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!

Eurovision Asia back on? Reports claim date set for 7 December 2019

According to 9 News Gold Coast in Australia, the first ever Eurovision Asia Song Contest will take place in the city of Gold Coast on 7th December 2019 with sixteen participating nations. This surprising news follows remarks from the manager of SBS that all but confirmed that the contest had been put on hold due to the region being “too geo-politically difficult”.

While the EBU itself says that the contest is still in its early development stages, 9 News claims that China, Singapore, India, Indonesia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates are all in negotiations to be amongst the sixteen taking to the Gold Coast stage next December…

Eurovision stage supremo Florian Wieder is back for more

According to Israeli tabloid Walla, KAN has selected Florian Wieder to design the stage for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest at Tel Aviv’s Convention Center. His portfolio consists of five previous Eurovision stages: Düsseldorf in 2011, Baku in 2012, Vienna in 2015, Kyiv in 2017 and this year’s LED-free stage in Lisbon.

Currently working on the 2018 series of The X Factor UK, featuring former Eurovision semi-finalist Brendan Murray, Wieder has also work with American Idol, The Voice and MTV on various shows over the years. What stage would you like Florian to come up with for Tel Aviv next year?

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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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