ESC TEL AVIV 2019 (64ª)

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  • Dates – Grand Final: Saturday, 18 May 2019 – 21:00 CEST
  • Host – Venue & Location: Expo Tel Aviv (International Convention Center) / (Israel Trade Fairs and Convention Center, מרכז הירידים והקונגרסים בישראל / Tel Aviv Convention Center, מרכז הירידים – תל אביב / Ganei HaTaarucha, גני התערוכה, “Exhibition Gardens”, Tel Aviv Fairgrounds), Tel Aviv, Israel 
  • Presenter (s): Bar Refaeli (בר רפאלי), Erez Tal (ארז טל),  Assi Azar (אסי עזר) & Lucy Ayoub (لوسي ايوب‎, לוסי איוב)
  • Musical Director:
  • Director: Amir Ukrainitz, Sivan Magazanik, Yuval Cohen
  • Executive Producer: Zivit Davidovitch
  • Executive Supervisor: Jon Ola Sand
  • Multicamera Director: Amir Ukrainitz, Sivan Magazanik
  • Host broadcaster: Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC);  תאגיד השידור הישראלי‎, يئة البث الإسرائيلي‎) / KAN (כאן‎, مكان‎).  
  • Opening Act: “Diva” and “Tel Aviv” performed by Dana International; “Ey Sham” performed by Ilanit;  “Golden Boy” performed by Nadav Guedj; Flag parade introducing the 26 finalist countries.
  • Interval Act: “Heroes” performed by Conchita Wurst; “Fuego” performed by Måns Zelmerlöw; “Dancing Lasha Tumbai” performed by Eleni Foureira; “Toy” performed by Verka Serduchka;”Hallelujah” performed by Gali Atari; “Bo’ee – Come to Me” performed by Idan Raichel; “Nana Banana” performed by Netta Barzilai; “Future” ft. Quavo, “Like a Prayer” and “Dark Ballet” performed by Madonna; Gal Gadot.
  • Motto: “Dare to Dream” (הָעֵזו לחלום)
  • Participants – Number of entries: 42: Final 26 [🇱🇹 Lithuania (10ª), 🇮🇱 Israel (28ª), 🇫🇷 France (49ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (46ª), 🇭🇷 Croatia (16ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (40ª), 🇮🇸 Iceland (22ª), 🇬🇷 Greece (28ª), 🇦🇲 Armenia (4ª), 🇷🇺 Russia (12ª), 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan (2ª), 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina (14ª), Moldova (5ª), 🇲🇹 Malta (21ª), 🇪🇪 Estonia (14ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (38ª), 🇩🇪 Germany (49ª), 🇹🇷 Turkey (30ª), 🇦🇱 Albania (6ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (45ª), 🇺🇦 Ukraine (7ª), 🇷🇴 Romania (11ª), 🇬🇧 United Kindom (48ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (40ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (45ª)]; First Semi-Final 17 [🇲🇪 Montenegro (3ª), 🇨🇿 Czech Republic (3ª), 🇧🇪 Belgium (48ª), Belarus (6ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (46ª), 🇦🇲 Armenia (4ª), Andorra (6ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (48ª), 🇹🇷 Turkey (30ª), 🇮🇱 Israel (28ª), 🇧🇬 Bulgaria (5ª), 🇮🇸 Iceland (22ª), 🇲🇰 FYRO Macedonia (9ª), 🇷🇴 Romania (11ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (40ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (40ª), 🇲🇹 Malta (21ª), 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina (14ª)]; Second Semi-Final 18  [🇭🇷 Croatia (16ª), 🇮🇪 Ireland (40ª), 🇱🇻 Latvia (9ª), 🇷🇸 Serbia (4ª), 🇵🇱 Poland (14ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (45ª), 🇨🇾 Cyprus (27ª), 🇸🇰 Slovakia (4ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (38ª), 🇸🇮 Slovenia (14ª), 🇭🇺 Hungary (8ª)🇦🇿 Azerbaijan (2ª), 🇬🇷 Greece (28ª), 🇱🇹 Lithuania (10ª), 🇲🇩 Moldova (5ª), 🇦🇱 Albania (6ª), 🇺🇦 Ukraine (7ª), 🇪🇪 Estonia (14ª), 🇳🇱 The Netherlands (47ª)]
  • Debuting countries:
  • Return:
  • Non-returning countries:  Bulgaria, Ucraina
  • Vote – Voting system: Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to 10 songs: the first–from a professional jury, the second–from viewers.
  • Nil Points: — [a]
  • Winning song: 1f3c6 “Arcade” – Duncan Laurence – The Netherlands (5ª)

About/Overview. After Netta’s grand victory in Lisbon in Lisbon, the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Tel Aviv, Israel. The 64th Eurovision Song Contest was held at Expo Tel Aviv (International Convention Center). The first Semi-Final was held on Tuesday 14 May, the second Semi-Final on Thursday 16 May and the Grand Final took place on Saturday 18 May. The three shows were hosted by Bar Refaeli, Erez Tal, Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub.

The exact running order of each show was determined by the producers on the basis of the Semi-Final Allocation Draw, the outcome of which you can find here. Each of the so-called ‘Big Five’ and Host Country Israel had also been allocated to vote in one of the two Semi-Finals: Spain, France and Israel voted in the first Semi-Final. Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom voted in the second Semi-Final.

  • Dates – First Semi-Final: Tuesday, 14 May, 2019, 21:00 CEST
  • Host – Venue & Location: Expo Tel Aviv (International Convention Center) / (Israel Trade Fairs and Convention Center, מרכז הירידים והקונגרסים בישראל / Tel Aviv Convention Center, מרכז הירידים – תל אביב / Ganei HaTaarucha, גני התערוכה, “Exhibition Gardens”, Tel Aviv Fairgrounds), Tel Aviv, Israel 
  • Presenter (s): Bar Refaeli (בר רפאלי), Erez Tal (ארז טל),  Assi Azar (אסי עזר) & Lucy Ayoub (لوسي ايوب‎, לוסי איוב)
  • Musical Director:
  • Director: Amir Ukrainitz, Sivan Magazanik, Yuval Cohen
  • Executive Producer: Zivit Davidovitch
  • Executive Supervisor: Jon Ola Sand
  • Multicamera Director: Amir Ukrainitz, Sivan Magazanik
  • Host broadcaster: Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC);  תאגיד השידור הישראלי‎, يئة البث الإسرائيلي‎) / KAN (כאן‎, مكان‎).  
  • Opening Act: “Toy” performed by Netta Barzilai.
  • Interval Act: “Just the Way You Are” performed by Dana International.
  • Motto: “Dare to Dream” (הָעֵזו לחלום)
  • Participants – Number of entries: 42: Final 26 [🇱🇹 Lithuania (10ª), 🇮🇱 Israel (28ª), 🇫🇷 France (49ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (46ª), 🇭🇷 Croatia (16ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (40ª), 🇮🇸 Iceland (22ª), 🇬🇷 Greece (28ª), 🇦🇲 Armenia (4ª), 🇷🇺 Russia (12ª), 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan (2ª), 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina (14ª), Moldova (5ª), 🇲🇹 Malta (21ª), 🇪🇪 Estonia (14ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (38ª), 🇩🇪 Germany (49ª), 🇹🇷 Turkey (30ª), 🇦🇱 Albania (6ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (45ª), 🇺🇦 Ukraine (7ª), 🇷🇴 Romania (11ª), 🇬🇧 United Kindom (48ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (40ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (45ª)]; First Semi-Final 17 [🇲🇪 Montenegro (3ª), 🇨🇿 Czech Republic (3ª), 🇧🇪 Belgium (48ª), Belarus (6ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (46ª), 🇦🇲 Armenia (4ª), Andorra (6ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (48ª), 🇹🇷 Turkey (30ª), 🇮🇱 Israel (28ª), 🇧🇬 Bulgaria (5ª), 🇮🇸 Iceland (22ª), 🇲🇰 FYRO Macedonia (9ª), 🇷🇴 Romania (11ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (40ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (40ª), 🇲🇹 Malta (21ª), 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina (14ª)]; Second Semi-Final 18  [🇭🇷 Croatia (16ª), 🇮🇪 Ireland (40ª), 🇱🇻 Latvia (9ª), 🇷🇸 Serbia (4ª), 🇵🇱 Poland (14ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (45ª), 🇨🇾 Cyprus (27ª), 🇸🇰 Slovakia (4ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (38ª), 🇸🇮 Slovenia (14ª), 🇭🇺 Hungary (8ª)🇦🇿 Azerbaijan (2ª), 🇬🇷 Greece (28ª), 🇱🇹 Lithuania (10ª), 🇲🇩 Moldova (5ª), 🇦🇱 Albania (6ª), 🇺🇦 Ukraine (7ª), 🇪🇪 Estonia (14ª), 🇳🇱 The Netherlands (47ª)]
  • Debuting countries:
  • Return:
  • Non-returning countries:  Bulgaria, Ucraina
  • Vote – Voting system: Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to 10 songs: the first–from a professional jury, the second–from viewers.
  • Nil Points: — [a]
  • Winning song: 1f3c6 “Zero Gravity” –  Kate Miller-Heidke –   Australia (1ª)

About/Overview. After Netta’s grand victory in Lisbon in Lisbon, the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Tel Aviv, Israel. The 64th Eurovision Song Contest was held at Expo Tel Aviv (International Convention Center). The first Semi-Final was held on Tuesday 14 May, the second Semi-Final on Thursday 16 May and the Grand Final took place on Saturday 18 May. The three shows were hosted by Bar Refaeli, Erez Tal, Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub.

The exact running order of each show was determined by the producers on the basis of the Semi-Final Allocation Draw, the outcome of which you can find here. Each of the so-called ‘Big Five’ and Host Country Israel had also been allocated to vote in one of the two Semi-Finals: Spain, France and Israel voted in the first Semi-Final. Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom voted in the second Semi-Final.

  • Dates – Second Semi-Final: Thursday, 16 May 2019 – 21:00 CEST
  • Host – Venue & Location: Expo Tel Aviv (International Convention Center) / (Israel Trade Fairs and Convention Center, מרכז הירידים והקונגרסים בישראל / Tel Aviv Convention Center, מרכז הירידים – תל אביב / Ganei HaTaarucha, גני התערוכה, “Exhibition Gardens”, Tel Aviv Fairgrounds), Tel Aviv, Israel 
  • Presenter (s): Bar Refaeli (בר רפאלי), Erez Tal (ארז טל),  Assi Azar (אסי עזר) & Lucy Ayoub (لوسي ايوب‎, לוסי איוב)
  • Musical Director:
  • Director: Amir Ukrainitz, Sivan Magazanik, Yuval Cohen
  • Executive Producer: Zivit Davidovitch
  • Executive Supervisor: Jon Ola Sand
  • Multicamera Director: Amir Ukrainitz, Sivan Magazanik
  • Host broadcaster: Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC);  תאגיד השידור הישראלי‎, يئة البث الإسرائيلي‎) / KAN (כאן‎, مكان‎).  
  • Opening Act:
  • Interval Act: “A Million Dreams” performed by Shalva Band; Lior Suchard.
  • Motto: “Dare to Dream” (הָעֵזו לחלום)
  • Participants – Number of entries: 42: Final 26 [🇱🇹 Lithuania (10ª), 🇮🇱 Israel (28ª), 🇫🇷 France (49ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (46ª), 🇭🇷 Croatia (16ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (40ª), 🇮🇸 Iceland (22ª), 🇬🇷 Greece (28ª), 🇦🇲 Armenia (4ª), 🇷🇺 Russia (12ª), 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan (2ª), 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina (14ª), Moldova (5ª), 🇲🇹 Malta (21ª), 🇪🇪 Estonia (14ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (38ª), 🇩🇪 Germany (49ª), 🇹🇷 Turkey (30ª), 🇦🇱 Albania (6ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (45ª), 🇺🇦 Ukraine (7ª), 🇷🇴 Romania (11ª), 🇬🇧 United Kindom (48ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (40ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (45ª)]; First Semi-Final 17 [🇲🇪 Montenegro (3ª), 🇨🇿 Czech Republic (3ª), 🇧🇪 Belgium (48ª), Belarus (6ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (46ª), 🇦🇲 Armenia (4ª), Andorra (6ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (48ª), 🇹🇷 Turkey (30ª), 🇮🇱 Israel (28ª), 🇧🇬 Bulgaria (5ª), 🇮🇸 Iceland (22ª), 🇲🇰 FYRO Macedonia (9ª), 🇷🇴 Romania (11ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (40ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (40ª), 🇲🇹 Malta (21ª), 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina (14ª)]; Second Semi-Final 18  [🇭🇷 Croatia (16ª), 🇮🇪 Ireland (40ª), 🇱🇻 Latvia (9ª), 🇷🇸 Serbia (4ª), 🇵🇱 Poland (14ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (45ª), 🇨🇾 Cyprus (27ª), 🇸🇰 Slovakia (4ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (38ª), 🇸🇮 Slovenia (14ª), 🇭🇺 Hungary (8ª)🇦🇿 Azerbaijan (2ª), 🇬🇷 Greece (28ª), 🇱🇹 Lithuania (10ª), 🇲🇩 Moldova (5ª), 🇦🇱 Albania (6ª), 🇺🇦 Ukraine (7ª), 🇪🇪 Estonia (14ª), 🇳🇱 The Netherlands (47ª)]
  • Debuting countries:
  • Return:
  • Non-returning countries:  Bulgaria, Ucraina
  • Vote – Voting system: Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to 10 songs: the first–from a professional jury, the second–from viewers.
  • Nil Points: — [a]
  • Winning song: 1f3c6 “Arcade” – Duncan Laurence – The Netherlands (1°)

About/Overview. After Netta’s grand victory in Lisbon in Lisbon, the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Tel Aviv, Israel. The 64th Eurovision Song Contest was held at Expo Tel Aviv (International Convention Center). The first Semi-Final was held on Tuesday 14 May, the second Semi-Final on Thursday 16 May and the Grand Final took place on Saturday 18 May. The three shows were hosted by Bar Refaeli, Erez Tal, Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub.

The exact running order of each show was determined by the producers on the basis of the Semi-Final Allocation Draw, the outcome of which you can find here. Each of the so-called ‘Big Five’ and Host Country Israel had also been allocated to vote in one of the two Semi-Finals: Spain, France and Israel voted in the first Semi-Final. Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom voted in the second Semi-Final.

Missed participation

Participation map

Transmitirá a 2º semifinal noutro horário. Participating countries Transmitirá a Final em direto. Did not qualify from the semi final Transmitirá a 1º semifinal em direto. Countries that participated in the past but not in 2019

ESC 2019 Scoreboard Grand Final Ι Detailed voting results:

Final:

ESC 2019 Scoreboard First Semi-Final Ι Detailed voting results:

First Semi-Final:

ESC 2019 Scoreboard Second Semi-Final Ι Detailed voting results:

Second Semi-Final:

The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 was the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Tel AvivIsrael, following the country’s victory at the 2018 contest with the song “Toy” by Netta. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC/KAN), the contest was held at Expo Tel Aviv, and consisted of two semi-finals on 14 and 16 May, and a final on 18 May 2019. The three live shows were presented by Israeli television presenters Erez TalAssi Azar and Lucy Ayoub and Israeli model Bar Refaeli.

Forty-one countries participated in the contest, with Bulgaria and Ukraine not returning after their participation in the previous edition. Members of Bulgaria’s delegation had been moved to other projects, while Ukraine, which had originally planned to participate, ultimately withdrew as a result of a controversy surrounding its national selection.

The winner was the Netherlands with the song “Arcade“, performed by Duncan Laurence and written by Laurence along with Joel Sjöö, Wouter Hardy and Will Knox. ItalyRussiaSwitzerland and Sweden rounded out the top five, although, due to a voting error, Norway were placed fifth and Sweden sixth – this was corrected three days after the contest. Further down the table, North Macedonia and San Marino achieved their best results to date, finishing 7th and 19th respectively. Israel finished 23rd in the final, making it the fourth time that the host country ranked in the bottom five since 2015.

The EBU reported that the contest had an audience of 182 million viewers in 40 European markets, a decrease of 4 million viewers from the previous edition. However, an increase of two percent in the 15–24 year old age range was reported.[2][3]

The lead-up to the contest was met with controversy on multiple fronts, primarily on issues surrounding the Israeli–Palestinian conflict – this eventually led to demonstrations by interval act performer Madonna and Icelandic entrants Hatari during the broadcast of the final.

1Location The 2019 contest took place in Tel AvivIsrael, following the country’s victory at the 2018 edition with the song “Toy“, performed by Netta Barzilai. It was the third time that Israel had hosted the contest, after having hosted the 1979 and 1999 contests in Jerusalem.[4] The selected venue was Expo Tel Aviv‘s 7,300-seat congress and convention centre in “Bitan 2” (Pavilion 2), which was opened in January 2015.[5][6] Located on Rokach Boulevard in northern Tel Aviv, the convention centre serves as a venue for many events, including concertsexhibitionstrade fairs, and conferences. The fairground has ten halls and pavilions, plus a large outdoor space. The new pavilion had recently hosted the 2018 European Judo Championships from 26 to 28 April.[7]

1.1Bidding phase

After Israel’s victory in the 2018 contest in LisbonPortugal, Netta Barzilai and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that the 2019 contest would be held in Jerusalem, but this was yet to be confirmed by the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC/KAN) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).[4] Israeli finance minister Moshe Kahlon also said in an interview the event would be held solely in Jerusalem and estimated its cost at 120 million Israeli shekels (approximately €29 million).[8] The mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, mentioned Jerusalem Arena and Teddy Stadium as possible venues to host the event.[9] The municipality of Jerusalem confirmed that because it lacked the seating capacity, the contest would not be held at the International Convention Centre, which had hosted the contest in 1979 and 1999.[10]

On 18 June 2018, Netanyahu stated that Israel had committed to remaining in compliance with EBU rules regarding the constitution of member broadcasters, so as not to affect its hosting of Eurovision. The IPBC’s establishment included a condition that news programming would be delegated later to a second public broadcasting entity. This would have violated EBU rules requiring member broadcasters to have their own internal news departments.[11][12]

The following day, Israel was officially confirmed as the host country,[13] and on 24 June 2018, KAN formally opened the bidding process for cities interested in hosting the 2019 contest.[14] Israeli deputy minister Michael Oren stated that Jerusalem did not have the resources to host the contest on 28 July, reiterating that Tel Aviv was the more likely host.[15]

Soon afterwards, reports surfaced of the government not providing the €12 million downpayment requested by KAN to cover hosting expenses and security.[16] Following a tense back-and-forth between KAN and the government, a compromise between the two parties was reached on 29 July 2018 that would see KAN paying the €12 million to the EBU and the Finance Ministry covering expenses should complications arise. The mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, announced that the city would be willing to pay for the convention centre itself, should it be chosen as the host city.[16][17]

In the week of 27 August 2018, executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand led a handful of EBU delegates around Israel to look at potential venues in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and to hear the bid from Eilat. On 30 August 2018, Sand stated in an interview with KAN that Eilat was no longer in the running to host, leaving Jerusalem and Tel Aviv as the remaining cities in the running. He added that there was no serious discussion among members of the EBU about boycotting the event.[18]

On 13 September 2018, the EBU announced Tel Aviv as the host city, with Expo Tel Aviv as the chosen venue for the 2019 contest.[5]

Key †  Host venue  ‡  Shortlisted venues

City[19] Venue Notes
Eilat[20] Hangars on the port Proposal intended to connect two hangars to a hall, in order to meet the EBU’s capacity and venue requirements.
Haifa Sammy Ofer Stadium Candidacy had been dependent on the construction of a roof.
Jerusalem Pais Arena ‡ Indoor arena similar to the venues of recent contests. It was Jerusalem’s preferred venue, in case they were chosen to be the host city.
Teddy Stadium Candidacy had been dependent on the construction of a roof.
Tel Aviv Expo Tel Aviv, Pavilion 2 † The IPBC expected Pavilion 2 to have room for up to 9,000 attendees, while an additional 1,500 fans will be able to gather in the greenroom.[21]

1.2Other sites

Located at the Charles Clore Park in Tel Aviv, the Eurovision Village was the official Eurovision Song Contest fan and sponsors’ area during the events week. It was open from 12 to 18 May 2019.[22][23] There it was possible to watch performances by local artists, as well as the live shows broadcast from the main venue.

The EuroClub was located at Hangar 11 in Tel Aviv Port and was the venue for the official after-parties and private performances by contest participants. Unlike the Eurovision Village, access to the EuroClub was restricted to accredited fans, delegates, and press.[23]

The “Orange Carpet” event, where the contestants and their delegations are presented before the accredited press and fans, took place at Habima Square in central Tel Aviv on 12 May 2019, followed by the Opening Ceremony at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium.[23][24]

2Format

2.1Visual design The contest’s slogan, “Dare to Dream”, was unveiled on 28 October 2018,[25] while the official logo and branding were revealed on 8 January 2019. Designed by Awesome Tel Aviv and Studio Adam Feinberg, it consists of layered triangles designed to resemble a star, reflecting “the stars of the future” coming to Tel Aviv.[26]

2.2Postcards

Filmed between March and April 2019, and directed by Keren Hochma, the 2019 postcards involved the act travelling to a location in Israel that resembles that of their own country.[27] An imaginary play button circled above the act’s head, and, when the act pressed it, they performed a themed dance and threw the play button towards the screen, afterwards, it “flies over” to the stage where the ceiling lit up with their country’s flag using augmented reality. The dances in each postcard were wide-ranging and included parkourballet and street dance, among other styles. The following locations were used:[28]

2.3Presenters On 25 January 2019, KAN announced that four presenters would host the three shows: TV hosts Erez Tal (who was also one of the Israeli commentators for the 2018 final) and Assi Azar (who works for the Israeli Channel 12), supermodel Bar Refaeli and KAN host Lucy Ayoub (who was also the Israeli jury spokesperson at the 2018 contest).[29] Tal and Refaeli were the main hosts, while Azar and Ayoub hosted the green room.[30]

2.4Semi-final allocation draw

The draw to determine the participating countries’ semi-finals took place on 28 January 2019 at 17:00 CET, at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.[31] The thirty-six semi-finalists were divided over six pots, based on historical voting patterns as calculated by the contest’s official televoting partner Digame. The purpose of drawing from different pots was to reduce the chance of “bloc voting” and to increase suspense in the semi-finals. The draw also determined which semi-final each of the six automatic qualifiers – host country Israel and “Big Five” countries FranceGermanyItalySpain and the United Kingdom – would broadcast and vote in. The ceremony was hosted by contest presenters Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub, and included the passing of the host city insignia from Duarte Cordeiro, vice mayor of Lisbon (host city of the previous contest) to Ron Huldai, mayor of Tel Aviv.[32]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

2.5Voting system On 30 March 2019, the EBU announced that the presentation of the televoting results during the final would change for the first time since the current voting system was introduced in 2016.[33] The jury results’ presentation remained the same with a live spokesperson in each participating country revealing the top song from their national jury that earned 12 points.[34] In a change from previous years, the televoting result was revealed in the order of jury ranking, from the lowest to the highest.[35]

2.6Opening and interval acts

On 8 April 2019, it was confirmed that Madonna would perform three songs during the final.[36] The EBU later revealed they would be “Future” featuring Quavo and “Like a Prayer” and a yet-to-be released song, “Dark Ballet“.[37][38] On 15 April 2019, the EBU released further information about the opening and interval acts.

The first semi-final was opened by Netta Barzilai, performing a new version of her winning song “Toy“, and also featured Dana International with “Just the Way You Are“.[39] The second semi-final included Shalva Band performing “A Million Dreams” and mentalist Lior Suchard.

The final was opened with the traditional flag parade introducing the 26 finalists, which featured Netta Barzilai, Dana International with “Diva” and “Tel Aviv”, Nadav Guedj with “Golden Boy” and Ilanit with “Ey Sham“. In the “Switch Song” interval act, five former Eurovision participants were featured: Conchita Wurst performed “Heroes“, Måns Zelmerlöw performed “Fuego“, Eleni Foureira performed “Dancing Lasha Tumbai“, Verka Serduchka performed “Toy”, and Gali Atari, together with the four above-mentioned artists, performed her winning song “Hallelujah“. Idan Raichel then performed “Bo’ee – Come to Me” together with the Idan Raichel Project. Netta Barzilai later performed her new single “Nana Banana“, while actress Gal Gadot also appeared in a short video skit.[23][40][41][42]

Madonna’s interval performance in the final was heavily criticised due to her poor vocal performance, and further criticisms were raised when her official YouTube channel uploaded a video of the performance with the vocals auto-tuned.[43] Madonna’s representatives at Live Nation were subject to a lawsuit by host broadcaster KAN following the performance.[44]

3Participating countries

The EBU initially announced on 7 November 2018 that 42 countries would participate in the contest, with Bulgaria opting not to participate for financial reasons.[45][46]

Ukraine announced its withdrawal from the contest on 27 February 2019, thereby reducing the number of participating countries to 41.[47]

On 6 March 2019, the EBU confirmed North Macedonia would take part for the first time under its new name, instead of the previous name of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia which had been used since the country first participated in 1998.[48]

3.1Returning artists

The contest featured five representatives who had performed previously as lead vocalists for the same countries. Two of them participated in 2016Sergey Lazarev represented Russia and won the semi-final, while Serhat represented San Marino in the semi-final.[49][50] Joci Pápai represented Hungary in 2017.[51] Tamara Todevska represented Macedonia (now named North Macedonia) in the 2008 semi-final, alongside Vrčak and Adrian, and backed in 2004 and 2014 for Toše Proeski and Tijana Dapčević, respectively.[52] Nevena Božović represented Serbia in the semi-final of 2013 as part of Moje 3, and in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007. The contest also featured a former backing vocalist representing his country for the first time—Jurij Veklenko provided backup for Lithuania in 2013 and 2015.

On the other hand, previous representatives returned to provide supporting vocals for their own or another country. Mikheil Javakhishvili, Georgia’s representative in 2018 as part of Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao, backed Oto Nemsadze.[53] Mikel Hennet, who represented Spain in 2007 as part of D’Nash, backed Miki.[54] Stig RästaEstonia’s representative in 2015 alongside Elina Born, backed Victor Crone.[55] Mladen Lukić, who represented Serbia in 2018 as part of Balkanika, backed Nevena Božović.[56] Sahlene, who represented Estonia in 2002, and provided backing for her native country Sweden in 1999, for Malta in 2000 and for Australia in 2016, backed for the United Kingdom this time.[57] Jacques Houdek, who represented Croatia in 2017, backed Roko.[58] Émilie Satt, who represented France in 2018 as part of Madame Monsieur, backed Bilal Hassani.[59] Destiny Chukunyere, who won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 for Malta, backed Michela.[60]

3.2Semi-final 1 The first semi-final took place on 14 May 2019 at 22:00 IDT (21:00 CEST).[61] Seventeen countries participated in the first semi-final. Those countries plus FranceIsrael and Spain voted in this semi-final.[62]Ukraine was originally allocated to participate in the second half of the semi-final, but withdrew from the contest due to controversy over its national selection.[47] The highlighted countries qualified for the final.[63]

3.3Semi-final 2 The second semi-final took place on 16 May 2019 at 22:00 IDT (21:00 CEST).[61] Eighteen countries participated in the second semi-final. Those countries plus GermanyItaly, and the United Kingdom voted in this semi-final. Switzerland was pre-drawn into this semi-final due to scheduling issues.[62] The highlighted countries qualified for the final.[65]

3.4Final The final took place on 18 May 2019 at 22:00 IDT (21:00 CEST).[61] Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with all forty-one participating countries eligible to vote.

3.5.Participants and results. 

3.6.All the national selections for Eurovision Song Contest 20199: 

• National Selections in 2019:

COUNTRY EVENT WINNER
 Albania Festivali i Këngës #57 Jonida Maliqi
Ktheju tokës
 Australia Australia Decides 2019 Kate Miller-Heidke
Zero Gravity
 Belarus (Belarusian Selection 2019) ZENA
Like It
 Croatia Dora 2019 Roko Blažević
The Dream
 Czech Republic ESCZ 2019 Lake Malawi
Friend of a Friend
 Denmark Melodi Grand Prix 2019 Leonora
Love is Forever
 Estonia Eesti Laul 2019 Victor Crone
Storm
 Finland Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2019 (song selection) [l] Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman
Look Away
 France Destination Eurovision 2019 Bilal Hassani
Roi
 Georgia Georgian Idol (artist selection) [m] Oto Nemsadze
 Germany Unser Lied für Israel S!sters
Sister
 Hungary A Dal 2019 Joci Pápai
Az én apám
 Iceland Söngvakeppnin 2019 Hatari
Hatrið mun sigra
 Israel HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion (artist selection) [n] Kobi Marimi
 Italy Sanremo 2019 Mahmood
Soldi
 Latvia Supernova 2019 Carousel
That Night
 Lithuania Eurovizijos Atranka 2019 Jurijus
Run with the Lions
 Moldova O melodie pentru Europa 2019 Anna Odobescu
Stay
 Montenegro Montevizija 2019 D-moll
Heaven
 Norway Melodi Grand Prix 2019 KEiiNO
Spirit in the Sky
 Portugal Festival da Canção 2019 Conan Osíris
Telemóveis
 Romania Selecţia Naţională 2019 Ester Peony
On a Sunday
 Serbia Beovizija 2019 Nevena Božović
Kruna
 Slovenia EMA 2019 Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl
Sebi
 Spain Operación Triunfo Miki
La venda
 Sweden Melodifestivalen 2019 John Lundvik
Too Late for Love
 Ukraine 💙💛 Vidbir 2019 Maruv
Siren Song
 United Kingdom You Decide 2019 Michael Rice
Bigger than Us

• Internal Selections in 2019:

 Armenia Srbuk
Walking Out
 Austria Pænda
Limits
 Azerbaijan Chingiz
Truth
 Belgium Eliot
Wake Up
 Cyprus Tamta
Replay
 Greece Katerine Duska
Better Love
 Ireland Sarah McTernan
22
 Malta Michela
Chameleon
 Netherlands Duncan Laurence
Arcade
 North Macedonia Tamara Todevska
Proud
 Poland Tulia
Pali się
 Russia Sergey Lazarev
Scream
 San Marino Serhat
Say Na Na Na
 Switzerland Luca Hänni
She Got Me

3.7.Connections:

4Detailed voting results

4.1Belarusian jury dismissal and incorrect aggregated vote

The Belarusian jury was dismissed following the revelation of their votes in the first semi-final, which is contrary to the rules of the contest. To comply with the contest’s voting regulations, the EBU worked with its voting partner, Digame, to create a substitute aggregated result (calculated based on the results of other countries with similar voting records), which was approved by voting monitor Ernst & Young, to determine the Belarusian jury votes for the final. In these results, Israel, which did not receive points from any other jury during the final, received 12 points from Belarus.

However, Twitter user @euro_bruno noted on May 19 that it appeared an incorrect substitute Belarusian result was announced during the broadcast of the final four days earlier.[69] The mistake was confirmed in a statement issued by the EBU three days later, on 22 May 2019. According to the statement, the EBU “discovered that due to a human error an incorrect aggregated result was used. This had no impact on the calculation of points derived from televoting across the 41 participating countries and the overall winner and Top 4 songs of the contest remain unchanged. To respect both the artists and EBU Members which took part, [they wished] to correct the grand final results in accordance with the rules.”[70]

The error, a reversal of the Belarusian aggregated votes, led to the bottom ten countries receiving points instead of the top ten. Malta, which had been incorrectly ranked last, would receive Belarus’ 12 jury points, and Israel would end up with no jury points. The corrected point totals also changed some rankings: Sweden finished fifth overall instead of Norway, Belarus finished 24th overall instead of Germany, San Marino ended 19th despite losing four points, and North Macedonia won the jury vote instead of Sweden.[71][72]

The mistake made by the EBU and their voting partner was widely panned by the press. Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad said the EBU had to present the new vote totals “blushing with shame”, calling the situation “chaos”.[73] British newspaper Metro thought the EBU had “screwed up”, while the Daily Mirror named the accidental reversal of the aggregated vote total a “scandalous blunder”.[74][75]

A similar situation occurred in the 1976197719791996 and 1998 contests and the semi-final of the 2004 contest, whereupon the results also had to be corrected after the broadcast due to an error with the votes.

The corrected results have been used in all following scoreboards (where applicable).

4.2Semi-final 1

Qualifiers
Split results of semi-final 1 hide
Place Combined Jury Televoting
Country Points Country Points Country Points
1  Australia 261  Czech Republic 157  Iceland 151
2  Czech Republic 242  Greece 131  Australia 140
3  Iceland 221  Australia 121  Estonia 133
4  Estonia 198  Cyprus 95  San Marino 124
5  Greece 185  Serbia 91  Slovenia 93
6  Slovenia 167  Belarus 78  Czech Republic 85
7  Serbia 156  Slovenia 74  Serbia 65
8  San Marino 150  Iceland 70  Poland 60
9  Cyprus 149  Hungary 65  Greece 54
10  Belarus 122  Estonia 65  Cyprus 54
11  Poland 120  Poland 60  Belarus 44
12  Hungary 97  Belgium 50  Portugal 43
13  Belgium 70  Montenegro 31  Georgia 33
14  Georgia 62  Georgia 29  Hungary 32
15  Portugal 51  San Marino 26  Belgium 20
16  Montenegro 46  Finland 9  Montenegro 15
17  Finland 23  Portugal 8  Finland 14
Detailed jury voting results of semi-final 1[76]
  • Voting procedure used:
  •   100% televoting
  •   100% jury vote
Total score
Jury score
Televoting score
Jury vote
Cyprus
Montenegro
Finland
Poland
Slovenia
Czech Republic
Hungary
Belarus
Serbia
Belgium
Georgia
Australia
Iceland
Estonia
Portugal
Greece
San Marino
France
Israel
Spain
Contestants
Cyprus 149 95 54 8 4 7 10 4 8 3 5 1 8 1 12 8 6 4 6
Montenegro 46 31 15 4 12 5 10
Finland 23 9 14 1 2 4 2
Poland 120 60 60 10 3 7 8 6 3 8 7 3 5
Slovenia 167 74 93 5 1 5 8 12 3 7 7 4 5 8 1 4 4
Czech Republic 242 157 85 1 3 8 7 12 10 7 10 8 12 12 10 12 12 8 3 8 6 8
Hungary 97 65 32 6 1 6 2 4 2 6 2 1 6 5 7 10 7
Belarus 122 78 44 8 8 12 4 4 3 3 10 6 7 1 4 1 7
Serbia 156 91 65 6 7 3 10 5 6 7 5 6 3 6 6 4 6 5 3 3
Belgium 70 50 20 10 2 3 6 3 2 4 10 2 3 5
Georgia 62 29 33 7 2 1 2 10 5 2
Australia 261 121 140 5 12 12 5 8 5 12 4 12 1 2 10 6 7 8 12
Iceland 221 70 151 8 4 4 5 4 1 1 10 10 2 2 7 12
Estonia 198 65 133 6 1 6 12 1 7 8 7 5 1 10 1
Portugal 51 8 43 3 2 2 1
Greece 185 131 54 12 12 7 10 5 4 5 2 6 10 7 8 4 12 5 12 10
San Marino 150 26 124 2 10 3 1 2 3 3 2
Detailed televoting results of semi-final 1[76]
  • Voting procedure used:
  •   100% televoting
  •   100% jury vote
Total score
Jury score
Televoting score
Televote
Cyprus
Montenegro
Finland
Poland
Slovenia
Czech Republic
Hungary
Belarus
Serbia
Belgium
Georgia
Australia
Iceland
Estonia
Portugal
Greece
San Marino
France
Israel
Spain
Contestants
Cyprus 149 95 54 4 1 3 1 10 3 1 12 10 8 1
Montenegro 46 31 15 7 8
Finland 23 9 14 2 12
Poland 120 60 60 6 1 7 6 5 5 5 8 2 5 8 2
Slovenia 167 74 93 8 7 8 5 7 8 10 3 5 5 7 7 5 3 2 3
Czech Republic 242 157 85 2 3 5 5 5 4 3 1 6 1 10 12 8 4 1 4 6 5
Hungary 97 65 32 2 3 6 2 12 1 3 3
Belarus 122 78 44 6 5 2 2 3 4 7 2 6 1 2 4
Serbia 156 91 65 5 12 1 4 12 4 2 4 3 3 6 2 6 1
Belgium 70 50 20 3 1 1 4 2 5 4
Georgia 62 29 33 10 1 10 1 4 7
Australia 261 121 140 4 7 8 10 4 10 5 10 7 10 10 5 10 8 6 7 12 7
Iceland 221 70 151 1 6 12 12 10 6 10 12 6 7 6 12 6 8 7 7 10 3 10
Estonia 198 65 133 7 2 10 7 8 8 8 6 3 12 8 7 7 12 3 8 1 10 6
Portugal 51 8 43 3 2 8 2 4 12 12
Greece 185 131 54 12 1 1 2 4 4 8 5 12 3 2
San Marino 150 26 124 8 10 4 6 3 12 12 7 5 2 12 6 4 10 6 4 5 8

4.2.112 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country’s professional jury and televote in the first semi-final. Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to the specified entrant.

12 points awarded by juries
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
5  Australia  Belgium Finland Iceland Poland Spain
 Czech Republic  Australia Estonia Georgia Portugal Slovenia
4  Greece  Cyprus Israel Montenegro San Marino
1  Belarus  Hungary
 Cyprus  Greece
 Estonia  Belarus
 Iceland  France
 Montenegro  Serbia
 Slovenia  Czech Republic
12 points awarded by televoting
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
4  Iceland  Australia Belarus Finland Poland
3  San Marino  Czech Republic Georgia Hungary
2  Estonia  Belgium Portugal
 Greece  Cyprus San Marino
 Portugal  France Spain
 Serbia  Montenegro Slovenia
1  Australia  Israel
 Cyprus  Greece
 Czech Republic  Iceland
 Finland  Estonia
 Hungary  Serbia

4.3Semi-final 2

Qualifiers
Split results of semi-final 2 hide
Place Combined Jury Televoting
Country Points Country Points Country Points
1  Netherlands 280  North Macedonia 155  Norway 170
2  North Macedonia 239  Sweden 150  Netherlands 140
3  Sweden 238  Netherlands 140   Switzerland 137
4   Switzerland 232  Malta 107  Russia 124
5  Azerbaijan 224  Azerbaijan 103  Azerbaijan 121
6  Russia 217   Switzerland 95  Sweden 88
7  Norway 210  Russia 93  North Macedonia 84
8  Malta 157  Moldova 58  Lithuania 77
9  Albania 96  Denmark 53  Albania 58
10  Denmark 94  Romania 47  Malta 50
11  Lithuania 93  Norway 40  Denmark 41
12  Moldova 85  Albania 38  Croatia 38
13  Romania 71  Latvia 37  Moldova 27
14  Croatia 64  Armenia 26  Romania 24
15  Latvia 50  Croatia 26  Armenia 23
16  Armenia 49  Austria 21  Latvia 13
17  Austria 21  Lithuania 16  Ireland 3
18  Ireland 16  Ireland 13  Austria 0
Detailed jury voting results of semi-final 2[77]
  • Voting procedure used:
  •   100% televoting
  •   100% jury vote
Total score
Jury score
Televoting score
Jury vote
Armenia
Ireland
Moldova
Switzerland
Latvia
Romania
Denmark
Sweden
Austria
Croatia
Malta
Lithuania
Russia
Albania
Norway
Netherlands
North Macedonia
Azerbaijan
Germany
Italy
United Kingdom
Contestants
Armenia 49 26 23 2 4 2 1 1 6 6 2 2
Ireland 16 13 3 5 8
Moldova 85 58 27 5 5 12 6 2 5 5 3 2 6 3 4
Switzerland 232 95 137 6 10 3 4 12 7 10 5 2 5 8 8 5 2 8
Latvia 50 37 13 3 7 6 7 1 3 5 5
Romania 71 47 24 2 12 1 12 1 8 4 2 5
Denmark 94 53 41 3 1 2 7 2 4 3 5 3 5 12 6
Sweden 238 150 88 12 12 10 12 4 12 12 4 10 10 7 12 12 4 7 10
Austria 21 21 0 1 1 2 8 6 1 1 1
Croatia 64 26 38 1 5 5 2 5 8
Malta 157 107 50 10 4 7 4 4 5 4 2 6 3 8 6 4 10 7 6 6 10 1
Lithuania 93 16 77 3 6 3 3 1
Russia 217 93 124 7 8 1 3 6 3 7 3 8 4 8 3 7 10 12 3
Albania 96 38 58 2 2 5 7 12 7 3
Norway 210 40 170 1 7 3 6 8 5 3 4 1 2
Netherlands 280 140 140 4 8 12 8 8 7 10 10 8 12 12 1 4 10 6 4 10 4 2
North Macedonia 239 155 84 8 6 10 8 5 10 10 8 12 2 2 10 12 7 4 10 12 7 12
Azerbaijan 224 103 121 5 6 10 7 1 1 6 7 7 8 4 10 6 1 8 3 6 7
Detailed televoting results of semi-final 2[77]
  • Voting procedure used:
  •   100% televoting
  •   100% jury vote
Total score
Jury score
Televoting score
Televote
Armenia
Ireland
Moldova
Switzerland
Latvia
Romania
Denmark
Sweden
Austria
Croatia
Malta
Lithuania
Russia
Albania
Norway
Netherlands
North Macedonia
Azerbaijan
Germany
Italy
United Kingdom
Contestants
Armenia 49 26 23 2 10 5 6
Ireland 16 13 3 3
Moldova 85 58 27 3 12 2 5 5
Switzerland 232 95 137 8 6 6 3 7 6 4 12 8 12 4 4 6 7 8 2 10 12 6 6
Latvia 50 37 13 1 12
Romania 71 47 24 1 12 10 1
Denmark 94 53 41 1 2 2 5 10 2 1 2 3 1 8 4
Sweden 238 150 88 4 5 8 4 1 10 1 4 7 5 2 4 10 10 1 3 5 4
Austria 21 21 0
Croatia 64 26 38 2 5 1 1 8 1 3 3 10 1 3
Malta 157 107 50 7 4 3 2 2 5 2 1 3 1 4 6 2 8
Lithuania 93 16 77 12 5 1 10 4 7 3 1 5 12 2 2 1 12
Russia 217 93 124 12 7 10 3 12 8 3 3 4 3 5 10 2 4 3 7 12 7 7 2
Albania 96 38 58 12 3 2 3 6 2 12 4 2 12
Norway 210 40 170 5 10 4 10 8 5 12 12 10 10 8 8 8 12 12 3 5 10 8 10
Netherlands 280 140 140 10 8 7 6 7 6 8 5 6 7 10 6 7 10 5 8 8 8 3 5
North Macedonia 239 155 84 6 7 4 1 6 5 12 6 2 6 8 1 6 7 6 1
Azerbaijan 224 103 121 3 8 4 6 10 7 8 7 5 4 7 12 7 6 7 5 4 4 7

4.3.112 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country’s professional jury and televote in the second semi-final. Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to the specified entrant.

12 points awarded by juries
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
7  Sweden  Armenia Austria Denmark Ireland Latvia Netherlands Norway
4  North Macedonia  Albania Croatia Germany United Kingdom
3  Netherlands  Lithuania Malta  Switzerland
2  Romania  Moldova Russia
1  Albania  North Macedonia
 Denmark  Italy
 Moldova  Romania
 Russia  Azerbaijan
  Switzerland  Sweden
12 points awarded by televoting
N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
4  Norway  Albania Denmark