IRELAND – Eurovision winner Dana Rosemary Scallon will get a six-figure sum after a libel case against a newspaper was settled. An apology was also read out at the High Court in Belfast on behalf of the Sunday World’s publishers over false claims connected to her brother. John Brown was unanimously acquitted of child sex abuse charges in 2014. Ms Scallon sued after an online report wrongly alleged she had given evidence at her brother’s trial about steps taken in relation to him. She won the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland in 1970 and has twice run for Irish president.
AUSTRALIA – Mark Vincent and Ricki-Lee Coulter are rumored to be participating in Australia’s Eurovision selection process ‘Australia Decides’.
CYPRUS – Official confirmation by CyBC that Alex P. will be the composer of the 2019 Eurovision entry. Their first hint about the song had to do with JLo’s song “On the Floor”… The Georgian-Greek singer Tamta Goduadze has been rumoured to be under consideration by CYBC.
SWEDEN – Anna Bergendahl wants to give Melodifestivalen life with her uptempo song “Ashes to Ashes”. So what made her come back to the contest this year of all years? “It’s definitely the song,” she says. “To me, it’s unstoppable. I couldn’t say no.” She wrote the song together with Melfest legends Thomas G:son, Bobby Ljungren and Erik Bernholm — and it’s clear that it has a big message. “It’s an uptempo song. It comes with a lot of warmth, hope and light that I need to give to myself a lot of times. And that I hope to be able to give to all the people watching.”
ARMENIA – This evening AMPTV will announce the the 2019 representative for Tel Aviv. New name is now speculated and concerns that of group Nemra. To be continued within the day.
POLAND – Warm welcome for Roksana back home after triumphing the 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
BELARUS – A total of 1,385,000 viewers watched as Minsk, Belarus hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The competition returned to Belarus for the first time in eight years, with a record twenty nations taking to the stage on Sunday evening. The competition had a market share of 15.2% and was the most watched show on the Belarusian broadcaster on Sunday.
MONTENEGRO – Almost 40 songs submitted for Montevizja, the national final of Montenegro for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. RTCG will, now, select the five songs which will proceed to the national final show.
SPAIN – Songs submitted via public submission will be judged by Jose Juan Santana (OGAE Spain president), Irene Mahia ( RTVE Digital), Zahara (singer/composer), Jose Luis Almo (AEV Spain), Alberto Jimenez (singer). Songs submitted via TVE/Gestmusic special invitation) will be judged by Ana Maria Bordas (Spanish Head of Delegation), Antonio Losada (Spanish Head of Delegation), Noemi Galera ( Headmistress of OT 2018 academy), Manu Guix (Musical Director OT 2018), Irene Mahia (RTVE Digital).