The German ESC representative Michael Schulte, who sang “You Let Me Walk Alon” reached a fabulous 4th place in Lisbon this year. Now he has received another important award, the golden “Bambi” in the category “new German music stars”.
The 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which was held in Minsk, has been won by Roksana Węgiel from Poland with “Anyone I Want To Be”. For the first time in Junior ESC history Poland could win the contest. With the highest votes of the televoting, Poland could overtake Australia, which was the winner of the jury votes.
By now there are 42 confirmed countries to take part in the 64th Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv 2019. This is one country less than the 43 countries this year in Lisbon. This record of participating countries has been made as well in Düsseldorf 2011 and Belgrade 2008.
The slogan of the 2019 ESC has officially been announced by Jan Ola Sand - the Executive Supervisor of the ESC– it’s called “Dare To Dream”. These strong words symbolize everything what the Eurovision Song Contest is about: inclusion, diversity and unity.
Sad news have reached the Eurovision community: Valter Friedensberg passed away in the age of 30 due to cancer. Valter was one part of the Duo “Walter and Kazha”, who represented Latvia in the 2005 ESC in Kiew with the song “The War Is Not Over”. This was the 6th Latvian entry in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest and made a fabulous 6th place in the Grand Final.
It’s quite sad to announce that Bulgaria will not participate in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. The Bulgarian broadcaster BNT has officially stated that a participation won’t be able due to financial reasons.
After a long period of decision making the final choice have felt to Tel Aviv. Eilat at the Red Sea has been out of the race since the end of August. There was a hard battle between the capital Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The Israeli broadcaster KAN and the EBU had to find the perfect location with the best overall setup. Tele Aviv with about 400.000 inhabitants is certainly the best choice for a host city of the ESC due its open and liberate lifestyle.