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“Dua ta besoj” by Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti wins SongHunt 2019

“Dua ta besoj” by Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti wins SongHunt 2019

SongHunt 2019, our season-long poll series to find the best non-winning national final song of the year, has come to an end: “Dua ta besoj” by Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti, from the Albanian preselection Festivali i Këngës, has won the grand final!

Based on the votes of our chatters in the #esc chat and supplemented by our editors’ choices, a total of 96 songs took part in the eight SongHunt heats between January and March, followed by four quarter-finals and two semi-finals. The 12-song final was open for the two weeks during and after ESC 2019 itself, and over the past week we have been eliminating one song every day until we got to tonight’s six superfinalists.

In a special event in the chat, our chatters voted in three rounds. Firstly, they chose their favourite of the three lowest-scoring songs from the public vote, which resulted in “Tower Of Babylon” by Lorena Bućan going forward to the next round (with Battista Acquaviva‘s “Passiò” and Electric Fields‘ “2000 And Whatever” dropping out). Next, the four remaining songs were whittled down to two, which meant we said goodbye to Lorena Bućan as well as “En livredd mann” by Mørland.

This resulted in a final head-to-head between Artemisa & Febi and Aly Ryan‘s “Wear Your Love”. In a clear and unequivocal verdict, “Dua te besoj” took the victory and was duly crowned the winner of SongHunt 2019!

It duly follows in the footsteps of “Nefelibata” by MNTHA (2015), “Helpless” by The Hardkiss (2016), “Petale” by Instinct (2017) and “Fără tine” by Dora Gaitanovici (2018) to become our fifth annual SongHunt winner! You can check out the full results of the entire SongHunt 2019 season if you want to see how we got from FiK to here.

And to conclude, here’s the reprise of the winning song and performance. Many congratulations to Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti and thanks to everyone who voted in our chat and on our website during all the rounds – we look forward to seeing which songs become our favourites when SongHunt rolls around again in 2020!

 

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“Dua ta besoj” by Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti from #Albania wins SongHunt 2019 and is the best non-winning #Eurovision national finalist of the season! https://t.co/au9NTAWZdf via @escgo

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Here’s another fine mess EBU’ve gotten us into…

Here’s another fine mess EBU’ve gotten us into…

As the EU elections begin around the continent, the European Broadcasting Union last night provided some voting drama of its own with the announcement – as already suspected by many fans – that the substitute jury result it calculated for Belarus in the grand final was completely wrong and has been revised. The result: Changes to the final scoreboard, with Sweden replacing Norway in the top five, and North Macedonia denied its rightful moment in the spotlight as the jury winner.

We have questions.

  • How come this was allowed to happen in the first place, considering it was screamingly obvious to everyone watching on Saturday night that something weird was going on when the Belarusian votes went almost exclusively to countries at the bottom end of the scoreboard?
  • At the very least, did the fact that Belarus’s 12 points went to a country that otherwise received no points from any other jury not raise any alerts, given that the entire point of the aggregated vote is that it reflects how other countries voted?
  • What’s the point of the juries voting 24 hours before the public, on a completely different set of performances, if that time isn’t used to verify their results correctly?
  • Is the idea of devising an artificial aggregated result to replace a disqualified jury really the best one anyway? Surely it’d be possible to either find a new set of people in Belarus to vote in the final, or to simply use an alternative jury – a representative sample from various parts of the continent, people from a non-participating country, former Eurovision winners, whatever. Anything seems preferable to adding points to the scoreboard that are literally made up.
  • Since we now also know that multiple jurors messed up their individual rankings by putting their favourite song in last place and vice versa – and not for the first time – isn’t it time the EBU and Digame introduced more checks and balances, from on-site scrutineers to manual confirmations when the results are submitted by each country? How hard is it to get this right?
  • How will this affect the betting markets? At time of writing, Betfair are digging in their heels when it comes to paying out on the revised results – which is understandable since, in theory, it also requires them to demand money back from those who won it e.g. on Norway finishing in the top five. However, the argument they’re using is that, under their terms and conditions, more than 72 hours have passed since the original result so the affected markets can’t be resettled. Since we all knew there was something fishy about the Belarusian jury result the instant it was announced, how come it’s taken the EBU so long to fess up?
  • And perhaps most concerningly of all… what if this happens again, but next time the identity of the winner changes?

What a mess. It’s not quite enough to ruin the aftertaste of a fun and dramatic Eurovision grand final, but for the sake of the contest’s integrity, it really needs to be something that is never repeated.

 

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The winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is "Arcade" by Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands - ending a 44-year wait for the country dating back to Teach-In and "Ding-A-Dong" in 1975. In an incredibly exciting results presentation, Sweden won the jury vote...

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Your #Eurovision longread:

How Malta got it wrong due to constant tinkering, how Hungary slowly deteriorated over the fortnight, and how Duncan Laurence lucked into the right way to lose.

All these post-bubble insights and more in Shi's first wrap-up!

https://t.co/Mz41481SAn

“Dua ta besoj” by Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti from #Albania wins SongHunt 2019 and is the best non-winning #Eurovision national finalist of the season! https://t.co/au9NTAWZdf via @escgo

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SongHunt 2019 – The Final!

SongHunt 2019 – The Final!

It’s time to crown the winner of SongHunt 2019!

What’s the best non-winning song of the 2019 national final season? Over the past weeks and months, we have narrowed down our favourites from the national pre-selections to just twelve songs – and now it’s time to pick the very best.

Unlike the previous rounds, in our final you can only vote for one song – but here’s the important part: You can vote again after 24 hours have passed since your last vote. So don’t forget to keep coming back day after day and supporting your favourite(s)!

The voting period will be open for two weeks. All twelve songs will participate in the first week – then, starting on Sunday 19 May, one entry will be eliminated at 21:00 CET every night (naturally, the one with the fewest votes at that point). That will leave us with six songs in our super-final on Saturday 25 May, which we will celebrate with a group viewing in our #esc chat and a final vote before the results are revealed – so don’t forget to join us then too.

And now all that remains is for you to vote! A video playlist can be found below the poll if you need a reminder – or you can read our introduction article about all twelve finalists. Happy listening, and happy voting!



Want to know more? You can read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here.

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All these post-bubble insights and more in Shi's first wrap-up!

https://t.co/Mz41481SAn

“Dua ta besoj” by Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti from #Albania wins SongHunt 2019 and is the best non-winning #Eurovision national finalist of the season! https://t.co/au9NTAWZdf via @escgo

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The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season continues with the first semi-final.

Each semi-final features 12 songs that qualified from the previous round, drawn at random, and the top six in each semi-final will qualify for the final stage. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday. A playlist with all the entries of this round will be added soon.


Want to know more? You can read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here.

After 44 years, the Netherlands win Eurovision!

After 44 years, the Netherlands win Eurovision!

The winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is “Arcade” by Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands – ending a 44-year wait for the country dating back to Teach-In and “Ding-A-Dong” in 1975.

In an incredibly exciting results presentation, Sweden won the jury vote narrowly ahead of surprise package North Macedonia, while Norway was the clear winner in the televote – a disparity that opened the door for the Netherlands to take a consensus overall victory.

We’ll be back tomorrow with more analysis and insight from inside and outside the Tel Aviv bubble, but until then, congratulations to the Netherlands! Here’s your ESC 2019 winner one more time:

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After 44 years, the Netherlands win Eurovision!

The winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is "Arcade" by Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands - ending a 44-year wait for the country dating back to Teach-In and "Ding-A-Dong" in 1975. In an incredibly exciting results presentation, Sweden won the jury vote...

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Your #Eurovision longread:

How Malta got it wrong due to constant tinkering, how Hungary slowly deteriorated over the fortnight, and how Duncan Laurence lucked into the right way to lose.

All these post-bubble insights and more in Shi's first wrap-up!

https://t.co/Mz41481SAn

“Dua ta besoj” by Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti from #Albania wins SongHunt 2019 and is the best non-winning #Eurovision national finalist of the season! https://t.co/au9NTAWZdf via @escgo

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Who will win the Eurovision Song Contest 2019? Our prediction for the final

Who will win the Eurovision Song Contest 2019? Our prediction for the final

Happy Eurovision Day! Tonight the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel.

We are slowly reaching the climax of another long season. We’ve seen favourites rise, then watched as some of them fell – and now it’s just a few short hours until we will know the host country of ESC 2020.

Over the last six months or so, we have encountered some classic national final entries that we are still remembering and voting for in our SongHunt final – don’t forget to vote for your favourite here! – but tonight it’s the successful entries from 26 countries that will finally compete for the Eurovision crown. And we all wonder: Who will hold the trophy at the end of the show?

It’s time for our team’s predictions!

The format is simple: Each of the escgo! team members (Martin, Felix and Shi) has 100 points to distribute across the entries depending on how likely they consider them to be tonight’s winner.

And here’s what they think:

Country Martin Felix Shi TEAM POINTS VICTORY CHANCE in %
1. Malta 0 0 0 0 0%
2. Albania 0 0 0 0 0%
3. Czech Republic 0 5 0 5 1.67%
4. Germany 0 0 0 0 0%
5. Russia 0 5 0 5 1.67%
6. Denmark 0 0 0 0 0%
7. San Marino 0 0 0 0 0%
8. North Macedonia 0 5 0 5 1.67%
9. Sweden 5 5 10 20 6.67%
10. Slovenia 0 5 0 5 1.67%
11. Cyprus 0 0 0 0 0%
12. Netherlands 45 15 40 100 33.3%
13. Greece 0 5 0 5 1.67%
14. Israel 0 0 0 0 0%
15. Norway 0 20 0 20 6.67%
16. United Kingdom 0 0 0 0 0%
17. Iceland 0 0 0 0 0%
18. Estonia 0 0 0 0 0%
19. Belarus 0 0 0 0 0%
20. Azerbaijan 0 0 5 5 1.67%
21. France 0 0 5 5 1.67%
22. Italy 0 25 0 25 8.33%
23. Serbia 0 0 0 0 0%
24. Switzerland 10 5 15 30 10%
25. Australia 40 5 25 70 23.3%
26. Spain 0 0 0 0 0%

So what do we expect? Here’s how the team explains their choices:

Shi:
With both juries and televote having many options this year, this could be a jury/tele disagreement or a Jamala-type win.
Netherlands is one of my personal favorites, but I’m still not convinced by the performance where the televote is concerned. However, it stands out also for its genre among the favorites which could help and a “Heroes” sort of win seems to me like the most likely result. Australia looks set to have a big televote impact, so it should be considered as an alternative if its televote score is big enough, and Switzerland can be the one that wins neither but ends up high in both votes.

Felix:
I have had an increasingly strong feeling for Italy throughout the last weeks, and our own chat agrees, as Italy won the ChatVote 2019. I don‘t expect Australia to end up as high as many people think. Instead, Norway might be the surprise of the night. A victory for the Netherlands wouldn‘t be a big surprise, but I can just as well see it around lower top ten only. All in all, I expect a close race in which many things can happen.

Martin:
I appear to broadly agree with Shi, albeit with different weightings. I can easily imagine the Netherlands winning the jury vote and Australia the televote, with Duncan taking the victory in the end because the juries turn their noses up at popera-on-sticks. In terms of the other contenders, I haven’t especially believed in Switzerland all season long, but it was pretty effective in the semi-final and the running order appears to have cemented its “Fuego”-esque late-stage momentum as far as the producers are concerned. It still doesn’t feel like it can actually win (although ESC 2020 in Switzerland would be a fairly amazing turnaround in fortunes) but it’d be foolish of me not to have Luca somewhere in my prediction. And then there’s the obligatory “might just win by default” entry from Sweden, like always.

What do you think will happen tonight? Do you agree or disagree with our views? Let us know in the comments, on social media or in our chat. However you watch the show tonight, we hope you have a great Eurovision day, and may the best song win!

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Your #Eurovision longread:

How Malta got it wrong due to constant tinkering, how Hungary slowly deteriorated over the fortnight, and how Duncan Laurence lucked into the right way to lose.

All these post-bubble insights and more in Shi's first wrap-up!

https://t.co/Mz41481SAn

“Dua ta besoj” by Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti from #Albania wins SongHunt 2019 and is the best non-winning #Eurovision national finalist of the season! https://t.co/au9NTAWZdf via @escgo

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Better love: Some of the bets to look out for at Eurovision 2019!

Better love: Some of the bets to look out for at Eurovision 2019!

Just because tonight’s Eurovision final is a foregone conclusion and the Netherlands are going to win with a gazillion points (depending on who you believe), that doesn’t mean there aren’t some decent bets to be had in the various markets that always spring up around the contest. As usual, we’ve sifted through the pages of Oddschecker and the different betting sites to find a few punts that might be of interest.

Of course, if you don’t think Duncan Laurence is the winner tonight, his short odds mean there are more generous prices to be found for the other contenders – 8.5 for Australia (Unibet), 11.0 for Switzerland (Sportingbet), and so on. Those odds for Luca already make an each-way bet an interesting proposition, but if you think he’s going to do well but doesn’t have a real chance of winning, you might want to back him in the “Top 4” market instead (e.g. 2.1 at Sportingbet).

Alternatively, if you don’t like the unpredictability of the juries but you think you’ve got a handle on what televoters like, you could back Australia to win the televote (4.4 at Betfair), regardless of whether the juries go for “Zero Gravity” or not. That seems a plausible outcome given the running order and the chance that there’ll be a discrepancy between the public vote and the “expert” vote tonight.

At the other end of the scoreboard, you’ll struggle to get odds much longer than evens for Germany to finish in last place2.5 at Unibet is about as good as it gets. The other main candidates are seen as being San Marino (7.0 at Coral) and the UK (7.0 at Paddy Power), though the likes of Israel (15.0 at Sportingbet), Slovenia (21.0 at Sportingbet) and Belarus (34.0 at Unibet) have their appeal too. But you’ll feel a bit daft if it ends up being S!sters after all. You could, of course, just bet against the German girls in a head-to-head – for example, 1.62 (Skybet) says the UK will finish higher than Germany, while 3.0 (Bet365) is available if you think Germany will actually win that particular fight.

A screamingly obvious top five finish? (photo: eurovision.tv)

The position markets are generally interesting: Early-season favourite Russia has drifted all the way to 40+ in the winner market but, with friendly votes on his side, could still be worth a sniff in the “Top 5” market (2.0 at Unibet, so you’d double your money). Indeed, even if you buy into the narrative that it’s a Netherlands/Switzerland/Australia/Sweden carve-up for the top spots, someone else has to round off the top five. Azerbaijan at 2.28 and Italy at 2.74 are seen as next in line according to Betfair, but there’s good money to be made if you think you’ve spotted this year’s Michael Schulte equivalent among the supposed also-rans.

Similarly, the “Top 10” market allows for a bit of a punt. If the top few songs suck up a lot of the votes (think 2015, or even 2017 to an extent), that can open the door to a top ten finish without needing too many points. A strong jury vote could get Malta there despite them opening the show (3.75 on Unibet), while a strong televote from Spain in the pimp slot could do the same (4.33 on Bet365). Or you could go for longer odds – like Estonia, which might come across as a blessed slice of normality among all the craziness tonight. You can currently get 14.0 (Betfair) for Victor Crone to sneak into the top ten.

Group bets are a good option for betting on a relative outcome without having to decide where you think the country in question will land on the scoreboard. For example, even at short odds of 1.57 (Paddy Power), Sweden looks like value in the “Top Nordic” market – as even a hefty televote score for Iceland or Norway should be insufficient to outweigh the expected jury love for John Lundvik. The “Top Balkan” market (which includes Greece) is a more interesting proposition: Katerine Duska has the shortest odds there, but Nevena from Serbia could be similarly jury-friendly, plus she has a peach of a draw and some friendly televotes in the bag already – making odds of 6.0 (Bet365) for Serbia to top that category seem tempting.

Top Big Five” is also interesting in light of the Bilal hype that has spread through the press centre during rehearsal week and the corresponding despair over the Italian styling choices. This is where laying on Betfair can come in handy: If, for example, you’re sceptical about Mahmood’s chances but you’re not sure whether France or Spain will be the main beneficiary, you can simply lay Italy (currently 1.76) and you’ll win your money as long as Italy isn’t the top scorer among the five automatic qualifiers, regardless of who else is.

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And the available bets just keep on getting more niche. For example, Bet365 have numerous markets dedicated to the number of 12-point awards the juries will read out tonight. They’ll give you odds of 1.83 if you think Australia will score douze more than 3.5 times (i.e. 4 times or more), which feels like a good deal unless you buy into that Netherlands whitewash. Meanwhile, you can bet on the UK and Ireland televote 12s at Paddy Power – there’s odds of 7.0 to be had if you think the Brits will fall for Kate Miller-Heidke’s depression on stilts act, which seems quite plausible in the absence of the usual UK televote sponges like Poland, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Ireland.

As always, our recommended guide to understanding the odds talked about above is the one by our much-missed friend and colleague Daniel at sofabet.com – we’ll be raising a glass to him tonight, and we hope you do too.

All odds correct at time of writing (1pm-ish on ESC day). They can and will change during the day, and indeed during the show itself, so keep your eyes peeled – and happy betting!

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The View from San Francisco: Another Summer Night

In the second part of her ESC 2019 review, Shi looks at the differing arcs of the returning artists, what made Duncan’s winning reprise so special – and the delegations that made things unnecessarily hard for themselves…

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After 44 years, the Netherlands win Eurovision!

The winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is "Arcade" by Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands - ending a 44-year wait for the country dating back to Teach-In and "Ding-A-Dong" in 1975. In an incredibly exciting results presentation, Sweden won the jury vote...

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The View from Tel Aviv: I’m coming home

Home. It’s not just the name of the Israeli entry – it’s a state of mind. Having been in Israel for eleven days now, Shi takes stock on what the Eurovision-at-home experience has meant to her so far.

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The View from San Francisco: Another Summer Night

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Your #Eurovision longread:

How Malta got it wrong due to constant tinkering, how Hungary slowly deteriorated over the fortnight, and how Duncan Laurence lucked into the right way to lose.

All these post-bubble insights and more in Shi's first wrap-up!

https://t.co/Mz41481SAn

“Dua ta besoj” by Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti from #Albania wins SongHunt 2019 and is the best non-winning #Eurovision national finalist of the season! https://t.co/au9NTAWZdf via @escgo

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ESC 2019: The semi 2 qualifiers and the final running order!

ESC 2019: The semi 2 qualifiers and the final running order!

The qualifiers from the second semi-final of ESC 2019 are Denmark, Sweden, Malta, Russia, Albania, the Netherlands and North Macedonia (all of whom drew slots in the first half of the final) and Switzerland, Norway and Azerbaijan (who landed in the second half).

In terms of the escgo! team’s predictions, this means Martin and Shi both got 8/10 correct, while Felix scored 6/10.

A few hours after the semi-final ended, the EBU revealed the producer-determined running order for the grand final, which looks like this:

1. Malta
2. Albania
3. Czech Republic
4. Germany
5. Russia
6. Denmark
7. San Marino
8. North Macedonia
9. Sweden
10. Slovenia
11. Cyprus
12. Netherlands
13. Greece
14. Israel
15. Norway
16. United Kingdom
17. Iceland
18. Estonia
19. Belarus
20. Azerbaijan
21. France
22. Italy
23. Serbia
24. Switzerland
25. Australia
26. Spain

We’ll have our first chance to see the songs in this running order at Friday afternoon’s first rehearsal of the grand final – stay tuned to escgo! here and on Twitter for Shi’s live insights from the press centre!

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After 44 years, the Netherlands win Eurovision!

The winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is "Arcade" by Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands - ending a 44-year wait for the country dating back to Teach-In and "Ding-A-Dong" in 1975. In an incredibly exciting results presentation, Sweden won the jury vote...

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Your #Eurovision longread:

How Malta got it wrong due to constant tinkering, how Hungary slowly deteriorated over the fortnight, and how Duncan Laurence lucked into the right way to lose.

All these post-bubble insights and more in Shi's first wrap-up!

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ESC 2019: The escgo! predictions for tonight’s second semi-final

ESC 2019: The escgo! predictions for tonight’s second semi-final

The second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 is just a few hours away, and so it’s time for us in the escgo! team to predict the ten qualifiers for the grand final on Saturday!

Two days ago, Martin got 8/10 right while Shi and Felix each managed 7/10. And let’s be honest, we were all caught off guard by Serhat. But where will we be right and wrong tonight?

You can see the choices of Shi, Martin and Felix in the table below – followed by a brief summary of their views!

Country Martin Felix Shi TEAM
1. Armenia
Q Q 66.7 %
2. Ireland
0 %
3. Moldova
Q 33.3 %
4. Switzerland
Q Q 66.7 %
5. Latvia
Q 33.3 %
6. Romania
0 %
7. Denmark
Q Q 66.7 %
8. Sweden
Q Q Q 100 %
9. Austria
Q Q 66.7 %
10. Croatia
Q Q 66.7 %
11. Malta
Q Q 66.7 %
12. Lithuania
0 %
13. Russia
Q Q Q 100 %
14. Albania
0 %
15. Norway
Q Q 66.7 %
16. Netherlands
Q Q Q 100 %
17. North Macedonia
Q Q 66.7 %
18. Azerbaijan
Q Q Q 100 %


Shi:
Much like semi 1 last year, I have more songs I would have wanted to see in the final than spots. While I feel fairly confident about most of my choices, I was still down to three choices for the last qualifier. Norway feels like it won’t do well with juries and the televise has enough to rank above it, Romania is, well, Romania. They can miss out as we know, but they need to try very hard to not be in contention, and Armenia, which is like Romania plus a possible strong jury appeal. I went with the jury getting this one in. Also: my main prediction for tonight is 10 points separating 6 and 14.

Martin:
The way Kate Miller-Heidke changed up her vocals in the last part of the song to make it more interesting; the creepy floating dead dad heads behind Joci Pápai that made the whole thing a bit “eww”; ZENA having an amazing personality on stage; Tulia not having any personality at all. What do these things have in common? I didn’t anticipate any of them because (I guess) I wasn’t paying enough attention in the run-up to semi 1. Still, rather than learn from this insight, I’m going to stick with my prejudices when it comes to semi 2. So I expect North Macedonia to fuck things up like they always do, and Croatia to milk the cheese vote like nobody’s business. Go on – prove me wrong.

Felix:
I made one daring decision, and that is leaving Switzerland out of my qualifiers, and having Latvia instead. Why would I have a strong song as NQ and a weak one as Q, you might wonder? Easy, I think that presentation and effective use of the stage is playing a big role, and Switzerland sadly does a whole lot of counterproductive things with the staging. Latvia sells their song much better. Well, for the Swiss and many German Luca Hänni fans, I certainly hope I’m wrong, as I’d love to see the guy in the final. The rest is obvious I think.

Will we be right or completely wrong? There’s only a few hours left until we find out – so whatever you’re doing and whomever you’re watching the show with, enjoy the evening and may the best songs qualify!

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Your #Eurovision longread:

How Malta got it wrong due to constant tinkering, how Hungary slowly deteriorated over the fortnight, and how Duncan Laurence lucked into the right way to lose.

All these post-bubble insights and more in Shi's first wrap-up!

https://t.co/Mz41481SAn

“Dua ta besoj” by Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti from #Albania wins SongHunt 2019 and is the best non-winning #Eurovision national finalist of the season! https://t.co/au9NTAWZdf via @escgo

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The first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 is just a few hours away, and so it’s time for us in the escgo! team to predict the ten qualifiers for the grand final on Saturday.

You can see the choices of Shi, Martin and Felix in the table below – followed by a brief summary of their views!

Country Martin Felix Shi TEAM
1. Cyprus
Q Q Q 100 %
2. Montenegro
0 %
3. Finland
0 %
4. Poland
Q Q Q 100 %
5. Slovenia
Q 33.3 %
6. Czech Republic
Q Q Q 100 %
7. Hungary
Q Q Q 100 %
8. Belarus
0 %
9. Serbia
Q Q Q 100 %
10. Belgium
0 %
11. Georgia
Q Q 66.7 %
12. Australia
Q Q Q 100 %
13. Iceland
Q Q Q 100 %
14. Estonia
Q Q Q 100 %
15. Portugal
0 %
16. Greece
Q Q Q 100 %
17. San Marino
 33.3 %


Shi:

I am the least certain about Estonia and Georgia: Victor isn’t a great singer and the song is painfully generic, but his charisma and the song’s sanity come in the right place and time in the draw. Georgia is my wishful thinking entry and my test case of how far can a great staging of a difficult song can take you. And all in all, it might be considered the weaker semi, but it is shaping us to at least bring a diverse selection of songs into the final. I can live with that.

Martin:

Wackiest semi-final ever? Well, the first one in 2012 gives it a run for its money – Valentina Monetta, Trackshittaz, Rambo Amadeus and the Babushki, anyone? – but the back-to-back combo of “Zero Gravity” and “Hatrið mun sigra”, even separated by a break, should be one of the more memorable sections we’ve had in an ESC show. As for qualification, I’m in that annoying position of having more qualifiers in the first half. We know that’s not impossible now, but it still seems highly improbable. And within that, I’m not especially confident about Poland or Slovenia (I’ve even bet against the latter to qualify, albeit it’s money I’d be delighted to lose). Still, I feel like it’s a strong year for Central Europe, so I’m sticking with my gut instinct.

Felix:

I thought this prediction was quite easy. It doesn’t really match my personal preferences, but I think this is what the wider audience and the juries will go for. I was a bit hesitating about Poland, and nearly would have picked Belgium instead, but the staging of the latter looks so wrong that it’s ruining the slightest chance for qualification. Australia is a sure qualifier for anything other than the song, Serbia knows how to sell dullness, and the Czech Republic is the first captivating song in the running order. These three feel like the safest predictions, the last place will probably go to Belarus.

Will we be right or completely wrong? There’s only a few hours left until we find out – so whatever you’re doing and whomever you’re watching the show with, enjoy the evening and may the best songs qualify!

Semi 1: Here’s the ten qualifiers!

Semi 1: Here’s the ten qualifiers!

There were a few surprises along the way, but tonight Europe (and Australia) selected its ten qualifiers from the first semi-final of ESC 2019!

Here are the lucky ten and the halves of the final they drew at the press conference afterwards:

FIRST HALF
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Greece
San Marino
Slovenia

SECOND HALF
Australia
Belarus
Estonia
Iceland
Serbia

And for the record, in terms of the escgo! team’s predictions, Martin got 8/10, Felix got 7/10 and Shi got 7/10.

Now let’s see what the second semi-final brings!

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Your #Eurovision longread:

How Malta got it wrong due to constant tinkering, how Hungary slowly deteriorated over the fortnight, and how Duncan Laurence lucked into the right way to lose.

All these post-bubble insights and more in Shi's first wrap-up!

https://t.co/Mz41481SAn

“Dua ta besoj” by Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti from #Albania wins SongHunt 2019 and is the best non-winning #Eurovision national finalist of the season! https://t.co/au9NTAWZdf via @escgo

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Meet the twelve finalists in SongHunt 2019!

Meet the twelve finalists in SongHunt 2019!

It’s the grand final of SongHunt 2019! The poll is up and running, and you can vote for your favourite once every 24 hours here. But wait a moment: We’d really like to introduce you to our finalists in a little more detail, since they’ve worked so hard to get this far. Why not read on and explore what are officially the twelve most robbed songs of the national final season?

(The poll can be found at the bottom of the post too, so you can vote there when you’re done!)


Aly Ryan – Wear Your Love (Germany)
Not the first or the last performer to play around with lighting, Aly Ryan’s “Wear Your Love” ended up being perhaps a little bit too static to convince the various voters who were responsible for deciding Germany’s entry for ESC 2019. Our SongHunt voters agree that the underlying song is a cracker, though, and she’s stormed through the rounds to reach our grand final.


Anna Bergendahl – Ashes To Ashes (Sweden)
Some people take part in Melodifestivalen every year, while others need some time to lick their wounds. Nine years after becoming Sweden’s only non-qualifier in the ESC semi-final era, Anna Bergendahl made a return that, if not triumphant, was at least narratively satisfying. She may have had to sneak into the MF final through the back door, but she’s had no trouble reaching the SongHunt final, trading near the top of the poll every time so far.


Arja Saijonmaa – Mina fyra årstider (Sweden)
Another returnee in Sweden, and oh, how our chat’s collective heart melted at the sight of the legendary Arja charming her way through this old-fashioned yet thoroughly lovable song. There was no improbable qualification in Melodifestivalen – this year’s nostalgia vote would ultimately be reserved for Arvingarna – but we hope a place in our SongHunt final serves as some kind of compensation.


Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti – Dua te besoj (Albania)
Artemisa and Febi received an excellent score in our chat but were ultimately squeezed out of the qualification spots in Heat 1 of SongHunt. It was a tough one: no fewer than three of this year’s other finalists also originated there. No surprise, then, that the second-chance wildcard “Dua te besoj” received in Heat 8 opened the door for a better result, and the duo has shown no signs of stopping since. Hey oh, let’s go!


Battista Acquaviva – Passiò (France)
The woman. The legend. Was there a more WTF moment this national final season than when Battista and her dancers took to the stage and delivered this visual and vocal… interpretation of “Passiò”? Sometimes two wrongs do make a right – but what about a three-minute string of wrongs? And what about when they’re accompanied by what is, after all, a pretty good song? The answer: humiliation on the scoreboard in France, and a place in the SongHunt final.


Chimène Badi – Là-haut (France)
Returning to the limelight a few years after her commercial peak, Chimène Badi was never really seen as being in the running to win the French final, but she will probably have been perfectly satisfied with third place with “Là-haut” – a solid piece of mature pop delivered by someone who clearly knows exactly what she’s doing. Which makes a refreshing change sometimes.


Electric Fields – 2000 And Whatever (Australia)
The very first national final down under may have resulted in the most Eurovision winner imaginable, but finishing not far behind Kate Miller-Heidke were the Aboriginal Australian electronic duo Electric Fields. It’s hard to know exactly how “2000 And Whatever” would have translated to the European stage, but in terms of both style and identity, it’s a unique addition to our SongHunt final line-up.


Hanna Ferm & LIAMOO – Hold You (Sweden)
Joint-second in Melodifestivalen (well, third on a tiebreak) is a pretty excellent result in one of Europe’s pop capitals, but this year’s Swedish final was such a walkover for John Lundvik that Hanna and Liam never really felt like they were in serious contention for the ticket to Tel Aviv. Still, their “Hold You” is one of the more genuinely contemporary songs to trouble the top end of the MF scoreboard, refreshingly free of schlager clichés – and our SongHunt voters evidently agree.


Kerrie-Anne – Sweet Lies (United Kingdom)
It’s rare for a British finalist to get this deep into the SongHunt game, although Holly Brewer managed a grand final appearance in 2017. This time it’s the turn of Kerrie-Anne, whose unashamedly retro disco banger would have brought some energy to the Tel Aviv stage – but instead she has to make do with a shot at SongHunt glory.


Lidija Bačić – Tek je počelo (Croatia)
An immediate chat favourite due to the live whistling at the side of the stage and the spectacular lack of clothes being worn on it, Lidija Bačić may not have come anywhere near winning the legendary Dora trophy, but our SongHunt voters are only too happy to have put her in the running for our crown.


Lorena Bućan – Tower Of Babylon (Croatia)
BA-BY-LON-HEY! This is what we wanted from the long-awaited return of Dora – a glorious throwback to years (decades?) past from the Huljić/Huljić camp, with a pseudo-ethno beat and more words wedged into the verses than should be permitted under EU law. The Croatian runner-up duly gets a second chance in the SongHunt final.


Mørland – En livredd mann (Norway)
After four years away, Kjetil Mørland returned to the Eurovision arena with this dark and brooding native-language number. The Norwegian public weren’t overly enthusiastic – “En livredd mann” didn’t make it to the MGP superfinal – but it received the highest chat score of all the songs remaining in the competition, and the SongHunt voters have come out in force every round so far to deliver the song to our grand final.


And now you’ve met our twelve candidates, it’s time to decide! Remember, you can come back and vote for your favourite again after 24 hours have passed since your last vote. Let’s find a SongHunt champion!

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In the second part of her ESC 2019 review, Shi looks at the differing arcs of the returning artists, what made Duncan’s winning reprise so special – and the delegations that made things unnecessarily hard for themselves…

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Your #Eurovision longread:

How Malta got it wrong due to constant tinkering, how Hungary slowly deteriorated over the fortnight, and how Duncan Laurence lucked into the right way to lose.

All these post-bubble insights and more in Shi's first wrap-up!

https://t.co/Mz41481SAn

“Dua ta besoj” by Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti from #Albania wins SongHunt 2019 and is the best non-winning #Eurovision national finalist of the season! https://t.co/au9NTAWZdf via @escgo

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