13
August
2018

Eurovision 2019 in Israel, but who should pay for it?

Eurovision 2019 in Israel, but who should pay for it?

Netta at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest

Arguments in Israel about who should transfer a 12 million Euro guarantee to EBU, has now reached a level where Israeli politicians are getting involved. Monday, Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlo, urged the broadcaster to pay immediately.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) initially had asked for the 12 million Euro guarantee to be paid by the end of July 2018. This deadline was then later extended to the 14th of August, but with one day to go, the coming host country is still arguing who should pay.

IPBC (KAN in Hebrew) as broadcaster says that they are unable to pay and asks for the government to pay. From a statement today, Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlo however says that the broadcaster should pay – and that they are making a mistake if they don’t.

The corporation has made a grave mistake. It has to manage its affairs like any other government body. Its attempts to tie the situation to politics are erroneous. They are able to transfer the sum in a minute. If they do not transfer the guarantee, they will make a grave mistake, which will be contrary to the rules and regulations.

Moshe Kahlo, Minister of Finance, Israel to Ynret

Moshe Kahlo’s words about that the broadcaster can pay stands in contrast to those from IPBC themselves in response to Kahlo. They make it clear that the Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Israel IF the government pays for it, as they are unable to do so themselves.

We have been saying all along that the IPBC is unable to foot the bill of the production cost. If the government decides to finance it, the Eurovision will be held in Israel. The IPBC once again urges the decision makers to sit down and reach an agreement over budget with the treasury.

IPBC (KAN), Israeli broadcaster

Where this will end, we don’t know. The deadline is tomorrow, unless it will be extended once again. If extended, it will probably just be for a few days as naturally EBU needs to know the money is coming. If Israel is unable to put up this guarantee, the country can lose the right to host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. This is however still an unlikely scenario despite the arguments in Israel. Hosting an event like Eurovision gives a big boost in publicity, and it’s hard to imagine a country like Israel turning that down now.

Israel’s Eurovision host history

The country won the Eurovision Song Contest four times, but only hosted twice with 2019 being able to be the third time. In 1978 won for the first time, and the ’79 contest was held in Jerusalem. On homefield, Gali Atari & Milk and Honey brought the country their second win with the song Hallelujah. Israel turned down hosting the contest twice in a row, and the Netherlands took over.

In 1998, Dana International secured Israel their third victory. The 1999 contest was also held in Jerusalem.

As Netta and her Toy won the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, Israel has the oppertunity to host the 2019 edition. Three cities are interested in hosting; Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Eilat.

In the video below you can see a clip from one of Netta’s rehearsals at this year’s contest:

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04
August
2018

Helena Paparizou explains why she didn’t represent Cyprus with “Fuego”

Helena Paparizou explains why she didn’t represent Cyprus with “Fuego”

Helena Paparizou

Former Eurovision winner Helena Paparizou rejected “Fuego”, but why did she do so? Now she explains why she didn’t accept the proposal from the Cypriot broadcaster. 

The only artist that achieved a victory for Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest admitted that although she loved the song when she heard it for the first time, she decided in the end that this wasn’t for her at that moment. She praises Eleni Foureira for her performance and she concludes that it proves that Eleni was a better choice for that song.

I loved the song from the very beginning – of course, it has been written by my favorite, Alex Papakonstantinou, with whom we already cooperating with Antique. I just felt that it was not what I had to do at this moment in my life. This. So simple…Eleni was amazing, I admired her! She could – and should – come out first! I was out of Athens with my husband, we had ordered in the room, we saw Eurovision both of us and it was a pity! I woke the tourists out of my joy, made an amazing look! And did you finally see? It was better that Eleni went and I did not go. She was absolutely perfect! 

Helena Paparizou to Down Town magazine.

Helena Paparizou won the Eurovision Song Contest for Greece in 2005 with My Number One, bringing the contest to Athens for the first and only time until now. It was her second attempt in the contest. In 2001 with Antique and Die For You, she achieved a third place. In 2014 she took part in the Swedish national final, Melodifestivalen, with the song Survivor. She ranked 4th in the final.

In the video below, take a look at Eleni’s version of Fuego, which came second at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. This performance is from Eurovision Village in Lisbon, Portugal:

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02
August
2018

Anna Vissi personally affected by the fires – blames Greek Prime Minister

Anna Vissi personally affected by the fires – blames Greek Prime Minister

Anna Vissi

Anna Vissi’s sister and mother lost their houses as they were completely burnt in the fires in Greece. The Greek Prime Minister is to be blamed, if you ask the popular Greek-Cypriot artist who represented Greece and Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest three times.

The singer who took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1980, 1982 and again in 2006,  told to “TV ONE” in Cyprus, her first thoughts when she visited Mati who was hit so hard by the fires, revealing what her family lost in the tragedy.

The first day it was a shock. My family felt that they had lost everything and when they realized they had each other the next day, the material loss was forgotten. It is very tough to lose all your fortune because of the fire but it does not compare the pain of losing your own people, especially when we learned later that still many people were missing. All my relatives, my sister, my mom’s house, my sister’s family have suffered from the fire. I went to Mati the next day of the fire, where I saw a strange scenery, it was just a normal house and the other house next door burnt. The air that existed was so animated, so intense to take lives in its passage. Of course, it is fault’s of the man who runs this country. – Anna Vissi to TV One, Cyprus

#StandbyGreece is the name used for a concert held in Cyprus, where the income went to the people who lost their homes. Anna Vissi took part along with other artists supporting the cause.

Our homeland supports our other homeland. A charity concert for the fire victims in Attica, Greece.

Anna Vissi on Instagram

Η μια πατρίδα στηρίζει την Άλλη ….🇨🇾🇬🇷 #StandByGreece Συναυλία και Έρανος για συμπαράσταση και αλληλεγγύη στους πυρόπληκτους της Αττικής. Τρίτη 31 Ιουλίου 2018, από τις 5μ.μ έως και 11μ.μ. Δημοτικός Κήπος Λευκωσίας, δίπλα στη Βουλή των Αντιπροσώπων. Στον χώρο θα συγκεντρώνονται χρήματα, μέσω εισφορών στο περίπτερο του Hope For Children CRC Policy Center, ενώ θα πωλούνται ποτά και τρόφιμα, τα έσοδα των οποίων, ουχί τα καθαρά, θα δοθούν προκειμένου να πραγματοποιηθεί η ανακατασκευή υποδομών δημοσίου συμφέροντος για τα παιδιά που από κοινού με τις τοπικές ελληνικές αρχές, θα επιλεγεί. Η είσοδος στη συναυλία θα είναι δωρεάν. Η εκδήλωση τελείται υπό την αιγίδα του επιτρόπου εθελοντισμού Στη συναυλία θα τραγουδήσουν η Άννα Βίσση, ο Αντώνης Ρέμος καθώς και οι: 17:00- 18:00 Theo & Alex 18:00 – 19:00 OnTour 19:00 – 20:00 Cashiers (Band) 20:00- 21:00 Neon Knights 21:00 – 22:00 The Boots 22:00 – 23:00 Fuse

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See alsoEleni Foureira donates concert income to fire victims in Greece

While Anna Vissi blames the Greek Prime Minister, it is different with the Cypriot president. Before the concert, Anna met with Nikos Anastasiades, who thanked her and praised her contribution. 

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01
August
2018

Eurovision X-Factor Malta: Get to know the four judges

Eurovision X-Factor Malta: Get to know the four judges

Ira Losco

Ira Losco, Howard Keith Debono, Ray Mercieca and Alexandra Alden. Those are the four judges in the coming X-Factor Malta where the winner will represent the country at Eurovision. We take a closer look at the four judges in order to find out why they are there.

Earlier this month, it was announced by the Maltese broadcaster, PBC, that the existing format, Malta Eurovision Song Contest, was dropped for 2019. Previously know as Malta Song Festival, this format had been used to select the Maltese entries for Eurovision since 1971. A new era is about to begin, as X-Factor now will be used to find the country’s next participants. The winner will have the chance to wave the Maltese flag at the upcoming contest.

The preparations already started and the four judges are now known. Let’s take a closer look at the them.

Contents

  • 1 Howard Keith Debono
  • 2 Ray Mercieca
  • 3 Alexandra Alden
  • 4 Ira Losco

Howard Keith Debono

Mr. Debono is a music producer. He has already offered a lot to the Maltese music industry, as for over twenty years he has been pushing local artists internationally. He is now working with Ira Losco, former Eurovision participant, as he is her manager. The Maltese producer also collaborated with Chiara( Malta 1998, 2005, 2009). One of the biggest achievements in his career is working with a Lord of the Rings production. So, it’s a big chance for the new artists to gain experience from a person like Howard Keith Debono.

Ray Mercieca

Ray is a well-known singer and songwriter in his country. He achieved a lot of success back in the eighties and inspired a lot of people, especially younger musicians, through his songs. He is frontman of the music band named The Riffs. Mr. Mercieca is also known as the lead vocalist of the former band The Characters. Having enormous experience and good knowledge about how the music industry has evolved, him being in his team it’s a very good pick.

Alexandra Alden

24-year old Alexandra is a singer,songwriter, guitarist and tutor. She is currently living in Rotterdam, the Netherlands where she managed to graduate as Bachelor of Music. Alden started recording her first songs in the age of 16. Many of her songs climbed in the peak of Maltese charts. Also, she’s just released her first album Wild Honey in collaboration with the international label MARS Worldwide. Alexandra promises to do her best to help the rising stars to build their career. So, Alexandra is the right person who can guarantee the youngsters a chance for an international career.

Ira Losco

Double Eurovision participant Ira Losco is a well-known singer in Malta and abroad. She first tried her luck in the contest back in 2002, when she achieved the best ever placing for Malta until now. Performing the song 7th Wonder, she came  second. Fourteen years later, in 2016, she represented again the nation with Walk On Water. In the big stage of Stockholm, she finished 12th out of 26. With the winner of the show having the chance to follow her footsteps in the contest, working with her it’s a great opportunity for those who want Eurovision success.

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31
July
2018

Eurovision seen through the eyes of young teenagers

Eurovision seen through the eyes of young teenagers

Ryan O'Shaughnessy

The Eurovision Song Contest is a family show. It attracts children, their parents and grandparents. We caught up with teenagers in Ireland to hear their thoughts on this year’s contest.

Contents

  • 1 What did you think of the way this year’s Eurovision Song Contest was set up?
  • 2 Which was your favourite entry this year?
  • 3 What did you think of Ireland’s placing on the scoreboard (16th) in the final?
  • 4 What do you think about this year’s winner?
As a follow-up to the article, ‘Eurovision seen through the eyes of children‘, we made a second part and ask school-going teenagers what they thought about this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

We asked students from a second-level education school in County Longford, Ireland, to get to know these teenagers’ opinions about the Eurovision Song Contest this year.

What did you think of the way this year’s Eurovision Song Contest was set up?

Emily (thirteen years old): I didn’t really like the hosts – their humour just wasn’t for me. The stage was so beautiful. I think Lisbon did a really good job.

Nikola (thirteen years old): I absolutely loved the stage. It was amazing. Lisbon did a pretty good job, however I think that the show was a bit political, with the countries giving the maximum points to neighbour countries. I find that a bit unfair – a country should give points to a song that they actually like. The hosts – I didn’t really mind them. If I have to be honest, their accents made what they were saying a bit hard to understand, but if I had to choose my favourite host, well then, It would definitely be Filomena Cautela.

Miška (thirteen years old): I found the way this year’s Eurovision Song Contest was set up was way better than last year’s. However, I feel like the show was politically-biased this year.

Kitija (fifteen years old): Well, in my opinion there are both negatives and positives when talking about how the show was set up. The stage, like every year, was absolutely mesmerizing. However I believe that there could have been better and possibly more diverse hosts. Also, in my opinion the hosts were making unsuccessful and rather cringy jokes. The interval acts during the shows were mediocre and quite non-entertaining. The performances during the show were good, especially with the use of laser lights and other special effects.

Which was your favourite entry this year?

Emily (thirteen years old): It would have to be between Albania’s song Mall and Cyprus’ entry Fuego.

Miška  (thirteen years old): I loved Czech Republic’s song, Lie To Me.

Nikola  (thirteen years old): Oh, I cannot choose! There were so many good songs, but my favourites this year were Austria, “Nobody But You” by Cesár Sampson, Estonia, “La Forza” by Elina Nechayeva, and I have to say, our Ryan O’Shaughnessy was very good.

Kitija Olga Vucena (fifteen years old): My favourite entry most definitely is Denmark! I loved the song and the power it emitted, which of course, was primarily conveyed by the performers themselves. The performance on stage was just right, not too much bling and not boring either. I believe it was absolutely perfect and very enjoyable.

What did you think of Ireland’s placing on the scoreboard (16th) in the final?

Emily  (thirteen years old): I think for the message and delivery of the song it should have been placed a bit higher, like maybe 10th, but I don’t think it was a winning song.

Kitija  (fifteen years old): Ireland’s placing on the scoreboard was actually a great achievement compared to the luck they’ve been having these past years. I personally didn’t think they’d even get that high on the scoreboard, but I’m happy for them.

Nikola (thirteen years old): I found that it was a bit harsh…of course, it’s a good result for Ireland, if  you look at the results for Ireland from the past few years…but I feel like Ryan should have got much higher! The song was very good.

What do you think about this year’s winner?

Claire (thirteen years old): I wasn’t fond of the winner. I’m happy for her, but in my opinion, there were songs that were much better.

Emily (thirteen years old): I think her act was mediocre at best. There was a nice message to the song, but there were so many better songs that could have won.

Kitija (fifteen years old): This year’s winner was unique. I don’t particularly like the song but I admire her confidence on stage. Although I wasn’t thrilled when Israel won, I’m happy for her. This year’s winner is still better than the few past year’s ones . Well done and congratulations Israel.

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26
July
2018

Eleni Foureira donates concert income to fire victims in Greece

Eleni Foureira donates concert income to fire victims in Greece

Pray For Greece

More than 80 people (till now) have died from the massive fires that hit Greece the past few days. Eleni Foureira is now donating money from her last three concerts to help the victims and their families.

Everyone talk for an “unspeakable” tragedy that is happening now in Greece. At the moment of writing, 85 people lost their lives in flames, while more than 150 are still missing. Greece is mourning and everyone who can help in this disaster, offers what is possible.

Eleni Foureira started a pan-European tour, performing in many countries. Yesterday through her Instagram account, she announced that along with her partners they offer the proceeds from their last three concerts to the victims of the fires in Greece.

The toughest moments of Greece find me on a tour abroad. My mind and my heart, however, are next to all the people, who are going through such a crucial test. The minimum I can do is pray for these people and offer with my partners to them, the proceeds of our last three concerts. –  Eleni Foureira

Eleni Foureira, who tonight is in Tirana, Albania to perform, finished second with the song Fuego at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. In the video below, remind yourself of that entry.

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