Saturday summary: This week’s Eurovision news headlines

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!

Financial troubles for 2017 Eurovision host broadcaster UA:PBC

This week, the European Broadcasting Union released a statement regarding the financial struggles that Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC are currently facing. Of course, UA:PBC was the host broadcaster for last year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. As a result, UA:PBC have had to switch off analogue broadcasting across “the majority” of the country in order to save money.

UA:PBC already had one of the smallest budgets amongst European broadcaster. Nevertheless, the Ukrainian government only gave their national broadcaster only half the budget that they should have received by law. While there is currently considered to be no threat to Ukraine’s upcoming 2018 Junior Eurovision and 2019 Eurovision participation, it is an important story to follow over the coming months.

946 televotes for Kazakh winner Danelia Tuleshova

Last weekend, Kazakhstan held its first ever national selection for a Eurovision contest. Danelia Tuleshova was crowned the winner with Özinge sen, after finishing second in the national jury vote and first in the public televote.

Following the conclusion of the show, Kazakh press revealed that Danelia dominated the televote, almost tripling the number of televotes achieved by the second most popular act amongst the public. Nevertheless, Danelia’s winning televote total was 946 which may have been less than expected by Khabar Agency.

In addition, Danelia also spoke about working on new English lyrics for the final version of her song which you can read in full below:

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Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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