What’s Up Weekly – 30 September

Each week in Eurovision season brings a slew of news on the Eurovision front. This is an aggregation of all the news from the past week going into next week.

Junior Eurovision

  • The Junior Eurovision stage design has been unveiled! Click here to see what it looks like and read more about it.
  • Jordan Anthony, Australia’s representative for Junior Eurovision, will release his video on 7 October. He had been announced as Australia’s representative in the beginning of September and earned fourth place in The Voice Australia this year despite being the youngest singer present. Read more about him here.
  • Ireland will choose its representative on Sunday! The semifinal was divided in three parts for the eight contestants. After every four performances, the judges chose one act to go directly to the final. Two performers, Anna Kearney and Savannah Phoenix-Munroe, qualified for the final in this way. After they were chosen, two of the remaining six would reprise their songs for a chance to become the third and final finalist. Alison McGrath and Orla McDermott advanced to the sing-off, and McDermott emerged victorious. The final will air at 21:30 CEST on Sunday evening.
  • Albania has chosen their representative, Isea Çili, but you can watch a broadcast version of the show via RTSH on Wednesday at 20:35 CEST to see the details and 17 other acts that competed. Read more about it here.
  • TVP, the host broadcaster, has selected Wiktoria Gabor to defend the Polish title with the song “Superstar” following Roksana Węgiel’s win in 2018. Read more about Szansa na Sukces 2019 results here.
  • Last week, Georgi Roshtiashvili won the right to represent Georgia in Poland. Additionally, runners-up Anastasia Garsevanishvili and Ana Berishvili will back him on stage. The song will be released in the near future.
  • Last week, Spanish representative Melani García released a minute-long preview of her song “Marte” (Mars). The full song is due to be released soon.
  • Two weeks ago, Macedonian representative Mila Moskov shared a photograph of a mixing session on Instagram. The song is due to be released, although the exact release date is still unknown.
  • Maltese representative Eliana Gomez Blanco has yet to release a song. She won Malta’s JESC selection in mid-August. Read more about her here.
  • Kazakh representative Yerzhan Maksim was reported in mid-August to have been working with multiple composers to create a repertoire from which a song would be chosen to represent Kazakhstan in the country’s sophomore effort on the Junior Eurovision stage. The song is due to be released.
  • France is selecting internally between two female artists and around 30 potential entries. No further details have been released. Source: ESCXtra.
  • Italy has internally selected a 10-year-old girl to represent them in Gliwice-Silesia. No further information has yet been released. Source: Eurofestival News.

Eurovision

  • Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, will step down from his position after Eurovision 2020. He had been appointed to this position in 2011 after having served as Executive Producer for the show in his home country Norway in 2010.
  • Belgium is announcing its artist at 21:50 CEST on Tuesday on the show Vandaag (Today). The stream can be seen on the VRT (Flemish broadcaster) site. Source: Twitter.
  • Iceland is accepting entries to Söngvakeppnin 2020, the national selection, until October 17th! Read more about it here.
  • Ireland is accepting entries to consider for next year’s Eurovision until October 25th!
  • As a competition attracting audiences worldwide, scams relating to the Eurovision 2020 tickets are a real threat. Read more about what to look for before you buy tickets here.
  • Montenegro is slated to participate in Eurovision 2020. Read more about it here.

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