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RTK director general accuses Serbian broadcaster of EBU membership sabotage

RTK director general accuses Serbian broadcaster of EBU membership sabotage

A few weeks ago, the 82nd EBU General Assembly was held in Oslo. Collectively, the assembly decided not to change the rules to the unions statutes. Any changes could have seen the Kosovo broadcaster RTK apply for full membership status lack of change was e was a vote for changes to the current EBU statutes.  During the meeting seventeen member countries, including Cyprus, Greece, Serbia and Spain called for a secret vote, which was granted. This request was granted by the EBU. The results of which were as follows: In favour of statute change: 400Against: 673Abstained: 113 Sabotage? Ngadhnjim Kastrati, director general of RTK, expressed disappointment with new situation in an evening interview with the channel. He paid homage to Mentor Shala, former director to the channel, who started the ball rolling with Kosovo becoming a full EBU member. Shala initially found signatories of five broadcasters which would be used to support the changes allowing Kosovo to apply: HRT – CroatiaMTVA – HungaryMRT – North MacedoniaRTCG – MontenegroRTVSLO – Slovenia According to Serbian broadcaster RTS, the above member broadcasters have been preparing to change the statute for at least 18 months… However of the five, Hungarian broadcaster MTVA withdrew just before the vote took place. Given …
Guy Sebastian performs at State of Origin decider

Guy Sebastian performs at State of Origin decider

Australia’s inaugural Eurovision contestant, Guy Sebastian, performed to a sell out crowd of 83,000 at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium before the rugby league State of Origin last night. Australia’s first ever entrant at Eurovision, Guy Sebastian performed his new single ‘Choir’ in front of a capacity crowd at Sydney’s national stadium. Sebastian was the pre-game entertainment before the deciding 2019 State of Origin game, which saw New South Wales score a last minute try to beat Queensland 26 – 20. State of Origin pits rugby league players ‘originating’ from the Australian states of NSW and Queensland against each other in a three match series. Since it’s first series in 1980, Origin has become a huge, annual sporting event watched around the world. Sebastian was chosen as the pre-game act for the 2019 ‘decider’ in Sydney. With both states locked in a one game apiece deadlock, the final game proved to be the showcase event. The Voice Australia judge performed his new single ‘Choir’ for the packed ANZ Stadium. After starting the performance seated at a piano, Sebastian then took to the centre stage surrounded by a group of colourful backing dancers. Performing not only to those millions watching at home in …
Westlife’s “Greatest Hits” could return to Number 1 this Friday following their homecoming shows at Croke Park

Westlife’s “Greatest Hits” could return to Number 1 this Friday following their homecoming shows at Croke Park

Nicky Byrne, who represented Ireland in Eurovision 2016, and his band Westlife just had one of their best weeks. Just last weekend they performed for more than 160.000 people at Croke Park in Dublin for two sold out shows. Following to that success, their “Greatest Hits” album could return to No. 1 of the Irish Charts by the end of the week. But this is not all. They also released a new single, aired their Saturday concert live in cinemas all over Ireland and the UK and the lead single from their new album went double platinum in Ireland! Westlife still on top of their game Westlife just ended their European stage of their TWENTY TOUR with two sold out shows in Croke Park, Dublin. The more than 160.000 tickets sold out in minutes and the audience wasn’t disappointed after the celebration of 20 years Westlife! Mark from Westlife wrote afterwards on Instagram: Myself and the lads have all spoken this morning and agreed that this weekend has been the best weekend of our lives!!! For so many reasons 🌈🇮🇪 Moreover, the Saturday show from Croke Park was shown live in cinemas all over Ireland and UK. Many fans who …
Catalonian broadcaster’s EBU application rejected

Catalonian broadcaster’s EBU application rejected

On July 8th, the European Broadcasting Union rejected the application from Catalonia’s broadcaster, CCMA, to join the EBU. EBU spokesperson Claire Rainford explained in a statement: “The EBU does not, and has never had, any regional station in a region or community belonging to a member state of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) or the Council of Europe as an independent member. The statutes of the EBU do not offer this possibility.“– Claire Rainford Catalonia’s broadcaster had hopes that their application for EBU membership would be accepted, considering Catalan radio station, Catalunya Música, is a member of the EBU’s Euroradio music exchange program. On this point, Rainford had this to say: “We continue to value our existing cooperation with Catalunya Music as part of the Euroradio exchange music and wish them continued success.”–Claire Rainford There was also hope for membership due to the participation of Scotland in Eurovision Choir of the Year and Wales in Junior Eurovision. However, it was determined that the situation is not the same, since Wales and Scotland are considered constituent countries of the UK, not dependent regions. The EBU also says that similarly to international sporting events, the UK has the right to compete either as …
ERT managing director steps down, broadcaster under government supervision

ERT managing director steps down, broadcaster under government supervision

According to reports from the Greek media, the current managing director of ERT, Yiannis Drosos, has stepped down from his position in the broadcaster. Specifically, he submitted his resignation to the responsible Deputy Prime Minister and State Representative, Stelios Petsas. Changes in ERT’s administration Following the recent legislative election in Greece, the government announced changes within several organizations in Greece. Those changes include the country’s public broadcaster, ERT. Furthermore, the managing director of the broadcaster resigned from his position, meanwhile the rest of the board will step down as well. However, according to government sources, they did not request the resignations of the board members. On the contrary, it was asked for them to remain as members until their replacements are found. ERT under PM supervision Among the changes made in the government was the responsibility for the country’s public broadcaster. Following a presidential decree, ERT is no longer under the responsibility of the Ministry of Digital Policy. Instead, the broadcaster will now be directly under the supervision of the newly-assembled government and its Prime Minister. “We have the tools in our hands, ERT, APE-MPA, a highly trained staff, here in the General Secretariat of Information, and a good mood …
Little Mix star sends love to Eleni Foureira after live debut of “El Ritmo Psicodélico”

Little Mix star sends love to Eleni Foureira after live debut of “El Ritmo Psicodélico”

A number of Eurovision stars headed to Greece a couple of weeks ago for the MAD Video Music Awards, and one of the biggest names was Cypriot Eurovision runner-up Eleni Foureira! She performed brand new single “El Ritmo Psicodélico” for the first time alongside picking up two awards! Fuego: Song of the Year! Eleni was victorious in the Best Female Modern and the MAD Radio Song of the Year categories, the latter for her Eurovision smash “Fuego”. A big congratulations are in order! View this post on Instagram Sweating on stage be like ☄💦 Tonight at Mad awards 2019 we performed for the first time El ritmo psicodelico and it is one of my favorite acts ever! Be there or be square 😈 @official2j you are the real deal! Thank you @billroxenos 🙏🏽 A post shared by Eleni Foureira (@foureira) on Jul 6, 2019 at 11:15am PDT Live debut of “El Ritmo Psicodélico” Alongside her impressive double-award win, Eleni took to the stage to perform her brand new single “El Ritmo Psicodélico”, taken from her recently-released EP “Gypsy Woman”. Among her many fans applauding her exceptionally energetic performance in the Instagram comments was Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall. Now can …
Kate Miller-Heidke will be touring Australia

Kate Miller-Heidke will be touring Australia

Hey, you! It’s her again! Back from a successful Eurovision stint and months of drifting in space like an orbiting satellite, Kate Miller-Heidke has just announced a brand new tour happening all across Australia. Spinning around the entire globe gets tiresome after a while so this tour will focus exclusively on Australia. The entire thing kicks off in late September and continues into October as Kate Miller-Heidke will be taking on some of the most famous venues in the country. She is promising to play new arrangements of your favourites and some brand spanking new songs with a bunch of kick-arse musicians! Giant poles will likely NOT be included, but you may still get to hear Zero Gravity live and the entire event is sure to be out of this world. But don’t just take our word for it, listen to her own ones down below: Tickets will go on sale July 12th (with ones for Brisbane and Caloundra already on sale) and you can buy them by heading on over to www.katemillerheidke.com/shows. So if you happen to be in Australia during any of the concert dates…What are you waiting for? Go and grab a ticket! GO GO GO! Kate …
Laura Bretan revealed as winner of Romanian pre-selection jury, Ester Peony 10th

Laura Bretan revealed as winner of Romanian pre-selection jury, Ester Peony 10th

In order to choose the 24 semi-finalists for Selectia Nationala 2019, an 11-piece jury of Romanian music industry professionals ranked each submission. The scores of this have since been revealed which crowned eventual runner-up Laura Bretan as the pre-selection jury favourite. Winner Ester Peony only placed 10th with the Romanian music professionals. Laura and Bella out in front The 11 jurors ranked all submissions, plus 9 further entries submitted when a wildcard space opened up courtesy of Dan Bittman’s withdrawal. You can see the full results of this below, made known to us courtesy of escforum.net. A green highlighting indicates the winner of the contest, yellow highlights a late wildcard entry and red indicates a withdrawn entry. It is of course worth noting that these rankings were decided based on studio recordings submitted in late 2018. In the show itself, Laura Bretan won the televoting in a landslide but was overruled by the international jury’s preference of Ester Peony. 11 Romanian music professionals A reminder of the 11 Romanian music professionals can be find below courtesy of a reliably sourced Wikipedia editor: George Balint – Realitatea Muzicală music journalistFelix Crainicu – Radio România Actualități hostHorea Ghibuţiu – unsitedemuzica.ro music journalistBogdan Miu – …
Luca Hänni collaborates with Vangelis Kakouriotis at the VMA Awards

Luca Hänni collaborates with Vangelis Kakouriotis at the VMA Awards

Following the success of ‘She Got Me‘, The 2019 Swiss’ entrant, Luca Hänni, was invited to perform the track at the 2019 MAD VMA Awards. The event took place at the Faliro Sports Pavilion Arena in Greece. Luca did not perform solo however, as he was joined on stage by up and coming Greek artist Vangelis Kakouriotis. Shortly after taking to the stage, the 22 year old added a twist on the track, with a verse performed entirely in Greek. Will we see Vangelis in 2020? Vangelis was heavily rumoured by the Cypriot press as a potential candidate to represent the country at the 2019 contest. Not only is he signed to the same label as Eleni Fouriera, but he himself has expressed an interest to fly the country’s flag one day. It’s also worth noting that last year, Tamta joined the 2018 Czech representative, Mikolas Josef, on stage at the 2018 VMA Awards to perform an exclusive VMA version of Lie To Me. Luca wins Swiss Influencer Award Luca has much to smile about as he was recently awarded the International Infuencer award at presigious Swiss Influencer Awards ceremony. This comes shortly after the news that ‘She Got Me’ …
Claire Richards says Steps ‘could do Eurovision’

Claire Richards says Steps ‘could do Eurovision’

In a recent interview with Bang Showbiz, Steps member Claire Richards have mentioned that the group could potentially participate at the Eurovision Song Contest in the future. Scared of the Dark – The song Steps won with at the ‘OGAE Song Contest’ in 2018 ‘There’s a few texts going backwards and forwards’ In her interview with Bang Showbiz, Claire has mentioned she always rejects the idea of participating in the Eurovision Song Contest. She has however mentioned that whenever she watches the contest, her rejection weakens for a time. “See I’m always the one that goes, Ah No, Absolutely Not and then I watch Eurovision and then I go, we could maybe do it and there are a few texts going backwards and forwards”Claire Richards on the thought of participating at the Eurovision Song Contest Claire also mentioned that the fear of potentially placing last at the Grand Final has been a factor when the interest of participating in the contest arose. “If you do that show, you can’t ever go in there expecting to win and we would have to have that attitude. But we’ve always been so lucky that everything we’ve ever done has always been so great …
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