For Melodifestivalen 2020, the ambition is to create a flat and clear management organization that together with the entire editorial team will create a surprising and exciting show for the audience.
“Melodifestivalen and Eurovision Song Contest are two related productions where old tradition shares and borrows working methods and program ideas from each other. With Christel Tholse Willers, executive producer, Christer Björkman, senior producer and Karin Gunnarsson, competition producer, we gather common experiences in a Core Team. It creates a solid foundation for the Melodifestivalen to test new ideas and renew the program. We look forward to working out next year’s magical television moments in an entertaining show filled with songs, artists and stories for all tastes”, says Anette Helenius, head of Melodifestivalen.
CZECH REPUBLIC 🇨🇿
Artists who wish to take part in the country’s national selection for Eurovision 2020, can submit their application up to July 31 after the one month extension to the submission deadline. All interested acts can send in their song to the broadcasters’s email address : firstname.lastname@example.org. This year’s national selection is held according to the same rules as last year, with one of the leading singers needed to be of Czech nationality. The national final is set to take place on January 28 at the Forum Karlín in Prague.
The Spanish broadcaster RTVE have announced that Spain will be returning to Junior Eurovision after an absence of 12 years. Spain’s participation at Junior Eurovision 2019 in Gliwice, Poland will mark their fifth participation in the contest. It has not been announced yet how Spain will chose their participant for Junior Eurovision 2019. In their previous four participations, they selected their singer through a televised national final. Will they do the same again this year?
Spanish media reports that RTVE spent a record amount on participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. The broadcaster spent a total of 508,862 Euro on participating in this years contest, of which roughly half was on the participation fee which enables RTVE to compete in the contest.
EUROVISION 2020 🇳🇱
Preparations for the next Eurovision Song Contest are in full swing in The Netherlands as the country is preparing itself for the next contest. While the host city bidding process is in progress, the dates of the next competition are yet to be confirmed by the three broadcasters NPO,AVROTROS and NOS ,responsible for the next edition of the contest. Meanwhile, the provisional dates for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 are reported by local media to be from May 2 to May 16.
EUROVISION 2020 🇳🇱
Only seven cities remain in the race to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf has revealed that The Hague has decided to withdraw from the race. The city, which hosted the contest back in 1976 and 1980, does not have a suitable venue for the event.
Laura Bretan was the choice of the Romanian audience, having won so many votes, almost as many as the other candidates together, but the jury’s vote gave Romania’s victory and representation in Tel Aviv to Ester Peony, but failed to qualify in the big final. Despite the blatant injustice, Laura seems to be a true fan of the contest and we see her in the video she’s uploaded to her social networks to play with the accompaniment of only the piano, this year’s winning song of Holland, Arcade.
EUROVISION 2018 🇵🇹
The Eurovision Song Contest 2018, held in Lisbon by RTP, won the gold prize in the Integrated Project / Event category, awarded yesterday by the M & P Creativity Awards. The event also received an honorable mention, delivered by the jury.
Natalia is back in the Eurovision headlines. Composer of Natalia’s other national final song – “La Clave” – Merche says none of the Operación Triunfo acts wanted to go to Eurovision. Speaking to El Confidencial Merche says the experience felt like a “waste of time”:
“I had a great time composing, but when we got there we realized that none of the kids wanted to go to Eurovision. They made a kind of boycott of all the songs. What started as an exciting thing, ended up being a ‘plof’ for everyone. None of the artists had the slightest intention of going to the festival. I thought: why have I wasted my time? I do not understand anything. We were excited that our song was going to Eurovision, but our singer did not … She (Natalia) told us that she was going to sing the song, but that she did not want to go to the festival, that she felt it, and she asked her fans to vote for another one. When I arrived, I was surprised.”