23
September
2018

“Dream team” begin preparations for Eurovision 2019

“Dream team” begin preparations for Eurovision 2019

Philipp Kirkorov and "The Dream Team"

The international “Dream team”, which consists of Russian superstar Philipp Kirkorov, Greek composer Dimitris Kontopoulos, legendary choreographer Fokas Evangelinos, as well as professionals from Cyprus, United Kingdom, Sweden, Russia and Greece has begun preparations for Eurovision 2019.

Philipp Kirkorov who represented Russia in the 1995 Eurovision Song Contest and has been behind a lot of successful entries since then, posted a photo in his Instagram account revealing that the “Dream Team” will try their fortune in Tel Aviv, after a 10th place this year for Moldova. Philipp wrote in his post :

“DREAM TEAM” starts its May adventure from the highest point of the United States of America…! #DreamTeam

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Along with Dimitris and Philipp is Ilias Kokotos, who is always an integral part of the team, as he is the creative director of their projects.

A glorious Eurovision history for “Dream team”

The “Dream team” started their collaboration in 2007 with Belarus and Work Your Magic. In 2008 they worked again under the Ukrainian flag, with Shady Lady. In 2013 they represented Azerbaijan with Hold Me. The next year they represented Russia with Shine, while in 2016 they won with a big margin in the televote for Russia and You’re the Only One. This year they signed the Moldovan entry with DoReDos and My Lucky Day.

All their entries they worked together, were ranked in the top 10.

Do you think they will succeed with their first victory? Will it be for Russia, or for another country?

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19
September
2018

We’re opening our song submission for Eurovision 2019!

We’re opening our song submission for Eurovision 2019!

Today we can confirm our participation in the 64th Eurovision Song Contest held in Tel Aviv, Israel next May; by opening the public song submissions to find the UK’s entry.

As last year, all public entries will be shortlisted by a representative panel of official UK Eurovision Fan Club (OGAE UK) members. While entries are also being sought from leading professional songwriters, with guidance from songwriter, publisher and new Music Consultant for the BBC, Greig Watts.

A final shortlist of songs, from either route of entry, will be showcased to the UK public, who will have the chance to vote for their favourite in Eurovision: You Decide on BBC Two. More details about the show will be announced later this year!

Greig Watts says: “The Eurovision Song Contest just gets bigger and better and more exciting for me each year, and I’m sure Israel will deliver another amazing contest. I’m so happy to be involved this year for the UK; it really is a dream come true, and I’m looking forward to working with the team to get the strongest possible song and result we can for the UK, like we do on the world music stage. There’s no guaranteed song-writing formula for Eurovision as each year something different wins. I’m looking for melodic songs with impact for the arena as well as on TV. Songs that instantly hit you and never leave your brain!"

How to submit your song

To register your interest in representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, please email the title of your song and the name of your composer(s) to the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Within 72 hours of sending the email you will receive instructions on how to upload AN ENTRY to the BBC Eurovision portal. This should be MP3 only. Please do not attach your MP3 to the email. The following Terms and Conditions apply.

Terms and conditions

  • The song must adhere to the EBU competition rules
  • The song must not exceed three minute duration
  • The song must not have been publicly released before 1st September 2018; it should not have been performed in public or officially published on any media including but not limited to radio, TV and the Internet
  • The song cannot be a cover or sample another artist’s work
  • The song must be original with regards to songwriting and musical instrumentation
  • Composers and song writers may only submit one entry
  • The BBC reserves the right to use a performer of its choice for any song submitted for consideration
  • Employees of the BBC and EBU or their close relatives or anyone connected with the contest are not eligible to enter
  • The right is reserved to cancel the contest at any stage or amend any of the terms or details if necessary
  • The BBC, its sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any failure in the postal system, any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem which may result in an entry not properly registered
  • These terms are governed by the law of England and Wales
  • The closing date for submissions is Friday October 26th, 2018

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17
September
2018

Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Are You Team Nadav Or Team Netta?

Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Are You Team Nadav Or Team Netta?
http://archive.org/download/escinsight_20180917_news_580/escinsight_20180917_news_580.mp3

Although never promised an exact date, the EBU’s announcement of Tel Aviv and the dates of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest feel like they have arrived on schedule. Let’s talk about that, the media frenzy over other hosting issues, and the latest National Final news from Junior and Adult.

Eurovision Insight News Podcast: Are You Team Nadav Or Team Netta?

Your three minutes for Eurovision 2019 will be in Tel Aviv! Ewan covers the latest Song Contest action with host cities, show dates, and National Final news, in the latest Insight News podcast.

As we work through the first few months of the new season, keep listening to the ESC Insight podcast to stay up to date with Eurovision, Junior Eurovision, and all the National Finals. You’ll find the show in iTunes, and a direct RSS feed is also available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

Categories: ESC Insight

13
September
2018

EBU Confirms Eurovision Grand Final Will Be In Tel Aviv On May 18

EBU Confirms Eurovision Grand Final Will Be In Tel Aviv On May 18

The announcement came from the EBU this morning:

Israel’s second largest, and self-defined “non-stop”, city is hosting the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time. It will stage the event at the Expo Tel Aviv (International Convention Centre).

The Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Finals will take place in Tel Aviv on the 14 and 16 of May, with the Grand Final on 18 May.

Tickets are expected to go on public sale by the end of the year – members of OGAE fan clubs should check with their individual committees regarding the OGAE Fan Packages and rules for eligibility.

Those planning to head out to the Contest will be looking at flight options, hotels, apartments, and lots of other details… but for now the question is really ‘Team Netta or Team Nadav?’. While ‘Toy’ will be everywhere as the song that brought the Song Contest back to Israel, I have a sneaky suspicion ‘Golden Boy’ is going to be everywhere

“Three minutes, bye-bye!”

Categories: ESC Insight

13
September
2018

Tel Aviv to host Eurovision Song Contest 2019

Tel Aviv to host Eurovision Song Contest 2019

Tel Aviv

Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. Those were the two cities to choose between as host for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. It’s now time to look into flights and accommodation as of today, we finally got to know next year’s host city.

Four large cities were invited by Israeli broadcaster KAN to submit an offer for hosting the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Haifi decided not to take part leaving it between Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Eliat. Two weeks ago, Eliat took back their offer.

In collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), broadcaster KAN now decided that it will be Tel Aviv to host the big event in May 2019.

When Netta won with the song Toy in May this year, she secured Israel their fourth Eurovision victory, but the country only hosted twice before. In 1979 and 1999, Jerusalem hosted the events. Following their 1979 win, the country declined to host the second year in a row. The Netherlands took over, and as the contest took place on Israel’s Day of Remembrance, they even withdrew from the contest.

About Tel Aviv

The city of Tel Aviv is beautifully located with a coast line to the Mediterranean Sea. It hosts Israel’s finance, technical and culture center. Including surrounding areas, close to two million people call Tel Aviv their home. Half a million inhabitants live in the city itself.

In 1948, when the state of Israel was declared, it took place in Tel Aviv, but contrary to Jesusalem, the city isn’t as religious and is considered the more modern of the two.

Dates

With today’s host city announcement also followed the dates. The two semi-finals will be held on the 14th and 16th of May, and the final Saturday the 18th of May 2019. The event will be held at EXPO Tel Aviv (International Convention Center).

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11
September
2018

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Castaways with Ross Middleton

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Castaways with Ross Middleton
http://archive.org/download/escinsight_20180909_579_castawaysS2E4/escinsight_20180909_579_castawaysS2E4.mp3

It’s all about the joy of the Song Contest as the Île de Bezençon’s latest visitor, Ross Middleton, explains at the border checkpoint to Ellie Chalkley.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Eurovision Castaways with Ross Middleton

The shores of the beautiful Île de Bezençon welcome friend of the parish and the man behind Pif Paf Blog, Ross Middleton. Will he get his eight chosen Eurovision songs past the strict customs procedure of Ellie Chalkley? Or will they just go on tangents about secret Eurovision Scottishness, Estonian body language, and embracing the absurdity of it all? I think you can guess.

As we work through the first few months of the new season, keep listening to the ESC Insight podcast to stay up to date with Eurovision, Junior Eurovision, and all the National Finals. You’ll find the show in iTunes, and a direct RSS feed is also available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

Categories: ESC Insight

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