Sweden kicks off its road to TLV with a tribute to Israel. And it's stunning.

Sweden kicks off its road to TLV with a tribute to Israel. And it's stunning.

It's not a proper Eurovision season without six weeks of the most watched national selection in Europe (and Australia). We are obviously talking about Sweden's Melodifestivalen show produced by broadcaster SVT. The road to Tel Aviv kicked off last night in Gothenburg with the first seven acts biding to wave the Swedish flag in Tel Aviv. But for many fans, the real stars of the night were the hosts who stole the show during the interval act with a stunning tribute to host country Israel and its four Eurovision winners.

It's Official: 42 Countries Will Compete in Tel Aviv!

It's Official: 42 Countries Will Compete in Tel Aviv!

42! The EBU confirmed today, that 42 countries would be making their way to Tel Aviv next May for the 64th Eurovision Song Contest. Though many were hoping that 2019 would bring a new record number of participants (with rumors of Kazakhstan potentially joining the contest), 42 is still a beautiful number, it is after all, according to Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, “the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything”.

Eurovision winner "Toy" accused of plagiarism

Writers of the summer hit and Eurovision winner "Toy" have received a warning letter from Universal Music Group over the alleged similarity between the hit song and White Stripes' "Deven Nation Army." Accordion to a report by Israeli Keshet TV, Doron Medalie and Stav Beger, the writers and composers of the song, received a letter two weeks ago from Universal claiming copyright infringement.

We couldn’t really find any resemblance, but what do you think? Check out the video below with audio examples of both songs.

Ofer Menahem, Barzilai’s manager, said in response: “No legal claim was received, only a preliminary clarification letter on the matter.” Doron Medalie told Israeli paper, Haaretz that he cannot respond because of the legal nature of the matter.

According to Eurovision rules defined by the EBU, participating songs need to be original and if the claim turns to be ruled against Barzilai, it could theoretically disqualify "Toy" from the contest and therefore also disqualify Israel from hosting the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest.

Having said that, the EBU responded to the alleged accusation saying it is paying no heed to these reports of copyright accusations. The EBU told Israeli The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that it considers the plagiarism accusations "baseless rumors."

Universal is one of four world's largest music contributions. "Toy" was distributed in the United States in late May after the musical label Sony BMB signed a contract with the Israeli company Teddy Production. Only time will tell if this warning will lead to an official legal claim.

It’s official: ISRAEL 2019 !

It’s official: ISRAEL 2019 !

After several weeks of rumors, “breaking news”, as well as some fake news and sensationalized reports, the EBU, the European Broadcasting Union, has officially confirmed today that Israel would host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. The official planning of the event under KAN, the Israeli host broadcaster, kicked off today during the KAN visit to the EBU headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.