GERMANY – Sebastian Schub withdraws from Germany’s national selection stating: “Shortly after the ESC workshop in Cologne, I was occupied with other projects, so unfortunately there is no time left to compete in the German national final. It would surely be an honour representing Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv next year. I wish the best of luck to all of the remaining candidates!”
The national broadcaster replied: “We regret Sebastian’s decision, but also understand he is currently receiving job offers, which he cannot refuse. There will certainly be collaborations with Sebastian. In the past few weeks we were able to meet with a very talented and sympathetic person.”
SPAIN – Watch one more slang performance of Eleni Foureira in Barcelona. The past few days Eleni was in London, Barcelona and Madrid.
GREECE – Greek national broadcaster reported 70 million Euros in profit (!) although its TV ratings are below even 10%. 50 million returned to the central government budget. Weirdly, despite those profits ERT still demands sponsorships for Eurovision.
SPAIN – Carlos Jean presents his initiative ‘La Canción Perfecta’ in order to find the winning song for Eurovision: “I think we all agree that we have to find some formula that can help us to place higher in Eurovision. After all these years trying to do a good job, we forgot about something. Castings, tests…have shown that we can discover anonymous artists that can perform very well. But we haven’t done that with something that important — or even more important — as it’s the song composition. After all these years in the music industry, I might have found the formula to create the perfect song. And it will be perfect because you will compose it.”
UNITED KINGDOM – The UK Parliament rejects petition to make the date of the Eurovision final a national holiday.
GEORGIA – Georgia will use Georgia Idol will be its method to select its entrant. In an interview, Georgia’s Head of Delegation, Natia Mshvenieradze has confirmed that it will also use the contest to pick its entry for next year.
IRELAND – Galway singer Brendan Murray has sailed through his first X Factor live show, impressing with his rendition of the Ariana Grande hit Break Free on Saturday night. However, while mentor Louis Tomlinson and judges Robbie Williams and Ayda Field were thrilled by his performance, Simon Cowell wasn’t as easy to impress. Simon was booed when he said he thought the start of Bredan’s song was “boring”. Brendan didn’t appear to be put out though as he took to Twitter afterwards to say he was happy with how the night went. He wrote: “I’m happy with the performance I gave! Thank you so much for all your support it means the world to me.” Brendan faced a nerve-wracking wait on Sunday night as he waited for the results of the public vote but he had nothing to worry about as his fans’ votes saved him.