For the past few weeks, Israel have been holding auditions to see who will defend the Eurovision crown in 2019. Hoping to follow in Netta’s footsteps, 105 singers have faced the judging panel consisting of Asaf Amdursky, Keren Peles, Shiri Maimon, Harel Skaat and Static & Ben-El Tavori. 59 contestants received over 70% and advanced to the next phase of the competition, while the hosts used their veto to add another nine to that list. On 2 January one of the qualified singers Elkana Marziano announced that they would withdraw from the Contest.
Greece’s attempt at a national final in 2018 was a proper shit show. The broadcaster shortlisted five songs, two were disqualified for not meeting the requirements set out by broadcaster ERT and two more refused to pay the selection fee required as part of the terms set out by the broadcaster. This essentially made their choice of Yianna Terzi’s ‘Oniero Mou’ a default internal selection. It would appear that ERT have learned their lesson from 2018 and in 2019 they will return to an internal, untelevised selection process.
For the past seven years Belarus has used a national selection final to select their Eurovision artist and song. Today broadcaster BTRC announced that the nation will continue with this format for 2019!
Yesterday Spain revealed the three songs which topped the public vote and would advance to the Operacion Triunfo Eurovision Gala. Now they have added the seven remaining songs to this line up following the jury deliberations. Check out the full line up below!
Estonia’s Eurovision 2019 bid kicks off on 31 January when broadcaster ERR hosts the first of the semi finals for Eesti Laul. The second semi final will take place a few days later on 2 February. While the winner will be announced at the end of the Final on 16 February. Ahead of that we take a look at the 24 competing songs, ranking them from worst to best and give each a score out of ten. Read on to find out what we thought!