PORTUGAL – The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It will take place for the first time in Portugal, at the MEO Arena in Lisbon, following the country’s first victory at the 2017 contest in Kiev with the song “Amar pelos dois”, performed by Salvador Sobral. The contest will consist of two semi-finals and a final scheduled to be held on 8, 10 and 12 May 2018.
Russia is expected to return after withdrawing from the 2017 edition, following the ban of their representative Yulia Samoylova from entering Ukraine. As of 14 August 2017, twenty seven countries have confirmed their intention to participate in the contest after the official announcements from Serbia, Azerbaijan and Armenia.
In the meantime Bosnia and Herzegovina is unlikely to participate once again due to financial reasons. Mystery remains the participation of Israel, despite their announcement for auditions for the talent show Next Star through which the country usually selects its representative.
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Bosnia and Herzegovina is not likely to return to the Eurovision Song Contest for its 2018 edition. Head of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian delegation, Lejla A. Babović told EuroVisionary, that she thinks, that it is very unlikely.
Since 2012 Bosnia and Herzegovina participated only once in the Eurovision Song Contest due to the national public broadcaster’s (BHRT) heavy financial problems. This have been caused by an ineffective collection system of the licence fee. The Bosnian government’s many attempts to agree on a long-term solution for funding public service media failed every time. It brought public service media into danger of collapsing, that would have a destroying effect not only on the media system – it would also contribute to a further fragmentation of the country along the ethnic lines.
Back in June this year, various international organisations, including EBU, BHRT, the Council of Europe and the European Federation of Journalists, met in Sarajevo in order to try to contribute in solving the problems, that public service media in Bosnian and Herzegovina is facing. The participants came up with 23 recommendations, which were sent to all relevant authorities in the country and international partners. They also agreed on, that the collapse of public service media is unacceptable.
In the beginning of this month BHRT moved a step closer to securing sustainable funding by making an agreement with the Electric Company (Elektroprivreda – JP EP). It means that the licence fee will be collected through electricity bills from August 2017. Although it is expected, that this development should have a positive impact on Bosnia and Herzegovina chances to return to the Eurovision Song Contest already next year, Head of Delegation Lejla A. Babović is far from optimistic regarding the issue simply because there might not be enough time.
Although BHRT has signed an agreement with Electric Company about collecting the license fee through electricity bills, we need a certain time in order to consolidate our business activities and make plans for how to repay our debt. This is the reason why I think, that it is not realistic to see Bosnia and Herzegovina participate at 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. However for the final decision about the participation we have to wait until September 15th this year, which is the deadline to apply for participation at 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
Lejla A. Babović, Head of Delegation for Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Eurovision Song Contest
The country made its debut at the Eurovision Song Contest in Milstreet in 1993, when Fazla came 16th in the final with the song Svabolsvijeta. Bosnia and Herzegovina didn’t participate in the contest from 2013 to 2015 due to broadcaster BHRT’s financial problems.
Bosnia and Herzegovina re-entered the competition again in Stockholm in 2016 with the song Ljubav je. Dalal, Deen, Jala and Anja Rucner, who performed the song, failed to qualify Bosnia for the final for the first time in history of the contest, as they finished 11th in the first semi-final.
This year the country withdrew from the contest still due to the financial problems within the national public broadcaster. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s best result was in 2006, when Hari Mata Hari came 3rd in the final with the song Lejla.
In the video below you can enjoy their 2010 entry Thunder And Lightning by Vukašin Brajić. It finished 17th in the final.
Alexey Vorobyev’s new release is on the way to become a smash hit in Russia. “Ya Tebya Lyublyu” (I Love You) became the most popular song in the “pop” section of the Russian iTunes just two hours after its release. Also known under the name Alex Sparrow, Alexey represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Alexey Vorobyev was pleasantly surprised to find out that the new single Ya Tebya Lyublyu exceeded all expectations. The artist shared this joyful news on his Instagram account. He scored a top position at the Russian iTunes pop section after just two hours. He also added that no one had before succeeded in achieving that success in such short time.
Compared to his result at the Eurovision Song Contest, this is an unshakable success. Alexey’s entry Get You finished 16th, making it Russia’s second worst result in the contest after Philipp Kirkorov’s 1995 entry Kolybelnaya Dlya Vulkana (Lullaby for a Volcano) scoring 17 points.
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Ya Tebya Lyublyu is performed in the best traditions of Vorobyov, in a positive pop genre. The song is slightly mocking, to some extent naive, but again – about love. You can’t help singing and dancing along to it. The singer is ready for a sacrifice for the sake of love.
Just when you think the Eurovision drama is over, it’s coming right back around. This time, Ukraine is officially getting itself involved in a case of the 15-million-euro financial guarantee.
The 15 million euro guarantee was given to Ukraine to ensure proper holding of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 that took place in Kyiv, Ukraine in May. It was provided by the broadcasting license holder Euronews SA. Euronews SA then went on and decided to freeze the money as it stated the money wasn’t needed and the contest went swimmingly.
As we know from before, Ukraine was already involved in a legal proceeding as a result of getting fined 200,000 euros for not letting the Russian representative Julia Samoylova into the country. While the appeal on the Samoylova case has been submitted and is being processed, Ukraine is starting yet another legal process.
Ukraine received the money as a bail in case of an emergency and didn’t take advantage of it. As a result, a procedure was initiated by The Geneva Department of Compulsory Debt Collection to seize the money and put a hold on it. Ukraine, expecting to get the money in full after the contest, was shocked with such an unfair move, as they call it, and hired a Swiss law firm to deal with this case.
Yesterday, following approval of the Ukrainian government, the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine steps in with its official plans to provide legal services for the representation of Ukraine’s interest in court in order to return the 15 million. According to the approval text, the purchase of legal services to represent Ukrainian interests in court will be organised this year.
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Being trapped in legal proceedings with an unknown outcome for an unknown period of time, Ukraine has a lot on its shoulders. Fighting against a broadcasting license holder for the money that was meant as a bail could potentially damage Ukraine’s image in the contest. While still not confirmed for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, Ukraine is focused on legal proceedings, which arise a question whether Ukraine will be able to pull itself together and get over financial hardships.
In the video below, take a look at Ukraine’s 2017 home entry Time by O.Torvald in a special Full Stage View:
Conchita Wurst has refused to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival following a visa ban. Conchita was set to perform as part of the New European Song Book this month in the Scottish capital.
Conchita has cancelled all plans to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival this month after members of her band were denied visa entry to the United Kingdom. All three members of the band Basalt namely Amjad Khaboura, Noor Eli Khoury and Almonther Alshoufi were denied visas to enter the country. Standing by her band, Wurst has refused to perform without them. The actions of the UK Home Office has baffled the organisers of the festival as the purpose of the festival is to promote co-operation of the people who start new lives in a new country.
The 2014 Eurovision winner was set to perform as part of the New European Song Book which presents music from across the continent. Each night will see a selection of musicians collaborating and performing pieces of music to be heard for the first time. This includes Europeans alongside people who have recently moved to Europe and now call this their home.
Despite refusing to perform at the concert, Conchita will still have some involvement. There will be a specially recorded introduction of Conchita and Basalt including a film of their performance.
The Home Office have refused to comment on this specific case and stated that “All visa applications are considered on their individual merits and inline with the immigration rules”. However, it is believed the band were denied entry due to their Syrian heritage despite them living in Austria for the past 3 years.
A statement from the festival said “The international festival has issued an open invitation to Conchita and Basalt to perform later at this year’s festival. If this is not possible, the invitation will be extended to the 2018 international festival.”
Conchita at Eurovision
Conchita Wurst brought Austria’s second win with her performance of Rise Like A Phoenix. Conchita won by a landslide in Denmark with a total of 290 points, receiving the maximum points from 13 countries. You can remind yourself of her performance at the B&W Hallerne, Copenhagen below.
Georgia’s public broadcaster GPB will host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest at the modern 4,000-seat Olympic Palace in Tbilisi. This means there will be a different venue for the contest than previously announced.
The Olympic Palace was considered more suitable than the previously announced Sports Palace for its numerous facilities for delegations, media and fans.
Earlier this week, the EBU announced that 16 countries, including Australia, will take part at the event, showcasing talented artists aged 9-14. The show will take place on Sunday, 26 November 2017 16:00-18:00 CET.