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Israel: Shalva withdraws, Icelandic Eurovision contestant slammed for anti-Semitic remarks

Iceland’s representative for Eurovision 1997, Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson, caused controversy yesterday when he made remarks considered to be anti-Semitic in an interview with radio station Rás 1. A leading voice in Iceland in the boycott of Iceland’s participation in Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel, Hjálmtýsson, who performed as Paul Oscar with 20th placed “Minn histi dans” in 1997, made comments that many …

Israeli Culture Minister writes to EBU to reconsider rehearsal times

Israel’s Sport and Culture Minister Miri Regev wrote to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) today asking that they reconsider the rehearsal time line before the Grand Final, so that Israel’s potential contestants could both participate in and observe Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest, at the same time. Per EBU rules, the final rehearsal before the Grand Final must be …

Netta: Eurovision 2018 winner releases new song “Bassa Sababa”

“Bummer, that’s cool!” Eurovision 2018 winner Netta just released a new single and video called “Bassa Sababa,” her eagerly awaited follow up to her winning smash hit “Toy.” As she told the Associated Press today, she admitted that she was intimidated by the prospect of her first single after her Eurovision 2018 winning smash hit “Toy,” but in the past …

British artists call on BBC to boycott Eurovision 2019 in Israel

With the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) Eurovision: You Decide coming on February 8, 2019, over 50 prominent British performers, composers and writers wrote an open letter in The Guardian to call on the BBC to press the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to relocate Eurovision 2019 from Israel. These artists, including former Genesis frontman and solo artist Peter Gabriel, film directors …

Israel: More details revealed on the Eurovision 2019 stage

Keshet, one of the leading private broadcasters in Israel and the broadcasting channel of the Israeli selection show HaKokhav Ha’Ba, has revealed further images of the geometric staging for Eurovision 2019, in an interview with its designer Florian Wieder. The images showcase the variances that can be created by the stage with a versatile setup in the roof of the …

TONIGHT: Five shows to be held across Europe

We hope you’ve cleared your schedule for the next few weekends, as things are about to get busy across the continent (and beyond), as the nations of Eurovision 2019 begin to pick and choose their entrants for Tel Aviv. Tonight, no less than four countries will hold selection shows, with three of these continuing their journey as one more begins …

Israel: Dana International will perform at Eurovision in 2019

Dana International, who won Eurovision for Israel in 1998 and also represented the nation in 2011, has confirmed to an audience in Israel that she has been invited to perform during Eurovision 2019. According to the JC, the performer will be involved with proceedings in Tel Aviv, and further emphasised that it is irrelevant where the contest is held as …

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