February 10 ➡️ the latest #Eurovision headlines from Spain, Italy, Albania and more…
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
TVE has breached preselection rules, selecting 11 candidate songs from the direct invitations for the national preselection, instead of maximum 10 as defined by the preselection rules, reports Eurovision-Spain. Only 100 entries were received from the direct invitations of the well-known composers, and RTVE chose 11 of them to take part in the selection. Two of them: Qué será luego of Alba Reche, and Dímelo de frente of Sabela failed to qualify to the final. RTVE has explained that “the quality of the songs of the amateur writers was smaller and a selection of the best was made, where the criterion of quality prevailed”.
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“Bigger Than Us” which will be performed by Michael Rice at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, was originally written for Melodifestivalen. The song according to Aftonbladet was written as part of a songwriting camp organised by Warner Music for Melodifestivalen.
Speaking this morning on RTCG’s breakfast program, D-Moll have expressed their thanks to the groups mentor Daniejl Alibabić. Emela Franca who won Montevizija yesterday evening as part of D-Moll commented that: “We will make efforts to present Montenegro to the best possible light, and I hope it will appeal to everyone.”
The story behind “Zero Gravity” has been explained by Kate Miller-Hedike, with her Eurovision entry charting her journey after the birth of her first child. Following the birth of her sun Eric in 2016, Kate Miller-Hedike suffered from post-natal depression. She explained that: “There was a period afterwards when I couldn’t remember who I was – my old self seemed so ill-equipped to handle the overwhelming task of protecting and nurturing this helpless, little creature.”
The Grand Final of Sanremo 2019 recorded an average viewership of 10.622 million viewers last night. The show live from the Artison Theatre in Sanremo had an viewing share of 56.5%. In the first half of the show from 21:26 to 23:51 12,129,000 viewers followed the show with a share of 53.12%. In the second half where Mahmood was crowned the winner a total 8,394,000 viewers followed the show with 65.2% share.
Jonida Maliqi’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 “Ktheju Tokës”, is currently undergoing a revamp ahead of this years competition. This song which won Festivali i Kenges is being rearranged by Enis Mullaj. Enis has had songs competing in Festivali i Kenges over the past five years.
The acting of Loredana Bertè was the most seen moment of Festival di Sanremo 2019 with over 13 million viewers.