The first season of X-Factor Malta launched earlier this month and for the past three weeks judges Ira Losco, Howard Keith Debono, Ray Mercieca and Alexandra Alden have been putting contestants through the rigorous process to find themselves a star worthy of representing the nation at Eurovision 2019.
Irish Eurovision 2017 singer Brendan Murray has made it through to the live finals of the X-Factor series 15.
Fresh off the back of her Eurovision appearance in May 2018, Saara Aalto has released new album ‘Wild Wild Wonderland’. The album features the three tracks that were under consideration for Finland’s 2018 Eurovision bid; ‘Queens’, ‘Domino’ and the song that was selected ‘Monsters’. Saara has been busy promoting the new album, touring it extensively throughout Europe in the past few months. Now she is set to bring the tour to our fair shores, when she comes to Belfast’s Oh Yeah Centre on 10 October.
With the thrill ride that was Eurovision 2018 now over us, we look towards new music from our past contestants. Hot off the heels of their appearance this year, we get new tracks from UK artist SuRie, Italy’s Ermal Meta and Armenian representative Sevak Khanagyan. Also joining the May line up of new music is 2017 Eurovision champ Salvador Sobral, Austria’s Nathan Trent who teams up with J-MOX, Belgian artist Blanche, Sweden’s Robin Bengtsson and a duet from Melfest winner and runner up (and best mates) Benjamin Ingrosso and Felix Sandman.
Only three of this year’s Eurovision songs have entered the UK Singles Chart this weekend.
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.
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.
Six nations automatically qualify for the Eurovision final. This is the host nation Portugal and the so-called ‘Big Five’ nations; France, Spain, Germany, Italy and United Kingdom. Portugal, as hosts got to choose the slot they would perform in at the final and last month chose number 8 spot. Today the Big Five took part in the draw to find out which half of the final they would compete in.
Country: United Kingdom
Betting Odds: 126/1
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!