The deadline for broadcasters to confirm provisional participation in the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest is slowly approaching. Based on previous years, the deadline is expected to take place in September. RTVSLO has confirmed to ESCXTRA.com that details on Slovenia’s participation will be announced in “due time”.
It was a coincidence that two simultaneous festivals, our Melodies of the Sea and the Sun, and the Croatian Split Festival, which will be celebrating the 60th anniversary, and MMS forty, will be held simultaneously at the same time. Well, this time-honored Croatian festival was divided into three evenings, but it ended with a big final, where we heard 25 new melodies. In addition to Goran Karan and Teddy Spalat, Giuliano, Mladen Grdović, Tomislav Bralić and Intrade Clarinets, Ibrica Jusić, Mijo Dimšić and Marko Tolje, Alka Vujica and Nene Belan, Harija Rončevića, Petra Dragojević and many others, we heard 25 different stories, was the most impressive House of our Letter, which was singled out by Goran Karan, Tedi Spalato and Klapa Sveti Juraj HRM, who won both the audience and the profession. In the second place was Klapa Rišpet’s audience, while Alka Vuica and Neno Belan were in the field. In addition to numerous other awards, the journalists selected their favorite song, which was singled out by the professor, the most beautifully dressed singer of the evening, Ivana Kovač, the daughter of the legendary Mišo Kovač, to whom the second night was dedicated.
The Catalan Broadcasting Corporation (CCMA) has applied for membership in the EBU since December 2018. As the EBU has rightly stated, the decision would be taken in the summer. So it happened. The cube was arrested and the EBU eventually rejected the request by the Catalan Broadcasting Authority for entry into the EBU family.
EBU has announced that the upcoming edition of Eurovision Young Musicians will take place on 21 June 2020 in Zagreb, Croatia. The Grand Final will be held at the King Tomislav square of the European capital.
In order to choose the 24 semi-finalists for Selectia Nationala 2019, an 11-piece jury of Romanian music industry professionals ranked each submission. The scores of this have since been revealed which crowned eventual runner-up Laura Bretan as the pre-selection jury favourite. Winner Ester Peony only placed 10th with the Romanian music professionals. It is of course worth noting that these rankings were decided based on studio recordings submitted in late 2018. In the show itself, Laura Bretan won the televoting in a landslide but was overruled by the international jury’s preference of Ester Peony.
Diana Rouvas, a 35-year-old from Sydney, was the great winner of the Australian The Voice All Star final. Diana is the first woman to win the popular talent show over the past three years, giving her the first win to her mentor, Boy George.
EUROVISION 2018 🇵🇹
Jorge Vinha da Silva, executive president of Altice Arena, revealed in an interview with Lusa that “the revenues of 2018 exceeded 18 million euros, with about 150 events in the best economic year ever, consolidating the progression of previous years , with a steady increase since 2013, “representing a 65% increase over 2017,” said the space manager who earned a place among the biggest arenas in the world in terms of revenue for the second consecutive year. The president of Altice Arena also highlighted the realization of the Eurovision 2018 in the venue:
“the values [of the first half of 2019] are very positive, far exceeding the revenues of 2017 and approaching the special year that was 2018, due to the an extraordinary number of major international events, especially the Eurovision Song Contest, “he said, expressing the ambition to reach the top5 of the arenas,” The ambition is to maintain the regularity of presence in the top 10, so we will continue to invest in the building and in business so that we continue to be at the wheel of the best events on a world scale.”
Vânia Fernandes, representative of Portugal at the Eurovision 2008 Festival, was this morning at Cristina’s SIC Program, accompanying Miguel Albuquerque, president of the Regional Government of Madeira since 2015, who was in conversation with Cristina Ferreira. As a tribute to João Gilberto, Miguel Albuquerque played the piano “I Know I’ll Love You” by Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim, with Vânia Fernandes giving voice to the theme.
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA 🇧🇦
Bosnia and Herzegovina will be for the fourth consecutive year out of the Eurovision Song Contest as it just announced its “no show” in the 65th competition. But let’s see more about the reason for their withdrawal.
Croatian nation broadcaster states that they cannot confirm participation in Eurovision 2020 at this point.
The first Baltic country to confirm its participation in Eurovision 2020 is Lithuania! Lithuania seems to love the Eurovision institution and said early on its participation in the Netherlands.
According to what has already been leaked to the press, the former CEO of ERT, Yiannis Drosos, has submitted his resignation to Deputy Minister Stelios Petcha. It is now a matter of replacing the rest of the Board. the company’s Following the recent political change, changes in large public organizations and institutions are also reasonable. Among them, of course, ERT. Giannis Drossos, CEO of Public Television, is now a past, and resigning seems to be the other members of the Board of Directors.
EUROVISION 2020 🇳🇱
Delegations from Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Den Bosch and Arnhem travelled to Hilversum earlier today in order to officially hand in their proposals to NPO’s chairman Ms.Shula Rijxman. Utrecht didn’t send a delegation to Hilversum’s Mediapark but had its bid delievered via courier.