Australian broadcaster SBS has revealed the jury members for their national final “Eurovision: Australia Decides”. Paul Clarke (Head of Delegation Australia), Josh Martin (Commissioning Editor, Entertainment at SBS), Fifa Riccobono (former CEO of Albert Music, a music publishing and production company), Milly Petriella (Artist Service director of APRA, a music rights organisation) and Christer Björkman (producer of Sweden’s “Melodifestivalen” and of various Eurovision Song Contests)
In an interview with Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet Jan Lagermand Lundme said: “Let me put it this way. I’ve believed in it for many years and practically announced us as winners before we even got going, but I’ve now stopped doing that. It can be a bit pathetic when it’s only happened once in the last ten years”.
The second semi final of Selectia Nationala is set to take place this Sunday, 10th of February in Arad. A total of 13 acts were supposed to compete for the remaining six places in the Final, but four days ahead of the show, this selection was hit with yet another withdrawal – by Xandra. (www.escbubble.com)
Shalva Band, one of the candidates taking part in “HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion” – the Israeli Eurovision selection process – will perform in the second semi final of the 64th Eurovision Song Contest as part of the interval act. The group decided to quit from the TV show because the preparations for the Eurovision Song Contest will take place during Saturday. The decision was made by both the EBU and KAN.
Ten regional juries (50%) and public voting (50%) will decide the winner of DORA 2019. Every jury will then give out their points in Eurovision style, making it a total of 580 points which are to be given out, which will be the 50% of the final result. The televoting scores will be given out based on the percentages every of the 16 songs have received. The total amount of the televoting points is going to be 580, same as the jury votes.
A Dal’s third heat recorded a total of 290,000 viewers on Saturday evening, as the competition continues to struggle with retaining audiences. The competition has recorded between 270,000 and 310,000 viewers per week so far this series, down on the 2018 edition of the contest. (www.eurovoix.com)
The two semi-finals of Eesti Laul 2019 were among the top three most watched programs aired on Estonian television last week.
Festival di Sanremo continues this evening in Italy, while Estonia determines the running order for the final of Eesti Laul 2019. It is reported that the first night of the festival was watched by 10,1 million viewers.
Cultural and Entertainment Correspondent for KAN, Nov Reuveny has revealed that Jack White the lead singer of White Stripes is receiving royalties for “Toy”. The reveal that royalties are now being paid to the singer come after Universal Music Studios, one of the world’s biggest music companies, sent a pre-suit notice letter following the Eurovision Song Contest to songwriters Doron Medalie and Stav Beger. (www.eurovoix.com)