Less than 358,000 viewers tuned in to watch the final of UMK 2019, where the Finnish public selected the song that Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman will perform at Eurovision 2019. The competition which was broadcast on YLE TV2, failed to enter the top twenty most watched programs broadcast on the channel last week.
Portuguese pianist and politician Gabriela Canavilhas, former Minister of Culture, criticized the choice of Conan Osíris for the Eurovision Festival. On the other hand, Adolfo Mesquita Nunes, vice-president of CDS-PP, expects “one of the best classifications ever”.
YLE, Finland’s state-owned broadcaster, has confirmed that changes will be made to “Look Away” for the Eurovision 2019 competition in Tel Aviv. Anssi Autio, producer of UMK, confirmed that changes will be made to Eurovision’s “Look Away” presentation. The UMK performance on Saturday night was marked by the impressive use of a rotating box with LED screens, with a dancer on top, who appeared in the graphics on the screens.
Icelandic broadcaster RÚV has revealed the full voting results for Söngvakeppnin 2019. After the first round of voting came to a close, the two superfinalists performed again, after which the Icelandic public voted for the favourites. Hatari were declared the winners with a total score of 62,088 votes with Fridrik Omar achieving 52,134 votes.
A total of 2,632,000 viewers watched the Andra Chansen round of Melodifestivalen 2019 live on SVT 1. This figure is up from last year, and online viewing (not included in the overall viewing figure) has “sky rocketed” since 2018, according to SVT.
French Eurovision representative Bilal Hassani has revealed that his debut album “Kingdom” will be released on the 26th of April.
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The Diário de Notícias said that the Israeli policy was in contact with the authorities for the initial preparation of the security plan of the Eurovision 2019 Festival, to be held in Tel Aviv. According to sources of internal security who accompanied the visit of the Israeli police, the “strict planning” that the authorities are doing included contacts with the Internal Security System (SSI), the PSP and the security direction of the edition that took place in Lisbon , in May 2018. The publication also highlights the guided visit to Altice Arena by Portuguese teams to show the venue and the way the event was held, with the Israeli authorities expressing a special interest in organizing the security of the committees between the hotels and the arena and the interdiction of airspace.
Winner of the Song Festival 2019 and representative of Portugal in Tel Aviv, Conan Osiris will perform next Friday, March 8, in Berlin.
From today until April 1, Sveriges Radio is looking for newly written and newly recorded music from both new and established songwriters and artists, residents and companies in Sweden to compete in P4 Nästa 2019.