Summer round-up – It’s the calm before the storm, the last month before the deadline is upon us for songs for ESC 2016…national selections start from September onwards. Whilst we while away the end if the summer holidays with the amazing ETSC4 here on Eurovision Times, there’s been some Eurovision news this week and here we bring you a quick round-up before the results of this year’s ETSC4 are announced…
Loïc Nottet (Belgium 2015) is to take part in French version of Dancing with the Stars. The Belgium will go up against other celebrities every Saturday night in front of 5 million viewers, starting in September.
Scott Mills tells the UK how to win. BBC DJ and semi-final commentator, Scott Mills, has given an interview to Digital Spy in the UK with his thoughts on what the UK needs to do to improve its Eurovision game. You can read the interview here.
RTS open applications. The Swiss French speaking broadcaster has published details of how people can enter their internal selection. They will choose 6 acts. The rules can be found here. SRF have already opened their process here.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister wants to represent Portugal. Kátia Aveiro, the elder sister of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, has announced she would like to represent Portugal in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.
Italy announces San Remo 2016 dates. It’s unknown if Italy will again use the San Remo festival to choose its representative, but if it does, the Italian Sanremo Song Festival is scheduled for 9th – 13th February 2016.
Top Press Job Recently Advertised for Eurovision. Things started to sour during this year’s contest with newspaper allegations against Jarmo Siim, Communications Coordinator and editor-in-chief of Eurovision.tv (see here and here). Siim has since resigned, and there have been questions raised about transparency and the continued use of Siesta Bakker’s company Wow Works for Eurovision contracts. What we know for sure is we’ll have a new press boss in charge next year in Stockholm.