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 Two 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 Two of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 commences in 15 minutes.
15:00 CET // Shalom and welcome to the first dress rehearsal of the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019!
15:08 CET // The rehearsal is being delayed due to technical issues.
15:10 CET // The rehearsal has now started.
Armenia: Srbuk – Walking Out
15:13 CET // Srbuk’s postcard was filmed at Masada National Park in southern Israel.
15:14 CET // Srbuk starts off the show with lots of dramatic camera angles and vocals.
15:16 CET // The pyrotechnics at the start of the second verse don’t seem as effective.
Ireland: Sarah McTernan – 22
15:17 CET // Sarah’s postcard was filmed in Eylot in the Masada Desert.
15:18 CET // Sarah is wearing a slightly different hairstyle from previous rehearsals.
15:19 CET // Sarah’s vocals have definitely improved since the first rehearsal.
Moldova: Anna Odobescu – Stay
15:21 CET // Anna’s postcard was filmed in Zikhron Ya’akov, just south of Haifa.
15:23 CET // The camera angles in the performance are much more varied.
15:24 CET // A sand drawing now appears on the LED floor.
Switzerland: Luca Hänni – She Got Me
15:25 CET // Luca’s postcard was filmed in Habima Theatre, the venue for the Opening Ceremony this year.
15:26 CET // Luca has changed his outfit for this rehearsal.
15:28 CET // The backing vocals during the bridge sound a little quiet.
Latvia: Carousel – That Night
15:29 CET // Carousel’s postcard was filmed at Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance in Tel Aviv.
15:30 CET // Carousel’s performance has been cut short and we now go to Lucy and Assi in the Green Room.
15:32 CET // Carousel’s performance has now started.
15:34 CET // Carousel give another cinematic performance.
Romania: Ester Peony – On a Sunday
15:35 CET // Ester’s postcard was filmed on Mount Hermon, Israel’s highest mountain.
15:37 CET // No major changes in Ester’s performance.
15:39 CET // Lucy and Assi are back in the Green Room.
15:40 CET // Conchita will be in the Green Room speaking to Assi.
Denmark: Leonora – Love Is Forever
15:42 CET // Leonora’s postcard was filmed in Jerusalem.
15:44 CET // No major changes for Leonora in her performance.
Sweden: John Lundvik – Too Late For Love
15:46 CET // John’s postcard was filmed in Tel Aviv Port.
15:47 CET // Like Latvia, Sweden’s performance has been cut off by Lucy in the Green Room.
15:52 CET // Sweden’s performance has been delayed due to problems with the lighting in the venue.
15:55 CET // John has now started his performance.
15:57 CET // After all the technical problems, John delivers another strong performance.
Austria: Paenda – Limits
15:59 CET // Paenda’s postcard was filmed at Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv.
16:01 CET // Paenda’s staging is as immense as ever.
Croatia: Roko – The Dream
16:02 CET // Roko’s postcard was filmed at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
16:03 CET // The key has been lowered for this rehearsal.
16:05 CET // Apart from the key change, there are no other changes in the performance.
16:06 CET // We are back in the Green Room with Lucy.
Malta: Michela – Chameleon
16:07 CET // Michela’s postcard was filmed in Makhtesh Ramon.
16:08 CET // The original prop is back from the first rehearsal.
Lithuania: Jurij Veklenko – Run with the Lions
16:14 CET // Jurij’s postcard was filmed in Ben Gurion Airport Hangar.
16:16 CET // Jurij has no changes in his staging.
16:18 CET // Part of Norway’s postcard was mistakenly shown during the Green Room segment.
Russia: Sergey Lazarev – Scream
16:20 CET // Sergey’s postcard was filmed at the Tower of David in Jerusalem.
16:23 CET // Another polished performance from Sergey.
Albania: Jonida Maliqi – Ktheju tokës
16:24 CET // Jonida’s postcard was filmed in the Banias Nature Reserve in the Golan Heights.
16:27 CET // A wind machine has been added for the last chorus.
Norway: KEiiNO – Spirit in the Sky
16:28 CET // KEiiNO’s postcard was filmed in the Judean Desert.
16:31 CET // No changes for KEiiNO’s performance.
Netherlands: Duncan Laurence – Arcade
16:32 CET // Duncan’s postcard was filmed on Mount Arbel in the Lower Galilee region.
16:33 CET // The light orb is now hung above the piano and is lowered during the bridge.
North Macedonia: Tamara Todevska – Proud
16:37 CET // Tamara’s postcard was flimed in the Carmel Forest in northern Israel.
16:38 CET // The lights go off Tamra for most of the last chorus, leaving her in the dark.
Azerbaijan: Chingiz – Truth
16:41 CET // Chingiz’s postcard was filmed in Gan HaShlosha National Park in eastern Israel.
16:43 CET // Chingiz ends the semi-finals with a strong performance.
16:44 CET // North Macedonia will perform again due to lighting problems during her performance.
16:55 CET // The lighting issues have now been fixed.
16:58 CET // We are now watching a recap of all 18 songs.
17:08 CET // The interval act for the second semi-final is Shalva Band, one of the finalists in HaKokhav Haba, the Israeli Eurovision selection.
17:09 CET // Shalva are restarting their performance due to technical difficulties.
17:11 CET // Shalva are performing “A Million Dreams” from the film “The Greatest Showman”.
17:15 CET // Lior Schuard, the mentalist, is currently performing magic with the contestants in the Green Room.
17:22 CET // The fake voting has now closed.
17:28 CET // The three pre-qualified countries that will vote in this semi-final will now perform. First up are S!sters from Germany.
17:35 CET // Next up is Mahmood from Italy.
17:42 CET // Finally, we have Michael Rice from the United Kingdom.
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