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 in Concert details revealed

Eurovision in Concert details revealed

One of the largest Eurovision pre-parties, Amsterdam’s Eurovision in Concert has confirmed the venue for its 11th edition. This news comes just days after the announcement of the date (6th of April). Alongside the announcement, AFAS Live, a new logo for the event was also unveiled on the official Twitter account: Here it is: the logo for Eurovision in Concert 2019! What do you think of it? 😉 And yes.. AFAS Live will be our venue again..😉. News about ticket sales coming up soon! #EiC2019 #eurovision #songfestival #eurovisioninconcert #amsterdam pic.twitter.com/C6XmrK8XGJ— EurovisionInConcert (@ESCinConcert) September 21, 2018 The post confirmed that the venue would indeed be the same as the 2018 edition, despite AFAS originally being a one-off to commemorate its ten-year anniversary of the event. Organisers also promised that news about ticket sales will be made available ‘soon’. With how quickly details are emerging for the event, ‘soon’ could mean a matter of days. ESCXTRA’s pre-party coverage As usual, the ESCXTRA team will be on the ground in Amsterdam, bringing fresh content and updates for fans who aren’t attending. In addition to recordings of the performances, we will be uploading interviews with the performing artists. In the meantime, coverage of last year’s event …
Irish songwriters association to debate over Eurovision boycott

Irish songwriters association to debate over Eurovision boycott

Eurovision 2019 will take place in Tel-Aviv, Israel, next May. Given the political situation in Israel and around it, there has been several calls for boycott in different countries in Europe, as well as in Australia. Ireland was one of the first country where important calls for boycott were made, with Charlie McGettigan (1994 winner) supporting such calls. And despite broadcaster RTÉ confirming participation last month, the Irish Sun reports that Irish songwriters might boycott the contest. Calls for boycotting Eurovision Before Ireland confirmed its participation last month, several figures of the Irish Musical Industry had spoken up in support of an Irish boycott, to protest about the Palestinian situation. Among them was Charlie McGettigan, who won Eurovision in 1994 with Paul Harrington. We have sympathy for nearly two million oppressed people living on a small piece of land and being treated very badly by the Israelis. Charlie McGettigan RTÉ’s confirmation regarding Eurovision didn’t stop those songwriters, and it seems they are now considering boycotting the contest on a professional level, with the IASCA. A debate should take place In 2011, Irish music writers created a new union, the IASCA: the Irish Association of Songwriters, Composers & Authors. The IASCA’s …
Australia: SBS rejects boycott letter

Australia: SBS rejects boycott letter

Australia’s broadcaster SBS has declared they do not support the calls for a Eurovision boycott, as rumours swirl over their 2019 selection. We got Eurovision love and a boycott rejection Many notable names from across the arts of media and culture had as previously reported, signed a petition calling for a boycott of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest hosted by Israel. Amongst this list were also names from the Eurovision family, as well as household names in Australia. Supporters of the petition from Australia included L-FRESH The LION who was part of their national jury earlier this year in Lisbon. However SBS has today issued a statement reported by The Australian Jewish News denouncing the boycott. Speaking to the paper, SBS declared that they will continue to broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest. Informed by a source, it was stated that: SBS has been the home of Eurovision for 35 years because of the way the contest celebrates diversity and brings different cultures together, united in a common passion for music. SBS Spokesperson Australia to use national final selection in 2019? Whilst SBS have yet to confirm their 2019 participation, interesting rumours have started to surface. Could Australia be considering switching …
Romania confirm participation for 2019

Romania confirm participation for 2019

TVR the national broadcaster of Romania has confirmed their participation for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv 2019 is within budget TVR’s board of directors have agreed Romania’s annual budget for 2019. Further to this, it includes funds to be allocated for their Eurovision participation in Tel Aviv. Therefore Romania joins more than 30 other countries who have so far confirmed for 2019. However it is not yet known what method of selection will be used to choose their entry. Although it is likely TVR will stick with their usual format Selecția Națională. Last time around the Romanian broadcaster revamped Selecția Națională into a six show rival to Sweden’s Melodifestivalen. Touring the national final around various cities across the country, including visiting the salt mine of Salina Turda. Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest Next year will mark Romania’s 20th official appearance in the contest since their debut in 1994. However the Balkan nation first tried to enter in 1993, but fell short in the pre-qualifying round. During the semi-final era Romania has remained one of the most consistent Eurovision nations. Yet they still await their maiden victory. Their best results came in 2005 and 2010 with …
FYR Macedonia confirm participation in Eurovision 2019

FYR Macedonia confirm participation in Eurovision 2019

FYR Macedonia have confirmed participation for Eurovision 2019. The Balkan nation will be sending an artist and song to Tel Aviv in Israel. Macedonian broadcaster MRT have confirmed the participation, but no further details have been released. The country has internally selected their entry for the last three years, but have also used national finals in the past.  The list of participating is continuing to grow, with up to 30 confirmed and more to come in the next few months.  FYR Macedonia in Eurovision 2018 FYR Macedonia was initially not in the lineup for Eurovision 2018, however in the last moments the EBU announced the country as part of the final lineup of participants for Lisbon.  Eye Cue were internally selected to represent FYR Macedonia with their song “Lost & Found”. The song was popular with fans in the lead up to the contest but it did not translate to a place in the Grand Final. 
Portugal confirm participation for 2019

Portugal confirm participation for 2019

This week Portugal’s broadcaster RTP have confirmed their participation for Tel Aviv 2019, as the search for a representative following hosting the contest has begun. The announcement comes soon after the BBC have confirmed participation for the United Kingdom. Portugal’s confirmation brings the provisional countries participating in Eurovision 2019 to 31. The search for entries commences As in previous years, Festival da Canção will be used as a national final to select Portugal’s entrant. The festival will return to a similar format used in 2017, which saw Salvador Sobral’s landslide Eurovision win. In total, there will be 16 songs competing. Of those songs, 14 will be invited by RTP directly to compose an original and unpublished song. The songwriters have the freedom to select the artist to perform the song itself. The remaining two slots, however, will be selected through two separate channels respectively. These two remaining slots will be broken down even further. One will be via the “Master Class” radio programme of Antena 1. This is open to all composers who have yet to have any of their musical work published. The submission for this is October 31st. Much like the invited composers, the song must be new.  …
United Kingdom confirms participation in 2019

United Kingdom confirms participation in 2019

The BBC has confirmed that it will join the party in Tel Aviv. The broadcaster is now asking the public for submissions on what might be their entry next year. Submissions for entries are now open! Artists can submit potential entries to the BBC until the 26th Octobe. Public submissions will then be shortlisted by a representative panel from OGAE UK. The BBC will also be seeking entries from leading songwriters with the new Music Consultant for the BBC Greig Watts, who has expressed their excitement about his involvement in the selection of the United Kingdom’s entry: The Eurovision Song Contest just gets bigger and better and more exciting for me each year, and I’m sure Israel will deliver another amazing contest. I’m so happy to be involved this year for the UK; it really is a dream come true, and I’m looking forward to working with the team to get the strongest possible song and result we can for the UK, like we do on the world music stage. There’s no guaranteed song-writing formula for Eurovision as each year something different wins. I’m looking for melodic songs with impact for the arena as well as on TV. Songs that instantly …
Georgia confirms participation in 2019!

Georgia confirms participation in 2019!

Georgia joins the party once again! According to fellow Eurovision website ESCToday, Georgia’s broadcaster GPB has confirmed that the country will participate in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest! These news bring the confirmed participants to a total of 30! As we previously reported, countries will have until sometime in October to confirm their participation in Tel Aviv. No plans yet for the entry selection The Georgian broadcaster did not reveal any plans regarding the selection of the Georgian entry in Tel Aviv. In the last two years, they have used both National Final, and Internal Selection. Georgia in The Eurovision Song Contest Georgia first participated at Eurovision back in 2007, finishing 12th and participated every year since, except in 2009, where a controversy surrounding their song led to their withdrawal. Over the years, Georgia participated a total of 11 times, qualifying to the final on 7 occasions. They reached their best result, 9th place, in 2010 and 2011, with Sopho Nizharadze and Eldrine. In 2018, Georgia was represented by the Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao and the song “For You”. They finished 18th (last) in the second Semi-Final, with 24 points.
Shiri Maimon and Lucy Ayoub join the race to host Eurovision 2019

Shiri Maimon and Lucy Ayoub join the race to host Eurovision 2019

Just a few days ago it was revealed that Tel Aviv would be hosting the forthcoming Eurovision 2019. But who will be showing us the city of Tel Aviv? Preparations for the contest have began and KAN has revealed a shortlist with their leading candidates for the presenters of Eurovision 2019. Previous rumors indicated that Erez Tal and Assi Azar would be hosting us in Tel Aviv. The new shortlist also includes Shiri Maimon, Geula Even Saar and Lucy Ayoub. According to a schedule published by Ynet, the host(s) are expected to be revealed in November. Let’s have a look potential hosts are! Erez Tal As previously reported, Erez Tal is one of the big names for hosting the upcoming Eurovision in Tel Aviv. Erez Tal is one of the most experienced and famous TV and radio presenters in Israel. His work includes countless television shows including hosting the Israeli Big Brother between 2008 and 2017. This year, he served as a commentator for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest alongside Idit Hershkowitz. Although he has not received an official proposal from KAN, the broadcaster has expressed their interest in Erez being the main host for the competition. Erez Tal himself has also expressed …
Albania confirms participation in Tel Aviv!

Albania confirms participation in Tel Aviv!

As a new Eurovision season is in full swing, more countries reveal their plans for Tel Aviv. Today, Albania’s Head of Delegation confirmed to ESCXTRA they will indeed participate at Eurovision next May! Participation and Festivali i Këngës continue In 2019, it will be Albania’s 16th participation at Eurovision, having participated every year since their debut in 2004. Once again, Albania will pick Eugent Bushpepa’s successor through the iconic Festivali i Këngës. The Festival usually takes place in late December, making Albania one of the first countries to reveal their Eurovision entrant. Eurovision Song Contest 2019 The 2019 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place on 14, 16 and 18 May in Tel Aviv, Israel.  This follows Israel’s Netta Barzilai’s victory with her catchy entry “Toy“. So far, 29 countries have either confirmed participation or intent to participate. As we previously reported, countries will have until sometime in October to confirm their participation in Tel Aviv. Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest Albania first participated at Eurovision back in 2004 and participated every year since. Anjeza Shahini was the first to fly the country’s flag at the contest with her song “The Image of You“. She finished in …
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