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 have taken 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 Grand Final, with 50% of the results for tomorrows show being decided. Juries from all of the forty-one competing nations will be voting on the show this evening.
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20:45 CET // 15 minutes to go until the jury show for the Grand Final of Eurovision 2019 begins.
21:00 CET // Shalom and welcome to the jury show of the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019!
21:00 CET // The opening VT shows Netta flying the finalists to Tel Aviv with Jon Ola Sand as an air traffic controller.
21:02 CET // The song playing on stage now is “Im Nin’Alu” by Ofra Haza, who represented Israel in 1983.
21:03 CET // Netta appears on stage to start the Parade of Nations. Each nation is welcome by spinning LED’s in the the country’s flag.
21:05 CET // Dana International comes on stage to perform “Tel Aviv Ya Habibi” and “Diva” during the Parade of Nations.
21:06 CET // The theme of the Parade of Nations is an arrivals hall in an airport.
21:07 CET // Ilanit, Israel’s very first Eurovision representative, is on stage performing “Ey Sham”, her Eurovision entry from 1973.
21:09 CET // Nadav Guedj, Israel’s 2015 representative, ends the Parade of Nations with “Golden Boy”.
21:10 CET // The four presenters are now on stage.
21:13 CET // A montage of presenters from past contests is used to explain the voting procedure.
Malta: Michela – Chameleon
21:14 CET // Michela’s postcard was filmed in Timna Park in the Negev Desert.
21:16 CET // Michela does not any of the in-ear problems from earlier today.
21:17 CET // Michela brings fun, colour and confident vocals to the stage. This is a great opening to the show.
Albania: Jonida Maliqi – Ktheju tokës
21:19 CET // Jonida’s postcard was filmed in the Banias Nature Reserve in northern Israel.
21:21 CET // Jonida’s vocals are very dramatic, which add to the overall feel of the song.
Czech Republic: Lake Malawi – Friend of a Friend
21:23 CET // Lake Malawi’s postcard was filmed in Casaerea in northern Israel.
21:25 CET // Lake Malawi give their most upbeat performance yet.
Germany: S!sters – Sister
21:26 CET // S!sters’ postcard was filmed in the Sea of Galilee.
21:28 CET // Sisters’ give a solid vocal performance.
21:30 CET // S!sters get a surprisingly big reaction from the crowd.
Russia: Sergey Lazarev – Scream
21:31 CET // Sergey’s postcard was filmed at the Tower of David in Jerusalem.
21:32 CET // Sergey shines as a performer. He has not disappointed with any performance in the contest so far.
21:34 CET // Sergey is going for higher notes at the end now.
21:35 CET // Lucy and Bar are in the Green Room now.
Denmark: Leonora – Love Is Forever
21:35 CET // Leonora’s postcard was filmed in Jerusalem with the Israeli National Ballet.
21:37 CET // Leonora has improved again from the semi-final, as she said she wanted to do in her press conference.
San Marino: Serhat – Say Na Na Na
21:39 CET // Serhat’s postcard was filmed at the Ashalim Solar Power Station in the Negev Desert.
21:40 CET // Serhat started off key but managed to get the key again quicker than in his semi-final performance.
21:42 CET // Serhat is clearly enjoying himself on stage.
North Macedonia: Tamara Todevska – Proud
21:43 CET // Tamara’s postcard was filmed in the Carmel Forest on the slopes of Mount Carmel in northern Israel.
21:45 CET // Tamara’s vocals balances power and emotion.
21:47 CET // Lucy is talking to Michela from Malta in the Green Room.
21:49 CET // Assi is talking to S!sters from Germany and Lake Malawi from the Czech Republic.
Sweden: John Lundvik – Too Late For Love
21:50 CET // John’s postcard was filmed in Tel Aviv Port.
21:51 CET // John delivers another polished and slick performance.
21:53 CET // The Press Centre are clapping along to this song.
Slovenia: Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl – Sebi
21:54 CET // Zala and Gašper’s postcard was filmed in the Ruhama Badlands.
21:55 CET // Zala’s vocals are soft and the chemistry between Zala and Gašper is palpable.
Cyprus: Tamta – Replay
21:58 CET // Tamta’s postcard was filmed in Eilat on the Red Sea in southern Israel.
21:59 CET // Tamta’s vocals are much stronger than in the semi-final.
22:00 CET // Tamta is confident with every move she makes.
Netherlands: Duncan Laurence – Arcade
22:01 CET // Duncan’s postcard was filmed on Mount Arbel in the Lower Galilee region.
22:04 CET // A powerful performance from Duncan. Has he sealed the win yet?
Greece: Katerine Duska – Better Love
22:06 CET // Katerine’s postcard was filmed in the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem.
22:08 CET // Katerine’s unique vocals, stage presence and staging come together to give a full package.
Israel: Kobi Marimi – Home
22:10 CET // Kobi’s postcard was filmed in the Old Town of Jerusalem.
22:12 CET // Kobi’s performance was slightly delayed.
22:14 CET // Kobi uses his signature vibrato throughout the song.
22:15 CET // Obviously the crowd is cheering very loudly for Kobi.
Norway: KEiiNO – Spirit In the Sky
22:16 CET // KEiiNO’s postcard was filmed in the Judean Desert.
22:17 CET // There were camera problems for KEiiNO. The camera was focused on Alexandra when it should have been focused on Tom.
22:18 CET // Apart from that error, KEiiNO give a strong performance with strong vocals.
United Kingdom: Michael Rice – Bigger Than Us
22:20 CET // Michael’s postcard was filmed in the Baha’i Gardens in Haifa.
22:22 CET // Michael’s vocals are the most powerful that they have ever been in the contest.
22:24 CET // Lucy and Assi are talking to the returning artists this year; Serhat, Sergey and Tamara.
Iceland: Hatari – Hatrið mun sigra
22:26 CET // Hatari’s postcard was filmed in Beit She’an National Park, east of Haifa.
22:28 CET // Hatari are the most visually striking act of the night so far. The pyrotechnics are also in full effect.
22:29 CET // Big applause from the Press Centre (though that may be because there are Icelandic people beside us).
Estonia: Victor Crone – Storm
22:31 CET // Victor’s postcard was filmed on the beachfront of Tel Aviv.
22:32 CET // Victor’s vocals are similar to his semi-final performance.
Belarus: Zena – Like It
22:34 CET // Zena’s postcard was filmed in the Rockfeller Museum in Jerusalem.
22:36 CET // Zena gives a confident and assured conifident performance. It is quite hard to believe that she is only 16 years old!
Azerbaijan: Chingiz – Truth
22:38 CET // Chingiz’ postcard was filmed in Gan HaShlosha.
22:39 CET // The staging still looks as edgy and different as ever.
22:41 CET // Chingiz weaves between deep, falsetto and traditional vocals easily.
France: Bilal Hassani – Roi
22:43 CET // Bilal’s postcard was filmed in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the venue for the Semi-Final Allocation Draw.
22:44 CET // The projections on Bilal’s face at the start of the song have changed slightly.
22:45 CET // Bilal is commanding the stage with his dancers.
Italy: Mahmood – Soldi
22:46 CET // Mahmood’s postcard was filmed in Ashdod Port in central Israel.
22:47 CET // Mahmood has changed his shirt yet again.
22:48 CET // Mahmood looks effortlessly cool and has the most urban vocals this year.
Serbia: Nevena Božović – Kruna
22:51 CET // Nevena’s postcard was filmed in Ein Zivan in the Golan Heights in northern Israel.
22:52 CET // Nevena’s vocals are as powerful and emotional as ever.
Switzerland: Luca Hänni – She Got Me
22:55 CET // Luca’s postcard was filmed in Habima Theatre in Tel Aviv, the venue for the Opening Ceremony.
22:57 CET // Luca is giving slick choreography and vocals. Big reaction from the crowd.
Australia: Kate Miller-Heidke – Zero Gravity
22:59 CET // Kate’s postcard was filmed in Jaffa, just south of Tel Aviv.
23:00 CET // Kate’s hair got caught in her crown.
23:01 CET // Kate gives probably the most impressive vocal performance of the night.
Spain: Miki – La Venda
23:03 CET // Miki’s postcard was filmed in the Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa.
23:04 CET // Miki’s performance is slightly delayed due to the set being set up.
23:06 CET // Miki ends the night with lots of colour and energy.
23:08 CET // The fake voting lines have opened.
23:16 CET // Assi is presenting a Eurovision mix up involving Conchita Wurst, Måns Zelmerlöw, Eleni Foureira and Verka Serduchka singing songs of other Eurovision artists.
23:18 CET // Conchita sings “Heroes” by Måns Zelmerlöw.
23:19 CET // Måns sings “Fuego” by Eleni Foureira.
23:21 CET // Eleni sings “Dashing Lasha Tumbai” by Verka Serduchka.
23:23 CET // Verka sings “Toy” by Netta.
23:25 CET // All of the artists involved in the mix up now join Gali Atari, Eurovision 1979 winner, to sing the winning entry from that year, “Hallelujah”.
23:28 CET // A video showing what you can do in three minutes in Tel Aviv is presented by actress Gal Gadot.
23:31 CET // We are now being shown a second recap of the competing entries.
23:36 CET // The Idan Raichel Project, one of the most famous music acts in Israel, is now peforming on stage.
23:37 CET // The song that the Idan Raichel Project is performing is called “Bo’ee” (Come With Me), which was a massive hit in Israel in 2002, and which includes lyrics in Amharic.
23:40 CET // Katerine from Greece is talking to Lucy in the Green Room.
23:41 CET // Lucy is now talking to John Lundvik from Sweden.
23:42 CET // Lior Suchard is back in the Green Room again.
23:44 CET // Netta is performing her new single “Nana Banana” and Assi and Bar take part in the beginning of the performance.
23:48 CET // We are now watching a third recap.
23:54 CET // The fake voting lines are now closed.
23:55 CET // The jury voting has started.
00:07 CET // Iceland is currently in the lead with the fake jury voting.
00:32 CET // Iceland has won the jury vote, with Denmark in second place and the Czech Republic in third.
00:33 CET // The public voting results will now be announced. The results will be announced in the order of the jury results, from the country who finished last up to the country who finished first.
00:36 CET // Bar has changed her dress and is ready to reveal the results of the public vote.
00:53 CET // Denmark win the fake voting, beating Iceland by just one point.
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