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Finnish Eurovision Fans Call on Yle to Change Approach to Entries

The dust has settled, and fans of nations that did not qualify from Semi-Final 1 have had a chance to process the results and assess what went wrong (or why fans did not react favorably if the performances went right). And for Finnish fan Tony Latva, the blame for Finland’s non-qualification lies squarely on Finnish broadcaster Yleisradio Oy’s (Yle) shoulders. …

Ukraine have withdrawn from Eurovision 2019

Following the furore surrounding Maruv’s rejection of the contract imposed by UA:PBC on her to participate in Eurovision 2019, and with the three entrants behind her in the national selection (Freedom Jazz, Kazka and Brunettes Shoot Blondes) turning down the offer to represent the country in Tel Aviv, the national broadcaster has announced it will withdraw from this year’s competition. …

New plagiarism accusation in Iceland? Friðrik Ómar vs Rihanna

Eagle eyed Eurovision fans and some local press in Iceland have picked up on a striking similarity between Friðrik Ómar entry for Söngvakeppnin 2019, “Hvað ef ég get ekki elskað?”, and a single from Rihanna’s last album. The Icelandic entry has some startling similarities to the track “Love on the Brain”, from Rihanna’s 2016 album “Anti”, including a near-identical chord progression …

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 …

French representative Bilal Hassani files suit in court to stop death threats

According to an interview with La Parisien this morning, Bilal Hassani’s attorney Étienne Deshoulières filed a suit on the Destination Eurovision winner’s behalf this morning for “insults, incitement to hatred and violence and homophobic threats.” The 19-year-old Parisian singer of Moroccan heritage is, unfortunately, no stranger to negative and hateful comments regarding his sexuality, appearance and Islamic family before, though Deshoulières filed …

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 …

Italy: RAI commentators asked viewers not to vote for San Marino

Some controversy appears to have surfaced overnight with regards to the Italian broadcast of last night’s second semi-final of Eurovision 2018, as the commentators of RAI 4 in Italy, Saverio Raimondo and Carolina di Domenico implored viewers to boycott voting for San Marino due to the fact their jury gave 0 to Francesco Gabbani’s entry in 2017. The full clip …

Portugal: Diogo Piçarra withdraws from selection

Some breaking news to bring to #YOU from Portugal – the hot favourite to represent Portugal in Lisbon, Diogo Piçarra, has withdrawn from Festival da Canção. The singer had been embroiled in a scandal involving his entry “Canção do fim” which had been noted to feature heavy similarities to another Portuguese song, “Abre os meus olhos”. The singer, who is …

Belarus: Sofi Lapina withdraws from selection amid controversy

Belarus’ selection has taken a dramatic twist today, after an open letter signed by seven of the participants in the selection has ultimately seen one of the participants withdraw their entry! The controversy surrounds Alekseev, whose entry “Forever” fails the EBU rule regarding the performance or release of songs before 1st September 2017. Regardless of this, the public broadcaster of …

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