AUSTRALIA – Australia will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Australian broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) will organise the national final Eurovision – Australia Decides in order to select the Australian entry for the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Australia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 by invitation from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) as a “one-off” special guest to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Eurovision. On 17 November 2015, the EBU announced that SBS had been invited to participate in the 2016 contest and that Australia would once again take part.
In 2015, Australia was guaranteed a spot in the final of the contest and was allowed to vote during both semi-finals and the final; however, for the 2016 contest, Australia would have to qualify to the final from one of two semi-finals and could only vote in the semi-final in which the nation was allocated to compete.
In 2018, Australia was represented by Jessica Mauboy and the song “We Got Love”. The country ended in twentieth place in the grand final with 99 points.
On 14 October 2018, SBS announced that for the first time, they would hold a national final to select the Australian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The Eurovision – Australia Decides national final will take place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on 8 and 9 February 2019, with a jury preview show, matinee preview show and live TV final, hosted by Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey.
The winner will be determined via the combination of a public televote (50%) and the votes of a professional jury panel (50%).
SWEDEN – Melodifestivalen 2019 will be the 59th edition of the Swedish music competition Melodifestivalen and will be held between 2 February 2019 and 9 March 2019. Presenters will be Sarah Dawn Finer, Kodjo Akolor, Marika Carlsson and Eric Saade. The winner of the contest will represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The second semi-final will take place on the 9th of February 2019 at the Malmö Arena in Malmö.
GREECE – Every year for the past five years, the name of Tamta features in the headlines of fan sites as the 2019 Greek representative. This year the rumour got more intense as the information about her duet with Mikolas Josef at MAD VMA 2018 leaked. Immediately and without any hesitation, fan sites decided that Tamta is about to represent Greece in 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Tamta cleared things up: There is no Eurovision 2019 plans but if something good is proposed to her she would be honoured. Unfortunately, fan sites became victims of their unawareness as Tamta has made a legendary duet appearance back in 2006 MAD VMA with Mihai Traistariu singing the Greek version of Tornero, a song still popular in the country.
In the meantime and after his exciting arrival at the Athens International airport where dozens of fans surprised him, Mikolas Josef began his visit to Greece. The. 22 year old uprising artist performed his Eurovision entry first at Star Channel morning show and then started rehearsals at the Athens Tae Kwon Do arena for the 2018 MAD VMA alongside Tamta. During our video interview filming it was clear that it was Tamta’s idea to suggest the duet both to Mikolas and MAD TV. Mikolas was not only happy to accept the invitation but we could see that there is a great artistic chemistry between the two artists.
Here is a fist glimpse of Tamta and Mikolas at their hotel during our video interview filming. Later on we attended their rehearsal. We have to tell you two things: first, everyone at Tae Kwon Do stopped whatever they did to watch the rehearsal and second, Mikolas is going to do on stage something extraordinary for him, especially after his back accident in Lisbon..
LISBON – Huge productions like the Eurovision Song Contest demand huge logistics. RTP in collaboration with dozens off companies and under the supervision of the EBU try their best to resolve technical problems which often occur and present each the participating act in the best possible way. After all Eurovision is a show watched by almost 200 million viewers across the world and everything needs to be perfect. Overall and despite the complaints (as it happens every year) the huge effort of RTP result to a good result so far having in mind that this year Portuguese organisers decided not to use LED screens on stage. Instead technological challenges always occur as many countries use their own props and demand their own optical visuals something that needs extremely careful and hard work. Sometimes it fails (i.e Greece) but overall the outcome from the First Semi Final leaves open room to say that the second semifinal and more over the Grand Final will be tremendously successful.
we kindly thank RTP for the invitation to this press tour
LISBON – During the Eurovision 2018 Second Semi Final we will bee lucky to see an act by the four hostesses. They are performing the 1980 UK entry, Making Your Mind Up in the original version of which the male singers get the girls out of their skirts. This time girl power prevails and the hostesses are getting thee guys out off their pants. We got it snapped on camera and we share it with you. Enjoy the sexy act! Finally something interesting in the hosting job this year.
Alexander is meeting students of Metropolitana (a music associative school) at the School of jazz Luiz Vilas-Boas in Belem district. It s not about Eurovision today but all about music as Alexander is teacher the music students and choir before an outstanding performance of Fairytale. As a way to thank Rybak, student then give a 1 hour-long private concert when Alexander is asked opinion and advice after each performance.