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Austria: Internal selection in December

It seems that Austria will once again be one of the trendsetters for Eurovision, with the Austrian news agency Klein’s Zeitung reporting today that an internal selection will be held next month to choose the artist and song for Tel Aviv. In an article detailing the retirement of ORF’s head of entertainment Edgar Böhm, one of his last acts in …

Junior Eurovision: What happened to 2003 winner Dino Jelusić?

With the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 taking place this weekend, our editorialist James Maude takes an in-depth look at the impact winning the contest can have on a young performer’s career. What ever happened to Croatia’s inaugural winner Dino Jelusić? The opinions expressed in the article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of escYOUnited, its …

Azerbaijan begin their 2019 search!

Perennial Eurovision favorites Azerbaijan are getting started on their entry for 2019! A report from INFE Azerbaijan has confirmed that they are beginning their search for their next artist and song on November 20th. The process appears to be based on a series of casting calls, but full details of their method this year remain unclear. We also do not …

Switzerland: 5 song shortlist decided for Eurovision 2019 entry

After a relatively quiet week on the Eurovision news front today we have had an update from Switzerland. Today their German-Swiss broadcaster SRF announced that they had narrowed down all of the 420 songs received to a shortlist of just five. This was done by a set of juries made up of a 100 person audience panel and a 20 …

Estonia: These are the participants for Eesti Laul 2019

The Estonian broadcaster ERR has released the 24 names in its talk show Ringvaade which will take part in the semifinals of Eesti Laul 2019 in January and February. A total of 216 entries were sent online to the broadcaster.  The Semi-finalists are:- Kerli Kivilaan – Cold Love, written by Kerli Kilivlaan, Egert Milder, Andres Köpper Kadiah – Believe, written …

RAI Announces the potential Candidates for Sanremo Giovani

The Italian broadcaster RAI announced the 69 candidates for Sanremo Giovani last week, who each attended a live audition in Rome on Monday. This shortlist was created from over 670 submissions from new and upcoming musicians, and after the auditions, only 24 lucky artists will move on to compete in this new television show. We will not know which 24 …

Germany: Who are the first six hopefuls for Unser Lied für Israel?

Today the EBU and NDR confirmed the first six hopefuls for Unser Lied für Israel, the selection process that Germany will use to select their song for Tel Aviv. While the announcement was at pains to say that this is not the full line-up, the announcement of youthful stars has no doubt caused intrigue and excitement amongst Eurovision fans in …

Croatia: Sixteen acts over three nights for Dora 2019?

The Croatian broadcaster HRT is expected to select sixteen acts for Dora 2019, the selection process that will choose the Croatian entry for Tel Aviv. The news, which has been reported in the Croatian media outlet Slobodna Dalmacija, also seems to confirm that the show will take place with a music festival feel over three nights in the coastal town …

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