Ofri Calfon and Tai Eliminated from Israel’s Rising Star!

Israel continued with their Rising Star competition this week with two more shows. In the latest episode, two acts have been given the boot and two acts have progressed to the final. Continue reading

Daniel Mazuz Eliminated from Israel’s Rising Star!

Israel continue their Rising Star competition, the show to select their artist to defend their Eurovision crown. Eleven became ten when Osher Biton became the latest act to be eliminated from the show. Continue reading

Osher Biton Eliminated from Israel’s Rising Star!

Israel continue their Rising Star competition, the show to select their artist to defend their Eurovision crown. Eleven became ten when Osher Biton became the latest act to be eliminated from the show. Continue reading

Calls for Iceland, Ireland, Sweden and UK to Boycott Eurovision 2019!

There has been pressure for a number of European nations to withdraw from next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled to be hosted by Israel in May 2019. After Israeli singer Netta Barzilai won the Contest in Lisbon last week for her song ‘Toy’, she announced ‘Next Year in Jerusalem!’. Although there has yet to be any official announcement from the national broadcaster IPBC or the EBU, many sources point towards Jerusalem as the host city for 2019. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed his interest in Jerusalem hosting the Contest and the other main rival city Tel Aviv have stated they have no interest in putting a bid in.

The news is not welcomed by all, and some politicians, political groups and other individuals have expressed their disgust at the recent and historic violence that the Israeli state has carried out on the Palestinian people on the Gaza Strip. In the wake of the Eurovision result, there has been widespread attacks on Palestinians following the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Among those expressing that their nation should boycott the Contest in 2019 in protest are former winner Charlie McGettigan (Ireland) and a petition started by an Icelandic native has garnered almost 20,000 signatures. Continue reading

Netta Wins Eurovision 2018!

Netta Barzilai has been crowned the winner of Eurovision 2018 for Israel. The singer wowed both juries and the public throughout Europe and Australia with her song ‘Toy’, a reaction to the recent #MeToo Movement. The song beat off stiff competition from Cyprus’ Eleni Foureira who finished in second with song ‘Fuego’, Austria’s Cezar Sampson was a surprise hit with the juries coming in third, former winner Alexander Rybak (Norway) and former runner up Waylon (The Netherlands). Netta totaled 529 points between the jury and televote.  Continue reading

Eurovision 2018 Semi Final 1: Results!

Nineteen acts battled it out in the first of this year’s semi finals for Eurovision. Only ten of them could make it through and the standard was particularly high for this semi final. Find out if your favourite songs made the cut! Continue reading

Eurovision Stars Take to the Blue Carpet for The Opening Ceremony of Eurovision 2018!

Rehearsals for Eurovision 2018 have been taking place all last week but the contest opens properly tonight with the Blue Carpet Opening Ceremony. Continue reading

Eurovision Gets Political in 2018!

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. Continue reading

Photos From First Day of Rehearsals for Eurovision 2018!

Today saw the first day of Eurovision 2018 rehearsals. Ten countries took to the Eurovision stage for the first time to try out their songs in the arena. Fans also got first insights into their finalised staging for the first time. Continue reading