Danish national broadcaster DR are gearing up for another epic Eurovision year, as they announced this week that long running show Dansk Melodi Grand Prix will return for its 49th edition in 2019.
Eric Saade, Sarah Dawn Finer, Marika Carlsson and Kodjo Akolor will host the Swedish Eurovision selection show Melodifestivalen when it returns to our screens in February 2019.
Georgia’s Eurovision record has been far from exemplary in the past few years. Both Iriao and Tamara Gachechiladze, the country’s entries in 2018 and 2017 respectively, failed to make an indelible impression on juries and televoters Europe wide, as neither act made it to the Grand Final. Georgia seem set to turn this around in 2019 and last week laid out their plans for selecting their artist and song for the Contest: Georgian Idol.
Irish Eurovision 2017 singer Brendan Murray has been competing in the 15th series of the UK version of X-Factor. The second week of live shows and the singer found himself in the bottom three.
It’s the first week of our latest feature to find out the Top 30 songs released by former Eurovision stars in 2018. We take you through ten of the biggest hits of 2018 and ask you to vote for your three favourites from the bunch!
Over the next nine weeks we will be looking closely at some of the songs released in 2018 by former Eurovision contestants. We will be asking you to vote for your favourite from the lists before compiling a final Top 30 just before the end of the year.
It’s that time of year again, where the Eurovision rumour mill goes into overdrive. One such rumour doing the rounds this week is that Eurovision 2019 could see a record breaking 44 countries participate.
The first season of X-Factor Malta launched earlier this month and for the past three weeks judges Ira Losco, Howard Keith Debono, Ray Mercieca and Alexandra Alden have been putting contestants through the rigorous process to find themselves a star worthy of representing the nation at Eurovision 2019.
Ukraine has used a selection show called Vidbir to select its act and song for Eurovision since 2016. It seemed to work for the nation as it gave them their second ever Eurovision victory with Jamala’s ‘1944’ winning the Contest that year. 2017 and 2018 were also a success with O. Torvald and Melovin making it to the finals with ‘Time’ and ‘Under the Ladder’. This week Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC revealed that the selection show will return in 2019 and have given us some of the initial details.
‘We are sad to announce that Bulgaria withdraws from #Eurovision. The decision is based on financial reasons because the costs of the project far exceed the financial capacity of BNT according to the Management of the broadcaster’, reads a statement from the Bulgarian national broadcaster BNT earlier in the week.