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.

San Marino RTV yet to decide on Eurovision 2019 participation

San Marino RTV yet to decide on Eurovision 2019 participation

Despite organisers of 1in360 confirming interest in continuing with a second series of the selection method that marked the country’s first national final, San Marino RTV has confirmed that they are yet to make a decision on whether they will be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. San Marino participation uncertain San Marino RTV (SMRTV), the national broadcaster of the smallest nation in the Eurovision Song Contest, has confirmed that they are yet to make a decision about next year’s contest in Tel Aviv, Israel. This was earlier announced by the broadcaster itself, despite of initial interest by the producers of the 1in360 expressing their desire to run a second series of the show. San Marino’s broadcaster, just like all active EBU broadcasters, has until October to confirm whether they will be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel.Last year saw San Marino hold their first ever televised selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest. 1in360  was used as an online selection process which saw over 1000 singers submit videos of either original songs or covers. This marked also the first ever national selection process for the micro state for Eurovision since the country has always chosen …
Tel Aviv: Only 4,000 arena tickets for the public, with 2,000-3,000 Green Room tickets

Tel Aviv: Only 4,000 arena tickets for the public, with 2,000-3,000 Green Room tickets

Just days ago, it was announced that the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 would take place in Tel Aviv, Israel. Pavilion 2 of the Tel Aviv Convention Centre will host the contest, and it has a moderate capacity of 9,000. However, one of Israel’s largest newspapers has done the math, and it appears that a tiny 4,000 tickets to each show will be on sale to the public! Initial plans suggest that the stage will take up 2,000 of the seats and a further 3,000 tickets will be reserved for the EBU, delegations and production. Therefore, this leaves only 4,000 tickets for the public. Compensating with 2-3k Green Room tickets As we were creating this article, Israel’s ynet have revealed that Pavilion 1 of the Tel Aviv Convention Centre will hold a gigantic Green Room. This will offer an extra 2,000-3,000 seats on sale to the public! This will boost the ticket offering to 6,000-7,000 for the public. Although, it is yet to be seen if people would be willing to buy those tickets; they would be in a completely different place and unable to watch the contest live. In 2013 when Malmö hosted the contest, a similar arrangement was made …
Greece confirms participation for Eurovision 2019

Greece confirms participation for Eurovision 2019

According to fellow Eurovision website Eurovoix, Greece’s broadcaster ERT has confirmed its participation for the next Eurovision Song Contest. With this confirmation, the number of confirmed participants to Tel-Aviv 2019 now stands at 26. In 2018, the record-number of 43 countries was reached for the third time (after 2008 and 2013). Greece in Lisbon This year, Greece experienced its second non-qualification, after 2016. Allocated to the first semi-final (the stronger of both), Oniro Mou reached the 14th place with 81 points, despite ranking 10th with the televote. Originally, Yianna was one of three candidates for a new Greek national selection, with Areti Ketime and Chorostalites. However, ERT required each artist’s record companies to be able to cover most of the costs of the Eurovision participation. The two other candidate’s record companies refused to give this guarantee, leaving Yianna the only remaining candidate, and de facto Eurovision representant for Greece. In Lisbon, her performance and the strong competition probably weighted more than the song itself in her ranking. Already during rehearsals, Greece didn’t impress, both our team, who was very split on Greece’s qualification chances, and the whole press center, with Greece ranking very low in press polls. Will Greece learns …
Iceland confirms for Eurovision 2019!

Iceland confirms for Eurovision 2019!

RUV (Iceland’s broadcaster) has confirmed that it will definitely be participating in next year’s competition which is taking place in Tel Aviv. “The decision is based on the fact that it is not a political event” Earlier this year, Iceland’s participation in Israel was put in jeopardy when a petition was put into place to boycott Iceland participating in Eurovision in Israel. According to the signatories, it was “morally indefensible to participate in a a glossy glamor-event like Eurovision which takes place in the shadow of Israeli violence against its neighbors.“ However, Skarphéðinn Guðmundsson (Program Director for RUV) has said that participating in the contest is about peace and uniting people” The decision is based on the fact that it is not a political event, however it is a gathering of different nations, which from the beginning has been the main purpose and aim to spread out the power of unity and peace through contemporary music and culture in general.Skarphéðinn Guðmundsson on participating in Eurovision 2019 Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 Iceland selected Ari Ólafsson to represent them in Lisbon with the song “Our Choice“. Ari participated in the First Semi-Final performing second. However, he was unsuccessful in …
Operación Triunfo 2018 confirmed for Spain’s Eurovision 2019 selection

Operación Triunfo 2018 confirmed for Spain’s Eurovision 2019 selection

RTVE the Spanish national broadcaster has announced during the live launch for Operación Triunfo 2018 that once again the same method will select Spain’s Eurovision 2019 entry for Tel Aviv. Operación Triunfo 2018 to select Spain’s entry The show that took social media by storm last year is back and ahead of its 10th series a live launch was held to reveal more details. Yet again Operación Triunfo will provide a route to the Eurovision Song Contest for its Academy participants. Gala 0 will act as the final live casting show, whereby the 18 OT acts will be whittled down to the final 16 progressing to the Academy. Weekly eliminations will culminate in a Gala Eurovision, where the lucky remaining few will compete for the chance to become Spain’s representative in Tel Aviv. Given the early start for OT this year, Spain could likely be one of the first to select their 2019 entry. RTVE have announced 14 shows for the upcoming series, which would see a mid-December conclusion. #LlegaOT2018 🔴 El representante de @eurovision_tve saldrá de @OT_Oficial. Como novedad, los 16 aspirantes de la primera gala optarán a ser los representantes españoles https://t.co/QdtE6GE7y3 pic.twitter.com/DqjZ6DnuzO— RTVE (@rtve) September 14, 2018 …
Finland’s UMK 2019 to take place March 2nd

Finland’s UMK 2019 to take place March 2nd

Finland’s national broadcaster YLE have announced today the date of their national selection. UMK 2019 (Uuden Musiikin Kilpailussa) will take place on March 2nd. The news comes moments after Tel Aviv was confirmed as the host city for Eurovision 2019 in Israel. Finland’s entry for the contest next year will be chosen on March 2nd at UMK 2019. The venue is yet to be confirmed but YLE has suggested further details to come later this year. Finland will be represented by “YLE’s invited guest artist” suggesting we will for the second time see one internally selected artist with multiple competing songs at the national final. In 2017 Saara Aalto was internally chosen to represent Finland at Eurovision 2018. “Monsters” was chosen out of three songs at UMK 2018.   In Lisbon, Saara Aalto and “Monsters” qualified in 10th place in the semi final and placed 25th in the grand final.
OFFICIAL: Tel Aviv to host Eurovision 2019 on 14, 16 and 18 May!

OFFICIAL: Tel Aviv to host Eurovision 2019 on 14, 16 and 18 May!

Moments ago it was announced, that Tel Aviv will host the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest 2019 next May. After KAN recommended the city earlier this month, the EBU only had to agree with this. Now we got the official statement! Eurovision 2019 final on the 18 May 2019! After many cities in Israel aimed for the right to host the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, the fan-favorite now made it. Just a week ago we brought you the news, that EBU Executive Supervisor Jan Ola Sand visited the remaining three cities in the race to host the competition next year. Just one day later Eilat dropped out of the race and it was a two horse race.  At the beginning of this month, things were heating up, when KAN recommended Tel Aviv as the host city and the EBU was likely to accept this. After that, it was more or less just a matter of time (Hello Sennek 😉 ) before we got the announcement of the host city! Third time Israel hosting, first time Tel Aviv! The Eurovision Song Contest was won by Israel four times. Till now the contest was hosted twice by Israel. Both times in Jerusalem. Next …
Dates for Melodifestivalen 2019 confirmed!!

Dates for Melodifestivalen 2019 confirmed!!

Dates for Sweden’s national selection has been confirmed for the 2019 season. Veteran cities such as Malmö and Gothenburg will be making a return, with the Final taking place in Stockholm.  Tickets for the shows and the rehearsals will be released on October 31. The cities and dates for Melodifestivalen 2019 are as follows: Gothenburg (Scandinavium) – Semi Final 1 – February 2 Malmö (Malmö Arena) – Semi Final 2 – February 9 Leksand (Tegera Arena) – Semi Final 3 – February 16 Lidköping (Sparbanken) – Semi Final 4 – February 23 Nyköping (Nyköpings Arenor Rosvalla) – Second Chance – March 2 Stockholm (Friends Arena) – Final – March 9 Second Chance to take place in Nyköping with Lidköping hosting Melodifestivalen for a second time. In a press release, Anette Helenius (Project Manager for Melodifestivalen) has talked about Melodifestivalen 2019! “We hope to invite you to a lovely party not only for dear reunions like Leksand, Lidköping and Nyköping, but also for the veterans Göteborg, Malmö and Stockholm.”“We are always looking forward to meeting our viewers in venues outside the country and these host cities and audiences have also received us with open arms in previous years,” Anette Helenius on Melodfiestivalen …
San Marino: 1in360 return uncertain

San Marino: 1in360 return uncertain

The future of the controversial national selection, used to select the San Marinese entry for Eurovision 2018, has been thrown into doubt following a cryptic tweet. This comes a month after a ‘redesign’ for the format was announced. Despite yet another rocky year for San Marino at the contest, it appeared that 1in360 would be returning for 2019, seemingly confirming the microstate’s future participation. Shortly after the winners, Jessika Muscat and Jenifer Brening, were chosen, 1in360 made an announcement on their official Facebook page, stating that they “have every intention to come back next year with a bigger and better selection…” Note that this came before ‘Who We Are’, the selected entry, failed to qualify for the grand final in Lisbon. It is not uncommon for delegations to plan future selection formats based on how their acts perform at the contest. A good example of this is the expansion of Unser Lied based on the success of Germany at the 2018 contest. Potential rebrand? A more recent development emerged in the form of a short video. Titled ‘1 in 360 – Brand Identity Redesign’, the video details five “core values” of the contest. These values are inclusiveness, across boundaries, creativity, uniqueness, and premium …
Switzerland: SRF received 6,100 audience panel applications

Switzerland: SRF received 6,100 audience panel applications

On Monday at 10 am was the deadline to apply to be part of the audience panel to help select Switzerland’s 2019 entry. At the closing time, Switzerland received 6,100 applications from fans all over the country. From 6,100 to 100 Reto Peritz, the Swiss Head of Delegation, was very pleased with the strong interest shown by Swiss fans. In an interview to douzepoints.ch, he revealed that the top 1,000 candidates will be invited for another interview round to select the 100 members. SRF will inform the successful candidates bythe end of September. They will begin to listen to the first round of songs in mid-October. The deadline to submit songs is October 1st and SRF, RSI, RTS and RTR can also add wildcard entries if they wish. The date when SRF will reveal the 2019 entrant(s) is not yet known. Die Entscheidungsshow no more For the first time since 2011, Switzerland decided to let go of their televised national final Die Grosse Entscheidungsshowand and use internal selection. Instead a 120 member jury will be used to select their 2019 entry. The jury will consist of 100 selected members of the public and 20 industry experts. The two juries will have equal …
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