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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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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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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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Five things to look out for as rehearsals begin

Five things to look out for as rehearsals begin

It’s nearly Eurovision!

Our very own Shi has just landed in Tel Aviv, and starting from Saturday, she’ll be doing as much rehearsal blogging for you as one woman can reasonably be expected to manage.

But what are the things she – and all of us – should be looking out for as those rehearsals begin? We take a look at five outstanding question marks…

1. Revenge of the preview party underperformers
Katerine from Greece had a nasty cold in Amsterdam, Klemens from Iceland sounded worryingly exposed without recorded vocals on the backing track, and poor Srbuk had a serious case of the Azucar Morenos as her ear monitor malfunctioned completely in Madrid. Do any of these things mean anything at all? Of course not. But April is a month for analysis and overanalysis, as we fans seize upon any and every bit of “evidence” to build a narrative for what we expect to see happen at ESC itself – and in terms of regaining a bit of positive momentum, those preview party underperformers will be looking to make a strong start to rehearsals, if only to allow their fans to breathe a big sigh of relief.

It’s your future, it’s your choice, and your weapon is your voice

2. What can the stage do?
First impressions of the ESC 2019 stage have been broadly positive as they’ve leaked on social media, but there’s a big difference between a few short clips and a full show. Plus there’s the question of whether, as many fear, the stage will look disproportionately huge in what is a relatively small venue – although we probably won’t get a proper feel for that until the dress rehearsals. In any case, we’ll be looking out to see exactly what moving parts there are, and to what extent the delegations can actually harness them for their performances – not to mention the sticky topic of lighting and colours. An overdose of blue and white is something we always hope to avoid, since it’s such an easy ESC cliché. But when the host country is Israel…

Where do we go now, to the sky

3. Props
While the first rehearsals don’t tell us too much about a final performance and it’s important not to overreact, what they will show us is exactly what the different countries are planning to do staging-wise. Last year, this was the moment we properly encountered Mélovin’s piano-coffin, Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s street furniture and, of course, DoReDoS’ door-and-window contraption. So what can we expect this year? Australia may not be bringing Kate’s hydraulic platform/dress/witch-on-a-stick combo all the way from the other side of the world, but they’ll surely have something similarly visually impressive waiting in the wings. Likewise, Sergey Lazarev isn’t the kind of man to take to the Eurovision stage without some serious gadgets and gizmos behind him – and even at the simpler end of the scale, all kinds of little tricks undoubtedly await us. Peonies for Romania? Blindfolds for Spain? Animatronic robot lions for Lithuania…?

Break a leg, be brave in every step you take

4. Cheese
No, really. What would ESC be without those moments – the ones that make the clip reels for years to come? The obvious candidate here is Serhat, who will surely be pulling out all the stops with a camp-tastic performance of “Say Na Na Na”. But that’s almost too obvious. We want to see Tamara Todevska ekeing every inch of melodrama out of “Proud”. We want the Czech performance to cut to a great big close-up of a grinning girl saying “I’m only a friend!”. We want awkward white-boy interactions between Luca and his dancers. We want the whole arena to join in on the Norwegian joiking in a display of regrettable cultural appropriation. It’s 2019 – give us shareable content!

Oh yeah

5. Betting reactions (and overreactions)
When it comes to semi-final qualification, the betting markets see the second semi-final as a fairly clear affair, with five of the 18 entries – Ireland, Austria, Moldova, Latvia and Croatia – deemed to be absolutely miles away from having any chance of qualifying (and Lithuania and Romania not faring a great deal better). If any of those countries delivers a surprisingly persuasive first rehearsal with a real concept behind it, we can expect those long odds to shorten fairly swiftly. Meanwhile, the first semi is seen as a less predictable affair, with eleven countries currently deemed more likely to qualify than not (i.e. with odds of shorter than evens/2.0). Since only ten of them can actually fit into the magic envelopes on Tuesday week, if any of them has a disastrous first day – and there are performance and staging question marks about everyone from Poland to Belgium and beyond – their odds could soon get a great deal longer.

Stranger things have happened

Don’t forget to stay tuned to escgo! as the rehearsals begin. We’ll have extensive coverage from both near and far, with Shi live in the press centre to cover the reherasals and deliver local colour and content from inside the Eurovision bubble, flanked by Felix and Martin’s traditional analysis from a distance. So get your refresh button ready – and let’s do this!

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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 4

SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 4

The SongHunt continues!

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

Each quarter-final features 12 songs that qualified from the previous round, drawn at random, and the top six in each quarter-final will qualify for the semi-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, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries.



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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The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season continues with Heat 8.

Each heat features 12 songs, comprising nine of our chatters’ favourites from the national final shows and three editors’ choices. This week, we, the escgo! team, saved three songs that were previously eliminated in the SongHunt heats, to give them a last chance. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries.


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

Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

Italy has won the 15th annual edition of ChatVote, the traditional event held by escgo! and the #esc chatroom to find our favourite song ahead of each year’s Eurovision Song Contest!

In the 2019 edition, “Soldi” by Mahmood received a total of 277 points, ahead of Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands in second place (253 points) and Luca Hänni from Switzerland in third place (217 points). Meanwhile, ESC 2019 host nation Israel propped up the table, receiving just seven points in last place.

As in the last three years, 50% of the total score was determined by “juries” – regular chatters who gave their votes in ESC-style (12-10-8…) – and 50% by “televoting”, which took the form of a live poll that was held in the chat while we watched the 26 songs together during our final viewing party on Saturday night.

Unlike some years, the juries and the live poll delivered relatively similar results. Switzerland enjoyed a strong live poll showing to leapfrog Greece for a podium position, while Iceland slipped from fifth after the juries to ninth overall after meeting with a seriously polarised response from our Saturday chatters – and it was the live voters who rescued the United Kingdom from last place. There was unanimity where it counted, though: Italy was the favourite of the juries and the live poll alike.

As always, the live-streamed scoreboard accompanying the live poll reveal was a fitting conclusion to a fun and exciting night of group participation in the chat – and we’d like to say thanks to everyone who attended and took part throughout the various events of ChatVote 2019!

You can see the final scoreboard here:

We can now also publish the full results of our semi-finals, in which voters were asked to nominate their ten favourite songs in each semi in two live polls after we had previewed the entries in the #esc chat. This gave the following results:

Semi 1:
1. Greece, 2. Slovenia, 3. Hungary, 4. Iceland and San Marino, 6. Belgium, 7. Cyprus, 8. Poland, Czech Republic and Georgia. || 11. Finland and Estonia, 13. Australia, 14. Belarus and Serbia, 16. Portugal, 17. Montenegro.

Semi 2:
1. Netherlands, 2. Switzerland, 3. Sweden, 4. Azerbaijan, 5. Malta and North Macedonia, 7. Russia and Norway, 9. Denmark, 10. Albania. || 11. Armenia, 12. Ireland and Latvia, 14. Romania, 15. Austria, 16. Moldova, Croatia and Lithuania.

For the first time, tonight’s grand final also included a prediction game, with the best guesser getting the prize of a voting boost in next year’s ChatVote. It was a tough fight, but the lucky chatter was Anil, who impressively guessed the top four in the correct order. Congratulations!

So that’s all until 2020 – although there is the small matter of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest for us to enjoy first. And while the #esc ChatVote is very much a preference poll, it can be fun to look back and see how our taste has corresponded to Europe’s over the years. As the ChatVote history shows, Italy’s victory may not necessarily be an omen of success in Tel Aviv next month, but there is a possibility we might have got it “right” – just ask Lena, Loreen or Salvador Sobral! And even the 2018 winner, Eugent Bushpepa from Albania, ended up doing a lot better in ESC than most people would have expected this time last year. So who knows – maybe it’ll be Rome or even Sanremo 2020…

And now it’s time to enjoy the ChatVote 2019 winner one more time. Clap clap!

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Meet the twelve finalists in SongHunt 2019!

We’re proud to introduce the twelve national finalists that have battled through the heats, quarter-finals and semi-finals for their big chance at SongHunt glory. Read, watch, listen, and vote for your favourite!

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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 3

SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 3

The SongHunt continues!

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

Each quarter-final features 12 songs that qualified from the previous round, drawn at random, and the top six in each quarter-final will qualify for the semi-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, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries.



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

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

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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.

read more

Meet the twelve finalists in SongHunt 2019!

We’re proud to introduce the twelve national finalists that have battled through the heats, quarter-finals and semi-finals for their big chance at SongHunt glory. Read, watch, listen, and vote for your favourite!

read more

Five things to look out for as rehearsals begin

Rehearsals for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest begin on Saturday. But what in particular should the assembled fan media be watching out for as the 41 participating countries take to the stage for the first time? We take a closer look!

read more

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The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season continues with Heat 8.

Each heat features 12 songs, comprising nine of our chatters’ favourites from the national final shows and three editors’ choices. This week, we, the escgo! team, saved three songs that were previously eliminated in the SongHunt heats, to give them a last chance. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries.


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

SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 2

SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 2

The SongHunt continues!

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

Each quarter-final features 12 songs that qualified from the previous round, drawn at random, and the top six in each quarter-final will qualify for the semi-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, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries.



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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Visit our Eurovision Chat!

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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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Meet the twelve finalists in SongHunt 2019!

We’re proud to introduce the twelve national finalists that have battled through the heats, quarter-finals and semi-finals for their big chance at SongHunt glory. Read, watch, listen, and vote for your favourite!

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Five things to look out for as rehearsals begin

Rehearsals for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest begin on Saturday. But what in particular should the assembled fan media be watching out for as the 41 participating countries take to the stage for the first time? We take a closer look!

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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 SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season continues with Heat 8.

Each heat features 12 songs, comprising nine of our chatters’ favourites from the national final shows and three editors’ choices. This week, we, the escgo! team, saved three songs that were previously eliminated in the SongHunt heats, to give them a last chance. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries.


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

Say last last last! Running order for ESC 2019 revealed

Say last last last! Running order for ESC 2019 revealed

The running order for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest has just been announced!

As has been the case for several years now, the running order has been determined not by a random draw but by the producers, the aim being “to create the most exciting television shows possible and ensure each act will stand out”.

The first semi-final will be opened by last year’s runner-up nation Cyprus. The unusual visuals of Australia and Iceland are placed back to back in the second half, while the show will close with a blast of colour thanks to San Marino and Serhat’s “Say Na Na Na”.

1. Cyprus
2. Montenegro
3. Finland
4. Poland
5. Slovenia
6. Czech Republic
7. Hungary
8. Belarus
9. Serbia
10. Belgium
11. Georgia
12. Australia
13. Iceland
14. Estonia
15. Portugal
16. Greece
17. San Marino

The second semi-final is topped and tailed by perennial rivals Armenia and Azerbaijan. The current bookmakers’ favourite, Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands, is given a prime slot near the end of the running order, with the other favourites – Switzerland, Sweden and Russia – evenly spaced throughout the show.

1. Armenia
2. Ireland
3. Moldova
4. Switzerland
5. Latvia
6. Romania
7. Denmark
8. Sweden
9. Austria
10. Croatia
11. Malta
12. Lithuania
13. Russia
14. Albania
15. Norway
16. The Netherlands
17. North Macedonia
18. Azerbaijan

Now that we have the running order, stay tuned for the launch of our annual Line-Up Check series, in which our editors Shi, Felix and Martin turn their attention to each of the participating entries in turn. Debates and disagreements guaranteed!

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

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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.

read more

Meet the twelve finalists in SongHunt 2019!

We’re proud to introduce the twelve national finalists that have battled through the heats, quarter-finals and semi-finals for their big chance at SongHunt glory. Read, watch, listen, and vote for your favourite!

read more

Five things to look out for as rehearsals begin

Rehearsals for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest begin on Saturday. But what in particular should the assembled fan media be watching out for as the 41 participating countries take to the stage for the first time? We take a closer look!

read more

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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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 1

SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 1

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season enters the next stage with Quarter-Final 1.

Each quarter-final features 12 songs that qualified from the previous round, drawn at random, and the top six in each quarter-final will qualify for the semi-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, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries.



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

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

Join the Chat!

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

Join the Chat!

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.

read more

Meet the twelve finalists in SongHunt 2019!

We’re proud to introduce the twelve national finalists that have battled through the heats, quarter-finals and semi-finals for their big chance at SongHunt glory. Read, watch, listen, and vote for your favourite!

read more

Five things to look out for as rehearsals begin

Rehearsals for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest begin on Saturday. But what in particular should the assembled fan media be watching out for as the 41 participating countries take to the stage for the first time? We take a closer look!

read more

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...

read more

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season continues with Heat 8.

Each heat features 12 songs, comprising nine of our chatters’ favourites from the national final shows and three editors’ choices. This week, we, the escgo! team, saved three songs that were previously eliminated in the SongHunt heats, to give them a last chance. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries.


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