Georgian broadcaster GPB has chosen three songs to be performed in the final of Georgian Idol – Sakartvelos Varksvlavi competition. They are composed by Levan Basharuli, Roma Giorgadze and Tamar Babilua. Basharauli is Georgian film and media composer residing in Germany, Giorgadze is known as audio engineer, arranger and music producer and worked on several Georgian JESC entries and Babilua holds national record for continuous 25 hours piano play. (www.esckkaz.com)
EUROVISION 2019 🇮🇱
The Tel Aviv City Council approved a temporary order stating that between May 11-19, it will be possible to make noise in certain areas of the city until one o’clock at night. Also, on the evenings when the final and semifinal shows are held, the hours will be extended even longer. The entertainment areas hosting contest related events will be allowed to play loud music until midnight and Eurovillage location – Charles Clore Park gets extention until one in the morning.
Representative of Albania Jonida Maliqi has met Mayor of Tirana Erion Veliaj seeking help for the budget of her Eurovision preparations. Singer states that she needs financial support to create the best possible staging that will make all Albanians proud. Mayor has promised various support to her activities and a special support concert to take place on Skanderbeg Square.
The final of O Melodie Pentru Europa 2019 has been moved by TRM. The Moldovan national broadcaster has moved the show from March 3 to March 2. The move returns the show to its normal slot of a Saturday evening.
EUROVISION 2019 🇮🇱
KAN, the Eurovision 2019 organizer, revealed today that the concept behind the event’s postcards will be similar to that of 2018. The Israelis decided to follow the Portuguese line and show the best-known landscapes and places in their country in the small videos that precede each song. However, they added an Israeli touch: dance. The representatives of each country will travel to Israel to film this video, each in a different location. The postcards will be attended by famous dancers. They are Stefan, Anna Aronov, Dana Frieder, Or Kahlon, Idan Sharabi, Batsheva Dance Company, Rona Lee Shimon, Israeli Ballet and Artistic Swimming Team.
Stig Rästa is asking who the members of the international jury were for Eesti Laul 2019, after struggling to find out information about the jurors. The past Eurovision entrant and now three time songwriter for Estonia at Eurovision commented to ERR that: “I do not need to know, but as a musician in general, not quite a foreign person, I know quite a lot of foreign people in my opinion, and I have no idea where the jury was created or put together. Honestly, even after I googled, I still couldn’t find very much about these people.” (www.eurovoix.com)
Portuguese broadcaster RTP has revealed the seven jury members that will make up 50% of the results in Festival da Canção 2019. The other 50% will be determined by the public. In the final, the jury votes will be associated with 7 different Portuguese regions.
Júlio Isidro – Radio presenter and TV personality who has featured on the panel two times previously
Isaura – Singer and songwriter who represented Portugal at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with Cláudia Pascoal
Álvaro Costa – Radio presenter, DJ and TV presenter
Selma Uamusse – Singer from Mozambique
Pedro Penim – Founder and artistic director of Teatro Praga. He also presented the Blue Carpet event at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest
Maria João – Jazz singer and director
Rita Redshoes – Singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, former Festival da Canção songwriter (2017)
NORTH MACEDONIA 🇲🇰
“Proud” the song that will represent FYR Macedonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 is set to be released on March 4.