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.

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 …
It’s official! Madonna will perform in the grand final of Eurovision 2019

It’s official! Madonna will perform in the grand final of Eurovision 2019

EBU has just confirmed that Madonna will perform in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. She will perform the new single “Future” featuring Quavo. Eurovision.tv is saying that Madonna will also perform her 1989 hit “Like a Prayer”. Her performance in Tel Aviv will be her third time visiting and performing in Israel. Madonna confirmed at #Eurovision Final klaxon. pic.twitter.com/ppOVRtpLkF— BBC Eurovision🇬🇧 (@bbceurovision) 16. toukokuuta 2019 Contract signed now Earlier this week Jon Ola Sand said there wasn’t a signed contract with Madonna. Madonna arrived in Tel Aviv on Wednesday and it seems that EBU, KAN and Madonna have come into an agreement of the contract. Walla is reporting that the contract was signed on Thursday morning. Earlier Srugim reported that Madonna arrived in Tel Aviv with 135 people, including 40 choir members and 25 professional dancers. Are you happy to see Madonna in the final? Let us know on social media @ESCXTRA!
Eurovision Daily Press Poll 2019: The press PREDICTS the ten SEMI-FINAL 2 qualifiers

Eurovision Daily Press Poll 2019: The press PREDICTS the ten SEMI-FINAL 2 qualifiers

Today is day 13 of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019! This is when we learn who will be the last qualifiers for Saturday’s Grand Final. After this afternoon’s semi-final 2 family show, we’ve conducted today’s Daily Press Poll. This time, we’ve asked the press to predict their ten semi-final 2 qualifiers… scroll down for the results! How it works Following this afternoon’s family show, we asked 35 members of the press to select their ten qualifiers. We’ve added them up to give us an overall total out of 35 which you can see below. Daily Press Poll 2019: Day 13 results The full results of today’s Daily Press Poll are as follows, the number indicating how many of the 35 press members predicted that country to qualify. Tie breakers have been settled by the official running order. As you can see, all the people we asked believe Sweden and Netherlands will sail to the final and 33 think Switzerland, Russia, Norway and Azerbaijan will make it. On the other hand, only 5 people believe that we will see Latvia, Romania and Lithuania on Saturday. Daily Press Poll to continue tomorrow Make sure you check back at around 23.10 CEST tomorrow where …
Eurovision Daily Press Poll 2019: Jury Show for Semi-Final 2

Eurovision Daily Press Poll 2019: Jury Show for Semi-Final 2

Day 12 of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 has come to an end! The performances that the juries will score from have now been completed. As is the ESCXTRA tradition, we have conducted the daily press poll to discover how members of the press rate today’s jury performances! How it works After the conclusion of today’s jury performance, we asked 35 members of the press to rate today’s performances based specifically on the jury show rather than by their favourite songs. To do this, each press member chose their top 5 performances and we allocated 5 points to their favourite, 4 points to their second favourite and so on to 1 point to their fifth favourite. Daily Press Poll 2019: Jury Show for Semi-Final 2 The full results of ESCXTRA’s Daily Press Poll 2019 for the Jury Show Semi-Final 2 are as follows: Daily Press Poll to continue tomorrow Make sure you check back at around 23.10 CEST tomorrow where we will reveal the results of the latest Daily Press Poll! Tomorrow sees the live Semi-Final 2. 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 – …
Miki: “I play the Eurovision CD in my car” [interview]

Miki: “I play the Eurovision CD in my car” [interview]

After his rehearsals, Spain’s Miki sat down to answer our viewers’ questions. He told us what happens after Eurovision, which are his favourite Eurovision songs this year and how the rehearsals went back in Spain. “I already recorded my next single” Straight after winning the Eurovisión Gala of Operación Triunfo, Miki started to work out to make sure he doesn’t get exhausted during his very challenging choreography. This sadly meant no candy, no sweets, no fat. But after the final, Miki will eat anything he wants! Miki, who has also made many friends from this year’s contestants, also seems to love their songs too. He names Belgium’s “Wake Up”, Italy’s “Soldi”, France’s “Roi” and Sweden’s “Too Late for Love”. He also says that he is playing the Eurovision CD in his car. He is just like one of us! He has been working on his album over the past couple of months and he reveals that he has recorded his next single already and is hoping it will come out few weeks after Eurovision. Check out the full interview below…
Jonida Maliqi: “I am so comfortable on the stage” [interview]

Jonida Maliqi: “I am so comfortable on the stage” [interview]

Last weekend, the lovely Jonida from Albania graced us with an extremely energetic interview where she discussed her dress, pre-parties and the message she hopes to transmit. Jonida has been delivering solid performances during her rehearsals and that may well be because she is feeling very comfortable on stage as she said. She also revealed some additional details about her dress, which features real golden fiber elements. Furthermore, she tells us about the her pre-parties experiences, which she called her “honeymoon” and how emotional the performance in London made her. She then wraps up her time with us with a very important message: “Don’t forget your roots but don’t forget yourself”. Want to know the full answers? Then check out the full interview below! How do you like Jonida’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.
FOLLOW LIVE: National juries cast their votes for SEMI-FINAL 2

FOLLOW LIVE: National juries cast their votes for SEMI-FINAL 2

You can follow what everyone’s saying about tonight’s jury rehearsal of semi-final 2 of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 via our live stream and the feed below! [custom-twitter-feeds] The rehearsal begins at 21:00 CET where jurors from 21 countries will cast their votes.
Semifinal 1 qualifiers draw their halves for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest

Semifinal 1 qualifiers draw their halves for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest

Ten countries have qualified for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Tonight’s been a downright shocker, with San Marino and Belarus unexpectedly qualifying over Hungary, who see their eight-year streak ended here. Halves drawn At the press conference in Tel Aviv, the acts drew their halves for the Grand Final. Check it out below! Greece: First halfBelarus: Second halfSerbia: Second halfCyprus: First halfEstonia: Second halfCzech Republic: First halfAustralia: Second halfIceland: Second halfSan Marino: First halfSlovenia: First half With the current split, no more than three ballots for the second half will be available for the qualifiers of the second semifinal. The other seven qualifiers from Thursday’s semi will perform in the first half of the Grand Final. Israel, as the host country, have had a random draw back in March. They will open the second half, as #14. Below you can see which country is in which half so far: First HalfSecond HalfGermany#14: IsraelCyprusFranceGreeceItalySan MarinoUnited KingdomCzech RepublicSpainSloveniaBelarusEstoniaSerbiaIcelandAustralia
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