THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch singer Glennis Grace is out of TOP5 of the America’s Got Talent Final: “It was an experience of change. AGT was my affirmation platform in America.”
BELARUS / UKRAINE – Belarusian and Ukrainian national broadcasters are the next confirmed participants for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.
SPAIN – Toñi Prieto, director of entertainment at RTVE will be facing court on the 3rd October but has just been awarded an honorary prize at the Latino awards, for promoting culture and music, as well as her longevity within the industry. In recent comments she is confident that nothing will come from the court case, a case which comes about from an accusation that songs were slightly altered, so that they were considered new and therefore able to claim royalties which were distributed among members of SGAE (a society of Spanish music authors) and other subsidiaries. Toñi Prieto has found herself involved in this situation because her daughter works for Sony Music, the company who were behind the choice of Manel Navarro for Eurovision in 2017, a decision that has found numerous detractors, to a stage where the Spanish government opened an investigation on the selection process followed for Eurovision by RTVE. the amount of influence which Toñi Prieto has at RTVE cannot be ignored, colleagues claim that she works countless hours to ensure everything is exactly as she wants it to be but that she is also not as popular with people precisely because of this need to control every step of the process. Needless to say, more news will likely be released once the court date nears and the situation heats up.
CYPRUS – The European Broadcasting Union has selected Cyprus as the hosts for the news conference. The event will take place in April 2019 in the city of Limassol. Over 100 journalists from 30 countries will attend the event, covering the contest in Tel Aviv.
UNITED KINGDOM – North London’s alternative rock band Wolf Alice defended their decision to sign a letter boycotting Israel’s hosting of the 2019 Eurovision song contest in an interview with The Independent. According to The Independent, Wolf Alice signed a letter calling for a boycott of the event together with fellow musicians Roger Waters and Brian Eno in addition to writers, theatre directors and filmmakers.
IRELAND – Former Irish Eurovision contestant Brendan Murray has made it through to the Six Chair Challenge on The X Factor. The Galway singer, who was also previously a member of the boyband Hometown, which was managed by Louis Walsh, was one of 60 out of 130 chosen by judges Simon Cowell, Ayda Field, Robbie Williams, and Louis Tomlinson to proceed to the next round of the ITV show. Murray impressed the judges at his initial audition with his rendition of Kate Bush’s This Woman’s Work although he had to pause during his performance and received some encouragement from Cowell.
DENMARK – SuRie, Fabrizio Faniello, Anne-Marie David, Rasmussen, Ace Wilder will attend the Eurovision Song Concert 2018 on October 27 in Copenhagen. Tickets are available here: https://billetto.dk/da/e/eurovision-song-concert-2018-billetter-252948
SWITZERLAND – Romanian artist Ovi Jacobsen has revealed on his Facebook page that he has been invited to feature on the International Expert Jury at Switzerland’s Eurovision national selection process.