Both ERT and MINOS EMI fully denied information that Greek song announcement is delayed due to breach of EBU rule (September 1st release). ERT responds that the broadcaster is aware of the rules and wouldn’t do anything to jeopardise the Greek participation.
7500 tickets will go on sale. Date for ticket sales not yet announced. Out of 7500 tickets, 2500 will be available for the Israelis and 225 to the Europeans. Originally set for February 15, the date for thee ticket sales seems to have been moved for two more weeks.
Icelandic anti-capitalist BDSM techno performers art group Hatari have challenged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a wrestling match. The statement which issued the challenge was read aloud by a spokesperson for the band, who did not want to reveal their identity, on Rás 2 radio this morning. Far from being a no-holds-barred cage match, the band are instead insisting on glíma, an Icelandic form of wrestling. Hatari are amongst the Icelandic bands hoping to represent Iceland at Eurovision this year, which will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel. (www.esckaz.com)
On average 9,144,000 viewers watched the second night of the 69th edition of Festival di Sanremo last night. The competition recorded an average viewing share of 47.3%. This is a slight decrease compared to last year’s second evening, which had an average of 9,687,000 viewers and a 47.7% share.
The EBU Reference Group have met in the host country of the 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Reportedly the meeting was used to discuss the host city, contest graphics, logos and the date. It had been noted that all information regarding the contest will be revealed through junioreurovision.tv as opposed to the host country’s broadcaster website, TVP Information Centre. (www.eurovoix.com)
Today night three of Sanremo takes place, with a very special guest performance from Umberto Tozzi & Raf, who represented Italy at the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest placing third with Gente di mare. The artists performing tonight: Mahmood, Enrico Nigiotti, Anna Tatangelo, Ultimo, Francesco Renga, Irama, Patty Pravo con Briga, Simone Cristicchi, Boomdabash, Motta, Zen Circus and Nino D’Angelo & Livio Cori. Tune in at 20:30 CET!
Dima Kobeshavidze eliminated from Georgian Idol. Oto Nemsadze tops latest episode.
INFE Azerbaijan talked with the head of the Azerbaijani delegation at Eurovision Song Contest 2019, Husniye Maharramova, to find out details on the national selection of the participant. “We will announce Azerbaijan’s representative officially not earlier than March after the national jury’s decision. Follow the official Ictimai TV Channel news – the winner’s name will be announced there.”
The televote will be open from 1am AEDT time (Friday 2pm GMT!). Dress rehearsal performances will be available by visiting SBS On Demand which can help extra-keen fans a chance to preview what they can expect for the televised final. However, the televote will close roughly 5 minutes after the final performance. As it stands, the running order still appears to be tinkered with or top secret. To commemorate the occasion, Dami Im will perform as the interval act. Her performance will no doubt act as a good omen to the eventual winner, reminding the Australian public of the success it has had despite only participating four times. (www.escxtra.com)