UNITED KINGDOM – BBC conformed that national selection show Eurovision: You Decide 2018 will take place in Brighton Dome on February 7th with host Mel Giedroyc and 2015 Eurovision winner from Sweden, Måns Zelmerlöw. There will be six finalists. BBC informs about the procedure: “Culminating a huge national song search for the Eurovision Song Contest, six shortlisted acts will be battling it out to be our next UK representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, alongside some special guest performances. The six contestants will take to the stage in a bid to impress the viewers at home, with an expert panel close by to offer their thoughts on how the songs could look and sound on the stage in Lisbon, Portugal.”
ROMANIA – Selecţia Naţională is gearing up and TVR is now calling for songs. Those interested to submit a bid can send their applications until the 15th of December 2017 to the following address: Calea Dorobanţilor nr. 191, sector 1, Bucureşti („Pentru Selecţia Naţională Eurovision 2018”), or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a phase with live auditions between December 18th and 20th. There will be 60 entries qualifying to the national selection which will have five semi finals and a final. Each semi final will have 15 songs from which three will proceed to the final after professional jury voting. In the final the 15 finalists will be in the fate of the public.
AUSTRALIA – Same sex marriage referendum ended up with a public approval of 61.6% and now the parliament should issue the bill to make it legal. Various Eurovision stars praised the Aussies’ decision. Delta Goodrem (JESC 2015 composer) said “Crying with happiness?”, Isaiah Firebrace (Australia 2017) posted a rainbow emoticon on Twitter and Anja Nissen (Denmark 2017) stated “One word… Yes”. Dustin the Turkey (Ireland 2008) said: “Thinking of me good pals Skippy & Emu tonight.” Australia’s spokesperson Lee Lin Chinn said: “As a newsreader for a public broadcaster I’m meant to have zero opinions so I’ll just say this… GOOD! ABOUT TIME! SUCKED IN OPPOSING VIEW!” There were very positive posts also from Sara Aalto (Finland 2018), Myf Warhurst (Australian commentator), Julia Zemiro (SBS commentator 2009-2016) and Joel Creasey (SBS commentator).
SWEDEN – Norwegian electropop star Kamferdrops, comedy legend Jonas Gardell, Swedish Idol act Renaida Braun and folk singer Kalle Moraeus are the latest rumoured names for the 2018 Melodifestivalen edition according to the one and only, Aftonbladet. Kamferdrops is the stage name of upcoming Norwegian musician Heidi Musum. Jonas Gardell is a hugely successful and popular Swedish comedian, author and playwright. Renaida is known from her participation last year in Swedish Idol and Kalle is a successful Swedish folk musician. Regarding Alcazar, Aftonbladet reports that they still don’t have the song they want to enter Melodifestivalen 2018 (yet!)
SPAIN – Ainhoa Cantalapiedra, winner of Spain’s second season of Operación Triunfo said that she would love to go to Eurovision but she claims the procedure inside TVE is not transparent. More specifically she said: “I would love to try again and represent Spain at Eurovision but only when everything is more transparent.” The singer approached this year’s situation and ended up defending Manel Navarro from the critics who, for her, was part of a set up: “It was not fair to watch the poor guy being surrounded by negativity because Spain’s format isn’t transparent enough.”
FINLAND / POLAND – Norma John who represented Finland this year in Kyiv and missed the final although it was one of the fans favourite (even for the trophy) are collaborating with Kasia Mos, also participating in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. They are going to Poland this December and record a duet with Kasia Mos which will be released on January 18th.
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EBU – European Broadcasting Union declared that there will be no tolerance and will not allow any use of the Nagorno Karabakh in the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, since Armeniann participant Michael Grigoryan (Misha) is from the disputed region (just like 2010 JESC winner, Vladimir Arzumanyan). Since internationally, this region is recognised as Azeri territory any Armenian statement in the show will be penalised, just as happened with Iveta and her flag show off during the screening of the Green Room in Stockholm.
GREECE – Today’s drama episode from Greece has a statement by the composer of Areti Ketime’s song. Mr Dimtris Karras claims that there is a going to be a song leak the coming days and warns those trying to disqualifying Areti’s entry that ERT has declared none of the songs will be disqualified if the songs leak.
SAN MARINO – Margaret, Egine, Berget and Syuzanna Melqonyan are bidding for San Marino as their bids found in the platform of the 1in360 marathon selection are fake and re uploaded few hours alter. The mess started to clear up. Margaret’s entry was indeed fake and removed from the platform. But there are a lot of rumours regarding fake submissions such as those of: Ben Woodward, Yola Dinis, Maxine Swaby. It’s clear now that the effort for an international selection for San Marino is a mess.