SPAIN – Fuego certified platinum in Spain. Eleni & the CEO of Panik Entertainment Group, George Arsenakos, received the platinum plaque from the CEO of Sony Music Iberia, José María Barbat and the company’s team.
UNITED KINGDOM – Popular TV presenter and comedian, Mel Gieldroyc has been announced as the hostess of the national final in the UK.
CZECH REPUBLIC – Czech broadcaster, CT, has revealed that they have received almost 300 submissions for their national final next year.
CYPRUS – Eleni Foureira is reported to have been booked as guest act in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.
IRELAND – THE LABOUR PARTY has called on RTÉ to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019 if Israel hosts it in Jerusalem. However, it has already been confirmed by the European Broadcasting Union that the event will take place in Tel Aviv. The motion, tabled by LabourYouth, was passed by a majority at today’s Labour Party conference.
PORTUGAL – 1984 Portugal’s entrant in Eurovision, Maria Guinot, died aged 73. Born in Barreiro, Portugal, Guinot released two EPs, “La mère sans enfant” and “Balada do negro só” in the late 1960s, then took a long break from the music industry. She returned in 1981 performing a song, “Um adeus, um recomeço”, in the Portuguese Eurovision selection, Festival da Canção, where she finished third.
Her second attempt in Festival da Cançao came in 1984, when her song “Silêncio e tanta gente” (“Silence and So Many People”) emerged the winner. Guinot went forward as the Portuguese representative in the 29th Eurovision Song Contest, held in Luxembourg City on 5 May. “Silêncio e tanta gente”, a reflective ballad with Guinot accompanying herself on piano, was performed last in the running order, and provided a low-key ending to the contest. It finished in 11th place of the 19 entries.
Following her Eurovision appearance, Guinot continued performing and composing. She has released three albums, and has often collaborated on projects with other musicians.
AUSTRALIA – Blink TV and SBS have revealed a wish list of candidates, including Delta Goodrem, Ricki-Lee and Peking Duk. Songwriters and composers were given three weeks to prepare songs for the inaugural national final.
RUSSIA – Russian national broadcaster to launch Eurovision 2019 preparations after new year’s program is settled.