GEORGIA – Vaniko Tarkhnishvili, Ruska Makashvili have been announced as the hosts of the show Idol, through which the country will decide the artist and the song for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. The live shows will start of January 5th.
MALTA – With a magnificent performance by Janice Mangion, performing the song “Kewkba”, auditions for Malta’s X-Factor concluded. Janice was runner up of 2017 Maltese selection. Also Anna Faniello (mother of Fabrizio and Claudia) also proceeded to the live shows. Matthew Anthony also participant in 2018 MESC (ranked 7th) participated in the auditions. More than 100 singers participated in the bootcamp and now the biggest fight for Tel Aviv is about to kick off.
ISRAEL – Ania Bukstein is considered by KAN to host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest according to local media. Ania Bukstein is a Russian-Israeli actress, singer-songwriter, pianist and voice actress, performing in Hebrew, Russian, French and English. Bukstein married Israeli real estate developer Dotan Weiner, the cousin of Galit Gutmann, in 2013. She is currently at work on a book about coffee tables.
SPAIN – Los40 awards was a huge success last weekend. Alongside Eleni Foureira the following artists also appeared on stage: Dua Lipa, David Guetta, Bebe Rexha, Melendi, Pablo Alborán, Anne-Marie, Dani Martín, Piso 21, Sofía Reyes, Bazzi, David Bisbal, Tom Walker, Malú, Pablo López, Aitana, Ana Guerra. You can watch the full show below.
ISRAEL – Lisbon Mayor, Mr. Fernando Medina will travel to Tel Aviv on January 28 to hand over the Key Insignia. At the same day we will also have the Semi Finals Allocation Draw. The event will take place at Beit Ha’irv.
PORTUGAL – Luísa Sobral, sister of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest winner, revealed in a recent interview she was invited by RAI to perform at Sanremo Festival, an imitation she declined.
BELARUS – EBU / BTRC announced that the 2018 JESC edition will feature the same as last year voting system: In the first round of voting, the voting window will be open on Friday 23rd and will stay open until Sunday 25th when the show starts, at 15.59 CET. People will have to watch a preview of all the 20 performances before entering the voting platform that will be available on the JESC official website. Then, they will be able to vote for 3, 4 or 5 of the competing countries. The Second round of voting, will begin once all the songs have been performed at the live final show, and will be open for 15 minutes. Last year, the voting website crashed during this phase of the voting, making it imposibble for people to cast their votes after watching the full final performances. The two rounds of votes will be added up and equal the 50% share of the voting to decide the final outcome, while the other half will be decided by a professional jury panel, formed by adults and kids, in each country.
SAN MARINO – SMRTV conformed to be one fo the 42 participating countries but they will λnot use 1in360 as their selection process.