The Grand Final of the 64th Eurovision Song Contest will take place on May 18th at the Expo Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel. Forty-one artists will take to the stage over three nights to perform their contributions for the contest, fighting to become the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Today sees the first dress rehearsal for Semi-Final One of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The dress rehearsal is the final opportunity before the jury show for delegations to make the final tweaks to their performance. The dress rehearsal is scheduled to last for 1 hour and 40 minutes.
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14:45 CET // Live coverage of the first dress rehearsal for Semi-Final One of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 commences in 15 minutes.
15:12 CET // Shalom and welcome to the dress rehearsal for the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv!
15:14 CET // The opening montage shows a story of Netta watching Dana International’s victory in 1998 and her becoming Israel’s fourth Eurovision winner.
15:17 CET // We get a bird eye’s view of Expo Tel Aviv before we go inside and see Netta performing a remixed version of “Toy”.
15:19 CET // Technical difficulties have stopped the show.
15:31 CET // Netta is joined on stage by multiple dancers who are all dressed in her Eurovision outfit from last year.
15:34 CET // Netta is in the middle of the runway with her signature looper.
15:35 CET // All four hosts are now coming onto the stage.
Cyprus: Tamta – Replay
15:38 CET // Tamta has filmed her postcard in Eilat, one of the most southern points in Israel.
15:40 CET // Tamta’s vocal problems seem to have been fixed.
15:41 CET // A strong opening performance to this semi-final.
Montenegro: D mol – Heaven
15:43 CET // D Mol’s postacrd was filmed on Mikhmoret Beach in central Israel.
15:44 CET // The camera angles have been sorted off, so that the focus is on the right person at the right time.
15:45 CET // The group’s harmonies are on point as they have always been.
Finland: Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman – Look Away
15:47 CET // Darude and Sebasitan’s postcard was filmed in the Financial District of Ramat Gan.
15:48 CET // Sebastian’s vocals seem to be getting better every time.
15:49 CET // No other major changes to report.
Poland: Tulia – Fire of Love
15:51 CET // Tulia’s postcard was filmed in Jerusalem.
15:52 CET // The problems with cues from earlier rehearsals have been fixed.
15:53 CET // Lots of wide shots in this performance.
Slovenia: Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl – Sebi
15:54 CET // Zala & Gašper’s postacrd was filmed in the Ruhama Badlands in the Negev Desert.
15:55 CET // Zala and Gašper look at each the whole time during the performance.
15:56 CET // No other changes in the performance.
Czech Republic: Lake Malawi – Friend of a Friend
15:58 CET // Lake Malawi’s postcard was filmed in the Caesarea Ampitheatre in northern Israel.
16:00 CET // Lake Malawi give another colourful and energetic performance.
16:01 CET // We now have our first shot of the Green Room with Assi and Lucy.
16:02 CET // Some of KAN’s Digital team are standing in for the participants as Lucy and Assi interview them
Hungary: Joci Pápai – Az én apám
16:05 CET // Joci’s postcard was filmed in Beit Guvrin National Park in central Israel.
16:06 CET // Joci performs on stage once again with a golden sparkly background.
16:08 CET // Another solid performance from Joci.
Belarus: Zena – Like It
16:09 CET // Zena’s postcard was filmed in the Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem.
16:10 CET // Zena is wearing the outfit that she wore during the second rehearsal.
16:11 CET // Zena went for the high note that she had previously been avoiding in the previous rehearsal.
Serbia: Nevena Božović – Kruna
16:12 CET // Nevena’s postcard was filmed in Ein Zivan in the Golan Heights in northern Israel.
16:14 CET // The CGI effect now stops at exactly the right moment now.
16:15 CET // The ending now looks more epic than before.
Belgium: Eliot – Wake Up
16:17 CET // Eliot’s postcard was filmed in Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev Desert.
16:19 CET // Eliot seems to be coming in his own with the performance.
16:20 CET // No changes in the staging.
16:21 CET // We are now back with Lucy in the Green Room.
16:24 CET // We are currently on a break.
16:28 CET // Lucy is currently giving us a short history of the contest.
Georgia: Oto Nemsadze – Keep On Going
16:29 CET // Oto’s postcard was filmed in Acre in northern Israel.
16:31 CET // Oto gradually builds up the intensity as the song progresses.
16:32 CET // Lots of pyrotechnics for the ending.
Australia: Kate Miller-Heidke – Zero Gravity
16:33 CET // Kate’s postcard was filmed in Jaffa, just to the south of Tel Aviv.
16:34 CET // One of this year’s most innovative stagings continues to impress.
16:36 CET // Kate is still not going for the highest notes, presumably saving her voice for the jury show.
16:37 CET // Bar is now interviewing fans in the audience.
16:38 CET // Lucy is interviewing artists in the Green Room.
Iceland: Hatari – Hatrið mun sigra
16:40 CET // Hatari’s postcard was filmed in Beit She’an National Park, east of Haifa.
16:42 CET // Lots of pyrotechnics, leather and dark colours for Hatari.
16:43 CET // Definitely a unique performance.
Estonia: Victor Crone – Storm
16:44 CET // Victor’s postcard was filmed on the Tel Aviv beachfront.
16:45 CET // We can still see Victor’s guitar being taken on stage by the tech crew.
16:47 CET // Victor’s green screen problems seem to have finally been resolved.
Portugal: Conan Osíris – Telemóveis
16:49 CET // Conan’s postacrd was filmed in the Dead Sea.
16:50 CET // No major changes in the staging for Conan.
16:51 CET // João attempted the death drop in this time.
Greece: Katerine Duska – Better Love
16:52 CET // Katerine’s postcard was filmed in the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem.
16:53 CET // Greece present one of the strongest packages in this semi-final.
16:55 CET // Huge applause from the Press Centre for this.
San Marino: Serhat – Say Na Na Na
16:56 CET // Serhat’s postcard was filmed in Ashalim Solar Power Station in the Negev Desert.
16:59 CET // No changes in the staging for Serhat.
17:00 CET // The voting lines have now opened and we are being shown a recap of the competing entries.
17:08 CET // Dana International is the first interval act of the tonight, performing a cover of “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars.
17:10 CET // Dana has walked off stage due to technical problems.
17:15 CET // Dana has resumed her performance, which turned into a up-tempo number.
17:16 CET // A kiss cam is used during Dana’s performance.
17:18 CET // Roksana Węgiel, the winner of Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, is being interviewed in the Green Room.
17:20 CET // An extended version of the postcard trailer released a few weeks ago is currently being shown.
17:24 CET // We are now watching a second recap.
17:30 CET // The voting lines have now closed, though Bar and Erez have had problems with the countdown.
17:35 CET // The three automatic qualifiers that are voting in this semi-final, Spain, France and Israel, will now perform.
Spain: Miki – La Venda
17:40 CET // No changes in Miki’s performance.
17:41 CET // The overall performance is much slicker now.
17:43 CET // Each of the pre-qualified countries will only get one run through.
France: Bilal Hassani – Roi
17:44 CET // No major changes for Bilal in this run through.
17:47 CET // Another big round of applause from the Press Centre.
Israel: Kobi Marimi – Home
17:50 CET // Kobi takes to the stage for his rehearsal.
17:52 CET // Another strong performance from Kobi.
17:53 CET // Assi and Lucy are currently interviewing acts in the Green Room.
17:59 CET // The next VT is a song created out of moments from Eurovision Song Contests of the past.
18:01 CET // Assi is joined by Netta in the Green Room.
18:03 CET // The three automatic qualifiers that have performed tonight, Bilal, Miki and Kobi, are currently being interviewed by Assi and Lucy.
18:12 CET // Assi is now talking to Jon Ola Sand.
18:13 CET // The fake results are being revealed.
18:17 CET // The fake qualifiers are Hungary, Estonia, Finland, Portugal, Australia, Czech Republic, Iceland, Finland, Montenegro and Slovenia.
18:20 CET // A recap of the qualifiers is now being shown.
18:22 CET // The qualifiers and the four hosts are now on the stage for the ending credits.
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