GREECE – Immediately after the Christmas Holidays, ERT will form a working group to arrange the country’s participation in Eurovision 2019. In the meantime, Eurovision 2018 Final was the 2nd most watched TV program this year.
ISRAEL – According to KAN rules for the hosts of Eurovision 2019, Erez Tal is obliged to host the 2020 edition of The Next Star HaKokhav HaBa, a rule imposed by Keshet 12 in which Erez is contracted. KAN is not sure about this term and might r-consider its decision for having Erez as host. After all KAN explains that they cannot be committed to another edition of Next Star and the broadcaster hasn’t excluded the option of using Kdam Eirovision again.
UKRAINE – In its video announcement, STB TV channel confirmed participation in the Ukrainian Eurovision Song Contest 2019 preselecton of bands BAHROMA and Freedom-jazz girls band. Currently a number of songs submitted for the consideration for the national final of Ukraine are already published. They can be heard on our VK page.
ISRAEL – Host broadcaster KAN has launched several new tenders on Video, Sound, Lighting, Rigging, Pyro, Cameras services for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Deadline for companies interested in participation in the tenders is 5 January, 15:00 Israeli time.
RUSSIA – Philip Kirkorov shared his plans for the Eurovision in an interview with music critic Vladimir Polupanov of AiF newspaper saying: There is an idea and candidate. But it is necessary that they coincide with the idea and the candidate of the channel “Russia 1”, which next year will broadcast the competition. Different candidates are still being discussed […] I would not equal the voices of the jury and television viewers. It is difficult to control the 5 members of the jury sitting in the same room. They can always be biased. And we know firsthand how this is done. I would give 70% of the votes of the viewers, and 30% leave for the jury. But 50 to 50 is not fair.
ROMANIA – The jury which selected the 24 semi finalists for the 2019 Romanian selection, Selectia Nationala was made of: Bogdan Pavlica, Felix Crainicu, Răzvan Popescu, Oliver Simionescu (DJ Olix), Horea Ghibuţiu, Dragoş Vulgaris, Bogdan Miu, George Balint, Andreea Remeţan, Liana Stanciu, Gabriel Scirlet.
LITHUANIA – Shooting of the first heat of Lithuanian preselection took place today. Here are the results of jury (Ramūnas Zilnys, Vytautas Bikus, Jonas Nainys) voting:
1. Matas Ligeika “You came here to fly” – 5
2. Simona Klušienė “This day begin with love” – 0
3. Grupė “Filtered tools” “Survival” – 4
4. Rūta Statkevičiūtė “Paradox” – 0
5. Šarūnas Mačiulis “Traukinys” – 3
6. Aldegunda “I want your love” – 3
7. Gabriela Ždanovičiūtė “Home is in your heart” – 1
8. Migloko “Rožės” – 12
9. Twosome “1000” – 7
10. Grupė “MaNNazz” “Blind Bird” – 10
11. Gebrasy “Acceptance” – 8
12. Grupė “Glossarium” “Anyone” – 6