ISRAEL – Will US-born Hassidic rapper represent Israel at Eurovision? Nissim Baruch Black, the 30-year-old Hassidic recording artist behind the albums Nissim and Lemala, competed Sunday night for the chance to represent Israel at next year’s Eurovision contest. Performing his song “Fly Away” on Channel 12’s HaKokhav HaBa (The Next Star), Black advanced past the preliminary round – but only after judges discovered that he had used pre-recorded vocal parts for part of his performance. When the judges found that the vocals were his own – and the song his own original composition – they agreed to advance him to the next round, on the condition that no pre-recorded parts be used. Born as Damian Jamohl Black to a Muslim family in Seattle, Black began his spiritual journey as a teenager, converting to Christianity when he was 14, before drifting towards Messianic Judaism. By 2010, however, Black had left Christianity for Orthodox Judaism, later converting along with his wife.
UKRAINE – Tayanna hot favourite to represent Ukraine in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest returns in the Ukrainian national selection this year. In order to decide which song she should submit to Vidbir, the national selection show through which the country will decide its participation, she will give to the fans, through the social media, four songs to decide the bid song for Ukraine 2018.
NORWAY – NRK announced that Kåre Magnus Bergh and Silya Nymoen will host the 2018 Melodi Grand Prix which will take place at the Oslo Spektrum on March 10th. Stig Karlsen, the Producer of Melodi Grand Prix says: “I’m very happy to have Silya on the team. She is the born entertainer, a rock-solid programmer, with lots of charm, attitude and musicality. In the two-team with Kåre Magnus Bergh, it always gets a great mood. We are looking forward to presenting a solid collection of songs, artists and composers. Everyone knows that MGP will be a festive night with confetti and pyrros, but nobody will doubt that it’s the music that is the bar of MGP.” Tickets for the Grand Final of Melodi Grand Prix 2018 can be bought on www.ticketmaster.no as of this Friday
THE NETHERLANDS – Organisers of Eurovision in Concert 2018, the tenth edition of the annual Eurovision pre party in the country, announced that on April 14th we will also see Sandra Kim as special guest star of the show.
ROMANIA – If by any chance you are in Cluj-Napoca tomorrow 13.12.2017, starting at 7pm, don’t miss the chance to help a child and hear Ilinca perform her songs at Zaza Cafe situated on 5 Horea Street. You will definitely see Ilinca (Romania 2017) performing!
UKRAINE – Eugene Filatov will join Jamala and Andreiy Danilko in the jury of Vidbir, the Ukrainian national selection. The announcement took place yesterday ending the rumours for the third jury member name.
PORTUGAL – The EBU and RTP gave some extra photos of the magnificent stage design which will endorse all participating acts this year. It is already challenging that the stage has no LED screens as the designer revealed. Florian also added that he wants to see how creative the delegations will be. In the meantime tickets for the Grand Final and its dress rehearsals will be on sale on December 20th, called the second wave of Eurovision 2018 ticket sales.
BELGIUM – Finally some news from Laura Groeseneken, the 2018 Belgian representative. As you can see in the following video she performed the 2015 Belgian Eurovision entry on December 4. Laura appeared as a guest on Radio 1’s BELPOP Session
HUNGARY – One more withdrawal takes place in A Dal, the Hunagrian national selection show. Nemzenekar withdrew from the line up of the show as they couldn’t commit to the dates of the show. 2016, 2017 NF participant, Viki Singh is replacing them. Viki was also a runner up when in 2016 A Dal national selection Misztrál withdrew from the line up. In 2016 she ranked 5th in the third heat and 7th in 2017.