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TONIGHT: Eurovision Song Contest 2019

From the end of the contest in Lisbon last year and the build up to Tel Aviv’s selection as a host city, from the first submissions back in September, the first selection in December, all the way through the cold winter months with hundreds of potential entries and on through the preview parties and endless media events, the time has …

Tel Aviv Today (Day 14)

It seems like we just started with the first rehearsals yesterday, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Today is already the 14th day of Eurovision in Tel Aviv. The Grand Final is tomorrow and on Sunday we will all have to look for something to fill that big void. But what happened today actually? Firstly, after midnight we …

Who do #YOU think will win the Eurovision Song Contest 2019? (Poll)

Following two nail-biting semi-finals and, according to Jon Ola Sand, some incredibly close results, we finally have our 26 runners and riders in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest final. The twenty deserving qualifiers from the semi-finals join Israel and the Big 5 in tomorrow’s big show, but of course only one can win. And that’s where #YOU come in! We …

Tel Aviv Today: Monday, May 13 (Day Ten)

The rubber hit the road today as we embarked on the very first set of jury rehearsals for Semi-Final 1. 50% of the act’s score was determined by the performances in the Jury Rehearsal tonight, and the acts went up in the exact order they will at tomorrow night’s Semi-Final 1: 🇨🇾 Cyprus: Tamta – “Replay” 🇲🇦 Montenegro: D mol …

Jon Ola Sand: “We Do Not Have a Signed Contract with (Madonna)”

Eurovision’s executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand confirmed reports at today’s Eurovision press conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, that the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) does not have a signed contract with Madonna. With only five days to go, Sand’s announcement has no doubt caused a stir over whether or not we will see Madonna perform her two planned songs – “Like …

Tel Aviv Today: Sunday May 12 (Day Nine Roundup)

Day Nine saw the final round of second rehearsals of 2019 with the six prequalified countries having a further chance to perform and perfect their acts. We also had the orange (yellowy-red?) carpet event in the evening to mark the beginning of the contest itself! From now on, the performances count – Monday, Wednesday and Friday are the performances for …

Which Big 5 & host rehearsal impressed #YOU the most?

Yesterday afternoon, we saw the Big 5 (France, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom and Germany) and our host nation Israel rehearse on the Tel Aviv stage for the first time, marking the occasion of seeing all 41 countries perform on the Eurovision stage! Since this is all new and exciting, we wanted to know which performances #YOU were impressed by the …

You Know the Name, You Know the Number: James Bond 007 at Eurovision (Part One)

The below editorial features the opinions and views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of #escYOUnited as a whole, Eurovision or the EBU. Every couple of years, a song pops along at Eurovision that has the fanbase cooing over it being “Bond-esque.” Two recent examples are Austrian Conchita Wurst’s magnificent power ballad “Rise Like a Phoenix” …

Rehearsals to Take a Day Off as Israel marks 71st Memorial Day

At 8 p.m. local time, sirens sounded across the State of Israel and Israelis stood silently to remember fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism in its 71st Annual Memorial Day observation. According to Israel’s Defense Ministry, 23,741 men and women have fallen since 1860, including 56 servicemen and women since Memorial Day last year and 40 others who died from …

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