BELGIUM 🇧🇪 It is the turn of Belgium, through RTBF to announce its intention to participate in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. In the meantime Slovenia and Montenegro announced they will have to wait few more months for their final decision.
GREECE 🇬🇷 Speaking to People Greece Magazine, Yianna Terzi reveals that the song which was penned in 40 minutes by her and Aris Kalimeris was originally even to another female singer, the name of which she didn’t reveal, creating a new mystery – drama in Greece. Speaking about her rumoured bad relations Yianna clarifies that everything is fine and they have a typical colleague relationship as they both belong to Panik Records.
UKRAINE 🇺🇦 Timur Miroshnychenko, host of 2009, 2013 Junior Eurovision and co host of 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, lamented Ukraine’s withdraw from the Eurovision Junior Song Contest: “For me it’s a personal tragedy … Unfortunately, television is built on personal ambition. For the first time Ukraine will not participate in Eurovision Junior. And the cause is not money, not underfunding … I was working on the first contest we broadcast 13 years ago … For me it’s a personal tragedy. Almost half of my life was dedicated to working on this contest, where we will show the best of Ukraine. For three years, the Ukrainian national final is organized by a private channel, something that should happen this year … But no there is money to take a child abroad to represent us … It is the fund. Unfortunately, the television, altruistic, is built by personal ambition.I sincerely believe that the strength of our country will turn the situation around. The decisions were made with the money we paid through taxes.”
BELGIUM 🇧🇪 Parts of Sieneke’s family arrested because of a drug lab. The police discovered a drug lab Monday morning at a truck company in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. They discovered it because a fire broke out in the building. In the shed, the agents found a laboratory with chemicals that are often used to make hard drugs. The men of 71, 47 and 24 are still in prison. Sadly her family often made some negative news. Her grandfather was once sentenced to years of imprisonment for murder. Her father got into an argument in 2013 in a bar where Sieneke celebrated her bachelor party. The manager of Sieneke tells the Dutch media, that the singer is very upset: “She is very shocked at everything that is happening in her family right now” (source: http://www.escxtra.com)
GERMANY 🇩🇪 ARD, the German national broadcaster announced kick off search fo the public jury of the 2019 German national selection. In total a panel of 100 German viewers will be selected to shortlist the artists and songs for the national selection. The broadcaster will use statistical analysis, to ensure that a representative selection of people is selected. After all it seems to have worked for the country inn Lisbon.