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.

REVEALED: The Eurovision 2019 semi-final and final jury/televote voting splits!

REVEALED: The Eurovision 2019 semi-final and final jury/televote voting splits!

Following tonight’s Eurovision Song Contest 2019 grand final, the EBU, as always, have treated us to a wealth of voting statistics. An important statistic is always discovering what share of points countries received from the jury vote and from the televote. Who would have qualified on televoting alone? Or, who was saved by jury support? Find out below! Semi-final one Semi-final two Final
Here are the semi-final results for Eurovision 2019!

Here are the semi-final results for Eurovision 2019!

Now that we have the winner of the 64th Eurovision Song Contest, and the results of the final, the EBU revealed the results of the semi-finals! SEMI FINAL ONE After the first semi-final, ESC Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand revealed that only two points separated the 10th qualifier from the song that came 11th. Now we know that these songs were “Like it” from Belarus and “Fire of Love (Pali Sie)” from Poland. Australia – 261 pointsCzech Republic – 242 pointsIceland – 221 pointsEstonia – 198 pointsGreece – 185 pointsSlovenia – 167 pointsSerbia – 156 pointsSan Marino – 150 pointsCyprus – 149 pointsBelarus – 122 pointsPoland – 120 pointsHungary – 97 pointsBelgium – 70 pointsGeorgia – 62 pointsPortugal – 51 pointsMontenegro – 46 pointsFinland – 23 points SEMI FINAL TWO After the second semi-final, Jon Ola Sand revealed that the difference between the songs that came 10th and 11th was, this time, of one point. Now we know that close race was between Denmark and Lithuania! The Netherlands – 280 pointsNorth Macedonia – 239 pointsSweden – 238 pointsSwitzerland – 232 pointsAzerbaijan – 224 pointsRussia – 217 pointsNorway – 210 pointsMalta – 157 pointsAlbania – 96 pointsDenmark – 94 pointsLithuania – …
The Netherlands win the Eurovision Song Contest 2019!

The Netherlands win the Eurovision Song Contest 2019!

The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 has come to an exciting end tonight. In EXPO Tel Aviv, The Netherlands were crowned the winners of the 64th Eurovision song Contest. Duncan Laurence emerged victorious with his song “Arcade”. Tonight’s results The Netherlands emerged victorious tonight with 492 points, beating Italy, who finish second with 465 for “Soldi” by Mahmood. The podium was completed by Russia’s Sergey Lazarev, who finish in third place for the second time. The big surprise of the night were the jury results for North Macedonia. Tamara Todevska brings her country their first ever top ten placing after finishing a mighty second with the juries. Sweden’s John Lundvik won the jury vote, with Duncan Laurence finishing third there. The gap wasn’t big, though: Sweden scored 239 points, North Macedonia 233 and the Netherlands 231. In televoting, we also see a surprising winner: Norway! KEiiNO picked up 291 points, beating Duncan Laurence’s 261 points. However, the combined score for The Netherlands of 492 brought them their first victory in 44 years. A rising star Duncan Laurence is a rising star in the music business. He took part in The Voice of Holland a couple of years ago. He was in …
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.
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