities that gave a hosting bid, Haifa. After completing three years in the Israeli Air Force, Lior began appearing on morning TV shows and eventually won a televised competition which searched for the next Uri Geller. Since then, his career has kicked off and he has appeared on international TV, including in Australia, India, Russia and the United States. See him blow the minds of James Corden, America Ferrara and Jeremy Pixen below! Erez Tal and Bar Refaeli Ynet, an Israeli news website, previously reported that the other two hosts of the contest are Erez Tal and Bar Refaeli. Erez Tal is an actor and television host, and commentated at this year Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Bar Refaeli is a supermodel, television host, actress and business woman. With her success in several different areas, she has a net worth …

Lithuania announces the acts that will compete in “Eurovizijos Atranka”

The broadcaster responsible for the Lithuanian participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, LRT has announced the acts that will compete in their National Final Eurovizijos Atranka. The contest will be hild in Tel-Aviv, Israel. A shortened process. As we have previously reported, Eurovizijos Atranka will have a drastically reduced process. Unlike in 2016 and 2017 who had 10 shows and 2018 who had 9 shows. In 2019, this will be reduced to seven shows consisting of four Quarter-Finals, two Semi-Finals and one Grand-Final. In the Grand-Final a winner will be announced and thus will represent Lithuania in Tel-Aviv, Israel. So after a submission process, where artists and songwriters were invited to submit their entries. LRT have reduced the pool to a shortlist of 49 artists. They are as follows. Audrius Petrauskas – 2018 Quarter-Finalist with “In My Bones”Gabriela ŽdanovičiūtėTwosome – 2018 Semi-Finalists with “Hello”GlossariumMaNNazzMiglokoRūta StatkevičiūtėŠarūnas MačiulisAldegundaMatas LigeikaSimona KlušienėMonika MarijaValdas Lacko – 2018 Quarter-Finalist with “Dying Inside”Original CopyDonata Virbilaitė – 2018 Quarter-Finalist with “Powerful”Gražvydas SidiniauskasJurgis Brūzga – 2018 Runner-Up with “4love”.BanzzaiValerija IljinaitėLukas BartaškaJustina Budaitė – Backing singer for Donny Montell in 2016Justina Žukauskaitė – 2018 Quarter-Finalist with “Love Doesn’t Lie”Paulina PaulauskaitėTiramisuGiedrius NakasLa ForzaEmilija  GogolytėTomas SinickisDagna KondrotaitėAntikvariniai Kašpirovskio dantysJurgis DidžiulisValdemars PetersonsQueens of Roses …

Moldova to hold O melodie pentru Europa on 3rd March

Today, Moldovan broadcaster TRM has begun its search for its 2019 Eurovision Song Contest entry. The selection will culminate in the live final of O melodie pentru Europa on 3rd March. Submissions close in mid-January Firstly, interested artists can register their entry up until the deadline on January 18th. In order to apply, artists must provide their personal details and contact information, the copyright information for the song, the song lyrics (including a Romanian translation if the song is in English) and an MP3 file. In addition, applicants can supply a recording of their desired stage performance. Full details of how to apply can be found on the official TRM website, in Romanian. The return of the semi-final? In addition to the final of O melodie pentru Europa on March 3rd, TRM has included a date for a semi-final on March 2nd. Nevertheless, in 2018, the semi-final was cancelled due to a low number of submissions. Therefore, we should consider the announcement of a semi-final as provisional. A lucky day in Lisbon In 2018, DoReDoS won O melodie pentru Europa thus earning the right to represent Moldova at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. The trio’s performance of My Lucky …

Spain’s ESPreParty will take place on April 19-20 2019

As countries continue to announce more information about their selections, we are now looking ahead to Pre-Parties. As it has now been confirmed that the Spanish Pre-party will be returning for the third time. #ElRitmoQueNosUne (The Rhythm That Unites Us) Along with the confirmation of the dates in 2019, the organisers have released the slogan for the 2019 ‘#ElRitmoQueNosUne’ which translates to ‘The Rhythm that Unites Us’. This is an homage to the only time Spain hosted the prestigious event back in 1969, where France, The Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom tied for the win. In addition to the slogan, the organisers have confirmed that the dates for the Spanish Pre-Party will be on sale next Wednesday on the 19th December at 12:00CET. More information on how you are able to buy tickets for next year’s party can be found here. Pre-Parties for 2019 starting to take shape Furthermore, with the confirmation of Eurovision in Concert taking place on the 6th April next year, it is likely that the other Pre-Parties will also announce their plans in due course. They include Riga, Moscow and of course the London Eurovision Party, in which ESCXTRA is a media partner of. Are …

RTVE releases 17 competing entries for OT Eurovision Gala

After receiving a selection of songs during the submission period, Spanish broadcaster RTVE has revealed the 17 entries that have been selected to compete in next month’s Eurovision Gala. RTVE has attracted entries both from newcomers and established artists, with OT 2017 entrant Cepeda and 2014 Eurovision Spanish representative Ruth Lorenzo confirming their entries have been rejected. Hola bonitos! Siento decirlo pero la canción que presentamos no ha pasado. Perdón por las ilusiones 😪— Luis Cepeda 🦖 (@cepedaoficial) December 11, 2018 17 Competing entries for 13 Competing Artists Alba – “¿Qué será luego?” (What will be next?)Carlos Right – “Se te nota” (It shows/Everyone can tell)Carlos Right – “Nunca fui” (I was never)Damion – “Sale” (It comes out)Famous – “No puedo más” (I can’t anymore)Joan and Marilia – “A tu lado” (By your side)Julia – “¿Qué quieres que haga?” (What do you want me to do?)María – “Muérdeme” (Bite me)Marilia – “Todo bien” (All good)Marta – “Vuelve” (Come back)Miki – “La venda” (The blindfold)Miki – “El equilibrio” (The equilibrium)Miki and Natalia – “Nadie se salva” (Nobody’s safe)Natalia – “La clave” (The key)Noelia – “Hoy vuelvo a reir otra vez” (I’m laughing again today)Sabela – “Dímelo de frente” (Say it to me directly)Sabela – “Hoy soñaré” (I’ll dream today) What happens next? According to RTVE’s statement, the …

Who are the Destination Eurovision 2019 artists and songwriters?

Last thursday, ITV France revealed the names of the Destination Eurovision candidates for the 2019 edition, as well as snippets of their songs, and details about the writing teams. The diversity of artists is clearly visible: from big names to newcomers, from Youtubers to singing contest stars, from Québec to India, and with a few Eurovision faces, ESCXTRA takes you on a journey to discover 18 different universes. There will be two semi-finals in Destination Eurovision 2019, with nine artists competing in each show, and four qualifying for the final. The allocation of artists in semi-finals being unknown (and possibly not made yet), we chose to present them in the order used during the Press Conference of December 6th. Thanks to being present at this press conference, we also took notes about the 30s snippets that were played during the presentation of the artists, and we can give you exclusive details about the unreleased songs! Florina – “In The Shadow“ Lyrics: Manon Romiti / Music: Manon Romiti, Silvio Lisbonne, Pierre-Laurent Faure, Adrien Levron The artist © Dominique Gau Florina (Florina Perez) is a young woman living in Paris, with Spanish roots. She has been posting covers of famous songs on …

Albania: You can now listen to all FiK 57 entries!

Albania’s national final and iconic Festivali i Këngës (FiK) will take place over three shows between December 20 and 22. Now you can also listen to all the competing entries in full!  22 entries but only one winner A total of 22 entries will compete to earn the right to be Albania’s 2019 Eurovision entrant(s). You can listen to all the entries here:  Changes to engage younger audience  As we previously reported, RTSH introduced some changes to their FiK’s format. In fact, the show will consist of three separate shows. The first one will feature the typical Albanian National Symphonic Orchestra.  On the other hand, during the second night artists are invited to perform the song as they would at Eurovision. Eventually, a number of songs will proceed to a final night where we will know the country’s representative for Tel Aviv. According to Inva Mula, the show’s new artistic director, these changes are part of an effort to increase the engagement between the show and younger audiences.  Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest Albania made their Eurovision debut back in 2004 and participated every year since. Anjeza Shahini was the first to represent the country at the contest with …

Participants for Czech Republic’s ESCZ to be revealed on January 7th

Kryštof Šámal, head of Press in the Czech Republic’s Eurovision delegation, has revealed that the participants for the 2019 edition of their Eurovision national final, ESCZ, will be unveiled on January 7th. The announcement will take place during a press conference for the show! An innovative selection method ESCZ, or Eurovision Song CZ, was first used to select the Czech Republic’s Eurovision Song Contest representative for this year’s contest in Lisbon. The selection was well received by Eurovision fans with its use of an international jury and online voting which was open to international fans, although, in 2018, only votes from within the Czech Republic counted towards the final results. It is expected that a similar voting method will remain in place for ESCZ 2019. However, this time, it is believed that online votes from international fans will count as the equivalent of one international jury member. Then, the winner is scheduled to be announced at the end of January. Last year, Mikolas Josef won both the online vote and the international jury vote in a dominant victory! Mikolas goes from strength to strength ESCZ 2018 was a great success for ČT, as winner Mikolas Josef gave the Czech Republic their …