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 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
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.
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!Continue reading
For the past week you have been voting in the Round of 16 stage of the 2018 edition of the Eurovision NI World Cup. Eight countries were triumphant in the battle rounds and have now advanced to this next stage: the quarter finals. They will have to do battle once more in order to reach the semi finals next week. So once again we ask you to vote for your favourites!Continue reading
For the past week you have been voting in the Round of 16 stage of the 2018 edition of the Eurovision NI World Cup. From the 43 countries that started out, sixteen have progressed to the second stage and now we can reveal the winner of each duel. Only eight can make it to the Quarter Final Round! Here are the results!Continue reading
For the past four weeks you have been voting in the group stages of the 2018 edition of the Eurovision NI World Cup. From the 43 countries that started out, sixteen have progressed to the second stage and will now duel against each other for one of places in the quarter final round. Only eight can make it! Check out the match ups below and get voting to ensure your favourite song makes it!Continue reading