The official announcement of Sergey Lazarev and his song for Tel Aviv will take place on 10/2 instead of February 1st due to time restrictions to record the announcement show.
Speaking to TV Choice Magazine, the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest winner, Mans Zemerlow, expressed his instinct that the UK will win the contest within the next ten years!
Drama in Vienna as Hyäne Fischer is not welcoming the ORF decision saying: I’m admittedly very upset about the decision of the ORF “expert jury”, not to send me to Tel Aviv to live my dream. But I will soon get back like a Phoenix from the Ashes, because my heart belongs to the music (and my loyal fans!!) I am yours. My passion for shooting has taught me sportsmanship, so i wish the singer Paenda good luck. Sportiness is also accompanied by a spirit: In 2020 I will apply again for the participation in the Eurovision.
Isac Elliot, Robin, Antti Tuisku, The Rasmus, Sunrise Avenue are among the approached acts, who did not agree to compete.
Following the incidents in the French national selection by anti-Israeli protesters who managed to reach the stage, EBU send a letter to all participating countries with guidelines of precautions during their stay in Israel.
The final of the Belarus national Eurovision selection will take place on March 1, reports Sputnik, citing sources close to the organizers of the contest. The final show, as in previous years, will be broadcast live. In the meantime 2006 UK entrant Das Sampson and Nona have submitted the song “Kinky Boots” for the auditions of the Belarusian selection.
After a strong resurgence in homophobic attacks against him on social media, the French representative at Erovision 2019 decided to act and launched a complaint against this online bullying. The complaint is made “against X”, a French expression meaning “against unknown persons”, since the attacks come from a multitude of social media accounts. It has been filed as charges of “homophobic threats, outrage and incitation to hatred and violence” (injures, provocation à la haine et à la violence et menaces homophobes). As his lawyer said to the press, the sentence for such charges can reach six years of jailtime and a fine of 45,000€ (£39,300) in France. (source: www.escxtra.com)