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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Only three of this year’s Eurovision songs have entered the UK Singles Chart this weekend.
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.
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.
Artist: Netta Barzilai
Betting Odds: 11/4
For the past few days you have been voting in the Quarter Finals stage of the 2018 edition of the Eurovision NI World Cup. Eight countries squared of in one on one battles with only four progressing to the Semi Finals. It’s time to reveal the results!