CROATIA – HRT confirms participation and also a return to DORA as the country’s national selection. Now that HRT don’t have a lot to pay in big sporting events, they ca invest in entertainment. No details given for the submissions and the format but Kazimir Bačić the Director General of HRT said to local press that the final will take place in Opatija.
THE NETHERLANDS – AVROTROS confirmed their participation and they will announce their actions towards Tel Aviv the upcoming weeks.
X-FACTOR UK – Brendan Murray given Safe Seat in Six Seat Challenge. But it was bad news for the Romanian countertenor Cezar Ouatu who lost the chance to continue.
FYR MACEDONIA – Eye Cue reveal they are more than just a musical partnership: Bojan and Marija revealed their relationship in an interview on 1 TV a few days ago.
ESTONIA – Submissions kicked off for Eesti Laul. As previously announced there will be changes in the show format: 1. Semi finals out of Tallinn and broadcast live
2. Non Estonian artists and authors are allowed to participate
3. Songs in Estonian will be charged with submission fee of 25€ and English songs with 50€
4. Each semifinal will have 12 songs instead of ten. 6 will proceed to the final
GERMANY – Unser Lied für Tel Aviv is underway. A panel of 100 fa jury members (50 from last year and 50 new ones) started workshops with the 20 qualifiers to this phase. The workshop which started o 28/9 will end up today. Their work will be filmed in a video and then those 20 will be narrowed to 8 or 10 for the national final. It has been also confirmed that review shows ESC-Songcheck will be back and aired on April 2, 14, 16, and 18.