Norwegian state broadcaster NRK has revealed that Olav Viksmo-Slettan will be the commentator of the Eurovision broadcasting for the tenth consecutive year. Speaking to VG, the presenter, who took the post of commentator in 2010, recalled some of the Eurovision experiences: “The distance to the bathroom should be something to check … The longest distance was in Germany where we had to go down the stairs on five floors. It took eight minutes.” The Norwegian commentator also recalled the experience in 2014, “when the booths of commentators swayed when the public published,” while in 2011 technical problems hampered their functions, “We completely lost the sound and we stayed for over an hour commenting through of an iPhone based on the sound that entered inside the boxes of the commentators”.
CZECH REPUBLIC 🇨🇿
The three backing singers who will be joining Lake Malawi at the Eurovision Song Contest. The singers were revealed yesterday evening as Lake Malawi gave their first performance with the singers on the Czech national broadcaster. The three backing singers are: IBY Pop, Adina Vostry and Jakub Gabriel Andel Rajnoch.
Swiss broadcaster SRF has revealed that former Eurovision participants Sinplus will be revealing the points from the Swiss jury in Tel Aviv. Sinplus represented Switzerland at the 2012 contest in Baku with their song “Unbreakable”, narrowly missing out on a place in the Grand Final.
EUROVISION 2019 🇮🇱
The Israeli press reports that Sivan Avrahami and Nadav Embon will be the successors of Peter Granger and Peter Penim in conducting the press conferences of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
UNITED KINGDOM 🇬🇧
The BBC has revealed that Rylan will be revealing the points from the UK jury in Tel Aviv. He will also return to the commentary box with Scott Mills, to provide commentary on both semi-finals.
Last month it was revealed that Mikko Silvennoinen would return to the Eurovision commentary booth for the fourth year in a row. Finnish broadcaster YLE has revealed today that former Eurovision participant and UMK host Krista Siegfrids will also commentate alongside Mikko. This will be her first time commentating on the contest, and when asked about the opportunity, she said: “It feels great to be with Mikko. The fact that we are two brings a natural, vivid feeling to comment. We can throw the flap in a different way. Mikko gives me the safety and I throw more energy on the boards”. (www.eurovoix.com)
EUROVISION 2019 🇮🇱
Duncan Laurence is the most predicted artist to win the Eurovision Song Contest in May followed by Mahmood and Luca Hänni. Rabbi Interactive, the company behind the official Eurovision prediction game, has revealed some additional information on the predictions submitted, which show that most voters have low faith in the song that represents their own country. The exception is with The Netherlands and Sweden – fans of these countries gave own song first place. It is also not the case with Israel – European fans rank Kobi Merimi as 18th. The Israelis are more optimistic and expect him to reach 8th place. “Home” is particularly disliked by Russians who rank it 34th, Poles give it 31st place, British fans – 28th and French 27th, Dutch 22nd and German – 20th.
EUROVISION 2019 🇮🇱
Tel Aviv Municipality has started grass planting works on the area of former Dolphinarium which will become stage area for the Eurovillage complex. Former dolphinarium building has been abandoned after a Hamas terror attack on the discotheque on 1 June 2001 in which 21 people were killed. Demolition works have started in May 2018. (www.esckaz.com)
Gísli Marteinn Baldursson has been confirmed as the Icelandic commentator for RUV’s coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. He is best known for presenting Vikan með Gísla Marteini and Sunnudagsmorgunn for the Icelandic national broadcaster.
SVT has begun filming the latest series of Studio Eurovision, the chat show format that looks ahead at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel. This years show is being presented by Marika Carlsson who was one of the hosts of Melodifestivalen 2019, as well as Ronny Larsson a Eurovision expert. The show will feature the following guests: John Lundvik, Kikki Danielsson, Anna Charlotta Gunnarson, Kris Boswell, Lina Hedlund, Linnea Deb, Anders Wrethov and Anna Kinberg Batra. The two shows will be broadcast on May 8 and May 11 on SVT1.
NEW ZEALAND 🇳🇿
UKTV will for a second year running not be airing the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The contest has been left out of television schedules for May. The broadcaster first aired the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 showing both the semi-finals and the finals, before cutting back to just broadcasting the final in 2016.