UKRAINE – MÉLOVIN confirms his participation in the Ukrainian national selection with the song “Under the Ladder” snippet of which you can listen to in this post. Last year he came third in the national selection. The winner of X-Factor Ukraine 2015 is definitely aiming to win this time.
SWEDEN – SVT revealed the 2018 Meelodifestivalen stage design, which was created by Viktor Brattström. The stage will eb the tallest and biggest stage ever for the event. The stage is 14x14x30 meters wide, features 68 LED boxes.
ISRAEL – The last episode of The Next Star ended with a withdrawal as Rinat Bar decided to leave the show. This left five acts for the next round: Riki Ben Ari, Ravit Batashvili, Shay and Gilad (“The Yamanz”), Jose Steinberg, Howie Danao. Rinat started loosing ground in duel battles and received a lot of criticism and she couldn’t handle it anymore. The next duel battles will be between: Jonathan Mergui, Netta Barzilai, Chen Aharoni, Eden Meiri, Adva Omer and Sarit Hativa.
CZECH REPUBLIC – One of the national final participants this year, Mikolas Josef, revealed that last year’s Eurovision entry “My Turn” was offered to him. But he declined the song as he felt no connection with it. It is no secret that Martina Barta also didn’t feel comfortable enough with her song although she accepted the challenge.