Eurovision 2022: 41 countries joining the 66th contest in Turin!

Public broadcasters from 41 countries will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest when it returns to our screens next May.

Fans of the Contest will welcome back ARMTV from Armenia and RTCG from Montenegro, both taking to the stage for the first time since Tel Aviv in 2019.

It’s also a special year for Norwegian broadcaster NRK as they will be celebrating the selection of their 60th Eurovision entry during the Melodi Grand Prix grand final on Saturday 19 February.

We will also witness the 300th ‘Big Five’ performance – that’s a song from one of either France, Germany, Italy, Spain or United Kingdom.

Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, shared his thoughts on the line-up:

‘We are so excited that we once again have over 40 broadcasters competing to win the iconic Eurovision trophy in Turin next May.

The team from Rai are working hard on preparations to welcome all the delegations to a new Host City and ensuring the Eurovision Song Contest will provide the excitement and state-of-the-art spectacle expected by nearly 200 million viewers.’

On the announcement of the 41 participants, Simona Martorelli and Claudio Fasulo from Italian broadcaster Rai added:

‘After 31 years, Italy is proud to host the Eurovision Song Contest again! As Executive Producers, we are incredibly excited to set up this amazing event and welcome delegations from 41 nations to Turin next year.

Above all, we strongly believe the Eurovision Song Contest will allow us to showcase and share the beauty of Italy with a global audience via the elements that unite us all: music and harmony.’

The Italian city of Turin won the race to become the Host City of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, setting Saturday 14 May as the date of the Grand Final, which will be held in PalaOlimpico along with two Semi-Finals on 10 and 12 May.

Source: Eurovision.tv

Israel: 130 songs were submitted for Turin 2022!

About 130 songs will take part in the process of choosing Israel’s participation in Eurovision 2022, which will be selected through the X Factor format.

As it has been known for months, X Factor will be the successor to Rising Star as the format of choice for the artist who will represent Israel in Eurovision 2022 in Turin next May.

Exclusive information from Euromix states that only 130 songs were submitted to the committee that will select the eight songs, which will be performed by the final four that will compete for the ticket to Italy. This is the smallest number from 2018 onwards. 220 songs participated in last year’s selection, 250 in the 2020 one and 200 in that of 2019.

IPBC officials believe that the number of songs is explained by the strict requirements they have set, as well as the ignorance of the creators about the contestants who will perform their songs.

This was the reason why they invited the creators during the semifinals, in order to get to know the artists. Nevertheless, their response was small, as only ten of them watched the semifinals that have already been filmed.

The format

The song submission process was completed this morning, one month after its official opening on September 19th. The 130 songs submitted will be examined by a panel of 11 people.

This committee will assign two songs to each of the four finalists of the X Factor grand final. In the first phase, one of the two songs of each finalist will be selected through the voting of the audience and the jury.

The song that will be selected will be the one with which each participant will claim the representation of Israel for Eurovision 2022. Four songs and four artists will compete in the X Factor Grand Final. Then, the audience and the jury will jointly choose the artist and the song who will represent the country in Turin.

We remind you that the popular talent show will be presented by Liron Weizman. According to domestic media, X Factor Israel judges will include Netta Barzilai, Aviv Geffen, Margalit Tzan’ani, Ran Danker and Miri Mesika.

Israel was represented by Eden Alene in Eurovision 2021 with the song Set Me Free, finishing 17th in the grand final on May 22nd.

Source: Euromix

Israel: “Set Me Free” is a completely different song after the revamp!

We will hear a completely different song, since Eden’s Set Me Free has undergone so many changes, that according to the Israeli media, as well as the always valid Hebrew Eurovision Guide on Twitter, it is not reminiscent of its previous version.

The release date of the new and final version of Set Me Free remains unknown. But what has become known is that Moshe Kaftan will be the Artistic Director of Eden in the Eurovision 2021 song contest.

Apart from the artistic director, we also know that Moore Hamami, who is one of the greatest choreographers in Israel, will take over the choreography of Eden Alene. They have already collaborated with the singer during the selection of songs for this year, having choreographed the video clips of the three songs.

Israel will be one of the last countries to film the live on tape video for Eurovision 2021, with filming set for March 25th.

The Israeli recording will take place one day before the deadline for recording and submitting all backup performances to the EBU.

Israel will appear in the second half of the first semifinal on May 18.

Israel: Landslide victory for “Set Me Free” | See the detailed results!

Israel became the second country with confirmed song for Eurovision 2021 after the yesterday’s national final, HaShir Shelanu L’Erovizion.

During the final, the three candidate songs were presented through video clips, while at the end, the choice of the audience was announced, who in the previous days voted for their favorite online. So, Eden Alene will travel to Rotterdam with the song “Set Me Free”.

The victory of “Set Me Free” seems to have been sweeping as both the official account of the country’s broadcaster, KAN, on Instagram and the account of the Eurovision contest shared the detailed results of the national final.

According to them, the final ranking of the three songs was as follows:

Set Me Free – 71.3%
La La Love – 17.2%
Ue La La – 11.5%

Israel will compete in the First Semifinal of the contest, on May 18.

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Israel: Eden Alene will sing “Set Me Free” at Eurovision 2021!

The Israeli national final (HaShir Shelanu L’Erovizion) ended a few minutes ago. Eden Alene, the representative of Israel in Eurovision 2021, presented her three candidate songs through the video clips, while at the end it was announced the choice of the audience, who in the previous days voted online for their favorite. So the song with which Eden will compete in the First Semifinal of the competition, on May 18 is “Set Me Free”. Read more

Israel: Eurovision Buddies give us their top3 for HaShir Shelanu L’Erovizion 2021!

Another video from Eurovision Buddies, this time their top 3 of Eden songs for Eurovision 2021. 9 demos have already been released and one of them will be Israel’s song in the contest. But which is the favorite for Eurovision Buddies?

We remind you that the 3 songs that will compete in HaShir Shelanu L’Erovizion will be announced on Sunday, January 3, 2021.

The selection of the song that will represent Israel in Eurovision 2021 will take place on January 25, in a special show where the 20-year-old singer will perform the three songs. In the presentation of the show will be Lucy Ayoub who was one of the four presenters of Eurovision 2019.

Recall the 9 candidate songs below:

  1. Flying
  2. Coming Out 
  3. Can’t Stop A Hurricane 
  4. Set Me Free 
  5. Rise Up Today
  6. La La Love 
  7. Ue La La
  8. Spilling Magic
  9. Shoulders

You can listen snippets of the songs HERE.

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Israel: KAN tomorrow morning makes announcements for Eurovision 2021!

A while ago, through its social media, the Israeli public television KAN, revealed that on the morning of Wednesday, December 2, it will make announcements for Eurovision 2021!

Announcements from KAN

The local press reported that at the beginning of December we would have the opportunity to listen to Eden’s 10 candidate songs for Eurovision 2021. However, today’s post by KAN confuses us as it contains only 9 different photos. Are the songs finally only nine?

How will Israeli entry be selected?

The 10 candidate songs will be placed on an online platform, where the public will be able to vote for their favorite. Two of the ten songs will qualify in the final phase and with one more song qualifying as the favorite of the judges, essentially saving it from exclusion. In the final, there will be a similar vote deciding which of the three songs Eden will perform in Rotterdam.

It is recalled that as early as March, the KAN had announced that Eden Alene would represent Israel in 2021.

At the same time, there will be a new show entitled “Our Song for Eurovision / Hell: Our Song for Eurovision”, which will be broadcast from the end of January or the beginning of February. The contributors of each song will be announced after the selection of the final trio. Eden song will be announced through this show.

Will only the titles and credits be announced tomorrow or will the songs be released to the public? The controversial announcements of KAN will take place on Wednesday morning, at 09.00 cet.

Stay tuned to Eurovision Fun for all the answers!

Editorial: How fair will the “live on tape video” be for Eurovision 2021?

The announcement of the EBU and the Dutch organizers for the live on tape video that will be made by the 41 participants of Eurovision 2021, although it ensures that the contest will take place even in the worst case scenario regarding the course of the pandemic, but leaves many questions in the part of justice and equal conditions that should govern the competition.

What exactly is live on tape video?

According to what was announced, all participating broadcasters were asked to record a live performance of their entry in their country. This recording will be delivered before the contest and will take place in a studio. The recording will take place in real time (as it would in the Contest) without making changes to the vocals or any part of the show itself after the recording.

There will be freedom in the delegations, to present as they consider their entries better, but instructions will be given which will ensure the fairness and integrity of the competition. There will be no audience and the recording should be unique and not be published before the event in May.

Delegations are allowed to use similar technical capabilities and dimensions that would be available on stage in Rotterdam, but are also free to choose a more limited production facility. Video recordings must not contain augmented or virtual reality, overlays, confetti, drone shots, water, color use or green screen.

How to ensure meritocracy and fairness in the contest?

In addition to the above, the EBU also announced a series of safety valves, which will ensure that the 41 live video tapes will have been made under the same conditions. Indicatively, we mention that those present in the video recording will be a representative of the Dutch public broadcaster, while the shooting will be watched by the executive supervisor of the contest, as well as a representative from an independent voting observer (E&Y). The duration of the shooting will be one hour and at this time the participants will be able to videotape up to three times their appearance. The selection of the shot will be made by the Head of Delegation and another authorized representative.

Our doubts about live on tape video

First of all, let’s say that even under normal conditions, not everyone competes on equal terms. What do we mean by that? We see in recent years on the eurovision stage, impressive appearances, with the help of the use of technology. Technology that not all broadcasters can use. Fro example Serbian public broadcaster cannot spend the money that Swedish public broadcaster spends. Albanian television cannot spend the money spent by Russian or Azerbaijani television and so on.

So, many times the countries participating in the contest can start from different points of view, but what mitigates the above a bit is that they share the same stage and it is ensured that everyone sings live. With the advancement of technology, and given that each country can use any studio it wants, even that is in question.

We read that Russia uses virtual reality in its appearance for Junior Eurovision 2020, where the contest will take place via live on tape video. An effect that other countries probably will not have at their disposal, for economic and technical reasons.

Of course for the live on tape videos of Eurovision 2021 the EBU has banned such special effects. However, LEDs are not prohibited and it is possible for different sized scenes, something that, as you understand, will differentiate the final result.

What we all hope is that everything you read remains on a theoretical level only. The situation with the pandemic to improve and to have a Eurovision as close to normal as possible, with the 41 artists performing their songs on the stage of the Ahoy Arena!

What is your opinion about the live on tape video? Are equal conditions guaranteed for all?

Eurovision 2021: Participants will record their songs “live-on-tape” to ensure Contest will happen!

The EBU recently revealed how to ensure that Eurovision 2021 will happen, even in the worst case scenario with the course of the coronary pandemic.

Eurovision 2021 will take place in every way

After yesterday’s announcement that the distribution of countries in the two semifinals remains the same as that of Eurovision 2020, but also the presentation of the four possible scenarios for the conduct of Eurovision 2021, now another detail is given, concerning scenario D. In the new announcement of the EBU, concern the case in which in May the situation with the pandemic will be such that it will not allow air travel and reconnaissance, having a contest as Junior Eurovision 2020 will happen in a few days . With video appearances of the participants!

What is the process

All participating broadcasters were asked to record a live performance of their entries in their country. This recording will be delivered before the contest and will take place in a studio. The recording will take place in real time (as it would in the contest) without making changes to the vocals or any part of the show itself after the recording.

There will be freedom in the delegations, to present as they consider their participations better, but instructions will be given which will ensure the fairness and integrity of the competition. There will be no audience and the recording should be unique and not be published before the event in May.

Delegations are allowed to use similar technical capabilities and dimensions that would be available on stage in Rotterdam, but are also free to choose a more limited production facility. Video recordings must not contain augmented or virtual reality, overlays, confetti, drone shots, water, color use or green screen.

How will it be fair?

Normally in the Eurovision Song Contest all the artists would appear on the same stage under the same conditions giving everyone the same opportunity to shine. For the live recordings, the Reference Group of the Eurovision Song Contest approved additional measures to guarantee the fairness of the contest.

Prior to the recording, each participating broadcaster will meet with a representative from Host Broadcasters and submit a recording session schedule, studio setup and camera schedule.

The Head of Delegation will be on site during the registration period of 60 minutes and up to three authorized expirations, either alone or with an appropriate mandate, to make the final decision on the selection of the final receipt (from three).

A live link will be created during the recording to allow the Eurovision Executive Supervisor and a representative from an independent voting observer (E&Y) and Host Broadcaster to monitor the recording, provide assistance and support, and ensure the integrity and fairness of the contest.

No videos of the appearances from the national finals can be submitted, but each country can record on the same stage. The “live-on-tape” recordings must be delivered by the end of March.

Of course, as we mentioned at the beginning of the article, all of the above will apply in the case of contestants who will not be able to attend Rotterdam in May. The 65th Eurovision Song Contest will take place anyway!

Source: Eurovision.tv

Eurovision 2021: Allocation draw in semi-finals remains the same as in 2020!

A little while ago through the official social networks of the contest, it was announced that the draw of the semi-finals of this year’s contest will also apply to Eurovision 2021. Read more