Tonight Semi-Final One of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 takes place live from the Expo Tel Aviv in Israel.
Seventeen nations take to the stage tonight in Israel, all hoping to making it through to the Grand Final on Saturday night. From Iceland to San Marino, the acts will all be hoping to be among the ten nations qualifying from tonight’s show and going forward to compete for victory in front millions of viewers.
Seventeen nations are competing in Semi-Final One, the running order is 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
Tonight’s show will be opened by last years winner Netta, who will be performing her song “Toy”. Also taking to the stage will be Dana International who won the contest for Israel in 1998. Finally, Kutiman will also be performing as part of the interval.
50% of the vote has already been decided heading into the show tonight. Last night saw the juries from each of the competing nations plus France, Spain and Israel voted. Viewers in all seventeen competing nations, plus the three previously named countries will all be able to vote as well.
Only ten of the seventeen countries will qualify for the Grand Final. These ten nations will be revealed in a random order. The exact placing of the songs will not be revealed until after the Grand Final.
Tonights show features three artists returning to the Eurovision Song Contest. Hungary, Serbia and San Marino’s singers have all previously competed, with Joci Pápai being the only artist of the three to have made the final.
Eight of this evenings songs are performed in fully or partially in another language. Georgia will be bringing Abkhaz to the Eurovision stage for the first time. The languages you will hear tonight are:
Two of the acts competing on stage have previously been on the Junior Eurovision stage. Nevena Božović represented Serbia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2007, while ZENA from Belarus hosted last years competition.