Eurovision Song Contest 2019: guide

The 64th edition Eurovision Song Contest begins on Wednesday in Tel Aviv and concludes on Sunday.

Kate Miller-Heidke represents Australia with “Zero Gravity” in Semi Final One. Australians can vote during this Semi Final & Final (but not for Australia). SBS screens Live in three early morning broadcasts with primetime replays.

Forty-one countries will take participate in the theme “Dare to Dream.”


Expo Tel Aviv, Israel


Erez Tal & supermodel Bar Refaeli
Assi Azar & Lucy Ayoub (Green room)

SBS presenters:

Joel Creasey & Myf Warhurst.
Producer Paul Clarke, Blink TV.

Semi Final One on SBS:

Live 5am AEST Wednesday 15 May (AEST)*
Rpt 8.30pm Thursday 16 May

01 Cyprus Tamta “Replay”
02 Montenegro D mol “Heaven”
03 Finland Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman “Look Away”
04 Poland Tulia “Fire of Love (Pali się)”
05 Slovenia Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl “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 Božović “Kruna” (Круна)
10 Belgium Eliot “Wake Up”
11 Georgia Oto Nemsadze “Keep on Going”
12 Australia Kate Miller-Heidke “Zero Gravity”
13 Iceland Hatari “Hatrið mun sigra”
14 Estonia Victor Crone “Storm”
15 Portugal Conan Osiris “Telemóveis”
16 Greece Katerine Duska “Better Love”
17 San Marino Serhat “Say Na Na Na”

Guests: Netta Barzilai, Dana International & Kutiman.

Semi Final Two on SBS:

Live 5am AEST Friday 17 May
Rpt 8:30pm Friday 17 May

01 Armenia Srbuk “Walking Out”
02 Ireland Sarah McTernan “22”
03 Moldova Anna Odobescu “Stay”
04 Switzerland Luca Hänni “She Got Me”
05 Latvia Carousel “That Night”
06 Romania Ester Peony “On a Sunday”
07 Denmark Leonora “Love Is Forever”
08 Sweden John Lundvik “Too Late for Love”
09 Austria PÆNDA “Limits”
10 Croatia Roko “The Dream”
11 Malta Michela “Chameleon”
12 Lithuania Jurij Veklenko “Run with the Lions”
13 Russia Sergey Lazarev “Scream”
14 Albania Jonida Maliqi “Ktheju tokës”
15 Norway KEiiNO “Spirit in the Sky”
16 Netherlands Duncan Laurence “Arcade”
17 North Macedonia Tamara Todevska “Proud”
18 Azerbaijan Chingiz “Truth”

Guests: Shalva Band, Izhar Cohen, Kutiman and Lior Suchard.


Live 5am AEST Sunday 19 May*
Rpt 8:30pm Sunday 19 May
Running order is T.B.A.

Israel Kobi Marimi “Home”
France Bilal Hassani “Roi”
Italy Mahmood “Soldi”
Spain Miki “La Venda”
United Kingdom Michael Rice “Bigger than Us”

Interval act: Madonna
Guests: Conchita Wurst who will perform “Heroes”, Måns Zelmerlöw with “Fuego”, Eleni Foureira with “Dancing Lasha Tumbai”, Verka Serduchka with “Toy”, Gali Atari with “Hallelujah” and Netta Barzilai with “Nana Banana”. Netta Barzilai, Dana International with “Diva” and “Tel Aviv”, Nadav Guedj with “Golden Boy” and Ilanit. Idan Raichel will perform “Bo’ee – Come to Me” together with the twenty-six finalists, while Miss Israel 2004 Gal Gadot will also appear.

* Live Voting

As per the official Eurovision rules, viewers can vote in the Semi Final in which their country is participating, as well as the Grand Final. The viewers’ votes make up 50% of the final result. The other 50% of the vote is decided by a National Jury in each participating country. Australia’s jury will be announced soon. The jury and Australian public can vote for any country except Australia.

For Australian viewers, this means they will need to tune into the Live broadcast of Semi Final 1 on Wednesday May 15 at 5am (AEST) and the Grand Final on Sunday 19 May at 5am (AEST) by texting the numbers that appear on screen during the live broadcasts.


Electric Fields
Multi-award winning Electric Fields create a striking and haunting merging of living traditional culture with electronic music, bringing moments of breathtaking beauty and power to the stage. Featuring the rare and beautiful voice of Zaachariaha Fielding, who often sings in his traditional languages of the Anangu people, Electric Fields music ranges from soulful pop, to epic-scale electronic works, through to intensely intimate story-songs.

Australian Jury:

Mark Humphries
Host of Channel 10 quiz show Pointless and resident satirist on ABCTV’s 7.30. Prior to that, he was a writer/presenter on SBS’ The Feed, where he wrote and produced The Feed’s Eurovision After Party 2015. In 2017, he was appointed to announce Australia’s Eurovision artist of that year, Isaiah. Also that year, he wrote special lyrics for the Brandenburg Orchestra’s Christmas concerts and co-hosted Triple M’s Radio Chaser. He is the co-author of The Chaser’s Australia and is currently writing a musical.

Christine Anu
Christine Anu is a national treasure and Australia’s most iconic female Indigenous Entertainer. Trained in dance at the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) her illustrious career spans over 25 years including music, theatre, dance, film and television. Christine is a multi-award winning recording artist, including ARIA Song of the Year for My Island Home, ARIA Best Female Artist for Stylin Up, ARIA Best Video for Bazmark’s Now Until The Break of Day with David Hobson and many Deadly, Green Room and Sydney Theatre Awards.

Alice Chance
Alice Chance is a sought-after composer, lyricist, conductor, arranger, and music director. A finalist in 2018 APRA Art Music Awards, Alice regularly writes commissioned work for Australia’s foremost art music ensembles. She has created music for organisations as diverse as Barangaroo Delivery Authority, The Art Gallery of NSW, and Belvoir Street Theatre. Alice wrote the song ‘Data Dust’, performed by rock legend Ella Hooper in Eurovision Australia Decides 2019.

Lewis Hobba
Lewis is a comedian, writer, and broadcaster who has performed around the country from Splendour in the grass to the Sydney Opera House. He hosts a radio show on national youth music station Triple J with his school friend Veronica Milsom.

Mark Cummins
Mark Cummins is Content Manager at SBS Audio and Languages. He has a long career in broadcasting, starting with Asahi Broadcasting Corporation in Japan in 1990. He has played a leading role in transforming SBS Radio’s programming, including the digital pop music brands, SBSPopAsia and SBSPopDesi – which showcase the best of the Asian pop music and encourage audiences to explore the diversity of cultures in Australia and around the world.

Eurovision on SBS

NB: TV Tonight will be publishing Live results following early morning broadcasts. Please avert your eyes if you are waiting for primetime replays.

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