April 14 🇪🇺 the latest Eurovision headlines: Netta tops the fan club voting polls, preview shows and Peter Urban clarifies his commentating job future
🇨🇦 We begin our daily news tour in the major headlines of the Eurovision world with the sad news that OUT TV Canada will follow New Zealand by not broadcasting the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. The network which focuses on LGTB programming had brought the Eurovision Song Contest back to Canadian viewers in 2014 when they gained the rights to the contest.
🇮🇱 Watching out the international fan polls of OGAE and INFE we see that they both agree with the betting odds and Netta’s song is officially declared the top favourite of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Of course the international fan club voting continues.
🇳🇴 NRK which airs Eurovision preview shows since 1998 either solo or joint via the Nordic preview, concluded broadcast of the first part of Adress Lisboa, the preview show in which P3 presenter – Silje Nordnes, Former Head of Delegation & MGP Producer – Per Sundnes, Editor – Ingeborg Heldal and Singer – Stian “Staysman” Thorbjørnsen reviewed and voted for the first set of songs. No surprise that Finland won the first preview show, followed by Israel, Denmark, Estonia and Belgium.
🇮🇸 Iceland is also having a preview show. Alla leið aired its first episode in which Head of Delegation Felix Bergsson presents the program and was joined by Friðrik Dór Jónsson (NF 2015) and Helga Möller (Iceland 1986), as well as Guðrún Gunnarsdóttir and Jóhannes Þór Skúlason. Each of the judges scored the songs using the traditional Eurovision voting method of 1-8, 10 or 12 points. Israel won the first episode voting, followed by Czech Republic, Estonia, Azerbaijan and Belgium. 61,000 viewers tuned into the show. The show had a reach of 84,000 viewers.
🇫🇮 Finnish national broadcaster concluded. After five episodes we have the final overall results. De Eurovisa has been broadcast by Svenska YLE and Israel was the winner followed by France, Finland, Georgia and Denmark. Bulgaria, Ukraine, Portugal and San Marino topped the bottom of the voting (we wonder why)! Following five episodes of the show featuring 12 judges, this years Israeli entry, which is topping the betting odds, has also received the highest number of points across the shows.
🇩🇪 Peter Urban returns as commentator and spoke to local press about Michael Schulte and his chances in Lisbon. Of course and this is his job after all, Peter is optimistic about Germany’s chances in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
Regarding whether he wants to continue as the German commentator in to the future, he said: “Yes, because it’s just a great atmosphere. Last year I had my 20th anniversary spokesperson at the ESC and the commentators from other countries had a cake for me and sang. We all embraced each other. As long as the NDR wants me, I’m mentally and physically fit, not confuse songs, singers or start numbers and pull up the right controls, I really do not think about saying goodbye.”