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.

“Jerusalem isn’t at all a given” says Israeli Official

“Jerusalem isn’t at all a given” says Israeli Official

Since Netta’s victory last month, speculation on where next year’s contest will be hosted has been rife.  A senior official has today claimed that the government’s preferred host city may not be the contest’s home next year. “Eurovision in Jerusalem? It isn’t at all a given, Yossi Sharabi, director of the Culture and Sport Ministry, made the claim in a response to a question regarding the cancellation of a football match between Argentina and Israel.  The match would originally take place in Haifa. Israeli authorities however moved the match to Jerusalem. The Argentinian national team received criticism from several Palestinian groups for their trip to the city. As a result, the Argentinian FA cancelled the match altogether. When speaking to the Sports 5 news channel regarding next year’s event, the director answered: Eurovision in Jerusalem? It isn’t at all a given. It’s early to talk about this. Everybody wants it to be in Jerusalem. But there could well be other considerations. Uncomfirmed rumours – EBU unhappy Following Israel’s victory, ministers Ayoub Kara and Miri Regev spoke about next year’s host city. They implied that next year’s host city would indeed be Jerusalem. News website Haaretz report that EBU officials were unhappy …
No comeback in the making! Slovakia will not return for Eurovision 2019

No comeback in the making! Slovakia will not return for Eurovision 2019

The Slovak National Broadcaster, RTVS, has announced that they will not return to the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Their last participation dates back to 2012. Following the success of neighboring Czech Republic in the most recent edition of the contest, fans have been speculating the return of Slovakia. However, rumors were put to rest in a recent interview for Eurocontest.cz, where they confirm the fact that we will not see them back to the competition in the near future. A spokesperson for RTVS stated that; The long-standing RTVS standpoint remains unchanged. The Eurovision Song Contest is beyond our financial possibilities, so RTVS will not join it. As always, we remain hopeful that RTVS find the funding to participate. Perhaps a sponsor could stand up?  Slovakia at Eurovision The central European country has quite a poor track record when it comes to Eurovision. Slovakia debuted in 1994 and have participated on only seven occasions. Their best result to date was 18th in 1996 with Marcel Palonder and the song “Kým nás máš”. Between 1998 and 2009, Slovakia did not participate. However in 2009, they returned with Kamil Mikulčík and Nela Pocisková. They only managed to achieve 18th place in their semi final and thus failed to …
Teddy Stadium being adapted to host Eurovision

Teddy Stadium being adapted to host Eurovision

Plan’s for next year’s contest are in full swing! MAKO.co.il report that Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium is a serious contender to host the contest. The stadium will however require some adjustments. Making Teddy Stadium Eurovision ready With the broadcaster keen for the event to take place in Jerusalem, they see Teddy Stadium as an ideal choice of venue.  The stadium has a holding capacity of 31,733,  a significant increase to Lisbon’s Altice Arena which housed a maxiumum of 20,000. Renovation plans published by the tabloid show a roof being installed to it’s current open-air design. The significant change would see the venue fall in line with EBU regulations which state that a hosting venue must be indoors. The proposed renovation scheme would be expected to take an estimated 4-5 months to complete, at an estimated cost of $44 million. This is in addition to funds set aside by the broadcaster in order to successfully host the event. The director of renovation company DS Construction spoke of the task; “Once we realised that Israel will host the Eurovision Song Contest next year, we decided not to wait and started planning the construction which would cover the entire roof of the Teddy Stadium.” …
Gal Gadot approached to host Eurovision 2019

Gal Gadot approached to host Eurovision 2019

Actress and model Gal Gadot had been approached by Israeli broadcaster KAN to host next year’s contest, YNET reports. KAN confirm actress had been approached for the role. Gal is known to many for her portrayal of Gisele in the Fast & Furious franchise, although has also had starring roles in Batman v Superman and Wonder Woman. YNET reports that whilst broadcaster KAN had confirmed to them that an invitation had been sent to the actress, the chance of anything materialising would be slim due to her busy schedule. They would be right to assume so, as the agency representing the actress were quick to release a statement to YNET, confirming that unfortunately, she would be unable to accept the role. “Gal would be happy to host and take part in the Eurovision, but unfortunately, schedule constraints and previous commitments do not permit it” The 33 year old most recently began filming the sequal to superhero movie Wonder Woman, of which a release date of 1st November 2019 has been confirmed by Warner Bros. pictures. Gal showed her support to Netta during Grand Final During the grand final of this year’s contest, Gadot appeared to show her appreciation of the event, in …
Denmark: DR discusses hopes for 2019

Denmark: DR discusses hopes for 2019

Denmark returned to the top 10 s with the Viking-inspired performance by Rasmussen. The Danish broadcaster is now in the process of planning their participation 2019, hoping to continue achieving good results.  Last October, DR hinted that Denmark was on its way to achieve good results again after a few years of disappointing results. It turned out to be true and Rasmussen reached a respectable 9th place with his entry Higher Ground, giving Denmark its first top 10 since 2014, when the contest was held on home soil. Successful changes to national selection As we reported last year, DR had introduced some changes for the 2018 edition of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. Specifically, with the appointment of Mads Engaard as Contribution Producer, DR hoped to focus more on the whole performance instead of just the music and lyrics. Jan Lagermand Lundme, DR ‘s Entertainment Manager believes these changes were key in giving Denmark good results again. He also credits Enggard’s role full trust in the selection as a factor contributing to success. Lundme added that they will use this experience to plan for their 2019 participation. It seems that they will aim to send a “clear concept and really good song” again. …
Petah Tikva joins race to host Eurovision 2019

Petah Tikva joins race to host Eurovision 2019

It’s only been two weeks since Netta’s win at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon and the discussion about next year’s host city is already in full swing. For now, people only paid attention to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. For now. Petah Tikva now joins the race to host the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. Moreover, they deliver some strong points about why the city would be a good host city for next year. Petah Tikva to host Eurovision 2019? For now, the main focus has been on Tel Aviv and Jerusalem when everybody was talking about the possible host city for next year. So far Tel Aviv is not interested in hosting and it seems that Jerusalem might not be the first choice of the EBU. Petah Tikva might be the perfect choice to solve the problem. The mayor is very interested and thinks that Eurovision would be a great boost for the city to be more known in the world. There is already a Facebook event with hundreds of people from the city supporting the bid to host the contest next year. Where is Petah Tikva? Petah Tikva is the 5th biggest city in Israel. The city name means “Opening of hope”. It’s …
Czech Republic wants to use national final again

Czech Republic wants to use national final again

After achieving the best result ever in the contest, Czech Republic plans to continue using this year’s format again.  Czech Republic’s broadcaster (Česká televize) has yet to confirm participation in Israel in 2019, however, it seems like plans for next year are already in the making. In an interview released by eurocontest.cz, Jan Bors, the country’s Head of Delegation, expressed hopes to continue using a national final (Eurovision CZ) to select Mikolas’s successor at the contest. Additionally, he noted that several Czech artists have already began working on potential entries for the 2019 selection. This is a positive sign of growing interest in the contest in the country. Best result so far In the past, Czech Republic used both internal selection and national finals to select entrants. In 2018, CT opted to use a combination of public votes and votes from a jury composed of 10 previous Eurovision entrants. Over 400 songs were submitted to CT but ultimately only 6 made it to the final round. Mikolas Josef won both jury and televote, earning the right to fly the Czech flag in Lisbon. Mikolas sang his charismatic entry “Lie to me” and he not only gave Czech Republic its second …
EBU downplays Jerusalem rumours as organisers express political concerns

EBU downplays Jerusalem rumours as organisers express political concerns

Today, following a further suggestion of confirmed dates and host city for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, the EBU has released a statement reminding fans not to book flights or hotels until the details are confirmed by them. Rumoured for a late May contest Earlier this week, an Israeli tourism publication was brought to the attention of ESCXTRA. This outlet had published that the dates of next year’s Eurovision Song Contest were 21st, 23rd and 25th May to be held in Jerusalem. The EBU has gone some distance in making it clear that nothing has been confirmed or made official in regards to next year’s competition. They published this statement on the official Eurovision Twitter and Facebook profiles earlier today, urging fans to resist temptation to book their trips until official confirmation is made. Are you already looking forward to next year’s #Eurovision? Us too! But don’t go booking your flights just yet, for official updates on where and when it’ll take place, keep an eye out for announcements on our official channels.📷: Thomas Hanses pic.twitter.com/O2sp3WOXvJ — Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) May 22, 2018 The tourist information outlet has since redacted its claim that the dates and host city had …
Andorra: no participation at Eurovision in sight

Andorra: no participation at Eurovision in sight

No comeback in RTVA’s plans Many of us hoped that Andorra, that last participated in 2009, would soon make a return to Eurovision. However, a statement by the general director of Andorran broadcaster (RTVA) Xavier Mujal unfortunately ended the hopes for a 2019 return. In an interview published by eurofestivales.com, Mujal stated: “We will not participate in Eurovision 2019 or in any other EBU event. This is related to the participation costs and the logistics for each contest, which are very big for a small company like ours.”  The same source reported that due to the costs and logistics they do not expect to take part in the short and medium term. Sadly, this means we shouldn’t hope to see the country back in 2020 either. Government needs to prioritize the contest to return Back in November, we reported that for the country to return to the contest, the government needs to make participation a “real priority.” The country withdrew as it needed to restructure the television and radio services that were struggling with growing debts. There is still interest in the contest in Andorra, however, the poor qualification record and high costs (around €300,000) do not make a return …
Germany confirms participation for 2019 as NDR starts national selection process

Germany confirms participation for 2019 as NDR starts national selection process

The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 was just one week ago, but the German broadcaster, NDR, already starts thinking about the national selection for the upcoming contest in 2019. After achieving the best result since Lena’s victory in 2010, Germany is motivated to top this year’s result in the upcoming year. Who will sing for Germany? Since this morning, singers and bands can apply to be part of the national selection to be the German representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel. Up to 6 people can apply together with a cover song or an original song. Another rule is, that everybody has to be at least 18 years old. The formula to apply can be found HERE. In the past years, the German national selection changed every year. After this year’s result, it seems, that the NDR will stick to the format from this year. Further information about the end of the applying process and the date for the national final will be announced at a later date. Michael Schulte: “I’ve said it again and again: Applying for the German national selection was one of the best decisions of my life. The ESC was a huge …
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