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.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: BHRT decline Ralph Siegel’s sponsorship

Bosnia and Herzegovina: BHRT decline Ralph Siegel’s sponsorship

BHRT, the national broadcaster in charge of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, declined Ralph Siegel’s offer of money to help them cover the cost of their participation in 2019. A broadcaster under sanctions. The country’s struggles in recent years to sent entries to Eurovision, due to financial difficulties have been well documented. Due to this, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) have set sanctions against them, due to unpaid debts. Due to these sanctions. The broadcaster had to reject Siegel’s offer last year in 2018, hosted in Lisbon thanks to Portugal’s win in Kyiv, with the song “Amar Pelos Dois”. Details of the offer however, was that the country was going to be represented by folk singer Hanka Paldum. What was said? Head of Delegation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lejla A. Babovic had this to say, to news source www.klik.ba. Last year, we could not accept that offer because we did not participate in the Eurosong. We left this opportunity open and this year we contacted the EBU regarding the possibility of BHRT participation at the Eurosong in 2019. Unfortunately, the BHRT remains under the sanctions of the EBU, who told us that BHRT can not participate in the Eurosong until …
Switzerland: RTS open submissions for Eurovision 2019

Switzerland: RTS open submissions for Eurovision 2019

Throwing stones early, Switzerland’s French language broadcaster RTS have begun their search for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Making use of radio station Option Musique, applicants can start submitting their songs now. RTS Submission window open RTS are hoping to turn Swiss fortunes around and are looking for singers and songwriters who want to be Switzerland’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel. Would be entrants can submit their songs to Option Musique here. Typical Eurovision rules apply: The song cannot exceed three minutes in length. The song must not be published before 1st September 2018. A maximum of six participants on stage. It has yet to be determined how the RTS submissions will filter into the wider complexity of the Swiss format. German language SRF, Italian language RSI and Romansh language RTR have yet to reveal their plans for 2019. Die Entscheidungsshow has been the format of choice during this decade, with the final selection of songs facing of in the national final. This has undergone a revamp in recent times, since the online platform where the public could vote was dropped and the expert check was introduced. Last year also saw the regional quota dropped, which …
Belgium confirms intention to participate in Eurovision 2019

Belgium confirms intention to participate in Eurovision 2019

According to eurovisionbelgium.be, Belgium has confirmed an intention to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with broadcaster Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française (RTBF) taking the reigns of selecting the act. The two Belgian broadcasters, French-speaking RTBF and Flemish Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT), take it in turns to be in charge of the nation’s Eurovision participation. While details have yet to be revealed as to how the broadcaster will select the artist and song, RTBF have typically favoured internal selections. This method has led to real Eurovision success stories in recent years – such as Loïc Nottet and Blanche. Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest One of the founding countries in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, Belgium has had a long history of participation, only missing three contests: 1994, 1997 and 2001. Despite this Belgium has only won the contest once, which was in 1986. Since the introduction of the semi-finals Belgium have struggled to consistently qualify for the final. After a recent string of three top 10 results between 2015-2017, it seems that both broadcasters have mastered the formula for Eurovision success. In Lisbon, Sennek flew the Belgian flag with her haunting Bond-esque ballad ‘A Matter of Time’. The song became a …
Germany calling for Eurovision 2019 / Unser Song jury

Germany calling for Eurovision 2019 / Unser Song jury

German broadcaster NDR have opened the application process for people who want to be part of the nations 100 member Eurovision 2019 selection jury. This suggests Germany will again use the Unser Song format to select their Eurovision entry. NDR have again partnered with Simon-Kucher & Partners to help determine a 100 member ‘Eurovision Jury’. The company’s expertise includes complex data modelling and app voting. Firstly the jury will help determine the participants of the televised national final. This jury will then vote again during the show alongside the international jury and the German public. NDR have yet to confirm what the national final will be or it’s name but the repeat of the process introduced at the last national selection ‘Unser Lied für Lissabon’ suggests the show is set to return in the same format in 2019. Germany at Eurovision 2018 Michael Schulte was chosen to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. His song “You Let Me Walk Alone” scored a total of 340 points, giving Germany their best result since Lena won the competition in 2010. Who would you like to see represent Germany in 2019?
Breaking Taboos! X Factor Malta kicks off a nationwide search

Breaking Taboos! X Factor Malta kicks off a nationwide search

Auditions for X Factor Malta are ongoing as the small island nation goes through the process of finalizing the lineup of hopefuls for the upcoming season of the show. In addition to winning the chance to represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, the winner will also get signed to Sony Music Italy in order to jump start an international music career. X Factor Malta winner to represent the country in Eurovision 2019 X Factor Malta Requirements All artists must be sixteen years of age or older by 1st May 2019 Each performance may have up to six people on stage All solo artists must be of Maltese nationality or hold dual citizenship, one which being Maltese. If an act includes more than one performer, only the lead artist needs to fulfill this nationality/citizenship requirement. A Nationwide Search Things are getting serious as the application process has ended and one of the submissions will be the next Maltese Eurovision representative. This past weekend in the PAVI Shopping Complex in Malta the first pop up booth auditions took place in order to narrow down the applicants to a lucky few. The pop up booths are a part of the …
Eurovision 2019: Is Tel Aviv now closer to hosting the contest?

Eurovision 2019: Is Tel Aviv now closer to hosting the contest?

After Netta’s victory in Lisbon, there has been a lot of speculation as for where the Eurovision 2019 will be hosted. There have been many reports on the contest being taken from Israel and given to back- up hosts like Austria. However,  the EBU announced Israel as the host of the 2019 contest, with the city being announced in September. But do the newly released hosting criteria for 2019 mean that Tel Aviv will be the 2019 host? What do the criteria require? Earlier in the day, the Israeli broadcaster KAN released the criteria for the selection of the Eurovision 2019 host city. Among others, the important ones include that: The venue must have a minimum 8,000 people and a maximum 12,000 people capacity, and should be in a covered space There must be at least 3,000 available hotel rooms in the city A press centre with a capacity for 1,500 journalists must be close to the venue The venue must be available for preparations from March to May 2019 However, there is a specific requirement, that the contest rehearsals should also take place during Shabbat. According to the rules of the EBU, there must be two general rehearsals on the …
RTVSLO awaiting new programme plan to confirm Slovenia’s Eurovision 2019 participation

RTVSLO awaiting new programme plan to confirm Slovenia’s Eurovision 2019 participation

Slovene broadcaster RTVSLO has confirmed to ESCXTRA.com that they have yet to submit an application to participate in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. As is the normal process at RTVSLO, they must await the following year’s programme production plan to be unveiled prior to being able to confirm Slovenia’s participation in the forthcoming contest. “No application yet” With the deadline for broadcasters to provisionally apply for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest slowly approaching, and no announcement from RTVSLO regarding Slovenia’s continued participation, ESCXTRA.com contacted the broadcaster for an update. We thank them for their swift reply to our questions and RTVSLO gave the following explanation to us: RTV Slovenia confirms its participation in the ESC and similar projects of the EBU only after the program-production plan for the year in which the competition is running is adopted.  The plan has not yet been adopted, and no application has yet been made. Defending their Choir of the Year crown? Therefore, Slovenia’s lack of announcement thus far should not worry Eurovision fans. It is part of RTVSLO’s programming strategy to await for the new year’s programme production plan prior to confirming their participation in Eurovision events. This also explains why Slovenia have …
RTCG yet to decide if Montenegro will participate in Eurovision 2019

RTCG yet to decide if Montenegro will participate in Eurovision 2019

There’s no time for rest in the world of Eurovision and we are just a couple of months away from the deadline for broadcaster to submit their provisional applications to participate in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. In a statement given to ESCXTRA.com, Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG reveals they are currently unsure as to whether Montenegro will take part in Israel next year. Yet to decide We thank RTCG for the swift response to our request for information on their plans for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. RTCG’s statement to ESCXTRA.com is as follows: We did not decide if we are entering Eurovision next year. Three consecutive non-qualifications Since Montenegro’s debut in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest, the Balkan nation has struggled to achieve success.  It took until 2014, Montenegro’s sixth appearance in the contest, to achieve qualification for the first time. The honour came courtesy of Sergej Ćetković whose beautiful ballad Moj svijet finished 19th in the grand final in Copenhagen. Montenegro made it two qualifications in a row in Vienna, when Knez finished in 13th place with Adio. The result remains Montenegro’s best placing at the Eurovision Song Contest and also the most recent occasion in which the nation qualified …
Ben Camille to host the first series of “X Factor Malta”

Ben Camille to host the first series of “X Factor Malta”

Ben Camille has been confirmed to host the very first series of X Factor Malta.  He is well known for giving out Malta’s Jury Points in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 and hosting the Junior Eurovision Song Contest that same year. Dream Come True Ben spoke to TVM after it was announced that he was hosting X Factor Malta and had the following to say: ”This is a dream come true. The X factor  is one of the most prestigious TV formats and I feel humbled with this great opportunity.“ X Factor Malta and Eurovision Song Contest It was earlier confirmed, that X Factor Malta will be taking place in October 2018. TVM have also confirmed, that the winner of X Factor Malta will win the right to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. In addition to winning the ticket to participate at the Eurovision Song Contest, the winner of X Factor will also win a recording contract with Sony Music Italy. Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 Christabelle was selected to represent Malta in Lisbon with her song “Taboo”. Unfortunately, despite being a fan fabourite, she failed to qualify for the Grand Final, placing 13th in …
Östersund to host Andra Chansen for Melodifestivalen 2019?

Östersund to host Andra Chansen for Melodifestivalen 2019?

Östersund has been approached to host the ‘Andra Chansen’ round of Melodifestivalen 2019. SVT has approached them to look at the possibility of hosting the event on March 2, 2019. Up to the politicians to make the decision During this week, a meeting was held in the municipal in order to assess the logistics and the practicality of the proposal.  After the meeting took place, the municipal came to the conclusion, that they are capable of hosting Melodifestivalen once again. This is despite the events already taking place before and after Melodifestivalen is to take place. Putte Eby, who is the Events and Visitor strategy spokesperson of Östersund had the following to say: “We are very good at getting big sporting events, and it would be great for us if we also got Melodifestivalenlen” He has also mentioned that the decision to host will ultimately be decided by the politicians.  He has also pointed out that the city would not need to make a greater investment in order to host the event once again, compared to when it hosted it back in 2015. Not the First Time Östersund is hosting Melodifestivalen If the politicians of Östersund accept the proposal of SVT, then this will be …
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