The reigning Eurovision champ Netta Barzilai has released a new single and accompanying lyric video today ahead of her return to the Eurovision stage next week. The song is entitled ‘Nana Banana’ and she will perform it live for the first time at the Eurovision 2019 Final on Friday.
Artist: Kobi Marimi
Betting Odds: 201/1
Riding high off the back of Netta’s win last year, Israel will be hoping that they can continue their Eurovision success. They’ve put these hopes in Kobi Marimi who won their selection show Rising Star in 2019 and who will sing the song ‘Home’ in Tel Aviv.
Kobi Marimi will represent Israel at Eurovision 2019. Find out more about the singer with 10 Things About…Kobi Marimi!
The reigning Eurovision champ Netta Barzilai has released a new single and accompanying music video this morning. The song is entitled ‘Bassa Sababa’ and instead of featuring chicken noises (like her Eurovision track ‘Toy’), it features noises by rhinoceroses.
Today Israeli broadcaster KAN have revealed that Bar Refaeli and Erez Tal will be your hosts for the duration of Eurovision 2019. They will host the main shows including the two semi finals on 14 and 16 May, as well as the Grand Final on 18 May.
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.
Israel have wasted no time in beginning their preparations for Eurovision 2019. Last month national broadcaster KAN, in collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced that Tel Aviv would be the host city and that the final would take place on 18 May. They also revealed the slogan for 2019 as: ‘Dare to Dream’. Now it has been confirmed that a total of 42 countries will compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
The reigning Eurovision champion, Netta is set to embark on a whistle stop tour of Europe next month. The ‘Toy’ singer posted dates of the tour on Twitter earlier this afternoon.
Earlier this evening the third annual Eurovision NI Awards took place in Belfast’s American Bar. The acts from Eurovision 2018 battled it out in eighteen categories from Best Male, Best Female and Best Group to Best Song, Best New Song and Best Song From Selection Shows. It wasn’t all good, we also named and shamed the worst from this year’s participants from Worst Song, Worst Dressed Acts and even crowned the Most Cringeworthy Act.
Also returning for 2018 was the award decided by the readers of our blog: The People’s Choice Award. We received hundreds of votes from devoted fans, but only one act could be crowned the people’s champion in 2018.
Finally we honoured a person who has contributed greatly to Eurovision with the Phoenix: Outstanding Contribution to Eurovision Award. This year’s recipient was Conchita Wurst. She will join Linda Martin and the late Sir Terry Wogan in the Eurovision NI Hall of Fame.
Read on to find out who won!
To Tel Aviv! After much back and forth, speculation and rumour, the announcement that Tel Aviv will be the host nation for Eurovision 2019 was made official today. The LGBT-friendly, liberal, coastal metropolis had been in direct competition with the Israeli capital and two time Eurovision hosts Jerusalem.