Eurovision

From Cyprus to Azerbaijan. Semi Finals Running Order Revealed.

From Cyprus to Azerbaijan. Semi Finals Running Order Revealed.

 It’s official. The running order of each of the semi finals is now revealed. Cyprus got the honor of opening the first semi final while Azerbaijan will conclude the second semi final.   The running order is determined by the  producers of the show, and is approved by the Executive Supervisor and the Chair of the Reference Group. 

EUROHACK: Europe, welcome to the startup nation!

EUROHACK: Europe, welcome to the startup nation!

For the first time, Israel is calling all developers and startups to develop new ways to access and enjoy the Eurovision song Contest as well as other live broadcasts. The best solutions will be considered for a pilot by KAN and the European Broadcasting Union - and can enter every European household! 

Small town boy and polls favorite is keeping his expectations low

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Duncan Laurence, as you may know, is currently the favorite to win this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. At least according to the polls. Though still early in the game, this time a year ago the polls predicted israel to win the trophy.

Representing his homeland, The Netherlands, Duncan is  in Israel to shoot his postcard, the 40 seconds piece aired before each song.  

In an interview to Israeli host broadcaster, KAN, Duncan is talking about his entry and his rise to fame, from a small town boy who participated at the Dutch version of The Voice, to a big Arcade and this year’s favorite to win in Tel Aviv.  While being aware of and flattered by his chances to win, Duncan is trying to keep the expectations low, and for now talk about the powerful and global message of the song.  

Take a look at the interview to KAN (HE / ENG).  

Meanwhile, Dutch broadcaster has already declared it is ready to host 2020! So will the polls get it right again, similar to 2018, when Netta and Toy were the favorites to win from the moment Toy was released (until Cyprus came out of nowhere in the final days before the Final), or will another favorite rise within the next couple of weeks?

This is very strange, very strange. When Lior met Jan Ola

This is very strange, very strange. When Lior met Jan Ola

World renowned mentalist, and Israeli native, Lior Suchard is taking part at the Eurovision Song Contest in May. The news was officially announced earlier this week. While Suchard originally auditioned to be one of the hosts of the show back in October 2018, he didn’t get the job. But the producers of the show still wanted him to be a part of it, and asked him "to create a special, crazy, magical, musical act" for the Grand Finale on May 18th. 

And just this morning,  KAN uploaded this video of when Lior met the Executive Supervisor of the show, EBU Jan Ola Sand.  

Take a look!

As expected, Ukraine is out, won’t compete in TLV

Ukrainian broadcaster, following Maruv's withdrawal, has failed to to find a replacement entrant for Tel Aviv. Moments ago, as we sadly expected earlier this week, they have released the following statement where they officially announce that they would not take part in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. 

"The Eurovision Song Contest is an opportunity for every country to showcase itself in an international area, and for each performer to act as an ambassador of their country and win fans from around the world. But the national selection this year has drawn attention to a systemic problem with the music industry in Ukraine – the connection of artists with an aggressor state with whom we are in the fifth year of military conflict. Whilst for some, these links are acceptable, for others it causes indignation and unacceptance. Given the current sitation, and following Ukrainian law on public broadcasting, as well as conditions of excessive politicization of the national selection process, UA:PBC has decided to withdraw from the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest."

 The European Broadcasting Union has released the following statement: 

“Each participating broadcaster is responsible for the selection of their act for the Eurovision Song Contest in accordance to the rules set out by the European Broadcasting Union. It is with sadness that the EBU can confirm that Ukraine’s broadcasterUA:PBC has informed the EBU that, following further discussions, theyhave made the difficult decision to withdraw from the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. There will be further discussions between the EBU and UA:PBC on this matter but we hope to see them again in 2020. However, for now, welook forward to what is already shaping up to be a fantastic event in Tel Aviv in May.”

 How will the EBU deal with this situation is yet to be known, but most likely, Ukraine will be fined for their last minute withdrawal (three months after the participation deadline). We here at escglobe.com use this opportunity to remind our readers that our site is apolitical. We do however call all participating countries to put politics aside and celebrate Eurovision. This is why Eurovision was created! We hope to see Ukraine back in the competition next year, and we will sure miss them in Tel Aviv.

 

Fan tickets already on sale. Public sales to start any day now. Stay tuned.

Fan tickets already on sale. Public sales to start any day now. Stay tuned.

The 2019 organizers have finally released information on the tickets for the live shows and rehearsals!  Tickets for fans who are part of the OGAE international club have already received a link to purchase their tickets. The public sale itself is supposed to start any day now.

NYC: St. Patrick's Day with Ryan!

NYC: St. Patrick's Day with Ryan!

EurovisoNYC and NYC Gay Craft Beer Lovers proudly present the New York City arrival of Ireland's 2018 Eurovision representative! - RYAN O'SHAUGHNESSY, with special guest Tim Haufe and DJ sets by Mike Magnus. Feel the beat of the songs of Eurovision, sing along to Irish classics, and discover Ryan's catalog.  NON-STOP music all afternoon long.

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.