THE NETHERLANDS – Winner of The Voice, Jim van der Zee, confirmed he has been asked by AVROTROS to compose the 2019 Eurovision entry. But there is still no answer by the broadcaster.
SWEDEN – SVT declined accusations that Pagan Fury’s entry is a commercial promo of Crusader Kings II video game. SVT’s said that there is no case here and the band will compete as decided in the 4th semi final. Well somehow we know they won’t win Melodifstivalen of course…
ISRAEL – KAN has determined on tender Lighting producers of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Dakar Azulay and Ronen Najar were chosen for the mission.
TURKEY – According to the EBU, the Turkish national broadcaster TRT is looking to become more involved in EBU events. The news comes after the election of the General Manager of TRT, İbrahim Eren to the Executive Board of the EBU. EBU stated:
“TRT has confirmed that it will not participate in the competition this year. However, in 2019, Ibrahim Eren said that he wanted to restart cooperation with EBU in all other sectors. Based on the strengthening of cooperation, we hope to come back again to Eurovision the agenda of Turkey.”
Turkey declared her interest to participate in Eurovision Asia. Though TRT declared they are not intending to return to Eurovision Song Contest as they disagree with the jury voting and the BIG 5 system. But how will Turkey participate in Eurovision Asia which will also include jury voting?
ISRAEL – Here are the results of the 6th show of The Next Star (HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion) as more participants managed to qualify to the next round.
Assaf Maslati – Ata Rotze Mimeni 71%
Eti Bitton – Rak Leima 83%
Roee Sendler – Yeladim Kaele 82%
Sarah Moshioff – Ein Li Af Echad 90%
Kobi Marimi – Sweet Dreams 92%
MALTA – Six Chair Challenge has been completed for the Overs category of the X Factor Malta. Coach of this category Ray Mercieca has chosen six artists to proceed to the next round of the show:
1. Anna Azzopardi – “Son of a Preacher Man” (Dusty Springfield)
2. Franklin Calleja – “In the Arms of an Angel” (Sarah McLachlan)
3. Anna Faniello – “Nessun dorma” (Turandot)
4. Petra – “Never Tear Us Apart” (INXS)
5. Ben Purplle – “Creep” (Radiohead)
6. Vanessa Sultana – “I Am Changing” (Jennifer Hudson)