Tel Aviv counted down to the Eurovision Song Contest final on Saturday (May 18) after a week of parties and protests. Despite a boycott of the event called by Palestinians and their foreign supporters, fans have seemed more concerned about the music than the politics — even belting out versions of their favourite entries. In the grand finale, 26 countries are set to battle it out for the Eurovision 2019 glass microphone trophy: Malta, Albania, Czech Republic, Germany, Russia, Denmark, San Marino, North Macedonia, Sweden, Slovenia, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Greece, Israel, Norway, Britain, Iceland, Estonia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, France, Italy, Serbia, Switzerland, Australia and Spain. … [Read more...] about Eurovision superfans counts down the final contest in Tel Aviv
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Isabel Debre, Associated Press Updated 12:06 pm CDT, Sunday, May 12, 2019 Peace activists protest before the presentation of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest participants in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2019. Peace activists protest before the presentation of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest participants in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2019. Photo: Oded Balilty, AP Photo: Oded Balilty, AP Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Image 1 of 8 Peace activists protest before the presentation of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest participants in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2019. Peace activists protest before the presentation of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest participants in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2019. … [Read more...] about Politics takes center stage as Israel hosts Eurovision
The grand final of the 64th Eurovision Song Contest will take place on Saturday, 18 May in Tel Aviv, Israel, with the semi-finals held on Tuesday 14 and Thursday 16 May. Of the 41 competing countries, the current favourite is the Netherlands, at odds of 2/1, with Duncan Laurence looking to bag the Dutch a fifth win with his song Arcade. The country last won in 1975. Second favourite this year is, according to odds, Russia. Bulgaria and Ukraine will not participate in this year's contest for the first time since 2015 – Bulgaria for financial reasons, while Ukraine could not get the winner of a very controversial national selection competition to sign the contract, and their second and third choices refused to go to Tel Aviv. There has been much controversy this year around the location, with various musical artists urging contestants to boycott the event over Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the violence there, and Israel retaliating with a PR campaign in response. … [Read more...] about Eurovision 2019 preview: What are your country’s chances?
Ukraine has confirmed that it will not take part in this year's Eurovision Song Contest after a controversial contractual disagreement with its nominee. The European Broadcasting Union, which organises the contest, confirmed "with sadness" Ukraine's decision to miss the 2019 show. "There will be further discussions between the EBU and [Ukraine's broadcaster] UA:PBC on this matter but we hope to see them again in 2020," the organisers added. Ukrainian singer Maruv was due to represent her country at the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv after topping a public vote on Saturday, but was dropped after she refused to sign a contract with UA:PBC. The proposed contract from the Ukrainian broadcasting authority included restrictions on performing in Russia. Maruv argued that signing the contract would have made her a propagandist for the Kiev government. "I am a citizen of Ukraine, pay taxes and sincerely love Ukraine. But I am not ready to come up with slogans and turn my participation in the contest … [Read more...] about Ukraine pulls out of Eurovision Song Contest following political drama with nominee
Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press Updated 5:39 am PST, Monday, February 25, 2019 MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's entry for the Eurovision song contest is in jeopardy after the national broadcaster told the performer who won the right to represent her country to choose between the nomination and concerts in Russia. Controversy erupted shortly after 27-year-old singer Anna Korsun who performs under the name of Maruv won the nomination Sunday to be Ukraine's entry in the annual competition. Several Ukrainian politicians argued Maruv should not be allowed to represent Ukraine because she often tours in Russia. The Ukrainian National Public Broadcaster promptly said on Sunday that Maruv was offered a contract which temporarily bars her from playing in Russia and that she has 24 hours to sign it. Maruv said on Facebook on Monday that she "feels the pressure" from the ultimatum and that the organizers are "trying to steal our victory from us." She said she was willing to … [Read more...] about Ukraine’s entry for Eurovision under threat over Russia gigs