Eurovision: Australia Decides entrant Jaguar Jonze has tested positive for COVID-19.
Taking to Instagram, she wrote:
“Hey everyone, I promised I’d update and I’m sorry it’s taken so long. I’ve been focused on recovering and I can’t remember the last time I felt this lethargic, to the point that I haven’t been able to do anything except be a potato. So I’ve also been relishing in potato life and learning to slow down. I’ve been dealing with a fluctuating fever but today I feel a lot better than the last 4 days. And today, I finally got my test results back and unfortunately, I’ve tested positive for COVID-19. Tracking it back, they think I would’ve caught it on my journey back home from the US. The ironic thing is, I booked an early flight back from the US to be safe and at home in Australia. I wore a mask my entire flight and hand sanitised/ washed my hands at every given moment. This shows how easy it is to spread and shows the importance of self-isolation right now. It was extremely difficult for me to get a test despite having symptoms and coming from overseas because resources are low, which cements again the importance of social distancing. I could’ve easily been an unconfirmed case and I’m sure there are still many unconfirmed cases right now. We need to squash this virus and we need to do it in drastic ways to protect our society and the effect it’s going to have on the economy. I’m going back to potato life to recover but I’ll be in touch again while in quarantine. Please be social distancing, I promise once I feel better I will think of ways for us to feel connected in a disconnecting time.”
Meanwhile in Europe the decision by the EBU Reference Group to not allow 2020 songs to compete in Eurovision 2021 has upset many.
Thomas Schreiber, Head of Entertainment at Germany’s broadcaster NDR, said, “First and foremost, huge investments of the 41 participating countries have been destroyed as well as the hopes and dreams of the artists and the Eurovision family.
“The decision of the Reference Group mostly takes into account the economic interests of all participating countries. Consequently, it doesn’t reflect the views of a majority of the countries.”
Bulgarian composer and producer Borislav Milanov also wrote online, “This contest started as a contest for composers and songwriters and now it’s turned to a Reference Group Contest serving specific interest and totally ignoring and disrespecting the songwriters and their hard work!”