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.

🇮🇱 Eurovision 2019 wins KAN a Venice TV Award

🇮🇱 Eurovision 2019 wins KAN a Venice TV Award

This week, the winners of the Venice TV awards 2019 were announced. Who do we see winning the award for “Best of Technology and Innovation”? KAN, for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 that was held earlier this year in Tel Aviv! The Venice TV Awards The Venice TV Awards’ slogan is “Celebrating the masterpieces of television”. It is all about recognising active, creative and successful TV from across the world. This year, awards were given to 28 different countries around the world, but the Best of Technology and Innovation award was awarded to Israel’s KAN for their work on this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. KAN beat out Qatar’s Al Jazeera Media Network for their work on Faoladh from Ireland, Living in the Unknown and the USA’s Smithsonian Channel for their work on Aerial Britain: Scotland. Other award winner’s included Sky Atlantic and HBO’s TV series Chernobyl, Al Jazeera English’s documentary Brides & Brothels: The Rohingya Trade, Olympic Channel’s Far From Home, and France TV’s TV film Ce Soir La. The award for Best of Technology and Innovation comes after KAN also previously received a Booster award for their Eurovision 2019 Accessibility project. The praise just doesn’t stop coming for KAN! …
Belgium’s Eliot looks back on his Eurovision adventure in Tel Aviv

Belgium’s Eliot looks back on his Eurovision adventure in Tel Aviv

The Belgian Eliot Vassamillet has unfortunately not been able to match the success of RTBF. After the two fourth places at Eurovision 2015 and 2017, the bar was very high for the young singer. Was it perhaps too high? Read on and find out Eliot’s answer! A good learning school We are now just over five months later and so Eliot Vassamillet looks back on his great Eurovision adventure. He did that during an interview with Eurovisionworld. The Walloon broadcaster RTBF chose Eliot to represent Belgium at the Eurovision in Tel Aviv. He did that with the song ‘Wake Up’, written by Pierre Dumoulin. Pierre wrote ‘City Lights’ two years ago, so expectations were high. Blanche and Eliot at the Belgian embassy in Israel Unfortunately, Eliot was unable to continue the success of RTBF. He could not qualify for the grand final, only finishing 13th in the first semifinal. Despite the disappointing result, the young singer still looks back positively on the experiences. “Of course I wanted to go to the final but I said to myself this is already a good experience. Many people don’t have this opportunity” he says. He is especially proud that he was able to …
RÚV fined €5,000 for Hatari protest

RÚV fined €5,000 for Hatari protest

The Icelandic broadcaster, RÚV, have been fined €5,000 by the EBU for the Palestinian protest made by their representative Hatari at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, hosted in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Hatari held up Palestinian flags in the green room during the voting procedure when their score on the televote was announced. This was not wholly unexpected as the band had made their stance on the conflict well known in advance of the contest taking place. The TV cameras were soon switched to other participants in the green room but booing could be heard loudly throughout the arena as the hosts tried to quickly move the voting on. After the contest, Hatari released a collaboration single with gay Palestinian musician, Bashar Murad – an artist equally as controversial as Hatari. RÚV objects to the judgement As has been expected for some time, Iceland’s national broadcaster has been fined by the European Broadcasting Union. The EBU imposed the minimum amount available to them for punishments. RÚV has taken an objection to the stance made by the EBU, however. The official statement on their website states: RÚV expressed an objection to the EBU on their intention to fine and expressed dissatisfaction with the …
Grand Final cyber attack prevented at last moment

Grand Final cyber attack prevented at last moment

Yigal Unna, Director General of the Israeli National Cyber Directorat, told Nine News Australia this week that a cyber attack on the Eurovision Grand Final in May was stopped with seconds to spare. Talking to Nine News Australia at Cyber Week at Tel Aviv University, Yigal Unna revealed that a cyber attack was prevented by a specialist cybersecurity team during the transmission of the Grand Final on May 18th. The attack would have broadcast a reportedly graphic and grim video to Eurovision viewers worldwide. With speculation that it would have shown missiles hitting Tel Aviv. The video was described by Unna as “an ugly one” and was extremely close to being inserted into the worldwide transmission by foreign based hackers. “”It was about as close as you can get without it going to air,” he told Nine News. Semi-final 1 attack The unsuccessful cyber attack on the Grand Final transmission followed the successful cyber attack of Kan’s webcast of the first semi final. Reuters reported that “Kan’s webcast cut to animated satellite footage showing explosions in Tel Aviv set to a menacing soundtrack.” As well as a message appearing on screening stating “Israel is NOT Safe! You Will See!” Concerns …
LRT in touch with the EBU regarding Italy’s Semi Final televote discrepancy

LRT in touch with the EBU regarding Italy’s Semi Final televote discrepancy

Yesterday, we reported an anomaly between the televoting results published by Italian broadcaster RAI and the data published by the EBU after the grand final. The results released by RAI showed that Lithuania made the top 10 in the country’s public televoting with 4.13%. This however, was not reflected in the results published on the official website. If the former turns out to be the correct results, we would see a tie break situation which may have seen Lithuania qualify to the grand final over Denmark. Lithuanian broadcaster LRT have since acknowledged our findings and confirmed that the EBU have been contacted for clarification on the matter. The Head of Delegation added his thoughts: “The situation is really interesting. We, as the broadcaster have suffered the moral and ranking injustice. we may have sufficient information for this error to be recognised.” The findings also reached Lithuanian representative, Jurij Veklenko, who remains satisfied with how things panned out. I did everything I could, but what happened has happened. Those who were in the finals were worthy of their place and I see no point in unnecessarily depriving them of their place on the table.Jurij Veklenko The singer added that it would be …
North Macedonia win Eurovision 2019 jury voting as EBU clarifies mistake in Belarusian voting

North Macedonia win Eurovision 2019 jury voting as EBU clarifies mistake in Belarusian voting

The EBU have responded to the error in the Belarusian jury voting at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. They have now clarified that a mistake has indeed taken place and that the results have now been updated. The update now sees North Macedonia as the new jury winner. “A human error” EBU have clarified the error now and have classified it as a human error. They have given out the following statement on Eurovision.tv: The Belarusian jury was dismissed following the reveal of their votes from the first Semi-Final which is contrary to the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest. In order to comply with the Contest’s voting regulations, the EBU worked with its voting partner digame to create a substitute aggregated result (calculated based on the results of other countries with similar voting records), which was approved by voting monitor Ernst & Young, to determine the Belarusian jury votes for the Grand Final.The EBU can confirm, following standard review practices, we have discovered that due to a human error an incorrect aggregated result was used. This had no impact on the calculation of points derived from televoting across the 41 participating countries and the overall winner and Top 4 …
Duncan Laurence shoots up the Global Spotify Charts with over 2 million streams in one day

Duncan Laurence shoots up the Global Spotify Charts with over 2 million streams in one day

Yesterday, the day after the final, saw many people listening to this years Eurovision entries on Spotify and other streaming platforms. Today, the numbers were released and Eurovision winner Duncan Laurance gained more than 1.4 million streams on Spotify alone compared to the day before which placed him 104 (!!!) positions better than the day before. Eurovision acts on the Global Spotify Charts on May 19th, 2019 No. 14 (+104) – Duncan Laurence – Arcade – 2.315.473 streamsNo. 34 (RE) – Mahmood – Soldi – 1.553.141 streamsNo. 125 (NEW) – Luca Hänni – She Got Me – 781.040 streamsNo. 139 (NEW) – Keiino – Spirit In The Sky – 734.410 streamsNo. 164 (RE) – John Lundvik – Too Late For Love – 654.595 streams Spotify isn’t the only place this year’s Eurovision acts celebrate a huge success! Many Eurovision acts have made it to the Top 25 of the global iTunes charts including Duncan Laurence (#05), Keiino (#10), Mahmood (#13), Luca Hänni (#17), John Lundvik (#23) and Chingiz (#25). Interval act Madonna is currently on #24 on the global iTunes charts. She couldn’t reach the Top 200 of the Global Spotify Charts despite her performance on Saturday yet. Having so …
Major error uncovered in Belarusian jury vote?

Major error uncovered in Belarusian jury vote?

During Saturday night’s Grand Final, fans were quick to note that the Belarusian jury – which had been disqualified in advance of the competition – had a rather unusual result. The Belarusian jury was the only one to give host nation Israel any points… and it got their 12! Now, eagle-eyed fans have done some digging and it appears that the Belarusian jury was modelled by using nations in the same pot as them – Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Russia – but it seems to have been sorted upside down. Full model as worked out by @euro_bruno How was it worked out? Twitter user @euro_bruno gave his working out in the thread below: guys I was just here (over)analysing last night's #Eurovision results and I think I just found out how the (very weird) Belarusian jury results were made!!! here's a whole thread explaining the process— Bruno 🇵🇹 | 🇸🇮🇲🇹🇬🇧🇳🇱🇬🇷 (@euro_bruno) May 19, 2019 so. what exactly did I try to do? I saw that the countries who had been allocated into the same pot as 🇧🇾 were Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Russia – thus, I made an average out of all these countries' jury rankings to see how the …
WATCH: The Eurovision 2019 televoting reveal using the 2016-2018 format

WATCH: The Eurovision 2019 televoting reveal using the 2016-2018 format

A change to the voting this year saw the televoting points revealed in reverse order of the jury results, rather than in reverse order of the televoting results as had been the case since 2016. Over on Twitter, the very talented @euro_hater has recreated last night’s televote reveal to match what it would’ve looked like before this year’s change. Take a look! Eurovision 2019 results with former televoting system (2016-2018) pic.twitter.com/yO2bn2vWcw— euroHater 🇳🇱 (@euro_hater) May 19, 2019 A change for the better? With the significant gap between Norway and The Netherlands, you would arguably have known the winner once Italy’s 3rd place finish had been revealed. Nevertheless, last night we waited until the final second to discover whether Sweden had scored enough points to overhaul The Netherlands. Was it a lucky strike or a well calculated change? Let us know your thoughts @ESCXTRA!
Eurovision Final breaks KAN viewing figure records

Eurovision Final breaks KAN viewing figure records

This year’s host broadcaster, KAN, achieved record viewing audience figures for last night’s Eurovision grand final, with an overall viewer count of 1,302,000. Viewing figure data released today reveal that more than 45% of the country’s population tuned in during the show’s thrilling voting sequence. A spike in viewers was also reported during the performance of home entrant Kobi Marimi, in which the audience reached 44.5% (1.3 million). Interestingly, the performance by global superstar Madonna saw a drop in numbers, with 34.3% tuning in to see the performance of her new single. The show was also broadcast on two additional KAN channels. The broadcasters educational channel transmitted the final, accompanied by sign language. This reached over 46,000 viewers in the country. A broadcast dubbed in Arabic was also available on Kan 33 and reached a further 15,000 viewers. The impressive viewing data mark the Eurovision 2019 final as KAN’s highest rated broadcast to date. It has also become Israel’s 2nd most watched Eurovision final of the century, behind the 2005 contest.
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