Now that 2018 is officially over, people all over the world are waiting in anticipation for what the coming year will hold for them. But lucky for us, we Eurovision fans already have a pretty good idea of some of the most exciting moments 2019 will bring. Here are ten things that Eurofans all ever the globe are looking forward to in the coming year.
1. Eurovision in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv has never hosted Eurovision before, but being a city famous for its soft sand beaches, eclectic cuisine, and vibrant nightlife, Eurovision fans have been begging Eurovision to show them Tel Aviv for years. And with plans in place for a Eurovision Avenue, an all-inclusive Eurovision cruise, an all-night festival featuring live music on 42 different stages throughout the city, and a beachfront Eurovision village with seven different themed zones, Eurovision 2019 is set to be one of the most extravagant contests in recent memory. When Israel dares to dream, they dream big!
2. Australia’s new national final
Following Australia’s fourth consecutive successful qualification to the Eurovision Grand Final, SBS announced that Australia will be hosting its first ever national final, Eurovision – Australia Decides, on the 9th of February in Gold Coast. And if this news didn’t have Eurovision fans excited enough, SBS has since announced some of the acts that will be competing, which include some very well-known names like Sheppard and Courtney Act.
3. A more intimate stage show
While Tel Aviv has shown us that the city is ready to pull out all the stops to make Eurovision 2019 as big as it can be, they’ve also demonstrated that they know bigger isn’t always better. Eurovision fans received an early New Year’s present with some shots of what the Tel Aviv stage is set to look like. And while the arena will be smaller than it has been in recent years, Israeli broadcaster KAN and stage designer Florian Wieder are making the most of the space by providing a stunning stage design and an intimate crowd environment. Israel is after all, the smallest country to host Eurovision since Luxembourg hosted the contest 35 years ago.
4. Can Cyprus maintain its momentum?
After Eurovision 2018 introduced us to the fiery diva Eleni Foureira and her European pop sensation, “Fuego”, which reached second place at Eurovision, Cyprus’ highest ever placing, all eyes moved to the small island nation to see if they can turn it out again in Tel Aviv. We’ve since learned that Cyprus will be represented in 2019 by Georgian-Greek star Tamta with another Alex P. song titled, “Replay“. But will Tamta be able to recreate Cyprus’ 2018 success? We’ll have to wait and see!
5. The EBU meeting to discuss Kosovo’s potential membership
Rumors have been circulating for years surrounding Kosovo’s candidacy as a potential EBU member. Now according to an EBU spokesperson, it seems that the EBU will be voting in June on whether or not to grant membership to Kosovo. If granted, Kosovo may become eligible to participate in Eurovision. Is it possible that we’ll see Kosovo’s debut in 2020?
6. The United Kingdom’s restructured national final
Despite having one of the largest music industries in the world, the United Kingdom hasn’t exactly earned the reputation of being a strong competitive force at Eurovision. But perhaps taking some inspiration from SuRie, the BBC has announced that they’re holding their head up and won’t give up just yet. They’ve unveiled a new format to the United Kingdom’s national final, Eurovision: You Decide, which will feature only three songs, each sung in two different styles by a total of six artists. This structure blends elements from the national finals of Germany 2017 and Finland 2018 and will hopefully prove more successful for the UK in Tel Aviv.
7. Netta’s guest performance at Eurovision 2019
Though nothing has been confirmed just yet regarding opening and interval acts at Eurovision 2019, many Eurofans are hopeful that current Queen of Europe Netta will stage an epic performance at the Tel Aviv contest. It is after all, standard practice for the reigning Eurovision winner to reprise their past year’s winning song at Eurovision. And with Netta’s extensive and unique background in remixing and DJ’ing, it’s safe to assume that she will put on a show like we’ve never seen before. Some fans are hoping for Netta to use her vocal looper to remix some of Israel’s biggest Eurovision hits, while others are crossing their fingers for 2018 runner up Eleni Foureira to perform her pre-Eurovision hit Sto Theo Me Pai, a Greek version of Israel’s 2015 Eurovision entry Golden Boy, with the iconic line “Let me show you Tel Aviv”.
8. A Battle of the Bronzes
Italy’s Sanremo music festival was the inspiration for the Eurovision Song Contest and it’s now one of the most closely followed national finals of the Eurovision season. So far, we have twelve confirmed acts for Sanremo 2019, and many Eurovision fans were delighted to hear that Eurovision 2015 runner-ups Il Volo will be competing. But they may not be the only recent Eurovision bronze medalists to compete in Tel Aviv – many of our readers have been yearning for a comeback by Russia’s 2016 competitor, Sergey Lazarev. If Russia ends up sending Sergey to Tel Aviv, Eurofans will be treated to a legendary rematch of two of Eurovision fans’ most loved acts from recent years.
9. Another year of Spanish Eurodrama
With OT 2018 in the books, all eyes are set on Spain to unveil the seventeen competing entries for Eurovision. And in true dramatic Spanish fashion, RTVE has tantalized us all with sixty second snippets of each of the songs. Tensions are already beginning to buzz as opinions start to emerge and we can only assume that more tabloid-worthy news will occur in the coming months. So grab the popcorn!
10. The winner of Eurovision 2019
While it’s still very early in the 2019 Eurovision season, we are no doubt well underway in our search for the next Eurovision winner. And although we still have 41 entries yet to be revealed, we already have some pretty big names confirmed. Could Armenia’s Srbuk or Cyprus’ Tamta earn their country’s first ever Eurovision win? Or will the first confirmed entry of 2019, “Ktheju Tokës” by Jonida Maliqi, bring us to Tirana in 2020? The song has already drawn quite a bit of attention, and nothing is out of the question this early in the year.
What do you think? What are you most excited for in 2019? Do you think you already know where we’ll be headed in 2020? Sound off in the comments below.