What’s Up Weekly – 21 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

  • The 19 competing songs for Junior Eurovision ’19 have now all been revealed! After the avalanche of songs released two weeks ago, mentioned in last week’s edition of “What’s Up Weekly“, only North Macedonia remained a holdout, though the Macedonian team revealed the song title, composers, and stage directors. On Tuesday, the music video for the power ballad “Fire” was released on YouTube. Read more about the development here!
  • Fans of Junior Eurovision can participate in the contest’s own voting process through the internet starting on 22 November! Hear more about it from the official YouTube channel.
  • RTVE, the Spanish broadcaster, has released a video revealing the four choristers backing Melani Garcia in Gliwice-Silesia. Edurne Rodríguez, Yara Díez, Violeta Leal, and María Mihali show their harmonization skills in the clip as well.

Eurovision 2020: Rotterdam

  • We have an exclusive interview with Athena Manoukian, X Factor UK participant and former finalist for Greece’s Junior Eurovision selection in 2008. Her name has appeared in discussions of potential Armenian, Greek, and Cypriot representatives for Eurovision, but it is safe to say that the latter option will not be considered this year, according to the broadcaster itself.
  • Bulgaria has stayed mum on its participation despite previous assurances that they would inform the public on their decision in September. Instead, they deleted their Twitter account earlier this week. Read about the sequence of events here.
  • In late July, we reported that Junior Eurovision 2015 winner Destiny Chukunyere was spotted at the X Factor Malta stage. This televised competition has been used to determine the next artist to represent Malta on the Eurovision stage, and pre-recorded episodes are currently underway. The official site of the television show is here.
  • Some other competing countries also use established singing competition formats to select artists to participate in Eurovision. Georgian Idol, which was used to select Oto Nemsadze in May, will once again be used in order to select the entrant from Georgia. Pre-recorded shows, which cover the audition stages, will begin on Saturday at 20:00 CEST.
  • Ukraine has announced that its selection show, Vidbir, will return. According to ESCToday, however, the rules and procedure have been changed. Any competing artist cannot have performed on Russian soil since the Crimean occupation began in 2014, but the Ukrainian broadcaster, UA:PBC, has also announced that it would fund the selected artist’s Eurovision journey. These new rules seem to act as a countermeasure for any activity following the issues with Maruv, who according to ESCXTRA refused to sign a contract which did not include financial compensation and required her to go through the broadcaster to receive permission to communicate with the media and even improvise on stage.
  • Eurovision in Concert will be one of the most prominent pre-show concerts, hosted in the host country’s capital, Amsterdam in early April. The show’s official Facebook page announced that Edsilia Romley and Cornald Maas would host the event again this year. Rombley, a judge for the Junior Songfestival final which Matheu won with “Dans met jou”, also participated in Eurovision in 1998 and 2007 with the songs “Hemel en aarde” (Heaven and Earth) and “On Top of the World”, respectively. Maas has commentated for the Netherlands for the past 6 contests and has been appointed Creative Advisor leading up to the upcoming contest.

What are you looking most forward to this week?

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