Tel Aviv 2019

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RSI opens voting for its preselection in Switzerland!

RSI opens voting for its preselection in Switzerland!

Radiotelevizione Svizzera di lingua Italiana (the Italian-speaking Swiss broadcaster) has opened an online voting procedure in order to select its wildcard(s) for the Swiss internal selection for Eurovision 2019. The Swiss internal selection For the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, Switzerland will not use Die Entscheidungsshow, but an internal selection instead. A panel of 100 Swiss citizens and a jury of 20 foreign artists will internally decide who will represent Switzerland in Israel, on a 50/50 basis.  There are two ways to get to the final rounds : applying directly to the national broadcaster SSR onlinebeing chosen as a wildcard by a regional broadcaster (RSI, RTS and SRF) Each braodcaster can send up to three wildcards, but the voting panels won’t know which song is a wildcard and which song went through the online application process. Today, and until September 28th, RSI gives everyone the opportunity to vote for its wildcard(s), among a selection of 13 songs. We do not know yet if RSI will send three wildcards or less. The 13 songs RSI’s lineup is made of 13 songs, but only 11 singers, two of them presenting two songs each. The complete songs can be listened to here. This is …
1000+ entries submitted for MGP 2019

1000+ entries submitted for MGP 2019

NRK just announced that they have received more than a 1000 songs for Melodi Grand Prix/ MGP 2019!  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Melodi Grand Prix (NRK) (@nrkmgp) As the submission window for entries to Melodi Grand Prix 2019 closed at midnight, NRK had received more than 1000 songs. Even though this is a very respectable number, it seems to be a slight reduction compared to last year. in 2018 NRK received a record number of close to 1200 entries.  As you might remember, there were a lot of big names in last year’s Melodi Grand Prix. Most of these were asked specifically to enter, and it’s safe to assume that this has happened/will happen also this year.  The process now is as follows; Project manager/HoD Stig Karlsen and his team has A LOT of listening to do… We still don’t know when MGP 2019 will take place, nor has NRK announced the date when they will reveal the names/songs . We will of course keep you up to date on all developments! 
A letter from artists across Europe and beyond calls for Israeli Eurovision boycott

A letter from artists across Europe and beyond calls for Israeli Eurovision boycott

Published in the letters section of The Guardian on Friday, 7th September 2018, many big names from across European culture and arts have signed a formal letter calling for a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 hosted by Israel. This is in support of the “heartfelt appeal from Palestinian artists”. The opening paragraph of the letter goes on to outline that “until Palestinians can enjoy freedom, justice and equal rights, there should be no business-as-usual with the state that is denying them their basic rights”. Eurovision names amongst the undersigned 1994 winner Charlie McGettigan, from Ireland, is the most prominent Eurovision name on the list. He is joined by Icelandic national final runner-up Daði Freyr (2017) and Finnish representatives Kaija Kärkinen (1991) and Kyösti Laihi (1988). Daði Freyr was amongst a list of Icelandic artists who formally asked RÚV to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 if it was to be held in Israel, including Páll Óskar who represented the nation in 1997. Charlie McGettigan is joined on the list by eight-time commentator for Ireland, Mike Murphy, and the set designer for Riverdance, Robert Ballagh. Robert Ballagh had already made his feelings known earlier this summer in a public protest favouring a boycott of the …
X Factor Malta broadcast begins on October 7

X Factor Malta broadcast begins on October 7

Back in June, Malta revealed they would replace their seasoned national final (MESC) for X Factor to select their Eurovision entrant. The broadcast of the show will begin on Sunday October 7th.  Final date not known yet With posts on X Factor Malta Instagram and Facebook pages, we know the show will begin on October 7th but we need to wait a little longer to know when we will know the winner. One thing we do know, however, is that whoever wins will also earn the right to represent the country at Eurovision 2019. Auditions began back in August and we may see some familiar faces in the line-up, including MESC 2017 runner-up Janice Mangion.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by X Factor Malta (@xfactormalta) Eurovision Star in the Judging Panel X Factor Malta will feature a 4 member jury panel which includes a Eurovision star and one of Malta’s most beloved artists Ira Losco. Ira participate at Eurovision twice, in 2002 when she came second, and in 2016 when she placed 12th. Besides her, the jury panel includes Howard Keith Debono, a music professional who also managed Ira, popular singer Ray Mercieca and Alexandra Alden a Netherlands-based …
Slovenia says “Hvala, Ja” to 2019!

Slovenia says “Hvala, Ja” to 2019!

The broadcaster responsible for the Slovenian participation for the Eurovision Song Contest, RTVSLO has confirmed that they will be attending in 2019. Which is expected to take place in Israel.  RTVSLO has started on it’s quest for glory in Israel by confirming their participation for the upcoming contest. The broadcaster hasn’t outlined any clear details as to the exact method they will use to select their song. But it is however expected that their well established National Final, EMA (Evrovizijska Melodija) will be used again. A National Final has been used to select 23 of their 24 entries since their debut in 1993. In 1993 and 1995 their national final was called Slovenski izbor za pesem Evrovizije. In 2013, Slovenia opted to use Internal Selection to chose their entry.  EMA 2018 had two rounds. One Semi-Final and one Final. The Semi-Final had a rule that all of the songs had to be sung in Slovene. In contrast to the final when the acts got free reign as to what language they wanted to sing in. Lea Sirk, the winner of EMA 2018 chose to sing in Slovene in both Semi-Final and Final. However in Lisbon she sang in Slovene for most of …
LRT confirm changes for Eurovizijos 2019

LRT confirm changes for Eurovizijos 2019

The Lithuanian broadcaster LRT has announced rule changes for the 2019 edition of its Eurovision national final, Eurovizijos. Eurovizijos reduced to eight shows Last month Lithuania confirmed its participation for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Israel. More details have now been revealed about the selection process for Eurovizijos 2019. Always taking the view that it’s a marathon and not a sprint, it is all change for next year as the national final is being reduced to eight shows. The announcement was made during Lithuania’s daily topical show “Laba Diena, Lietuva.” Speaking on the show was the Executive Producer of Eurovizijos, Audrius Giržadas. He revealed that the 2019 selection is being reduced to eight shows that will span across January and February. Exact dates are unknown at this time. But we can conclude from this that the entry will be selected at the end of February. This is a further decrease for Eurovizijos after 2018 saw a reduction from ten shows down to nine. Thus ensuring another song chosen early, after their Baltic neighbours Estonia announced this week their own intentions for an early selection. Furthermore, interested artists should already be preparing and rehearsing their songs for the …
Tel Aviv mayor “looks forward” to hosting Eurovision in letter to EBU

Tel Aviv mayor “looks forward” to hosting Eurovision in letter to EBU

With an official Eurovision Song Contest 2019 host city announcement expected imminently, more and more information continues to be made available via Israeli media outlets. In the last couple of hours, ynet.co.il has exclusively published the official letter sent by the mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo to Jon Ola Sand at the European Broadcasting Union. Tel Aviv able to meet all demands In the letter dated September 4th, the mayor of Tel Aviv explains that his city can meet the list of demands set by the EBU. These demands included a guarantee that fans would not be banned from visiting the contest in Israel based on their political opinions, religion, or sexual orientation. Furthermore, the EBU demands that work must take place during Shabbat on Saturdays. The full letter You can read the mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo’s letter to the EBU confirming that his city can meet all the requirements in full below, courtesy of ynet.co.il: Source: ynet.co.il A coastal Eurovision all but confirmed? It is unclear as to whether a similar letter was also written by officials in Jerusalem. Nevertheless, it is widely believed that Jerusalem would struggle to commit to working during Shabbat and is the reason why Tel …
ERR confirms plans for Eesti Laul 2019!

ERR confirms plans for Eesti Laul 2019!

The broadcaster for Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest ERR has today laid out their plans for Eesti Laul for the forthcoming 2019 Eurovision National Final season. ERR has laid out a detailed calendar for Eesti Laul 2019. This includes entry requirements for song submission and participation for the National Final. In a change from recent years, the two Semi-Finals will consist of 12 songs each with 12 songs advancing to the Final. The cost of participation for Eesti Laul will be €25 for songs that are submitted by Estonians. For songs coming from outside Estonia €50 will be charged. With the proceeds from this going towards the fund that will control the song presentation in Israel. This method is also uses as a guarantee from the artist that they are serious about representing Estonia. This is also to ensure a lack of “joke acts” alludes Tomi Rahula. ERR will however not contribute to the final stage show.  Also to note is that the Semi-Finals will no longer be broadcast from the nations capital, Tallinn. This is due to the fact that they want to bring Eesti Laul to the people Rahula states. However the exact locations of these Semi-Finals …
We need a hero! Edward af Sillén to “save” Melodifestivalen!

We need a hero! Edward af Sillén to “save” Melodifestivalen!

After this year’s criticism and ratings for the Melodifestivalen 2018 shows, SVT hired Edward af Sillén to ensure the quality for next years programme. Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reveals: the acclaimed director is taken as a consultant. Back in the right direction! Based on several sources, Sillén has been hired as a consultant and adviser to assist and support the program’s project managers and manufacturers to increase the quality of the content of the program. According to the project manager Anette Hellenius, Edward will be the consultant of the creative group. He will work together with Christer Björkman and Henric von Zweigberg at the forefront. Edward told Aftonbladet about his new project, that “I will consult the content thread and be in the background with regard to program managers and choice of intermediaries. So it feels natural and fun. Maybe I also write a single number, we’ll see.” “We need a hero” Edward already worked on several numbers and sketches for both Melodifestivalen and the Eurovision Song Contest. “Love Love, Peace Peace”, is from him for example. Moreover, he also commentated the contest for Sweden in the past years. Even though there was criticism this year and the ratings lower than the past years, …
Melodifestivalen 2019 entry submission window is open

Melodifestivalen 2019 entry submission window is open

Happy new year! No, you didn’t sleep in for four months. I’m talking about about the Eurovision new year, as any song created and released from here on out is good to go for Eurovision. Yes, even anything by Logan Paul (a scary thought, we know). With everyone gearing up for a fresh new season of Eurovision hullabaloo, submission windows for national finals are opening left and right. One of the earlier ones happens to be for Melodifestivalen 2019! Earlier we wrote about the submission window for Melodifestivalen opening at the end of August/early September. Seeing as that time has now arrived…well that’s basically it. It’s open now. To keep the rest of this article from being the literary version of awkward silence, we’ll go over the Melodifestivalen process once more. 28 songs will compete for the chance to go to Eurovision. 14 of those will be selected by an expert panel of jurors and 14 will be selected by Melodifestivalen’s staff. We will see four semi-finals with two acts moving on from each one to the grand final, where they will be joined by four more acts from the Second Chance round. There will be fireworks, there will be glitter …
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