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The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will be the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The contest is scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv, Israel, following Israel's victory at the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal, with the song "Toy", performed by Netta. The contest will be held at Expo Tel Aviv, the city's convention centre; the show will consist of two semi-finals on 14 and 16 May, and the final on 18 May 2019.[4]

Forty-one countries will take part in the contest, with Bulgaria and Ukraine absent,[5] both for the first time since 2015.

Location Edit

The 2019 contest will take place in Israel for the third time, after 1979 and 1999, following the country's victory at the 2018 edition with the song "Toy", performed by Netta Barzilai.[6]

Venue Edit

The contest will take place at Expo Tel Aviv's 7,300-seat[7] congress and convention centre called "Bitan 2" (Pavilion 2), which was inaugurated in January 2015.[4][8] Located on Rokach Boulevard in northern Tel Aviv, the convention centre serves as a venue for many different events, including concerts, exhibitions, trade fairs, and conferences. The fairground has ten halls and pavilions, plus a large outdoor space. The new pavilion hosted the 2018 European Judo Championships from 26–28 April.[9]

Locations of the candidate cities in Israel: the eliminated cities are marked in red, with the shortlisted cities in green and the chosen host city in blue.

After Israel's victory in Lisbon, Portugal, Netta Barzilai and 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).[6][10] Israeli finance minister Moshe Kahlon also stated in an interview that the event would be solely held in Jerusalem and estimated its cost at 120 million Israeli shekels (approximately €29 million).[11] The mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, mentioned Jerusalem Arena and Teddy Stadium as possible venues to host the event.[12] The municipality of Jerusalem had also confirmed that the contest would not be held at the International Convention Centre, which hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 1979 and 1999, due to its insufficient capacity.[13]

On 18 June 2018, Prime Minister 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 later be delegated to a second public broadcasting entity, which violates EBU rules requiring member broadcasters to have their own internal news departments.[14][15]

On 19 June 2018, Israel was officially confirmed as the host country,[16] and on 24 June 2018, KAN formally opened the bidding process for cities interested in hosting the 2019 contest.[17] On 28 July 2018, Israeli Minister Michael Oren, who is closely connected to Prime Minister Netanyahu, stated that Jerusalem did not have the resources to host the contest, restating the common talking point that Tel Aviv was the more likely host.[18] Soon afterwards, reports surfaced of the government not providing the €12 million downpayment requested by KAN to cover hosting expenses and security, but a compromise was reached on 29 July 2018.[19]

Following a tense back-and-forth between KAN and the government, a compromise between the two parties was reached 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 announced that the city would be willing to pay for the Convention Center itself, should it be chosen as the host city.[20]

In the week of 27 August 2018, executive supervisor/scrutineer Jon Ola Sand led a handful of EBU delegates around Israel to scope out the 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 it between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. He also stated that there was no serious discussion among members of the EBU about boycotting the event.[21]

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

Format Edit

Visual design Edit

The slogan for the contest, Dare to Dream, was unveiled on 28 October 2018.[26] Its visual design was revealed on 8 January 2019 which features logo consisting of triangles forming a golden star. Along with the main version, there are two more alternative versions of the logo. The logo, brand and theme was created by Studio Adam Feinberg.[27]

Presenters Edit

On 25 January 2019, KAN announced that four presenters will host the three shows: TV hosts Erez Tal (who was also one of the Israeli commentators for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 grand final) and Assi Azar who work for the Israeli Channel 12, supermodel Bar Refaeli, and KAN host Lucy Ayoub, who was also the Israeli spokesperson at the 2018 contest.[28] Tal and Refaeli will be the main hosts, while Azar and Ayoub would be hosting the green room.[29]

Participating Countries Edit

The EBU announced on 7 November 2018 that forty-two countries would participate in the contest, with Bulgaria absent due to financial reasons.[32][33]

On 27 February 2019, Ukraine announced its withdrawal from the contest, due to controversy around their national selection. This reduced the number of participating countries to 41.[5]

Semi-final 1 Edit

The first semi-final will take place on 14 May 2019 at 22:00 IDT (21:00 CEST).[35] Seventeen countries will participate in the first semi-final. Those countries plus France, Israel and Spain will vote in this semi-final.[36] Ukraine was originally allocated to participate in the second half of the semi-final, but withdrew from the contest due to controversy about its national selection.

Draw Country Artist Song Language(s) Place Points
01 Template:Finland Darude ft. Sebastian Rejman ''Look Away'' English 10 99
02 Template:Montenegro D-Moll ''Heaven'' English 15 48
03 Template:Poland Tulia ''Fire of Love(Pali się)'' Polish, English 14 72
04 Template:Slovenia Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl ''Sebi'' Slovenian 8 143
05 Template:Cyprus Tamta ''Replay'' English 1 330
06 Template:Czech Republic Lake Malawi ''Friend of a Friend'' English 12 96
07 Template:Serbia Nevena Božović ''Kruna'' Serbian, English 7 163
08 Template:Hungary Joci Pápai "Az én apám" Hungarian 13 82
09 Template:Belarus ZENA ''Like It'' English 9 102
10 Template:Georgia Oto Nemsadze ''Sul Tsin iare'' Georgian 16 24
11 Template:Greece Katerine Duska ''Better Love'' English 2 287
12 Template:San Marino Serhat ''Say Na Na Na'' English 17 16
13 Template:Portugal Conan Osiris "Telemóveis" Portugese 3 279
14 Template:Belgium Eliot ''Wake Up'' English 4 185
15 Template:Estonia Victor Crone ''Storm'' English 5 178
16 Template:Australia Kate Miller-Heidke ''Zero Gravity'' English 6 170
17 Template:Iceland Hatari "Hatrið mun sigra" Icelandic 11 97

Split Results Edit

Jury Results Televoting Results
Place Country Points Country Points
1 Template:Cyprus 162 Template:Cyprus 168
2 Template:Greece 145 Template:Greece 142
3 Template:Portugal 143 Template:Portugal 136
4 Template:Estonia 102 Template:Belgium 98
5 Template:Australia 97 Template:Iceland 86
6 Template:Belgium 87 Template:Serbia 84
7 Template:Serbia 79 Template:Estonia 76
8 Template:Slovenia 76 Template:Australia 73
9 Template:Czech Republic 58 Template:Slovenia 67
10 Template:Finland 53 Template:Belarus 58
11 Template:Poland 51 Template:Finland 46
12 Template:Hungary 47 Template:Czech Republic 38
13 Template:Belarus 44 Template:Hungary 35
14 Template:Montenegro 35 Template:Poland 21
15 Template:Georgia 23 Template:Montenegro 13
16 Template:Iceland 11 Template:San Marino 9
17 Template:San Marino 7 Template:Georgia 1

Semi-final 2 Edit

The second semi-final will take place on 16 May 2019 at 22:00 IDT (21:00 CEST).[35] Eighteen countries will participate in the second semi-final. Those countries plus Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom will vote in this semi-final. Switzerland was pre-drawn into this semi-final due to scheduling issues.[36]

Draw Country Artist Song Language(s) Place Points
01 Template:Sweden John Ludvik ''Too Late for Love'' English 3 274
02 Template:Ireland Sarah McTernan ''22'' English 17 37
03 Template:Denmark Leonora ''Love is Forever'' English, French 14 70
04 Template:Moldova Anna Odobescu ''Stay'' English 15 61
05 Template:Switzerland Luca Hänni ''She Got Me'' English 4 242
06 Template:Armenia Srbuk ''Walking Out'' English 5 203
07 Template:Austria Pænda ''Limits'' English 13 78
08 Template:Romania Ester Peony ''On a Sunday'' English 9 139
09 Template:Latvia Carousel ''That night'' English 18 12
10 Template:FYR Macedonia Tamara Todevska ''Proud'' English 16 45
11 Template:Albania Jonida Maliqi ''Ktheju tokës'' Albanian 10 112
12 Template:Netherlands Duncan Laurence ''Arcade'' English 1 321
13 Template:Malta Michaela ''Chameleon'' English 6 192
14 Template:Norway KEiiNO ''Spirit in the Sky'' English, Northern Sami 8 163
15 Template:Croatia Roko Blažević ''The Dream'' English, Croatian 12 84
16 Template:Azerbaijan Chingiz ''Truth'' English 7 170
17 Template:Lithuania Jurijus Veklenko ''Run With the Lions'' English 11 109
18 Template:Russia Sergey Lazarev ''Scream'' English 2 279

Split Results Edit

Jury Results Televoting Results
Place Country Points Country Points
1 Template:Sweden 155 Template:Netherlands 168
2 Template:Netherlands 153 Template:Switzerland 145
3 Template:Russia 138 Template:Russia 141
4 Template:Armenia 113 Template:Sweden 119
5 Template:Malta 101 Template:Malta 91
6 Template:Switzerland 97 Template:Armenia 90
7 Template:Norway 89 Template:Azerbaijan 89
8 Template:Azerbaijan 81 Template:Norway 74
9 Template:Romania 73 Template:Romania 66
10 Template:Albania 61 Template:Lithuania 53
11 Template:Lithuania 56 Template:Albania 51
12 Template:Austria 47 Template:Denmark 47
13 Template:Moldova 44 Template:Croatia 43
14 Template:Croatia 41 Template:Austria 31
15 Template:FYR Macedonia 34 Template:Ireland 23
16 Template:Denmark 23 Template:Moldova 17
17 Template:Ireland 14 Template:FYR Macedonia 11
18 Template:Latvia 5 Template:Latvia 7

Other Countries Edit

Eligibility for potential participation in the Eurovision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active EBU membership that will be able to broadcast the contest via the Eurovision network. The EBU issued an invitation of participation in the contest to all fifty-six active members. The Israeli Minister of Communications Ayoob Kara has also invited countries from the Middle Eastern and North African region, with which Israel largely has tense relationships or no diplomatic relations. Kara pointed out Tunisia and the Gulf states Saudi Arabia as well as Dubai and Abu Dhabi as part of the United Arab Emirates.[42][43][44] Tunisia is eligible to participate but has not due to rules banning the promotion of Israeli content, while the Gulf states do not have national broadcasters with EBU membership.

Draw Country Artist Song Language(s) Place Points
01 Template:Azerbaijan Chingiz ''Truth'' English 12 183
02 Template:Belgium Eliot ''Wake Up'' English 8 201
03 Template:Norway KEiiNO ''Spirit In The Sky'' English, Northern Sami 10 185
04 Template:France Bilal Hassani ''Roi'' French, English 14 159
05 Template:Greece Katerine Duska ''Better Love'' English 13 174
06 Template:Albania Jonida Maliqi ''Ktheju tokës'' Albanian 21 64
07 Template:The United Kingdom Michael Rice ''Bigger Than Us'' English 15 143
08 Template:Portugal Conan Osiris ''Telemoveis'' Portugese 7 303
09 Template:Finland Darude ft. Sebastian Rejman ''Look Away'' English 23 56
10 Template:Germany S!sters ''Sister'' English 25 41
11 Template:Sweden John Ludvik ''Too Late For Love'' English 6 306
12 Template:Romania Ester Peony ''On A Sunday'' English 16 140
13 Template:Estonia Victor Crone ''Storm'' English 24 45
14 Template:Israel Kobi Marimi ''Home'' English 19 108
15 Template:Slovenia Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl ''Sebi'' Slovenian 20 106
16 Template:Spain Miki ''La Venda'' Spanish 22 60
17 Template:Belarus Zena ''Like It'' English 26 19
18 Template:Russia Sergey Lazarev ''Scream'' English 3 356
19 Template:Malta Michaela ''Chameleon'' English 11 185
20 Template:Cyprus Tamta ''Replay'' English 1 469
21 Template:Armenia Srbuk ''Walking Out'' English 9 186
22 Template:Australia Kate Miller-Heidke ''Zero Gravity'' English 17 117
23 Template:Italy Mahmood ''Soldi'' Italian 4 337
24 Template:Serbia Nevena Božović ''Kruna'' Serbian, English 18 112
25 Template:Netherlands Duncan Laurence ''Arcade'' English 2 443
26 Template:Switzerland Luca Hänni ''She Got Me'' English 5 314

Split Results Edit

Jury Results Televoting Results
Place Country Points Country Points
1 Template:Netherlands 265 Template:Cyprus 275
2 Template:Cyprus 194 Template:Russia 209
3 Template:Italy 189 Template:Netherlands 178
4 Template:Sweden 174 Template:Switzerland 163
5 Template:Portugal 162 Template:Italy 148
6 Template:Switzerland 151 Template:Portugal 141
7 Template:Russia 147 Template:Sweden 132
8 Template:Armenia 125 Template:Norway 128
9 Template:Belgium 115 Template:France 107
10 Template:Azerbaijan 103 Template:Malta 99
11 Template:The United Kingdom 98 Template:Greece 94
12 Template:Australia 91 Template:Belgium 86
13 Template:Malta 86 Template:Azerbaijan 80
14 Template:Greece 80 Template:Romania 70
15 Template:Israel 74 Template:Slovenia 68
16 Template:Romania 70 Template:Armenia 61
17 Template:Serbia 65 Template:Serbia 47
18 Template:Norway 57 Template:The United Kingdom 45
19 Template:France 52 Template:Spain 42
20 Template:Albania 45 Template:Israel 34
21 Template:Germany 41 Template:Finland 31
22 Template:Slovenia 38 Template:Australia 26
23 Template:Estonia 30 Template:Albania 19
24 Template:Finland 25 Template:Estonia 15
25 Template:Spain 18 Template:Belarus 8
26 Template:Belarus 11 Template:Germany 0
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