10 countries qualify for Eurovision final in Tel Aviv
The countries that made it to the first semi-final are Greece, Belarus, Serbia, Cyprus, Estonia, Czech Republic, Australia, Iceland, San Marino and Slovenia.
Another seven countries, Montenegro, Finland, Poland, Hungary, Belgium, Georgia and Portugal, did not make it to the first semi-final.
Israeli top model Bar Refaeli, the well-known Israeli television hosts Erez Tal and Assi Azar, and novice television presenter Lucy Ayoub were the hosts of the event.
A combination of jury and televoters determined the results.
The televote was held during the live broadcast of the show and the jury cast their votes while watching the second dress rehearsal that was held on Monday.
The 10 finalists will participate in the grand final on Saturday with the winners of the second semi-final and the six pre-qualified countries, the “Big Five” and host country Israel.
The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is an international song competition held primarily among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union.
Two hundred artists will be performing in front of 300,000 visitors expected to come to Tel Aviv during the days.
Four giant screens will be airing the Eurovision semifinals and the final.
Eurovision organisers plan alternative show to replace cancelled contest
Diehard Eurovision fans will not go entirely without the show this year.
The 2020 song contest was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but its organisers are set to host an alternative television show on Saturday, with video performances from past and present participants.
The two-hour-long, non-competitive show called ‘Europe Shine a Light’ will be broadcast by 40 public broadcasters across Europe.
The makers said they want to “celebrate what Eurovision stands for and create a sense of unity across borders”.
The show will include all of this year’s entries together, singing “Love Shine a Light” from their respective living rooms by video link.
The song by Katrina and the Waves was the winning entry in the 1997 Eurovision contest.
Former winners are also set to appear, including Serbia’s Marija Serifovic, who won in 2007.
In a teaser clip on Eurovision’s Twitter account she can be seen getting ready for a performance in the deserted streets of the capital Belgrade.
The Eurovision Song Contest final is one of the world’s biggest television events and had been scheduled to take place in the Dutch city of Rotterdam on May 16.
The contest has been held annually since 1956, and was expected to draw up to 200 million viewers.
Eurovision features live musical numbers from each participating country – more than 50 in recent editions – reaching beyond Europe to Israel and Australia.
It is scheduled to take place next year, again in Rotterdam, but participating countries will have to send in new songs, the European Broadcasting Union, which organises the event, has said.
Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)