“I’m not your typical music competition kind of guy, but I am attracted to the Eurovision Song Contest for the colour and movement, music and performance, light and shade, creativity and self-expression, singing and working an audience,” iOTA said.
Eurovision: Australia Decides 2020 will be staged on the Gold Coast in February and air on SBS; the Eurovision Song Contest will be held in May in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. There are six more artists still to be announced.
The Feed switches up to SBS
Still with SBS, the broadcaster has confirmed its current affairs and news magazine The Feed will be promoted from the Viceland channel to the main SBS channel. The program will join SBS’s suite of news programs including SBS World News, Insight and Dateline. The Feed was launched in 2013 and is hosted by “broadcaster, author, film critic, technology geek and media mischief-maker” Marc Fennell. Among the accolades the program has earned are a Walkley award and a TV Week Logie nomination in the outstanding public affairs category. The change of channel will take effect in 2020, SBS said.
Ruby suits up for ‘crossover’ event
Australian actress Ruby Rose has suited up with her fellow DC heroes as filming on the major “crossover” event between the Batwoman, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and DC Legends programs is underway. Images released this week by US studio Warner Bros show Rose’s Batwoman sharing the stage with Flash (Grant Gustin), Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), Atom (Brandon Routh) and guest star Superman (Tyler Hoechlin). The multi-hero story is based on the Crisis on Infinite Earths comic book in which multiple versions of the same universe converge into a single universe, forcing different iterations of the heroes to meet one another. The crossover event will air on Foxtel in December.
Hans bound for Hollywood
Adelaide’s crown prince of cabaret is returning to the America’s Got Talent stage for the new season, America’s Got Talent: The Champions. Hans – earthly alter-ego: journalist Matt Gilbertson – is one of four Australians who will feature in the “best of” season. He previously competed in the regular America’s Got Talent in 2018 and reached the quarter-final of the competition. The other three Australian acts are Jack Vidgen, who won Australia’s Got Talent in 2011, and two semi-finalists from the latest season of Australia’s Got Talent: strongman Eddie Williams and comedian JJ Pantano. The “best of” season will feature 40 acts recruited from different iterations of the talent format from around the world. America’s Got Talent: The Champions will air on Foxtel.
Hope for Days fans
In the wake of news that Days of our Lives production company Corday Productions had released the show’s cast from their contracts comes an assurance from one of the show’s stars, actress Kristian Alfonso, that the show will go on. Last week it was reported in US media that the cast had been released from their contracts, a move which effectively puts the show on an indefinite break. Alfonso, who plays the show’s heroine Hope Brady, said the cast would return to the series in 2020. “We are still here and we are not going anywhere,” she said, noting that the show films episodes well in advance and, on the current schedule, has enough episodes on the stockpile to last until mid-2020.
Michael Idato is the culture editor-at-large of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.