30
November
2018

Six acts, three songs, You Decide returns in 2019!

Six acts, three songs, You Decide returns in 2019!

Today we can reveal exciting changes for our song selection show as a brand new location and format details are revealed for Eurovision: You Decide. Presented by Mel Giedroyc and Måns Zelmerlöw, BBC Music’s Eurovision: You Decide will be broadcast live from MediaCity UK in Salford as the show comes to the North West of England for the very first time.

As well as a new home, there are also exciting format changes coming too, as from the hundreds of songs that have been submitted, three will be performed on the night by six different artists. The six acts will compete for the honour of representing the United Kingdom at the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

In the exciting new format, each of the three songs will be performed in two musically different ways, by two different acts. There will be three rounds of 'song-offs', with six acts performing in total. Mel Balac, Creative Director for Entertainment BBC Studios and Executive Producer of Eurovision: You Decide said: “This year the three songs presented to the United Kingdom have been selected with the help of an international jury. Our exciting “euro-version” format will give fans the chance to compare and contrast these fantastic songs in a fresh, new way and deliver the United Kingdom the artist it deserves to fly the flag out in Tel Aviv in May.”

Kate Phillips, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC said: “Forget about a sing-off, next year it’s all about the song-off as we once again try to marry a great singer with a great song, one which could finally get us on the left hand side of the leader board. We may be leaving the EU but we are still determined to win Eurovision again one day!”

As well as soon to be announced guest acts. BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce will be broadcasting his show live from Salford on the morning of the show.

Eurovision: You Decide (1x90) will be broadcast on BBC Two in February 2019, as part of BBC Music’s programming on the channel.

The Executive Producer for BBC Studios is Mel Balac and the Series Producer is Lee Smithurst.

Eurovision 2019: The Executive Producer for BBC Studios will be UK Head of Delegation, Andrew Cartmell and the Series Producer will be Lee Smithurst.The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown. The contest will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel and the Grand Final will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC Radio 2, with the semi-finals being broadcast on BBC Four.

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29
November
2018

Dare To Dream – but what do we dream about for Eurovision 2019?

Dare To Dream – but what do we dream about for Eurovision 2019?

Dreams

With the slogan “Dare To Dream” being announced, we did just that; dared to dream about the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Can Israel make our dreams come true, or will they remain a dream?

We all have dreams. Some are easy to fulfill, while others are less likely to come true. Host broadcaster KAN and the European Broadcasting Union revealed the slogan “Dare To Dream” for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, which made us wonder: What do we actually dream about for next year’s contest? We asked four team members from each their country about their Eurovision dreams.

Charlotte, Denmark:

I dream about a winning song, which will unite instead of divide. A good song which people won’t vote for because of a gimmick, a political message or anything else than just because it honestly is the best song. Of course we all have different taste, but when Netta won the 2018 contest, I don’t think she won due to so many objectively thinking it was the best song. She was different, and proud of it. Many voted for her self-confidence, others for her little chicken act, no matter if they found it bizarre or refreshing, and some even did so as a protest against the contest.

For the 2019 contest, I hope we’ll see a winner who wins because it simply is one of the best songs in the contest. And no dog or cat sounds on stage, please!

Ashleigh, United Kingdom:

I dream about the United Kingdom sending a song that the whole country gets behind.

This year, the UK was gripped with World Cup fever. We started out with little hope that we would do well with such a new and inexperienced team, but suddenly we started scoring goals and winning games. There was a buzz in the whole country and everyone was excited and believed we could win. Despite losing our semi-final, the country was still proud of what we had achieved and have the belief that we will come back stronger at the next tournament.

It has been so long since the UK sent an entry that the country has been excited about, one we believed in. To finish the competition with a respectable score, whether in the end we win or not.

Panagiotis Naris, Greece:

I dream of a Greek comeback. My country used to do very well in the contest, especially after 2000. I really hope that our broadcaster ERT, goes for something really big and unique next year. Eurovision is like a party here in Greece. Greeks absolutely love the contest. Back in 2016, when Argo didn’t make it to the final, the ratings went crazy. 50% of the viewers tuned to their screens. The same thing happened this year with Yianna’s Terzi Greek “drama”.

So, ERT needs to understand that people here enjoy the show, and finally focus more to that TV programme. I want to see a really well organised national final which will help us find a very strong song. I want Greece back on track.

Josef Štaif, Czech Republic:

When Czech Republic first reached the final, and after that a TOP 10 result this year, we were really happy. It proved that no matter where you are from, and the size of your country, everybody can succeed. My biggest dream for Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv is to choose a good song once again, make it to the final and reach even higher. A little bit egoistic, but for Czech Republic it is very important to make the image of Eurovision at least a little bit better.

On a broader term, I hope to have again a year without controversies, but I am afraid it won’t happen with Israel as host. I “Dare to Dream“ of a Eurovision Song Contest where there are no threats, no problems and only the best entries, even from the small participating countries.

What do you dream about for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest?

What do you dream about for Eurovision 2019?

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27
November
2018

Melodifestivalen 2019 – All 28 acts revealed

Melodifestivalen 2019 – All 28 acts revealed

Anna Bergendahl

Anna Bergendahl, Martin Stenmarck and Arvingarna are among the 28 acts who will compete to represent Sweden at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. From the 2nd of February to the 9th of March, Sweden will run its big Melodifestivalen selection.

Contents

  • 1 Heat 1 – Gothenburg the 2nd of February
  • 2 Heat 2 – Malmö the 9th of February
  • 3 Heat 3 – Leksand the 16th of February
  • 4 Heat 4 – Lidköping the 23rd of February
After months of speculations, the 28 acts for Melodifestivalen 2019 has finally been confirmed. As usual, the line-up include some familiar faces, but also talented new comers. The age spread is quite big as well, from the 15 year old Malou Prytz and Bishara to 86 year old Jan Malmsjö.

Who has what it takes to win the national selection and later bring home a good result from Tel Aviv, Israel in May next year? We’ll have to wait to hear the songs, but with the line-up now known, early bets have already started.

The 28 songs taking part in Melodifestivalen 2019 were selected from approximately 2300 submitted.

Heat 1 – Gothenburg the 2nd of February

  • Ashes to Ashes – Anna Bergendahl
  • Chasing Rivers – Nano
  • Hello – Mohombi
  • Mina bränder – Zeana feat. Anis Don Demina
  • Mina fyra årstider – Arja Saijonmaa
  • No Drama – High15
  • Not With Me – Wiktoria

Heat 2 – Malmö the 9th of February

  • Army of Us – Andreas Johnson
  • Hold You – Hanna Ferm & LIAMOO
  • I Do Me – Malou Prytz
  • I Love It – Oscar Enestad
  • Leva livet – Jan Malmsjö
  • Nakna i regnet – Vlad Reiser
  • Tempo – Margaret

Heat 3 – Leksand the 16th of February

  • Habibi – Dolly Style
  • Låt skiten brinna – Martin Stenmarck
  • Norrsken – Jon Henrik Fjällgren
  • Om igen – Omar
  • Somebody Wants – The Lovers of Valdaro
  • Victorious – Lina Hedlund
  • Who Am I – Rebecka Karlsson

Heat 4 – Lidköping the 23rd of February

  •  I Do – Arvingarna
  • Känner dig – Anton Hagman
  • Kärleken finns kvar – Ann-Louise Hansson
  • On My Own – Bishara
  • Stormbringer – Pagan Fury
  • Too Late For Love – John Lundvik
  • Torn – Lisa Ajax

After each heat, three acts will leave the competition, while two will qualify directly to the final and another two will get a second chance. The Second Chance heat will be held in Nyköping on the 2nd of March. The final is held in the Swedish capital Stockholm on the 9th of March.

The winner of Melodifestivalen will represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest. This year, Benjamin Ingrosso carried out that honour. With the song Dance You Off, he brought home a 7th place. In the video below, you can watch him perform that song at the Euro Village in Lisbon, Portugal:

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26
November
2018

Eurovision Insight Podcast: The Final News From Minsk, Monday 26th November

Eurovision Insight Podcast: The Final News From Minsk, Monday 26th November
http://archive.org/download/escinsight_20181126_daily_598/escinsight_20181126_daily_598.mp3

Twenty songs… More than twenty stories… points… votes… implications…. complications… tension… excitement… and a very tired Ola Melzig. Junior Eurovision 2018 had it all. As we leave Minsk, let’s look back on a great Contest.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: The Final News From Minsk, Monday 26th November

That was the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. But before we all board our flights and head around the world to go home, let’s looks back with Ewan Spence, Sharleen Wright, Ben Robertson, and Richard Taylor.

As Junior Eurovision draws to a close, remember to stay up to date with all the Eurovision news by subscribing to the ESC Insight podcast. 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

26
November
2018

The Winner Of The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018…

The Winner Of The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018…

A record twenty participants gave the performance of their lives over the last two nights, but only one could claim the title!

After each countrys’ jury declaring their votes from 1 to 12 points, and the release of the combined public vote made by the official app, the 2018 Junior Eurovision Champion is Roksana from Poland.  The entry won the contest with an amazing final result of 215 points.

Rounding out this year’s medal podium are France for Silver and Australia with the Bronze.

Let the celebrations begin in Warsaw – congratulations to Poland!

Now we just await news of where we shall be heading for Junior Eurovision in 2019.  Stay tuned to ESC Insight for all the details once released.

Categories: ESC Insight

25
November
2018

Junior Eurovision 2018: And the winner is…!

Junior Eurovision 2018: And the winner is…!

A record twenty participants gave the performance of their lives over the last two nights, but only one could claim the title!

After each countrys’ jury declaring their votes from 1 to 12 points, and the release of the combined public vote made by the official app, the 2018 Junior Eurovision Champion is Roksana from Poland.  The entry won the contest with an amazing final result of 215 points.

Rounding out this year’s medal podium are France for Silver and Australia with the Bronze.

Let the celebrations begin in Warsaw – congratulations to Poland!

Now we just await news of where we shall be heading for Junior Eurovision in 2019.  Stay tuned to ESC Insight for all the details once released.

Categories: ESC Insight

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