RUSSIA – While wishing to Dimitris Kontopoulos for his birthday, Philip Kirkorovv clearly implies that they will work together and most likely for Russia.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dear DIMITRIS @dimitriskontopoulos 🎼🎉🕺🏻! My genius composer, producer and friend!!! I want to wish you the happiest and most wonderful of birthdays. I want you to have the best time and remember how much our friendship means to me. I want to thank you for all your fantastic ideas, your talent that you share with me and help my artists @lazarevsergey @anilorak @anastasiyatolmacheva16 @mashatolmacheva16 @doredos_official @koldunmedia in our @eurovision time✌️ ! I can’t wait for our next adventure next year in Israel. It will be great! #birthday #деньрождения #eurovision So my dear———, have an amazing birthday. I’m thinking and raising my glass in a toast in your honor. Love always, Philip
ISRAEL – Auditions for the hosting job of Eurovision 2019 kicked off in Israel and local media report the following names: Shiri Maimon, Bar Rafaeli, Ania Bukstein, Assi Azer, Geula Even and Lucy Ayoub.
SWEDEN – Nano, Wiktoria, Oscar Enestad, Arvingarna (Sweden 1993), Jan Malmsjö, Anton Hagman, Bishara Morad, Ann-Louise Hanson, John Lundvik, Jon-Henrik Fjällgren, Magnus Carlsson, Margaret, Ben Mitkus, Vlad Reiser are tipped by Swedish newspapers as potential participants in 2019 Melodifestivalen. Regarding the hosts it was made clear that they will not all be hosting the 6 shows but split during them.
ESTONIA – Tomi Rahula revealed yesterday evening, on ETV that 216 songs had been submitted. The city of Tartu would host the semi- finals of Eesti Laul 2019, with the final still being held in Tallinn. 108 songs are in Estonian, other languages include English, Russia, Spanish and even one in German. This figure will be narrowed down to 24 which will be officially announced on November 15th 2018.
CROATIA – The Croatian broadcaster HRT is expected to select sixteen acts for Dora 2019, the selection process that will choose the Croatian entry for Tel Aviv. Among them, it seems we could be in for a surprise re-appearance from Jacques Houdek, who finished 13th in Kyiv in the 2017 contest with “My Friend”. Also rumoured to take part are Damir Kedžo, Lidija Bačić, Jure Brkljača, Mia Dimšić and a project from Colonia producer Boris Đurđević.
NORWAY – Earlier than ever before NRK its calling for songs for MGP 2020. Submissions due on 17/5, a day before the Grand Final of Eurovision 2019. Norway has also introduced a rule that requires at least one Norwegian songwriter on the team. Previously the broadcaster had no restriction. Each author can submit up to three songs. Karlsen says that the successful entries for Melodi Grand Prix 2020 will be revealed in January of that year.