What’s Up Weekly – 28 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 official Junior Eurovision channel has released an official music video for Ireland’s song, “Banshee” as sung by Anna Kearney. The clip also features Linda Martin, Eurovision Song Contest winner in 1992 and judge in the Irish Junior Eurovision final. The clip (with English subtitles) can be found here.
  • A new version of the Belarusian song “Pepelny” (Ashen) by Liza Misnikova has been performed live. Check out our coverage here.
  • The opening ceremony of Junior Eurovision will take place at the Silesian Theatre on 18 November. Read more about it here.

Eurovision 2020: Rotterdam

  • ESCTakeover are hosting its own cutting-edge prediction show, The Eurovision Takeover, before the beginning of the Eurovision Song Contest. More details will be announced; read more about it here.
  • The slogan has been announced. Rotterdam will “Open Up” its doors to the world in May. According to Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer of Eurovision 2020, as well as Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, the slogan reflects the openness of the Dutch people and a call to open up to each other despite ideological polarization. There are additional meanings to openness; to listen to their vision, check out the Eurovision channel’s video, and read more about it here.
  • Albania has announced the dates for Festival i Këngës, the country’s national final. According to the festival’s Instagram, 20 singers will perform their songs live on the 19th and 20th of December, and the Grand Final will be held on December 22nd. More details to follow!
  • A Dal (The Song) has been used to find the next Eurovision entrant for Hungary since 2012, when Compact Disco won with the song “Sound of Our Hearts” and received 24th place in the final. Joci Pápai’s return to the Eurovision stage was the first time since the show was established that Hungary did not qualify for the final. Hungarian news source Magyar Nemzet (Hungarian Nation) reports that A Dal 2020 will not be used as a selection show for Eurovision 2020, instead focusing on homegrown talent and its own award selection, similar to the Marcel Bezençon Awards for Eurovision. The state of Hungarian participation in Eurovision 2020 is still unknown.

Eurovision Universe

  • Zagreb, Croatia will be hosting the next edition of Eurovision Young Musicians on 21 June, 2020. However, the UK has decided to not participate in the next edition. Our exclusive coverage can be found here.
  • In Memoriam: Natalya Pugacheva, a member of Buranovskiye Babushki (Russia 2012), has passed away at the age of 83. Seven years ago, following their 2nd-place success, she found the grave of her father, who had been killed in WWII. Source in Russian.
  • Spain has held pre-parties for Eurovision since 1969. Next year, they will continue the trend. On 10-11 April, 2020, the La Riviera room in Madrid will host 2,000 people and feature Eurovision stars from the past and present. Source: Eurovision Spain.

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