Tel Aviv 2019

For all the news about the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 taking place in Tel Aviv, Israel on the 14th, 16th and 18th May.

Belarus: Jury dismissed from Grand Final after breeching EBU rules

Belarus: Jury dismissed from Grand Final after breeching EBU rules

It has been confirmed that the Belarusian jury for Eurovision 2019 have been dismissed by the EBU. It had previously come to light that the jurors had revealed details of their votes following the first semi final in an interview with TUT. This was a breech of the contest’s rules, which prohibit the revealing of jury voting until after the Grand Final. As a result, an alternative ‘aggregated result’ will be used as a substitute. Following the first semi-final, in which Belarus was participating (and therefore voting), Valeri Prigun, the Chair of the Jury, told TUT that: We determined the three winners almost unanimously. In general, in the first six or seven places we had almost no disputes. They started in 8-10th places. Then we met for about ten minutes.Valeri Prigun speaking to TUT If that wasn’t bad enough, additional jury members revealed which entries they ranked highly and disliked in the semi: Anastasia Tikhanovich – Favourites were Georgia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Estonia, Greece and Australia.Angelina Mikulskaya – Said that she voted down Iceland, while Australia topped her ranking.Artyom Mikhalenko – Didn’t state his favourites, but commented on the performances of Georgia and San Marino.Olga Ryzhikova – Favourites were Estonia, Georgia, Australia, Czech …
Slovenia: Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl apologise for perceived ‘ungratefulness’

Slovenia: Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl apologise for perceived ‘ungratefulness’

On Tuesday, Slovenia’s Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl qualified for the Grand Final of Eurovision 2019. Their entry, “Sebi”, along with the intimate and stripped-back staging accompanying it, has made the duo fan favourites. However, following interviews in which the pair have expressed their annoyance with the press and expectations of acts in the contest, they have been accused of sounding ungrateful. In response to this, Zala and Gašper have issued an apology via an interview with Evrovizija.com. Following the adreleine rush of the first semi-final, the ten qualifiers were taken almost immediately to the press centre for the press conference. It is at this press conference where artists draw their halves for the final and answer questions from journalists. Responding to a question towards the end of the conference, Gašper said “boring questions like that are the reason we want to go home when we do interviews”. This prompted a mixed reaction from press and fans alike; some have applauded their honesty, whilst others have accused them of being ungrateful. In an interview with Evrovizija.com, the duo have responded to the more critical responses to their words. ‘We didn’t have any energy left’ In the interview, Zala detailed the …
Eurovision Daily Press Poll 2019: Results from the Jury Grand Final

Eurovision Daily Press Poll 2019: Results from the Jury Grand Final

We’re on the penultimate day of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019! After tonight’s jury grand final, we conducted today’s Daily Press Poll to discover the ultimate favourite of the press. Now, we’ve asked the press to tell us which were the best TEN performances tonight… scroll down for the results! How it works? Following this evening’s jury show, we asked 35 members of the press to give us the ten best performances from tonight (Scoring them, as per the Eurovision Song Contest rules, 1-7, 8, 10, 12 Points). We’ve added the scores up to give us an overall points total awarded to each performance. Stay tuned! Tomorrow, we will have the Family Show rehearsal for the Grand Final in the afternoon before tomorrow night’s big show itself. Have the press assembled here picked the top ten for tomorrow night or even this year’s Eurovision winner? We will have to wait and see! Previous Daily Press Poll results Day 1 (Winner: Cyprus)Day 2 (Winner: Australia)Day 3 (Winner: Switzerland)Day 4 (Winner: Azerbaijan)Day 6 (Winner: Australia)Day 7 – Part 1 (Winner: Sweden)Day 7 – Part 2 (Winner: France)Day 8 (Winner: Russia)Day 9 (Winner: France)Day 10 (Winner: Australia)Day 11 (Winner: The Netherlands)Day 12 (Winner: The Netherlands)Day 13 (Winner: Sweden & The Netherlands)
NRK’s request for Norway to perform again rejected

NRK’s request for Norway to perform again rejected

After some technical issues in tonight’s jury final, NRK, Norway’s broadcaster has requested for a second performance. However, the EBU have rejected this official request. See the below tweet from the @NRKmgp twitter account. In a formal complaint to EBU, Norway demanded to perform again after KEiiNO experienced technical difficulties during the crucial Jury Rehearsal. EBU has now declined NRK’s complaints. – I hope this won’t affect the jury voting in a negative way, HoD Stig Karlsen says. — Melodi Grand Prix (@NRKmgp) May 17, 2019 More on this story as it unfolds…
Måns Zelmerlöw: “I’m so thankful for all the support and can’t wait to see you all” [INTERVIEW]

Måns Zelmerlöw: “I’m so thankful for all the support and can’t wait to see you all” [INTERVIEW]

Winner of Eurovision 2015, Måns Zelmerlöw, is in Tel Aviv to perform as the interval act in this years Eurovision Song Contest 2019. During the time of his stay, we had the pleasure to speak with him about his new music, his Eurovision experience and what else is currently going on in his life. You can watch the video below and on YouTube or read what we chatted about. “I always love to sneak in to Eurovision somehow” Måns just arrived in Tel Aviv and already fell in love with it. As he is already been through the whole Eurovision process he can connect with the artists on a way different level and can imagine what they are going through. He remembers that he especially enjoyed the time being alone during Eurovision, as there are so many people around you and you need some downtime during this ride. Even though the two weeks in Vienna were very stressful, he still remembers them very much calls it two of the loveliest weeks of his life. Måns also has a special connection with one of the acts this year, Victor Crone, who is singing for Estonia. He was rooting for Victor and …
Mahmood: “I hope to do the best” [Interview]

Mahmood: “I hope to do the best” [Interview]

On a sunny Tel Aviv Thursday, hours before the second semi-final, we had the opportunity to chat with Italy’s representative Mahmood. Mahmood will sing “Soldi“‘ during tomorrow’s grand final of Eurovision 2019. He says he feels very comfortable and happy about being in Tel Aviv and hopes to do his best. During our chat, he told us why he thinks Italy should continue to participate at Eurovision and why it is important. He also sheds some light on how the iconic clap clap moment came to be and tells us more about what he hoped to achieve with the staging. Although he did say he will wear a different shirt for the performance, he will not spoil which kind. Lastly he wraps up with discussing his experience at London Eurovision Party and sends a message to his fans. Want to know the full answers? Then check out the full interview below! How do you like Mahmood’s song? How do you think it will do in the show? Let us know in the comment section below or on all social medial platforms @ESCXTRA.
Duncan Laurence to tour Europe later this year

Duncan Laurence to tour Europe later this year

Duncan Laurence, the Dutch representative at Eurovision 2019, has announced a tour of Europe for later this year. His tour will cover his home country of The Netherlands before moving to the UK, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Sweden. Ticket sales start Saturday May 18 (10:00 CET) for the Dutch tour and Monday May 20 (10:00 CET) or the European tour. They will be available via www.duncanlaurence.nl Last night The Netherlands qualified from the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv. Drawing the first half of the running order Duncan Laurence is set to perform 12th on Saturday’s grand final. The singer is currently the strong favourite to win the contest on Saturday night.
The running order for the grand final of Eurovision 2019 released

The running order for the grand final of Eurovision 2019 released

After the two semifinals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, we finally know the 26 finalists. And the running order for the grand final was just now released! Eurovision 2019 – Grand Final 1. Malta2. Albania3. Czech Republic4. Germany5. Russia6. Denmark7. San Marino8. North Macedonia9. Sweden10. Slovenia11. Cyprus12. Netherlands13. Greece14. Israel15. Norway16. United Kingdom17. Iceland18. Estonia19. Belarus20. Azerbaijan21. France22. Italy23. Serbia24. Switzerland25. Australia26. Spain You can remind yourself which halves the artists from the first semifinal and the second semifinal drew. What do you think about the running order? Let us know on social media @ESCXTRA!
Semi-Final 2 qualifiers draw their halves for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest

Semi-Final 2 qualifiers draw their halves for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest

Ten more countries have qualified for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Tonight’s qualifiers are a little bit more predictable than the first semi-final, however, with a strong set of songs, some great entries will be going home early. Halves drawn At the press conference in Tel Aviv, the acts drew their halves for the Grand Final. Check it out below… North Macedonia: first halfThe Netherlands: first half Albania: first halfSweden: first half Russia: first half Azerbaijan: second half Denmark: first half Norway: second half Switzerland: second half Malta: first half Below you can see which country is in which half so far: First HalfSecond HalfGermany#14: IsraelCyprusFranceGreeceItalySan MarinoUnited KingdomCzech RepublicSpainSloveniaBelarusNorth MacedoniaEstoniaThe NetherlandsSerbiaAlbaniaIcelandSwedenAustraliaRussiaAzerbaijanDenmarkNorwayMaltaSwitzerland
Semifinal 2: Last ten countries qualify for Saturday’s Grand Final!

Semifinal 2: Last ten countries qualify for Saturday’s Grand Final!

Tel Aviv offered us another exciting live show, and now we have the final 10 countries that qualified for the Grand Final! They join the ten qualifiers from the first semi-final, the Big 5 and host country Israel. The qualifiers The ten countries who made it to Saturday’s final, revealed in a random order are: North MacedoniaThe NetherlandsAlbaniaSwedenRussiaAzerbaijanDenmarkNorwaySwitzerlandMalta End of the road for eight countries Sadly, alongside the joy of the ten qualifiers comes the disappointment of the eight countries who did not advance to Saturday’s show. They are: Armenia, Ireland, Moldova, Latvia, Romania, Austria, Croatia, Lithuania. North Macedonia returns to final for the first time since 2012 and Switzerland for the first time since 2014 and Malta after an absence of three years. The Netherlands and Sweden continue with their solid qualification records of recent years. Armenia, Romania and Croatia fail to qualify for the second year in a row and Latvia for the third. Drawing halves Shortly, countries will pick the half of the show in which they will perform on Saturday, during the winners’ press conference. After Semi 1 and Big 5 and Israel, 3 spots remain for the second half and 7 for the first half of …
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