POLAND – Gliwice has become the first city to put itself forward to host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The Member of Parliament for Gliwice Jarosław Gonciarz, has written to president of TVP, Jacek Kurski proposing that his city play host to next years Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
“The city of Gliwice has a modern, recently built show and sports hall with a total capacity of 17,000 seats. Arena Gliwice is one of the most modern facilities in our country. Its location guarantees free access from anywhere in the country. On behalf of myself and residents, I am asking you to take Gliwice Arena into consideration as a place for organizing the next year’s Eurovision for Children.”
THE NETHERLANDS – Eurovision in Concert has confirmed that the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest winner Nicole as the Special Guest in the 11th edition of the Concert.
KAZAKHSTAN – The Khabar Agency have revealed that a total of 132,000 viewers tuned in to watch Kazakhstan make their Junior Eurovision debut, giving them a market share of between 8.3% and 10.3%.
UKRAINE – Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC have revealed that a total of 2.5 million people tuned in to watch Darina Krasnovestka give Ukraine another top 5 placing. This gave Ukraine a total market share of 2.23%, which is double what it was for the 2017 contest in Georgia.
WALES – The Welsh broadcaster S4C have revealed that a total of 20,342 people watched Wales take to the Junior Eurovision stage for the first time. It was the 9th most watched programme on S4C for that week, and the second most watched programme for that weekend, being beaten by the Rugby on the Sunday.
EBU – EBU Members have elected a new Executive Board to lead the EBU for the next two years, from January 2019. Nine public service media executives from across Europe will join President Tony Hall (BBC) and Vice-President Delphine Ernotte Cunci (France Télévisions) on the Board. The Executive Board were elected by Members at the EBU’s General Assembly in Geneva. The Board is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the EBU’s strategy and policies. The Board will serve for a 2-year period from January 2019 to December 2020.
President: Tony Hall, Director General, BBC (UK)
Vice-President: Delphine Ernotte Cunci, CEO, France Télévisions (France)
Cilla Benkö, Director General, SR (Sweden)
Petr Dvořák, Director General, CT (Czech Republic)
Ibrahim Eren, Chairman and Director General, TRT (Turkey)
Marcello Foa, President, Rai (Italy)
Giacomo Ghisani, Acting Director General, Legal Representative, RV (Vatican State)
Gilles Marchand, Director General, SRG SSR (Switzerland)
Sergei Pavlov, Director of International Relations, Member of the Board of Directors, Channel One (Russia)
Gonçalo Reis, President and CEO, RTP (Portugal)
Ulrich Wilhelm, Director General, ARD/BR (Germany)
RUSSIA – Philipp Kirkorov, at the request of journalists has estimated possible chances of popular Russian singer Olga Buzova at the Eurovision 2019. When asked by journalists whether the ‘pop king’ is ready to assist Olga in participation in the contest, Philipp replied: “Let’s first see if she gets chosen. I am used to act step by step. But why not?”
CZECH REPUBLIC – Kryštof Šámal, head of Press in the Czech Republic’s Eurovision delegation, has revealed that the participants for the 2019 edition of their Eurovision national final, ESCZ, will be unveiled on January 7th. The announcement will take place during a press conference for the show! Last year, Mikolas Josef won both the online vote and the international jury vote in a dominant victory!
BELGIUM – Three years on from his success at Eurovision 2015, Loïc is currently promoting his latest single, “On Fire”. During an interview with Belgian radio and TV presenter Peter Van de Veire, he was asked the most common question put to past Eurovision participants: Would you ever compete at the contest again? To the delight of his army of fans across Europe, he didn’t rule it out.
“Gosh? In a few years? Why not?” may not be the most enthusiastic response we’ve seen from a potential returning artist, but it’s far from a resounding no. Loïc certainly would not be the first returning fan favourite we’ve seen at Eurovision. Plus, having seen the positive impact of the contest on his career, there’s certainly an incentive there.
CYPRUS – Eurovision 2019 hint is the word “Replay”…suggesting an upbeat banger.
RUSSIA – Last night Russia held the annual Russian National Music Awards, now also dubbed the Victoria Awards, and the audience and nominations list was filled with Eurovision stars. The nominees included Sergey Lazerev, Philipp Kirkorov, Loboda, Elena Temnikova, Polina Gagarina and Ani Lorak. Among these esteemed Eurovision alums, only Philipp Kirkorov and Loboda secured awards.