Month: August 2018
LATVIA – From September 3rd to October 21st LTV accepts submissions for Supernova, through which the country will decide its participation in Eurovision 2019. Three changes will apply though, this year in Supernova. First, anyone of 16 years old can submit interest (signers or authors)). Second, top radio station producers will form a jury off experts to find the hit song. Submitted demos although unlikely to proceed are given the option for changes throughout the Supernova procedure.
CZECH REPUBLIC – CT kicks off eternal selection process for their participation in Eurovision 2019. Those interested to submit a song can e-mail the broadcaster at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 31st.
SWITZERLAND – After revealing earlier this summer that Die Entschediungsshow would no longer be used to select their entry, Switzerland’s new internal process is now taking shape. Posting the news on twitter, SRF has announced that Swiss citizens can now start applying to be part of the 100 member audience panel. Those interest can apply here.
SPAIN – In a recent interview Alfred spoke about his participation in OT. “Is a reality. But my time for ‘OT’ was just a consequence of the fact that I wanted to make myself known as a composer and musician. I am very grateful to the program because it gave me a great opportunity, but for me it was just an instrument to get what I wanted.” But the most interesting highlight was when he said: “I’ve done marketing strategies that nobody would think a 21 year old could do. And everyone come, ‘this is true or false’. I took the opportunity to make known my figure and my art.” Did he just refer to his relationship with Amaia?
SPAIN – We stay in Spain as OT 2018 kicks off on September 18th. RTVE though has not yet declared if the show will be used again as the national selection format for Eurovision 20019.
SWEDEN – Swedish broadcaster SVT is now accepting submissions for Melodifestivalen 2019, the national selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Artists wishing to compete in the contest have until 17th September to submit their entries to SVT.
FYR MACEDONIA / NORWAY – On Insta Story exchange the 2017 representatives of FYR Macedonia and Norway, Jana Burčeska and JOWST joked (or hinted?) a potential collaboration idea?
PRESS RELEASE – For this year’s Malta Pride 2018 March & Concert we will be joined by Claudia Faniello & Fabrizio Faniello as they will surprise us with a duet medley! Now that’s how we like our Tuesday morning news! #MaltaPride18: Pride in the Heart of the Mediterranean. See all the events taking place on www.maltapride.org
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ISRAEL – During his visit to Israel, to inspect the proposed bidding cities and venues for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, Mr Jon Ola Sand spoke to KAN about everything. His 1999 experience, the boycott silliness spread around and the hosting challenges by Israel. You can see the entire interview here.
ISRAEL – The EBU and KAN/IPBC meeting concluded with the Israeli national broadcaster announcing news next week. EBU representatives inspected the three bidding cities and their proposed venues. One of them though, don’t have a venue.
Eilat proposed the construction of a temporary venue in the port. But it seems the proposal is out of the race for the host city bidding. KAN informed us through Twitter that the city is out of the race.
אילת יצאה מהמירוץ לאירוח התחרות. ירושלים או תל אביב יארחו את אירוויזיון 2019 בישראל – ההכרעה במהלך השבוע הבא.
— כאן (@kann) August 30, 2018
This leaves Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in the run. With the issue of Sabbat in Jerusalem, it is almost clear that Tel Aviv is top in the hosting race (at least to most estimations). After all Tel Aviv community strongly promoted the city cover the years I tourism, LGBT and Eurovision communities.
FRANCE – With preparations for the national selection, Destination Eurovision, ongoing, we learned that this year we will have new jury member(s) and three live shows (instead of recorded semi finals).
It is well know according to the French HoD, that it is necessary for a national over an internal selection as the burden of the choice is too heavy for a broadcaster. The choice by the public is th best solution.
In recent interviews we got to know that two names are rumoured for France. In one interview, Tal Benyerzi is considering the idea but tour schedule ad stress is to allowing her at the moment to consider it seriously. But you never know.
Tal Benyerzi was born in Haderah, Israel. Her family immigrated to France before her first birthday. Her name means “morning dew” in Hebrew. She was born into a musical home. Her Algerian-Jewish father was a guitar player, her Yemeni-Jewish mother a professional singer under the name Sem Azar. Her brother is a songwriter and her aunt and cousin are singers.
At the age of 3, Tal began to study piano and guitar and enrolled in dance lessons and modern jazz. She also took part in a theater group called Compagnie Les Sales Gosses. She started playing in piano bars making interpretations of classics and contemporary songs. Her first song and music video was with “La Musique mon ange”.
After two years of collaboration with songwriter and producer L’Aura Marciano, Tal released her debut album Le droit de rêver with pop melodies, urban rhythm and at times classical arrangements. Collaborations included Sean Paul in “Waya Waya” mixed by Veronica Ferraro, L’Algérino in a remake “Le sens de la vie” and John Hanes as sound engineer.
Her first single from the album was “On avance” which reached No. 29 in SNEP, the official French singles chart. That was followed by “Waya Waya”. Her biggest hit was “Le sens de la vie” from the album. It reached No. 4 in the French charts. The album also contains a bonus version of the song featuring French-Algerian L’Algérino as a bonus track. Tal remains involved in charity. She was the spokesman for MTV’s campaign for support of the French AIDS charity Sidaction.
On botherer interview cc said that he would love to go to Eurovision despite the stress ad the risk. Don’t forget though that currently the singer is simply promoting his upcoming album.
The youngest of a Catalan Gitano family, Kendji grew up in Saint-Astier and was taught to play the guitar and sing by his grandfather. He left school at 16 to follow the family business as an arborist. His first language is Catalan. He gained some fame through publishing materials online. His gypsy version of “Bella” by Maître Gims filmed by a friend went viral. His video garnered almost 3.8 million views. Another popular song he uploaded was “Si j’étais president” a cover of Gérard Lenorman.
For season 3 of The Voice: la plus belle voix, he auditioned with the song “Bella” by Maître Gims in the second episode of season 3 broadcast on January 18, with only judge Mika turning his chair, whereas the three others, Florent Pagny, Jenifer and Garou refrained.
In the Musical Battles Round broadcast on March 8, 2014, Mika put him against Youness both singing “Tous les mêmes” from Stromae. Kendji moved to “L’épreuve ultime” round where he performed “Hotel California from The Eagles in the 29 March 2014 emission.
In the live rounds he performed “Ma philosophie” from Amel Bent (5 April 2014), “Mad World” from Tears for Fears (19 April 2014) and “Allumer le feu” from Johnny Hallyday (19 April 2014). In the semi-final on 3 May 2014 he sang “Belle” from Garou and Daniel Lavoie qualifying for the finals as Team Mika’s finalist.
In the final broadcast on Final: 10 May 2014, He sang “Amor de mis amores” / “Volare” from Gipsy Kings, “Temps à nouveau” from Jean-Louis Aubert and “L’Aigle noir” from Barbara. He won The Voice title for season 3 with 51% of the public vote against 21% for runner up Maximilien Philippe, with Amir Haddad finishing third with 18% and Wesley with only 10% fourth.
His first official single was the bilingual French/Spanish “Color Gitano”, released in June 2014 from his EP, his official album released in September. In December 2014, he won two NRJ Music Awards for Francophone Breakthrough of the Year and “Color Gitano” as Francophone Song of the Year. His album Kendji sold 600,000 copies by January 2015, and over 1 million copies by October 2015, certifying Diamond and becoming France’s second highest selling album of 2014 after Racine Carrée by Stromae. As of now, he is nearing 1.2 million copies sold. He is currently the biggest selling The Voice alumnus worldwide. His follow-up single “Andalouse” proved even more successful commercially. Other notable singles included “Conmigo” from the repackaged version of Kendji released on May 4, 2015.
A second album titled Ensemble was released on October 30, 2015. Notable singles from his second album include “Me Quemo”, “Les yeux de la mama” and “No Me Mirès Màs” (jointly with Soprano).
LATVIA – Latvian national broadcaster kicks off the 2019 season of Supernova. Those interested to submit a bid for the Latvian show through which the country will decide its participation to Eurovision 2019 can do it via the official website from September 3rd at 10:00 until October 21st midnight.
Latvia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 19 times since making its debut at the contest in 2000, where the group Brainstorm finished third with the song “My Star”. Latvia won the contest in 2002, with Marie N and the song “I Wanna”, defeating Malta by 12 points.
Latvia is the second former Soviet country to win the contest. The 2003 contest was held in the Latvian capital Riga. The country achieved its third top 10 result in 2005, when Walters and Kazha finished fifth with “The War Is Not Over”.
Latvia did not participate in the final from 2009 to 2014, when they failed to qualify from the semi-finals for six consecutive years, including finishing last on three occasions, in 2009, 2010 and 2013.
Latvia qualified for the final for the first time since 2008 at the 2015 contest with Aminata and the song “Love Injected”. Her sixth place in the final is Latvia’s fourth top 10 finish and best result in the contest since 2005. Latvia made its 10th appearance in the final in 2016.