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.

Belarus calls for songs; entry to be selected on March 8th

Belarus started their selection process today, by calling for songs. Participants can send in songs starting today via the TVR website till the end of January. The entry will then be decided on March 8th. The winner will be decided by 100% jury voting. Who will represent Belarus in Tel Aviv? Along with the opening of the submission window today, TVR also published the rules for their national selection: Therefore people can apply with any nationality, but have to be over 16 years old on the day they submit their song for the Belarusian national selection. Each participant must submit one song and it is not allowed, that the song was commercially released or performed before September 1st. This includes online uploads. When the submission window closes, the Belarusian broadcaster will hold live auditions and each entry will get judged by a focus group formed of BTRC. The ten qualifiers of the live auditions will be announced on February 4th and will take part in the national final on March 8th. The winner will be decided by 100% jury voting. A change compared to last year is, that every judge will rate each song right after the performance on a …

First two jurors reveal their points for Czech Republic’s Eurovision Song CZ 2019

Cesar Sampson and Rasmussen reveal their top pick from the eight acts competing at Czech Republic’s Eurovision Song CZ 2019. Ten music experts will award their 12 points every day at 18:00 CET and 20:00 CET, excluding Saturday. The winner of Czech Republic’s quest for their representative at this years contest will be revealed on January 28th. Cesar Sampson shows his true colors The first juror to reveal his top pick among the eight competing acts is Austria’s 2018 Eurovision representative, Cesar Sampson. Through a video message posted on Eurovision Song Contest Czech Republic’s Facebook page he gives his ultimate approval a.k.a his 12 points to Barbora Mochowa and her ethereal ballad “True Colors“. Cesar Sampson revealing his top pick Rasmussen awards his 12 points Denmark’s Eurovision Song Contest 2018 representative, Rasmussen awards his favorite act Czech act with his top marks and …. Surprise, Surprise! He also shares Cesar’s sentiment regarding Barbara Mochowa and her song “True Colors”. The eight acts competing in Eurovision Song CZ 2019 Lake Malawi – Friend of a FriendJakub Ondra – Space SushiTomáš Boček – Don’t Know WhyPam Rabbit – Easy To BelieveJara Vymer – On My KneesBarbora Mochowa – True ColorsHana Barbara – Poslední slova toběAndrea Holá – Give Me A …

MARUV replaces Tayanna as Semi Final allocations are announced

It has been confirmed that MARUV will be taking Tayanna’s place in Vidbir this year.MARUV is most well known for her hit single ‘Drunk Groove’, which was rejected by Vidbir last year.  This is following the earlier confirmation that Tayanna has withdrawn from the competition. In addition to this, UA:PBC has confirmed the semi final allocations for Vidbir. The shows will take place in February. Who is performing in which Semi-Final? Semi Final 1 The HypnotunezLetayVera KekeliaTseShoYUKOMARUVBrunettes Shoot BlondesBAHROMA Semi Final 2 Ivan NAVIANNA MARIAKAZKAKira MazurLAUDKhayatBraiiFreedom Jazz Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest Arguably one of the strongest countries in the contest, Ukraine have two victories to their name, despite only entering the contest 20 times. These victories came in 2004, which was only their second appearance in the contest with Ruslana’s “Wild Dances. Their second victory came in 2016 after a year out of the contest where Jamala won with the song “1944”. Ukraine has come Runner-Up on two occasions. They came one after the other in 2007 and 2008. They were “Dancing (Lasha Tumbai)” and “Shady Lady” sang by Verka Seduchka and Ani Lorak respectively. Ukraine has achieved a Third-Place on one occasion, in 2013 with the song “Gravity” by Zlata Ognevich.  What do you think of MARUV participating in Vidbir? And are you happy with the semi final allocations? Let us know your opinions and thoughts below or at our social media @ESCXTRA

Moldova: TRM announces the 28 songs taking part in auditions

Recently it was revealed that only 28 artists were interested to take part in Moldova’s national selection for Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Now the names of the songs were announced by Moldova’s broadcaster TRM. Ala Zasmenco – Emergency Anna Odobescu – Stay Tinna Gi – Virus Siaj – Olimp Gheorghe Feghiu – Laura Iana Ghurba – What if we were Irina Tarasiuc & Lume – Ca Adriano Celentano Chirill Palic – I want you to know Pelageya Stefoglo – Mi amor Vera Turcanu – Cold Iurie Sadovnic & Legenda – Robin Hood Viorela – Light up the night Viorela – Beggin Alex Bognibov – Love me like my daughter Diana Brescan – Lies Sasha Letty – Bananas Iulia Cazaceno – Soulmates Elena Croitor – Te voi canta mereu Che MD – Sub Pămînt Che MD – Yarmarokul Bufonilor Alister Mars – High Aurel Chirtoaca – La cinema Maxim Zavidia – I will not surrender Limonique – Gravity Coral Reef – Self-destruction Marcela Scripcaru – Meteor Anna Cucerenco – Do you see me? Marina Cudalb – Insieme Returning from last year’s national selection are Che MD, who finished last. Anna Odobescu, who finished fifth and Viorela, who finished second-to-last. Also returning …

Moldova will look at both experienced and young artists for ‘O Melodie Pentru Europa 2019’

28 songs have been submitted to the national final of Moldova. Artists for O Melodie Pentru Europa 2019 After announcing that Moldova will choose it’s Eurovision entry via O Melodie Pentru Europa 2019, TRM have stated that the selection of artists will include both experienced and young performers. The national broadcaster also stated that were 28 songs submitted to the process. The show’s format Today (Monday 21st), the show’s organising committee will review the song selections in line with O Melodie Pentru Europa competition rules. We will then see a Semi-Final on the 2nd March. A day later, on the 3rd March, the Grand Final will take place and Moldova will choose it’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Moldova at Eurovision Moldova’s first appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest was in 2005 when the contest was held in Kyiv. The Ukrainian capital is a happy place for the Moldovan’s as the nation’s best ever result was again in Kyiv 2017. Sunstroke Project sang “Hey, Mamma!“, finishing on 374 points and an excellent 3rd place in the Grand Final.

The Netherlands: Duncan Laurence to represent the country in Tel Aviv

Singer-songwriter Duncan Laurence will represent the Netherlands at the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Who is Duncan Laurence? 24-year-old singer-songwriter Duncan Laurence graduated from the Fontys Rock Academy in Tilburg last year. He developed there as a singer, songwriter and producer and during his studies he also gained experience in London and Stockholm. He has also taken part in The Voice of Holland in 2014. He was in Ilse DeLange’s team and was eliminated just before the final. Ilse was also the one who told AVROTROS about the song they have chosen to represent the country in 2019. In recent years The Netherlands have sent well-known artists to Eurovision. Duncan Laurence hasn’t release any music yet, making Eurovision his big break-through. The past few years, the Netherlands have sent A-listed artists, those with big names. I’m not a big name, but that’s a good thing. There are many young musical talents here. My participation proves that you could get the chance to perform on such a big stage to show what you’re worth. I’m very proud that I’m going to represent The Netherlands and will give it my all. Duncan Laurence The Netherlands in Eurovision …

Portugal: RTP unveils the sixteen Festival da Cançao 2019 entries!

Ahead of the first semi-final on the 16th of February, Portuguese broadcaster RTP have released the 16 entries competing for the Portuguese ticket to Lisbon. As promised, the selection is one of the more stylistically-diverse in recent years! Back in November, RTP revealed that they received 200 songs for this year’s selection. The following month, they revealed the names of the 16 composers for the entries, along with confirming the dates. Although FdC usually takes place on Sundays, RTP have decided to move to Saturdays for this year’s edition. The dates are as follows: 16/02/2019 – Festival da Cançao Semi-final 1 23/02/2019 – Festival da Cançao Semi-final 2 02/03/2019 – Festival da Cançao Grand Final The running orders for the semis are yet to be announced, but the entries (linked below) have been assorted according to the semi allocation. The 16 FdC entries Semi-final 1 Ana Cláudia – InérciaCalema – A DoisConan Osíris – TelemóveisEla Limão – Mais Brilhante Que Mil SóisFilipe Keil – HojeJoão Campos – É o Que ÉMatay – PerfeitoSoraia Tavares – O Meu Sonho Semi-final 2 Dan Riverman – LavaLara Iaquiz – O LugarMadrepaz – Mundo a MudarMariana Bragada – Mar DoceNBC – Igual a TiMarlon – O JantarMila Dores – Debaixo do LuarSurma – Pugna The 16 entries are also available in a YouTube playlist. The hosts This year’s Festival da Cançao hosts! Also revealed at …

Serhat to represent San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019!

San Marino have chosen! The smallest country currently taking part at the Eurovision Song Contest this year in Tel Aviv will send Serhat into the ring. The song will be released in the end of February. San Marino is taking part in the contest for the tenth time and are celebrating it in Tel Aviv. Serhat was working on his new album when he got the call from San Marino RTV. San Marino is always in my heart, our friendship lasts forever and ESC 2016 was probably one of the best memories of my career. Despite my tight schedule, it didn’t take me long to decide. I am very proud to represent San Marino for the second time.Serhat The broadcaster says, that the tenth anniversary is very important for them and that’s why they decided to invite Serhat back. We were always in touch with Serhat during the last two years and now after 2016, we are fully empowered and believe that Serhat being full of interesting ideas, is the right choice in the right moment San Marino RTV Who is Serhat? Serhat is returning to the contest after representing San Marino in 2016 with “I Didn’t Know”. 54-year-old Serhat …

Silvàn Areg forced to change the song title of “Le Petit Nicolas”

One of the finalists of France’s Destination Eurovision has had to change the title of his song. Silvàn Areg will no longer sing “Le Petit Nicolas”. Instead, the title will now be “Allez Leur Dire”. Copyright issues The song Silvàn Areg performed was named after a series of French children’s books, also called “Le Petit Nicolas”. The first edition of it came out in the late 1950s with René Goscinny and Jean-Jacques Sempé as creative masterminds behind the books. Silvàn took to Facebook to explain why he had to change his title. It seems the owners of the rights to the name “Le Petit Nicolas” weren’t happy with his title. He states: The song is now called “Allez Leur Dire” after the rightful owners [heirs of] Mr. Goscinny and Mr. Sempé misinterpreted our little well meant and affectionate wink, which we tried to make.Silvàn Areg on Facebook Go tell them you’re in the final! Next Saturday France will be choosing their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv. Eights acts have qualified for the Grand Final, one of which is Silvàn Areg. He wasn’t exactly a frontrunner when the semifinal started last week, but with a cleverly …

Miki to represent Spain in Tel-Aviv with ‘La Venda’

Spain have made their choice! Miki will represent the nation at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with La Venda In a 2 hour special edition of TVE’s Operación Triunfo which has now wrapped its tenth series, this year’s Spanish entry was selected from a pool of ten songs. 19-year-old Famous Oberogo, who won the competition in December, joined nine other acts to compete for a chance to represent the country in Tel-Aviv. Following live performances of each song, voting lines opened for the public to have their say. In the 100% televote, Miki received the highest number of the vote with 34% and therefore won the ticket to Tel Aviv.