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Report: Decision on Coronavirus impact on Eurovision 2020 not expected until mid-April

According to local press in the Netherlands, a decision on any potential impacts on Eurovision 2020 of the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic affecting many territories and regions of the globe is not expected until closer to the competition. NLTimes, an English-language news website focusing on Dutch affairs and the Netherlands, reported earlier today that a decision is not expected to …

Sweden: Thorsten Flinck removed from Melfest line-up

The Swedish national broadcaster SVT, who organise the national selection show Melodifestivalen annually, have confirmed this morning that Thorsten Flinck will no longer be part of the second semi-final of the competition. The performer was due to sing the Thomas G:son entry “Miraklernas tid” in this Saturday’s semi-final in Gothenburg, but has been removed from the line-up after he was …

National finals and the dark side of the Eurofanbase

Disclaimer: This editorial is written from the opinion of the author and does not necessarily represent the views of ESC United, its staff or anyone associated with Eurovision. Last weekend, the national final of Albania, the long-running Festivali i Këngës, took place to decide the Albanian selection for Rotterdam. It was the young, impressive vocalist Arilena Ara who wowed the …

Germany: Aly Ryan slams NDR for “rigged” selection in 2019

[AdSense-B] The comments below show the personal opinion of Aly Ryan and do not necessarily represent those of ESC United, any of its editors or anyone related to the EBU and Eurovision. Aly Ryan, one of the performers in the German national selection for Eurovision 2019, has hit out at the German broadcaster responsible for the contest and claimed that …

Finnish Eurovision Fans Call on Yle to Change Approach to Entries

[AdSense-B] The dust has settled, and fans of nations that did not qualify from Semi-Final 1 have had a chance to process the results and assess what went wrong (or why fans did not react favorably if the performances went right). And for Finnish fan Tony Latva, the blame for Finland’s non-qualification lies squarely on Finnish broadcaster Yleisradio Oy’s (Yle) …

Ukraine have withdrawn from Eurovision 2019

[AdSense-B] Following the furore surrounding Maruv’s rejection of the contract imposed by UA:PBC on her to participate in Eurovision 2019, and with the three entrants behind her in the national selection (Freedom Jazz, Kazka and Brunettes Shoot Blondes) turning down the offer to represent the country in Tel Aviv, the national broadcaster has announced it will withdraw from this year’s …

New plagiarism accusation in Iceland? Friðrik Ómar vs Rihanna

[AdSense-B] Eagle eyed Eurovision fans and some local press in Iceland have picked up on a striking similarity between Friðrik Ómar entry for Söngvakeppnin 2019, “Hvað ef ég get ekki elskað?”, and a single from Rihanna’s last album. The Icelandic entry has some startling similarities to the track “Love on the Brain”, from Rihanna’s 2016 album “Anti”, including a near-identical chord …

Israel: Shalva withdraws, Icelandic Eurovision contestant slammed for anti-Semitic remarks

[AdSense-B] Iceland’s representative for Eurovision 1997, Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson, caused controversy yesterday when he made remarks considered to be anti-Semitic in an interview with radio station Rás 1. A leading voice in Iceland in the boycott of Iceland’s participation in Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel, Hjálmtýsson, who performed as Paul Oscar with 20th placed “Minn histi dans” in 1997, made comments that …

Israeli Culture Minister writes to EBU to reconsider rehearsal times

[AdSense-B] Israel’s Sport and Culture Minister Miri Regev wrote to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) today asking that they reconsider the rehearsal time line before the Grand Final, so that Israel’s potential contestants could both participate in and observe Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest, at the same time. Per EBU rules, the final rehearsal before the Grand Final must …

French representative Bilal Hassani files suit in court to stop death threats

[AdSense-B] According to an interview with La Parisien this morning, Bilal Hassani’s attorney Étienne Deshoulières filed a suit on the Destination Eurovision winner’s behalf this morning for “insults, incitement to hatred and violence and homophobic threats.” The 19-year-old Parisian singer of Moroccan heritage is, unfortunately, no stranger to negative and hateful comments regarding his sexuality, appearance and Islamic family before, though Deshoulières …

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