Germany: Two new potential candidates for Das Deutsche Finale 2024!

A few days ago we posted an article (here) regarding the artists who have already expressed their intention to take part in Das Deutsche Finale 2024, the show through which Germany is going to pick their next representative at the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden.

Two new names are joining the list of the potential candidates who are interested in representing Germany. The first new name is Aileen Sager, who is a personal choice of the prominent composer and songwriter Ralph Siegel. Ralph Siegel has already expressed his desire to submit an entry in the German selection process. Apart from that, it has been 50 years since his first participation in Eurovision and 42 years since his victory with Nicole who performed “Ein bißchen Frieden” and he wants to participate once again in this international contest.

Aileen Sager was a semi-finalist in the German franchise of Idol, Deutschland sucht den Superstar” and she revealed via her personal Instagram account that her music collaboration with Ralph Siegel is focused on the pop genre. However their Eurovision proposal is not finished yet and for this reason Ralph Siegel spends a lot of time at the recording studio.

The second name that may compete to represent Germany is the musical duo Tilly Electronics who want to go to Eurovision 2024 in Malmö with the song “Tanzen”. This music duo makes electronic music, comes from Leipzig and keeps its identity hidden under its black and white suits. Tilly Electronics’ application has been the subject of much debate in recent days on social media – with much encouragement, but also some potential for polarisation.

What do you think of these two potentials for Das Deutsche Finale 2024? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: ESC-Kompakt

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Australia: SBS in discussions with EBU regarding Eurovision participation!

The Australian public broadcaster, SBS, revealed today that they are in discussions with the EBU as far as the future participation at the Eurovision Song Contest in concerned.

Initially Australia were invited to participate for a one-off for the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015. After finished in 5th place of the Grand Final – where they automatically qualified – the country were invited for the years followed until 2019 when a 5-year contract was signed between SBS and EBU allowing Australia to take part without an invitation.

However 2023 was the last year that Australia were able to do so, something that has already triggered questions in Eurofans circles regarding the participation of the biggest country of Oceania at the upcoming 2024 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden.

SBS commented the following on the matter:

“Eurovision is a cherished part of the SBS family. Australia’s future participation in the song contest is currently in discussion. We understand Eurovision fans are eager for an update and appreciate their patience as we work through these next steps. We’ll confirm details as soon as we are able.”

The deadline for the nations to withdraw without any penalty is on 11th of October which means that there is still time for SBS and EBU to reach an agreement.

In 2023 Australia was represented by Voyager and the song Promise and after managing to win the Second Semi-Final, they finished in the top ten of the Grand Final and specifically in 9th place with 151 points.

What do you think the outcome of the negotiations between SBS and EBU? Will we see Australia in Malmö next year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Poland: Participation confirmed for Eurovision 2024!

Poland is the next country declaring their presence in Eurovision 2024.

TVP, the national public broadcaster, confirmed today that Poland will take part in the upcoming 2024 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden. For the time being, there is no information available yet regarding the selection method of the next Polish representative.

This year Poland was represented by Blanka and the song “Solo” which after having qualified 3rd from the Second Semi-Final, they ended up in 19th place with 93 points.

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Stefania is in the studio, working on a special project!

Stefania posted an enigmatic Instagram story earlier today with the caption, “This is something special”. Through the story she revealed that she is working in the studio alongside the Dutch lyricist Anna Rose Clayton and the Greek composer Dimitris Kontopoulos.

Is it about Eurovision?

Stefania’s name is reportedly among those who will take part in the internal selection process of the Dutch public television for Eurovision 2024, according to information published in the Dutch media this summer.

Given that the 30th of September is the deadline for submissions, it is possible that the song or songs Stefania is now recording in the Netherlands have something to do with her candidacy to represent the country in the 68th Eurovision Song Contest.

Stefania represented Greece in Eurovision 2021 and brought her country back to the top 10 after eight years, with Last Dance, a song signed by Dimitris Kontopoulos.

Along with Dimitris Kontopoulos, Ilias Kokotos, the project manager for all of the Dream Team entries in the competition, is also in the Netherlands this time.

It might simply be a new song

Of course, none of the aforementioned scenarios are guaranteed to occur, and it may just be Stefania working on a new song or undertaking something similar to her past work on the Dutch national football team’s anthem.

Furthermore, Stefania and Dimitris Kontopoulos have worked together on a few occasions even after Eurovision, so it is not surprising that they will release another song together, this time for the Dutch market, as they are currently in the Netherlands for the recording process with a local lyricist.

What this recording is intended for will eventually become clear, and Eurovisionfun certainly will have more information soon!

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Georgia: Participation in Eurovision 2024 confirmed!

Georgia is the next country to confirm their participation in Malmö in 2024.

GPB, the national broadcaster of the country, confirmed today Georgia’s participation at the upcoming 2024 Eurovision Song Contest. There is no information yet regarding the method through which the next representative will emerge.

Until now Georgia has recorded a negative streak of 6 consecutive eliminations at the Semi-Finals. This year in Liverpool the nation was represented by Iru and the song Echo. Despite the high expectations for this entry, Georgia ended up 12th in the Second Semi-Final with 33 point and thus missed again a spot in the Grand Final.

Source: ESCToday

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Greece: ERT has confirmed its participation in Eurovision 2024 | EXCLUSIVE

Since today, September 15, is the final day for countries to confirm their participation in Eurovision 2024, all supporters of the contest in Greece have been wondering if their nation has done so. Eurovisionfun can announce that Greece will participate in Malmö, marking 50 years of participation in the music competition!

Greece is the 32nd country to confirm for Eurovision 2024

Therefore, in accordance with information we obtained exclusively from ERT, the national broadcaster recently sent the necessary documentation to the EBU to confirm Greece’s participation in the 68th Eurovision Song Contest. There is currently no certainty about the selection procudure, but further information is anticipated to be disclosed in the near future.

Greece is the 32nd country to confirm its participation in Eurovision 2024. Therefore, the following nations have thus far indicated in some form that they will compete in Malmö on May 7, 9, and 11:

  • Greece
  • Albania
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom

Which countries are yet to confirm?

The Eurovision 2024 entry puzzle still has a few gaps to be filled in. The biggest question mark among the nations that competed in Liverpool but have not yet publicly announced their participation for next year is Romania, which is very likely to withdraw due to the serious financial difficulties the nation’s public broadcaster is currently experiencing.

While Bulgaria, Montenegro, and North Macedonia are anticipated to make a comeback to the competition after their absence this year, Czechia, Armenia, Poland, and Georgia are expected to take part in 2024.

A special case is that of Monaco, as it recently established a new television station and is a member of the EBU, has the ability to participate, and has not yet made clear its plans.

The ultimate number is expected to be relatively similar to this year’s total of 37 participants.

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Croatia has confirmed its participation in Eurovision 2024!

Croatia’s participation in the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö was confirmed earlier today when Croatian broadcaster HRT opened the Dora 2024 submission platform.

Particularly, Dora, which has been the process of selecting the Croatian entry for a number of years, is likely to take place in Opatija in February. Proposals from interested artists may be submitted starting tomorrow, September 15, and ending on November 30, 2023.

Croatia was represented last year by Let 3 and the song “Mama ŠČ!”. The band, which is well-known in Croatia, placed 13th overall with a score of 123 points, which is a recent high for the nation. Will Croatia be able to achieve an even better result this year?

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Sources: esctoday, HRT 

Germany: Will Melissa Mantzoukis participate at “Das Deutsche Finale 2024”?

Melissa Mantzoukis did not get to compete in this year’s Eurovision, but she hopes to do so in 2024 through Germany. According to our exclusive information, she has already registered for ‘Das Deutsche Finale 2024’, the national final that will be held by the country’s public television to select the performer and song that will represent the country in Malmö.

The performer, who finished third in the German Idol competition in 2022, came close to representing Greece this year. She won by a wide margin in the voting of the 70-member audience committee, but the 7 members of the ERT panel had a different take, and by ranking her last, they denied her entry into the competition. As a result, the nation was ultimately represented by Victor Vernicos, who failed to advance past the semifinals after scoring just 14 points, 12 of which came from Cyprus. The ERT’s choice issue is currently before the courts because Melissa Mantzoukis’ side considered that the rules of the procedure were broken and that she should ordinarily have won. In the coming year, a decision is anticipated.

Melissa Mantzoukis made the decision to try her luck in Germany by competing in the national final, which will be held on February 16, in order to put all that behind and follow her dream of competing in the Eurovision contest. Our information indicates that the entry she submitted has nothing to do with her participation in this year’s ERT internal selection procedure.

We, for our part, wish Melissa good luck and hope to see her waving the German flag in Malmö!

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Eurovision 2024: Tomislav Štengl joins the Eurovision Reference Group!

Through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest it became known that the Head of the Croatian Delegation Tomislav Štengl is the new member of the Eurovision Reference Group.

The Eurovision Reference Group was established in 1998 and is the executive committee tasked with overseeing the organisation of the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Participating Broadcasters. It is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the competition as well managing critical aspects like host city selection, rule development, and dispute resolution.

The Reference Group consists of the following members :

  • The Chairperson
  • Three elected members from among the Heads of Delegations
  • Two Executive Producers from previous host countries, as well as the Executive Producer of the current Host Broadcaster
  • Up to two invited members based on competence and experience
  • The EBU Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor

The Reference Group meets four to five times each year on behalf of all Participating Broadcasters, and is required to take decisions in the general interest of the Contest.

The Eurovision Reference Group Member for the 2024 contest are as per below:

  • Chairman, Bakel Walden from SSR SRG (Switzerland)
  • Ebba Adielsson from SVT (Sweden)
  • Rachel Ashdown from BBC (United Kingdom)
  • Felix Bergsson from RÚV (Iceland)
  • Ana María Bordas from RTVE (Spain)
  • Carla Bugalho from RTP (Portugal)
  • Claudio Fasulo from RAI (Italy)
  • Simona Martorelli from RAI (Italy)
  • Tomislav Štengl from HRT (Croatia)
  • Alexandra Wolfslast from NDR (Germany)
  • Martin Österdahl from the EBU


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United Kingdom: The search for the Eurovision 2024 entry has begun!

According to BBC2 DJ and Eurovision presenter Scott Mills, the UK is already on the hunt for its next Eurovision representative.

In particular, he stated:

“Well, I will tell you that meetings are already underway that I might be in and I actually think that honestly, it was a disappointing result for Mae. Was the song better received initially than ‘Spaceman’? Yes. Was it a top 10 hit? Yes. Normally you hear the chat on Christmas Day of ‘we’re rubbish at that, aren’t we?’ I’m not hearing that chat this year.”

When asked what he thinks is the problem with the country failing to score highly in the competition, Scott replied:

“What we need to do this year is we need to send… this is the problem! Well, not the problem but here’s where we differ [with other nations]. The thing is, Israel will just send their best popstar. We can’t do that because we have global megastar popstars. It’s a catch 22 situation because people that don’t really understand it, just go, ‘get Adele to do it,’ but it doesn’t work like that! In Israel they’ll send Noa Kirel who has won a ridiculous amount of MTV awards and is a fully fledged Israeli incredible pop star. We don’t have that privilege, or we’re not in that situation,”

As we previously reported, the United Kingdom will be conducting an internal selection for Eurovision 2024.

Last year, Mae Muller, despite being in the top ten of the bets throughout the season, settled for the penultimate place in the leaderboard after her performance with “I Wrote A Song”.

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Source: yahoo!news