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.
This evening is the jury show for Semi-Final One, with 50% of the results for tomorrow’s show being decided. Juries in the seventeen nations taking to the stage as well as those in France, Israel and Spain will be voting on the performances.
The running order for the performances are as follows:
- Cyprus – Tamta – Replay
- Montenegro – D mol – Heaven
- Finland – Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman – Look Away
- Poland – Tulia – Fire of Love (Pali się)
- Slovenia – Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl – Sebi
- Czech Republic – Lake Malawi – Friend of a Friend
- Hungary – Joci Pápai – Az én apám
- Belarus – ZENA – Like It
- Serbia – Nevena Božović – Kruna
- Belgium – Eliot – Wake Up
- Georgia – Oto Nemsadze – Keep on Going
- Australia – Kate Miller-Heidke – Zero Gravity
- Iceland – Hatari – Hatrið mun sigra
- Estonia – Victor Crone – Storm
- Portugal – Conan Osiris – Telemóveis
- Greece – Katerine Duska – Better Love
- San Marino – Serhat – Say Na Na Na
LIVE COVERAGE | Live blog ended
20:45 CET // 15 minutes to go until the start of the Jury Rehearsal. Neil live in Israel will be guiding you through the show and bringing you reaction to all the performances.
20:51 CET // Shalom and welcome to the jury show of the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 from Expo Tel Aviv!
21:00 CET // The opening montage shows a story of Netta watching Dana International’s victory in 1998 as a child and her becoming Israel’s fourth Eurovision winner.
21:02 CET // Netta emerges from a giant LED cat and performs a remix of her winning entry “Toy”.
21:03 CET // Netta is joined on stage by dancers wearing her kimono from last year.
21:05 CET // Netta makes her way down the runway, where she uses her looper while being surrounded by CGI versions of herself.
21:07 CET // The four hosts, Erez, Bar, Lucy and Assi, make their way onto the stage.
Cyprus: Tamta – Replay
21:10 CET // Tamta has filmed her postcard in Eilat, one of the most southern points in Israel.
21:12 CET // Tamta starts alone on stage before being joined by her dancers.
21:13 CET // Tamta’s vocals have definitely improved since the first rehearsal and she is clearly confident on stage.
21:14 CET // The Press Centre are loving Tamta’s performance. A strong start to the show.
Montenegro: D mol – Heaven
21:15 CET // D Mol’s postacrd was filmed on Mikhmoret Beach in central Israel.
21:16 CET // D Mol’s harmonies are as strong as ever.
21:17 CET // D Mol look to be having a great time on stage.
21:18 CET // The simulated falling looks a lot less messy than before.
Finland: Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman – Look Away
21:19 CET // Darude and Sebasitan’s postcard was filmed in the Financial District of Ramat Gan.
21:20 CET // Sebastian sounds more with the song, while Darude is pumping up the crowd.
21:21 CET // Every performance shows an improvement but whether it’s enough to get to the final, we’ll have to wait and see.
Poland: Tulia – Fire of Love
21:23 CET // Tulia’s postcard was filmed in Jerusalem.
21:24 CET // Tulia’s vocals are powerful and sound like they came straight from the CD.
21:25 CET // Tulia have lost all the nerves from earlier rehearsals and are back to full power.
Slovenia: Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl – Sebi
21:26 CET // Zala & Gašper’s postacrd was filmed in the Ruhama Badlands in the Negev Desert.
21:28 CET // Zala and Gašper draw us into their starry world.
21:29 CET // The chemistry and trust between the two of them is almost tangible.
Czech Republic: Lake Malawi – Friend of a Friend
21:30 CET // Lake Malawi’s postcard was filmed in the Caesarea Ampitheatre in northern Israel.
21:31 CET // The use of the cubes gives a performance a fun and cool vibe.
21:32 CET // With all the jumping and running around, it’s a wonder Albert has any breath left to sing!
21:33 CET // A colourful and energetic performance from Lake Malawi.
21:35 CET // Assi is currently interviewing Tamta from Cyprus in the Green Room.
21:36 CET // Lucy is currently talking to Tulia from Poland.
Hungary: Joci Pápai – Az én apám
21:37 CET // Joci’s postcard was filmed in Beit Guvrin National Park in central Israel.
21:38 CET // Joci pours his emotions into every note he sings.
21:39 CET // Hungary has qualified for every final since 2011, and if Joci can repeat this performance tomorrow, he looks to continue this qualification run.
Belarus: Zena – Like It
21:41 CET // Zena’s postcard was filmed in the Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem.
21:42 CET // Despite being this year’s youngest soloist, Zena has the professionalism of someone twice her age.
21:43 CET // Zena is hitting all the notes flawlessly. This is definitely the best performance of the night so far.
Serbia: Nevena Božović – Kruna
21:46 CET // Nevena’s postcard was filmed in Ein Zivan in the Golan Heights in northern Israel.
21:47 CET // Nevena vocals are strong and she is feeling the emotion.
21:48 CET // The performance feels epic at the end and she gets a huge round of applause from the Press Centre.
Belgium: Eliot – Wake Up
21:49 CET // Eliot’s postcard was filmed in Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev Desert.
21:50 CET // Eliot is giving his most confident performance so far.
21:52 CET // There is some extra smoke in this performance that we haven’t seen before.
Georgia: Oto Nemsadze – Keep On Going
21:53 CET // Oto’s postcard was filmed in Acre in northern Israel.
21:54 CET // Oto has some of the most intense vocals of the contest, gradually building up the power as the song progresses.
21:56 CET // The pyrotechnics are in action but Oto brings the heat all by himself.
Australia: Kate Miller-Heidke – Zero Gravity
21:57 CET // Kate’s postcard was filmed in Jaffa, just to the south of Tel Aviv.
21:58 CET // Kate brings one of the most daring and innovative staging in Eurovision history.
21:59 CET // The wind machine is being used to great effect here.
22:00 CET // Kate’s vocals are angelic. The Press Centre erupts into thunderous applause.
22:01 CET // Lucy is currently talking to Lake Malawi from the Czech Republic.
22:02 CET // Bar is currently talking to the fans in the Golden Circle.
Iceland: Hatari – Hatrið mun sigra
22:04 CET // Hatari’s postcard was filmed in Beit She’an National Park, east of Haifa.
22:05 CET // Hatari are bringing their BDSM, leather, spiky and pyrotechnic-filled world to the audience.
22:06 CET // Mathías’ vocals sound terrifying while Klemens sounds eerily soothing. Mission accomplished.
Estonia: Victor Crone – Storm
22:08 CET // Victor’s postcard was filmed on the Tel Aviv beachfront.
22:09 CET // The transition of getting rid of Victor’s guitar is now smooth.
22:10 CET // The backing vocals also sound better.
22:11 CET // Victor’s storm effect now works with no problems.
Portugal: Conan Osíris – Telemóveis
22:12 CET // Conan’s postacrd was filmed on the Dead Sea.
22:13 CET // Conan puts dramatic flair into every movement he does.
22:14 CET // Conan is getting a big reaction from the crowd in the arena.
Greece: Katerine Duska – Better Love
22:16 CET // Katerine’s postcard was filmed in the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem.
22:17 CET // Katerine gives a strong vocal performance with her unique register.
22:18 CET // The giant inflatable pearl was thrown in to Golden Circle and is still bouncing around.
22:19 CET // The Press Centre and arena audience love Katerine. This may be the biggest reaction of the night.
San Marino: Serhat – Say Na Na Na
22:20 CET // Serhat’s postcard was filmed in Ashalim Solar Power Station in the Negev Desert.
22:21 CET // Serhat is as full of charm as ever.
22:22 CET // This is has the feel good factor to close the show.
22:24 CET // The fake voting lines are about to open.
22:25 CET // We are now being shown a recap of all of tonight’s songs.
22:33 CET // Dana International is the interval tonight, performing a cover of “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars.
22:35 CET // There is a Kiss Cam used during the performance, which stops on couples in the crowd.
22:37 CET // Roksana Węgiel, the winner of Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, is being interviewed in the Green Room.
22:39 CET // An extended version of the postcard trailer released a few weeks ago is currently being shown.
22:42 CET // A second recap is now being shown.
22:47 CET // The fake voting lines are now closed.
22:50 CET // We will now have performances from the pre-qualified countries that will be voting in this semi-final; Spain, France and Israel.
22:53 CET // Technical difficulties have delayed Spain’s performance.
22:55 CET // Miki brings energy and colour to his performance.
23:00 CET // Bilal is now on stage.
23:04 CET // Huge reaction from the audience for Bilal.
23:12 CET // Kobi’s performance has been delayed due to technical issues.
23:22 CET // Spain are performing again due to technical problems.
23:29 CET // Lucy is now interviewing Victor Crone from Estonia.
23:30 CET // Assi is interviewing Conan Osiris from Portugal and tried his mask on.
23:32 CET // The next VT shows a song made up of moments from all of the previous contests.
23:35 CET // Netta is currently with Assi in the Green Room.
23:37 CET // Kobi is finally performing after multiple technical difficulties.
23:48 CET // Lucy and Assi are now interviewing Bilal, Miki and Kobi ib the Green Room.
23:52 CET // Unfortunately, we are not able to complete the live blog due to Press Centre closing.
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