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Black Lace v. Smokie: A Plagiarism row roils Eurovision 1979 in Israel

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. There’s an old French saying that is applicable to anyone going through another annual cycle of watching Eurovision national selections: “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose,” roughly translated as the more …

Greek and Israeli song titles revealed for 2019

The national broadcasters of Greece and Israel have confirmed their artists’ song titles for Tel Aviv. Greece’s internal selection of singer-songwriter Katerine Duska will see her perform “Better Love” in the second half of the first semi-final on 14th May, co-written between Duska and indie-pop performer Leon of Athens. The entry is set to be revealed on Thursday 7th March. …

Israel: Kobi Marimi wins HaKokhav HaBa 2019!

After a marathon run in the competition’s fifth year, Israel’s artist on home soil has been decided – it’s Kobi Marimi to Tel Aviv! The 27-year-old singer from Ramat Gan, a city close to this year’s host city, won the Israeli selection process HaKokhav HaBa this evening and will therefore represent Israel in 2019. נראה שקובי מרימי רק מתחיל לפתוח …

Söngvakeppnin contestants Hatari challenge Israeli PM Netanyahu to a wrestling match

BDSM techno art group and Söngvakeppnin contestants Hatari threw down an interesting gauntlet today by challenging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a wrestling match on May 19, 2019 in Tel Aviv’s Magen David Square. In a statement read on Iceland’s Rás 2 radio this morning, a spokesman for Hatari read out a statement issuing the unusual challenge to a match of …

White Stripes’ Jack White Receiving Royalties from ESC 2018 winner “Toy”

The lead singer of the White Stripes is now receiving royalties aka money from “Toy”, the winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.  Nov Reuveny, the Cultural and Entertainment Correspondent of KAN, confirmed that Jack White is going to receive royalties for the song “Toy” which was written for Netta, who ultimately won the competition this past May in …

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 …

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