In the wake of the Eurovision 2019 results, it seems that that there have been a number of issues with how the jury votes had been delivered. Most notably, and the only one that the EBU has accepted to date, is the results of the Belorussian jury. Other marked mistakes however have been made. This is particularly the case in regards to the Semi Final jury votes and some of the national jurors having voted back to front.
Australia’s love affair with Eurovision is set to continue, as it was confirmed this morning that the nation will return to the Contest for the fifth consecutive year when it takes place in Tel Aviv in May 2019. Broadcaster SBS’s Outgoing Managing Director Michael Ebeid made the announcement saying that Australia’s participation in 2019 was a ‘100% yes!’.
For the most part Eurovision is a celebration of a range of European identities, a chance for nations to express and showcase their national individuality and prowess. On a whole this is about celebrating the music and culture of these nations and usually sees widespread generic messages evoking peace, love and tolerance. Eurovision rules state that:
‘The lyrics and/or performance of the songs shall not bring the Shows, the ESC [Eurovision Song Contest] as such or the EBU [European Broadcasting Union] into disrepute. No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted during the ESC.’
However there have been moments in Eurovision’s history that have flouted this rule and has seen rising tensions between countries who are at odds with come to the fore and play out through the Contest.
The Humans will take to the stage for Romania at Eurovision 2018. They will sing their song ‘Goodbye’. Find out more about the band with our 10 Things About…
Earlier today, 5 December, Eurovision organisers gave us the first sneak peek at their proposed designs for the stage at Eurovision 2018.
Everyone loves a Eurovision debut! While the Noughties saw many of the former soviet and yugoslav states join the fray, in recent years Australia is the only new country to be added to the Eurovision roster. Imagine then our excitement when 1FLTV released a statement last week announcing Liechtenstein’s intent to debut at Eurovision 2019.
Yulia Samoilova was chosen to represent Russia at Eurovision 2017. Shortly after, it was revealed that she was one of the artists who had been banned from entering the Ukraine by the Ukrainian government as she had performed in the disputed region of the Crimea since its annexation by Russia. EBU officials tried to suggest other solutions such as having Yulia perform via video link, but this was rejected by Russia, who subsequently withdrew from the Contest.
The Russian artist Yulia Samoilova who was chosen to represent the nation at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest has been forbidden from entering the Ukraine to compete when the Contest takes place in Kiev in May.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) which is the governing body for the Eurovision Song Contest has made new specifications to their rule book, clarifying its position on Associate Members and their eligibility to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest.
In a Eurovision first, Romania have been forced to withdraw from the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest following continuous financial difficulty and failure to pay their EBU membership dating back as far as 2007.