Everything you need to know about Semi Final 1 of Eurovision 2019

First Semi-Final opening 2019 — Photo: Thomas Hanses

We have waited a year, but tonight the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will start. In this article you will find everything you need to know about the first semi final of the contest in Tel Aviv.

The show starts at 21:00 CET and will be presented by four hosts; Bar Refaeli, Erez Tal, Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub. 17 countries will take to the stage in Tel Aviv, but only ten will qualify for Saturday’s Grand Final. The others will see their Eurovision dream come to an end tonight. Spain, France and host country Israel will also broadcast and vote along in this show.

Get a sneak peek of the show at ESCDaily

Over the last week, we were in Israel following all rehearsals for you. We can provide you with a sneak preview of the show in three articles. You can find an in-depth description of all performances from semi final 1 HERE. If you want to know more about the over-all look of the show, the interval acts, the presenters et cetera, check out this liveblog of the Monday afternoon dress rehearsal. You can also read back in our vocal assessment article how the jury show went. Juries have already given out 50% of the votes last night based on the performances of that show.

Where you can watch the First Semi Final of Eurovision 2019

If you live in one of the 41 participating countries you can watch on television via your national public broadcaster. You can also watch the show (without commentary and voting details) via the official Eurovision YouTube channel. Beware: due to rights limitations, the YouTube live stream is not available in the United States, Canada, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Don’t forget to go to ESCDaily’s Facebook page right after the show for a live interactive analysis!

How you can vote in Eurovision 2019

Is your country taking part in the tonight’s first Semi-Final or are you living in Spain, France of Israel? Then you will be able to vote for your favourites. Once all songs have been performed, the voting window will be open for 15 minutes. Voting is possible via the official Eurovision app, by telephone and SMS through the numbers shown on your screen.

Contestants first semi final Eurovision 2019

In case you don’t know the names and songs yet, here is the full overview of tonights list of contestants.

# Country Artist(s) Song
01 Cyprus Tamta Replay
02 Montenegro D-Moll Heaven
03 Finland Darude feat. Sebastien Rejman Look Away
04 Poland Tulia Pali Sie
05 Slovenia Zala Kralj & Gasper Santi Sebi
06 Czech Republic Lake Malawi Friend Of A Friend
07 Hungary Joci Pápai Az Én Apám
08 Belarus Zena Like It
09 Serbia Nevena Bozovic Kruna
10 Belgium Eliot Wake Up
11 Georgia Oto Nemsadze Sul Tsin Iare
12 Australia Kate Miller-Heidke Zero Gravity
13 Iceland Hatari Hatrid Mun Sigra
14 Estonia Victor Crone Storm
15 Portugal Conan Osiris Telemoveis
16 Greece Katerine Duska Better Love
17 San Marino Serhat Say Na Na Na

Top stories of this semi final

Many of the 17 participating artists have interesting stories to tell.

Below you can find an overview of all the important stories in this first semi final:


  1. Dear ESC Daily
    May I wish all the countries in tonight’s first pre-qualifier of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel all the best of luck!

    Yours Truly

    David James Toft
    United Kingdom

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