ITALY – Sanremo Giovani starts on Monday 17 December. 24 young singer challenge for 2 tickets to the main Italian Song Festival 2019. Four episodes of “Ecco Sanremo Giovani” will be broadcast by Rai1 and Rai Radio 2 from 17 to 20 December from 17:45 to 18:40.
LITHUANIA – Performer Tomas Sinickis calls the victory in the national Lithuanian Eurovision selection just a formality and says he takes part in the competition because finally Lithuania should win it.
“It is necessary to finally win it, and if Lithuania wants to win, no doubts Lithuania should send us. If you want to reach the same result you can send someone else”, he said at LRT show “Labas rytas, Lietuva”.
UNITED KINGDOM – Former Eurovision Song Contest winner Jay Aston and current member of The Fizz reveals to national media her thoughts on why the UK will never win again: “I’m not sure we can win again, I think it would be miraculous if the UK could win. We have sent some good things over and we’ve always come in the bottom five.”
ROMANIA – First semifinal of Selecţia Naţională Eurovision Song Contest (SNESC) will be held in the city of Arad.
ALBANIA – Backing choir for Albanian Festivali i Këngës 57 has been revealed: Ambra Devolli, Marina Kurti, Bledi Polena and Xhoni Jesku.
SPAIN – Songs to be performed in the Gala Final of OT 2018 are known. Public voting in the 2nd round will choose the winner of the show.
Natalia – “Never Enough” (The Greatest Showman)
Famous – “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” (Dreamgirls)
Alba Reche – “Creep” (Radiohead)
Sabela – “Tris-tras” (Marful)
Julia – “Déjame Ser” (Manuel Carrasco)
As the result of the televoting, three best acts will proceed to the 2nd round, where they will perform their song from Gala 0:
Natalia – “Crazy” (Gnarls Barkley)
Famous – “Faith” (Stevie Wonder & Ariana Grande)
Alba Reche – “Dangerous Woman” (Ariana Grande)
Sabela – “Bachata rosa” (Juan Luis Guerra)
Julia – “Vuelves” (Rozalén)
MALTA – Six Chair Challenge today was completed by the Groups. Mentor of this category Alexandra Alden has chosen the following groups to proceed to the next stage of the show:
1. 4th Line – “Free Your Mind” (En Vogue)
2. Kayati – “Say Something” (A Great Big World)
3. Xtreme – “Secret Love Song” (Little Mix)
4. Horizon – “Don’t You Worry Child” (Swedish House Mafia)
5. Prism – “Chasing Highs” (Alma)
6. Systm 12 – “Youngblood” (5 Seconds Of Summer)
ISRAEL – Results of the shows 8 and 9 of HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion, which featured among others participant of The Four Ketreyah, who managed to score record 95% and Ayala Eligoola, participant of 3rd season of Kochav Nolad and New Wave 2012.
Niv Yanco – Haahava Hazot Shelanu 91%
Gabriel Cohen – Veim Preda 29% (eliminated)
Eden Vered Mari – Seven Nation Army 78%
Eliya Gabai – Ahava Kazo 93%
Nave Madmon – Stitches 88%
Ayala Eligoola – All I Ask 83%
Yarden Yishay – Albi Maak 56% (eliminated)
Wanna Wanna – Haverot Shelach 70%
Ketreyah – Mirrors 95%
Meni Gross – Bamechonit 66% (eliminated)
Tal Versano – At Hamaleach Sheli 54% (saved by hosts)
Emanuel Shmuel – Shelach Beahava 22% (eliminated)