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22
June
2017

France: First plans for national final revealed

France: First plans for national final revealed

French broadcaster France 2 has released the first information for their plans for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. France will return to a national final format.

Right after Eurovision 2017, where France got a 12th place with Alma, the rumour went around that France was not going to have an internal selection the next year. There seem to be some big plans for a huge national final, in the style of Melodifestivalen with preselection rounds in several cities. If that will indeed be the case is still unsure, but there will indeed be a public selection, as confirmed in this video below:

Interested participants can apply on the website of the French broadcaster. Their songs have to be in French for 70%.

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15
June
2017

Several venues and dates proposed at the Reference Group meeting

Several venues and dates proposed at the Reference Group meeting

Representatives from Portuguese broadcaster RTP met with the Reference Group to discuss the most initial plans for holding the Eurovision 2018 in Portugal. Several venues and dates were proposed. However, no final decisions have been made public yet.

The meeting took place at the EBU’s headquarters in Geneva. Starting the meeting with a review of the 2017 competition, RTP discussed a few important topics with the Reference Group. Portuguese delegation has proposed several venues for hosting the contest. Probably in Lisbon, as RTP first confirmed Lisbon as the host city but later stated more vaguely that multiple locations are still in the race.

“The next key milestone will be the selection of a venue, which meets the requirements for hosting the Eurovision Song Contest,” added Jon Ola Sand on this regard. Many people have been expecting that the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in the MEO Arena (pictured in the left), as the Director General of RTP, Nuno Artur Silva, had earlier expressed the venue in Lisbon as a likely one to host the contest.

Also, it was mentioned that the preliminary dates for the next year’s contest will be announced in the upcoming weeks. It currently looks like the contest will most likely take place on the 8th, 10th and 12th of May, about which team ESCDaily has explained earlier in this article.

Cristina Tomé, Chief Finance Officer at RTP added “When we return to Portugal we will finalise the venue and Host City selection including the dates of the 2018 contest. After this it’s time to develop the slogan and artwork. This is more than just Eurovision, this is a huge event”. RTP also referred to fans encouraging them to join them in Portugal. “You have to come to Portugal, enjoy the country and enjoy the contest. We will have sunshine for you!”

Check out the video from the Reference Group meeting:

Salvador Sobral ‘s Eurovision victory

During the meeting Carla Bugalho Trindade, Portugal’s Head of Delegation at the Eurovision Song Contest touched upon Salvador Sobral’s victory in Kiev. “We won for the first time, it was a wonderful experience to finally hear ‘Portugal 12 points’. But we did not expect to win, the main goal was to qualify for the final. When we won, it could not have been better. Everyone stood still to watch the TV, everyone wanted to see Salvador win.”

Cristina Tomé, Chief Finance Officer at RTP added. “We were really happy, we were expecting this for more than 50 years. It was good for our country and for us at RTP”. Cristina also added that right after the victory along with celebration they got to work right away. “I sent messages to my colleagues, read the documentation given to us by Jon Ola Sand at the winning press conference and we then began to set up the core team”.

Regarding to the first Reference Group meeting, Jon Ola Sand said that “representatives from the team in Ukraine handed over valuable knowledge to colleagues from Portugal. The Eurovision Song Contest is a huge event to organize and the work starts the minute a country wins”.

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08
June
2017

Bulgaria: Future Eurovision participation in jeopardy

Bulgaria: Future Eurovision participation in jeopardy

It is not sure whether Bulgaria is able to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest and Junior Eurovision Song Contest in the near future. The state broadcaster BNT has published their uncertainty on Twitter this Thursday morning.

The Bulgarian national broadcaster is currently in the process of electing a new Director General, due to which they announced that their participations in Junior Eurovision 2017 and Eurovision 2018 are in question.

Due to the election of a new Director-General of BNT and a new board in August, the confirmation for #JESC2017 is no longer in place.

— BNT Eurovision BG (@bg_eurovision) 7 juni 2017

The very same applies to #Eurovision as well. All plans for participation will be assessed once again by the new executive body. https://t.co/UpTzdjts8I

— BNT Eurovision BG (@bg_eurovision) 7 juni 2017

BNT is withdrawing their previously confirmed Junior Eurovision participation, for the upcoming contest in Georgia. Their participation in the contest in Lisbon 2018 is also uncertain, but there are still many months to go before they have to confirm their participation.

In their previous eleven participations in the Eurovision Song Contest, Bulgaria reached the final only three times, but every time ended in the top 5. The last two editions they got a fourth place with Poli Genova and a second place with Kristian Kostov.

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03
June
2017

Eurovision 2018: Reference Group discusses consequences for Russia and Ukraine

Eurovision 2018: Reference Group discusses consequences for Russia and Ukraine

During the next meeting of the Reference Group for the Eurovision Song Contest on the 12th of June, the members of the Reference Group will discuss the consequences for Russia and Ukraine. They will talk about the imposed entry ban for the selected Russian artist Julia Samoylova, after which the Russian state television withdrew its ESC participation.

Frank-Dieter Freiling, president of the Reference Group, gave an interview to the official Eurovision website in Germany about the issue. You can read the most important passage here, in which he states that consequences for both nations will be discussed on June 12th:

Interview with Frank-Dieter Freiling

As a strong moment, to damage the just past ESC from the image, there was the withdrawal of Russia. Would not Ukraine have acted more generously to allow the singer Julia Samoylova to enter Kiev?

Freiling: There was a propaganda campaign from both sides – and the Ukrainian side, especially the government and its security authorities, has managed to maneuver into a media trap of the Russian side. In the end, the Ukrainian broadcaster had to decide: against its own population or against international partners. In the Ukrainian population the non-assignment of a visa to the Russian candidate was also popular.

The EBU, including the ESC Reference Group, could not shake it?

Freiling: We did this – and we also threatened sanctions. But the hosting broadcaster had in the end no way to get past the political institutions – president and security authorities.

But was not the agreement concluded by the EBU with the Ukrainian ESC leaders soon after Jamala’s victory in Stockholm, that all delegations had to be given free escort?

Freiling: Well, that was in the contracts, so it is always – artists, journalists, fans must enter. But the laws of Ukraine were finally opposed.

They already spoke in front of the ESC in Kiev, that both countries or the ESC stations of Ukraine and Russia are punished…

Freiling: …we do not punish transmitters, but their misconduct. And this will also be the case here.

However, ESC officials are happy to announce penalties for misconduct, but then almost nothing follows. There were cases in Spain, there was and is the political conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Freiling: … and in each case very high fines were imposed. The Ukrainian ESC host is clearly breaking the contracts, and we will discuss this at the next meeting of the Reference Group on June 12th.

Will Ukraine and Russia have to stay away from the ESC?

Freiling: All that is the result of the deliberations, I can tell you after our meeting, but these incidents will not be without consequences.

While Ukraine is a huge country, it hardly seemed capable of organizing an ESC without conflict. Would the EBU not have to interfere more strongly in the preparations for a Eurovision Festival?

Freiling: First of all, it was an extraordinary situation that the Ukrainian host was a state. Usually we have to do, not with states, but with transmitters, on the other side of the official gestures at the opening of an ESC. That was different in the Ukraine, and the ESC is not doing well. But you are right, yes, this will be a consequence of this ESC: that the EBU will be more involved in preparing an ESC.

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02
June
2017

Aftermath 2017 (14): Portugal goes crazy for first victory

Aftermath 2017 (14): Portugal goes crazy for first victory

In the final article of our series The Aftermath, we look back at Portugal’s first ever win at the Eurovision Song Contest. Salvador Sobral was welcomed home as a hero in Portugal, as thousands gathered in Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado Airport to greet the victorious team.

Salvador Sobral’s victory in Kiev was not just another Eurovision Song Contest win. Portugal debuted in the contest in 1964 and in more than 50 years the country had never reached the Top 5, achieving their best placing in 1996 when Lúcia Moniz ranked 6th with ‘O Meu Coração Não Tem Cor’.

With their 49th entry, ‘Amar Pelos Dois’, the country achieved what had never been done before, not only finishing in the Top 5 for the first time ever and winning the competition by a landslide, setting a new record for points along the way.

The Aftermath

After returning in Lisbon, the host city for the 2018 contest, Salvador received a hero’s welcome. When asked about the reception in the press conference after his victory, he replied: “Me the national hero of my country? I want to live a peaceful life, maybe there will be some fuss at the beginning, but if I thought of myself as a hero of Portugal it would be a bit weird.”

#Eurovision onboard! Thank you, Luísa & Salvador for a great pride! Thank you, #cabincrew for taking care of our winners. #Salvadorable 🏆🇵🇹 pic.twitter.com/jqCUPUscWJ

— TAP Portugal (@taportugal) May 14, 2017

The winning songwriter, Luisa Sobral, who is none other than Salvador’s sister, was very touched upon their arrival in Portugal: “I couldn’t control myself and cried like a baby when I saw this sea of people. It is so good to see that art also moves people this way.”

Não me controlei e chorei como um bebé ao ver este mar de gente. É tão bom ver que a arte também move as pessoas desta maneira. Muito obrigada a todos os que nos foram receber, a todos os que torceram por nós, aos nossos colegas músicos que nos enviaram mensagens lindíssimas, e à RTP por ter sempre defendido a nossa canção com unhas e dentes. Agora sim vou poder dizer um dia ao meu filho: “Sabes que eu e o tio já ganhámos a Eurovisão?”

A post shared by Luisa Sobral (@luisasobral) on


She followed with a message of gratitude: “Thank you very much to all who came to greet us, to all those who cheered for us, to our fellow musicians who sent us beautiful messages, and to the Portuguese broadcaster, RTP, for always having defended our song tooth and nail.”

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01
June
2017

Aftermath 2017 (13): Kostov in tears after missing out on Bulgarian victory

Aftermath 2017 (13): Kostov in tears after missing out on Bulgarian victory

We are nearing the end of looking at the aftermath of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Today’s episode is about the best result ever for Bulgaria, with Kristian Kostov who got close to victory.

‘Beautiful Mess’ was the winner of the second semi final and the only favourite to draw a slot in the second half of the show. Almost closing it on Saturday, Bulgaria got close to victory. Very close.

The result is not just a reward for youngster Kristian Kostov, just 17 years old. It is also a reward for stage director Sacha Jean-Baptiste, who did some amazing work in recent years at the contest. And it proves that the new approach by the state broadcaster BNT is working like a charm. Great results at Junior Eurovision and a fourth and second place since their comeback in the adult contest!

The Aftermath

Still, Kristian wanted more than this. When it came to discussing his triumph with his local TV station TMSAND ITV, he couldn’t hold back the tears. He began the interview by playfully posing with the Bulgarian flag but mid-way through, he became very emotional, apologising to his country. He said: “I’m sorry I did not bring victory for Bulgaria not regret Salvador. Indeed, we had the best performance. We are not small, Bulgaria is not small, we are winners.”

When the first emotions got out of the way, Kristian turned out to be happy after all. He was welcomed home as a hero following his appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest. While he might be disappointed he narrowly missed out on the top spot, Kristian has been signed by Virginia Records – and his latest Instagram shows him looking rather happy.

Thank you for such an honor!!!!! 2nd place!!! I am so happy! That's incredible!!! And that's absolutely #beautifulmess 😆⭐️🏆♥️ #eurovision2017 #ESC2017 #CelebrateDiversity

Een bericht gedeeld door Kristian Kostov (@kristian_kostov_official) op

The broadcaster BNT is already thinking about 2018 and how to get the win in Lisbon. Totally transparant, they explained that they would love to do a public selection through a national final, but the funding and lack of big names willing to take part is a problem. Thus, BNT will stick to their current gameplan and pick an artist internally for the contest next year.

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