ERTis now without administration and has a board that can no longer meet and take decisions, because of the latests resignations. EurovisionFun asked ERT about the impact of all this situation on the Eurovision 2019 project and when we will have the official announcements for the method, the Greek broadcaster will use to select its entry for next year’s Song Contest. Read more
Although there were no doubts for the opposite, the Russian broadcaster, VGTRK (RTR), confirmed it’s participation for Eurovision 2019. After Russia’s confirmation, only San Marino and Moldova have not confirmed their participation, from this year’s participating countries. Read more
Greek magazine TV Ethnos reports today, that Eleni Foureira will appear as a guest at the next Eurovision Song Contest in Israel.
There are no more details, such as whether we will see her in the final or in one of the semifinals, or whether she will appear on her own or with an other artist.
The great success of Elena Foureira and Fuego, especially among the fans of the contest, seems to have prompted the organizers to make that decision. However, if we see Eleni Foureira at Eurovision 2019, this will be the first time that a host country calls as guest the runner up of the previous contest.
Eleni Foureira, in the past few days, has been in Madrid, performing at the Los 40 Music Awards. She sang a different version of Fuego, equally impressive as the original.
The popular Greek artist, received also a platinum record for the sales of Fuego in Spain.
Would you like to see Eleni Foureira again on the Eurovision stage as a guest?
Αccording to Alpha Cyprus, a local tv channel, both Greece and Cyprus proposed Tamta to represent them at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, yet the famous singer has given no reply to both of them.
A point of division between Greece and Cyprus
Both ERT and CyBc want Tamta to represent them at the contest, with the latest being silent at the moment. As the channel states, the following days will be crucial for CyBc to deal with one of the most lovable artists in both countries. Greek and Cypriot eurofans are willing to see Tamta stepping on the Eurovision stage, thus being the second year in a row for Cyprus to be represented by such a big artist.
We shall remind you that Tamta, as herself has stated, was asked to sing Fuego after Helena Paparizou’s rejection and before Eleni Foureira took the crown.
Exclusive – Who will compose the Cypriot entry?
Reading it from our site for the very first time, it is most certainly that Alex Papaconstantinou will be the composer of the Cypriot entry in 2019. This is the third time Alex Papaconstantinou collaborates with CyBc, after composing the Cypriot entry back in 2012 La La Love sang by Ivi Adamou, and in 2018 Fuego sang by Eleni Foureira.
If Tamta will be impressed by the suggested song and agrees to participate, will be known in the following days. The truth is, after two head members of the Greek broadcaster resigned from their positions (read more from our colleagues in escxtra) and the following steps of ERT being unknown, it seems easier for Tamta to choose the Cypriot proposal.
We shall stay calm as nothing is official yet, while the following days might not turn how we would like them.
Would you like to see Tamta in Eurovision? Which proposal seems better for Tamta to choose?
In a recent post of Israel Hayom, it is said that tender process for the postcards of Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv has opened, while the deadline is on October 28th.
The winner, according to the newspaper, will have to research for each performing artist, select the appropriate locations and will be responsible about the makeup, outfits and hair.
In addition, the tender requires that senior staff, such as the director, the creative manager and the photographer will have experience with at least ten similar productions, and the producer must have produced at least 3 productions in the last three years, all with a minimum budget of about €1,200,000 (5,000,000 ILS).
If the pilots send to KAN and EBU get approved, shootings will take place between January and March, with the overall budget reaching up to €750,000 (3,000,000 ILS). The newspaper also states that KAN, besides the usual postcards, plans to create a 5-minute clip with all the artists.
What are the postcards?
Postcards are the short-length videos shown before each performance, which give the opportunity for technicians to prepare the stage, plus, to the commentators to provide information about the act that follows.
They usually show landmarks of the hosting countries or/and the representatives themselves visiting these landmarks. The increased interest shown by the fans for the postcards, has led the hosts to try, in any imaginative way, present them.
Also, the official account of the contest on Youtube publish each postcard for those who want to re-watch them, while many fans are ranking them from their least to most favourite postcards.
Source: Israel Hayom, eurovision.tv
Earlier this day, the official statement of Bulgaria withdrawing from the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv shook eurofans across the world.
Even though the country confirmed its participation quite early and publicly informed about their next steps, the operator of Eurovision Project on behalf of Bulgaria’s National Television (BNT) Deyan Yordanov quit, leaving us wondering whether the country will withdraw from the contest or keep participating under a new team.
Earlier this morning it was officially confirmed that Bulgaria is not participating in 2019, while EBU released its official statement few moments ago.
We regret that Bulgarian National Television (BNT) has taken the decision not to enter the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. BNT has been an enthusiastic participant and enjoyed great success in the contest in recent years. We look forward to welcoming them back in the future.
Petition supporting Bulgaria
Since the official statements were brought to light, more than 2,500 people have signed an online petition supporting the country and hoping it will stay in the contest, using the hashtag #TheyWillNeverBreakUsDown.
Bulgaria in the Eurovision
Bulgaria took part for the very first time back in 2005, even though they had to wait for 2 years to qualify in the Grand Final, finishing 5th – country’s best result prior to 2016. After failing to qualify for 5 consecutive years, Bulgaria decided to withdraw from the contest in 2014, just to come back 2 years later stronger than ever.
Returning to the contest seemed to be a success for the country, since the country qualifies every year and being amongst the hot favourites to win the contest every year. The most successful entry up to date was last year, finishing 2nd at the Grand Final and almost wining the contest. Without any doubt, Bulgaria became a new powerhouse to the contest, thus making eurofans anxiously waiting for their next entry every year.
What was your reaction to Bulgaria’s withdraw? What is your favourite Bulgarian entry?