ICELAND – Icelandic broadcaster confirmed Söngvakeppnin as the country’s national selection. There will be 10 and not 12 songs in the semi finals this year. Submissions for Söngvakeppnin 2019 due on October 22nd. The semi finals are set for February 9th and 16th and the final on March 2nd.
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Iceland 🇮🇸 RUV announced the semi finals will be taking place on February 9th and 16th, with the final taking place on March 2nd 2019, however this year only five songs will be taking part in each heat as opposed to the usual six per heat, this means the total number of songs has dropped from twelve down to ten and is the lowest number to feature in the selection since 2008 when only eight songs competed in a straight one show final. Composers and artists can submit songs up to October 22nd to the contest. @oikotimes @eurovision #eurovision #oikotimes
EUROVISION 2019 – FYR Macedonia and Romania are the two countries confirming their participation in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. It is likely to see all the 2018 Eurovision participating countries in Tel Aviv although San Marino seems kind reluctant. Moreover what we knew already is now officially confirmed as Poland confirmed also their participation.
IRELAND – RTE could be left without a song for Eurovision after a group representing Irish songwriters said they might boycott next year’s competition in Israel. Former Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan has already said Ireland should shun the Tel Aviv event next May due to Israel’s “oppression” of Palestinian people. Now the Irish Association of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors plans to debate Ireland’s participation altogether. General Manager of IASCA, Sinead Troy, told the Irish Sun: “Should we protest? “Should Ireland even be involved in Eurovision next year? That’s what we will be asking.” Troy said she personally fully supported McGettigan’s call for a boycott.
THE NETHERLANDS – Just hours before the results of the final of America’s Got Talent, the Amsterdam native spoke with RTL Boulevard again. This time she expressly denied the rumours that the show itself had spread about Eurovision participation: “Na-ah! Nooooo! It’s something fun to do once, but then it’s finished.”
AUSTRIA – ORF boss and 2014 Eurovision Song Contest executive producer, Edgar Böhm, retires due to age. ORF is now looking for new chief. Böhm has been in charge of TV entertainment since 1999 and turns 65 at the end of the year. He had been working on the ORF since 1975. How will this effect Austria’s Eurovision participation and representation? Time will tell.
PORTUGAL – Festival da Canção 2019 will feature 16 songs in total, divided over two semi-finals. Out of those sixteen, 14 songs will be written by composers directly invited by RTP. These 14 composers, RTP confirms today, have already been chosen and approved.
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The 2018 Eurovision host country is the 30th one, confirming its participation for Tel Aviv. Portugal’s 51st participation in Eurovision will be decided through Festival da Canção which has some changes this year. There will be 16 semi finalists, eight in each one. Four acts from each semi final will proceed to the final. Last year winner’s privilege to select a composer for Festival da Canção, is scrapped 14 composers will be invited by RTP There are no limits in the production and the lyrics of the submitted songs. One composer will be decided through Antena 1 show “Mastre Class” One more composer will be decided through submissions to RTP by October 31st. In the semi finals the jury will prevail to the public In the final the public will prevail over the jury vote In the semi finals there will be a professional jury In the final there will bee seven regional juries @oikotimes #eurovision #oikotimes
ARMENIA – Tamar Kaprelian confirmed in the social media that she is bidding to represent the UK in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. She represented Armenia in the 2015 contest with the super group Geneology with the song “Face The Shadow” she has since tried to represent Armenia in Eurovision in 2018 with her entry “Poison”