Saturday summary: This week’s Eurovision news headlines

Hopes of a Liechtenstein debut are in tatters while Switzerland rip up their national selection show

Welcome to the latest edition of our news round-up series which takes a look back at the Eurovision news headlines from the past seven days. Here you’ll find all the important news! Whether you need to catch-up or to remind yourself what has happened in the Eurovision world, this is the article for you. Want to read more? You can access the full articles by clicking on them!

No sign of Liechtenstein debut in 2019 after all…

Last year, 1FLTV revealed that they planned to celebrate Liechtenstein’s 300th anniversary with a debut in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. The broadcaster planned to secure EBU membership in order to allow this to happen and 1FLTV planned to hold a national selection to choose the nation’s first Eurovision entry. However, in a statement to ESCXTRA.com, the EBU has confirmed that they have received no membership application from 1FLTV despite being just weeks before the Eurovision 2019 provisional application deadline.

‘Liechtenstein have not applied’ confirms EBU

Switzerland opt for 2019 internal selection

After failing to qualify for four consecutive contests, Switzerland are taking a drastic move and scrapping their national selection Die Entscheidungsshow. The new Swiss process will take place behind closed doors in which an 100-member public jury and a 20-member international expert panel will select the 2019 Swiss entry, which will be announced sometime after the decision is made later this year.

Switzerland will use an internal selection for Eurovision 2019

Netta speaks out on Will Ferrell’s Eurovision movie

There was a mixed reaction from the fan community following the announcement that Will Ferrell was to make a original comedy movie for Netflix based on the Eurovision Song Contest. 2018 Eurovision winner Netta gave her opinion on the subject in an interview with the Metro newspaper in the United Kingdom, as well as answering other interesting questions on her journey over the past 12 months.

Netta: “I hope Will Ferrell treats Eurovision with the respect it deserves!”

Eilat reveals “out of the box” plans for the 2019 hosting bid

Over the past few days, the deadline passed for interested cities to submit their plans and documents to host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Eilat’s plans were revealed online by Israeli media which showcased two potential venues as well as a suggestion to host the various delegations on ships in Eilat marina. This way, they can be transported directly, by water, to the potential host venue at the Port of Eilat! Clever right?

Delegations on ships? Local media reveals Eilat’s plans for Eurovision 2019 bid

New Music Friday brings lots of new music from Eurovision artists

For music fans, Friday is the most exciting day of the week… it’s New Music Friday! As always, Eurovision artists come out in force with new releases. This week they feature Eleni Foureira’s English version of Caramela, Alexander Rybak’s new single Mom and a new track from Melodifestivalen runner-up Felix Sandman. And don’t forget Back for Good, the new single from Cascada!

New Music Friday – This week we got Felix Sandman, Eleni Foureira, Alexander Rybak & more for you

More, more, more!

While they are this week’s headlines, there’s still lots more Eurovision news and gossip to feast on! Auditions are underway for the first season of X Factor Malta and, mother to Claudia and Fabrizio, Anna Faniello, has set her eyes on Eurovision glory! Furthermore, in the latest edition of our XTRA debate series, many of you got in touch on social media to showcase your opinions on whether LED screens belong at the Eurovision Song Contest anymore. Most of you said yes! Finally, the latest edition of our So you think you know… Eurovision trivia series headed over to Armenia. Have a go at our quiz and let us know how you do! Did you score better than in our Albania quiz from the previous week?

The Eurovision universe never stops churning out news stories to keep us enticed, even during the off-season! Let us know your thoughts on the past week @ESCXTRA.

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