Eurovision 2019: watch, begin time, who ought to win and every little thing you’ll want to know



Spain’s Miki rehearses for the 2019 Eurovision Track Contest.

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Each Could, half the world tunes into a bit music contest referred to as Eurovision, able to lose their minds over a flurry of smoke machines, eye glitter and obscure Baltic disco-pop. And each Could, the remainder of the world wonders why everyone seems to be so obsessive about smoke machines, eye glitter and obscure Baltic disco-pop.

Welcome to the Eurovision Track Contest — the world’s largest, greatest and downright strangest TV occasion.

In the event you’ve by no means heard of Eurovision, you are formally out of the loop. This 12 months, Madonna is ready to carry out on the present (there are rumours she’ll debut a brand new music) and Will Ferrell is even engaged on a movie about Eurovision for Netflix. To not point out the very fact it is the world’s longest-running music contest and an occasion handled with sheer reverence throughout Europe.

Get out your sequins and your attractive rooster coop dancing cage, as a result of we have got your full low-down on the Eurovision 2019.


Eurovision is just like the Avengers of pop-singing contests: the world’s largest heroes (of European pop) unite to destroy the forces of darkness (by singing fabulously). And similar to Avengers, there’s usually somebody carrying a bejewelled glove.

First held in 1956, the Eurovision Track Contest is an annual competitors that brings collectively nations from the European Union (plus honorary international locations like Israel and Australia) to indicate off their wonderful native singers, B-Grade Ukraine’s Obtained Expertise winners and wildly-thrusting saxophone gamers (can not unsee). It rakes in as many as 600 million viewers worldwide.

Eurovision distilled into roughly 40 frames.


However it’s additionally greater than only a frivolous method to preserve the European fireworks business afloat. The competitors gave us ABBA and Waterloo (Sweden, 1st place, 1974). Celine Dion blew away the competitors in a highly-questionable drop-waisted tutu (Switzerland, 1st place, 1988). And the music Volare? The music that saved Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin taking part in in lounge bars for many years? That was initially a Eurovision entry (Italy, 1st place, 1958).

Not solely that, regardless of the very fact guidelines state that songs cannot have a political message, it is typically a hotbed of geopolitical drama. In 2016, Ukraine’s haunting music 1944 referenced the ethnic cleaning of the Crimean Tatars by the Soviet Union in 1944. It was a robust political assertion that went on to win, and was significantly poignant contemplating Russia’s annexation of Crimea simply two years prior, in 2014.

Germany’s Dschinghis Khan twirls up a storm at Eurovision in 1979.


And Portugal’s entry in 1974? That music was seen as a secret sign to the Portuguese folks to start out Portugal’s Carnation Revolution.

What number of different music contests are you aware which have began a revolution? (Katy Perry’s outfits in American Idol do not depend).

The way it works

Every nation’s act sings a music, all the time reside and usually chosen by means of that nation’s native equal of American Idol. Over two semifinals and a bumper grand remaining, they compete to win… just about nothing. No money prize. Often no huge worldwide touring profession. Nothing besides the status of vaunting over their fellow European nations whereas high-kicking of their spangly pants.

This 12 months’s contest is being held in Tel Aviv, Israel (the nation received final 12 months and so will get the respect of internet hosting this 12 months). Forty-one international locations will compete throughout two semifinals on Could 14 and 16, with the 26 greatest (and weirdest) competing within the grand remaining on Could 18.



Iceland 2019. There’s so much occurring right here. 

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It would not be a European custom if there wasn’t some needlessly advanced and byzantine voting course of to go along with it!

This is the essential rundown: The international locations in every of the 2 semifinal brackets get to vote on the opposite contestants in that bracket (however not for entries within the different semifinal group). Throughout the remaining, all of the international locations from the competitors can vote.

However Eurovision is type of just like the United Nations Safety Council — there are 4 everlasting members who’ve mechanically certified for the grand remaining since 2000 as a result of they contribute probably the most financially to the European Broadcasting Union (the occasion organizers). These 4 international locations (France, Germany, Spain and the UK), plus the host nation (Israel this 12 months) get to vote in a single semifinal every, they usually get a spot within the grand remaining no matter how horrible their efficiency is (ahem, I am you, Nice Britain).

The stakes are as excessive as Cezar’s falsetto dubstep opera from 2013.


Factors are awarded by international locations in two swimming pools. First, every nation has a jury of revered music business sorts and their verdict makes up half of that nation’s vote. Every nationwide jury allocates factors to their 10 favourite entrants: 12 factors for the very best, 10 factors for second, after which a run down of 8, 7, 6 factors and so forth all the way down to 1. The opposite half of the nation’s whole level allocation comes from a preferred vote (executed through televoting again residence). The most well-liked acts in line with most people are ranked, with the highest act given 12 factors, and the subsequent given 10 factors after which Eight factors all the way down to 1 for his or her remaining picks.

Alright, nonetheless with me? Good. As a result of the scores are learn in French. And “Douze Factors” is what you need!

International locations cannot vote for themselves, however that is Europe so there are previous allies who all the time vote for one another, just like the UK and Eire, the Nordic international locations and so forth.

The US cannot vote, however boy howdy can it watch all of it go down.


Cyprus experiments with protected phrases at Eurovision 2019.

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Within the US

After airing the competitors in 2018, LogoTV didn’t renew the rights to broadcast for 2019 so which means Eurovision is presently with out a residence within the US. There have been rumours Netflix might air Eurovision to generate buzz for its upcoming Will Ferrell movie. However that might be an uncommon transfer into reside broadcasting for Netflix — the corporate wouldn’t touch upon the report about its Eurovision plans however we’ll replace right here if we hear something.

Hopefully, if nobody snags the official broadcast rights, which means the official Eurovision YouTube channel will not be geoblocked for US viewers. We have reached out to the European Broadcasting Union for readability on this, and we’ll replace right here as quickly as we hear one thing. For now, listed here are the native occasions to tune in.

  • Semi-Ultimate 1 — Tuesday Could 14, three p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT)
  • Semi-Ultimate 2 — Thursday Could 16, three p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT)
  • Grand Ultimate — Saturday Could 18, three p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT)

Within the UK

All of us miss the perfectly-scathing commentary of Terry Wogan, however this 12 months Graham Norton will head up the Grand Ultimate commentary on BBC1.

  • Semi-Ultimate 1 — Tuesday Could 14, Eight p.m. GMT on BBC4
  • Semi-Ultimate 2 — Thursday Could 16, Eight p.m. GMT on BBC4
  • Grand Ultimate —  Saturday Could 18, Eight p.m. GMT on BBC1

Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke hitting a Kate Miller-Highnote.

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In Australia

Superfans can stand up early within the morning to look at on SBS or SBS On Demand (that is the time to vote!) or watch a primetime replay on the identical channels. Australia’s entry, Kate Miller-Heidke, will probably be in Semi-Ultimate 1.


  • Semi Ultimate 1 — Wednesday Could 15, 5 a.m. AEST
  • Semi Ultimate 2 — Friday Could 17, 5 a.m. AEST
  • Grand Ultimate — Sunday Could 19, 5 a.m. AEST

Primetime Replays

  • Semi Ultimate 1 — Thursday Could 16 at 8.30 p.m. AEST
  • Semi Ultimate 2 — Friday Could 17, 8.30 p.m. AEST
  • Grand Ultimate — Sunday Could 19, 8.30 p.m. AEST

The entrants to look at in 2019


The Netherlands are favorites to win Eurovision in 2019.

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You possibly can see the total checklist of entrants right here, however that is loads of Scando-ballads and Shawn Mendes-esque pop to get throughout in a short while. In the event you’re having a Eurovision Get together (and it’s best to), you will have to drop some data over your borscht and strudel about the very best contestants. 

Arcade by Duncan Laurence (Netherlands)

If Eurovision within the 1970s was all ABBA and cape-twirling, then the Netherlands’ music in 2019 is Eurovision all grown up. This music is completely produced and it has a killer hook — “Loving you is a shedding sport” is a line you may undoubtedly think about on the subsequent Bond music. This entry is the favourite to win on the betting websites (sure, you may really wager on something), and it is radio-play prepared.


Norway! Wants! Extra! Hearth!

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Spirit within the Sky by KEiiNO (Norway)

That is Eurovision by the numbers initially: sequins, smoke machines and off-duty liturgical dancers. However simply as you are about to stand up for a cup of tea, Norwegian Vin Diesel busts out from the again and drops some phenomenal vocals which can be half guttural chanting, half rap, all superior. At first I assumed it was a synthesizer — type of just like the yodel-goat synth in Justin Bieber’s Let Me Love You — but it surely’s truly chanting often known as “joik” and it is the normal music of the Lappland folks in northern Norway. Because of this I really like Eurovision: previous folks music blended with banging pop. This. Track. SLAPS!

Soldi by Mahmood (Italy)

R&B in Italian? Sure please. Mahmood received Italy’s X Issue expertise competitors and now he has a movie clip that appears prefer it was shot at his nonna’s place. Mahmood additionally sings one of many verses in Arabic (his father is Egyptian), noteworthy contemplating this 12 months’s competitors is being hosted in Israel.

Zero Gravity by Kate Miller-Heidke (Australia)

Australia? In Eurovision? You’d higher bloody consider it! The Aussies have been in Eurovision since 2015 (the competitors is sort of a second faith in Australia, which has a robust historical past of European migration). Kate Miller-Heidke’s providing is bizarre, operatic and crystal-encrusted. Douze Factors s’il vous plaît.

Scream by Sergey Lazarev (Russia)

Simply take a look at these lyrics: “Although my throat is on fireplace / My eyes will probably be liars / And so they attempt to keep drier” — Russia is second favorite to win however that is some first-rate phoning it in proper there.

She Obtained Me by Luca Hänni (Switzerland)

The hook on this music is “She received me soiled dancing” which my good friend insists is about that feeling when your crush will get you a Patrick Swayze DVD on sale.


Italy’s Mahmood rehearses for Eurovision 2019.

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The perfect and weirdest Eurovision entries of all time

How do you select your favourite baby? How do you catch a moonbeam in your hand? After 63 music contests, there may be SO. MUCH. GOLD. Let’s relive the fingers down, definitely, must-watch songs from Eurovision historical past… as a consuming sport.

Wings: Activate!


Arduous Rock Hallelujah by Lordi (Finland, 1st place, 2006)

Let’s begin with the esoteric lets? Finland’s Lordi melted the faces of your entire Eurovision crowd in 2006 with their half-death-metal, half-praise-music hit Arduous Rock Hallelujah. Oh, they usually had been cosplaying as demonic hellbeasts. Drink: When lead singer Mr Lordi opens up his demon wings.

Rise like a Phoenix by Conchita Wurst (Austria, 1st place, 2014)

Thomas Neuwirth might need a wide ranging voice, however his stage persona Conchita Wurst is a reduce above something we have seen at Eurovision in years. When she took the stage in Eurovision 2014, she wasn’t a campy drag queen in a beard and a costume — she was transcendent. Drink: Once you begin rethinking your perceptions of gender.

Dancing Lasha Tumbai by Verka Serduchka (Ukraine, 2nd place, 2007)

It has been 12 years since Verka Serduchka exploded the Eurovision stage they usually’re nonetheless prying items of disco ball out of the rafters. This music is unexplainable, the costumes are unattainable and it’s nonetheless the very best — the BEST — instance of Eurovision you’ll ever see. Drink: All of the liquor on the desk after which begin dancing on high of it.

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Verka Serduchka performs Dancing Lasha Tumbai Danzing on the 2007 Eurovision Track Contest.

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Euphoria by Loreen (Sweden, 1st place, 2012)

This can all the time be the very best Eurovision music, settle for no substitutes. When it is three a.m. and also you get a much bigger response to a Eurovision monitor than you do for Darude’s Sandstorm you understand you have received a beat that drops and a music that slays. Drink: A shot of tequila when the refrain hits.

Get together for Everyone by Buranovskiye Babushki (Russia, 2nd place, 2012)

Look, it is only a group of Russian nanas on stage, baking cookies of their oven whereas — what’s this?! Oh you higher BELIEVE the beat simply dropped! It is a occasion for everyone and these Babushki are able to get lit. Drink: Your greatest vodka.

Let’s elevate a toast to Eurovision, in all its fabulous glory.


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