Iceland first country having a petition to boycott next year’s Eurovision

More than 18,000 people have signed a petition calling for Iceland to boycott next year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, citing human rights violations against Palestinian people, Euronews reports.

The petition, started by developer Árni Steingrímur Sigurðsson, calls on national broadcaster RUV to withdraw Iceland from the contest.… Be Informed

Jubilant atmosphere in Israel following 2018 Eurovision victory

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The Times of Israel reports about the jubilant scenes following Israel’s victory in the 2018 Eurovision song contest. “Israelis took to the streets and social media early Sunday to celebrate the country’s win in the Eurovision song contest, praising singer Netta Barzilai as “Israel’s best ambassador’ and excitedly awaiting the country’s hosting duties for next year.… Be Informed

Eurovision – The Final Night

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Tonight, almost exactly one year after Salvador Sobral’s victory in Kyiv, a new Eurovision winner will be added to the history books during the Grand Final of the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest. The ultimate music spectacle of the year, which will come to you live from Lisbon’s Altice Arena, will be presented by Filomena Cautela, Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah and Catarina Furtado.… Be Informed

Malta doesn’t make it to the Final of the Eurovision, but Mental Health gets the European spotlight

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Three minutes 11 seconds of a powerful performance by Maltese singer Christabelle, wasn’t enough to convince the voters to give their approval for the Maltese song in this year’s edition of the Eurovision.

As the votes started to roll out, and the qualifying songs were announced, Malta’s love relationship with the Eurovision song contest was put under severe strain and now the debate about the country’s participation will kick in.… Be Informed

Eurovision – First finalists announced

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The following ten countries have qualified for the Grand Final (in order of announcement):

Austria: Nobody But You by Cesár Sampson
Estonia: La Forza by Elina Nechayeva
Cyprus: Fuego by Eleni Foureira
Lithuania: When We’re Old by Ieva Zasimauskaitė
Israel: TOY by Netta
Czech Republic: Lie To Me by Mikolas Josef
Bulgaria: Bones by EQUINOX
Albania: Mall by Eugent Bushpepa
Finland: Monsters by Saara Aalto
Ireland: Together by Ryan O’Shaughnessy

Nine other countries — Azerbaijan, Iceland, Belgium, Belarus, F.Y.R.… Be Informed

Eurovision – the first votes went to…

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On Monday, nineteen countries — Azerbaijan, Iceland, Albania, Belgium, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Israel, Belarus, Estonia, Bulgaria, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Croatia, Austria, Greece, Finland, Armenia, Switzerland, Ireland and Cyprus — took to the stage in Lisbon for the first Dress Rehearsal (open to the press) and the second Dress Rehearsal (the so-called jury show).… Be Informed

The political innuendos in the lyrics of this year’s Eurovision song contest

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The Irish Times reports that after a year when politics threatened to engulf the Eurovision Song Contest, the sabre-rattling is quieter in 2018, but European and global events are still finding their way into the annual songfest. Last year’s contest, held in Kyiv, hit the headlines when Ukrainian authorities banned the Russian singer, Julia Samoylova, from entering the country because she had previously performed in the disputed region of Crimea.… Be Informed

The Eurovision Week is officially open. What happened? What are the odds, and the predictions

The 43 participating delegations of this year’s edition of the Eurovision, on Sunday were engaged in the Blue Carpet event at the MAAT in Lisbon, and in the official opening ceremony. The Opening Ceremony event, apart from welcoming the delegations to the official 2018 Eurovision Song Contest host city of Lisbon, also marks the start of the Eurovision week.… Be Informed

JEEP takes Christabelle to Portugal

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JEEP is sending off  Christabelle on her much-anticipated Eurovision adventure in Portugal on board a brand the All-New JEEP Compass, compliments of MOTORS INC.Ryan Buttigieg, Motors Inc.’s Chief Operating Officer presented the car to Christabelle a few hours before the singer was meant to leave Malta to participate at this year’s Eurovision song contest in Portugal’s capital Lisbon.… Be Informed