Serbia has chosen a new strategy when it comes to selecting their act for the Eurovision Song Contest. Broadcaster RTS has announced a public anonymous competition for the selection of a composition that will represent Serbia in the most watched world music competition.
Applications are open until the 20th of October 20. Even though there will be a televised show next year, it will still be the broadcaster that makes the call on who gets to sing for Serbia at the contest.
In recent years Serbia made a partially or fully internal selection. But after Tijana Bogićević (pictured above) did not make it to the final with her song ‘In Too Deep’, there is now a change of plans.
Artist must have Serbian nationality
Even though composers from all over the world are allowed to apply a song to the Serbian selection, the performing artist must have the Serbian nationality. The song also must be song in Serbian or another national language in the Balkan nation, which could be Hungarian, Bosnian, Slovakian, Croatian, Albanian or Romanian.
After the 20th of October an RTS selection committee will narrow down all composed songs to a list of maximum ten songs. These songs will be performed live in a show broadcast by RTS, but it is not a national final as we are all used. After that show a jury will pick which song will represent Serbia in Lisbon for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
The EBU has confirmed that there will be a Eurovision Asia Contest. It is the Asia-Pacific version of the most spectacular television entertainment event in the world; the Eurovision Song Contest. The format is currently in development and today saw the launch of the official website EurovisionAsia.tv.
In recent years, Australia’s Head of Delegation Paul Clarke talked to ESC Daily a couple of times about the plans for an Asia-Pacific version of the contest.
The EBU’s production partners are working together to establish the Eurovision format in the Asia-Pacific region, bringing together up to 20 countries to compete in one extraordinary live annual Grand Final. Eurovision is finally coming to Asia.
Denmark will have a national final of DMGP 2018 on the 10th of February in the city of Aalborg. The show will once again be hosted by Annette Heick og Johannes Nymark, broadcaster DR announced. Some other things will change however.
“I think we can win a lot by looking at the contributions as whole products. We should not first select songs, so find artists and then add a trampoline. We have to think about the whole process and look at the whole package from the start,” says Mads Enggaard. He is a trained singer from the Rhythmic Music Conservatory and has for ten years worked in the television industry, primarily on music programs like the Top of the Doll and X Factor. Now he is in charge of Eurovision in Denmark as well.
Songs for DMGP 2018 can still be submitted to broadcaster DR until the 15th of September of this year. Last year Denmark was represented by Anja Nissen from Australia, who made it to the final after the Nordic country missed out on taking part in the show on Saturday in the years before.
Georgia’s public broadcaster GPB will host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest at the modern 4,000-seat Olympic Palace in Tbilisi. This means there will be a different venue for the contest than previously announced.
The Olympic Palace was considered more suitable than the previously announced Sports Palace for its numerous facilities for delegations, media and fans.
Earlier this week, the EBU announced that 16 countries, including Australia, will take part at the event, showcasing talented artists aged 9-14. The show will take place on Sunday, 26 November 2017 16:00-18:00 CET.
In a brand new change to the voting system of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, audience online voting will be available this year and will initially open from Friday the 24th of November to Sunday the 26th of November, the day of the final in Tbilisi.
Viewers who would like to vote will be required to watch a recap of all songs, before entering the voting platform on the JESC official website. After this, voters will also have the option to watch longer 1-minute clips from each participant’s rehearsal. This first round of voting will stop on Sunday the 26th of November at 15:59 CET, one minute before the broadcast of the show.
During the live show, online voting will start again after the last performance and will be open for 15 minutes. The final audience result will be a combination of both pre-show and live voting rounds, accounting for 50% of the total vote.
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Head of Live Events and Executive Supervisor of the JESC, explains: “We are thrilled to be celebrating 15 editions of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Throughout the Contest’s history we have seen some incredibly talented children perform, some of whom are now successful artists in their own right. The new voting system is an exciting new addition that will allow millions of viewers to take part in the show once again.”
After winning the Eurovision Song Contest in May of this year, Portugal will also take part at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in November.
Portugal will return to the Junior stage after a 10 year absence, having last competed in 2007. They will join past winners Armenia, Belarus, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine in the Georgian capital along with other 2016 participants Albania, Australia, Cyprus, FYR Macedonia, Ireland, Poland and Serbia. Completing the 16-strong line up will be host country Georgia, who triumphed at last year’s Contest in Malta.
ESCDaily.com will also be at the scene, giving you the latest news and in-deprh coverage of the contest, with our usual extra special focus on Australia!