December 24 ➡️ the latest #Eurovision headlines from Israel, The Netherlands, Germany and more…
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
The Content Director of TVE, Toni Sevilla, announced this morning at the press conference held in Barcelona that “we have to take care of this format and have to wait a little more time for the next edition”. For his part, the producer Tinet Rubira sounded more optimistic saying: “We need to charge batteries, we are happy with the results, once we rest a couple of weeks, we will be thinking about the next edition of Operación Triunfo”.
THE NETHERLANDS 🇳🇱
Popular band Within Temptation spoke to RTL Boulevard about Eurovision leaving clearly an open door for a potential participation. The group, you’ll remember, had their breakthrough in 2002 with their single “Ice Queen”. And within years they had become big even outside of the Netherlands, performing on big stages all over the world. But in June 2016 the group famously said “no” when asked about Eurovision. At the time they said: “No. We really like the event, we really like to watch it. We think it has gotten a lot better over the past few years. But we can only do worse [at Eurovision], than in our own genre.”
France 2 revealed the date of the first Destination Eurovision semi-final this morning: January 12th. While we don’t officially know when the rest of the show will take place, it is only natural to assume the selection will span on three weeks, last last year. As such, the second semi-final would take place on January 19th, and the final on January 26th. All three shows will be live broadcast, unlike last year, when the semi-finals had been pre-recorded.
ISRAEL – At the end of the last week the secret additional auditions were held for the positions of the Green Room hosts of the Eurovision 2019. The attendees were KAN hostess Lucy Ayoub, national preselection Hakokhav Haba host Assi Azer and mentalist Lior Suchard, reports Israel Hayom.
For the third year in a row, the AWS band have held their annual “shoebox collecting event” in their favorite pub, where they collected gifts from fans. They then took these gifts to children in need in the city of Bátka, and then staged a little jam session with the kids.
Dimitris Padimitriou, famous composer, author of the 2006 Eurovision Opening Theme, and member of ERT board of directors, is now responsible for the artistic direction of the Greek entry in Eurovision 2019. Soon ERT will announce the team which will decide the selection process for Tel Aviv.
The ARD entertainment coordinator Thomas Schreiber and ESC delegation leader Christoph Pellander have announced a live stream scheduled for January 8th. It is expected that this is when we learn about dates for the preliminary rounds of the German national selection.
Five participants qualified to the next round of HaKokhav HaBa, the show through which the country will decide its participation in the Eurovision 2019 which takes place inland.
Zohar Shechtman – «Shir Shel Yom Chulin» (55%) — saved by the hosts
Ilai Chapman – «Eich Sheat» (80%)
Noy Sassover – «Dangerous Woman» (86%)
Yagel Yadai – «Ein Li Af Echad» (77%)
Nitay Twito – «Rise Up» (92%)