What’s Up Weekly – 14 October

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 2019: Gliwice-Silesia

Things that recently happened: Release Week

  • Georgia has released a music video of their entry for Junior Eurovision, “We Need Love” by Georgi Rostiashvili (originally labeled “We Need a Love”). The jazzy tune, written and composed by David Evgenidze, jazz musician and film score composer who has collaborated with Young Georgian Lolitaz (Eurovision 2016), will grace the Gliwice Arena in Poland on 24 November.
  • Serbia has released a music video of their entry for Junior Eurovision, “Podigni glas” (Raise your voice) by Darija Vračević. The driving ballad echoes the worldwide push towards climate action instigated by Swede Greta Thunberg, daughter of Malena Ernman (Eurovision 2009).
  • North Macedonia has revealed details about their entry for Junior Eurovision! Mila Moskov will be performing the song “Fire”, composed by Lazar Cvetkoski & Magdalena Cvetkoska ENA, who both have Eurovision experiences.
  • Ukraine’s representative Sophia Ivanko has released a revamp and music video of her song “The Spirit of Music”. You can watch it here.
  • Italy has released a music video of their entry for Junior Eurovision, “La Voce Della Terra” (The Voice of the Earth) by Marta Viola. Composed by Marco Iardella and Franco Fasano and written by Emilio di Stefano and Fabrizio Palaferri, the song’s theme also follows the environmental footsteps of Spain’s “Marte” (“Mars”, sung by Melani García) and Serbia’s “Podigni glas”.
  • On 10 October, both Kazakhstan and Portugal released music videos of their respective Junior Eurovision entries. Joana Almeida will represent Portugal with her song “Vem Comigo (Come With Me)”, and Yerzhan Maksim will represent Kazakhstan with the song “Armanyńnan Qalma” (Don’t waste your dreams).
  • The Welsh and Polish delegations also published music videos with studio versions of the songs. While the studio version of Viki Gabor‘s song “Superhero” had been released beforehand, the environmental track can now be viewed as a music video. The music video of Welsh representative Erin Mai‘s song “Calon yn Curo” (Heart Beating) is the first time the general public has heard the studio version of the song, which features more straightforward percussion and more strings.
  • As promised by the French delegation, the music video for the French song “Bim Bam Toi” by Carla has been released. The song, written by Igit and Barbara Pravi, will represent the French interests next month in Poland.
  • Malta has released a music video of representative Eliana Gomez Blanco‘s song “We are More”. The electronic power ballad will compete against 18 other songs in Poland.

Things to expect

  • All entries will need to be staged and performed with live vocals in November. In preparation for the show, the Spanish delegation has revealed some details about the staging of Melani García‘s song “Marte”. We will be expecting some sort of costume surprise in November!
  • DJ and record producer Gromee (Eurovision 2018) will be writing the theme song for Junior Eurovision 2019 in his home country Poland. It is unclear if there will be more snake dances this time around.
  • The November date in Gliwice-Silesia is fast approaching, which means that any songs that have yet to be released will be released imminently. The final holdout is North Macedonia; all other countries have released studio versions or live performances.

Eurovision 2020: Rotterdam

National Selection News

  • OGAE Greece has been in contact with the new ERT (national broadcaster) management. Nothing has been set in stone yet, but a 2-part national final has been floated around as an idea. The original article (in Greek) is here.
  • Malta has confirmed its artist selection procedure. The winner of the ongoing X Factor Malta show, to be concluded in January 2020, will represent Malta in Rotterdam.
  • Previously, the state-run media in Georgia reported that Georgian Idol would decide its future Eurovision representative. The pre-recorded shows of the auditions from late August will start this month, and the live shows will begin in January.

Eurovision Universe

  • Last week, ESCtakeover reported that Kseniya Simonova (Ukraine 2011; Moldova 2019) earned third place in Britain’s Got Talent. This past week, the team had an opportunity to interview Simonova. In the interview, she recalls a health scare before the third-place finish, the experiences at Eurovision, travels in Tel Aviv, and her journey to become a sand artist. Read more about Simonova here.
  • Tickets for Eurovision in Concert, an Amsterdam-based pre-Eurovision concert featuring many Eurovision performers for the upcoming contest as well as some past performers, are now on sale. The show will be on 4 April.

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