Eurovision 2019: The 10 qualifiers of the second semi final and their press conference
Another 2nd semi final added into the book of Eurovision history, as just minutes before the second semi final of Eurovision 2019 determined the last 10 qualifiers and the final line up of the Grand final.
The Hosts ans Interval Act
The show was hosted once again by the capable foursome Bar Refaeli and Erez Tal who were located on the main stage plus Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub who were standing in the green room. Israeli group Shalva Band will perform their song Million dreams as part of tonight’s interval act.
Out of this total of 18 contestants, eventually ten advanced to the Grand Final of Eurovision 2019 on Saturday 18 May. The ten qualifiers were decided by 50% professional jury vote, which had already been awarded last evening during the jury show, and 50% public televoting from today’s show.
Viewers from the 18 countries participating tonight cast their vote, as well as 3 of the automatic qualified Big-5 countries (Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom).
The Semi finalists
The 10 countries that qualified to the Eurovision Grand final are :
From tonight’s qualifiers several of them have been successfully predicted by the bookies’ estimations. Countries such has The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland had topped the betting odds’ board for week now, while a few came as a surprise such as North Macedonia that hasn’t seen a final since 2012.
Today’s 10 qualifying countries alongside with the the other set of 10 qualifiers from the 1st semi final will join the Big-5 (Γαλλία, Γερμανία, Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο, Ισπανία, Ιταλία) and host country of Israel, in Saturday’s Grand final.
During today’s show we saw the entry of three Big-5 countries that had the right to vote in this semi final.
The qualifiers’ press conference
However the night was not over ! Following the results announcement, a joint press conference with all 10 tonight’s qualifiers took take place, during which the 10 countries were drawn to compete either in the first or in the second half of the final. The draw developed as following:
- North Macedonia – 1st Half
- The Netherlands –1st Half
- Albania – 1st Half
- Sweden – 1st Half
- Russia – 1st Half
- Azerbaijan – 2nd Half
- Denmark – 1st Half
- Norway – 2nd Half
- Switzerland – 2nd Half
- Malta – 1st Half
You can watch the whole press conference HERE
The running order of the Grand Final will be decided by the show’s producers and will be announced after the end of both semi-finals on Thursday evening, when we’ll finally know all 26 contenders of the 2019 Eurovision trophy!