January 22 🇪🇺 the latest #Eurovision headlines
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
FRANCE – Although no one has seriously reported it, there seems to be some Greek fan sites (probably eager for extra clicks) pointing out (without any source or screenshots) that Turkish fans are upset with the entry by Igit in the French selection. The reason is that he uses the name of Byzance for pointing at Istanbul or Constantinople as Greeks might have said. Although historically Byzance is the correct name for the original city build in the region in the early Greek expansion (in the early ancient times) it seems (according to the Greek sites) that Byzance upset the Turkish Eurofans. But as far as we searched we found no proof of that. Fuzz for nothing!
FINLAND – Swedish section of YLE is searching for fans to participate in De Eurovisa, the preview show of Svenska YLE for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. To apply to take part on the show, those interested must: record a short video explaining why you would be the perfect guest, upload it on Instagram and hashtag it as #deeurovisa, publish it on De Eurovisa Facebook page or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org along with information about you.
MONTENEGRO – Nataša Baranin is the new Head of Delegation for Montenegro at the Eurovision Song Contest. Nataša Baranin takes over from Sabrija Vulic, a role which she will hold for the next four years. She made it clear that the Montenegrin national broadcaster has worked hard on their preparations for this years contest, opting for a transparent selection process to select their singer and song for Lisbon.
ISRAEL – The final elimination show took part last night in Israel. Five participants qualified to the next round: Adva Omer, Netta Barzilai, Chen Aharoni, Jonathan Mergui, Eden Meiri.
SWEDEN – SVT24 will make available the sign language for Melodifestivalen viewers for the first time. The past three years the sign language broadcasts were available through SVTPlay. This follows government instruction to have at least 4% of SVT programs in terrestrial airing in sign language. It’s not only Sweden who does that for their national selections: Austria did it via ORF2 in 2016, Denmark did It in 2014, 2015, 2016 via DR Ramasjang, Lithuania in 2016 via LRT Kultura, Norway in 2016, 2017 via NRK Tegnspråk.