May 17 ➡️ the latest #Eurovision headlines
ISRAEL 🇮🇱 Itzik Braverman, Mayor of Petah Tivka announced the city will bid for hosting the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest although PM and Eurovision winner Netta, hinted Jerusalem as host city. With Tel Aviv remain the Eurofans’ wishful thinking and its Mayor withdrawing from hosting the event another city emerged. Petah Tivka is the fifth city of Israel with approximately 230,000 inhabitants and located 10 km from Tel Aviv (easy access to International Airport). Lack of venue is not an issue for the Mayor as the answer was stunning: if Azerbaijan did it in half a year we can do it as well.
ISRAEL 🇮🇱 We remain to Israel as today EBU and IPBC will have their first meeting for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Speaking to NRK, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand said that of course the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest edition will be more challenging than having it in Sweden but explained that the main issue is the budget of IPBC for the 2019 edition as the national broadcaster is newly founded. Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand says that Israel is capable to organise the event as the TV skills in the country are of high standards.
SLOVAKIA 🇸🇰 Happy news from Slovakia as Rádio FM aired the Eurovision Song Contest live. The last time they did it was in 2012 when the country participated for the last time in Baku. Daniel Baláž, Pavol Hubinák, Malíček, Ela Tolstová and Celeste Buckingham commentated the event for the youth targeted audience.
ALBANIA 🇦🇱 Earlier than ever before, RTSH kicks off Festivali I Këngës by calling for singers and songs for the 57th edition of the national festival. There is yet no deadline of submissions. Usually Festivali I Këngës takes place around end of December.
BELARUS 🇧🇾 It is reported that originally the stage presentation for Alekseev’s “Forever” performance included real throw of rose petals. The rose petals would have cause extreme cleaning time in between the songs and the quantity needed for the rehearsals and the live shows would have been quite expensive. Instead the organisers replaced them with an optical visual.
UNITED KINGDOM 🇬🇧 With JOWST (Norway 2017) offering to pen the 2019 UK entry) another familiar name rises in the spotlight. Karl William Lund, participant in the 2016 UK selection and in the 2018 San Marino / 1in360 selection tweeted he is going to start penning his 2019 Eurovision song. Well.. good luck!